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dyeing and cutting of costumes, scenery and lighting effects and other forms of dramatic interest.
The Course in Handicrafts is designed primarily for graduates and students who wish to become specialists in craft work in the playground and presupposes no previous training in the handicrafts. Under the capable directorship of a designer who has studied design and the crafts here and abroad, the student will receive instruction in toy making and chip carving, basketry, pebble dyeing, weaving, knotting, bead work and in the theory of the handicraft which includes color, design and technique in art and handicraft work and its relation to playground work.
Fun for the Grown-Ups—III*
If large group-have four teams—First in every line run from starting point to objective point and back to starting point -touching off second player who hops on right foot all the way and returns,—Third hops on left-fourth on both feet,-fifth runs backwards.—Repeat routine from the beginning-i. e., 6th runs as first-7th as second, etc. After each competitor gets back and touches off next in line-he returns to rear of line-side whose last man returns first wins. Variations done to musicstopping still when music stops, and starting immediately when it begins again. Going to Jerusalem
The music should be lively march music and full of surprises. If entertaining a very large group get as many chairs as possible. If a small group get one more chair than players. Place the chairs in a line so that one faces one way and the next the other way. The players line up close to the chairs. When the music starts they march around the chairs, and when it stops most unexpectedly they scramble for a chair. If a very large group is playing all who did not get chairs drop out of line. One chair is removed each time, with the unsuccessful players
*Games given by Miss Louise French at Baltimore War Camp Community Service Institute
dropping out one by one until the two last players try for the remaining chair. Girls or men may be substituted for chairs, each standing with right hand on hip. Partner Tag
All of the players but two hook arms in couples. Of the two who are free, one is IT or chaser, and the other the runner. The runner may save himself by locking arms with either member of any couple he chooses. Whenever he does so, the third party of that
group bcomes runner and must save himself in like manner. If the runner be tagged at any time, he becomes the chaser or IT and the chaser becomes thereby the runner.
To get the proper sport into this game, the couples should run and twist and resort to any reasonable maneuver to elude the runner, who is liable at any time to lock arms with one of them and make the other a runner.
For large numbers there should be more than one runner and chaser.
Erie Dan Tucker
Form one large circle all hands joined-8 slides right8 slides to left-8 walking steps to center lifting arms—8 walking steps return. Face partners-grand right and leftgiving hand to partner-left hand to the next person—alternating hands marching around circle until whistle—Dance with partner you have at whistle signal. On second whistle form new circle and repeat from beginning.
Armistice Day in South Bend, Indiana
Just how to celebrate Armistice Day without interfering with business was a problem that had to be faced in South Bend, Indiana. Because of peculiar local labor conditions there had been no celebration last year and the "Boys" who had been overseas were insistent in their demand that something be done in 1920.
The Municipal Recreation Committee came into the field with a program that met with great approval.
The local post of the American Legion and the Chamber of Commerce, the Rotary and the Kiwanis Clubs were asked to cooperate. The Legion agreed to look after the evening program, the Chamber of Commerce circularized its members to get a 100% endorsement of what was proposed and the two Clubs—representing the business firms of the city-pledged their support.
At precisely eleven o'clock every whistle in the city as well as all the church bells announced far and wide that South Bend was about to pay tribute to her heroic dead and to all who had served. Immediately all business ceased; all traffic came to a standstill. For eleven minutes commemorative services were held throughout the city, ending with a salutation by the bells and whistles which had proclaimed the beginning of the observances.
In the principal stores the services consisted of community singing under the direction of leaders appointed by the Recreation Committee. In all factories, and in all the schools, both parochial and public, there were specially prepared programs. Where community singing was not feasible tribute was paid to the valor of the men who fought, by brief speeches, calling upon those living to be true to the flag for which those others had died.
