The house lights slowly dimmed while soft, effective music billowed out of the delicate speakers. Stage lights then illuminated a huge, seemingly glass device composed of an upright bar traversed by a horizontal one. The setting was quite simple, played against a backdrop which changed colors to match the quality of emotion. The scenaro of the production is the trial of Joan of Are.
Fullerton College opened its season on Oct. 26, with a play written by Jean Anouilhen titled "The Lark." Under the expert direction of George D. Archambeault, an evening of emotional satisfaction was offered. Archambeault does not ignore the opportunity to submit himself to the slavery of the arts. The techniques he used were both sincere and stimulating.
The entire trial, which rendered a tormenting picture of paranoia, presents a wonderful opportunity for characterization for the student actor or actress.
Lovely Jeannene Sands utilized this opportunity in her tender, convincing portrayal of Joan. Her richness of spirit continually demanded attention and interest.
A superb performances was also given by Ken Blackford as Cauchon. His interpretation was so skillful, so full of quality, that he was tremendously effective.
The indecisive Charles, the eldest son of the King, added a saddening lightness to the production. His statement, "what you get free costs too much," was perhaps the only sensible thing he uttered. Pat Lawson was perfect in this part.