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8D · Northwest Arkansas TIMES, Sunday, July 7, 1974 FAYETTEVILLE, ARKANSAS In Shakespeare's Wake Festival Shapes Up STRATFORD, Conn. (AP) In Us 20th season, the American Shakespeare Festival appears at last to be shedding a couple qt growing-up ailments --'chronic money jitters and recurrent thespic acne. The three-play anniversary display' almost didn't happen. "We're making some breakthrough now in long-range fiscal, planning," says William Stewart the new managing director. "We're trying to do in nine^ months what should have been done in nine years." As for the quality of performance, Michael Kahn, artistic director since 1969, emphatically disputes unfavorable ·· comparison with the older Stratford showcases of Canada and England. 'The time has come," the bearded, bald stager asserts, "to lay to rest inferiority talk about this company. It's , net just an annual trot-out. We're still, evolving and not afraid of taking chances. · · · ' Financial - . worries;.- rather than concern about. performance quality' -- which most critics 'agree has been steadily improving for -several .seasons -nearly eliminated all 'ambition last : winter. ·. . HEAVILY SUBSIDIZED Unlike 'other Shakespeare companies, operation of the Festival here'^hasi-.depended from the-start upon paternalistic subsidy. .Nobody" wants to be quoted but everyone '.agrees that whenever a cash crisis occurred, Board Chairman Jo seph Werner Reed, millionaire ex-diplomat, could be 1 counted on to ante up. . Reed died last November. The total Festival deficit was 1980,000. When, the executive txard met a few weeks later, Stewart recalls, "there was a strong possibility "of closing down." Optimism prevailed .however, and an intense survival campaign was launched. Stewart, 38,. who arrived shortly before Reed's death, las had plenty of experience with institutional philanthropy in similar posts at the- Cincinnati -Playhouse in the Park and the Hartford, Conn., Stage company. In 19G2, the Ford Foundation Rave Stratford $750,00 of which $500,000 was earmarked for re- s tirement of a $500,000 mortgage on the huge barnlike auditorium. The trustees, however, in-I972 re-mortgaged the property for $450,00. That ploy, along with the use for current expenses of SI million which the Festival had,raised for construction of a second playhouse didn't impress potential benefactors with management's business acumen. PLEDGE RECEIVED Stewart' aiid Kahn combined forces for another sortie on the Ford Funders and obtained a pledge which . ,,,.liwoerve, Ford Funders, and obtained a pledge which, however, required $200,000 of watching c o m m i t,m e n t from other sources. The sum was obtained frorh the .Melloni Foundation. "Over a four-year term,' says Stewart, "the Ford grant will provide $300,000 under its cash reserve program." That plan, in .which a number of regional theaters now participate, provides the operating money needed until box-office revenues build through a season. ' Other steps for immediate re- axotion of fiscal tension that lave been taken this year include: A cut in the season budget of $275,000-to $1.5 mil- ion; a campaign that won 7,00 subscribers for the always audience-sluggish month of June; and a' concerted effort.for new corporate support. Box-office ;ross is projected at $l-million. The budget cutback has meant a small acting company, 30 instead of from 38 to 45; and j u s t , one scenic designer and one costumer for all the shows. "The display this year is designed to be something the public would accept readily and well," says Stewart of the gen- Night" and "Romeo and Juliet" which have already opened, and "Cat oh a Hot Tin Roof," which premiers July 20. Like Stratford,. the. Tennessee Williams, 'play, is celebrating its 20th Anniversary. PLAYS CUT BACK In previous seasons, four plays plays were in the repertory. Another cutback was in tht spring", school performance schedule, from ten to five weeks. , 'Looking' ahead, the Festival is intent'on developing'a permanent subscription audience and, says Stewart, "Most im protautly taking the -company to, the level where work is no' dependent on what reviewers say."-: Bad reviews result hi about 68 per cent attendance. 300 d ones shoot the rate up to iO per cent. Kahn and Stewart are both eager to find some way of extending employment for actors and staff so that performance quality can be maintained. Plans for a tour or a university residency haven't materialized, but Kahn recently took the job of artistic director of Princeton University's McCarter Theater. During the' winter season there Kahn intends to keep a nucleus of players and possibly develop one production for inclusion in the next Stratford season. "Right now," says Stewart, 'Kahn is the only connection between the two places, but'we are investigating an institutional relationship. Black Woman Is Commissioned FT. MCPHERSON, Ga. (AP) -- A black Methodist minister . the Rev. Alice M. Henderson of Atlanta, will be -commissioned as the Army's first woman chaplain. - - . Tlie Army announced Friday that she will- enter' active duty as a captain'in the',U^S. Army Reserve' and will attend chaplains' school at Ft. Hamilton, N.Y. ·' "' ' ' · ' ' ·'·; Commissioning ceremonies are scheduled