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“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” in 2009 marked the Shakespeare Festival’s first one-play season. “The Tempest” will follow suit in 2010.
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As with other business and art endeavors, The North Carolina Shakespeare Festival hasn’t been immune to the tough economic times. In 2009, the festival had to limit its schedule to one production (aside from the traditional “A Christmas Carol”) due to financial constraints. This year, the festival again only plans one production. But there are signs of hope. A generous gift from a noted local philanthropist will keep the organization up and running this year, with improvements to boot. And the spirit of giving may catch on as the country embarks on a steady, but slow, economic recovery. This threepart series looks at the year ahead for the North Carolina Shakespeare Festival and what the future may hold.
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Lone NCSF play for 2010 gets Millis boost BY VICKI KNOPFLER ENTERPRISE STAFF WRITER
HIGH POINT – The Shakespeare Festival for a second year will offer only one play in the fall. That play, however, could mark the start of stage offerings that are bigger and better and more free of financial constraints, thanks to a major gift to the North Carolina Shakespeare Festival. Pedro Silva, NCSF managing director, of course hopes for the fresh start. Last fall, the NCSF presented the first one-play fall season in its then 33year history. For fall 2010, the professional theater SAVING company again will offer THE ARTS only one play, “The Tempest,” to be performed Shakespeare Sept. 18-Oct. 3. Festival 2010 Decisions both years ■■■ were made with a cautious and conservative eye toward the poor economy that has necessitated nearly universal downsizing. The annual production of “A Christmas Carol” has not been affected. “It is vitally important that patrons and citizens know that to move to one show was a result of a careful assessment of the economic environment and based on our wanting to protect the festival as best we can in such a delicate economic environment,” Silva said. The upcoming production of “The Tempest,” however, promises to be considerably different from recent productions, thanks to an influx of money from Jim
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NCSF 2010 season at the High Point Theatre: “The Tempest” – Sept. 18-Oct. 3 “A Christmas Carol” – Dec. 3-19
HIGH POINT – Funding for the High Point Market, as well as support for local government services such as the public library, are among the issues on the minds of city leaders as they prepare to sit down with their counterparts from Guilford County. The City Council is scheduled to meet with the Guilford County
Officials prepare agenda for legislative session. 1B Board of Commissioners Thursday at 5 p.m. at the library. Discussion of funding priorities and a proposal to consolidate some services are expected to be on the agenda.
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and Debbie Millis, who live at the North Carolina coast. Jim Millis is a member of the High Point family that has made philanthropic contributions locally for several generations. The amount of the contribution is undisclosed, but judging from Silva’s plans for “The Tempest,” that amount is considerable. Silva and the Millises, who are serving as the play’s producers, hope that a wellfinanced production will show others what can be accomplished by the NCSF and will inspire others to similar philanthropy. “Jim and Debbie are visionaries as it comes to their passion for the community and state and the festival’s success,” Silva said. “They envision creating an extraordinary level of giving that becomes a regular part of the festival’s base. “They’re seeding the idea of a producer, and in so doing, they hope others will follow them.” email@example.com | 888-3601
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funding requests for the biannual home furnishings trade show by local governments other than the commissioners in recent years. “I think they can do a little more for the market, considering the fact that it is such a generator,” said Councilwoman Bernita Sims. The High Point Public Library and the city’s Economic Development Corp. are among the local
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The Black History Month 2010 contest supplied to The High Point Enterprise by Glenn R. Chavis runs its course Monday. All contest entry blanks (published in the Feb. 28 edition) must be completed and submitted to the Enterprise office no later than 5 p.m. Tuesday. Clarence Kennedy and Eva Massey were the contest’s first-week winners. Etta Hamilton and Misty Little were the winners two weeks ago. Misty Little and Eva Massey were last week’s winners. The final week’s winners will be announced later this week. Gullah Gullah restaurant at Wendover Landing and Becky’s & Mary’s restaurant on Washington Street graciously have provided the prizes for the 2010 contest and helped make the contest a success, according to Tom Blount, Enterprise editor. Chavis, a historian who has supplied Black History Month material to the Enterprise for the last several years, already is working on a contest for 2011.
