Thursday, December 20, 1956   Vol. C599



East Farewell – Your holiday season would not be complete in East Farewell if you did not attend the wonderful production of Charles Dickens “A Christmas Carol” The presentation by the Playhouse with producer, Jed Bernstein, has become a holiday staple in town and is looked forward by everyone and has sold out every performance until it closes January 5Th, 1957. Playhouse owners, Rick and Julie Davidson deserve a special acknowledgement for their tireless work in keeping the Playhouse and lively and vibrant leader of the growing artistic community in East Farewell.

            This year the lead role of Scrooge was reprised by Leo G. Carroll. Last year he won lavish reviews for his straight forward performance of the gruff miser turned into a grateful benefactor after late night visits from the three spirits of Christmas Past, Present and Future. The production followed the famous story line which the audience seemed to truly appreciate. Carroll was obviously enjoying the role and relished in the transformation. His bitter, miserly, angry Scrooge at the start very convincing and his transformation is magnificent. The effects that Set Designer, Joel Franks, put up are fabulous. The scene from Christmas Present is especially wonderful with the bounty of the feast and the Spirit, played by a rotund and very jolly Willy O’Hanlon making it a very joyful scene.

            The rest of the cast was wonderful also. Randle Cross plays an expressive yet humble Bob Cratchit and Tiny Tim is played by a new comer to the stage, 12 year old Billy O’Brian. Both are terrific. The other members all contribute to the simply enchanting tradition. The show opened last Saturday night to a sold out crowd and will run every Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights with a matinee on Sunday afternoon until January 5th. This is one show you don’t want to miss.


Ghost of Christmas Present with Scrooge




East Farewell- The Cougars met the first test on Friday. They played a good game but Paul Kirsch, center for the Riverview Wildcats played a slightly better game. Kirsch and his teammates were able to slip past the Cougars, 45-44 with a last second shot by Kirsch over Cougar’s center Wilson Watson. Watson played Kirsch man to man the entire game and although Kirsch held about a half inch height advantage Wilson was quicker. They both scored 18 points and Kirsch out rebounded Wilson by two (24-22).  The two battled the whole game with tempo swinging back and forth. By all accounts they played to a draw but it was Kirsch who got the ball with eight seconds left on the clock and the Wildcats up by one. He took a high pass with his extended left hand, faked to his left as if to start a drive and spun around to his right just squeezing by Watson who was leaning left just slightly but enough for Kirsch to slip by and drive in for a last second layup for the score and the win.

            “This was a big disappointment for us,” said Cougar’s Coach Wilson, “They are a great team and we played them right up to the end. This one could have gone either way and today was their day. My boys are going to be fine. We are going to learn from this one and go out next week and get back to work.”

            Next week the Cougars will host the Christmas Tournament. This is the eighth year for the tournament and has been growing in size every year. This year there will be 10 teams entered in a double elimination tournament. The Cougars are a first seed this year due to their last year’s performance. Teams from across the state are taking part, a team from Philadelphia’s Central High is playing as well as a team from Pittsburgh, Erie and Scranton. The remaining teams are from the region and the first games will be played on December 26th in the Regional High Gym starting at 10:30AM. The entire schedule is available at the Gymnasium and can be found throughout town in separate announcements.



The United States grants Britain a $500 million loan in another emergency move to help the British weather a financial crisis caused by the shutdown of the Suez Canal.


Hungary’s new “security police” force arrests 400 “rebels and criminals” during the last 24 hours. Strikes and violence by dissatisfied workers in Moscow are reported by newspapers in Paris and West Berlin. Soviet block nations tighten security regulations and ban free travel across Eastern European borders.


The Eisenhowers hold a Christmas party for the White House staff, distributing gifts and joining in a buffet snack. Each member received twin pictures of themselves with autographed greetings.


Monday night’s “Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts” will be recorded on Ampex tape in Hollywood and released to West Coast viewers at the usual time. Also, during a closed-circuit test, CBS demonstrates more tape-recorded television. The program, Art Linkletter’s House Party, was fed from Hollywood to New York on an Ampex tape deck. Some tape dropouts were observed, but otherwise, the picture was clear and to the average person, looked like a live telecast. The recorder, developed and manufactured by the Ampex Corp. used a two-inch-wide magnetic tape that records sound and picture simultaneously. After a program is recorded, the tape can be rewound and played back immediately, without any processing through a regular TV system. CBS has two recorders in Hollywood and has received its first in New York. Nine other tape decks are on order. The FCC says a monitoring check on so-called loud commercials on radio and television failed to show any general use of increased power during advertising spots.


At the movies –

Oklahoma – Gordon MacRae Gloria Grahame, Shirley Jones

Hollywood Or Bust – Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis

Dance With me Henry – Bud Abbott, Lou Costello

War and Peace – Audrey Hepburn, Henry Fonda

Teenage Rebel – Ginger Rogers, Michael Renne

Bundle of Joy – Eddie Fisher, Debbie Reynolds

Alfred Hitchcock’s The Wrong Man

Baby Doll – Karl Malden, Carroll Baker, Eli Wallach

Anastasia – Ingrid Bergman, Yul Brynner, Helen Hayes

The Rainmaker – Burt Lancaster, Katharine Hepburn

The Teahouse of the August Moon – Marlon Brando, Glenn Ford, Machiko Kyo

Canyon River – George Montgomery Port Afrique – Pier Angeli



Published by JD Carroll