Page 10 The Salina Journal — Monday, November 30,1981 Journal Photo by Tom Dors«y Cast members rehearse for 'Our Town,' which opens Thursday night at the Salina Community Theatre. 'Our Town' to take on a new look By BEN WEARING Staff Writer Salina's Artist in Residence Michael Mauldin isn't going to guarantee anything when the show begins Thursday night. That's the night when Salinans will get their first glimpse of the Salina Community Theatre's production of Thorton Wilder's classic, "Our Town." Mauldin, who is directing the play for the first time, acknowledges he's taking some risks with the play. "It's very easy to get ponderous and philosophical with Our Town," he said as the cast and crew headed into the final week before opening night, "but, we're not going to do that. "I've seen Our Town (the stage) done completely in black, and it works," he said. "That's not how I see Our Town. "We have the motif — Celebration of Living." Warm colors So instead of heavy, somber staging, or even a bare stage as the play originally was produced, the audience will be treated to warm, live colors: mixtures of light and deep browns n the stage and with the few props used. "The color choice, there's a warmth in it, that's going to touch people," according to Tom Ward, the man who collaborated with Mauldin to design the play's portable stage. "It's a color chosen that poeple here will relate to; unconsciously, possibly, but it will bring out everyday life." Mauldin said there will be a "feeling of warmth. "See, we had a choice, we could've done everything in basic black, and it would've worked," he said. "But it wouldn't work for our concept, because it (black) makes it too heavy. "It's warm, it's alive, and it plays with the light." Although the celebration motif influenced design and construction of the set, it doesn't make that statement itself, Ward said. "It would be bad design if you would notice a set and say: That set represents celebration of life," he said. "Because then, they (the audience) wouldn't be watching the actors. "The only purpose of having a stage is so the actors can do what they have to do and can do it well." Mauldin said volunteers in plentiful supply have been working for about a month constructing the portable stage and props, such as the wooden ladders and stools. All new props Because Our Town involves a group of traveling actors putting on a play, Mauldin refused to use existing props. Rather, he had everything built for this play. "Everything here is designed to look like it's all self-contained in a unit, and designed specifically for the show this company has been traveling with for years and doing this play," Mauldin said. This attention to detail explains why the stage was built in sections, so it could be set up for a play, then broken down and used in another town. The stage itself will represent many things. "You have two planes you're operating on," Mauldin explained. "It's a place for the actors, but it's also a main street, it's different roads to different house, it's a drugstore — it's very versatile." Starts early The action begins at 7:30 p.m., but the first lines won't be spoken until a half-hour later. During that first 30 minutes, the audience will watch the actors put on their makeup and costumes and get the set together. The audience also will see most of the sound effects being produced. "I want there to be no pretensions," Mauldin said. While the stage will be relatively bare, Mauldin says its look can be changed dramatically by the "mammoth light show that will change everything. "It's a very theatrical event," he said. The lighting designer is Sid Ashen-Brenner. The audience will be forced to think. It must use it's imagination to see a main street where only plywood exists. "I'm in favor of that," Mauldin said. "People aren't used to thinking. This is forcing them to pretend. "It's always a gamble," he said. "I can't guarantee it will work. "We could be dead wrong, but I don't think we are." Performances also are scheduled Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m., Dec. 9 through 12 at 8 p.m. and Dec. 13 at 2 p.m. Traffic accidents claim six on Kansas roadways RACKS AWAIT BIKERS New bike racks have been installed at various downtown locations and at Government Center and the Salina Public Journal Photo by Tom Oortcy Library to accommodate the growing number of bike-riders in Salina. Ray Cochran, 11, the son of Janice Cochran, 385 N. Penn, tries one out. By United Press International Although Saturday was accident- free, Kansas doubled its traffic fatality count on Sunday to six for the long holiday weekend. A 41-year-old Wichita man died early Mo.