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The Night of January 16th

November 17, 1955 | Staples High School

Is Karen Andre Guilty? Jurors to Give Verdict

Did Karen Andre commit a murder or not? This is the question which will be answered at the junior class play November 16 and 17.

The subject of this play is a murder trial in which Karen Andre, played by Ardelle Hollister, is on trial for the murder of her boss, Mr. Bjorn Falkner.

Twelve important members of the cast remain to be chosen, but they need no rehearsing and will not be selected until the night of the performance. They are the jury, who will listen to the evidence and render the verdict that will decide which of the two endings written for the play will be used, guilty or not guilty.

Between the acts the jurors will be led off the stage to discuss among themselves the evidence given. Each act represents one day of the trial. Just before the ending of the third act the jury retires for the last time to render a verdict. A majority vote is taken as decisive for this trial.

A change in the cast has been made. Wendell Toedter will play the role of Judge Heath.

Almost as important as the cast itself is the production staff which Mr. Dwain Johnson, director of the play, states is unusual in that it is made up of all girls who, he claims, are doing a beautiful job.

Students chosen for the different jobs are: Carol Chapin, stage manager; setting, Shirley Judd (chairman), Darlene Johnson, Gloria Edin, Virginia Hess, Dorothy Jackson, and Deloris Olson; properties, Mary Williams and Jean Peterson; lights, Wendy Stone; makeup, Kathy Simon, Darlene Jelinek, Karen Klose, Darla Thorn, Darlene Fellman, and Betty Schmidt.

THE CARDINAL CHRONICLE, Staples, Minnesota, 1955

Audience to Take Part in Junior Play Court Trial

Members of the audience attending the Junior Class Play, "The Night of January 16," will actually take part in a trial. The entire play takes place in a courtroom. 12 jurors for the trial will be chosen from the audience by the Clerk of Court, played by William Peterson. The members. of the audience who wish to be on the jury may register in the auditorium lobby on their arrival. Their names will be drawn from a box before the play begins. The juniors will present their play on November 17. Rehearsals began October 3 and will be held weekday evenings. 40 juniors attended tryouts for the play on Monday evening, September 26. Sharon Liane will serve as student director.

Members of the cast include: Prison Matron, Beatrice Haugen; Bailiff, Clayton Grondahl; Judge Heath, Donald Wilhelmson; District Attorney Flint, Nick Schaefer; his secretary, Vaunda Grove; Defense Attorney Stevens, Richard. Sperley; his secretary, Nyla Johnson; Clerk of Court, William Peter-son; Karen Andre, Ardelle Hollister; Dr. Kirkland, Jerry Tepley. Mrs. John Hutchins, Jean Johnson; Homer Van Fleet, Allen Haugen; Elmer Sweeney, John Wicht; Nancy Lee Faulkner, Joy Tepley; Magda Svenson, Ann Engen; John Graham Whitfield, Richard Bryce: Jane Chandler, Loretta Gritz; Sigurd Jungquist, Jim Carlson; Larry Regan, Lloyd Nelson; Roberta Van Rensselaer, Deanna Peterson; stenographer, Dorothy Monk. The play had a long run in New York and has toured the United States. Among the celebrities who have served as jurors are Jack Dempsey, James Roosevelt, Babe Ruth and Helen Keller.

THE CARDINAL CHRONICLE, Staples, Minnesota, 1955

Region Six Speech and One-Act Play Contest

March 20 - April 20, 1956 | Staples High School

70 Students Enter Staples Speech Contest in March

The district speech contest will be held here in Staples this year. The judges will be from the University of Minnesota. Staples speech coaches are Mr. Dwain Johnson, Miss Birgit Anderson and Mr. David Wood. Under their direction about 70 students who will: participate in the contest are preparing their selections. The contest is on March 19 but students who still would wish to enter may go to Mr. Johnson and sign up. Encouragement was given as to the success of this year by Mr. Johnson.

