Willapa Players
"Dear Ruth" by Norman Krasna
Opening Production Spring (May 1956)
Directed by Betty Mullen

CAST OF 'DEAR RUTH': Members of the cast of "Dear Ruth" take time out from rehearsal to chuckle at their own lines in the two-act comedy slated for presentation at Raymond March 15.  Players, left to right, back row: Norma Lee Briney, Clyde Revord, Virginia McKinney, Charles Hutchins.  Seated, Jack Mathis, Marcella Mason, Keith Thompson and Bonnie Rogers.

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Tickets For 'Dear Ruth'; Local Play, Go On Sale

RAYMOND (Special) - Tickets went on sale this week for "Dear Ruth," the first stage presentation of the newly-formed Harbor Players club, announced Mrs. Betty Mullen, director of the local drama organization.  Scheduled for 8 o'clock Thursday night, March 15, at the Raymond high school auditorium, the comedy play will feature local talent from the Raymond and South Bend area. 
TEEN-AGE BRAT
Marcella Mason is cast in the role of a teen-age brat named Miriam Williams who has long and lushly corresponded - in the name of her older sister, Ruth - with a young overseas flier during World War II.  Suddenly, the flier (Clyde Revord) turns up, with that overseas look in his eye and all set to marry Ruth - who is all set to marry someone else.  Ruth (Virginia McKinney), to soften the blow, agrees to act out for a while the character that her little sister has cast her in.  Albert Kummer (Charles Hitchins) is the well-heeled, but undeserving banker boy-friend of Ruth.  It starts off with innocent fun, but ends up in more romance than Ruth had anticipated.
CAST LISTED
Other players in the two-act comedy are Norma Lee Briney, Jack Mathis, Bonnie Rogers, Helen Sigmen, Keith Thompson and Lauris Sigmen.  "Dear Ruth" was written by Norman Krasna and first produced on Broadway in 1944, where it ran for 216 performances.  Later in 1947, it also scored a success as a movie produced by Paramount Pictures starring Joan Caulfield, William Holden and Mona Freeman.  The Harbor Players have priced admission tickets for adults at .75 cents and at .50 cents for students.  "For each $2 spent at any of the three drugstores in Raymond - Dunsmoor Drug Co., Pay-Rite Drug Store or Raymond Drug Co. - a free ticket to our play will be given out to the customer," added Mrs. Mullen.

Home Talent Play Tonight

A cast of Raymond and South Bend dramatic talent, directed by Mrs. Betty Mullen, will appear before the footlights on the stage of the Raymond high school auditorium tonight (Thursday) in their presentation of the sparkling comedy, "Dear Ruth," which has been in rehearsal for several weeks.  Curtain time is 8 o'clock.  Marcella Mason is cast in the role of a teen-age brat named Miriam Williams who has long and lushly corresponded - in the name of her older sister, Ruth - with a young overseas flier, during World War II.  Suddenly, the flier (Clyde Revord) turns up, with that overseas look in his eye and all set to marry Ruth - who is all set to marry someone else.  Ruth (Virginia McKinney), to soften the blow, agrees to act out for a while the character that her little sister has cast her in.  Albert Kummer (Charles Hutchins) is the well-heeled, but undeserving banker boy-friend of Ruth.  It starts off with innocent fun, but ends up in more romance than Ruth had anticipated.  An evening's entertainment filled with sparkling humor, awaits those who attend.

 

Local Talent Dates Play

Tickets went on sale this week for "Dear Ruth," the first stage presentation of the newly-formed Harbor Players club, Mrs. Betty Mullen, director of the local drama organization announced today.  Scheduled for 8 o'clock Thursday night, March 15, at the Raymond high school auditorium, the comedy will feature local talent from the Raymond and South Bend area.  Members of the cast are Marcella Mason, Clyde Revord, Virginia McKinney, Charles Hutchins, Norma Lee Briney, Jack Mathis, Bonnie Rogers, Helen Sigman, Keith Thompson and Lauris Sigman.  "Dear Ruth," written by Norman Krasna, was first produced on Broadway in 1944 where it ran for 216 performances.  Later, in 1947, it also scored a success as a movie.  "For each $2 spent at any of the three drugstores in Raymond, a free ticket to our play will be given out to the customer," said Mrs. Mullen.

 
Audience Pleased By "Dear Ruth" Play (By Dr. W. G. Sargent)
The Harbor Players presented the comedy "Dear Ruth" at the Raymond High School auditorium last Thursday evening.  In spite of a number of other activities that evening a large crowd was on hand to witness the performance.  The play had a long and successful run on Broadway and it was easy to see why.  The play itself is good with a rather novel twist to the plot.  An impetuous school girl has written intriguing letters to a service man and signed her sister's name.  On the day the sister announces her engagement to a local banker, the service man unexpectedly returns to claim her.  The complications that ensue are highly diverting and in the end the service man wins the girl.  The cast was well chosen and had their lines well in hand.  The acting was excellent and highly realistic.  It is manifestly impossible to comment on all the characters, however, the local actors should certainly be mentioned and receive their share of the acclaim which was so justly evidenced by the audience.
 
Marcella (Mrs. Dick) Mason played the part of the impetuous school girl who wrote the letters which caused all the commotion, and she played it superbly and in a most credible fashion.  Charles Hutchins had the role of the jilted and disgruntled lover.  His irritation, disgust and anger were so emphatically portrayed that one forgot his disappointment in watching his articulate dismay.  Bonnie Rogers had the part relatively minor, of the sister of the lucky service man who won the girl.  She played the role with conviction and adequacy.  It is good to know that a small sum of money was cleared which will be plowed right back into the already fertile soil.  The players met this week and elected Charles Hutchins secretary-treasurer.  They also decided to produce another play next April, which is good news for Theatre lovers and the man who would like to see a permanent theatrical group on the harbor.  Perhaps this is the beginning of such.  Let us hope so.
 

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