Photo by D. J. Du Saar of Holland, Michigan, June 1927.
Seven year old Lucille Mae Cunningham seated center plays the male role of the young boy Kurt. Maude Fealy, pictured to the right of Lucille; comprising the male role of Paul Arndt. Jack Soeter (second man standing from right) plays the character; Fritz Winckelman. Additional actors pictured include; Rutherford Huizenga, Marie De Cook, Roy Nattress, Joseph Hyink, Jacob Kik, Theodore Luidens, and Ruth Hyma. Jack Soeter goes on to become a minister. Two more generations of Soeter’s have graduated from Hope College.
In 1926 during the height of Stock Theatre in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Maude and her mother Margaret Fealy opened “The Fealy School of Dramatic Expression” at 222 East Fulton Street. A mature for her age, six year old Lucile Mae Cunningham was one of their students and appeared in a number of William H. Wright’s Stock Theatre productions for; Wright Players and Broadway Players, as well as The Civic Players in Grand Rapids. She acted along side the likes of film and stage legends; Maude Fealy, Margaret Fealy, Spencer Tracy, Dean Jagger and Selena Royle.
The Enemy by playwright Channing Pollock is performed by the Hope College class of 1927 in the Junior College Auditorium; Thursday 16 and Friday 17 June 1927. Produced under the personal direction of Margaret Fealy, Maude’s mother. Margaret and Maude Fealy are world reknowned London and Broadway actresses, and silent and “talkies” film stars, in their own right. The Enemy had originally opened on Broadway at the Times Square Theatre, 20 October 1925 and played through April 1926. It’s a play in four acts, set in the Arndt flat in Vienna. Maude Fealy a personal close friend of Channing Pollack received personal approval to present his play at Hope College.