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29, 2002] "A
Single Shard." Linda Sue Park. Clarion, 2001. 152 pages. Grades 5-8.
This 2001 Newbery
Medal winner takes us back to 12th-century Korea to the small
village of Chíulpío, known for its pottery. Tree-ear, an orphan,
received his name from a mushroom that grows on trees without
benefit of a parent seed. He lives under a bridge and spends his
days foraging in rubbish heaps for food for himself and Crane-man, a
lame straw weaver.
While wandering the
village streets, Tree-ear has had plenty of time to view all the
pottery, but he especially admires the work of Min. Unable to resist
picking up one of the pots for a closer look, Tree-ear drops it and
offers to work for Min to pay off the debt. He finds the work of
digging clay and hauling it to the work site much harder than he had
imagined, but he volunteers to stay on after his debt is paid
because he dreams of creating beautiful pottery himself.
The beauty of Parkís
story lies in the descriptions of life in Korea and in the character
development. Min the potter is a slow-working, short-tempered
perfectionist. Minís wife is kind, and wise Crane-man guides
Tree-ear with his thoughtful sayings. Most of all it is the
determination of Tree-ear we admire. He has a goal and will do
whatever it takes to see it to completion. Anyone else would have
quit working for grumpy Min after an hour, but not Tree-ear. He
rinses the clay more than required, spies on other potters and
eventually takes the trip that will change his life forever.
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pottery-viewing visit from the royal emissary, Tree-ear volunteers
to take two of Minís best and improved vessels to the palace for
Emissary Kim to see. He is sure if the emissary sees this example of
Minís work, he will be awarded a royal commission to design and make
the vessels used in the palace for special occasions. After much
preparation to keep the vessels safe on the six-day trip, Tree-ear
sets out by foot with his precious cargo, a bedroll, a few rice
cakes and a small amount of money. Along the way he has to find food
and a place to sleep, outsmart a fox, and fight robbers. Arriving at
the palace hungry and tired, but with a shard from one of Minís
pots, he has to convince the guard to let him go in and personally
show the pottery shard to Emissary Kim.
This story has adventure and suspense
along with a very satisfying ending. Linda Sue Park has also written
"The Kite Fighters" and "Seesaw Girl."
[Pat Schlough, Lincoln Public Library
scheduled for ĎThe King and Ií
Lincoln Community Theatre announces
auditions for the final production of the summer season, "The King
and I." This popular musical offers a number of roles for men and
women, as well as for a number of local children.
The play, set in the royal palace of the King of Siam in the early
1860s, creates a dramatic, richly textured tale of an attractive
English widow summoned by the King of Siam to serve as tutor to his
many wives and children. Along with a dazzling Rogers and
Hammerstein score, the musical weaves a tale of East versus West,
incorporating both laughter and tears.
"The King and I" is directed by Jennifer MacMurdo, formerly of
Adult-only auditions will be on Friday, May 31, from 6 to 9
p.m. Childrenís auditions will be conducted on Saturday, June
1, from 9 a.m. to noon. An additional session, for adults unable to
attend Friday eveningís auditions, will be on Saturday, June 1, from
1 to 2 p.m. Callbacks will be conducted on Sunday, June 2, from 2 to
4 p.m. All auditions will be at St. John Church of Christ, 204
Seventh St. in Lincoln.
Production dates for the play are Aug. 2-10. Rehearsals begin the
week of June 17.
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The director is looking for children ranging in age from 5 to 14
years old. There are two leading male child roles. Adult roles
include eight men and 11 women. Dancers are also needed.
audition, be prepared with a song of your choice showing your vocal
range. An accompanist will be provided. A copy of the script from
this play is available at the main desk of the Lincoln Public
Library. It may not be checked out.
Season tickets for the summer, which also include the June
production of "Hello, Dolly!" and the July production of "Dearly
Departed," are still available. Send check or money order to LCT,
Box 374, Lincoln, IL 62656. Tickets are $20 for adults and $12 for
children through eighth grade.
For information on
auditions or season membership, call (217) 732-4763 or (217)
732-2640 or visit the LCT website,
[Judy Rader, LCT publicity
rains donít stop Cinderella
13, 2002] At
6:45 p.m. Saturday it looked bleak for the 75 students involved
with this yearís musical production of "Cinderella."
