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Mask and Wig Club RecordsUPS 68.1

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Summary Information

Prepared by
Tina Goldberg under the direction of Theresa R. Snyder
Preparation date
May 1991
Date [inclusive]
1889-1989
Extent
21.0 Cubic feet

PROVENANCE

These papers were transferred to the University of Pennsylvania Archives and Records Center from the Mask & Wig Clubhouse (310 South Quince Street; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) by club historian John Dixon Bartle, in December 1975.

ARRANGEMENT

The documents for the Mask & Wig Club productions are arranged in seven series and include: Scripts (1890-1965), Scores (1889-1964), Lyrics (1891-1949), Miscellaneous (1897-1967), Photos (1889-1937), Photo Albums (1902-1910) and Programs (1889-1989). All series are arranged chronologically.

HISTORICAL NOTE

The Mask & Wig Club was founded in 1889 by Clayton Fotteral McMichael as an all – male peformance group. In that year, a notice posted in College Hall urged students to try out for the new club, concluding with the Henry VI line “Defer no time; delays have dangerous ends.” Prompted by this unofficial motto, the Mask & Wig Club staged their first production, Lurline, at the Chestnut Street Opera House. Since then, the “Wiggers” have annually entertained the University of Pennsylvania community with their burlesques and original revues.

Productions are musical comedies which often satirize current events and University life. Mask & Wig members and alumni write, produce and direct each show, and design the elaborate stage props and costumes. Wiggers play both male and female roles, accounting for much of the humor of the skits. The highlight of the year is either a Thanksgiving or Easter production, when the Club performs in Philadelphia and tours several cities to act for alummni and friends.

Rehearsals and social activities often take place at the Mask & Wig Clubhouse at Quince Street. Purchased as a stable in 1894, the Clubhouse was remodeled and includes an auditorium with stage and dressing rooms, a grill room, office and kitchen.

The Club has donated much money to the University, both for general funds and such student organizations as the football and crew teams, Glee Club and Debating Team. The largest contributions helped endow a chair in the Dramatic Arts, aided the purchase of the Provost’s House, and established the Mask & Wig’s McMichael dormitory, which is located in the lower section of the Quadrangle.

SCOPE AND CONTENT

The Mask & Wig Club documents chronicle the history of the all-male University of Pennsylvania singing and dramatics organization. Included are production materials from 1889 to 1989.

Scripts represent published booklets of each show’s dialogue. Scores consist of published and handwritten orchestrations for the pit orchestra, primarily violin and piano music. Lyrics include bound booklets of each show’s tunes; many were written by University and Mask & Wig alumnus Charles Gilpin. The section of miscellaneous documents includes programs and lyrics for special alumni and freshman performances, rules governing the McMichael dormitory and a book chronicling the organization’s history from 1889 to 1941.

The photos for each show portray Mask & Wig performers in costume; they include individual and group pictures taken at a professional studio and on stage. The photo albums consist of the same material. Oversize photographs are stored separately.

Finally, the program collection includes bound and illustrated brochures describing each production. Programs include a short synopsis of the play, photographs of the production, a cast of characters and biographical descriptions of the Club’s current board members. In addition, each program includes a listing of all Club alumni and previous productions to date.

Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)
University of Pennsylvania. — General subdivision–Students.;
Subject(s)
College musicals–University of Pennsylvania.
College theater–Pennsylvania–Philadelphia.
Student activities–Pennsylvania–Philadelphia.

