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The way it was: All-school play -- 1938

May 5, 2013 By Alejandra Silva, Staff Writer

Graduation at Riverton High School was approaching in 1938 when the school staged its all-school play at the original RHS gymnasium on "high school hill" on West Main.

The play was titled "The Patsy," described as a "rollicking comedy and a "riotous modern melodrama" concerning a teen-age girl named Patsy and her "madcap family," was directed by Lois Horn, later to gain national recognition as a high school speech and drama coach following her marriage to Kemper Sackman.

A "teaser skit" was performed for grade school students at Jefferson School, followed by the full three-act presentation over the next two days. One was a matinee, the other an 8 p.m. curtain. Admission was 10 cents for the school skit, 20 cents for the matinee show, with reserved seats at the evening performance going for 40 cents, general admission 25 cents.

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Cast members of the Riverton High School play

Cast members of the Riverton High School play "The Patsy," from left, Paul Drake, Marjorie King, Elsie Welton, Lyle Parks , Rod Otto and Frances Slagle (who played Patsy), pictured on May 19, 1938. File photo


Cast members of the Riverton High School play

Cast members of the Riverton High School play "The Patsy," from left, Paul Drake, Marjorie King, Elsie Welton, Lyle Parks , Rod Otto and Frances Slagle (who played Patsy), pictured on May 19, 1938. File photo

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