Monday, October 09, 2006

COM: Blogarithmic #152

It was another rough football weekend around here. Tivy fell to 3A Llano 21-20, Ingram Tom Moore got spanked by Devine 56-0, and Smithson Valley won 31-7 over Converse Wagner. Higland Park continued winning with a 58-40 win over Mesquite Poteet -- got to wonder though about them giving up 40 points. Tivy and ITM are both preparing for homecoming this weekend. No word yet on OLH's weekend.

Last week Peter Navarra returned to OLH's lineup and was his usual outstanding self in a over FEAST.

Although very badly edited, the Kerrville Daily Times had a couple of nice stories about the Guadalupe Stage Quartet's opening run of Lend Me A Tenor, which starts Thursday. I'm directing, and i'd sure appreicate all my friends coming out to see the show, which is a tribute to Roy Burney.

Here's the articles:
In Roy's Memory
By Carlina Villalpando, Times Living & Arts Editor, The Daily Times, Published October 7, 2006
A new theater company — The Guadalupe Stage Quartet and Friends — has organized in the Hill Country and will open its first production, Lend Me a Tenor, on Oct. 12.

Distinguishing itself as a “players’ company,” the Quartet members say it’s different from established theater groups such as Playhouse 2000 and The Smith-Ritch Point Theater in that it is driven by its actors and is not tied to any particular theater location; nor is it subject to the missions, mandates or expectations of a governing board.

The Guadalupe Quartet began a year ago with four actors — Holly Riedel, Marie Cearley, Tony Gallucci and Roy Burney — who envisioned producing quality, largely unseen (in the area) shows, in conjunction with area theaters.

“We’re not a theater, we’re a group, so we’re not tied to a lot of the processes the others are,” Gallucci said. “They’re tied to certain schedules and to certain shows that meet their needs.

“We didn’t do this to compete,” Gallucci said. “The other theaters have so much to offer. Our goal is to produce the best shows possible, and to fill in the gaps where the other companies aren’t running shows.”

That has been the Guadalupe Quartet’s basic vision during the last two years. But in August, that simple mission expanded, when the group’s driving force — Roy Burney — died of cancer.

Since Burney’s death, the remaining members of the Quartet have dedicated themselves to using their shows to help raise money toward the Roy Burney Theatre Scholarship Endowment and the ITM Thespians. Riedel said the group hopes to raise $25,000 in the first year.

“We’ve always had a mission, but after Roy died, it galvanized us,” said Riedel, who married Burney in 2005 after teaching theater alongside him for many years at Ingram Tom Moore High School. They met each other on stage in the 1998 Point production of The Lion in Winter. Since that beginning, Riedel and Burney dreamt of one day reproducing that show themselves.

“He was a dreamer, who sometimes had his dreams come true,” Riedel said. “As long as I’ve known Roy, he talked about starting a theater group. His dream was just beginning to bud.”

The Quartet originally planned to present The Lion in Winter a year ago, prior to Burney’s diagnosis, but when his health declined, the group became preoccupied with his health, and the show was postponed until this fall. When he died in August, his friends were determined to fulfill Burney’s dream, but they thought a more lighthearted show, celebrating Burney’s life, was appropriate.

The Lion in Winter was more than the three of us could bare,’” Riedel said. “But we decided to go ahead and produce Lend Me a Tenor, a show he loved, and do it for him.”

When the Quartet opens its first show at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Point Theater, it will be in Burney’s honor. Gallucci is quick to add that Burney’s memory will forever influence the shows the Quartet produces thereafter.

“Roy is the fourth member of the quartet, and he always will be,” Gallucci said.

The Quartet expects to present The Octette Bridge Club in the spring, and follow that up next fall with The Lion in Winter.

New Theatre Group to Present Lend Me A Tenor
The Daily Times,
Published October 7, 2006

The Guadalupe Stage Quartet will be producing its first ever show, Lend Me A Tenor, written by Ken Ludwig, at The Point Theatre Oct. 12 to 22.

The show is a reprisal of the run produced at The Point Theatre in 1999, directed by Jim Weisman. Three of the principals return, to this production. Tony Gallucci, who played the tenor in the original production returns to direct, and Holly Riedel returns to once again portray Diana the Soprano.

Lend Me A Tenor is a comical farce of slamming doors and mixed up identities. Henry Saunders is trying to save his Cleveland Opera House by bringing in the world’s best, tenor, Tito Merelli. The Shrimp Mayonnaise is going bad, the opera sycophants want an audience with Il Stupendo, the tenor himself shows up with his wife unexpectedly in tow, and he isn’t exactly feeling well after a long flight over.

Attempts to medicate him by too many people lead to some iffy moments before the curtain comes up. By the time it’s over no one seems to know who actually sang the part, an impostor has riled police, and all the innocents are anything but. Don't try to outguess the goings-on in this laugh a minute production.

