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THE MICHIGAN DAILY

THURSDAY, MARCH 1, 1951

7his Years
ystery, Tradition Add App,
Annual Production of J(
Veils of Secrecy To Surround Plot of F
Until Night of Staging for Senior Won
By MAD DAVIS THREE PERFORMANCE
ring the next week, most jun- open tothe campus. On Frid
iomen will be concentrating Saturday, March 23 and 2
efforts on the completion of play will be given at 8 p.m.
spring project, the Junior urday afternoon matinee wi
'Play, be offered at 2 p.m.
ws of dress rehearsals, an on- With a diversified cap
lht of publicity, stunts on the Characters, including a
a variety of favors and pos- helpful ghost, a fat lady i
will reach the eyes and ears circus, and a drunken ja
e campus in preparation for the play this year is, acc
resentation of the play. to the Central Committe
* * * .
riot!"
[IS YEAR the script, written Tickets for the evening pe
an Striefling, is entitled "It's ances are $.90, and for the m
ayoff." Produced and directed $74 Sales will begin Monda
nior women each year, JGP $ * g
)een a campus tradition since
t that time a skit concerning
ter Brown at Michigan was
ented by the juniors for sen-
women at Senior Swing-out.
Swing-out has since been :

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SAUNTERING SOULS:
Ghosts Meander Across Diag
As Prelude to Juniors' Show

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By JANICE JAMES
Mystery always seems to sweep
the campus when the date of the
annual presentation of the Junior
Girls' Play rolls around.
Ghosts will wander across the
Diag, and question mark posters
will startle students as they pon-
der the question as to the theme
of this year's play "It's the Pay-
off!"
TRADITION has always de-
manded that the plot be kept a
secret, and, therefore, the campus
is swathed in suspense. This sus-
pense will last only until the first
performance of the play, which
is strictly for senior women.
Then the mystery will be over,
and almost a year's work for the
junior women will come to an
end. But before the "great
night" come many others filled
with the traditional "blood,
sweat and tears."
Joan Striefling, script chairman
of this year's production, can eas-
ily attest to this, for the writing of
the script was entirely "her baby."
* * *
WORKING throughout the sum-
er on pages and pages of dialogue,
she had the task of thinking up
the speeches which would later
tickle the campus funny bone.
She also had to create lists
and lists of characters which
would fit in with campus humor,
and allow the greatest number
of junior women possible to par-
tiipate in the show.
Once the script was written, the
cutting and rewriting began, a
task which took almost the whole
fall seinester.

WHEN the final revision had
taken place, the casting began,
and this was when the director,
Mickey Sager, took over. It is no
easy task, Miss Sager points out,
to cast approximately 125 women
in a show which includes singing,
dancing and straight drama,
In the meantime, the lyrics
and dance numbers had to be
arranged, costumes and sets de-
signed and publicity planned.
This latter task involves work
from the very night central
committee positions are assign-
ed up until the night of the
first performance.
In keeping with the secrecy sur-
rounding the play, Gerry Mauralo,
stunt chairman, has arranged to
develop stunts which carry out a
theme of. mystery, thus account-
ing for the appearance of ghosts
on the Diag.
UNION TRADITION is being
broken this year when a song and
dance number from the show will
be presented at the Union Open
House on Saturday.

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DON'T SMEAR THE LIPSTICK--Carole Eiserman, left, shows
Mary Ann Weiss the way to apply make-up to give Joanne Elliott
the proper appearance for her role in this year's Junior Girls' Play.
The make-up committee also must learn how toturn women into
reasonable facsimiles of men. As a result, the committee members
must take many lessons, and also experiment on each other to be
sure of achieving the proper effect.

rs. Myra Jordan, dean of wo-
suggested that the juniors
a play for their higher rank-
cohorts, the seniors. Working#
his suggestion, the coeds pre-
ed "Everysenior," a travesty
he morality play "Everyman."
* * *
J 1907 JGP began to attract
attention of the masculine ele-
t on campus. After the pre-
ation of that year's play, "Don
ote, the Co-ed Knight," an
orial in The Daily stated that
masculine element on the
pus resented being barred from
'gay little functions held un-
Mrs. Jordan's eye'."
Martiagan," 1909 JGP, was
first play to be given more
,n once. The first performance
s presented to senior women
usual, but the second was op-
to the rest of the women on
npus.
1 1915, the juniors produced
e Come Back," which repre-
ed Ann Arbor in 2002. Sup-
dly at that time, there were
r women at the University,
e all the men had gone to fight
he World War... One, that is.
* * * *0
FTER A GREAT struggle, the
i finally were able to reinstate
aselves. At this play, senior wo-
. wore their graduation gowns
the first time.
'ith the advent of "Jane Climbs
ountain" in 1923, men were al-
d to view JGP. At that time,
Detroit papers announced that
play was ready to compete with
rival, Union Opera.
* * *

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CUT--Mickey Sager, director of
JGP, is the woman responsible
for seeing to it that lines are
learned, cues obeyed and char-
acters interpreted in the right
manner.

SIGN OF THE TIMES-Members of the male population on cam-
pus are on the verge of giving up social life until after JGP
because of the lack of feminine companionship. All the women
seem to be devoting their spare hours to the last minute prepara-
tions for the play. The ghost in the picture above has evidently
been told by his date that she will not be available until March 24,
after the last performance is given. Until then she will be spend-
ing most of her evenings at rehearsals, reserving her few free
hours for a quick glance or two at the textbooks.

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JNIO1 OPERA members did not '
ee then, and even in this day
equality in 1951, they are still v
intaining that they are at least
step ahead of JGP.
* * *
)N THURSDAY, March 22, sen- FIRST STEP-From left to right, Joan Streifling, script chair-
women will view "It's the Pay- man; Cathy Sotir, general chairman and Mary Moore, assistant
with critical eyes to determine chairman, are shown working on the script for this year's show to
he play is better then their own. be presented March 22, 23 and 24 in Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre.
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LIFT THAT BRUSH-Bonnie LeDuc, on the left, and June Laurin
are pictured working on one of the many props needed for "It's the
Payoff." Sally Reed, posters chairman, may be seen working in
the background on one of the many ghosts posters being displayed
on campus.

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