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1969 - 1970

Thespians Troupe 1293

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This year introduces Roger Upton to NHS Thespians Troupe1293 who would become an accomplished theatrical costumer locally.

June Gaede

returns as Thespians director and advisor.

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This year, two new traditions began for NHS theater.
The Thespians gave themselves an additional moniker - The Motley Theater Group.  Also, the Star Drama Center received the new name of O'Neill Hall, named for an administrator in the Kern High School District.

the Senior Class Play

Creon (Bob Stuck) appears to look on at Antigone (Susan Mooney) in the arms of Haemon.

Antigone struggles to free herself from Creon's guards (Chuck Cauthon, Bill Herron).

Nurse (Alice Scott) fears she has failed with Antigone's upbringing.

Flowers for Algernon

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The Motley Theater Group produced Flowers for Algernon, that favorite of many-a high school play, in late August of 1970. The group was made up of former NHS Thespians who joined NHS summer drama workshop students in the experience.

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P.J. Finlay and Bob Stuck rehearse Pygmalion.

Senior Thespians

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Susan Mooney

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Bob Stuck

1970 - 1971

The North Star Players are born!


June Gaede continues as

Thespians director and advisor.

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This year, National Thespians Troupe 1293 would begin to call its mainstage acting company

The North Star Players.

David Fields, Jerry Hubard, and Bill Lewis at the Thespians initiation event.

Agatha Christie's
The Mouse Trap

NHS's first production of The Mouse Trap included cast members Susan Holson, Mark Suorez, Roy Cook, Pam Kaff, Ken Blanton, Terry Louks, David Fields, Pete DeArmond. This was ther first North Star Players production.

 Pete Fields and Terry Louks,  wait to enter. 

Liz McKinney at rehearsal watches from the house.

Technically speaking

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These are the North Star Players, technically.

O'Neill Hall parallels were used to build a stage in the cafeteria, for some reason...

Judy Herndon, Properties Specialist, is propped on the stage proper, properly checking the props list.

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Actors Benny Andelotte and Nina Dean look up to fellow Star Player Kathy McCrary.

Modern Dance

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NHS modern dancers perform "Words in Motion"

  the Down


Characters of Up the Down Staircase starting class...

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Senior Thespians,
North Star Players 
graduating 1971

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Jerry Allman

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Peter DeArmond

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Kenneth Blanton

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David Fields

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Susan Holson

Terry Louks

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Mark Suorez

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