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February 22, 1942 - Image 8

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Actors, Stage Crew Encounter
Obstacles At Fort Custer Play

Paul Robeson Appears As Emperor Jones

Student Army

Young John Hathaway, the "brat"!
of "George Washington Slept Here,"
expressed everyone's sentiments per-
fectly: "When I get to be an actor,
at least I can say I've been on the
It can't be an exaggeration, how-
ever, to state that very few if any
road companies ever experienced the
handicaps and yet had as much fun
as did the cast and crew of Play Pro-
duction's show on their two-day tour
to Fort Custer.
Stage Is Small
Evidently the architect of the USO
Club Theatre wanted the boys to
have plenty of room to dance in, but
thought the stage was merely a nec-
essary accessory. At any rate, he
built a beautiful stage with plywood
walls and hardwood floors but unfor-
tunately, made it hardly larger than
one of the two dressing rooms.
Although everyone at first was
very pleased that there were two
whole dressing rooms, it turned out
that one of them had to be used to
store sound effects such as the pub-
lic address system and the wind ma-
chine, wheelbarrow, plow and mat-
tress, Either that or put them out
with the audience.
So it turned out that the actors
broke the first of society's conven-
tional traditions-both sexes used
one dressing room. It was fortunate
that there happened to be a billiard
table loaded with props in the room.
This made it possible for the ex-
tremely modest to kneel on the floor
behind the table to change. But, by
and large, modesty was foregone
through the urgency of quick changes
so the show could go on.
Scenes Changed By Hand
Because the only way to change
the scenes was to lift the pieces away
and lay them against the radiator by
the plywood back wall of the stage,
scene-shifting was a tedious matter,
Fortunately, the crew had worked up

a fine system of fiattening them-
selves against the wall to permit
someone else to pass, so all went well.
The pauses between scenes were
aided by Major Gates, head of the
USO headquarters in Augusta. Ev-
ery time-,the curtain closed together
he would climb up over the red,
white and blue footlights and lead
the boys in a rousing session of
"When You And I Were Young, Mag-
gie" and "I've Been Working On The
When it was time for the play to
start again, the electrician went to
the one-foot-square switchboard and
simply turned out the lights, forcing
the Major to find his way around in
the dark.
Usherettes were composed of girls
from the stage crew dressed in over-
alls instead of formals.
Illustrated Speech
Will Be Presented
By Yves T ina yre
Famed for his interpretations of
music from the ninth century to our
times as much as for his fine bari-
tone voice, Yves Tinayre will appear
in an illustrated lecture entitled
"Confessions of a Musical Treasure
Hunter," at 8:30 p.m. tomorrow in
the Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre.
Known as an authentic intellectual
who has retained the faculty of mak-
ing his audiences intent on the music
rather than the beauty of his voice
or any vocal theories, Mr. Tinayre
will draw his material from a library
of more than 2,000 works accumu-
lated during his studies in France,
Italy and England.
The School of Music has sponsored
his Ann Arbor engagement, and com-
plimentary tickets may be obtained
at its office.

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Lieut. Col. Todd Will Talk Recrea ion Room for discussion of
the theme "Are You Letting the War
On Arms Manufacture Get You Down?" Supper and fel-
At Thursday Programi lowsi hour for both groups at 7
Celebrating their second anniiver tMemorial Christian Church (Dis-
sary as a chapter of the national ciples): 10:45 a.m. Church worship
organization, the University student services, Rev. Frederick Cowin, Min-
section of the Arm vr7dnane Ass - ister.

6:30 p.m. Disciples Guild Sunday
Evening Hour in the Church. Prof.
Wesley H. Mauer of the Department
of Journalism will address the Guild
on "Conflicts of Today." This is the
first of a series of discussions on
"Bases for a Just and Durable
Peace." A social hour and tea will
follow the discussion.
The Ann Arbor Meeting of Friends
( Quakers) will meet for worship Sun-
day afternoon at 5:00 at Lane Hall.
A business meeting will follow at
6:00 p.m. All are invited.


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ciation will hold its annual banquet
at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Union.

Jaj) 'Train Desiroye(l
CHUNGKING, Feb. 21.-A--The
blowing up of a Japanese troop train
which resulted in 400 Japanese cas-
ualties was reported in a Chinese
communique today.


