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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 6, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta Thursday, February 6, 1975 THE LETHBRIOGE HERALD 7 Inflation may spell death for British pantomine LONDON (Reuter) In- flation may be killing the British pantomime, an in- stitution which has resisted changes in public taste for over a century. A pantomime, a winter show for children which is en- joyed? by adults, combines ele- ments of the old variety hall with comic interpre- tations of fables like Rob- inson Crusoe, Cinderella and Mother Goose. SHEET MUSIC and BOOKS MUSICLAND COLLEGE MALL Phono 328-3693 Before the age of wide- screen films, the pantomime was unchallenged for spec- tacle. Before popular music became pop, the pantomime was a storehouse of catchy tunes. Before television be-, came widespread, the pan- tomime attracted lovers of low comedy. To combat the combined on- slaught of films, pop music and TV, pantomime became extravagant in design, often sacrificing tradition for sen- sationalism. Ice shows were incorporated. Many people regretted the death of the traditional story for the sake of providing a star, bill, with some smutty jokes thrown in to titillate the crowd. ELKS PUBLIC BINGO 1251 3rd AVENUE SOUTH EVERY THURSDAY 8 p.m. 16 GAMES NEW BLACKOUT Played Till Won (No Number Limit) IF WON ON A BLUE BONUS CARD (No Limit Purchased) PAYS DOUBLE under 18 years PUBLIC-UPSTAIRS ELKS and INVITED GUESTS ONLY DOWNSTAIRS' WEEKEND ENTERTAINMENT Friday, February 7th "BRIDGETOWN TRIO" Saturday, February 8th Upstairs "SOUTHERN PLAY BOYS" Downstairs "BRIDGETOWN TRIO" SOUTHERN ALBERTA THEATRES CARDSTON Mayfair Theatre "THE STING" starring Paul Newman Robert Red- ford. In color. Thursday, Friday, Saturday, February 6, 7, 8. Thursday show at p.m. ADULT. PINCHER CREEK Fox Theatre "THE STING" starring Paul Newman Robert Red- ford. Thursday, Friday, Saturday, February 6, 7, 8. Thursday show at p.m. ADULT. TABER Tower Theatre "UPTOWN SATURDAY NIGHT" Thursday, Friday, Saturday, February 6, 7, 8.. Thursday shows at 7 and 9 p.'m. 747 JUMBO SIGHTSEEING CRUISER WITH STEWARDESS Elitirn HOlldly GOlf S GlUbll Spclll. Las Vsgas and Palm Springs. 9 days...................................... AS LOW AS FlOridl, DlSlliy World, O.C. TOIir. Washinton, DC., Cape Kennedy Space Centre, Cocoa Beach, Fort Lauderdale. Miami Beach, Nassau in the Bahamas, Walt Disney World, Pensacola, San Antonio, El Paso, Juarez, Mexico. Phoenix, Las Vegas. 24 days April 5 AS LOW AS Cllitonril TIJHN SlWill. San Francisco, Disneyland. San Diego. Tijuana, Palm Springs. 16 days. April 7 .CJlllorlll, Spdtli (Same as above lor the places. 16 days April 13. AS LOW AS Ul VigH SOOCill. I days. April 23...........AS LOW AS Kiohicky Dirty S NuMIW Spadil. 20 diyi. April 25. AS LOW AS Diimyliid, Sin Diijo. Tijuni Sptclil. 16 Days. April ie. .............................................AS LOW AS Disniylind, Su Otogo. Tllum. Pita Swings. Bnitd Cliyw III Vigil. 1B days. May 2.....................AS LOW AS DlMWlMd t TijMM SMtill. 14 days 16 Days. May 3............................................ AS LOW AS ClMdlH RKklW, Wut ClHl SlOdll. Banff. Jasper. Victoria Vancouver, Penticton. 12 days May 3...........AS LOW AS String Flllf Peace River. Pacific Coast Cruise, Edmonton, Dawson Creek, Prince George. Prince Rupert, Victoria. Vancouver. 15 days May 5 June 7 (Includes ship accomodatlons city tours.) AS LOW AS DIlMfM, TIJMM, MlllM SIMM. San Francisco. Grand Canyon, Las Vegas included. 16 days. June 7 AS LOW AS DJIMVlMd. San Diego, Tijuana, Grand Canyon, Las Vegas. 