The Daily Reporter from Greenfield, Indiana on March 6, 1976 · Page 2
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Greenfield, Indiana
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Saturday, March 6, 1976
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AHA; ai!I Disney Legacy: Fantasy, Idealism and an Empire By RANDY KAHN Staff Writer LOS ANGELES Question: How much are fantasies worth? Answer: Plenty, at least as far as Walt Disney's empire is concerned. From a net income of $21,000 in 1931, the Disney companies took in $520 million last year, for a net income of $61.7 million. And there's no end in sight. According to former Greenfielder Bill Justice, who has been with Disney for about four decades, "We're in final negotiations to build an Oriental Land (tentative title) on 600 acres off of Tokyo Bay. It'll be aTiother Disneyland. "But it will be larger. They want to be able to handle 100,000 to 120,000 people a day there. Both Disneyland and Disney World are crowded with 50,000 people." The Disney people are also working on a new ski resort at Independence Lake in Northern California. When completed, a 15-acre village by the lake will host more than a million visitors a y.ear. The company hopes to open a new attraction, a World Showcase, at Disney World in late 1979. It will be designed, in the words of the company, to "communicate the culture, heritage, history, technology, trade, tourism and future goals" of every participating nation. Meanwhile, preliminary work is underway for a new Fantasy Land attraction. The new Mickey Mouse show will probably be called, "Mickey's Madhouse." "We'll probably have to move the railroad again," sighed Justice." Disney is so many companies now, it's hard to keep track of them all. A few examples: Walt Disney Productions (motion pictures, television, Disneyland), Walt Disney Music Company, Walt Disney Educational Media Company, Walt Disney Travel Company, Walt Disney World Company, MAPO (abbreviation of Mary Poppins, the company builds the robot like audioanamatronic figures for Disneyland and Disney World shows) and Retlaw (Walter spelled backwards, the company watches out for Disney family interests). To give you an idea how some of these companies stand financially: Disneyland hosted a 'little more than 10 million people last year and generated revenues of $109 million. Disney World had 12.5 million visitors and Crowds have been lining both Disneyland and Disney World streets to view Disney's "America on Parade" bicentennial salute. The two theme parks together hosted more than 22 V million people last year, generating revenues of more than one-third of a billion dollars. pulled in more than $225 million. Domestic and foreign movies brought in a little less than $100 million. The television end of things brought in almost $14 million in gross revenues. There is a theater now in Mexico that shows nothing but Disney films (dubbed in Spanish, of course). It seats 3,000 people and doing very well. Another theater in London is starting the same arrangement. (By the way, Disney Albs in 17 different languages.) Walt Disney Productions has already released "Blackbeard's Ghost" and "No Deposit, No Return" this year. Next up is a film about two young people filmed entirely in Australia. That's set for Easter release. It will be followed by the fourth release of "Peter Pan" in June, then "Gus," a comedy about a mule, later in the summer, and a swashbuckler, "Treasure of," to follow that. It all spells tremendous success for the Disney group. As Justice said, Walt Disney "planned enough work for us for 20 years." But it is not all fantasy and cash. In the last years of his life, Disney devoted much of his efforts toward a project called EPCOT, Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow. His company is moving forward with that project. It will provide a "Disney-designed, Disney-managed forum where creative men and women of science, industry, universities, government and the arts from around the world can develop, demonstrate and communicate prototype concepts and new technologies which can help mankind to achieve better ways of living." Possible EPCOT projects might include: the production and utilization of both alcohol and hydrogen and efficient, pollution-free fuels, use of the water hyacinth to purify waste water and the development of efficient new mass transportation systems. Also, Disney people envision the "most paramount objective" of the new World Showcase as "increased international understanding." Each participating