Salem College, Winston-Salem, N. C., Friday, February 10, 1956
Wednesday, February 8, under
the supervision of Emily Baker,
chairman of May Day Committee,
the cast for the 1956 pageant,
“Twelve Dancing Princesses” was
Included in the cast are over
forty girls who will take on the
form of trees, flowers, and mirrors.
There is a witch, Nancy Proctor,
and her helpers, Peggy Horton and
Murianne Linker. Closs Jeannette
will be the king. The king’s pages
will be Dottie Ervin and Nancy
These girls will be trees: Mar
garet Hogan, Ruth Bennett, Ron-
liiie Alvis, Ira Rollins, Katy Teague,
See page three for a poem writ
ten by Bebe Boyd when she was
a high school freshman.
Sarah Katherine Huff, Jerome
Moore, Salie Brown, Peggy
Thompson, and Sue Cooper.
Doing the “Waltz of the Flowers”
will be Chris Clark, Sara Ann
Price, Joy Perkins, Pat Green,
Martha Duvall, Nancy Willis,
Elizabeth Smith, Patty Kimbrough,
Sue Gregory, and Judy Golden.
The animals will be led by Joan
Reich, They are : Mary Thompson,
Mary Curtis Wrike, Shirley Red-
lack, Toni Gill, Sarah Eason, Mar
ion Harris, Peggy Daniel, Diane
Byers, Mary Avera, and Betty
Narrators have not yet been
chosen. Tryouts for these parts
will be held soon, along with try
outs for any characters that might
be added to the cast.
The “Sweethleart of Salem” will
be announced in the Valentine issue
of the Salemite next week.
The senior class is sponsoring
this contest February 9-14. All girls
who wish to enter their boyfriends,
brothers, fathers, or any male *w-
quaintance may do so for ten cents.
All the submitted pictures will be
displayed on tables in the Clewell
date room. Each vote cast will be
one penny placed in the containers
provided by each picture.
The winning sweetheart and the
person entering the winner’s pic
ture will receive a carton of nation
ally known cigarettes.
In previous years. Dr. Gramley,
Charles Medlin of the music de
partment, and General Carlos
Romulo have been chosen as
In the Civic Music series, the
famous Italian ensemble I Musici
(The Musicians) will play at Reyn
olds Auditorium on 'Tuesday, Feb
ruary 14, during their first tour of
the U. S.
Specializing in music of the 17th
and 18th centuries, I Musici is or
ganized so that the size of the
group throws the spotlight on the
individual artistry of the instru
mentalists, all virtuoso performers
in their own right, and the absence
of a conductor makes for a tighter
Angel Records released last fall
the first two of a series of long-
playing recordings which have won
critical acclaim across the U. S.
Miss Charm: Susan Childs
By Jean Smitherman
When queried about her day of birth, Susan Childs, now Salem’s Miss
Charm of 1956, mused a moment, then replied, “Sunday.” To anyone
who is at all familiar with Madame Goode’s classic rhyme, “And the
child that is born on the Sabbath Day, Is fair and wise and good and
gay,” knows that these are the prerequisites for Miss Charm. An inter
view with this tall Tennessean with cropped brown hair and a wide
smile proved that Susan was a charming choice.
Poised, even while propped on her neatly-made bed, Susan told me
about the pitfalls and pleasures of majoring in history and minoring in
primary education. Sitting behind her and agreeing with her every
word Was a little brown Dachshaund with “Tennessee” scrawled on his
side. “Tennessee” gives evidence of Susan’s favorite university, her
home state, and her love for stuffed animals. A fluffy French poodle
and an austre giraffe keep “Tennessee” company in Lehman.
Music of all sorts, from the style of Bill Haley to Tennessee Ernie
Ford is another of Miss Charm's interests. Working with the Episcopal
students organization and serving as sophomore representative to the
IRS Council envelope Susan’s leisure time.
Spring Play Offers Thrills And Suspense
Dr. Warren Ashby To Lead
Religious Emphasis Week
Dr. Warren Ashby of Greensboro
will begin Religious Emphasis
Week with vespers Sunday night
at 6:30. Special services will con
tinue through February 16 under
the sponsorship of the Y. W. C. A.
Dr. Ashby is a Doctor of Philo
sophy at Woman’s College in
Greensboro. He has participated
in several Y. M. C. A.-Y. W. C. A.
state, conferences and has con
ducted Religious Emphasis Week
programs at Randolph-Macon Col
lege and the University of Georgia.
Dr. Ashby was born in Newport
News, Va., and attended primary
Ann Darden Webb and Miriam
Quarles left by train last night for
New York City where they will
attend the Conference on Religious
Vocations for College Women.
Sponsored throughout the week
end by Union Theological Semi
nary, the conference gives Y. W.
C. A. delegates from across the
country the opportunity to secure
information about Christian voca
tions from leading religious leaders
Ann and Miriam will be fortu
nate enough to hear a lecture by
Dr. Reinhold Neibuhr, considered
the best known theologian in the
United States today. In addition,
they will attend a party for dele
gates in the home of Mr. Henry
P. Van Dusen, President of the
Seminary, and will have the chance
to tour the largest churches in the
The girls plan to leave by train
from New York on Sunday night
and to arrive at Salem in time for
Monday morning classes.
