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Widger's Way

Sub-series consists of records created in the University of Alberta Studio Theatre's production of Widger's Way. Gwen Pharis Ringwood wrote the play. The cast in order of appearance was Milton Widger: Robert Orchard; Planter: Frank Glenfield; Roselle: Hazel Gillis; Black Jake: Roger Lenney; Peter: John Moore; Clifford Sokolander: Jon Granik; Anastasia: Betty Wilson; Prof. Willoughby Bond: Laughlin Taylor; Garrow: Tom Peacocke; Dowser Ringgo: Grant Reddick; Constable Docket: Don Wilson. The play was directed by Irene Polan and Robert Orchard. The Set and Costume Design were done by Prof. H.G. Glyde, R.C.A.; Assistant to the Directors: Craig Elliott; House Manager Lois Badgley; Costumer: Joah Auger, Eva Bailie, Edna Bourgeios, Melba Gutowski.

The records consist of a 79 page production book including annotated Director's script, rehearsal plans, stage directions, and random notes. Also included are copies of newspaper reviews and an original program.

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Whisky Six

Sub-series consists of production and promotion records for Studio Theatre's performance of Whiskey Six.

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When You Comin' Back, Red Ryder?

Sub-series consists of production and promotion records for Studio Theatre's performance of When You Comin' Back, Red Ryder?

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What the Butler Saw

Sub-series consists of production and promotion records for Studio Theatre's performance of What the Butler Saw.

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Waiting for Godot

Sub-series consists of production and promotion records for Studio Theatre's performance of Waiting for Godot.

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Waiting for Godot

Sub-series consists of production and promotion records for Studio Theatre's performance of Waiting for Godot

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University of Alberta Studio Theatre fonds

  • Fonds 426
  • Fonds
  • 1949-2009

The records in the Studio Theatre fonds span a period of more than forty years. They offer record of a long-standing and innovative working theatre deeply involved in the Edmonton arts community, as well as documenting an important component of the University of Alberta's drama department program. Studio Theatre has contributed immensely to the development of theatre in Alberta and Canada, as witnessed by the number of individuals working in theatre across the country who have participated and gained experience on the Studio Theatre stage.

The records have been arranged and described in six series, with a basic chronological order maintained within each series. There is information about almost every play produced on the Studio Theatre stage between 1949 and 1991. Information tends to be fairly skimpy for the earlier productions; a production file might only contain a program and review clipping. As the years progress, more and more information is included with the production file. Reports from technical crew heads, front of house reports, financial records and publicity clippings are routinely kept. The production books, described in Series III, often provide the most detailed and varied information about a production. These books are production scrapbooks, and include programs, reports, clippings, telegrams, related correspondence, photographs, set plans, cast lists, and much more. Almost all of the production books have a copy of the script, used by the director as a prompt script and annotated with movement blocking, directions, and notes. In some production books, the director has included a written commentary critiquing various aspects of the production; theme may also be discussed, and background research notes about the play and playwright included.

With over 4000 photographic images (prints, negatives, and contacts) represented in the fonds, it is possible to get a 'visual' sense of the productions. Many productions are represented by both 'official' and 'candid' shots, and there are views of actors, sets, and costumes. The photographs vary in quality of picture as well as physical condition of print. Also documented in the Studio Theatre records are production posters, costume designs and set plans. Again, a researcher may have to consult the production book (Series III) as well as the specific media listing (Series IV) to see all available documents in these areas.

Not represented very extensively in these records is administrative documentation; a researcher interested in Studio Theatre administration should consult the general drama department records. The administrative records that are available in this fond consist of the correspondence files described in Series I. Torches Theatre records are also fairly sketchy, consisting of production books for the years 1962-1969.

The Studio Theatre records are a valuable contribution to theatre history documentation at the University of Alberta, and the City of Edmonton. They provide a glimpse of the people involved in drama during a formative time for theatre development in Edmonton. Social history is revealed through the plays chosen for production at Studio Theatre, mirroring the issues and trends in the wider society. Classical and contemporary plays, some experimental and others quite traditional, are all a part of Studio Theatre's production legacy.

The records have been arranged and described as six series, and a detailed series and file list follows. A brief description is provided of each series, followed by the file listing. A production index is found at the end of the inventory to assist in locating specific files.

Because the Studio Theatre records were received at the Archives as several deposits over a period of years, there was a need to bring the records together intellectually to better aid researchers looking for as complete a picture as possible. A basic chronological arrangement was maintained, with series arrangements assigned by the archivist to reflect function and format of the records.

