You got through high school your way, I got through high school my way.
I had done a couple of plays in eighth grade: Tish, “a screaming romp that audiences will cheer” (according to the Samuel French catalog) and good old Life With Father. I didn’t know anything about playing actions or finding moments. I just sort of leaned into the wind and took off. Well, it felt like flying, anyway.
In ninth grade, I tried out for the Viking Masquers, North Shore High’s musical comedy squad helmed by Mr. Bruce R. Mooney.
My audition piece was a lift from the remarkable Orson Bean: a rhyme-free a cappella item called “A 1959 American Folk Song”. I got laughs. I got in. Thanks, Orson.
We did a lot of stuff under the Viking Masquers’ banner—musicals, dramas, comedies, revues—as well as with Mr. Mooney’s Summer Theater Workshop. That’s where things really took root: without the distracting classes and academic pressures of high school proper, I began to see all this as more than just a good time. I felt I might be glimpsing my future.
The literal meaning of nostalgia is “the pain of remembering”. I painlessly post the text above and the pix below because they tickle me. I hope they do the same for you.
I remember all these days and nights vividly from the inside. It’s nice to have the pics to see what it looked like from without.
I’ll post more of these as I continue to rummage. And hey, I wasn’t the only one who kept his high school play pics, right? Whether or not you went professional, get ’em out and let’s have a look at ’em: post via Twitter @MJMcKean.
Thank you for the pictures and stirring up great memories!
Really love the photos and the memories Mike. Each photo brings back vivid memories. Those were the days, my friend!!
These bring back great memories, Mike. Thanks for sharing. Trying out for Viking Masquers was scary. Thanks to Mr Mooney for all he taught us about theater, performing and stage work. He’s the best!
HI Mike – Thanks for the wonderful pics! Loved being in the pit for the musicals…great fun!
My Mom (NSHS English teacher) told me she always new you’d be a success….you essays were wonderful.
Take good care.
Great stuff, man. What a trip down memory lane.
Weren’t you in the Taliesin as “Most Likely to get into Acting”