The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on January 26, 1996 · Page 23
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THE SAL! puff' bURNAL encore! WHAT'S HOT / D2 EXHIBITS / D4 WHAT'S GOING ON / D4 D TJOANOSBORNE g about brings Son God in letters Osborne's 'One of Us' strikes a chord in some and strikes others as blasphemous By DAVID BAUDER The Associated Press "It's a very simple question, but it's kind of candy-coated time bomb in a way." Joan Osborne talking about hit song A LBANY, N.Y. — Sing a top 40 song about God, and you're going to hear from people. Joan Osborne learned that lesson as her striking song, "One of Us," climbed the charts. The song's narrator asks what would happen if God took on human qualities, if he were "a slob like one of us." The Grammy-nominated singer has been flooded with letters. Some writers felt it was blasphemous to use the word "slob" in connection with God and others questioned assigning any human qualities to the deity. "Some people got really upset by that," she said. "Other people saw it as a legitimate question but try to steer me toward a particular passage in the Bible or a particular philoso- + phy to answer my questions. Some of them are a little scary. It's very interesting to see how people's minds work." It's a measure of Osborne's self-confidence, and perhaps a wariness of star- making machin- ^ ery, that she purposely held off releasing "One of Us" as a single even though she knew it was an attention-getter. Instead, Osborne wanted the public's first impression to be a song she considered more representative of her style. "St. Teresa," a scorching blues song about a mother dealing drugs with her child by her side, was a minor success last year. Both "St. Teresa" and "One of Us" earned Grammy Award nominations for Osborne. She has five nominations altogether, including best new artist and album of the year for "Relish." Osborne, 31, is a native of Anchorage, Ky., who moved to New York City a decade ago to attend film school. But her direction changed after a friend coaxed her onstage at a downtown bar following a long night of drinking. She sang Billie Holiday's "God Bless the Child" and liked the experience so much she became a regular on New York City's club scene. Her heroes were the "serious women soul singers," people like Etta James, Tina Turner and Mavis Staples. Audiences quickly found Osborne had a voice to match their majesty. On "Relish," Osborne formed a partnership with producer Rick Chertoff, who produced Cyndi Lauper's debut a decade ago, and musicians Eric Bazilian and Rob Hyman of the Hooters. It was Bazilian who wrote "One of Us." Osborne said she was struck by the disarming nature of the song. "It's a very simple, innocent little question, but it's kind of candy-coated time bomb in a way," she said. "It sort of sneaks in there and you don't really think about it too much until ... you've sung it in your head a few tunes and you think, 'Wow, that's a pretty heavy question. What do I think about that?' " "I see a production like this really showing us at our best> Timothy Jebsen KELLY PRESNELL/The Sallna Journal The "Pirates of Penzance" cast Includes Jeff Montgomery (left) as Fredrlc, Michelle Cardinal Dolan as Mabel, John Hoerter as the Pirate King, Twila Schneiders as Edith and Gary Demuth as Samuel. PL9VMG Combine Gilbert & Sullivan, elaborate costumes, a 35-member cast and 20-piece orchestra and you get a lavish "Pirates of Penzance" production By LILLIAN ZIER The Salina Journal a s a 22-year-old college student, Jeff Montgomery can relate to Frederic, his character in Salina Community Theatre's production of "Pirates of Penzance." Frederic spent the first 21 BBBB| years of his life on a pirate HHH ship, then was thrust into a new environment among a group of beautiful, vivacious girls. "It's like going to college for the first time," said Montgomery, a Bethany College senior and native of McDonald. "Frederic is used to his surroundings on the pirate ship. It's a humorous look at him being put into a different situation." , Gilbert & Sullivan's operetta "Pirates of Penzance" runs Feb. 1-11 at Salina Community Theatre. The musical features a 35-member cast, 20-piece orchestra, 19th-century costumes, bold choreography and loads of laughs. "Musicals to me are one of the most rewarding types of shows to put together," director Timothy Jebsen said. "It's rewarding because it's a collaborative process." Jebsen was unfamiliar with "Pi- rates" before he took on the project. He watched the 1970s movie starring Kevin Kline and Linda Ronstadt that revived the popularity of the play, and he listened to the tapes. "They're incredibly addictive," he said. While many people won't recognize song titles from the show, they will know some of the songs when they hear them, such as "I am the Very Model of a Modern Major-General" and "Poor Wandering One," Jebsen