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THURSDAY, JUNE 8,2006 ENTEKMINMENT THE HAYS DAILY NEWS A5 Theater group tackles additional children's production By DIANE GASPER-O'BRIEN HAYS DAILY NEWS Fans of the Heartland Community Theater can double their entertainment this year. The 2006 version of Heartland's summer musical production will feature two shows for the price of one. For the first time, a children's production will precede the musical. The productions are set for 7 p.m. June 16 and 17 and 2 p.m. June 18 at the Thomas More Prep-Marian High School auditorium. The children, age 3 to about 15, will put on "Rats: The Story of the Pied Piper," which will last about half an hour. After a short break, the main feature, "The Most Happy Fella," will begin. TICKETS AND SHOW/TIMES Ticket prices for me S006 Heartland Community Theater summer musical at the Thomas More Prep-Marian High School auditorium are $8 tor adults and $6 for students and sentoi citizens. This year's musical will be a doubleheader, beginning with a children's production, "Rats: The Story of the Pled Piper," at 7 p.m. June 16 and 17 and 2 p.m. June 18. After a short break, the main production, The Most Happy Fella," will begin about 7:45 p.m. the first two days and about 2:46 p.m. on Sunday's matinee. All seats are general admission, but they can be purchased In advance by calling Heartland board members Cheryl Glassman at (785) 6501589 or 628-3056 or Karen Pfelfer at 625-7245. Cheryl Glassman, musical co-director along with Paula Huser, said that they decided to have a separate children's production this year to give the younger members of the cast more speaking parts. "There are so many talented little people out there, and they have so much to give," said Glassman, who said she was a "little leery" at first about a children's musical. "I've never worked with children in this capacity before," said Glassman, long-time special projects director at TMP-Marian. "But Paula Huser works with me, and she works with that age all the time at Holy Family (Elementary School). It's been a lot of fun to work with the little people, too." Classman's forte is working with teenagers and adults, and she said she has enjoyed this year's cast of what she calls "one of the most difficult musical productions ever written." "But I think this cast is ready for it," she said. "We've got a lot of new faces to go with the great familiar faces, who rub off on these new people." The setting of the musical is in California and centers on a mail-order bride who seeks out the wrong man when she shows up at the train station because her future husband had sent her a photo of a younger, better looking man. The play unfolds as she marries the older man but becomes emotionally involved with the younger man. The moral of the story, Glassman said, is "showing how it pays to be honest with people." The theme of honesty is similar for the children's production. "It shows what happened to this little community when the mayor didn't up- hold his agreement," Glassman said. "But what's nice about musicals," she added, "is that musicals usually have a happy ending." Glassman said she is excited to have the musical at TMP-Marian, which recently had air conditioning installed. In the past, the Heartland cast practiced at TMP-Marian but held its summer productions at Felten-Start Theater at Fort Hays State University. "TMP is so much more comfortable for me, since 1 work there," Glassman said. "I know the equipment, and I'm having students using the lights and sound who are familiar with it here. It's just great that we can have them here, in air conditioning." Reporter Diane Gasper-O'Brien can be reached at (785) 628-1081, ext. 126, or by e-mail at dobrlen@dallynews.net. Quirky characters take you back to high-school daze in top-rated DVD Ahead are a handful of DVDs released this week. In honor of Entertainment Weekly and the American school system, I am using the letter grade system of quality, from A to the FJ for my ratings. All of these DVDs can be found in local video stores, and I would recommend listening to me because I have impeccable taste. And always remember: Sometimes friends and family will let you down and the good Lord will give you hardships and presidential administrations will disappoint, but material possessions (like DVDs) will always be there for you, unwavering and true. 