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This is an exterior view of the barn that has been changed to a theater This shows the interior of the barn used lor a theater and the haymow used as a balcon A Barn Becomes the Community Theater THERE are little theaters and little theaters, but the nialk't in the world is claimed to be in a barn at Vpsilanti, Michigan. Five years ago, fifteen people of that town decided that bridge parties and reception evenings meant time more or less wasted. They therefore organized a drama society, the purpose of which wa to meet at stated intervals for the reading of plays and the serious study of the drama as a con structive force in American life. Members were added and the interest became so keen that it was decided to attempt the production of some of the better of the one act plays that had been read. A small hall was rented m which several per formances were given, but because of the poor stage and insufficient lighting facilities, it was deemed neces sary to have a theater better adapted for the class of plays being presented. A -mall barn, eighteen feet wide and thirty-six feet long, at the rear of the Ladies' Library was purchased and remodeled into a play-house. The money was ad vanced by a local banker who was one of the original organizers and who i a talented amateur actor. An auditorium tUelve feet by eighteen feet, with balcony constructed from part of the haymow, was made to seat Comfortably fifty people. The space between the rafters in the interior of the barn was covered with wall board A stage was built which has a depth of twenty-five feet from curtain to sky dome, and a pros cenium arch 9x15 feet. The interior of the barn was then painted, decorated, and hung with old English lanterns. While the exterior of the play-house and the auditorium arc Klizabethan in appearance, the stage itself is as modern as the most advanced stage-lighting devices can make it. With its borders, floods, spots, and dimmers controlled by cleverly constructed switches, any desired lighting effect can be secured. Th is electrical equipment was installed at an ex pense of about $2,000 and has been pronounced by ex perts as unsurpassed within its limits by any stage in the larger ami more elaborate metropolitan theaters. There is a basement under the entire building where are located two large dressing rooms, a green room and a furnace room. The green room which contains an electric stove, running water, table and cupboards, is easily converted into a kitchen. After every regular per formance, a light lunch is served to both audience and players on the stage which for the time is changed into a very delightful reception room. So much for the play-house itself. Although it is quite unique, the real distinction and significance of the Vpsilanti players is that they are sell -supporting and are working toward the ideal of a municipal theater. At least five sets of one act plays are given annually, bitty season tickets are sold at $0 each and each of the forty-five members pays $5 annual dues. With this yearly income of $475, the organization is paying the in terest and small amounts on the principal which it bor rowed to pay for its home and equipment Every member is subject to call for the manual labor of scene shifting, as well as the more exciting pleasure of playing the star actor or actress in some love comedy. Not only excellent histrionic talent has been discovered among the membership, but scene painters and period furniture makers as well. If the committee in charge of selecting the casts for the various plays knows of some one in the town outside of the membership, who they feel will till the part better than one of the mem bers, they invite the better actor or actress to take part in the play. Kach play is studied far in advance of presentation; posters, tage settings, costumes, and scenery designed, and if the necessary stage furniture cannot be bor rowed from members or local furniture dealers, it is designed and manufactured by the players. Only one act plays are given two or three at a per formance. By doing this, a great many more are on the program than would be possible if one play of three or four acts were attempted; there beini; the add ed advantage that no part is so heavy as to become burdensome. A professional director has been em ployed but once, and only for one week, to assist in the preparation of a special program. At all other times the directing has been done by one of the local players. Among the plays given since the play house wa Occupied three years ago and which show tin versatility of the players are: "The Workhouse Ward" (Lady Gregory), "Heleoa'l Husband' (Philip Mueller). "Pierre Patelin" .Medieval French Farce), "The Glittering Gate and the ! ost Silk Hat" (Lord