|This 1950s program from a Junior Girls Play is one of many such programs in the collections of the Bentley Historical Library located on the North Campus. (Photo by Bill Wood, U-M Photo Services)|
Now the Friends of the Michigan League will continue that performance legacy with a dinner theater production of Oscar Wildes The Importance of Being Ernest Feb. 1516. Both performances are at 6:30 p.m. in the Leagues Hussey Room. Tickets for dinner and the performance are $50 per person and are available at the Michigan League Friends Office, at (734) 647-7462 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
This farce is directed by Nancy Heusel, a veteran actor/director with League productions, whose theatrical career at the League goes back to the Junior Girls Play of 1952. This cast features Heusel; Robin Barlow, professor emeritus of epidemiology; James Nissen, visiting lecturer in music history at
U-MDearborn; and Rachelle Urist, graduate student in comparative literature.
In 19091920, the Junior Girls gave an additional performance of the years production for those attending the annual Womens Banquet, sponsored by the League. With productions ranging from morality plays and parodies of familiar classical books to musical comedies, the audiences for the performances were restricted to women students and alumnae until 1923. State Street in 1930 was the first play presented in the new Michigan League building. Such presentations have continued uninterrupted, except for two years during World War II, returning in 1945 with Take It from There. In 1946 the presentation was Theres Room for All, a satire on the housing problem on campus at the time, followed by a campus satire in 1948, Make Mine Michigan.