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up collar. Cotton knit sweater
flecked with tweed. Cuffed,
pleated twill walking shorts,
Wincrest. Leather bag by B.H.
Smith. All from Winkleman's.
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The University of Michigan Mime Troupe
Schorling Auditorium, School of Education
8 p.m., Thursday-Saturday, April 14-16
By Coleen Egan
C 4 DON'T KNOW how to smoke,"
says junior Elaine Tracey,
"Perry tells me I keep putting the
wrong end in my mouth so I have to
practice. It takes practice when you
don't know how."
No, Elaine is not taking an end-of-the-
term crash course in smoking. As a
member of The University Mime
Troupe, she must learn to light up and
puff convincingly without the use of
cigarettes for one of the skits in the
troupe's upcoming show, "It's Mime
All Mime."
Elaine is one of a 10-member ensem-
ble, that acts without words under the
direction of Perry Perrault. Founded in
the fall of 1980, the Mime Troupe
became a new means of expression for
University students. 10 students, under-
graduate as well as graduate, have
been chosen for the group through
auditions at the beginning of the school
year.
The audition process is challenging.

"Perry gives you a scene, an object, or,
an abstract word and you have to act it
out," Elaine recalls from her fall 1982
audition. "You really have to use your
imagination and be creative because he
gives you obscure things. I had to act
out the word reach. Now how do you act
that out?"
Obviously Elaine finally figured out
how to do it. Students in the troupe have
varying degrees of background in the
area of mime. Although Elaine was ac-
tively involved in a number of
theatrical productions in high school, she
had only "goofed around" with mime
during the summer of 1982.
Other members of the troupe have
had several years experience including
Perrault, a University graduate, who
has toured the United States and
Europe performing mime. He also
teaches the illusionary art at Artworlds
Center for the Creative Arts. "Perry
can portray anything. He's amazing,"
says Elaine, "he has real control and
he's really inspiring and helpful."
After the group cooperatively
decided to put on a spring show, ideas
for pieces were tossed about. The
troupe came up with one or two page
scripts for each skit, discussing basic
actions and movements. Perrault chose
the actors for each piece, making a
mental note number the total ap-
pearances of each member.
After they had mastered the basic
role, Perrault encouraged individuals
to add their own character to their
roles. "He takes notes and later
suggests ways to make a piece work,"
says Elaine, "But he gives us freedom
to chose what we'd like to do."
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White pleated pants and blue, pink and
white striped, collarless oxford shirt.
All from Crowley's.

Funny
Sunday
Sunday Funnies
Michigan Theatre
8 p.m., Friday, April 8
By Jim Boyd
IF YOU GREW up as a fairly well-
adjusted child, most of your fond child-
hood memories were probably not of
the violent or general destruction-
oriented type. Instead, you looked tor-
ward to more mellow pleasures such as
a spin on the Big Wheel or good Chips
Ahoy cookies and milk. If you were
literarily inclined, you also revelled in
the Sunday Comics (or Funnies, depen-
ding on which side of the Ohio river you
hail from).
The Sunday Funnies were big and
colorful, and almost always humorous.
Fear not, the pleasures of childhood
may be retrieved on our hallowed cam-
pus.
The Sunday Funnies is the means to
this end. The Funnies is Ann Arbor's
very own comedy troupe, composed
entirely of students. It all star-
ted four years ago, probably in some
dark room, with three guys who wanted
to write comedy. The following year the
University Activities Council decided to
sponsor them, and its been roses ever
since.
Each term the group performs at
least one dinner theater and one main
show. The main show this term is
tonight at the Michigan Theater. The
format, leader Michael Jarema noted,
is "unique in that we do all original

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material, it is not like a play in that (a
play) has been done before."
The show is composed of comedy
sketches and songs, ranging from
vaudeville to satire, to human comedy.
"We shy away from local or college
comedy in order that we might reach a
more universal audience," Jarema
says. The troupe's aim, in a nutshell, is
to produce high quality comedy that
appeals to a large audience. One of the
most unique features of this group is its
emphasis on student involvement. On
this point Jarema notes, "We're cer-

tainly a different thing going on, the
show is totally student acted, directed
and written."
The troupe recently played Eastern
Michigan University so they should be
primed and ready to laugh our argyles
off. If you're sick of laughing at your
roommate and/or bed partner, why not
laugh at these people who want to be
laughed at. Sunday comes but once a
term, so don't miss it. After all Sundays
are inevitably followed by Mondays;
enjoy while you can.

Meissa

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