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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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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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SEN I O R EDITION
ELEANOR McCOY, LEADER Girl Reserve Clubs
STAFF SELECTS AND PUBLISHES
MAGAZINE OF ORIGINAL WRITINGS
Under the supervision of Miss Eleanor McCoy, director of activities, the PCHS Girl Reserves have completed another successful year with the usual round of parties, banquets, and hikes.
DEBATERS GO TO STATE
The debate team, coached by Mr. Theodore Nelson, won first place in the district tournament at Macomb, and went to Champaign to the state finals. Members of this team were Nita Mao Allison, Jo Ann Heckman, Bob Heckman, and Harvey Anderson. Other members of the squad
were Rosemary Rahn, Carolyn Jurgens, Ted Johnson, and Elaine Kepner.
Bob Heckman and Carolyn Jurgens also
entered into individual competition, and both went to state, Carolyn in original oration and Bob in extemporaneous speaking.
The faculty members who have helped the Girl Reserves this year are Miss Gladys Brainard, post-graduate adviser; Miss Eleanor McCoy, adviser for the senior B and A group; Miss Florence Munson, sophomore B, sophomore A, and junior B leader; Mrs. Grace Jones, junior A adviser; Miss Maurine Kemp, adviser for the freshman A group; ond Miss Francis Howard, freshman B leader.
The Gypsy Patteran, The Kiddy Christmas Party, The Girl Reserve Conference at Peoria, The Annual Mother and Daughter Banquet, and the doughnut sale are just a few of the outstanding Girl Reserve events of the year.
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