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High School Entertainment

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Parent Issue
Day
22
Month
December
Year
1899
Copyright
Public Domain
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The entertainment given in high school hall Saturday evening for the benefit of the Athletic and Oratorical Associations was very successful, the all being filled. It was given by high school students nnder the direction of Miss Eliza Cady,the teacher of elocntion. The program consisted of two plays, the first one, of one act, entitled "The First Time," being given by the Misses Carlotta Medaris, Mary Clarkson and Sarah Hardy and the Messrs. O. W. Messimer and George W. Woods. As the curtain was drawn an artist's studio was displayed. The walls were covered with picttires and casts. A veiled statne stood on one side. Working at an easel stood Mr. Messimer, who, as Wilford Burton, an artist financially embarassed, played his part admirably. Miss Medaris, as an actress out of a job, won the well merited applause of the audience, especially wlren she posed as a model for the artist. Miss Clarkson as Nina, the landlady's daughter,was very funny. She was in love with the artist and lost no opportunity of coming to his studio, while about her work. One of the best characters was Mrs. DeSota Beans, the rich and eccentric patrón of art. Miss Hardy took this character. She wore a very rich costóme of black satin and white chiffon. Her hair was gray, and she looked and acted like a typical wealthy woman. George Woods took the part of an actor. There was a funny scène between him and Mrs. DeSota Beans when, mistaking her for the actress, he insisted that Mrs. Beaus recite some verses for him. The play ended very happily in that the actor secured a position for the actress. The wealthy widow helped the artist out of financial difficnlties, and the actress and artist feil in love with each other. The second play was a comedy in two acts called "Two Cool Collegians.." In the first scène -g?as shown the apartrnent of Harry Meredith and Fred Panes, two colle;ce cïrarna. represented by Messrs. De Huil N. Travis and Gerald K. Brown. The room was decorated as only college boys can decórate Fred explains to Harry that his aunt, whom hechas not seen since he was a little boy, has invited him to spend the summer with her and her niece. He does not wish to accept since he has decided to go to Saratoga, so Harry consents to go in his stead. Miss Carlotta Lane, as Mrs. Hunton, the aunt, appears with her niece, Fanny (Miss Annie Knowlton), and pays the boys a visit. The boys exchang9 names, and the mistakes that occur on this account were very kidicrous. Before the aunt leaves she invites her nephew's churu to come with him to spend the summer. He accepts, since he has just found out from Fanny that Mollie Wainwright was Fanny's friend, the girl on whose account he had intended to go to Saratoga, would be there also. Though sorry that Uiey ever made the exchange,the boys decided to keep up the delusion. The second scène showed the parlor of Mrs. Hunton's hom?, with Mollie Wainwright (Miss Louise Hennequin), Mrs. Hüuton and Fanny. The boys arrive and confess to Mollie their deceit, which they keep up until the real nephew becomes engaged to Mollie when rnatters are straightened out. The aunt, though very much ruffled at first, soon becomes reconciled and gives her blessing. Just before the curtain dropped Harry decided to marry the niece. The play sparkled with fun. Two mirth provoking characters were Muggins (DeWitt C. Milieu,, Fred s colored servant, and Mrs. Hunton 's Iirsh maid (Miss LueHaGranger). Too much praise cannot be given to all who participated. They were thoroughly appreciated, as the numerous encores given indicated. The stage decorations were very fine and appropriate, and elicited much admiration. Among the audience were a number of young people from Detroit. The proceeds are estimated at about 180.