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MASON CITY GLOBE-GAZETTE, APRIL 27 1936 THREE ' · r RECORD NUMBERS IN SCHOOL MUSIC FEST FOR STATE Many Large Instrumental, Vocal Groups Entered at Iowa City. IOWA CITY--The year of 1936 will go down in the archives of the Iowa high school music festival as one of records: Largest number of association members, 516; record enrollment of individuals, more than 6,000; greatest number of schools represented _160; new mark in number of large 'instrumental groups, 86. And now the official compilation shows more Jarge vocal groups than ever before--98 as compared with 83 of last year. Forty girls' glee clubs will sing here next week. There were only 25 in 1935. Mixed choruses total 34, two more than last year. The 24. boys' glee clubs is a decrease of two. As in the case of the large instrumental groups--bands and orchestras--an unusual number of "superiors" of 1935 will seek additional honors. Ten of the 15 highest- rated singing groups will be back, including five of the seven mixed choruses and four of five girls' glee clubs. .These are the competitors, with returning "superiors" in bold-face type- Girls' Glee Clubs. Class AJ?--West Waterloo. Mason City, Lincoln of Council Bluffs, Muscatine, Newton, Burlington. A--Fairfield, Ames, Eagle Grove, Iowa City, Creston, Grinnell, Charles City. B--Mount Ayr Sac City, West Liberty, Rockwell City, Northwood, Knoxville, Lake Mills, Cresco, Le Mars Toledo, Leon, Eldora, Denison, Sheldon. C--Dunlap, Moorhead, George, Nora Springs, Milford. Monroe, Mediapolis, Woodward, Orange township Waterloo; Wall Lake, Mondamin, Rolfe, Orange City. Boys' Glee Clubs. AA--Burlington, Mason City, Muscatine, Lincoln of .Council Bluffs, West Waterloo. A--Shenandoah, Eagle Grove, Red Oak, Fairfield, Centerville, Charles City. B--Sheldon, Toledo, Carroll, Leon, Eldora, Sioux Center, Sigoumey. C--Fayette, Glidden, State Center, Orange City, Hull. Waylarid. Mixed Chorus. AA--Newton, East Sioux City, Mason City, West Waterloo, Central Sioux City, Burlington, Muscatine, Lincoln of Council Blufis, Dubuque. A--Charles City, Shenandoah, Centerville, Ames, Washington. B--Lake Mills, Hawarden, Guthrie Center, Le Mars, Leon, Eldora, 1 Mh. Ayr, .Sigourriey;" Cresco; Toledo; Osage., · C--Milford, Woodward, Orange City, Humeston, Slater, George, Traer, Orange township, Waterloo; Mediapolis. This year there will he 37 concert bands, 27 'orchestras, and 22 marching bands, with a total membership of several thousand boys and girls. Some indication of the caliber of the performances is revealed by the fact that 14 of the 19 winners of "superior" rating in the 1935 festival will defend their honors. They are headed by seven of the eight orchestras. The official roster of large instrument group contestants, with returning "superiors" in bold face type are: Concert Bands. Class AA--East Sioux City, Jefferson of Council Bluffs, Central Sioux City, Burlington, East Waterloo, West Waterloo, Dubuque. A--Shenandoah, Spencer, Creston, Washington, Oelwein, Eagle Grove, Ames, Centerville, Charles City. B--Ida Grove. Logan, Le Mars, Denison, Marion, Northwood, Sigourney, Knoxville, Vinton, Hampton. , C--Sergeant Bluff, Tabor, Battle Creek, Sheffield, Van Home, Manly, Dexter, Lost Nation, Dunlap, Spring* Mile, Wellman. Orchestras. Class AA--Central Sioux City, Lincoln of Council Bluffs, East Waterloo, Burlington. A--Red Oak, Shenandoah, Cres- tor, Centerville, Iowa City, Oelwein, Boone Oskaloosa. B--Storm Lake, Le Mars, Story City, Grundy Center, Cresco, Sig- ourne.y, West Union, Bedford. C--School for blind, Vinton; Clearfield, Lamoni, Columbus Junction, Kolfc, Whiting, Traer. Marching Bands. Class AA--Newton, West Waterloo, East Waterloo, Jefferson of Council Bluffs, Marshall town. A--Red Oak, Albia, Washington, Shenandoah, Eagle Grove. B--Logan, Griswold, Postville, Lamoni, Woodbine, Waverly, Le Mars. C--Lost Nation, Loriwor, Elkader, - Dumont, Parkersburg. l i I M m Dr. Kenefick Elected President of Kossuth Conservation League ALGONA--The second annual meeting of the Algona unit of the Kossuth county conservation league was held Friday evening at the courthouse with President Merritt presiding. Election of officers was held and Dr. J. N. Kenefick was elected president. Harold Stevenson, vice president and Evan Finnel, secretary-treasurer. Mr. Merritt elated that 100 new conservation signs are soon to be placed along the roadside throughout the county. These signs, 14x20 inches are made at Dickens and cost only paint and transportation. The Algona unit announced that further investigation would be. made toward the possibility of