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W. S. S. F.
W. S. S. F.
by Marian Goldberg
Oiitstanding (-haracterizationis
against a background of uniformly
good performances — that was the
Pierrette I’roduetion of Stage Door
in its opening night in the Old
Chapel yesterday evening. Sta^e
Door, play writtc'n by Edna Fer-
ber and George S. Kaufman, pres
ents a wide variety of types to be
portrayed, and the impressive thing
about last night’s play, directed
by Mrs. Bruce Williams, was the
balance the production achieved;
each part was filled capably, the
action was never allowed to falter,
interest never for an instant lagged.
Margaret Bay as Terry gave a
performance that was arrestingly
brilliant. From the first moment
she appeared on the stage, the aud
ience was never able to disregard
the gallent figure of Terry—who
wanted to act, who was a good
actress—but only when “somebody
gave her a part to play”— a thing
that happened all too seldom. Kay-
mond Burke as Keith Burgess, the
young and eccentric playwright who
is in lov.e with Terry, gave a cha
racterization that was noted for its
genuine intensity.
Beautifully cast and fulfilled
was the role of the tragic Kaye,
played with earnest sincerity and
pathos by Carlotta Cartc*r. Out
standing performances were turned
in by Ceil Nuchels as the always
bored and eternal wise-cracker,
Judith; ('harlotte Richards as the
little gal from Dixie: “Why ah
didn’t keep you waitin’?”; Bill
(iriffitli as a suave anil convincing
Mr. Kiiigslw of Hollywood and
Broadway: Marian Burvenick as
•Tetin Mai land, the girls who goes
to Hollywood and “goes Holly
wood”; and Harriet Sink whose
poitriiyal of a hard and defeated
Linda was a nice piete of acting,
ted piece of acting.
Xancy Lee Kogers as Mattie, the
liitle colored maid, was unforget-
able in her, night-shirt scene, and
Mary Lu ifoore and Lucille New
man as Big and Little Mary did
excellent jobs—along with Edith
Shapiro as the tap-dancing Pat, and
jrell Seewall as Mrs. Orcutt, the
latter giving a usually hard role a
generous interpretation; Sue Willis
as Madeleine, Adair Evans a.s Ber
nice, and Mary Louise Rhodes as
Mrs. Shaw handled their parts
Number 9.
The mastery of Daumier, French
artist of the early nineteenth cen
tury was the subject chosen by Air.
Kenyon, the main speaker of the
evening. Mr. Kenyon spoke of the
artist’s technique, of his superlative
handling of color, and of his gene
rous methoil of satirization, which
makes him sonieHiing ntore ^than
the realist he is usually called as
Mr. Kenyon pointed out, illustrat
ing his talk with print.s of Dau
mier’s paintings.
-V policeman nearly ilisrupted the
monthly meeting of Le Cercle
Francais Wednesday night when he
stopped one of the honor guests
for driving through a red light on
his way to Salem. Mr. Edgerton
who Is professor of French at Guil
ford College, arrived intact how
ever and chatted nonchalantly (and
in French) about his mishap and
:ibout a thesis he is working on
concerning the teaching of modern
languages as modern language—to
lie spoken nnd actively used.
Dr, Downs held the center of the
stage (luring Twenty (Questions, ii
game further complicated because
the participants spoke in French—
at least further complicated as far
as .\Ir. ICenyon was concerned. Al
though concentrating profoundly.
Dr. Downs had considerable diffi
culty in making a “figure of mo
dern mythology, dressed in a red
suit with a white beard” add up
to Santa Claus — (’%’en when the
(piestion \vas asked by Miss Bra-
lower, who presided over the mect-
ting: “Haven’t you a son, .Mon-
sier. ’ ’
The meeting closed with a short
period of general convorsation in
Seen in a boarding house bed
room somewhere in the east Fifties
of New York City arq Marion Bur
venick as Jean, Carlotta Carter as
Kaj^e, and Margie Ray as Terry,
stiigestruck characters in Stage
Door, produced by the Salem Pier
re, te Players and directed by Jfrs.
Bruce Williams.
smoothly and with poisel self-con
fidence. Among the men, Charles
Vance as Sam Hastings was a sur
prise, especially his rendition of
Boogie-woogie on the piano. Veda
Ba 'crrstock, Aline Shaniel, Treva
Miller, Edna Baugham, Mary Yaw,
Jennie Cavenaugh, Johnny Welch,
Pete Ivey, W. P. Covington, III.