John Ruth will play Saunders, the frantic opera manager; Madelyn Beaudoin is Maggie, Saunders’ daughter, Charles Bryant plays the crowd favorite role of the Bellhop; Marie Cearley is Opera Guild Chairwoman Julia; Graydon Vaught plays Tito Merelli, Il Stupendo the Tenor; Sarah Tacey plays Maria; Riedel is fawning soprano Diana; and Aaron Hutto rounds out the cast as gofer and would-be tenor Max.

Lend Me A Tenor will run two weekends, with 7:30 p.m. shows from Thursday through Saturday and 3 p.m. matinees on Sundays. It will be on the indoor Elizabeth Huth Coates Pavilion stage. Tickets are $10 each and can be reserved by calling 367-5121.

The play features some adult language and involves some adult situations. caution is urged for those with pre-teen children and for those with tenderer sensibilities.

See below for bad news about Glenn Myernick, who was right behind me in qualifying in the mid-1970s. I never played with him, but he was one of those guys who everyone wanted to know -- he's a class act.

From Soccer America

Myernick suffers massive heart attack
Popular U.S. men's national team assistant Glenn "Mooch" Myernick remained unconscious Sunday 72 hours after suffering a heart attack near his home in Colorado.

Myernick, 51, was on life support in the intensive care unit at North Suburban Medical Center in Thornton, Colo., where he was taken after being stricken following his return from a run.

He was Bruce Arena's assistant coach at the last two World Cups. He's served as a U.S. Soccer coach twice (1992-97 and 2001-present). He coached the U.S. U-17s at the 1995 Under-17 World Championship and the U.S. U-23s in CONCACAF qualifying for the 2004 Olympics.

Myernick had just recently returned from a three-city visit to South Africa as a U.S. State Department sports envoy. Myernick and former U.S. women's star Shannon MacMillan traveled to Pretoria, Johannesburg and Cape Town on the ''World Cup Sports Initiative'' that offers soccer clinics to children around the world.

Myernick starred as a defender at Mercer County Community College and Hartwick, winning the Hermann Trophy in 1976. He played eight years in the NASL with Dallas, Portland and Tampa Bay and earned 10 caps for the USA. He then went into coaching, first working as a college assistant at Tampa and Hartwick. Besides his work with the U.S. national team program, Myernick coached the Colorado Rapids for four seasons (1997-2000), leading them to the MLS Cup 1997 final in his first year as coach.

The Rapids will forward get-well cards, gifts or arrangements to Myernick or his family. Fans should address such items to: Colorado Rapids Community Relations Dept., attn: Mooch Myernick, 1000 Chopper Circle, Denver, CO 80204, or send any email messages to

ACC men's giants settle for 1-1 tie
Stephen King's equalizer midway through the second half gave No. 2 Maryland a 1-1 tie at No. 3 North Carolina in an ACC men's showdown that attracted 3,581 fans, the third largest crowd in UNC history.

Englishman Ben Hunter scored in the seventh minute to give the Tar Heels the lead. Maryland goalkeeper Chris Seitz stopped Ted Odgers' penalty kick in the 69th minute to preserve the tie.

Transfer Joe Germanese scored the game-winning goal from 20 yards in the 57th minute as No. 6 Duke defeated No. 4 Virginia, 2-1, Friday night at Koskinen Stadium and move into a tie with Maryland for first place in the ACC with a 3-1-1 record.

Duke had taken an early 1-0 lead when Tim Jepson scored in the 14th minute. Yannick Reyering tied the game from the penalty spot 10 minutes later with his seventh goal of the season for the Cavaliers, who fell into third place in the ACC with a 3-2-0 record, ahead of Wake Forest, North Carolina, Clemson and Boston College, all tied for fourth at 2-2-1.

LAPIRA'S DOUBLES. Notre Dame's Joseph Lapira scored two goals as the Irish downed Georgetown, 4-1, on Saturday in Big East action.

Lapira has scored two goals in each of the Irish's last five games, all Notre Dame wins, and has 17 goals for the season.

STREAKING DONS. The two-defending WCC champion San Francisco opened with two losses in conference play but has recovered with back-to-back weekend sweeps. The Dons beat Loyola Marymount, 1-0, and San Diego, 2-1, on the road to move into first place, two points ahead of Santa Clara. Midfielder Brandon McDonald blasted a shot from 25 yards to give USF its fourth straight win.

"The team is playing well and with confidence right now," said USF coach Erik Visser. "It was a difficult job coming down here and playing two rough road games.

SLUMPING HUSKIES. Washington is headed in the other direction. After opening with eight straight wins, Washington has lost four in a row to fall to 1-4-0 in the Pac-10. The Huskies fell to both Stanford and California by 2-0 scores at home this weekend.

"The guys are trying their best, but we're going through a bad patch, no question. Luck's not going our way," UW coach Dean Wurzberger said. "The finishing touch isn't there, and we've got to look to turn it around."

