Collection Title: University Department Records
Series Title: Drama and Theater Department Records
Collection Number: 20
Series Number: 110Extent: 1 manuscript box
Abstract: The Drama and Theater Department Records consists of items provided by the College of St. Francis' Drama and Theater Department. The materials include program pamphlets, play tickets, pictures, and a scrapbook which has newspaper articles and pictures.
History: The Drama and Theater Department at the University of St. Francis allowed students to showcase their talents in directing and acting by performing numerous productions. Under Assisi Junior College the program continued through the school renaming in 1930 to the College of St. Francis (CSF). Early plays performed include Golden Hope, Seawana, and The Three Pegs. Speech and drama classes provided opportunities for the students to explore areas of interest and share that interest with the College by presenting the importance of speech and drama through Speech Week/Better Speech Week. Speech week, which started in 1939, involved the campus and the local community through the plays, festivals and other activities. A few notable plays include: Antigone (1934; 1955), Macbeth (1950; 1962), Blithe Spirit (1963), Animal Farm (1965), Ramona (1941), and Snow White (1938).
Department Head Sister M. LaVerne and Dean of Students Sister M. Eulogia distinguished the department by promoting various activities in the community and reaching out to donors. The department provided opportunities for children in Joliet to showcase their talents through the Children's Little Theater. Performance locations includes: Little Theater, Children's Theater which was later renamed Piper's Playhouse in 1970, Walden III Theater, and CSF's auditorium/atrium.
Physical Location: LG12- Section 10, Shelf 4
Processor: Adjo Tameklo, Archives Student Worker
Restrictions on use and reproduction: All rights held by the University of St. Francis. For permission to reproduce, distribute or otherwise use materials, please contact Archives Staff.
Restrictions on access:None
Provenance/ Source of Acquisition: Unknown
Types of material: The Drama and Theater Department Records contain various materials, including: budget and expense reports for the plays, receipts, production tickets, donor's list, student contribution list, program pamphlets, charter membership information, letters between donors and Sister M. LaVerne, newspaper articles, and questionnaires. There is also a scrapbook which contains newspaper articles about many of the plays that were performed along with pictures of the performances.
Dates: 1928-2002 Bulk Dates: 1934
Important divisions: None