Star-News (Newspaper) - April 27, 1976, Pasadena, California
Ramona Bowl: Brimful With Corn and Fun By CATHY DE MAYO Special Correspondent Driving across the Midwest, you start swing these bumper stickers: "We Visited the Cave of the Whistling Wind and Alligator Farm. _ And everyone in your car snickers and thinks, what kind'of sucker would fall into that tourist trap? And then another car passes, same bumper sticker, and everyone guffaws and yells, Tacky, tacky'" And the billboards start appearing small at first, then getting bigger and bolder until "One More Mile to the Cave of the Whistling Wind and Alligator Farm" and then, screaming at you in florescent yellow and black, "Next Exit, Cave of drama review gardner glad you asked By MARILYN and GARDNER I he Whistling Wind and Alligator Farm, and the next tiling you know, you're in the parking lot, see- ing pretty much what you expected a tacky tourist trap and loving every minute of it The Ramona Pageant in Hemet is a bit like that. Californians grow up with the legend of the outdoor pageant in -beautiful Ramona Bowl nestled in the hills above Hemet." In reality. Hemet looks like worldwide head- quarters for mortuaries and mobile homes. And l he Ramona Pageant has little to do with real drama or theatre. And yet thousands of Southland residents succumb each year to the temptation of a two-hour drive to sit in the sun and strain to hear the dialogue. Is it worth it? You bet. The setting on the hillsides of Hemet as the ads would say has to be seen to be believed. Where else could horses literally gallop across stage11 Cactus and jacaranda grow wild, and birds add their voices to those of the actors, ine costumes are colorful, the music is thrilling and the dancing is stirring. The story based on Helen Hunt Jackson s romantic novel about the ill-fated love between a Spanish senorita and an Indian in California s rancho era, is dramatic even if the play adaptation is awkward. The acting, some of it professional but most of it by local amateurs, is earnest and more than adequate. But the grandeur of the amphitheatre steals the show, aided by inspired S sfnce 1923 the pageant has attracted thousands at visitors to the town of Hemet. 20 miles southeast of Riverside. It plays two more weekends, Satur- day and Sunday and May 8-9, and is a collective, nonprofit effort of the citizens of Hemet and ban Jacinto. Everyone gets into the act from ushers to extras and seems to have a great time. But a few preparatory warnings are in order. Be sure vou have tickets before you leave Pasadena; to be able to buy them at the door. Allow at least two hours for the trip from Pasadena, and a bit extra for parking. Wear sturdy walking shoes and cool clothing; the hike up to the bowl entrance is a killer. Be sure to bring a hat, sunglasses, binoculars and a thermos of water, un- less vou decide to support the local Lions Club for a cup of ice and splash of Coke at 50 cents a shot. And check the weather forecast before making your plans- if you're susceptible to sunstroke, Ramona Bowl is not the place to he on a hot afternoon. i Cheerful hoards, o! Boy and Girl Scouts are on with stretchers to cart those who feel faint to the bowl's first aid station, and during the first act. thev do a brisk business.) It's all H little crazy, a bit corny and very Califor- nian worth seeing, like Niagara Falls, at least once. BEAR WIRES Theodore (only friends call him Teddy) the Gruily bear stands before lights and cameras during shooting for the upcoming feature film "Grittly, about a 2 000 pound beast that runs amok in a national park, killing and maiming all the picnickers and campers he can lay paws and claws on. The filming took place near Clayton Ga with Theodore working within three thin green wires he was gracious cnouEli 'to believe like the electrified ones which secure him at the Olympic Game farm in Sequim. Wash., where he lives. Lucky for the film crew he never tested them. Thev were dummies. entertainment A-6-STAR-NEWS. PASADENA TUESDAY. APRIt 27. 