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28, 2002] "Coraline,"
by Neil Gaiman. Harper Collins Publishers, 162 pages. Genre: young
adult fantasy/science fiction
Take Lewis Carroll’s "Through the
Looking Glass," add a dash of Roald Dahl’s "James and the Giant
Peach," a cup of R.L. Stein’s "Goosebumps" and a pinch of anything
by the master Stephen King, mix well… and you have the story "Coraline"
by Neil Gaiman.
In this enchantingly eerie tale, we
meet Coraline (not Caroline, as she so often has to remind the
adults she encounters), a bright, adventuresome young lady. Coraline
and her preoccupied parents live in a very large house in England.
Due to the size of the house, it has other occupants as well.
Next door to Coraline live Miss Spink
and Miss Forcible, two elderly former stage actresses who love to
reminisce on their days of grandeur and who are the owners of a
large number of small terriers. Upstairs lives the strange elderly
man with the mustache, who claims to be teaching his pet mice to
After several weeks of exploring the
house and the property surrounding, Coraline encounters a strange
door. Her mother produces the key for her, and Coraline discovers
that the door leads nowhere, or to be more precise, to a bricked
wall. Coraline soon forgets about the door until several strange
incidents around the house lead her to believe that the source of
the recent strangeness is to be found somewhere beyond the
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Coraline, through a series of events,
finds herself trapped on the other side of the door in an alternate
universe of sorts. Therein she meets the "other mother" and the
"other father," creatures with buttons for eyes, who attempt to
convince Coraline to stay in their warped world and become their
daughter. The other world is full of creepies and crawlies and
strange copies of the inhabitants of the house. Coraline finds
during her stay that the "other mother" has kidnapped her parents
and has no intention of ever allowing Coraline to escape.
Neil Gaiman is the critically acclaimed
and award-winning author of the novels "American Gods," "Neverwhere,"
"Stardust" (winner of the American Library Association’s Alex Award
as one of 2000’s top ten adult novels for young adults), the short
fiction collection "Smoke and Mirrors," and the children’s book "The
Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish." He is also the author of the
Sandman series of graphic novels.
many awards are the World Fantasy Award and the Bram Stoker Award.
Originally from England, Gaiman now lives in the United States.
[Bobbi Reddix, Lincoln Public
Sydney awarded Steppenwolf internship
Jennifer Sydney, a graduate
of LCHS, Lincoln College and Illinois State University, has been
awarded an internship in Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theater. She will
begin her one-year paid internship immediately.
"I couldn’t be happier," said Jennifer,
who appeared in six theater productions at Lincoln College along
with the vocal group Express and the college’s dance group. "I’ll
get to do a little bit of everything. I’ll be acting in
Steppenwolf’s next play, ‘The time of Your Life’ by William Saroyan.
"After that show is over I’ll be an
understudy, work in the box office, possibly work backstage. I don’t
have any definite assignments yet."
Because many of Steppenwolf’s founders
are ISU graduates, the theater company chooses as many as two
interns each year from ISU’s theater program. This year 15 students
auditioned, and Jennifer and a student from Indiana were chosen.
Steppenwolf Theatre Company is an
international performing arts institution, which was incorporated in
1976 with nine members, most of them Illinois State University
graduates. The company now includes 33 theater artists, whose
talents include acting, directing, playwriting and textual
adaptation, and has performed more than 200 works.
It has produced a number of nationally
known actors, including John Malkovich, Laurie Metcalf and Gary
Sinise, who are still members of the theater company and come back
from time to time to work in Chicago.
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"Steppenwolf takes interns only from
ISU. It’s a kind of tribute," Jennifer said. "ISU has an excellent
theater school and has a lot to offer students who are passionate
"I wouldn’t have gotten where I am now
if I hadn’t gone to both schools," she added. "Dan McLaughlin and
Jerry Dellinger [theater directors at Lincoln College] have been
good directors and good friends. The teachers at ISU are also very
supportive and very smart about their craft. They have had
professional experience and can prepare students for the world of
Jennifer has also signed up with a
talent agency in Chicago. "I did a showcase at the end of my last
semester at ISU for theaters and agencies looking for new, young
talent. I signed with Stuart Talent, which can provide experience in
modeling, acting and making commercials.
"My family is so happy for me. They are
very supportive. I couldn’t ask for better parents."
She thinks she’ll probably miss
Lincoln, but she’s very excited about this new opportunity.
"This is a
big step — the start of the career that I’ve been dreaming of since
I was a little girl."
County Arts Association upcoming films
upcoming monthly features in the Logan County Arts Association
series of classic films will start at 7 p.m. at the Lincoln Cinemas,
215 S. Kickapoo.
at Tiffany’s" (1961)
Hepburn, George Peppard, Buddy Ebsen, Patricia Neal
on Truman Capote’s novel, this is the story of a young jet-setting
woman in New York City who meets a young man when he moves into her
Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" (1931)
March, Miriam Hopkins
on the story by Robert Louis Stevenson. Dr. Henry Jekyll believes
that there are two distinct sides to men: a good and an evil side.
He faces horrible consequences when he lets his dark side run wild
with a potion that changes him into the animalistic Mr. Hyde.
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Day the Earth Stood Still" (1951)
Rennie, Patricia Neal, Hugh Marlowe, Sam Jaffe
alien (Klaatu) with his mighty robot (Gort) lands their spacecraft
on cold-war Earth just after the end of World War II. He tells the
people of Earth that we must live peacefully or be destroyed as a
danger to other planets.
will be available at Serendipity Stitches, 129 S. Kickapoo; the
Lincoln Public Library Annex; at the door; or by calling (217)
732-4298. Ticket prices are $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and $2.50
for children 13 and under. These features are one show only, with
County Arts Association ]
Lincoln Community Theatre
Community Theatre’s box office, phone
735-2614, is open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through
Saturday for the summer season. The office is located in the lobby
of the Johnston Center for the Performing Arts on the campus of
"Dearly Departed" are scheduled for July 12-20, and "The King and I"
will be presented Aug. 2-10. Show times are 2 p.m. on Sundays and 8
p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
The LCT mailing address is Lincoln Community Theatre, P.O. Box 374, Lincoln,
IL 62656; e-mail: email@example.com.
LDC website at www.geocities.com/lincolncommunitytheatre/index.html.
Pictures from past productions are included.
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