TABLE OF CONTENTS


Overview of the Collection

Historical Note

Scope and Contents

Arrangement

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Detailed Description/Box and Folder Listing

MacMurray College

College Theatre

An inventory of the collection of theatre programs



Overview of the Collection

Repository: MacMurray College Jacksonville, IL
Title: Papers of the College Theatre
Dates: 1901-2010
Quantity: 2.5 cubic feet
Abstract: The collection includes theatre programs, photographs, slides and CDs for a span of over one hundred years.
Language: The records are in English.

Historical Note

Theatre perfomances were an early part of the college's history. With only female students, the women portrayed the men's roles dressed in appropriate costumes with cleverly styled "mannish" slicked down hair. All students and faculty enjoyed in celebrating Washington's birthday, an annual event in full colonial costume. Additionally, when the students' dads attended for the Dad's Day weekend, short theatrical vignettes entertained all attendees. All stage performances were enacted on the concert stage in the Fine Arts Building until President McClelland purchased the "Little Theatre" north of the campus off State Street, originally known as Liberty Hall. The college used this building until the Education Complex was completed in 1976 where the threatre is located on the second floor. Originally known simply as MacMurray College Studio Theatre, the college renamed the studio Marian Chase Schaeffer Studio in the early 1990s.

During the 1970s and early 1980s, the threatre group held workshops for anyone interested in the art of acting. These workshops featured one acts from several plays during an evening performance. The workshops were in addition to the two or three plays produced during a school year.

Illinois College students appear as cast members with Mac students every year for the fall and spring performances - crosstown rivalries overlooked.

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Scope and Contents

Programs provide the bulk of the material in this collection, and are arranged by years. Additional material in folders is noted after the play title. Many years are missing. Photographs (black and white unless noted) and slides accompany some of the programs, although the people in the images are not identified. A few folders contain information regarding the National Collegiate Players, of which many theatre students joined. Two folders have information regarding the Spoon River Anthology tour undertaken by the theatre students in 1968 and 1972. One folder contains several years of programs as the date is indeterminate. Play programs and handbills will be added to the collection continually. One box contains unidentified photographs, slides, and a reel-to-reel tape recording from unknown plays and two CDs from plays without programs.

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Arrangement

The folders are arranged chronologically.

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Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

There are no restrictions to this collection.

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Related Material

Theatre production posters are stored in oversize folders.

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Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

Organizations:

MacMurray College

Places:

Jacksonville (Ill.)

Subjects:

Theatre

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Detailed Description/Box and Folder Listing