The tentative cast for House of
Bemarda Alba has been chosen.
Martirio—B a r b a r a Evans and
Magdalena—Marcille Van Liere
Maria Josefa—L y n n e Hamrick
and Carol Campbell
Mourners—Martha Duvall, Jane
Wrike, Laura Bible, Pat Flynt,
Margaret McQueen, Mary Walton,
and Patsy Kidd.
The following is a critique of
The House of Bernarda Alba which
Martha Jarvis wrote purposely to
acquaint Salemite readers with the
primary characters and prevailing
themes of the play.
Lorca’s The House of Bernarda
Alba is a drama about women in
the villages of Spain. Lorca sets
his play in a family house where
Bernarda Alba, the mother, con
fines her five daughters for an
eight-year period of mourning after
their father's death.
The conflict arises when Pepe El
Romano, the town’s most attractive
young bachelor, is betrothed to
daughter for her money. Naturally
this causes resentment among the
other sisters; and it is this resent
ment, the sisters’ feelings for Pepe,
and the frustrations that arise from
their mother’s tyranny that cause
the final tragedy.
While attending a presentation
of The House of Bernarda Alba,
one should first of all remember
that the drama is written by a
foreigner about a foreign country’s
people. Unless one keeps this in
mind, the plot may easily become
abstract and improbable.
Written in 1936, the drama is
contemporary in setting and por
trays the mourning customs, family
customs, and village customs exist
ing in Spain at that time. In a
sense, Lorca is not only portraying,
but is also critizing these customs.
First of all, he shows the effects
of a mother’s complete, unreason
able tyranny. Then he shows how
Bernarda’s extreme pride in family
standing denied her daughters’ liv
ing a normal life. Along with
these, Lorca points out how the
daughters’ forced confinement in
creased the suspicion and tension
in the household. Also, through
the play, one gets an indirect pic
ture of the contemporary Spanish
village where the progressive cul
ture and civilization has provoked
the wagging of gossipy tongues and
increased the desire for wealth.
However, the over-all spirit of
the play is not entirely a depres
sive one. The daughters’ final
denial of their mother’s orders and
the younger daughter’s denial of
the family tradition not only
brighten but establish an excellent
emotional contrast and conflict.
The House of Bernarda Alba is
a play which will lift the audience
to thrill, suspense, and perhaps
disillusionment. The fiery Spanish
temperments create continual cli
maxes and my advice is not to let
the excessive realism depress you
too completely. Remember that
the play is a Spanish drama about
Spanish women in a Spanish town
and not a play about life in the
and secondary schools there. He
graduated from Maryville College
with a B. A. degree in English, and
received his B. D. and Ph. D. de
grees from Yale University.
From 1946 until 1949, Dr. Ashby
was associated with the Depart
ment of Philosophy of the Univer
sity of North Carolina and is now
Plead of the Department of Philo
sophy of W. C. U. N. C. '
The schedule for Religious Em
phasis Week is as follows:
Sunday Vespers — ON BEGIN
NING WITH WORSHIP. The
Christian in Worship.
Monday, 6:45 p.m. — HEARTS
AND ARROWS. The Christian
IN EDUCATION. The Christ
ian in College.
Tuesday, 6:45 p.m. — DOUBTS
AND BELIEFS. The Christian
Wednesday, 6:45 p.m. — PER
SONS AND INSTITUTIONS.
The Christian in Society.
Thursday Chapel—THE END IS
DEVOTIONS AND DE
CISION. The Christian and
Sunday Vespers will be held in
Little Chapel; the other evening
meetings will be held in the Day
Any student who would like to
have a conference with Dr. Ashby
may do so between the hours of
3:00 and 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday and
Wednesday afternoons. Dr. Ashby
will be in the Friendship Rooms of
Those who would like to eat at
Dr. Ashby’s table while he is here
should contact a member of the
Y. W. C. A. Cabinet.
Ash Wednesday Communion ser
vice will be held at 8:00 a.m, \Ved-
nesday, February 15, in the Home
Moravian Church. All college stu
dents are invited.
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Vicki, a mystery film starring
Jeanne Crain and Jean Peters, will
be shown Thursday night, February
16, in the Science Building. Begin
ning at 8:00 p.m., the F. T. A. s
second movie presentation of the
year can be seen for $ .35.
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Basketball practice will continue
to be held at 55:00 p.m. each after
noon throughout next week. Stu
dents are reminded that three prac
tices are necessary for participation
on class teams and five practices
make one eligible for points. The
intramural tournament is scheduled
for the week of February 20.
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Due to an administrative error,
Malin Ehinger, Halmsted, Sweden,
was not recognized in Honor
Chapel last week for having made
Dean’s List first semester.
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According to Mrs. Heidbreder,
chairman of the Parents Day Com
mittee, the annual Parents’ Day
events have been scheduled for
March 3. General plans have been
made and invitations to parents
will be sent tomorrow.
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The seniors are reminded that
caps and gowns should be worn to
chapel during both Religious Em
phasis Week assemblies.
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The I. R. S. Council wishes to
remind you to be punctual to
meals; there will be much less con
fusion in the dining room.