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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - June 10, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta 14 - THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD - Thursday, June 10, 1971 Registration set for youth drama Registrations from young people 12 to 21 years of age will be taken all of next week for the Lethbridge Youth Drama project, started by six stu- CBC crew to film Kainai plant A film crew from the CBC's French television network will be in Standoff on the Blood Indian reserve to do a feature story on Kainai Indistries for Quebec viewers. Prime Minister Trudeau and several other dignitaries and politicians will be in Standoff July 10 to officially open the plant and attend the annual Indian days. Car-bike collision Minor injuries and $50 damage resulted when a bicycle ridden by Michela Gillett, 15, of 1701 14th Ave. S. and a car driven by Patrica Firth of 1181 Scenic Drive collided at the intersection of 12th Ave. and 20th St. S. shortly before noon Wednesday. Gillett was taken to St. Michael's General Hospital, treated for minor cuts and scrapes to the knees and elbows and released, VISITS CITY - D. R. Steadman, executive vice-president of Canadian Acceptance Corporation Limited, among the largest finance companies In Canada, visited the Lethbridge office at College Mall Wednesday. CAC, wHh 13 offices in Alberta and 195 across Canada, provides personal loans, Industrial equipment financing, second mortgages and pro-Tides fleet leasing of cars, trucks and aircraft. The company will mark Its 50th anniversary in Canada next year. SMILEY'S PLUMBING GLASS 1INED WATER HEATERS S120 AND UP Phone 328-2176 dents with a $6,S00 federal Opportunities for Youth grant. The students, from the University of Lethbridge and University of Alberta, will teach two, four-week sessions, with drama workshops held every day and four evenings per week. The first session starts June 21, ending July 16; the second starts July 26 and ends Aug. 20. Interest is the only prerequisite: no previous experience is necessary. The project is co-ordinated by Genevieve Pratt, a U of L student with considerable background in theatre work. Gerda Fikkert, a U of A student will teach acting workshops; Cindy Zak, also a U of A student will teach design workshops;' Wendy Nishi-mura, a U of L student will teach movement and Bill Pratt, a U of L student will teach stagecraft. All have theatre experience. Betty Selkirk will act as the group's part time secretary for the summer, and the students will work through the Bowman Arts Centre for any special assistance they need. The U of L has provided the project with two rooms on its Lethbridge Community College campus, and registrations will be taken each day from 3 to 6 p.m. next week in the front hall of the LCC Kate Andrews Building. There will be no charge for the course, but the organizers say they are in need of donations of canvas, old tents, lumber, paints, crepe paper and other materials. Money for supplies is not included in any Opportunities for Youth grant, since the federal money is intended primarily for salaries. Persons who could assist may call 327-2171, local 310 and leave a message with Marty Oordt. At the end of each four-week session there will be a public review presentation using all of the students who have taken part. The group is also hoping to bring in other Opportunities for Youth drama groups from other Alberta cities during the summer. Acting classes will deal with various aspects of on-stage methods, including improvisation and mime as well as script techniques. Concentration and relaxation exercises will be taught, and enunciation and delivery will be studied. Design workshops will touch on the theory and philosophy behind the creative process, costume design, building of masks and ways in which a set is designed. �' t a g e craft workshops will deal directly with building and decorating of flats, scrims and drops; methods of setting up a stage; fighting and sound equipment; properties and prompting. Movement classes Will Include basic interpretive dance positions and patterns, with emphasis oa how each emotion can be portrayed through a variety of postures and speeds. 11th LETHBRIDGE CUBS and SCOUTS WILL HOLD A BOTTLE DRIVE in NORTH LETHBRIDGE Saturday Morning, June 12th Phone 327-4813 if you wish to donate MODERNIZE NOW PURCHASE A NOOK BEFORE JUNE 5th RECEIVE A RECUNER ROCKER FREE SAVE VALUABLE SPACE-SAVE WORK!!! Movable table top legleu bate Can be built to fit any kitchen area Anywhere In Alberta SPECIAL DESIGNS FOR SMAU KITCHENS Contact: MODERN DESIGNERS PHONE 249-4053 2307 SOVEREIGN CMS. S W. CALGARY 4, ALTA. 'Luck was with me9 Sandy's Success: .  