Thursday, June 25, 1959   Vol. C730



East Farewell – The brand new summer stock student theater program opened a week early and the first project, Guys and Dolls, debuted on Saturday night and it was sold out. The turnout and enthusiasm of the student, local artists and musicians made the initial offering of the summer season run ahead of schedule, much to the delight of all. “We were just overwhelmed, happily, by the turnout and most of the cast knew the show already,” said owner Julie Davidson in an interview on opening night, “Jeb did such a great job in bringing it all together and all the kids and local actors were just fantastic, oh and the musicians were so great they really brought the show to life.”

            The lead roles went to upper class students and local actors. Sky Masterson was played by Regional High seniors, Bruce Moss and Eric Finnerin, each sharing the role on opposite shows, Nathan Detroit is played by David Carpenter and Frankie Ray, in the female roles we see Greta Brown and Daisy Hall as Sarah Brown and Rita Sommers and East Farewell’s own rising star, Natalie Mallard as the comedic classic show girl, Adelaide. The classic songs like Luck Be A Lady Tonight and Bushel & Peck are played by a fantastic pit band comprised of many Regional High School musicians and some local performers and led by Regional High’s own band master, Leo B. Russell.

            The program will run through the summer and was scheduled to present only two shows, Romeo and Juliet being the other, but with the speed and apparent familiarity with the works producer, Jeb Bernstein said he would like to add a show to the schedule, maybe two. “These kids are great. They really know the material and I am very happy to work with them. Their energy is just terrific and they are really quite talented,” said Bernstein during the interview.

            Shows will run Friday night, a Saturday matinee and Sunday through Wednesday nights, for two weeks in July. They will take a break to work up the next show and Romeo and Juliet will premier in early August. That will run for two weeks and the last show, to be announced, will finish off the summer. The students will have to return to school in early September but this will most certainly be a wonderful experience and a lasting memory for all of them.

The leads of Guys & Dolls Summer stock 1959



East Farewell – The Travelers became the fourth check on Bill “Smoke” Black’s win slate on Saturday. He fanned 12 and kept the Travelers to only five hits. CGW blanked the Travelers 4-0 in the Travelers first shutout this season. The Travelers were unable to catch up to Black’s fastball and did not get on base until the fourth inning. Their five hits were all singles except for a double by Johnny Cloos in the eight. All baserunners were stranded and even the speedy Billy Sweet was unable to swipe a base on Black who is very quick with his delivery.

            CGW was able to score early on Joey Alfred getting one run in the first and another in the second. Alfred was able to toughen up and held them scoreless until the eighth when CGW slugger, Ned Vern,  smashed a two run homer over the right field wall and that put the final nail in the Travelers coffin. The Travelers did not play poorly but they were just not able to get any traction against Black who only walked four. Neither team committed any errors. CGW is moved ahead of the Travelers and Slate Mountain, all were tied for second. Next week the Travelers host the Mountain View Explorers and their ace, Joe “Freight” Trane and slugger Bobby “Hammer” Taxen. Mountain View is currently leading the league by two games. The game will be an evening game and will begin at 7:30 in the ballpark.



Queen Elizabeth and Vice President Nixon attend the American portion of the 2300-mile-St Lawrence Seaway dedication ceremonies. Also attending – Gov. Nelson Rockefeller of New York.

Senator John F. Kennedy of Massachusetts names seven top campaign issues for the coming year. “These seven peaceful revolutions constitute the basic agenda of our time - the issue of the 1960 campaign - the differences between our two major parties.” “The Republican Party has traditionally been the party of the status quo, and today there is no status quo.” The senator listed the issues: An explosive population increase ... shrinking farm acreage ... use of automation and atomization ... soaring living standards ... weapons development ... aid to underdeveloped nations ... growing nationalism throughout the globe.

49 stars no more - Hawaii votes itself into the union. The vote clears the way for formal admission of the territory as the 50th state this summer, probably in August. The 49 star American flag is going to be history. Speaking of which - Ft. McHenry will be the site of the first official raising of the nation’s new 49-star flag at one minute after midnight on the morning of July 4. Interior Secretary Seaton will raise the new flag with its 49th star representing Alaska while the U.S Marine band plays “The Star-Spangled banner”

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Published by JD Carroll