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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 14, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta Tuesday, January 14, 1975 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD 7 West will be first to seek new festival heads work By JAMES NELSON STRATFORD, Ont. Audiences across Western Canada will have the first op- portunity to. see the work of llobin Phillips, new artistic director of the Stratford Fes- tival. Starting in Winnipeg Feb. 10, Phillips' first two plays for the festival, Shakespeare's The Two Gentlemen of The Comedy of Errors, will go on a 10 week tour 'extending to Ottawa and Montreal. When the festival itself opens here June 9, they will move into the seat Avon Theatre. The English actor, designer and director, named a year ago to succeed Jean Gascon as head of the festival, has put together a hand-picked com- pany of 26 for these pro- ductions. Youthful spirit, if not youth in years, is the guiding principle of the com- pany. Along with the new direc- tor, the new company and the new spirit goes a new stage fresh, and simple, it features a black-carpeted platform before a translucent white backdrop, in front of which black or white pillars can be fitted, depending on the needs of the play. APPROACH YOUTHFUL And with all this emphasis on the new and the fresh, Phillips, just 32. is taking a youthful approach to Shake- speare. The two plays are among his earliest works, probably written before 1595 when he was younger then Phillips himself. The Comedy of Errors, a YAMAHA ORGANS I New and Uaed COLLEGE MALL Phone 328-3694 tangled tale of two sets of lost twins and all the family mix- ups thai siluation could prompt, is being set in west- ern gold-rush days, with a covered wagon centre-stage. The Two Gentlemen of Ve- rona will be played in modern dress as a story of today's young people seeking their own selves in a permissive and affluent society. "Both plays are about hu- man beings, so somewhere along the way there are com- mon Phillips said during a rehearsal break. "Very similar lines and similar images emerge. "They are botli about young people, about one play the search for iden- tity is very formally done, one twin looking for his brother. "In the other play, The Two Gentlemen, you have the dis- tortions you can go through emotionally during adoles- cence because you are not sure who you are. Emotions go awry and you end up doing tilings you wouldn't think of doing 10 years later." PLAYS CONTRAST There is also a contrast in the two plays. In The Two Gentlemen, the two rich young men are sent off to study the arts of conversa- tion, dancing and fencing. In The Comedy of Errors, the problems of a simple mar- riage are explored: Will the man be home for dinner on time; will his wife grow shrewish? Together, Phillips said, the plays explore two societies, one in which someone is so ex- travagantly rich she is lodged nightly in her own tower, and the other in which beans and sausage are cooked over an open fire with a coffee pot nestled in the embers., Nicholas Pennell and Stephen Russell, both Strat- ford veterans, are the two I Ke 329 5th Street S., Phone 329-3434 EVERY JljnXjzzaA Wednesday SPAGHETTI DAY at The PIZZA PLACE Spaghetti Meat Sauce 149 1 PER ORDER gentlemen, Proteus and Va- lentine, with Mia Anderson and Jackie Burroughs playing Julia and Silvia. Pennell, last year's star in Pericles and as Berowne in Love's Labor's Lost, is Anti- pholus of Syracuse in Com- edy, with Barry MacGregor playing his twin. Bernard Hopkins and Richard Wlielan, two newcomers to Stratford, play the twin servants, both named Dromio. Phillips said The Comedy lends itself to a western gold- rush setting because it is about people travelling and searching, starting a new society wherever they set up camp, "building their own world wherever they arrived, usually where there was a river and a pan, looking for gold." As to.the modern version of Two Gentlemen, Phillips said today's young come full circle from the sexual freedom in Shakespeare's time. "Kids today are much freer and more open. Conversations today constantly make grand-, mothers shudder. That's the way kids are, the whole of their education is so much wider, broader. It now matches that play very well." The two plays open in Win- nipeg Feb. 10, Saskatoon Feb. 17, Regina Feb. 21, Edmonton Feb. 25. Calgary Feb. 28, Van- couver March 5, Victoria, March 12 and in Montreal April 8. Ottawa audiences will see The Comedy of Errors only, in a three-week run at. the National Arts Centre opening March 17. Rate reduced MONTREAL (CP) The Royal Bank of Canada an- nounced today it will reduce its United States dollar base lending rate effective Wednes- day to from 11 per cent. This is the rate the bank charges for U.S. dollar loans made in Canada. The bank had reduced the rate to 11 per cent from 11 Vt per cent Nov. 25. SOUTHERN ALBERTA THEATRES CARDSTON-Mayfair Theatre "WHERE THE RED FERN GROWS" starring James Whitmore. Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sat- urday, January 15, 16, 17 and 18. Prices: over 12 years S2.00, 12 and under Theatre "CINDERELLA LIBERTY" Tuesday, January 14 show at p.m. PINCHER CREEK-Fox Theatre "BADLANDS" Tuesday, January 14 show at p.m. RESTRICTED AOULT Theatre "BILLY TWO HATS" starring Gregory Peck and Desi Arnaz Jr. In color. Tuesday, Wednesday, January Tuesday shows at and p.m. ADULT 'Franco healthy' MADRID (AP) Premier Carlos Arias Nayarro describes Gen. Francisco Franco's health as normal for a man of his age, and says the head of state displays "ex- traordinary mental lucidity" at cabinet meetings. Show Times PARAMOUNT THEATRE: Short Subjects: AIRPORT 75: LAST COMPLETE SHOW: ADULT ENTERTAINMENT PARAMOUNT CINEMA Shori Subjects: TAMARIND SEED: LAST COMPLETE SHOW: AOULT ENTERTAINMENT COLLEGE CINEMA: CCS COMPANY: SWEDEN HEAVEN S HELL: LAST COMPLETE SHOW: RESTRICTED ADULT Royal Mint profitable operation LONDON (CP) The Royal Mint makes money for Britain by making money for other countries.' Apart from the 553 million coins it manufactured for home consumption in the 1972- 73 fiscal year, the mint reported a 70 per cent increase in earnings from the previous year for the 1.18 million coins il provided for 35 foreign governments. The mint added to its revenue by striking special sets of coins for collectors, including a limited edition of 25-pence pieces com- memorating the silver wed- ding of the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh and a variety of coins and medallions for overseas customers. paramount NOW SHOWING Dilly it illd f.m. BIG ROCK JOB B.C. sculptor to carve jade into rearing stallion Afraid you're going deaf? Montreal A Tree iiflVr KI who lu-ur hill do nol uurtls IK-HI mimiuwi'd lj> lU'llom-. A imn-iipcnilinj! ul'lhc sniiifl- vsl Krlimic aiil ever made will he yhrn ;iijsolulrly free ID anyone An all NEW film... AIRPORT 1975 UNIVERSAL PICTURE-TECHNICOLOR' PANAVISION Send for itiis frer model HOH. Il is not a ri-iil liearin.L' aid. hut it slum vim imw help can he. TJieaclnal aid weighs U-ss than ;i third nf an ounce, and il's ail at ear li'vel. in one iinil. No wirrs lead from In head. These models are free, .MI write lor ynurs now. Thousands heed mailed, so vnlv til Dept. 9-102 Helium- Klec- trimirs of Canada I.ld., Met- ropolitan Itlvil., Montreal HI2 2K2, ADVT. paramount cinema LAST TIMES TONIGHT DAILY il and p.m. ADULT MISSION, B.C. (CP) The nine-ton boulder in sculptor Gunther Geyer's workshop is an exceptional piece of rock. It is jade, and is not only special because of its es- timated value but also because it weighs more than the five-ton record for a jade find reported in the Guinness Book of Records. The stone is also unique be- cause it is destined to be fash- ioned into the form of a horse rearing up on its hind legs to a height of feet. Mr. Geyer estimated it will take about six months to complete the project. With high-quality jade sell- ing for about to a pound, the sculptor said he can sell the finished piece, probably to a buyer in the Orient, for about Mr. Geyer is one of three partners who filed 16 claims five years ago to property near Lillooet, B.C., near Tex- as Creek in the Fraser Plateau area. The area, which is about half a mile by 1% miles in size, is rich in jade and soapstone and Mr. Geyer said there is enough jade to last 20 years. Prospectors Over Araleen- dal and Al Scheller mine the rock on the site and Mr. Geyer is seeking markets in China and Japan for their recently incorporated company, Texas Creek Jade Ltd. A 350-pound piece of soaps- tone from the property, worth about and another jade rock of comparable size were trucked south from the mine to Mission with the nine-ton boulder. Mr. Geyer said British Co- lumbia is the largest source of jade in Canada and that the best of B.C. jade compares fa- vorably in quality with the fin- est of the limited supply re- maining in China. The three partners hope to be successful enough with their venture by next summer to bring men in to help mine the rock and to import Chinese and European carvers to train Canadians. They hope their company will be "a wholly Canadian com- pany mining and producing jade products for export." Mr. Geyer, who has been a carver in wood and stone for about 32 years, was trained in Germany at the state carving school at Oberammergau. Following the Second World War he emigrated to Canada where he finished his educa- tion at McGill University in 1950. He holds a doctorate in classical history. college cinema Streisand wins actress award STARTS TOMORROW AT and P.M. SHOWING TOMORROW THRU SAT. Blake Edwards film AndreuTS Sharif LAST TIMES TONIGHT JOENAMATH 01 ANN-MARGRET5 his girl Companion Feature M HEAVEN AND HELL ADULTS KIDS paramount cinema THE UNIVERSITY OF LETHBRIDGE CONCERT SERIES A Concert by MARIO ESCUDERO (guitar) Yates Memorial Centre WEDNESDAY JAN. 15 p.m. ADMISSION ADULTS STUDENTS 50C TICKETS Leister's Music Lid. University Switchboard Operator Yates Centre (immediately prior to performance) NEW DELHI, India Barbra Streisand has won the best actress award at the fifth International Film Festival of India for her portrayal of a palitical activist in the movie, The Way We Were. STREISAND' The awards, chosen by a 10 member international jury, were announced at the end of the two week long festival here. The Hungarian film Dream- ing Youth, was named the best film and Iran's Behruz Vusoghi was selected best ac- tor for his role in the Iranian film, Tangsif. Vusoghi was the only award winner who was present at the ceremohy. The jury named Brazil's Zelito Viana Hie best director for his film. Alma. STARTS TOMORROW at and p.m. They searched the they found each other. A Paramount Release Gregory Peck Presents ADULT From the prize-winning book aboul the boy who sailed around the world on a _--------_. _ Deborah Baffin Joseph Bottoms ;