“Oh Helpless Man,” and “All a Mistake” Were Ably Presented.
The cook came out of the kitchen and masqueraded as a man of parts while another gazabo was saved from the bleak fields of bachelorhood at the Library Auditorium where the actors of the Junior Class ably held forth yesterday afternoon and last night in two plays “All a Mistake” and “Oh Helpless Man.”
The two comedies were uniformly well presented before two fair sized audiences. The mistake occurred when Charles Jones, the lowly cook, applied for a job at the home of Mrs. Ball, Davina Harvey and was welcomed as “Jerry Luke,” Merle Overton. Considerable humor was wrung from the resultant situation and the final successful establishment of identities, “Jerry” dropping her impersonation of a boy and Jones confessing that he was used to frying potatoes. Other members of the cast were Evelyn Thompson, the niece of Mrs. Ball; Lucille Davenport and Kathryn Miller.
The “Helpless Man” was discovered sewing a button on the wrong side of his vest, we believe it was, by a girl who took pity on him and ended by becoming his wife, proving beyond a shade of a doubt that he was helpless.
The play was clever, holding many laugh-provoking situations and was excellently projected by Margaret Keating, as Mrs. Pinchbeck, Helen Dowson as Maurine Mann, the girl, Bill Smith as Raymond Osgood, the man, and Harry Watts, an expressman.
A Comedy in Four Acts
By Booth Tarkington
THE SENIOR CLASS OF
TRENTON HIGH SCHOOL
HIGH SCHOOL AUDITORIUM
Tuesday, May 26th 1925
SYNOPSIS OF SCENES
ACT 1–Anteroom to Mr. Wheeler’s private office.
ACT II–Living room of Mr. Wheeler’s home; three weeks later.
ACT III–The same that evening.
ACT IV–The same next morning.
Clarence has no medals, no shoulder bars, no great accomplishments. One of the “five millions,” he served where he was sent-though it was no further than Texas. As an entomologist he found- on this side of the ocean, no field for his special in the Great War. So they sent him to driving mules. Now, reduced to civil life, and seeking a job, he finds a position in the home of one Wheeler, a wealthy Englewood man with a family. And because he’d “been in the army,” he becomes guide, philosopher and friend to members of that agitated and distracted family group. Clarence’s position is an anomalous one. He mends the bathroom plumbing, he tunes the piano, he plays the saxophone, and all around him revolves such a group of characters as only “Booth Tarkington” could offer.
The Gold Bug
The Senior Class
of The Trenton High School
Thursday, May 29, 1924
William Legrand, The Butterfly
Barry Linton, The Friend
Jupiter, The Butler
Eugene Kipp, The Carolinian
Noll Phelan, The Mystery
Mr. Job Merrimack, Esq., The Bostonian
Isaac Milligan, The Grafter
Kate Horne, The Stenographer
Dollie Slattery, The Romantic
Old Hagar, The Vagrant
Jo Cherry, The Girl
Mrs. Horne, The Mother
Mrs. Farrington-Foster, The Aristocrat
Beulah Farrington Foster, The Debutante
Act. 1. William’s apartments in the Bachelor Club. New York City. Disinherited
Act. II. A newspaper office in Sullivan, S. C. Four months later. The Gold Bug
Act III. Same as Act II, a few hours later. The Code Message
Act IV. Same as Act III, ten days later. The Buried Treasure
THE STORY OF THE PLAY
The Gold Bug is a modern comedy telling the story of a gay young man in New York—how his millions palled on him —how he became penniless—how he tried to work for himself—how he was defeated and how he came back—how he sacrificed all his wealth for honor and how his sacrifice was rewarded.
William Legrand learns that his grandfather has disinherited him and starts out to carve his own way to fortune. He starts a little newspaper in a small town in South Carolina but only meets with slight success. A tempting offer is made him to enter a dishonorable business, but he decides to win or lose his own way in an honest manner. He finds a mysterious code message and succeeds in locating a chest of treasure buried years before by the pirates.
SYNOPSIS OF SCENES
Act I- Drawing room in the Dangerfield mansion in Virginia. Note-During this act the curtain will be lowered for a few seconds to indicate the passing of four hours time.
Act II-The kitchen-afternoon- Two day later.
Act III-The dining room-Just before dinner on same day.
Specialties-A moonlight sketch by Cleo Lewis, Eula Crawford, and Russel Hamilton Music by Trenton High School Orchestra
Produced with permission of Samuel French, Publisher.
Properties furnished by the Gipson Furniture Company and Hemley Furniture Company
I’m afraid you’ll be sorry you asked me to scribble in your memory book this is my first attempt this year, nevertheless, here goes. We are neighbors now hope we always will be. I haven’t been with you much but enough to share your trials in practicing on the Junior class play “Just a Little Miss Take” and how you are going to make your dress. hope will always be fellow sufferers.