THE- MiI CHf-A.N- fDAITY
PA F iv
ehind Scenes Of Mimes Are
Interesting Sidelights On Opera
By JANET HIATT
The scene is the Union Ballroom
almost any night about 9:30. One
can see a good cross section of Mich-
igan masculinity, replete with pipes,
red plaid flannel shirts, and saddle
shoes, following their diminutive
Out in front of the practice plat-
foim, Director Richard Hadley pre-
pares for a rehearsal, while beside
the piano stands Gordon Hardy, com-
poser of several Union Opera songs,
supervising the playing of his music.
A small audience has gathered. The
participants bunch in large and small
groups around the room. Then from
the mike, "Calling all Orientals . .
calling all Orientals and mystic,
Behind Mimes Scenes
It is Mimes in the making. Be-
hind these scenes of "Take a Num-
ber," one can see all the little things
that make rehearsals as much fun for
the players as the finished product
is for the audience. The dance plat-
form comes apart while the Deans of
the faculty of the college of the fu-
ture are going through their routine.
There's a rush and scramble for
positions for the first dance routine.
Football players Whitey Frauman,
Bob Ingalls, Rube Kelto and Joe Rog-
ers are all linesmen for this number.
One has to imagine such rugged males
dressed up in women's clothing and
Men Rag Coeds
Guests at the Opera this year will
4 see masculine razzing of the faculty
and the women, their League points,
their swimming pool, their clothes,
their manners, their hours, and their
saddle shoes. They will hear in addi-
tion both smooth and comic musical
compositions; will see some goose-
stepping choruses, and will hear the
story of a mechanized and regiment-
ed college of the future, whose stu-
dents feel they must strike to speed
love up to the tempo of the rest of
As the story of the play unfolds,
enter the three screwball lawyers,
Shyster, Peyster and Jones, otherwise
known as the "three fairy godmoth-
ers." This trio makes its wildcat en-
trance at the most unexpected time
and completely and literally takes
over the center of the stage. One
hectic interview with President Bar-
num, and the latter is borne out on
the shoulders of his students to a
somewhat syncopated dirge.- 1.
Scenes Impossible And Improbable
Scenes throughout the first act
bring in such improbable situations
as a coed's fond mamma in the presi-
dent's office over her daughter's be-
ing "rushed into anything so serious
as a college romance," and a student
strike for the right to love which, of
course, is settled by the grand lot-
tery system-"Take A Number" to get
a girl to love.
So to the Union Opera to spend
an evening in the realm of the im-
possible and the comic with Shyster,
Peyster, and Jones, heroine Sandra
Van Arbor, and Eli Randolph Haig,
the mythical male from Yale, and a
cast of about 75 men, all striving to
carry on an old Michigan tradition
in as fine style as they did the "Four
Out Of Five" revival last year.
Tuesday through Thursday: 3 p.m.
to 5 p.m., orientation ad-
Tuesday: 5 p.m. Merit System
7:30 p.m. Extra Beginners'
8:30 p.m. Advance Dance Class.
Wednesday: 4:45 p.m. Assembly
Thursday: 4 p.m. Discussion on
5 p.m. Dance Class Committee.
Friday: Assembly Dance.
Saint Nick Will Head Guests
Present At Assembly Dance
In League; Gifts To Be Sent
Oldest among the patrons who have
been invited to be present on the
"X-mas X-press". from 9 p.m. to 1
a.m. Friday in the League Ballroom,
is patron Saint Nicholas, of the North
From local climes Assembly has in-
vited President and Mrs. Ruthven,
Deans Alice C. Lloyd, Jeannette Perry
and Byrl F. Bacher. Dean and Mrs.
E. A. Walter and Registrar and Mrs.
Ira Smith will also be there.
Prof. and Mrs. C. B. Slawson, Dr.
Margaret Bell, Mr. and Mrs. Clifford
Prator and Mr. and Mrs. Lewis E.
