ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN,
SUNDAY, MARCH 9, 1930
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Ann Arbor Life Will be Interpreted by Collegiate Plot, Campus Scenes, Specialty Numbers, Comedy Skits,
When Junior Girls Open 26th Annual Production With Presentation Honoring
Senior omen March 17 in Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre
ivacious choruws i lU le un ontstaulind fca/tre of Ic Junio Giris play.
e One of the raups, is shown llve. Its menbers are -(1left to right ) Harriet
Areyc. Mallrxr Perency, Aiqnrs L.al/y, larl lEddinylon. L'rncsline WaIginer, Mary
Ilost . r, and 1:I11 "i in1 'Orl"(l'V . -
NCE again the
o f Michigan'~
have undertaken the
task which was cre-
ated for them by the
earnest efforts of
those who preceded
them, and have
entered upon the
production of their
annual musical comedy with a determination,
earnestness, and clear comprehension of what
that task should mean. No class having a part
In contrast to t/he general Jeclie ttcDo/c, fem~linrinle kRuth Bishop, left., and
collegiateness of the play, lead of "Slate Street' 'k l1 Josselyn McLean will be re-
are the parts of the_ Iwo give a specialty dance as a sponsible fora conied /duet
vi/lians, laken by Hlen highliqht in the production. as cabaret oaitresses.
Carrmi, ltt, and1 i wian
I1u/lock. -Photos by Spedding.
in the establishingc
t Class Unify
the class which no
of the tradition which is the
Junior Girls' Play has yet
equalled the superb flour-.
ish with which the women
of the class of 1931 have
assumed the mantle which
was their - heritage from
w awaits the opening of the
play to be presented in thei: honor,-the seniors.
Twenty-five years have seen the development
of the Junior Girls' Play from the position of
instability and slight recognition in which it
made its first appearance in 1904 to the place
of honor which it now commands. In those
years, each successive production has meant one
more step forward in the progress of the play's
Throughout all the changes which have come
with its ever-increasing importance among cam-
pus traditions, the buoyancy and light-hearted-
ness of college days has been retained, with the
result that the Junior Girls' Play is today the
well suited to mark the return to campus sur-
roundings which the Junior Girls' Play makes
this year. "State Street," the title of this latest
junior presentation, is indicative of the nature
of the production which it represents..
Familiar to Michigan women is the Whitney
theatre, in which junior plays for the past years
have been presented to audiences, the increased
size of which made the use of Sarah Caswell
Angell hall, the original scene of the production.
impossible. This year the Whitney will be super-
seded by the Lydia Mendelssohn theatre, the
laboratory of the women themselves, which the
completion of the League tuilding gave them.
Marking this return to a campus building is the
adoption of a college plot, a theme ,successfully
used in several former productions of the play.
"State Street" is a far cry from "Forward March,"
a war travesty which was the offering of the
class of 1930. Yet the variations in plot have
not altered the nature of'the play itself, for in
its essential details the Junior Girls' Play is still
the production which has won so much recogni-
tion during the past years.
college life. Miss Loomis' success in directing
this production should be indicative of what may
be expected from this latest production, which
is similar to the 1926 play in general theme.
Miss Alice Lloyd, adviser of women, has for /
the past year provided valuable assistance for
the women of the junior class during the prepa-
ration of the production. Her success in so ca-
pable handling all the disturbing problems which
must naturally arise in undertaking a play of-
this kind has been one of the greatest incentives
for the forward progress .of the Junior Girls'
In plot, "State Street" is unusually fitted to
serve as the vehicle of a college presentation.
It deals with the amusing experiences of a
charming little racketeer who comes from Chi-
cago with a gang to exploit a college town, that
is, Ann Arbor. What happens when she assumes
the garb of a State Street girl and attempts to
act the part furnishes a series of incidents guar-
anteed to keep any audience in a state of high
excitement. In commenting with wit and gen-
tle satire on personalities and events of college
days, the play does so not so much for the edi-
past. Those who
still sing such favorites as
+ "Helen, I Love You" and
"My Michigan , Man" will
welcome these latest lyrics.
"R o m a n y Racketeers,"
"The Girl in Pink," "Sweet
and Low Brow," and "The
of the country fair sort where the play ends
with an appreciation of what playing the part
of a State Street girl must mean.
This year's song hits promise to be all that
songs from Junior Girls' Plays have been in the
Mar j ory McC
Jo s se 1 n Mc
Ruth Bishop, Josephine Smith, and Albe
Maslen are the juniors taking these. parts.
An unusually large number of choruses
sisted by specialty dancers and sirigers, are
The free employment of dances and songs,
ated for "State Street" by junior women,
continue the musical comedy tradition whicl
become an essential feature of the produc
Under the direction of Lucile Strauss, chai:
of dances, the choruses have been .trainE
carry out their work in such a manner
contribute largely to the success of the pro
Particular ability and talent is exhibite
members of the specialties group. Contra:
usual custom, the specialty numbers have
Singlefoot" are outstanding. Mention must also
be made of "Hit the Trail," "State Street Baby,"
and "The Dealer in Futures." The members of
the music committee, under Marjorie McClung,
composed the melodies.
Jeanette Dale, in the role of the State Street
girl, heads the list of cast members.. Opposite
her is Kathleen Badger, who plays the part of
the State Street boy. Miss Dale and Miss Badger
are supported by four others who take the com-
edy and 'heavy" roles. As a characteristic bond-
salesman type of college boy, Jane Robinson
shares honors with Barbara Stratton, who por-
awarded to the
the smaller parts, as
leads. Featured as sp
choruses are Ma:
Barr, Lucile Strau
choruses are given
nence in this vear
duction. As specialty singer, Helen Carr
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