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[APRIL 4, 2001] “Stowaway."
Karen Hesse. Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2000. 319 pages. Grades
is the diary of red-headed Nicholas Young, 11 years old, as he sails
on the Endeavor from August 1768 to July 1771.
was a disappointment to his father because he had trouble with his
studies, particularly Latin. He had worked for a butcher who beat
him frequently. He decided anything would be better than his life in
London. After paying three ship crew members to hide him, he spent
four weeks covered and curled up in a small boat aboard the
Endeavor. It was important to stay hidden until they were far enough
out to sea so that Captain couldn’t send him back to land.
Nick’s journal we experience life at sea, from storms and
seasickness to disease and death. He writes his impressions of the
crew, including stern and fair Captain Cook and Joseph Banks, who
collects and catalogs plant life. Captain charts and names many bays
and islands as they sail the uncharted South Pacific.
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Cook is always on the lookout for fresh fruits, wild plants, fish
and animals to feed the crew. Nick writes of a particularly
delicious fish: "It is of excellent size and the natives gather
it by walking in the surf up to their middles. When they feel a
lobster with their feet, they dive down and grab hold of it… I
shouldn’t like that job. I place too great a value on all ten of
again shows her storytelling skills as she creates a tale full of
detail, humor and history. She includes an "Afterword" in
which facts about Nicholas Young are included. There is also a list
of ship’s company and ship’s itinerary and a glossary of terms.
Those who want to follow the trip can do so by comparing Nick’s
longitude and latitude journal entries with an 1800 map reproduced
on the end papers.
Schlough, Lincoln Public Library]
[APRIL 4, 2001] “The
Wish Master." Betty Ren Wright. Holiday House, 2000. 104 pages.
is not having one of his best summers. He’s stuck at his
grandparents’ house in Wisconsin instead of at home with his dad
in Santa Barbara.
in Wisconsin, Corby meets Buck, who convinces him to sneak out at
midnight and tramp through the woods to visit the Wish Master.
According to Buck this fierce-looking statue has been known to grant
wishes if asked at midnight. When it seems like his first two wishes
have been granted, Corby decides to try for a big wish. The suspense
mounts as Corby finds himself deeper and deeper in trouble with his
grandfather and makes one more trip to the Wish Master on a stormy
is a quick read that will appeal to reluctant readers as well as
those who have read other books written by Wright.
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Released on video Tuesday,
March 6, 2001
127 Minutes DreamWorks
Home Entertainment -2000
and directed by Rod Lurie
Oldman (also the executive producer)
movie uses graphic language to describe sexual scenes and presents
The box said “two thumbs up” and
recent years, the "two thumbs up" endorsement has meant
that I probably was going to find the movie to be a loser.
"Thriller" usually means I may endure it but I’m
probably not going to be thrilled with it.
in the case of "The Contender," both my thumbs are up
too, and I am indeed thrilled.
Contender" is a gritty movie, a political "action"
film of sorts. It is a thriller because you don’t have a clear
shot at the plot until it is finally revealed for you. At the end,
you look back on the film and say, "Yeah, I should’ve seen
Contender" is gritty because it focuses on a dirty fight
between political rivals to appoint a new vice president of the
United States. The president (played very aptly by Jeff Bridges)
selects a woman, Sen. Lane Hanson of Ohio (Joan Allen), for the
job, against the advice of party officials and his own advisers.
The previous vice president died somehow in office — but
"The Contender" never tries to explain his passing.
whole plot is wrapped up in the confirmation hearings and the
process of bringing an appointee to office or sending ’em off
Oldman plays Sheldon Runyon, the Republican chairman of the
selection committee. The highly respected, powerful senator seems
bent on not only denying the president his day in the sun but also
destroying the very career of Sen. Hanson.
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things about this movie made a good impression on me.
the acting was excellent. Oldman plays a perfect bad guy in this film
(he seems to have the bad-guy act down pat). Jeff Bridges, who I
thought incapable of playing a convincing president, stepped up to the
plate and delivered. Christian Slater played the part of a freshman
congressman who was seeking to do the right thing on principle, and
was perfectly cast for the part. Finally, Joan Allen was wonderful in
her portrayal of the contender under siege.
the plot was dynamite. This movie seems to make you move away from
certain characters and make certain assumptions, but you find yourself
making a couple of 90 degree turns before it’s done. In the spirit
of "The West Wing," it is full of political intrigue and the
power of the Washington scene. "The Contender" is a film
about respect and dignity and the rocky road to realizing those two
first hour of the movie has a single weakness: The lack of actors on
the set portraying political operatives, appointees, devotees and
those holding office makes you believe the story less. They needed a
fuller cast to make it seem like Washington and government.
is not a partisan film about the usual struggle between Republicans
and Democrats. Instead it is a story about the dynamics of power,
accusation and truth.
