Abbot Academy - Circle Yearbook (Andover, MA)

 - Class of 1945

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CHOIR Back Row: .V. Kay, Lyons, Kurth, Redman, Milne, Fuller, Stegner Front Row: N, Barnard, Lewis, Ross, Power, Roynton, Wright, M. Sommer Absent: Welles, Rodgers We shook when we had our voices tested for Fidelio by Miss Friskin and Mr. Howe. Then we waited for the list to appear on the bulletin board, and there were the usual exclamations, " Oh, I can ' t bear it. How did she get in? " But we really began to feel at home after the 1 first rehearsal, especially when Mr. Howe enforced his deadline ultima- tum. We chose Barbara Ball as our presi- dent, and Mary Jane Kurth proved to be an excellent accompanist. Instead of the Gilbert and Sullivan opera with Phillips we had concerts with Governor Dummer and Exeter. After the rehearsals for Christmas carols were over, we really set to work. The corridors of Draper re- echoed all winter long to strains of " Braid the Raven Hair " and the " Merry Widow Waltz. " Our concert with Governor Dum- mer was a great success, any way you want to look at it. The boys entertained us royally, and we all had a good time. We let Exeter do the travelling for the next concert, and they arrived to set up a particularly high standard for future con- certs. We wouldn ' t have missed this year of Fidelio for anything, although we don ' t think it will miss us too much next year, judging by the sounds coming across the circle from New Fidelio. FIDELIO Barbara Ball, President: Mary Jane Kurth, Accompanist; Martha Ann Boynton, Librarian [44]

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' Now that ire ' re settled the problems of the world. ' But the firsts- haven ' t been served yet! " In this past year, we at Abbot have been most fortunate in having many gifted men and women help us shape our thoughts and opinions. Vespers on Sunday evenings have been nothing less than in- spiring. We shall always remember men such as Dr. Cleland, Dr. Calkins and Mr. Baldwin, not only for their keen humor and presentations, but also for their in- sight into the deep problems of life and their clear interpretations of a number of Biblical passages. Our Saturday evening programs have brought many speakers and artists to Abbot. We have obtained a better knowl- edge of the arts through such programs as Spanish dancing, Chinese and English theater, dramatic interpretations, and concerts by distinguished musicians. And, of course, we will never forget Miss Friskin ' s recital, one of the most eagerly awaited events of the whole year. Our comprehension of the world events has been increased by such excellent speakers as Mrs. Paul Robeson, Mrs. F. M. Taylor, and Mr. William Averitt. We were particularly fortunate in hearing Miss Margaret Walker read us some pas- sages from her own poetry, which brought us greater understanding of the Negro and his problems. All of these people have contributed greatly to our prospective, and we feel indebted to each one of them. They have provided us with many searching thoughts and have given us a wider appreciation of our world and its opportunities. With their experience and ability to guide us we feel ourselves better equipped to meet the demands of the future. [ 43

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" And just what would you like? " The neighborly spirit One of our most interesting Saturday night programs this year was the presen- tation of three one-act plays by some up and coming actresses in the Junior and Junior-Mid classes. A.D.S. had their eyes open and undoubtedly were framing ideas about the future. Miss Strickland, as director, receives special merit for her work and very favorable results. In order of appearance the plays were Courtin ' ( ' hristina, The Neighbors and The Clod. We will never forget the agony we endured when we were praying the Union soldiers would not discover the Confederate hero; or the final tense moment just before the gun went off! Courtin " Christina provided some won- derful comedy, and the surprising Irish brogue impressed us all. The Neighbors was equally enjoyed. Great was the curiosity of the rest of the school when during the preceding weeks we would walk by the Tiffin or Rec Room and hear strange noises issuing forth. However, we were soon able to put two and two together, because every so often there was written on the blackboard in conspicuous letters, " Neighbors. ..Tiffin Room at 2:30, " or the like. The fact that every so often someone was not at sports because of play rehearsal also gave us a clue. At any rate the final productions were a great success and were highly appreciated by the many onlookers in Davis Hall. " What ' s your trouble, mister? " [45

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