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To Professor Thorpe M. Langley goes the credit for being the power behind the throne in Superior Normal dramatics for the past two years. As a result of his efforts and continued interest, the stage equipment of this school far surpasses that of any Normal in the state. We have one of the best amateur stages at the Head of the Lakes.
Over SI.000 has been spent on the stage in the past two years. Of this sum, over §000 has been donated by the members of the Sigma Pi sorority. This donation was made possible through the three Vodvil performances which that sorority has sponsored.
Among the accessories added to the stage in the past two years have been: a spot-light, $75; foot-light dimmers,
$258; two floodlights, $70; two valences. $100; one slide-track. $75; and lights, $35. The L. I). C. fraternity attended to the painting of one set of scenery last year at an expense of $50 to the club.
A silver sheet for use in showing moving pictures has just this spring been installed on the stage. This, with the moving picture equipment which was just previously installed, makes a value of $400 for moving picture facilities alone. This money was donated by the state.
Besides lending his efforts in the actual equipment of the stage, Professor Langley has coached four very successful plays in the oast two years. They are: “On the Hiring Line,” ‘The Goose Hangs High,” “Applesauce, and “You and I." The careful training of the four casts which produced these plays has gained an enviable reputation in dramatics for Superior Normal. Three Vodvil performances have also been put across under Professor Langley’s direction.
From the production of "Applesauce” in December to the last curtain call of the Senior Class Play, "You and I,” presented on April 22. the theatrical season at Superior Normal has been one of note. Three plays, a vaudeville show, and a short skit produced in assembly comprise the list of successful dramatic efforts.
"Applesauce,” the three-act comedy presented by the members of the Lambda Delta Chi fraternity on Friday evening, December 10, was one of the outstanding events of the school year. Some heretofore undiscovered talent was brought to light by Prof. Thorpe M. Langley, who coached the production, and more than one request was received to have the play repeated.
The skit produced in assembly on Friday morning, January 7, by the members of the Lambda Sigma Lambda sorority for the purpose of advertising the movie which the club sponsored at the Princess during the weei of January 8-13, proved the cleverest piece of advertising which was ever presented in Superior Normal. The skit was written by Frances Risdon and was coached by Frances Kisdon and Ruth Louise Herschleb.
"Hansel and Gretel.” the play which was put on by the Three Arts sorority, was prepared especially for children and was given only at matinee performances. The play will long be remembered by the grown-ups who saw it, as well as the little people for whose special enjoyment it was produced.
1927 Vodvil, sponsored by the Sigma Pi. passed into history in a blaze of success. It will long be remembered in the annals of the school. Eight acts, all worthy of professionals. were presented to an audience of over 1,000 persons which crowded the auditorium to capacity. Three of the acts were immediately booked with theaters in the Twin Ports. Thorpe M. Langley directed the production.
"You and I," Phillip Barry’s brilliant comedy, which was put on by the members of the class of ’27 on April 22. was another high light in the school year. Again Professor Langley coached the cast, all members of which had had previous theatrical experience in amateur plays. The production was notable in the list of Senior Class plays.
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