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The Campus And The Theatre
The J'ubfor and Senior Girls',carneful handling of massed effcct4)
Play.an much romantic action. Some six-
By Marion Barlow 1ty or more girls have been given parts
'Music!" The weary -pianist re- in it.
ands doggedly. Chorus number This week the campus is manifest-
irteen comes tripping in, similes ing interest in a new dramatic ven-
llectively, and tries to remember ture, which likewise concerns Prof.
at to do next. Brumm. The Playmakers, which in-
No! No- shouts the director. "Stop cludes in its membership a large num-
Now listen! Try to imagine thath ber of students, faculty members, and£
the aggregate you represent a townspeople, will make their initialG
oru-ngt a o rsn appearance before the general public
orus-not a flotilla of crippled sub- atthe Whitney Theater this coming
trines. A real, live chorus. Say I
to yourself-'Day by day' you Friday. Tre play, a three act social
ow how it goes. Just think you comedy, was written by Prof. Brumm.
n do it, and maybe you can. I It presents the story o, a charming
nno. We have music for a purpose. young flapper, who havng made in-£
sets the time. Now see what you tehlgent observation of the misadven-
a do. This is the easiest chorus in tures in matrimony on the part of her
e whole show..-but it is absolutely I'rather colorless parents, has no illus-4
e worst I have ever seen! Music!" lions about married life. Sheunder-1
A Junior Girls' play rehearsal is on. takes to manage affairs for her hap-¢
'ofessor John L. Brumm is directing. !less parents. Once awakened, how-
e balances himself iu a chair at the lever, father and mother take things
ge of thes tage, the chair tipped gingerly into ther ownhands-just
citk precariously, threatening at any as friend daughter schemed that they
oment to topple over into the orches- should. Though the play is a light
a pit below. But it has never top- .comedy, it carries an undercurrent of
ed. Breathless expectation has potential tragedy.
ver been rewarded. The Playmakers have been carry-
It must be a terrifying job to direct Iing on their work during the past{
e Junior Girls' play. There are year in a remodelled barn, their own
iywhere from eighty-five to one hun- property. Their programs have con
'ed and sixty performers in it. Many sisted of the presentation of original
them are temperamental-or think one act plays. They afford an author
ey are. Temperament is always the opportunity of having his plays
'mething of a trial for a director. So i produced before a friendly audience
shouts at them, and thus conceals I of fellow playmakers, pledged to help-
e fact that he is terrified. And pres- ful criticism. Prof. Brumm's is the
Itly he is not terrified any more-- first three act play to be offered by
1ly dreadfully insistent that every- them. The cast consists of some of
dy in the show.,'sh'all do precisely I the best dramatic talent on the cani-
.e thing required of her. And most- pus. Growing interest in the Play-
r she does'iit. Temperaments dis- makers activities gives promise of
ipa.And, in the course of four the early fulfillment of a dream-the
r six weeks, order has been wrought ' possession of a real community play-
it of chaos, and the show is ready I house. Prof. Roy W. Cowden, of the
r public presentation, a finished rhetoric department, is president of
ling-the most ambitious dramatic the organization.
erformance offered by the women Every year the report is given out
iring the college year. that Prof. Brumm has definitely de-
Producing a successful Junior Girls' i cided not to direct any more plays,
lay means that the director has to and every years thus far he has ap-
solve himself into a benevolent ty- peared at the appointed time to take
lt, and shout to get things done. charge of rehearsals. It would seem,
hings have to get done. It is some-' however, that this year's announce-
ing of a strain on the director, of men will hold good, for he and his
nurse-on the girls, too. This year family expect to spend next year
ie ,director succumbed to a severe abroad, living chiefly in Paris, but
tack of tonsilitis and took to his travelling about the continent and in
ed just one week before the dress 1England as opportunity offers. Ile
ehearsal. But hie got out of his bed will make a study of European editor-
ad *ent to the dress rehearsal, a ial practice.
egaphone in one hand, and a throat Quite naturally, the campus is won-
pray in the other, and all evd'ning dering what will happen toithe Junior
asped direction in a hoarse whisper. Girls' play in his absence. The spirit
'he cast and choruses of "Thank which has prompted him to give it
ou, Madam," will long remember the his most loyal service during the past
pectacle presented by their afflicted nine years, will not easily be engen-
irector as he tried to crowd a week's dered elsewhere. And it is to be pre-
)ss of training into a final dress re- sumed that Prof. Brumm will regret
earsal. the necessity of relinquishing dramatic

