Catholic High School For Girls - Silver Sands Yearbook (Philadelphia, PA)

 - Class of 1937

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Page 54 text:

WE SAW 'RICHARD ll' HRCUGH every age scholars have acknowledged Rrchard II as an outstandrng example of Shakespeares lrterary art However not untrl Maurrce Evans arded by an excellent supportrng cast pre sented rt to theatre goers was rt recognrzed as a dra matrc masterprece For many years the play was neglected by thesprans both rn England and Amerrca Now rn IICS Amerrcan appearance rt becomes the outstandrng legrtrmate stage productron of the season From the cold black and whrte page Mr Evans emerges a lrvrng vrbrant man a foolrsh yet occas sronally wrse krng to thrrll hrs audrence with a superb rnterpretatron of a drfficult role Grvrng a splendrd performance from the openrng fanfare Evans nses to unbelrevable herghts as the plot develops He rs magnricent rn adversrty seem rng to grasp the very soul of hrs character Then does he hold the audrence rn hrs power Frederrck Worlock grves an excellent portrayal of Bolrngbroke the ursurper A G Andrews as gar dener although appearrng rn only one scene IS one of the most outstandrng performers I'I1S brt of com edy enlrvens the more somber aspects of the play as does that of the Duke of York Characterrstrc rn deed rs rt of Shakespeare to grve an apparently rnsrg nrficant part a certarn undenrable appeal In drrect parallel rs the Porter the comedy relref rn Macbeth The transrtron from a thoughtless boy to the man who let a throne slrp through hrs frngers 15 the grgantrc task Mr Evans has accomplrshed well How we desprse the ungrateful boy as he laughs at exrle death and the mrsfortune of others' We love and sym By EMMA LEARY as GENEVIEVE WRIGLEY as pathrze wrth the krng who on returnrng to hrs natrve land kneels lrke a subject to hrs monarch to krss hrs well loved sorl We can apprecrate hrs feelrngs as he realrzes too late hrs long dormant love for hrs throne and people Let us srt upon the ground and tell sad stones of the death of krngs Not untrl hrs return from a serres of unsuccessful Irrsh carnpargns do we see the nature of a hero con querrng frrvolrty As mrsfortune heaps upon mrs fortune Evans warms to hrs subject and grves a truly krngly portrayal rn the abdrcatron scene Hrs charac terrzatron of the older Rrchard Bolrngbrokes v1ct1m far surpasses that of the younger Rrchard The departure from hrs farthful though grrlrsh queen rs another touchrng eprsode In the prrson cell where Rrchard meets hrs death we agarn catch a glimpse of hrs proud and haughty nature Here Mr Evans thrrlls to the core wrth hrs realrstrc portrayal As the end approaches and the treach erous assassrns knrfe 1S porsed Richard IS as rnagmficent rn death as he was rn lrfe Maurrce Evans completely merges hrs own personalrty wrth that of hrs hero and rn our rmagrnatron Krng Rrchard II whose short lrfe overflowed wrth adventure l1ves agarn as only Shakespeare could have rmmortalrzed rm Perhaps never before has Shakespeare drsplayed a truer understandrng of human nature Hrs heroes are never qurte heroes hrs vrllarns never qurte vrllarns So rt rs that rn the same breath we both condemn and prty hate and love the 111 fated krng W H T 'N I Q H T 7 Oh Nzght that never falls 'To cast dark shadows O er hrlls and 'vales And tells the sleepy mmds Of Natures farry tales Where do you lwe7 MILDRED WHALBN 41 52 St Ehzabcths Annex SILVER SANDS Q 9 ' I I I 1 1 ss - as - . . . - - 9 1 - - - . . . . a . , , . . ' . . . 1 9 . . . ,, . 1 f 1 . . . . N , , . . I . . . . 9 . . . . . . ' , . . . . . . . . 3 5 f . . . . . 9 1 s J f , . . . . , . . . . . 9 7 . . . , 9 . . . . . . . . 1 I ' 3 . . . . . , . f . . ' . V . , . . . . . . . . , 7 , . . . . . f . . . , , f - , . . . . . . . . , f , . . . , . . . 9 1 ' 1 v . f . . ' . . , . , Q 1 1 y . 1 . 1 1 , . . 1

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PAGING TI-IE DIRECTOR DOOR marked Forrest Theater Dressmg Rooms opened suddenly and men d1st1nguxsh able by therr subdued Englrsh accents shpped xnto the darkened narrow alley leadxng to the c1ty and reahty An appomtrnent to mtervlew MISS Mar garet Webster youthful d1rector of Rlchard II fol lowed drrectly upon Mxss Websters rehearsal of Henry IV Behind stage the surroundlngs breathed of the unlque atmosphere of the theater A notlce on the bulletm board read Rehearsals for Curta1n Calls The mtervxew was conducted 1n one of the actors dress1ng rooms Here was a bewxldenng array of mxrrors dress1ng tables cosmetlc jars and costumes Mlss Webster ln business l1ke tweeds brown seal sk1n and oxfords entered the room wlth the uncon scrous ease and rhythmrcal gart of a successful Eng hshwoman Immed1ately one IS dommated by her lndependence and determxnatlon Her deep blue eyes are frank and her voxce IS a husky contralto tinged Wlth a moderated Brrtxsh accent Hers IS a sparklmg and dlfferent personalrty obstacle to overcome 1n d1rect1ng MISS Webster re phed The four weeks I spent rn rehearsal were not so ted1ous as the weeks of preparatron for Richard I had a dxflicult t1me for Mr Ffolkes who rs responsible for the scenery was IH New York whxle I was rn England Of course th1s was troublesome for I had to confer many tunes w1th Mr Ffolkes about the mechanzcs of the play Our preparat1on con srsted mamly 1n securrng a rough ldea of the manlp ulatlon of characters stage dlrectlons scenery and costumes Then Mr Dowl1ng Mr Evans and I had to 1nterv1ew some 200 actors 1n New York I knew comparatxvely no actors here and contrary to the general belxef I brought no actors from Eng and Upon bemg asked her favorrte scene 1n R1chard II Mlss Webster responded I have a particular l1k1ng for the entlre play You see 1n my hxgh school days I studxed It rather extensrvely Later I played m the same productxon when john Gellgud was Rxch ard II I have directed 1t 1n England for rt is very popular there But I do have a fondness for the farewell scene Szrvnn SANDS By BERENICE KOLBE 38 In answer to the query whether Shakespeanan or modern plays are more dlfhcult to drrect Miss Web ster replred Shakespeares plays requlre more effort on the part of the d1rector for h1s plays need an mterpretatlon of the mechamcs of staging whxle the drrector of a modern play can work on the scrrpt wxth the author Then too the techmque of actmg IS decldedly dxfferent m Shakespeare Maurxce Evans accordrng to Mrss Websters v1ew pomt lS a very colorful personahty Wlth whom to work MISS Webster explamed With a sly twmkle Mr Evans was m New York when the play produc t1on was belng planned Smce It was necessary to confer w1th hmm about the play we used the trans Atlantlc telephone many tunes We had but three mmutes to accomplish an mfimte number of plans Durmg one such conversatxon Mr Evans was speak mg 1nterm1nably ln h1s chpped syllables d1I'CCt1I1g me wh1ch people to see about costumes scenery l1ght1ng where I would find them and when I should see them Then came a pause Mr Evans breathed deeply and remarked We ve got half a mlnute left hows the K1ng7 Inqu1ry about how she had come to select dlrectmg as her career perplexed Miss Webster She medxtated a few seconds and then vlgorously she rephed that durmg a fourteen months run of a play rn which she was acting she had been asked to dlrect a group of amateurs 1n a Sunday evenxng product1on The Sun day evenxng groups are a pecuharly Enghsh custom She accepted the offer to occupy time It proved to be a frurtful cholce for shortly after she dnrected her first major play Richard of Bordeaux Since that trme she has found an mdlvrdual place in d1l.'6Ctll'lg one of her later plays bexng Love of Women She was asked to dlrect that play rn the Umted States th1s year but lack of trme prevented her acceptance Asked how she reacted to the enthuslastzc welcome of American audlences Mxss Webster laughed appre c1at1vely and then answered frankly My receptron was the most surprxsmg thmg that ever happened to me Thus closed a fnntful xntervrew wlth a smcere real and colorful personahty m a world of artlficxalxty and lmagmatron 5 I I lb ' ' 1 3 ! Q U I l ' ll ' if 4 1 , ' 1 9 50 V9 1 1 1 1 , UQ I , . 1 1 1 Q I f . . 9 - ss I - 11 7 , , . . . . . . . 5 ' ' ' LG ' , l 9 l 1 l I 9 ' ' ' , 1 s ' Q I ' ' . , , , . . . . . . . . I - 1 ' ' Q . 1 1 ' , 1 1 I 4 I , , , 1 , 1 1 Q 1 I . . . ' 9 ' 1 5 Y ' -T . . 9 5 Asked what she cons1dered to be the most dxflicult . . . .. , . . ,, . . . , U- , - . . ' '. . . , . . . . , - , . . . f . - ' . . , ' . I 1 ' bl ' 19 ' - - 3 - p . ' . . . . . . . . . , ' ' 55 95 , . . . . s ' . . I as , . . . . N . ' ' 19 - u ' ' ' ' , 9 1 ' . . . . . ' ' .5 ' f , 9 I . u , 1 . 1 Q Q' , . . 1 , . I , . , . . . QQ 1 Q 1



