The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on November 16, 1981 · Page 14
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Page 14 The Salina Journal — Monday, November 16,1981 Playboy Playmates plan nightclub act By VERNON SCOTT HOLLYWOOD (UPI) — If you didn't know better, the four beautiful young women in the stark rehearsal hall in a ramshackle building in an industrial part of West Los Angeles, could be mistaken for sorority girls. They were dressed in dance togs, resting during a rehearsal break. There was a sheen of perspiration on their faces as they sipped soft drinks and devoured donuts. They wore little or no makeup. Their coifs were in disarray. Their attitudes were relaxed and friendly. All four could have won "girl next door" contests. In fact, each and every one of them had posed bare naked for Playboy magazine. They were, at various times, the magazine's centerfold "Playmates." Sondra Theodore (San Bernardino, Calif.) was the July 1977 centerfold. Heidi Sorenson (Vancouver, B.C.) July 1981. Michelle Drake (San Diego) May 1979. Nicki Thomas (Chicago) March 1977. In their Playboy layouts the girls looked glossy, laquered, sophisticated, naughty and, above all, sexy. In person they appear many years younger, wholesome, fresh, sweet and, above all, sexy. All but Nicki are blonde. All, of course, liave wonderous figures and distinctively beautiful faces. The young women are, moreover, bright, articulate and ambitious to become more than girlie magazine fodder. These four, under the aegis of Playboy pasha Hugh Hefner, have formed the Playboy Playmates, a singing, dancing nightclub group which will make its debut this winter, hopefully at one of the resorts in Las Vegas, Reno or Lake Tahoe. They will be seen Monday night in their TV debut on "George Burns' Early, Early, Early Christmas Special." The group has been two years in the making, inspired at a Playboy Mansion singalong with Sondra and Nicki. Thereafter some 75 Playmates auditioned for or were considered for the group. "We survived and hung in there," said Sondra who might emerge as the spokesperson for the quartette. Hard work "It's hard work," Michelle said. "We'll be singing rock, country, west- em and special pop material. Each of us will have solos and, of course, we're in the process of learning our dance routines." Sondra said, "The four of us have been working together three months now. And for the past two months we've been putting in six hours a day on choreography." "We'll be all covered up for our act," Nicki said, sharing a look of quiet feminine self-congratualations with the others. "We'll be voluptuous and, hopefully, sensual. But our costumes aren't going to be that revealing." ' All four of the girls have boyfriends who, they say, are proud of the centerfold poses. None have been married. Sondra and Michelle share an apartment. Prior to formation of the group, the girls knew one another but weren't really pals. On a personal basis, the girls agree, they get along well, although their are occasional misunderstandings and squabbles. "We get on each others' nerves sometimes but we work it out," Sondra said. "We balance things out," Heidi added. "When one of us is down," Nicki said, "the others will help pick her up." The girls deny there is any competitive edge among them as performers, adding they have coalesced into a dynamic, supportive group. "We're like a Brownie troop where everyone puts in their two cents worth," said Michelle. "We're very supportive and if the guys we date know what's best, they'll be supportive." Show focuses on teenage alcoholism A series focusing on one of the most serious problems affecting teenagers in America — drinking and alcoholism — is being presented on "Good Morning, America" this. week. The show airs . from 7 to 9 a.m. on ABC. The report follows Debbie Marks, a 16-year-old alcoholic who now is on the road to recovery. There are rap sessions with Debbie and her friends, with her mother, and scenes showing Debbie taking part, in a therapy session at Phoenix House in New York City where she is undergoing treatment. "We keep each other in line," Sondra said. "People are going to be surprised when they see us perform," Michelle said. "They're going to see a lot more than four models up there on stage." "We're more than four pretty girls in costumes," Sondra put in. "The Penthouse (magazine) Pets bombed a year ago when they