nation will be asked to send its young future leaders to operate its own attractions. They would all be housed in EPCOT's International Village where they would "live in the true Family of Man spirit." From a mouse fantasy, to a successful conglomerate, to a kind of practical idealism, Walt Disney's ideas and dreams promise to outlive the man for a long, long time. After Six Second Children's Workshop Set TOW By RANDY KAHN Staff Writer Heartland Theater reports its first Children's Creative Dramatics Workshop last Saturday was such a success it plans to offer another March 13. Mark Adkins will conduct this next one also. The workship is free of charge and is open to elementary and junior high students. Call Sue Gottschalk, 462-6777, for more information or reservations. Heartland Theater members will hold their monthly business meeting Monday at 8 p.m., in Greenfield city hall. The group will select its August musical production. The meeting will conclude with a performance of "The Winter of Our Discontent," presented at a Washington's birthday dinner last month. A special touring company production of "Godspell" will present seven performances of the popular musical March 15-20 at Clowes Hall. The free-form musical uses the words of the Gospel according to St. 'Matthew and is, in our opinion, one of the best musicals of the 70's. Groups of 20 or more are eligible for a 25 per cent discount. Just preceding "Godspell," pianist Ferrante and Teicher return to - the Clowes stage Sunday, March 14 at 8 p.m., for one performance. The duo has recorded 75 albums and sold more than 20 million records. Following "Godspell," Virgil Fox brings his 144-speaker Rodgers Touring Organ to Clowes for a single performance Monday, March 22 at 8 p.m. Washington Inn, Indy's newest dinner theater, will be changing its schedule to a weekend-only program beginning with its next production. According to Wendy Brown, of the Inn, "Here Lies Jeremy Troy," a comedy, will follow the present rib-tickler beginning March 18. The new comedy, to be directed by N orris Wright, will be presented Thursday, Friday and Saturday each week through April 3. After that, another popular comedy, "Star Spangled Girl," is planned. Michael Ross' production of "Here Lies Jeremy Troy" will star some talent that followers of HHRT are familiar with. The cast as presently listed will include George Kruggel, director of "Boeing, Boeing," Diane Keesling, Dawn Coleman, Judy Gustatson and Jerry M. Burton. Business has been brisk during the weekends for the new dinner theater, and Mike Ross can't be too unhappy about the crowded reservation list he's having each Saturday night "Boeing, Boeing," which, :Pjp: 111: j ; llllllsl ' i' v. ri'fi ' tJS . M: August and is set for release by United Artists next year. Woody Allen and Diane Keeton embrace in a tender scene from the Uproarious "Love and Death," double-billing with "The Return of the Pink Panther" March 12-18 at the Northgate Cinema. incidentally, stars Ross, co-owner of the dinner theater, is a show that deserves such crowds. sheet music. (Dancers will auditioned Saturday only.) be We got a chance to take in the new sound of the Mike Davis Trio (plus one) at the Marriott this week. From the looks of thmgs, this could be the start of something very good for the former Greenfield High student. Besides vocalist Marcus Freeman, hired right out of the audience one night after a "guest appearance," Davis has a winner in keyboard man Pete Schmutte. The Southern Illinois University M.A. in Music produces some beautiful sounds on' his Elka string synthesizer, including an excellent rendition of Scarborough Fair. Although the group still starts the evening with mood music, the later shows are upbeat and very entertaining. Freeman does a fine job impersonating Louis Armstrong on "Hello' Dolly." Davis and crew will be at the Marriott through March 13, and have already been asked to rjjjirn next month. The group is so excited with their new sound, they've been heard practicing after their show until close to dawn. The Indianapolis Museum of Art has scheduled two free Sunday afternoon concerts this month: Violinist Erika Klemperer will perform March 14 at 2 p.m . Bob Lucas will accompany himself on guitar, banjo and mandolin March 28, also at 2 p.m. Indiana Repertory Theater will offer three spring vacation performances of its Children's Theater production, "Musical Mirage Express 76." Unfortunately, IRT's idea of spring vacation and Hancock County's are two different things. IRT has set the