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The Thunderbird Monday, September 26, 1983 Page 31 Australias Air Supply coming to SUSC Concert coordinator Paul Ward said, by Jay Hill Im excited about the concert because For the second time in six months, SUSC will play host to a major pop group. Air Supply is coming to SUSC on Oct. 3. The band will be playing at the War Memorial Fieldhouse at 8 p.m. Billboard magazine has cited Air Supply as ...the most successful pop group of the 80s... as they have logged more weeks on the magazines top 100 record chart than has any other act this decade. Lost All three of the groups albums In Love, The One That You Love, have been and Now And Forever, certified platinum. Included in those albums are eight gold singles. Their latest song, Making Love Out of Nothing At All, is all but nothing as it climbs to a number nine position on Billboard's top 100. Air Supply began when both Graham Russell and Russell Hitchcock were appearing in Jesus Christ, Superstar. Russell had never known anyone who wrote his own music until he heard Graham playing an acoustic guitar to a girl in the show. The first demo cuts of Grahams songs were done in the theatres orchestra pit, on a tiny tape fi fj f 600-se- Graham Russell (left) and Russell Hitchcock are the mainstays of Air Supply, to be seen in concert at SUSC Oct. 3. recorder, with the .help of Frank Esler- Smith, the shows music director. The first song to be released, Love and Other Bruises, soared on Australian charts. Without the bands knowledge, Arista records released the single Lost in Love in the United States. Graham, who was recovering from food poisoning, picked up a copy when the band America performed last spring it was a stepping stone to Air Supply. We had to take a risk on the America concert and it was a success. The reason Air Supply or a band of its caliber is a risk is because this is a small community. It would not be a risk if it was taken to Salt Lake City, where the Salt Palace has more than 17,000 seats and a population to support that number of seats, Ward said. The gamble ASSUSC is taking is that fieldhouse every seat in the 1, must be sold to break even on the concert, according to Ward. Ward noted that he was facing some potential controversy in extending the student discount price to junior high and high school students, but said that the practice would enable us to bring a band of this caliber to the SUSC campus. If we cant pay for it, we cant bring them here. We feel justified in extending the discount so we can continue to bring better concerts to SUSC. Tickets are on sale at the SUSC box office, Hunter-CowaSound World, Arrow Audio in St. George, Pan Arama Electronics in Richfield, and Beaver High School. of Record World magazine and read the cover, which proclaimed the song a hit. No money could buy the feeling we get when we hear people singing the words to our songs, Graham said. Ticket prices are $12.50 for all students, junior high and up, with activity card, and $14.50 for the general public. Shakespeare meet is this week by Fletcher Matson The 7th annual SUSC High School Shakespeare Competition is scheduled for Friday, September 30 and Saturday, October 1. Twenty-twhigh schools from Utah, Nevada, and California will bring an expected 300 students to compete in monologue, duet, and ensemble scenes taken from The Bards immortal works. Large and small schools are entered in separate divisions with awards in each section. Competition begins at 8 a.m. Friday and terminates with an awards ceremony in the Adams Memorial Shakespeare Theatre at 4 p.m. Saturday. The Utah Shakespearean Festival, in cooperation with SUSC, will award six scholarships to winners in mono and duo acts. Trophies will be presented to other top contestants. Six judges from the west coast will adjudicate the performances. Judges were chosen for their strong literary and performance backgrounds in classical theatre as well as for their ability to relate to young people. The emphasis of the competition is on learning rather than winning, says R. Scott Phillips, publicity director and competition coordinator. Each participant receives an oral critique from a judge, and we have found that this personal emphasis is a great factor contributing to the events success. Special selected presentations of the competition pieces will be performed on the festival stage during the evening. These will be open to the public. In addition to the competition, three drama workshops will be given in the SUSC Auditorium. o n Friday at 4 p.m., Fred Adams, producing director of the Utah Shakespearean Festival, will speak about Producing Shakespeare in High Schools. At 7:30 that evening Peggi Bongiovanni, television actress and former member of the USF acting company, will direct a drama coachs workshop on using neurolinguistic programming for better communication. Acting and Performing Using Classical Literature will be presented Saturday at 1 1 a.m. by Dr. Jerry Crawford, competition judge. The workshops and the competitions are open to all interested fine arts and English students. Competition judges include Jerry L. Crawford, Jarvis L. Anderson, Joe Taggart, Elizabeth Savage, Jesse Bennett and JoAnn Johnson Patton. D. Anderson has been teaching at Utah State University for three years, specializing in dramatic literature and theatre history. He holds a PhD in theatre from the University of Minnesota. He spent 1975 working at the Actors Theatre, Louisville, Kentucky, the Watford Palace Theatre and the Victoria Theatre in England. Anderson was a member of the acting company for the 1979 season of the Utah Shakespearean Festival. Most recently he directed H edda Gabler for the Salt Lake Acting Company and appeared in and directed several plays with the new!-- ' formed Valley Players of Logan, Utah. Mr. Bennett is a professional actor now based in Salt Lake City He is a member of Actors Equity, Screen Actors Gui'd and American Federation of Television and Radio Atrists. His professional career includes Stoke-on-Tren- t, (continued on page 35) High school students will be on campus this week competing in the acting of Shakespearean scenes from such plays as Henry V, in hopes of winning scholarships.