NHS Theater begins!
The Gilded Maskers
Mr. Darrell Cutter, teacher of the dramatics class, would head The Gilded Maskers through uncharted territory this year. Members of the group would include transfer students from Bakersfield High to open the new school's theater program.
Other members of the group this year included Ralph Baker, Cliffette Flaherty, Gayle Garth, Judie Hayes, Melba Joslin, Delores Lindsey, Wallace Loesel, Marjorie Lough, Richard Lerdington, Jesslyn McGill, Todd Mauldin, Ruby Lauau, Bruce Spencer, Edna Tracy, Barbara Duehren.
Elected Officers included Joy Glascock, president, and Earlene Hollis, secretary-treasurer and also a National Thespian.
The first theatrical production at North High was an acting/ musical co-op of The Second Shepherd's Play performed in the original boy's gym.
When North High School opened in 1953, there were only plans for a proper theater building. Until that time, campus spaces were used for performances, such as the boy's gym, the cafeteria, a.k.a. Star Theater in-the-round, or the outdoor amphitheater, a.k.a. Moonlight Theater.
When these just wouldn't do, the Gilded Maskers chose to perform on the Standard School stage. Such was the case with The Imaginary Invalid, probably the spring play that first year.
The record shows that the production by The Gilded Maskers of The Imaginary Invalid was of the full-length play by Moliere. The performance was at Standard School theater, since North High was years away from the future on-campus Star Drama Center.
A shot from the wings of the stage at Standard School of the Gilded Maskers production of The Imaginary Invalid.
The Gilded Maskers, under Mr. Don Soelberg, continue to entertain and educate.
The Gilded Maskers this year included, from bottom, Joy Glascock, Ernie Halbert, Peggy Maberry, Ronnie Merrill, David Smith, Earlene Hollis, Mr. Soelberg, Earla Henton, Gary O'Dell, Doug Powell, Gary Wharton, Erma Hall, Wanda Cone, Linda Turner, Daphne Milner, Arthur Harrington, Bill Adams, Charlotte Reynolds, Lavern Curb, Judy Glascock, Ed Chilla, Judy Johnson.
An assembly in the boy's gym included a performance by The Gilded Maskers.
The assembly actors would need lots make up assistance, of course.
The Gilded Maskers would sponsor the Valentine's Dance in February. Here are registrations for "The Sweethearts of North High" dance by Elberta Richardson, Don Williams, Paula Stevenson, Don Ward, Ernie Halbert, and advisor, Mr. Solberg.
Ernie Halbert and friends, national thespians. The Gilded Maskers would soon rename themselves after becoming the chartered Troupe 1293 with the National Thespians Society.
Where's the Fire?
two nights on Standard School stage
was produced by the Community Theater and performed at Bakersfield High's Harvey Auditorium. The play included NHS Thespians.
Director Don Soelberg states in the article that Where's the Fire? is the "first big play...in the history of North High," which makes one wonder about last year's "The Imaginary Invalid." More info is needed...