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"Seven Keys to Baldpate"

Cover of Baldpate Script

Based on the book by Earl Derr Biggers and written for the stage by George M. Cohan.

Presented at the Wakefield High School Auditorium, Arlington, Virginia

at 8 pm on Saturday 19 February and 3 pm Sunday 20 February 1966

by the Arlington Workshop Players with the following

CAST:

William Hallowell Magee.....................Jerry Khatcheressian

Eliza Quimby.........................................................Jane Hale

John Bland.................................................Bill Kaffenberger

Jiggs Kennedy...............................................Randy Nesseler

Mary Norton..........................................................Val Feiler

Mayor Jim Cargan................................................Jack House

Thomas Hayden.............................................Richard Rivera

Cora Quimby......................................................Susan Neary

Lou Max...............................................................Dan Adams

Myra Thornhill............................................Elayne Danielson

Mrs. Rhodes................................................................BJ Lilly

Peters the Hermit.........................................Mitch Morehead

Owner of Baldpate.....................................................Jim Polk

Cop.........................................................................Doug Polk

PRODUCED BY DORRIT CARROLL

DIRECTED BY BOB O'CONNOR

PHOTOGRAPHY BY WILLIAM ROSENMUND

Original program

Above is a copy of the original program.

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PLOT SUMMARY: Novelist William Hallowell Magee makes a bet with his publisher, who happens to also be the owner of the Baldpate Inn, that he cannot spend the night in such a haunted place and successfully also write a new novel in just one night. Magee takes up the bet and through a series of misadventures with some local cutthroats and thieves as well as the local hermit and the constable, he manages to get through the night only to discover it was all a ruse and the bad buys were just actors put up to the game by the owner of the inn.

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For reasons lost in the history of 30 plus years ago, the Wakefield Drama Department and Thespian Troupe did not present a Spring play production during the 1965-66 school year. Taking up the slack with a cast of then current and recent Wakefield students, among which were many Thespian members, this production by the Arlington Workshop Players became the "defacto" Spring play for Wakefield. It appeared on the Wakefield Auditorium stage about four weeks prior to when the "official" Spring play would have occurred. Naturally the actors didn't care one way or the other WHO was putting on the production; it was just another chance to show off!

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Below are some nice photos from one of the final dress rehearsals for the production.

Magee checks out Myra

Magee checks out Myra while the others watch.

Hayden defends himself

Hayden defends himself while Myra and Bland look on.

Bland confronts Hayden

Bland confronts Hayden over alleged abuses.

Lou Max makes a point while the others look on

Lou Max makes a point while the others look on.

Cargan makes a point

Mayor Cargan makes a point.

Bland settles a score

Bland settles a score.

Jiggs Kennedy comes on the scene

Jiggs Kennedy comes on the scene to begin his investigation.

Baldpate Owner Appears

A surprise appearance by the owner of the Baldpate Inn.

Bland Laughs at Magee

Bland has a laugh as the deception is revealed to Magee.

The cast

The entire cast, left to right: Doug Polk, Bill Kaffenberger, Richard Rivera, Jane Hale, Freida Neary, Mitch Morehead, Valerie Feiler, Jerry Khatcheressian, Elayne Danielson, Randy Nesseler, BJ Lilly, Jack House, Dan Adams, Jim Polk.

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Now for some news clippings of the time, the first from a February edition of the Northern Virginia Sun and the second from the Weekender section of a February issue of the Washington Star. Left to right in the photo are Elayne Danielson, Bill Kaffenberger, and Jerry Khatcheressian.

Seven Keys News Number One

Seven Keys News Number Two

Click here for a link to Earl Derr Biggers Information

Click here for a link to George M. Cohan information

Click here for a link to Samuel French, Inc. (a good source of play scripts ---- including "Seven Keys")

 

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(With the exception of the script cover which is Copyrighted by Samuel French, Inc.

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