Redlands High School Class of 1922 Stages ‘Little Women’ – Redlands Daily Facts

The Wyatt Opera House in Redlands, on the northwest corner of Colton Avenue and Orange Street, was a bustling venue in March 1922, with local and traveling performances. One of the local productions was the Redlands High School Senior Class Play. This advertisement for their production of “Little Women” appeared on March 17, 1922 in the Redlands Daily Facts. (Redlands Daily Facts)

March 17, 1922

Saturday night high school play

The stage is set for “Little Women,” the production to be performed by the high school senior class at the Wyatt tomorrow night at 8:15 p.m. This piece belongs to the high school section of the Community Players’ Association.

“Little Women”, written by Louisa May Alcott and dramatized by Marion De Forest, had the most success on stage.

The play consists of four acts, three of which take place inside Mr. and Mrs. March’s house and the fourth in the apple orchard.

The sets for this performance were prepared by Merle Richardson, with the assistance of a number of members of the Art and Manual Arts Departments and with the cooperation of Miss Arnold. Some sets were purchased from the Wyatt. Costumes were obtained from the Western Costuming Company of Los Angeles and the Community Players’ Association. The costumes are quaint and quaint.

Florence Huxtable, Gail Herrin and Frank Robertson have done an excellent job on the properties committee.

The cast of Redlands High School’s 1922 production of “Little Women” rehearsed at the Wyatt the past week before their March 18 performance, except March 16, when the “London Follies” played at the Wyatt. This advertisement for the ‘London Follies’ was published on March 16, 1922 in the Redlands Daily Facts. (Redlands Daily Facts)

The cast went through hard work and toasting on the production. They rehearsed for seven weeks. Rehearsals have been at The Wyatt all week, except last night when the London Follies used the Opera House, and the rehearsal was at the High School. A dress rehearsal wraps up practice tonight.

George Shinn has proven to be a most effective manager. He was in charge of all committees, tickets, etc. Bob Hartwick ably assisted him. Miss Olive Smith deserves great credit as director of the play.

The orchestra has prepared a special program which will be an added attraction.

March 20, 1922

‘Little Women’ is given to Wyatt

In “Little Women” at the Wyatt on Saturday night, the high schoolers provided the residents of Redlands with enjoyable entertainment.

The cast’s careful training showed in every detail of the production. There was none of the usual amateur evidence of waiting for signals; everyone on the stage was still in the room. There were no awkward moments that the audience could detect. Nor did the young actors fall for the pathetic scenes that could have been so easily spoiled by careless or thoughtless acting.

As Jo, Mary Revis played an individual role with vigor and sympathetic understanding. The awkward misunderstandings of Laurie and the professor; family tragedy; the unconventional honesty of the youngster herself; everything had to be suggested by Jo in her fanciful way. During her doodling hours, she was Louisa Alcott, but “The Duke’s Daughter” paid the butcher’s bill, so it didn’t matter if the professor made fun of “The Spread Eagle.”

Helen Cattell, as Meg, was wisely correct. “You can never tell what can happen,” so she carefully crafted the correct answer for John. Beth (Elsa Swanson) was quiet in a tough game.

Imogene Sherrard was the pretty spoiled little sister in a bit of comedy that relieved the seriousness of the story. As the beautiful Zara in the “lyrical tragedy”, Amy proved to be the unfortunate maiden. His call to Roderigo and his heartbreaking cry were most moving.

Yvonne Covington took on the simple role of Hannah with wholesome good humor. Mrs. March (Donna Whitson), in a serious role, remained well within the spirit of the play.

Stewart Hinckley as Laurie, the quick-witted mischief-maker, was an excellent contrast to the restrained John Brooke, the dignified Mr. Lawrence and the dreamy Mr. March.

Two days after the senior class at Redlands High School performed “Little Women” at the Wyatt, contralto Sophie Breslau appeared at the theater in a concert for The Spinet. She had originally been booked for March 7, 1922, but did not show up due to an error in the schedule her New York manager gave her. This advertisement for his March 20 concert was published on March 17, 1922 in the Redlands Daily Facts. (Redlands Daily Facts)

Aunt March, the grumpy and perverted “Raging Vulcan”, was taken on by Dorotha Scholton, who has played this type of character before. It featured a very nervous and surprisingly vinous old lady.

Last but not least was the professor, with his big glasses, his extraordinary clothes and his dense seriousness. Andrew Strang took the role with just the right degree of weighty grotesqueness.

March 20, 1922

Miss Breslau to Wyatt tonight

The large audience waiting for Miss Sophie Breslau at the Wyatt on Tuesday evening March 7 will not be disappointed a second time, as tonight’s concert is assured, Miss Breslau having arrived in Redlands at 1:30 this afternoon. She is at the Casa Loma hotel and her appearance tonight at the theater will be eagerly awaited. She will give the previously announced program, starting at 8:30 am. Ms. Ethel Cave-Cole will be at the piano.


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