breeding "Chucker" partridges in this section for wild game. Philip Barber Directs Activities of World's Largest Theatrical Group W P A Project Credited * * * * * * * * * * * With Much Success Heads First National Theater in Year's Trial. By CARL WRIGHT A Mason City boy, who left Iowa back in the early '20s to enter Professor George Pierce Baker's 47 Workshop at Harvard, later to be graduated and go to Yale with Professor Baker and an assistant professorship and finally to arrive in New York in continuation of his theatrical career, is now director of the largest theatrical enterprise in the world, the New York Federal theater project. Had anyone suggested a year ago that in 12 months time this country would be operating a national theater, fed by government subsidy running into millions of dollars and employing several thousand actors, stagehands and varied theater workers, he would probably have been considered a fit patient for the psychopathic ward. For years dreamers in the wilderness of drama had cried for a theater similar to any of half a dozen or more in the old world--hut it just wasn't in the cards. Out of a depression and an al-j most fanatical determination to make good in a new deal, politicians have eventually brought about --a national theater. It is known as the Federal theater project of the works progress administration. Uncle Turns "Angel." Continental countries have had their national theaters for many years, but with only one year of experience, Uncle Sam has turned "angel" for actors on relief to the capacity of employing 5,462 actors, scene painters, stage hands, producers, etc., with a weekly payroll of 5118,000 in New York City alone. Forty theatrical companies are in rehearsal and six theaters, three in the Broadway district itself, are playing to capacity business. A circus with some 300 persons employed, greets 6,000 spectators at each performance in Greater New York. Eight marionette and puppet shows are playing continuously in schools and auditoriums. A total of 113 performances a week is the present schedule of this greater theatrical enterprise sponsored by Uncle Sam. And Philip W. Barber, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles H. Barber, 217 Delaware avenue southeast, is the regional director of the entire setup. $6,700,000 Allocated. The plan of the Federal theater was announced by President Franklin D. Roosevelt Sept. 7, 1935, as part of the program to combine financial relief with gainful occupation under the · WPA. A sum of $6,700,000 was set aside for the the. atrical. share of a $27,000,000 attempt to bring back the fine arts of this country, and Mrs. Hallie Flanagan of Vassar college, Poughkeepsie, N. Y., was appointed director of the new national theater. Incidentally Mrs. Flanagan was graduated from Grinnell college back in the days preceding the World war. ,, Optimistically it was regarded by many as the beginning of a permanent institution. One of the first tasks of the organization was the appointment of regional directors. New York City, being the theater hub of America, received the most consideration of the organizers and on Oct. 10, 1935, Elmer Rice, one of the nation's leading playwrights and producers, was induced to accept the directorship of the project in that city. Mr. Barber, incidentally, was appointed regional director of New York state at that time. "While the immediate aim of the program is to put back to work those theater workers in all the branches of the profession who have been on relief rolls," stated Mrs. Flanagan at the outset, "one of the more far-reaching purposes is to create theater enterprises of lasting value." Plays Prove Popular. Although the success of the enterprise was Scoffed at in the beginning by producers and critics alike, one item made the WPA plays exceptionally popular in New York--the price. This coupled with a showing of really good theater has won friends for the project. Toward the end of March six plays were on the boards and all doing capacity business: "Triple A Plowed Under" was at the Biltmore theater, with a top of 40 cents. "Murder in the Cathedral" was at the Manhattan theater; "A Woman of Destiny" was at the Symphony theater in Brooklyn; "In Heaven and Earth" was at the Willis theater in the Bronx; "Chalk Dust" was at Daly's Sixty-third street theater; and "Conjure-Man Dies" was at the Harlem's Lafayette theater, all playing at 55 cents top. Only one incident upset the pro- jram of the Federal theater project in New York, that wag the lit:le matter of "Ethiopia," the "Living Newspaper" production which ivas barred by government censorship because of its