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THI{I.MICHIGAN DAILYt.

PRISES COSTUMES
TO BE USED FOR
1916 PRODUCTION
DIRECTOR iMlOIIGAN BELIEVES AT-
TIRE OF CAST AN) CHORUS
BEST OF ITS KIND
DESIGNS SHOW MODERNITY
Varioiis 'SCenes of Show Give Splendid
Opportunity For Skill
of Artists
The coztumes for the Union opera,
"Tres Rouge," are the finest that have
ever been used for any student pro-
duction, according to Charles P. Mor-
gan, Jr., director of the opera.
Not only are the costumes beautiful
but they have been designed with the
utmost modernity, so that when the
"leading lady" puts on her gown for
Mrs. Greggs' ball she need not be
afraid that it is any later than two or
three minutes of the most approved
fashion.
The costumes were designed by the
:Eaves Costume Company of New York,
and are all made from sketches drawn
up purposely for the opera. The num-
ber of the castumes are 110, and their
value is estimated at $5,000.
The first act which is a house party,
furnishes many chances for the de-
signers to display their skill. The,
men dress in hunting costume and the
ladies are clad as golf girls, tennis
girls, and other adaptable costumes.
In the second act we break into a
fancy dress party. The dresses for
the most part are of the fashion of
the time of Louis XVI, and Mrs. Gregg
appears as Madame Pompadour, the
mistress of the frvolous monarch.
There are Spanish girls in the Span.
ish ballet scene, there are Poster girls
for "Vogue," representing "Skating
Girl," "Motor Girl," "Matinee Girl,"
"Cabaret Girl,"'and 'Bathing Girl," in
the chorus numbers.
One of the most familiar scenes and
one which is of most interest to stu-
dents, is the football scene played on
Ferry Field in which the girls are
dressed as rooters and the men in foot-
ball costumes. Another scene is the
Harlequin and Pierrette scene, in
which the principals are dressed in
black and white costumes, of the kind
which Fritzi-Scheff has made famous,
and which Caruso wears when he sings
"Pagliacci."
To Hold Ohio Club Smoker
A-Get-Acquainted smoker for Ohio
men will be held at the Union at 7:30
o'clock tomorrow night.
Professor David Friday; of the
economics department, will deliver the
principal address of the evening,
An effort will be made to solicit
memberships at this meeting, all those
signing becoming charter members of
the organization.
The Union Sunday afternoon meet-
ing was postponed yesterday, the auth-
orilties in charge not being able to se-
cure a speaker. ,It is possible that no
meetings will be held for the next
few weeks owing to the many things
going on on the campus.
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Early Rehearsal of "Pouies"

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OPERA TROUPE WILL
{Y1S--FOUR CTiES
Toledo, Chicago, and Detroit to Wit-
ness Production; One Date
Still Open
WILL CARRY 100 MEN ON TRIP
One hundred men will be assembled
for the trip when on the morning of
March 24, the Michigan Union Opera
troupe entrains for Toledo, the scene
of its first stand. Chorus, principals,
property men, committeemen, elec-
tricians, stage directors, orchestra,
several tons of baggage, and a carload
of scenery will make the initial trip.
Toledo, Chicago, Detroit, and one city
yet to be selected, will be visited in
the course of the tour.
The Valentine Theatre, Toledo, will
be the scene, on the evening of Friday,
March 24, of the first out of town pro-
duction of "Tres Rouge." On former.
trips the troupe has found in this city
an enthusiastic audience with an in-
satiable appetite for encores.
Early Saturday the entire company
will leave for Chicago, where the sec-
ond performance will be staged in the
evening at the Auditorium Theatre.
The large number of Michigan alumni
in Chicago, together with the excellent
showing made by operas in past sea-
sons insures a large audience. The
return to Ann Arbor will be made
Sunday.
The second stage of the trip will
egin Friday, March 31, then the opera
will be shown in Detroit at the Lyceum
Theatre. Detroit audiences are prov-
erbially enthusiastic over university
operas. The nearness of that city to
the university involves a close tie of
interest which never fails to manifest
itself in capacity houses. To Detroit
alumni the opera affords one of the
few opportunities of the year to show
their friends what Michigan can do,
and few fail to avair themselves of the
chance.
Saturday, April 1, is an open date.
The committee is undecided between
Saginaw and Grand Rapids, and is still
in communication with alumni of those
cities in regard to possible arrange-
ments:
The annual trip of the Union opera
has become an institution. It is the
one event by which the people of Mich-
gan and surrounding states become in-
timately aware that the University of
Michigan exists. At other times they
read with more or less interest of
soul-stirring victories by the Varsity
eleven, or of triumphs on the baseall
diamond, but only at the advent of the
opera do they wake up to the fact that
Michigan is a great institution capable
of turning out real talent that is other
than merely muscular.
Theron D. Weaver, '16E, general
chairman, will have charge of the com-
pany en route.
Send The Daily home. $1.00 for the
rest of the year. **

Opera Needs No Specialties
To Bridge Gap Between Acts

THE SCORE
$2.00

SHEET MUS
25c

A 'tween-the-acts specialty serves
one of two purposes. It prevents an
audience from getting up at the end
of the first act and removing itself
bodily to parts unknown, or by virtue
of mere sonorousness it drowns the
din and bombilation of hammer and
,nail behind the curtain, of loud-voiced
stage huskies pushing ponderous art-
icles of furniture about, or of quick-
construction men frantically erecting
the 'refractory sides of enchanted
castles.
From the time that the dancing
chorus at the Globe theatre disported
lustily upon the stage while an over-
worked Macbeth hurriedly exchanged
velvet breeches for a sword and a
suit of mail, this device has been con-4
sidered legitimate.
To so delicately time the action that
the raspy voice of the curtain per-
former will reach a grand crescendo
at the precise mqment it becomes
necessary to insert a number ten spike
in the oak flooring of the back stage
has caused theatrical directors an in-
finitude of sleepless nights. Such
finesse is born, not made. It betok-
ens -a nicety of artistic touch, a bal-
ance in aesthetic temperament well
beyond the confines of the wildest
dreams.
The tender sensibilities and sus-
ceptibilifies of the theatre habitue
must be carefully courted or they
wither and fade. At all events, and

at any cost, a riotous fandango of
music and laughter and pretty faces
must keep the emotions at a high pitch
and sustain a continuous round of
hysterical applause.
But special stunts have their vogue,
and then are "out." So far as "Tres
Rouge" is concerned, they are de-
cidedly out. A chance for life is ex-
tended the audience between acts. The
management sincerely believes that
even the veriest aesthetic demands a
breathing spell in which to ruminate
on the joys of life depicted in the last
scene and indulge in idle specula-
tions regarding the delectable fan-
tasies to be shown in. the next.
So it is that the high standard of
excellence attained in the body of
"Tres Rouge, a Musical Comedie" pre-
cludes the necessity for 'resort to slap-
stick buffoonery between curtains.
The audience will be given something
to think about and to laugh over.
True romance and real comedy need
no special seasoning-the spice is in
the natural flavor of the goods.
Hold University Dance at Packard
The first university dance for the
overflow from the Michigan Union
dance was held at the Packard Satur-
day night. A large crowd attended the
affair, and it is possible that they will
be held after Saturday hereafter.
The dance was conducted by the
student council.

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