Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 4, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
Augurt 1973 THI UTHMIDOI HMALO People of lue bouth Chris Stewart Everyone gets a chance in Coaldale The Voice Of One -By. DR. FRANK S. MORLEY Mnrray Robison is modest with no time for star complex- es or temperamentality. He tries to give everyone a chance to be on stage just because he feels they deserve it even though he knows he risks being accused of miscasting. His philosophy wouldn't suit a commercially-minded pro- ducer since he views the sat- isfaction derived from choosing and rehearsing a play more valuable than plaudits and hon- ors that he hasn't had plenty of This is why he includes everyone just for their sakes rather than con- centrating on award winning productions. If petty jealousies have ruined other theatrical the director of the Coaldale Little Theatre is de- termined it n't be the undo- ing of any group he directs. The key to his outstanding success is detected by every adjudicator judging his pro- ductions. It was adjudicator Walter at the Domin- ion Drama Festival's provin- cial competition in Edmonton who said want you to keep your eyes on this man all night. He is a shining eyample of what produces good and it was Mrs. Mickey prominent Edmonton actress and vho praised the work of Murray at the One Act Drama Festival at Banff. Adjudicators across Canada have praised him for close bond existing be- tween director and his class his imaginative di- and this strong director this play would have fallen by the Winning the best director's award on five different occa- sions speaks for itself. He also carries this phi- losophy into the organizational world. Since the Coaldale Little Theatre was organized under his direction 21 years ago it has been completely non con- forming and perhaps somewhat unique as far as theatrical groups go. There is no age lim- no membership no rigid membership list stands at around no con- stitution and there are no regu- larly scheduled meetings. There is only one binding stipu- lation the dramatists must put their loyalty to Coaldale first and foremost. Mr. Robison is emphatic about this. He only chooses cast members outside Coaldale when he feels no one in the community can' fill the role and takes a production out of Coaldale only after he has produced it locally. are produced at the Yates last April was the only may call this provin- but we think it is a sense of loyalty and obliga- he explains. Producing plays for profit is not Mr. Robison's objective. He likes to think his cast acts for the love of it that Little Theatre is an instrument to en- courage better theatre through sponsoring work- granting encouraging and co-operating with other providing better theatrical facilities in assisting the school drama program and supporting the allied arts. His contribution to Coaldale can't be measured. Through his influence the Little While producing 21 major and minor has worked to achieve these goals by award- ing seven scholarships to young people wishing to attend the summer drama seminars held at Drumheller and pre- sented two scholarships to the Banff School of Fine awarded a graift to attend one Shakesperian seminar at Strat- presented two substantial donations to the Na- tional Theatre School in Mon- given several travel as- sistance grants to amateur groups going to the Dominion Drama Festival do- nated to the Lethbridge Com- munity College library and given financial assistance to one of the Little Theatre's members who decided to go professional. They have spon- sored at least three one-act assisted school dra- ma have sponsored two short courses in a 20 week workshop in Shake- sperian theatre and an inten- sive one-week speech work- shop. you say. you consider all of the members are involved in full time that's not all. They have sponsored and conducted three acting and directing workshop and in at least two cases have underwrit- ten the entire worked v.ilh the U of A department of extension and the department nf youth and recre- slion -iind hove supplied and other material assistance to local par- in Murray Rcbison's love of act- ing had been surfacing ever since he began teaching in Coaldale in 1939 year now- retired principal R. I. Baker arrived from On three occasions he and a group of interested teachers had pro- duced plays before the Coal- dale Little Theatre which they became actively was organized. Since their first production Noel Coward's Blithe they have pro- duced seven major festival have captured best play awards four times and an hon- orable mention plus the best director's award five best best support- ing best supporting ac- tress and best visual presenta- tion awards three best character actor best ac- tress and best character ac- tress twice and best stage manager four times for a total of 30 awards. They have also captured honorable mentions and eight best clay awards in minor productions re- pional and two They have taken their plays to Hali- Edmonton. Cal- Medicine Hat. Red Er-ifr. Pincher Cardston and Taber. As the creative drama teach- er at the Baker school he doesn't produce monthly plays just because it is expected of frm. I find a play that ex- cites me I'll do he said. He has a preference for John Mill- ington the Irish play- loves Synee's lan- guage and theatricality and h-gs alreadv produc four of his plays. He feels up to grade the emnhasis shouldn't be on theatre but on creative drama including con- sensory creativity and all necessary ele- ments in the training of an ac- tor all this enables the shy youngster to develop knowing he won't be exposed to a criti- cal audience. Drama