Johnson Chooses One-Act Comedy

"The Antic Spring" will be presented by the Staples' one-act play cast on March 22 in the one-act play contest at Little Falls. The play, chosen by the director, Mr. Dwain Johnson, is a comedy containing six characters, three girls and three boys. Tryouts will be held very soon and all students in the senior high may and are urged to, attend. According to Mr. Johnson, to obtain the best cast Staples can possibly have, at least 100 students should try out, so students are asked to co-operate. Staples wants nothing less than a superior rating this year, says Mr. Johnson.

Cast for Senior Class Play Is Chosen; Contest Play Changed

Mr. Dwain Johnson has announced the selection of eleven seniors for the cast of their class play, "Arsenic and Old Lace."

They are Sharon Scharf as Abbie Brewster; Rosalie Olander as Martha Brewster; Philip Harter as Harter as Teddy Brewster; Darrel Cline as Mortimer Brewster; Janice Trana as Elaine Harper; Gerald Adamek as the Rev. Dr. Harper.

Boyd Grove as Officer Brophy; Paul Hartman as Officer Klein; Keith Smith as Mr. Gibbs; Roger Frederick as Jonathan Brewster; Robert Wicht as Dr. Einstein; Roland Wettstein as Officer O'Hara; James Krantz as Lieutenant Rooney and Gerald Brostrom as Mr. Witherspoon.

In addition a large production staff will be necessary to provide for make-up, costuming, staging and publicity.

"Arsenic and Old Lace" was a smash hit for several seasons in New York and has been very popular on tours throughout the country. The story is mainly concerned with two charming and innocent ladies who populate their cellar with the corpses of socially and religiously "acceptable" roomers. The antics of their brother, who thinks he is Teddy Roosevelt, and a friend who resembles Boris Karloff, add humor and interest to the plot.

Actual production is scheduled to begin this week with the performances to be given early in April.

CONTEST PLAY | "The Man in the Bowler Hat" the speech contest one-act play is to be presented March 3, instead of `Antic Spring" as previously announced. The cast for this play is as follows: John, James Rahn; Mary, Kathy Simon or Sylvia Carry; Hero; Nicholas Shafer; Heroine, Deanna Brollard, Janice Bienusa or Betty Schmidt; Chief Villain, Roland Wettstein and Bad Man, undecided.

Roland Wettstein Takes Male Lead In Senior Play; Speech Contest Held

A few changes have been made in the senior class play. Roland Wettstein will now take the leading male role of Mortimer Brewster, Gerald Adamek will take the part of Officer O'Hara, James Kur-pins as Doctor Harper and Mary Smith is the new student director.

The production staff has also been chosen. They are as follows: stage manger, Kenneth Koppes; stage crew, Roger Haugen, David Baker, Gerald Engdahl and Jerry Bybee; carpenters, James Rahn, Jerome Bryce and Harlen Johnson; stage setting, Jack Hirschey and Rita Jenkins.

Students chosen for make up are: Nona Dosh, Earlene Waldahl, Virginia Junker, Deanna Brollard, Jacqueline Waln, Bonnie Leslie and Judith Holderbach; painters Paul Hartman, Robert Peterson, Judith Jerde and LaVonne Carlson; correspondence, Mary Mulloy. On the committee for tickets and programs are: Margery Edin, Vera Greenwald and Donna Walker; costumes, Delores Macho, Patricia McGillivray, Carol Morris and Ramona Bremer: publicity, Iris Zerfoss and Carol Kennedy ; and lights, Mary Anderson. The cast for the speech contest play has been chosen. Members of the cast are, John, James Rahn, Mary, Kathy Simon, hero, Nicholas Schaffer, heroine, Janice Bienusa, villain, Roland Wettstein, Bad Man, James Carlson.