depiction of Se- assie and II Duce. The raising of :he hand of censorship caused Mr. Rice to resign. When Mr. Rice walked out Mr. Barber walked in and has remained director of the iroject throughout the year. Since Mr. Rice's resignation over the censorship issue no further changes in production schedule have been made and Mr. Barber has pushed through the original program. Critics Take Notice. When Uncle Sarn turned "angel" and went into the show business he set a precedent with his 55 cent top that smacks of the days of popular priced seats, which in time may bring about something like the days when there were legitimate theaters, road companies and stock companies throughout the United States. At least the New York headquarters at 701 Eighth avenue, 1'hilip IV. Barber, regional director of Federal theater project, in his New York office. which by the way was a branch of the defunct Bank of the United States, has started something with its more than 30 professional companies that has gained favorable attention from the dramatic critics while it has been scattering drama with a lavish hand from the upper reaches of the Bronx to the farthest outpost of Staten Island. "The magnitude of the enterprise headed by fair-haired, blue-eyed, amiable Philip Barber," wrote Eutfl- erland Denlinger, World-Telegram staff writer, "is something to dismay a Shubert. A huge bulletin board in the lobby is crowded with daily schedules of the various units. The Anglo-Jewish company is playing 'The Idle Inn' (admission' 25 cents) at Ansche Chesed Temple; Vaudeville 5-B (free) is knocking over the sailors at the Navy Y. M. C. A. on Sands street, Brooklyn; and the circus is in session at the Bronx Coliseum." Although it took a depression to put the government in the show business in New York, the show city has taken to the project so strongly that more than half the appropriation for the entire national project has been allocated to this city alone. The organization is self-contained. It makes its own props and costumes in a workshop on Tenth avenue at Thirty-fifth street, presided over by Cleon Throckmorton, where 120 carpenters, scene painters, costume designers and seamstresses create illusions. More than 1,800 thespians in WPA casts play 113 performance a week to an audience of 55,000 persons. Aristocrats on Broadway. The aristocrats of the theater project play in the Broadway district itself. They operate in competition with regular commercial houses, but they are handicapped because WPA appropriates no funds for advertising purposes. They are the only theaters even attempting a cash return on the project. But they are only part of the Gargantuan program carried out in New York. Approximately 600 stages are available in Greater New York for WPA productions, the majority of which are in churches, high schools, clubhouses and community centers. A t ' W P A headquarters all of these auditoriums are card indexed as to seating capacity, size of stage, type of production, etc., and "legmen" are in constant touch with the main office and the bookings over the city. "Chalk Dust," one of the experimental theater productions written by Harold Clarke and Maxwell Nurnberg, was WPA's first hit listed in "Variety." The politics and intrigues which infest a city high school furnished the theme for this play. The cast was large, as is the cast of every Federal theater production, but the cause and show were good and the price low and that is what has been bringing persons into the theater in New York who have never seen legitimate drama before. One of the most astounding developments of Uncle Sam's plunge into the show business has been the founding of the "Living Newspaper," a theatrical innovation not entirely original but tried out for the first time successfully. Ben Hecht has been credited for advancing the idea at some time or other for transfixing the passing scene against a backdrop, but it was not until WPA came along with the assistance of the New York Newspaper Guild that the theater and the city room were combined-and the masterpiece of this combination was "Triple A Plowed Under." "Living Newspaper" Works. Even to those who know both the theater and the newspaper, the idea seems a bit staggering, but it worked. The editorial staff of the "Living Newspaper" consists of 70 reporters, re-write men, copy readers, editors, librarians and photographers. In addition are five dramatists who work under the direction of Arthur Arcnt. Some of the reporters cover regular news beats, others are assigned to research work on a topic intended to be dramatized. As the material comes in it is turned over to the