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mine PL com IJUitk ~s4nne Jrank \ By MICHAEL JOHNSON (Assistant to the Editor) Galesburg Prairie Players, that stalwart troupe of amateur performers attempting to give the community some class, opened their production of the hit play, hit movie, and popular TV rerun, The Diary of Anne Frank, Friday night. A pint-sized audience took in the 2%-hour performance at the Players West Losey Street theater. The production will be repeated tonight, Sunday, and next weekend. It is customary in the theater for the cast and crew to indulge in a bit of the bubbly after an opening night ordeal, while anxiously awaiting the early editions to hit the streets, with the critics' reviews. The custom usually doesn't survive in Galesburg, since this newspaper's staff finds better things to do on Friday night than publish, and this reviewer's credentials as a professional theater critic leave much to be desired. I'm no Rex Reed, and have no desire to be. However, for those debating whether to take in the Prairie Players performance, as an above average spectator (forgive the lack of modesty) I may be of some assistance. Those who volunteer their time and energies to the Prairie Players organization, usually come up with welL-done and entertaining performances.. And while The Diary of Anne Frank cannot be considered the Players' greatest triumph, it is not an exception to the general rule. For the rare few who have not seen Anne Frank, it is the tale of two Jewish families in Amsterdam during World ESA Chapter Elects Officers Members of Alpha Mu Chapter of Epsilon Sigma Alpha sorority elected Mrs. William Collins president for the year 1973-74, at its meeting Thursday evening at Home Savings & Loan Association. Other officers elected were Mrs. Paul Randell, vice president; Mrs. Edward Swanson, secretary; and Miss Mary Peterson, treasurer. Miss Dottie Hertel presented a crafts demonstration on how to make wooden grape clusters frcm squares of nylon stockings, pecans, florist's wire and tape. Each member then made a small cluster of grapes. Miss Hertel said that 30 to 35 pecans are usually used in the average size cluster. The meeting was conducted by Mrs. Bud Wilkins, president. Plans were discussed for the Founders Day Banquet May 17 at Club 19; the Installation Dinner May 30 at Club 19; and a garage sale to be held May 19 at the home of Miss Doris Wilson, 1571 E. Losey St. The evening's prize was won by Miss Hertel. Refreshments were served by Mrs. Collins and Mrs. Donald Stribling. NARFE The National Association of Retired Federal Employes will have a May luncheon at the Holiday Inn Tuesday at noon. Members are being asked to be there at 11:30 a.m. War II. With the aid of a friend, the seven, Joined later by an eighth are hidden away on the top floor of a warehouse for two years awaiting liberation by the allies. Keeps Diary The young Frank girl kept a diary during those years in confinement and the play is the reenactment of her account. It is a true^ story. Anne Frank, the vivacious teen-ager experimenting with life and enjoying it despite her family's predicament, is played by Sue Holland. In the past, one of Sue Holland's complaints about Galesburg critics is that they are too kind, so nothing would please me more than to silence her complaint and say she gave a lousy performance, but she didn't. Her portrayal of Anne Frank was close to flawless. With the exception of a few weak spots in the production during which all of the performances suffered, Mrs. Holland did an excellent job. The other members of the cast also turned in more than credible performances. Mr. and Mrs. Frank were played by L. R. Hults, who did an excellent job, and Gloria Johnson, whose acting ability blossomed in the second act, and that was fortunate since the latter half of the play lacked polish in some areas. The Franks' older daughter, Margot, was played by Kitten Evans, who met the challenge of molding an attention- getting performance from a character with no personality. The other family in hiding with the Franks was the Van Daan clan. Mr. and Mrs. Van Daan were played by David R. Dobkin and Fritz Musical Program Presented "Honoring Our Families' was the program presented at the United Methodist Women of the First United Methodist Church meeting in the Fellowship