1. SMU (12-0-1) 1 b. Kentucky 4-0
2. Maryland (10-1-1) 5 t. North Carolina 1-1
3. North Carolina (10-2-2) 3 t. Maryland 1-1
4. Duke (8-2-1) 6 b. Virginia 2-1
5. Wake Forest (10-2-1) 7 t. Boston College 2-2
6. Virginia (11-2-0) 4 l. Duke 1-2
7. Clemson (9-2-1) 5 b. Furman 3-2
8. West Virginia (10-1-2) 8 b. Marquette 4-0
9. Indiana (8-3-3) 9 b. Northwestern 1-0
10. Notre Dame (9-3-2) 10 b. Georgetown 4-1
11. UCLA (8-3-2) 11 b. San Diego State 2-1
12. UIC (9-1-2) 13 b. Cleveland State 2-0
13. New Mexico (8-3-2) 17 b. San Jose State 2-0, b. Sacramento State 1-0
14. Cincinnati (8-3-2) 15 t. South Florida 0-0
15. Brown (8-1-1) 20 b. Princeton 2-1
16. Old Dominion (8-2-1) 16 t. James Madison 1-1 (match vs. VCU ppd.)
17. Akron (7-3-1) 18 t. Penn State 0-0
18. Santa Clara (7-3-3) 19 t. Gonzaga 0-0, b. Portland 2-1
19. South Carolina (10-2-0) 23 b. FIU 1-0
20. Denver (7-3-1) 24 b. Air Force 3-0
21. San Francisco (8-3-1) NR b. Loyola Marymount 1-0, b. San Diego 2-1
22. UC Irvine (8-2-2) 14 l. UC Santa Barbara 0-2
23. Connecticut (8-3-2) NR b. Seton Hall 3-1
24. California (8-3-1) NR b. Oregon State 5-0, b. Washington 2-0
25. Creighton (7-3-3) NR b. Memphis 3-2

WOMEN: Hanks powers No. 1 Notre Dame
Kerri Hanks powered No. 1 Notre Dame to a pair of Big East wins over Seton Hall (5-0) and Rutgers (2-0).

The Irish sophomore scored three goals and added an assist in the win over Seton Hall and set up Brittany Bock and Amanda Cinalli for goals in the win over Rutgers, which went into the game unbeaten in Big East play.

Freshman sensation Michele Weissenhofer (9 goals, 13 assists), Hanks (11, 6), Cinalli (7, 3) and Bock (4, 4) form arguably the best attacking quartet in the women's game this season.

STAR GAMERS. Navy has the longest winnging streak in the country. The Midshipmen beat Army, 4-0, in the Star Game and Holy Cross to improve to 14-0-0 and 3-0-0 in the Patriot League. Navy wasted little time in scoring against Army as junior midfielder Katie Traster put the Midshipmen ahead nearly four minutes into the contest. She is the 10th different player to score a game-winning goal for Navy this season.

THE 40/40 CLUB. Canada international Brittany Timko scored a pair of goals to lift Nebraska to a 2-1 win over Texas Tech and become only the second player in Big 12 history to record 40 goals and 40 assists. With 41 goals and 41 assists, Timko joins former Meghan Anderson (48 goals, 50 assists) as the only two players to hit the 40/40 mark.

1. Notre Dame (13-0-0) 1 b. Seton Hall 5-0 b. Rutgers 5-0
2. North Carolina (14-1-0) 2 b. Duke 3-0
3. Florida State (9-1-2) 3 t. Boston College 0-0
4. Portland (11-2-1) 4 b. Gonzaga 3-0
5. Santa Clara (11-2-0) 5 b. San Diego 2-0
6. UCLA (11-2-0) 6 b. California 4-1, b. Stanford 2-1
7. West Virginia (11-1-2) 7 b. South Florida 2-0, b. Marquette 2-0
8. Texas A&M (10-3-1) 8 b. Colorado 3-0, b. Kansas 1-0
9. Villanova (13-0-2) 11 b. Louisville 1-0, b. Cincinnati 1-0
10. Wake Forest (12-2-0) 13 no games
11. Tennessee (7-3-3) 15 b. LSU 2-1, b. Arkansas 3-0
12. Oklahoma State (11-2-1) 16 b. Iowa State 3-2, b. Missouri 2-0
13. Texas (10-3-1) 18 b. Kansas 1-0, b. Colorado 2-1
14. Virginia (8-4-2) 12 b. Clemson 1-0
15. Penn State (8-3-3) 14 b. Purdue 2-0, t. Indiana 0-0
16. Utah (9-4-0) 25 b. BYU 1-0
17. Boston University (11-2-2) 20 b. Binghamton 1-0
18. BYU (10-2-1) 9 l. Utah 0-1
19. California (7-2-3) 10 l. UCLA 1-4, t. USC 0-0
20. Navy (14-0-0) 22 b. Army 4-0, b. Holy Cross 2-0
21. Loyola Marymount (7-1-3) 21 t. Pepperdine 0-0
22. SMU (10-2-1) NR b. Tulsa 1-0
23. Long Beach State (11-2-1) NR b. UC Santa Barbara 1-0, t. Cal Poly 0-0
24. USC (7-2-3) NR t. Stanford 0-0, t. California 0-0
25. Illinois (8-5-0) 19 b. Minnesota 3-0, l. Ohio State 0-2

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