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The Abbot Circle 19 24 " §iui£ ttgess IrTor etdben " On the eighth of April, some of the students from the German Department gave a very amusing and charming little play called " Giinstiges Vorzeichen " . The story centers around an old German who is very superstitious. Herr Rillberg, as he is called, has a daughter, Karoline, and a niece, Brunhilde, who is also his ward. The father wishes to have Karoline married before she is twenty to some quite well-to-do young man. His friend, Professor Rantenstrauch, tells him that a young friend of his has seen Karoline and wishes to marry her. Herr Holdhans, the suitor, calls to ask formally for Karoline and finds that he had seen and fallen in love with Brunhilde, not Karoline. He finds out, however, to his great relief, that Karoline is in love with a poor man and will not marry him. Then Holdhans is free to ask Brunhilde to marry him. When Herr Rillberg finds out that Hold- hans is going to marry Brunhilde he is, at first, very angry. But at last he is reconciled to the situation and everything ends happily. Sylvia Shapleigh, as Karoline, was just as modest and submissive as a daughter is supposed to be. In contrast, Hildegarde Mittendorff, as Brunhilde, was very lively and coquettish. Gretchen Vanderschmidt made a splendid old, superstitious, polite German father. Herr Holdhans was supposed to be very embarrassed and ill-at-ease in the presence of ladies. Ruth Davies, in this part, made us fully appreciate his many qualms. The lovely German songs gave an additional touch of color to the whole gay evening. l e Jfrenci) Cbentng The long expected " French Evening " was most pleasantly spent on May thirteenth, and the large French Department widely represented. All about McKeen Hall, pretty French Peasant girls in native costumes, and wearing the head dresses of many provinces wended their way between tables selling boutonnieres or light refreshments, while on the stage a few of the best scenes from Moliere ' s " Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme " were played with much " entrain " , succeeded by others from " Monsieur Perrechon " byLabiche et Martin. A short modern sayuete depicting the Christmas difficulties of a young Parisian couple in their gift-giving was also presented. French Rounds, Songs and Fables held the audience captive and elicited warm applause, the while a delightful French atmosphere pervaded the entire evening which was a great artistic and linguistic success. 83
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The Abbot Circle 19 24 Bill Martin comes in. He is furiously angry, and sternly reprimanding Venda, forbids her to take the part. She tries to be cheerful and starts to hum a tune which has been running through her mind. Her father seems to have a particular aversion to that tune. Finally, he is forced to explain that her mother, who left her home and family to sing in grand opera, used to sing it to Venda as a lullaby. Soon, as Venda is dusting, alone in the room, the tune is heard from outside. It grows nearer and nearer, until the door opens and Bianca Martinoli enters. Bill comes in, and the husband and wife recognize each other and explain to Venda. At first he is very angry, but Bianca explains that " home ees best " and the play ends happily, as all plays should. Haragueta Again the talent in the Spanish classes blossomed out. This year they de- lighted us with an amusing comedy entitled Zaragueta. Not many of us really understood the things the characters said to each other, but there is an old saying that " actions speak louder than words. " The story centered around the nephew, Corlos, of an old Spanish family. He had been sent to Madrid to study, and while there he had gotten himself greatly in debt to a certain Zaragueta, a Jewish money lender. Carlos wrote to his aunt and uncle telling them that his health had given out, and that he must have money in order to go to Paris for a necessary operation, and telling them also that he was coming home first. Carlos arrived and with him the Jew. The boy became so scared that he took his cousin Maruja into his confidence. She very easily fooled the old aunt and uncle, and when the deaf Jew came to demand his money, all kinds of misunder- standings arose, making it screamingly funny. Finally Carlos and Zaragueta met. Carlos shut Zaragueta up in a woodshed at the back of the stage. Through the mistakes of every one the aunt and uncle thought that Carlos had become crazy, and that he was shut up in the woodshed. They thought that the best thing to do was to cover him with cold water. This was done, and after much screaming and yelling on the part of Zaragueta, the door of the woodshed was opened, and the wet Jew came out. Carlos confessed and all was satisfactorily explained. 82
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