THE MICHIGAN DAILY
TUESDAY, AUGUST 24. 1965_
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By BARBARA SEYFRIED 'A Funny Thing Happened on the1
Way to the Forum."
Three student organizations nave MUSKET has been presenting
traditionally presented dramatic increasingly more professional per-
performances during the year at formances in the past three years,
the University. These perform- according to Jack Rouse, Grad,
ances are designed to make use ofMUSKET director.
student talent on campus. Use Talent
This year MUSKET (Michigan Rouse explained that MUSKET
Union Show-Ko-Eds Too) will attempts to use the talent of Uni-
present Leonard Bernstein's "West versity students in any area of
Side Story"; The Gilbert and Sul- study, in any year at the Univer-
livan Society will present "Pirates sity. This year it will hold a mass
of Penzance," and Soph Show will meeting September 8 at 7:30 p.m.
present Steven Sondheim's play, in the Michigan League Ballroom.
Rouse indicated that some of the Its mass meeting time has not
best talent for MUSKET was been released.
found among those who had had Soph Show is run entirely by
no previous experience upon the sophomores. Students select, di-
stage. rect and produce the play them-
He also explained that there selves. The play they are present-
were numerous opportunities for
students to participate, not only
in MUSKET, but also in Soph
Show and G&S. Students in any
of these organizations can audi-
tion for the cast of the play or
petition for jobs on stage crews,
working in such things as costume
design, set design, makeup and
other areas of work.
G&S Society presents a Gilbert
and Sullivan production in the fall
and winter semesters each year.
Last year it presented "Trial by
Jury" and "The Sorcerer."
ing this year, "A Funny Thing
Happened on the Way to the For-
um," was described by Rouse as a
"nutty, vaudeville, farcical, plot-
less play which moves at an ex-
tremely fast pace," Rouse explain-
ed that the play is a very stylized
production and is extremely amus-
ing if it is done well.
He explained that last year's
Soph Show performance of "Fio-
rello" was hailed as a success.
One benefit of Soph Show, ac-
cording to Rouse, is that it pro-
vides sophomores with an oppor-
tunity to get involved in an orga-
nization for which they are solely
This year's mass meeting fort
sophomores will be held September!
3 at 7:15 p.m. in the League Ball-
The reason behind MUSKET's
selection of "West Side Story" this
year was that it has a "message"
to deliver. Rouse explained that
from the musical standpoint "West
Side Story" is extremely difficultj
to produce. Because of Bernstein'sI
background, he wrote the music
in such a way that it possesses a
symphonic, almost balletic quality
which is rather hard to produce.
The biggest problem Rouse an-
ticipates with the MUSKET pro-
duction is locating male dancers.
Rouse said he was sure that the
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By ROBERT MOORE
When the University's Profes-
sional Theatre Program (PTP)
set a new record last April for
advance subscriptions by selling
over 1,000 in just one week-even
though the first performance was
almost a half-year away-theatre
in Ann Arbor reached a new high.
The University, through its
PTP, offers a varied and often-
brilliant array of theatre. As one
part of the Professional Theatre
Program, the PTP brings in the
Association of Producing Artists
(APA) to Ann Arbor every fall to
put on a series of plays in
Just a few comments that have
been made about the APA are
enough to indicate the quality of
the University's PTP schedule.
"America's most skillful reper-
tory company," the Saturday Re-
view called it.
"The finest repertory company
in America," the New Yorker
"Exhilarating . ..emature the-
atre. . . a joy," the New York
Prof. Donald Hall of the Eng-
lish department, one of Ann Ar-
bor's ranking critics and men of
the arts, once said that "the the-
atre in Ann Arbor is not to be
Even the University Regents
passed a special resolution prais-
ing the APA's performance of "Ah
Evening's Frost," a play written
by Hall and premiered in Ann
The PTP presents the APA; but
also it presents two other pro-
grams for Ann Arbor audiences-
it's "play of the month" program
and its annual presentation of an
original play. One APA original
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A Tense Moment in the APA's Judith'
play later went on to be a success
This season, as usual, the PTP
will present three plays through
the APA, its play-of-the-month
program, and one original play.
This season APA will present:
-"You Can't Take It With
You," one of the funniest comedies
in America, by George S. Kauf-
man and Moss Hart;
-"The Wild Duck," a poignant
classic about hope and failure by
-"Herakles," the world pre-
miere performance of Pulitzer
prize winner Archibald MacLeish's
provocative new play.
Last season the PTP presented
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To do this the PTP used the
epic theatre style of acting
in which one scene is blended into
the next. Stage hands moved
freely on stage to raise and lower
platforms which were the essence
of a scene change.
The entire play was presented in
short, critical scenes which com-
municated the essence of the story
to the audience.
This was the premier of the
play in the United States.
Other plays presented were Jean
Giradoux's "Judith," Brendan Be-
han's "The Hostage," and George
Bernard Shaw's "Man and Super-
The APA productions run be-
tween Sept. 28 and Nov. 14 in
repertory. Single show seats range
from $1.80 to $5.00. Season tickets
range from $5.40 to $15.00. Stu-
dents, however, receive a special
25 per cent discount.
The season tickets are available
now and single tickets will be sold
in September. Tickets can be
bought through the mail (U-M
PTP, Mendelssohn Theatre, Ann
Arbor) or at the subscription of-
fice in the Women's League
FOUR TIMES A YEAR
talent was available but the diffi-
culty lay in getting them to audi-
tion for the play,
However, he did indicate that
there were also a great number
of people willing to try out. Last
year there were 35 roles and over
150 students turned out for audi-
Rouse said he expects more peo-
ple to turn out this year and hopes
he can get the male dancers he
needs for the performance.
One innovation which MUSKET
directors plan to make this year
is to use an extremely stylized
form of scenery. As Rouse ex-
plained, the entire set will be con-
structed out of metal.
This will be done, he said, be-
cause of the difficulty present in
setting up complete sets of a New :f
This is probably the first time ,
an all metal set has ever been used E:
on any stage in Ann Arbor, Rouse :
remarked. It is something also.
rarely used on other stages x
throughout the nation.r
While it is possible for MUSKET
to buy the Jerome-Roble ins chore-
ography for "West Side Story"
used in the Broadway version of
the play, Rouse said he plans to
do his own choreography for the
play. For He Is n Englishman
Both Rouse and the musical di-
rector of MUSKET, Bruce Fisher,
'66M, have been working on MUS-
KET productions for the past
Both directors worked together
on the 1964 production of "The
Boyfriend" and the 1965 prodic-
tion of "Wonderful Town," anoth-
er Bernstein musical.
Rouse said that during the years TB O
MUSKET has undergone a subtle
change. He explained that it used
to be more of a social organization
rather than a group of students
attempting to produce a polished
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