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 - a in - 10 'Nightingale' Done Well It cannot be...
a in - 10 'Nightingale' Done Well It cannot be an easy task to produce a dearly - loved and well - known fairy tale convinc ingly, but production chairman Judith Parker and her staff ac complished it in "The Em peror s Nightingale given at the Community Children's Thea ter at the Poughkeepsie High School on Saturday. "Pockets" set the mood In her Introduction and outline of the story The curtain rose on the emperor's emperor's audience chamber in the palace, where the gold walls and glimpses through the windows of a lovely garden pro vided a background for the rich colors of the oriental costumes Magic and enchantment be gan working when a visitor from Japan announced he had heard of a wonderful nightingale nightingale in the emperor's kingdom, and had journeyed to hear it. The anger and chagrin of the emperor at his never having heard of the nightingale brings a little kitchen maid to his notice. notice. She claims to have heard the nightingale, and a search begins in which a young traveler traveler and the chamberlain join. At last, after wandering through the woods, they hear the nightingale singing. Magic begins to work when flute - like notes are heard and the bird appears appears and talks to the search ers, and agrees to go back to the palace with them. Betty Yudell was dainty and charming in her role of the nightingale. Back in the palace the em peror and his daughter, Wing boong, ably portrayed by Debra Van Vlack, are enjoying the delicate notes of the bird when a gift is brought to the emperor from Japan. It is a golden nightingale in a cage. When wound it sings. This is a triumph of ingenuity. The golden wings slowly unfurl and liquid notes seem to pour from Its throat. Dianne Spinski is splendid in her role of the mechanical bird, especially when the mechanism breaks down. Meanwhile, the real nightin gale has stolen back to the woods. When the emperor becomes ill, he longs to hear the song again, but the golden bird has broken down, and the real bird has flown. However, all ends well when the original nightingale returns to comfort the emperor, who re covers. He secures a promise that the nightingale will return each evening to sing for him. Charles Stanley gave a very fine performance as the em peror, roaring his commends in most autocratic fashion. George McCornac as the chamberlain was also outstanding outstanding with his pompous blustering. Michelle Dering as the little kitchen maid deserves mention, as does Chris Wilson as Lin Foo. As usual, the whole cast was 'emwmeiy wwi Tnoserr - anfl att dersen genius, which brought ...:,, ,.,nlr f,,j.., - ,v ln lllr ,,. .. natural a fashion, shone through the whole production. ETHEL D. LUMB

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  1. Poughkeepsie Journal,
  2. 25 Mar 1968, Mon,
  3. Page 20

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