has been part of Mur- ray Robison's life since early childhood He has vivid recol- lections of attending the- sire with his mother at the old Empress Theatre in Medicine Hat during his pre-school years road shows from Eng- the Dumbbells and the Pantages Circuit. He was al- ways the first on hand when the' annual Chataqua came to town and remembers making many imaginative from shoe boxes. He purchased his 'pennv theatre' cut out complete with colorful paner ssttings and cardboard stand- in characters for 15 cents at Wool worths. Staging backyard complete with packing crate stage and gunny sack curtains was a favorite Satur- day project. Price of ad- mission was a pin. a button or even a penny. pins and buttons I never could under- stand. Something like playing poker with match I sup- He participated more formally during his Medicine Hat school years and later at the Calgary Normal School. He recalls spending endless hours stringing miles of binder twine through the stair- wells and towers of the Fifth Avenue United Church to form a cobweb spook walk for a Halloween carnival and parti- cipating in the monthly literary society program and the public of The Dover Milestones and the Ra- jah of Rajapor. He came to Coaldale from a teaching posi- tion at Gem and was soon in- volved in producing a featuring displays and demonstra t i o n s emphasizing scout stories of the Union Jack in pageant form and flag- signalling drill. He repeated this performance when he re- turned from overseas service with the RCAF..AS a Coaldale scoutmaster and proud owner of the Gillwell beads Murray R has done his good deed for his community. One of his bigger projects was the grand opening or tha R. I. Baker school in 1950 when he worked with the English teacher in and producing the of the a display depicting the cultural background of the 21 ethnic groups attending the school. He has been fortunate in having his family members share his enthusiasm for the theatre arts. His first an English war bride and a very fine was as complete- ly dedicated to the stage as is his second Kaye. shall always remember the cool pro- fessional way in which Yvonne handled an alarming situation during the Banff performance of the Tinker's he recalls. rag dress was ig- nited from a spark from the campfire. As she walked across the stage the yellow fire tongues raced up the tom strips of cloth and without dropping character for an in- she handlad the situation as though it were all a part of a oare.ully rehearsed bit of it was theatre from the he went on. the time of our mar- riage she was very well known comedian in the Lethbridge Playgoers and Lethbridge Mu- sical theatre. A lot of our court- ing was done in the wings of ths Yates Theatre while she was promoting the summf1 in and rehearsing in Ciindrc.. A Kaye accepted my ring one late summer evening in the single spotlight on the stage of the darkened theatre and later that fall our wedding reception was the first held in the Centre's foyer lounge. It was billed as a K and M pro- duction is for the starring those two love- able cuckoos Kaye Watson and Murray A born Kaye can be an equally excellent serious though she prefers comedy. who don't do comedy don't realize how hard it is. It is so much a matter of she says. Daugh- ters Wendy and Elizabeth are already displaying their par- ents' talents. precept is integrity to the art of theatre and drama sincere is Murray Robison's summa- tion of his involvement with the Coaldale Little Theatre group. The community's appre- ciation was best evidenced 1 when the group left to partici- pate in the Dominion Drama Festival in Halifax the best publicity Coaldale has ever and a motor- cade of more than 30 cars ac- companied them to Kenyon Field for their departure east. MURRAY ROBISON Photo by Bill Groenen Book Reviews Brilliant portrayer of man by Gra- ham Greene Heine- man 5S2 There is this incredibly inno- cent just married to Nar- cissus in person. The late sea- son of Antibes at the Riviera is love-inviting both ways. The bride's distress is as her husband is enchanted and finally borrowed by rose perfume in- terior who that the good aspects of life not necessarily have to be en- joyed the conventional way. Down Jamaica an at- tractive middle aged happily married for 10 is on a vacation by herself. She had been a good never thought of deceiving her hus- band. sitting near the swimming amorous im- ages shape. She views young men from a distance and gets involved with an old fat man. The month is it's late in the season and things are cheap very cheap. And there was the shocking accident somewhere in Italy. A The estuary is home of The World of the by Peggy Vi'ayburn with PholoyapLs Dy Dennis Stock. Iruin and Co. 114 Tnis is a beautifully printed packed wiLh awe-inspiring color photos. It is a fact filled knowledgcbly presented. The reader seldom realizes he is reading a text-book-like rec- but rather a stnry con- cerning an old the estu- ary. What is an ac- cording to the dictionary it is wide mouth of a river where it is met and invaded by the especially in a de- pression of.the But auth- or Wayburn writes of not only estuaries but all small water- oriented showing their especially to the water fowl time wet land is a marsh is a lagoon is an es- tuary is there is one less place for the migratory flocks to It is strange in a book con- cerned wilh estuaries that the author expounds on the evolu- tion of man. Her theories range from that old standby that man evolved from apes to one claim- ing man decended from por- poises or whales. The number of theories are only equalled by the number of scienlisls creating them. The author