The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 30, 1998 · Page 29
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may 31-June 6, 1998 Listings for North-Central and Northwest Kansas nnel rmation SALINA CABLE CHANNELS CHANNEL VCR* STATK 09 03 18 13 06 23 08 26 10 12 40 92 43 45 75 33 37 42 89 35 44 38 48 EE 49 77 82 34 76 47 52 78 88 31 46 74 36 80 51 56 39 57 30 53 63 41 KOOD, Bunker Hill, PBS KSNW, Wichita, NBC KAAS, Sallna/Wichita, Fox WIBW, Topeka, CBS ACCESS 6, Salina WDAF, Kansas City, Fox KPTS. Wichita. PBS KMBC, Kansas City, ABC KAKE. Wichita (UHF 22), ABC KWCH, Wlchita/Hutchlnson, CBS KSHB, Kansas City, NBC Encore) WTBS, Atlanta, Independent Cinemax Starz HBO (Home Box Office) Discovery Channel CNN (Cable News Network) f/X AMC (American Movie Classics) USA Network Nickelodeon MTV (Music Television) TNN (The Nashville Network) Comedy Central Odyssey ESPN ESPN2 FAM (Family Channel) TNT (Turner Network Television) TOON (Cartoon Network) SCIFI Animal Planet Lifetime CNBC Encore Plex Home ft Garden TLC (The Learning Channel) Fox Sports A&E (Arts & Entertainment) BET (Black Entertainment TV) Unlvlslon (en Espanol) Disney El Entertainment Showtime SAUNA CHANNELS NOT LISTED 3- STATION Prevue Weather Channel Education Access - Salina Government Access - Salina Headline News (CNN II) C-Span Home Shopping Network QVC Country Music TV VH1 Fit TVjCable Health Club) C-Span 2 . Court TV MSNBC Knowledge TV FYI - The Information Station Fox News Food Network America's Jewelry Store (Spreel) EBBB3B Request (pay-per-view) Playboy/Action NON-SALINA CHANNELS CHANNEL VCR* STATION O 05 KHAS, Hastings, Neb.. NBC m 83 m (5) (10) (13) (27) TCM TMC WGN 07 22 11 04 KBSH, Hays, CBS KPNE, North Plane, Neb., PBS KTWU, Topeka. PBS KHGI, Hastings, Neb., ABC 73 Trinity, Santa Ana, Calif. (UHF 15) 20 10 17 27 72 SB 55 KCTV, Kansas City, CBS KOLN, Lincoln, Neb., CBS FOX. Superior. Neb. KSNT, Topeka. ABC Turner Classic Movtos The Movie Channel WGN. Chicago SATELLITE STATIONS and ttieir originating stations: For PBS Lexington, Neb., see ® For ABC Superior, Hayes Center, Neb., see OS For NBC Great Bend and Oberlln, see B For CBS Dodge City and Goodland, see IB For ABC Colby, see B9 VCR PLUS* MSTANT PROGRAMMER: The numbers next to each channel, as well as the PlusCode numbers on the primetime grids, sports leg and some daytime listings, are lor those with VCR Plus* devices for VCR taping. The numbers above must be programmed info the VCR. To tape a program, enter the PlusCode number printed with the program listing and the program will be automatically recorded. For information , call 1-8OO-4321-VCR or 1-8OO-25B4-VCR. SEA OPERA Dwayne Croft sings title role in PBS special 'Billy Budd' By BOB THOMAS The Associated Press L OS ANGELES — If you watch a telecast of "The Metropolitan Opera Presents," chances are the production credits will read: Directed by Brian Large. Such will he the case Wednesday when PBS offers Benjamin Britten's "Billy Budd," a stirring dramatization of Herman Melville's novella, with libretto by E.M. Forster and Eric Crozier. Dwayne Croft sings the title role of the innocent young foretopman on a 19th-century American naval ship. James Morris sings the role of Claggart, the brutal master-at-arms. The telecast, funded largely by Texaco, was taped in March during a Metropolitan Opera performance in New York City. John Dexter directed the stage production, Steuart Bedford conducted. Many radio stations will carry the opera the same night. Like "Moby Dick" and "Typee," "Billy Budd, Foretopman" derived from the Melville's service as a whaler in the South Seas and follows his familiar theme of good vs. evil. The story concerns a handsome, naive young sailor, liked by the crew but hated by the evil Claggart. Billy is provoked into a fight and kills Claggart with a blow. Although Captain Vere (sung by Philip Langridge) is cognizant of Billy's innocence, he sentences the boy to death. British-born Large is experienced at directing opera for television. He reckons he has directed 75 at the Met and more than 350 worldwide. "Billy Budd" is a favorite because he was closely associated with Britten during the last seven years of the English composer's life. '"Billy Budd' is a wonderful opportunity from a dramatic point of view," Large said. "I know it is called an opera, but I've always considered it a drama. "One of the great things is its intimacy and the conversational quality of it. Like 'Aida,' it's about relationships, about people. It's one of the great plays — with music." Indeed, the Melville work has appeared in play form and in a 1962 movie directed by Peter Ustinov, with Terence Stamp in his film debut as Billy Budd and Robert Ryan as Claggart. The opera is set entirely aboard ship with an all-male cast. William Dudley designed a four-tiered set, and Large focuses on various parts of the ship, thus avoiding a sense of claustrophobia. Large said he normally tapes three performances of an opera. "The first performance is never used; it is considered a rehearsal," he said. The Associated Press Dwayne Croft portrays Billy Budd in the Metropolitan Opera performance that will be shown at 7 p.m. Wednesday on Salina cable channels 2 and 8. "The second tape is used as a security; hopefully we will improve on that. The third and final performance generally forms what is the final tape." New technology has improved greatly the televising of opera since Large began 30 years ago. "Originally we started out with a 25-to- 1 lens," meaning the image is magnified 25 times, he said. "Now they are 75-to-l. That extra technical ability gives one the advantage of getting close-ups and reactions that we could never get before." Large was trained in London as a concert pianist and conductor. In 1970, the BBC commissioned Britten to write an opera, "Owen Wingate," and Large was assigned as his assistant. "It was a wonderful experience," the director recalled. "He was very modest about his ability to write, very humble about his work. He couldn't understand where it came from or why. He told me, 'I feel like a tube of toothpaste; I keep squeezing it, and there's not much more coming out.' "

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