re-write desk and in time reaches the dramatists who co-ordinate the material. Originally it was intended to offer a new productioin every two weeks, but "Triple A Plowed Under" has packed the theater since its opening and the "Living Newspaper" now has material on its hands. Out of such stuff as reporters of the New York Newspaper Guild could bring to the "City Room," Morris Watson, himself a former reporter, produced the suc- cessful hybrid that made such a hit at the Biltmore on Forty-Seventh street west of Broadway. It -was a genuinely exciting portrayal of the farmer's long tragedy and brief triumph. At least one poet, T. S. Eliot, who wrote "Murder in the Cathedral," but who is not a theater man, has been given a place in the theater during the past year through a resourceful director who staged the production, Halsted Welles. The play went on the boards at the Manhattan theater under WPA auspices and succeeded. The run was limited, but Ashley Dukes, London, who owns the production rights, agreed to an extention of the current run and plans to offer the play himself in New York next season. " 'Murder in the Cathedral' is one of the most profoundly moving dramas the season has given us," wrote Brooks Atkinson, reviewer for the New York Times. "Where Mr. Eliot left off in his masque of Thomas Becket's martyrdom, Mr. Welles has come in with his panoply of theater dynamics and without violating the dark and baleful mood of the text he has given it theater compass." "Macbeth" Comes to Harlem. Last of the WPA productions to reach the boards this spring was "Macbeth." which came to Harlem. For one hour all traffic in front of the theater was blocked on the premier night. A festival spirit such as rarely blossoms on Broadway greeted this most ambitious venture of the Negro division of the Federal Theater project. Floodlights, the Monarch Negro Elks brass band of 80 pieces, mounted police, news photographers and a milling crowd jammed the street in front of the Lafayette theater on Seventh avenue between 131st and 132nd ·streets. It was a sight many a producer has dreamed of and all too seldom seen in the past 10 years. When the curtain rose on the premier performance April 14. the SRO sign had been out at the theater for many hours. It remained out as night after night salvos of applause and a profusion of bouquets passed over the footlights to these actors. The play was Shakespeare's "Macbeth," with an all-Negro cast, but the production was revolutionary to anytraditional Shakespearean per- any traditional Shakespearean per- Why was Orson Walles, who adapted and staged the play, literally dragged from the wings for his bow following the first performance? And why have practically all of the theatrical writers of New York (who once frowned on the idea of relief actor productions) interviewed the national director, Mrs. Flanagan, and the regional director, Mr. Barber? WPA's darktown version of "Macbeth" is a classic voodoo, show, suggested by the "Macbeth" legend. The scene is in Haiti instead of Scotland, as Shakespeare visioned it, and where Shakespeare's play was seriously handicapped by the difficulty of producing the weird sisters of witchery, the Negroes have capitalized on a superb bit of theater. Witches' Scene Superb. "Perhaps we should describe it as the witches' scenes from 'Macbeth,' " wrote Brooks Atkinson, reviewer for the New York Times, in his review of the play. "They have always worried the life out of the polite tragic stage: the grimaces of the hags and the garish make believe of the flaming caldron have bred more disenchantment than anything else Shakespeare wrote. But ship the wichcs down into the rank and fever stricken jungles of Haiti, dress them in fantastic costumes, crowd the stage with mad and gabbling throngs of evil worshipers, beat the voodoo drums, raise the voices until the jungle echoes, stuff a gleaming naked witch doctor into the caldron, hcil up Negro masks in the baleful light--and there you have a witches' scene that is logical and stunning and a triumph of the theater art." Nat Karson executed the setting? and costumes with an idealization of Negro extravagance in a luxuriant and ominous jungle atmosphere. Even the banquet scene filled the theater with "sensuous black-blooded vitality." Much of the poetry of the tragedy was lost, according to the reports, but the experiment in Afro-American showmanship rocked the Lafayette theater. Season Extended. Largely because of the success the project has enjoyed this year in New York, the current season will be continued through May. Con- trary to general belief, according to William