McKinley Theater Group

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Jim was a teacher, a mentor and a caring friend to those of us who were lucky enough to find our way to McKinley Theater Group. Beyond enlisting us in every aspect of producing (and performing in) plays, musicals and original shows he imparted to us the the values of discipline, consistency, persistence, camaraderie and humility.

During his 42-year involvement with McKinley High School, Jim produced and directed more than:
4 evenings of one-act plays;
13 original revues/musicals;
31 plays; and
36 musicals.

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Alumni members of McKinley Theater Group have gone on to have successful careers on Broadway, in television, in film and on international stages.

1963-64
The Bat by Mary Roberts Rinehart

1964-65
Hello, Broadway! (original revue)
Anastasia by Guy Bolton
“In Quarto” (4 one-acts)
The Valiant by Holworthy Hall and Robert Middlemass
The Little Man Who Wasn’t There by Earl J Dias
The Sandbox by Edward Albee
Happy Face by R.J. Colleary

1965-66
The Skin of Our Teeth by Thornton Wilder
Here’s Hollywood! (original revue)
The Happy Journey by Thornton Wilder
West Side Story Excerpts (for the McKinley humanities program)

1966-67
In This Hawaiian Net by Lloyd Stone
Once Upon a Mattress (musical) by Mary Rodgers
Ten Little Indians by Agatha Christie

1967-68
“Two for Tonight” (2 one-acts)
The Brick and the Rose by Lewis John Carlino
The Love Game (original musical by J. A. Nakamoto and Billy Kurch)
1984 Adapted from the novel by George Orwell
Fanny the Frivolous Flapper (original revue)
Dope by Maryat Lee

1968-69
Peter Pan (musical with flying rigging by Peter Foy) by Carolyn Leigh, Mark Charlap, Jule Styne, Betty Comden and Adolph Green
The Rimers of Eldritch by Lanford Wilson
Now We Are Free by Chris Chibnal

1969-70
Now Is the Time for All Good Men by Gretchen Wyler
Cinderella (musical) by Rodgers and Hammerstein
Whoopee, We’re All Gonna Die (original revue)
“Shibai” (2 one-acts)
Kendo
Migawari Zazen (The Zen Substitute)

1970-71
The Serpent by Jean Claude van Itallie
Marathon 33 by June Havoc
Celebration (musical) by Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt
“Three!” (3 one-acts)
An Echo of Wings by George Herman
Next by Terrence McNally
The Diary of Adam and Eve adapted from Mark Twain by David Birney
Winners by Brian Friel

1971-72
Man of La Mancha (musical) by Dale Wasserman,Joe Darion and Mitch Leigh
The Snow Queen adapted from Hans Christian Andersen
Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
The Me Nobody Knows (musical) by Gary William Friedman and Will Holt
Viet Rock (musical) by Megan Terry
Earth Song (original revue)
Hubris (original revue)

1972-73
Oliver (musical) by Lionel Bart
Lute Song (musical) by Raymond Scott, Sidney Howard, Will Irwin and Bernard Hanighen
The Playroom by Mary Drayton
Now (original revue)
Moving On (original revue)

1973-74
Camelot (musical) by Lerner and Lowe
The Sound of Music (musical) by Rodgers and Hammerstein
The Lion Who Wouldn’t by Gifford W. Wingate
No Hawaii Au (original Hawaiian play)

1974-75
Count Dracula by Ted Tiller
The Apple Tree (musical) by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick,
Two Gentlemen of Verona (musical) by John Guare, Mel Shapiro and Galt MacDermot
Wanted: A Future

1975-76
Godspell (musical) by Steven Schwartz
West Side Story (musical) by Jerome Robbins, Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim
Song for a New World (musical) by Jason Robert Brown
I Like the Sound of America (musical)

1976-77
Celebration (musical) by Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt
Hello Dolly (musical) by Jerry Herman and Michael Stewart, adapted from Thornton Wilder
You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown (musical) by Clark Gesner
Tricks (musical) by Jerry Blatt and Jonnie Burstein, adapted from Moliere’s Scapin

1977-78
The Fabulous Fable Factory (musical) by Joseph Robinette and Thomas Tierney
The Hobbit (musical) by David Rogers, Allan Jay Friedman and Ruth Perry
Moments (musical based on “Washington Square”)
Shrew! (musical) by Richard A. Barbie

1978-79
The Good Doctor by Neil Simon
Jesus Christ Superstar (musical) by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice
Allison Wonderland (musical) by Thom Racina

1979-80
A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare
Twelf Night O Wateva (pidgin-style musical) by James Grant Benton

1980-81
Stop the World I Want to Get Off (musical) by Leslie Bricusse
Story Theatre (musical) by Paul Sills

1981-82
Growing Up Naked (musical) by Richard A. Barbie
The Wiz (musical) by William F. Brown, Charlie Smalls and Timothy Graphenreed

1982-83
The Girl in the Mirror by Bruce Jacoby
Dope by Maryat Lee

1983-84
Charlie and Algernon (musical) by David Rogers and Charles Strouse
Voices from the High School (musical) by Peter Dee

The following shows were produced by the Humanities Learning Center with Jim directing.

1986-87
Thirteen Daughters (musical) by Eaton Magoon
America, the Beautiful (original revue)

1987-88
Shakespeare Is Alive and Well and Living at McKinley (original presentation written by students and presented in cooperation with HTY, directed by Daniel A. Kelin II)

1991
Kalakoa and “Kaleidoscope (original shows based on writings of students)

1993
Antigone by Robinson Jeffers

1994
The Brick and the Rose by Lewis John Carlino
Rabbit by Nina Raine

The following shows were produced and directed by Jim at McKinley while in retirement.

2002
Chikamatsu’s Forest by Ed Sakamoto

2003
Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

2004
You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown (musical) by Clark Gesner

2005
Two Acts of Courage

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