The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on October 11, 1996 · Page 25
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Salina, Kansas
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Friday, October 11, 1996
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FRIDAY OCTOBER'11, 1996 THE SALINA JOURNAL V COUNTRY MUSIC It's not all 'Blue' for teen-ager LeAnn Rimes finds success at a young age with voice that recalls Patsy Cline By MELISSA WILLIAMS The Associated Press The Associated Press LeAnn Rimes Is the youngest person ever to be nominated for a CMA Award. DALLAS — When LeAnn Rimes was five years old and practicing "Jesus Loves Me" for her friends and family, she'd sometimes smile sweetly and command, "Clap for me, everybody! Clap for me!" ... These days, country music's brightest starlet doesn't have to ask. Rimes' first major-label single, "Blue," sold more than 100,000 copies in the first three weeks of its June release, making LeAnn, then 13, the youngest female artist to hit,the country charts since Tanya Tucker and Marie Osmond. The follow- up album by the same name has spent 11 weeks at No. 1. LeAnn, the youngest artist ever nominated for a Country Music Association award sang the Patsy Cline-like "Blue" for a nationwide audience at the 30th annual Country Music Association awards Oct. 2. She was up for Single of the Year and the coveted Horizon Award for newcomer of the year. She lost out on both prizes. ; LeAnn, whose musical tastes range from Judy Garland to Alanis Morissette, doesn't mind the constant comparisons to Cline. She even invites them, crooning Cline's "Crazy" as an encore during a recent performance at a Dallas nightclub. •; • "I really don't try to sound like her," ;says LeAnn, who calls Cline her favorite traditional woman country singer. "I .,.;know what the songs are about, and I've glistened to them forever now. I just try to Tput all of that into it to try and do it justice." >' LeAnn sings with poise and heart, pac- •ing the stage in tight pants and boots as she belts out "I Wanna Be a Cowboy's Sweetheart," "Stand By Me" and, of .course, "Blue." - "She's got the goods," says Geoff Mayfield, director of charts for Billboard , magazine. ;' Despite the praise and crush of attention, LeAnn remains remarkably down- to-earth, signing autographs for hours af- •ter her Dallas show and hugging old : 'friends from Garland who have come out "to see her. ;;,'.< Like other girls her age, she likes shopping for CDs and going to movies. But her ^schedule leaves little time beyond shows, ^interviews and her loth-grade home.; school coursework. This year and into -next, she's touring as a headliner in - smaller venues and is booked to warm up '•for Alan Jackson. After that? Singing — country for now — with acting a possibility in the distant ; future. ; : LeAnn says it's not hard to sing about "things she has yet to experience. »••- "Even though I may not have lived "some of the things, I still know what they're about," she says. "If I love it, I'm -going to put all I've got into it." encore! WHAT'S HOT / D2 BRIEFLY / D3 WHAT'S GOING ON / D4 „.-.... ........ DAVIS TURNER/The Salina Journal Kate Griffin researched and wrote "Amelia," a one-woman show about the aviation pioneer from Atchlson. The play will be performed Saturday. Salinan to star in one-woman, self-penned play on Amelia Eaifiart By GARY DEMUTH The Salina Journal viation pioneer Amelia Earhart is best remembered for sparking one of the great mysteries of the 20th century. In 1937, during a round-the-world flight with her navigator, Fred Noonan, Earhart's plane disappeared over the Pacific Ocean. No trace of the plane or its occupants were ever found. Did the plane crash into the ocean? If it did, was it an accident or sabotage? Or was it just an elaborate publicity stunt? Next year marks the 60th anniversary of Earhart's disappearance and the 100th anniversary of her birth. Speculation over her fate continues to this day. But for Salinan Kate Griffin, the circumstances of Earhart's life were just as fascinating as the legend of her final flight. "She was a feminist who fought hard for women's rights and didn't follow the traditional route females were expected to take, especially in that era," Griffin