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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 17, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta District The Lethbridge Herald Local news Second Section Alberta. November 1973 Fiendish gaucherie mar Mame debut Gooch played by Shirley Wilson By LYNNE VAN LUVEN With a Hurry of feather a slither of the bleat of a horn and a mis- cellany of other sights and Lethbridge Musical Theatre's produc- tion of made its debut Friday evening. Like a good many showed promise of charm and talent. the potential was somewhat marred by noticeable moments of gaucherie It was almost as if the finishing school provided only a superficial veneer one can only hope that in subse- quent dur- ing the next she will gain in confidence and polish. Lethbridge Musical Theatre's was entertaining. But it could have been so much better. It seemed to end on a feeling of anti- finale and suspended im- pact. A strange thing the cast seemed to have peaked at the end of act one It appeared they had an energy crisis after the intermission the force of the play seemed to dwindle. The togetherness attained in the number was never really recaptured. The audience was left slightly perplexed and somewhat wondering 'what went wrong7'. Several obvious problems no doubt fell blows of circumstance did besmirch the produc- tion A fiendish presence was at work with the set Properties moved at the wrong time. Actors un- steadily descended stair- being moved into place. At one a scene of high emotion between Mame and her nephew became inadvertently humorous when the latter stormed off-stage in a dramatic only to clatter and thump behind scenes as he collided with something or met with the demon presence The lighting was less- plagued with spotlights that wavered in an indecision of focusing The set featuring revolving peripheral was imaginative and well-furnished If only it had been better used. there were times when the lyrics of more than one singer were partially inaudible at the back of the house. most prevail- ing affliction was incon- sistency The opening scene with Agnes Gooch played to just the right frumpy comic nuance by Shirley Wilson and young Patrick was cap- tivating. it was followed with a somewhat stilted number in Mame's penthouse. And there were i several more instances of up-down scenes Nora Rose of an accomplished singer As she also displayed talents for acting and dan- cing Her initial characterization of Mame was somewhat a situation she rectified by warming to the role and giving it class and depth as progressed Excelling in the musical Nora Rose was stunning in the signature number at the end of act one. she was indeed Mame Mame's bitchy bosom- buddy Vera Charles was rendered as a powerful and convincing presence by Jean Warburton The two Mame and com- plimented each though Mrs Warburton throughout the musical appeared more at ease and comfortable with her role than did Mrs. Rose. Everyone loved Jack Warburton's first-rate ren- dition of the bellowing guardian Bab- cock Jim Veenstra's portrayal of Mame's nephew as a young man made one wish young Patrick rather well by 13-year Michael had never grown into long pants Mr Veenstra has perfected playing an affected young fellow affectedly Al on the other was a lovable and comic Ito On the the supporting cast did the dance and musical numbers were reasonably fleet-footed and tuneful produced and directed by Dick continues tonight through Dec 1. excluding Sundays and at the Yates Memorial Centre Mame played by Nora Rose Farmers oppose control bylaw '73 capital projects cut '74 borrowing capacity Fears that they might lose all decision-making to municipal bodys with land have pushed farmers in the Municipal District of Taber to oppose a proposed development control bylaw for the MD The Taber district local of Alberta's major farmer-producer Thursday passed a resolution seeking to stop further action on implementation of a new development control by-law which will require the approval of a special officer before any farm im- provements or changes can take place Spearheaded by Tony a new director for the Taber local of Unifarm who farms nine miles east of the resolution calls for all farmers to read a copy of the proposed bylaw and attend a special public meeting Tues- day in Taber to voice their opinions. The drafted at the request of the Taber municipal council by the Oldman River Regional designed to set out rules to regulate the use and develop- ment of land within the municipality. Achievement of orderly and .economic development of' land in accor- dance with the general development plan for Southern Alberta expected early in 1974 is the other pur- pose of the bylaw. Mr Birch said in a telephone interview he wouldn't have known about the proposed already given first reading by the Taber municipal