The records are in good physical shape. The bound production books tend to be somewhat fragile and archivally compromised because of their 'scrapbook' quality. The paper in the books is very acidic, and items have often been attached with glue and scotch tape. Newspaper clippings are taped beside photographs, and oversize plans folded to fit the books. The binding of the production books is good, however, and no attempt was made to remove affixed items from the books. The pages with attached photographs were interleaved with acid-free tissue paper. In the production show files, newspaper clippings were photocopied and originals removed, and photographs were separated from the textual file for separate storage and description. The photographs vary in quality, and physical shape and it is obvious that they were handled a lot in the course of choosing publicity shots, etc. Contact prints and 35mm negatives are available for many of the productions. Where possible, oversize items have been flattened and stored separately.

University of Alberta Studio Theatre

Under Milkwood

  • Fonds 426-2-48
  • Subseries
  • March 24-April 2, 1960
  • Part of Studio Theatre

Sub-series consists of records created in the production and promotion of Studio Theatre's performance of Under Milkwood.

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Uncle Vanya

  • Fonds 426-2-128
  • Subseries
  • October 20-29, 1977
  • Part of Studio Theatre

Sub-series consists of production and promotion records for Studio Theatre's performance of Uncle Vanya

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Twelfth Night, or What You Will

Sub-series consists of production and promotion records for Studio Theatre's performance of Saturday, Sunday, Monday.

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Twelfth Night

Sub-series consists of production and promotion records for Studio Theatre's performance of Twelfth Night

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Translations

  • Fonds 426-2-173
  • Subseries
  • October 31-November 16, 1985
  • Part of Studio Theatre

Sub-series consists of production and promotion records for Studio Theatre's performance of Translations.

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Tonight at 8:30

Sub-series consists of production and promotion records for Studio Theatre's performance of Tonight at 8:30

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Tom Jones Slept Here

  • Fonds 426-2-122
  • Subseries
  • March 25-April 3, 1976
  • Part of Studio Theatre

Sub-series consists of production and promotion records for Studio Theatre's performance of The Games of Tom Jones Slept Here.

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Time Remembered

Sub-series consists of records created in the production and promotion of Studio Theatre's performance of Time Remembered.

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Time of the Lilacs

Sub-series consists of production and promotion records for Studio Theatre's performance of Time of the Lilacs.

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Thieves' Carnival

Sub-series consists of production and promotion records for Studio Theatre's performance of Thieves' Carnival.

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The Would-be Gentleman

Sub-series consists of records documenting the production of the University of Alberta Studio Theatre's production of The Would-be Gentleman.

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The Wild Duck

  • Fonds 426-2-136
  • Subseries
  • March 29-April 7, 1979
  • Part of Studio Theatre

Sub-series consists of production and promotion records for Studio Theatre's performance of The Wild Duck

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The White Geese

Sub-series consists of production and promotion records for Studio Theatre's performance of The White Geese

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The Visit

  • Fonds 426-2-57
  • Subseries
  • February 22-March 3, 1962
  • Part of Studio Theatre

Sub-series consists of production and promotion records for Studio Theatre's performance of The Visit. Also includes one program from the 1963 Yale production of the play.

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The Unknown Soldier and His Wife

Sub-series consists of production and promotion records for Studio Theatre's performance of The Unknown Soldier and his Wife.

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The Trojan Women

Sub-series consists of production and promotion records for Studio Theatre's performance of The Trojan Women.

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The Ticket of Leave Man

Sub-series consists of production and promotion records for Studio Theatre's performance of The Ticket of Leave Man

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The Threepenny Opera

Sub-series consists of production and promotion records for Studio Theatre's performance of The Threepenny Opera.

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The Three Sisters

Sub-series consists of production and promotion records for Studio Theatre's performance of The Three Sisters.

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The Tender Trap

Sub-series consists of production and promotion records for Studio Theatre's performance of The Tender Trap

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The Tempest

Sub-series consists of records created in the Univeristy of Alberta Studio Theatre's production of The Tempest.

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The Tempest

  • Fonds 426-2-161
  • Subseries
  • May 30-June 4, 1983
  • Part of Studio Theatre

Sub-series consists of production and promotion records for Studio Theatre's performance of The Tempest.

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The Suicide

Sub-series consists of production and promotion records for Studio Theatre's performance of The Suicide.

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The Skin of Our Teeth

Sub-series consists of production and promotion records for Studio Theatre's performance of The Skin of Our Teeth.

