Puritans Plan Production of Trial By Jury
Winthrop House and Radcliffe College will stage "Trial by Jury," Gilbert and Sullivan's comedy operetta on Victorian law, at 8:15 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the House's Junior Common Room.
The show marks the Puritan's debut in musical comedy, and is expected to be the first in a series. Excess profits will go to Displaced Persons funds.
The cast has been announced as follows:
Usher, James A. Gregg '51, Defendant, Daniel G. McCook '48. Judge, J. Arthur Ibercliffe 2G. Plantiff, Joan Dexter '52. Plaintiff's counsel, David N. Sharpiro '51. Foreman of the Jury, David H. Barnhouse '49. The jury will be 12 Wintrhop House men, while the chorus of highly partisan spectators and bridesmaids comes from Radcliffe.
Ibercliff, a graduate student from England will be producer while Samuel V. K. Willson '50 will direct the music. Willson, an Eliot House man, is the only male in the production from outside Winthrop.
"Trial by Jury" is a parody of judicial proceedings in nineteenth century England, in which the court reaches a satisfactory verdict by unorthodox methods. It was written in 1875 and, according to Ibercliff, "still keeps all of its original sparkle and is unexpectedly topical in places."
"Members of the Law School," Ibercliff says, "will find it particularly instructive."