The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on January 26, 1986 · Page 8
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Local/Kansas 2 The Salina Journal Sunday, January 26,1986 Page 8 Acting workshop turns into 'serious work' By JUDITH WEBER Staff Writer For Delia Burch, acting is "kind of like wearing a mask and going to a ball." Burch, who sports a short, gray haircut, said that Tyress Allen "opened the door" for her six years ago, and since then she has played a few minor roles in Salina Community Theatre productions. Until six years ago, Burch hadn't acted since high school, she said. Saturday, she once again was under the directorship of Tyress Allen. Allen is a professional actor and director living in Dallas. He graduated from Salina Central High School and has a degree in theater arts from Marymount College. Allen currently is directing the production of "Agnes of God" as part of the theater's Artist in Residence program. Saturday was the last meeting of a four-week acting workshop Allen conducted as part of the program. About 15 participants came to the first workshop meeting, but only five showed up Saturday. "When they find out this is serious work, they stop coming," Allen said. The actors and actresses each took a turn at the center of a basement community theatre room to deliver their monologues, without props and costumes. And Allen asked questions, gave suggestions and encouragement and threw in lots of advice about acting. Burch played the role of a woman who was reminiscing about moments in her past. Allen suggested Burch try to convey more joy. "I go to the theater to be moved," he said. "I go to the theater to be renewed, revitalized. Whenever you do a piece, find the joy. An actor's job is just to be able to feel.'' Shirley Drawbaugh graduated from Marymount in 1950, and has not acted since, although she maintained an interest in the theater. "I've always gone to the theater and I love it. It's got a lot to say." Drawbaugh is president of the Ladies 8j -. - si Tom Don *y Salina to celebrate state's 125th year A cake decorating contest, a historical reading and Kansas songs performed by Sunset School students are being planned to highlight Salina's celebration of Kansas Day 1986. Kansas became the 34th state on Jan. 29,1861. Gov. John Carlin has urged all Kansas mayors to plan local celebrations of the state's 125th birthday. In Salina, there will be a community celebration from 7 to 9 p.m. in the lobby of the Salina Bicentennial Center. Former mayor Karen Graves is a member of the Kansas Commission for the 125th, a state group appointed by Gov. John Carlin that is promoting a yearlong slate of activities. She said Salina's celebration of Kansas Day, like any other birthday, will feature cake and beverages. "What we're having that night is a birthday party," Graves said. A cake decorating contest of- fering $125 in prizes is scheduled. Contestants can bring their cakes, commemorating the state's birthday, to the Bicentennial Center lobby at 4 o.m. The remainder of the evening's program is still being confirmed. But organizers are planning a historical reading, celebration committee member Gayle Rose said. Also scheduled is a performance by the Sunset Elementary School Sunshine Singers, directed by Colleen Jewell. Rose said the 125th anniversary of statehood is a time for reflection. "It's a good time to sit back and take some pride in our state," she said. Program committee chairwoman Judy Lilly also sees the 125th anniversary as a milestone. "I don't know that there's anything golden about the 125th, but some of us might not be around for the 150th," she said. Tyress Allen gives advice to John Jilka during an actors' workshop Saturday morning. Theatre Guild. Her monologue was that of a spinster who is hurt at being called an old maid. "I want you to be crushed here, but be strong with it," Allen advised. "Don't make her a victim. If you really want to touch us with this piece, make her strong. Keep her strong. Be hurt, be angry, but don't be bitter." Robert Lamport, a high school drama student, played the role of a boy who is rejected by his mother. "What is it for you to be rejected?" Allen asked. "Annoyance and pain," Lampert responded. "OK, play that." Lampert said he doesn't know for sure what attracted him to acting. "I just watched the people and it looked like fun," he said. Jennifer Rodgers also is a Salina high school student involved in drama. She was bitten by the acting bug in seventh grade, but her parents told her she was too young to get involved. Rodgers said she worked on stage crews for a long time before she decided to take the stage. In her monologue, Rodgers confronted another person in anger. "Give it to him. Really attack him. Go for it," Allen said after the first run-through. After another take, he asked, "How was that for you?" ' 'I felt angry,'' Rodgers said. "Yeah, that was much better." John Jilka, 31, a machinist who PM Magazine begins salute to Kansas By the Harris News Service The television program PM Magazine will begin a month-long salute to Kansas beginning Monday. The programs will include special features from the Carey Salt Mines, the Kansas Cosmosphere and Discovery Center and a tour of the governor's mansion with Carolyn Dillon, Hutchinson, chairman of Friends of Cedar Crest. The special Kansas features are part of PM Magazine's "salute to Kansas" for the state's 125th birth- day, says Vicky Collins, producer of PM Magazine Kansas. The program airs at 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday on KAKE-TV, Wichita, channel 10. Monday, Jan. 27, the show will feature a trip through the Carey mines, one of the world's largest salt deposits, to show the mining of industrial salt. The show includes an interview with Carey president Eugene Duffy. Tuesday show host Mogie Langston will tour the Cosmosphere and Discovery Center with director MaxAry. Wednesday, Kansas Day and the state's 125th anniversary of statehood, the show moves to Topeka for a session with Gov. John Carlin. Thursday the show will feature a tour of Cedar Crest with Dillon and offer a look at the decor and history of the governor's mansion. Friday, end of the first week of PM Magazine's Kansas salute, the show is to feature a tour of the Kansas Museum of History at Topeka. 50% off Read the current price tags and take 50 % everything in stock! lives in Assaria, got involved in acting while attending Marymount. He has acted in several community theater productions, the last being "Terra Nova," SCT's December production. "There's a lot to it. It's an art you need to keep working on," he said. "The acting workshops here are few and far between." After Jilka's performance of a man angrily defending himself to his father, Allen said, "The energy is very nice, but let all that yelling go." The performers ran through their monologues two or three times, trying to incorporate Allen's suggestions, occasionally being stopped by the instructor and advised to "Slow down ... take your time with it ... breathe... keep going... take it from the top one more time." One has to love acting to take it up professionally, Allen said. When he isn't acting, he's teaching classes or working in restaurants, he said. "If you want to be a star, forget it. In reality, no one respects actors. (But) I'm as serious about my work as any surgeon. I want to be respected. I think that's really all you can ask for." A Shelter Insurance policy is more than a legal contract it's our promise of personal service in fulfilling our obligation to you. AT SHELTER, IT'S A MATTER OF PERSONAL PRIDE. 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