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Former Alexandria Resident Wins Prize for Performance By Marilyn Hudson (Town Tlk Staff Writer) "The play's the thing", at least to an actress-singer from Alexandria, who after breaking her left foot on opening night of "Kiss Me Kate" continued her performance without faltering. Phyllis Tumminello, who experienced this "bad open" at the University of Southwestern Louisiana over five years ago, recently won the annual "Scottie" award presented by the Lafayette Little Theatre to its best actress. Miss Tumminello won the award for her protrayal of Maggie in the Little Theatre's production of "Cat On a Hot Tin Roof" this Spring. The female lead in the Tennessee Williams drama was Miss Tumminello's first dramatic role. A veteran of the musical stage, she began her acting career with the Alexandria Little Theatre during high school and has since been a member of the University of Southwestern Louisiana Opera Guild and a recipient of numerous summer stock offers. Following her initial role in the Alexandria Little Theatre's presentation "Boy Friend" in 1961 Miss Tumminello went on to play Anita, the sexy Puerto Rican in "West Side Story" in 1964 and Fiona, the sweet innocent highland lass in "Brigadoon" in 1965. Both productions were staged by the USL Opera Guild. Versatile in her talents, she displayed a gift for comedy NORTH (D) 16 AQ9654 V J 10 8 4 72 10 4 WEST EAST AA10 AJ873 V753 VA6 Q1084 4KJ5 4KQJ9 6532 SOUTH AK2 VKQ92 A963 A87 East-West vulnerable West North East South Pass Pass 1 N. T. Pass 2 Pass 2 V Pass Pass Pass Opening lead & K Win at Bridge By Oswald and James Jacoby There are almost as many variations of the Stayman convention as there are players who use it. We call our form Jacoby-Stayman and combine it with the Jacoby transfer bid. Thus, our two-club response is known as nonforcing Stay-man. It is a one-round force but only forces partner to rebid two diamonds, if he has no four-card major, or two hearts or spades if he holds a four-card major. Later on we may pass his response to our two clubs. If our second bid is just two hearts or two spades, we are showing a poor hand and he is supposed to pass. If our rebid is two no-trump, we show eight to nine points and a four-card major somewhere. If it is three no-trump, we show the same type hand but with 10 to 15 or maybe 16 points, while if we follow up Stayman with a three level suit bid, we are forcing the game or maybe on our way to a slam. Today's hand shows non-forcing Stayman in action. North does not want to play no-trump and bids two clubs with the intention of rebidding to two spades if partner re-dies two diamonds. Note that partner must reply in a suit. He is not supposed to rebid two no-trump over our two clubs. South happens to rebid two hearts and North is happy. A four-four fit in hearts has been found. Two hearts is the right place for North-South to play the hand. South can make it by attacking spades immediately after winning the club lead, but even if South plays poorly, he will only be down one. One no-trump would go down at least one and so would two spades. MORE VISITORS TO SAN FRANCKCO SAN FRANCISCO (UPD-San Francisco's visitor Industry income increased 16 per cent in 19u7 over 1966, according to Ernest J. Young, president of the city's Convention & Visitors Bureau. Spending here by out-of-city invention delegates and tour ists rose to $234 million in 1967, Young said. The 1966 figure was a record $201 million. when she was cast as Berta in the Opera Guild's "Barber of Seville." Leads in other shows have included Lottie in "Uncle Al" and Fay (Morgan le Fay) in "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court," both produced by the Opera Guild. While a student at USL, she was one of ten students to receive summer stock offers in the fields of dance, drama and music. The offers came as a result of an audition before the Southeastern Theatre conference in Tampa, Fla. after which she received offers from theatres in Greenville, NC. and Cincinatti, Ohio. "I didn't accept because the time element conflicted with my education," she said. Miss Tumminello, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Tumminello, 2815 Pershing Ave., Alexandria, also enjoys painting and sculpture. Presently employed at the New Hope Rehabilitation Center Lafayette, as instructor in sewing and ceramics, she plans to complete a degree in music and, then perhaps pursue a stage career. The "Scottie" award was initiated 15 years ago in honor of Mrs. John Scott, founder of the Lafayette Little Theatre. Newton Eyes Even Wider Horizons By Vernon Scott HOLLYWOOD (UPI -Wayne Newton is the last of a vanishing