Hall of the church Friday. The program, given in narration and song, was by Mrs. Neal Anderson, commentator, Mrs. Michael Hurt, soloist, and Mrs. William Snyder, pianist. Mrs. William Shonkwiler, president, presided at the business meeting, at which it was announced the local society was awarded a five - star society and superior at the recent district meeting in Macomb. Arrangements for the dessert luncheon and meeting were by members of the Rachel-Lydia circies with Mrs. Ralph Anderson and Mrs. Al Hungcrford, as co-chairmen. May day baskets with spring flowers decorated the tables. Serving honors were given Mrs. Shonkwiler and Mrs. Hurt. Nemetz. Their son was played by Daniel G. Interlandi. Dobkui's portrayal of the weak-kneed Van Daan was better than average, but slipped during the most demanding scene in the play, in which Dobkin is caught with his hand in (he cookie jar, stealing the precious food remaining for the hideaways. His role was also hampered by a member of the stage staff who let him out of the make-up chair too early. Plays Role of Peter Fritz Nemetz did an excellent job with the role of Mrs. Van Daan as did Datiel G. Interlandi with the role of the young son, Peter. Interlandi's assignment was made difficult in several scenes when he was paired with Sue .Holland, who simply overshadowed him with her command of the Anne Frank role. A good performance was also turned in by Peter Bruner Soderberg who played the eighth character in the warehouse refuge, Mr. Dussel. Miep and Mr. Kraler, the two individuals who aided the Jews in escaping Nazi terrorism, were played by Pam Linnell and James Calderone. The role of Mr. Kraler — a secondary and unexciting character — apparently cramped the style of Calderone, who normally makes Prairie Players productions worth seeing. There was simply too little for the budding actor to work with. The same character problem made an outstanding performance by Miss Linnell difficult. Despite a few undamaging rough spots in the second act, Director Angela Rightnauer did an excellent job. She was assisted by Judi Wright. Others on the staff included Phil Graf, light design and John Tapper, costumes. On the production staff were Turner and Mary Wilkins, production managers; Shirley McConnaughay, stage manager; Brenda Tulin, house manager; Raleigh Bamstead, Woody Agar, Terry' Tulin, Brenda Tulin, Bill Gray, Bette Cabeen and Debbie Gardner, set construction; Woody Agar and Terry Tulin, lights and sound; Ellie Froelich and Margie Calderone, make-up; Lillian Gardner, Bebbie Gardner, Eve Hacker and Laurie Babbitt, set decoration; Betty Babbitt and Laurie Babbitt, properties; Sharon Sopher and James Calderone, publicity: Lee Brooks, tickets and box office; Chris Bennett and Kris Johnson, programs; Lee Hacker, Mary Woodson, Jim Pruett, Jim Hacker and Bob Hacker, hospitality; and Sue Holland and Angela Right­ nauer, set design. Golesbufg Register-Mai I, Gotesburg, Saturday, May 5, 1973 3 CATHERINE CLUB BOARD The Catherine Club Board will meet Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. ,at the club. mi— SANDBURG COTTAGE The Carl Sandburg Cottage, 331 E, Third St., will be open to the public Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. The birthplace is closed on Monday but is open daily the remainder of the week from 9 a.m. until noon and from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday morning visits may be made by appointment only. COTTAGE HOSPITAL SERVICE GUILD Cottage Hospital Service Guild will meet Tuesday at 9:15 a.m. at the Nurses Lounge. LADIES AUXILIARY The Ladies Auxiliary' to the Veterans of Foreign Wars, 2257 will meet Monday at 7:30 p.m. in the Eagles Lodge. There will be an Easter hat parade. Prizes will, be for the best and most original hats. There will also be installation of new officers. ^^^3^3 • • • Chess is a game which brings the generations together. The youngest and oldest players of the Greater Galesburg Chess Club matched up recently for a game, Tom Watters, 13, son of Mr. and Mrs. Leland Watters, 956 Yates St., and Ralsmon Pilcher, 69, 684 Hawkinson Ave. (Register-Mail Photo by Dale Humphrey) DELPHIAN Delphian Club will meet Tuesday at 12:30 p.m. at the home of Mrs. Walter Buswell, 546 N. Academy St. HARRINGTON HOME The Board of Management of the Louise T. Harrington Home will meet Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. at the home. KNOX COUNTY HOME WORKSHOP CLUB The Knox County Home Workshop Club will meet Tuesday at to be modest about their skills. 