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As You Like It

WITH A SPECIAL TRIBUTE TO PROFESSOR R. C. HUNTER
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DEDICATION

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THE YOUNG TEACHER -- 1920

Surely few colleges have had during the

past four decades annual Shakespeare plays

produced with such consistent success as those under Clarence Hunter's

direction at Ohio Wesleyan. As a colleague concerned with the art of

Shakespeare from a contemporary, literary point of view, I have looked

forward each year to the last week in April when, in commemoration of

Shakespeare's birthday, the Wesleyan Players would interpret anew one of

the tragedies or histories or comedies. For many hundreds of students

these productions have led to a permanent interest in Shakespearean

drama. Clarence Hunter's achievement is an enviable one indeed.

Ben Spencer

Professor of English

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THE RETIRING PROFESSOR -- 1959
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THETA ALPHA PHI

Presents

As You Like It

by

William Shakespeare

Directed by

Rollin C. Hunter *

CAST OF CHARACTERS

Orlando - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Jerry May

Oliver - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Don Jones

Jaques de Boys - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Jerry Dickey

Duke Senior - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Ken Jahraus *

Duke Frederick - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Albert Zimmer

Touchstone - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - James Kelley

LeBeau - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Elliott Sluhan *

Jaques - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Joe Woods *

Corin - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Mike Tippett *

Silvius - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Philip Taylor

Charles - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Anthony Zlatovich

William - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Carl Kandel

Dennis - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Janet Klein

Amiens - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Ralph Hoffhines *

Adam - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Carl Kandel

Sir Oliver Martext - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - James Guimond

Rosaline - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Daphne Winder

Celia - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Mary McCleary

Phebe - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Jo Ann Gerwick

Audrey - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Sue Reed *

Courtiers, Foresters, Attendents, etc.

Virginia Adams, Larry Bettcher, Jerry Binns, Tom Clough, David Dayton, Trish Dressel, Sarah

Gerhard, Osborn Dodson, Ronald Padgham, Joan Parkhurst, Margaret Rowley, Janice Tillotson, Al

Zimmer.

* Members of Theta Alpha Phi, National Honorary Dramatics Fraternity.

Professor Hunter was National President of Theta Alpha Phi from 1954-1956.

April 23, 24, 25, 1959 Willis High School Auditorium Curtain 8:15 P.M.
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OHIO WESLEYAN

UNIVERSITY

DELAWARE, OHIO

IN APPRECIATION

On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I wish to

take note of the approaching retirement of one of

Ohio Wesleyan's truly great teachers, Clarence

Hunter. He came to our faculty just when I was

leaving the college as a graduate. Since that im-

portant year 1920, I have known of Professor

Hunter's contribution to the University as an in-

structor, as a coach in dramatics and as an au-

thority in Shakespeare. He has not only labored

diligently within the college itself, but has

brought us prestige from without. Since becom-

ing a Trustee, I have been even more aware of

his good works.

It gives me great pleasure to wish Clarence

and Mrs. Hunter many years of useful and re-

warding retirement. Ohio Wesleyan is proud to

have had thirty-nine years of such devoted

service.

C. B. Mills

Chairman of the Board

IN TRIBUTE

This year we pay special tribute to R. Clar-

ence Hunter whose sensitive and understanding

interpretation of Shakespeare has enriched the

lives of so many of us over the years.

His record of 37 annual Shakespeare plays is

impressive in itself; but Professor Hunter has

consistently sought and achieved the highest

quality in all his dramatic productions. His con-

tribution over nearly ten college generations, both

in the classroom and in the cultural life of the

greater University community, is certainly con-

sistent with the highest ideals of the teaching

profession.

George W. Burns

Acting President
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Thirty years of the most enjoyable and pleasant

relationships with Professor Hunter.

THE INDEPENDENT PRINT SHOP CO.

Of Course

C. J.

is proud to salute

R. C. Hunter

C. J. WILSON OF COURSE

PRODUCTION STAFF

Technical Director - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - D. C. Eyssen *

Stage Manager - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Cheryl Smith *

Assistant Stage Manager - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Charles Rose

Properties - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Audrey Aiken - Carol Anderson

Costumes - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Virginia Adam *

Master Electricians - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Randall Wagner - William Boag

Box Office - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Sally Wenzel

Head Usher - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Jean Frazee

Makeup - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Judy Davis

Publicity - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Elliott Sluhan *, Mike Tippett *

CREWS

Stage: Marjorie Emerson, Connie Gordon, Marge Sayers, Stephen Kenney, Douglas Oberlander, Jona-

than Blakely, Alden Stratton, Albert Frasca, Georgiana Adams

Properties: Sally Overly, Anne Hagemeyer, Karlee Hodler, Nancy Crichton, Marge Sayers, Margaret

Foote

Costumes: Ginny Amrein, Suzanne Whitney, Katie McKenzie, Nancy Pearson, Marian Bellan, Osborne

Dodson, Sarah Gerhard

Light: Sheila Wagner, Phil Perkins, Dick Jedwill, Robert Jaccaud, Barbara Mason, Elaine Fately,

Phoebe Helms

Construction: Stephen Kenney, Elaine Fately, Phoebe Helms, Barbara Mason, Georgiana Adams

* Members of Theta Alpha Phi

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

The Director is deeply grateful to the following for material assistance with this production: Ray-

mond Leech, of the Department of Physical Education, for preparing the wrestling match; Mrs. Stephen

Kelley, for working out the country dance which closes the play; and Professor Tilden Wells, for writ-

ing the music for the song which opens Act II.

