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High. “Any live drama is more exciting. It’s the
Another enthusiastic theater-goer, Ann Slevin, 15, a
sophomore at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High, is tn full
agreement: “I went to my first play when I was eight
and too young to enjoy it. I wanted to stay away from
plays but now I’m raring to go.”
The third and fourth selection in the teen series
also will be given at Leland Junior High, which, Mrs.
Kunen says, has the best auditorium in the area for
theatrical productions.
The Dance Theater, scheduled for February 19, will
Include a study based on Hamlet, with music by Charlie
Byrd and a jazz piece in its modern dance segment. In
the ballet portion, dancers from the Washington Ballet
will present either the "Pas de Deux” (Step for Two), or
the “Pas de Trois” (Step for Three).
On March 19, the series will end with a concert by
the Percussion Trio—three musicians who play a total
of 50 instruments and explain what they’re doing as
they go along.
Mrs. Kunen considers her program a worthy ex
periment, since no one is certain whether any lasting
rapport can be established between teen-agers and
“Many studies show that young people want to take
part in the arts,” she claims. “They don’t now because
of the expense and simple inertia. We hope to be the
catalytic agent between the arts and young people by
giving them an opportunity to develop their skills and
interests at a reasonable price.”
When the program ends, she’ll confer with her
young charges to see which portions were most popular.
Next season’s program will be adapted to fit their
Mrs. Kunen sees a golden age for art in Montgomery
County when the arts center finally gets its building,
which will include a theater and workshops for such
creating arts as painting, sculpture, ceramics, weaving,
the dance and music.
The $1 million building is still a dream, but a fund-
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Ann Slevin and Valerie Wolton discuss the play with Gwyda Don Howe and Robert Prosky of the east.
raising drive planned to start this year may make it a
reality soon.
Some teen-agers interviewed by TEEN still harbored
reservations about the benefits of culture, but others
were enthusiastic.
“It’s a good thing for teen-agers,** says Valerie
Wolton, 14, a ninth grader at Leland Junior High.
“Everyone should broaden their interests while they’re
young and continue to cultivate them.”
Bill Brumfield, IS, a sophomore at Montgomery Blair
High, sees the program as overdue: “It’s about time we
got something to divert our interests to more construc
tive things than movies and television.”
One youth who remained unconverted did find some
thing worthwhile in it, observing that “it’s a fairly
decent way to spend a date—cheap and all that.”
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