7:30 p.m. at the Ken Company, Ralsmon Pilcher, 648 Hawkin- Monmouth Blvd. son Ave., taught chess last By ALICE BROCKMAN (Staff Writer) What's black and white, and being played by everyone — well, almost everyone, in Galesburg? Chess — which is replacing even pop records and boy talk as entertainment at girls' slumber parties. Actually, the game is still dominated by men, but since its origin in India as a war game in the 7th century, perhaps that is not so surprising. What is amazing is that even young students in the middle schools have taken to chess in a big way. The Community Education program at Steele, King and Nielson Middle schools and Cooke Primary School has been so successful in establishing after- school "Chess and Checkers" clubs that next year, plans are to offer chess instruction to adults. Few sports offer such a wide appeal. Chess is a game which can be enjoyed by old and young people, men and women, and its main requisite for success is not great intelligence or intellect, but concentration and a desire to learn and improve one's game. Chess players over-all tend year to students at Steele and Cooke schools,! and describes himself as a "woodmover, not a chess player." Despite that fact, he managed to become a hero to the youngsters who eagerly looked forward to their chess sessions, part of an eight-week series in all. With a chuckle, Mr. Pilcher said it isn't always easy beating these youngsters, because many of them are very astute in learning the opening moves, which can easily rattle an opponent. Another man, who under the circumstances, prefers to remain nameless, can also attest to the sharpness of many young chess players. He discovered nervously that it took aimost an hour to beat a seven-year old girl, and it was only her third game. Like all chess players, Mr. Pilcher loves to win and hates to lose. During the Fischer- Spassky tournament last summer which acted as the spark for ah the recent interest in chess, he eagerly looked forward to the scores in the paper so that he could play the winner, Fischer's side. The only problem was finding someone to take Spassky's side! Mr. Pilcher, who has been playing chess for 10 years or so, teaches chess by comparing the game to football. Chess, too, he says, is a team effort and every piece is important. He stresses that the biggest weakness of beginning chess players is the failure to protect the pieces from capture. Last fall, largely through the efforts of Mr. and Mrs. Phil Connelly, newcomers to Galesburg, and avid chess sound like a war game. Etiquette of chess is perhaps more fine-honed than even the rules. While it is not good form to deliberately aggravate your opponent, it has another drawback; it distracts you from your own concentration about anticipated moves. This gentle art of annoying could take subtle and infrequent forms such as making a strong move, or that not being possible, re- t¥t€£& • • • SENIOR CITIZENS Senior Citizens will meet Monday at * p.m. for a potluek. A business meeting will follow at 7 p.m. Wednesday at • p.m. there will be a potluek, followed by mixed dancing, conducted by Orlo Moore. Thursday at 7 p.m. there will be a pitch party with prizes awarded and finger foods served. All meetings are at the YMCA clubrooms. GALESBURG DUPLICATE BRIDGE CLUB The Galesburg Woman's Duplicate Bridge Club meets Monday at 9 a.m. at the clubhouse. MOTHERS OF WW II Mothers of World War II, Unit 51, will meet Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the home of Mrs. Kenneth Anderson, 241 N. Cedar St. Members are being asked to bring a sack lunch and own table service. DAY NURSERY Day Nursery board will meet Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. at the nursery. GALESBURG CHESS CLUB The Greater Galesburg Chess Club will meet Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at Steele Middle School. The second round of the Swiss tournament will be held. All interested persons in the community are welcome to attend. buffs, the Greater Galsburg . sorting to talking to yourself, Chess Club was formed. After stretching, singing, yawning, Women's Golf League Play Begins at Links The Women's