Play: The Taming of the Shrew

Author: William Shakespeare
Date: Monday, Dec. 16, 1929
Director: Professor Frank W. Kelly
Stage Manager: not found
Producing Organization: The University Players aka Theatre


Hostess: Edward Phelan
Christopher Sly: Robert Soper
A Lord: Walter E. Stanton
A Page: Joseph A. Beeman
A Huntsman: Donald E. Mihan
Katherine: Eleanor [Mrs. Norbert] Engels
Bianca: Beryl Rauch
Petruchio: Virgilius Philips
Baptista: Harry Merdzinski
Grumio: John Nowery
Biondello: Arthur Dennehy
Hortensio: Robert Haire
Music Master: William Sherman
Curtis: James Phelan
A Tailor: Leo Zabriskie
The Cook: Frank Walker
Nathaniel: Jerome Crowley
Gabriel: Matthew Keller
Gregory: Joseph Mooney
Adam: John Koehl
Ralph: Philip Konop
Walter: Jerome Reidy
Tranio: Joseph Kelleghan
Lucio: Victor Martzel
Hunters: Tom Downs, Ed Agnew, Sanguinet Williams, Phidell Osborn

Notes: “No admission will be charged.” After the Christmas holidays, the Scholastic squelched rumors the very successful production wouild add additional performances in the spring semester “unless perhaps another performance might be given during Commencement week for the seniors and their friends” (63:14, January 10, 1930, 426).

Source: Scholastic 63:13, December 13, 1929, 395; Dome 1930.

Play: Journey’s End

Author: R. C. Sherriff
Dates: Sunday and Friday evenings before March 30, 1930
Director: Frank Kelly
Producing Organization: University Players aka University Theatre
Venue: Washington Hall

Production StaffStage Manager: John Manning
Properties and Costumes: Edward Phelan
Electrical Equipment: Edward Dempsey

CastCaptain Stanhope: Prof. A. L. Doyle
Lieutenant Osborne: Walter Stanton
2nd Lieut. Trotter: John Nowery
2nd Lieut. Hibbert: William Sherman
2nd Lieut. Raleigh: Norman Hartzer
The Colonel: Vergilius Phillips
Co.[mpany] Serg[ean]t Major: Carl Christiansen
Private Mason: Roger Beirne
Captain Hardy: Robert Haire
Signaler: Frank Walker
Runner: Thomas Blisard
Corporal: Edward Phelan

Note: Journey’s End opened in 1929 at Henry Miller’s Theatre in New York City and ran for seventy weeks. Its world premiere had been in London in 1928 with a 21-year-old Laurence Olivier in the lead role of Stanhope. It was a huge success, in spite of (or because of) its being a ‘war play with no leading lady,’ with 14 English-speaking companies performing it by 1929 and 17 in other languages world wide.

Source: Scholastic 63:30, May 30, 1930, 946.

last edited by MCP, April 5, 2014