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re: Stoppard's THE REAL INSPECTOR HOUND -- Thoughts? Worth Seeing?
Posted by: BruceinIthaca 07:46 pm EST 01/15/22
In reply to: re: Stoppard's THE REAL INSPECTOR HOUND -- Thoughts? Worth Seeing? - BroadwayTonyJ 05:12 pm EST 01/15/22

Not to be boringly repetitious, but out DG also included: Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, ballerina (NYCB soloist) Helene Alexopoulos, novelists Jane Hamilton and Kevin McIntosh, sculptor Peter Lane. The younger crowd included Kathy Griffin and Megan Cavanaugh, but they were pretty much after my time (though I was KG's "escort" in the "Many a New Day" number in our summer production of Oklahoma--in which MEM played Laurie and HA danced her and Dan was Ali Hakam).

They were friendly to the rest of us mere mortals!

I think what it speaks to, in addition to a confluence of talent, was the support for the arts in many public schools back then (mid-70s). Oak Park was very heterogenous in terms of socio-economic status, but it had a high tax base, and if you chose to live there, you knew that education would be a priority. We were lucky enough to have three theatres (a 1700-seat auditorium, a 400-seat thrust, and a black box), four full-time drama and speech teachers (and a theatre manager), two orchestras, two bands, wind ensembles, boys choir, girls choir, and a capella choir (the "honors "mixed" choir), and our orchestra took two trips to Europe in my time there. We had about 6000 students, so that may have helped explain why there was so much support for the arts (and there were at least ten studio art teachers--I never ventured into them), but I also think we were in a time when the arts really were seen as essential to a well-rounded education. Not as much today, though I think they remain strong at my high school--one young man, John Clay III, made it to NY finals for the Jimmy Awards, and has appeared on Broadway in Choir Boy, after attending Carnegie-Mellon. I don't think we were really aware of how good we had it. Many others went into stage management, teaching, and other things related to the visual and performing arts.
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