The exercises in front of the Court House, the gathering place for the people in the heart of the city, were opened by a bugle call to "Assembly" after which the High School chorus of one thousand voices, accompanied by the High School orchestra, sang The Star Spangled Banner. At the sound of “Taps” everyone faced east while a prayer of thanks for the heroism of those who died on Flanders Field was given by a local clergyman. At the close all united in America the Beautiful.
The evening program consisted of brief addresses by a Roman Catholic priest, a Jewish Rabbi and a Protestant clergy
There was also community singing conducted by volunteer leaders and dancing in the largest pavilion and in the lobby of the largest hotel.
A Community Theatre in Poughkeepsie
The first class in play-writing at Vassar ColVassar Dramatic
lege decided in December, 1916, to present beWorkshop
fore the college a Christmas play written by two of its members. This play adapted from Selma Lagerlof's charming story, A Christmas Guest, was produced and acted wholly by students in the course with no assistance from outside.
From this developed the Vassar Dramatic Workshop to serve as an experimental laboratory for the play-wrights of Vassar College. The most promising plays written are tried out by actual production, thus giving them a practical tesť and furnishing a definite writing standard. Every member of the audience at a Workshop production is pledged to send in after the performance some criticism or comment on the plays which will be of real service to the writers in their task of revision.
Another by-product of the Workshop is the training given a group of thirty students already somewhat skilled in acting, stage setting, costuming, lighting or any of the arts of the theatre, who organized as the Workshop Players to present these plays before the college. They have no traditions of production or of acting: each play is a new problem in interpretation.
From this has developed the Vassar Workshop Bureau of Plays organized to meet the need for crisply-written dramatic plays for amateur production outside the college. This list of 20 available one-act plays, most of them tested by a Workshop production, may be secured on application to Miss Gertrude Buck of Vassar College. A small royalty, usually five dollars, is divided between the writer of the play and the Bureau.
As a result of the activities of the Vassar DraAnd Now a Com
matic Workshop, Poughkeepsie is now to have munity Theatre
a theatre which is of the community, by the community, and for the community. In Vassar Brothers' Institute, which the trustees have generously given rent free for this purpose,
a play will
presented for adults every Saturday evening, beginning November 6th, and one for children every Saturday afternoon, the bill to be changed at the end of each month. These plays are acted and produced by men, women and children of Poughkeepsie with the help of a paid director, Miss Harriet Miller, who has had marked success in organizing dramatic activities both in Vassar College and at a summer camp. There is no idea of building a theatre at present, but merely of making a modest beginning with the facilities at hand.
The plays produced by the Community Theatre will be "popular" in the best sense. Such clean and satisfying recreation as War Camp Community Service gave our soldiers will thus be provided for the entire community. At the same time an opportunity will be offered to all who have some skill in acting, scene painting, stage setting, costuming, or any of the arts of the theatre, to use these gifts for the public benefit and to satisfy their own desires for artistic expression. No other organization is at present supplying these needs for the entire community or with any regularity. A few amateur plays are given in Poughkeepsie every winter, but participation in them is not open to general public. Neither the movies nor the occasional plays given by professional companies at the Collingwood Opera House offer a chance for active participation in dramatic work.
No admission fee will be charged but all who support the enterprise in any way, either by money or by service, may secure tickets for themselves and their friends. Anyone who makes a yearly contribution toward its expenses, and anyone who acts, paints scenery or furniture, designs or sews costumes or works on any committee, will receive a supporter's ticket exchangeable at the box office for two tickets of admission to each production, in either the adults' or the children's series.
The audience will thus be a cooperative part of the enterprise. It will not passively see plays provided by some outside agency, as it does in the commercial theatre, but will feel an intimate, responsible connection with the entertainment offered.
The advantages of such a plan are:
1. It brings together different groups of people in the town in cooperative work for the community.
2. It gives first-rate dramatic entertainment regularly to all who care for it enough to make even a small contribution of either money or service.
3. It develops the artistic and dramatic talent of all classes in the town, and gives an outlet to the repressed artistic instincts of many routine workers.