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The Silver Tassie

Sub-series consists of records created in the University of Alberta Studio Theatre's production of The Silver Tassie.

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The Shipbuilder

Sub-series consists of production and promotion records for Studio Theatre's performance of The Shipbuilder.

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The Seagull

Sub-series consists of production and promotion records for Studio Theatre's performance of The Seagull.

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The Rivals

Sub-series consists of production and promotion records for Studio Theatre's performance of The Rivals.

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The Rimers of Eldritch

  • Fonds 426-2-126
  • Subseries
  • March 29-April 6, 1977
  • Part of Studio Theatre

Sub-series consists of production and promotion records for Studio Theatre's performance of The Rimers of Eldritch.

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The Plough and the Stars

Sub-series consists of production and promotion records for Studio Theatre's performance of The Plough and the Stars

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The Persecution and Assasination of Jean-Paul Marat as Performed by the Inmates of the Assylum of Charenton Under the Direction of the Marquis de Sade

Sub-series consists of production and promotion records for Studio Theatre's performance of The Persecution and Assasination of Jean-Paul Marat as Performed by the Inmates of the Assylum of Charenton Under the Direction of the Marquis de Sade.

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The Murder of August Dupin

Sub-series consists of production and promotion records for Studio Theatre's performance of The Murder of August Dupin.

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The Miser

Sub-series consists of production and promotion records for Studio Theatre's performance of Waiting for Godot

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The Merchant of Venice

Sub-series consists of production and promotion records for Studio Theatre's performance of The Merchant of Venice.

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The Medium and the Telephone

Sub-series consists of production and promotion records for Studio Theatre's performance of The Medium and the Telephone.

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The Matchmaker

Sub-series consists of records created in the production and promotion of Studio Theatre's performance of The Matchmaker.

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The Marionette Theatre of Peter Arnott

Sub-series consists of records created in the production and promotion of the special event titled, The Marionette Theatre of Peter Arnott.

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The Male Animal

Sub-series consists of records documenting the production of the University of Alberta Studio Theatre's production of The Male Animal.

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The Madwoman of Chaillot

Sub-series consists of all the records created to produce, record, and promote the University of Alberta Studio Theatre's production of The Madwoman of Chaillot.

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The Lonely Road

  • Fonds 426-2-127
  • Subseries
  • April 29-May 7, 1977
  • Part of Studio Theatre

Sub-series consists of production and promotion records for Studio Theatre's performance of The Lonely Road

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The Little Foxes

Sub-series consists of production and promotion records for Studio Theatre's performance of The Little Foxes.

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The Lesson

Sub-series consists of one program for Studio Theatre's performance of The Lesson.

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The Lark

Sub-series consists of records created in the production and promotion of Studio Theatre's performance of The Lark.

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The Italian Straw Hat

Sub-series consists of records created in the University of Alberta Studio Theatre production of The Italian Straw Hat.

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The Inspector General

Sub-series consists of records created in the production and promotion of Studio Theatre's performance of The Inspector General.

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The Injured

Sub-series consists of production and promotion records for Studio Theatre's performance of The Injured.

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The Hostage

  • Fonds 426-2-146
  • Subseries
  • November 27-December 6, 1980
  • Part of Studio Theatre

Sub-series consists of production and promotion records for Studio Theatre's performance of The Hostage.

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The Good Doctor

  • Fonds 426-2-162
  • Subseries
  • October 20-29, 1983
  • Part of Studio Theatre

Sub-series consists of production and promotion records for Studio Theatre's performance of The Good Doctor.

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The Games of Love and Chance

Sub-series consists of production and promotion records for Studio Theatre's performance of The Games of Love and Chance.

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The Firebugs

Sub-series consists of production and promotion records for Studio Theatre's performance of The Firebugs.

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The Firebugs

Sub-series consists of production and promotion records for Studio Theatre's performance of The Firebugs.

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The Enchanted

Sub-series consists of records created in the University of Alberta Studio Theatre production of The Enchanted. The play was directed by Gordon Peacock.

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The Ecstacy of Rita Joe

Sub-series consists of production and promotion records for Studio Theatre's performance of The Ecstacy of Rita Joe

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The Deer and the Antelope Play

Sub-series consists of production and promotion records for Studio Theatre's performance of The Deer and the Antelope Play.

