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April 16, 1959 - Image 2

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'Campus Queen' Returns
From Busy Paris Week

Managers Keep Speech Shows on Road


car from beginning to end. One of
her prizes on the television pro-
gram was a Simca of her own. She
is keeping all of her prizes.
Carole, who is studying to teach
the handicapped, said that she
will need the car to commute be-
tween Ypsilanti and Ann Arbor
this summer.
'Fabulous' Waiters
Commenting on her trip, Carole
noted especially the "fabulous"
service of French waiters and .de-
clared that five seemed to wait
upon her at once. "We were really
wined and dined," she said.
Carole commented that she, was
dissatisfied only with the lack of
time for doing everything she had
wished. She plans to return and
spend two months there.
Missed Seine Trip
She also missed a boat trip on
the Seine, having had an ulcer
attack the night it was scheduled.
Commenting on the "Queen for
a Day" show, Carole admitted
that she had not thought much of

(EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the last
in a series on the people concerned
with the production of speech depart-
nent plays.)
There would be no business like
show business at the University
if a careful check on speech de-
partment finances were not kept
by its business manager, Bruce
Nary, assisted by Thomas Skin-
ner, Grad.
Discovering that the manageiial
job is inherently a two-fold one,
the two men have divided it ac-
cordingly, with Nary handling all
finances and Skinner attending to
play publicity.
Make Out Budget
"First of all, we don't schedule
plays so that the major produc-
tions come at the season end,"
Nary earnestly declared. Before
the season begins,, we make out
a tentative budget based on our
income from the previous year.
"This usually means that we
have to juggle our schedule of
plays so that those that reqire
heavy costuming ,a large 'budget
and a large cast do not follow
one another," he reported.
Nary emphasized that having
"Volpone" and "Electra" right
after one another and at the end
of the Playbill season, was an ex-
ceptional, case.
Many Plays Restricted
Explaining that a lot more goes
into the final selection of a play
than a person would realize, the
business manager revealed that
many plays which the department
might consider putting on are in
the "restricted" category.
"The copyright makes this a le-
gal business," Nary said. "If a play
will be seen by viewers in this
area, whether on television or live,
or if it is enjoying a comparatively
new run on Broadway, we will be
denied permission to do it."
Reporting on the financial sta-
tus of the speech theatre, Nary
revealed that "we seldom make
money, usually breaking even or
running a little in the red."
Need Theatre
"What we really need is a
theatre which we can use to run
our plays on two successive week-
ends," he insisted. "We always fill
our theatre on Friday and Sat-
urday evenings, because students
are not busy then."
The job of filling the theatre
belongs, in part, to the soft-
spoken, personable young man
who scours the campus trying to
find a way to pitch his publicity.


-Daily-Richard Bracken
PLAN PUBLICITY-Thomas Skinner (right) and Bruce Nara
have charge of the finances and publicity for speech department
productions. The operating budget for one year is determined
by the profit of the previous season.

"It's the old fable that a news-
paper won't print a story when
dog bites man, only when man
bites dog," Skinner confided.
Publicity Expensive
Gives a specific budget, Skinner
must fashion publicity for both
the season and individual shows.
"This year," he reported, "the
season publicity drained our fi-
nances almost dry."
Listing three main methods of
promotion - posters, newspapers
and stationary signs - he insist-
ed that "theatre posters can't be
too modern. They 'have to be
simple, generally giving notice as
to what's going on, when and
where. Sometimes they can add
why something would be of in-
"The important thing to do is
to find "that" line, when appeal-

ing to the public, Skinner assert-
ed. "Sometimes an adaptation of
New York publicity works here
and sometimes it doesn't."
Avoid Excesses
He advised "never to advertise
anything as 'a classic'. That's
sure death. You've got to be very
careful, because you just may
overdo something, even if 'it's
something good."
A special feature of "Love's
Labor's Lost" was the transparent
costumes. "People were wondering
'what the devil are they going to
do with transparent costumes?'
and were probably hoping that it
would be something, illicit," he
laughingly, yet sincerely said,
"But the point is that this angle
brought many people to the show,
and' more important, once they
got there, they enjoyed it," Skin-
ner added.


.. "Queen" returns
lucky, and mentioned a comment
from her father: "If you dropped
a piece of white bread in a mud
puddle, it would come up white."
the sob stories type of program
before, but now thinks that every
girl should have an opportunity to
be "Queen for a Day."


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A "Dance Organization Con-
cert," choreographed entirely by
students, will be presented at 8
p.m. tonight in the Lydia Mendels-
sohn Theatre.
Put on by the Modern Dancej
Club, the Ballet Club and the
Choreographers Workshop, the
program will feature modern bal-
let and jazz dancing.
John Flower, pianist, of the
University music school will pre-
sent a lecture-recital at 4:15 p.m.
today in Auditorium A of Angell
The subject to be discussed and
played will be Johann Sebastian
Bach's "Well-tempered Clavier."
Prof. Roy Pierce of the political
science department will lecture at
8 p.m. today in the West Confer-
ence Rm. in the Rackham Build-
The topic 'of his talk will be
"Where France Stands."
* * *
Prof. Paul MacKendrick of the
Dept. of Classics at the University
of Wisconsin will lecture at 4:10
p.m. today in Aud. B. Angell Hall,
en "A Masterpiece of Roman
Architecture: The Sanctuary of
Fortune at Praeneste."

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Prof. MacKendrick's lecture is
sponsored by the Ann Arbor So-
ciety of the Archaeological Insti-
tute of America.
The alumni of Wellesley College
will sponsor a book sale at 6 p.m.
to 9 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to 9
p.m. tomorrow in the Ann Arbor
Room of the Michigan League.

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DIAL NO 2-3136
The producer of "War and Peace"
presents entertainment so vast it
bursts the very boundaries of the
huge motion picture screen!





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ANNAPOLIS (M)-A 62-year-
old retired sailor arrived un-
announced after a 600-mile bus
trip at the office of Capt. Slade
Cutter, Naval Academy athletic
He gave Capt. Cutter $23,000
in $100 bills, saying he wanted
his savings to help deserving
Navy athletes.
The captain took his to see
other work in progress. "Is
there anything else I can do?"
Capt. Cutter asked.
The old sailor hesitated.
"Well," he said shyly, "would
you mind driving me back to
the bus station?"

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