Monday. The -Rev. Henderson is an associate minister at Atlanta's Cobb-Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church. And The Taxpayer Foots The Bill placement of the steel stanrt- tliey are mount;20. (TIMES- iod) A vandal with a 95 cent Ihey frequently do, as witness from $15 to $20 in addition to placement or me sn spray paint can, in the these defaced traffic signs on labor. Signs run down by auto- ards on which tliey a course of a single evening, city streets. Stop signs cost onoliilcs--sometimes on pur- en" cost another $20. cost Fayetlcville taxpayers $20 plus labor to replace, pose--runs higher since re- photo by Ken Good hundreds 'of dollars. Ami while speed limit signs vary fn Spanish and English A Fresh Idea Comes To TV LOS ANGELES Iftt'J Claudio Guzman, caught in the excitement of explaining his ideas, leaped from behind his desk and began to act out segments of a new Spanish-English language children's Television show. In animated gestures, Guz- rnan went thorugh segemnts designed to illuminate Spanish and American cutures for children 4 to 8. The show will bR called "Villa Alegre" -- Happy Village. "We experimented in human values, in feelings, in corn, in schmaltz," he said. "That makes me happy." /Guzman, who came here from his native Chile at 20, became executive producer of the children's show after a lnn£ background of producing anc directing such efforts a Love Lucy," "The Untouclia bles," "December Bride." and "I Dream of Jeannie." "Villa Alegre," funded by !i $3.5 million grant from the U.S. Office of Education to Bilingua' Children's television Inc.. has additional support from Ihe Ex xon-USA Foundation and the Ford Foundation. It will seen this fall on public tele Vision stations, HALF-HOUR SHOWS The initial experiment is GI half-hour shows that blend edu cation and entertainment by us ing films, animated situations songs, stories, games, dances and visual effects. The setting in "Viila Alegre" 5s a village -- more stylized than real --that is inhabited by eight adults and a c h a n c i n g group of eight children. They develop close relationships ns they explore the major themes o-ships, food and n u t r i t i o n , cner- of the show: h u m a n relationships, food and nutrition, energy and man-made objects. The show is mostly live action, but uses animated cartoons and graphics. It is the brainchild of Dr. Rene Cardenas, a former vice president of the Kingston Trio who went back to flic University of California at Berkeley and got a dnctoratfi in cultural anthropology. Cardenas became executive 'essor at the University of D iierto Rico and now associate director of reasearch and educa- ional planning for bilingual Children's Television, is credited with keeping Guzman from caving. "He has the best common cnse, besides the knowledge," Suzman said. "He 1 was the man tvho made me think the way I wanted to. I almost left. I couldn't put in pathos, laughs. He came in and changed that." Rivera's presence also quited fears of ~ ' "' that the icr. Dr. Luis Rivera, former pro- Puerto Rican groups series would be too much oriented toward Americans. Guzman created, a character to act as a bridge between Spanish and English. He drew pictures of him and called him the maven. Darryl Henriques acts the part on. the show. "As entertainment it bothered me," Guzman said. "If you have a se'ction~in Spanish and I'm an American I'd get bored. The maven comes in and says, in English, 'We're talking about an- apple tree. Some trees give you apples, some give you shade, some wood,' The maven appears and says this is what they're talking about. "He tells you. A maven is a person who knows a little bit about everything. Guzman says that the show has transcended its original purpose. "Our intention was to teach Spanish to the English-speaking children and English to the Spanish-speaking children," Guzman said. "But at the same time, to be aware of the Spanish culture. The kids know they're not living in a vacuum. "What I'm proud of Is that we turned out to do more than that. We're doing relationships. Give a little love. If only, thai comes 'through, I'm happy." Under New President Varied Program NEW YORK (AP) Marjorie E. Duckrey has been involved with the Girls Clubs of America only since 1068. That's when she first met a national board member who asked her to join. Now she functions as the national president for the organization. "We didn't have a Girls Club in operation in Philadelphia at that time and I had barely heard about the organization," she explained. "But 1 was afked if my name could be submitted as a candidate for the )oard. I said, 'Well, I don't tuow anything about it, but if vou t h i n k my name is worth submitting, then I give my permission 1 .'' The conference t h a t year was iclcl in Atlanta, Ga., where Mrs. Duckvey was elected to the board. The first conference she attended was in New York n 196!). "Anyway," she says, 'I've been very much involved For two years previous to her ew presidency she served as the national vice president. Mrs. Duckrey points, out that the Girls Clubs focus on the developmental needs of young girls in terms of the demands oF today's society. In pro gramming for girls hopes first to help them to have an director of the Bay Area Bilingual