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Page 38 text:
Bill Docking. Bob Smith, Denzil Bergman, James Strohm
Faye Clapp, Mary Margaret Arnold,
Joanne Aubel, Jean Hummel, Mr. Hopkins, Merrill Peterson, Dorothy Smmers
In the year of 1938-1939 the Manhattan debate
team made a fine showing at several tournaments
and regional meets. The team was composed of eight
members and two substitutes. Joanne Aubel, Jean
Hummel composed the first affirmative team, Merrill
Peterson, Dorothy May Summers made up the first
negative team, Denzil Bergman, Mary Margaret
Arnold second negativeg Faye Clapp, Robert Smith,
sccond afiirmativeg James Strohm, Bill Docking, al-
ternate. These members were chosen as the best
from the first semester debate class.
The question debated during the year was the
national high school debate question: Resolved-
That the United States should establish an alliance
with Great Britian. This was a very timely sub-
ject due to the various international crises that oc-
curred during the winter. A change in arguments
was necessary from week to week. Besides being an
intensely interesting question, it was also one that
forced the debaters to be well informed on all in-
In December the team went to a state tournament
A New High
"Take My Advice"
Every year the Hi-Y and G. R. clubs put on a
play and every year the plays get better. "Take My
Advice", a comedy of family life, was no exception
to this rule. It was the first production of our new
dramatics teacher, Mr. Ronald F. Hopkins, and was
enough to assure Manhattan that he knew his busi-
nes sand could put some fine directorial touches into
the simplest play.
High honors of the evening were undoubtedly
Valjean Lumb's, whose characterization of an imi-
tation Shakespearean of the old school was a rare
Faye Clapp as the Winsome "brown mouse" sis-
ter, Anne in affairs, didn't have much of a part, but
she gave it all she had. Sara Winkler played the
mother, Mrs. Weaver, in her usual sprightly, talka-
tive style of which Manhattan High audiences never
Lseem to tire.
The part of the father, one that is always difii-
in Topeka which was one of the largest of its kind
ever to be held. They defeated Atchison, Newton,
Parsons, Herington, Hays and Clay Center out of
twelve debates. Then in January, Manhattan's de-
baters attended the Salina Elimination Tournament
and there defeated Topeka, Salina, Hoxie, Canton,
Hays and Belvue. Thus, in the first two tourna-
ments the team went to they won thirteen out of
twenty-four debates. In the Eastern Kansas con-
ference meet held at Topeka in February Manhattan
won third place. Lawrence was the winner of the
tournament with Emporia ranking second, Manhat-
tan third and Topeka fourth due to a disqualification.
Also during the same month the team debated the
regionals held at Salina, unfortunately receiving last
place. Russell was the winner of the regionals.
Besides the tournaments, the Manhattan team ex-
changed practice debates with Clay Center and
Junction City, and held debates in several classes in
senior high school.
Mr. Ronald F. Hopkins was a capable and under-
standing coach. The debaters on the team all felt
that a great amount of excellent experience was de-
rived from the debating.
cult for high school boys to play fthey just don't
seem to age as well as the girlsj was done in a good
fashion by Robert Smith, aside from the fact that
he seemed young enough to be Sara's son.
The Happer in the piece ffor what high school
comedy would be complete without one?J was ably
taken by Clara Lou Davis, and her gown was lovely
enough to make up for any amateurishness that she
might have displayed.
Others in this very able cast were Billy Hines, who
played the part of Bud, the chief messer-upper of
the Weaver family household, in the characteristic
little boy enthusiasm with which he endows every
part. The kindly professor who gave such admir-
able advice and supplied the love interest, was
played by Denzil Bergman, and despite the fact
that this was his first major role, he played the part
exceptionally well. Charles Schneeberger played
his favorite role . . . that of a swaggering loud-
mouth and his audience was not disappointed.
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1. Miller cuttin' in. '
2. Three beautiful babes C73
3. Long-for this world.
4. Look Pretty Please!
5. Bull's eye!
6. A Heter on ice.
7. Curly payne on the neck.
8. Do you believe in signs?
10. Hike 1-2-Z
12. I'll say we believe in signs!
. The Tuckers-Bower excluded.
-. When you and I were young.
16. Have you heard the latest?
17. Snowball time.
18. Chief Quinn.
20. How's his technique, Faye?
21. "Now listen here!"
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The play concerned the Weaver family and their
trials and tribulationsg such as Bud's first big love
affair, his leaving school in order to marry Mariella,
Ann's dramatic yearnings, Mrs. Weaver's numer-
ology craze, Mr. Weaver's inability to dodge stock
salesmen for indeed any kind of salesmanl the hand-
some professor who invaded the Weaver home scat-
tering his gems of advice. and last but not least the
"dawshing" Mr. Van Kind. .
The play was like many plays in that it ably
wound itself up into a terrible mixup and when the
audience thought nothing else could happen just as
ably straightened itself out.
"The Night of January Sixteenth"
A novel and intriguing play was "The Night of
January Sixteenth" and one which was hailed as a
big success. The entire action of the play took place
in the superior court of New York, in which Karen
Andre, a beautiful young girl, was on trial for the
murder of Bjorn Faulkner. The unique feature of
the play was the selecting of the jury from the au-
lience. Several well-known faculty members and
townspeople served on the jury, which found the de-
fendant "not guilty". Programs were cleverly
printed and folded in the form of supoenas which
lent a note of reality to the whole affair.