1976 Diamond Set to Sparkle for Million Las Vegas Debut By MARILYN BECK Neil Diamond will final- ly be making his Las Vegas singing debut this summer at the highest salary ever received by a per- former in that city. The musical star, who's been turning down big- money Vegas offers for years, has consented to give three performances at the new Aladdin Theater for the Performing Arts during the auditorium's inauguration celebration on the weekend of July 2-4. The contracts weren't signed until Neil had a chance to fly to the gambl- ing city with his fleet of engineers to make sure the sound fcilities being in- stalled at the arena leave nothing to be desired. The salary; he's being paid certainly leaves nothing to be desired. Neither he nor the Aladdin management are discuss- ing price, but Las Vegas inside sources reveal he'll he receiving for what amounts to a total of seven hours of stage work Production is going smoothly on "King Kong" again now that the star of the picture has decided to work. That star is the ape. or, more specifically, 'he six mechanical apes being utilized for different scenes in the Dino De Laurentiis remake of the classic. Until recently technicians were having so much trouble getting all Hollywood hotline the nuts and bolts sorted out. shooting was shut down for two weeks while the people-type per- formers sat around waiting for their monster "co-star" to get in shape. De Laurentiis admits he rushed into production pre maturely to beat out Universal Studios, which was also planning a "King Kong" project and has now- agreed to stay away from the story in exchange for a piece of any profits Dino sees from' his film. That film is now schedul- ed to wrap in September 'Barber' Vigorous, Unpolished __ _________ nr All thrpp male leads I.ombardi. baritone, was By BELINDA BUSTEED Slalf Writer Many caring hands, hearts, and voices are necessary for the produc- tion of a first-rate opera, however modest in scale. In the second spring offering of the San Carlo Opera Company Saturday night in San Gabriel, the hands and hearts were evident. Great voices or talent were not But that is not to say the_ evening was unenjoyed or that future productions should not be awaited with interest. Barber of Seville by Rossinni, sung in Italian and set in Spain, is a fast- moving, light-hearted work that provides plenty- All three male leads John Lombardi as Figaro. Raymond Gagon as Count Almaviva and Ryan Allen as Dr. Bartolo seemed to have trouble in the up- per reaches of their registers, a difficulty not shared by Donna Robin as music review of happy excuses for bel canto arias and vocal dis- play delivered at the Civic with competence and vigor. The sets and costumes were commendable, as was the orchestra, which responded ably to conduc- tor Richard Lessing's baton. Only infrequently did the instrumental ex- citement out do the voice volume level on stage. Although not vocally perfect, the principals per- formed their roles with enthusiasm and lively interaction. a charmingly coloratura Rosina. Several quartets and quintets proved especially enjoyable. The small group and large ensemble numbers showed good thought in staging and movement, although many of the performers seemed to move by direction rather than internal com- pulsion. Lombardi. baritone, was disappointing in his Figaro. His voice was large and his swagger entertaining, but he failed to transmit a clear image of the plebian hero. The Count was suf- ficiently romantic and lyric, although a bit stiff. Miss Robin was ex- cellent as the young but intelligent ward, the object of the Count's ardor. Allen as the aging guar- dian had a good feel for the comedy of his role, and Michael Li-Paz frequently stole the show as his cohort, Don Basilio. Constance Haldaman. spinto soprano. Dr. Bar- tolo's servant, would have been welcome to sing and perform more than her brief part required. unless the mechanical monsters go "Ape" again. At the moment the com- pany is hoping to unveil one of the less-complicated models of the 40-foot "King" in New York next month. FROM THE INSIDE LOOKING OUT: Trish Van Devere is certainly doing a turnabout, and her manage seems to be Uk- mg a turn for the better as a result. A few months back, when she and hus- band Georgge C. Scott were engaging in some eyebrow-raising public squabbles. Trish was declaring she wanted to be professionally independent regardless of how George felt. Now. in addition to appearing with him on the Tony Award Show, Trish is eagerly awaiting sharing the cameras with her man in NBC's "Beauty and the Beast." And that Beauty has never looked as happy as she did when she and George were guests at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel recently when, rather than leuding in public, they were actually cuddling like teen-agers in the hotel s restaurants and bars. Nancy Walker, who hasn't had a chance to sing in roles as maid on "McMillan and Wife" and mom on "Rhoda" will be crooning the over-the- litles theme to her fall- debuting ABC "The Nancy Walker Show." The tune is being composed by Oscar and Tony Winner Marvin Hamlicl) and will probably be called "Nancy." Q: Muhammad All serious about fighting the Japanese wrestling cham- pion