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SUNDAY, J ETN 1, 1941

SUND+ aY,. JUNE a i 1941



Babel' Banquet
To Take Place
In West Quad
Language Tables Meeting
Will Feature Addresses
By Nordineyer, Keniston
A "Tower of Babel" banquet, hon-
oring the voluntary language coun-
selors will be held at 6:15 p.m.
Wednesday in the West Quadrangle,
bringing to a climax the year's ac-
tivities of the Quad's foreign lan-
guage tables.
In an attempt to create the proper
native atmospheres, guards will dec-
orate the Spanish table, beer steins
will adorn the German table and the
French table will be laden with im-
ported wine bottles. Head waiters
too will wear native Tyrolean, Span-
ish and, French costumes as they
escort the guests to their tables.
Special entertainment has been
planned for the evening in the form
of a take-off on a Spanish Serenade
which will.be rendered by Peter Far-
ago, '42. Bertram Smith, Grad., as
toastmaster, will introduce the speak-
ers, Prof. Hayward Keniston, chair-
man, of the Romance Languages de-
partment; Prof. Henry W. Nord-
,meyer, chairman of the German de-
partment, and Prof. Arthur Van
D uren.,
A reception will be held before
dinner in the main lounge of the
Quad. At that time the faculty
guests will be received sand punch
will be served.
Committee chairmen for the
event are: William Pritula, '44E,
speakers; Jack Vaughn, '43, enter-
tainment- William A. MacLeod, '43,
publicity; Bernard Krohn, '43, reser-
vations, and Richard Harmel, '41,
Umiii tarian Church
Will Hear Miles
The last meeting of the Unitarian
Church group until the summer ses-
sion will consist of a discussion to be
held at 7:30 p.m. today at the Church.
"Social Religion and Social Change"
is the topic of the discussion, and
Rev. John Miles of Detroit will speak.
The meeting has been especially ar-
ranged in order to hear about the
work of the People's Institute of Ap-
plied Religion. This organization is
under the general direction of Rev.
Claude Williams, whose biography,
"South of God," has just been pub-
One of the chief objectives of the
Institute is to work with the self-
trained preachers in the sharecrop-
per region of the South and restore
the social elements of Christianity to
the religion of today.

1lellencamp Builds One To Five Sets
Each Week During Dramatic Season

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Creating anywhere from one to
five complete sets a week for Dra-
natic Season plays is no snap, if the
high-pressure work now being done by
Robert Mellencamp, Art Director of
the Season, can serve as proof.
Mellencamp, who described his ma-
chine-like production as "a good
week's work," (multiplied by 5) is
working in his capacity this year for
the first time. He is well-known.
however, for his work in Play Pro-
duction, where he has been planning
and creating sets for some time.
A native of Ypsilanti and a former
student of the University, his suc-
cess is manifestly of the local talent
variety. Much of his practical ex-
perience he obtained here at the Lab-
oratory Theatre where he had an
opportunity to try out his many orig-
inal ideas. His official position with
the University is that of instructor in
stage design. It is the students of
these classes who assist him in the
production of settings for all plays
put on by drama students here.
Professional Assistance
In contrast to the typeof help he
receives when working for Play Pro-
duction, Mellencamp is aided entirely
by professional assistants in his pres-
ent work.
He himself designs, paints and
lights his sets. A builder, who does the
actual construction work and four
stage hands who handle the sets are
the other mnembers of his crew.
The choice of plays this season pre-
sents opportunities for a variety of
approaches in stage design. The first
three offered comparatively few ob-
stacles for they were all one-set
shows. When he gets to the last two,
however, the designer's difficulties
will be tripled and quintupled.
"The Male Animal," first presen-
tation this year, required a realis-
tic setting, an ordinary living-room
scene. It was followed, however, by
an entirely different planning, for
"Skylark," which is on the boards this
week, needed a set that was modern

in the extreme. "Skylark" audiences
are still gasping at the magnificent
effect which Mellencamp was able to
create. The pastel walls, graceful
staircase and indirect lighting com-
pletely transformed the Lydia Men-
delssohn Theatre into a sophisticated
When the reporter visited him yes-
terday Mellencamp was busy painting
sets for "Ladies in Retirement," which
will open next week. Although he had
planned all the sets in a vague nian-
ner before the season began, practi-
cally all his work must be done from
week to week. In the short space of
time since Saturday, when the "Male
Annual Affair
Of Honor Trip
As a consequence of the reception
given the first Junior Award Day
sponsored May 17 by Alumni Asso-
ciation, the organizatior has de-
cided to make the project an annual
affair, with the second program
scheduled for May 15 and 16, 1942.
Letters received by T. Hawley Tap-
ping, general secretary of Alumni
Association, from the high school'
juniors awarded the honor visits to
Ann Arbor and sent by their respect-
ive local University of Michigan clubs,
contained encouragements and sug-
gestions upon which the program next
year will be planned.
Praising the friendly attitude tak-
en by the University hosts, one Flint
boy wrote, "One of the things that'
amazed me most, and pleased me,
was the friendliness you, the admin-
istration and the students showed."
The writer evaluates the experience
by adding, "I liked the tours especial-
ly well and really gained a great deal
of information about general college
life and the campus layout. Our
guide, an engineering student, went
out of his way in explanations and
conducting us through buildings not
regularly on the tour."
Another boy, from Grand Rapids,
says, "My trip has transformed Mich-
igan from mere pictures in your bul-
letins to a real and living place and
has made me delve deper into my
textbooks for the chance to continue
school there."
Emphasis next year will be placed
especially upon friendliness and up-
on giving the visitors an opportunity
to talk to faculty members in the
schools in which they are interested,
Mr. Tapping announced.

Animal" sets were taken down and
"Skylark" went up, he has drawn
up the plans for the new show, had
them built and painted them all him-
Paints For Efiect
* An expert in stage lighting also,
he paints his boards with an eye to
the effects that will be created un-
der the illuminating eye of arc and
footlights - and the effects that
must be achieved for "Ladies in Re-
tirement" are gloomy, contributing to
the mood of horror which is the play's
Mellencamp himself described tlze
set for the next play as an English
interior, a part of the country home
of a retired actress. The home is sup-
posedly along the Thames River and
the dark marshes surrounding it con-
tribute to the atmosphere of mystery
which the sets must help create.
'Man And Superman'
"Man and Superman," the fourth
offering, will necessitate the construc-
tion of three sets - one interior and
two exteriors - all in a home outside
London. It is the last play, "Golden
Boy," which will cause the most diffi-
culty, however. Five sets will be need-
ed to stage the twelve-odd scenes in
the play.
Although parts of some sets may be
used in other plays, the .variety of set-
tings this season make the possibility
of using parts from one play in a
later one very remote. Most of the
sets will probably become a part of
the stock supply belonging to Play
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SMellencamp replied that one could
never do it over a long period of
"Five or six weeks is the most any-
one could stand," he declared.
He ought to know.

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Editor Will Give
Lecture Friday

Edward Weeks, author and editor
of Atlantic magazine, will present the
Hcpwood lecture, "On Counting Our
Chickens Before They Are Hatched,"
prior to the announcement of Hop-
wood Prize winners at 4:15 p.m. Fri-
day in the Rackham Auditorium.
Author of "This Trade of Writing,"
Weeks has contributed several essays
and book reviews to national maga-
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