'Dazed and Confused' Criterion Collection Plot: It's 1976 and the last day of the school year for a group of incoming high school freshmen and seniors. The film follows them for a single day, from school lockers to drive-ins to a climactic kegger party. It's the film that launched Matthew McConaughey's career with the indelible words, "All right, all right, all right," andralsMa de-V fiW middle finietfo ffl$M.otf Ringwald-laced high school pic- - tores of the JohnHughes era. And this week, it's getting the royal treatment on DVD. Oh, to be so familiar with the film's charms and wonders. A chubby Ben Affleck beating up freshmen with a wooden paddle. The pitch-perfect hard rock soundtrack. The endlessly quotable dialogue. The bowling balls thrown at mailboxes. Richard Linklater's "Dazed and Confused" is one of the most iconic of teen films because it actually tries to capture what it's like to be a teen and not what teens wish it were like. No central NOTICES At taXMywv and cttaant, w* Iwv* • govwiMMnt iwcordt and of court procMdtaM ami notlfleMlon*. . Find puWfc rwttcM onllnt «t DubttcnoUo4t.Mrwwt.ixK. Hicah Mertes DVD REVIEW figure is found coming to some great epiphany in the last 10 minutes of the film, running in the rain from the prom to his ugly duckling friend to tell her he loves her because he just has discovered that the most popular girl in school is really not everything he had hoped for (all of this happening while Michael Bolton's "When a Man Loves a Woman" plays on the soundtrack). Though this did once happen to a friend of mine. No, there's none of that. Freddie Prinz, Jr. and Emilio Estevez were left at home. Zack Morris was left to his hrjinks. "Dazed and Confused" simply shows how boring being a teenager can be and how triumphantly euphoric it feels to find something, anything at all, to do. Underneath the very comic;surface of the film is a study of ltibf^LBjelancholy being a teenager is, how disappointed one can find himself by the time graduation comes along. As one character says near the end of the film, "If someday I say that these were the best years of my life, remind me to kill myself." When Linklater filmed "Dazed" in 1992, he said that he was setting out to make a 1970s version of "American Graffiti." To say that he achieved his goal would be inaccurate; "Dazed" is a much better film. Or maybe '70s nostalgia is just more amusing than '50s nostalgia. As a precocious young chap who lacks direct experience in either decade, I can say that the stoner humor, 8-tracks, bell bottoms and general sense of detachment that marks the latter decade are far superior to the pink Cadillacs and bee-bop diners of the '50s any day of the week. But the nostalgic details of Linklater's film are purely fringe. He's mostly interested in the quirks of his characters. And therein lies the strength of the film, the reason I've seen it more than 30 times. No matter what decade you went to high school, you will relate to one of the characters and be ail-too familiar with the rest. That one jerk who made your life hell in high school, he's here. And so are the gossipy cheerleaders, the cute quarterback, the muscle car-driving three-year senior, the dorky, psuedo-intellectual who writes for the school paper (me). And they're all so dead-on accurate, so representative of how it really is, that a viewing of the film just might transport you back to the agony and ecstasy of hangovers, mini self-realizations and the cathartic sound of the schoolday's final bell. Best scene: As Bob Dylan's "The Hurricane" plays, McConaughey struts with good ol' boy confidence into the Rec Center, dominating the attention of everyone in the room. The camera follows him as he high fives and drawls greetings to his friends. It's a strangely addictive moment in a strangely addictive film. Presented by Criterion Collection Grade: A+ "Entourage" Season Two This HBO series follows a movie star and his tag-along friends and agent. A perfect bal- ance of raunchy comedy and biting industry satire, "Entourage" has the best laugh ratio of any comedy currently on T.V Presented by HBO Home Video Grade: A- "The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada" Tommy Lee Jones directed this modern western of revenge and redemption. He's also the lead, playing a man who avenges his best friend, Melquiades Estrada, by kidnapping the border patrol guard who killed him. The two dig up Melquiades and cross the border to Mexico, so that Melquiades can be buried in his hometown. Along the way, the two encounter resistance from local law enforcement, rattlesnakes and their own personal demons. The film manages to be heartwrench- ing and morbidly funny in the same breath. Presented by Sony Pictures Classics. Grade: A- "Underworld: Evolution" Here's,one..for the "Dungeonsj-,,.,; and Drafohs^'cYpwd, a vile.'dufl * sequel to trie equally vile, dull "Underworld." Kate Beckinsale plays a vampire caught in the middle of an ongoing battle between her kind and the werewolves. She tries to find the origin of the war by tracing her bloodline, which leads to an epic battle of immortals BLAH BLAH BLAH ... This film could choke on its own mythology. If only it would have — audiences could have been spared the throbbing pain to the head the film causes. Incidentally, it was a hit at the box office. This justifies its existence in the studio's eyes, and jewelry * beads • unusual findin (First