Leon Rice, and Eldridge Carter all
turned in competent performances.
Two members of the W^inston-Sa-
lem Little Theatre came down to
assist with Lights and Makeup:
Paul Newman and Louise Newman.
Nancy Downes acted as Stage Man
ager and Normie Tomlin as Publici
ty Director.
The final performance of Stage
Door is to be given this evening
at N:;!0 in the Old Chapel.
Lvcry other Monday ev>ninjr for
two hours the Sociology 204, better
know as Marriage, classes have as
their guest speaker, Afrs Ernest K.
Groves, noted authority on marri-
age problems and family relation
ships, from Chapel Hill, North
Airs. Groves and her equally fa-
nious husband have collaborated and
made their work prominent in the
Lnited States through the publica
tion of many books, the presenta
tion of lectures, and the teaching
of classes at outstanding schools.
Airs. Groves is basing her lectures
on the outline of the Social, Psyc
hological, Economic, and Social as-
p(‘cts of Alarriage. Each lecture is
divided into tw'o parts: during the
first hour Mrs. Groves [iresents lier
formal lecture; the second hour is
devoted to questions raised by the
students and informal discussion.
A trip to Williamsburg is a treat
for anyone, and it proved an ex
traordinary pleasure for the party
who went last week-end. The group,
composed of Misses Alayme Porter,
Hazel Wheeler, Rosalie Smith, and
Linnie Coveter, the latter three
from the Academy, went to the
festival of Eighteenth Century
Music presented semiannually in
Williamsburg. The featured music
carried out the atmosphere of the
old Virginia capital. The elaborate
ornateness of the architecture and
furnishings of the buildings found
its equal in the ornanented delicacy
of the 18th century music. The
programs were selected largely
from music known to colonial Vir
ginia and in some way connected
with Williamsburg. There were three
concerts, the last of which the
group attended.
The guests make their way
through the darkened streets and
down the green to the Gov.ernor’s
Palace (where the programs are
held). At the front gate they are
met by an elderly Negro man-ser
vant (dressed in ruffled collar and
cuffs, cut-away coat, and buckled
shoes) who, carrying his lantern,
leads the party up to the Palace
entrance, where they are met and
shown to the ballroom by ladies
dressed in 18th century costumes.
The ballroom reflected the glowing
decorative note of the period, and j
is richly ornamented with deep red
hangings, crystal chandcli(*rs with
lighted candles, gold framed mir
rors, and huge life, sized portriats
of English royalty.
The Satunlay night program
featured music all for the harpsic
hord, which, though it looks like a
piano, is different in mechanism.
It has two keyboards. The tone
is that of a plucked rather than a
struck string. The quality can be
varied only by the pedals or by
stops. The instrument being used
w’as red with gilt trimmings, and
made a striking appearance amid
its suhptuous surroundings. A part
of the program was composed of
pieces about birds: two numbers
about the Cuckoo and a third en
titled “Canzon and Caprice on
Hen.s and their Cockling.” Bird
pieces were very popular during
the period and many such numbers
were played. The rest of the pro
gram was equally interesting and
in keeping with the quaint atmos
phere of Williamsburg.
Sunday morning found the group
seated in the ancient pews of the
Bruton Parish Church, a place of
much historical interest. Visits to
other buildings of importance and
to such as the Wig Maker’s, Pew
ter, and Carpenter’s Shoppes
rounded out the visit. The group
returned to Salem a bit fatigued
but with many pleasant memories
Sunday the last music hour be
fore Christmas will be, conducted by
Aline Shamel and Lindy Stokes,
heads of the music committee of the
Salem College YWCA.
According to .Mine, records from
the “.Messiah” will be played
from 1’ to 3 o’clock in the listening
room in South Hall.
The music hour was inaugurated
rthis year by the WYCA to enable
those girls who do not get good re
ception on their radios to enjoy
Sunday afternoon concerts. Previous
hours have been well attended. The
music heads expect a largo group
to attend Sunday for the Christ
Advanceil students from the
School of Music will be presented
in the first formal evening recital
of the year on Wednesday, Decem
ber ;l, at 8:.'!0 p. m. in Memorial
Hall. An interesting program has
been arranged. All Salemites and
frii^ds of Salem College are invited
to be present.
Don’t forget tie Informal
dance Saturday night from 8:30-
11:00 in ]the Kecreatlon Boom
of Bitting. The dance Is being
sponsored by the May Day Com
mittee and there will be plenty
of boys!
Come and bring a date. Ad
mission Is 10c for stags and I5c
for couples.
