Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on June 23, 1974 · Page 76
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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 76

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, June 23, 1974
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* f » » ' » M - » · ' - . * - . · T - T No tfeim /or cultural refreshment By Martha Smith Recent evidence seems to point to the conclusion that the populace isn't exactly thirsting for theater in the Kanawha Valley. It might be a case of the This Week At Sunrise Charleston's center of arts and education is open to the public free Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 2 to 5 p.m. Planetarium "Voyage to the Planets," 3p.m., June 23. "Summer Stars," 1 p.m., June 26 and 3 p.m., June 29. Exhibits Ancient Greece, Questors Case, Live Animals, Tri- Cycle Trip, Galaxy Room, Stamp Club Collection, Hans Christian Andersen Storybook Room. Art Gallery Selections from the Permanent Collection. Installation of Rental Gal- .lery Exhibit. Garden Center Beaded Flower Class, 1 p.m., June 26. Radio Classics Classical music scheduled to be broadcast over radio stations WTIP and WTIO- FM at 5 p. m. today includes selections by Vivaldi, Haydn, Chopin, Sciabin, and Mozart. At 7:30 p. m. the stations will present "Marionettes, Inc." A story about humans finding their future filled with marionettes who are masquerading as humans. "The Suicide Club," starring Sir Laurence Olivier, will be presented at 10 p. m. .'"The Wacky World of 'Mother Goose," starring · Margaret Rutherford as Mother Goose, will be broad_ cast at 10:30 p. m. summer doldrums or simply the off-season ho-hums which seemingly are afflicting persons who normally attend cultural events during the fall and winter. Carl Glatt, a frisky fellow who wages an unceasing search for enrichment which takes him from concert hall to theater and back, called last week in some distress. It seems he had attended George Daugherty's production of "Abe Lincoln Walks at Midnight in the Spoon River Graveyard" and was appalled to find fewer than 100 persons in the opening night audience. Why, he queried, weren't people interested in seeing a quality performance such as the one Daugherty planned, excerpting material from Edgar Lee Masters' work and from Lincoln speeches? Why, especially since the three nights of theater were Free? This particular event, I told him, probably hadn't .had enough publicity and likely had been lost in the crush of activities surrounding the unveiling of the Lincoln statue on the Capitol grounds. I explained that I learned of it only a few days prior to performance and only then by Daugherty's appearance in the newsroom to explain the content of the show. At that time, Daugherty admitted the entire thing was rather last minute and proper public relations ; "We want a learner's permit." ploys hadn't been devised. The entire cast has done the Masters work many times, so it was no problem mounting the show in short order. Publicity planning wasn't given much serious consideration since it was more important to get the production organized. In addition, there had been a professional Lincoln impersonator, Dick Blake, in town, and people who attended one event perhaps didn't care to see the other. Yet another consideration was scheduling, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday nights aren't nearly as popular for theater attendance as Friday and Saturday. Just to let Carl Glatt know he's not the only one who wonders w h i c h way the crowd went, I related Eric Weber's plight to him. Weber called the day after the St. Albans Uttle Theater opened "Gas Light." The opening night audience, he said, was comprised" of eight -- count them eight -- persons. In three nights of performance, tolal attendance was 57, which, I think was about what Kanawha Players drew two years ago on opening night of "Little Murders." And "Gas Light" was pretty well publicized, as was the entire SALTI organization. Both the "Spoon River" and "Gas Light" efforts had Chrysler Airtenp Heating i Cooing DhtrT BOHHETT'S HEATING ARCONDITIOme-tEFRKERATION Your CHRYSLER AIRTENP DEALER Rontt1,BM82 PoovW.Vo, Phone 75 5-2964 NICHOLS' HEATING YMCMYSIIRjilRTEMP Dialer $HTHERS,W.Vi Pkone 442-5249 AERODYNE CMP. 132SD«nkarku.,DHikir,«.Va. CALUHAHHEATaG 2710 M* Stint H«m«t,W.V«. MMe5t2-3252 SNODGRASSHEATW A«CONDITIONiC Your CHRYSLER MTEIfDEIIIR 525-BC«W» Slrtet South ChariiitoivW.y Phone 768-4965 merit, I'm sure. But, with vacations, the off-season timing and the general letdown at the end of the winter cultural crush, there simply weren't audiences to be had. I suspect by the time KP puts on "Stop the World, I Want to Get Off," many vacationers will have returned, there will be much interest in a summer musical and the throng will return to the theater, not unlike the swallows to Capistrano. Speaking of "Stop the World," (which gets my applause as a terrific show w i t h an incredibly f i n e score), three fine directors will be at the helm. Tom Nash will direct stage activities. Richard Silman will do honors in the orchestra pit and Nina Lu Denton will handle the choreography. »· SWEET SUCCESS: Two veteran performers familiar to Charleston audiences for their work with the Light Opera Guild - Bob Barnhill and Mike Myres -- have struck gold in New York. Barnhill, excellent as the emcee in "Cabaret" has been hired to design an off- Broadway show and Myres has been offered contracts with two New York-based ballet troupes. One will tour Europe next June after a U.S. tour and he's still undecided as to which company he'll choose. Both men deserve to see their theater dreams come true. ». TO SYRACUSE: Walden Bass, principal cellist with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, has accepted a position with the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra. 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