Education League and "Villa Alegre" came out of his belief that a national television program was needed to unify the various S[Mnish-?;ng!i=h projects at schools around the country. He is executive dircc tor of Bilingual Children's Television in Oakland, Calif. FIRST OF KIND "Villa Alegre" is the first national program of its typo. . It would be easy to call it a Bilingual "Sesame Street." but Guzman doesn't like the comparison. "If we're going to be another 'Sesame Street,' why do it?" He said. "The ingredients are the same. We're dealing with the same age group." He fought the rigidity of the educators involved in the show "Children don't need complicated situations or rules or grammar to speak another language. All they need are objects and situations that they] track record for a trifccia was can relate to in a simple rnan-l$8,934. Lucky Bettor POWNAL, VT. - An uniden-j tificd bettor walked away from Green Mountain Racetrack last night $17,5 j !4 richer than when he came. Track officials said the bettor had a ticket for the record tri- fecta payoff at the south' icrn Vermont track. The trifecta is a form of combination wagering where the bettor tries to pick the first three horses in a race. The w i n n i n g combination came in the ninth race when Teddy's Boy. a $21.iO long shot, ridden by Fortunato Santiago, won the five-furlong dash. He was followed across the finish l i n e by Mr. H.B., n 7-1 long shot, and Classy Scots, at 15-1, Officials said the previous enjoyable time. Secondly, the leaders plan activities that uroaden a girl's horizons so that where she is right now is not seen as the end of everything. PROGRAMS "Programs are the usual kinds of things that girls like to engage in," she rays. "Self beautification, that's the first thing. Personal development -how can I look better than I do; how can I be better than I am; and how can I perform better than I do -- and we go after it because we know that these expectations are in the hearts and minds of every young girl." Girls Clubs are intended to serve girls who are not now served by the existing traditional women's and girls' agencies. "We know that girls who are .sophisticated and who are up to date on what's happening may seek out the existing agencies," she says. "But most of our programs -- about 80 per cent -across the country are run in lower-income and unserved communities. So that by conscious design we set out to serve the girls who are not always the first to get involved in these services," she adds. As president ot the organization Airs. Uuckrey is responsible for the activities of the national board and for wnat is going on throughout the country tnat affects the girls. Right now 1 he re are close board members, to 80 GO of active whom are involved in helping the na tional program. In 1945, 19 Girls Clubs in the New England area organizec and began the national move ment. 'liwy now operate in 32 states and have a membership NEW CLUKS "We have 22 new clubs tha' have signed with the intent tc join. So maybe by a year from now we will at least have some ot that 22 joined to our existing clubs. We also have 47 club that are in the state of forma lion, so we say that it's the fastest growing youth move ment in the country," the presi dent says. Mrs. Duckrey notes t h a t thi organization compares with lh lirl Scouts in that it is aimed .1 achieving the same things -'helping girls to grow and to lecome more effective." But the distinguishing feature if the Girls Clubs, she states, is hat it does not have limitations 4accd on it that some girls :annot meet. , .- -, . ' . ' : · Girls Clubs are ' more of _ group work service, aimed at attracting a new girl and get- ing her in. with the least num- ier of restraints. It's open to anybody at anytime. In most cities Girls Clubs are unded by United Way, Mrs. Duckrey said, but the programs itart out on a shoestring. They start by trying to find money or survival and then leaders must demonstrate their ability o hold an organization together. Later, they can make out applications for funding. "It's generally easy," she lays, "because we had to admit across the country that not as nuch happens for girls as for joys. So we get a rather warm reception by United Way in local communities. But every Mrls Club has to show its capabilities before it can become 'unded as an entity." The standard for a clu b is ,hat it must operate at least :hree days a week and for at east three hours a day. II must also start with a membership of at least 15 girls. The organ ization relies on the community lo produce leadership, the criteria being that a potential leader must first like girls -be interested in them derstand their needs. and un- Second, she must have demonstrated knowledge and had success in working with children. And third, she must have the ability lo attract and win the support of the community she is to serve. A Girls. Club can be run in any place that is safe, well lighted, spacious enough and properly supervised. "We are not restrained by buildings or fancy setting or the limitations or an area," Mrs. Duckrey stales. "There are no restrictions --except thai a girl must be willing to abide by the controls that responsible behavior calls for." 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