May 1, 2017
This is “Our Past Is Present” from the Geary County Historical Society.
On April 23, 1949, the curtain went up on the Junction City High School Senior Class Play titled “A Date With Judy." The play was a comedy directed by Miss Whilhimina Engler and starred Lorraine Hildebrand as Judy Foster, the vivacious teenage miss, who kept her family and friends in a constant state of amusement and amazement. Johnny Englemohr was cast in the role of Judy’s precocious brother and Fred Brown and Marilyn Swartz were Judy’s loving parents. Others in the play were Duane Newsome as Oogie Pringle, Jeannie Parkerson as Mitzie and Joann Kaster played Barbara, Judy’s fair weather friend.
The play’s story line was about a Mr. Martindale, who was a New York play producer. Mr. Martindale, played by Harold Johnson, came to the small town where Judy and others lived to get away from the confusion of the big city to rest and relax, while visiting his friend Melvin Foster. However, one thing led to another when jealousy and misunderstandings abound.
The “Junction City Union” newspaper reported that the production was enthusiastically received during their Friday evening performance with approximately 500 persons who attended the play.