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Three weeks of daily rehearsals at the Harrow theatre in Old Deerfield have brought the forthcoming production of "Jeanne d' Arc at Vaucouleurs" to a degree of finish which promises well for the final success of the piece in public presentation. The entire cast has been working every evening, and a large amount of private rehearsing has been going on at other times. It is safe to announce that the play is working out on the stage very successfully. The play was originally written for the Harrow stage by Mr. Hutchins, and was cast into thoroughly dramatic form. While it is in verse it is yet primarily an acting play, of fundamental human interest and great simplicity of style.

The usual Jeanne d' Arc plays have been spectacular. Some of them are hardly more than pageants. In contrast to these the present play is kept by intention entirely on the personal and domestic side of the story. Its dramatic interest springs altogether from personal characters thrown into violent opposition. The absence of the spectacular quality from the piece does not mean, however, that it is without graphic interest. All the details of the piece are being worked out with complete fidelity to the times represented, and most of all with reference to the beauty of the stage pictures. The movement of the whole will be effectively harmonized by a refined color scheme which will be both highly decorative and at the same time symbolical.

During the coming week the finishing touches will be put on the ensemble of the action. Minute care has been given in the preliminary training to the difficult details of verse reading, and to the wide variety of emotional expression which the piece demands.

The role of Jeanne d' Arc herself is almost exacting one. It is a character in which some great actresses have signally failed. The management confidently expects that in the present case the local public will have the pleasure of seeing a portrayal of that character which is both sympathetic and convincing.

In order to insure the most comfortable accommodation of the public, the number of tickets issued for each of the three performances, Aug. 2, 3, and 4, will be limited to the seating capacity. To prevent congestion at the gate and disappointment from overcrowding, patrons are urged to secure tickets in advance.

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"Jeanne d'Arc at Vaucouleurs" was a play written by Will Hutchins for the Harrow Theater in Deerfield. Set in the rural French countryside, this play was perfect for the Deerfield community, so immersed in the Arts and Crafts revival. The Harrow Theater was located behind the home of Margaret Whiting, one of the founders of the Deerfield Blue and White Society. Members of this Society of embroiderers embellished the costumes worn in this play.


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"Preparations for Jeanne D'Arc at Vaucouleurs"

publisher   Greenfield Gazette and Courier
date   Jul 24, 1909
location   Greenfield, Massachusetts
width   2.25"
height   8.0"
process/materials   printed paper, ink
item type   Periodicals/Newspaper
accession #   #L02.095

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"Mr. Hutchins' Play"

Jeanne D' Arc Performance

"Jeanne D'Arc At Vaucouleurs"

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