a happy story By JOAN BOWMAN Staff Writer Seven years ago Sandy Mc-McCallum quit his job as an insurance agent in Lethbridge, gathered up his large family and headed down the treacherous road of professional acting on the U.S. stage. Far from that day in February, 1964, when he was one contract away from being out of employment, Mr. McCaUum today has enough commitments to fill the next two years of his life. A former government meteorologist and the first specialist weatherman on CJLH-TV, the Saskatchewan-born actor has become, in his own estimation, a working actor of durable reputation in the repertory circuit in the eastern states. "New York and Hollywood don't know me," although he has had offers from both and appeared once on Broadway. An actor with no formal stage education behind him, no appearances with major Canadian companies, he moved directly from Dominion Drama Festival acclaim with Ooaldale Little Theatre to the professional stage in Minnesota. Mr. McCallum, in Lethbridge this past week for a short vacation, said luck has been the prime ingredient in his success. The break came for Mm in 1964 when he was seen in a playlet in Olds by Sir Tyrone Guthrie, Irish giant of the Canadian and British stage. Guthrie, who died last month in Dublin, founded the Stratford Shakespearean Festival in Ontario. Guthrie spent a long interview with Mr. McOallum advising him to take up acting professionally. In typical Guthrie fashion, he followed up with a telephone call, then a contract for appearances at the new Tyrone Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis. It was on the strength of this and his wife Joey's backing that Mr. McCallum gave up his insurance job of six years and began his new vocation. His three years in Minnesota, first directed by Guthrie, then Canadian Douglas Campbell, started off with a harshly demanding role and dwindling resources in the bank. For the role of the dwarf in Volpone, he had to bend his knees, scrunch himself down while at the same time pad about on Ms tip toes to keep his buck straight. (He likes to describe this by going through the motions, even if before astonished diners in a restaurant.) He received a standing ovation for his work, but for two years after the 76 performances had finished, he needed continuous cortisone shots in his legs because of recurring pain. The Minneapolis repertoire featured mainly classical plays, plus a few experimental, and gave bini exposure to directors and producers who tapped him for further jobs. As more.contracts came in, the pain in his bank book was also eased. Today when the kitty gets low, he falls back on lucrative film and TV" commercial work which give him enough finances to return to the repertory circuit. Mr. McCaUum appeared on Broadway in the 2%-month run of the satirical Red, White and Maddox. He blamed the closing of the show on a spate of snow storms and the New York audiences, "a nation unto them, selves" who were not interested in Georgia's former right-wing governor Lester Maddox. Guthrie, "a beautiful man, a kind, disciplined, concerned man," hated Broadway which he called a "murderous, vulgar jungle" and Mr. McCallum shares that view. "I would never take the children to live in New York. I was getting chances at Arthur Miller plays and many commercials, but I wouldn't put up with the atmosphere, the rush of New York." One of his favorite experiences was the seven weeks he spent in Britain in a BBC film and on television. "I was treated like a star. I'd like to go back perhaps in a couple of years as a working actor." (His brother Neil, seen last week on CBC-TV as a prosecuting attorney in the Chicago 7 Conspiracy Trial, makes his home in Britain.) Mr. McCallum who now lives in Indiana, said he has no plans to return to Canada. He is not interested in television plays and said the Canadian stage scene would not give him the assurance of jobs which he enjoys in the U.S. Now 44 years old, a genial, unaffected man and father of five children, he describes his physical attributes as "a Mg nose, shortness and the body of an ape," but he holds this lack of traditional good looks accountable for his consistent job offers. Character actors are in demand; there are too many "pretty boys" chasing too few applicable roles. Nudity on stage is out for him, because it is a passing fad, and also "because I don't have the figure." Mr. McCallum's next stint is a two-month summer run in Pennsylvania appearing in five plays. He said some of the people he worked with in Coaldale were "as talented as I but they didn't have the luck. I'm reasonably talented and tend to get along well with people, but talent is only 40 per cent of it." "Of course, if a person keeps at it, luck will eventually come for him." WEST COAST SEAFOODS TRUCKL0AD SALE FRESH FISH AND SEAFOODS Will Be Held At: FORT WHOOP-UP SERVICE Thurs., June 10 and Friday, June 11 11:00 a.m. to 8:00. p.m. "FRESH SALMON NOW IN SEASON" Drop-out rate is 60 per cent for Indian students in the 'Hat By ROB TURNER Staff Writer MEDICINE HAT - The continued value of sending young Indian students from Leth-bridge-area reserves to this distant, southeastern Alberta city for their high school education seems uncertain at best. Of the some 45 students from the Blood and Peigan Idndian reserves who started school here in September, only 25 remain as the current school year ends. This represents a dropout rate of almost 60 per cent. The Gas City, as this community of 26,000 people is popularly known, does not have a native population in its trading area. With the Blood reserve some 125 miles to the west being the closest, Medicine Hat is the only major centre in Alberta without a sizeable Indian population nearby. In spite of this absence, however, an increasing number of students from the two Letb-bridge-area reserves come here each year to go to school. The practice began five years ago after the department