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Old July 14th, 2009, 10:10 AM
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Make-up was supervised by the show directors wanted to use make-up to capture a "youthful quality" and make sure the audience knew without a doubt that all the cast members were college students. To accomplish this, the directors didn't want heavy, theatrical make-up and used light make-up. For those performers who portrayed older characters had their hair only slightly grayed hair. The cosmetics primarily used for the revue had a liquid base, though there were a few members who preferred the pancake make-up. The girls were allowed to style their hair the way they wanted as long as the style was "collegiate and youthful looking".

The 1962 College Revue Orchestra consisted of non-union members who had to audition in order to join. The musical director visited a number of colleges and universities for tryouts then held a public audition for anyone interested in becoming a part of the orchestra. The auditions were held while schools were still in session because preparations had to start before the park open. For this reason, the musical director only chose those who could before opening day.

The orchestra consisted of four trumpets, three trombones, five saxophones, three violins, drums, bass, and a piano. The orchestra faced plenty of problems with acoustics caused by the poor arrangement of the pit instruments for amplification purposes in the open-air amphitheatre. To make matters worse, there were speaker problems. The speakers were placed on the left and right side of the stage facing the audience. On some occasions, they caused the instruments to drown out the performers. At other times, the audience couldn't hear a thing from the orchestra.
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Old July 14th, 2009, 10:46 AM
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The 1962 season started a tradition for future Campus Revues. At the end of each show, the cast performed the song "We Will Come Back". Originally sung by Marlene Dietrich, Meeker replaced the original words with his own. The new lyrics were :

We will come back when the elephants roost in the trees.
We will come back when the bird make love to the bees.
We will come back when the sun refuses to shine,
And Angus Wynne Jr is a cousin of mine.

We will come back when the fish start to jump in the bags.
And come back when they're no longer flying six flags.
When the snow has turned from white to blue,
Then maybe we will come back to you.

Meeker wrote the lyrics of this song for two reasons. First, he wanted a song that introduced the name of a special person in the audience, usually a celebrity or politician. In such cases, the cast merely substituted Angus Wynne Jr. with another name to honor the person. Second, Meeker felt that a special song was needed to close the show. The music staff couldn't locate the sheet music for the song, so they recorded the original tune from a tape or record.

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Old July 14th, 2009, 11:39 AM
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The vast majority of the 1962 cast members weren't very good in dancing roles. Yet, all of them were expected to dance in at least one of the show's opening numbers. As a result, the choreographer tested their ability and range of movement during rehearsals. He used this information to choose who would do what during the dance numbers. He picked six couples to do the main dancing in the musical number titled "Kids". The couples danced in front of the remaining cast, who sat on stools in the background then accompanied them by doing simple movements and stationary poses. The dance routine for "Kids" was a comedy dance which ended with the guys lifting the gals into their arms.

The second scene started with a reprise of "Kids" with the same combinations and step technique. Later on in the scene, the dancers had to perform the Ballet of Six Flags, which was a form of jazz ballet choreographed to the Six Flags March. The lack of dancing ability made the number very difficult for the cast. Additionally, the guys found it troubling because the slip-on tennis shoes kept coming off accidentally during the number. At the finale of the dance routine, acrobatics entered the routine, which ended with the dancers forming a human pyramid.

The entire cast was involved in the final dance number titled "Brotherhood of Man". The dancing was staged just like the "Kids" number, the main difference being that "Brotherhood of Man" was introduced by singing. The cast members in the background were more active than the previous numbers, but they were still limited in what they could do. At the end, the performers moved into a V formation and sang "We Will Come Back". They went offstage then returned for another chorus while waving small flags in their hands. The cast continued doing this until the curtain closed when the final encore ended.

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Old July 14th, 2009, 12:50 PM
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In 1963, the second season of the Campus Revue remained centered around Gilchrist University. The show was called "the Gilchrist Glitters" and focused on the students preparing a special show for the university. The first scene was the dress rehearsal of the show and second was the actual show itself. There were a total of 26 members which included a singing trio, a chorus line of high-kicking dancers, ventriloquists, a kettle drum player, a flamenco dancer, a magician, a pianist, and a tap dancer in addition to the rest of the cast.

For the first scene, the crew painted pipes, bricks, and stage flats onto the back of the stage. For the finale, the back wall was separated into seven separate revolving turntables, which were bought for three thousand dollars which were painted white and blue. A chandelier and a showgirl stood on top of each turntable. A staircase which was used for entrances and exits by certain members was pushed out on each side of the stage at the third wing.

