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"And all the men and women merely players . . .H
Wvhen Shakespeare wrote these words for
"As You Like It" land we dol. he certainly must
have had the Davis DRAMATIC SOCIETY in
mind. Before anyone could become a member of
this organization. he had a tryout which con-
sisted of the "defendant's" acting out a selection
from a play of his choice, as well as a pantomime
before the hjuryn of D. S. members and "Judge"
Feaster. faculty adviser.
The first act of "The History of the Dra-
matic Societyw began in 1914 under the title of
the Junior Dramatic Society, the sole purpose
of this organization was to enjoy Broadway pro-
ductions. and to read one-act plays at club meet-
ings. During the NSecond Act", from 1922 to
about 1940, the club's activities expanded to
holding social gatherings at the homes of mem-
bers and giving an annual play in the assembly.
This assembly program went over so well that
the G. O. suggested having the D. S. give evening
performances and charge admission.
ln Act 111, the finale of this a'History of
the D. S.", we are well aware of the splendid
performances and successful productions given
ROW 1: J. Gillis, S. Ostrowsky, F. Bernstein, V. Pariser, M. Miller, H. Schecter,
P. Zipes, S. Rainess, P. Plummer, J. Hecht, .l. Smyserg ROW 3: F. Hoffman, R. Piersall.
D. Sagman, L. Sorgi, L. Walther, .l. Furman, N. Kerewsky, S. Rabbino, M. Horowitz, E.
Skerrit. B. Schneer, W. Tiger, W. Carlin. R. Silber, R. Rabking ROW 4: M. McCarthy,
M. Hudes, E. Jacobson, P. Circelli
by the members of this talented group. These
versatile actors have produced everything from
"Little Women" 119221 to "1dylls of the King"
119433 , with more recent hits like 'QLost Horizon",
"Dear Ruth", the current L'Smilin' Through",
and 'fl Remember Mama". This organization
certainly deserves our own Davis Academy
Whom do you predict to be the "toast of
Broadway" in 1960? It is sure to be a former
member of the NATIONAL THESPIANS, the
group that obtained the highest possible honor
available to high school dramatics students.
Versatility was the keyword for success,
because in order to qualify, each candidate par-
ticipated in at least 200 hours of active work,
staging, directing, and preparing properties as
well as appearing behind the footlights.
Lights! Camera! Action! All set? This
was the behind-the-scenes view of the everready
STAGE CREW. These Htechniciansw never ceased
in their activity, it seemed, and since the scenery
could help either to make or break each play,
they were, in part, responsible for the success
of the D. S. productions.
ROW 1: E. .la-
cobson, Miss Feaster, J.
Morace, S. Ostrowsky.
Piersall, W. Carlin,
Rabbinog ROW 3:
Horowitz, R. Bell,