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The Curve (Die Kurve) - Dorst (Special)

  • Fonds 426-2-64
  • Subseries
  • November 29-30, 1963
  • Part of Studio Theatre

Sub-series consists of production and promotion records for Studio Theatre's performance of The Curve (Die Kurve)

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The Creation to the Nativity

Sub-series consists of records created in the University of Alberta Studio Theatre production of The Creation to the Nativity.

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The County Girl

  • Fonds 426-2-34
  • Subseries
  • November 21-December 1 1956
  • Part of Studio Theatre

Sub-series consists of records created in the production and promotion of Studio Theatre's performance of The Country Girl.

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The Country Wife

Sub-series consists of production and promotion records for Studio Theatre's performance of The Country Wife.

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The Cherry Orchard

Sub-series consists of records created in the University of Alberta Studio Theatre's production of The Cherry Orchard.

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The Cherry Orchard

  • Fonds 426-2-90
  • Subseries
  • March 27-April 14, 1970
  • Part of Studio Theatre

Sub-series consists of production and promotion records for Studio Theatre's performance of The Cherry Orchard

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The Cave Dewllers

  • Fonds 426-2-119
  • Subseries
  • October 23-November 1, 1975
  • Part of Studio Theatre

Sub-series consists of production and promotion records for Studio Theatre's performance of The Cave Dwellers.

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The Browning Version

Sub-series consists of records created in the production and promotion of Studio Theatre's performance of The Browning Version.

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The Braggart Warrior

Sub-series consists of records created in the University of Alberta Studio Theatre production of Braggart Warrior.

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The Birthday Party

Sub-series consists of production and promotion records for Studio Theatre's performance of The Birthday Party.

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The Bard's Birthday

Sub-series consists of production and promotion records for Studio Theatre's performance of The Bard's Birthday.

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The Balcony

  • Fonds 426-2-101
  • Subseries
  • October 26-November 4, 1972
  • Part of Studio Theatre

Sub-series consists of production and promotion records for Studio Theatre's performance of The Balcony.

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The Antigone

Sub-series consists of records created in the production and promotion of Studio Theatre's performance of The Antingone.

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The Antigone

Sub-series consists of records documenting the production of the University of Alberta Studio Theatre's production of The Antigone by Sophocles.

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The Adding Machine

  • Fonds 426-2-50
  • Subseries
  • November 24-December 3, 1960
  • Part of Studio Theatre

Sub-series consists of records created in the production and promotion of Studio Theatre's performance of The Adding Machine.

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Textual Material

Sub-sub-series consists of programs, press announcements, reviews for the production of the play.

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Ten Lost Years

  • Fonds 426-2-181
  • Subseries
  • March 26-April 4, 1987
  • Part of Studio Theatre

Sub-series consists of production and promotion records for Studio Theatre's performance of Ten Lost Years.

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Tartuffe

Sub-series consists of production and promotion records for Studio Theatre's performance of Tartuffe.

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Taming of the Shrew

  • Fonds 426-2-164
  • Subseries
  • March 29-April 7, 1984
  • Part of Studio Theatre

Sub-series consists of production and promotion records for Studio Theatre's performance of Taming of the Shrew.

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Sticks and Stones

  • Fonds 426-2-113
  • Subseries
  • October 24-November 2, 1974
  • Part of Studio Theatre

Sub-series consists of production and promotion records for Studio Theatre's performance of Sticks and Stones.

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Songs For Believers

Sub-series consists of production and promotion records for Studio Theatre's performance of Songs For Believers.

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Six Characters in Search of an Author

  • Fonds 426-2-77
  • Subseries
  • February 21-25, 1967
  • Part of Studio Theatre

Sub-series consists of production and promotion records for Studio Theatre's performance of Six Characters in Search of an Author

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She Stoops to Conquer

Sub-series consists of records created in the University of Alberta Studio Theatre production of She Stoops to Conquer.

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She Stoops to Conquer

Sub-series consists of production and promotion records for Studio Theatre's performance of She Stoops to Conquer.

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Sganarelle

Sub-series consists of records created in the production and promotion of Studio Theatre's performance of Sganarelle. This production is a special event to celebrate Studio Theatre's 10th Season.

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Set Plans

Sub-series consists of set palns for Studio Theatre's productions of Little Foxes, The Hostage, Threepenny Opera, and Old Times.

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Set Designs

Sub-series consists of set designs for Studio Theatre's producitons of MacBeth, Thieves Carnival/Le Bal des Voleurs, and Under Milkwood.