Ten Contestants Represent Staples In Region Six Speech Contest

Of the ten contestants Staples High had competing in the Region 6 Contest held in Fergus Falls on April 9, six received superior ratings. This number has never been excelled by any speech group Staples has ever had. For the first time since 1933, when Jeanette Phillips won for the high school a state championship with "Lay Macbeth" in dramatic reading, Staples again has a contestant who won in her division at the Regional Contest. Mary Anderson will journey to the state contest which will be held at Ham-line University in St. Paul on April 20. The ratings a contestant can receive are in their rank of importance, Superior, Excellent, Very Good, Good, and Fair. Those persons who received superiors are: Janice Bienusa, serious interpretive reading; Deanna Brollard, extemporaneous speaking; Darlene Jelinek, prepared oratory; Wayne Judd; prepared oratory (also alternate superior to the state contest) and James Kurpius, original oratory.

Two persons received Excellent ratings. They are: Sharon Blahosky, serious interpretive reading and Rita Jenkins, extemporaneous manuscript reading. The other two persons received Very Good ratings. They are: Agatha Lorentz, humorous reading and Kathleen Simon, extemporaneous manuscript reading.

All the above mentioned persons received superior ratings at the District Contest held in Staples on Monday, March 20. The contest-ants Staples had received the following ratings: Roger Jenkins received alternate the superior in humorous reading. Excellent ratings were given to Nancy Hanson, Humorous reading; Deloris Olson, extemporaneous manuscript reading; Sharon Scharf, extemporaneous manuscript reading; Carole Ritter, serious interpretive reading; Carol Chapin, pantomime; Richard Bryce, extemporaneous speaking; Keith Smith, extemporaneous speaking.

When asked how she felt about her success at the Regional Con-test, Mary replied, "It was the thrill of my life." Upon questioning further she answered that of-ten times you might dream of going to Girls' State or being Valedictorian of your class but to win a regional contest was beyond even her fondest expectations.

Smith, Brollard, Kurpius Earn Speech and Dramatics Awards

Three Staples High School students are qualified to receive Thespian pins. They are Keith Smith, Deanna Brollard and James Kurpius.

"After the speech contests are over," comments Mr. Johnson, "there will be a few new members added to the organization."

In order to be eligible for the organization, students must receive 10 or more points. The number of points given to students who participate in a class play are as follows; 2 to 10 points for each part according to the type of part the person plays; 5 points for the student manager and assistant di-rector and two points for the make-up committee.

Points given for contest plays are: 5 points for a speaking part and 3 points for a member of the stage crew. In a one-act play 3 points are given to a major part, 2 points for a minor part and 1 point for the stage crew.

Students participating in speech activities receive the following points: 1 for the local contest, 3 if the student goes to the district, 5 for the regional, 7 for receiving a superior at the regional, 8 for the state contest, 9 if the student receives superior at the state and 10 if he wins.

Anderson Wins Superior at State Speech Festival

"In Mary's case, the victory re-solved a year's hard work on her part!" remarked Mr. Dwain John-son when asked his opinion on Mary Anderson's winning of a superior rating in the discussion di-vision at the state speech contest.

Mary was the second student in the history of Staples High School to win a superior rating in the state festival, held at Hamline University in St. Paul Friday, April 20.

Mary said, "Its just like a wonderful dream-- too good to be true!"

She was the only representative from District 24 in any of the divisions. Four rated superior in the discussion division while about 1,000 students in Minnesota High Schools competed in the group be-fore eliminations in district and regional contests.

Mr. David Wood, who worked with Mary in preparing for the con-test commented, "I think that her success was due to her own perseverance more than anything else."

Play Receives Superior Rating At Little Falls

"The Man in the Bowler Hat," Staples' contest play, received a superior rating in the judging at Little Falls last Saturday. The play was named as an alternate winner of the contest. Members of the cast were James Rahn, Kathleen Simon, Janice Bienusa, Nicholas Schafer, Roland Wettstein; James Carlson and Dav-id LaVine. Judged by Dr. Arthur Ballet of the University of Minnesota, the play received such criticisms as good sense of characterization, good reaction to what was said and what was happening, and imaginative and understanding direction.