Outstanding in her role as the heroinel or should
we say villainessj, Karen Andre, was Jeanne Jac-
card. The two attorneys, Flint and Stevens, were
effectively portrayed by Gabe Sellers and Perry
Peine respectively. The play, which had long suc-
cessful runs in New York and London, was enjoyed
so much that it was repeated about three weeks
after its first presentation.
This second presentation was equally successful.
Many people who had attended the first performance
also came to the second and enjoyed it as much as
those who were seeing it for the first time. An en-
tirely different jury was selected, made up as the
former, of well-known faculty members and towns-
people. Their verdict was "guilty" which made the
last performance, by this slight difference--a little
The play cast included: Prison Mat-ron, Lillian
Hoover, Badijf, Robert Walkdeng Judge Heath, Jim
Gerlachg District Attorney Flint, Gabe Sellersg His
Secretary, Virginia Howenstineg Defense Attorney
Stevens, Perry Peineg His Secretary, Jean Babcock 5
Clerk, Bill Grifiingg Karen Andre, Jeanne Jaccardg
Dr. Kirkland, Jim Lekerg Mrs. John Hutchins, Irene
Swansong Homer Van Fleet, Douglas Chapin 3 Elmer
Sweeney, Phil Smithg Nancy Lee Faulkner, Mary
Louise Johnstong Magda Svenson, Marjorie Swang
John J. Whitfield, John Whitnahg Jane Chandler,
Thelma Bouckg Siegerd Lungquist, John Saylorg
Larry Regan, Jimmy J ohnsg Roberta Van Renselaer,
The production staff included: Director, Ronald
Hopkinsg assistant, Lillian Hooverg Stage Manager,
Ward Haylettg Property Managers, Harold Elmer,
Our memory stretches quite a ways back, but for
the life of us, we can't remember a senior play that
was so well done and so thoroughly enjoyable as this
year's senior class presentation 'of "The Torch-
Bearers." The play itself enjoyed quite a success
on the legitimate stage and was later produced in
Hollywood and released under the name, "Doubting
Thomas" with Will Rogers in the title role .....
surely you remember that.
Playwrite, George Kelly used a rather original
theme and built around it a clever, satirical and
biting comedy. It was a difficult play for even more
advanced actors, but the cast of twelve did re-
markably well. "The Torch-Bearers" cannot be
called "subtle". On the contrary its point was clear
from the beginning: to poke fun at those poor, un-
suspecting, would-be actors who were so confident
they were potential geniuses and so determined to
prove it. Many of the lines though, contained sly
barbs and demanded shrewd interpretation which
they were given.
The most outstanding element, the 'thought uper-
most in our minds when we witness a high school
play is, that this is a high school play, and we are
certain we won't be able to forget it. However,
there were moments, quite a few in fact, when the
audience lost itself completely and forgot everything
except what was on that stage un-raveling before
its eyes. There is no doubt that that is the highest
compliment a play and its actors may receive.
There were fiaws-that's to be expected. The first
few scenes needed action but the play gathered mo-
mentum as it went until the thi1'd act climax which
was both amusingly and cleverly portrayed. There
was tht feeling durig the second act that more play-
ing space would have been beneficial . . . and once
that obnoxious Mrs. Pampinelli dropped character
upon observing Mr. Twiller's play-within-a-play
make-up. Outside of that, little criticism can be
The cast was an excedingly well-chosen one and
flourished, during its one week rehearsal plan, under
Mr. Hopkins' guidance. Heading said cast, was
Martha Baird with her characterization of the im-
perious Mrs. J. Duro Pampinelli Her performance
was the highlight of the evening, and as Mr. Purk-
aple remarked in his review for the Mentor: "She
assumed the stilted, dominant qualities which were
demanded, and produced genuine conviction in a
great comedy r6le." Here let us say that we predict
for Martha, success in her future on the stage which
is her chosen "calling"-and even though it sounds
trite, we're convinced that this captivating girl has
Bill Docking's Mr. Fredrick will long be remem-
bered-both for the person he fMr. Fredrickj was
and for the delightful interpretation which Bill gave
to that part. Space does not permit a review of all
the characterizations. However, it may be said that
the cast fwhich is printed belowl turned in a con-
vincing and gratifying piece of work.
To that cast, to Mr. Hopkins, their director, and
toAaglrwho assisted goes our mighty vote of thanks.
Mr. Frederick ..................................,. Bill Docking
Jenny ................................,,.. Mary Louise Emery
Mrs. J. Duro Pampinelli .................. Martha Baird
Mr. Spindler ..............................,,....,... Bill Packer
Mrs. Nelly Fell ..............,. Dorothy May Summers
Mr. Huxley Hossefrosse .............. Merrill Peterson
Teddy Spearing .................................. Norman Ross
Miss Florence McCrickett
Mr. Ralph Twiller ,......................... Russell Minnis
Mr. Stage Manager ............................ Bruce Bryan
Mrs. Clara Sheppard ............ Betty Ann Faubion
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