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Theatre and Performance Studies
La Salle College, "Maytime" (1941). The Masque Programs. 108.
A History of The Masque
The society was founded in 1934 by a group of interested students under the leadership and inspiration of Mr. Joseph Sprissler, professor of accounting at La Salle. Their first production, Lula Vollmer's dramatic "Sun Up", was given one performance in December of that year. The infant organization was an immediate success.
The following winter saw the group present a well-received musical comedy, "The Sweetest Girl in Town". Bigger and better was the audience reaction to the production.
Next The Masque turned its attention to the field of burlesque melodrama, and two successive "mellers", "Gold in the Hills" and "Silas, the Chore Boy" were audience pleasers of the highest order.
Heeding the straight comedy call, The Masque presented in 1939 one of the first amateur productions of the Broadway hit "You Can't Take It With You". La Salle audiences proclaimed The Masque at its peak.
But last season, with its colorful and tuneful picture of life in old Dutch New Amsterdam, "Knickerbocker Holiday", the society reached the heights.
It is with the hope and expectation of even greater success that The Masque offers "The Production" for 1941-Sigrnund Romberg's "Maytime".