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Egstad, H. M. (ed.) / The Wisconsin alumni magazine
Volume 33, Number VI (March 1932)

Pederson, Fred
"Lucky breaks",   p. 179


Page 179


March, 1932                                                           The
Wisconsin Alumni Magazine
"sLu kV Brreas"
          Current Haresfoot Revue          Presents
          Contrast to Those of Decade Aso
             1,X FRED PEDERSON, '
  SPRING comes again-blowing its sunshine into the
    University of Wisconsin campus which in turn
    reciprocates by sending "Lucky Breaks", the thir-
    ty-fourth annual production of the Haresfoot Club,
on the most pretentious itinerary in the history of the
Haresfoot shows. The success of last year's revue, "It's
A Gay Life", prompted William H. Purnell, director
of the Haresfoot Club, whom many recall as one of       CCURTAIN'S GOING
UP'
the attractive "girls" in the shows of a decade or so
ago, to again produce a revue. From all appearances   was glad to have candles
in beer bottles for footlights.
the experience in staging this type of entertainment  Perhaps that was even
better than the electric equip-
last year has been profitably used in assembling the  ment of today, inasmuch
as the "bother" of emptying
amusing series of skits, dances, and what nots which  the beer bottles to
make room for the candles must
promise to make "Lucky Breaks" perhaps the most       have given
an added zest and vigor to the pre-war
outstanding of the thirty-four successful productions  shows. Remember the
trips back in '09, boys?
the Club has to its credit.                             The gorgeous array
of costumes and scenery which
  The accompany photograph would almost suggest       are one of the feature
attractions in "Lucky Breaks"
that the traditional Haresfoot slogan, "All our girls are  makes the
show take on a professional aspect. Hares-
men; yet everyone's a lady", has been forgotten along  foot productions
have always been noted for the elabo-
with other University traditions as Francis Flynn,    rate scale on which
they have been produced. Old
'32, seems on the point of making some unladylike     timers will think back
and remember the difficulty
remark while performing the                           they had in creating
the popular silhouette of twenty
perhaps unfamiliar task of                            years ago-choking high
collars, rib_ cracking corsets,   -
putting together one of toun-tl                       and just the right
amount of buxomness-when they
lucky breaks in the costume                           see the much more scanty
and easily worn costumes
of David George, '34. Both                            of the Haresfoot girls
of today. When Dave and Fran-
are members of the cast. How-                         cis slip into a wisp
of silk they have the laugh on
ever with all due considera-                          the chorines of yesteryear
who had the more compli-
tion for the opposite sex mem-                        cated problem of a
bolt or two of stiff cloth and an
bers of Haresfoot assure us                           unwieldy plumed hat
to deal with.
that "Lucky Breaks" will more                           Dances,
too, have changed. Lovelorn Amos who
than do justice to the Club's                         used to glide around
like a Shetland pony and hoarse-
slogan. This year's crop of                           ly yodel a jig ditty
while dreaming of the happy hours
Haresfoot "girls" would show                          spent with
Tillie in the haystack back of her father's
up well among any of the most                         barn has been replaced
by the romantic leading man
gracefully curved coryphees                           of nineteen thirty-two
who croons a love lullaby in
Earl Carroll, George White, or  "BILL" PURNELL        the modern
tempo and then burst forth in a series of
any other connoisseur of femi-                        the latest steps. Tapdancing,
clog numbers, and other
nine charm could pick. A rare combination of the     terpsichorean innovations
found in "Lucky Breaks"
lure of a siren and the piquancy of a milkmaid can   have been inspired by
Roy Hoyer, former leading man
be found in Flynn, George, and the others.            with Fred Stone and
stellar player in several musical
  Reminiscent of the early Haresfoot shows with       comedy successes. Hoyer
is recognized as one of the
"Sunny" Pyre in pantaloons on a tandem       bike    leading dancing
coaches in the country and the suc-
will be some of the skits in this year's produc-      cess with which he
met in last year's show both in
tion. The sight of Floradora girls, overstuffed set-  working with the boys
and teaching them some good
tees with the family album near at hand, and other    numbers make his connection
with "Lucky Breaks"
romantic accoutrements of the '90's will bring back   a lucky break for Haresfoot.
dear memories to many a Haresfoot alumnus as he         Comparing a fast
moving, breath taking revue of the
sits in the theatre and watches "Lucky Breaks" with   calibre of
the- current production with Haresfoot per-
its nineteen thirty-two pep and modern surroundings  formances of two decades
back is like attempting to
hearken back to the days of yore when the troupe                     (Continued
on page 192)
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