The Pantagraph from Bloomington, Illinois on August 3, 1980 · Page 45
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The Pantagraph from Bloomington, Illinois · Page 45

Bloomington, Illinois
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Sunday, August 3, 1980
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Passion story in musical loud, frisky, but reverent NEW YORK (AP) - It's the wildest, loudest, friskiest portrayal ever of the passion story Jesus, his execution and resurrection but somehow it mostly comes off as rambunctiously reverent. "He rules!" the chorus blasts it out. '-'...Didn't I tell you?... There'll never be a man like him!... When the power comes ... the Jesus power!" i ' And the audience is swept up into the compulsive sound and dancing fervor, clapping, whistling shrilly, stomping, standing and swaying and then shouting out its affirmation: "Yeah! Yeah!" That's after the robust resurrection scene in the current Broadway hit, "Your Arms Too Short to Box with God," a flashy, bouncing musical rendition of the Jesus story in song and dance. It begins on a gentle note, a choir softly singing the Beatitudes, "Blessed are the meek ... the merciful ... the poor ... the persecuted ... the peacemakers..." But it quickly turns tempestuous as the preacher exhorts the audience: "Hey Lord! We're gonna have a good time!" He gets the audience clapping cadence and rooting for it. "Don't be afraid to raise your voice. The Lord said make a joyful noise... Yeah, Lord, we're gonna have a good time. Say yeah!" "YEAH!" That's the sort of tent-revival enthusiasm built up repeatedly between audience and performers, a kind of high-powered reflection of the black-church style, done by a black cast. It's "earthy, joyous, gutsy Gospel," says Vinnette Carroll, artistic director of the Urban Arts Corps and author-director of. the show, originally commissioned by the Italian government and first performed at the Spoletto Festival. It opened on Broadway in May after a year-long tour of 66 U.S. cities to wide critical acclaim. Vinnefte Carroll "It's theater that stimulates, that pushes, pulls and sometimes almost pummels its audience into a catharsis of emotion," says Ms. Carroll, award-winning actress and writer-director whose works often contain strong religious elements. One of the unusual features of the current show is the portrayal of Jesus by a black ballet dancer, Elijah Gill from Henderson, N.C., who with all his leaps and spins conveys immense dignity and power. He never speaks or sings a word, but masterfully displays the character through his dancing. "There's a stranger in town," the talk TOO BUSY? TAN TAN TAN TAN 2 Minutes in a Tropi Tan TAN Booth equals 2 Hours of Sun TAN , . TAN Don f have fime to tan? TAN TAN TAN TAN TAN MA V TAN TAN y- . yS All day in the office I Jis Hours in the kitchen V Yard work s (houffeuring the kids Hours: M-F 11-7:30, SAT. 10-4 Ph. 662-8111 in the EASTWOOD BUILDING 2310 E. Oakland Across State Farm III. Office SEE AUTUMN AS IT HAPPENS ONLY IN NEW ENGLAND! Motorcoach tours from Bloomington can take you through New England's Fall Foliage Festival! Sept. 1 3 1 6 days - Nova Scotia and New England for $835.00 per person, double occupancy. . Sept. 26 12 days - New England Fall Fol iage Tour for $599.00 per person, double occupancy. Sept. 29 90 days - Fall Foliage Tour for $455.00 per person, double occupancy. Oct. 1 11 days - Cape Cod & Newport, Rhode Island, for $525.00 per person, double occupancy. NATURE'S PAINT BRUSH AT WORK Mid-West Travel, McLean County's cost-conscious travel bureau, can handle your every touring need. We can even charter buses for your organization. -V WEST TRAVEL BUREAU 1 Vi.-iiinii.i.iiiini in n CALL THE BEST CALL MIDWESTI ILLINOIS HOUSEBUILDING 207 W. Jefferson Street Downtown Bloomington -(309) 827-6102 J Everyone Loves Childrens' Day ii yYr jaA,r ii 1 Rrinir the entire family to Rock- Hardens Aumist 9 and 10 and the children will especially enjoy the entertainment KocKome nas siaieu for Childrens'Days. Rnllmd will be Drovidinff the finest Ventriloquists' acts with his dummies, George and barn. Arwoods and Kellys will also be with their excellent dog act and thrilling acrobatic feats. iwiiv'a Marionettes, the Great est show on strings, will be a delight to the young and old audiences alike. rhilHrim will thrill at Rockome's other attractions including the animal variety show-Punch and Judy Show,-- the Tree House, Haunted Barn, Train and Buggy woes. Bottle Houses, farm animais ana much more. Dozens of attractions will deugni every member of the family. Old Bagdad Town includes a bakery, harness maker, blacksmith. Calico Shop and General Store. Exper-. ience an authentic Illinois Dutch home-cooked meal at the Rockome Family Style Restaurant. Rockome is open daily from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. and is located five miles west of Areola, IL.