Manhattan High School - Blue M Yearbook (Manhattan, KS)

 - Class of 1939

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37 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 unique. 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, Corrine Duffey. The production staff included: Director, Ronald Hopkinsg assistant, Lillian Hooverg Stage Manager, Ward Haylettg Property Managers, Harold Elmer, Jim Leker. "The Torchbearers' 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 made. 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 a future. 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. C : 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 Margaret Arnold Mr. Ralph Twiller ,......................... Russell Minnis Mr. Stage Manager ............................ Bruce Bryan Mrs. Clara Sheppard ............ Betty Ann Faubion

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36 Bill Docking. Bob Smith, Denzil Bergman, James Strohm Faye Clapp, Mary Margaret Arnold, Joanne Aubel, Jean Hummel, Mr. Hopkins, Merrill Peterson, Dorothy Smmers Debate 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- ernational relations. 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 treat. 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. in Drama 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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Band With a blare of bugles and a rattle of drums, colorfully led by Denzil Bergman, chief drum major and Jeanne Jaccard, Lillian Hoover and Bob Cook, baton twirlers, Manhattan High School's band furn- ished music and entertainment for many events dur- ing the year. The band was organized last year through the cooperation of the director, Mr. R. H. Brown, and the School Board. The band played for all of the football games and presented stunts and entertainment during the in- termission between halves. Once as the lights were switched off the band played while Bob Cook, mas- cott, twirled a fire baton which formed many intri- cate designs. During the basketball season about half of the band was formed into a pep band which played for the games. ln the fall the band took its annual trip to the American Royal in Kansas City. About forty bands were there and were displayed in a parade. They marched to the arena where they all congregated and played the "National Emblem" as a group. The big event of the year was the exchange con- cert with Junction City. Manhattan first went to Junction City and played as a combined group there on April 14, and then a return engagement was held here on April 17. Both concerts were well received and it is very likely that this will be done again, since this was the first time this has been tried. The program included the march "National Emblem," by Bagley, an Overture "Saskatchewan," by Holmes, a swing tune "Whispering", by Schonberge1', and "Anchors Aweigh", by Zimme1'man, an overture "Gypsy Festival" by Hayes, a march "Trombones on Parade" by Taylor, a swing tune "Marching Along Together" by Pola, "Donkey Seranadef' from "Firefly", a novelty number "Uncle Tom's Cabin" by Alford, and ended with a march "U. S. Field Artillery" by Sousa. Soloists on the program were Miss Ann Drapalik who played a trumpet solo-"Willow Echoes" by Simon, Miss Jacqueline Murphy who played a xylo- phone solo "Tamborine Chinoise" by Kreislerg a vocal trio by Billie Issitt, Merle Mass, and Tommy Wilson, and a trumpet trio by Don Messenheimer, Carl Welch, and Arthur Stratton. The personnel of the band included: Flutes. Eloise Reisner, Mary Toedt, John Scholer. Clarinets. David Gates, John Vlfhitnah, Howard Hamlin, David Holtz, Doris Kloeflier, Alice Shedd, J. R. Kistler, Harold Barham, Robert Newman, John Rogers. Saocophones. Howard Teagarden, Howard Bell, Jr. Edwards, Martha Connet. Bells. Paul Engle, Betty Cave, Jo Hurlburt. Trumpets. Bill Griffin, Betty Boone, Robert 38 March Time Waltz Time Wright, Gail Blecha, Fred Budden, Don Messenhei- mer, Chas. Stratton, Carl Welch, Bob Kendall, Bill Lynch, Grant Poole, Joan Guest, Chas. Willis, Edith Dawley, Roy Drown. Trombones. Jim Starkey, Jean Hummel, John Zimmerman, Bill Busenbark, Chas. Holtz, Keith Gid- dings, Clifford Peterka, Warren Taylor, Wayne Chapin. Baritone. Douglas Chapin, H. Dunlap. Tuba. Chan Murray, Don Hogg, David Landqm, 'Drums Valjean Lumb, Robe1't Groesbeck, Blaine Thomas, Billy Katz, Ken Oberg, John Finuf. Drum Majors. Denzil Bergman, Lillian Hoover, Jeanne Jaccard, Bob Cook. Flag Beavers. Phillip Simmons, Jim Gerlach. The Orchestra The high school orchestra with sixty members un- der the direction of Mr. R. H. Brown had a very busy season playing for three plays, a number of concerts, for the "Mikado" a light opera given in the spring, and closing with the traditional "Pomp and Circumstance" at the commencement exercises. The .big event of the year was the exchange con- cert with Topeka, at Manhattan and at Topeka, di- rected by Mr. Brown and Mr. Lawson. This is an annual event for the orchestra and it is the second Joint-concert with Topeka the last being in 1933. The first half of the concert here was led by Mr. David T. Lawson, director of the Topeka orchestra, and the second half by Mr. Brown, of Manhattan. Mr. Lawson's part of the concert consisted of the following pieces: "Iphiginia in Aulis" by Gluck, "Symphony No. 8 in B Minor" by Schubert, "March Hong'ro1se", by Schubert-Liszt, Zorhayda" Op. 11 by Svendsen. The second half consisted of "Uncle Re- mus Tells a Story" by Zamecnik, "Heart Wounds" was well received by both towns and will probably and "The Last of Spring" by Grieg, and "Marche Militaire Francaise" by Saint-Saens. The concert be repeated next year. Several students were sent to the state music con- test'at Topeka on April 1, and placed as follows: David Gates, highly superior and recommended to the national contest, Betty Ann Faubion, highly su- perior: Edith Hanna, violin, superior, Betty Cave, Xylophone, superior, Keith Giddings trombone, ex- cellentg and Margaret Collins, cello, excellent. David Gates was sent to the national contest in Colorado Springs on May 11.

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