Step Back in Time features news items from The Daily Star 25 and 50 years ago.
25 years ago
Dec. 10, 1987
SOUTH KORTRIGHT — This year, as a Christmas gift to the community, the Catskill Community Players will present their production of “Camelot,” the Lerner and Loewe musical which was a hit on Broadway in 1960 and has remained a favorite ever since.
The show will be given this weekend. All performances will be at South Kortright Central School, and will be directed by Alan Davino, drama; and Dan Chien, musical director and pianist. The Catskill Consort will perform before the curtain and at intermission.
The production will star Gary Koutnik as the idealistic King Arthur and Kathryn Davino as his queen, Guenevere. Lancelot, who comes to join the Knights of the Round Table, but falls in love with Guenevere, is played by Jim Ganci, a newcomer to the group.
Others in the cast include Don Jones as the wizard, Merlyn, and as King Pellinore, the king who “mislaid” his kingdom while searching for the Questing Beast. Arthur’s illegitimate son, Mordred, is played by Ray Zarr, and Merlyn’s nemesis, Morgan LeFey, is played by Laurie Gillette.
The cast also includes David Betz, Rick Gage and David Truran as Guenevere’s trio of knights, Sir Dinadan, Sir Lionel and Sir Sagramore. Nimue, who seeks to rival Merlyn, is played by Barbara Walling. Abby Koutnik and Roxana Smith are ladies in waiting, while Leslie Martin and Diana Friedell play ladies of the court.
50 years ago
Dec. 10, 1962
What happens inside a butterfly cocoon between the time the caterpillar spins it and the butterfly comes out of it?
Some children in the Oneonta Consolidated School District can tell you. They’ve seen a live movie on the subject.
It was supplied by the Oneonta Board of Education and is part of the district’s new film library.
Robert C. White, administrative assistant for instruction in the public schools, explained the 41 film strip library came about after the National Defense Education Act passed last year.
The act provided money to pay half the costs of science education films for public schools.
Mr. White said each of the black and white films cost the district about $60. Color films usually cost about $120.
Mr. White noted that 27 of the films are for science classes, 13 for social studies, and one for the dental hygiene program in the primary grades.