Scanned image of the page. Keyboard directions: use + to zoom in, - to zoom out, arrow keys to pan inside the viewer.

Page Options

Download this Issue


Something wrong?

Something wrong with this page? Report problem.

Rights / Permissions

This collection, digitized in collaboration with the Michigan Daily and the Board for Student Publications, contains materials that are protected by copyright law. Access to these materials is provided for non-profit educational and research purposes. If you use an item from this collection, it is your responsibility to consider the work's copyright status and obtain any required permission.

March 20, 1952 - Image 10

Resource type:
The Michigan Daily, 1952-03-20

Disclaimer: Computer generated plain text may have errors. Read more about this.










JGP Production To Pick Up
College Life Theme Tonight
Michigan life at its worst and its best will be displayed in "Heav-
enly Days," the 1952 Junior Girls' Play production to be held today,
tomorrow and Saturday in the Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre.
Entirely written, produced and directed by junior women, this
year's show will join a procession of brilliant shows which began here
in 1904 as an outgrowth of a skit presented at the traditional Senior
Swing-out which was later discontinued. The 1904 skit dealt with
Buster Brown at Michigan.
MRS. MYRA JORDAN, dean of women, suggested at the time
that the junior women write and present a play in honor of the
graduating class.
The result was "Everysenior," a travesty on the old moralty
play, "Everyman."
The 1907 production entitled, "Don Quixote, the Coed Knight"
marked the beginning of interest in the play on the part of men.
An editorial in The Daily stated that the "Masculine element of the
campus resented being barred from, 'the gay little functions held
under Mrs. Jordan's eye'."
IN 1907, JGP " MARTIGAN" was presented for senior women only.
one night while the second show was open to all women on campus.
This was the first time that more than one showing of JGP was given.
"The Come Back" in 1915 was unusual in that it was the first
play to be performed outside. of Ann Arbor when the cast traveled
to Toledo to perform.
The play represented the University in 2002 as an institution
of learning for women only, since all the men had left years ago to
fight in the World War. The play dealt with the return of men to.
Michigan after a fierce battle with the dean of women.
ANOTHER UNUSUAL PART of the 1915 JGP was that senior
women attended the play in a body in their caps and gowns for the
first time, and this tradition still remains. In 1915, Professor John L.
Brumm of the journalism department undertook the direction of the
play for the first time and continued as director until 1925.
Man suffrage as far as JGP was concerned did not take place
until 1923 with the presentation of "Jane Climbs a Mountain."
A Detroit newspaper came out in the 1920's with the declaration
that JGP was ready to compete with the Union Opera. This was
denied by The Daily which asserted that the main purpose of JGP
was to honor senior women.
It was always a tradition to center JGP about college life until
1949 when junior women broke with the tradition in their "Fate of
the Union." In 1950 and '51 a local theme was also avoided, but the
1952 production, "Heavenly Days" will go back toe the campus tra-
dition and present a show on college life that will take in a period from
tle- first time women were admitted on the Michigan campus to the
In former years, many of the plays were held at the Whitney'
Theatre. "Gold" in 1919 was. the first play to be held there, and
junior women were oppointed as marshalls to accompany seniors
in their march from the Union to the Whitney.
At that time, "Senior Supper" was the name given to'the present
Senior Night activities.
Senior women were seated in blocks. Senior class officers, YWCA
officers and its cabinet, members of the social committee, and those
affiliated with Mortarboard and Senior Society sat together.
In 1936 all senior women were allowed to wear their caps as well
as gowns for the first time on Senior Night. Formerly members of
Mortarboard and Senior Society only could wear caps.
Not until 1937 was the traditional ceremony In which engaged
women suck lemons and married'women blow out candles inaugurated.
After the completion of the League, JGP and Senior Night took
place there. Before going into the Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre, senior
women would parade through the League singing.

4 ""

2S, iu -
- I
S , I


COMPETITION-Shown rehearsing a "twenties" dance number
which ,is part of a dance contest to be presented in JGP are two
members of the "Heavenly Days" cast. This year over 20 song
and dance numbers will be featured in JGP. This number is much
higher than usual.

JGP Posts Require Petitions

a new .frill


CAN-CAN-Getting into the swing of things for Junior Girls' Play is this line of aspiring Can-Can
dancers. Rehearsals for tonight's, Senior Night opening of "Heavenly Days" have been in progress for
the past four weeks, being held almost every day including weekends when the cast rehearses usually
until midnight. JGP consists of a play interspersed with numerous singing and dancing acts. The
show is entirely written, produced and directed by junior women. Performances are scheduled for
tonight, tomorrow and Saturday afternoon and evening.

The procedure for obtaining po-
sitions on the central committee
of Junior Girls' Play, like most
other positions connected with
the Women's League, is centered
around the petition -interview
In March and April, students in-
terested in any of the positions,
obtain a petition from the League
Undergraduate Office.
In filling out the petition, the
person is expected to put down
past experience, qualifications, col-
lege activities, and subjects taken
that might pertain to the job in
which she is interested.
Then she lists the duties of the
job as she understands them, crit-
icism of the job as it has been
done in the past and ideas for Im-
For approximately two weeks in
the middle of April, the Interview
king and Nominating Committee
interviews prospects for all junior
positions including JGP and choos-
es those who will fill the posts.
Positions on the JGP central
committee are general chairman,
assistant chairman, director, assis-
tant director, secretary and treas-
Others are costume and assistant
costume chairman, make-up and

assistant make-up chairmen, mu-
sic chairman, composer and ar-
ranger, choral chairman, programs
chairman and properties and as-
sistant properties chairmen.
The list continues with publicity,
stunts, posters, script committee
chairmen, stage manager and as-
sistant stage manager and tickets,
ushers, dance and assistant dance

ifagranG e.
...it's so new and so gay.
Sweet, saucy, young a,
tomorrow-that's the ueW
Jolt B~uquet.
garsize ... # $Z000
Colognu . ounees .. 62.0O0
4 ounces .. ;#.00*
Dusting Powder.... "$2,50.
Cream Sachet ...$ISO2.*ot,
vus Ta
324 iSouthY State Street
818 Sth State Street
Th tp ndab Stores

Be assured of a "Second Look"
by having a soft beautifu ly-
styled coiffure.
Staebler Oeauty Shop
601 East Liberty


' li }tom 'i - ;'

? il ylas'ifie s
Bring Quick Rosults

; I

O to compliment your
Spring outfit
330 Maynard Street
oomao n ce <cr o c o c~te~ csc


1 M

Budget Minded

-Daily-Jack Bergstromi
MAKE-UP-Two members of the JGP make-up committee practice their art on each other in prep-
aration for the Senior Night opening of JGP tonight. Grease paint,. lipstick and rouge will be very
much in evidence for the "Heavenly Days" show and may settle the long-standing argument over the
beauty of Michigan women.


Shop at-..

Read Daily





is this pistachio ice-cream outfit from
Mexico, modeled by Miss Margy Ann
Keithley. The swirling skirt is topped
with its own full, peasant blouse, which
can be worn to show graceful shoulders,
and is covered with yards of white Mex.
ican lace. In the background may be
seen some of the imported articles car
vied by the ANN OVENS Shop.


A HELPING HAND-This member of the JGP cast has no worry
of falling with her partner giving a helping hand in one of their
dance routines.

r::}%: ; r::;::;; .:a^g;;:a:'" r': 'x .:'.'+! .. t:,ieah 7 ti V'?'a^.,."..C ::


nnI~ nI ;. P. - z% ~

Back to Top

© 2021 Regents of the University of Michigan