Inventory

SCRIPTS Box Folder

Ben Franklin Jr. 1890

1 1

Mr. and Mrs. Cleopatra 1892

1 2

The Yankee League 1893

1 3

King Arthur 1894

1 4

Kenilworth 1895

1 5

No Gentleman of France 1896

1 6

Very Little Red Riding Hood 1897

1 6

The House that Jack Built 1898

1 7

Captain Kidd, U.S.N. 1899

1 8

Mr. Aguinaldo of Manila 1900

1 9

Ba, Baa Black Sheep! 1901

1 10

Old King Cole 1902

1 11

Sir Robinson Crusoe 1903

1 12

Alice in Anotherland 1904

1 13

Mr. Hamlet of Denmark 1905

1 14

Shylock and Co., bankers 1906

1 15

Herr Lohengrin 1907

1 16

Uncle Sam’s Ditch 1908

1 17

Merely a monarch 1909

1 18

The Desert of Mahomet 1910

1 19

The Innocents 1911

1 20

The Innocents, Act II 1911

1 21

Miss Helen of Troy 1912

1 22

Maid in Germany 1913

1 23

The Royal Arms 1914

1 24

Paradise Prison 1915

1 25

Whoa – Phoebe! 1916

1 26

Mr. Rip Van Winkle 1917

1 27

The Bridal Not 1918

1 28

Don Quixote, Esq. 1920

1 29

Somebody’s Lion 1921

1 30

Tell Tales 1922

1 31

Here’s Howe 1923

1 32

That’s That 1924

1 33

Joan of Arkansas 1925

1 34

A Sale and a Sailor 1926

1 35

Hoot Mon! 1927

1 36

Ruff Neck 1927

2 1

Tarantella 1928

2 2

Tarantella 1928

2 3

This Way Out! 1929

2 4

This Way Out! 1929

2 5

John Faust, Ph.D. 1930

2 6

John Faust, Ph.D. 1930

2 7

East Lynne Gone West 1931

2 8

Out of the Blues 1933

2 9

Easy Pickins 1934

2 10

Drums Fortissimo 1935

2 11

This Mad Whirl 1936

2 12

Red Rhumba 1936

2 13

Fifty-fifty 1937

2 14

All Around the Town 1939

2 15

Great Guns 1939

2 16

Paoli Local 1942

2 17

Hep to the Beat 1945

2 18

Chris Crosses 1946

2 19

John Paul Jones 1946

2 20

Juleo and Romiet 1947

2 21

Alaska Right Away 1948

2 22

Doctor, Dear Doctor 1951

2 23

Here’s Howe 1952

2 24

The Golden Fleece 1953

2 25

Tempest in a Teapot 1954

2 26

Vamp Till Ready 1955

2 27

Free for All? 1958

2 28

Wry on the Rocks 1960

2 29

All at Sea 1962

2 30

Where Do We Go From Here? 1963

2 31

Sorry, Charlie, Your Time Is Up 1964

2 32

Listen, They’re Playing Our Song 1965

2 33
SCORES Box Folder

Lurline 1889

3 1

Ben Franklin, Jr. 1890

3 2

Miss Columbia 1891

3 3

Mr. and Mrs. Cleopatra 1892

3 4

The Yankee League 1893

3 5

King Arthur 1894

3 6

Kenilworth 1895

3 7

Scores for U. of P. Songbooks (printed)

3 8

Proofs for U. of P. Songbooks (printed)

