Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on August 6, 1972 · Page 72
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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 72

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, August 6, 1972
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O Secret Storm 3:30 Q O flj) (D ID Return to Peyton Place (Q Lassie Q One Life O O Edge of Night 4:00 Q Mr. Cartoon 0 Batman Q My Sons {Q Flintstones 0 Perry Mason Q Love American Style CBC0 Somerset ffi) Merv Griffin Q[) Q Sesame Street 4:30 {Q Password 0 O Virginian Q Green A^es Q Movie fO Jeff's Collie C0 Andy Griffith 5:00 ft) Wagon Train (0 Maverick Q Big Valley O High Chaparral Offl Misterogers (0 Dick Van Dyke 5:30 0® Electric Co. (0 Marshall Dillon O What's My Line By Martha Smith The age-old theater tradition "the show must go on" was never more in evidence than during the July 29 performance of "Hatfields and McCoys." Finishing up a week's vacation, I decided a good way EVENING 6:00 0 0 O Q O CD IB 03 News {£) Dream of Jeannie © Yoga 0 Lipreading 6:30 OG Walter CronkiU 03 News Q9 Chess 0 Psychology 7:00 Q Green Acres Q Q Nashville Music ID ID Consequences Q3 Andy Griffith O My Line 09 Farmer's Daughter § Call of West Insight . 0 Yoga 7:30 Q Q flD © 05 Ponderosa Q 0 John Byner Q3I3 Mod Squad © Masterpiece Theater 0 Saga 8:30 Q O Hawaii Five-0 § Q "Rung Fu" 0 Evening at Pops O Q flD CD C0 Ptey- house 9:30 Q O Cannon E0 Handsful of Ashes 0 Forsyte OO flD IB03 London Bridge G) Q All My Childrenl 10 . P3 Jeopardy O Me Too Show fl O Somerset 10:30 Q Panorama i 'BQODCBfS ' "hire On a Match OO As World Turns © O Let's Deal j ·"·° O Q ID IB SB I Days of Lives i JiD O Newly\ved Game I 1 1 ' 0 0 QQ Splendored Thing; fl«J Q Marcus Welby ffi Firing Line Q Arthur Smith O Dialogue 0 Ron Dellums O Comment O Peyton Place Q3 Mountains © Community Report Q3 Death Valley O O (Q O O O QD News El O CD ©ID I1::!0 Doctors P5 O Dating Game Q O Guiding Light Another World IBQ General Hospital Tonight Q Dick Cavett 0 "Three Bites of an Apple" Q "Ashes Diamonds" SB "Fort Dobbs" EMPIRE DINER "Famous for-Good Food" 194 Summers Street to wrap up two desires--reviewing the show and giving my mother her first opportunity to see the excellent drama--could be accomplished that particular Saturday. Everyone will recall, I'm sure that weekend was. not one conducive to outdoor theater. The hot, muggy weather of the preceding week disappeared to reveal cold rain. It rained throughout Friday and Saturday. I kept insisting it would stop in time for the show. My mother, who I have discovered in my 23 years of life had a disgustingly high record for being right in such matters, said the rain would continue. She speculate it would be chilly in Cliffside Amphitheater. I as- Goslites Gasgrills BY ARKLA Perfect For Camps. Backyard Patios or .Electric Homes! U ^ e i N a t u r a l or I P G c s · No Charcoal No Mesi Tht f a s t e s t , t a s t i e s t outdoor cooking, ever! Lights instantly, no dusty charcoal, no ashes, self-cleaning. Constructed of heavy, rustproof cast aluminum with stainless steel grids. Easy to install, yourself! Gaslites IT AIKLA Choose From Several Distinctive Designs! Decorative and Practical. Constructed of heavy, rustproof cast aluminum and weather-proofed with baked-on enamel (Black or White). Tempered glass panels are 10 times itronger than regular glass. IN STOCK-GASLIGHT MANTLES INVMTfD CtRAMIC GASLIGHT MANTLIS, AVAIIAILI IN SINGLI, DUAL, TIIPLC AND QUADRUPU SITUS. SPECIALTIES 5701 MacCorkle A.e.. S.W., South Charleston, W. Va. PHONE 768-48O1 In one ear . . . sured her that we were in mid-summer; it would be pleasantly warm. At 5:30 p.m. a call to the. reservations office at Cliffside confirmed that the fog had lifted in Beckley and the show would go on. As we donned raincoats and hats, Mother suggested taking an extra sweater. I summoned every ounce of control and refrained from laughing. Amid* ominous clouds and intermittent riz- zle, we traveled to Beckley. Sure enough, the show was scheduled. But around the amphiteather, umbrellas popped up, along with quilts and blankets. Mother put on her extra sweather and remined me how glad she