A distinct theatrical novelty is an-
nounced for the Whitney Theatre Sat-
uirday, Mlay 17, when that interesting
comedian, Raymond Hitchcock, comes
in the stellar role of -Don Marquis'
New York success, "The Old Soak."
Mr. Hitchcock has become so closely
identified with musical concoctions
that his appearance in a straight com-
edy will be the occasion for enthusi-
asm among his legion of admirers.
Tjlhe departure has been brought
about through the knowledge that the
star is so thoroughly equipped for
legitimate comedy characterization,
and the fact that the author has
evolved a role that precisely fits the
unique method of the comedian. The
engagement of Mr. Hitchcock for this
season's tour lends additional interest
to the production, because it is con-
ceded that "Hitchy" has no equal as
an exnonent of stage drollery and is
pa-ticularly brilliant in portrayals of
homely types such as Clem Hawley
in "The Old Soak."

"The Bat," the most spectacular
success ever presented on the Ameri-
can stage, will be seen at the Shu-
bert Michigan Theatre beginning Sun-
day, May 18, for the first time in its
history at popular prices.
"The Bat" was written by Mary
Roberts Rinehart and Avery Hopwood.
Although both of its authors have
earned undying fame in the world of
letters, "The Bat" is the greatest work
which has ever come from. their pens.
Produced under the management of
Wagenhals and Kemper, "The Bat,"
has swept through the country, scor-
ing phenomenal successes in cities of
every* size.
Nothing tells the success of "The
Bat" better tha'n the actual record of
wh-at it has achieved in the theatre.
It was, played for more than two years
in New York; for more than a year in
Chicago; for one entire season in Lon-;
don, Boston and Philadelphia. It has
been seen by 6,000,000 persons and has
turned in over $2,000,000 in earnings
to its owners.
The prices for the showing in De-
troit are as follows: Evenings, 50c up
to $2; popular matinees Wednesday
and Saturday, 50c and $1. Mail orders
will receive immediate attention. En-
close a self addressed envelope and
add 10 per cent, war tax to the price.
Madison, Wisconsin, May 10,-Prof.
H. C. Ingham, University of Kansas,
was elected president of the national
university extension association today.

