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SUNDAY. SE EMRF.R. 22- 1992..

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APA, "U' Players Share
busy Season of Theatre

orge--an of Many Faces



G&S To Mock Female Independence

(EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the first
in a continuing series of features
by Culture Beat reporter Marjorie
Brahms, concerning the arts in the
Ann Arbor area. Entitled "Back-
stage," it will appear each week.)
Grand-scale theatre has de-
scended on Ann Arbor, complete
with an off-beat residence com-
pany, professional productions and
the gilt-edged names of Judith
Anderson, Helen Hayes, Maurice
Evans and Charles' Laughton.
On the other hand is 'the not-
so-famous, yet often quite pro-
fessional University Playbill. More-
over, the Ann Arbor community of
scholars and townspeople will be
asked to support the Civic Theatre,
the, spring Drama Season, and
traditional student productions,
such as Musket, Soph Show and
Junior Play.
Commenting on Ann Arbor's
prolific season, Prof. William Hal-
stead, of the speech department,
who has been at the University
almost continuously since 1935 and
a man well-versed in the develop-
ment of Ann Arbor theatre, 1be-
lieves that "the more good theatre
there is, the more people will be
interested in attending it."
Theatrical Coexistence
Proft Halstead, who works with
the University Players, believes
the professional theatre program
and his group of student per-
USE OF THIS COLUMN for announce-
mients is available to officially recog-
nized and registered organizations only.
Organizations planning to be active for
the fall. session should register by
Oct._8, 1962. Forms available, 1011 Stu-
dient Activities Bldg.
* * *
Graduate Outing Club,. Hike-Silver
Lake, Sept. 23, 2 p.m., Rackham Bldg.,
Huron St. Entrance.
* * *
U. of M. Folk Dancers, Regular Meet-
ing, Dancing, Instruction, Sept. 25, 7:30
p.m., 1429 Hill St.
Gamma Delta, Lutheran Student Club,
Sept. 23, 6:00 p.m. Supper. Panel Dis-
cussion: Science and Religion, 6:45.
s * a.
Spanish Club, Sociedad Hispanica
Membership Meeting, Mon., Sept. 24,.3-5
p.m., Frieze Bldg. Refreshments. Ven-

formers can coexist and flourish.
In the past, he found that the
summer University Playbill nad
better attendance when the spring
Drama Season was good, although
one followed close on the heels
of the other. In other words, an
overabundance of theatre may
stimulate more people to attend
the theatre, rather than cause ,ne
or another drama group to go
out of business.
The history of the two maJor
drama groups occupying the fall!
and winter spotlight in Ann Arbor
is, in part, the history of American
theatre. The community and uni-
versity theatre is a fast-growing
part of American culture.
Fine Entertainment
The University Players, accord-
ing to Prof. Halstead; operates to
provide both student actors and
the audience with a wide range
of high caliber entertainment.
Rather than perform hit musicals,
comedies and the like, the Players
lean towards the classics, avant-
garde drama and less commercial
standard plays.
Students participate voluntarily
as actors and in other positions,
although some speech courses re-
quire working on a, crew.
The speech department's first
effort was in 1916. Until 1929, per-
formances were by invitation and
The second floor of Barber Gym,
a makeshift stage in the old Uni-
versityAssembly Hall and the old
Union dancehall were used as
theatres. In 1929, Lydia Mendels-
sohn Theatre was built, and under
the tutelage of director Valentine
Wimdt, the University Players
Repetoire Theatre
Differing from the established
Players, repetoire theatre, a, thriv-
ing institution in Europe, is trying
out its wings at present in the
United States. The University's
Professional Theatre Program fea-
tures the Association of Producing
Artists, a company of able per-
formers fresh from off-Broadway
At the University of Minnesota,
Tyrone Guthrie is also establishing
a company similar to the APA,
and at ULCA another attempt at
repetoire theatre in a university
community is taking rlace.

The Gilbert and Sullivan So-
ciety on a date to be announced
will present its 31st production,
"Princess Ida," which is, in Gil-
bert's words, "a respectful per-
version of Mr. (Alfred Lord) Ten-
nyson's 'The Princess'."
The operetta is the story of a
princess who sets up a women's
university for the purpose of
teaching women to be completely
independent of men. In this work
Gilbert takes a bitter slap at the
movement for women's independ-
ence which was gaining strong
momentum in England in the
middle and late 1880's.
In many respects this operetta
is considered the most difficult
work contrived by Gilbert and
Sullivan. It is written entirely in
blank verse which gives this work
a unity not usually present in their
other works.
Two Directors
The Gilbert and Sullivan Society
is under the direction of Mrs.
Rosella Duerksen and Gershom
Mrs. Duerksen, the musical di-
rector, is founder and director
the Ann Arbor Cantata Singers.
She holds a master's degree from
Westminster Choir College and a
doctor of sacred music degree from
the Union Theological Seminary
in New York City.
Morningstar, the dramatic di-
rector, is former director of the
American Light Opera Company
in Washington, D. C., and assist-
DIAL 8-6416
"is a bold crosscut of 'life
in the raw'. The film's
impact is tremendous,
the acting excellent!"

ant director of the Harmony House
Players in Arlington, Va., and the
Montgomery Light Opera Com-
pany in Takoma, Md.
Rising Costs
Discussing the financial condi-
tion of the Gilbert and Sullivan
Society, Morningstar said in 1956
the cost of production was $150
and last semester the cost was
$4,000, with profits being $3,700.
He noted that "the costs of pro-
duction are rapidly rising and
have been prohibitive."
The Society is "not much worse
off financially than other student
organizations," he added.