said. Musicals are the highlight of the theater's season. "Pirates" will cost roughly $8,000 to stage, about four tunes the cost of the other plays, he said. "I think it will show. The set is incredible; the costumes are wonderful." Last year's musical production, "Jesus Christ Superstar," might have reached a new plateau in terms of quality. Extra performances were added after all the shows sold out. Perhaps as a result of that success, there were multiple auditions for each major role in "Pirates." Jebsen — the new artistic director of the community theater — wasn!t in Salina during "Superstar." However, he expects the community to judge "Pirates" on the standards set by "Super- star," even though the two are entirely 'different. "There are not too many direct comparisons because they're so different," Jebsen said. "Superstar" is a rock opera of serious and controversial nature, performed with electronic instruments. "Pirates," a farce, uses a traditional orchestra, he said. Montgomery said the cast is ready for the challenge. "From what I've heard, we've got big shoes to fill, but I think we can do it," he said. "There are a lot of really talented people, and they're going after it with gusto." Michelle Cardinal Dolan, who plays the role of Mabel, Frederic's love interest, promised the audience "won't be bored. We definitely strive for that." Dolan, who in May earned a master's degree in music theater from Oklahoma City University, has performed in several musicals, including "Cinderella," "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" and "A Chorus Line." Even so, her role in "Pirates" is a> challenge, because of the need to tell the story through song. See xxxx, Page XX About'Pirates' * WHEN: Feb. 1-4 and Feb. 6-10 » WHERE: Salina Community Theatre, 303 E. Iron * TIMES: All shows are at 8 p.m., except for 2 p.m, matinees Feb. 4 and Feb. 11. » TICKETS: $10.50 for adults and $5.25 for students. The box office opens Monday, and the phone number is 8273033. Those requesting hearing listening units are asked to reserve them when making reservations. * INFORMATI 827-6126 I DUSK TILL DAWN HEAT . In which the de|k Is ^ illegal and immoral choices."forceo* ,.| after her daughter is - ^ Sutherland) is'set of the talents of ' CENTRAL RATED R This film stars Al Pacino, Robert De Niro and Val Kilmer In a story of cops and thieves, written and directed by ' Michael Mann,.whose complex dialogue frees them from cliches and allows them to reveal themselves,. Each man is addicted to his life, and prefers its danger to the domesticity ,of l a woman.. Plane Venora is Pacino's embittered wife, Ashley Judd plays Kilmer's more hopeful one, and Amy Brenneman is the woman De Niro meets over coffee and stays with against his better judgment. The "heat" of the title is the possibly fatal attraction these men feel for their dan- RATCOR ..... ' ' " ' i «?• /v jf&n of two genre s: The && wNkmron tho rUn, and the'^ arkj becomes a vampire movie. Harvey '• rtW Kidnapped by George Cfooney ."{ * MR; HOLLAND'S OPUS if if * 1fe ' ' ' (wha'wrqte the screenplay). Lots of. -,' e plot Is replaced by nonstop - r ^ • * awUacH Lemmon still Uving'- though Lemmon is now • away the PG , ™ l T™ 8 fllm "to® Ricnard Dre yfuss in tne movin 9 sto| Y of ft 0 whofe sweep of a high school teacher's life - from the Qxjpyfy p^ O f youth to ^ e rewards of maturity. With Glenne Headly as his patient, insightful wife, he abandons his early dream of being a composer and begins to realize that his; real opus is being written in the minds of his students. "~ , . - ***- oUN§ir. MATED H "Screamers 11 takes place in the year 2078 on a distant planet where miners are in revolt against an energy company. Peter Weller leads aatetachment of miners, protected by nasty weapons called Screamers, which burrow in the sand and slice off arms and legs. Then a mysterious message arrives, and Weller and his men join a black marketer (Jennifer Rubin) in an expedition to enemy headquarters, during which it develops that Screamers come in more than one shape and size. Not a whole lot of fun. * TOYSTORY ' ***te CENTRAL RATED G Kids will like this story, a buddy movie involving a toy cowboy and his new rival, a space ranger. The voices are by Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Don Rickles, Jim Vamey and others. * TWELVE MONKEYS *** MID-STATE RATED R This is Terry Gilliam's grungy futuristic fantasy, starring Bruce Willis as a weary, confused time traveler who journeys back to 1990 and 1996 to learn more abqut a plague that has almost destroyed the human race. Madeleine Stowe is the psychiatrist who eventually believes him, Brad Pitt is the loony animal rights activist, and the movie is a triumph of the visual. Well made, cold and convoluted, V SUGGESTIONS? CALL JIM HAAG, ENCORE! EDITOR, AT (913) 823-6363 OR 1-800-827-6363

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