Senior Class Play
From the time of the first meeting on October third, 1927, until the close of school, every activity scored a marked triumph. The first appearance in public was the sixteenth of December when "Nothing but the Truth" was presented in the school auditorium. The members of the cast were: Mildred Twigg, Raymond Hutson, French Sensabaugh, Edwin Yates, Almeda Gulbronson, Claude Light, William Paterson, Margaret Witherup, Alice Walmsley, Ruth Johnson and Mary Jane Rowley.
The club took charge of the assembly on March 7th and the presentation of
the play entitled "The Red Lamp" was very effective. Those who took part were:
Ruth Johnson, Sammy De Luca, Ernest Schaidt, Ada Lee Hough, Eleanor Kalbaugh, and Earl Hutson.
On March 16th, the club introduced an innovation. The Penn Hi Dramatic Club sponsored a Declamation Contest, which was opened to the entire school. The response was enthusiastic; the results most satisfactory.
Elizabeth Watkins and Melvin Sack were the winners. It was quite new and several new actors were introduced. It is hoped that this will be a stepping stone to greater things for Penn Hi.
The Dramatic Club collaborated with the Glee Club in the production of "Pickles" a musical comedy by Benedict, Wilson and Crose which was presented April 12th and 13th in the school auditorium. This proved to be an overwhelming success.
The club membership was large, therefore many applications were refused. It was the largest and most popular club in the school year 1927-28.
Senior Class Play
June 7th and 8th! A flash of the footlights, drawing of the curtains, then "Kicked Out of College," the annual Senior Class Play is presented.
The scenes of the play hold a typical college atmosphere. The story is woven about Booties Benbow, the most popular boy in college, who is so busy with an invention, social and athletic functions that he has no time for classes. He is "kicked out of college." His father hears of this and threatens to disinherit him unless he marries and settles down. Sandy McCann, the dramatic coach is always trying to "fix" things up and informs Mr. Benbow that Booties is already married. He introduces Tad Cheseldine, the leading lady of the class play, as Booties' wife.
Booties and his "wife" move to honeymoon flats and entertain their friends lavishly. Meanwhile the supply of money furnished by Mr. Benbow is running low and when Salamanca Spevens, a colored wash lady, calls to collect she finds Mrs. Benbow is in disguise. She informs the police, but the ever ready Sandy introduces Mlle. Fleurette, a French costumer, as Booties' second wife.
A woman's party parade is held and Mr. and Mrs. Benbow, Sr., arrive. Booties' two wives appear on the scene at the same time and Mrs. Benbow is informed by the faithful Sandy that Booties has joined the Mormons.
Pennsylvania Avenue High School, Cumberland, senior class.
South Cumberland Library
26 cms x 20 cms
Printer: J. P. Bell, Lynchburg, Va.
School yearbooks; Cumberland (Md.)--Genealogy.
Cumberland, (Md.), 1928