performances for April 9 and 10. Since the 10th is a Saturday, however, you can still take the kids to the 10 a.m. or 1 p.m. performances that day. Advance sale tickets are just $1.25. CallE IRT at 635-5252 for more information. Veteran stage, screen and television actor Andrew Duggan will give a one-man convocation at IUPUI Tuesday, March 16 at 8 p.m. in Room 101 of the Lecture Hall Center, Agnes and New York Streets. Footlight Musicals presents George Gershwin's "Of Thee I Sing" March 5-7, 12-14 and 19, 20 at the Headback Community Theater, 1847 N. Alabama in Indianapolis. You can call 926-6630 for information or tickets, but Footlite reports the March 14 and 19 performances are already sold out Meanwhile, Footlite is conducting auditions today and tomorrow for "Hello Dolly." They are set for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and 7-10 p.m. Sunday. If you're going, have one "up tune" song and a ballad prepared bring your own Sidnay Lumet, nominated for an academy award for his direction of "Dog Day Afternoon," will direct the film version of the Braodway hit "Equus." The multi-award-winning production is a powerful psychological drama about a mentally disturbed stableboy. The current Broadway production, starring Richard Burton and Keith McDermott, is playing to SRO crowds. The show virtually swept most major 74-75 season dramatic awards. Channel 40 has sadly announced the cancellation of Katheryn Kuhlman's "I Believe in Miracles" show due to her death. Channel 13 is now airing a locally-produced Catholic Mass Sundays at 7:30 a.m., in cooperation with the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. Channel 20's excellent Japanese film series has been temporarily suspended for its Festival '76 and Auction this month. It will resume in April. Special shows for the educational station's festival this week include productions on the old days of radio, birth, comedy, tennis and more. WATI radio has announced its new sound, "Concept 810," will premiere this Monday. While keeping its "beautiful music" format, the station will feature many songs with what it calls a "brighter sound." Featured iiiiininitnxn: ; : ijjuniiiui i imi M.bCrMafiM4t2-Met " . - Renowned Russian cellist Mstislav Rostropovich will conduct the Indianapolis Symphony next Thursday, March 11, 8 p.m., in a performance of Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 3 in D Major. f Michelle Phillips; former member of the singing group "The Mamas and the Papas," has been signed to star as Natasha Rambova opposite Rudolph Nureyev's "Valentino," in the latest Ken Russell ('Tommy") film. The multi-million dollar production begins principal photography this NOV SHOWING BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND A RE-RELEASE r ; artists will include Bacharach, Mancini, LeGrand, etc. in COLOR I K Ait AMERICAN MTERNATIONAl RE-RELEASE Wttkdoyi 7:03 & 9:05 Sot. 6 Smb. 1:00, 3:05, 7:03,9:05 Ttttiminrimii Bill Bixby's old show, "The Magician," replaces "Longstreet" and the "Man-nix" co-feature on Channel 13 's late-night Thursday schedule. Champion Bill Wallace will defned his "Professional Karate World Middleweight Championship" on an ABC special next Sunday, March 14 at 10 a.m. Channel 13 presents "The Birdman of Alcatraz" next Saturday night at 11:30. When you think nobody does ... I do. HAPPY BIRTHDAY LARRY Hi HIS CIA CODE NAME IS CONDOR. IN THE NEXT. SEVENTY-TWO HOURS ALMOST EVERYONE HE TRUSTS WILL TRY TO KILL HIM. UNO OE IAUAENTV3 PRESENTS ROBERT RSDPORD FAYEDUMAWAY CUFF R02ZRTS0U MAXVONSYDOW M A STkNLEY SCHNBOHt PHOOUCTION A SYDNEY POUACX FMI 3 DAYS 0FTK2 cor: DOR JOHN HOUSEMAN mc m OAMO OMUSINManw na m m omt or m warn wMMES OMOT KMMJxrLORENZO SEMTLE. JR. MlMVIOIWrREl mwaiBtlMUT SCIimOEH mctkoSYDMCYPOUACK MNAMMON TBCHMOOUM A PARAMOUNT RELEASE RjRrrc:cn8gl , K::3TITAT7:30 SAT. 4 SCX OAT. 2:00 (SiMinranii- If you want to support the G-C Band and help them buy new uniforms, go to the SHORT STOP RESTAURANT. For every soft drink (any size) that you purchase at THE SHORT STOP they will donate 5C to the band to help them buy new uniforms. Come to the SHORT STOP and enjoy a cool soft drink and any number of sandwiches that we have and at the same time help your band look good!! Remember, any size soft drink will mean 5C to the G-C Band Offer Good March 8 March 20 Come and see the Greenfield-Central Band perform at the SHORT STOP RESTAURANT Saturday, March 13 at 1:30 !u,'n il l v N (7 Northgate Shopping Center It's the real thing. Coke.

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