published In The Hays Daily News May 25,2006) IN THE DISTRICT COURT OF ELLIS COUNTY, KANSAS In the Matter of the Estate of LYDIA E. WAGNER, Deceased Case No. 05-PR-113 NOTICE OF HEARING THE STATE OF KANSAS TO ALL PERSONS CONCERNED: You are hereby notified that a Petition has been filed in this Court by Betty Schmldtberger, duly appointed, qualified and acting Administrator of the Estate of Lydia E. Wagner, deceased, praying Petitioner's acts be approved; account be settled and allowed; the heirs be determined; the Estate be assigned to the persons entitled thereto pursuant to the laws of Intestate succession; fees and expenses be allowed; costs be determined and ordered paid; the administration of the Estate be closed; the Administrator be discharged and Petitioner be released from further liability. You are hereby required to (He your written defenses thereto on or before June 16, 2006, at 11:00 a.m. in the District Court of Ellis County, Kansas, at which time and place the cause will be heard. Should you fall therein, judgment and decree will be entered In due course upon the Petition. BETTY SCHMIDTBERQER, Administrator SUBMITTED BY: HAVNER & BRIN KayleneBrin, #15748 111 W. 10th PO Box 976 Hays, Kansas 67601 785-628-1145 Attorneys for Administrator (Last published In The Hays Dally News June 8,2006) RESPECT Isn't it time you got more? • Company-provided COL training for qualified candidates • $35,500-$58,500 (depending on experience) I • Home Run program -17 weeks off yearly Apply Online @ schneiderjobs.com OrcalH-BOO-44-PRIDE (1-800-447-7433) 10% OFF IMACiINF IT. CRFAIF FOVF IT. In-store exclusions apply. EXPIRES JUNE 10. 2006 1011 MAIN STREET WWW.SHOPSIMPLYCHARMED.COM 1.877.737.2106 Today is Thursday, June 8, the 159th day of 2006. There are 206 days left in the year. Today in History By The Associated Press Today's Highlight in History: On June 8, A.D. 632, the prophet Mohammed died. On this date: In 1845, Andrew Jackson, seventh president of the United States, died in Nashville, Tenn. In 1861, Tennessee seceded from the Union. In 1905, President Theodore Roosevelt offered to act as a mediator in the Russo-Japanese War. In 1915, Secretary of State William Jennings Bryan resigned in a disagreement over U.S. handling of the sinking of the Lusitania. In 1953, the Supreme Court ruled that restaurants in the District of Columbia could not refuse to serve blacks. In 1967, 34 U.S. servicemen were killed when Israeli forces raided the Liberty, a Navy ship stationed in the Mediterranean. (Israel called the attack a tragic mistake.) In 1978, a jury in Clark County, Nev., ruled the so- called "Mormon will," purportedly written by the late billionaire Howard Hughes, was a forgery. Ten years ago: Declaring racial hostility was behind recent church tires in the South, President Clinton said in his weekly radio address he would devote whatever resources were needed to "smother the fires of hatred." China set off an underground nuclear test blast. "Editor's Note" won the Belmont Stakes. Five years ago: A knife-wielding man killed eight children at a Japanese elementary school. British Prime Minister Tony Blair and his Labour Party swept to a second term, winning re-election by a crushing margin. One year ago: The Senate confirmed California judge Janice Rogers Brown for the federal appeals court, ending a two-year battle. Former Boston Bruins star Cam Neely, the late Valeri Kharlamov and Murray Costello were named to the Hockey Hall of Fame. Today's Birthdays: Actor-comedian Jerry Stiller is 79. Comedian Joan Rivers is 73. Actor James Darren is 70. Actor Bernle Casey is 67. Singer Nancy Sinatra is 66. Musician Bo/ Scaggs is 62. Actress Sonia Braga is 56. Actress Kathy Baker is 56. Actor Griffin Dunne is 51. "Dilben" creator Scott Adams is 49. Actor-director Keenen Ivory Wayaus is 48. Actress Julianna Margulies is 39. Actress Kelli Williams is 36. Rapper K»nye West is 28. Folk-bluegrass singer-musician Sara Watkins (Nickel Creek) is 25. Thought for Today: "Malice drinks one-half of its own poison." - Seneca, Roman statesman (circa 5 B.C.-A.D. 65). Newspapers in Education Sponsored By: Newspaper Activity I Read your favorite comic strip. Decide what will probably happen next and draw tomorrow's strip, ELEPHONE will result in the subsequent production of future cinematic turkeys. God bless, Hollywood. It was better than "The Davinci Code" and "Rent, though." Presented by Sony Pictures. Grade: F Reporter Micah Mertes can be reached at (785) 628-1081, ext. 139, or by e-mail at mmertes@dallynews.net. johnstonsclothiers. com also visit section37.net E. 21st @ K96 Wichita, KS • 800-767-7585 VISIT NETW Satellites and More 2522 Vine, Ste. 1 • Hays Off«r ends 6-30-06 All prices, packages and programming* subject to change without notice. 30-Day Money Back Guarantee Try DISH NETWORK Risk-tree lor 30 Days. 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