The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on October 25, 1996 · Page 29
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FRIDAY OCTOBER 25,1996 THE SAUNA JOURNAL encore! WHAT'S HOT / D2 BRIEFLY / D2 WHAT'S GOING ON / D3 D V ICE CAPADES fit's magic yon the ice \ for skaters ;; Ice Capades production -"•-features characters and : . music from MGM movies :V,By SHARON MONTAGUE 'iv'Tlie Salina Journal •: Charlene Von Saner, 21, was alone in .; the spotlight when she skated her way to .'; the British National Championship in :,; ,4993. ; '. "It's a very lonely sport," said Von Sa^ I her, who competed for years as an ama- *! teur in ice skating before recently turn,'; ing professional. ;' • It's just the opposite when Von Saher .;! is on the ice with the cast of "The Magic ; '. of MGM," an Ice Capades production ; that comes to Salina this weekend. • - "It's certainly a lot more fun, because , there are other people involved with ,; you," Von Saher said. "It's more fun be; ing on the ice with other people." The show — a revue featuring music ; and characters from such MGM produc- ! tiohs as "Goldfinger," "The Pink Pan: ther," "Stargate" and "Tank Girl" — is ; also a lot of fun, Von Saher said. Skaters interact with the audience more than they would in a solo competi- i tion and they interact with each other. 1 The show also is fun because it in\ yolves more than ice skating. Champion ; gymnasts and bungee jumpers are part \ of the cast, and pyrotechnics offers spe- i cial effects. Giant video screens will be »—«set up as well. ;£;: And Von Saher said children in the au__"" dience will become part of the production. • ^r "It's really spectacular," she said. "It's •'•'"really enjoyable, definitely a fun show. I It's a family-type show." :> Staging such a production is a chal- * '.', lenge for the skaters, even though most • have competed for years nationally and ":; internationally. I ; First of all, the ice surface is smaller, "; Von Saher said. And then there are many '. ' people on the ice together, so skaters have to watch out for one another. -Z'~; Technique — vital in competitive skat- >Tng — doesn't have as great a role in the ^^entertainment arena, she said, but it is :'-£mportant. >£ After checking out several touring • -companies, she decided to join Ice Ca- pades. She's been with the company for four weeks. . That doesn't mean she's given up competitions. She plans to compete in three or • ;four events a year, including the U.S. Pro" fessional Championships this weekend. ;£; That means her understudy will take _^ver her roles for the Ice Capades pro. Auctions in Salina. 8 « WHAT: The Magic of MGM" Ice Capades. « WHEN: 7:30 p.m. today at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday. » WHERE: Bicentennial Center. • COST: $10.50 or $25 Friday night; $26.50 or $16 Saturday night and $25 or $14.50 for the matinee performances. Children ages 12 and under and senior citizens will receive a $2 per ticket discount. • TICKETS: Call 826-SHOW. THE BOYS NEXT DOOR' KELLY PRESNELL / The Salina Journal Cast members in the Salina Community Theatre's production of "The Boys Next Door" Include Randy Walte (left), Brad Meier, Terry Anderson, Mltzi McAdams and Bill Weaver. 'Boys'Story VVT-: -+J COMMUNITY THEATER PLAY +J LOOKS SENSITIVELY AT MENTAL RETARDATION By CAROL LICHTI The Salina Journal T erry Anderson is practicing what he teaches. The English and drama instructor at Southeast of Saline High School turns actor next month in the Salina Community Theatre's production of "The Boys Next Door." In a recent drama class, Anderson and his students were working on an exercise in which they tried to stay in character. And the teacher's performance? "I was one of the worst ones," Anderson said. But, he notes, remaining in character on the community theater stage should be easier than in a classroom full of teen-agers. And it's a play he's familiar with, having directing a production for Southeast students three years ago. "I have never auditioned for community theater before, but I decided I wanted to try out for this play," Anderson said. He wasn't sure he'd get the part. "There were so many good auditions," he said. Anderson plays Norman, one of four men with mental retardation who live independently but have a social worker looking after them. His character works in a doughnut shop. "Norman loves doughnuts," Anderson said. "He's fun- loving and cuddly." Although he is an adult, Norman has the mental and emotional development of a 12- or 13-year-old boy. In the play, he goes on his first date. To portray those type of experiences, Anderson relied on his observations of teen-agers. Besides Anderson, other cast members include Erik Gaetz, Randy Waite and Bill Weaver, who play the three other men with mentally retardation, and Brad Meier as their burned-out social worker, Jack. Portraying someone with mental retardation can be a sensitive subject in these politically correct times, but Anderson said there haven't been problems. "The play is so well-written, and the author was sensitive to the situation," he said of playwright Tom Griffin. The play is at times humorous but doesn't make fun of mental retardation, said director Tim Jebsen, executive director or the community theater. "That is the challenge and joy of this play," Jebsen said. "We wanted to create real people, and we were real sensitive to this issue." The cast worked with staff of the Salina Parks and Recreation Department's special populations programs. See PLAY, Page D4 ABOUT THE PLAY « WHAT: 'The Boys Next Door" (recommended for adult audiences) • WHERE: Salina Community Theatre, 303 E. Iron • WHEN: Nov. 1-3, 5-10. Curtain times are at 8 p.m. except for Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Nov. Sand 10. « TICKETS: $10 for adults and $5 for students. « RESERVATIONS: Call the theater box office, (913)827-3033, between 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. ±* * GHOST ANDTHE DARKNESS % MiD'STATE RATED R i, Wrjoopi This I? an African adventure that makes the Tarzan movies look subtle and realistic, It lacks even the usual charm of | a man, $9 she creates a • being 69 bad Its funny. Ifs just bad. Val Kilmer and Michael tons man as her invlsiole panji.er and gives him all of her Douglas star as hunters who are determined to kill two man- leja?. Some, good moments between Goldberg and Dianne • eating lions, In real life, the lions killed 135 men in nine months. '«, The movie only makes it seem like longer. Kilmer and "V'i • i > ' , • ' * HIGH SCHOOL HIGH ^S^!!KSf^.P l ti^ SLEEPERS '".(><£! > *** CENTRAL RATED R Four 13-year-olds from the streets of New York are sent to a reformatory, where a sadistic guard (Kevin Bacon) abuses them. Years later, two of the boys kill the guard, and the other two rig the court case against them. Effective on a superficial level, with good performances by Dustin Hoffman as an alcoholic lawyer and Robert Oe Niro as a neighborhood priest, but the movie's real subject is a homophobic revenge fantasy. . „, „,,... RATED PG-13 V. .Cl-Ttje^fl • '•'- 1 - -oj^ mo/viej arid fails. Rlpplrig off everything from cj Me" to 'Daflge/ogs Minds,* the movie stars Jon THATTHINGYOUDO *** 1( ,llATj) F<3 ,.„. _.,_ „,„ ,.„,. fKl , P ^^ ossible to yawn #** quack at thg saw jfenet '«n befriencfcxi by Tta Carrere, as an administrator who still ''' 1 ' * ' ^"'" '' " * 11 ^ 68 ' w npt enou ^ nostalgic ifxecutive stars as KISS GOODNIGHT T ,.., ,., 8h« U8«J te be a government assassin,. Samuel L, Arming. 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