Tucson Daily Citizen from Tucson, Arizona on February 1, 1973 · Page 15
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TUG S O N D A I L Y C I T I Z E N THURSDAY; FEB.-I, 1972? · · " V FOOD FASHION FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT HOMES FOCUS PAGE IS Sweet and sour As lemonade stands go, th. e three made a killing. . Generally when a youngster decides to give Free Enterprise a, fling, and borrows a pitcher from mother, invests in a tube of paper cups, rustles up a batch of frozen lemonade, sets up a ; card table or wooden box for a counter and hangs out a shingle, the best he can hope to clear for his efforts is maybe 45 cents, give or take a nickel. , ·Which is what surprised and pleased the three young partners in the venture w'b'd like to discuss this evening. When they went into the lemonade peddling business they cleared ?3 and some change, which, split three ways, isn't at all bad for a pleasant afternoon's work. The story was told to us by one Susie, who is pushing 13 now, but who was 7 or 8 the summer of the lemonade stand. Susie's partners, in the enterprise were her pals Debbie and Lisa, and the three had made the usual preparations and set up shop on North Mountain Avenue in the vicinity of East Glenn Street. They had supposed it would be a good location and they had supposed correctly. "We had to have a name for our. business," recalls Susie, "and we decided it would be fairest to use all our initials." So they crayoned the firm's name on a large hunk of corrugated cardboard, drew a glass and colored it lemonade-yellow and then fashioned a fancy 5 cents beside the glass. When it was done, the sign was taped to the stand and they were in business. '"- ' ' . " · " - ' . . . . : . .; ' , , - - , . ' " ' . . . ' From the outset trade was brisk. "They just kept us pouring and pouring," says Susie. It wasn't just the neighborhood youngsters who stopped by to invest a nickel jn-a cupful of lemonade, as whipped up by and poured by Susie, Debbie and Lisa. "There were a lot of older kids -- you know, high school ones," recalls Miss Susie, "and even a lot of grownups." Some adults even stopped their cars to patronize the lemonade stand. And the high school^students and the adults all seemed to think it was awfully funny. "We couldn't understand why everybody was laughing," says Susie, "but we just kept serving the lemonade." Serving the lemonade and hauling in those nickels. Several times in the course of the busy afternoon a police car cruised by along Mountain, but the 7-or-8-year-old businesswomen thought little of it. It was when the stock of lemonade was almost all gone -far into the afternoon and near closing time -- that Debbie and Lisa and Susie learned why their business had been so brisk and why all their "older" customers had thought it was so funny. "A man told us," says Susie. "It was our sign, and when he explained it to us, we didn't know whether to laugh or cry." As it happened, they did neither. They merely packed up their gear, split the take and headed home. On their way they paused in ?.n r"-yway and discreetly stuffed their sign in a convenient garbage can. The sign that said: LSD -- 5 cents · ' · AND SPEAKING OF SIGNS, here's a gathering of them . sent our way by Tucson public relations person Henrietta Terrazas. "- ' In a muffler shop: OUR JOB IS EXHAUSTING. On the side of a plumber's truck: WE KEEP YOU IN HOT WATER. Sign jn parking lot: CHURCH PARKING ONLY. VIOLATORS WILL BE BAPTIZED. On school bulletin board: FREE EVERY MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY -- KNOWLEDGE. BRING YOUR OWN CONTAINER. Inside Focus SHOES -- A Tucson store is selling shoes designed with a low heel and high soles. Story and picture on page 17. FIESTA MONTH -- Singer Don Gibson is coming to Tucson for the Big Hat Jamboree, the start of Fiesta Month. Story and picture on page 16. · SHOWS -- Victor Borge and the Vienna Boys Chorus are two of the upcoming entertainment events next week. Stories on page 16. 'TheMikadc? Efficient madness behind the scenes ByDANPAVILLARD . -vCftlun stuff ·; Writer. , · . It came'in the mail, a flyer with a splashy headline .that read: "Here is'., an exciting 'missive to all irrepressible, indefatigable, totally : committed ; performers of Gilbert and Sullivan'!!!!!" :'.'; It was dated Nov. 29, 1972, and announced auditions for "The Mikado," Tucson Gilbert and Sullivan- Theatre's third production of the venerable and popular operetta. :- · .All kinds of people'showed up for the auditions on Dec; 9; and 10 -- high school students bent on music careers* a.preg- nant housewife, ambitious' drama majors from the University of Arizona, a professor or two-from the same 'institution (one who has been editing galley proofs of his next book during rehearsal breaks), secretaries,, a clothing buyer, on and on like that. Stage director David Waterman sips a cup of coffee during a break in rehearsals. David Maker, left, who plays Nanlci-Poo, the son of the Mikado, and Peggy Keller as his sweetheart Yum-Yum, rehearse a romantic scene under the critical eye of stage director David Waterman. Action, Please! ' Having successfully vaulted · through tryouts, singers arid · actors streaked: home clutching scores decorated. with chopstick lettering, P. bright red circle forming a fiery halo behind a sketch of an emaciated figure dwarfed by an enormous robe. , Some -had roles; others', even veterans of virtually all productions of the Gilbert and Sullivan Theatre since its inception here in 1950, had been waved into chorus slots. They began holiday workouts that were to prepare them for their first music rehearsal on Jan. 2. "Sing up,", cried William Funk, the show's music director. And the (mostly) seasoned chorus