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By Roberta Patton Rodgers Greenbrier Valley Theatre Group Presents 'The Nerd', A Comedy CHANGING IN 1990! Just Getting by! by. If I were so much try to tell some of the tales we from neighbors or through the lbrier Vine, I would land in with some of the 1990 scoun- me, I mean some of Day after day via or television, we see in front of us the celebrities tried in front of lawyers and for absconding with money government, lying -- with on the Bible -- or turning (supposedly) a best friend! changing for better or ~? It seems no matter which, becomes the villain and ~al villain gets by the law! today I heard the Weston is to be used for pris- ~. A new building is being built by at Jane Lew for the men- ill. I can hardly distinguish who who isn't in that crazy cate- getting by," in 1990, is a i USed expression.. Our churches, which people sit pew or who is owner (or think) of the back pew? A told us all the days of his life he was puzzled about the ihgoers who always seemed to the back seats at worship! minister we had long years to break up the cliques and He told them the back pew the backsliders. Ever so of- Would ask the congregation "fruit basket upset." You played that old game I'm sure. yone stood, the organist would playing and without warning, Id stop Suddenly. Everyone seats with the other side. fret, some landed right smack the one who was special to and started giggling and chat- catch us, did he? Some ~se people are "sot in their and are determined not to person said he thought the COuld save money by not and think they own the church build- ing. Ronceverte really took the cake on one of those "setters." The tale got around that when Reverend David Harper preached in the Ron- ceverte Baptist Church, Captain Bill Blake commanded the Ronceverte, West Virginia National Guard Com- pany. He decided to bring the whole group to a service one night, 70 or 80 of them filled the middle aisle. They came early. One old man, about 80 years old, came in and finding a soldier in his seat, his lip dropped down like a piece of liver! He came UP to the minister and pointing to the soldier, said, "He's got my seatF The minis- ter told the old man he could get it the next night if he came early. West Virginians are kind of like that. In an art and craft shop in e neighboring city there was a sam- pler with this message embroidered on it -- "You can tell a West Virgin- ian -- but you can't tell him much." I do believe that one. I've been ac- cused! How about you? I'm just being funny, as "laughter is the best medicine" -- so say those who study the mind. A tale was told about the Meth- odists and Baptists, or was it the Presbyterians, Episcopalians, Church of God, Pentecostal, Catho- lics, or whoever? If I've left your de- nomination out, please fill me in on the name. Could it be Amish? Dunk- ards? This was the tale. I'll say it this way, "The Methodists would sing the old tune, "Will there be any starts in my crown?" In the other ear we heard the Presbyterians singing, "No, no, not one." Yes, we are changing in 1990 with catchy little tunes and jokes. I know our teachers are teaching our children not to listen to the "slurry," catchy and ugly immoral words and expressions. Actually it would be better to be old fashioned than to undermine the scriptures! Bathe in the beautiful sunshine the five or six pews "down and the colors of lush goldenrod. as they are used only at funer- Ah-choo! God bless you! "Just get- orne people just won't change ring by!" Students Take Tests !Udents in Ken Walker's sev- science class at Rupert High School participated in Program this spring With other students from Is throughout West Virginia. Program consists of a Carnegie Hall Shows Kids' Films "Call It Courage," "It's Tough To Be A Bird," and "Mister Gimme" will be the next series of movies in Car- negie Hall's 1990 summer children's film festival. They will be presented Wednesday, August 8, 1990, 11 multiple-choice test a.m. to 12:30 p.m. "Call It Courage" COvers a variety of environ- is based on the Newberry Award topics. Winner by Armstrong Perry. A South le Greenbrier Valley Soil Con- Seas youth attempts to overcome District, which is sponsor- his fear of the sea by sailing beyond the program in this county, the security of his island s barrier ~s the belief with others that reef. a knowledge of and an for conserving our resources is essential in se- a high quality of life for gen- West Virginians. program is dedicated to rec- those Students who have in this field of education. ~e Rupert Junior High School ~ts recognized for outstanding during the 1990 Sam- rgram test were: First Place ~ul Spelock; Second Place -- Taler; Third Place -- Mindy se Students were presented at the school's annual day. Rupert Junior High presented the Samara Ing plaque as the top scoring ft. ) Agent ~, INFORMATION CALL 645-3666 OR STOP BY EAST WASHII GTON ST., SUITE 18 IURG, W,VA. The Academy Award Winner "It's Tough To Be A Bird" blends photo- graphic animation, cartooning and live action. M. C. Bird shows stu- dents the hazards involved in being a bird ending