The phrase "the show must go on" took on literal meaning during the Sunday, March 13, performance of "Funny Girl" at the Camelot Theatre in Talent. Not halfway through the show, a storm knocked out power in the area. The stage went black. Confusion, like the darkness, engulfed actors and audience alike.

Artistic director Livia Genise, flashlight in hand, addressed the audience. She offered two options: Cancel the performance or continue the play, hampered though it would be without lights, sound effects or full orchestration. Someone in the crowd shouted, "The show must go on!" Thunderous applause followed.

A seasoned professional, Genise assessed the situation. She called intermission while she and her troupe reorganized. An old-style piano was wheeled in to replace the synthesizer. Musicians huddled beneath a small portable lamp, trying to read their music in the near-blackness. Aided only by tiny, handheld flashlights, the performers returned, reciting lines and executing dance numbers on a barely visible stage.

Yes, the play did go on, and it was spectacular; a shining example of what "live" theatre is all about. To the cast, crew, musicians, staff and volunteers of Camelot Theatre, I say bravo! Truly, this was the best show ever! — Carol Putnam, Central Point

Step right up, folks!

It's that time again, we're being told that the circus — with its animal actors — is in town.

What they're not telling you is that the living beings who are forced to do tricks for you are stolen from their mothers as babies; they are kept in filthy, cramped cages; travel constantly; and are forever isolated from having any contact with members of their kind. They are kept against their will, forced to do acts which are unnatural and unnecessary for them, then it's back to their prisons again. Please don't support this cruelty by attending.

Remember, if you permit this abuse, you're promoting it. — Louise Garner, White City

U.S. authorities surely know better than to claim U.N. support for a "no-fly" attack on Libya.

The U.N. Charter requires a successful Security Council vote to consist of nine affirmative votes including the affirmative vote of the five nations with the veto. Since China and Russia "abstained," their votes were not affirmative, and hence the U.N. measure failed.

The U.S. made the same "Alice in Wonderland" claim for U.N. support for the wars in North Korea, Vietnam, Iraq and the "no-fly zone" in Iraq. — Donald A. Wells, Medford

If any of you have been wondering what became of the Babes in Black who used to haunt Vogel Plaza, don't worry, they'll be back just as soon as another Republican becomes president.

After all, that's the only time when war is worth making a spectacle of oneself, isn't it? — Ron Smith, Medford

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