Abbot Academy - Circle Yearbook (Andover, MA)

 - Class of 1927

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Page 104 text:

T h Abbot C i r c I 19 2 7 all concerned, Phoebe Throssell becomes Phoebe Brown and they all live happily on. Ruth Harvey, portrayed Phoebe of the ringlets, Phoebe the school marm, and Miss Livvy the flirt, with equal distinction. She was adorable as Phoebe; weary- hearted as the mistress; a vivacious flirt as Livvy. It is hard to say which Phoebe was best played. Ruth proved her skill by sustaining throughout the play, the true Phoebe at heart. Susan, played by Persis Goodnow, captured our hearts quite as much as Phoebe. We loved her confusion and quick exits when perplex- ing problems faced her, and her conscienceless stories toward the end of the deception to protect her Phoebe. A very fine performance, Persis! Ah! That Valentine Brown — The dashing Mr. Brown. We congratulate Ruth Nason on conquering a difficult piece of characterization. She was one of the most successful " men " we have ever seen on Abbot ' s stage. And as for the Misses Willoughby and Turnbull, they were perfect as the old maids. Mrs. Gray, with her record of successful productions, enabled the Seniors, through her tireless coaching, to present a thoroughly enjoyable play presented in a thoroughly enjoyable way. Miss Willoughby Miss Henrietta Turnbull Miss Fanny Willoughby Miss Susan Throssell Miss Phoebe Throssell Patty A Recruiiing Sergeant Valentine Brown Master Arthur Wellesley Ensign Blades . • Lieutenant Spicer Three Little Boys Three Little Girls iomson CAST Emily House Ruth Perry Letty Lee Burns Persis Goodnow Ruth Harvey Nancy Kimball Priscilla Chapman Ruth Nason Helen Dyer Sylvia Miller Virginia Smith June Hiiunan, Harriet Sullivan, Pauline Humeston Miriam Houdlette, Edna Marland, Katherine Keany Ladies Priscilla Chapman, Ellen Faust, Beatrice Stephens, Pauline Humeston, Dorothy French, Natalie Cushman, Margaret Creelman Gentlemen . . . Margaret Nay, Harriet Nash, Lois Kimball, Gertrude Drummond

Page 103 text:

The Abbot Circle 19 2 7 ©ualttp Street Sir James Barrie must have been thinking of Abbot when he wrote Quality Street, the play which the Class of ' 27 presented as its Senior play. The play is perfectly suited for girls, acting of both men ' s and ladies ' parts, and those particu- lar parts seemed to be conceived just for the girls who played them. The play is of some very sweet ladies who lived on the most genteel street of the town, at the time of the Napoleonic wars. It is Susan Throssell ' s ambition to have her adored younger sister, Phoebe of the ringlets, wear the wedding dress which Susan made in high hopes for her own wedding, but which never was used. Valentine Brown, the man of Phoebe ' s heart, enlists for nine-years ' service in the army, thinking that it will thrill the sisters. He calls to tell his " great secret " and bid them farewell. Unfortunately, the sisters have guessed that this secret is that he loved Phoebe, and, in short, he is going to propose. Valentine, however, unaware of Phoebe ' s love for him, and of the heartbreak which he has caused, takes his leave. As the sisters ' money, invested because of Valentine ' s advice, has been lost, they open a small school for genteel children only. We find, to our dismay, nine years later that Phoebe has become old and weary. Valentine Brown, now Captain Brown, returns in hopes of taking the sisters to the ball. Saddened by Phoebe ' s age, and, of course, thinking that she would not care to go to the ball, he leaves the house. Phoebe, weary of being prim, dons a party dress; holds a ball of her own in the school room, when — Brown returns. As Valentine does not recognize her, she introduces herself as her own mythical niece. Valentine, having fallen for her charms, whisks her away to the ball. While Phoebe, or rather " Livvy " , arouses " frenzy in the breasts of all the males, " Valentine discovers, in watching Livvy, that he has been in love all these nine years with Phoebe, who is so lovely, a " modest violet " in comparison with this flaunting flower, " Livvy " , and sternly informs Phoebe of his discovery. Weary of this deception, Phoebe hides " Livvy " in the bed-room on pretense of being ill. Because of the watching of the neighbors, " Livvy " seems to be a fixture, for they cannot send her home. Valentine, to the amazement of the sisters, who think that he does not guess that Phoebe and " Livvy " are one, re- moves " Livvy " by packing a dummy in his carriage with the maid to deceive the watchers across the street — so, " gets rid of ' Livvy ' . " To the satisfaction of 87

Page 105 text:

The Abbot Circle 19 2 7 Mentor Jffltbtrle $lap£ Pierrot ' s! Jfflotfjer On Tuesday evening, January 18th, the Senior-Middlers presented, in honor of the Senior class, three one-act plays. As usual, Mrs. Gray ' s choice of plays was well made. The first play Pierrot ' s Mother by Glenn Hughes, as its title suggests, is a quaint fantastic sketch, giving us a glimpse in the candlelit hours, of a misunder- stood Pierrot and Pierrette who wander apart in search of ginger-cakes and feather-beds in which to sink their heavy hearts. Fortunately for them, they both wander, quite unknowingly, to the same house for shelter. Pierrot ' s mother reads between the lines, and the curtain drops with Pierrot and Pierrette happy once more, and setting off to cheer the world with their song and dance. Elizabeth Jackson, the mother, made us all wish we could have her tuck us into a feather bed and feed us ginger-cakes and tea. Pierrot, played by Christine Bliss, was so charming a figure, that we could hardly understand his dear Pier- rette ' s falling out with him. Pierrette, played by Dorothea Dow, was a half- fairy-like creature who realized our imaginary ideal of Pierrette most delightfully. The Cast: Pierrot Christine Bliss Pierrette Dorothea Dow Pierrot ' s mother . . . Elizabeth Jackson 89

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