Haimes have been invited. Miss Ethel
McCormick and Miss Barbara Mac-
Intyre will represent the League at
the dance. House directors from sev-
eral dormitories and Alumnae House
have accepted the invitations. They
are Mrs. Mary C. Mitchell, Mrs. El-
lery D. Preston, Mrs. Leona B. Diek-
ema, Mrs. Frederick C. Klein, Miss
Ruth Danielson and Miss Esther
"X-mas X-press" is the name and
themne of Assembly's annual informal
dance. It is the last dance of the sea-
son at the League and Assembly has
planned a fitting send-off for va-
cationers, according to Frances-Nev-
in, '41, general chairman, with Bill
Sawyer and his orchestra furnishing
Gifts To Be Collected
There will be a pack set at the
door, and those who wish may bring
small gifts to fill it up. The gifts
will be collected by Assembly repre-
sentatives and distributed to the shut-
ins at the Hospital or other deserving
Tickets for the dance are on sale
now in the Parrot and the West Quad-
rangle, and at the main desks of the
Union and the League. They also are
on sale in the Romance Language
Building and University Hall, and
are priced at one dollar per couple.
Goodfelows - Monday
Class To Continue
Last in a series of discussion on
parliamentary law, sponsored by Mor-
tar Board will be held from A p.m.
to 5 p.m. Thursday in the Grand
Rapids Room of the League. Junior
and Senior women are invited to at-
tend and participate.
The meeting will serve the purpose
of testing out the knowledge of par-
liamentary law which women have
acquired through their discussions.
Conducted in strict parliamentary
manner, the meeting should prove a
good work-out in parliamentary law.
This honor society for seniors will
direct the discussion through a com-
mittee consisting of Jean Maxted,
Florence Signiago, Elizabeth Lyman
and Annabel Van Winkle.
ir HIGH TIME!
CONVERSATION AT MIDNIGHT
TIME: midnight. between Sunday night and Monday morning.
SCENE: A room in one of the girls' dorms.
CHARACTERS: Betty and Jean. two campus socialites. and Marge.
a girl who lives down the hall.
BETTY. "Boy, this certainly has been, some week-end, hasn't it?'
Everyone seerms to want to have a good time before Christmas vacation.
I saw loads of people doing just that at Panhel Ball, Friday. Marge Ken-
dell was there with Bob Wendel and at intermission I saw Laura Vial and
Duk Vander Burch, Betty Pexton and Bill Sadler and, oh, yes. Harriet
Pratt was with Jack Sherrill and Joan Reutter and Sawyer Earl were to-
gether. You know Carol Pitcher, don't you? She and Jack Emmett were
dancing the "sweetheart waltz" together. By the way, who was at Coffin
Capers? I've been going so fast I haven't had a chance to ask you."
JANE: "Let me see, I saw Virginia Crawl and Don Hollinshead talking
Nwith Betty Newton and Warren MacElroy. Virginia Soule,
Jim Wilkie, Ruth Eddy and Bob Boche were in the crowd'
watching the Eight O'Clock Class being murdered.
"I called up Mary this afternoon and she said that Rog
Pineau, Maxine Good, Kay Gainey, Jim Ogle, Gun Taggert
and Betty Kefgen were all at the Martha Cook dance Friday:'
BETTY: "There were a lot of pledge formals this week-
. ;-end too.
"Shirley went to the Beta Theta Pi dance. She said that'
Patty Kempf, Nancy Worrel and Sally Aabbie were there
too with Jim Hollin, Billy Devlin and Bud Gulde.
"Norm Call was with Mary Lew Ewing and Marge Lee went with Larry
Sews For Red Cross .
"But to get on to Saturday, whpt did you do in the afternoon? I went
down to the WAB and sewed for the Red Cross with Margaret Van Ess,
Marjorie Allison and Donelda Schaible. At night Jim and I went to the
Hillel Dance at the League. We exchanged dances with Harriet Baker and
Oscar Feferman. Jo Moyses and Seymour Taffet. Natalie Van Gelder told
me she was there with Herb London."
JANE: "The Scabbard and Blade formal was super; I love their dances
with all the fellows in uniform: they certainly do something for any man.
I guess most of the girls felt that way as I saw Joy Omerad was admiring
Captain Wendy Lenze's uniform while Rita Garvey, Jacques Van, Giesen,
Fran MacKey and Mary McConkey were dancing."
(There's a knock on the door)
BETTY: "Come in ---- Hello, Marge, we've just been talking about
the wonderful week-end and what everyone was doing."
MARGE: "Well, I went to the basketball game Saturday with Bob.
We were talking with Dick Arbuckle and Mary .Major.
Dick was taking the night off from Ais J-Hop publicity
activities so they were making a night of it taking in
the game and going to the Union. Olga Gruhzit and
Dye Hogan were busy watching the game and seated
next to them were Marjorie Wilcox and John Smith.
