October 30, 2020

2002-02-23 – The Los Angeles Times

2002 02 23 The_Los_Angeles_Times_Sat__Feb_23__2002_

for Lehigh University—an experi-
ence that made him realize he was

better suited for the stage than the
diamond.

After “Man on Spikes,” Kalison
plans to produce fresh adaptations

of a couple of classics. Then the fu-
ture of “Theatre on the Air” will be
in the hands of the school’s return-
ing acting students and the radio
station’s incoming programming
directors.

“It’s an underused opportunity
for storytelling,” says Kalison.

“Your imagination’s got to do the
work, and there’s not a lot of that

any more.”

Check This ‘Tommy’ to
See What’s Changed

“Oh, look out you rock ‘n’ rollers,
pretty soon now you’re gonna get a
little older,” David Bowie sang 31
years ago in his song, “Changes.”
Baby Boomers who want to know
just how much has changed might
look to the upcoming Fullerton
College stage production of “The
Who’s Tommy.”

This version, which plays March

7 -14 in the campus theater, comes
with a 15-page study guide de-

signed to bring Pete Townshend’s
landmark rock opera into high

school classrooms. One genera-

tion’s soundtrack for rebellion has

turned into another’s homework.
The study guide was written by

Gary Krinke, the veteran Fullerton

College theater professor who di-
rects the show. Krinke, 53, saw the
Who perform the 1969-Vintage
“Tommy” in Los Angeles. . He
chuckled when asked whether he
could have imagined then that
high school kids would get class
credit for watching the rocking
saga of a deaf, dumb and blind boy
who parlays his genius for pinball

into leadership of a religious cult.
“N 0,” he said. “And I never tho ught

I would get paid to direct it.”

Krinke says his student cast of 53
actors knew next to nothing about
the Who when they got involved in
the production. But he says they
appreciate the score, which in-
cludes “Pinball Wizard.” As an
added attraction, ticket holders—
among them high school English
and drama classes attending for
course credit—will be able to play
pinball for free in the lobby during
intermission. We don’t know
whether Krinke never tilts at all,
but the Kennedy Center American
College Theater Festival’s Western
region honored his teaching
achievements recently by giving
him its annual Excellence in

Please see TOMMY, F16