16 days.June 144June21...................... ASLOWAS PlKO RlVir, ClMilM RMfclW PtClflC CHIt CnlM. Interior B.C., 15 days June 28. (includes ship accomodations city tours. .............................................AS LOW AS DiiMflMi, IM Dltfo. TijMM Mwln, Qnrf CMyM, LM VMM. TMr. ASLOWAS "Worlds only Airline on the Ground" NORTHERN BUS TOURS Exotic International Tours Mill Phone CANADA TRAVEL LETHBRIDGE Phont 328-3336 After a bad patch in the 1950s and mid-1960s, pan- tomime began breaking box- office records. Profits were small, though assured, and the annual pantomime saved many provincial theatres when bankruptcy threatened. In the late 1960s, there was a cleanup wave. Scripts were rewritten to suit the chil- dren's audiences they were intended for. Despite many in- novtions, including pop groups and disc jockeys in acting roles, some of the old dramatic conventions re- mained. In this year's London pro- duction of Cinderella, for in- stance, the good fairy queen enters and does magic battle with the evil demon king to loud cheers from the children. A girl still plays the hero and the by a man dressed as a the butt of most of the jokes. If some critics had had their way, pantomime would have been dead long ago. Children have long been thought too sophisticated for its old-style rumbustious humor. But audience figujres have continually disproved this theory. Even now, it is not un- popularity that threatens pan- tomime but it's commer- cialism and extravagr The English theatre is in fi- nancial straits and a recent minimum pay rise for sup- porting actors has placed a heavy burden on the industry. EZEKIELGRAY Entertainer composes song for Owen Sound Thurs., Fri., Sat. "SOUTHERN COMFORT' at the Miners' 73313th St. North Members and Invited Guests Only! LABOR CLUB Corner 2nd Ava. and 13th St. North WEEKEND ENTERTAINMENT in the Clubrooms Thursday, February 6th "GERRY" Friday and Saturday, February 7th and 8th "COUNTRY BLUES" Members and Invited Guests! By LIANE HELLER Owen Sound Sun-Times OWEN SOUND, Ont. (CP) One of the first things Eze- kiel Gray wanted to do in Canada was to show Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau how to climb a coconut tree. Mr. Ezeke, as he prefers to be the prime minister's visit to Jamaica with a smile. "I would like to meet him. I'd ask h'm why he didn't. come to me to learn how to climb the he said. Although he had only been here a few was in Owen Sound to entertain during Jamaica were several other things he wanted to do here. "I would like to have a con- tract to record here in Can- ada. And I wouldn't mind liv- ing here for a while; I like the free country." Inspiration came as easily to Ezeke in Owen Sound as it does in Jamaica. During an interview, he started to com- pose a song dedicated to Owen Sound. Here are the first four lines: Oh, how the people sweet. Music rock you off your feet. Owen Sound jump up car- nival. Owen Sound jump up bacchanal. "A bacchanal is like a festi- val. It's a word we use in Ja- he said. Ezeke, who is 30, has been singing since he was'a choir member at an English school. But it was not until 1960 that he began recording his own. popular rock and calypso sionally. "I used to be a caterer at a Jamaica Hotel. Now, instead COMMUNITY SERVICES DEPARTMENT CITY OF LETHBRIDGE Public Swimming, Skating, and Museum Fit. Fit. Fit. Fit. 10 FRITZ SICK Swim (adults qnly) p.m. Mom Tot Swim p.m. PUBLIC SWIM Swim (adults only) p.m. PUBLIC SWIM SWIM SWIM p.m. and Swim (adults only) p.m. Public Swim p.m. STAKSIWIK Swim (adults only) p.m. Public Swim Swim (adults only) p.m. Public Swim p.m. and Swim Swim p.m. FAMILY SWIM Swim (adults only) PUBLIC SWIM p.m. HENDERSON PARK ICE Skating Public Skate p.m. ADAMS PARK ICE and Pre-Schoolers FREE Skating noon Public Skating SKATING SKATE p.m. PUBLIC SKATE p.m. FAMILY SKATE CMC ICE Public Skating SKATE SKATE p.m. PUBLIC SKATE SIR AlEXANKR. BAIT Lolhbridge Public p.m. NOTE; Thtft will No Public Skating At Hmdwton Plrk let Ctnln on FrMiy, Ftbriury 7th from p.m. DIM To A Prcvlout Booking of feeding the visitors, I en- tertain he said. But the style of his per- formances depends on the mood he is in. "You may see me perform two nights in a row, maybe singing the same songs. But they won't sound alike. It de- pends on what's going through my head." "I'm not getting up to preach on a pulpit in a church. I just want- to relate my thoughts through my sing- he said. This communication takes other forms than music in Ezeke's performances. He eats fire, dances, prophesies and even walks on glass. "It's not that hard. It's just a question