Heavy rains had caused the LCHS auditorium ceiling to resemble a
tropical rain forest, as buckets strategically placed in the seating
area played their own musical melody of plop, plop, plop.
officials concerned for the safety of the public could not allow the
play to go on as planned. The leaks from the roof were one thing;
the possibility of a section of the heavily plastered ceiling coming
down was another.
students, who had two performances under their belt but were looking
forward to the big audiences the weekend shows always bring, could
be seen in the halls, their emotions running from disappointment to
tears. Residents who had started to show up to choose the best seats
mingled in the halls with them, sharing the sadness that hundreds of
hours of practice were being washed away by a roof giving in to the
7 p.m., director Tom Quinn advised everyone mingling about the halls
not to leave. The decision to move the set to the school gymnasium
meant that the show would go on.
that announcement, a mass exodus of students and audience, many
carrying something from the stage area over to the gymnasium, began.
[Photos by Bob Frank]
[Though they're in the stands, this is no
was no question that some of the play would be hampered in this
"theater in the round" atmosphere. No pyrotechnics, no
exit stage left or right was possible. The light show would be
relegated to turning the gymís big overhead lights on and off to
take the place of the auditoriumís spotlights. The evening would
show that these problems would be relegated to mere inconveniences
by the band, cast and crew giving their all during the performance.
actors, now only a few feet from the 400 to 500 in attendance,
ignored the fact that their markers were now free-throw lines and
out-of-bounds lines rather than stage points. The play must go on
and it did. Remarkably well, this observer must add.
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the stage to hide the activity a set change brings behind a curtain,
the audience ended up being privy to all the machinations that make
up a multi-set play. The students involved also showed their
resourcefulness by not letting the mere inconvenience of becoming a
road show in less than an hour deter them from delivering their
lines on time with the same skill and determination as they had in
the two previous performances in the auditorium.
were a few non-scripted moments during the play. Since they added to
the event by showing the studentsí resiliency and effort, they in
no way detracted from the performance.
one point when the fairy godmother is supposed to exit stage left
amidst smoke and darkness, she simply walked a few feet past the
performance area. When Cinderella asked the fairy godmotherís
helper if she always exited that way, he replied: "Many times,
but usually more impressive than that." The line broke up the
cast as well as audience.
[By Sunday's matinee, the lighting crew had their
spotlights in place. But gym or stage, it never phased Betsy
Buttell, LCHS's Cinderella.]
another point when the transformation of the little mice to horses
was supposed to occur amidst darkness, swirling lights and smoke,
the gym lights were turned off as stage crew flitted flashlight
beams around the area in a brilliant improvisation.
still another scene, a crew member noticing the lost slipper was not
"on stage" slid across the gym floor, planted the slipper
and hid behind the prop bridge till the scene was over.
minor gaffs didnít detract from the play. Rather they enhanced it
as audience and cast alike reveled in the resiliency of the students
to pull off a first-class rendition of Rogers and Hammersteinís
play under less-than-perfect circumstances.
two composers would have liked what they saw that evening. The
audience surely did.
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.
Hitchcockís "Rear Window" (1954)
Stewart, Grace Kelly, Raymond Burr
wheelchair-bound photographer spies on his neighbors from his
apartment window and becomes convinced one of them has committed
Astaire, Ginger Rogers
Jerry Travers is working for producer Horace Hardwick in London.
Jerry demonstrates his new dance steps late one night in Horaceís
hotel, much to the annoyance of sleeping Dale Tremont below. She
goes upstairs to complain, and the two are immediately attracted to
each other. Complications arise when Dale mistakes Jerry for Horace.
Fordís "Fort Apache" (1948)
Wayne, Henry Fonda, Shirley Temple, Ward Bond, Victor McLaglen
John Fordís somber exploration of "Custerís last
stand" and the mythologizing of American heroes, he slowly
reveals the character of Owen Thursday, who sees his new posting to
the desolate Fort Apache as a chance to claim the military honor
which he believes is rightfully his. Arrogant, obsessed with
military form and ultimately self-destructive, Thursday attempts to
destroy the Indian warrior Cochise after luring him across the
border from Mexico.
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at Tiffanyís" (1961)
Hepburn, George Peppard, Buddy Ebsen, Patricia Neal
on Truman Capoteís 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.
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 Theatreís website is at www.geocities.com/lincolncommunitytheatre/index.html. Pictures from past productions are
included. The LCT mailing address is Lincoln Community Theatre, P.O. Box 374, Lincoln,
IL 62656. E-mail: email@example.com.
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