Dunsany), "The Clod" (Lewis Beach). "Suppressed De-ires" ((ieorge Crawford aid Susan Glaspell), "Trifles" (Susan Glatpell), "Temperament" ( Mary Aldis), "Another Way Out and Patent Applied For" (Lawrence Languer), "The Swan Sot;-' ( Anton Tchekoff), "Two Crooks and a Lady" (Eugene Pillot). Some original one act plays by the pla r them selves, which have been played by them, w II be pub lished in the near future. Among these is (t Clvde Lord's "A Bit of Art." The players are becoming a large factor in the artistic, educational and recreational life : Ypilanti and they hope that, in the not-far-distant future, suf ficient interest will be awakened in the devel ,'inent of the drama as a part of the community lif the peo ple of Vpsilanti will feel that a municipal arts and crafts theater is necessary. In fact, quite a ; ;rotfram have been repeated, due to the very limited I mbef who can be seated in the play-house at present a- the large number that desired to attend. This confirm the belief of the players that a municipal theater seat lw or six hundred people would be in use constantly, and they are working with this idea as a goal. Opening of Government Irrigated Land for Soldiers and Sailors and the Public THERE is nut the lea.st doubt in the world as to the d sire of s,,diers and sailors, and people gen erally, to engage in farming if they can only get the necessary land. In January announcement was made by the De partment of the Interior of the United States Govern ment that additional irrigated farm land in the North Platte ami Shoshone government projects in eastern Wyoming and western Nebraska would be thrown open for homestead entry on March 5 and March 13, re spectively. The total amount oi land to be thus made available amounts only to 142 farms, each of them ranging in si from 4(1 to HO aercs. In other words, there are only enough farms on these two projects for 142 nnre families. Bill so hungry are men lor the opportunity to be come owners of farms that more than 14,000 applica tions for these 142 farms were received at the Depart metlt of the Inter toe up to this writing, and letters of inquiry for applications were still pouring in at the rate of from 500 to 000 daily. This avalanche of mail Mrai also being supplemented by 25 or 30 telegrams every day. This means that at the least calculation 15,000 people most!) soldiers and sailers an going to be disap pointed in their earnest desire to start life on a farm. Much of tins disappointment, however, could b overcome if the Reclamation Service of the Interior Department could secure sufficient funds to complete irnjfatiofl facilities oil 2,000,000 acres of laud now un used on government irrigation projects in the V st th.it are only partially completed. When it becomei generally known that s,, many thousands ..j people art trying to get one of those little farms in the North Platte and Shoshone projects, it is fair to assume that congressional interest may be suf ficiently aroused to provide the necessary funds for com pleting the different projects, thus opening up 2,000,000 more acres for homestead entry by soldiers and sailors and the public. Congress has passed a joint resolution providing that for a period of two years, officers, sailors, soldiers or marines who have served in the army or navy of the United States in the war with Germany and have been honorably separated or discharged therefrom or placed in the regular army or naval reserve, shall have a preferred right of entry under the homestead or desert land laws if qualified except as tgainst prior existing valid settlement rights and preference rights, on the opening of public or Indian lands to entry or the restoration to entry of public land theretofore with drawn from entry. This preferred right of entry is granted for a period of not less than 00 rlayi before the general opening of such lands to the public. The rights and benefits of this act do not extend to any person who having been drafted for service shall have refused to render such service or to wear the Uni form of the United States, Accordingly Secretary Pane has applied the pro isions of this resolution to the opening of lands on the North Platte and Shoshone projects ,,, VYyoming on March 5 and 13, respectively Prom these datev the lands will be open to entn by soldiers and sailors only, for a period of 60 days and am lands not entered in that tiin, will be open thereafter to the general public. The date it which the public may enter lands on the North Platte is ,v I, and on the Shoshone Ma 12. 1020. J Kg , SBa Ha - isl sa SmjMhi ,' I "" ' (C) Key"' l.atet ipC of the BSiaSt planted by German submarine he Atlantic Coatt. The photo hot the hydro.tal. J control, the depth at which the mine float. Thee mind n beneath the turfaee of tha water jnd cannot be een.