I recommend this film to you if you enjoy a good thriller, if you
enjoy stories about the political struggles of this nation and if you
like a good fiction about how truth prevails.
give it 3½ stars (out of five).
Brown auditions set
29, 2001] The
first auditions of the summer are just around the corner. Lincoln
Community Theatre’s 30th season kicks off in June with the
fun-filled musical "You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown."
As the first production ever staged by LCT, "Charlie
Brown" was chosen to begin this anniversary season also.
Auditions for the six familiar "cartoon characters" will
take place Friday, April 6, at 6:30 p.m. and on Saturday, April 7,
at 9 a.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church, 402 Pekin St. in Lincoln.
auditioning should have a song prepared and be ready to learn a few
basic dance steps. Auditioners will also be required to do cold
readings from the script.
more information regarding auditions, call 732-4298.
dates are June 8-16.
LCT season membership campaign continues. For more information
regarding season tickets or the purchase of gift memberships, call
see the tax professionals at
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23, 2001] To
foster local talent, Lincoln Community Theatre will award a $500
theater arts scholarship to a Logan County graduating high school
senior who plans to attend Lincoln College.
applications are available from area high school guidance counselors
or by contacting Connie DiLillo, LCT scholarship chairman at
732-7859. Completed applications must be postmarked no later than
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chooses summer production staff
12, 2001] Lincoln
Community Theatre has announced the 2001 summer production staff.
first production, "You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,"
which runs from June 8 through 16, was selected in celebration of
LCT’s 30th anniversary season. This musical was the first
performance offered by Lincoln Community Theatre during the
organization’s first season in 1971.
2001 production will be directed by Sean-Edward Hall of Springfield.
Wayne Mara of Lincoln has been hired as technical director, with
Jason Yarcho, also of Lincoln, as accompanist and orchestra
director. Lights and sound will be managed by Stuart Wyneken of
July 13 through 21 comedy, "Moon Over Buffalo," will be
directed by Jerry Dellinger of Lincoln. He will also serve as
lighting director. Technical director will be Max Levendel of
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final production, "The Wiz," will be directed by Tracy
Tiritilli of Bloomington, with husband Mark Tiritilli serving as
technical director. The show will run Aug. 3 through 11. Yarcho will
again serve as musical accompanist, and Wyneken will handle lighting
also plans a children’s play this summer. Performances will be
June 28 through July 1.
more information see the LCT website, www.geocities.com/lincolncommunitytheatre.
7 chooses cast members
3, 2001] Theatre
7 – Decatur’s Community Theatre has selected cast members for
its production of the comedy "Dearly Departed." The show
is about a colorful but dysfunctional Southern family coming
together to hilarious results when its patriarch, "Bud,"
Departed" is being directed by Joe Straka, with Penny Williams
as assistant director
members and the characters they play are as follows: Nancy Jo
Batman, Raynelle; Shawn Becker, RayBud; Lesa Andrick, Lucille; James
Graham, Junior; Tish Duis, Suzanne; Pam Stinson, Marguerite; Tom
Morrow, Royce; Carl Sebens, Reverend Hooker; Karen Becker, Veda;
John Dunn, Norval/Clyde; Julie Lycan, Nadine; Heather Jewell,
Juanita; and Penny Williams, Delightful.
go on sale to the general public starting Monday, March 5, at the
Decatur Civic Center Box Office, 422-6161.
dates for "Dearly Departed" at the Decatur Civic Center
Theater will be March 30-31 and April 6-7 at 7:30 p.m. and April 1
and 8 at 2 p.m.
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Lincoln Community Theatre website
Community Theatre’s (LCT) website is up and available. The
site serves a number of functions, from providing information on
becoming a season ticket holder to showing what new productions are
being planned for next season. It lists everything one wants to know
about LCT — except the scripts. The top of the page lists those
already involved in the theatre and announces any paid or unpaid
positions, which are still available. Audition dates are also listed
for prospective actors.
site also links to Gus Gordon Productions and Grand Ball Costumes.
Gus Gordon produces plays all over central Illinois, and the site
lists the upcoming plays. Grand Ball Costumes rents costumes here in
central Illinois for plays, Halloween, weddings, birthdays or any
little farther down, the site offers information on upcoming plays,
admission prices and season ticket prices. Presently, LCT’s
website is displaying pictures of recent performances:
"Annie" and "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the
you are interested in joining a performance or just going to see
one, visit LCT’s website at www.geocities.com/lincolncommunitytheatre/index.html,
e-mail LCT at firstname.lastname@example.org,
or write to Lincoln Community Theatre, P.O. Box 374, Lincoln,
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