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TODAY: Generous gift helps North Carolina Shakespeare Festival weather tough times MONDAY: Continuing economic worries limit productions to one this year TUESDAY: Gift, signs economic recovery bring renewed optimism
North Carolina Shakespeare Festival gets boost from Millis gift. 1A • Increase marketing and advertising budget by more than 75 percent; • Establish a part-time development position, with hopes of expanding to a development office; • Re-establish position of full-time marketing director, absent for a decade; • Hire marketing firm to develop plan for coming season. In its history, the Shakespeare Festival hasn’t had producers, which is the function the Millises will serve. A producer in the world of theater is an individual or group that sets the financial plan for the production. The Millises will not become involved in day-to-day decisions about the play, which is the function of the play director (Steve Umberger) and the company managing director (Silva). Silva and the Millises hope a look at what a well-produced play can mean for the Shakespeare Festival will draw out other philanthropists – either individuals or corporations – to provide similar support, Silva said. firstname.lastname@example.org | 888-3601
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Commissioners declined to grant the city an expansion of its extraterritorial jurisdiction.
as well as service levels from county agencies that have a presence in the city. “One thing I think we need to hammer on is
that the preservation of current services in High Point be continued, and that they don’t start shrinking services here,” Smothers said. In January, commissioners declined to grant the city an expansion of its extraterritorial jurisdiction – an unincorporated area of Guilford where the city controls land use – but called for greater cooperation in planning activities between the city and county. High Point has proposed taking over building and fire inspection services from the county in the city’s 17.58-square-mile planning area on its northern and eastern boundaries. City officials argue that letting High Point handle these services in these areas – and collect the in-
Michigan court: No oath, no conviction ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) – A Michigan man sent to prison for 15 years is getting a new trial after the judge failed to do a routine procedure – ask the jury to take an oath. Timothy Becktel was sentenced in 2008 for assault with intent to
HIGH POINT – Pedro Silva is more upbeat about the North Carolina Shakespeare Festival’s future than he’s been since he returned to the helm in 2001, after an eight-year absence. A large part of that optimism is due to a gift from Jim and Debbie Millis. “However challenging the past three years have been about the economy, I’m very optimistic about the future and more excited than I’ve ever been,” Silva said. “(The gift) has inspired us to say, ‘Yes we can.’ ” SAVING The Millises and Silva THE ARTS decided the best use of the gift initially would Shakespeare be to improve artistic Festival 2010 elements of the upcom■■■ ■■■ ing production of “The Tempest.” “It’s providing us with a base to allow us to make enhancements that would (make the production) totally different if we didn’t have them,” Silva said. The influx of money will allow Silva and director Steve Umberger to: • Draw from a broader pool of actors; • Increase the payroll for actors by an average of 20 percent; • Keep an extra week of rehearsal, instituted last year; • Double the investment in scenery and costumes; • Hire two additional carpenters; • Hire an additional stitcher for the costume department; • Use original music created specifically for the production. “That’s the tip of the iceberg and enhancements that are huge,” Silva said. The gift also will allow Silva to add elements that won’t be visible on stage, including:
spection fees – would allow the county to reduce its personnel and operational costs and allow for greater planning coordination. Last week, the commissioners approved a revised plan to study how
murder. But his appellate lawyer successfully argued that the verdict should be thrown out because the jury didn’t swear to return an honest decision based on law and evidence. The Michigan Court of Appeals said Friday it must erase the verdict
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Archdale man charged with drug trafficking BY PAT KIMBROUGH ENTERPRISE STAFF WRITER
RANDOLPH COUNTY â€“ An Archdale man faces drugtrafficking charges after an investigation involving multiple law enforcement agencies. The Randolph County Sheriffâ€™s Office Vice & Narcotics Unit, with assistance from the High Point Police Department and Archdale Police Department, searched a Brookwood Circle residence in Archdale Monday. Detectives located and seized approximately 16 pounds of marijuana, approximately 58 grams of cocaine, packaging materials, drug paraphernalia and $6,275 in cash, according to the sheriffâ€™s office. Deputies said the marijuana was packaged in individ-
ual Ziploc bags that weighed about one pound each. As a result of the search, one person who resides at the home was arrested. Jose Abel Ramirez-Lopez, 32, was charged with trafficking in marijuana, trafficking in cocaine, possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver marijuana, possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to the sheriffâ€™s office. He was jailed under a $100,000 bond. In an unrelated case, the sheriffâ€™s Vice & Narcotics Unit, along with the Randleman Police Department, searched a Walker Mill Road residence on Wednesday, where they located and seized approximately 28 grams of marijuana, numerous prescription medica-
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tions, including Diazepam, Alprazolam and Oxycodone, drug paraphernalia, seven firearms (along with ammunition) and $2,929 in cash, according to the sheriffâ€™s office. As a result of the raid, two people who live at the residence were arrested. Michael Edward Henderson, 43, was charged with five counts of possession of a firearm by a felon, misdemeanor possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, and was jailed under a $27,000 bond, deputies said. Rhonda Edward Henderson, 42, was charged with trafficking in opium/heroin, delivering opium/heroin and conspiracy to sell or deliver opium/heroin, according to the sheriffâ€™s office.