said. "She succeeded on her own terms in a male-dominated society." Griffin portrays Earhart in "Amelia," a one-woman play that she also wrote. The play's world premiere will be held Saturday at the Salina Community Theatre, 303 E. Iron. Barbara Marshall, professor of speech and theater at Kansas Wesleyan University, directs. The first act of the 90-minute play will cover Earhart's youth in Atchison, where she grew up in a family with an alcoholic father. After trying various occupations, Earhart decided to become an aviator at age 27 and soon made history by becoming the first woman to cross the Atlantic Ocean. In act two, Griffin recreates the story of her fateful last flight. For Griffin, capturing the essence of the enigmatic Earhart required a prodigious amount of research. "I've read all the biographies, seen all the movies and watched countless docu- mentaries and newsreels," Griffin said. "When you do a one-woman show about a historical character, you want to know as much about them as possible." Griffin has been an actress for 25 years, a veteran of theater in both Salina and Lawrence. She has also been a model and dancer and has produced a documentary and several talk shows for Salina Community Access Television. "Amelia" began five years ago as a project for Arts and Fusion, a program developed by the Salina Arts and Humanities Commission to bring artists and performers into public schools. At that time, only the first act of the play was written. "I performed it for about three years in Salina public schools, and then I began to get requests from adults," Griffin said. "It had such a good reception with an adult audience that I began to ask myself what I could do to make it a full-length show. See 'AMELIA,' Page D2 About the play • THE PLAY: "Amelia," a one- woman show written and performed by Kate Taylor Griffin. • WHEN: 8 p.m. Saturday. • WHERE: Salina Community Theatre, 303 E. Iron. • TICKETS: $5 general admission. • INFORMATION: 827-6126. -T* CO * THE CHAMBER everything down .to a final debate in which the hero and the villain shoot it out with Ideas Instead of guns, •.FMTJOD ** ; CENTRAL RATED R Chris Q'DonneU plays a young lawyer who tries to save his . moist grandfather (Gene, Hackman) from the gas chamber, as u <V Ojd secrets reveaj how three generations were traumatized. Not CENTRAL FfATEp ' very conyjndnfl in terms of the lawyer's motivation, the grandfa- , Slnbad store as an incompetent Wlitte House Secret other's conversion or the film's attitude toward the death penalty, Service agent In'charpe of trje president's son (Brock Pierce), ' ' who |s gojng through a troubled eariy adolescence. After some *' IYI* TUP MlfSUTV m if*lift .x- initial problems, .Sinbad becomes his buddy. The movie Is filled ~> iMw i nis iiimri • i MMVIV*? . n • FIRST WIVES CLUB ' & «nar AWSWWW*"*! £> * '.' •—, Ittrt'lWWryr -T. r* rMH ."f» * ™* V «^ Vi £ r GiWk HflwR JL-I- • > ..!.,.,_.,i..i. -.S.^..-_ JM Kw ton star In this r* B dumped for ygunger . , and ge\flvipps well-targeted dialogue (especially > - by to* *! 8 movie e ! ar ^ tfi^Her tooke are fadinj), but #'** """"" " wv";; . ^.VA-... J .,_.....^ i .....^ j|(| ^^ w ^ (|rt director Michael Apt^j brings longer. Mi^\m$mfr$ laygh.aiJe In eawHwarci and unconvincing string. THE GLIMMER MAN ** MID-STATE RATED R When last we saw Steven Seagal, he was free-falling from a hijacked airplane in "Executive Decision," This detective thriller finds him back in action, playing a Los Angeles flatfoot on the trail of a serial killer, Keenen Ivory Wayans co-stars. • LONG KISS GOODNIGHT * * it SUNSET RATED R Geena Davis stare as a soccer mom with amnesia, who discovers she used to be a government assassin. Samuel , L. Jackson Is the Ipw-rent private eye who sides with her as .the bad guys oorne gunning. Lots of explosions and special effjcli Jfl A jpnlp book pM where the stunts are more IHMMA^JkH.* U*,__ il-i. Jl_l^' f-% ' it II ft 3. Dramatically meaningless, *** £ 2jj?-v "•'*> *T* t '^ rr ' 1 Hw&f¥ "Wf f^VWW w*^^l^jS? , pjn tft Hojjywo<4 Tern gvaretj'S<?ott eta/i ai v the flrummeiYJohnathon Schaech Is the lead sinner who "'• ' SUGGESTIONS? CALL JIM HAAQ, ENCOREI E.DITOR, AT (913) 823-0363 OR 1-800-827-6363

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