Peru State College - Peruvian Yearbook (Peru, NE)

 - Class of 1909

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Peru State College - Peruvian Yearbook (Peru, NE) online yearbook collection, 1909 Edition, Page 210 of 254
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THE SENIOR PLAY The Seniors have selected as their class play one which they believe will be not only fascinating, but instructive,—Joan of Arc. Being based upon historical events, it cannot fail to appeal to the student. The maidenly modesty and undaunted courage of the heroine, as she leads the army to victory for her King and her country, her unwavering faith as she meets her cruel death, will undoubtedly fill all who behold it with admiration and loftier purpose. The military character of the play makes the setting very attractive, and will inspire that feeling of patriotism which all feel when in the presence of great and noble deeds. Many difficulties arise in its presentation, but we believe that the seniors, with their pcrscrverance and ingenuity, will overcome these difficulties and make it one of the most brilliant successes of the year. CAST OF CHARACTERS La Hire ................................ Father de la Pierre .................... Charles VII—King of France ............. Count lc la Tremouillc ................ Pierre d’Arc............................ Jacques d’Arc .......................... Robert de Bandricourt .................. Nicholas L'Oisclcur .................... Raoul de Gaucourt ...................... Regnauld de Chartres ................... Guillaume de Bclier .................... The Bishop of Beauvais ................. The King’s Cook ........................ A Cordwaincr of Chinon ................. Joan of Arc ............................ Mergerct (Joan’s page) ................. Marie of Anjou (Queen of Charles VIH Isabelle d’Arc ......................... Hannettc ............................... Margetc ................................ ............Elmer Seeley ............C. B. Moore ..........B. E. Swenson .............C. W. Knoll ...........G. D. Jenkins .........J. A. Eastwood ...........H. K. Mitton ...............A. J. Hill ............Chester Kaup ..................E. Zink .......Forrest McAdams ........E. O. Blackstonc .............Guy Eversolc .............R. B. Bedell .........Miss May Frank .......Miss Hilda Wilke Miss Julia II. Van Oriel .......Miss Olga Gcreke ....Miss Virginia Hanson ........Miss Hazel Beck- Couriers. Captains. Soldiers. Prelates, Priests, Doctors of the Church and Law. Monks. Peasants, Citizens, etc. SYNOPSIS Joan’s father, mother, and other peasants arc talking of the fate of France, overrun by the foreigners. Joan enters, going to the shrine to hang up a wreath of flowers. The peasants arc roused to fury by news that the English and their allies arc devastating the next town, and fly to arms. Joan recalls the noble deeds of women in Jewish times, and feels the inspiration of grand deeds springing up in her bosom. Then in terms of simple but burning eloquence she tells the priest, De La Pierre, of the glorious visions she has beheld. At first the priest thinks her exaltations arc the outcome of insanity: but when he recalls the purity of her life and her piety, he gives her his blessing, La Hire, a soldier of Two hundred six

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And even after the day is done and the veil of night has wrapped the world in darkness, farm life still sheds her blessings, for, with no other noise to hinder, she, with whispering breezes and murmuring winds, rocks you into peaceful slumber. "SWENSON ON THE FARM" . A • Could we see ourselves as others see us We might profit by this experience. Could we judge ourselves as others would judge us We would not he so disappointed in ourselves. Could we govern ourselves from the standpoint of others The world would progress toward the divine. Two ho tidied Jive



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fortune, meets Joan, and, struck by her enthusiasm, bids her call for him at Chinon, and be will give her audience of King Charles. Joan departs amidst the acclamations of her countrymen. La Hire tries to shame the weak Charles into a valorous heart, but fails. Some of the courtiers and the Archbishop of Rheims are roused by his words, and Joan enters their midst, bashful but valiant, and offers her life for France. She endures the taunts of the ribald courtiers, and, sustained by the priest and La Hire, manages to meet the Queen, who, at first angry at her intrusion, is at last overcome by the sort of divine light that glances from the eyes of Joan, and takes her to the King. Charles is sadly ruminating over bis ruined country and bis own tarnished honor, when the Queen enters. She begs the King to give interview to Joan. He consents, as it may afford him some amusement. In the next scene the King. Queen and courtiers arc assembled in the ball of the castle. Joan, by her fervid faith, inspires the King with hope, and she waves the sword found under the altar of St. Catherine and rushes out, followed by the chevaliers. In the next scene the soldiers and peasants are eager to attack the English, while the courtiers bang back. Joan appears on a white horse and inspires the fighting men by her presence. Amid wild excitement Joan leads the French to the assault of the castle held by the English, and they enter with fiery haste, following the banner of The Maid. In the fourth act some of the D’Arc family arc anxious about Joan, when they fall in with La Hire, who informs them that the French would never have entered Rheims but for the heroism of Joan. As they are talking The Maid enters, preceded bv knights bearing her banner, and meets the King and Queen and a triumphal pageant. The King and Queen arc crowned and bestow knighthood upon Joan’s family line. Joan thanks the royal pair. The procession moves off. and Joan stands pensive and alone. She no longer hears the mysterious voices which had impelled her glorious actions, and she is about to return to her village home. Suddenly La Hire enters and tells her that France still needs belaid. She hesitates, but she once more hears the sacred voices, and she cries, “This time I shall go on to the end.” The fifth act shows the ramparts of a castle. Joan has been imprisoned, neglected by the sovereigns she had saved, and almost forgotten by the country she had rescued. The Archbishop and prelates come on, discussing what shall be done with Joan, who is accused of heresy and who is to be put to the torture. She meets the good Father Pierre, and they have an affecting interview, in which lie commends her to the care of Heaven. Then follows the effective scene in which we listen to the trial of The Maid and her sentence to the rack and fire. For a moment the heroine recants, but the next moment her faith sustains her, and she recalls her recantation. Then La Hire tries to reassure her. promising to rescue her. The attempt fails, and the scene changes to the funeral pile, where Joan is bound to the fatal stake, and bids her country and friends a pathetic farewell ere the torch is applied. Two hundred seven

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