Wednesday, February 25, 2009

An Operetta in Two Acts: 1924

On Monday evening, April 7, 1924, the students of Itawamba Agricultural High School presented Love Pirates of Hawaii (large resolution full program), an operetta in two acts published in 1918 by Otis M. Carrington. The operetta was held in the school's auditorium in the two-story school building.

Starring students Fannie Crouch, Eva Lou Fears, Fleeta Wiginton and Maurine Gaither, the operetta also featured Benford Raden, Henry Bourland and Alvis Grissom. The chorus of Hawaiian girls were Pansy Rutledge, Bernice Fikes, Ozella Houston, Mamie Birdsong, Oleta Addington, Utrinka Collum, Mabra Brook, Tula Brassfield, Rivers Christian, Eloise Birdsong, Beatrice Franks and Ruth Boren. The chorus of pirates included Stanley Sheffield, Rolen Cooper, Willie Davis, Stoessle Cooper, Guy Graham, Marvin Ferguson, and Theron Marlin.

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