Pekin High School - Pekinian Yearbook (Pekin, IL)

 - Class of 1942

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SENIOR EDITION Page 30 Successful dramatic productions seem to be traditional in PCHS and Mr. George Spark's first directing at PCHS of the presentation, "Skidding," was no exception. This sparkling comedy concerned a typical mid-western family with troubles typical of the neighbors next door. Humorous dialogue kept the scenes moving, and calm sincerity assured it a success from the first moment of rehearsal. The ten players who portrayed this true-to-life family were: Aunt Milly, Mary Alice Renfer; Andy Hardy, Vernon Lewis; Mrs. Hardy, Mary Galbraith; Judge Hardy, John Houston; Estelle Campbell, Mary Ellen Champion; Marion Hardy, Mary Ellen Thomas; Wayne Trenton, James Richards; Myra Wilcox, Vera Pearl Green; Mr. Stubbins, Al O'Hara; and Grandpa Hardy, Harry Williams. The Hardy family consisted of Judge and Mrs. Hardy, Andy, Marion, Grandpa, and the two married daughters, Myra and Estelle. One of the scenes filled with comedy was when the two married girls came running "home to mother." Mother Hardy, already shattered by her problems at home, retaliates by taking a leave of absence to visit her mother. The play ended with everyone happy, for Aunt Millie went out to "do the town," Judge and Mother Hardy began anew, the mar- ried daughters returned to their homes, Andy was working his way up in the real estate business, Mr. Stubbins saw his candidate, Judge Hardy, reelected, Marion gave up her political career for Wayne, and Grandpa was happy with just his memories of the colorful past. Two outstanding acts in the Variety Show were the "Human" Caliope, upper photo, and a girl's trio, which sang the popular number, "For All We Know." Boys, in comic outfits, blowing into bottles ore, left to right, Jim Richards, Jim Moses, Jim Bruce, and Bruce Brisendine. Harriett Martens, Lois Kerrlck, and Jean Myer are the vocalists. After scoring hits with "Skidding" and "Captain Applejack," Mr. George Sparks once more selected a clever yarn this time named "Tish," and came forth with an unforgettable piece of entertainment. May 7 and 8 audiences literally rolled in the aisles each time the two old maids in the drama, Lizzie (Mary Alice Renfer) and Aggie (Helen Walter), waddled onto the stage. The responsive theatre-goers applauded Jean Myer's portrait of the indomitable "Tish," while Jack Hackler and Dorothy Rohrs, in the persons of Charlie Sands and Ellen, flitted through the story to supply the needed romantic entanglement. The arrival of Denby Grimes (Al O'Hara) supposedly a Hollywood motion picture director, and Dorice Gaylord, (Loralne Bailey) the star for his new picture, added to the mystery which Tish, in her usual methodical manner, solved. Lem Pike (Paul Fogliano) was the rough-and-ready, al-ways-get-my-man westerner who went after bandits with the thought of reward money foremost in his mind. Mary Ellen Thomas as the unhappy novelist, Bettina Trent, scorned the attentions of Clare Leiby as Weslie Andrews until their compromise in the last scene where the young couple "patched up all their difficulties." Callie Hopkins (Jean Powers) was the young girl of sixteen who was treated more as if she were six years old by her money-mad father, Luther (Warren Ferguson). Luther's villainy was also uncovered by Tish, causing the disgruntled man to flee the United States and "never return." Navajo blankets tacked onto the walls of the brilliant red-speckled scenery lent a realistic western atmosphere. The setting, a combination hotel lobby and lunch room, was the site for the action of the entire drama. 'Thank Heaven for the Spinster Mind' "T I S H"

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Page 29 S E N I O R EDITION_ ALL THE WORLD'S A STAGE DIRECTOR ''Captain Applejack," by Walter Hackett, was the mystery-comedy produced with a double cast by the junior class this year. The play, under the direction of Mr. George Sparks, centered around a meek, middle-aged bachelor seeking romance and adventure. Captain Applejack, the bachelor, was portrayed by Eugene Alesandrini. He found adventure and romance, too, when Anne Valeska, Russian dancer, played by Norma Rockwell and Louise Coryell, interrupted the tranquil quiet of the Applejohn home with her story that she was escaping from the Nazi spy, Ivan Borolsky, enacted by Clyde Parrish. Actually, she was the famous crook, "Big-eyed Gladys," who was using that story to gain entrance into the Applejohn home to search for hidden treasure, and Borolsky was her accomplice in the case. Denentt, Ronald Champion, appearing as a policeman, was the third party in this crooked business. Ambrose's ward. Poppy Fairefi dramatized by Donna Jean Snyder and Vera Pearl Green, was a young woman of about 25, who secretly loved Ambrose and resented Anna's appearance at the house. She suspected Anna from the beginning and was constantly by her guardian's side, fighting for his affection against the subtle flirting of Anna. Another criminal pair were the Pen-gards, who came to the house under the pretense that their car had broken down and that they had to wait for the chauffeur to get it fixed. They, too, had heard about the hidden treasure and were out to get it. Mrs. Pengard, portrayed by Margaret Flynn and Jean King, was an amusing character who flattered Ambrose into thinking they were interested in buying his home. Mr. Pengard, Don O'Keefe, pretended to be an oriental seer, Zoroaster, whose mysterious attitude baffled Ambrose. Members of the Applejohn household were Lush, Marvin Jenkins, who had been with the family for years, and showed it in his stiff posture and gray hair, and Aunt Agatha, haughty, old-fashioned lady of the house, who couldn't understand the unusual goings-on about the house. This role was enacted by Ella Mae Williamson and Helen Hayes. Johnny Jason, played by J:m R:chards, had persuaded Ambrose to sell his home and start out in the world to look for adventure and romance. The second act was Applejohn's dream when he fell asleep while awaiting developments in the expected robbery of his home. The respectable Applejohn changed character to a bold pirate captain. Mr. Pengard became a slinking Chinese sailor, and Borolsky was leading the crew on to mutiny. The scene also involved Anna, as a captured beauty, and Poppy, as the cabin boy. The play took place in an old home on the coast of Cornwall in England with all the action happening within a few hours on a rainy, winter night.

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Page 31 SENIOR EDITION The National Thespian Dramatic Honor Society, Troupe Number 147, of PCHS, includes students who have had a major role in a play or three minor roles, which is equivalent to eighty speeches. New members are initiated by old members in a formal ceremony. The history of the order is presented from the stage and then the new members accept the pledge of the National Thespian organization. Climaxing each initiation service is the signing of the new members' names on the scroll with a pointed quill. This scroll contains the names of PCHS Thespians of many years ago. The new members this year all appeared in the all-school play, "Skidding," and the junior class play, "Captain Applejack." The Thespians' latest accomplishment was the sponsoring of the senior class play, "Tish". Social events have been successful. The Thespians held a picnic at Mineral Springs Park on April 27. Mr. George Sparks, adviser for the group, is director of all major dramatic productions at PCHS. Officers for the group are elected each semester. Clare Leiby preceded Harry Williams as president of Thespians for 1941-42. YOUTH MAKES MERRY VARIETY SHOW OF '42

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