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Bennington Banner (Newspaper) - August 24, 1966, Bennington, Vermont 16-Bennington Banner wednesday August 24, 1966 a a --7 v _ Williamstown executive director tells what makes a summer theater tick a a a a. Mimi Gillim Ohmer Lorr in a nn/4 n a m a a. Williamstown mass. A a directing a play Here is almost a vacation a Nikos peach Aronou los executive director of the Williamstown theatre said in an interview of what makes the summer theater tick. A i can lock myself into the rehearsal room and work for hours with the actors without interrupt i on problems that inevitably crop up he pointed out. When spa Haropoulos goes into rehearsal aides and assistants think twice before interrupting him a and in most cases find that they can solve the headaches by following guide lines he has set up along the Way. Delegating authority is a prime necessity in running a theater Early american Charm the Randolph series gh-672 25 tube Overall diag 295 so. In. Picture Ria Victor new Vista color to a powerful 25,000-Volt color Chassis a rectangular Ria i Lite color tube a super powerful new Vista vhf solid state uhf tuners a automatic color purifier a a cancels magnetism Dave s 308 main St. To amp radio shop inc. Bennington it. Which has turned into a year around Job. Spa Haropoulos meets with the executive Board of the Williamstown theatre foundation in january to see if there is going to be a summer theater and if he is going to run it a both affirmative for the last 12 years a and then digs in with the Aid of part time secretaries in new Haven where he teaches directing at the Yale school of drama in new York City where he lives and in Williamstown where mrs. Marshall d. Sanford the foundation s Secretary lives. A fourth person Margaret Barker a who also is in the acting company a handles apprentice school applications. Fortunately spa Haropoulos does no to drive a car. So on his twice a week trips to new Haven he utilizes the Railroad travel time to winnow resumes and look at photographs then he Dic tates answers to one of his four secretaries. Last year there were 4,000 applications to Wade through. A i make the Newhaven Hartford look Messier than usual a spa Haropoulos said. By late april spa Haropoulos has these applicants boiled Down to 200, and auditions reduce the number to 40. Then for a month he has the final Batch on the Telephone at least once a week sorting out the ones he wants for actors staff or assistants. Equally important to spa Haropoulos is discerning sentiment about schedules. A questionnaire is sent each year Topa trons asking for suggestions. Equated with the suggestions Are such factors As a balanced schedule what actors and plays Are available with an Eye toward avoiding too heavy a workload by avoiding Back to Back scheduling of plays which Call for con get with the action for. 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Each actor has his problem of performing a technician is concerned about getting the right Angle to scenery or getting sufficient Light on a Corner and they feel they must have priority. Spa Haropoulos feels none of it would be possible of he did not have reliable staff. That is Why he spends so much time making sure that he has. A without Good technicians and assistants we would flounder fast a he noted. Quot and when people Are working 16-18 hours a Day a it results in considerable once the machine seems to be running Well instead of relaxing spa Haropoulos is out checking Points. He is Happy to quiz bartenders about comments that have been overheard sets up opening night meet the cast parties at the country restaurant and the Williams inn and twice a year Heads toward Manchester or Lee Lenox to see of the posters Are out and flyers Are available to tourists and if tourists Are out and where. Almost a vacation a Nikos spa Haropoulos executive director of the Williamstown theatre spends a rare quiet moment talking with actress Joyce Ebert and Tom Brennan associate director who has been recuperating from a broken leg. A for All your travel needs consult Rosasco a travel Agency inc. A a Over 75 years of unexcelled travel services everything pertaining to travel in Bennington use our special Telephone service at no Cost to you. Ask the operator for Enterprise 6859. Outside of Bennington Call col act 663-3864 or 663-3018 Phoenix professional building 24 state Street North Adams mass. Sid Erable scenery and costumes. Even a simple item such As picking colors for posters is done in the preseason period following his usual discussions with the company designer about How sets will be made to establish a theme. But most of the design work is done in Williamstown after arrival for the season. When spa Haropoulos returned from a Brief trip to Europe in Early june he had a Long session in new York City with designer Robert Darling to set up sets for whenever Tom Brennan Arvin Brown or Peter Hunt Are directing one of Williamstown a plays spa Haropoulos busies himself with the technical people checking on costumes lights and sets allowing the directors More time with the actors. On the financial Side spa Haropoulos cosign All checks with mrs. Sanford a some 900 of them during a season. Each department head is responsible for his own budget but spa Haropoulos jumps in to help decide which accounts can be strained to help another that has hit unexpected expenses. Then there Are the Middle of the season crises a finding leads for the musical a because we Are not staffed for musicals a he explained. Business manager Jack Watson is a big help but spa Haropoulos finds that his personal acquaintanceship with agents and actors often facilitates finding leads a conductor or a pianist. Williamstown sends out some 200,000 pieces of literature including season brochures apprentice brochures table tents flyers and posters a constantly checked to see if they Are being sent to the right people. Letters sent to the Williamstown theatre Are read regardless of How much time it takes. A this helps us keep in tune with the Community and our patrons a or. Spa Haropoulos explained. A obviously a suggestion that we do a biblical extravaganza has to be explained away carefully As beyond our Means a but we answer All the ideas he feels this is especially important to a theater that started with donations from area people and is constantly supported by them. Spa Haropoulos shares much of the artistic labor with Brennan and the business problems with Watson and the Box office headaches with mrs. Sanford. On general problems he works closely with Peter Hunt who for nine years in addition to lighting the shows has been involved with the Overall policy of the theater. Spa Haropoulos also reports periodically to the Board of trustees but for Quick resolutions to problems a such As a rerun of a Marat Sade a or How to solve the parking problem a he relies on a five Man executive Board. A great record keeper spa Haropoulos has charts taped to his desk so that he can Tell immediately How Well a show has done in comparison with the season preceding year eth since 1955 when the theater was started so that adjustments can be made along the Way. To help him make the daily adjustments caused by Overall changes he has John Sund Strom As production stage manager and Tom Sawyer As stage manager shuffling Crews rehearsals apprentice classes etc., to meet equity rules. A you can see that two weeks to mount a show is precious Little time a he understated. Then there Are the a a silly decisions such As making sure the Batter used for pancakes in a the subject was roses a is the right color or that a picture an artist be smart and Thrifty. Switch to and. 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