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Egstad, H. M. (ed.) / The Wisconsin alumni magazine
Volume 32, Number VII (April 1931)

Purnell, William
Haresfoot in revue,   p. 272


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The Wisconsin Alumni Magazine                                           
                   April, I931
                                         aresloot in Revue
                                            Club Abandons Musical Comedy
Style
                                            Of Production       'This  Year
   and    Enters
                                                 New Fields of Son3 and Dance
                                                                   Wi1liam
Purnell, 221
               SHE'S A HE
                                                                    (Director,
Haresfoot Club)
W         V  t HAT WILL the Haresfoot show be like this  "It's a Gay
Life" will provide no monotony in this re-
          year? I have heard this question put to me  spect, since the average
time per scene will be between
          by a number of alumni and students. Since   four and five minutes.
          the announcement that the Haresfoot club       At the most there
have been 12 people in the cast of
would abandon its customary musical comedy or oper-   a Haresfoot show. Last
year, there were only ten. In
etta for a new type of production, an intimate musical  this year's intimate
musical revue, there will be 19, and
revue, I have been asked to explain the difference be-  each will be a specialist
in the work for which he has
tween this year's presentation and the ones of other  been chosen.
years.                                                   The time-honored
Haresfoot tradition, "All Our
  A revue is the most modern and newest form of the   Girls Are Men, Yet
Every One's a Lady," will, of course,
musical show. It is more than a glorified vaudeville  be followed as usual.
Vernon Hamel, L2, president,
entertainment. While it has no plot to thread it to-  will again play the
leading "feminine" part. R. Free-
gether, it usually has a definite theme which keeps the  man Butts, '31,
and E. Richard Abert, '31, who have
songs, sketches, and novelties knitted together in an                   
            been in previous pro-
interesting presentation.                                               
            ductions will also be
  For one thing, a revue allows the producer freer rein                 
            "leading ladies."
in the selection of his talent. In musical comedy or                    
            Other veterans will be
operetta, the members of the cast must be selected be-                  
            the comedy team   of
cause of their skill as actors and singers, while in a revue            
           J. Robert DeHaven,
it is possible to use different individuals in the song num-            
            '29, and David W.
bers and sketches. In this way it is possible to raise the              
           Willock, '31, Gordon
standard of the entire production for the men selected                  
            F. Swarthout, '31,
have only one task, and they are best at that one.                      
            Mark Catlin, '31.
  Novelties can rarely be worked in the average musical                 
           Newcomers are S.
show, but they are right in line for stellar positions in               
         . Yewell Tompkins. '31,
a revue. This is the case with "It's A Gay Life," the         
                      president of Wiscon-
current production. Robert Neller, '33, Appleton, will                  
            sin Players, Kendall
occupy the stage for a number in which he will use his                  
            Clark, '33, John R.
ability as a ventriloquist. Ordinarily there would have                 
            Brown, L3, Lawrence
been no place for him in a Haresfoot production. An-                    
            Levine. '33, Arnold
other novelty specialist is Everett Baker, '32, Mil-                    
            Dammen, '32, and
waukee, who will be the center of attraction with his                   
            George R. Zielke, '32.
marionette troupe. A male quartet, burlesques of cur-                   
              A chorus of 24 and
rent favorites and situations, and unusual numbers will                 
            an orchestra of 20 will
be. used this year whereas they would not have fitted                   
            be featured as in the
into the Haresfoot club productions of the last 32 years.               
            past.  Three chorus
  What will tie the show together?   Between each          VERNON HAMEL L2
          groups of eight each
number there will be an introduction by the master of                   
            will be used.   The
ceremonies. The personnel of the various acts will be                   
            male chorus will con-
interlocking. The underlying theme of everything in   sist of men about six
feet in height who will specialize in
"It's A Gay Life" will be a satirical glance at present-  singing.
The show girls chorus consists of the men who
day college life and Wisconsin life from the viewpoint of  make up as the
best "ladies." In the case of the pony
the collegian.  The production, music, lyrics, and    ballet, it is the concentration
of the best dancing talent
sketches, have been written entirely by Wisconsin    in the show.
students.                                                The itinerary for
"It's A Gay Life" is: Oshkosh,
  On the whole, there will be room for more color and  April 7; Wausau, April
8; Menasha, April 9; Milwau-
variety than ever before. There will be a total of 40  kee, April 10 and
11; Green Bay, April 13; Sheboygan,
scenes with a shift of color and setting at frequent inter-  April 14; Kenosha,
April 15; Peoria, April 16; Chicago,
vals. In past Haresfoot shows, the two act formula has  April 17; Rockford,
April 18; Janesville, April 22; _Mad-
been used; that is, the entire play was set in two scenes.  ison, April 24
and 25 and May 1 and 2.
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