Thursday, October 29, 1959   Vol. C748



East Farewell – The Playhouse opened its fall season with a straight forward production of the Shakespeare classic, Hamlet. The play was the most ambitious undertaking for the Playhouse. Director Jeb Bernstein was willing to share his concerns at a press conference held before the show opened. While Hamlet is one of the Bards most produced it is also considered one of his most famous. “We have been doing shows of all kinds for seven years now. We have done musicals, modern shows, standards and our student program has done some Shakespeare so I thought we were ready to take on Hamlet,” Bernstein said during the conference.

            The show opened to a sold out crowd on Friday night and will run for two weeks with shows on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights with a matinee on Saturday afternoon. The first seven shows are sold out. The show’s cast is mostly local with local favorite, Nelson Hopkins. Claudius is played by the stately Benson Taube; Gertrude’s role is played by the lovely Darlene DeMarco. Ophelia is played by another local favorite, Natalie Mallard. Horatio is played by a new comer to East Farewell, Brian Jensen and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern were played by twins, Charles and David O’Mara.

            The production follows a fairly straight forward path and the players were excellent. The set and costumes was spot on. In keeping with one of the playhouse’s little acknowledged gems, Janice Wells delivered costumes that were period perfect and Lamont Franklin’s set crew delivered a realistic group of sets. From the castle to the moors with fog the whole playhouse became part of the play. The actors went into the play with enthusiasm and a great deal of professionalism. The audience was not let down.

1959 Playhouse production of Hamlet



Central State – The defending Regional League Champs, the Central Bears took on the Cougars, who were still recovering from their loss to the Slate Mountain Canaries last week, on Saturday. The champs had many players return from last year’s team and had been picked in the early polls to take the championship again. The game turned into a slug fest as both teams showed very strong defenses and the offenses were having trouble moving the ball. Both sides only had two first downs in the first quarter and the only passing that took place was short screen passes. The one surprise was when Cougars quarterback, Kevin Dugan, faked a screen pass out to his speedy halfback, Joey O’Toole, and then brought the ball down and looked like he was going to run. After about two steps he looked up and threw a strike to wide receiver, Max O’Hara who was sprinting down the sideline. All the fakery caught the Bears of guard and O’Hara was able to take the ball down to the five yard line. The Cougars lined up quickly and snapped the ball almost before the Bears were able to regroup. Dugan turned to his big fullback, Robby Blackman and handed off as the hard charging senior came rumbling through. The front line opened up a big enough hole for the surprisingly agile Blackman to blast through. The half ended with the Cougars up 7-0.

            The second half started with the Bears receiving the ball and they were determined to make up for their first half miscue. They drove down to the thirty but the Cougars defense stiffened up and forced the bears to punt. The Cougars were not able to move the ball much past the midfield and were forced to punt. The Bears got fairly good field position and took advantage of it. They ran relatedly and were able to push the Cougars down to their own ten. The Bears set up for what appeared to be a pretty routine field goal but when the ball was snapped Bears quarterback, who was also the holder, stood up and ran right and fired a bullet to his tight end, Victor Davis who was wide open in the end zone. The score was tied 7-7.

            Both teams fought through the rest of the third quarter and into the fourth. As the game wore on both sides looked like they were tiring and the play became a little sloppy. There were more penalties called in the fourth quarter than all three previous quarters. Finally as the clock ticketed down to three minutes the Bears were able to drive in for a second score with an end run from the six. The Bears went ahead 14-7 with less than three minutes left. The Cougars were not going to give up. Practiced returner, Joey Neil was able to scamper through the ferocious Bears and make it all the way to the Bears forty eight year line. Dugan was able to move the ball with short, smart passes but he was only able to the twenty five with only 20 seconds left. He took the last snap and dropped back tight end, Albert Dillion turned out and wide receiver, O’Hara slipped in behind him. Dugan faked to Dillon and went to O’Hara, but Bears defensive end, Tommy Devlin, jumped in front and knocked the ball down. The ball bounced and rolled towards the side off the field as the clock ran out. The Cougars had lost their second game in heartbreaking fashion.

            The Cougar’s come home next week to host the Southport Hawks. The game will be on Friday night at Regional High Field. It begins at 7:30PM.  



At a fundraising dinner - U.S. Senator John F. Kennedy of Massachusetts declares the slow corrosion of luxury is turning the United States into a nation of softies at a time when Spartan traits are called for. “We are in danger of losing or will to fight, to sacrifice and endure. We are in danger of forgetting our traditions. We are, I’m afraid, in danger of losing something solid at the core. We are losing that Pilgrim and pioneer spirit of initiative and independence – that old fashioned Spartan devotion to duty, honor and country”

President Eisenhower shares the public’s dismay over the quiz show scandals and wants them cleaned up. He said that the FTC has moved into the investigation to see if fraudulent advertising rules have been violated as well as the department of Justice whose report is due in January. “Nobody will be satisfied until this whole mess is cleaned up” said the President. The Chief Executive said every industry involved in distributing mass entertainment or news has a terrific responsibility to the public, and so does any other kind of economic unit. He denied American has forgotten its moral standards. The events reminded him of the baseball scandal headlines of 1919, specifically of the story of the newsboy who approached his hero, Chicago (White Sox) baseball star Shoeless Joe Jackson, holding out the scandal headlines and begging: “Say it isn’t so, Joe”

Rep. Oren Harris (D-Ark.) says Congress should pass new laws to assure program honesty and take a hard look at other channels of television activity. “Millions of Americans have been tricked, deceived and duped by what nothing more than a sordid commercial scheme,” said Harris before a Subcommittee hearing on quizzes.

Dr. Alan Waterman, one of President Eisenhower’s top science advisers, says the Soviet Union has achieved something of a miracle in catching up with the United States and he partly blames television, radio and other mass media for the US complacency.

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Published by JD Carroll