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Hays, Kansas
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THURSDAY, JUNE 29,2006 ENTERMINMENT THE HAYS DAILY NEWS A5 10-year reunion sparks Vanities' By KAREN MIKOLS HAYS DAILY NEWS A trio of actresses will perch at their vanities during Russell's annual dinner theater July 10 to 14. A troupe of Hays actresses will travel to Russell to bring "Vanities" to the stage. "We've always used Russell people in our productions before," said Judy Arthur, chairman of the board of directors for the Russell Community Theater. This year, however, guest director Brenda Meder will bring a cast from Hays for the show. The cast is smaller than usual, Arthur said. "We usually have more people in our cast," she said. "In the past we've always had at least six people." But Meder needs only a few strong actresses for the play, which is a coming of age story about three high school friends. "It's about the friendship of three small-town women who come of age hi the '60s and '70s," Meder said. Scene 1 is set in November 1963, scene 2 in Spring 1968 and scene 4 in June 1974. The cast reflects the age of the characters in the final scene. "I wanted women who were at the age of the women in the last scene," Meder said. The final scene is set about 10 years after a trio of friends graduated from high school. Actresses Julie Brull, Andrea Crees and Michelle Rader said they were approaching their high school 10-year reunions, so they were able to relate to the different experiences of their characters. "I think the play will be nostal- Goodland gallery features pottery artists' work Goodland — Two talented potters, who work together at their studio in Kansas City will have several pieces of their artwork on exhibit at the Carnegie Arts Center beginning Saturday. Jake and Julie Bond will be the featured artists during July and their show will open with a reception to meet the artists from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday Julie grew up in Hoxie and earned a bachelor's in Fine Arts at the Kansas City Art Institute in 1998. For the past eight years, she and her husband Jake have owned Archival Designs, a business providing custom, handmade pottery and tile. Jake grew up in Omaha, Neb., and earned a bachelor's of fine arts from Doane College in Crete, Neb. Both Jake and Julie credit their upbringing for then- strong work ethic, and inspiration for their pottery designs. "Both my parents are teachers, which gave me the drive to learn all I can about the arts," Jake says. Julie says that she draws inspiration from her childhood. "Growing up in western Kansas has influenced many of my pieces," she says. "The beauty of a seemingly stark landscape challenges me to discover an interesting way to convey RUSSELL DINNER THEATER tin* DHlittf at 6:30 p.m., Show at 8 p.m. , DMM: duly 10 to 14 PISM: Russell Elks Lodge, Soulh Highway 381 CoM: $6 for the show, or $15 for dinner and the show Reservation*: (785) 483-6960 gic for the audience," Crees said. "I'm certain people will look at the clothes and say 'I wore something like that!'" The title, "Vanities," hits multiple levels, Meder said. "The whole idea of 'Vanities' is the title," Meder said. "It has to do with the dictionary meaning: (1) the quality of being personally vain, excessive pride in ones qualities or achievements; (2) emptiness, unreality, sham or want of real value; and (3) a dressing table. "This production means all three of those things. It's a wonderful indulgent pleasure, but it's not a superficial play. It's a play about superficiality" The actresses will stay on stage for the entire play, taking care of makeup changes at their individual vanities and utilizing modesty screens to change. The rehearsal time was short, about one month. This necessitated a cast Meder knew she could rely on. "I have either directed or acted with all three of these women," Meder said. The actresses agreed the familiarity with Meder and her directing style is a benefit. "Having worked with Brenda before makes it easier," Brull said. Crees nodded in agreement. 'Twisted little gem' entertains with horror KAREN MIKOLS / Hays Daily News Michelle Rader, left, playing Joanne, and Julie Brull, right, playing Kathy, react to an outburst by Andrea Crees, playing Mary, during rehearsal for "Vanities." The actresses rehearsed at the Hays Arts Center but will perform July 10 to 14 at the Russell Elks Lodge for the Russell Community Theater's dinner theater production. "Brenda has a directing style unlike anyone else," Crees said. "She's very hands-on." Meder's high-energy will likely come across in the production, her cast said, and Arthur agrees. "I'm sure that it will be a high- Briefs these images." Both create functional and decorative pottery. Jake uses the functional pot as a canvas for his glaze designs. Julie's work is also decorative, but is still fully functional as a serving platter. At the arts center, Julie will JJgJii exhibiting several, large Blatters and serving sgi$..and Jalce will exhibit large vases and bowls. This month's gallery exhibit is being sponsored by Royal and Joan Reid and Unruh Family Chiropractic. The Carnegie Arts Center is located at 120 W. 12th in Goodland. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday through Monday. There is no admission. American Fork Art' comes to the Flying Pig LUCAS — If you want to see a fun show of strange and wonderful art creations — go see the show of "American Fork Art" by Mri Pilar at the Flying Pig Gallery, 123 S. Main St., in Lucas this weekend. It is proof that Kansas is not a cultural wasteland. The show at the Flying Pig Gallery will feature smaller fork related works. The show will open on July 1 and 2 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. with an opening reception for the artist. Refreshments will be served promptly during the opening reception. The show will remain open until Sept. 6. Remember when you were a kid and played croquet in your back yard? You will have an opportunity to play croquet, or rather, forkquet, in an imaginative and fun court just south of Lucas Motors. Pilar has had assistance with several of these pieces from Dwight Windle, shop teacher, as well as the Lucas-Luray High quality production," Arthur said. "We're entrusting Brenda to provide that for our audience." Reporter Karen Mikols can be reached at (785) 628-1081, ext. 143, or by e-mail at School shop classes. The "Challenge America Grant" from the National Endowment for the Arts, administered by the Lucas Arts and Humanities Council, ' has made the Forkquet Court a possibility. Now it is up to you to come see • and enjoy what our local ar,tists,, have been doing. Check out for a preview of this show. 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 F, for my ratings. 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 will always be there for you, unwavering and true. "Cache" A French Hitchockian horror film that takes a maddening amount of patience at certain points but rewards with a truly disturbing and original climax, "Cache" is not for everyone. Some viewers don't like the French, reading English subtitles or being challenged by a film. Some viewers like their jokes and emotions broad, their narratives short and simple. Some viewers like their characters speaking American. For you I recommend "Madea's Family Reunion," or perhaps "The OC." If you don't fall into any of my bitter and misanthropic observations of humanity, give this twisted little gem a spin. "Cache" focuses on a family who begins to have tapes of their recorded domestic life being sent to them. The family doesn't know who's doing it or why, and I would be committing yet another movie criticism sin if I said anything else that happens in this nearly perfect antidote to Micah Merles DVD REVIEW the poison that has infected the modern thriller genre: Ashley Judd. Presented by Sony Pictures. Grade: A- "Sick Girl" Part of the "Masters of Horror" series on Showtime, "Sick Girl" is a hilariously disgusting one-hour film with plenty of horror homage. Directed by horror auteur, Lucky McGee, whose 2002 film "May" was a small masterpiece, "Sick Girl" is the story of an entomologist (played by the lovely Angela Bettis with a screwball comedic sincerity) who is unlucky in love because of her fascination with insects. When Bettis strikes up a steamy affair with a mysterious girl from work, things get weird. A giant, exotic bug is delivered in the mail and bites Bettis' lover, turning her into an aggressive bug woman who likes eating the neighbors' pets and randomly freaks out with a gooey set of tentacles that come out of her eyes. What ensues is bizarre humor, over-the-top gore and numerous gratuitous sex scenes between two attractive women. Lonely, insomniac, college- aged males ... welcome to the pearly gates. Presented by Showtime. 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Tuesday.July 4 Wednesday, July 5 Call Your Hays Da x To Reserv news 0& Kristal Dechant at the Little House on the Prairie Historic Site in _ Independence, Kansas _ To join the fun and enter our contest, readers need to have a photograph taken of themselves holding a copy of The Hays Daily News in front of an identifiable landmark while on vacation. Photos will be published in the newspaper. Each participant will be entered into a drawing to win a one-year subscription to The Hays Daily News. The winner will be announced in the August 28, 2006 edition. To participate, mail your photo along with a description of the people pictured and your vacation destination, your name, address and phone number, and a self-addressed stamped envelope (for photo return) to: HAT 1 mi THE VOICE OF rue Miaif PLAINS . P.O. Box 857, Hays, KS 67601 Attn: Mary Karst Photos also may be e-mailed to

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