Box Folder
6A 1 Theatre Programs--Undated
2 Theatre Programs 1908-1946
A Christmas Sketch; Christmas Stories 1908
Charles Dickens; Maids and Matrons 1912
The Passing of the Third Floor Back 1913
The Electra of Sophocles 1914
Sherwood; Antigone of Sophocles; Taming of the Shrew 1915
Pageant of the Growth of the College 1916
An Irish Program 1917
Mice and Men 1925
One Act Plays 1928
Gammer Gurton's Needle 1930
The Enchanted Cottage 1932
Sun-Up 1933
The Emperor Jones; The Good and Obedient Young Man; Bumble Puppy; Rainbow Gold; Cradle Song 1934
Mr. Antonio 1935
Mary the Third; Mickey Mouse Learns to Swim; The Cricket on the Hearth 1937
The No 'Count Boy; The Family Man 1938
Family Portrait 1939
Stage Door 1940
Noah, A Fable 1941
Ladies in Retirement 1942
Kind Lady; Lillies of the Field; Comedy of Errors 1944
Our Town; Shubert Alley; Eager Heart 1945
Experimental Workshop an Evening of One-Act Plays;The Insect Comedy; Tobias and the Angel 1946
3 Theatre Programs 1947-1957
Mexicomedy; Trifles; What Would Grandpa Say; Rossum's Universal Robots 1947
Blithe Spirit; Craig's Wife 1948
The Glass Menagerie; Papa Is Ill 1949
The Young and Fair 1950
Hansel and Gretel; Hay Fever 1951
Goodbye, My Fancy; The Heiress; The Curious Savage 1952
Chantecler; The Silver Cord; Lace on Her Petticoat 1953
Lady Precious Stream; Mrs. McThing; Ladies in Retirement 1954
Trojan Women; The Guardsman; Fashion 1955
A Mexican Fiesta of Plays; Skin of Our Teeth; Antigone 1956
The Torchbearers; Alice in Wonderland; Candida; Euripides' Medea; The Importance of Being Earnest 1957
4 Chalk Garden 1958
2 unidentified photographs
5 The Miser 1958
14 unidentified photographs, 1 slide
6 Hedda Gabler 1958
2 slides
7 Twelfth Night 1959
2 slides
8 Murder in the Cathedral 1959
2 slides, 1 photograph of the stage set
9 Theatre Programs 1958-1962
The Lady's not for Burning 1958
Don Juan in Hell; Lute Song; Diary of Anne Frank 1959
Oedipus Rex; Little Foxes; The Servant of Two Masters; Royal Gambit; Bare Boards and a Passion; The Rivals 1960
The Cocktail Party; Wonder Drug; Five Finger Exercise 1961
Girl Crazy 1962
10 The Seagull 1962
9 unidentified photographs and 2 slides
11 Glass Menagerie 1962
10 unidentified photographs and 6 slides
12 Tartfuffe 1962
30 unidentified photograshs, 4 slides, and stage and color set sketches
13 Little Mary Sunshine 1963
8 unidentified photographs and 1 color set decoration drawing
14 Barabbas 1963
12 unidentified photographs and 13 slides
15 Midsummer Night's Dream 1964
8 unidentified color photographs and 1 slide
16 Androcles and the Lion 1964
5 photographs only
17 La Casa de Bernada Alba 1964
25 unidentified photographs with negatives and 4 slides
18 Penal Colony 1964
3 photographs only
19 She Stoops to Conquer 1964
6 unidentified photographs
20 Henry IV Part I 1965
7 unidentified photographs
21 Love of Four Colonels 1965
19 unidentified photographs and 9 slides
22 Right You Are If You Think You Are 1965
26 unidentified photographs
23 Three Penny Opera 1965
18 unidentified photographs and 51 slides
24 The Birds 1966
20 unidentified photographs and 20 slides
25 Mandragola 1966
12 unidentified photographs and 7 slides
26 Slow Dance on the Killing Field 1966
27 Look Back in Anger 1967
5 unidentified photographs and 1 slide
28 Rhinoceros 1967
14 unidentified photographs and 26 slides
29 Playboy of the Western World May 1967
6 unidentified photographs
30 Beaux Stragtegem 1968
12 unidentified photographs
31 Delicate Balance 1968
17 unidentified color photographs, 6 unidenfitifed black-and-white photographs
32 Spoon River Anthology 1968
2 unidentified photographs and 2 slides; newspaper clipping
33 Spoon River Anthology Tour, 1968
Correspondence, itinerary and newspaper clippings regarding MacMurray theatre students traveling to local area schools for performances.
34 Orestes 1968
16 unidentified photographs, 14 unidentified color photographs, 5 slides and a press release
35 Phaedra 1968
36 Fine Arts Festival, 1967-1968
Memoes, correspondence regarding the festival hosted by MacMurray for the community. The festival included art exhibits, musical performances as well as theatre.
37 After the Fall 1969
6 unidentified photographs and 6 slides
38 Antigone 1969
No program, only 12 unidentified photographs.
39 A Notable Guide to Non-Confidant Living 1969
40 The Caucasian Chalk Circle 1970
59 slides
41 Firebugs 1970
14 slides
42 MacBeth 1970
13 slides
43 Cherry Orchard 1971
16 unidentified photographs
44 Oh What a Lovely War 1971
17 unidenfied photographs and 33 slides
45 The Crucible 1971
50 unidentified photographs and 31 slides
46 School for Wives 1971
20 unidentified photographs
47 The Visit 1972
22 unidentified photographs and 19 slides
Box Folder
6B 1 Spoon River Anthology 1972
29 unidentified photographs and 3 color photographs
2 Spoon River Anthology Tour 1972
Correspondence and itinerary regarding performances at local area high schools
3 Ardèle 1973
18 unidentified photographs and 20 slides
4 Home 1973
17 unidentified photographs
5 Little Foxes 1973
12 unidentified photographs and 29 slides
6 Another Notable Guide to Non-Confidant Living, 1973
36 unidentified photographs
7 Theatre Programs 1974-1975
8 Merchant of Venice 1974
16 unidentified photographs and 34 slides
9 Front Page 1974
24 unidentified photographs
10 Cabaret 1975
37 unidentified photographs
11 Member of the Wedding 1975
11 unidentified photographs and 20 slides
12 Death of a Salesman 1975
21 unidentified photographs
13 Theatre Programs, 1976-1977
14 Romeo and Juliet 1976
22 unidentified photographs
15 A Flea in Her Ear 1977
25 unidentified photographs with negatives
16 The Matchmaker 1977
39 unidentified photographs with negative; costume drawings with fabric swatches
17 Tonight with Coward 1977
32 unidentified photographs with negatives
18 Voyage Round My Father 1977
17 unidentified photographs
19 The Birthday Party 1978
24 unidentified photographs with negatives
20 Pygmalion 1978
Unidentified photographs with negatives
21 The Apple Tree and Our Town 1978
22 Moby Dick; You Can't Take it with You; Scapino; A Streetcar Named Desire 1979
23 The Lady's Not For Burning 1980
32 unidentified color photographs with negatives
24 The Crucible; The Lady's not for Burning; Hedda Gabler; Hay Fever; Of Mice and Men 1980-1981
25 She Stoops to Conquer...; Persecution and Assasination of Jean-Paul Marat; Heaven on Earth; Everyman 1982-1983
26 Glass Menagerie; Our Town; Casa de Bernarda Alba 1983
27 The Foreigner 1993
18 unidentified color photographs amd a music CD
28 Audience; The Good Person of Setzuan; Clown Meets Dog (Clown Loses Dog...Etc 1993, 1998-1999
29 How I Learned to Drive 2001
48 unidentified color photographs; a music CD; newspaper review with color image
30 Waiting for Godot 2001
48 unidentified color photographs
31 Yellow Heat 2002
24 unidentified color photographs; 3 CDs of the performance; newspaper review with color image
32 Measure for Measure; The Diaries of Adam and Eve; The Foreigner; The Laramie Project; Godspell; Tales of the Lost Formicans; Faith; Defying Gravity; The Underpants; Mrs. Packard 2002-2007
Handbills accompany some of the programs
33 Romeo and Juliet 2003
20 unidentified color photographs and a music CD
34 Cripple of Inishman 2004
12 unidentified color photographs; a music CD; and newspaper review with color image
35 All Kinds of People; Mother Hicks; The Sneeze; My Name is Alice 2008-2010
National Collegiate Players, 1967-1968
Two to four page plays possibly written by the members
National Collegiate Players Consitution-Bylaws, 1967, 1972
MacMurray Players Constitution, Undated
Theatre Workshops, 1962-1984
Box Folder
6C Images
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