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Review of Dramatic Season Gienn Hugi es r COMPLETE re- organization of the drama department featured the year 1 930- 1931. Removed from the College of Fine Arts to that of Liberal Arts and classified as the division of drama within the English department, never before has the dramatic art section been so independ- ent and firmly stabilized. Glenn hHughes returned from abroad to become head of the department. The plan of production was one three-act play and two programs of one-act plays a quarter. " R. U. R. " and " The Critic, " three-act plays, and " When the Whirlwind Blows, " " Figure- heads, " " Art and Mrs. Palmer, " " Box and Cox, " " The Man on the Kerb, " and " The Calf That Laid the Golden Eggs, " one-act plays, were presented during fall and winter quarters. The presentations of selected foreign films at Friday midnight matinees and Wednesday matinees at the Egyptian Theater were an outstanding feature of the drama division. These plays have been presented in series form for three years and since their introduction have met with appre- ciative and thoroughly interested audi- ences. The film selection has been con- fined to no one phase of foreign life but has consumed a fair portion of Euro- pean life as a whole. The Washington Players, student or- ganization, presented exceptionally worthwhile programs in the Crow ' s Nest once each month. Although these plays have not become popular to the extent of includ- ing a large number of students in their audiences, they have developed 215
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Into worthwhile productions -from the drannatic art department ' s angle. They give the students, who might not other- wise be cast in University plays, a chance to appear before a small but select audience. According to a statement by Mr. Hughes, the year was one of the most successful in the history of the drama department. An evening of unusual music was pre- sented to music lovers of Seattle who attended the midwinter concert, hlan- del ' s " Messiah, " under the direction of Prof. Charles W. Lawrence of the music department, December 19, 1930. This premier performance gave an Interesting interpretation of the " Messiah " to a small but enthusiastic audience. The program supplemented the usual Christmas assembly, which Professor Lawrence hopes to make a permanent feature of the music depart- ment. h ande 5 masterpiece was exception- ally well done. Following a long-estab- lished tradition, the entire audience stood for the closing number, making it one of the most Impressive of the eve- ning. Miss Mary Remstadt, soprano, was the principal soloist, assisted by Miss Ellen Reep, contralto, Mr. Milford Kingsbury, tenor, and Mr. Alex Camp- bell, bass. The ensemble numbers were sung by the University Chorus and the Wom- en ' s Ensemble. The chorus and orchestra were capably directed by Mr. Walter Weike of the music department. Among other productions from this department were " Rip Van Winkle, " and the Glee Club concert. The former, from all dramatic reviews, was rated one of the best spring operas ever to be produced at the University. Its pres- entation at Meany hiall marked its third appearance in the United States. Characters were admirably suited to the roles. Since its concert in Meany hHall during winter quarter the Univer- sity Glee Club has enjoyed several engagements In other parts of Seattle. " The Crific " Discusses a New Play 216
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