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Newport News High School
 Stage Crew Homerooms 


Miss Dorothy Crane
1962 Anchor, p. 5
University of West Virginia, B.A.
Northwestern University
University of Michigan
Carnegie Tech


Stage Manager - James Bunn
p. 98

Stage Manager - ??
p. 80


Stage Manager - W.D. Dangler
p. 73

Stage Manager - Henry Goad ?
p. 101


Stage Manager - Henry Goad
p. 102

Stage Manager - Gerald Moore
p. 55


Stage Manager - Joe Thweatt
p. 59

Stage Manager - Joe Thweatt
p. 56


Stage Manager - Eddie Nichols
p. 94

Stage Manager - Richard Honeycutt
p. 40


Stage Manager - Kenny Carter
p. 34

Stage Manager - Kenny Carter
p. 103


Stage Manager - Bill Black
p. 86

Stage Manager - Wayne Young
p. 55



I am looking for some information on Joe Thweatt, NNHS Class of 1961. We were on the stage crew together and were good friends in high school. He was stage manager for two years before I was. He went to the shipyard from high school (Apprentice School I believe) but has since moved on. I have heard he is in Washington State but not sure. I believe he was voted Best Looking on the Class of 1961.

- Ed Nichols ('62) of Northern VA - 11/29/05
Thanks, Eddie! Perhaps someone out there will know!

Hi Carol,

The pic of NNHS sent by Chip Clark is incredible. It is the background of one of my pc's. After staring for awhile I focused on the auditorium behind the school. It was one of the finest auditoriums around. It had great lighting and a then state of the art sound system. It also took a fulltime stage crew to run it. After a painful paddle initiation to the stage crew I was introduced to a trap door under the auditorium that led to a tunnel that went inside the walls of the school. We could climb a wall to go two stories up that took us to the prop room for the drama department. You could actually go behind the lockers. Getting out of class was easy if you worked on the stage crew and we would explore the wonders under the school and inside the walls. We would play ball tag in the auditorium by wrapping cloths up into a taped up ball. Someone would work the light controls and then cut the lights on and off and whoever was it would throw the ball at the other person but the lights could go out at any time to add to the thrill. We would also climb the pin rail on the stage almost two stories up and swing on the rope across the stage and back to the pin rail. It was always fun to go to the grid almost 4 stories up and up the spiral stairs to the roof of the auditorium to grab a smoke and watch the action downtown and what was visible of the river. It is sad to note that the old auditorium was torn down. It had acoustics in it that would rival Willet Hall in Portsmouth. I am sure other people knew of the tunnels but they were a well kept secret by stage crew members.

- Tim Parsons ('73) of VA - 12/07/05
Tunnels??? Inside the walls??? COOL!!!

To Tim Parsons:

A tunnel under the auditorium? That's news to me... where exactly? Unless you're talking about that open shaft connecting the 'paint room'
on the first floor to the 'stage crew homeroom' on the second floor.

By all means, let's have a Stage Crew Homeroom page.

Just leave off any reference to "pink bellies". 'Nuff said.

Most of my personal favorite memories of the stage crew were in '66, when the Community Theatre did "My Fair Lady" and on strike night, our faculty sponsor, Mr. Tod Christian ( Jane's older brother ), went around counting nail holes in the floor and handed Hilliard Marshall ( since he was probably the "producer" of that particular production ) a bill for -I don't remember- fifty or sixty dollars. Hilliard thought he was kidding, and when Mr. Christian ( jeeze.. why, after forty years, do I still think of him as that? ) said he was serious, Hilliard hit the roof! I don't think it was ever paid, and they chalked it up to 'normal wear and tear to the stage'.

But later that same year, during, I think "A Man for All Seasons", somebody had the bright idea to put a c-clamp on the house curtain ( which was rigged to open and shut horizontally, and not fly in and out ) on the stage left side, about six feet up. During strike night, the guys on the pin rail were flying out all the velour legs so we could get the scenery off-stage and give the place a clean sweep. Of course, they couldn't see all the way across the stage, so when one of the community theatre people yelled up to them "Okay, now, fly the main outa here!", and it didn't want to budge right away, they all jumped on the line and put their combined weight on it. I was standing near the roll-up door, and it seemed that the whole stage got quiet for a second, then came the muted sound of velour ripping apart. Hilliard was there that night and grinned and said: "Well, okay.. That one we'll pay for.

Then there was the time "Zizi Jean Marie and her French Revue" came to town.. Uh... Never mind.. That story ain't for general consumption.

- Bill Black ('66) of GA - 12/08/05
Thanks, Bill!

Being the Stage Manager at NNHS my senior year, 1961-62 I am looking forward to the stage crew homeroom page that you are working on. Alvah Campbell and I were in the homeroom for 3 and 1/2 years and George "Biddy" Whitehurst and Larry Robertson were HR members and graduated with us in 1962. All HR members considered themselves one of Ms. Crane's boys. Having her in your corner was a huge asset.

- Ed Nichols ('62) of Northern VA - 05/15/08
Thanks, Eddie!

There's No Business Like Show Business

Words and Music by Irving Berlin, Annie Get Your Gun, 1950

There's no business like show business like no business I know
Everything about it is appealing, everything that traffic will allow
Nowhere could you get that happy feeling when you are stealing that extra bow

There's no people like show people, they smile when they are low
Even with a turkey that you know will fold, you may be stranded out in the cold
Still you wouldn't change it for a sack of gold, lets go on with the show

The butcher, the baker, the grocer, the clerk
Are secretly unhappy men because
The butcher, the baker, the grocer, the clerk
Get paid for what they do but no applause.
They'd gladly bid their dreary jobs goodbye for anything theatrical and why?

There's no business like show business and I tell you its so
Traveling through the country is so thrilling, standing out in front on opening nights
Smiling as you watch the theater filling, and there's your billing out there in lights

There's no people like show people, they smile when they are low
Angels come from everywhere with lots of jack, and when you lose it, there's no attack
Where could you get money that you don't give back? lets go on with the show

(There's no business like show business like no business I know)
You get word before the show has started that your favorite uncle died at dawn
Top of that, your pa and ma have parted, you're broken-hearted, but you go on

(There's no people like show people, they smile when they are low)
Yesterday they told you you would not go far, that night you open and there you are
Next day on your dressing room they've hung a star, lets go on with the show!!

(This page was created - at long last - on 05/17/08.)

"Piece of cake. There's No Business Like Show Business."

- Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 05/17/08
Brilliant! Thanks, Dave!

"There's No Business Like Show Business" midi courtesy of
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('65) of VA - 05/17/08
Thanks, Dave!

"There's No Business Like Show Business" lyrics courtesy
also at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('65) of VA - 05/17/08
Thanks again, Dave!

Stage Lights clip art courtesy of - 05/17/08

Orange Dot clip art courtesy of - 05/17/08

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