Abbot Academy - Circle Yearbook (Andover, MA)

 - Class of 1940

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The crowd around the bulletin board had meant just one thing — the Senior Play! Night after night our indispensable man- ager, Connie Cross, made us jump verbal hoops in the speech room. It didn ' t seem any time at all until the costumes had ar- rived and the night of the dress rehearsal was upon us. That dress rehearsal! It was, just as we expected, a nightmare. Strains of a minuet in competition with the " Big B.G. " from Ellie ' s portable, lines re- peated over and over, furniture shifted, stiff collars cutting into the necks of un- fortunate gentlemen, people sleeping any- where — so the night went. Yawning stars were glad of the cocoa and sandwiches before the final lap — and so to bed. Saturday came too fast! The time was almost at hand! A breathless hush, and slowly the curtain rose on our Duchess as Hill, the correct butler, and J. Cowles, simply nifty as Mr. Bennet. Things began to happen as fluttery Mrs. Bennet, per- fectly played by Jacquy Proctor, pattered onto the stage. Enter Lady Lucas and her daughter Charlotte, splendidly done by SENIOR PLAY Ellie Balcke and Barbara Brown. It seemed as though Webster hadn ' t made any adjectives good enough to describe Gitty, Sally and Libby as the three charm- ing Bennet girls. They were all superb! There were some especially outstanding bits, such as the entrance of Gisela, divine as Darcy, and Andy looking too smooth as Bingley, and both of them worthy of the highest possible praise. Mary Spaulding as Lady Catherine did beautifully, as did Doris Sawyer as Miss Bingley. And who will ever forget " Hill, take your mother upstairs, " or the lovely cold tea? Special credit goes to all the girls who had small parts but who were as necessary to the whole as were the leading characters. The curtain call, so well-planned by Mrs. Gray for the benefit of audience and pho- tographer as well, found the curtain balky and we were left stranded but tired and happy as the welcome applause echoed in our ears. [7i]

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DRAMATICS S The unforgettable Eliza- beth Bennet and Mr. Darcy ...the high and mighty Mr. Darcy in green pants and pink vest . . . much pride and much prejudice . . . excellent acting and admiring groans from the audience .... Gitty the gracious Eliza- beth. . . breath-takingly im- pressive ... difficulties with the yellow and orange dress . . . heart-throbs and happiness. . .realistic em- brace... our rivals to the Lunts. . . .

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A. D. S. On December gth the much anticipated plays presented annually by A.D.S. came off in all their splendor. The first was The Dark Lady of the Sonnets with Dottie Garry as the petite, winsome lady of the title role. Mary Spaulding gave an excellent performance as Queen Elizabeth, while Gitty, in her own inimitable way, played the part of Will Shakespeare. All this took place amid gracious settings (see moon- light), and was well received. The Pie and the Tart, an eighteenth cent- ury play, produced laughs galore by Cole and Rathbone as vagabonds who made many mouths water in the pastry shop scene. Tragedy held sway when Anne Schoepflin ' s dress caught in the door, but it did not last long. Julie Nelson as the pastry cook rounded out an excellent cast. The Ghost Story, a Booth Tarkington product, found the players ad-libbing madly! The vie broke down but music was supplied extemporaneously by familiar voices and all was well. Addie Waterhouse was convincing as the stuttering lover who proposed to Anna (played by Sally Cole) with results. The other members of A.D.S. even Jacquy with her ankle in a cast, played parts in this play which wound up a most enjoyable evening program. The French Plays On November 18 the French Department presented two one-act plays with great success. In Les Deux Sourdes Danna Whit- lock, with creaking joints and deaf as a post, made good meat for the mean butler, played by Patsy Selden. Boy (Jane Parrot) got girl (tiny Jo Hartwell) and they gave us the " live happily ever after " ending. The Explication de la piece was ably given by Joan Webster, and Mile. Baker and Mme. Miller were congratulated on their coaching prowess. Orchids to Eleanor Balcke in Uhomme Qui Epousa Une Femme Muette who played the wife and regained her speech only to make up for lost time so violently and so relentlessly that her poor husband, played by J. Cowles, was distracted. Phyll Crocker as chief adviser and Andy Warburg, the clever doctor, were both excellent, while Garry, Spaulding, Long, Cowles, Balcke, Littauer, Chase [72]

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