Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas on May 26, 1974 · Page 17
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May 26, 1974

Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas · Page 17

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Virginia Capers Of 'Raisin' Fame NorihwMt ArkamM T1MCS, San, May U, 1VT4 AYlTTtVH.L». «»K«N»» Singing Actress With Faith In Herself NEW YORK (AP) - When Virginia: Capers won Broadway's 1974 Tony (or musical stardom all she said was "I thank my parents.' 1 which is usual, then added "and I thank Cod." which isn't. "I'm very spiritualist." asserts the brawny singer-actress. In a profession rarely linked to piety, such avowal could engender skepticism. Around Virginia, however, you got I a believe. During her 23-year climb to recognition "that opens doors so ,1 can be of more service." she recalls episodes corroborative of the power of faith. Right up to her triumphant, involvement in "Raisin,". in which she is appearing at the 48th Street Theater. "I knew From the beginning it would go all the way." she says of the show that also got the Tony for best musical of the season. In it she portrays a strong-spirited mother who leads her family out of !he black ghetto. CALL TO AUDITION Miss Capers relates that hci fall to audition had a cerlair mystical tinge. Between recenl TV and film jobs in California *ne kept busy as a real estate broker. On a particular Frida.\ she consummated a particular ly profitable deal. E v e r y b o d y w a s c o n f ratulating me." she says, "hn that night I went home anc prayed. I said. 'Father, I givi thanks for making that sal possible. But I am sure (ha with all the latent you have giv en me, all the creativity, you didn't intend for me- to spen my life in a real estate of fice.' " The next day, against habit, he entertainer-went to her of- ice "and there was a telephone ·all for me that Donald rfcKayle wanted me for a test ight away." Miss Capers previously had erformed in Lorraine Hansberry's "A Raisin in the Sun," and the director wanted to find out if her vocal ability was equal to the musical adapta- ion. She obliged by turning on ull power in a Schubert lieder. Trained at the Juilliard School of Music, she knew she vas capable of singing in Drench, Italian, German and ·lebrew as well as English. The ady, however, has a combative spirit to face any challenge. "Everything I have ever done las been strictly from spirit. When people would ask could I do anything. I always said yes. If you asked me to stand on my lead. I'd say yes. I never have, but I'd give it one helluva try." SOUTH CAROLINA BORN Miss Capers was born in Sumter, S.C.. 43 years ago. When she was seven months old her parents moved to New York's Harlem "so that any children they had would have a chance for an education." When she was 10, her brother Jim was born. Today he is a referee in the National Basketball Association. "In my beautiful childhood." Miss Caters recalls, 'there was no stress on prejudice, on racial inequality, The idea was you'd get things which yon were prepared for. The philosophy of the older people was, we'll fct our children educated and then all those magical doors will open. "There was much I missed about becoming bitter in a lot of situations that other children, particularly today, are so angry about, so hostile." There had been piano lessons since she was four years old, and that ability got her into Juilliard after two semesters at Howard University. By then her keyboard interest was second to voice training. Shortly before scheduled completion of conservatory work, Miss Capers fell in love, with the result "my boy Glenn was my diploma." In June, the 23-year-old son gets a degree from the University of California at Santa Cruz and heads for law school. Miss Capers treads quickly past her life's romantic aspects. "I am an aggressive woman," she declares, "and that is difficult if a man is easygoing or has a very sensitive nature. If you ask me what to do, I'll tell you. That's very hard on a relationship because it makes the woman seem to take over. That's been my difficulty. Oh yes, there have been several partings." NEWMAR BUII.D In work as well as romance, Miss Capers feels she has always been somewhat handicapped by nature -- "I had a Julie Newmar build before that was fashionable." She standi nearly-five-foot- nine and always was "slatu- 1 esque." Today she could be called more than plump "although I've taken off 35 pounds in this show, it is very emotionally taxing." "bad During one career stretch" a couple of years ago Methodist-raised Miss Capers found the cult of Science of the Mind which she credits with immeasurable value. On the day of the Tony Awards ceremony, laryngitis threatened the number she was the television went over in my~corner and said 'My voice is God's voice and His voice is perfecl.' That night It just soared out, beautiful." As to the trophy itself, she says "I expected it." Besides hopefully opening the way to a television series of her own that she's been writing, Miss Capers believes that the Tony will enable her to do more things for young people to sing during program. "So I "and I don't mean just blackllose them children. We cannot afford loilliem every ovcrr WATCH Mmm SWJTTS SIKwtk Ww* SI. and we're day.'