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1921 Yearbook

1921 Yearbook


1921 Yearbook


The Merchant of Venice
All dramatic work reaches its true climax when it harks back to the Shakespearian masterpieces, the first and the greatest of all dramas. And so it was
with dramatic endeavor at St. Ambrose. Great success was won in the presentation of modern day plays, but it remained for them to crown their efforts
with a fitting interpretation of one of the best of the great English genius'
comedies, "The Merchant of Venice."
This ever popular and interesting tale of the "Queen City of the Adriatic"
was produced at Dramatic Hall, June 7, 1920. No expense or labor was
spared to make it exact in every detail and as a result the most lavish and beautiful scenic display was attained. The costuming was excellent and the "makeup" of the cast, supervised by the resourceful Mrs. Helena Bradford Churchill,
was true to life. Shylock, the Jewish usurer, was most ably interpreted by
Chas. Costello and it was his strong imitation of the characteristics and mannerisms of the Israelite that gave the play its distinctive worth. The part of
Portia, the rich heiress, was played by Joseph Code, who added fresh laurels to
his fame as an "actress". Antonio, the Merchant of Venice, was our ever
popular Raymond Fitzpatrick and he was again seen at his best, while John
O'Donnell, as Bassanio, lived his part as suitor to Portia.
Besides these major characters, there must not be forgotten John Collins,
Bernard Hines, and George Bouquot in the respective roles of the Duke of
Venice, the Prince of Morocco, and the Prince of Arragon. Yvo Floerchinger
and Vernon O'Neil displayed with distinctive fineness, as to details, the love
affair of Lorenzo and Jessica, while the Gobbos, father and son, were again
alive in the persons of Wm. Feeney and Edwin West. Friends of Antonio
and Bassanio, Solonio, Forrest Vass, Salarino, Gill Lewis, and Gratiano,
Lyle Kelley, were also present with all their old time ability. Then too we
must not forget Tubal, somewhat portly as played by Gilbert Watters, Bal-
taser and Nerissa, servants of Portia, acted by Leroy Burden and William
Stockhouse, and the demure little ladies-in-waiting, Bernard Rank and Eugene
Lawlor, and Hollis Barry as page.
In every respect the Merchant of Venice was a great success and all who
saw it were more than pleased. Fr. Stahl's proteges have shown their ability
to portray one of the greatest of English comedies and all are unanimous in
hoping for another in the near future.
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