Carrie Donnell
There I sat clutching my paper
and pencil and waiting for Paul
Green to come upon the stage only
to hear when he began his lecture
that he had already bwu b(‘seiged
by reporters who had asked him
what they should write about him.
Incidently, these reporters were not
from the “Salomite!”
■Vfter the lecture with Mr. Greeiv
surrounded by autograph seekers, I
attempted to enterview this person
who in such a short time had
brought to life “Mr. Mac” by
scattered readings from his newest
book Mr. Mac.
When did I first become in
terested in writing? Well, 1 wrote
II poem to my girl when I was ten
and I’ve been writing since” he
smilingly replied with his tongue in
his cheek.
“Gosh, no! Writing is hard work.
Wait, I’ll show you” and ho step-
pi'd toward the piano to get his
manuscript. Hut I never .saw the
manuscript, because a lady was
between him and the piano and was
loudly telling him how sorry she
was that “yon and Klizabeth
won’t be able to stay,”
I’ve Ix'eii talking utyself
hoarse, telling would-be writers
how to write. The thing that hurts
you most will be the best thing
you’ve ever done. A girl playing
a pinno while slu* waits for lier fel
low who never comes, jilays better
than ever before, because she is
putting her heart into music.”
Frinuls had come upon the stage
to speak to Air. Green, but I fol
lowed him. He turned arotind sud
lenly realizing, I that I
w'as enterviewing him. “I’m not
helping you much, am If” Again
he was besiged by friends, one of
whom said “Paul, you look like
Parsiful and tho rose nuiidens.
Glancing about him and running
his hand across forehead, ho re
plied, “Gosh, Salem does have lots
of pretty girlsl”
I can’t tell you how to write;
neither can I tell you how to get
a good husband except by picking
out a good man. I can’t tell you
how to fall in love. But when you
find your nuin, bring him down
to see me.”
Pausing a moment to sign tho
back of lecture ticket, Mr. Green
looked up, and smilingly said “1
bet you have already got him
picked out, haven’t youl’
smiled without answering, deciiling
that it was timp for the cntervit^w
to come to a close. I couldn’t for
tho life of me think just what Car
olina men thought of Wake Forest
One of the most important plans
of the May Day Committee is tho
announcement of the new system
of electing the Alay (iueen and her
court. The election for the Queen
and the .Maid-of-Honor will take
place on Tuesday night at ti:4.'> in
the old chapel. Th('re will be two
sejiarate ballots. The members of
the court will be elected on Wed
nesday night. The nominees will
be on the stage.
'I'he nominating committee,
headed by Alleen llarri.son, will
consider each name placed in the
suggestion boxes. If the girl sug
gested meets the requirt*ments, she
will be nominattHl, Names of tho
nominations for the Queen and
Alaid of Honor will be posted on
Saturday, and the court nomina
tions will bo posted on Monday.
There will bo no set nutnber of
nominees. The use of tho sugges
tion box does not mean that one
can not petition after the nomina
tions have been posted. I’etitions,
signed by twenty-five people, must
b( turned in by Monday noon.
For the first time, the May Day
Committee now has an office, which
was formerly the “Salemite” of
fice, A filing system of May Day
programs will bo kept, and costumes
will also b(‘ kept there.
Fp until this year, the Wee
lllui' Inn has been tht* sole source
of money for financing .May Day.
Unt on Saturday night, November
20, the May Day Committee is
spon.soring an informal dance in
the recreation room of lUtting from
S;,il) l I:()(), 'I'he admission price
for coujdes is 15c and lOc for stags.
The members of the May Day
Committee are: Chairman, Wyatt
Wilkinson; Vice-Chairman, Mar
garet Hay; Dances, Marguerite
Hettinger; Dresses, Lib Weldon;
Publicity, Mary Lou Moore; I’ro-
grams, Agnes Mae Johnson; Music,
Margaret Leinback; Flowers, Becky
Candler; Wee Blue Inn, Vivian
Smith; Properties, Ailene Shamel;
Costumes, Flora Averii.
At the request of those many
people who came to the pageant
on November i) ami were unable
to get into tho building, tho Homo
Moravian Church members are re
peating tho pagont “What Our
Fathers Told” on December 7 at
7:30 p. m. in the new Keligious
Education Building of Homo Church.
What Our Fathtfrs Told” was
written by tho Rov^ Gordon Spaugh
as a pageant depicting important
events in the history of the Mora
vian Church and Salem congrega-

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