Education column: Drama classes open doors for students

Sitting in on a couple of Clovis High School drama classes taught by long-time educator, Keith Ingram (who also happens to be a motivational speaker and published author), I was astonished by the skills and talent I had the privilege of observing. The sketch was underway when I entered the elongated drama classroom. As the [...]

Old ampitheater friends will never be forgotten

By Don McAlavy: Curry historian The historical drama of New Mexico’s most notorious outlaw opened to a large crowd at the Caprock Amphitheater back in the 1980s. Clovis playwright Don McAlavy created a colorful drama in “Billy the Kid,” which he created using known facts with a little imagination, about a dark period in the [...]

Political drama likely guest of honor in Santa Fe

By Steve Terrell: The Santa Fe New Mexican You have a lame-duck governor who was supposed to be leaving but then announced an abrupt change of plans, and an ambitious lieutenant governor, who was supposed to take the reigns but now has to be content presiding over the Senate. You have a leadership struggle brewing [...]

Memoirs tell of drama in Portales

By Don McAlavy: CNJ columnist Memoirs left by Levi J. Whiteman, grandfather of the author’s wife Kathy McAlavy brought to life a drama that was produced in Portales in 1907 by Whiteman, then 20, and his friends. The historical melodrama was written in 1888 by John A. Fraser. The melodrama was called “A Noble Outcast” [...]

Lid kept on thespian career

By Bob Huber: Guest Columist Today’s lesson is “Hollywood,” and what can be done about it. Of course, any mention of Hollywood always takes me back to my own thespian career —a fleeting moment when I won my black belt in high drama and joined ranks with such epic performers as Larry, Moe and Curly. [...]

Mirriam-Webster brings bling into vernacular

By Helena Rodriguez: local columnist I googled you to tell you that your new necklace was so bling but you were too busy being a mouse potato and that’s why I acted like such a drama queen. This isn’t gibberish I’m talking here, but English — new English that is — and you’ll be able [...]

Play born from childhood

By Clyde Davis: CNJ Columnist Growing up in Alamogordo during the Cold War era, Janeice Scarbrough heard it repeatedly as a child. From her mother, as well as others, the words echoed — “We will be among the first to be bombed, if and when it happens.”   The connection, of course, was Alamogordo’s, and [...]

Billy the Kid impersonator throws grave into doubt

By Don McAlavy: Curry historian Who is this impersonator that looks so much like Billy the Kid that there is talk of digging up the grave at Fort Sumner to be sure the boy that Pat Garrett shot is still there? He was none other than Jim Vercelline, a young actor from Clovis and a [...]

Attending local events makes difference in others’ lives

Clyde Davis Reader be warned: This is another column about what’s right with the Clovis/Portales area. If you wish to complain, whine, gripe, or cry in your beverage, this is not the column to read today. It was important to me that my freshman English classes attend the drama department’s Diversity Festival at ENMU. It [...]

Clovis culture night coming

By Clyde Davis: Local Columnist I really am at a loss when it comes to what some words mean. Now, don’t tell me to go get a dictionary. Remember I am an English teacher; I frequently tell others to go get a dictionary. What I mean is, after I have seen the word defined, I [...]