Abbot Academy - Circle Yearbook (Andover, MA)

 - Class of 1950

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Page 56 text:

Back Row, left to right: M. Nesbit, F. White, C. Furst, T. Holt Third Row: D. Lam pert, S. Kimball, E. Bradley, L. Eccles Second Row: M. M . Wheeler, M. Teasdale, B. Gibson, E. Good speed Front Row: T. Gafill, S. Swenson, N. Shulze, M. Kitchell. Miss Friskin, Directress Choir The Abbot Chapel Choir, a group of about sixteen voices, for the most part Seniors, sings each Sunday at vespers. Under the direction of Miss Kate Friskin, we aspire to master the difficult passages in many of the classical four-part an- thems. It is work, and fun, and we love it. Fidelio Early in the fall, the lucky chosen fifty hurry to the first meeting of Fidelio. The program would include a concert at Abbot with the Exeter boys as our sing- ing guests, and then another at Governor Dummer where we would be the visitors. Both events meant dinner parties before and dancing after the programs. AVe would also sing a vesper service in the Phillips Academy chapel with the choir. Under the baton of our gifted director, Miss Kate Friskin, we worked out of the flats into some too sharps until we finally became natural, or so we hoped, especially on the big occasion. Fidelio enriches our years at Abbot, for as underclassmen we listen to the beauti- ful choral concerts, and as upperclassmen we take pride in either achieving mem- bership, or else seeing our classmates participate in the traditional success of this time-honored organization. FIDELIO [52]

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A. C. A. Together with the efforts of the World Student Service Fund, A.C.A. has contributed to many charities to aid in the fight against suffering. A.C.A. began the year with a lively Old Girl-New Girl party, with games, stunts, refreshments and new friends for everyone. During the fall many of us experienced " second-childhood " while dressing dolls and choosing toys to send to the Hindman Settlement. Saint Nick stopped here at the party A.C.A. gave for Andover children, with presents for each little boy and girl. The Preps and Juniors gave The Birds ' Christmas Carol, and to the tune of " Jingle Bells " the party came to a happy end. A basket of fruit was presented to the Andover Old Folks ' Home for their Christmas. The candle- light Vesper Service, with the reading of two stories, was a delightful part of A.C.A. OFFICERS B. Flather, President; M. Lurton, Vice President; C. Kimberly, Secretary; S. Stevens, Treasurer our unforgettable Christmas at Abbot. Throughout the year A.C.A. con- ducted the Wednesday morning chapel. Back Row, left to right: E. Chaplin, A. Lyons Third Row, left to right: D. Pettit, P. Bushnell, S. Stilson, A. Faulk Second Row, left to right: M. Bixby, A. Higgins, J. Nielsen, A. Spencer Front Row: C. Kimberly, Treasurer; B. Flather, President; M. Lurton, Vice President; S. Stevens, Secretary [51]



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Dramatics Tryouts; Miss Hale ' s scribbled notices; rehearsals; playbooks dog-eared from study; rehearsals; butterflies; curtain time. Yes, " The play ' s the thing. " December brought the seniors ' presen- tation of Fanny and the Servant Problem. Never shall we forget the dashing picture of Fanny and her lover, or the Bennett family ' s rendition of " Soldiers of Christ Arise " as it echoed and re-echoed through Bantock Hall. From the enthusiastic cheers of the underclassmen, the seniors knew their comedy had been a success. The Abbot Dramatic Society includes some of the more talented actresses of the school. The membership, on a competitive basis, was increased from ten to sixteen this year, so that more girls might share its opportunities. Another new feature was the holding of monthly meetings, the purpose of which was to give the members a wider knowledge of the theatre. The climax of the year ' s work came in April when A.D.S. put on Dear Brutus, the NORA AND PEGGY " Lady and Lord Bantock " well-beloved play of James Barrie. With Sonny ' s battle cry, " Let ' s clear the stage, " school girls adopted varied and complex characters. After these two entertaining plays, Abbot turned her eyes towards Draper Dramatics, the play which would high- light the graduation activities. A. D. S. Back Row, left to right: M. Whittall, R. Reifsnyder, F. Russell, J. Russell, A. Merriwether, N. Blachmer, G. Davis Second Row, left to right: F. White, C. Corey Front Row, left to right: A. Lindamood, C. Huberth, B. Baldwin, A. Carter, President; . . Gafill, Treasurer [ 53 ]

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