* cJLaduliK SL EWyn Hill. FoyrttcvilU WE'VE MOVED TO EVELYN HILLS For Those Good Values . . . Come See Us The Capitol Report By Senator Morriss Henry tilllllll"|IIM|lll!|||||!'''!||||ll!ir; --liillllll:!^ Washington County residents Who responded lo ;ui opinion sampling 1 conducted earlier this year gave lop priority to more jobs and belter highways for Northwest Arkansas, The questionnaire was mailed out fn February and half of those who responded said they favored .stale raliimiittf of gasoline if the gasoline shortage appears to be of a long duration. I do not take the results of the poll as conclusively representative of the opinion of al residents of District 7 for several reasons. ;The questionnaire was mailed to only a portion of the district. Persons who responded had to ho interested e n o u g h that they would pay the postage to return the completed question naire. Thus, hy prcacnt-rta standards, it was not a poll but a s a m p l i n g of opinion. That, was Us purpose and that was it; result. A majority of those who re ^ponded favored continuing of foils to locate new industry h Northwest Arkansas. That, mar gin to was 111 to 48. On thi gasoline rationing question. I5i favored, rationing, I'iO favorec allowing the free market to con ti'ol and 2ft had no opinion. Om hundred thirty-four respondent thought our most critical high way problem lies on Hwy. 6 West, 78 thought Hwy. 71 cons titutes the greatest problem and 43 thought more emhasi should he given to care c county roads, The rest of In respondents assigned prio'rilic to other stale highways in ll county. A majority of those who re plied thought construction of north-south throughway, cithe toll or free access, was impo tant. One hundred scventee tairt it's very i m p o r t a n t ; ' Raid it's simply important; ai I'll) satri it's not important. The other two issues which eemed to prompt the greatest umber of comments related to xlucation and d r u g problems, 'hese are problems which may rise in a a future legislative ession. My personal office staff as- emblcd the results of the survey. I have no legislative staff Although it was a lot of work or the girls in my office, I iinccrcly appreciate the time ind effort t h a t was required on he part of each person who lomplcted the questionnaire. Approximately 10 per cent of ,he questionnaires was returned and I ani told by Friends who are familiar with polling techniques that this is a good return. While I inn aware it may not K an accurate reflection of clis- rict-wido opinion, it rlid help lie touch base with folks 1 had 10 opportunity to see at that point in time. I invite your comments. Unrecorded Song NEW YORK (AP) -- One song lh.nt nightclub audiences love to hear Lou Ravvls sing is one he's never marie a record of. It's the "Alphabet Song" from "Sesame Street," the educational TV series for preschoolers. Requests for the song come from parents of small children who have seen Kawls do his rendition of the tune on "Sesame Street" for its estimated nine million young viewers. "This tells me," the r h y t h m - aiid-blue.s singer says, "that many parents watch 'Sesame Street' with their kids." Rawls may soon gel requests for ^another "Sesame Street" number. He has just taped a new song about emotions for the series entitled "Don't Be Afraid To Cry." NEED HELP GETTING UP ? try the CUSHION-LIFT® CHAIR JUST A TOUCH OF YOUR FINGER ..T*.. Sorry, No Moil or Phone Orders. Limited Quantities. Famous Brand Buys! Boys' Dress and Sport Shirts Orig. 4.50 and More 97 Save on famous make shirts for boys! Dress or sport styles with short sleeves, fashion or button down collars, Permanent Press. Polyester and cotton in a large selection of patterns and colors. Sizes 8 to 20. Boys--DILLARD'S--First Floor From A Famous Maker Boys' Cuffed Pants Orig. 8.00 3 97 Big savings on boys' easy care polyester and cotton cuffed pants with Permanent Press. Solids and fancies in sizes 8 to 16 regulars and slims. 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