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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 14, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta 20 _ THE IE1HBRIDOE HERALD Wednesday, July 14, 1971----- No smooth running for Rovl- project. Youth drama on shaky foundation By JOAN BOWMAN Staff Writer The federal government's Op- portunities for Youth program has shown elements of Obstruc- tions for Youth, if one is to judge from the experiences of youth drama in La'.hbridge. Youth drama, which is not connected with the Allied Arts Council's Leth bridge Youth Theatre, was devised as a gov- ernment sponsored summer youth project by Genevieve Prai'.t, a 21-year-old former Uni- versity of Lcthbridge student. Mrs. Pratt, who quit the U of L in her second year after being "told what to think and no; encouraged to think on my has a background of high school drama and community theatre in Red Deer. Her ex- perience, while living in Red Deer for 12 years, encompasses Free-flowing cut with crown, cheefe-brushing sides and permanently curled Dynel several shades. Reg. Woolco Price 29.95 involvement in on-stage and backstage jobs. Youth drama was proposed as two intensive, month long sessions in acting, stagecraft, movcmcrs': and desisn. Classes were to be progressive in na- ture, rather than each lecture being complete in itself. It was hoped 60 parsons would attend: 30 for the four hour morning classes and 30 to the three hour night classes. About the only item which went smoothly tor the first ses- sion, which concludes Thurs- was the hiring of instruct- ors. Mrs. Pratt contracted with four young instructors, all with either university drama or com- munity theatre experience. Gercla Fikkert, who has com- pleted two years of a bachelor of education degree, with drama major, at the University of Al- berta teaches the acting classes. Cindy Zak, teaching de- sign, is a third year U of A drama student Wendy Kobison of Coaldale, instructing in movement, who has completed a bachelor of education degree at the U of L, has been con- nected with local dramatic pro- ductions. Bill design in-' structor and Genevieve Pratt's husband, is a third year U of L student majoring in art. The entire grant from Ottawa goes toward salaries for the instructors and Mrs. Pratt. But getting that grant, and a site for the classes, instruction- al material and even notifica- tion of Ottawa's acceptance of the plan, were the thornier as- pects of youth drama. Mrs. Prat'; submitted the pro- posal to the state secretary's department on April 15. A reply was to have been received by May 15. Near the end of May, she heard via the grapevine the proposal had been accepted. Of- ficial word finally came on June 2. The gran-t was received on June 30, more than two weeks after the, session started. As has occurred in other projects, youth drama had to go on its own steam for a while, without benefit of the promised funds. For a site, Mrs. Pratt con- tacted the city parks and rec- reation department, local drop- in centres, the Allied Arts Council, youth hostel, public school board and the Yates Memorial Centre. No site was forthcoming. She said she had been told the Yates was booked up for the summer, but to date there are no book- ings until the beginning of Sep- tember. Finally, through Dr. Sam Smith, U of L president, two rooms were set aside in the GREEN'S ANNUAL SUMMER Women's Shoes MUST BE CLEARED! GROUP 1 Gold Cross, Pavel, Marini, Regular to Pair. CLEARING AT GROUP 2 Wild Woolley's, Savage, etc. Regular to 20.00 Pair. CtEARING AT..... 14 etc. ,99 ,99 Men's Shoes ARE NOT FORGOTTEN! ONE RACK Regular to 30.00. Hart, McFarlane, etc. NOW ONLY ONE RACK- Regular to 20.00. NOW ONLY 14 .99 1.99 CHILDREN'S WHITE SHOES SAVAGE and BUSTER BROWN Regular to 12.00. NOW ONLY 5 .99 TEENERS' SUMMER SHOES MUST GO! Regular to 17.00 Pair CLEARING C.99 OUT AT 6- CHILDREN'S SUMMER SANDALS Regular to 5.00. NOW ONLY 2'" All SUMMER PURSES WHITE AND BEIGE 25% OFF A SELECTION OF PURSES Regular to 12.00. NOW ONLY 3.00 Kate Andrews Building on the U of L Lethbridge Commu- nity College campus. Attendance has been 'very enthusiastic" children of what was hoped for. Par- ents "never come to see whal we're doing." Classes have tended to be self contained rather than progressive be- cause students moved from subject to subject. Lights for the courses were offered by the college, but the drama staff had to scroung for most of the remaining ma terials. Although Mrs. Pratt term the first session "a sh said she is not completely dis couraged for the next session which runs July 26 to Aug. 2 Unlike the first session, th second will place no age lim on participants (who may reg ister at the LCC throughout th weekdays next She suggested city residents resent Opportunities for Youth grants and the factor of a new drama group in town, and "per- haps they have a point." "I admit I didn't contact enough we got started. I didn't even know there was such a thing as youth theatre" (with whom youth dra- ma has been "I think the drama people fi- gured I was a snotty upstart ittle brat." But there is a place for youth drama in the city "it's more comprehensive than the arts council's program and I would do it again if I had the chance." SUMMER SANDALS WOMEN'S CHILDREN'S 20% OFF MEN'S SANDALS Regular to 14.00. PAIR 6 '.99 ALL SALES FINAL GREEN'S SHOES ON SIXTH STREET SOUTH PROJECT FUNDED SHERBROOKE, Que. Five students, working with the Recreation Club for the Handi- capped, have been given a 500 Opportunities for Youth grant to complete a census of all handicapped in the Shcr- brookc area. The object is to provide a list for social wel- fare agencies and to assist or- ganizations in notifying the handicapped of specially plan- ned recreational, social and cultural activities. BABY BONUS USC headquarters recently received from young cou- ple in Ttcgina ns a thank offer- ing for their first The Unitarion Service Committee is at 56 Street, Ottawa. YOUNG THESPIANS ATTEND YOUTH DRAMA SESSION AT COLLEGE BINGO MOOSE HALL 1234 3rd AVENUE NORTH WEDNESDAY AT P.M. Jackpot in 53 in 7 4th 8th 12 (James Doubled in 7 Numbers 5 Cards ?1.00 2 FREE GAMES FRE5 CARDS DOOR PRIZE NO CHILDREN UNDER 16 SPONSORED BY THE LOYAL ORDER OF MOOSE H- e your opportunity to save up to H on top flight spring and .ummer fashion, and you may charge your purchases if you wish. BLOUSES ;