This Thanksgiving pageant photo was taken at Roosevelt Elementary, Ridgefield Park, NJ circa 1955.
I played Goodwife Bradford in the Ravinia Elementary Thanksgiving pagent in 1959. I had the first line in the second act: “The common house needs cleaning.” It was my only line, because all the other girls needed to get their one line in. Then the boys came back on.
Now that I think of it, all the Indians were played by boys. Maybe that’s why the last of the Mohicans was the last.
I wonder if kids are still allowed to dress up as Indians — or is that cultural appropriation?Do they still sing, “We gather together to ask the Lord’s blessing. He hastens and chastens His will to make known . . . “? (I loved the rhyme of “hasten” and “chasten.”)