of Indian affairs instituted a new policy aimed at integrating Indians' education with that of the rest of Canadians. Under the integration plan, wMch has markedly de-emphasized on-reserve education, the parents of each student decide where their child should attend school. The government pays the full cost of a year's fees ($700 in Alberta) for the student to the school board and also occasionally assists the board in any capital works projects it may undertake. Although most of the students from the Blood and Peigan reserves attend school in towns near their reserves, a few go to Calgary and Edmonton while the significant number already mentioned come to Medicine Hat and also Bow Island, 33 miles west of here. The move here started when Medicine Hat High School began offering an extensive vocational training program for its students, a program not duplicated then by the Lethbridge schools according to Ron Gent, regional superintendent of education for Indian affairs in Lethbridge. A check this week revealed, however, all but three of the Indian students here go to the separate schools system's McCoy High School and nose attends Medicine Hat High. The reason, in the opinion of Paul Vaessen, principal of McCoy, is in the philosophy his administration has adopted towards its Indian students. "I call it a realistic policy but our critics call it a double standard. It is one which treats the Indian and the other students differently in some cases because we take into account the unique cultural heritage of the Indian. "Absenteeism, for instance. WMte society looks upon absence without excuse as irresponsible but to the Indian it is taking advantage of the moment because it is 'today' and not 'tomorrow' that matters to him." John Komanchuk, superinten- dent of the separate school board agrees and says his Indian students live in "a more idyllic type of existence" than whites do. "At this time of year, the Indian is content to be walking by a river or being with his animals. In their culture, this is education and I'm sure they're not wrong." Despite this policy, however, the fact remains that of 38 students who began studies in McCoy in September, only 20 are still there to finish the year. And of these, only two, Edna Bare Shin Bone of Lavern and Jean Smith of Brocket, have graduated. The problem seems to occur because of problems resulting from the distance the students are taken from their homes for the first time. According to Mr. Vaessen, most Indians don't be- Bow Island worse BOW ISLAND - WMle the adaptability of Indian students to white culture in Medicine Hat is not good, in Bow Island it's downright bad. "We have had nothing but trouble with our Indian students" says one official of Senator Gershaw High School here. "If there is a holiday weekend in the offing, they will go home a week early and come back two weeks late." The wrote students just "tolerate" the Indian students at the school because "they know if they're not nice to them, we'd be on their backs." The question of how the Indians are accepted at the school is only academic now, however. Only one still remains of the six Indian students who registered last fall. The same situation exists at St. Michael's High School where only two of original six Indian students still attend. Elroy Brosz, the school's principal, describes his Indian students as "very transient." "They don't like the regimentation of attending every day, and we're very strict with attendance." - The vice-principal of Senator Gershaw High says "sending the Indian kids into our schools is not the answer . . they're not ready to accept us and we're not ready to accept them. "Additionally, it's not good to take kids from their home and put them into strange ones so far away. Most of the people who board the Indian students do it just for the money." gin adjusting to their new environment until at least five months after they are first away. Some get married, others are never in class and a few have been sent home for out-of-school actions the school was not prepared to take responsibility for. Sgt. Keith Bennett of the Medicine Hat city police noted that the Indian students were involved in liquor offences out of proportion to their numbers in the city. Some of the problems seem soluble. Absenteeism has even been partially licked through an ingenious scheme. Since January, ArcMe Me-Phail, a school counsellor, has managed an Earned Income program whereby the Indian affairs branch pays each Grade 12 student $6 for every school-day attended. From this income, paid twice a month, the Indian students roust budget for their own room, board, clothes and sundry items. Prior to this, their housemother bandied all their finances. Mr. Vaessen describes it as a "backhand way of encouraging students to attend regularly. They have to attend or they will run short of money." Of the Indian students that do stay, Medicine Hat seems to be pleased. Says Mr. Konssnchuk, "We help each other. They are perfectly accepted by the school population and by the community as a whole." ART DIETRICH DENTURE CLINIC Certified Dentnl MpchaniC Metropolitan Bldq 328-4095 When It Comes To Being Beautiful . . . Half The Fun Is Learning How! learn How'. . . Easily, Delightfully . . . With Our Compliments. 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