Digging around on Newspaper Archive, I ran across the following pieces that provide a bit of information about Novalyne Price Ellis. For more on Novalyne, see my earlier post, here.From the Lake Charles American Press – Nov. 20, 1960:Debate Trophy Given (caption)Ellis R. Guillory, director of student life at McNeese State college, presents the debate trophy won by Lafayette High School in the warm-up debate tournament at the college Thursday to Miss Ann de Gravelles, team member, and Mrs. William W. Ellis, coach, both from Lafayette.
The high school is a second-year winner of the rotating trophy and will retain it if the team wins next year’s session.From the Jennings Daily News – June 16, 1966:LSU Speech Department schedules 3 one-act plays LAFAYETTE, La. – A triple bill of one-act plays for the production July 25-29 has been announced by William W. Ellis, director of theatre at the University of Southeastern Louisiana. The three plays, which are scheduled for 8 p.
m. on each of the five nights in Burke Theatre on the USL campus are “Curse You Jack Dalton” by Wilbur Braun, “The Door” by Anton Chekov and “The Love Voodoo” by Novalyne Price Ellis, Lafayette High School speech teacher. Tryouts, scheduled at 2 p.m. June 21 in Burke Theatre, are open to all registered USL students with “C” or better average.
“Curse You Jack Dalton” is an old fashioned mustache witsing [sic.] “Mellerdrammer” which has a cast of four women and three men. “The Door” is a famous light hearted farce which requires two men and a woman. “The Love Voodoo” is an original script in Cajun dialect by a local author with a cast of two men and two women. All three plays are comedies presented in contrasting styles and promise to be a triple treat.