Curtain Going Up poster
July 29–30, 1954
Palisades Building, Balboa Park

Directed by Clare Murphy
Written by Gregory Johnston


Our 6th Season, 1953-1954

Curtain Going Up!

Among the comic obstacles facing Miss Burgess in producing her first play at the high school are a grouchy janitor, disappearing scripts, crossed up romances, a stage struck heroine and her bewildered boyfriend, an actor with a swollen head, a disgruntled athlete who feels out of place on stage, a flamboyant professional actress with advice, a banker’s daughter driven to theft and, perhaps most unexpected of all, a romance for Miss Burgess herself!

A JT Premiere! Recommended for all ages.

Gregory Johnston’s comedy, Curtain Going Up, was performed by the high school drama class of the 1954 San Diego Junior Theatre summer session. Two evening performances were held at the Puppet Theatre in Balboa Park.

Among the players was thirteen year-old La Jolla High School student Raquel Tejada, who would become known as Raquel Welch.

Partial Cast

Miss Irene Burgess -

Lorry Fuller - Raquel Tejada

Nancy Leveridge -

Miss Carolyn Moran -

Miss Henrietta Rivers -

Elsie Hunter -

Sylvia Moore -

Janet Young -

Joan White -

Kyle Robert -

Mr. Norman Carter -

Andy Fullbright -

Jocko Guthrie -

Milt Sanders -

Buck O'Hara -

Mr. Tony Peterson -

Mr. Richard Leveridge -

Past Performances

Written by Gregory Johnston. Curtain Going Up, presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, New York, NY. Production sponsored in part by the City of San Diego Park and Recreation Department.