Monday, September 5, 2011

SEASON 8: 1972-73



The Children's Theatre Company
of The Minneapolis Society of Fine Arts



1972-73 Season
Raggedy Ann and Andy
Two African Tales: Kalulu and His Money Farm & Rumplestiltskin
Luigi Pirandello's Bellavita & Sicilian Limes
The Steadfast Tin Soldier
Johnny Appleseed
The Netting of the Troupial
The Cookie Jar (regional tour)
A Suitcase (Film)
Rutabaga Follies (local tour)
Summer School: Babes in Arms




Raggedy Ann and Andy
by Gar Hildenbrand
Music Composed and Orchestrated by Hiram Titus
Lyrics by John Clark Donahue
Directed by John Clark Donahue
Scenic Design by Donahue
Costume Design by Gene Davis Buck
Lighting Design by Karlis Ozols


Wendy Lehr & Steven Rydberg

Foreground: Steven Rydberg as Raggedy Andy, Mary Ann Raymond and Karen Helfand as Penny Dolls
Standing L to R: Wendy Lehr as Raggedy Ann, Debbie Tice as French Doll, Ginny Swanson as Russian Doll, John Martin as Scottish Doll,  Barbe Larson and Thomas Olson as Dutch Dolls


























































Two African Tales: 
Kalulu and His Money Farm & Rumplestiltskin
by Timothy Mason
Original Music Composed and Orchestrated by Roberta Carlson
Directed by John Jenkins and Myron Johnson
Choreography by Myron Johnson and Uchawi Dancers
Scenic Design by Donald Yunker
Costume Design by Patricia O'Leary
Lighting Design by Karlis Ozols






Garry Q. Lewis as Rumplestiltskin

Garry Q. Lewis, Nance Campbell
















































































Luigi Pirandello's
Bellavita & Sicilian Limes
Directed by John Clark Donahue
Music Composed and Orchestrated by Steven M. Rydberg
Scenic Design by John Clark Donahue
Costume Design by Gene Davis Buck
Lighting Design by Karlis Ozols


Wendy Lehr, Bain Boehlke
































































The Steadfast Tin Soldier
Adapted for the Stage by Richard Shaw
Music Composed and Orchestrated by Roberta Carlson
Lyrics by Richard Shaw
Directed by Gene Davis Buck
Scenic and Costume Designs by Gene Davis Buck
Lighting Design by Karlis Ozols










































MIA Theater Closing Party: New Year's Eve, 1972


The Company, now a separate entity of The Minneapolis Society of Fine Arts (the governing body of The Minneapolis Institute of Arts and The Minneapolis College of Art and Design), must bid adieu to its home within the museum as the MIA closes its doors for extensive architectural renovation and expansion.  Part of this new complex will include new wings for the museum, a new building for the College, and a state-of-the-art theater facility for CTC designed by Japan's master architect Kenzo Tange.  Scheduled to open in autumn of 1974, the Theatre and School will be in residence elsewhere and/or touring for the next 20 months.









A final reunion and farewell to the beloved "old theatre" was held, with current and former Company members, trustees, students and guests, reminiscing and sharing highlights from the previous seasons.


Children's Theatre Company founder and artistic director John Clark Donahue.


















































Bain Boehlke
















































Kim Livingston




Cyn Byrne, Myron Johnson


Richard Russell Ramos, Bain Boehlke (Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme)





Bain Boehlke, Wendy Lehr, Neil Danahy, John Clark Donahue

Myron Johnson, Bain Boehlke, Wendy Lehr, John Clark Donahue






Guy Paul, Patrick McNellis (Kidnapped in London)

John Jenkins, Wendy Lehr ("Ol' Dan Tucker" olio from Rip Van Winkle)

Mary Ann Raymond, Liz Keagy, Matthew Brassil (Madeline and the Gypsies)


Sara Schimke, Gerald Drake


Bill Dovali, Myron Johnson, Sara Schimke (Hang On to Your Head)

Cynthia Guzy (The Steadfast Tin Soldier)

Bill Dovali, Bain Boehlke





Matthew Brassil, Paul Smith (Robin Hood: A Story of the Forest)

Chris Mulkey, Cyn Byrne (A Wall)







Mary Ann Raymond, Suzie Peterson, Debbie Tice, Steven Rydberg,
 Wendy Lehr, Thomas Olson, Barbe Larson (Raggedy Ann and Andy)


Fran Siftar





Roberta Carlson

























Performing in residence at
The Crawford Linvingston Theater, St. Paul, MN


Johnny Appleseed
by Gar Hildenbrand
Directed by Gene Davis Buck










































The Netting of the Troupial
Written and Directed by John Clark Donahue
Music Composed and Orchestrated by Roberta Carlson





























































In rehearsal at St. Stephen's school.
















































A SUITCASE (Film)
Written and Directed by John Clark Donahue
based upon his play and opera libretto "Postcard from Morocco"




Ilona Lazar, Gene Davis Buck






















































































Rutabaga Follies (local tour)






























CTC Summer School (at Minneapolis Vo-Tech High):
Rodgers & Hart's 
Babes in Arms
Nance Campbell

Gerald Drake, Garry Q. Lewis


Bain Boehlke, Gerald Drake, Steven Rydberg, Julie Williams, Mary K. Winchell



Drawing by Steven Rydberg.


Design Project with CTC Technical School Students
Instructor: Jack Barkla
Marionettes and Scenery for Mozart's "The Magic Flute" 












Minneapolis Star Education Article:


 







Players Magazine










Minnesotan Magazine





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