with a warning about the species which are becoming ex- tinct. In "Mister Gimme" Tony is de- termined to get a set of drums which he can't afford. He tries a "get rich quick" scheme selling greeting cards, but fails. He finally gets a steady job delivering newspapers. There is no admission charge for this 0rogram. For additional informa- tion, call Carnegie Hall, Lewisburg, WV at (304) 645-7917. "The Nerd" Review By Nancy Robertson The following review was sub- mitted for publication by Green- brier Valley Theatre. Greenbrier Valley Theatre's (GVT) "The Nerd" opened July 19 to a large audience primed for an eve- ning of laughter -- and they were not disappointed. Under the superb direction of Wayne Bowman and assistant director Kit Staunton, Larry Shue's "The Nerd" pulls the audi- ence immediately into the fun of this hilarious farce comedy. In the opening scene of this 1980s play Lisa Varga, as beautiful Tanzie McGinnis, and Drew For- rester, as Axil Hammond, are crouched in Willum Cubbert's dark living room waiting to spring a sur- prise birthday party on our hero, Wil- lum. The party turns out to be wild fun as does every other event in Cubbert's life over the next few days and the birthday party is just one of the many surprises to follow. Bowman has demonstrated ex- emplary casting talents when he as- sembled this seven-member cast and every member obviously loves the fun of their character, which is probably why it works so well! "Comedy is tough business," said Bowman. "The actors can't "try" to be funny -- they must firmly believe in their situations and then it will be funny." Michael Jasse was a latecomer to the role of Willum Cubbert, our tormented hero, after cast changes were necessary late into rehearsal time. He has done a great job devel- oping his character in this short time and Jasse not only convinces the audience he's an architect strug- gling to please a stubborn client, b.ut he's a master of straightfaced com- edy. He maintains exasperation throughout his ordeal while the audi- ence is cracking up. In the final scenes he finally sees a bit of humor in the whole thing. Eike Campbell plays the title role of "The Nerd," Rick Steadman, who had saved Cubbert's life years ago in Viet Nam. They'd never met but when Steadman decided to drop in for an indefinite visit, Cubbert and Terre Haute, Indiana would never be the same. The playwright could have written this role for Campbell -- as "great," seems such an under- statement for his performance. There's a wonderful fresh innocence about the hilarity his presence cre- ates in Terre Haute and his zany Jerry Lewis-quality talent is a joy to see and hear. Lovely Lisa Varga is Cubbert's weather-girl girlfriend, Tanzy McGin- nis. Tanzy is, as Bowman describes the character, one of the few female "straight guys" but Varga handles this difficult role very cleverly. ]here's a special radiance about Varga as her lines become funnier in some scenes. You know she loves what she's doing. Earl Harris, as crotchedy hotel owner "Ticky" Waldgrave, could have the hardest audience rolling in the aisles. His performance was tre- mendous. Teaming him with Ginny Walls, who played his dull, middle- aged conservative wife, Clelia, was sheer brilliance. Though this was a smaller role for Walls than her lead in "Educating Rita" it's almost unbelievable that any actress could have been per- forming such a demanding flamboy- ant role as Rita while already re- hearsing "The Nerd," . . . but then that's Ginny Walls. "Ginny Walls constantly finds new things to develop in a role" said Bowman. "That's why I wanted her in this play. I knew she'd be a great ~sset." Drew Forrester is fun, fun, fun in his role of overgrown kid Axel Ham- mond, Cubbert's show critic friend. Forrester rendered his character very well to the constant delight of the audience. His wisecracking re- marks and childish antics bring out the kid in all of us and we release this child through him as we watch. Speaking of child, young Josh Craft plays the Waldgrave's obnox- ious bratty son, Thor. You'll love hat- ing this ranting, screaming, kid well- played by Craft. Young, but not a rocky, Craft was Kurt in GVT's 1989 production of "The Sound of Music?' Technical crews are all to be commended. Lighting, special ef- fects, music, props and costuming all deserve a special hand. Ellen Broudy, who costumed the cast, did a fantastic job! "The Nerd" will run July 26, 27 and 28 and August 2, 3 and 4. Call 645-3838 and reserve your seats. This is GVT's final regular season performance. --Military News--- Pvt V. E. Branham Lt. D. R. Jonese Marine Pvt. Vincent E. Branham, son of Myrtle M. Branham of Renick, has completed recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, South Carolina. During the 13-week training cycle, Branham was taught the ba- sics of battlefield survival. He was introduced to the typical daily routine that he will experience during his en- listment and studied the personal and professional standards tradition- ally exhibited by marines. He participated in an active physical conditioning program and gained proficiency in a variety of military skills