For the flamenco number, the scene was backed by a red two-fold flat which was six feet high and twelve feet long. Because it was hinged, the flat stood in a V shape on its own weight. A special platform sixteen inches tall, five feet across the front, and and four feet deep was used for the kettle drum act. The drums were so heavy, ropes were needed to put the platform into position. The structure had two holes on each side for the ropes. Several other acts needed special props like the flamenco and kettle drum acts. Asa result, several flats were designed and built, but they were never used. Those that weren't used were placed in storage in case they were needed for a future revue. Peter Wold designed all the props and scenery during this season.

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With a bigger budget, the costumes were more elaborate. For the opening scene the guys wore black slacks and shirts and shoes which matched the color of their partner's blouse. The gals wore black stretch pants and blouses which were either red, yellow, blue, or green. All of them had sailor dickies with orange and white stripes. Their shoes were dyed the same color as the blouses they wore. The person who played the show's director was dressed in a dark shirt, white slacks, and a beret. For the dance number called "Flamenco Flambeau", the female dancer wore a red, ruffled flamenco dress. The ventriloquist dummy had a costume similar to those worn by the rest of the cast. The singing trio wore powder blue coats, white shirts, and black pants and shoes. A magician wore a black formal tuxedo for his act. During the performance of the song "Gigi", the lead singer wore a white tux and the dancers wore cocktail dresses with knee-length skirts. The piano player had a blue satin tuxedo while the singer of "Miss Prima Donna" adorned a white, formal evening dress. The Gilchrist Glitters were a group of six show girls who picked during the auditions for their attractiveness. For their musical number, they wore satin sequined costumes trimmed with net or blue and white feathers. For the grand finale, the entire cats wore satin costumes. The guys wore blue tuxedos and the gals wore formal, knee-length blue dresses with bluish-white gores attached to the for a cheerleader affect. The guys had short, white gloves and black shoes and the gals had long, white gloves with blue high-heel shoes.

Professional beauticians from the Salon de Coiffure at 3525 Turtle Creek in Dallas, Texas assisted with the make-up by selecting the correct shade of make-up for each person, helping the guys with applying the cosmetics and powdering, and helping with hairstyles which would be flattering and suitable for each gal. For the second season, heavier make-up was needed because of the lighting improvements. Both oil base liquid and pancake make-up were used by the cast members.


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The sound system speakers weren't moved or changed during the second season and the same instruments from the previous year were retained. Most notable were the five microphones placed across the front of the stage.

During rehearsals, changes in musical numbers were made. For the "Miss Prima Donna" number, the directors went through four different musical scores before they were satisfied. At least two or three songs were attempted before "Gigi" was chosen. The finale was changed several times before the directors achieved satisfactory results. The one thing that remained the same throughout was the ending, which featured the song "We Will Come Back".

The Gilchrist Glitters was composed of six ladies who were selected after the auditions by the choreographer for their dancing skills. The auditioning for the group positions was done by having them perform chorus line kicks, which were later integrated with the choreography throughout the show just for them.

With the intention to make the second season's show more sophisticated and upscale, the opening number "We Have Come Back" featured more complicated footwork than the previous year. The flamenco dancer had all her staging blocked. She entered through a slightly opened curtain to the downstage area where she performed to the accompaniment of castanets. When performing a tap dance, the couple used their own material and the choreographer blocked the movement. When "Gigi was sung, three to four show girls walked past him and returned when he finished the solo to dance a ballet to the same song. Although most of the cast members wore formal attire for the grand finale, several were dressed in showgirl costumes. The choreographer taught these ladies a basic showgirl walk which was staged into a pattern of movements and directions. They were shown how to gracefully walk down the side wing staircases. For the last chorus of the song, the cast members in the background moved forward with kicking steps from the knee to form a V formation in readiness for the song "We Will Come Back". Once the formation was complete, everyone performed small walking steps forward and backward while singing the final tune. After the song, they exited stage right.


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Old July 14th, 2009, 08:05 PM
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The 1964 Campus Revue was called "The Singing Flags". The plot centered around a father and his two sons taking a musical tour of Six Flags Over Texas. There were 27 members in the cast which included eight singers, ten dancers, two whip artists, three pianists, two "lip-synchers", a harp player, and an accordionist.

Because the show centered around a tour of the park, there were no special stage scenery involved. The cast and orchestra were located behind three levels of gray and orange risers across the center of the stage throughout the show. A wooden screen made of orange sticks created the illusion of lattice work as the background for the cast on both sides of the stage. The seating area for the cast members on the risers was built on the turntables which were built during the previous season. American flags were placed between the turntables. At the beginning of the USA section, the turntables turned sideways and a fan was turned on to blow air onto the flags to make them flap and wave. Some of the partitions were moved from the front of the platform or the risers where the cast sat and were used as steps. Several gray-painted stools from the previous season as wells new ones were used on the set. However, before they could be utilized, all the stools had to be shortened so they wouldn't be taller than the front wall of the risers on the three levels.