--just off Interstate 57 and U.S. 45. For your free copy of the Rockome Review send this coupon: Name Address City State Zip Rockome Gardens 1 c In the Heart of Illinois Amish Country Route 2 - Areola, Illinois 61910 217268-4216 c . a i- .... - Jni;;..r m,i ,K n.,,,.1. While OII IViain OlICCl III niUia, wai a l" iivinun una. pi tin uuivil Kitchen, and get some Illinois Dutch cheese and sausage at the Rockome Store. Also visit the Calico Workshop in Arthur. goes. "He looks like no one you've ever seen before... He's called a trouble-mmaker because he disturbs the status quo." Back home in Nazareth, his mother Mary, does a troubled dance while big-voiced Jennifer-Yvette Holliday, sings, "Something is wrong in Jerusalem... I can't dismiss that nagging feeling... Be careful, darling, who you walk with ... those who betray your trust." She goes there, and the tumultuous scenes unfold in that special romping, singing, zestful fashion, the arrest, the flogging, the trial and condemmnation, with the betrayer Judas doing a tormented, suicidal dance after the priests laugh off his efforts to return the bribe. "It's a too late Judas," they sing. "What's done is done." One interlude, the mockery of Jesus on the cross (Gill's arms outstretched at the lighted top of a dark mound) gets a little raucous, drawing some spectators into seemingly identifying, if strained, laughter with the mockers. "Come on down!" they hoot and sing. "Some Son of God ... turning water into booze... Why don't you tell your pappy, huh?... Don't you trust your old man? Where's your big daddy?" But then the whole theater seems to shake with kettle-drum thunder, booming brass, bells, a swishing sound like wind, and the mockers cringe. "God, can't you take a joke?" they quaver. The resurrection scene comes with frenzied dancing and joyous singing, "Can't no grave hold my body down!" They put a gold-embroidered royal robe on the shoulders of the loincloth-clad Jesus. "I love you Jesus," they sing. The second-act epilogue beats and whirls with rousing salutes to Gospel greats of the past, a panoramic crescendo building up to a rollicking finale, "The Saints Come Marching In!" ft 5 S s J V, I - i t. , - ; ( . : ' :.".-: n , ,. ... i The Sunday Pantagraph, Aug. 3, 1980 D-3 N.Y. Philharmonic schedules season NEW YORK (UPI) - The New York Philharmonic will open its 139th subscription series Sept. 25 with Music uirector ubin Mehta conducting Bartok's "Concerto for Orchestra" and Brahms' "Symphony No. 2." Mehta will conduct 16 weeks of the season, his third as music director. Guest conductors will include Leonard Bernnstein, Daniel Barenbboim, James Conlon, Rafael Kubelik, Erich Leinsdorf and James Levine. Houston Grand Opera to open season HOUSTON (UPI) - Houston Grand Opera's Silver Anniversary season will open Oct. 10 with a new production of Verdi's "II Trovatore." The season, running through May 1, will feature the world premiere of Carlyle Floyd's "Willie Stark," Mozart's "The Magic Flute" in a new English translation, a new English version of Bizet's "Carmen," Cilia's "Andrea Lecouvreur" and Verdi's "Un Ballo In Maschera." Tribuie Dinner theatre Goodfield, II. 61742 Ph. 800-322-2304 WED. SPECIAL "LOVE RIDES THE RAILS" ONLY $10.95 IN IIS 23ht WUK TUES. WED. THUDS. FR1. ST. SUN. BRUNCH SUN. EVE. $11.95 $10.95 $11.95 $13.95 $15.95 $11.95 $12.95 Mitam $11.95 'PARIS IS OUT u L Aug. 21 -Oct. 26, Damn Yankee; Oct. 30-Jan. 11, 1981, Never Too Late. BOX OFFICE TUE.