In brief

2003-05-06T00:00:00Z In brief Corvallis Gazette Times
May 06, 2003 12:00 am

May 6, 2003

CHS students direct plays

Corvallis High School's theater ensemble class will present four evenings of student-directed, one-act plays Wednesday through Saturday. Seven plays will presented twice over four nights.

The shows are produced and directed by students in the CHS fine arts department's advanced theater education program. Performances will be in the CHS auditorium, 836 N.W. 11th St.. Curtain time is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $2 at the door.

Four plays by contemporary playwright Christopher Durang will run Wednesday and Friday. They are: "DMV Tyrant," directed by freshman Galen Clark; "The Actor's Nightmare," directed by senior Bryan Smith; "The Hardy Boys and the Mystery of Where Babies Come From," directed by sophomore Natalie Lewis; and "For Whom the Southern Belle Tolls," directed by junior Karen Hudson.

On Thursday and Saturday the class will offer Joel Ensana's "Please No Flowers," directed by senior Allison Bray, Lucille Fletcher's "Sorry, Wrong Number," directed by junior Rachel Pike and the Pyramus and Thisbe scene from Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream," directed by senior Ben Bateman.

In addition to the seven student directors, members of the ensemble include Jacob Anderson, Katy Blaustein, Tiffany Boweter, Colleen Collins, Tali de Assis, Emily Dixon and Topher French. Emily Gore, Justin Groft, Roxie Henry, Sophie Herron, Ben Jay, Jennifer Jepson, Dylana Kapuler, Basha Ladovsky, Julia Osen Averill and Lesley Peterson are also part of the class.

Alex Pike, Quinn Pullen, Kathleen Shaw, Evan Smith, Hanna Snider and Tara René Yeiter complete the ensemble.

The class and productions are supervised by CHS theater teacher Rick Wallace.

Supreme Court to hear cases at CV

The Oregon Supreme Court will hold court at Crescent Valley High School today, hearing arguments for three issues in the school's auditorium.

The public is invited to attend the sessions, which begin at about 9:15 a.m., 11:15 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

The first case the court will hear is State vs. Vasquez, an appeal of a murder case that addresses the issue of a defendant's right to a speedy trial.

Second, the court will review a similar issue for a pair of cases, State vs. Hirsch and State vs. Friend. The cases involve the constitutional right to bear arms, and incidents in which felons were in possession of firearms.

In the afternoon, the court will hear Barker vs. Baldwin, which explores the question of whether the defendant received the constitutional right to adequate defense because he was in handcuffs during his trial and his lawyer did not object to it, nor did the court make a finding that it was necessary to keep him in restraints.

For information, contact Penny Fulton at 757-3835 or

Historian to talk about explorers

A Pulitzer Prize-winning historian from the University of California-Davis will provide a different perspective on the Lewis and Clark expedition by looking at some of the explorers that preceded them.

Alan Taylor will speak at 4 p.m. Thursday at Oregon State University. His talk, "Thomas Jefferson and the Science of Empire: Pacific Exploration and the Lewis and Clark Expedition," will be in Dearborn Hall, Room 118.

Traditional accounts of the Lewis and Clark expedition portray a tale of adventure into the geographic unknown, and to a certain extent, that was the case, Taylor said. Yet the area was not completely unexplored by non-native peoples. Captain James Cook was the most notable of European mariners who already had explored the Pacific coast and Alexander MacKenzie crossed the continent a decade before the Lewis and Clark expedition.

Taylor specializes in early American history, history of the American West, and the history of Canada. He has written three books, including "William Cooper's Town: Power and Persuasion on the Frontier of the Early Republic," which won the 1996 Pulitzer Prize for U.S. history.

His talk is part of the American Culture and Politics Speaker Series sponsored by the OSU Horning Lecture Series.

Reception set for artist Wehrle

Pegasus Gallery will host a reception for local artist Martha Wehrle from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday.

Wehrle will display works from her ongoing eggshell series and from a new series in cast concrete.

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