Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on July 18, 1976 · Page 85
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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 85

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, July 18, 1976
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Fagan Views new theater as showcase, workshop By Martha Smith It's possible you may be tired of reading about the new Science and Culture Center by now. If that's true, of course, you have no business reading a column devoted to the lofty business of uplifting the soul through music, drama and dance. Since this column appears exactly a week after the center's public opening, it's safe to assume that Charlie Connor already has provided the gee-whiz perspective on the many delights of the $14 million facility. (Even Don Marsh, a man not easily impressed, was won over by the center's splendor.) Assuming, then, that you've all read about the Great Hall, the archives and history department, the 100.000-volume library and the fascinating museum, I will share with you some observations about the 485-seat theater. A chat with center director Norman Fagan reveals that the acoustically-perfect theater will be a showcase for state talent. Presentations will take the form of festivals and guest appearances, he says. Already in the works, for example, is a community theater festival hosted by Charleston's own Kanawha Players. Various community theater organizations from throughout the state (i.e. the Beckley Curtain-Callers, Wheeling Towngate Theatre, etc.) will get together for a week of performances, workshops and the like. Obviously, this will promote In one ear. Norman Fagan goodwill among the groups as well as providing the opportunity for them to learn from each other. It also will provide local residents a glimpse of new faces, new production techniques and entertainment philosophies different from those. regularly found here. From the outset, Fagan made it clear that the theater would not be available for regular performances of Charleston arts groups, and should not be regarded as a source of competition for the Civic Center, Morris Harvey and other facilities commonly used by local arts organizations. Fagan previously has discussed hosting dance festivals featuring internationally-known troupes such as the Alvin Ailey Company working in residence at the culture center. Dancers from throughout the state would be able to study with the professionals, attend workshops and then perform, demonstrating new-found methods. An idea he revealed during conversation at the center's press preview was the possibility of holding a homecoming in the theater, inviting back the many state natives who have found success in the professional arts world. Actors Chris Sarandon and Brad Dourif (both Oscar nominees), Emmy winner Don Knotts, television personalities Soupy Sales and Peter Marshall, and opera stars Phyllis Curtin and -Eleanor Steber all would be invited to the center for performance, lecture-demonstrations and workshops. Fagan-also said that internationally-known talent will be appearing in the theater as teachers of work. shops and seminars. The intent, then, seems to be on making the center theater a place w h e r e t a l e n t e d persons f r o m throughout the state can gather to study, expand their knowledge by working with top professionals, and to exhibit their skills in a theater that boasts perfect acoustics and the most modern equipment. N o r m a n Fagan h a s s e t h i g h ideals and standards for the new center. When the theater is filled-as it was last Sunday--with the happy sights and sounds of West Virginians making music, dancing, T T T Watcli for These SANFORD SON - (Repeat). "The Infernal Triangle." Fred's new girlfriend and Lament's old flame are one and the same, creating a bit of a problem at the Sanford household. 10 a.m. NBC O © ©(SIS) ALL IN THE FAMILY - (Rep e a t ) . "We're Having a Heat Wave." The prospect of new neighbors has both Archie and George Jefferson nervous -- for different reasons. 3p.m. CBS O© SARA -- (Repeat). Sara is kidnapped by a backwoods trapper (guest star Victor French) who takes the frightened teacher to his mountain hut for a purpose she had never imagined. 8 p.m. CBS O CD THE PRACTICE - (Repeat). "Jules' Vacation." Supposedly on SHOWTIME, July 18, ,1976 . ' , vacation in Florida, Jules winds up turning his hotel room into a makeshift clinic, while back home, David tries to cope with his father's clientele. 8:30 p.m. NBCO©®(5) ROCKFORDFILES- (Repeat). "Foul on the First Play." Lou Gossett guest-stars as a parole officer turned private detective, who attempts to exploit his old friend, Rockford, in helping a client obtain a new basketball franchise. When Rockford discovers his old friend is using him as a decoy, he puts his own game plan into action. 9 p.m. POLICE STORY -- (Repeat). "Officer Dooly." David Birney. stars as an earnest young officer who captures a gunman, an act that almost earns him a commendation -- until his captain learns of the manner in which the villain was caught. 10p.m. NBCO©®(3)© V 1 V-r / 7" SO. FT. INSTALLED 1 WE COVER ALL TRIM AND OVERHANG HOME REMODELING SPECIALS * ROOM ADDITIONS * ENCLOSED PORCHES * GARAGES * ROOFS * KITCHENS NOW! SAVE · THERMOPANE SEALED · TILT IN FOR EASY CLEANING · MAINTENANCE FREE CALL NOW SAVE ALUMINUM BUILDING PRODUCTS CORP. 2141MacCORKLEAVE. ST. ALB ANS, W.VA. PH. 727-9363 acting, then the true worth of this grand facility is realized. FOOTLIGHT FOOTNOTES: The Cory Band, the Welsh coal miners brass band that played here July 7, has been invited back to the U.S. next year. Already arts leaders in Charleston are talking about sponsoring the band in concert here and mounting an efficient promotional campaign that will fill Municipal A u d i t o r i u m . T h e band, grand champions of Great Britain, played to a dismally small audience. The big problem was that nobody saw fit to announce the concert until virtually the last minute... Jane Young has spent the summer studying with the Pittsburgh Ballet...Young Steve Galperin, who runs lights for the Charleston Light Opera Guild production "Jacques Brel. etc." shows tremendous p r o m i s e as a l i g h t i n g technician...Nelle Wiant, assistant concertmaster of the Charleston Symphony and everybody's favorite redhead, has been on the sick list. An eternal go-getter, Nelle is one of the best-liked members of Charleston's cultural community. HEY! CHECK THESE ITEMS! IS YOUR POOL READY FOR FUN? WE STOCK MOST ITEMS YOU'LL NEED TO GET YOUR POOL IN SHAPE FOR A SUMMER OF FUN! ,r~SEE US NOW FOR A--s FREE POOL WATER ANALYSIS! Bring in o Water Sample From Your Pool And Lei Ui Test It For Correct Chemical Balance, Now, At No Charge! Make Certain Of Sparkling, Sanitized Pool Water, All Summer Long! 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