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' Will Be lueid
A fourth informal tea, the last one
to be held before the Christmas holi-
days, will again draw students to the
home of President and Mrs. Ruthven
tomorrow. Betty Bailie, '42, assisted
by Betty Fariss. '42, will be in charge
of the open house which will be held
from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. tomorrow.
Special invitations have been ex-1
tended this week to eight campus
groups: Alpha Delta Pi. Beta Theta
Pi, Chicago House, Kappa Kappa
Gamma, Sigma Nu, Theta Delta Chi,
and Zones III and IV. Group II of
the League Social Committee will be
in charge of the affair.
Assisting at the tea will be, from-
4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Olga Giuhzit, '43, at
the door; Janet Grace. '42, and Lila
Foster, '41, at the tea table; Eliza-
beth Gram, '43, and Marney Gardner,
'42, assisting the pourers. From 5
p.m. to 6 p.m. Jeanne Goudy, '42,
will assist at the door: Virginia Frey,
'42E, and Marie Holmes, '42, at the
tea table; Nancy Gray, '43, and Clara
Louise Fulde, '41, assistants to the
All members of the social commit-
tee are expected to attend the tea,
Miss Bailie said, Two unexcused ab-
sences from a tea or any other social
committee function will automatically
drop the member from the commit-
tee role unless she notifies the head
of her group.
Union Coke Bar
Refreshments To Be Offered
With Dancing To Recordings
The entire campus has been invited
to take an hour off to enjoy the hos-
pitality of the Union from 4:30 p.m.
to 5:30 p.m. today at the third Union
Coke Bar. Dancing to recorded mus-
is will be offered in the small ball-
room with free cokes and other re-
freshments available on the terrace
leading off the ballroom.
Seven especially invited groups are
Betsy Barbour, Chi Phi, Chicago
House, Delta Delta Delta, Gamma
Phi Beta, Greene House and Psi Up-
silon. Dick Strain, '42, is chairman
of the affair, while Lois Basse, '42,
will be the hostess.
Couples, as well as single individ-
uals, are particularly invited to at-
tend the Coke Bar which is now a
permanent feature of the Union's
weekly social events.
There will be tables of bridge on
the terrace in addition to the dancing
and refreshments offered to guests.
Women will be admitted free; men
will be charged ten cents admis-
At 5 pm. today, there will be
a meeting of two JGP committees.
There will be a Publicity Commit-
tee meeting and the Music Com-
mittee will meet to try out pianists
Gif ts of Jewelry
IN GOLD AND SILVER
Plain gold ,or silver, or set with genuine stones.
Also replicas of antique designs in gold. Especially
fitting for Mother, Sister, or Sweetheart. 1.00 up
J*'B* EIRERg weie
"Afterwards, we went to the Union and caught a
glimpse of Ed Holmberg, Shirley Johnson, Ed Vogt and
Doris Logeman in the crowd."
JANE: "I guess that just about covers the week-end,
but where were you tonight, Marge? We were down to your room several
times looking for you."
MARGE: "Oh, didn't I tell you? I went to the Wyvern Triangle sup-
per at the Union. Harriet Heames and Bob Sibley went together and I saw
Margot Thom with Bob Collins and Mary Hayden and Hank Gielding.
"Ho hum, I hate to leave but I have a bluebook in the morning that I'd
better start studying right now."
BETTY: "Well, I'm going to bed and try to catch up on a little of the
sleep I lost this week-end, because next week-end will be a big one too with
Soph Prom, X-mas X-press and the Union Opera."
You can't keep a good game down
and just to prove it, the turnouts for
this year's women's bowling tourna-
ment have tripled the competitive
participation of past years.
The entire tournament is divided
into four sub-tournaments; the win-
ner of each one will then clash for
championship distinction some time
near the close of the first semester.
Such a system will eliminate much
confusion and add' to the length of
The tournament is already well
underway and Margaret Johnson,
'41Ed., chairman, urges every girl to
check her name on the schedule in
the WAB and to arrange her match
with her opponent as soon as pos-
sible. A single match consists of
three games which may be played
at any of the four specified alleys.
The scores are to be handed in at
the alley on completion of a match.
There will also be a mixed doubles
Sorority girls and independents
alike make up the total of 125 en-
tries in this year's conflict and most
of them have already arranged their
Goodfetowsi - Monday
Tournament Is Held
Women's singles tournament in
badminton began yesterday in Bar-
bour Gymnasium. There will be a
sign-up sheet in the Gymnasium un-
til vacation begins for those who wish
to play in a mixed doubles tourna-
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