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July 07, 1978 - Image 14

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Page 14-Friday, July 7, 1978-The Michigan Daily

Double play
Actors take the field, get tips from Tigers
By MITCH CANTOR
special to TheDaly
DETROIT - Even the staunchest
Tiger supporter would admit that the
people practicing at Tiger Stadium late
Wednesday afternoon couldn't pass for
professionals.
They weren't. The six people who
took the field were members of the
University's Actor's Ensemble, a
student repertory company. The pur-
pose of the visit to the ball park was to
help the thespians prepare for Yanks 3,
Detroit 0, Top of the Seventh, a play
they will stage in two weeks.
THE ONE-ACT play is about pitcher
"Duke" Bronkowski's thoughts as he
loses his bid for a perfect game. Since
the setting for the play is a baseball
field, cast members hoped the visit to
the stadium would improve their per-
formance onstage.
Jerry Kanter, who will portray home
run slugger Brick Brock, explained,
"We wanted to go down and get a feel
for the field." He said another reason
for the expedition was to "meet some of
the players and get some tips" on how
to run and what to say when on base.
Arthur Hooberman, promotional
coordinator for the ensemble, said the
trip would provide "some real baseball
Daily Photo by PETER SERLING angles into what our show is all about."
TIGER TIM CORCORAN gives thespian Kirk Haas some advice on baserunning at Tiger Stadium. Haas and other men-
bers of the Actor's Ensemble took the trip to Detroit in preparation for a play they will stage in two weeks. THE TROUPE took some
promotional pictures, then interrogated
the Tigers as they arrived for practice
one by one.
When outfielder Tim Corcoran was
asked how to stand when leading off
second base, he joked, "I don't know -
I don't get on base that much." Cor-
FOLD BACK THIS FLAP 8 SEAL WITH TAPE coran then answered thespian Kirk
Haas seriously, insisting that the key is
watching the pitcher.
"You can't be thrown out unless the
pitcher turns around," Corcoran said.
AFFIX
POSTAGEFOLLOWING brief chats with Cor-
HERE coran and pitcher Bob Sykes, however,
the actors were sidelined by a stadium
official who forced them off the field to
avoid a possible injury while the Tigers
took batting practice. Group members'
hopes of chatting with some of the pit-
chers were destroyed as they watched
Circulation Department the Tigers from the stands.
Student Publications Building Daniel Kanter, producer of the play,
420 Maynard Street said, "We were under the impression
that we would have more access to the
Ann Arbor, Mich. 48109 players than this."
But despite the setback, the actors
are happy with the help they've
received from the Tiger organization.
Aside from allowing the ensemble to
FOLD use the field for photographs, the Tiger
management is loaning the group four
road uniforms. The students have made
a similar request to the New York
Yankees for the use of some uniforms,
but have received no reply.
The ensemble, which began rehear-
sing for the play in mid-May, had hoped
to visit Tiger Stadium earlier, but a
crucial series with the Yankees delayed
their trip.
FUND DRIVE
SETS A RECORD
NEW YORK (AP) - The 1977 cam-
paign sponsored by the United Negro
College Fund (UNCF) raised moe than
$15.2 million, making it the most sue
cessful fundraising drive in its 34-year
' ~history, said UNCF chairman A. Dean
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