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JUNE, 1926




THY FOLLIES FOR SCHOOL across the scene and the angel passed bearing
SHOWS?—The stage of the Wash- the grail there was a thrill through the house

ington-Irving High School, New such as one may get seldom in a lifetime, a York, has scenery, drop-curtain, and foot- tremor of a great emotion. I cannot recall lights. So have those of the high schools in anything like it. The nearest to it was when Fort Dodge, Connersville, Pontiac, Peoria, the crowd in Washington heard the young and Birmingham. If there are any high college men singing as they marched to emschools without this equipment, I do not bark for the war. I saw this Grail drama remember them. There is too much artistic given twice and on each occasion was aware urge in the usual run of boy and girl to excuse of the sudden hush of the spectators and then us from developing it in any institution of the remarkable recognition of the signifiwhich is devoted to giving the young Amer- cance of the theme and the thrill of exaltation ican his ancient right to life, liberty, and as if the houseful were one person. These happiness. Possibly vaudeville, follies, and four brief scenes, pictures only, not a word burlesque, such as one frequently sees in spoken by the personages, say in a language school shows; possibly the lighter operas, universally understood: "Temptation really usually pretty well shop-worn; possibly the is all around you. Here is one kind. Here attempted revival of negro minstrels, are is another kind. You don't have to yield worth all the time they take to get them- to any of them. You are your own master. selves put on. But Miss Mary Courtenay You are your own guardian. Follow the of the Lindblom High School, brought into light-not the shadow. Feel your real heart Chicago's celebration of Girls' Week a dra- beating in accord with the true, the noble, matic episode so simple, so beautiful, so the sublime.” That's what these four silent spiritual, that it makes the ordinary high- scenes convey more penetratingly than any school show look like tinsel. Chicago has a pleading of the most eloquent or winsome system of Girl Reserve Clubs, so-called, preacher I ever heard. There is a spoken social and recreative organizations in high title to each scene. The girl Herald says: schools, sponsored by the Young Women's “Now shall we see how Sir Galahad, for that Christian Association. They gave a “high his heart was pure, did safely occupy the seat jinks” entertainment in a theater devoted perilous”-or some such words as that. mostly to amateur performances. Each But there is no moralizing, no exhortingschool put on some short offering of its own; just the story. most of them were bright; some of them, For simple dignity, for grace, for beauty, decidedly pretty. Then Miss Courtenay's for sensing and expressing the spirit of the version of the Holy Grail took the stage. story, these young girls under Miss CourteIn two seconds the audience was spellbound nay's inspiration were a more perfect poem by the beauty of it. When the gleam of light of profound morality than anything I ever which Sir Galahad was to follow streamed saw. Were I responsible for the school I

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