3 9

No Gentleman of France 1896

3 10

Little Red Riding Hood 1897

3 11

Little Red Riding Hood, cont.’d 1897

3 12

The House that Jack Built 1898

3 13

Captain Kidd, U.S.N. 1899

3 14

Mr. Aguinaldo of Manila 1900

3 15

Ba, Baa Black Sheep 1901

4 1

Old King Cole 1902

4 2

Sir Robinson Crusoe 1903

4 3

Alice in Anotherland 1904

4 4

Mr. Hamlet of Denmark 1905

4 5

Shylock and Company Bankers 1906

4 6

Herr Lohengrin 1907

4 7

Uncle Sam’s Ditch 1908

4 8

Merely a Monarch 1909

4 9

The Desert of Mahomet 1910

4 10

The Innocents 1911

4 11

Miss Helen of Troy 1912

4 12

Maid in Germany 1913

4 13

The Royal Arms 1914

4 14

Paradise Prison 1915

4 15

Whoa-Phoebe! 1916

4 16

Mr. Rip Van Winkle 1917

4 17

The Bridal Not 1918

5 1

The Revue of Revues 1919

5 2

Don Quixote, Esq. 1920

5 3

Somebody’s Lion 1921

5 4

Somebody’s Lion 1921, cont.’d

5 4

Tell Tales 1922

5 5

Here’s Howe 1922

5 6

That’s That 1924

5 7

Joan of Arkansas 1925

5 8

A Sale and a Sailor 1926

5 9

Hoot, Mon! 1927

5 10

Hoot, Mon! 1927

5 11

Tarantella 1928

5 12

Tarantella 1928

5 13

This Way Out 1929

5 14

John Faust, Ph.D. 1930

5 15

John Faust, Ph.D. 1930

5 16

East Lynne Gone West 1931

5 17

East Lynne Gone West 1931

5 18

Ruff Neck 1932

5 19

Out of the Blues 1933

5 20

Easy Pickins 1934

5 21

Easy Pickins 1934

5 22

Drums Fortissimo 1935

5 23

Red Rhumba 1936

6 1

This Mad Whirl 1936

6 2

Fifty – fifty 1937

6 3

Fifty – fifty 1937, cont.’d

6 3

All Around the Town 1938

6 4

Great Guns 1939

6 5

High as a Kite 1940

6 6

Out of this World 1941

6 7

Red Points and Blue 1941

6 8

Paoli Local 1942

6 9

Hep to the Beat Act 1 piano music 1945

6 10

Hep to the Beat Act 2 piano music 1945

6 11

Chris Crosses 1946

6 12

John Paul Jones 1946

6 13

Juleo and Romiet 1947

6 14

Alaska Right Away 1948

6 15

Adamant Eve 1949

7 1

Count Me In 1950

7 2

Doctor, Dear Doctor 1951

7 3

Doctor, Dear Doctor 1951

7 4

Here’s Howe 1952

7 5

Golden Fleece 1953

7 6

Golden Fleece 1953, cont.’d

7 6

Tempest in a Teapot 1954

7 7

Tempest in a Teapot, cont.’d 1954

7 8

Free for All? 1958

7 9

Free for All? 1958

7 10

Off the Top 1958

7 11

Wright Side Up 1959

7 12

Wry on the Rocks 1961

7 13

All at Sea 1962

7 14

Sorry, Charlie, Your Time is Up 1964

7 15
LYRICS Box Folder

Miss Columbia 1891

8 1

King Arthur of Ye Table Rounde 1894

8 2

Kenilworth 1895

8 3

No Gentleman of France 1896

8 4

The House that Jack Built 1898

8 5

Captain Kidd, U.S.N. 1899

8 6

Mr. Aguinaldo of Manila 1900

8 7

Old King Cole 1902

8 8

Sir Robinson Crusoe 1903

8 9

Herr Lohengrin 1907

8 10

Somebody’s Lion Act II 1921

8 11

Tell Tales 1922

8 12

Here’s Howe 1923

8 13

That’s That Act I 1924

8 14

Ruff Neck 1932

8 15

Adamant Eve 1949

8 16
MISCELLANEOUS Box Folder

Mr. and Mrs. Cleopatra (preliminary performances) 1897

8 17

Invitation 1897

8 18

Ici On Parle Français (preliminary performances) 1902

8 19

The Snowball (preliminary performances) 1903

8 20

The Jingles of Founders’ Night (preliminary performances) 1907

8 21

The Private Secretary (preliminary performances) 1908

8 22

Uncle Sam’s Ditch (scores) 1908

8 23

Rules Governing the McMichael dormitory room 1910

8 24

Addendum to the Club Yearbook of 1917-1918, 1921-1922

8 25

Founder’s Night primer 1924

8 26

Founder’s Night Puzzle Book 1925

8 27

Songs of Mask and Wig 1940 / By William A. Wiedersheim Some Fifty Odd Years of the Mask and Wig Club 1889-1941