of mind over mat- ter." Through his songs and per- formances, Ezeke tries to help people see the freedom and joy he sees. He wants peo- ple to feel the way he feels. "I want people to love each other. It's very simple." Song-writing, rehearsing and the endless responsi- bilities of a performer are not accomplished on a tight schedule, as far as Ezeke is concerned. "I don't rehearse a song. I sing it in my mind and re- member the words. It's a con- tinuous process." When he's listening to the radio and a song that he hasn't heard before is played, he asks his wife, Linda, to write down the words. The most important thing to remember about a per- forming career, is to know own limita- tions and capabilities, Ezeke said. "I know I was born with this thing and as time went on, I Plan to wed NEW YORK (AP) The widow of Pablo Casals, the great Spanish cellist com- poser, and the concert pianist Casals used to call "my son" plan to be married. "We have a lot of things in said Martita Mon- tanez Casals of her forthcom- ing marriage to Eugene Istomin. "We will work to bring to life the things that maestro Casals left to us the museums, the festivals. That will be a very important part of our lives." Istomin, 49, a friend and protege of Casals for 29 years, has known his 38 year old bride to be since she and the maestro were married in 1957 Casals was 80. Casals died two years ago. FIND IN PERU LIMA, Peru (AP) Oc- cidental Petroleum Co. has brought in an oil well in the northeastern jungle area of Peru with an initial rapacity of barrel daily. The new wel{ is located northeast of other oil fields of Occidental Petroleum where five wells are ready to produce. Benny left estate worth million LOS ANGELES (Reuter) Jack Benny, the comedian who made a joke of being a penny pincher, was worth at least million at his death, documents filed in Superior Court here show. Mary Benny, widow of the comedian, asked court per- mission to keep Benny's com- pany, j. B. Productions Inc., in operation until the end of March so she could dispose of television rights on 10 Jack Benny specials, partly owned by her husband. The documents, filed with her application, show Benny had personal property and real estate alone worth at least million dollars. Benny died of stomach cancer in December at the age of 80. MARKS BIRTHDAY NEW YORK (AP) Mabel Mercer, favorite Paris chanteuse of Gertrude Stein and Ernest Hemingway's "lost celebrated her 75th birthday here with a party on the St. Regis Roof a long climb from the Left Bank cellars where she started. "For once, I don't have to sing for my said the throaty voiced storyteller in song who enchanted such musical greats as Cole Porter and Noel Coward. DEBUT SUCCESS PHILADELPHIA (Reuter) Valery and Galina Panov were deluged with balloons, bravos and bouquets after their United States ballet debut here Wednesday in tribute to their talent and their long struggle to leave the Soviet Union. The orchestra even played the "stars and stripes" during a 15 minute standing ovation by the crowd of at the huge spectrum sports arena here. The appreciative response was as much for the couple's fight against oppression as for their dancing, which suffered when''they were dropped as stars of the Leningrad Kirov Ballet in April, 1972, after applying to emigrate to Israel. VOLUNTEERS LONDON (CP) A British Peeress, Lady Parker, has offered to take the place of dogs forced to inhale cigarette smoke in exr periments conducted by a chemical firm, Agence France Presse reported here. "I think it's absolutely bar- the agency quoted the non smoking Lady Parker as saying. "I'm prepared to smoke as many cigarettes as they like under any conditions as long as they let the dogs go." BIRDS SPARED WASHINGTON (AP) A federal judge has issued a temporary injunction to halt plans by the .United States Army and interior depart- ment to kill more than 17 million blackbirds. Bruce Terras, lawyer for the Society for Animal Rights and Citizens for Animals, both based in New York, said a hearing on the issue will be held Friday. 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