Next Tuesday at 8 o'clock trials will be held in Holden for all four parts in the chorus of the Greek play to be given in the Stadium next June. As a knowledge of Greek is unnecessary, the competition will be open to all students in the University. It is hoped that there will be a large number of candidates, all of whom must bring songs for piano accompaniment. Mr. J. E. Lodge, the composer of the chorus music, Professor W. R. Spalding '87, Mr. W. A. Locke '69, the members of the committee in charge of the play, and of the committee on music, will be present.
In a Greek play the chorus is one of the most important elements. Tragedy arose from the choral songs in honor of the god Dionysus, the dramatic part being an addition of later years. In Aeschylus the chorus plays an especially important role, as it is almost the equivalent of an actor. Singing, dancing, and dramatic ability are all necessary for the success of the part played by the twelve men of the chorus.
It is hoped that the presentation of the "Agamemnon" will be as great an events as that of the "Oedipus Tyrranus," of Sophocles, produced here in 1881. Among others who took part in that play are the following: Mr. George Riddle '74, Mr. Henry Norman '81. Mr. Curtis Guild, Jr., '81, Mr. G. M. Lane '81. Mr. Owen Wister '82. Mr. Evert J. Wendell '82. Mr. C. S. Hamlin '83. Professor G. L. Kittredge '82. The music was written by Professor J. K. Paine h.'69.