Theatrical Productions

Annie Sullivan, played by Leslie Lane, and Kate Keller, played by Sylvia Blyholder, aid Helen Keller, played by Charlene McKee, as she struggles in her dark world, from "The Miracle Worker."
Annie Sullivan, played by Leslie Lane, and Kate Keller, played by Sylvia Blyholder, aid Helen Keller, played by Charlene McKee, as she struggles in her dark world, from “The Miracle Worker.”
Vickie Hileman applies Sean Harison's make-up while finished product Mike Smith puffs on a cigarette.
Vicki Hileman applies Sean Harrison’s make-up while finished product Mike Smith puffs on a cigarette.
Annibel, played by Becky Segers, exclaims over the condition of the house while Kimber, played by Mike Smith, hangs on to his suspenders in the beginning of "George Washington Sletp Here."
Annibel, played by Becky Segers, exclaims over the condition of the house while Kimber, played by Mike Smith, hangs on to his suspenders in the beginning of “George Washington Slept Here.”
Rick Bashor and Theresa Smith pass the time playing chess during a scene from "George Washington Slept Here."
Rick Bashor and Theresa Smith pass the time playing chess during a scene from “George Washington Slept Here.”

Playing Around

The theatre darkened, the curtain opened and the play entertained the audience for a little while.

What they saw was the finished product of many weeks of work. The actors were only the beginning; sets had to be built, costumes and props acquired, make-up created, lights and sound coordinated.

Behind the scenes of three plays was Mrs. Pat Collier, directing members of the Drama Department. “George Washington Slept Here,” a comedy, was presented in the fall. “American Names,” a Bicentennial program given in February, included scenes from three famous American plays, “The Devil and Daniel Webster,” “Our American Cousin” and “The Miracle Worker.” The senior play was planned for late spring.

Out of the footlights, members of the Creative Drama classes went to local elementary schools where they involved children in the basics of drama by having them tell a story with pantomime and sound effects.

Competitively, drama students went with the Debate Squad to the University of Arkansas tournament where they performed the Reader’s Theatre “Johnny Pye and the Fool Killer.” They also took “Star Spangle and Company” to state.

Summing up the year, senior Sylvia Blyholder said, “It was a lot of hard work, but it was worth it.”

Curtain. Applause!

— 1976 Amethyst

Mathemagicians

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Front row, from left: Marian Crum (sponsor), Simone Killian, Glen Berry, Kim White, Laura McGoodwin, Candy Treat, Rachel Skoney (secretary), Teresa Fields (president), Judy Goff, Becky Segers, Cristine Wolf, Nina Rolloff, Mike Bihn, Van Bennett, Brian Holt, Rick Turner, Marc Riviere. Second row: Debbie Adam, Betsy Stewart, Sheryl Willis, Mohini Chatrothi, Sylvia Blyholder, Kris Chatrothi, Brian Haring, Michael Simpson, Charles Alison, Jeff Hobbs, Mike Brooks, Becky Thomas, Patty Gannon, Jim Beavers, Michael Rudko, Pam Sills, Mark Rupert, Bob Storey. Third row: Terri Kirk, Nancy Pennington, Nancy Hamm, B.L. Lancaster, Alan Solis, Sadhana Mishra, Allison Level, Pam Taylor, Tommie Flowers, Sara Skinner, Georgia Buckley, Kelle Green, Lisa Wallis, Jerry Paulissen, David Cordes, George Alison, Kirk Walters, Johnny Hulett, Janet Roberts. Back Row: Jennifer Desmarais, Katherine Edman, Patricia Ammons, Melissa Teas, Jessica Lowe, Lisa Flynn, Mary Sekiguchi, Gina Turner, Laurie Leonard, Mary Laney, Carolyn Reilly, Sandra Glass, Carolyn Davis, Barbara Leeton, John Stephens, Billy Ourand, Steven Yancey, Marc McGuire, Janet Drake.

According to some of its members, Mu Alpha theta existed “to promote interest in math,” “to help someone get a scholarship,” “to get mathematicians together for business and fun,” “to look good on your transcript.”

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Superintendent Harry Vandergriff along with Teresa Fields, president, congratulates Carolyn Davis after her initiation into Mu Alpha Theta.

But in the eyes of Mu Alpha Theta sponsor, Mrs. Marian Crum, the club was organized “to recognize and encourage outstanding work or scholarship in mathematics.”

At the annual Christmas part, Barbara Leeton was crowned “Sprouts” champion. “Sprouts” is a complicated dot-to-dot game of skill, logic and a bit of luck.

On the agenda for Mu Alpha Theta members in ’75-’76 was a field trip to Tulsa to visit the American Airlines Maintenance Center and Oral Roberts University. The group received reduced rates on Texas Instruments calculators, purchased a new calculator for the advanced math classes and attended the national convention in West Chester, Pennsylvania.

Libby Stewart and Hee-Young Kim enjoy refreshments after the initiation.
Libby Stewart and Hee-Young Kim enjoy refreshments after the initiation.