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CT’s first play, “The Patsy,” took place in the Garfield High School Auditorium on Feb. 20-21, 1928. It was one of four plays CT put on its premiere year. The plot was about a Cinderella-type girl “who outwits her scheming sister to land a swell guy.” Down through the years “The Patsy” has survived, and in 2011 it was reproduced Off-Broadway to positive reviews in the New York press. CT’s first season ran until May 1928. A season ticket for the plays cost $2. Frieda Bedwell was the first season’s director. Each play offered a Friday and Saturday performance. The cast for “The Patsy” had to practice in an often cold venue as Garfield High School turned the heat off after classes were out. The first season’s third play, “Kempy,” which played on May 4 and 5, offered entertainment during intermissions, the first night by the Gerstmeyer High School Orchestra and on the second night by Wiley High’s orchestra. According to accounts of CT’s opening season, things went forward more or less smoothly for its first two plays, but two days before the performance of “Kempy” CT had its first crisis — the lead actor in the play, John Dunbar, was stricken with ptomaine poisoning and an emergency replacement from Indianapolis had to be brought in to learn the part. The “Black Friday” stock market crash and the onset of the Great Depression did not deter the fledgling theater group from making plans and moving forward. • Written Lifetime Warranty • Towing and Rental Cars Available • We Work with ALL Insurance Companies • Conveniently Located at 1st St. & Springhill Dr. 47 W Springhill Dr. • 812-232-3443 Mon. - Fri. 7:30 am - 5:30pm Sat: By Appt. Only www.MC2Collision.com 46 Terre Haute Living • December 2016 tribstar.com/terrehauteliving