Fonds 87-013 - Arbor Theatre fonds. Additions

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Arbor Theatre fonds. Additions

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  • 1979-1983 (Creation)
    Arbor Theatre

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91 cm of textual records.
ca. 20 photographs.
ca. 50 prints : posters.

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Arbor Theatre began in Peterborough in 1976 when John Plank arrived to direct "The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-In-The-Moon Marigolds" for the Peterborough Theatre Guild. The following year, local support led to the creation of Arbor Productions and John Plank directed "Private Lives" followed by "Belle of Amherst" and "Lady Audley's Secret" in 1978. In 1979 the group was reorganized as a professional theatre company performing during the summer season at Trent University's Wenjack Theatre.

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This fonds was created by and in the custody of Arbor Theatre until it was donated to Trent University Archives.

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This addition to the fonds consists of publicity records, scripts, performance notes and administration records.

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This fonds was donated by Arbor Theatre via Elaine Goselin.


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For related records see: 90-009 and 95-022.

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This fonds along with 86-008, 86-025, 87-008, 87-012, 90-004 and 93-019 is an addition to 85-007.

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Box 1


1: "Belle of Amherst" reviews and production notes, 1978

2: "Dames at Sea" script and production notes, 1981

3: "The Drunkard" script and production notes, 1980

4: "Equus" script and production notes, 1980

5: "Equus" script and production notes, 1981

6: "Last of the Red Hot Lovers" and "Dames at Sea" script and production notes, 1981

7: "Night Must Fall" script, 1981

8: "Night Must Fall" production notes, 1981

9: Reviews of plays: 1980, 1981, 1983

10: "Same Time Next Year" script and production notes, 1979

11: "Sleuth" script and production notes, 1979

12: "The Star Spangled Girl", "Waiting for the Parade", "A Streetcar Named Desire" script and production notes, 1980

13: "The Star Spangled Girl" script and production notes, 1980

14: "A Streetcar Named Desire" script and production notes, 1980

15: Publicity posters, 1982

Box 2


1: Board of Directors minutes and general correspondence (inception to December 31, 1979)

2: Board minutes and general correspondence, 1980

3: Board minutes and general correspondence, 1981

4: Board and Executive Committee minutes and correspondence, 1982 - March 1983

5: Press releases and advertising, 1979

6: Promotion report, 1980

7: Press releases, reviews and articles, 1980

8: Press releases and articles, 1981

9: Mailings, 1981

10: Promotion report, 1982

11: Volunteer file, 1982

12: Publications and paid advertising copies, 1983

13: Office memos, 1983

Box 3


1: Acorn Theatre newspaper clippings, 1983

2: Banners and signs, 1983

3: Biographies of cast members, 1983 - A-H

4: Biographies of cast members, 1983 - J-Z

5: Brochure: anniversary, 1983

6: Brochure: distribution, 1983

7: Brochure: mock-up

8: Brochure: postal drop

9: Budget, 1983

10: Correspondence: miscellaneous, 1983

11: Correspondence: miscellaneous, 1983

12: Discovery magazine: proposal to advertise in it

13: Group ticket sales, 1983

14: Interviews with media

15: Correspondence, notes, lists, etc. (miscellaneous)

16: Theatre supplies catalogue, Fed Apt subscription guidelines, Maxwell group brochure

17: Other theatres' releases

18: Photos for posters

19: "Artichoke" research and publicity

20: "Brew" - part of national tour

21: "The Caretaker" research and publicity

22: "How the Other Half Loves" research and publicity

23: "Mass Appeal" research and publicity

24: "Twelfth Night" research and publicity

25: Posters - rough work

26: Press kits

27: Press releases

28: Publicity

29: Seniors' Christmas Miracle

30: Programmes - rough work

31: Radio Ads - CHEX

32: Radio Ads - CKPT

33: Subscription renewals

34: Peterborough Examiner supplement - rough work

35: Peterborough Examiner supplements, 1982, 1983

36: Tickets, complimentary

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