if he hadn't been refused a building permit to enlarge a cattle feedlot on his farm. The refusal came after Mr. Birch had received a letter of approval from Barons-Eureka Health Unit senior public health inspector Ken Blom. Mr. Blom had suggested Mr. Birch build the extension to his feedlot with the stipulation he stay at least 50 feet away from an irrigation ditch just north of the existing feedlot. Following this Mr. Birch approached the Oldman River Regional Planning approval to submit to the Alberta Department of Highways for the permit to build. Mr. Birch said soon as I walked in the door the planner told me 'I was just in the process of writing a letter recommending the Taber municipality not approve your project.' Mr. Birch then gave all his information to his councillor to take to the next regular municipal council meeting. The request to expand his feedlot was refused. The reason was that the feedlot present 'visual and odor problems on Highway 3 to travellers and neighboring With this Mr. Birch then passed a petition to his four adjacent Ross Jensen and Theodore Bettcher on the Marion Jensen on the south and Michael Ohashi directly across a road to the east. All four neighbors signed the petition stating they had no objections to the Birch cat- tle feeHlot. of approval from the health inspector were presented to the next meeting of the municipal council. The re- quest for-a permit was refused again Code associate planner for ORRPC responsi- ble for the MDs of Taber and said the proposed bylaw will give Taber district ah interim measure to control the development of all lands until the final regional plan of development for Southern Alberta is complete four or -five years in the future. He said there are two main methods used to prepare for a general development plan zoning for specific uses and development control in all areas on an individual basis. Development control is used until proper zoning is for- mulated Passage of the proposed bylaw will give Taber district development control. By special the municipal council of Taber can set certain development standards for certain areas of I KA mnniSiiriall V City council won't have too many decisions to make concerning capital expen- ditures next year because it has already committed most of the city's borrowing capaci- ty for 1974 for'projects begun this year A re-worked capital budget for 1974-76 to be presented to city council snows that of the city's 1974 borrowing capacity of from the Alberta Municipal Finance Corpora- tion has already been com- mitted The city is allowed to borrow per capita from the AMFC. Capital commitments already made for next year include for the Sportsplex. for the 6th Avenue S. for a sewer outfall at 4th Avenue S.. for the Gilbert Paterson Community School project. for extension _r _ _.__ i. U-_k.-ll Auto Wrecker property east of the city and for work in the new Churchill Park area. City Manager Allister Findlay says other 1974 capital expenditures have been evaluated scrupulously and the administration has worked out a surplus in the remaining funds that may be borrowed so that coun- cil will have a little leeway in its capital budget deliberations. Projects the city ad- ministration is recommending council include in next year's work are reconstruction of the Henderson Park stadium at sidewalk street upgrading and highway design and construction at the curb and lane and street paving program at sewage treatment plant work at water works projects at and storm sewers at City construction programs on the books for 1975 and 1976 include the city hall expan- an Indian friendship centre and twin indoor ice tennis courts in North develop- ment of a park on the Marshall Auto Wrecker campground an equipment depot and conser- vatory and cultural centre ex- tension of the transit and a smoke and fire training building The city manager said in an interview the city's annual debt charges the amount of principle and interest it pays each year on the money it has borrowed its capital pro- jects will add more than one mill to the city's 1974 tax rate. This has he because the city borrowed to the this year utilizing its total borrowing capacity tl t fni. I ant million it hadn't used the year before or about million in- total. The money went into such major projects as the West Lethbridge the 6th Avenue S. the Sportsplex and the new library. Mr. Findlay said it is still too early to tell what next year's tax rate will however. The provincial government didn't announce new programs affecting municipalities in the fall so the city will have to wait until the spring session again before being able to determine its final operating he said. The big news says the city is that the city's rateable assessment for 1974 is estimated at nearly up more than million from this reflecting construction nvnuTlK in thlO UAflr ;