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2B The Mountain Messenger, Tuesday, March 27, 1990 ! Kit Staunton sees a bright future for youth drama in the Greenbrier Valley. His third winter youth pro- duction in as many years saw the participation of nearly 50 junior high and senior high school students. "This year's play, 'Telling Wilde Tales,' has been my biggest chal- lenge yet," he said. "1 was ecstatic to see more than thirty students attend the auditions. It's the largest number we've had in these three years." Mr Staunton said most partici- pants in the past two years' produc- tions were senior high school stu- dents. "This year a lot of junior high school students got involved, and some took major acting roles," he remarked. "1 am very impressed by the talents and energies these youth brought to the production. I gave basic guidelines, and they devel- oped their characters on their own." Mr Staunton explains how the winter theater activities began in 1988. "The Greenbrier Valley The- atre decided to focus on the un- tapped energies which could be used during the winter time s~ot. They created a production cast staffed primarily by youth from the Greenbrier Valley and surrounding areas. Our goal has been to provide an opportunity to any junior or sen- ior high student who wants to be on stage." Mr Staunton and stage manager Laura Jane Walls have worked with the Greenbrier Valley Theatre for several years, Both are teachers, Mr Staunton at Covington High School and Mrs Walls at Greenbrier Junior High School, working throughout the year with students at their respective schools in a variety of drama-related activities. Mrs Walls gives youth theater credit for helping improve student's Youth theater actors: Mark McKinley (left), Helen Shaplra, Jessica Cain, Crisi Hatcher, Alexis Bohrnstedt, Julia Kowal, and Becky Hart- man. self-esteem and self-confidence: "One of my kids involved in a play was a football player and told me he was being kidded quite a bit about getting up on stage in a costume and dancing around. I asked him, 'How do you feel about that?' He told me, '1 just tell them, 'That's all right--I'm going to do it anyway!'" "Another student I had was run- ning around with a pretty rough crowd, getting into things he shouldn't," she adds. "Now that he's so invo!ved in drama hi.~ attitude has realiy changed. He says he has told his old friends, '1 don't have time to mess around with that kind of stuff now." Mrs Walls is also involved in children's theater and hopes to com- plete a children's production at 'The by the range of ages represented. Mr Staunton stresses the oppor- tunities drama presents which might otherwise be unavailable to youth. "A kid may not be athletic or musical and thus be left out of a lot of school activities. Drama gives them a chance to epre~,; themselves in a way that ,,.,nht not otherwise be OO!;tiblo tt ~,,;',, ", '~' ~ f~efircl of seh..wol!n acid ~. ~~se oi belong- ing," The Greenbrier Valley Theatre's sponsorship of the winter youth pro- ductions has helped provide equip- ment and stage props--items which would be considerably more difficult and expensive to construct if left to- tally to the youth to produce. "It takes time and money for kids to have this opportunity," Mr Staunton Barn' theater building at the Green- brier Valley Airport this summer. The children, youth, and adult divisions of the Greenbrier Valley Theater complement each another, with a variety of productions made possible- said. "lhe Greenbrier Valley The- atre, with its equipment and re- sources available during the winter, has been a big help. The people at Carnegie Hall have allowed us to use their facilities free of charge, \ tOO." Mr StauntDn emphasizes the im- portance of every facet of drama production. "There are lots of things kids can do besides acting--like lighting, sound, set construction, costumes, and props. These jobs are just as important as acting-- they're seeing that. And even kids who feel they can't act and are doing other jobs often get drawn into the acting one way or another even- tually. It's a real group effort." The Grenbrier Valley Theatre is filling the gap between winter and summer drama productions by con- ducting a series of Saturday work- shops focusing on vocal music, drama, and dance. "We're offering our youth some valuable experience in many areas dealing with theater," Mr