If Thou art not too bald and bare

Let Foxy wrestle with your hair.

FOXY THE BARBER

TO R. C. HUNTER

In appreciation for the many years of cultural develop-

ment and outstanding entertainment which you have con-

tributed to the community of Delaware.

BETSY ANNE HUMPHRIES DANCE STUDIO

75 Mason Avenue Delaware
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Thirty-nine Years of

Pleasant Business Relations

with Professor Hunter.

ANDERSON CLOTHING

Our twenty years of serving Professor Hunter have

been most enjoyable.

LEE'S BOOK STORE

AS YOU LIKE IT -- THE FIRST SHAKESPEAREAN PRODUCTION AT OHIO WESLEYAN

"In any consideration of the development of the drama at Ohio Wesleyan University between the years 1903 and

1913 the chief factor to be considered is the work and influence of Professor Robert Irving Fulton, at that time the

Dean of the School of Oratory. Professor Fulton loved the drama, especially Shakespeare, and it was his ambition to pre-

sent great plays at the University. This ambition, however, controverted the idea dominant in the Methodist Church in

those days, to wit, that the theatre was a thing of evil and that it should not be tolerated in a Methodist institution. Pro-

fessor Fulton was a persistent individual. He was not easily discouraged and in spite of opposition he worked unceasing-

ly to attain his end.

It was at Commencement time, June 21, 1905, that Professor Fulton decided the time had come for the presentation

of a Shakespearean play, and to get way from the atmosphere of the theatre which was taboo, he decided to have an open-

air performance. The play selected was AS YOU LIKE IT and for the part of Rosalind a well known reader and elo-

cutionist named Katherine Eggleston Junkermann was invited to be the guest star. John T. Marshman, 1 then a gradu-

ate student, was cast as Touchstone, and to my surprise I was given the part of Orlando. Since I was only a sophomore

this was taken to be an evidence of favoritism on the part of Professor Fulton.

The site selected for the forest of Arden was a hillside in what was then known as Merrick Glen, on the Barnes

property, at about the point where Stuyvesant Hall stands today. We had a distinguished audience the afternoon of the

play, seated on the hillside facing our open-air stage. The first act went off very well, and then--disaster! The windows

of heaven were opened and the water fell upon the earth. Later on some of Professor Fulton's opponents on the faculty

expressed the opinion that it was a judgement of heaven on our wicked play. Players and spectators alike ran for

shelter but before we reached the house we were soaked to the skin.

Professor Fulton was a bit discouraged by this setback, but not at all dismayed and the following afternoon we

ventured again into the forest. This time the weather was perfect and the play was a great success."

By Charles Milton Newcomb*

1 John T. Marshman became the head of the speech department in 1920.

* Charles Newcomb was head of dramatics at OWU from 1916 to 1920.

Congratulations to

Professor Hunter

FIRST NATIONAL BANK OF DELAWARE

Member of the F.D.I.C.

Due to the difference in our dates of birth we never

found it possible to be contemporary with William

(Shakespeare, that is) so we did the next best thing and

lived next door to Clarence (Hunter, that is) and a fine

neighbor he was.

ROY HOFFMAN
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Best Wishes to a good

neighbor.

L. L. CHAMBERS AND SON

Our Best Wishes to Professor and Mrs. Hunter for

their loyalty to this community.

WHETSEL BROTHERS

ACTION OF THE PLAY

The action of the play takes place in Oliver's orchard, on the lawn of

the Duke's palace, and in the Forest of Arden.

There will be two short intermissions, following Acts I and II.

THE COFFEE HOUR

The cast and crews cordially invite members of the Thursday night

audience to come back stage for a special coffee hour honoring Professor

and Mrs. R. C. Hunter.

THE SHAKESPEARE PLAYS THAT HAVE BEEN DIRECTED BY PROFESSOR HUNTER

1921 The Merchant of Venice 1941 The Merchant of Venice

1922 As You Like It 1942 King Lear

1923 A Midsummer Night's Dream 1943 Romeo and Juliet

1924 Twelfth Night 1944 Twelfth Night

1925 Romeo and Juliet 1945 As You Like It

1926 The Merchant of Venice 1946 A Midsummer Night's Dream

1927 The Taming of the Shrew 1947 Macbeth

1928 Much Ado About Nothing 1948 The Taming of the Shrew

1929 Twelfth Night 1949 Othello

1930 A Midsummer Night's Dream 1950 Julius Caesar

1931 Romeo and Juliet 1951 The Merry Wives of Windsor

1932 As You Like It 1952 Twelfth Night

1933 The Taming of the Shrew 1952 Twelfth Night-- A special production

1934 Macbeth using alumni

1935 Much Ado About Nothing 1953 Coriolanus

1936 Twelfth Night 1955 The Tempest

1937 Hamlet 1956 Richard III

1938 As You Like It 1957 A Midsummer Night's Dream

1929 A Midsummer Night's Dream 1958 Hamlet

1940 The Taming of the Shrew 1959 As You Like It

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Greetings from Friends

So at last it has come to this--the final Shakespeare play that you direct as a

member of the faculty! Plays and speech class will go on next year, but it will

seem a bit strange not to have you around the campus too. You have been a stalwart

