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

 - Class of 1939

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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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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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39 Worship Time Opera Time The Christmas Concert Under the direction of Miss Helen Jerard, the chorus classes again presented a Christmas Cantata to a capacity crowd at the Presbyterian Church on December 9 at eight o'clock. This year the cantata presented was "Chimes of the Holy Night" by Hol- ton. Palms and flowers formed an impressive back- ground for the chorus who were dressed in white. Jack Groody, class of '36, was the only soloist out of high school. Seniors who were featured on the program included Irene Limper, Marjorie Gould and Shirley Marlow, soloistsg and Margaret Collins and Faye Clapp who sang a duet. A double quartet consisted of six seniors and two juniors: the sen- iors were Robert Curtis, Shirley Marlow, Marjorie Gould, Faye Clapp, Irene Limper and Russell Min- nisg and the juniors-Herbert Vanderlip and Pat Farrell. Another junior, Mary Razak, sang an ob- bligato in the performance. The program was accompanied by Mr. R. H. Brown at the organ and Vivian Huxman at the piano. The program was as follows: Organ Prelude Mr. R. H. Brown "Largo" ......,...................,...................,,...,. .,,,, H fmdel Chorus "Ave Mal'ia" ......,...,..............,.,.,,,.,..,,,,,,,,,,,,,.,. Schubert Edith Hanna "Lord's Prayer" ....................................,. Fm-syth-Kravft Selected Chorus Scripture Reading Bob Wright Cantata-"Chimes of the Holy Night" ..........., Holton 1 Christmas Bells are Ringing ..... Chorus 1. How Beautiful Upon the Mountains ...... Chorus Irene Limper, Soloist 3. But Thou, Bethlehem ,,,.............,..,.,.,,..,,,.. Chorus Mary Razak, Soprano Obbligato 4. Earth's Weary Waiting Done ..........,..,.... Chorus Margaret Collins, Faye Clapp 5. In the Watches of the Night ..., Marjorie Gould 6. Good Tidings ..,................................. Boys' Chorus 7. Glory to God in the Highest ...........,.......... Chorus 8. On Earth Peace ...,.......,.........,.,.... Double Quartet Robert Curtis, Herbert Vanderlip, Shirley Marlow, Marjorie Gould, Faye Clapp, Irene Limper, Russell Minnis, Pat Farrel 9. Let Us Go Even Unto Bethlehem Groody, Soloist 10. Jesus, Our Lord .,,,..............,........... Girls' Chorus Shirley Marlow, Soloist 11. The Star in the Eastern Sky ...............,.... Chorus Jack Groody, Soloist 12. The Lord is Born Today ,.........,.,..,,,,,....,,,, Chorus Benediction ................,.............,..,...... Rev. D. H. Fisher "The Chimes of Normandy" Directing her first operetta for Manhattan High School, Helen Jerard scored a success with "The Chimes of Normandy", a light opera by Robert Plan- quette, given by the second and fifth hour chorus classes March 17. Receiving the presentation with several outburts of spontaneous applause, the audience especially liked the coquettish actions of the chorus in the number "Just Look at That" in which the comely maidens of the village were exhibiting their merits Spring Time as potential servants. The clever dance and panto- mime by Marjorie Gould and Lawrence Alden as the young lovers, Serpolette and Gremcheux, also brought applause from the audience. . Although the entire leading cast handled their characterizations well, outstanding, performances were gives by Pat Farrell as the -old miser, Gaspard, and Russell Minnis as the stern Bailli. In leading feminine roles, Shirley Marlow as the sweet Ger- maine and Marjorie Gould as the naughty but lov- able Serpolette, did excellently in both their acting and singing parts. One hundred and twenty-two students dressediin vari-colored costumes made up the chorus which carried out the musical part of the ope1'etta in a manner which revealed and did full justice to the many hours of hard work spent under able direction. The costumes were designed and made by the teach- ers and students of the Home Economics depart- ment. Especially impressive was the number, "Silent Heroes" led by Herbert Vanderlip as Henri de Corneville and aided by the boys' chorus. The setting, though old, was particularly effective for this presentation. Against a landscape drop, the stone wall made by Miss Dobson's art classes and Mr. Darby's manual training classes added local color to the setting. Making the scene complete was an old castle upon the left surrounded by tree wings. The humorous night scene, in which Baxilli, Ser- polctte, and Grenicheux, unaware of each other's presence and stealthily creeping toward the castle, suddenly bumped into each other was rendered doubly effective by Norman Ross' excellent handling of the lightsg Miss Snapp, Miss Rude, and Miss Marley, as stage managers were helpful in making the production a success. The Spring Concert Combining their efforts, the orchestra and senior high chorus again presented their annual Spring joint-concert on May 12, at 8:00. The first half hour of the program was devoted entirely to the orches- tra. The second half of the program was composed of many special numbers. Beulah Hammons sang the first solo, "Carissima" accompanied by Doris Paus- tain. A sextette of six girls-Clara Lou Davis, Mary Razak, Margaret Collins, Eloise Reisner, Irene Limper, Faye Clapp, with Marjorie Gould as soloist, sang the "Dream Song." Following this, "Could My Heart Thy Song Be Singing", by Hahn, was sung by Irene Limper. As an interlude Paul Engle played the "Moonlight Sonata". Following this, Marjorie Gould sang "The Kiss Waltz." A boys' double quar- tette-Lawrence Alden, Junior Lovell, Herbert Van- derlip, Bob Curtis, Harold Smith, Harold Hunt, Rus- sell Minnis, and Pat Farrell, rendered two numbers, "Joshua Fit De Battle of Jericho" with Shirley Mar- low singing the soprano obbligato, and "The Road is Calling", with Eloise Reisner playing the flute obbli- gato and Paul Engle at the piano. Shirley Marlow then sang "The Wren". A mixed double quartette composed of Lawrence Alden, Herbert Vanderlip, Shirley Marlow, Marjorie Gould, Faye Clapp, Pat Farrell, and Russell Minnis sang "In the Garden of Tomorrow" which concluded the special numbers.

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