breed not because he's half Indian but because he may well be the last of the great nightclub entertainers. Newton sings to multitudes whenever he appears in clubs, piping his Al Jolson style, working himself to a frenzy over such standard nits as "S w a n e e," and thrumming away at the guitar. At age 26 he is an old-time entertainer. He has no gimmicks. He's untainted by the cutes. Newton gets out on that floor or stage and sings his epiglotis out in that curious, haunting voice of his. The tall, guileless native of Norfolk, Va., is proud of the fact he is half Indian, part Cherokee and Powatan. Though he specializes in clubs and concert dates, Newton has cut 16 record albums with total sales of more than 9 million, helping to make the singer one of the youngest millionaires in the country. A Vanishing Breed He's a vanishing breed because nightclubs across the country are shrinking every year. Few performers can fill a club. Newton is one of them. Frank Sinatra is another. Dean Martin can do it. But after that it ain't easy. Although he's been singing since he was b years oiu, Newton was discovered by the. American public virtually over night when he made his national television debut on the Jackie Gleason show six years ago. "It all had a strange beginning," Wayne related the other day. 'I'd been appearing at the Freemont Hotel in Las Vegas for several years when some friends in Phoenix where I went to school asked me to fly down there to perform at a celebration for Jackie Gleason. "Jackie was traveling cross country by train to promote his new television show, so l hopped down there to sing for him." After Newton belted out his songs, Gleason stood up in the audience and hollered, "For God's sake, don't go on any other television show before you go on mine!" A few weeks later Wayne made his debut with Gleason and it turned his life upside down. He did four additional shows for Gleason that year (1962) and another four in 1963. Thereafter the beardless lad had it made. A Standout As opposed to pop singing groups, rock V roll screamers and other assorted swifties who pass for entertainers, Newton stood out like Mr. Clean. Oldsters as well as his contemporaries could identify with Newton. They still do. "The strange thing about going on with Gleason is that I didn't even have a record behind me," Wayne recalled. "Right after the show nobody said anything to us. We were ready to pack up and go home. Then Mr. Gleason's people came to the dressing room and asked us to do a repeat for them." Asthma forced Newton as a child to move with his family from Virginia to Phoenix. Now he makes his permanent home with them In Las Vegas, In a ALEXANDRIA DAILY TOWN TALK, ALEXANDRIA - HHSiteilBpiiWlifli Phyllis Tumminello broke her ankle during opening night of "Kiss Me Kate" but like a real trooper she continued the performance. The role of Kate was only one of many portrayed by Miss Tumminello, an Alexandria native, who recently won the annual "Scottie" award, presented by the Lafayette Little Theatre to its best actress. Spanish-style house only seven minutes from the gaudy, neon-lighted "Strip." Inasmuch as he is engaged to marry Elaine Okamura, a Japanese girl he met returning from a tour of Vietnam, Newton is building a home for his parents less than a block away from his own pad. Meanwhile he shares his acreage with his mother and father along with ten horses and a pack of dogs. Two of the horses are rare apaloosas which, fully grown, stand only 38 inches high. Whimsically, he calls his spacious home Casa de Shenandoah from one of his hit recordings. Newton did not star in his own television special until April of this year, although he had made musical appearances with Ed Sullivan, Lucille Ball and others. He also made three acting appearances in the same role on "Bonanza." "I held off doing my own show because I didn't know if I was ready for it," Wayne explained. "And I was looking for the right producer so we could attempt something really different. "Now I'd like to do another. But obviously the problem is trying to top yourself every time out." New Effort to Music of Late By Delos Smith NEW YORK (UPI)-Yet another campaign is under way to popularize the music of Erik Satie on the basis of his eccentricities. There have been many such since his death in 1925. None really succeeded but it could be his brand of screwballishness is in harmony with that of 1968. At any rate you'll never have a better chance to get acquainted with the output of a minor but highly original creator. It was made up in the main of short, astringent pieces for the piano and Angel has collected most if not all of them on three records. In addition it is