Staunton said. Clogging Lessons At Twin Falls The Seventh Annual Clogging Workshop wilt be held at Twin Falls State Park April 7 and 8. The Moun- tain Valley Cloggers host a variety of instruction that combines Appala- chian cJog dancing with traditional hoedown, mountain, and other square-dance figures in precision and novelty routines. The program is assembled to be flexible and organ- ized so as to encourage new danc- ers as well as appealing to more advanced skill levels. Cost for the weekend workshop is $15 per participant, Reservations for the workshop must be made in advance. Special rates for lodging are available to workshop partici- pants. For more information, contact Twin Falls State Park at 1-800-225- 5982. I{ol)erta l)atton LUCKY DUCKS! The expression "lucky ducks" has been one I've heard for many a year. Lucky ducks are the folk out our road who were going to work about five this a.m. Evidently they were driving a 4-wheel drive car be- cause they were zipping along as tho' the three inches of snow was not on the roads! First day of spring March 20, 1990! Lucky ducks are the people who can hear the latest good news -- the kids will be learn- ing from their schoolbooks. Our Greenbrier schools are open, unless called off because of snowy roads. Do school buses have four-wheel drives? Frank says, "no!" While we were on our way to Dal- las, Texas recently, we stopped in Memphis, Tennessee. We were lucky ducks. The weather was good all the way out and back! In Memphis we were lucky to catch a tour bus. We meandered through Memphis with Marvin (our bus driver). Of course, he told us much of the history of the city. We stopped at several interesting spots for shopping and gazing. On the tour was Elvis Presley's home "Graceland." It was closed, so we only heard about its special fea- tures. The gift shop was open and one of Elvis' planes was on view. Lucky Ducks were those of us on the bus with Marvin as he let us take a souvenir back home. In Elvis Shopping Center we heard some of Elvis's favorite tunes. The music was piped throughout the area! We were rocking with "Blue Suede Shoes" as we alighted from the bus and guessing the names of the tunes. "Lucky Ducks," oh yeah! We, among others, took pictures of Graceland. "The best part is kept telling us. Those organized and the chosen for their need the tourist dollars. restoring some parts oft tion of town. We ended that tour at1 Peabody Hotel to seg "Lucky Ducks." The real splash around in the lobby of the hotel -- ducks do. They a.m. to 5 p.m. for the, tourists (who can't eyes.) At 10 a.m. the opens, the red carpet across the lobby to and, you guessed it ~" or ten ducks waddle carpet to the fountain to day splashing for the ducks are lucky ducks the dot" as Marvin Philip Sousa march tune nies the ducks back carpet to the elevator. opens. The ducks ride home -- the penthouse live! Lucky Ducks! Just as we arrived telephone rang. Our Skaggs, was anxious to about our trip. So I told it -- the wedding of Jol niter, the families, and ited enroute. Of course, body ducks story was citedly said: 'Tve seen She too thought they ducks to have fun in and earn their living by the guests! All of you join me in "Happy Birthday to you" be your March ima~ Robert, Lucille, Linda, Casdorph, Jackie Fox, B. J. Hefner, Marg~ Kacie Evans, Francis Steve Buly, Stephanie die Bostic, and Nick Lena Bare, Brownie lin and Roberta Dorsey, man, Ruth Donovan, Be and Albert Rudisill. Robert A. Marine Pvt. Robert son of Robert C Redden ville has completed School of Infantry. During the course Marine Corps Base, Ca~ North Carolina, Pvt. ceived classroom participated in field ing infantry tactics, the and camouflage of tions, the use of mines demolitions, and communications equiprnl Pvt. Redden joined Corps in July 1989. Neil E. Marine Pfc. Nell 15 of Charles A. and ErniCe of Route 2, Sinks reported for duty with fine Division, Camp Carolina. A 1989 High School, fine Corps in June 1989. Patrick A. Coach Wayne Lawson's expert sales team, of Jeff Crawford, Mel Anderson, Johnny Gordon & George Dobbs is giving homerun deals on Toyotas & Used Cars & Trucks Navy Petty Officer rick A. Smith, son of Joan R. Smith of reported for duty carrier USS Coral Sea, in Norfolk, Virginia. A 1! of Pocahontas County Dunmore, joined the 1985. Camry's Starting at $11,995 Joan A. 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