8 28

An Experimental Revue in 2 Acts (Seventh Freshman show) 1943

8 30

Dinner Commemorating the Pennsylvania Gazette 1951

8 31

Up from the Farm (Freshman Weekend) 1952

8 32

Holmes Sweet Holmes (Freshman Issue) 1954

8 33

Green and Bear It (Freshman weekend) 1955

8 34

Mad Ad’r (freshman program) 1956

8 35

Dam It All (Freshman Production program) 1957

8 36

Invitation to Annual Founders’ Night Dinner 1967

8 37

The Librettos of the Mask and Wig Club Plays(book) 1889-1899

8 38
PHOTOGRAPHS Box Folder

General Photos

9 1

Club Photographs ca. 1889

OS 4 2

Lurline 1889

9 2

Ben Franklin, Jr. 1890

9 3

Ben Franklin Jr. Cast 1890

OS 4 1

Miss Columbia 1891

9 4

Mr. and Mrs. Cleopatra 1892

9 5

Mr. and Mrs. Cleopatra 1892

OS 3 1

The Yankee League 1893

9 6

The Yankee League 1893

9 6

King Arthur 1894

9 7

King Arthur 1894

9 8

King Arthur folder 3 1894

9 9

Kenilworth 1895

9 10

Kenilworth 1895

9 11

No Gentleman of France 1896

9 12

No Gentleman of France 1896

9 13

Very Little Red Riding Hood 1897

9 14

The House that Jack Built 1898

9 15

Captain Kidd, U.S.N. 1899

9 16

Mr. Aguinaldo of Manila 1900

9 17

Ba, Baa Black Sheep 1901

10 1

Old King Cole 1902

10 2

Sir Robinson Crusoe 1903

10 3

Alice in Anotherland 1904

10 4

Alice in Anotherland 1904

10 5

Mr. Hamlet of Denmark 1905

10 6

Shylock and Co., Bankers 1906

10 7

Herr Lohengrin 1907

10 8

Uncle Sam’s Ditch 1908

10 9

Merely a Monarch 1909

10 10

The Desert of Mahomet 1910

10 11

The Innocents 1911

10 12

Miss Helen of Troy 1912

10 13

Maid in Germany 1913

10 14

The Royal Arms 1914

10 15

Paradise Prison 1915

10 16

Whoa-Phoebe! 1916

10 17

Mr. Rip Van Winkle 1917

10 18

The Bridal Not 1918

10 19

Revue of Reviews 1919

10 20

Don Quixote, Esq. 1920

10 21

Somebody’s Lion 1921

10 22

Tell Tales 1922

10 23

Here’s Howe 1923

10 24

That’s That 1924

10 25

Joan of Arkansas 1925

10 26

Hoot Mon! 1927

10 27

Tarantella 1928

10 28

This Way Out 1929

10 29

East Lynne Gone West 1931

10 30

Ruff Neck 1932

10 31

Easy Pickins 1934

10 32

Drums Fortissimo 1935

10 33

Red Rhumba 1936

10 34

This Mad Whirl 1936

10 35

Fifty-Fifty 1937

10 36

All Around the Town 1938

10 37

Great Guns 1939

10 38

High as a Kite 1940

10 39

Red Points and Blue 1944

10 40

Count Me In 1950

10 41

Quick, Before It’s Written 1967

10 42
PHOTOGRAPH ALBUMS Box Folder

Old King Cole 1902

11A 1

Old King Cole #2 1902

11A 2

Old King Cole #3 1902

11A 3

Sir Robinson Crusoe 1903

11A 4

Sir Robinson Crusoe #2 1903

11A 5

Sir Robinson Crusoe #3 1903

11A 6

Alice in Anotherland 1904

11B 7

Alice in Anotherland 1904

11B 8

Alice in Anotherland #2 1904

11B 9

Mr. Hamlet of Denmark 1905

11B 10

Mr. Hamlet of Denmark #2 1905

11B 11

Shylock and Co., Bankers 1906

11B 12

Shylock and Co., Bankers #2 1906

11B 13

Shylock and Co., Bankers #3 1906

12A 1

Herr Lohengrin 1907

12A 2

Herr Lohengrin #2 1907

12A 3

Herr Lohengrin #3 1907

12A 4

Herr Lohengrin #4 1907

12A 5

Uncle Sam’s Ditch 1908

12A 6

Uncle Sam’s Ditch #2 1908

12B 7

Uncle Sam’s Ditch #3 1908

12B 8

Merely a Monarch 1909

12B 9

Merely a Monarch #2 1909

12B 10

Merely a Monarch #3 1909

12B 11

Desert of Mahomet 1910

12B 12

Mr. and Mrs. Cleopatra 1892

13 1

Desert of Mahomet #2 1910

13 2
PROGRAMS Box Folder

Lurline 1889

14 1

Ben Franklin, Jr. 1890

14 2

Ben Franklin, Jr. 2nd showing 1891

14 3

Mr. and Mrs. Cleopatra 1892

14 4

The Yankee League 1893

14 5

Bound edition – history 1893

14 6

King Arthur 1894

14 7

Kenilworth 1895

14 8

Bound edition – history 1895

14 9

No Gentleman of France 1896

14 10

Very Little Red Riding Hood 1897

14 11

The House that Jack Built 1898

14 12

Captain Kidd, U.S.N. 1899

14 13

Easter by the Sea, menu Arlington Hotel, Atlantic City, N.J. 1899

14 14

Mr. Aguinaldo of Manila 1900

14 15

