Quadrangle Club Revels making a comebackIf you ever have been inspired to tread the boards or sing your heart out, then members of the Quadrangle Club are looking for you. The Quadrangle Club Revelsa long-lost tradition of comedic vignettes and musical parodyis being revived by producers Lee Behnke, Director of the Undergraduate Latin Program in Classical Languages & Literatures, and Helen DeGroot and Jean Meltzer, veterans of past Revels.
An informational session for those who want to tap their creative and organizational talents will take place at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 12, at the Quadrangle Club. Veteran Revels thespian Mary Schulman, who acted in or directed numerous productions, will direct the one-time performance that will take place at the club Saturday, Jan. 27, 2001. Rehearsals will be in January only.
The Revels, also known at various periods as Christmas Revels and Faculty Revels, began in December 1904. Revels productions ended as World War II began, but performances resumed after the war, and they peaked during the 1950s and 1960s with annual shows. At the end of the 1960s, Revels produc-tions took a hiatus, and in the early 1980s, a brief revival occurred. Staging of performances ranged from one night in the Quadrangle Club to several weekends in Mandel Hall.
The Revels allows the University communitytraditionally known as an intellectual pinnacleto let loose and poke fun at just about anything, according to Edward Rosenheim, the David B. and Clara E. Stern Professor Emeritus in English Language & Literature. Its certainly not highbrow when you come to the Revels, said Rosenheim. He is teaming up with his Revels writing partner, Robert Ashenhurst, Professor Emeritus in the Graduate School of Business, to develop the new script. The two are Revels veterans, having worked on shows since the 1940s and 1950s.
Past audiences have witnessed performances of famous intellects, Rosenheim said. Among them are former University Presidents Robert Hutchins portraying a football player and George Beadle as a Quadrangle Club waiter, former Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia as a young heartthrob with an equally charming musical voice and former University Chancellor Lawrence Kimpton as a faculty exchange mailman and janitor.
Although the title has not been announced, Rosenheim said, Its a musical presentation with a plotof sorts. In any case, it should be fun, so come and join us.