Wednesday, March 13, 2002
When Hood River Valley High School drama teacher Rachel Krummel came onstage in tears during intermission at the March 9 staging of "Bullshot Crummond," many in the audience thought for a split second that it was part of the spoof.
"I've never had to do this," Krummel said, wiping away the tears. She went on to explain that Hans Severinsen, playing the main character of Hugh "Bullshot" Crummond in the comedy, had swallowed part of his stage prop pipe, and that it was lodged in his windpipe.
Krummel offered rainchecks to the audience for the show's final run this weekend, and the obviously dejected cast came onstage for a bow.
Severinsen was taken to the hospital emergency room where he was given medication to numb his throat and make him cough.
On Monday, Krummel said Severinsen had coughed the piece out of his windpipe and then re-swallowed it.
"When he re-swallowed it, it caused damage to his throat," Krummel said. "Today, I just told him not to talk."
Severinsen apparently swallowed the piece during the play's second scene, but continued through the rest of the hour-plus long first act with no outward signs of distress.
"He just puts everything into it," Krummel said. "That's why he's so good." At intermission, Krummel decided to make the difficult call of cancelling the play because she felt it was too risky to go on.
"I have never, ever been in a situation where I've had to come out and send everyone home," Krummel said. She said the whole cast trouped down to the hospital.
"It was very noisy in there," she said.
Doctors said Severinsen should be ready for Thursday's 7:30 p.m. performance. More questionable was a performance for middle school students scheduled for Tuesday; Krummel had a microphone ready for him to use so he wouldn't have to talk loudly in order to project his voice.
Krummel said Saturday's audience was understanding.
"The response from the audience was very heartwarming," she said. "Only three people wanted their money back. Everyone else said they'd come back -- even pay again."
"Bullshot Crummond" runs Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the Bowe Theatre. Senior citizens are offered half-price admission on Thursday.
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Parkdale third graders sing "12 Disaster Days of Christmas"
Welcome to your sing-able Christmas gift list. What follows is an emergency rendition of “12 Days of Christmas” – for outfitting your home or car in case of snow storm, earthquake, flood or other emergency. Read it as a simple list, or sing it to the tune of “12 Days” – you know, as in “ … and a partridge in a pear tree…” Not to make light of it, but the song is a familiar framework for a set of gift ideas that you could consider gathering together, even if the recipient already owns items such as a bunch of coats, tire chains and flashlights. Stores throughout the Gorge are stocked up on all these items. Buying all 12 days might be prohibitive, but here are three ideas for checking any of the dozen off your list (notations follow, 1-12.) The gift items needed to stay warm, dry and safe are also coded to suggest items in your abode (A) in your car (C) or both (B). 12 Gallons of Water (A) 11 Family meals (B) 10 Cans of propane (A) 9 Hygiene bags (B) 8 Packs of batteries (A) 7 Spare coats (B) 6 Bright red flares (C) 5 Cozy blankets (B) 4 Tire chains (C) 3 Flashlights (B) 2 cell phone chargers (B) 1 And a crush-proof first aid kit (B) Price ranges? Here’s a few quotes for days Three, Two, Four and Nine: n A family gift of flashlights (three will run $15-30, Hood River Supply, Tum-A-Lum) n Cell phone chargers (two will run $30-60) n Tire chains (basic set, $30, Les Schwab, returnable if unused for the winter) n Family meals ($100 or so should cover the basics for three or four reasonably well-fed days) n The home kit should be kept in a handy place near an exit, and remember that water needs to be replenished every few months. If you have a solid first aid kit already, switch out the gift idea with “and-a-sto-o-u-t- tub-for it-all …” Otherwise, it’s a case of assembling your home or car kits and making sure all members of the family know what the resources are and how to use them (ie flares and propane). Emergency situations are at worst life-threatening, at best deeply uncomfortable if you and your family are left without power for an extended period, or traveling and find yourself in a situation where you need to wait out a storm, lengthy traffic delay, or other crisis. Notes on the 12 gift ideas: 12 – Gallons of water: that’s one per person in a four-member family to last for three days, the recommended minimum to be prepared for utility outages. 11 – Easy-open packaged goods, energy bars, dried food and nuts are good things to include for nutrition. Think of what your family of four needs for three days to stay fortified and hydrated (see number 12). Can-opener also recommended 10 – If you have a propane camping stove, keep extra fuel handy. 9 – Hygiene bags: put packaged moistened towelettes, toilet paper, and plastic ties in large garbage bags (for personal sanitation) Resource list courtesy of Hood River County Emergency Management, Barbara Ayers, manager/ 541-386-1213. The county also reminds residents to Get a Kit, Make A Plan to connect your family if separated, and Stay Informed. See www.co.hood-river.or.us to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge