The Clackamas print. (Oregon City, Oregon) 1989-2019, February 24, 1999, Page 6, Image 6

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Wednesday, February 24, 1999
Inherit the Wind ponders [
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accused teacher.
This is the head-to-head con­
frontation of Creationism versus
Evolution, or “Evi/-ution,” as
most of the townspeople of
Hillsboro call it.
The play may seem anti-reli­
gious, but what Inherit the Wind
does is not destroy that which is
holy, but test some of the ideas
expressed in the Holy Bible.
“Perhaps this play not only ex­
plores the questions of freedom
of speech,” Religion Instructor
Bill Briare said regarding the ideas
expressed in the play, “but the
dangers of belief versus the pos­
sibilities of faith.”
Inherit the Wind is a courtroom
drama. This sort of play is intrigu­
ing to attend, according to Smith-
English, because it provokes the
audience to think. As the play
goes along and the characters are
learning more about their situa­
tion, the audience will be making
their own judgements as the
events unfold.
As cameo appearances, College
President John Keyser and Dean
of College Services Peter
Angstadt will be playing towns­
people on opening night, tomor­
row evening at 8 p.m.
Feed store owner George Sillers,
played by Biology Instructor Bob
Misley, will be appearing regu­
larly, and Braire will be playing
another townsperson, Mr. Bannis­
ter. Smith-English wanted these
two figures representing science
and religion to be on stage, work­
ing together.
“In 1859,” commented Misley,
“the science of biology was given
a ‘part that works,’ best described
as natural selection, and its ex­
planatory powers are central to all
life sciences.”
The stage will be designed in a
20s era style, one set being the
heart of downtown Hillsboro and
the other, quietly rolling in on
wheels, will be the courtroom.
Each set has its own important
role, and, thanks to set designer
Chris Whitten, comprise a power­
fully effective stage.
Though Inherit the Wind is not
a musical, there will be much sing­
ing and live music. In Scene I,
“We’re Marching to Zion” and
“Give Me that Old Time Religion”
will be sung with movement and
clapping. Smith-English wants a
very active show, where the audi­
ence will feel comfortably in­
volved and might even sing along.
In Scene 3, “Revive Us Again” will
be meditatively hummed and “Go
Tell it on the Mountain” wjll serve
as the postlude for Act I.
Also, at the beginning of the
show and intermittently through­
out, a live band will be playing.
Misley will be on guitar, and Briare
will play the mandolin, with guest
appearances by guitarist Blaine
Moody and bassist Sam Fisher.
“We want this thing big,” said
Smith-English.
About a year ago, Misley ap­
proached Theater Director and In­
structor David Smith-English with
the idea of doing Inherit the Wind.
Smith-English went with it and
now here it is being performed on
stage.
Inherit the Wind will be per­
formed on Thursday, Friday and
Saturday, Feb. 25-27 and March 4-
6 at 8 p.m. Two Sunday matinee
performances are scheduled for
Feb. 28 and March 7 at 2:30 p.m.
Jayson Mark Shanafelt
portrays Henry
Drummond in the
Clackamas production of
Inherit the Wind.
Drummond is the defense
lawyer for Bertram Cates,
who is on trial for teaching
about Evolution.
Mr. Bannister, played by Bi
Schmeer).
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