The Racine Journal-Times Sunday Bulletin from Racine, Wisconsin on July 25, 1965 · Page 17
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The Racine Journal-Times Sunday Bulletin from Racine, Wisconsin · Page 17

Racine, Wisconsin
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Sunday, July 25, 1965
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The Greasepaint Is Roar in at HoM By Margaret King Journal-Times Staff How does an actor act? How does a director direct? What goes into the costuming, lighting, scenery and make-up of a theatrical production? The answers are being found in a six-week educational workshop by students of the new Horlick Summer Theatre. The troupe of 34 thespians and stagehands rehearses five nights a week, four hours each night. Too many hours? "Not really," says Joseph Mooney, director of the summer theater. "The kids have been pretty faithful. There are no discipline problems." And the students seem to agree that those 20 hours a week not only keep them busy, but they're having fun and learning the melodramatic ropes. Of course, wherever there are actors (professional or amateur) there is tension, confusion and occasionally an emotional outburst. During last week's rehearsal of Thornton Wilder's "The Skin of Our Teeth," the show's director, mumbling something like "where's a stagehand?", moved a ladder from the set; took a look at the makeshift fireplace draped with a piece of red cloth (which was meant to be tlie "fire") and cried, "Get rid of that. It looks like a piece of red cloth!"; and, searching for a player who had missed her cue, somewhat calmly asked, "Where in heaven's name did she go this time?" Well, that's show biz. But things do get done. On July 9 and 10, the Horlick Summer Theatre presented its first play, "Teach Me How to Cry," a two-act drama by Patricia Joudry. Although, technically, the students were not as talented as professionals, they brought a certain freshness to the performance.' They were excited, and they were serious. They profited $150. Next Friday and Saturday, (July 30 and 31), in Horlick's Little Theatre, the summer pla/ers will stage "The Skin of Our Teeth." Curtain /or the three-act comedy will go up at 8:15 p.m. Mooney is directing "Skin"; James E. Welker directed "Teach Me How to Cry." Welker, debate coach at William Horlick High School, commented, "This is quite an experience for the kids, because Mooney and I, per(Turn to Page 2B, Col. 1) Horlick Summer Theatre players are shown above rehearsing for Thornton Wilder's *'The Skin of Our Teeth." The picture of the semi-barren stage, not yet ready for opening night, was taken through the screened light booth overlooking the Little Theatre at Horlick High School. THE RACINE JOURNAL-TIMES SECTION B SUNDAY, JULY 25, 1965 Pat McGraw, William Horliclc High School graduate, is shown at left in the role of Sabina, played in 1942 by Tallulah Bankhead when "The Skin of Our Teeth" opened on Broadway. —Journal-Times Photos by Arthur P. Haa« Pictured above explaining a scene to a Horlick Summer Theatre actor is Joseph Mooney, speech and drama instructor at Horlick High School. He is directing "The Skin of Our Teeth," which will be staged Friday and Saturday in Horlick's Little Theatre. Here the director directs from the sixth row of the theater. Often he hops on stage to help out one of the actors. "Sis' s ' <*'"-^% " '^^ '•^^ George Antrobus, male lead in "The Skin of Our Teeth," is played by Jon Christiansen, shown above in rehearsal with another player, Lois Smith, who will be costumed as a "mammoth" on opening night. David Bakewell, who portrayed Will Henderson In Horlick Summer Theatre's first production, "Teach Me How to Cry," is shown a; left in the "role" of lighting technician for "The Skii of Our Teeth." In the light ivooth he has a clear view of the stage, «een in the right hand corner of the picture. Technical director for "The Skin of Our Teeth" is James Welker, debate coach at Horlick High School. He is pictured above trying an unfinished "dinosaur" head on one of the students. The dinosaur will appear in "Skin" witli a mammoth. Although this "costume'' hasn't been changed for the 1965 ver^n of Wilder's play, most of the costumhig has been updated from 1942.

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