offering a record of his two ballet scores and of the two piano pieces which Debussy orchestrated and thus gave him his firmest hold on immortality. Satie was a Parisian cafe pianist. Like so many other human beings he managed to defeat himself. He did it by giving his music disconcerting titles which suggested it was sqme ki n d of a joke and prevented listeners from taking it seriously. Better Example "Three Next -to -Last Thoughts" is an even better example than the best known and most baffling, "Three Pieces in the Form of a Pear." But these and many of the others reward serious attention. Whatever the humor of their titles, there is no humor in their content which is a species of poetry as enigmatic as it is reticent in its clipped expression. The recording pianist was the Italian, Aldo Ciccolini who has made himself the outstanding Satie specialist. Volume 1 of the 3 piano records is a large and varied Satie sample. You can start with it and then decide if you have what it takes to go on to the other two (Angel-36482.) The ballet scores are "Pa If anything, that is Newton's success formula. He never gives less than his best shot. Another thing is the timbre of his voice. He has a range of three octaves, but more than that is the indescribable sound. It is never confused with any other singers. Newton is not content to cut records, tour the nightclub circuit or appear on occasional television shows, traveling in his own 12-seat private jet plane. He dreams of movies and his own video series. "I think a weekly TV show is inevitable for me," he said. "I've played most of the major clubs m the world. And television holds out a promise of longevity. At least I hope it does. "A weekly show would mean a variety program, something I've already been accepted for "But some day I'd like to do movies as a dramatic actor, Right now my age is against me. But Dean Martin has been doing both and doing them well." For Newton, then, success, riches and celebrity at age 26 are not enough. He is looking to farther horizons. And at the Dace he's going, it shouldn't take long for his new dreams to come true. Popularize Erik Satie rade" and "Relache" which were avantgarde music of their day (1916 and 1924) and have surprising affinities to some of the avantgarde music of today. They were recorded by the Paris Conservatory Orchestra with Louis Auriacombe conducting, along with Debussy's orchestrations of "Gymnopedie" Nos. 1 and 3 (Angel-36486.) Satie, the creative musician, has lived beyond his time and his place thanks in very large measure to Debussy's subtle gilding of what in their piano originals were emanciated liles. However, Satie's day may yet come. Certainly he cannot be dismissed. PARKER RETURNS HOLLYWOOD (UPI) Eleanor Parker returns to movies to co-star with Michael Sarrazin and Gayle Hunnicutt in "Wylie" at Universal. BRITISH ENTRY HOLLYWOOD (UPI) Albert Finney's "Charlie Bubbles" will be the British entry in this year's Cannes Film Festival. ED I ID rpOLTON AVE NOW OPEN 12:45 20TH CENTURY-FOX presents CrlARllON ? rlESTON n Ik, ', I ! A IMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMi PINEVILLE, LA., SUNDAY, The Shadow' Record Will Hold Interest By William D. Laffler NEW YORK (UPI)-One of the most enduring of all radio shows was the adventures of "The Shadow." The plots were ever so simple but the deep-voiced pronouncements and the sardonic laugh of the seemingly invisible avenger gave the little drama a sense of personality that carried the program from the early 1930s into the mid-1950s. One of the early "Shadows" was Orson Welles and opposite him was cast Agnes Moorehead as Margo Lane. Margo alone knew the true identity of "The Shadow." The last "Shadow" was Bret Morrison and he recreates his role in "The Official Adventures of the Shadow" (Leo CH-1048). This recording contains two adventures, without commer cials, that will hardly keep the listener guessing about their outcome but it will hold his interest. I Language Complex Unlike "The Shadow," there is considerable complexity in the language of James Joyces' "Ulysses." The original film soundtrack of the Walter Reade-Joseph Strick production star ring Milo 0 Shea and Barbara Jefford is available on an excellent LP (Caedmon TRS 328). The recording contains Molly Bloom's soliloquy, which contains some four-letter words that might be considered objectionable, thus due warning is given. Selected Singles "Do Unto Others" by Pearl Bailey & Mike Douglas (Project 3 PR 45-135), "Happy Man" by Perry Como (RCA Victor 47-9533), "Jack son" by Claude Boiling (Philips 40525), "There's One Kind Favor" by Anya's Street (Verve Forecast KF5084), "Fairy Tales Can Come True" by San Francisco