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In Annual May Festival Here announces a
_estsnthe__s____n__rs___th SUMMER SCHOOL OF DRAMATIC AR
While great attention is always quests in the music centers of the
focused upon the reappearance ofI world. The Thirty-first annual Mayj- under the direction of
some old favorite who has delighted I{Festival which opens on Wednesday
May Festival audiences in the past, May 21, to run throughout the week
still greater interest is manifested. with six concerts, is peculiarly rich SAM HUME
Sin the local debut of some singer, in such interest, as the list of stars
fresh from concert and operatic eon- and operatic favorites to make their For particulars address
-1_first appearance 'here is long and FRANK G. TOIM dPKINS
interesting. Emmy Krueger, one of :: Agust 4-31. 838 Colburn Avenue
Festival Pianist the greatest of the continental sing-i jMDetroit, Michigan
,ers, Dusolina Giannini, Tito Schipa,
' 1'orrest Lamont, Vicente Ball ester and :.0111 11{1111fill11.11111111[ H lu lil lll i i l I l l l ll l l III 11111111111111111111111111111111111
'Royal Dadmun are numbered among
those who will be heard here for the
first time.
Peculiar interest is felt in the local Your 1-ro ITes s measured
debut of Vicente Balester, pupil of
Jean de Reszke, a young baritone of
the Chicago company, who won hisW Vetw
first American reputation as leading
baritone with the San Carlo forces
under Fortune Dallo, with whom he
has toured the country in the past
three seasons. Possessed of a voice SAVINGS DEPT.
of rich and reasonant quality, it was
in Mexico City that his big oppor-
tunity came to him. While singing OF
sithere with Rosa Raisa, Ricardo Straa-
ciari, and others, Giorgo Polacco heard
him, and engaged him for the Chi- N E I ST NATIONAL.BANK
. cago company when Mary Garden
as directress, recalled Polacco to the (Oldest National Bank in Michigan.)
Windy City. There be has acquired r MAIN STREET AT HURON
fame for his impersonations of "Es-
camillio" in his native opera, "Car-
men," for his "Riggoletto," and most-
i especially for his "Tonio" from Leon-
Hrold Bauer cavello's opera, "I Pagliacci," a rol.
which has always been regarded the
Harold Bauer, the master English exclusive property of Amato and the
pianist, whoa will appear at the Satur- etral avrt cti.Hsapa- r } A
day afternoon concert of the May Fes- a t S Hi apea FUTURE REMEMBRANCES
tial payn, it te hcao. ym nce here on Saturday night of the!
tival, playing, with the Chicao Sym- Festival is awaited with considerable
phony orchestra, the brilliant Em-1interest.
peror" concerto of Beethoven. Mr.
Dauer has appeared with every im- Royal Dadmun, another baritone, is I of
portant symphony orchestra in Amer- an American product entirely. Re-
ca, while his recitals won him admi- pited to have a voice of uncommon
ces the world over. - beauty and range, he has long been
a favorite in the concert field. He COLLEGE DAYS
has appeared with most of the leadC-L
ing orchestras of the country, his
HO ME OLUM~(Continued on Page Sixteen)
o PS Have The Pictures Framed Now
--- Seeds
Ann Arbor's annual May Festival, Ann Arbcr people do not real-
like most great enterprises has evolv- ize that right here in our own
ed from small beginnings. Thirty-twvo home town we have one of time
years ago, as a climax to the season's largest stocks of flower seeds -
concert activities, Dr. Albert A. Stan- in the state. In annual seeds
Sleyy, who had a short time previously we 1ave not only the wel known 207 East Liberty Street Phol
assumed the musical (irectorship, pro- varities but we have the new-
assuedathemuicag'sietrsiptro- est novelties in separate colors
vided an evening's entertainment ofI as well as mixed. In perennial
hoarl ic wit acopnen flover seeds we have a wide DRAPERIES ',WINDOW SHA
the Roston Festival Orchestra under variety and carry many kinds
EMilMollenhauser. This was the be- not carried in rotail catalogues. W ALL PA ER, PAINTS, OILS
(Continued on Page Sixteen) If a small quantity or an ounce
is required we can s'nply. Our SHOW CARD COLORS
stocks atre fresh and germina- AR IT 'S PLE
tocnis garanteed. Everyhn
in flowering seeds, plants, bulbs, ARTISTSSUPPLIES
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ne 84

Prof. Brumm has been producing
inior Gorls' plays during the past
ne years. For seven years he has di-
cted the Senior Girls' play, pre-
nted at Commencement time. Three'
ars ago he wrote the play presentedI
the girls at the Whitney theater,
morality play, entitled "Everyna-I
>n." All the other senior plays havel
en professional productions., This
ar's offering will be Justin Huntley
cCarthy's "If I Were King," a de-
ghtful romance realing with episodes
the reign of Louis XI. Tradition-

enterprises which have so long been
his recreation.
To see a Junior or a Senior Girls
play through from its inception to the
last curtain of the last performance
involves a deal of work, much pa-
tience, and more skill. Prof. Brumm's
directing does not consist of requiring
others to imitate his personal enact-
ment of a character in the story, but
of helping each player to realize the
character through his own tempera-
ment. He is ever insistent upon the
recreation of character in terms of

Following, An]

zlly, the senior play is an out door the actor's own personality. "You
>erformance, given in the temporary arenot to try to become somebody
heater erected on the campus for the 1 else," he explains patiently to the
urpo se. Only two of the plays have I young actor. "You are to be yourself
hhus far been produced at the Whit- in this new environment into which
ey. Owing to the elaborate scenic the story plunges you. Don't imitate
ffects of this year's play, it will be anybody. Recreate the character as a
taged indoors. Like "Sherwood," new expression of your own person-
ast year's production, it demands a ality.


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