Mrs. Smyth, first grade teacher and ‘playwright’ produced and directed this first grader’s play in the ‘Gyambo Gym’. There were many community school plays produced and attended by a full ‘Gym/house’ throughout the year. At times they involved cast representing all grade levels and their families as well. Those skilled as artist helped produced the background sceneries, upper classes students assisted in mounting them on the Gym wall and playing the role as proctors. Elementary school parents contributed to designing, sewing and fitting costumes for the ‘actors’. These productions included elocutions by members at all grade levels, performances by the school chorus, particularly in celebration of Panamanian National and Christmas holidays. Upper class artists would paint the sceneries. Performers dreaded making any missteps least they would become targets of life long teasing by their cohorts.
Other than Joyce Holness, seen at far right, do you recognize any of the other actors in this scene?
Please share your memories and stories of school plays performed in the Gym in the ‘open space*’ segment.