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CAPE GAZETI, Friday, February 21- February 27, 1997. 35 SCHOOL 8= EDUCATION Cape High student pays tribute to drama dept. with mural By Rosanne Pack Ten years of theatre can literally flash before your eyes as you pass along one of the hallways of Cape Henlopen High School, and it's all because Jason Fruchtman agreed to stay off of his surf board and ply his paint brushes for a while. The senior co-op student is close to completing a wall mural that records the 10 years of theatre collaboration between Cape teach- ers, Chris King and Aleta Thomp- son. Painted in stark black and red on the white wall, the mural chroni- cles 24 shows, musicals, dramas and comedies that Cape students have performed. Many sold out and earned high acclaim for the students who participated as well as for their instructors and advi- sors. The wall of fame shows it all, some in original designs from Broadway posters and playbills, many are Fruchtman's designs, It's the lust wall the student has ever done, but, looking down the hallway, he said that it may not be his last."After I finish this, I'll probably do the next one down for Mrs. Thompson," he said. "It will be for the newspaper since she's the advisor. "I started out helping with the set for the 'Wizard of Oz;' then I painted comedy and tragedy on the Green Room door. After that, Mrs. King and Mrs. Thompson told me to do this." "I had the idea, and Jason was the person who could do it. It's in celebration of our 10th year doing shows together," King said. "Besides, I wanted to be able to look out of my classroom door and see something other than a blank wall! I don't even have a window to look out of, so this will be great; he's doing such a nice job." In applying the design to the hall wall, Fruchtman works free- hand. He said he boxes off where he wants the particular production logo to go, and then freehands it in pencil first. What if he's two-thirds done and almost out of space7 'lat has happened. Usually, I get them right," he laughs, "But sometimes I have to erase and do it again." His design featuring Snoopy's dog house and the signature stripes of Charley Brown's shirt graced the playbill and t-shirts for "You're A Good Man, Charley Brown!" "That was pretty cool, having my design used for everything," he admits. The same design is now immortalized on the wall. This is only Fruchtman's second year at Cape Henlopen High School. He and his family moved from Wilmington last year. They own Jeremiah's Records in Dewey Beach where Jason also works to fulfill the occupational portion of his co-op status. As a student at Mt. Pleasant High School in Wilmington, he took art classes in school and some offered by community orga- nizations. He credits his Mt. Pleas- ant art teacher with encouraging him to become involved in art and arts related activities. Until he took on the wall at Cape Henlopen High, he primarily sketched and drew "figures and stuff." One of his uncles draws and does cartoons, and Fruchtman said that he has definitely been a posi- tive influence. His family also encourages him and his dad even has some production in mind that Rosanne Pack photo Cape Heniopen High School senior Jason Fruchtman is the artist responsible for filling a school wall with 10 years of Cape Thespians history. can help the family business. With Jeremiah's expanding, and adding a coffee area, his dad thinks the young artist can put his talents to work on a wall or two in the new area, and perhaps design the new menus. Although he admits to a surfing addiction n "I go everyday." "Everyday? Even in winter?" "Everyday, all year long. You can't do that in Wilmington." -- Fruchtman's future definitely includes college. "I am going to college some- where," he said. "I would like to Cape School District menus U of D prof to speak on whittler Feb. 21 in Lewes Robert D. Bethke, associate pro- fessor of English at the University of Delaware, will discuss his book "Americana Crafted: Jehu Camper, Delaware Whittler," on Friday, Feb. 21 in Lewes and Seaford. Speaking as part of the free public Land and Sea Lecture Series offered by the University, Bethke will talk in Lewes at 10 a.m. at the University's Virden Center, 700 Pilottown Road, and in Seaford at 2 p.m. at the Methodist Manor House on Mid- dleford Road. As a young man growing up in rural Kent County during the