Abbot Academy - Circle Yearbook (Andover, MA)

 - Class of 1945

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ABBOT DRAMATIC SOCIETY Bushiull, Graf, Marsh, Esther Bufferd, President: Hogun, Van Clere, Bentley, Welles Bush continually putting up her hair: Holly getting Biz out of the mess she ' s made of her knitting; over in the corner Bee learning to knit on bobby pins; Hap- py so absorbed in her book that she for- gets her cues; Barbie Graf concentrating on her four lines (and we mustn ' t forget her dog ' s bark); and Pete and Esther in- tently listening to Mrs. Gray give them a few pointers on their scene together. . . yes, out of this conglomeration came Moorborn, one of the finest plays that has ever been produced by A.D.S. None of it could have been done without the skill and patience of Mrs. Gray, and to her we owe our thanks. Of course artists tem- peraments will clash, and there have been many times during the year that we could have quietly wrung each other ' s necks. But somehow we managed to get over the crucial points without any drastic hap- penings. Yes. A.D.S. has put up with a lot of shenanigans from us this year, but after all is said and done, it has all been loads of fun. It is the general opinion that after a play the club just dissolves, but that is not so. Meetings are held on every other Fri- day, and of course there is a gala party whenever the occasion calls for it. The spirit that exists in this small society and the companionship it fosters are enough for three or four societies, and we hope that it shall always be that way. Morbidness and old maids The " Bio Three ' [46]

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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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Before the wood " But I need to be loved! " A strange now-you-see-it, now-you- don ' t wood; an impish, unpredictable old man; a cast ranging from a bored socialite to a matronly old woman; put it all to- gether, mix it up and you ' ve almost got the plot of the Senior play, Dear Brutus. Of course, a plot wouldn ' t be a good plot without a point, and the point of this one was — a second chance. The rehearsals were lots of fun. Besides learning lines and watching for cues, there was the usual knitting, gossiping, writing letters, and an occasional would-be-critic intently listening and voicing opinions about the progress, backward or forward, of the play. It didn ' t seem possible on March 17 that the day was really here. The panic of missing cues and forgetting lines was evi- dent — but need I go on? The play was a great success under the wonderful leader- ship of Mrs. Gray. It was she who led the cast (and audience) victoriously through, managing to keep her wits about her in spite of the mysterious wood and it ' s odd occupants. Art has been thriving this year under the able guidance of Miss Gay and Mrs. Morgan. Mrs. Morgan holds forth on Saturday morning with her " abandoned pupils. " There have also been many in- teresting exhibits at the John Esther Art Gallery. Do you see four hands? [47]

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