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14 Sec. C - Sunday, May 2, '54 DETROIT FREE PRESS
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Ella Gerber

She Keeps 'Porgy' Running Smooth by J. DORSEY CALLAGHAN
Free Press Music and Drama Critic

Back stage at the Cass Theater, during performances of 'Porgy and Bess' and at all odd hours in between, is a vivacious brunet who keeps a firm finger on the feverish pulse of production.

For Ella Gerber, acting coach and stage manager, it is a chore which started as a five-weeks engagement and by Wednesday night will have extended itself to a full two years.
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THERE IS A CERTAIN serenity that has come to her through her daily dealings with the controlled madness of a swiftly-paced production. An instance was a recent Saturday night when Cab Calloway was unable to appear.

"You'd think it would be a simple matter to send his understudy, Joseph Attles, in to take over, wouldn't you?" she asked.
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"Well, sir, that shift in
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[[re]]sult was, before understudy [[?]] ye Marshall (who was last [[?]] here in "Carmen Jones" [[?]] the Civic Light Opera) ar- [[?]] back stage, [[underline, red]] Joy McLean [[?]] dragooned from her place [[?]]e chorus, stood in for the [[?]]ce scene and kept things [[?]]g without a falter in the
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[[?]]ESE ACTORS, Miss Gerber [[?]]ts, are something quite [[?]]al. [[?]]here is hardly 10 per cent [[?]]hem who ever acted before [[?]]gy,'" she said.

Most of them were concert [[o?]]pera singers, and their act- [[?]] would scare a jaybird off [[?]] bush. And just look at [[?]]m now . . . the most versatile organization I have ever seen."

And those who are seeing the opera during its three weeks stay here (it opens its final week Tuesday night) will agree heartily. There isn't a trace of the amateur in any of them.

Theater-goers will remember Miss Gerber as the star of "Pins and Needles." She has also directed a Broadway show in 1950 (Design for a Stained Glass Window) and has handled four summer stock companies in the East.

Hollywood and Japan were on her beat also. A busy woman with a filled-up life indeed.

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August 7, 1954 Courier
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On the Ball – When the "Porgy and Bess" cast hit Los Angeles last week, the logical [[??]]ing was to give the stars a party and that's what hap[[p]]ened. Among those having a ball were (left photo) Vera Frances, Leslie (Porgy) Scott, Bandleader Don Johnson, [[S]]uzette Harbin and Joy McClain[[sic]]

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