Dwain Johnson, director of the play, commended his cast for their performances. "Under adverse rehearsal conditions they did as well or better than could be expected," he said.

The following ratings were received by other schools participating in the contest: Little Falls, superior; Aitkin and Sebeka, excellent; and Brainerd, very good. 22 students won ratings of superior at the local speech contest held here February 20 and will participate in the district contest here on March 10. Winners were: Discussion--Mary Andersen Cad Ann Engen; prepared oratory-- Darlene Jelinek, Wayne Judd, Elaine Gorder and Loretta Bryce; serious interpretative reading-- Janice Bienusa, Carol Ritter and Sharon Blahosky; Extemporaneous manuscript reading-- Sharon Scharf, Kathleen Simon, Deloris Olson and Rita Jenkins; humorous interpretative reading-- Nancy Hanson, Roger Jenkins and Agatha Lorentz; pantomime-- Carol Chapin; and original oratory-- Dorothy Jackson and James Kurpius.

THE CARDINAL CHRONICLE, Staples, Minnesota, 1956

Arsenic and Old Lace

May 3, 1956 | Staples High School

Arsenic and Old Lace, 1956

Senior Girls Change Into Old Maids For Class Play

"How will I ever learn these lines ?" Roland Wettstein has sure got enough of them. Roily has a leading roll along with the two old maids, Rosalie Olander and Sharon Scharf.

Every spare minute the play cast has is spent looking at little white cueline cards and trying to guess what's on the other side. After mastering their lines the trick is to use them. The play "Arsenic and Old Lace" is really a dilly from the standpoint of providing drama, action and hu-mor. Can you imagine two quiet, religious old maids killing old bachelors who applied for rooms ? The bomb shell of the play is in the form of one Teddy, an insane character under the custody of Sharon Scharf and Rosalie Olander. Teddy is played by Philip Harter. Teddy has spent much of his life digging the Panama Canal.

THE CARDINAL CHRONICLE, Staples, Minnesota, 1955

Brewster Sisters Dispense Cheer, Good Will-- and Arsenic

The first performance of "Arsenic and Old Lace," the celebrated comedy about murder and the nice old Brewster sisters, will be presented by the senior class on Thursday, May 3.

The title refers to the activities and the attire of the Brewster sisters, Abby and Martha, two of the most charming and lovable old ladies who ever filled a cellar full of corpses. From the beginning the play has been a tremendous success in its three-and-a-half year run on Broadway. A critic for Time Magazine called it "A violently funny and batty murder play."

The two batty but lovable sisters, dispensers of cheer and good will to all -- to say nothing of elderberry wine spiked with arsenic-- will be played by Sharon Scharf as Abby, and Rosalie Olander as Martha.

Their oldest nephew, Jonathan, whose pride suffers a severe blow when he discovers that his record of twelve murders has been matched by the twelve graves in the cellar, will be played by Roger Frederick.

It is nephew Jonathan's striking resemblance to movie-villain Boris Karloff that eventually causes him to give himself away, thus losing his title of America's most prolific murderer to his two aunts.

In the role of Doctor Einstein, plastic surgeon for the underworld, whose weakness for whisky and motion pictures has resulted in Jonathan's unfortunate face, will he seen Robert Wicht.

Mortimer, the drama critic who discovers the sisters' deathly hobby, will be played by Roland Wettstein and the part of Elaine, Mortimer's fiancee from next door, will be acted by Sylvia Carry.

Mortimer's brother, Teddy, whose belief that he is really Theodore Roosevelt has caused him to dig the Panama Canal in the cellar of the old house in Brooklyn, will be played by Philip Harter.

Others in the cast are Boyd Grove, Keith Smith, James Krantz, James Kurpius, Gerald Adamek, Gerald Brostrom and Paul Hartman.

STAPLES WORLD, Staples, Minnesota, 1956

Cast Commended for Performances in Seniors' "Arsenic and Old Lace"

While the cast of "Arsenic and Old Lace" seems to have had a disastrous influence on the lives of some 25 or 26 people, they treated the audience to a fine dish of comedy and an occasional sip of elder-berry wine.