member of the faculty and we remember the part that you have played in faculty af-

fairs. It has been just about the easiest thing in the world to give enthusiastic sup-

port to the college dramatic program. You have provided good entertainment and a

varied fare (even though Shakespeare is your favorite playwright). You have pro-

vided real enrichment to college and community life. As you begin your retirement,

your faculty colleagues wish you a long and happy vacation when you and your wife

will have unhurried freedom to enjoy many things. One of these will surely be a

connoisseur's delight in play-going. Have a good time, both of you.

George Crowl, President of A.A.U.P., O.W.U. Chapter

It is a distinct pleasure to add to this special program a few words of sincere ap-

preciation to Mr. Hunter from Theta Alpha Phi. Not only has Mr. Hunter kept the

Ohio Alpha Chapter among the most outstanding in the fraternity, but he has con-

tributed richly to the organization as a whole, both in his many years of service as a

national officer, and in the help and guidance he has given so generously to the chapters

in this region. Associated with Theta Alpha Phi almost since its inception, Mr. Hunt-

er represents in a high degree as a person, and in his teaching, the ideas and ideals in

theatre this group attempts to propagate. We are proud to claim him as a member,

and to extend our fondest good wishes for the future.

F. Lee Miesle, Regional Director, Region II, Theta Alpha Phi

Theta Alpha Phi, national honorary dramatics fraternity, wishes to honor Professor

Clarence Hunter on the occasion of his retirement. The progress of theatre at Ohio

Wesleyan is founded upon the precepts he has engendered here. He can proudly take

his place among the outstanding teachers and directors of the non-professional theatre

of our country who have brought into fine force a Renaissance in the theatre. Hun-

dreds of students form a great immortality for him. He taught them well and inspired

them to create and appreciate good drama. His method was ever stimulating. He is

one of those rare teachers who can in performance demonstrate the art he teaches.

Also he has been an influence in the national scene having served with distinction as the

national president of Theta Alpha Phi. We, the members of Theta Alpha Phi, extend

hearty congratulations to Clarence Hunter and hope sincerely that in retirement he

will continue his connection with his colleagues, students, and friends throughout the

world.

R. W. Masters, National Secretary-Treasurer, Theta Alpha Phi

There are many missionaries among us. Most are easily identified. A few are not.

Clarence Hunter is not. For nearly four decades he has quietly and devoutly served the

interests of and taught drama to college students. Their excellence and their works

carry a far greater tribute to this man than mere written or spoken words. It seems

more than fitting that the conclusion of this great teacher's second act should have been

written by one of the world's greatest playwrights, Shakespeare. This final production,

therefore, shall be a capstone to the columnar teaching career of this man who has done

so much for so many. To those of us who have followed Clarence Hunter in the Presi-

dency of Theta Alpha Phi, we find the way challenging. It is our hope that when our

second act curtain comes, we will be able to look forward to the third act with the same

confidence. We pray that we will be able to feel a measure of the same pride of ser-

vice and accomplishment of the past while anticipating the future. Thank you, Clarence

Hunter. We can only try. Good luck and may God bless you.

Sam M. Marks, National President, Theta Alpha Phi

TRAGIC NIGHT in the career of Professor Hunter was February 24, 1934,

when the City Opera House was completely destroyed by fire. This was the

first theater used by Ohio Wesleyan dramatists. Professor Newcomb recalled

that "there was a decided 'air' about this old 'Opry House.' This was due

to the fact that the fire department stable was located on the first floor."

After the fire, Ohio Wesleyan turned to the Delaware public schools to pro-

vide theater arrangements in Willis High Auditorium. The University, in

spite of the fact that it has had an outstanding program in dramatics, has

never had a theater of its own. Professor Hunter has worked hard and long

toward this end, and his many friends have hoped it could be realized be-

fore his retirement.

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OWU As You Like It Program

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Ohio Wesleyan University--Delaware--Ohio
Theater programs--Ohio Wesleyan University--As You Like It
William Shakespeare--Theta Alpha Phi--Ohio Wesleyan University

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Program from As You Like It (Shakespeare play) produced by Ohio Wesleyan University/Theta Alpha Phi, with special tribute to Professor Rollin C. Hunter upon his retirement

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Theta Alpha Phi, Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware County, Ohio

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Ohio Wesleyan University; Delaware County, Ohio

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1959

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