was to have brought it along. I refused to. admit any chill in the air, assuring her that I was quite comfortable, thank you. The show began and the splended troupe of .young, alert performers once again made the magic of the legendary story come alive. Sitting under our umbrella, we almost forgot the chilly air as the familiar story unfolded. For those of us who have seen "Hat- fields" before, Ewel Cornell's completely appropriate score, combining rousing melodies with tender love songs and ballads, and the lyrics of Billy Edd Wheeler seemed even more -polished and exciting. The highly professional level of past performance continued, even as dancers and actors slogged through ·rain. One wouldn't have suspected the performers were inconvenienced in the least, as they displayed immense enthusiasm in their portrayals of the feuding claiis from Kentucky and West Virginia. Outstanding were two returning performers, Prudence Mason as Rose Ann McCoy and Tom Mustard as Johnse Hatfield. As the two ill-fated lovers, each of the YOU - LAY OUT YOUR OWN POOL! WE - WILL BUILD IT ... the shape and size you want in continuous-wall, free-form ily Fun Fiberglas CALL US AT 768-0733 7 s . to YOUR SPECIFICATIONS! FOR A NO-OBLIGATION APPOINTMENT OR DISCUSSION. FOR DURABILITY COST ECONOMY, WE RECOMMEND FIBERGLAS. OTHER TYPES AVAILABLE. AIRFAX, INC. Phone 768-0733 P.O. IOXISOI (5701 M«C«rlilfl «... $.W.) $.. tins., W. V.. 25303 CHARLESTON, W. VA. actors had a particular flair for character. As the voluptuous Rose Ann, Miss Mason was coquettish, yet wordly-wise. Her singing voice was beautiful and clear, showing the training she has had at Rollins College. As the handsome Johnse Hatfield, Mustard was very much the ladies' man. He interpretation of the role, one of teenager evolving into an experienced man who must choose between the woman he loves and his family ties, was truly fine. Several newcomers to various roles added spark to the show. As Devil Anse Hatfield, leader of the clan, Tom Dennis displayed an excellent comic timing as well as an ability to command the stage in intensely d r a m a t i c moments. His character was completely believable in all respects. Dennis, in his eighth season with the Beckley dramas, has had much experience in Shakespeare repertory companies. Comic timing was once again a key, as Don Johnson gave 'an outstanding performance as the elderly Uncle Jim Vance. In a character which could be easily overstated, Johnson was subtle, letting fiis lines wield their own effect. During the evening's rain, Johnson, in fact, embellished on the script a bit. . . a moment that brought appreciative applause from a soaked audience. During the execution scene in which Devil Anse gives the order to shoot three members of the McCoy clan who have stabbed Ellison Hatfield, Johnson opened the scene by looking at the sky and remarking, " T h i s damn rain's gonna last all night." Keeping right with this vein, Dennis as Devil Anse said, "Yes, and "we're gonna be here all night, too." As the slow-witted, but trigger-happy Phamer McCoy, Dennis Michael was hilarious. His goofy antics, as he constantly picked fights only to be r e p e a t e d l y trounced were a delightful touch. Especially amusing was his rather overt admiration of his sister Rose Ann's ample bustline as their mother was fitting her for a dress. John S. Benjamin, in his first year as Randolph McCoy, leader of that family, was outstanding as the peace-loving man s w e p t along toward violence and continued feuding during a 40-year period. His Randolph McCoy was a sad man, unable to quiet the hatred in his sons and unable to solve the fighting through process of law. During the performance, the dance corps showed great spirit, pantomiming" fight scenes and other sequences in a rain-soaked stage. They tumbled and rolled about in the puddles, seemingly unbothered by their wet costumes, and not one dancer slipped or fell, a remarkable feat in itself. With a show as fine as this one--a familiar story, beautiful music and excellent performers--even a cold rainy night can't spoil the enjoyment. (Continued On Page 8s) SUNDAY GAZETTE-MAIL

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