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Gilbert & Sullivan To Present

Weeks of work on staging, sing-
ing, dancing and publicity by
members of the Gilbert and Sul-
livan Society will come to a cli-
max when poets, fair maidens
and handsome soldiers appear on
the Lydia Mendelssohn stage to-
The curtain will rise on the so-
ciety's fall production, "Patience,"
at 8 p.m. tomorrow. Performances
will also be given Friday and Sat-
urday nights.
"Construction on the sets for
G&S were finished much earlier
than expected," was the comment
of Jan Willoughby, '60, chairman
of staging. "The sets, using pink
castles and such, blend in very
well with the action of the show,
and they provide a fine frame for
the story. Backdrops have been
ready since last Sunday."
Battle of Wiles
"Patience," also called "Bun-
thorne's Bride," is a battle of the
wiles of twenty young maidens
and the wits of Bunthorne, an
aesthetic poet and twenty dra-
goons who are in love with the
The poet rejects the love of the
young girls and Lady Jane, an un-
appealing old maid, to seek that
of Patience. The latter, however,
loves Bunthorne's rival, Gros-
Characters for the story, which
takes place in England, are Ger-
shom Morningstar, Grad., as Bun-
thorne, a satirization of Oscar
Wilde; Carla Cargill, '59, Patience;
John Vavroch, '59SM, Grosvenor;
and Althea Romaine, '60, Lady
Follows Tradition
"I feel that, as usual, G&S So-
ciety is maintaining its high repu-
tation not only as actors, but also
is highly competent in presenting
music," Jim Bob Stephenson of
the speech department, dramatic
director, said. "The tradition es-
tablished over the last ten years
will be continued in this perform-
ance as well."
Music director, Robert Denison,
'59SM, agreed that "the show will
be terrific." He also discussed the
orchestra, composed of "students
who come 'en masse' out of the
goodness of their hearts, to lend
their services to G&S."
Denison also added that he be-
lieves that Morningstar has fi-
nally arrived as his greatest role
in his portrayal of the poet.
To Rehearse
Final dress rehearsals and work
on the stage were held last night
and will be continued tonight.
The overture for the Society's
production of "Patience" was
written by Robert Brandzel, '57.
During the years that the Gil-
bert and Sullivan Society has been



DRAGOONS-Three of the Queen's soldiers show the uniforms
that they will be wearing in the performances of "Patience" at
8 p.m. tonorrow, Friday and Saturday in Lydia Mendelssohn
Theatre. Tickets are now on sale at the theatre box office.

on campus, it has tried to do a
variety of authors' shows. Includ-
ed in its University presentations
have been "Thespis," "Trial by
Jury," "HMS Pinafore," "Sorcer-
er," "Pirates of Penzance," and
Lose Music
Original music for "Thespis"
had been lost after the first pro-
duction of the play in England in
the 1800's. Score for the show was
written by Jerry Bilik, '55, former
music director of Gilbert and Sul-
livan Society.

The group plans to continue its
annual out-of-town appearances
by performing "Patience" on Dec.
5 in Toledo, Ohio and on Dec. 6
in Detroit.
Committee chairmen for the
production are Edith Goldstein,
'60 A&D, set and poster designs;
Nancy Lind, '61 and Karen Chan-
in, '61, programs; Marshal Kievit,
'59E, lighting; Ann Polak, '60,
publicity; Jerry Davies, '61M,
makeup; Terrell Rodefer, '60,
properties, and Mona Morning-
star, '59, tickets.

Union To Present Folksingers Seeger,
Terry in Concert for International Week

Folksingers Pete Seeger and
Sonny Terry will take over the
Hill Auditorium stage tomorrow,
complete with banjo and mouth-
The concert, presented by the
Union as part of International
Week, will include songs of Amer-
ica and of the world.
Seeger, born in New York in
1919, has been called by young
musicians the chief factor in the
rise of popularity of folk music.
He helped found the Weavers
in 1949, the quartet which prompt-
ly produced hit after unlikely hit:
"Goodnight, Irene," "Tzena, Tzena,
Tzena," and "Kisses Sweeter Than

Revived recently with consider-
able success, the Weavers have
presented a more international fla-
vor than ever. Seeger has a special
repertory of African songs he
introduces in their concerts and
encourages the audience to par-
ticipate in.
Seeger has done research on
folk music in the Library of Con-
gress, and done research of a dif-
ferent sort by "hoboeing around
with a banjo."


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