Golf League Play began Thursday with tee-off time at 8:30 a.m. at Bunker Links. Coffee was served at 8 a.m. prior to play. Shown putting are Mrs. Vince Morrissey, left, Mrs. James Sellett, Mrs. Robert Steinmetz and Mrs. Wes Pipes, general chairman for the year. Play was for low putts for the day, won by Mrs. Albert Nelson. Joe Stolarick is the golf pro at Bunker Links. (Register-Mail photo by Dale Humphrey.) only a few months, the club has become affiliated with the United States Chess Federation, which rates the players according to the points received in tournaments. President of the club is Ron Frank, who says that about 40 members attend the weekly Tuesday evening sessions at Steele Middle School. Presently, play is limited to those who' have some experience in chess, but the club is planning to offer instruction this summer to anyone interested in learning. Other officers are Richard Stotler, Abingdon, vice president, and Mr. Connelly, secretary - treasurer. There's Two Armies Actually, the game is not that complicated. It is played on a checkerboard by two facing "armies." In early India, the pieces represented elephants, horses, chariots and foot soldiers whose purpose was to protect the king and queen. Now the soldiers are traditionally pawns, bishops, castles and knights, and they all move differently on the board. The beginning player should concentrate on the first 10 opening moves, since this is where the game is lost or won, according to Mr. Frank. The object of the game is to checkmate the opponent's king — that is, to put him into such a position that he cannot escape without being captured. Strategy centers on controlling the center of the board by getting all major pieces into position to strike at the opponent's king. Come to think of it, yes, it does or best of all, resting your head in your hand in such a way that you cover three squares of'the board. The chess set that tournament players use is the standard Staunton design, which has been traditional for over 100 years. Of course, there are many styles of chess sets available locally, that serve decorative as well as functional use. Some of the most beautiful are the ones from Brazil made with iridescent butterfly wings, either in blue or yellow embedded in glass, and trimmed with a wood edge. Another set is made of small tiles, exquisitely hand-painted with Chinese figures. Bone ivory chess pieces complement this board. From all indications, the royal game is flourishing in Galesburg. Plan Christian Arts Festival First Christian Church and Trinity Lutheran Church will cosponsor a Christian Arts Festival at the First Christian Church on Sunday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, May 13, at 7:30 p.m. On the evening of the sixth of May choirs of the two churches will present a program of music, New Life in Music." James Musolf, Director of Music at the First Christian Church will present an organ recital on May 13. Choirs from Trinity Lutheran Church, under the direction of Miss Myrna Andersen, are Carolers-Cavaliers; Eighth and Ninth Grade Confirmation Classes; High School BeU Choir and the Senior Choir. First Christian Church choirs, under the direction of Mr. Musolf, include Carolers Choir, Chi-Rho Choir, CYF Choir, Chancel Choir and the Whitechapel Bell Choir. Included on the program will be "100% Chance of Rain" by Horsley; voices and tape: "The Not—Yet-Flower" and "Cosmic Festival," by Richard Felciano; contemporary sound and motion: "Genesis" by Malcolm Williamson, folk song style; songs by Natalie Sleeth and Richard Avery and Donald Marsh; Chorus and narrator: "The Beautitudes" by Paul Christiansen, bell choirs and other instrument. THERESA'S BEAUTY SHOP SHAMPOO .»d $2.50 672 N. ACADEMY ST. Appointment! Only 343-8304 MALES' formal weor "In Stock Rentals" PHONE 309/342-5SU Aiier Six. Lord Wttt, P»lm Beach Register for Fret Honeymoon to Las Vegas 10 Wait Main St.. Galtiburg GRACE CHURCH Rev. Douglas Smith will lead an open discussion on Drugs and Sex Education on Monday at 8 p.m., at Qrace Episcopal JAY-C-ETTE BOARD The Jay-C-Ette board will meet Monday at 8 p.m. in the home of Mrs. Bill Burleson, 65 Locust St., Apt. 8. Co-hostess will Church, 151 E. Carl Sandburg be Mrs. James Moore. Drive. j The meeting is for adul,ts only. 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