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There was only one basic costume for the program's third season because the entire cast sat on stage throughout the show with only one costume at the end for the grand finale. However, several different costumes were created by an expert designer for the specialty acts. Showgirl costumes were made and tested during a dress rehearsal, but they were immediately rejected because they didn't fit into any of the section themes. Hats were used and worn by the entire cast, always reflecting the park section being presented to the audience.

The basic costume for the girls was a blouse with red and white stripes, a white collar, and cuffs with red button cuff links. Additionally, they wore yellow, reversible wrap-around skirts with yellow suspenders. To complete the ensemble, they wore red tennis shoes. The guys donned shirts with red and white stripes, white collars, and white cuffs. They also sported yellow slacks with white belts. To finish the costume, they wore red tennis shoes. For the grand finale, the girls reversed their yellow skirts to blue and removed the suspenders while the guy changed into blue slacks. All dressed in red, white, and blue for the USA section. Later in the season, the guys wore blue slacks during the entire show.

The props and hats were arranged in each member's place behind the riser wall, and each was responsible for the items in his or her possession. Specialty act performers left the risers to make their costume changes while hat or prop changes were made in the dark while the cast members portraying the father and two sons conversed among themselves between the sections. The actors who provided time for these quick changes wore coats with blue and white stripes, white shirts, blue bow ties, white pants, and white shoes.

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When the show started, everyone was in their original costumes. However, after the opening number and before each section, they changed hats or props in accordance to the theme. The first section of the show was Mexico. For this part, The ladies wore pink and yellow flowers and colored ribbons in their hair while the gents wore straw sombreros. There was a bullwhip act performed by two girls. Both adorned a blue satin, long-sleeved toreador suit trimmed with silver sequins over a white ruffled blouse, blue toreador pants with the same trim, white marching boots, and a red rose over the ear. Later in the season. the duo sometimes wore white, long-sleeve ruffled blouses and blue shorts with a white fringe.

The second section of the show was the Republic of Texas. During this part, everyone wore white cowboy hats. When a quartet sang "Long Tall Texan", they wore black cowboy hats. Later on, the lead singer placed a bow with red and white stripes on the front of his hat for comedic effect. The tap dancer who performed "Buffalo Gal" wore a blouse made of red and white bandanna material and had a ruffled trim. She had a dark green, divided skirt called a culottes. It was trimmed with ruffles and patches of handkerchief. The tap shoes she wore were red with red and white shoe laces. She also had two holsters with a gun taped inside each one. In her hair, she donned two false, blond braids to add comedy to the dance. The singer who followed her with the song "Trouble" donned a white shirt, a red coat, a red bow tie, white pants, and a straw hat.

During the Spanish section, the ladies wore a red rose with a small, black Spanish lace veil worn over their hair and shoulders. The guys wore black hats with a red ball fringe around the brim. All soloists wore hats or veils that supplemented the basic costumes.

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While performing in the Confederacy section, The gals wore white Southern bell hats trimmed with red flowers and yellow ribbons. The guys donned gray Confederate caps. Everyone wore white cotton gloves during "Southern medley. When a couple did a soft shoe dance to "Honeysuckle Rose", the guy had red sneakers and girl had red, T-strap, medium-heel shoes. Both of them danced with canes throughout the number. For the section's finale, the Six Flags Confederate Drill Team marched across the stage as the cast waved Confederate flags.

For the French section, the girls placed small red and white feathers in their hair while the guys wore black and gold baseball caps. During a ballet involving a male and two females, the man wore a white satin, long-sleeved shirt with black slacks and shoes. Meanwhile, the women wore pink leotards, a tutu made from rows of white net, flesh colored net stockings, and pink ballet shoes. The neck of the leotards was trimmed with rows of differently colored ribbon. The white puff sleeves had streamers hanging from them. The right side of the waist also had ribbon attached it. The actors who portrayed the two sons performed a specialty act in white slacks, white shirts, red bow ties, and red coats with a gold emblem on the right side pocket.

The theme color for the USA section was obviously red, white, and blue. All cast members wore red and white Uncle Sam hats made of cardboard. During one of the songs, an accordionist and the cast wore shaggy, black Beatle wigs as a way of parodying the famous rock band. For the grand finale, everyone wore the basic costume without any hats or props.

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