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heaved as JEFFERSON REPORTER, Thursday, April 23, oy (AC BY SARAH TURNER Everybody's talking about it the Mansfield Players first production, that is. Community theaters in the metropolitan Louisville area are few and far between. This is perhaps one of the reasons why the "Mansfield Players" who recently completed their first production in Jeffersontown almost swept the people of this little community off their feet. For those who portrayed characters in Thornton Wilder's "Our Town," a sentimental "chronicle of a New England Town shortly after the turn of the century, it was one of the most thrilling moments of their lives when they made their debut in a makeshift theater two weeks ago. The little "country church," the old Presbyterian Church building on Taylorsville Road, has been transformed into a theater through donations of , .. materials volunteer and manpower hours of the town's people. Even though the stage was small and the performance rough at times during the first showing, it improved and seemed to run much smoother by Friday and Saturday night's performances. "Our Town was chosen because of the lack of money for stage props," said Mrs. Claude McGuire. "With the exception of two tables, some chairs, two trestles, and two ladders, the production calls for none other which was good for the finance committee, who was trying to make ends meet on the barest minimum." Civic clubs and organizations in the sixth class city donated $50 each to underwrite the production. Building materials and lighting were also donated and the work was done by the local citizens who gave up evenings with their families to "Wc have received nothing but comments and best wishes from the public," said Mrs. McQuire, with the exception of the Jory Advised on how to get a theater started was volunteered by Jon Jory, production manager of Actors Theater. The name Mansfield Players for together work community to build a theater. Problems Were Many However, problems never ceased. The construction crew ran out of lumber before completing the stage which was located where the church altar used to stand. The construction crew found way a continue to by disassembling the old church pews and using the wood to complete the job. Librarian Betty Elswick and Reverend Jammie Tyrrell, pastor of the church, were the originators of the theater idea. Tyrrell had a leading role in Our Town. "During the first four nights of production we had a full' house every night but one," said Mrs. McQuire. . 'tacAMiurmiMt.'s fcMMKIT RATTtJlldAM one pessimistic letter which recommended that a theater could never '?fcnrU For Your 7JSCD71R r or Mail Coupon in Is a y& l.a wwtwHwigiWKfning . i. j.- This (MM u.i ' II tW MM." ui 1 mt mwtf IM MM wtt MM ymU Bvryof tnouM hav thh ik (iuu. ml ' , L....J.J. t ittMt inwiin UMtiMM - . making r" JTQ9f ywr mm wpy MaiUd In Plain Envlop Nam i j StrMt ::i Addrtu. Stat. City 41 U in Advice Mansfield, the Jeffersontown Home on honors Watterson Trail of Henry Watterson, a patron of the arts and newspaper editor. Among letters and other forms of congratulations following the first performance was a telegram which read: "Telegramto Jamie Tyreel, Rhoda Peters and Cast Heaven was rolling tonight. Your performance was great. Glad to be your Patron Saint, (signed). Marse Henry Watterson." The mysterious telegram was fondly received by members of the play cast and staff. It was later discovered that Jack Durrett, president of the Jeffersontown Chamber of Commerce, had sent the congratulations. "I just thought it was a good idea," he said. Large Cast funeral J4t Uftl develop Jeffersontown, and "the group would do well to forget the idea before wasting any more time." The letter was disregarded. Those who participated in the first play feel the theater is a "total success" and are presently working on a second play to be presented in June. MNTUCKY WJNUAl tWUCTOiS SIIWM ASW, BTAMJI!KI futasffDoy "Our Town requires a large cast," which was another reason for choosing it for the first production," said Mrs. "We wanted to McQuire. involve as many local people as possible." The first act tells the story of two families. One is a small town doctor, the other a small town newspaper editor. The two main characters were Emily Webb, played by Christy Newland; and George Gibbs, played by Mike Patrick. The story tells of. thcit lives front baseball to love, marriage and finally death in the third act. In the third act on one side of the small stage the "dead" people sat in chairs representing their gTaves, while on the other side of the stage the world went on. During the act Emily, who died in the play's first few minutes in child birth, decides PDnoyoirs return to earth one more time. It is permitted and she is given a choice of the occasion she wished to relive. Emily chose her 12th birthday, a happy occasion as best she could remember it. However things were not the same as she thought it had been. She could see her mother and she could reach out and touch her mother, but she went unnoticed while the family went ahead with daily routine, until she became so hysterical with the whole thing she decided she would rather be with those people who had passed on and had not to worry and fret about life any longer. Narrator of the play, was the "Stage Manager," Reverend Try eel Although Reverend Tyreel frequently works with Actors Theater, this was the first time he had a role in any production. The Board of Directors will meet this week to choose the next production piece for the little theater. "We made it through the first Atoofi Pir(faflooLj Foirsfl - she wants to one," to help after chat with the newspaper carrier Joe Crow, played by Charles Stevens. Dock Gibbs is telling Joe that Mrs. Goruslawski down the street now has a set of twins. Presented By continues we have nothing to worry about." Money Needed However, production costs are expected to increase with the second performance, and ) THE LIFE OF A DOCTOR in Our Town means long hours and little sleep. Here Dr. Gibbs, played by Charles Hawley, stops to OUR TOWN and r cx) DONT BE AFRAID! George tries to teD Emiry there is nothing to be afraid of about getting married, when she suddenly thought maybe this wasn't the thing to do after all. The townspeople wait in front of the church while the young people settle the problem. if the enthusiam w ) 6'' McQuire, was nice everyone enough donate-no- Mrs. said "because i' Mansfield Players expenses assuming incurred with lighting and other operational costs, there isn't enough left to handle the entire expense expected, said Mrs. McQuire. "Any donations will be greatly appreciated and may be mailed to the Mansfield Players, Liberty National Bank, Jeffersontown branch in care of Hank Brodfhcrer," she said. x 1 j 1 h ill TJ High Dcr.ds Hen Concert Per April 26 ) .1 1 1 I 1 . BREAKFAST IS A GOOD TIME for a family chit. Here Mrs. Webb discusses a problem with son Wally while Emily Webb , busies herself with eating in the first act of Our Town: Characters :j are played; by Jeannie Dietrich, Claude Stevens and Christy ; (Soncert .': A sprirg by the. Newland. 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