banged head on into the First Act music. Funk, who is probably as knowledgeable about choral music as anyone in the area, periodically .stopped the bumptuous vocalists and delivered semonettes on every thing from large room acoustics ("before" is sung "be- fah," if you want it to sound like "before" past the 13th row) to some surely-accurate but gobbledygook-sounding technical stuff about what's happening in singers' heads: (Pointing to his temple) "In here you have the post glottal, pheiangeal trichotimus .that . vibrates'32 times on an aspe- rated diphthrong," Heavy. . ·" ' : ': ··:···. "· ··" '··· I know how it went because i was there. Seized by some madness, I passed the chorus audition and flung myself into' the;.; production, intent upon doing a-story about the anatomy of a local, amateur musi 1 cal production. · So.far I've driven 276. miles to. rehearsals, following this gypsy band that.'has, to ; rehears wherever free, room is offered. I've spent an average. three to four hours each week night since Jan. 2 with 40- some-odd people learning the music/'and the moves that, when properly assembled, shall resemble "The Mikado." It's been little like movie making, a scene here,-a. song there -- and continuity in Outer Limbo. .Blocking. It was Jan. 10 when David Waterman, Funk's accomplice and the show's stage director, started trying to tell the rabble chorus where it ought be and what it ought to be doing while it was singing all that keen music it had been learning oh the bleachers in Amphitheater High School's choir room. Very theatrical, that Waterman. "If you don't .MOVE, I've got readers' theater!" Or "Chorus, you're kind of a Nietzschean overniind." But mostly very efficient: He's been planning stage movements for "The Mikado" since last summer. Somewhere in there Paula Meade or one of her assistants -- Mary Adam, Bobbi Culbert or Beverly Lynds -- slid tapes around various parts of everyone's bodies and got measure- Edited By GILBERT MATTHEWS QUESTION -- Since city officials are always ( studying things, I decided to conduct a study of' my very own, The results of my study showed that a significant number of accidents occur on residential streets and main roads that don't have traffic signals. I am convinced that if signals were placed at every intersection, the bottom would fall out of our traffic accident problem. What do you think?, ANSWER -- That bottom 'also might fall out of the city's budget and that your idea is impractical. We thank you for writing, however. tices in the mail that said the company was going to turn us over to a bill collection agency if we didn't pay for the books. We sent the company a letter to point out the fact that the books already had been paid for. All that happened was that we were sent still another threatening notice. I am alarmed at all that is taking place and hope you can get the company to leave me alone. ANSWER - Action! cf.riiy attempts to contact the company have been unsuccessful. Please help me out. Thank you. ANSWER -- Good news! Although the company no longer had the type of lamp that you ordered, it agreed to immediately send you a complete refund. =-A r\s QUESTION -- A long time ago I ordered a get of encyclopedias from what I thought was a reputable company. I paid in full and they sent the books. A lew moatts back we started getting no- After we inquired into the matter, the company made a search of its records. It determined that you did, indeed, pay for the enclo- pedias. · . QUESTION -- I can't wait for you to sink your teeth into my problem. Nearly*eight months ago I ordered a lamp from a company back East. The lamp cost J19.95, which I paid by check. The company cashed my check in no time at all, butit itill has not sent me my lamp. All Sound Off! DEAR ACTION: Whenever I go to the store, I almost always end up getting in line behind some lady who writes a check for a ?1 or $2 purchase. It takes some people five minutes to write one check! People should be forced to carry cash. If yn have a problem t« be s«lve4, WRITE t« Acttoit, Pleas*!, care ·( the Ties** Daily Citizen, P.O. B«x 5*27, Ttcswi 857M. List ytw name, tMrtu M« teteykMt ments for most honorable Oriental costumes. Somewhere ·else,;Alan Sorokin, theiechni- cal director, and Robert McConeghy, set designer, are presumably assembling'a fantastic stage set, with big moon door, a; platform .for a teahouse and a bridge : across a hypothetical river in the little village of Titipu. (Marked only by stray chairs or. tape, : · the'."river" gets stepped in a lot toy the clumsy and forgetful chorus). What was so amazing was to see Waterman accept nearly any bit of stage business the inventive chorus came up with, after all those months of overall general planning. "I like it, leave it in," he must have said a dozen times to what I would have classified as hijinks. Yet, the bits, with some development on Waterman's part, oo seem to. work. Uncanny. Like a kid la his first school play, I'm pretty excited about doing a small role in a;pan- to-mined beheading -- and .1 get to sing the base part in the '·Brightly Dawns Their Wedding Day" quartet. In it, I have a nine-note "solo" -- and was stopped by Funk nine times at the first rehearsal of it, not for notes, but for tone, pronunciation, diction, phrasing, projection. Depressing. (But thorough). ; The chonis lucki out In Continued on page 22 Jim Felton as the Mikado lets out a scream during a rehearsal for the Gilbert and .'..· Sullivan musical. Belting out one of the many famous numbers in the musical are, from left, Harvey Nelson as the officious Pooh-Bah, Dr. Louis Brunsting as Ko-Ko, the comic Lord High Executioner, and Jim Shafer as Pish-Tush.

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