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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 11, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta Saturday; January 11, 1975 THE LETHBRIDGE HEHALD 9 Movie netted million to date STRATFORD, Onl. (CP) In ils first week of rehearsals. Hie new Slrulford Festival company found itself in fre- quent need of divine assist- ance. Tlte name of Lhe Almighty was constantly evoked by the 26 actors as they were put through a rigorous program ot calisthenics by Robin Phil- lips, (he company's artistic director, and his stall. The physical jerks, accom- panied by hours of voice coaching and exercises in sense perception, left the ac- the older ones who years ago thought they had reached the pinnacle of their performance bruised, aching, and mentally stretched. Hut each morning they ar- rived at the rehearsal hall fill- ed with admiration for their 32-year-old director Little Lime was being spent on actual staging of The Com- edy ol Errors and The Two (ionllemen of Verona for the festival's spring Lour, opening in Winnipeg Feb. 10. But Phillips was unworried about time.. To him, an ac- lor's ability to use the whole body and to be aware of col- leagues is as important as be- ing able to speak the lines. His first object was to break down any inter-personal barriers of jealousy, suspicion, and rivalry, he said. The longer-range aim was to build a permanent com- pany. Co director David Toguri, a Vancouver-born dancer and choreographer, presides over the muscle-stretching ex- orcises. With long experience in the London dance and drama scene, ho is also Phil- lips' right-hand man at re- hearsals. Designer Daphne Dare runs the workshops, where sets are created, costumes made and properties built. Phillips watches the calis- thenics, listens in on the voice coaching and even attends the fillings in the wardrobe rooms. Why? He said he is one per- son, at this stage, who has a Icelinj! how the plays are de- veloping. An actress such as Pat lientley-Fisher, who plays the courtesan in The Comedy of KiTors. may not yet have fully developed her role. But Phillips senses in what direc- tion it is developing and can help the seamstresses decide how an elaborate gown should be drupcd. One Phillips rule: Actorsal- lend all rehearsals, whether they arc needed for particular scenes or not. "The whole company does everything." he said "They rwl only rehearse their own scenes bul they are part of creating everybody's scenes. So. even if you have no lines to say at all, you are part ol the conception of the production. "They all have a chance to and to suggest. 'The thing aboul live theatre is Uial four-fifths of the evening's performance is the audience, and that is one part that we can't rehearse. In this way. we do gel many varied opinions what a scene is about and what it means." When Phillips instructs an actor how to say a particular is rare since he prefers individual inter- does so out of earshot of the rest of Ihe com- pany. Then, when Ihe line is played in rehearsal, he and Ihe aclor concerned gel Ihe "audience" reaction of the rest of the company "If you get two-thirds of the group saying: 'Oh, I got something much nastier than that, or something much more trivial than then you've got a pretty sure sign of audience response.'' There's another purpose in Phillips" communal style of directing. In any production, there have lo be aclors taking the non-speaking roles. Phillips said it is soul-destroying for an actor lo be cast as just a spear-bearer, no matter how much it means to him to be engaged for a season with the Stratford company. '.'They want to feel they be- long, and they do feel that if they are part of the whole company, working on the whole The group is the nucleus of a permanent company. "We hope they are going to stick together for more than just a season and they are al- ready beginning to talk about the sort of plays they would like to do and like to explore in future. "Some will go, and some others will be added. Rut they know the possibility of a continuing company is there. "The understanding is that we hope we will go on, No- body is going to be bound by a contract because if they are miserably unhappy, they would leave anyway. And likewise, if it doesn't work out lor me, I'd have to say just that." Aclor dies LONDON (Renter) British actor John Gregson, star of several comedy films, died while on vacation in southwest England, police said today. Gregson, 55, was a factory worker before becoming an aclor. His best known film was (iunevievc, the story of a London lo Brighton antique car race. He also starred in The Longest Day and Night of the Generals. Gregson played a Scotland Yard police commander in a long running television series. Gideon's Way. He was married with six children. IlELENTLESS DIGGERS Woodchucks are relentless diggers. In Liberty, Ky., one tunnelled through 20 inches of roadbed and blacktop to open a dnorway right in the middle of Main Street. The Godfather still all-time box-office champion NliW YOliK (llculer) -The Godfather strengthened its hold as Ihe all-time box-office movie champion in a year in which two new films, The Sting and The Exorcist, made the lop 12 list, Variety, the show-business FIND FIFTH VICTIM LOS ANGELES (AP) A fifth victim has been found with his Ihroat slit from ear lo car. Police said Casimer Slrawinski, 58. was found on Ihe floor of his holel room Wednesday. All five murders huve occurred since Dec. 1 within a mile of each says, tint once again no hard-core pornographic film was included among the 500 or so movies which have netted at least apparently because of a reluctance by their producers lo disclose linan-cial figures. The Godfather, based on the Mario Puzo novel about the Mafia, became the all-time money-earner in 1972, the year il was released. It was top again in 1973, and by the end of 1974 had netted ?85.7 million. The Sound of Music, which was the box-office Tilt; Godfather overtook it in 1972, remained in second place, having netted 583.9 million. Remaining in third place was the erstwhile lop money-earner, Gone With the Wind, which was made in with a net ol million. The Sting, a nostalgic film about a pair of captivating con men starring Paul Newman and Roberl Redford, soared into fourth place on the all-time list during ils first year of eligibility. The movie, which was released in December, 1973, netted million by the end of behind The Sting in fifth place was another new entrant, The Exorcist, based on the William Peter Blatty novel. The film nelled million during ils first year of release. Making up the rest of it was possible that some governmental agencies aiu lardcore films, notably Deep courts, producers of such throat, might have netted the films were inclined (o 54 million necessary to qualify withhold financial figures, [or the all-time list. But he Thus, he said, it was lhat because of en- sible lo determine their box-tanglemcnts with various office Airport, Doctor Zhivago, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kind, The Ten Commandments and The Poseidon Adventure. Another newcomer, American Graffiti, nelled million in 1974 lo place 14lh. A spokesman for AGENCIES LH, Established 1911 All CIISS81 Ol Royal Insurance AUTO Qnd other leading IPlll BONDS companies LIABILITY Lower Floor517-4Ih Ave. S. Ph. Back on screen Elusive movie star Kim Novak is shown on localion recently while making an ABC Movie of the Week, "Satan's Triangle." The green-eyed blonde says she enjoys working once a year if something interests her, but can be just as happy staying home. Actors needed divine assistance vj T WINTER BOOGIE SALE RECEIVERS AKAI AA920 Top quality multiplexer stereo tuner amplifier with con't. power of 32 watts per channel into 8 ohm speakers. Sugg. 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