including first aid, rifle marksmanship and close order drill. Teamwork and "self-discipline were emphasized throughout the training cycle. A 1989 graduate of Greenbrier East High School, Branham joined the Marine Corps in March. Marine 1st Lt. David R. Jonese, son of Joseph R. and June E. Jonese of Arbovale, recently com- pleted a "Rim of the Pacific" exer- cise while serving with Marine Me- dium Helicopter Squadron-262, based at Marine Corps Air Station, Kaneone Bay, Hawaii. During the 3rd Fleet exercise, more than 55 ships, 200 aircraft, 50,000 sailors, airmen, Marines, and soldiers from Canada, Australia, Republic of Korea, Japan, and the U. S. participated in training opera- tions designed to improve the tacti- cal capabilities of all participating units. A 1976 graduate of Pocahontas County High School, Dunmore, and a 1987 graduate of Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, with a Bachelor of Science degree, Jonese joined the Marine Corps in February 1984. PRESENTS Sl A 17- ft. BURMESE PYTHON AT CR/(WFORD'$ IN FAIRLEA - Monday July 30 through Saturday August 4 10a.m, to 7p.m. ADMISSION : ONE DOLLAR I HANDS FULL- Meet Simba the smallest of four giant snakes on extbitlon at Crawtord's in Fairlea. Simba is fourteen years old and weighs over 150 Ibs. Other snakes include Crusher, weighing over 2001bs. and Sheeba who is over 20ft, The Mountain Messenger, Thursday, August 2, 1990 5B August ARIES -- March 21/April 20 Personal plans are working out better than you expected. It's going to be a profitable week, so push forward with strong determination A social invita- tion could open an exciting new door and an unsettled relationship becomes more positive. TAURUS ~ April 21/May 21 This is a good time for personal ad- vancement; you are handling things well. Some useful spare time enables you to deal with home issues. Pa- tience pays off where a young family member is concerned, so postpone a decision if you can. GEMINI -- May 22/June 21 Close relationships are a little off-bal- ance this week. But don't worry, toler- ance will allow you to control undesir- able situations. If you keep yourself or- ganized, the end of the week will bring some rewarding results. CANCER -- June 22/July 22 You will be pleased to see a domestic issue is coming to an end. Now is a good time to sort out a new routine Be prepared for an unexpected call from an old friend. LEO --- July 23/August 23 The social side of life is bright and flourishing. Your zest and enthusiasm for new ideas is welcomed by your friends. The first days of the week are in our favor financially. There is a sat- isfying invitation near mid-week; make time for it by reshuffling your other plans. A home problem can be sorted out before next weekend. VIRGO --- August 24/Sept. 22 Avoid changes at home this week The sharing of ideas as well as duties can help to further good relationships. An old financial problem will soon be re- solved and you can now afford that luxury item you have been wishing for LIBRA -- September 23/Oct 23 Changing circumstances encourage you to be more spontaneous this week. You will impress associates by a decision which at first you were re- luctant to make. A lot of new and excit- ing things stand in your future, so be ready for more positive change in your life 5th-1 lth SCORPIO -- October 24/Nov. 22 A conflict in romance wilt occur-with little prospect of resolution unless there is a great deal of tolerance on both sides Although this week may appear undesirable, it is one filled with self-development. Those people who think highly of you will be trying to make things easier and your efforts will not go unnoticed. SAGITTARIUS -- Nov. 23/Dec. 23 Follow your intuition now that your luck is running wild There is an impor- tant development in your career and a new routine would be good for your morale. Stick by any decision made or you could lose the initiative. Socially, your enjoyment comes from simple things. CAPRICORN -- Dec. 24/Jan 20 There is an air of indifference in the social scene. You can expect to be oc- cupied with matters of finance. Any- thing you put into writing should be carefully scrutinized. Watch for an op- portunity mid-week but avoid time- wasting preliminaries. AQUARIUS -- January 21/Feb 18 The summer has thus been full of re- laxation and fun. Now it is time to settle down and get serious with work. As soon as you get yourself back into a routine, you will once again think that work is just as much fun as play PISCES--February 19/March 20 A delay early in the week upsets your schedule; timing is important. Don't al- low your concern for punctuality to ruin a good project between you and your associate. Alter a mid-week rendez- vous you can afford to relax and take a look at things of interest. Your birthday this week THE NEXT 12 MONTHS A very eventful year, one in which you will be continually on the move, mak- ing the most of opportunities and en- joying new experiences. A good time for taking up fresh interests. One per- son close to you may behave unex- pectedly, probably in the early months of 1991. 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