tried a club act. They lip-synched the lyrics to pre-recorded sound and appeared bare-breasted. "Well, they're not in business anymore. We're not going to bare our breasts." Different shapes "At first, audiences might expect us to prance around naked," Nicki said. "But seeing a group of nude women gets very old very fast. We're all different shapes and sizes. So what. What can you do on stage for a half hour nude?" "If we don't have talent, we're in big trouble," Michelle said. Heidi said, "This group is classy. We hope to go to Las Vegas as an opening act for some big star to begin with. But we'll also be traveling around and appearing in some of the Playboy Clubs. "If we're successful, it will be wonderful for our careers and it will help the magazine. It proves that Playmates are real people. And for lots of men our act will bridge the gap between fantasy and reality." Miriam Nelson, one of Hollywood's top choreographers, joined the group preparatory to putting them back to work. "They've really worked hard," she said. "At first they were a bit awkward and uncomfortable. Now they're amazingly good. Another month of polish and they'll be terrific." Montgomery stars HOLLYWOOD (UPI) - Elizabeth Montgomery will star in "Rules of Marriage," a four-hour rniniseries for CBS and 20th Century-Fox Television. The original Reginald Rose screenplay deals with the reaction of a couple and their children to the threatened collapse of their 15-year "perfect" marriage. The Marquee Salina Movies Fox - "Joni." Vogue-"Halloween II." Sunset Plaza Cinemas — "The French Lieutenant's Woman." "The Pursuit of D.B. Cooper." Mid State Cinemas — "Time Bandits." "Looker." TV Tonight PM Magazine, 6:30 p.m., Channel 10 — Segments on Mary Kay cosmetics and California roller skaters. Little House on the Prairie, 7 p.m., Channels 3 and 4 — Mrs. Oleson refuses to pay the ransom after her husband is kidnapped by crooks. Private Benjamin, 7 p.m., Channel 12 — Benjamin's persistent suitor (Peter Isacksen) insists they marry. That's Incredible, 7 p.m., Channel 10 — Segments on a woman who describes a UFO experience, a surgical tool that takes samples of tissues from a beating heart and a speed reader. Two of Us, 7:30 p.m., Channel 12 — Though Brentwood berates Nan's show, he's thrilled when Reggie asks him to appear before the cameras. Wild Wild World of Animals, 7:30 p.m., Channel 8 — A look at how the octopus is able to grasp abstract principles. George Burns, 8 p.m., Channels 3 and 4 — "George's Early, Early, Early Christmas Show" features Bob Hope, Ann-Margret, five Playboy Playmates and Billy Lorraine, Burns' vaudeville partner 64 years ago. M*A*S*H, 8 p.m., Channel 12 - With the peace talks bogged down, Hawkeye writes a letter to President Truman telling him about life in Korea. NFL Football, 8 p.m., Channel 10 — The San Diego Chargers meet the Seattle Seahawks. House Calls, 8:30 p.m., Channel 12 — Charley is suspicious of a fast-talking friend of Ann's. Loretta Lynn, 9 p.m., Channels 3 and 4 — A down home show taped at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium starring Lynn and her guests Crystal Gayle, the Oak Ridge Boys, Conway Twitty, Ernest Tubb, Howard Hesseman and Sissy Spacek who portrayed Lynn in the movie "Coal Miner's Daughter." Lou Grant, 9 p.m., Channel 12 — The Trib tries to improve its news tip hotline and Lou is arrested for drunken driving. No Place Like Home, 9 p.m., Channel 8 — Actress Helen Hayes visits with senior citizens in a progralti that reports on nursing facilities for the elderly. TV Movie "The Odd Couple," 7 p.m., Channel 41 — Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon play the mismatched couple in Neil Simon's hilarious comedy. Struthers returns HOLLYWOOD (UPI) - Sally Struthers, who co-starred for seven years with Carroll O'Connor and Jean Stapleton in the long-running "All In The Family" series, will return for a guest shot on the venerable show. .^——• ANDREW YOUNG Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and Mayor-elect of Atlanta, GA. Speaking On "The Third World and the United Nations" Wednesday, November 18,8 PM Marymount Fine Arts Theatre $*3 General Admission <9 Reserved Tickets call 825-2101, ext. 202 or 825-9898, Mon.-Frl. 8 to 5. Sponsored by the Student Government Association. Journal Ads Pay The Biggest Little Santas in the World are here at Calhouns. 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