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EVANS U 9 r 3 u 3 By MARIE CAVANAUGH 38 EVANS I am sworn brother to gram necessztyv Rzchard II Act V Scene I F YOU have never met Evelyn Evans lntroduc tlons are rn order Thxs charmrng Enghsh lady IS small and slender Hers 1S coplous talent a splendid sense of humor and a pleasmg voxce graced wrth contxnental mflectxons Recently she has come as an exchange teacher from England to the Friends Select School m Morrrstown New jersey There at present she IS busy teachxng Enghsh hterature and dlrectrng the senror play Added to her many d1st1nct1ons IS that of belng slster to Maur1ce Evans who tnumphantly conquered Phila delplua as Shakespeares Rlchard II and all too br1efly hved as the rolhcklng Falstaff 1n an exper1 mental performance of Henry IV Mention of her brother kmdled a responslve spark m the eyes of the teacher Upon rnvxtatxon Mrss Evans hsted the Shakespearean dramas 1n wh1ch he has appeared countmg off the traglc Hamlet R1ch ar Romeo and the treacherous Iago Othello Breakxng off 1D the l1st she remembered that her father has always sa1d Maurrce w1ll make h1s mark 1n the world 1n comedy then added bu I hke hxm best 1n tragedy At thls junctlon the corners of her dark eyes crmkleel 1n merr1ment as she recalled her v1s1t to the Forrest Theatre durmg a rehearsal of Henry IV I had not seen Maurlce for two months she sa1d and when I arrlved he was on the stage I slxpped 1nto the last row and watched rehearsal The unl1ghted theatre and the actors who wore no per1od1c costume but cloak and sword gave an Ehzabethan flavor to ll The stage was ast1r wxth act1v1ty all of Maur xces makmg He was enactlng the battlefield scene ln whlch Falstaff fearmg he w1ll be kllled rushes about crymg Oh oh oh' and at last throws h1S grrth down and shams dead When he was finrshed and had come down from the stage I t1p toed up the alsle and sat bes1de h1m We were busrly whrspermg when suddenly Maurrce realxzed he was due on stage SILVER SANDS and ran up so as not to be late for h1s cue The co operation of the cast IS 111 Miss Evans oplnlon a trxbute to the remarkable abrlxty of the Cllrectress Margaret Webster whose every sxgnal 18 obeyed wxth marked preclsxon and whose every order 15 car ned out rn detail Memory work plays a great part ln any produc tron and here as ID all other branches of hrs art Mr Evans excels He has sometlmes only to read a scrlpt twlce and he knows lt he becomes so lmmersed 1n h1s character that the contlnulty of hls speech be comes merely mechanical Any forelgn H0156 1n the theatre makes hrs mlnd a blank yet he goes on wrth the words merely because of tlns mechamcal reactlon A paxr of kmttmg needles almost drove h1m to d1stract1on when he was playmg Rxchard at the St James Theatre London It was durmg that scene when R1chard returns to England to find that he has been deserted and srttmg down wearxly near the stage front dwells on the deaths of kxngs At thls pO1Ht Mr Evans became aware that hrs every speech was accompamed by the chck chck of steel kn1t What was more nerve rackmg the actor was con scrous of the needles steady flash Once m a whlle the kn1tter would pause and he thought Ah now Ive got her but soon agam the offender would m dustrlously recommence She knrtted and kmtted untxl 1nterm1ss1on when Mr Evans sent a message to ask her to please put away her needles untrl after the show Mr Evans has played many txmes too at Lon dons repertory theatre the Old VIC It was here h1s slster saw hlm act the uncut verslon of Hamlet whlch requlres five hours to do Before he left London he went to see john Gerlgud 1n that role Mrss Evans drsclosed to see rf he could obtaln any pomters on the productlon Gellgud and he are fast frlends In a prrceless scrapbook of Mlss Evans there IS a full. length photograph of these two IH whxch an examlner may find much of contrast and comparrson Th1s book IS a ver1table treasure trove of press not1ces programs photographs and memor 53 I I ff - ' l" - . . . . ., . . I Q y 9 0 0 a - - - ' S I I 1 , , . . . 1 . - D I 4 l , 4 4 Q ' ' ' n 1 9 ' ' as ' . . . , , , ' , . . . n ' 1 1 ' 9 , I , , , - . . . . . , ' a . a gg 9 - 1 as - u ' ' ' U ' I' . 7 . . . . 5, gg . . ' , , . us ss ' . . . , s ' 1 ' ss ' - sw ' ' ' lk 51 Lb ' , , T , , 9 . 1 d 1- -- -- -- -Q in t1ng needles plled by a woman ln a front row seat. 9 9 , .. ,, . . . , , , . , . , l I 7 - ss ' ' ' If ti t , , ' ' 1 11 - ' . . . ,, 1 a . . . . F . . . , . , . . .. .. .. ' 19 ' SL ' a 9 , ' 9 1 7 S5 ' 5, . ' ' ' ' bi 1, 5 a .,, . . . . f ,, . ' 9 ' ' ' 19 ' ' it s ' Y 1 7 I ' 5 3 Q ' Y ' ' 1 9 1 1 1 1 1 '

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