The choice of the play was a good one since it made use of a wide range of acting talent without being extremely demanding and at the same time seemed to accord with the general level of audience tastes.

Despite the large cast the acting was on the whole very competent. It was so competent that after two hours of watching the slightly in-sane wandering across the stage I began to have serious doubts about the senior class in general.

The performance of Robert Wicht as Doctor Einstein was exceptionally captivating for a high school stage. He managed to depict with relatively few lines and complete character which he maintained throughout the play. The thing that made his performance polished was that he seemed to be enjoying himself which is an essential element of good comedy.

Others in the cast who stood out for superior performances was Sharon Scharf as the spinster with a flair for homicide and Gerald Brostrom as a very fitting representative of Happy Dale Sanitarium. Also particularly worthy of note were Rosalie Olander, who kindly helped old men on their way to eternity, Philip Harter, who as Teddy was caretaker of the hobby room, and Roland Wettstein, who seemed determined to spoil the fun and put an end to his aunties' planting.

Jim Lee as Mr. Spinalzo from Panama had a rather confining part for most of the play, but rose to the occasion at the curtain call.

Mr. Johnson's adept directing was evident in the handling of all the roles and in other less apparent though equally important respects. The variations in lighting helped keep the set interesting, and the oddities from the senior class didn't run away with the play but were subordinated to it so that in-stead of a zoo there was a play.

The entire cast should be complimented on their professional handling of the demands of comedy. Poise and maintenance of character were exhibited throughout which is no easy feat with a howling audience. They gave the audience a chance to laugh and were able to handle the results without losing their composure.

The play was one that shall be remembered in Staples for a long time especially by those with dirt cellars. Crime may not pay, but Thursday night it certainly looked like fun.

There are a few things that could have been done to enhance the general dramatic level of the play. This play was essentially a character play. It was the odd characters that gave it the human. Though most of the actors established a character to some degree it was usually a very one-faceted portrayal that only lasted as long as the actor had lines.

David Wood, STAPLES WORLD, Staples, Minnesota, 1956

Morris Tribute to Johnson


circa 1956 | Staples High School

From the Morris Chair: Morris Relates Experiences With Unforgettable Teacher

Congratulations to the juniors for a very entertaining class play. It really was terrific!

I have a funny feeling that if I don't get on the ball and get my article in on time, I will be resting and not in peace. 'Cause just the other morning Miss Robbins gave me a warning. It was the nicest warning anyone could ever wish for. First there was a growl, then a gnashing of teeth, and then-- POW-- a fist in my face. In other words, I was supposed to start writing. Well, enough of this. Let me tell you of the most unforgettable character I've ever met.

The most unforgettable character I ever met, and I mean "character," I encountered when I walked into his room and wondered whether I was going to like it or not. He was tall, slender, and I won't say if he was good-looking or not. But when I first met him, I had only one thing in mind, and that was to turn around and run out.

I have had quite a few experiences with this character to know what he's like. One time he was going to parade through the streets with my girl friend on his car fender. We might have taken hint up on it, but he hasn't got a brand new one.

One thing about this character is that he has the craziest sense of humor. My first impression of him was that he was an old grouch. In fact when I first saw him, I didn't think he had any teeth. And I thought to myself, "Will I be able to stick it out a year?"

This character had one of the strangest characteristics such as bawling like a calf. If you haven't already guessed who it it-- it's no other than Mr. Dwain Johnson.

Mr. Johnson has worked hard in his one year at Staples High. He has raised the standards of the dramatics department considerably. He has also directed two class plays. And then he gave us another example of his hard work last Thursday with the junior class play. I think he deserves a big thank you, don't you?

(I'm working for an "A". This was my first attempt.)

