Photo Flash: A Day in the Life of Carol Channing
While individuals half her age are barely surviving the rigors of 9 to 5, musical comedy legend and icon, Ms. Carol Channing (along with husband, Harry Kullijian) starts her day on Oct 23rd with a 6:00am flight from Palm Springs , CA, to appear at a Barnes & Noble to speak and sign copies of her new CD entitled "For Heaven Sake" in Fort Collins, CO, followed by department tours and a sold out master class before the students and facility of Colorado State University (CSU) and wrapping her evening by hosting an exhibit unveiling dedicated to the fashions and life of her dear friend, the late Mr. Blackwell. Denver Post Theatre Critic, John Moore caught up with Ms. Channing
backstage for his podcast.
While touring the facility she remarked, "The students here are so wonderful. They ask such interesting questions and seem so eager to learn. They are alive with a desire to absorb information," and added, with regard to her dear friend, Mr. Blackwell, "it was an exciting and career confirming honor to be put on Mr. Blackwell's list in 1964. You knew you hadn't truly made it when you appear on "The List." David Merrick would say sales were climbing anyway, but I think that Blackwell's remarks caused the public to buy DOLLY tickets to see the fashion fiasco he was talking about."Ms. Channing's number one goal is to get the arts securely put back in the public school system. "The arts teach kids confidence, teamwork and communication skills, and you just know that the student who communicates best and relates well with others, will wind up getting those jobs in the fields of math and science." When asked about politicians who want to eliminate Arts programs in schools, she remarks "It will be like the fall of the Roman Empire all over again. History will repeat itself." adding, "President Obama said 'The future belongs to young people with an education and the imagination to create." First Lady Michelle Obama adds "Learning through the arts reinforces critical academic skills in reading, language arts and math and provides students with the skills to creatively solve problems." And even US Education Secretary, Arnie Duncan, adds "It's important to me that we give our students a reason to be excited to come to school everyday. The only way that happens is if children have the exposure to a broad range of activities, and music is a huge, huge piece of that. What worries me the most is that children who often need the most access often have the least."
For more information on how to help, visit ChanningArts.org.
Photo Credit: CSU Photography Services