Earthquake (Smash S-2157), "Gone" by Timothy Carr (Hot Biscuit P-1456). Tape Deck A highlight of "Goin' Out of My Head" by the Lettermen, an open-reel tape Capitol YIT 2865), is the medley of "Greensleeves" and "Love is Blue." Now that warm weather is with us, the young car-tape fans might like "The Birds, the Bees & The Monkees" (Colgems P8CG 1007). Cassette of the week is "Valley of the Dolls" by Dionne Warwick (Scepter SCX5568), an Ampex tape release. Television Notes Emmy Awards Ceremonies Are Somewhat Ridiculous By Jack Ganer NEW YORK (UPI)-It may be unavoidable, but there is something ridiculous about tele vision's Emmy Awards ceremonies when an "army" gets nominated in a certain category. As in this year's "outstanding writing achievement in music or variety; a special program or one of a series." Nine writers were listed for Carol Burnett's show, six for "Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In Special," 10 for "Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In" series and 11 for "The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour." The Rowan and Martin series team of 10 writers trooped onstage as the winners. Couldn't one representative take the bow and avoid such a mob scene in the future? It's anniversary time again for Ed Sullivan this month. On June 20, he will round out 20 years with his Sunday night show on CBS. There is a new book to go along with the event and help you brush up not only on Sullivan but also on television in general, since Sullivan's career spans that of commercial video. The book is "Always On Sunday," subtitled "Ed Sullivan: An Inside View," and it is by Michael David Harris (Meredith Press). It may not be the most objective book in the world, since Harris TONIGHT rsHbwl pm$ Open 7:30 TOWN All Tickets $1.50 WEST OOUIMBU PICTURES onsents STANLEY SHAPIRO PRODUCTION CO-FEATURE ATMUMIWOUCIKM SHnwnntomtvityouimt! rm ttPwcaoRlvi JUNE 9, 1968 Jimmy Webb's Star Sails Up Song Writer Wins Grammy at 21 By Mary Campbell NEW YORK (AP) - It's unusual for a song writer to have two songs nominated for the "song of the year" Grammy, a writer's award, but Jimmy Webb did this year "By the Time I Get to Phoenix" and "Up, Up and Away." He won it, too, with "Up, Up and Away." Plus he's 21, so there's lots of time for pop music to hear from him again. Plus his "Mac Arthur Park" is No. 3 on the best-selling chart of June 8, so we're hearing from him again already. Plus, TWA paid $35,000 for the first year they use "Up, Up and Away" as a commercial and will pay $25,000 for each additional year they use it. Webb splits the money, with the song publisher. "Up, Up and Away" and "Phoenix" established Webb so solidly that artists come to him asking for songs; he doesn't have to peddle his songs around. Against Praise Webb is against the "hype" and says he wouldn't do it "if I was starving on the street." "Hype" in pop music means a hypo or big injection of praise that a writer or promoter gives a song or record. "I know I'm in an unusual position. I'm truly amazed by it and honored by it." Webb has written four songs for Barbra Streisand and may do a whole album for her. He'll soon do his first movie and TV special writing. Johnny Rivers signed Webb for his Soul City label after he heard "By the Time I Get to Phoenix." While he was at Soul City, Webb wrote "Up, Up and Away," "Paper Cup" and "Carpet Man," all recorded by the Fifth Dimension. 2S0 In Four Years He also wrote a lot more than that; he estimates he has written 250 songs in the past four years. "If it is not complicated, it takes one and a half hours probably. 'Mac Arthur Park' took three or four hours. 'Up, Up and Away' was done in 35 minutes. "I really did appreciate John ny s helping me in the begin ning," Webb says. "But quite honestly I saw my chance to get away from Soul City and took it I wanted creative freedom.' Webb formed a publishing com pany, Canopy Music, and a production company, Canopy has been the CBS press representative for Sullivan's show since 1959, but it is interesting. CBS will be back next season with four more of the "New York Philharmonic Young People's Concerts," with Leonard Bernstein conducting, as usual. It will be the 12th season for the one-hour shows. NBC's date for Atlantic City's Miss America Pageant finals is Sept. 7, 10 p.m. to midnight. Yes, Bert Parks and Bess Myerson will be back as co-hosts. Katherine Houghton, niece of Katharine Hepburn who made her movie bow recently in her aunt's "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner," will be showing up on the video screen for the first time next season. Her debut will be in an ABC "Judd for the Defense" episodo, "In a Puff of