Okay. Okay. They say the first thing to go is your memory. Well, that may be true... thank God some of my old classmates have better memories than me. It was Jan Powell (not pictured) who was duo- cast as Yum Yum with Sally Wheeler. Jennifer Nesheim played the role Katisha. Ed Fitz as Ko-Ko The Tailor. Scott Leverenz a Pooh-Bah. Mike Murnin as The Mikado (also directed his Freshman year!!) David Frye was Pish-Tush, Mark Campbell as Nanki-Poo, Harriet Burkholder was Peep-Bo and the late Ann Brownell was PItti-Sing.
An old high school friend found The Wheezer Society whilst surfing around the tangle web we weave. Jan Powell was not only in "The Baby Blues" our sophomore year at Grant High, but she was in the cast of The Mikado our freshman year (1969-70), double cast as Katisha Yum Yum with Sally Wheeler (who I also recently heard from). Jennifer Nesheim Moellenkamp played the role Katisha.
It's worthy to note that this was one of the first times that some of The Wheezer Society members started working together, including Mike Murnin, who directed and also starred as "The Mikado", Scott Leverenz as Pooh-Bah, Tom O'Brien, Steve Lindstedt and Doug Byers among "The Townspeople of Titipu".
Several years ago, I digitized the only known recording of our fine work from an old crumbling cassette tape. I've been meaning to make it available. Here's a snippet of "The Lord High Executioner" with Ed Fitz as KoKo the Tailor.
Grant High classmate Ann Brownell has passed away after a recent fight with breast cancer. Ann was in our cast of The Mikado at Grant High in 1970. One of the "Three Little Maids" along with Sally Wheeler (Yum-Yum) Harriet Burkholder (Pitti-Sing). Ann is first on the left in the front row. Oregon Live has an obit
A wheezer of a video on You Tube = offering a Star Trek/Monty Python mashup. LINK
Motherfucker cocksucker! Cunt-tit! Piss-Shit! Fuck! - George Carlin is dead.
The Portland Parks Bureau's old Theatre Workshop was an important part of the Wheezer's early years. Most of the Wheezer's anyway. From starting out in the chorus of "Oliver!" in 1969 to Mike Murnin's directing of "You're a Good Man Charlie Brown" several years later, our various levels of involvement, especially during our high school years, was a great learning ground for acting, dancing, singing and life in general.
One influential person that directed many of Theatre Workshop's productions was Steve Smith. Steve was also involved with many other local theatre groups at the time, including the old Portland Civic Theatre, where us Wheezer's were also involved with dozen's of productions.
Imagine our surprise when, after 30 years of not seeing a glimpse of theatre guru Steve Smith, he turns up in this local production of The Giver.