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TI-IE COLLEGE MASQUERS
EMMA LOU TUBES ....
GWENDOLYN Fox .
FRANCIS HAUGI-I ....
. ..,..,.. President'
Dora Mae Hocking
Betty Jane I-Iogue
. . . .Vice President
. . . . . .Secretary
. . . .Treasurer
. . . .Adviser
Emma Lou Tubbs
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THE COLLEGE MASQUERS
HE College Masquers have as their aim the object of furthering interest in
dramatics. This is done by selecting the personnel of the organization
through a competitive process, by making studies of present day activity in
drama, and producing a number of plays during the year to give the members
opportunity to act in them.
This year a new system .of adding new members was inaugurated. Prelim-
inary tryouts were held early in the fall, through which a group of twenty-six
"apprentices" was selected. These individuals served an apprenticeship lasting
two terms. During this time they acted in or assisted in some other manner the
plays coached by regular Masquers. This apprentice system is based on a scien-
tihc tabulation of activity in numerical values. Together with this the dramatic
ability shown is given due consideration. At the end of the apprenticeship
period the fourteen apprentices adjudged to have been most active in dramatic
work, and to have shown most promise in dramatics were formally initiated
into the Masquers organization. These new members raised the personnel to
its constitutional limit of forty. Although this apprentice system is relied upon
for providing most of the new members, any person may try out for a part in
a play, and, if successful, he automatically becomes a Masouer.
The Masquers meet every second Thursday at 7:00 P. M. At these meet-
ings various programs, usually featuring some aspect of dramatics, are given.
Some take the form of reports on the presentation of plays in New York, or in
the Twin Cities. Others include the reading of plays, musical numbers, and
sundry feature events. At least .once a term these meetings take the form of
parties with dancing and refreshments.
In the fall of the year Miss Schlosser chose, the three-act play "Double Door"
by Elizabeth McFadden. It was cast and produced under her direction. It
featured Olive Flathe in the leading role as Victoria Van Bret, an outstanding
character presentation. As the production of a play of this nature is quite a
complex affair, many of the Masquers not in the cast assisted by serving on the
committees in charge of lighting, properties, staging, tickets, and advertising.
Twice during the year the Masquers presented one-act plays to the student
body as assembly programs. The first of these was the play -"The Goal," pro-
duced under the direction of Ruth Phillips: the second was "The Sacrifice," a
play by Lewis Stone, coached by John Bradley.
The Masquers also presented a program of four one-act plays to the public
on the evening of Nlarch 17. All these plays were coached by Masquers as part
of their activity in the organization. These plays were "Heels" by Joyce Cara-
way, coached by Erancis I-laugh: "Land's End" by Dorothy Hughes, produced
under the direction of Marion Hawkins: "Hotel Dilemma" by James K. Dono-
van, supervised by Niles Grunkeg and "Thirty-three" by Hiram Gordon, directed
by Joyce Leonard.
The Masquers ,are also active in other ways. At Homecoming time the
Masquer float is always interesting and usually good. The Masquer stunt in the
vaudeville secured first prize.
The .outstanding social event of the year is the Masquer formal. This year
the decorative design carried out a vineyard motif. The general effect created
was that of a grape arbor.
The concluding event is a formal banquet. At this time the ofhcers for the
next year are chosen.
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