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Austin Mirror, Vol. 1, No. 7, February 6, 1986 - File 015. 1986-02-06. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. June 3, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/gcam/item/2253/show/2246.

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Title Austin Mirror, Vol. 1, No. 7, February 6, 1986
Contributor
  • McCullough, Shannon
  • Loutchaninoff, Nicolai
Date February 6, 1986
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
Place
  • Austin, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 17390315
Collection
  • University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
  • LGBT Research Collection
  • Gulf Coast Archive and Museum (GCAM) Digital Archive
Rights No Copyright - United States
Note This item was digitized from materials loaned by the Gulf Coast Archive and Museum (GCAM).
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Title File 015
Transcript f REVIEW I First, let me stress that this article is no more than my personal opinion. You are cordially invited to disagree with me. The Private Cellar's StarSearch ended Sunday night with the five weekly finalists competing against each other. The evening's music was quite varied, with Mary Baldree singing "Crazy" and "Please Release Me," Heather Raye singing "The Metro" and "The Words Get In The Way," Sammy Loehr singing "Mr. Bojangles" (providing his own guitar accompaniment) and "Does Ft. Worth Ever Cross Your Mind?" Leo Lerma singing "Home" (from "The Wiz") and "And I Am Telling You" (from "Dreamgirls") and Jeff Caseltine singing "Careless Whisper" and "Still." We enjoyed five reasonably solid performances—two of them were actually outstanding. First runner-up Sammy Loehr gave a sensitive performance that made the room sit up, shut up, and pay attention; it was quiet enough to hear a pin drop. I would have scored him the winner. The winner, Jeff Caseltine, is a handsome, young blond with a pleasant voice, but his performance was, on the whole, dull. On my score card, he would have tied for second place with Heather Raye, who showed a capable, flexible voice and a confident presentation style. But I wasn't judging, so my personal scoring doesn't matter. Guest artists included Dave Weston, the Cellar's Thursday/Friday happy hour entertainer, Alvin Grant, Movin' Melvin, Freddie Alexander and K.T. Taylor. Let's just say the guest entertainment had its highs and lows. Emcee Rowland Hunter also performed, and performed well. In my first article (a few weeks ago), I talked about the fact that little of Austin's gay community seems to participate in local theatre. This was evident in all six preliminary weeks as well as the finals. It's amazing what a little stage experience, whether dramatic or comedic, can do for a musical performance. For example, Leo Lerma has a good deal of stage experience. He placed the microphone on a stand, stood behind it and let his body, arms and face work for his performance without taking a step. Dancing up a storm while producing a solid, consistent note is easy, if the note is recorded and the performer is lip-synching. Throwing your head back on a high note looks good on video but will make the note impossible to hit and sustain live. Jeff Caseltine gave me the impression of aimless wandering, possibly from fear of standing in one place for four minutes on stage, a common fear of young, inexperienced performers. Stage movement, any movement, must look planned. You need a reason to move, and a reason for moving to a specific place. I didn't see that kind of thought and planning in most of the performers over the seven-week period. It's not difficult to learn, but it's difficult lo think of for your- LIVE PERFORMANCE ... ALIVE AND WELL IN AUSTIN self with no stage training or experience. Random movement makes a performance look busy, but only sensitively, thoughtfully planned and rehearsed movement makes a performance dynamic and gets applause before the last note ends. What does matter about the last two months of live performance is that support and response to StarSearch has been so good that it is being continued, good news for both the gay bars and the gay community in Austin. In summarizing the last two months of shows at the Private Celler, some very good things have happened: • A number of very talented performers have emerged, like Heather Raye, Alvin Grant, Mary Baldree, Sammy Loehr, Rowland Hunter and others. ■ Local audiences who rarely attend live performances have been exposed to no less than nine such performances in a two-month period. • Singers who have been watching MTV and other video outlets have learned a good deal about what is physically possible and impossible when delivering a live performance. • We discovered K.T. Taylor, a rock and gospel singer of great dramatic power and one of the best, most dynamic new performers I've seen. His two "guest" spots on finals night were the evening's peaks. For these and other reasons, many many thanks to the Private Celler; to Ray, George and Frank; and to Rowland Hunter, the driving and guiding force behind StarSearch. To be perfectly honest, audiences for live performance will also need help to refine their determination of what merits applause. For example, the crowd cheers for high notes like they were hard thing to achieve, but a high note is no harder for a tenor or a soprano than a low note is for a baritone. 1014B North Lamar Blvd. (in Castle Hill Plaza) Austin, Texas 78703 P.O. Box 50421 Austin. Texas 78763 (512) 495-9737 Tom Doyal Bookseller/Publisher Bernie Siben Next week, the Peter Rooney show. Rooney, a former Mr. Texas All-American, is a handsome young man with a strong voice and trained performance style. If the whole show is up to Rooney's potential, it should be an exciting evening . . . hopefully, the first of many more exciting live performances. o J-I-M SMITH LICENSED PROFESSIONAL COUNSELOR IN YOUR OWN HOME OR ENVIRONMENT. INDIVIDUAL, FAMILY, AND ADOLESCENT COUNSELING. BUSINESS CONSULTATION. BY APPOINTMENT. 512/385-4900 1810 WHITNEY WAY AUSTIN, TEXAS 78741
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