"The Society feels an obligation
toward its audience to do most of
the shows, rather than repeat the
most popular," Morningstar said.
He noted that the Society has a
unique audience; 90 per cent have
seen the shows many times but
usually return.
The cast for "Princess Ida" in-
cludes, as principals, Lois Alt,
'63SM, as Lady Blanche; Brenda
Benks as Melissa; Richard Haz-
zard, '63SM: as Florian; Gene Cor-
rell as Scynthius; John Allen as
Arac; Ronald Westman as Guron;
and Bolivar Kegnastie as Gama.
A few roles are as yet uncast.


See the

COMIC PIANIST-A man of many faces, Victor Borge, world famous concert pianist turned
comedian, will present a program at 8:30 p.m., Oct. 5 at Hill Aud. under the auspices of the Uni-
versity Bands. Borge, a native of Denmark, was a child prodigy at the age of four and a concert
pianist at 13. He began mixing comedy with serious music and finally emerged as a star of stage
and screen, famous throughout the world. The proceeds of the concert will be used to finance the
bands, to buy equipment and instruments and to help finance out of town trips. Tickets for the per-
formance will go on sale tomorrow at the Hill Aud. box office from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Ticket sales
will continue through Sept. 29.
Band Day To Feature 185 Ensembles


The University's 14th annual
Band Day will take place next
Saturday at the opening football
game against Nebraska. About 185
high school bands are expected for
the traditional event at half-time.
Prof. William D. Revelli, director
of University bands, will conduct
"Anchors Aweigh," "Whiffenpoof
Song" and other numbers, along
with Prof. George R. Cavender, as-
sistant director.
'Records in Rock'.. .
On "The Inquiring Mind," a
television series over station WWJ
at noon tomorrow, Prof. William
Kelly of the geology department
discusses his reasons for becom-
ing a professor. His answer comes

on "Records in Rock," a program
in the series featuring the re-
search and teaching of University
faculty members.
Recorder Society.. .
The Ann Arbor Recorder Society
will begin its eighth season to-
morrow with a special program on
"Instrumental Chanson Settings
of Around 1500" presented by Prof.
Hans T. David of the music school.
The program will be at 8 p.m. in
the First Baptist Church.
German Politics . . .
Fritz Erler, Nazi war prisoner
and a leader of Germany's Social
Democratic Party, was interviewed
by Prof. Henry Bretton of the po-

litical science department. The
discussion, involving the relation
of the Social Democratic Party to
Marxism, its stand on domestic
and international issues, and its
past and present p o l i t i c a l
strengths and weaknesses, will be
presented at 9:30 a.m. tomorrow
on television station WXYZ.
One-Man Sho *.*.
Prof. William A. Lewis of the
art department will present a one-
man show at the Battle Creek
Civic Art Center, "Last Years of
the Civil War." Beginning today
and running through the middle
of October, the show of water-
colors, oils and drawings was exe-
cuted under a Horace H. Rackham
grant last year.
Love and Marriage..:.
Balladeer Neil Snortum of the
Englishdepartment will sing love
songs and marriage songs,.the lat-
ter being not quite as happy as
the former, on a program at 7:15
a.m. next Saturday over television
station WJBK.

Complete shows start at
1 - 3 - 5 - 7 and 9:10
DI~l- AFeature starts
2-6264 8 minutes later

Proffer Tells of Communist
'Thought Control Pro grams'

"is not recommended
for the squeamish or
the easily shocked!"

Presented by Assembly Association, Alpha Phi Omega,
and the Folklore Society
Sunday, October 14, 1962
- 8:00p.m-
T I CK ETS: $3.50-$2.50-$1.50
For Advance Tickets, Mail Check or Money Order to:
Limeliters Concert,
Student Activities Bldg. Ann Arbor
I Gentlemen:
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and arrangements Nae
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Pick tp mail orders starting Oct. 8, at Hill Aud. box office

"The Communists plan for
world domination and an abund-
ant life is expounded everywhere
in Russia, even in photography
magazines," Carl Proffer, Grad,
said recently in an interview at
his home.
Proffer, now working on his doc-
toral thesis in the Slavic depart-
ment, spent last semester at Mos-
cow State University.
He pointed to some large pos-
ters that he brought back from
Russia. Against a background of
statues of Lenin or Marx, the smil-
ing faces of laborers gaze into the
future and the text urges the
reader to work hard for the fu-
ture of Communism.
Much Propaganda
Proffer noted that the posters
were typical of the heavy atmos-
phere of propaganda that perm-
eates Moscow. He said that the
propaganda and thought control
programs of the Soviets appear to
be very successful among Russians
themselves. But such an open, full-
Watch G. R.

scale Communist campaign comes
as quite a shock to a foreigner,
he added.
There were very few skeptics
among the students, Proffer said.
Most students belong to the Young
Communist League. He noted that
the only Russians not really satis-
fied with the Communist system
were some of the older people who
remembered another era.
Proffer observed that it seemed
to be a form of neurosis on the
part of some Russians to seek out
an American and express their dis-
satisfaction with the government
-something like confessing to
crimes one hasn't committed.
Questionable Veracity
Except for some of the people
whom he knew for a longer time
at the university, he could never
be sure when Russians were speak-
ing frankly to him, Proffer said.
While most Russians were very
surprised to learn that he was an
American, they were almost always
Proffer commented that anyone
who has seen the inefficiency of
Russians in their daily life would
find it hard to believe that they
are able to send rockets around
the earth.
He explained that clerks are
often rude, service is slow,and
customers must stand in line to
buy almost anything.
Although the crime rate in Rus-
sia is low compared to that of the
United States, misuse of govern-
ment funds is a common offense.









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