early years of the 20th century, Jehu Camper saw changes taking place in what were then familiar scenes of everyday fanning and commu- nity life. To preserve this cultural heritage before it disappeared, Camper sought to create in wood scaled-down scenes that he, and others of previous generations, had witnessed. This legacy is the basis of Bethke's book. Published by the University Press of Mississippi, it is the ninth book in its Folk Art and Artists series. Books in the series focus on the work of informally trained or self-taught artists rooted in region- al, occupational, ethnic, racial or gender-specific traditions. Bethke's book is the result of research begun in 1977, when Bethke fwst met Jehu and Lillian Camper. During Camper's long and prolific career as a whittler, the Delawarean created more than 600 objects. "Camper hoped that these assemblages would connect gener- ations of Delawareans," Bethke explained. "He hoped that the individual pieces would serve as a link between the young and the old." The book includes black and white photographs of the artist and of the backyard Camper's Muse- um, built in 1975 to display his handicraft. Color plates depict rep- resentative assemblages, which are described in Camper's words. The assemblage, which Bethke likens to three-dimensional pho- tographs of the past, offer glimpses into the daily life of the Delaware farming community. Camper's dream of keeping his collection together in one place, for public viewing, was fulfilled in 1992, three years after his death, when his wife, Lillian, donated its entirety to the Delaware Agricul- tural Museum and Village in Dover. The museum currently fea- tnres most of the assemblages in a prominent display. As an undergraduate at Middle- bury College, where he majored in American literature, Bethke learned about folklore studies from Horace P. Beck, a nationally known folklorist. With Beck's encouragement, Bethke went on to pursue M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in folklore and folklife at the Univer- sity of Pennsylvania. major in art at the University of Delaware; but, I'll probably go to Delaware State. They have a good department, and a lot of design things you can do with computers. And I've met people there who are very nice. "I haven't used computers before to produce art work, but I want to learn how to do it. I want to learn to do it all; I like a lot of things in art, a little of this, a little of that." Fruchtman plans to major in arts education and hopes to teach on the high school level. Then, even- tually, he sees a masters degree in his future. But, for now, he has a little more to do on the theatre program mur- al, then there's the one proposed for The Viking, and the project for his dad. And, of course, there's all that surfing. The Cape Henlopen School District Menu for the week of Feb. 24-28 includes: Shields, Rehoboth, H.O. Brittingham and Sussex Consortium Monday, Feb. 24 - Wafered steak on bun, pizza or sandwich choice; steamed broccoli, mixed fruit, juice, milk. Tuesday, Feb. 25 - Chicken patty on bun, egg roll with bread or sand- wich choice; flavored rice, Californ'a blend veggie, applesauce, juice, milk. Wednesday, Feb. 26 - Spaghetti with meat sauce and bread stick or sandwich choice; salad with dressing, peas, orange half, juice, milk. Thursday, Jan. 27 - Fish on bun, turkey or Italian sub or sandwich choice; green beans, macaroni and cheese, stewed tomatoes, lettuce and tomato, diced peaches, juice, milk. Friday, Jan. 28 - Early dismissal - pizza or sandwich choice; mixed vegetables, diced pears, fruit juice, milk. Lewes Middle, Milton Middle Monday, Feb. 24- Wafered steak on bun, pizza or sub/sandwich choice; tomato and lettuce cup, sliced pineapple, fresh fruit, juice, milk. Tuesday, Feb. 25 - Chicken patty on bun, hamburger on bun or sand- wich/sub choice; hash browns, peas, applesauce, fruit juice; milk. Wednesday, Feb. 26 - Beefaroni casserole, spaghetti with meat sauce and garlic bread, pizza or sandwich/sub choice; tossed salad with dress- ing, orange half, juice, milk. Thursday, Feb. 27 - Chicken nuggets with sauce, nachos with cheese or sandwich/sub choice; French fries, green beans, fresh fruit, fruit juice, milk. Friday, Feb. 28 - Early dismissal - Pizza or sandwich choice; celery sticks, frozen fruit juice bar, fruit juice, milk. Cape Henlopen High School - no menus available