The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on March 29, 1998 · Page 10
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 10

Salina, Kansas
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Sunday, March 29, 1998
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AjO SUNDAY. MARCH 29,1993 GREAT PLAINS THE SALINA JOURNAL SALINA ACTOR 'Just a working stiff' Veteran actor from Salina to appear in TV drama By CRISTINA JANNEY The Snllna Journal Days before Tyrees Allen was to appear as a guest star on one of the hottest dramas on television, he did not want to talk about the glamour or prestige of being an actor. Allen, a Salina Central graduate who has appeared on 20 to 30 TV shows and also has movie parts and an extensive theater career on his resume, talked in a telephone interview this past week about the frustrations of trying to make his mark in Los Angeles. "People see an actor's life as glamorous, but I am just a working stiff," said Allen, who still has relatives in the area. He plays Curtis Simmons, an assistant prosecutor, on ABC's "The Practice," which will air at 9 p.m. Monday on Salina channels 9 and 10. Allen's character prosecutes a gang member who has been charged in the beating death of a boy during a gang initiation. Allen, 43, also has had recurring roles on "Texas Ranger" and "Mad About You." Helen Hunt of "Mad" and winner of the Oscar for best actress at the Academy Awards this past week, has a great sense of timing, Allen said. "She can be funny and be real." Allen is hoping his appearance on "The Practice" will help him land other acting jobs. "The Practice" episode was filmed months ago, and he hasn't worked in a month and a half. Allen doesn't have a day job but sometimes wishes he did. He said he makes a decent living as an actor but often goes a month or more without work. Living in a place so consumed by the acting business can be difficult when one loves to act but hasn't worked in a month. "You are always seeing them filming stuff around town," Allen said. "I drive by the studios. Several of my friends are working in sitcoms. It is frustrating because what I want to do is happening all around me." An actor needs talent to make a career, but it takes more than that to land a TV role, Allen said. One's look or type has a lot to do with it. "I might have given a great reading and a great callback, but I might not get the role because someone thinks I don't look like I could be a thug," he said. Allen's goal is to land a starring role in his own television drama, but he takes small parts if he thinks he can learn from them. He had a small part in a remake of "Twelve Angry Men." He wasn't going to take the four- line part until he found out that he would be working with George C. Scott and Jack Lemmon. "I feel like I am fairly green when working in File photo Salina Central graduate Tyrees Allen will appear on the TV drama "The Practice," airing at 9 p.m. Monday on Salina channels 9 and 10. front of a camera," he said. "I often ask veteran actors what they would do with this or that." Despite the frustrations, Allen said he loves being an actor. "I think the one thing you are called to do as a human being is to do what makes you happy," he said. Allen's early experience in high school, Marymount College and Salina Community Theatre prepared him for his subsequent work in TV and theater in Dallas, he said. When Dennis Denning, former Marymount theater professor, started teaching in the 1950s, black men were not cast in roles unless the character was black, Denning said. Allen helped change Denning's concept of black actors. Denning cast Allen in a variety of roles, which Allen said helped him develop depth as an actor and gave him confidence. Denning said he credited Allen's success with his persistence. "He has stayed with it even though he has had to make some painful sacrifices," Denning said. "I knew a lot of theater students who had talent, and they all became husbands and mothers and business people. Tyrees said, 'I am going to do this,' and he is in L.A. kicking down doors." T LATTER DAY SAINTS Women to get top church spots RLDS church poised to approve first women for leadership positions By The Associated Press INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — Gail Mengel will need only walk down a hallway and through a tunnel to get from her old office to the new one. But the walk between buildings represents an extraordinary step for the 54-year-old Independence woman. She and fellow church membe, Linda Boot, are set to become the first women approved for top leadership in the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Mengel and Booth's appointment to the Council of Twelve will be decided as some 2,800 delegates converge on church headquarters in this Kansas City suburb for the RLDS World Conference. It started Saturday and lasts through April 5. The move comes almost 14 years after the issue of ordaining women into the priesthood rocked the RLDS church. In 1984, former RLDS Prophet- President Wallace Smith pushed for the ordination change and church delegates approved. The ensuing schism is believed to have cost the church an estimated 30,000 members. "The call of two women to become general officers of the church is a significant historical moment in the life of the church," RLDS Prophet-President W. Grant McMurray said Thursday during a telephone interview from his Independence home. "However, in the 13 or 14 years since the church began ordaining women, I think we have gotten to the point that this is a logical extension of the ministry women are providing everywhere in the church," he said. "Therefore, I don't think it will be controversial, but rather a celebration of the talents and abilities of all peo- ple regardless of gender." About one quarter of the church's ordained and lay ministers now are women, McMurray said. Mengel, a fifth or sixth generation RLDS, has served seven and a half years as the RLDS Women's Ministries Coordinator. She was ordained an elder in 1986 and a high priest in 1995. "I have had many people as I have been in the field affirm to me that they believed that I could have such a call," Mengel said, noting that she never expected to reach such a position when she moved to headquarters in 1990. Booth, 49, Independence, has been the assistant director of communications for the church just more than a year. CROP HAIL INSURANCE from Kansas #1 crop insurer. Call me. Troy Olson 329 N. Ohio, Salina 785-827-4426 Farm Bureau Insurance FARM BUREAU MUTUAL INSURANCE COMPANY KFB INSURANCE COMPANY KANSAS FARM BUREAU LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY Fa SERVICES INSURANCE AGENCY presented by the SALINA HUMAN RELATIONS DEPARTMENT EVENING SESSION Thursday, April 9th 6:30 to 9 p.m. Speakers will give information on: • Minimum Housing Code Issues & Helpful Hints • Requirements of the Fair Housing Law • Disability Issues in Housing Refreshments will be available, There is NjQ registration This is a FREE seminar For further information, call the Salina Human Relations Department 785-826-7330 or stop in Room 101, City-County Courthouse. Grant funds from HUD wore utilized to give this presentation. KLEYPAS CASE Murdered woman's parents sue By The Associated Press WICHITA — The parents of a murdered Pittsburg State University student have sued the state, claiming that Gary Kleypas, who was sentenced to death for the crime, had been improperly supervised by a parole officer. Gary Kleypas, a nursing student at the university, killed Carrie Williams in her apartment in 1996. Four years earlier, he had been released from a Missouri prison after serving half of a 30-year sentence for killing an elderly woman. He had been on probation at the university for being intoxicated. His parole conditions prohibited him from drinking alcohol. "I know enough about my daughter's case that if the parole system did 10 percent of their job, he wouldn't have been out" of prison, said Carrie's father, Larry Williams. Williams and his attorney, Dan Turner of Topeka, argue in the lawsuit filed Friday that Kleypas clearly violated conditions of his parole. They say his parole officer should have taken steps to have him returned to prison or put in treatment. Kleypas, the first Kansan in 27 years to be sentenced to death, also was found guilty of attempted rape and aggravated burglary. The lawsuit against the Kansas Department of Corrections and parole officer Donna Pyle alleges that prior to Williams' murder, Pyle knew that Kleypas had served 15 years for murder and was arrested on charges of domestic battery and driving under the influence. He also had been charged with raping his girlfriend, which was later dismissed because the girlfriend later said that she and Kleypas were so intoxicated that she couldn't remember whether she consented. m*^^ >m ^Retirement OpenJ-fouse For Vaughn J-[ofmeier Payless Cashways cordially invites family and friends to an open house for Vaughn Hofmeier. Vaughn has been in the lumber business for over 47years. He has managed lumber yards in Inman, Junction City, McPherson, Galva, and Salina. Please join us! Jlpriljth 1998 1:30-4:30 p.m. at Salina Holiday Inn Holidome 1616 W. Crawford - Salina, KS CHINESE RESTAURANT The Best of Panda's Chefs are from New York City. It's frequently renewed menu provides over 60 different buffet choices daily, including salad and fruit. The unique daily specials will definitely fulfill everyones appetite. The 220 seat dining area of Panda's is perfect for business luncheons, gatherings or any special occasion. If you have a party of 15-25 people we offer FREE drinks. Parties over 30 people we offer 10% off. Panda's of for good thru Aprfl 30,1088 640 Westport Blvd., Salina 785-827-6400 Juat AwwwL! SEVILLE s IK Stock Kww! Come In for ^ Test 'Drivel We are your 9{ezu Cadittac Headquarters! Recliners, Sofas & Chairs e 5 drawer Stow Reg. Sale Lane Capretto Sofa (Tan) $995 $499 Chaise Lounge $705 $399 Glider Rocker $395 $199 Bomber Leather Recliner $849 $449 Nattuzi Leather Ottoman $700 $249 Lane Navy Rocker Recliner $409 $299 Broyhill Plaid Loveseat $919 $549 Mattress Box Springs & Bunk Beds One Group \Accessories 1/2 Off Reg. SimmonSOMJize Pillow Top $1,449 Queen QM&fre Set $965 Full Size Back Care Set $759 Twin Size Mattress or Box Springs...$149 Simmons Maxipedic King Size Set.. $929 Sale $699 $449 $399 $109 ea. pc. $499 90 Days Interest Free Open Sunday 1:00-5:00 Weekdays 9:00-5:30 Saturday 9:00-5:00 1930 SOUTH NINTH • SAUNA, KS U-Htiul u-Save 1-1.0090 Wood & Metal Bunk Bed Reg. $599 Sale $299 No Delivery At This Price 785-023-3971

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