ap- paren'.ly sides with the belief that man crawled out of an es- tuary guess the tie-in with the book is thanks to our mother the whale. Two points of interest are the notes on ecology at the conclu- sion and a point for women's as the author is introduced on the jacket not as Mrs. Way- man but as Ms. GARRY ALLISON Books brief Of The by Elizabeth Peters Mead and 247 Elizabeth Peters has written an excellent rnsytery story. Her heroine is Dr. Vicky an attractive and force- ful history professor who goes to Germany to search for a reliquary that has been hidden away for over 450 years. She is helped and sometimes hin- dered by an intriguing group of scholars and scoundrels. An and highly readable book. TERRY MORRIS fattened on a balcony fight high meat ends most as it plunges from the fourth floor on top of a story seeking writ- er. Nobody knew what he was looking neither did the pig. Back in a band of teen-age destructors was tired of the usual tricks. An ingeni- ous plan to reduce a house to rubble was successfully carried out on an old man's who was away on a holiday. The destructors' pride in their accomplishment was so were the tears of the returning old man. A businessman travels to Si- to show his wife after 20 years of marriage some to rejuvenate sagging romantic feelings. A pornog- raphic film parlor proves most inspiring at first. When they show the older the man finds himself as one of the act- ors in them. It's embarrassing to say the least. His wife gets mad but her indignation quickly turns into curiousness and ex- ploration. Graham Greene sometinYs antagonizingly. the actions and lives of the hope- less as well as their hopeless- ness. His stories tell of human self-deception and of disillus- ionment about a life full of intrigue and decaying mor- ale. Although cynical about pie and their he de- scribes prolificly their games and their sorrows and beliefs. They feel important about what they are in- cluding making fools of them- selves. Man the the the the man the the man the the miser and portrayed most brilliantly and convincing- ly by Graham Greene. A distinguished collection of 40 stories one can cherish. HANS SCHAUFL Adventure is a necessity AH worthwhile living can be defined in terms of the search for adventure. more Intense the desire the greater' the drive in life. Through adventure men es- cape boredom and find joy and delight. Pity the man who lives in the re- calling adventures ofyesterdays. The man who is alive keeps the future in his mind. Every relationship of life can be turned into em- ployer-emp'oyee and the cas- ual associations and encounters of society. Dr Paul Tournier in The Aventure of Liv- ing that even sickness may be an adventure. He pictnrcs God in creation as gieatest adventurers who has plac- ed adventure in the heart of man and the man who lives closest to God will tixifciore be an adventu'.-or. Thus Abra- ndia that suprcun is called Friend oC Someone wrote a on the adventures of family life. He tuld of his that they were natur- adventurei-s kept him young. They should be encouraged and not o -cr-protect- ed. Adventure is risky. Most of us are firm- ly embarked on a searcn for security. There are two drives in rhe adient and the avertic. The adient is the ad- venturous drive and the avertic is the turn- ing away the retreat to the security of the womb. Man wants to be cuddled and safe. Beware of fossilization Toynbee in his study of History says this is the deadly the temptation to rest on your the attempt of a society to ensure its safety by freezing its institutions or by building a military state. Lascelles Aber- crombie in his poem on St. Thomas te'ls how Thomas is tempted to refuse the call to evangelize India. But St. Thomas says this is he counsel of prudence and dence is the deadly that hardens and destroys all life. Adventure risks as R. L. Stevenson business is not to suc- but to continue failing in good spir- Success can be life's supreme failure. Bernard Shaw said he feared since that would mean he had finished his life's work. Success means the journey the struggle the life like Alex- ander weeping because there were no more worlds to conquer. The supreme challenge of life is the will- ingness to let go the to make an absolutely new beginning. One of life's hardest lessons is to be willing to open the hands and let go. Who wants to let go of a see him grow up and leave Who wants to let go of friendships and set- tle in a new Who wants to give up a good job and plunge into the In the 25th chapter of St. Mat- thew's Gospel Jesus tells the story of a man who gave his servants five two and one talent. The first two doubled their bat the mnn with one talent was afraid and wect and hid thy talent in the He was condemn- ed and cast into ou'or darkness. In the Good News for Modem this third man was have put my money in the bank and then I v.ould have received my own nun Now that is precisely what Jesus did not say. You don't double your muney m a except over a long period. Jesus called men to to risk every- thing. The tragedy of The Rich Young Rul- er is that he would not take the risk in following Jesus and giving up his secure life. must be born Jesus told Nocdemus who asked him in can a man be born when he is Men cease to character is habits are ingrained man's lot in life is de- termined. Adventuring is for the young. Not said Tennyson. In his tory of Ulysses it is the who sits down by the but the old man sets out to sail new seas. Tournier is right that all adventure is inspired by love. The adventurer is a lover of lover of his a lover of life. At the last they see death itself as life's greatest adventure. Impressions of