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Page 40 text:
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
Saocophones. Howard Teagarden, Howard Bell,
Jr. Edwards, Martha Connet.
Bells. Paul Engle, Betty Cave, Jo Hurlburt.
Trumpets. Bill Griffin, Betty Boone, Robert
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
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 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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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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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:
Mr. R. H. Brown
"Largo" ......,...................,...................,,...,. .,,,, H fmdel
"Ave Mal'ia" ......,...,..............,.,.,,,.,..,,,,,,,,,,,,,.,. Schubert
"Lord's Prayer" ....................................,. Fm-syth-Kravft
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
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
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-
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
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-
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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