AUGUST 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19, 1978
WAUWATOSA WEST HIGH SCHOOL
by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II
Spanning the years from 1880 to 1927, this lyrical masterpiece concerns the lives, loves and heartbreaks of three generations of show folk on the Mississippi, in Chicago and on Broadway (and their life-long friends). The primary plot follows Magnolia, the naive daughter of the show boat captain, as she marries a gambler and moves with him to Chicago. His gambling continues as his debts compound, and soon he deserts her and their young daughter. A subplot concerns the potential arrest of Magnolia’s selfless best friend on charges of miscegenation when it’s discovered that she is mulatto, and her subsequent downward spiral into despair. The passing of time reunites Magnolia and her now-grown daughter with her family on the show boat as well as with her husband, who eventually returns offering a hopeful second chance at familial fulfillment.
MARCH 2, 3, 9, 10, 1979
HAWTHORNE JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL
BY LUCILE FLETCHER
Unable to sleep, Elaine Wheeler paces the living room of her Manhattan townhouse, troubled by unsettling memories and vague fears. Her husband tries to comfort her, but when he steps away for a moment Elaine screams as she sees (or believes she sees) the body of a dead man in the window across the way. The police are called, but find nothing except an empty chair. Elaine’s terror grows as shortly thereafter she sees still another body—this time a woman’s—but by now the police are skeptical and pay no heed to her frantic pleas. Her husband, claiming that Elaine may be on the verge of a breakdown, calls in a lady psychiatrist, who agrees with his suggestion that Elaine should commit herself to a sanitarium for treatment. From this point on, the plot moves quickly and grippingly as those involved—Elaine’s old friend and house guest Blanche; the inquisitive and rather sinister man who lives next door; and the nosy German maid Helga—all contribute to the deepening suspense and mystery of the play as it draws towards its riveting and chilling climax.
APRIL 20TH, 21ST, 27TH AND 28TH, 1979
HAWTHORNE MIDDLE SCHOOL
BASED ON THE MUSIC OF COLE PORTER
WRITTEN BY DALE GUTZMAN
Tonight we celebrate the music and lyrics of Cole Porter. Cole was much more than just a songwriter; he captured the life styles, views, troubles and whims of the people about whom he wrote.
Success was never a problem for Cole. If anything did depress him or hold him back, it was demand by the public for more charming list songs which obstructed his desire to write serious music. In fact, if you examine every show that Cole wrote, you will find the list songs, but also, you will find a few attempts to stretch the musical spectrum. He altered rhythms, created new rhyme schemes, extended the musical line and left us a legacy of his unparalleled hits in the history of composing.
Cole suffered a tragic riding accident and was to spend the rest of his life in great pain. This pain, too, he put into his songs. We are still discovering today the complexities and depth of his work. His last song was "Wouldn't It Be Fun Not to Be Famous". Throughout his life he sought to avoid the glare of the spotlight, but his genius demanded recognition, and we are ever grateful that it did. Join u then, won't you, for the Cole Porter Revue ....... "It's De-lovely".