Smoke." NEW BLAKE ROLE HOLLYWOOD (UPI) Robert Blake, one of the killers of "In Cold Blood," will star as a tough Army enlisted man in "The Bridge at Remagen." ! , fe TONIGHT 5HOWJ TOWN Open 7:30 All Tickets s $1.50 O EAST WALT DISNEY BOO! , AN AARON ROSFNBtKG moivcm J 8BSS3BR m mm my muiNfl w S TECHNICOLOR ;!jf 3 mrMimnnoOKnM ? COFEATURE k. - SECTION Productions, as a subsidiary of Dunhill Records. He'll probably produce a record in which he sings; Dun-hill wants him to do that more than he wants to himself. "I'm shy actually. As a writer you enjoy a certain anonymous quality. When you get into the performing arts you sacrifice privacy and personal freedom, which I value above everything." First product of the production company is out, the LP "A Tramp Shining," sung by Richard Harris, on Dunhill, for which Webb wrote all nine songs and arranged them and produced. The single "Mac Arthur Park," 7 minutes 20 seconds long, is taken from this album. "Mac Arthur Park" contains symbolism, is more complex and much different from Webb's previous easy-to-follow hits. "I don't ever leave a style for good," he says. "I'll always write some songs oriented toward plain people doing plain things. That is what I am. But I am turning more toward theme type music Webb was born in Elk City, Grissom Wrote So That Everyone Could Understand Flight in Space GEMINI! By Virgil I. "Gus" Grissom. MacMillan. $5.95. Grissom completed the first draft manuscript of this book just a few weeks before he and two fellow astronauts were killed in a Jan. 27, 1967, launch pad fire during a test at Cape Kennedy. The publishers, with the assistance of Grissom's widow, Betty, completed the job. Grissom and the two men who died with him were dedicated to advancing man's exploration of space. All wanted to go to the moon. In death, they probably moved America closer to that goal. For the tragedy pointed up the glaring engineering and management errors in the Apol lo program, errors that might later have killed many others. Long after the first astronauts land on the moon, Grissom's book will stand as a reminder of the early days in manned space flight. He recalls the pioneering Mer cury program, including his NOW AT THE PARAMOUNT ADULTS $1.25 Features at 1:10 - 3:20 - 5:25 - 7:30 - 9:40 IT'S WHAT'S HAPPENING WITH THE CIRLS ... TO CET THE BOYS! "Sweet nawewr nw mm hos.wu uts )R 4l&ll(idA! WttSFltltFOYOu! ALL NEW! BIGGER AND BETTER THAN EVER! CARTPONSf FREE PRIZES SURPRIZES!, AMfsT" EXTRA' " " vOw fSSsM WEDN!SPT 9 AM kfess DAVIS LADD IN ykKHK "MISTY" IRfc 0 ma I 15c and 4 RC Cola Bottle Caps J J -pTUSCOtoT or 50c Without Cap L23. Mi IN COLD BLOOD "ONE OF THE YEAR'S 10 BEST! N.Y. TIMES N.Y. POST N Y. DAILY NEWS CU MAGAZINE SATURDAY REVIEW NATIONAL BOARD OF REVIEW JUDITH CRIST NBC-TV Positively AO on undr 16 idmiRid unten STARTS FRIDAY B PAGE THIRTEEN Okla., Aug. 15, 1946. "I'd listen to my radio and try to write songs as good as I heard Frank-ie Avalon, Bobby Rydell and Elvis Presley sing. Then I started trying to duplicate harder kinds of music. "I was influenced by every music I knew or heard. I was influenced by Brian Wilson and Paul McCartney and later by Bob Dylan and Leonard Bernstein. Webb's father is a Baptist minister and he has the speech patterns of a theology student himself. He speaks with a soft Oklahoma accent, in a tone of concern and benevolence, pauses for thought before he answers, and makes statements like "My basic job on this earth is to use my life in the music business as creatively as I can." Webb says, "New music will bring together all creeds, races, times, nations, tonal systems, philosophies in one music. I hope in the next 50 years to be instrumental in making that music come about somehow. A truly limitless music, for all mankind, doesn't exist yet no I matter what they say." own near-disastrous flight, when he had to swim for his life after his Liberty Bell 7 capsule sank in the ocean. The main emphasis is on the Gemini program and its bril liant achievements. With vivid descriptions, Grissom reports in detail how he and John W. Young rode the first Gemini into orbit. The first man to fly twice into space, Grissom highlights the remaining nine Gemini flights in which the astronauts perfected all the necessary tech niques for going to the moon-rendezvous, docking, maneuver ing and walking in space. He concludes with his hopes for the Apollo program and for his own assignment as com mand pilot of the first three- man Apollo ship. He has told the story simply, eliminating the tedious technical details, so that everyone can understand easily the what, why and how of space flight. I HUM! 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