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School for Wives

Sub-series consists of records created in the University of Alberta Studio Theatre's production of School for Wives by Molière. The cast of the play in order of appearance includes: Firts Marquie: Walter Kaasa; Second Marquis: Craig Elliott; Horace: Eric Candy; Agnes: Lois Enright; Chrysalde: Henry Kreisel; Arnolphe: Robert Orchard; Alain: Fred Bendle; Georgette: June Richards; Norary: Craig Elliott; Enrique: Walter Bryant; Oronte: Walter Kaasa. The play was directed by Robert Orchard with the collaboration of Beverly Wilson and Elizabeth Sterling Haynes; Production Manager: Beverly Wilson; Technical Assistant: Walter Kaasa; Costume designs: Gwytha Evans; Scenery Design: Robert Orchard and Beverly Wilson. Quanset Hut A, University of Edmotnon

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Scenes From American Life

  • Fonds 426-2-124
  • Subseries
  • December 9-18, 1976
  • Part of Studio Theatre

Sub-series consists of production and promotion records for Studio Theatre's performance of Scenes From American Life.

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Scenes From American Life

Sub-series consists of production and promotion records for Studio Theatre's performance of Scenes From American LIfe.

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Saturday, Sunday, Monday

  • Fonds 426-2-156
  • Subseries
  • October 21-30, 1982
  • Part of Studio Theatre

Sub-series consists of production and promotion records for Studio Theatre's performance of Saturday, Sunday, Monday

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Running of the Deer

Sub-series consists of production and promotion records for Studio Theatre's performance of Running of the Deer.

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Right You Are if You Think So

Sub-series consists of records created in the University of Alberta Studio Theatre production of Right You Are if You Think So.

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Richard III

  • Fonds 426-2-123
  • Subseries
  • October 28-November 6, 1976
  • Part of Studio Theatre

Sub-series consists of production and promotion records for Studio Theatre's performance of Richard III.

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Related Theatre Records

The University of Alberta Alumni Studio A was registered as a Society on May 4th, 1956. Membership was open to any person who was an alumnus of the University of Alberta provided their membership was approved by a majority vote of the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors, consisting of a President, Vice-President, Secretary-Treasurer, and two directors met monthly, while general meetings were planned annually. The head of the Studio Theatre was an ex-officio member of the board during his term of office. Studio Theatre provided rehearsal space, underwrote the expenses of the plays, and had a share of Alumni Studio's profits. The alumni who joined this organization were often Drama Department graduates who wished to remain involved with the University theatre scene. The Alumni Studio players staged productions during the Studio Theatre season, Alumni Players acting alongside current University of Alberta drama students in regular season productions. The Alumni Studio A Society appears to have functioned until the mid-1960's, and gradually dwindling out as Studio Theatre focused more on students in the drama program filling all the positions related to the production. While very brief, the Alumni Studio A records that follow provide a variety of information on the Society.

Torches Theatre opened in June of 1962 as an outdoor summer theatre. It was an idea of Gordon Peacock's, based on his experience of seeing Shakespeare staged in the open at Central Park in New York. Torches Theatre was situated in the south courtyard of Corbett Hall, which permitted access to the Studio Theatre switchboard for lights and power. The entrance to the courtyard was marked with two burning torches that prior to the performance were placed on either side of the stage; hence the name "Torches" Theatre. The outdoor stage was a raised platform, four feet high with steps up to it and levels above it for a second story. The audience, which could number over 200, sat on wooden chairs on the lawn; in case of rain, the theatre was moved indoors to the Studio Theatre stage. Productions played nightly and were usually staged from early July until mid-August. Productions staged in the first summer at Torches included Dark of the Moon, Under Milkwood, and Our Town.

Torches was a semi-professional theatre; a 1967 press release states that: "each acting fellow will be paid $75.00 per week for the performance period and $50.00 per week for the rehearsal periods." This press release advertises pay rates for positions in acting, production and box office. By 1967, the Torches productions were touring the province, performing in a number of communities in Alberta prior to their regular summer season.

The Torches records consist of eighteen production books dating from 1962 to 1969. They provide valuable information about the Torches summer productions, and are listed below.

The files are arranged chronologically by date of production.

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Red Eye of Love

  • Fonds 426-2-69
  • Subseries
  • February 23-27, 1965
  • Part of Studio Theatre

Sub-series consists of production and promotion records for Studio Theatre's performance of Red Eye of Love.

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Quilters

Sub-series consists of production and promotion records for Studio Theatre's performance of Quilters.

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