The Middletown High School Drama Club
Not Far From The Gioconda Tree
by Tim Kelly

performed May 16 & 17, 1969
Directed by Paul Venancio & Diane DeSantis
Class of 1970 Junior Play

The Cast
Bonnie Robinson, Sue Gilmore, Judy Scott, Lynn McCaffery, Joy Moss,
Maryann Botelho, Linda Vars [did they have specific parts?]
The Crew
Student Assistants
Paul Pavis, Bob Blake, Sue Sherman
Alan Feinstein
Poster Design
Betsy McClintock
Amy Brock and Maryann Mytinger
Lights & Set
Dudley Beal and Ken Lord
Diane Demers, Linda Reynolds, Susan Spencer,
Karen Emery, Debbie Calvin, Sandy Bonenberg
Bonnie Robinson

(We don't know who played what for this production.  If you were involved in this show or have a program or remember anything about it, PLEASE e-mail me so I can update this page. I'll be sure to give you credit J. Thank you!)

Thank you to Claire (Silvia) Pimentel for the scan from the Newport Daily News (5/19/69).
"In 1917 a pilgrimage of 100 noblewomen set out for the Holy Land. While they were gone, the Russian Revolution broke out and they could not return. Some went elsewhere to start new lives, but others elected to remain in Jerusalem, believing that matters at home would soon change for the better. Years pass into decades and still a handful of women remain--waiting. They refuse to acknowledge the passage of time. Their once regal gowns are now shabby black; their conversations a continual battle to keep out reality. This play tells the story of seven of these old Russian princesses." - from the Pioneer Drama Service on-line catalog.

Maryann Botelho
Maryann Botelho, Joy Moss, Lynn McCaffrey
"I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daylight of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality." (from the program)
This play was performed with The Lottery and Student Verses.