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June 3, 1971

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an arrac urns op rQmQ ;7 By JAN I)ANFORD ]here are many dranla students with a wealth of budding talent, but there is on13 one l)ean [arrach. What mighty magic lies within this man to enable him to so consistently release the latent abilities of his pupils, to so unerringly guide them into their roles, to so beautifully bring t o life within his actors and actresses the portrayed :ii ! characters? ..... It cannot be by mere chance that for five consecutive ...... },ears the Shelton ttigh School l)rama Department, under his direction, has participated in state competition, winning awards tile past two years and precipitating an almost clean sweep ot the board with the current production, "Peanuts". Dean larrach, who gives tremendous credit to his classes, has a personal philosophy that stressed in his teaching. "If you do a thing," he urges. "tie it well." Born and raised in (Thehalis, larrach is a breaker ot .............. tradition, ttis father, now deceased, and his grandfather before him owned and operated a men's clothing store opened in that city in March of 1933. lhe business is still in ..... the family tinder the management of his mother and an uncle. ]arrach recalls his very carty childhood when an interest in his chosen field was first manifested. With sheets of paper pasted together to form long strips upon which were drawn cartoons, rollers were rigged on tipper and Iowcr p()rtions of a cardboard box to maneuver the "film" through a cut-out square inade to resemble a screen. Phonograph records supplied sound, while young ]arrach was busy as actor, director and stage manager. Later he showed real movies and eventually progressed to the making of moving pictures with his owll canlcra. Not until he was a senior in high school did he play his first part in a stage production. An audience of I000 people viewed his debul as a villian in an old-fashioned melodramci. In set another play he worked as property man. "1 have usually been cast as a villain," Tarrach admitted sonlcwhat ~adl}. tic emolled in college with the firm intention of becoming a chemical engineer. "'l WaS rill a st/ldclll ill science," he stated, "but I didn't like math and I couldl 't learn to enjoy the cutting-up of frogs." As a ilJnior hc play',,'d Ill,' romantic lead in the play "Mollusc". From that point on, drama was his dish. He henceforth played many roles: hc directed; he served as a company manager: Ire IOuled with plays, lte was irrevocably comlnitted. /'~ gratI[lLlle of ('C,l|lat \ttLl?.hil'igl()lr .~,MIc rl"arrach-- " "Heinie's l>dd~ a Bachelor el Airs degree in dra;m, mat in q~eech and also a B A in education. In ,lime Ire will begin his seventh year colle,-e, continuing :-ludies in the area of tlram . In order to maJ+JtaJn his teaching pc)silion hc l> cnr~fllcd +is an on-leave student in the University of Washington School of Drama. "'1 am on leave all year." l'arrach explains, +'except for tile Stllrllners." larrach, whose wife. Barbara, teaches in Mountain View ,~chool, has been continuously,mvq!ved i0 stage work for 19 ~a~ears, lwo of which were spent' w~(U time-First 'lnt'antry l ivision of tile U. Army. where he worked with troop shows. For the past 12 years he has taught in Shelton, lleadirig bolh beginning and advanced drama classes. Annttal productions include three Children's Theater plays, which arc written, dirccted and enacted by students for presentation to children. These plays are shown throughout tire community, and for thc past two years the Shelton group has been hired by Olympia Junior Programs, Inc. to appear in the ('apilol Theater in ()lympia. lhe major piece of the year is selected and directed by larrach, as the extra production destined for the annual contesl, Work lot next year's drama activities will begin in June of this year. ('lass members will choo.w stories 1o be presented in Children's 'lheatcr, and lhree students will write the script throtlghout tile sunlnler. Rehearsals, which are conducted during class periods to ensure nlaxinltlnl opportunity for participation, are held almost daily after school resumes in the fall. Tarrach has selected as next year's major piece Jules Feiffer's play "'Feiffer's People", a series of living conlemporary cartoons. larrach, a sensitive and dedicated artist who calls forth from his performers the very best they have to give, recalls a brief summarization that well expresses his own deep feeling for the lheater. When the first Children"s Theater production was taken on the road, a performance was presented in Bordeaux School, At one point an actor was required to advance decisively toward the audience from which there arose a childish voice ringing clear in joyful surprise: "Why, they're Rt'AL !" Thus, ill a worhl surfeited with the flickering of images on a screen, is expresse(l the wonder of Dean Tarrach"s living, breathing dranta. 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