Russia By Dr. Van Lethbridge orthodontist I had the privilege recently of visiting two of Russia's major cities. The trip was arranged by the Canadian Dental Associa- with the co-operation of the Russian government and the Institutes of Dental Science of Leningrad and Moscow. A hun- dred business and professional men spent five days in Moscow and five more in Leningrad. We were able to move around a good deal on our both on foot and by pub- lic two of for went to early morning mass at the Russian Or- thodox Cathedral without permission and without being followed. The Patriarch of Moscow conducted the along with four other priests. There was a 30 voice mixed and the cathedral was pack- ed with some most of whom were well along in years. Our visit to the Leningrad Institute of Dental Science was in that we were the first foreign group invited to the insti- tute. This was followed by an extended and detailed visit to a typical Leningrad dental to enable us to get a first- hand view of dental services being offered to the public in Russia. Getting a tooth filled in Leningrad is much different from a visit to your dentist in Lethbridge. The clinic itself is an old Czarist with 76 dentists three- quarters of them women their assistants and mechanics who treat about pa- tients a day. Equipment and methods would be considered rather primitive by our standards. Their philosophy of. dental treatment has an altogether different emphasis from ours. Rather than sophisticated treatment which is the North American pat- they concentrated mainly on preven- tion of dental by fluoridating water supplies throughout the entire country and by full dental treatment of all children be- ginning at three years of age. The dentists are hard working and very jovial profes- sional people always with a warm smile or a good humored comment for one an- other. uicomes run from 130 to 280 rubles per depending on seniority and so their good humor obvious- ly does not come from being well They seemed quite typical of many others we saw in both Leningrad and Moscow. The Russian people have deep pride for their respective cities and real concern for keeping them beautiful. The absolute clean- liness of school and public places speak well for this con- cern. There is further testimony in the en- ormous number of public parks and well treed streets throughout both cities. A story related to us by a Russin teacher regarding the 900 day siege of Leningard gives some idea of their peoples' attitude in this regard. The second winter of the siege was bitterly and there was a desparate lack of fuel. The people of Len- ingrad burnt their the flooring from their homes and public and even the partitions within their but they refused to chop down any trees for fuel. When finally the German troops were forced many buildings had been stripped bare of usable but not a single tree had been cut down in Lenin- grad. trees in parks and thorough- fares make Leningrad one of the loveliest cities I have ever visited Moscow is a more sombre city. Not only do the people dress more but there is a monotonous frequency of large apartment that accentuates the ab- sence of private homes. But there are still frequent green lovely gardens and row upon row of bsau'iful trees to mask and hide the stark apartment walls. There are very few private most of the cars one sees are either taxis or official cars. Most people are pedes- and it is common to see large num- bers of people in the green strolling with visiting with or read- ing on park benches. Public transportation Is excellent. It is extremely simple and rapid. The underground metro is one the worlds' best. All main streets in Moscow have under- passes for so surface traffic is efficient and rapid as well. We travelled all the way from the Ukraina Hotel in Moscow to the cathedral and back again for eight kopecks about 12 cents. It took me some time to realize that part of the beauty of Russian streets was due to the complete absence of neon signs and other forms of a real contrast with our visual environment in Canadian cities. One evening we stopped to chat with a -young lady whose job it was to sweep the street every night. There was no hint of her being ashamed of her in fact her good humor and obvious willingness to work hard gives reason to ponder our own situ- ation in Canada. If our experience is any the enthusiasm with which Rus- sian people approach their work is match- ed only by their enjoyment of good food and drink' and lively music. I have never seen people with a greater capacity for One of the highlights of our trip was a Bolshoi presententation of Swan Lake at the huge modem Kremlin theater. Not only was it a superb production but it was great fun snacking at the which can serve people during a 15 minute inter- with anything from cavier to ice fruits to vodka. Almost equal to the Russian people's ob- vious love of food and is their love for ar.d their art galleries and theaters. With no adver- tising on radio or the emphasis is on classical poetry and movie entertainment. I will always remember the plain-look- ing Russian couple in the adjoining box to. ours at the Opera Theatre in Leningrad at a performance of Tchaikovsky's Eugen Onegin. They hummed the tunes mouthed the and emoted right along with the but had time to lend us their opera glasses a.nd communicate in many ways a genuine hospitality and con- geniality towards a couple of foreigners. It's always good to be back home pecially when home is Western Canada after a long trip but impressions1 of a straightforward with an obvious love for their commun- ity and against a background of romantically gay balalaika music.