P. Farnsworlh, administrative officer at Washington, D. C., congressional action will not be needed for further appropriations. At the discretion of officials at Washington sums may be allocated to the theater program from other WPA projects. Money may also be shifted from theater units elsewhere to New York and vice versa, as occasion requires. Since most of the actors of the United Stales are in New York this city will probably, receive the lion's share of the allocations. This is what one Mason Cityan has accomplished in the big town. He has successfully steered the course of many factions through the first year of a national theater-just 16 years after graduating from Mason City high school. Hampton Youth Admits Forging Two Checks; Bound to Grand Jury HAMPTON--Willard Lugar, 19, of Hampton pleaded guilty to a charge of forgery Saturday before Justice D. W. Parks and was bound over to the district court and placed in jail. He was arrested after attempting to pass a $4 check at the Graves drug store drawn on the First National bank here and signed with the name of Sol Deam of Chapin. The check was made to Dorisy Lugar, brother of the arrested man, and both the signature and endorsement were forged. Lugar admitted also forging a check for $3 on B. Oliver, farmer west of Hampton. The average American is one who phones in a dozen votes for radio amateurs each week and then forgets to register for election day. --Life. HARTGRAVES, 84, DUMONT, DIES Wife Succumbed Month Ago; Funeral Will Be Held Tuesday in Home. DUMONT--Funeral services for ·Tudson Hartgraves, 84, who died last Saturday from pneumonia following a broken hip suffered two weeks ago when he had a stroke, will be held at the house Tuesday afternoon in charge of the Rev. P. W. Pfaltzgraff, Evangelical pastor at Hubbard. Interment will be in the local cemetery beside his wife who preceded him March 24. Mr. Hartgraves was born April 23, 1852, in Johnson county, Iowa, and came with bis parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Hartgraves, to a farm 3 miles west of town at the age of 2. He was married Feb. 14, 18S3, to Miss Marguerite Bennett and lived on the home farm until 11 years ago when they moved to town. Five children were born to this union, Harry Hartgrave.*?, who was killed in an auto accident last fall: Colonel Hartgraves, Hansell; John Hartgraves, at home; Mrs. Ernest Nolte, Aredale, and Mrs. Henry B r e h m e r. Clarksville. Thirteen grandchildren survive. Mrs. Miller Buried. DECORAH -- Funeral services were held Friday for Mrs. Amasa Miller. 63, who died at the local hospital following a serious heart attack. The services were in charge of the Rev. T. A. Hoff, pastor of the First Lutheran church. Burial was made in the Lutheran cemetery. Elmer Green, Luverne, Dies; Funeral Service to Be Held Wednesday LUVERNE--Elmer Green, 53. died at his farm home west of town Sunday noon after a year's illness. He was the only son of James Green, and died on the farm on which he was born. His widow, a daughter and three sons, as well as his aged father, survive him. William, his oldest son. is married and lives at Sexton, while Edith, his daughter, Clarence and Edward are at home. His father lives at Algona. The funeral service will be Wednesday at 2:30 o'clock in the Methodist church. Burial will be at Corwith. 50 at School Picnic. DECORAH -- About 50 children and parents attended the Frceport school picnic held Saturday on the Frceport school grounds. Classes under Miss Bernicc Feltis have been dismissed for the summer, but classes under Miss Mabel Hamre will continue for another week. Miss Dorothy Wcpler will replace Miss Feltis next September, as Miss Feltis will teach the Rockwell school. EXPECT 500 FOR 1.0,0, F, SESSION 117th Anniversary Will Be Observed by District at Clarion. CLARION--Five hundred northeast Iowa women and men are expected to be in Clarion Monday, May 4, when the one hundred seventeenth anniversary of the Rebck- ah and Odd Fellows lodges will be observed here with a convention of the organization's northeast Iowa district. Officers of the grand lodge and past presidents of the Rebekah assembly will attend. Mr. and Mrs. C. D. Jacobson, presidents of the Odd Fellows and Rebekah lodges, will be in charge of the affair, with Mrs. Geo£ge Sheffield assisting as chairman of the program committee, A program is to be arranged for the afternoon, with a dinner following. In the evening degree work will be given, led by the degree team from Kanawha for the Odd Fellows and by the degree team from Iowa Falls for the Rcbekahs. YOU'LL SOON KNOW EQUjOWAN? 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