Ba, Baa, Black Sheep 1901

14 16

Old King Cole 1902

14 17

Sir Robinson Crusoe 1903

14 18

Alice in Anotherland 1904

14 19

Mr. Hamlet of Denmark 1905

14 20

Shylock and Co., Bankers 1906

14 21

Tryouts List Shylock and Co. chorus 1906

14 22

An 18 Year History 1907

14 23

Herr Lohengrin 1907

14 24

Uncle Sam’s Ditch 1908

14 25

Merely a Monarch 1909

14 26

The Desert of Mahomet 1910

14 27

The Innocents 1911

14 28

Miss Helen of Troy 1912

14 29

Maid in Germany 1913

14 30

The Royal Arms 1914

14 31

Paradise Prison 1915

14 32

Whoa-Phoebe! 1916

14 33

Mr. Rip Van Winkle 1917

14 34

The Bridal Not 1918

14 35

Revue of Reviews 1919

14 36

Don Quixote, Esq. 1920

14 37

Somebody’s Lion 1921

14 38

Tell Tales 1922

14 39

Here’s Howe 1923

14 40

That’s That 1924

14 41

Joan of Arkansas 1925

14 42

A Sale and a Sailor 1926

14 43

A Sale and a Sailor: The Pennsylvania pictorial supplement 1926

14 44

Hoot Mon 1927

14 45

Tarantella 1928

14 46

This Way Out 1929

14 47

John Faust, Ph.D. 1930

14 48

East Lynne Gone West 1931

14 49

Ruff Neck 1932

15 1

Out of the Blues 1933

15 2

Easy Pickins 1934

15 3

Drums Fortissimo 1935

15 4

Red Rhumba 1936

15 5

This Mad Whirl 1936

15 6

Fifty-Fifty 1937

15 7

All Around the Town 1938

15 8

Great Guns 1939

15 9

High as a Kite 1940

15 10

Out of this World 1941

15 11

Paoli Local 1942

15 12

Red Points and Blue 1944

15 13

Hep to the Beat 1945

15 14

John Paul Jones 1946

15 15

Chris Crosses 1946

15 16

Juleo and Romiet 1947

15 17

Alaska Right Away 1948

15 18

Adamant Eve 1949

15 19

Count Me In! 1950

15 20

Doctor, Dear Doctor! 1951

15 21

Here’s Howe! 1952

15 22

The Golden Fleece 1953

15 23

Tempest in a Teapot 1954

15 24

Vamp till Ready 1955

15 25

Ring Around Rosie 1956

15 26

Free for All? 1958

15 27

Off the Top 1958

15 28

Wright Side Up 1959

15 29

Wry on the Rocks 1961

15 30

All at Sea 1962

15 31

Where Do We Go From Here? 1963

15 32

Sorrie, Charlie, Your Time is Up 1964

15 33

Listen, They’re Playing Our Song 1965

15 34

About Farce! 1966

15 35

Quick, Before It’s Written 1967

15 36

All’s Fair 1968

15 37

The Devil to Pay 1969

15 38

Wrought Irony 1970

15 39

Now Listen Hear 1972

15 40

Take Ten 1973

15 41

Film Flam 1974

15 42

Mystery Loves Company 1975

15 43

Is It Yesterday Already? 1976

15 44

S!R!O! 1977

15 45

Daze a Vu 1980

15 46

You Gotta Have Art 1983

15 47

Irreverence of Things Past 1985

15 48

Happily Ever Laughter 1986

15 49

Eureka!? I Hardly Know Ya! 1987

15 50

Pun and Crime-ishment 1989

15 51
OVERSIZED PHOTOGRAPHS Box Folder

Lurline – 1889 (3 photographs)

OS 1 1

Ben Franklin, Jr. – 1890 (6 photographs)

OS 1 2

The Yankee League – 1893 (3 photographs)

OS 1 3

King Arthur – 1894 (1 photograph)

OS 1 4

Kenilworth – 1895 (3 photographs)

OS 1 5

No Gentleman of France – 1896 (1 photograph)

OS 1 6

Very Little Red Riding Hood – 1897 (1 photograph)

OS 1 7

Mr. Aquinaldo of Manila – 1900 (1 photograph)

OS 1 8

Ba Ba Black Sheep – 1901 (1 photograph)

OS 1 9

Shylock and Co. – 1906 (1 photograph)

OS 1 10

Merely a Monarch – 1909 (1 photograph)

OS 1 11

Desert of Mahomet – 1910 (3 photographs)

OS 1 12

The Innocents – 1911 (1 photograph)

OS 2 1

Miss Helen of Troy – 1912 (1 photograph)

OS 2 2

The Royal Arms – 1914 (1 photograph)

OS 2 3

Mr. Rip Van Winklel – 1917 (1 photograph)

OS 2 4

Uncle Sam’s Ditch – 1918 (1 photograph)

OS 2 5

That’s That – 1924 (3 photographs)

OS 2 6

Tarantella – 1928 (9 double-sided pages of paste-ups)

OS 2 7

This Way Out – 1929 (6 photographs)

OS 2 8

John Faust, Ph.D. – 1930 (1 photograph)

OS 2 9

East Lynne Gone West – 1931 (1 photograph)

OS 2 10

Drums Fortissimo – (7 photographs)

OS 2 11

Fifty – fifty – Wood and Bechtel 1937 (5 photographs)

OS 2 12
Posters Box Folder

The Desert of Mahomet 22nd Anniversary 1910

OS 3 2