The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on November 9, 1968 · Page 8
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 8

West Palm Beach, Florida
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Saturday, November 9, 1968
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r w m i ! FOR OMEN Saturday, Nov. 9, 1968 S Palm Beach Post-Times r "" 1 u"1' " v"iv " " " "" m. looks on. (Below) Sister Jarlath goes over the script with Gregory Bean (left) and John AS THE IRISH DO No gesture was too unimportant for talented college students (Above) Sister de Chantal shows Marlene Hayes how to pack clothes "the Irish way" as Gregory Bean , .; ; , , -7 y :v . A,. , Learn A Brogue TOOLS OF TRADE (Above) Sister de Chantal tells Marlene Hayes "The knife should be much bigger" to cut Irish bread. (Below) Sister de Chantal helps Laura Lee Athey with her brogue. ,vV i .J, ) ; VS. -. H. i 1 1 "They really try to get their parts right," says Sister Jarlath, "no point is too small for them to consider." The sisters found they were not only in demand for making tapes, saying the lines that the actresses would say, with Father Frank O'L-oughlin, of Holy Name Parish, helping out with men's voices, but were also in demand for other bits of Irish lore. Like how to eat continental style. How to dance an authentic Irish jig. How to cut bread. Or how to pack a suitcase. The play deals with the communications gap that exists between all individuals, and particularly between father and son. The sisters and Father OXoughlin found the problems familiar. They all became very interested in the play while working on it. "It tells the story like it is in Ireland," says Father O'Loughlin. All three have promised to attend at least one of the performances to listen to the result of their work. "Philadelphia, Here I Come" has been chosen as the college's entrant in the American College Theater Festival, and judges from the festival will also be viewing one of the foui performances, Thursday through Sunday eve ning. If they, and the audience, are enchanted by the authentic lilt of the Irish tongue, a vote of general thanks should go to PBJC's unusual technical advisers, Father O'Loughlin, Sister deChantal and Sister Jarlath. Special to the Post-Times When the drama staff at Palm Beach Junior College decided that "Philadelphia, Here I Come" would be the first play of the season, it was immediately agreed that the paly would be done in Irish dialect. "We are concerned with theater as education as well as drama," says Frank Leahy, faculty director, "and doing the play in dialect gives our students an added touch to their acting experience." The play, by Brian Friel, "the most Irish of all modern Irish playwrights," according to one drama critic, is concerned with a young Irishman's last day in the old country before emigrating to Philadelphia. "Some of our staff members can produce an Irish brogue," Leahy says, "but we wanted to make sure we were teaching our actors the authentic dialect." The answer? Two Sisters of Mercy nuns, teachers in St. Luke's Parochial School, whose gentle midlands tongue is about as typical of all Ireland as any of the different dialects you find in the country as a whole. Sister deChantal, who came to the United States from County Roscommon in 1962, and Sister Jarlath, who came from County Offaly in 1965, agree they've "had a lot of fun" in donating their time to the project. "The students surprised us," Sister deChantal said. "They're not only interested in the way we speak, they're interested in the entire Dame Jig F"' V : ! ! ; rX . 1. 1. 1 1' y r I. if H J Ay A Ft : J - - : - 4F Jlx -Ur J r J L . . sister's from Ireland. (Right) Gregory Bean and Marlene Hayes take an Irish jig lesson from Sister de Chantal. FROM THE OLD SOD - Enjoying an Irish repast are (above left) Ken Thompson, Sister de Chantal, Gregory Bean, and Sister Jarlath. Everything authentic for the play, thanks to two 1 ' t' - --"J i 1

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