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Montrose Voice, No. 276, February 7, 1986 - File 017. 1986-02-07. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. September 21, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/montrose/item/4701/show/4692.

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Title Montrose Voice, No. 276, February 7, 1986
Contributor
  • McClurg, Henry
  • Wyche, Linda
Publisher Community Publishing Company
Date February 7, 1986
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
Place
  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 22329406
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  • University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
  • LGBT Research Collection
  • Montrose Voice
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Note This item was digitized from materials loaned by the Gulf Coast Archive and Museum (GCAM).
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Transcript 16 MONTROSE VOICE/FEBRUARY 7, 1986 Montrose Live High School Production of 'Barnum' Nearly Perfect By Bill O'Rourke Montrose Voice Theater Critic When a play thrills me on an emotional level, I sometimes get cold chillis, then a feeling of electricity running through my body, then I may hyperventilate. Barnum, a musical biography of P.T. Barnum, entering its last weekend at Stratford High School, is not quite perfect. I didn't hyperventilate. But for a high school play to be perfect would be a mistake. At the end, I was crying. Then I was laughing. Then I was doing both at once and not wanting to stop. So please don't expect me to be too rational about this show. I enjoyed it too much. The light-hearted book by Mark Bramble is very much like a circus. There are clown routines between several of the scenes, and the ringmaster announces several of the songs. There are jugglers and unicyclists. There are people dancing on stilts and swinging on trapezes. The leading man climixes act one by walking across stage on a tightrope. And there's a moral quietly presented. Why are there no con men lately who can make us believe in pure bunkum that really hurts no one? Is it because we're too worldly? Too materialistic? Too cynical for our own good? And the score, with music by Cy Coleman and lyrics by Michael Stewart, matches the panache of the book! It specializes in feel-good songs: tongue- twisting patter songs, rousing marches and brassy circus anthems. It also has a few enchanting ballads. The chorus has a beautiful, well-blended sound, almost too pretty. The soloists are dynamite: bluesy Marcee Kerr, lyrical Catherine Watson and guest star Tamara Siler. Scott Belin is a true find. With his great voice, cute face and overall attractiveness, he plays three roles. He especially shines in a Bhow stopping number as General Tom Thumb. Michelle Holliman has perhaps the most challenging role—Chairy, Mrs. Barnum. She is the quiet, calming influence in PT.'s life. She even calls him Taylor. Yet she also secretly believes in his dreams and offers him all the support she can, even when he leaves her for an affair. Michelle brings genuine warmth and true depth to the role. Everything hinges on Barnum himself and Todd Banker has all the necessary strengths and then some. Wow. Goose bumps. Bravo. The school is five blocks south of 1-10 on Dairy Ashford. If I had my druthers, that would be a well-beaten path this weekend. Then on Monday, you might want to stay home. At 9:00 p.m. on Channel 8, AT&T presents Houston Grand Opera's production of Scott Joplin's Treemonisha. In 1981, when it was taped at Miller Theater, this show raised the roof off this entire city before it went on to hit Washington, D.C, and NYC. i nis show is the one with which to introduce newcomers to opera. There are no "screeching" sopranos. Carmen Balthrop, who plays Treemonisha, has a full-bodied voice that falls gently on American ears. Everyone is singing in English. The music was written to be sung in English. The musical accents fall where the spoken accents would. The cast enunciates clearly. You can understand what they're saying without working at it. There is no story about star-crossed lovers. A young girl, the only educated person in her village, fights the forces of ignorance and superstition that keep her people oppressed. That hits home, doesn't it? Real relevancy. The villain in this piece, a voodoo man named Zodezetrick, is played by Obba Babatunde. His dancing is superb. Finally, there is no tragic ending. There is pure jubilation with foot-stomping music, high jumping dance and excellent camerawork that adds to the gleeful pandemonium. For those of you who already love opera, please excuse me if this review insults your intelligence. I'll try to make it up to you when I review Count Ory. Anyway, anyone who knows any of the music of our fellow Texan, Scott Joplin, knows what a treat lies in store for the lucky viewer. Anyone who doesn't— Where have you been? a Notes The Museum of Fine Arts is showing 50 drawings by Ingres. Most of the drawings are on loan from a museum in Montauban, France and have never before been seen in America. This exhibition will close March 16. ... Don't forget the Texas Human Rights Foundation's benefit banquet next Friday. The guest of honor will be Sissy Farenthold. 520-8060. ... Celebrate! Mardi Gras! The main Galveston parade will be tomorrow evening, but Fat Tuesday is actually Tuesday, of course. Your last chance to whoop-de-doo y-'^re Ash Wednesday begins Lent. 8—James Deans b'day. 9—ChineseNew Year, the first day of 4684, Year of the Tiger. 11—B'day of Florence Kennedy, who coined the phrase, "A woman without a man is like a fish without a bicycle." 12—France Zeffirelh born. 13—Last shopping day before Valentines. "My heart hojds the sound of your voice, And the soft brightness which is your soul."—Amy Lowell {born Feb. 9). Program also features Pops selections. ONO! Goodnough: Recent Work (Watson Gallery, 8). The Romanticism of Mozart (MFA, 9, 4 p.m.)—Keyboard conversation with Jeffrey Siegel. ONO! Joan Karff s New Dance Group and Several Dancers Core (JCC, 9)—Two of Houston's best contemporary dance companies. ONO! Memorial Candles (Jones, 12)—a new symphony written by American composer Benjamin Lee to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the end of the Holocaust. ONO! Andre Watts (Jones, 13)—The pianist plays an all Liszt program. This was originally scheduled for October 18, but was postponed when Mr. Watts became ill. ONO! n Openings Bear Talk (Children's Museum, 7, 10— Noon)—Mrs. Sammie Chambliss, largest bear collector in Texas, will read stories and tell children about her collection. AH That Jazz (Music Hall, 7)-HSO Pops with Sergiu Comissiona. ONO! The Hasty Heart (Company Onstage, 7)—The convalescent ward of a military hospital in the Orient. Thomas Meloncon (Firehouse Gallery, 7)—The poet and playwright Texas Sings! (Music Hall, 8, 10:30 a.m.)— Toshiyuki Shimada conducts the HSO in a program for children. ONO! 85 Amy Saxton (San Jacinto College, 8)— performs the Mozart Flute Concerto in G. The Society for'the Performing Arts presents Andre Watts in concert Take a wall- on the wild side. resents— ^fc ^?H by Lanford Wilson on the Alley's intimate Arena Stage, February 6-March 2. Tuesday through Friday at 8:00. Saturday at 4:00 and 9:00. Sunday at 2:30 and 7:30 CALL FOR TICKET INFORMATION: 228-8421 Z 2-for-l COUPON/ 2-for-l COUPON/2-for-l COUPON/2-for-l O ° 2 fr ^^^ ■ This coupon, when presented at the Alley box office, 615 Texas Avenue, Jj •^ ^^^K ^** entitles the bearer to 2 tickets for the price of 1 to q o W" — __. z ^ Mll_ _ BALM IN CILEAD for these performances only: 3* Any performance between Thursday, February 6, and Wednesday, February 12. For further information and reservations, call the Alley box office at 228-8421. The Houston Grand Opera's production of Scott Joplin't broadcast at 9:00 p.m. Monday, Feb. 10. on Channel 8 Treemonisha" will be 2 ^ Ihu coupon valid only for l-ebruary 6, /, 8, V, H, 12. "p 8 2-for-l COUPON/ 2-for-l COVJPON/2-for-l COUPON/2-for-l 3.
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