-juy of injuries suffered in a carp; '.''nan accident Sunday. Arthur W. Smith was struck by a car as he walked on a cifv s*rtet by his home at about 10:35 p.m., police said. His wife was also injured, but not seriously. Police are considering charges against the 22-year-old driver. A Wichita woman was killed early Sunday when her car was struck by a pickup truck in an intersection. Terri Wortman, 23, died an hour after the accident, police said. A 17-year-old Coffeyville man was killed at 1:15 a.m. Sunday in a collision with a pickup truck. The truck driver told police he did not see Jeffrey Moore's car, which was moving at a high rate of speed, because Moore was driving with his lights off. Earlier in the counting period, four- year-old Carey Campbell of Baxter Springs died when the car in which she was riding with Marvin Campbell, 39, Wakarausa, collided Friday with another vehicle at an intersection near Altoona. An accident on Thanksgiving Day claimed the life of Derek Parnell, 15, Stillwell, who was ejected from a sporstcar spinnning out of control. The driver of a second car told Kansas City police he could not help but hit two of the bodies spewed onto the roadway by the spinning vehicle. The first victim of the counting period was pedestrian Kathy L. Duckers, 20, who had stopped her truck on U.S. 75 six and one-half miles south of U.S. 36 near her home town of Fairview, said the KHP. Ms. Duckers apparently passed out on the roadway, and was hit by a southbound vehicle at 2:40 a.m, officers said. The Thanksgiving weekend traffic fatality counting period began at 6 p.m. GST Wednesday and ended at midnight Sunday. Attends convention Sister Francis Ellen Riordan, chairwoman of the Marymount College foreign language department, is representing the Kansas chapter of the American Association of Teachers of French at the AATF national convention in Cincinnati, Ohio. Highlight of the convention will be a discussion of "France and the Wave of Socialism" by two representatives of the French government and a member of the opposition. Representing the Socialist Party will be George Lemoine, mayor of Chartres and secretary of defense, and Guy Pennes, deputy in charge of African affairs. Joining the discussion will be Francois Leotard, a non-Socialist deputy from Frejus. Local State The Salina Journal Solon, KSP guards to confer Tuesday LANSING, Kan. (UPI) - Sen. Ed Reilly Jr., R-Leavenworth, said Sunday he would attend a meeting of Kansas State Penitentiary guards Tuesday in Leavenworth to listen to the guards' laments about the prison facility. The guards have planned a meeting Tuesday to officially install a Fraternal Order of Police lodge at KSP. "I think we're goners," said Bill Pointer, one of nine guards suspended Friday because of refusal to obey a direct order to work on the 6 a.m. to -2 p.m. shift. Guards say they refused to work the shift after guard Ken Lincoln Jr. was stabbed, allegedly by an inmate. Disgruntled workers were quick to point out that the stabbing occurred in the same cellhouse in which another guard, Robert Kurd, waa stabbed to death Oct. 11. Deputy Director of Programs Gorden Hetzel and Deputy Director of Operations Dallas Wetzel Friday morning had suspended and recommended termination for the guards who refused to obey a direct order to go to work. The guards, who were led off the prison grounds, said they were worried about security in the wake of the stabbing. Secretary of Corrections Patrick McManus said the notices of termination sent to the guards are first step toward firing under Civil Service procedures. The guards will be given several days to file their side of the story in case they wanted to appeal, he. said. McManus said that given the climate and the context at the institution, the stabbing incident was not a cause to shut the facility down. The guards had requested a prisoner lockdown. "Clearly when you're running an institution that depends completely in its security on a disciplined guard force," McManus said, "one thing you simply cannot tolerate is when and under what conditions guards will obey a direct order. Some of the prison guards disagreed with that assessment of the situation. "The administration called it an isolated incident, but how do we know if it is without going in and checking for other weapons?" asked Sgt. David Rogan, newly elected president of the Fraternal Order of Police lodge to be installed Tuesday. Earlier this month two guards were suspended and then fired for similarly failing to report for duty in areas they felt were unsafe. Proceeds total $17,000 on 'Holly Days' bazaar Proceeds from this year's annual three-day "Holly Days" bazaar, sponsored by the St. John's Hospital Auxiliary, totaled $17,000, a $3,000 increase over the previous year. The bazaar's most popular features were the pantry and the green thumb items. The auxiliary served 2,520 spaghetti dinners during the "Spaghetti a la Mendicina" family night supper and luncheons. Money from the bazaar will go to- ward purchasing a linear accelerator which will upgrade therapeutic services for cancer patients receiving radiation therapy; a $1,000 scholarship for a senior nursing student at Marymount College, and continuation of the Hospice and community health education programs. An appreciation coffee is planned Wednesday from 9:30 to 11 a.m. in the Sunflower Room of St. John's Hospital for all persons who donated items or time to the bazaar. WISHBONE WINNER - The StarUte Skating Rink sponsored a "Best Dressed Wishbone Contest" in conjunction with Thanksgiving, with a pair of roller skates offered the best Journal Photo by Tom Dorwy entry. The skates were won by Dondi Cook, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Darrell Cook, Smolan. But there were so many entries that additional prizes also were awarded.
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