THE CARDINAL CHRONICLE, Staples, Minnesota, 1956

Annie Get Your Gun

1957 | Staples High School

Editorials... We Are Proud

The City of Staples and the entire district No. 793 well may be proud of their high school and its student body for the excellent production of "Annie Get Your Gun" Friday and Saturday nights in the high school auditorium.

This musical comedy is a difficult play to stage. But under the careful tutelage of Dwain Johnson, English instructor, and Lester Dehlin, vocal music teacher, the cast performed beautifully. While Marian Martin was outstanding as Annie Oakley, she had the splendid support of the entire cast headed by Norbert Jay, leading man, as Frank Butler.

Champion football and basketball teams are given great acclaim for their prowess on the field or in the court. Seldom does a theatrical performance get the play given to athletic performances. Miss Martin is just as much at home on the stage as an all-American quarterback is on a football field. She has a fine voice and her acting is superb.

Perhaps the most striking feature of this production was the wonderful spirit shown by the entire cast. Everyone in the chorus seemed to put every thing he or she had in every song and act. They had developed the spirit which wins not only on the stage but in every field of endeavor.

The students, the cast and the entire faculty deserve praise for this performance. And it was wonderfully appreciated by the two audiences which filled the auditorium each night.

Yes, we are proud of these youngsters and their instructors.

STAPLES WORLD, Staples, Minnesota, 1957

Dino

November 6, 1958 | Staples High School

Clark Terms Junior Class Play Splendid With Tremendous Directions

I, Sam Clark, do solemnly swear that this is my first play review. Any similarity between this play review and any professional play review is purely accidental. The story of "Dino" might be consider-ed as an offshoot of the theme on juvenile delinquency. Yet it would be inaccurate to dismiss it as only that. The purpose of the play is specific and poignant. Dino, the main character, has mixed up emotions about his role in society and has been caught in a web of apathy. No true kindness has been shown to him until he meets Shir-ley Wallace, Mr. Sheridan and Mr. 3Iandel. The kindness and under-standing from these people bring about an eventual rehabilitation in Dino.

The entire cast did a splendid piece of acting. If any particular part appeared weak, then the fault lies with the playwright who is Kristin Sergel. I feel sure that Mr. Reginald Rose, the author of the original television show, had no intentions of diluting his charac-ters. Commendations should go to Lee Torgerson for his sensitive portrayal of Dino, Dennis Harkcom as the soft-spoken Mr. Sheridan, Sandra Klos as the sympathetic Shirley Wallace, Barbara Dyer as the obnoxious Della. Terry Kurpius as the understanding Mr. Mandel, Mary Ann Braith as the sharp-wit-ted Jackie, Patricia Moriarity and Rodney Miller as the parents of Dino. The rest of the cast did a fine job in their supporting roles, and each was indispensable in the play's success.

There has to be someone responsible for steering these budding actors through the turbulent waters into a blossoming excellence. That particular person is, of course, the master pilot, Dwain Johnson. Honors should go to Mr. Stanley Ejornhei for his artistic contribution to the set, Mr. Nick Hasselfeldt, the technical director and the entire production staff. All helped to make the play a success.

Sam Clark, THE CARDINAL CHRONICLE, Staples, Minnesota, 1958

Life With Father

May 19 - 28, 1960 | The Rochester Civic Theater

Life With Father

Civic Theater's 'Life With Father' Receives Most Applause of Season

Anyone who misses "Life With Father" at the Rochester Civic Theater is cheating himself out of an evening of real fun!

The famed caricature-type play by Harold Lindsay and Russel Crouse from the book by Clarence Day opened to a full house Thursday night at the Little Theater at 6 7th St. NW.

It received the most prolonged applause of any of the plays put on this season by the RCT. There were half a dozen curtain calls and characteristically "Father" was the rugged individual to the end; he had stalked off stage by mistake before the curtains parted for the last time.

Father was played by Dwain L. Johnson; Mother, or Vinnie, by Mrs. Betty Kemmer. They were the hits of the show, supported by a cast of talented amateur actors, directed by Thom Feuerstein into a lively believable story of family life.