Eugene O'Neill's famous "Emperor Jones," starring Paul Robeson,
will open the Art Cinema League's annual spring series at 6:30 p.m. and
8:30 p.m. in the Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre. Tickets will be on sale
during the day at the League.
University's Truckin System
To Be Pooled In Economy Act

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Served in the Man Dining Room-6:00 until 7:30 o'clock

Casserole of Spaghetti with
* Chicken Giblets
Washington Cream Cake
or Ice Cream

Toasted Cheese-Bacon
Chocolate Sundae
or Cherry Pie

"Fire-department" truck and de-
livery service for University depart-
ments is part of a peacetime past, ac-
cording to a new official order aimed
at pooling Michigan's motive power.
"While University trucks were pre-
viously allocated to different depart-
ments," E. C. Pardon, Superintendent
of Building and Grounds, declared
yesterday "we now plan to allocate
them wherever needed under a requi-
sition system."
The main purpose of this unified
supervision of University transporta-
tion is to keep cars and trucks in
service for a longer period of time,
Mr. Pardon pointed out. "Wherever
we can eliminate trucks," he said,
"we are laying them up in storage
as replacements for present equip-
Of the University's 50 assorted
trucks, station-wagons, pick-ups and
sedans, only ambulances can be re-
placed by new cars. The hospital ve-
hicles along with food and garbage
trucks, are also eligible for new tires.
Through studying routes and elim-
inating daily delivery service where-
ever possible, Mr. Pardon explained,
four trucks in use a month ago have
been taken off the streets.
Another recent innovation, de-
Peter Biggins To Give
Christian Science Talk
Peter B. Biggins, C.S.B., of Seattle,
Wash., will lecture on "Christian Sci-
ence: How To Apply It," at 8 p.m.
Tuesday at the Lydia Mendelssohn
Theatre in the Michigan League.
Mr. Biggins is a member of the
Board of Lectureship of the Mother
Church, the First Church of Christ,
Scientist, in Boston, Mass. The lec-
ture will be sponsored by the Chris:
tian Science Organization at the Uni-
versity of Michigan.
The lecture is open to the public.I

signed to conserve both tires and cars,
is the establishment of a "bus serv-
ice" for lecturing faculty members.
Under this system a lecturer is taken
to his audience by a University car,
thereby saving wear and tear on his
own tires which he cannot replace.
This service is applied only to men
lecturing in off-the-main-line locali-
ties. In the case of a professor with
a Detroit engagement to fulfill, Mr.
Pardon declared that "he'll have to
take a train."
Past practice involved a mileage
allowance for professors who had to
drive their own cars to a lecture, but
they are not eligible to claim new
tires for such duties at present.
An indirect method of tire-saving
will be afforded by the three-semes-
ter program, Mr. Pardon pointed out,
since vacationless students will not
need University trucks on extended
field trips.
Denking-er To Talk
At French Meeting
Meeting for the first time this
semester, the Cercle Francais will
hear a brief talk by Prof. Marc Den-
kinger of the Department of Ro-
mance Languages at 8 p.m. Wednes-
day in the Terrace Room, second
floor of the Michigan Union.
Subject of Professor Denkinger's
talk will be "Une Conversation a vec
un grand savant francais." Follow-
ing this, members of the club will be
taught new French songs, and re-
freshments will be served.
Students who have some knowledge
of French and are interested in join-
ing the club, but have not already
done so, are invited to be present
at this meeting. Through the Cer-
cles programs they will be given ari
excellent opportunity to hear 'and to
speak French.

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t fifty five cents

Spanish Omelette
French Fried Potatoes
White House Ice Cream
or Washington Cream Cake
at ,sixty five cents

Roast Lamb, Mint Jelly
Mashed Potatoes
Fresh Peas
Strawberry Sundae
or Cherry Pie
at eighty-fle- cents

February 22, 1942


rji$< 7i};ti} y v~i{} ":'},BLIND BRITISH PIANIST


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In Special Concert


Feb. 26


Alec Templeton, the pianistic wizard, made a return
at Robin Hood Dell, before the largest audience which

ever forced

its way into the outdoor music house, last night. More than 13,000
were able to find a nook or cranny inside the gates of the outdoor
concert hall, while 3,500 were turned away by the harried guards
who directed the goings-on . . . And evidently this is the music that
America wants to hear. -Philadelphia Daily News





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