Antonio Inoki, In a no- holds-barred bout? What can he gain by it? Carl Dentoni, Minneapolis. A: Only about million plus! The match is ten- tatively scheduled to be staged in Tokyo on June 25. But first, rules, regulations and finances must be resolved. And how the points will be scored by round or by the murderous tactics of the professional wrestler kicking, eye-gouging, karate, judo, heads bashed against the brass-covered ringposts, etc. We asked Dr. Ferdie Pacheco if he, trainer Angelo Dundee and Ali are worried about the risks in- volved. "By the time the match is confirmed." Ali's ever-present doctor said, "everything will be spelled out to protect the innocent. As usual Ali's the only one in our camp who is not worried about the whole thing. To the champ it's just another evening of fun and Q: Wasn't U a father who suggested there ought lo he a Mother's Dav? Hirdic Thomas, Flushing, N.Y. A: No. It was a Miss Anna .larvis who offered that suggestion at a public meeting in Philadelphia in 1907. She proposed wearing a carnation on the second Sunday of every May. Philadelphia was the first city to adopt the idea, designating May 10. 1908. as the first Mother's Day. It was adopted nationally on May 12. 1914. Q: I was told that Doris Day and Dinah Shore had to overcome being crippl- ed at birth. Is this so? Dolores Diaz. Orlando, Fla. A: Not at birth. Dinah, when she was only a year ,-ind half old. was stricken with polio. Bui thanks to her mother she learned how to walk through physical therapy, swimm- ing arid studying ballet. Doris Day, in her early teens, suffered severe in- juries when a car in which she was driving home with some friends was hit by a locomotive and a freight car. The doctors doubted if she'd ever walk again When her bones almost Hail The Chief OAKLAND (AP) William L. Moore, a bat- talion chief with 22 years on the Oakland Fire Department, was named Monday as the city's new fire chief. HY healed, she tried to do a tap dance at home, slipped on a throw rue and fell breaking the leg all over again. On crutches, she auditioned to sing at Charlie Yee's Shanghai Inn in Cincinnati and got the job singing Sundays for a session. Eighteen months after the accident, still on crutches, Doris got a job as the girl singer with Barney Rapp and his New linglanders for a week. Send your quntioni lo Hy Gardner, "Glad You care of Paiadena Star-Newt, P.O. Boxx 11748, Chicago, III. 60611. Marilyn and Hy Gardner will aniuier ni many queitiont an they can in their column, but tha volume of mail makei personal replict im- pomible. All Bighls Reserved 'Dog in Manger' Raved at Ramo The Spanish Renaissance comes to life in a colorful and beautiful mounting of Lope De Vega Carpio's comedy "The Dog in the Manger." presented at Caltech's Ramo Theatre by Spectrum Productions. The new English adapta- liun by James R. Aherne. which flows in graceful drama review and sprilely manner, and the songs (not translated) stylishly sung by Yolanda Aguilar with guitar and flute accompaniment by Wm. Sebok combined to create an entertaining production of rare artistic distinction. A contemporary of Shakespeare. Lope is the first of the great Spanish playwrights. His prolific output was to influence the writings of such masters as Corneille and Moliere Elegantly costumed Kim creates a ravishingly beautiful aristocratic Lady who fnlls in love with a man of the servant class. Her jealousy of his sweetheart, a waiting-maid appealing- ly played by Marilyn Prince, only fans the flame. Hoi lover, Teodoro. seriously and romantically nI a v ed by Marshall By LOIS DEAN Gluskin. cannot but fear the consequences of daring to love one of such high birth. King Stuart and George von Ravensberg weigh in on the side of nobility and romance with polished performances, while Muriel Harvey, Robert Edward Lcwison and Joy Matthews score on the side of the far- cical servants. Given a script which thus includes a double style of acting, Shirley Marneus directs with a sure hand and was reward- ed opening night by the un- mistakable enthusiasm of the audience. "Dog in the Manger" continues Thursday. Fri- day and Sunday at 8 p.m. Hastings 'ALLTHE IEK DAYS: SAT. And SUN: nai HUHM "CABLE AND "BLAZING SADDLES" MANN THIATRIt I ii. mutt Bworo.Kisra nwmw "ALL THE PRESIDENTS SORRY NO PASSES t K. FwBiiN "DUMBO" "RIDE A WILD PONY" BEST PICTURE KST MTffiSS BEST ACTOR JACK NICHOfSOK tuesday showtimes FABULOUS 1 __LUCKY STAR MOTEL i f 'J PRESENTS i if FREE ANY TIME. a __ ANY TIME. With Excrtinj (Mutt) Color Fikm _ Mirrored RKKM Kinj Sued ledi. Witerbedi, etc. I 3872 E. 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