The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on December 3, 1997 · Page 84
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 84

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Wednesday, December 3, 1997
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WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 3, 1997 The Palm Beach Post m sl SECTION D COMING UP With a popular TV show, successful restaurants and a new Creole cookbook, Emeril Lagasse is one hot cook. THURSDAY IN FOOD i ? i n f? WEEKEND PREVIEW Still not into the holiday spirit? Several communities are planning holiday parades on land and sea. PAGE 3D MartinSt. Lucie County Living -is VMiKnt-'- i 1 MIAMI CITY BALLET ACCENT t v. : M How does the tree grow? XT The . INutcracker s m w m w n.-i : ::, :n,, u..t A Guide wire ii iiic ucc is initially auuui Jeri Butler ieei tan. a wire connected J 9 feet tall. A wire connected J , X v f f S f to stage pulleys lifts the tree. r ' f m Jr iff t i Two thin guide wires run through I W I'"" guiuc W1ICS 1 U1I U1I UUgll I v Iff t the tree to its wood base, i hey, keep the tree steady as it climbs. Someone stands behind the tree during the scene and helps the tree rise without hitches. A visionary and activist is mourned The tree isn't really full size. It's like a big hoop skirt The tree is about 2 feet ; deep. It is made of black velour fabric stretched over a series of aluminum frames that form the tiers of the tree. As the tree rises, V.Vi ) Howpany lights? f J the fabric grabs the frame below IS I ? . V ucciuuft.anvc. ( t it and pulls it up. 5 CJ W MX Wheh the tree j I lB&ettW V. i W m. wnniBi rn n hill MS A wood base anchors Forget the flying sleds and showers of snow. 'Jj the tree and the guide the tree and the guide 1 1 Jkl f 1 V wires. At the end of Act I, the hi i 4 the tiers for a guide wires pull up the tree, Just how do they get that tree to grow? clearing the stage for Act 11. How fast does it grow? The tree takes about one minute to fully r extend to its 27-foot height It's not the helicopter in Miss Saigon or the chandelier in Phantom of the Opera, but it's the same idea: the special effect that comes to dominate a theatrical production. In The Nutcracker, it's a Christmas tree. Well, not just any Christmas tree, but one that typically grows from 10 feet to about 30 feet. As we enter the height of Nutcracker season, with Miami City Ballet's production beginning Thursday at the Kravis Center and Ballet Florida's due later this month, we take a look at the engineering behind the show's magic. How much does the tree cost? About $35,000 On Monday my column was about the wonderful work the Second Sight Taping Studio in Stuart does recording books for the blind. But on that morning, many of us, including volunteers at Second Sight, learned that the studio's manager, 40-year-old Janet Andrien, had died in an automobile accident on Friday afternoon in Sewall's Point. "We are all in shock," said Frank Gibbons, a 20-year volunteer and member of the board of directors. , "She was so bright and the best manager we have ever had," he said. . Andrien had recently won a $5,000 prize for the studio from Paul Newman for her recipe for "Alphabraille Soup," using a Newman's Own sauce. - "She was such an inventive and dedicated person, and she transformed this place," said Gibbons. A Mass will be said for Andrien at 11:30 a.m. today at St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church in Jensen Beach. Library $100,000 richer In March, Gretchen Cuffe, director of the Martin County Library System, announced the library had received a $100,000 grant to expand its humanities collection. Half of the money is in an endowment, and the ojher half is for new books. As part BALLET FLORIDA 1 Si Aluminum ,"- JS' " ft. Guide wire , " ' i hi T1 ,5-, ' J Pull wire How does the tree grow? The audience first sees a 12-foot-'O tall tree. Three pull wires lift the tree from above. Painted and decorated to appear three-dimensional, the tree is actually flat and made of heavy canvas. Base of the tree ri The canvas is folded like an accordion at the base of the tree. Are the candles real? Nope. The candles use a special bulb that flickers like a real flame. There are 96 candles and 150 lights on the tree. The presents and gifts cover the base of the tree from the audience's view. A wire nulls up the canvas to increase the tree's height to 33 feet. i , or tne expansion, the Stuart Library is having free monthly panel discussions on topics from ethics to arts. This month's Discussion Sunday will be at 2 p.m. Sunday in T To aid the effect of the tree 2 growing, a red velvet backdrop j growing, a red velvet ba : r ,r u i : :j no ' IBB' . i'': htftnrif fl firrtinrii 'ifffllT fttafrrMr ni is iuwci cu as uic u cc is 1 cuscu. f TIN The old scenery is then pulled L, How fast does the tree grow? It takes about 40 seconds to extend to its full height. vj unaerneain a large aluminum INSIDE Why is the tree so important in local productions of The Nutcracker? Page 4D Donohue pipe and back up into the stage r0A the Stokes ngging. ' ; " ; " , .V Pull wire Pull wire 4 O V The new red "H"lf"t lire un.nuiwp m T,y,v V is rolled up into P ' . ' the stage rigging. . ' " f velvet backdrop is lowered. Room, and Edith Donohue, who has led many popular book reviews and programs at the library, will be the moderator for "Managing the Truth." Panelists include Karen Allen, a Barry University lecturer, private investigator Cathy Dunne and Richard Johnston, a partner in a political consulting firm. Artists in action at 'Jam' -' On Sunday some special Treasure Coast artists will demonstrate the secrets of their techniques at the A.E. "Bean" Backus Gallery in Fort Pierce. Woodworker David Samuel and porcelain painter Dorothy Kamm, both of Port St. Lucie, and sculptor Xanobia Jefferson, of Fort Pierce, will be among the artists at the third annual Artist Jam & Gift Sale from 1 to 4 p.m. Weavers, painters, metal sculptors and others, (deluding Don Brown, Susan Forget Cassens, Pat Cochran, Patrick Griffin, Tom Harvey, Anita prentice and Charles Walker, will demonstrate, and there will be en-tainment by the Smoothies and gitarist Donna Griffin. A $10 donation at the door is uested. The gallery is at 500 N. iart River Drive in Fort Pierce. I V ' B l To share your news about people te events on the Treasure Coast, call jfti at 223-3552, e-mail her, or write her at The Piilm Beach Post, 2101 S. Manner hghway, Stuart, Fla. 34994. I : 1 Photo by STEVEN CARASCourtesy Ballet Florida Ballet Florida uses a 6-year-old tree for its Nutcracker at the Kravis. The tree has 300 ornaments, 200 lights and functions like an accordion. Pipe I :ir ,,,, Graphics by SEAN TEVIS Story by CHARLES PASSY iZ How much does 3 the tree cost? 5 About $30,000. If he new identity crisis: Can you stop a thief from stealing your good name? victim," says Beth Givens, director of the Privacy ' Rights Clearinghouse in San Diego, where ID theft ' has jumped to the No. 1 complaint on hot-line calls. "Most victims don't even know how the perpetrators got their identity numbers." Identity theft now accounts for an estimated 15 percent to 25 percent of total credit card fraud losses annually. Yet, Givens said, no one keeps track of dollar figures. "Generally, law enforcement doesn't pay attention to this crime they go after ' robbers with guns but not robbers with paper and card issuers and department stores will write off the Please see STOLEN IDENTITY:?) after becoming a victim of identity theft. That's the crime of stealing personal information name, address and Social Security number will do for starters to fraudulently obtain credit cards, ATM cards, blank checks or the cash proceeds from mutual funds or insurance policies. The perpetrators use their false IDs to rent houses, buy cars, sign up for cellular phone service and obtain more false IDs. The victim, whose credit record is left in shambles, has to pick up the pieces alone a job so thankless that support groups are starting to form around the country. "It's a depressing topic because there's nothing you can do to ensure you won't become a By Connie Koenenn Los Angeles Times " Signs of the Information Age: One of the emerging home appliances for today's savvy consumer is a paper shredder. "I picked up one for 60 bucks at Costco," says Mari Frank, an attorney from Laguna Niguel, Calif. "1 shred anything that has my personal or financial information, including unsolicited, pre-approved credit card applications. I shred each document into two different bags before I throw it away." A little extreme? Not for Frank, who spent more than a year, hundreds of dollars and thousands of hours rebuilding her once-spotless credit record Illustration by SEAN TEVlSStaff Artist

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