Probably there was no man in the audience who did not secretly admire Father's high-handed role of master of his household and no woman who could not profit by Mother's diplomatic and clever way of getting what she wanted.

Mid-Victorian costumes in quaint designs and a setting of authentic furniture of the period added to the illusion of the play. Music in the background was a tape re-cording of a genuine 1890 music box.

The three-act play takes place in the late 1880s in the morning room of the Day house in New York City, where many of the play's dramatic situations are started at the breakfast table. Gay wallpaper in a bold rose pattern backgrounds the scene.

RED HAIR MATCHES TEMPER
To match his fiery temper, tall, lean Father has red hair, as do his four sons: Clarence Jr., played by Richard Edwards; John, played by Richard Thorkelson; Whitney, played by John Welch; and Har-lan, played by Thomas Wooner.

As they sit around the breakfast table, minding their manners and deferring to Father, their serene and beautiful Mother guides the family affairs with a velvet hand.

Hilarious comedy is injected by the domestic problem of maids. Terrified by Father's violence, a succession of four different ones appear during the time lapse of only a few weeks. Maids are played by Mrs. Kenneth Wooner, Miss Romayne Parker, Mrs. Joseph Alexander and Mrs. Arnold Gutman.

Father bullies them all into quit-ting, except Margaret, the cook, played by Miss Jane Galloway. She is frequently summoned from the kitchen by Father's stomping on the floor.

Complications occur when over-, night guests disturb Father's rou-tine. They are Mother's cousin Cora, played by Mrs. Earl Wood, and a young woman, Mary Skinner, played by Miss Janice Ellstrom.

ADVICE ABOUT WOMEN
Father, aware of his eldest son's interest in Mary, creates a funny scene, when he tells his boy about women. "Be firm and never let them get the upper hand," is his advice to his disappointed son, who expects to get more interesting facts of life.

The big problem of the play, arises when Mother discovers that , Father never has been properly baptized. She doubts the legality of her marriage and the legitimacy of her children because of Father's religious status.

The Rev. Dr. Lloyd, played by Joseph Mangan, attempts to bring Father around. He starts to pray, but Father takes over and speaks directly with the Almighty himself, since he believes there is no need of an intermediary. Mrs. Kemmer as Mother does a convincing bit of acting as she comes down to the morning room, a quaint old-fashioned white nightgown on the day that she becomes ill. A high point in the play is the scene where she faints in Father's arms after he has grudgingly consented to be baptized.

Two doctors, Ray Ralston as Dr. Humphries and Thomas Slocumb as Dr. Somers, arouse Father's ire and fright over his beloved Vinnie's state of health by not allowing him in her sickroom.

GENUINE TENDERNESS
"Life With Father" is the kind of fun play that makes an audience impatient for the intermissions between scenes to end. One can't wait to see what amusing thing will happen next. Threaded through the comedy of the whole thing is a tenderness that is genuine and true to life. The Little Theater has a gay new aspect out front. First nighters were impressed by garden torches, flaming on either side of a striped awning marquee to the curb and window box of petunias and marigolds at the foyer window. Inside there is an exhibit of 17 watercolor, still-life and landscape paintings Robert Fifield, Rochester artist.

Production assistant for "Life With Father" is Truman Robertson.

The play will be repeated tonight and Saturday night and next week on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Curtain time is 8:30 p.m. Tickets may be bought at J. T. Saidy's or at the box office at the theater each night between now and the close of the play.

The turn-of-the-century costumes and setting make the play exciting and colorful to the eye, while the adventures and misadventures of the household of the strong-willed Clarence Day Sr. is of enduring interest and amusement to audiences, as the long run Broadway has proved.

The play will have a six-day run at the Little Theater at 6 7th NW. It will be presented Friday and Saturday nights this week and Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights next week.

Thorn Feuerstein is director the play.

Jean Hagen, POST BULLETIN, Rochester, Minnesota, 1960

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