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BOONE â€“ The climber who died at Ice Rock along the Blue Ridge Parkway this week was a man who loved adventure, books and most of all the mountains and friends, a fellow climber says. The National Park Service identified the dead climber yesterday as Ralph Edward Fickel, 59, of Boone. â€œHe was a fixture of Boone,â€? said the fellow climber, Ryan Beasley, the
owner of Rock Dimensions in Boone, a trip and rockclimbing-instruction business where Fickel worked as a guide. â€œHeâ€™s probably been climbing at least 30 years,â€? Beasley said. â€œHe loved climbing and being outdoors, and thatâ€™s what his life was about.â€? A biography on Fickelâ€™s Web site says he pioneered more than 70 first ascents on rock and ice in North Carolina, New Hampshire and Maine, and also climbed in the Himalayas. He once worked in moun-
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â€œcomplicated intelligence scenario and act.â€? The Iranian president has questioned the official U.S. version of the Sept. 11 attacks before, but this is the first time he ventured to label it a â€œbig lie.â€? In 2007, New York officials rejected Ahmadinejadâ€™s request to visit the World Trade Center site while he was in the city for a U.N. meeting.
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TEHRAN, Iran (AP) â€“ Iranâ€™s hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Saturday called the official version of the Sept. 11 attacks a â€œbig lieâ€? used by the U.S. as an excuse for the war on terror, state media reported. Ahmadinejadâ€™s comments, made during an address to Intelligence Ministry staff, come amid escalating tensions between the West and
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Woman bitten by bear at zoo; fingers severed MANITOWOC, Wis. â€“ Police say a bear bit off a womanâ€™s fingers at a Wisconsin zoo after she ignored barriers and warning signs to try to feed the animal. The Lincoln Park Zoo in Manitowoc closed after the incident Friday morning. Police say the 47-year-old woman lost a thumb and a forefinger, and two other fingers were partially severed. The womanâ€™s boyfriend was bitten as he tried to pry the bearâ€™s mouth off her hand, but he didnâ€™t lose any fingers. Her 3-year-old granddaughter wasnâ€™t injured. A mayorâ€™s office statement says alcohol played a factor.
Girl, 6, killed after wandering onto I-35 BURNSVILLE, Minn. â€“ The Minnesota State Patrol says a 6-year-old girl wandered into freeway traffic near Minneapolis, where she was struck and killed by an SUV. State Patrol Lt. Eric Roeske says Kallie N. Palmer had been playing at a friendâ€™s house Friday about 7:15 p.m. He says itâ€™s not clear what happened after that. Investigators are still trying to piece together the circumstances that led her onto Interstate 35W in Burnsville. He says the homeâ€™s yard is encircled by a chain-link fence that would be about waisthigh on an adult. He says Kallie may have climbed over the fence.
Divers search a pond area at Kit Carson Park in Escondido, Calif., Saturday. Police began a second day of searching the area after receiving a report that children found a bag with what looked like human hair in May 2009.
2 missing teen cases, 2 different police responses when a body was SAN DIEGO (AP) â€“ The disapfound in a shallow pearances of 14-year-old Amber lakeside grave. Dubois and 17-year-old Chelsea Amber was walkKing illustrate a sad fact: not all ing to school when missing children cases are treated she vanished a year the same. ago just 10 miles Chelsea disappeared Feb. 25, north of the site last seen in a park with running Dubois where Chelsea was clothes. The case sparked a search involving about 1,500 law enforce- last seen. Leads went nowhere. The ment officials and thousands of news media showed little interest. After prosecutors charged a convolunteers. It ended five days later
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WASHINGTON (AP) â€“ President Barack Obama is trying to persuade a weary public and wavering Democrats to get behind his frantic, late-stage push on health c a r e , while ReObama publicans dig in and demand starting from scratch after a yearâ€™s worth of work. â€œNow, despite all the progress and improvements weâ€™ve made, Republicans in Congress insist the only acceptable course on health care is to start over. But you know what? The insurance companies arenâ€™t starting over,â€? Obama said Saturday. â€œI just met with some of them on Thursday, and they couldnâ€™t give me a straight answer as to why they keep arbitrarily and massively raising premiums â€“ by as much as 60 percent in states like Illinois. If we do not act, they will continue to do this.â€?
Feds look at worker fatigue in plant blast NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) â€“ A federal agency investigating a power plant explosion that killed six workers last
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