-SUN. 10-10 HOURS CLOSED MONDAY FOR RESERVATIONS CALL TOLL FREE 800-322-2304 SOME SEATS STILL AVAILABLE PRfllfilE 0N THESE UPCOMING TOURS t-r&AHJn Southwest Wisconsin and Galena. ..August 8-10 St. Louis Weekend Auaust 9-10 INC. Waington, D.C., Philadephia, and New York City Aug. 23-Sept. 1 Grand Ole Opry Aug. 30-Sept. 1 ONE DAY TOURS PEACH PICKIN' BUS Saturday, August 23 Travel with Prairieland Tours to near Benton Harbor, Michigan where you can pick your own Michigan peaches, Bring your picnic lunch to enjoy at the orchards. Drinks will be provided. Transportation and morning rolls and coffee are included for $29.50 per person. Fruit cartons and baskets are provided at no cost. RODEO BUS Saturday, September 6 Travel with Prairieland Tours in one of our modern "stagecoaches" to Ft. Madison, Iowa and enjoy one of the top rodeos in the U.S. Reserved seat ticket and "stagecoach transportation are only $24 per person. CIRCUS BUS Friday, September 26 Join Prairieland Tours and ride the "Circus Bus" to "The Greatest Show on Earth" (Ringling Bros, and Barnum & Bailey Circus) at the Assembly Hall in Champaign. Prairieland Tours "Circus Wagons" will make pick-ups in the following towns; Roanoke, Eureka, Goodfield, Congerville, Carlock, Bloomington, Flanagan, Gndley, El Paso, Hudson, Normal, Downs, Danvers, Stanford, McLean, Heyworth, LeRoy, Pontiac, Chenoa, Lexington, Colfax, Arrowsmith, Saybrook, and Bellflower. "Circus Wagon" transportation, top price ticket, and lunch after the show are included for only $23.50 per person. HORSE FARMING DAYS Saturday, October 4 Enjoy all the activities of Horse Farming Days at Rockome Gardens plus seeing the Fall harvest in Amish Country. Guided tour of the area, family-style Amish meal, admission to Horse Farming Days and Transportation all this for only $26.50 per person. COVERED BRIDGE FESTIVAL Saturday, October 1 1 Join Prairieland Tours and enjoy all the activities of the Covered Bridge Festival in Rockville. Guided tour of the' countryside, time for shopping, evening meal, and transportation are all included for $31 per person. BAKERY BUS Wednesday, October 29 Prairieland Tours will escort you to the Sara Lee Bakery in Deerfield. Enjoy a tour watching their chefs prepare their delicious pastries. Purchase Sara Lee goodies if you wish at their factory store. Leave the Kitchens and travel to Northbrook Court for a few hours of shopping at Nieman Marcus and many other fine stores. The "Bakery Bus" includes your transportation plus a light morning snack and costs only $19.50 per person. Lunch will be on your own at Northbrook Court. INTERNATIONAL FOLK FAIR FLING Saturday, November 22 Spend the day enjoying the charm, the music, the foods, the shops, and the atmosphere of the International Folk Fair on Chicago's Navy Pier. Prairieland Tours "autobus , escort, and a light morning snack will make your trip even more enjoyable. All this for only 23.50 Dollars, 9.8 Pounds, 19.397 Lira, 539 Pesoes, 40.8 Marks or 94.8 Francs per person. For more information or reservations, call or write PRAIRIELAND TOURS, Inc. cri , . X. J NATIONAL TOO. Rout 2, Bloominoton, II 61701 309-663-Z5B5 rwoiissKTioN Surrey, England Prima ballerina Dame Margot Fonteyn unveiled this bronze statue of herself by sculptor Nathan David in Reigate, Surrey, her birthplace. The statue portrays Dame Margot in her favorite role as "Ondine," the water-sprite. The statue was financed by ballet lovers throughout Britain and across the world. (AP Laserphoto) So Much... So Close... LAKE VILLAGE MARINA Lake Bloomington New 3 Bedroom Cedar Chalets Swimming Boat Rentals Fishing Skiing For Reservation call... Rick Rutherford, Mgr. (309) 747-2807 Illinois SHAKESPEARE WAITING LIST POLICY: If tickets are unavailable for a given night, patrons may put their name on a waiting list by calling the Festival Box Office at noon on the day of performance. Beginning at 7:30 P.M., the Box Office will release tickets that have not been picked up or have been returned. CHILDREN AND GOLDEN AGERS 12.50 OFF REGULAR CHILDREN'S PRICES AT THE 10:30 A.M. FRIDAY PERFORMANCE PRICES: $7.00 $6.00 $5.00 $4.00 All Seats Reserved SPECIAL CHILDREN'S PRICES: $6.00 $5.00 $4.00 $3.00 (Fri., -8 p.m.; Sat., -10:30 a.m. i"3 Mail your Master Charga, Vita or Snd chack payable to University of Illinois I and salf-addratsad, itampad nvelope to: BOX OFFICE, ASSEMBLY HALL, CHAMPAIGN. ILLINOIS 61820 pn., Sat., Sun., "10 30 a.m. 10 30 a m. 100 p.m. I 8 00 p.m. 3 30 p.m. 5 00 p.m. 8 00 p.m. of Adult Tickets . of Child Tickets . . per ticket $ . per ticket $ I I :12 & Under: Good only 10 30 .m. & 8 00 p.m. Fri 10 30 a m Sat. Amariun Exprati I of Ul Student Tickets per ticket $ ticket order or ' (Good only 8 00 p. m.Fri., 3:30 p.m. Sat. 5:00 p.m. Sun.) charge by phone at Name (217)333 5000. Phone . . Z'P jSireel City Vila DM.Chg. Am. Exp. OCard No. I Exp. Date M. Chg. Bank No. If necewary alternate ticketi may be tent and difference refunded C$LaLSO PLAYING SPRINGFIELD AUG. 29 thru SEPT. 1 FOR SPRINGFIELD TICKET INFORMATION (217) 788-8800. Ml

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