Fonds 90-004 - Arbor Theatre fonds. Additions

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Arbor Theatre fonds. Additions

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  • 1977-1989 (Creation)
    Arbor Theatre

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.45 m of textual records.
ca. 200 photographs.
27 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 the Trent University Archives.

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This addition to the fonds consists of publicity materials such as photographs, slides and newspaper clippings for Arbor Theatre.

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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, 87-013 and 93-019 is an addition to 85-007.

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Over-sized items located in Large Materials Cabinet - Drawer 32.

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Series A:

Publicity (Part 1) Media-related publicity materials ie. press releases; newspaper clippings; touring productions and related press releases, correspondence, etc.

Publicity (Part 2) Advertising and promotional materials ie. posters; programs; invitations; brochures; etc.

Series B: Photographs, negatives, slides, etc.

Series A:

Publicity (Part 1): Media-related publicity materials

Box 1


1: Arbor Lites publication Dec. 1983; News releases 1984; Letter to editor of Peterborough Examiner 1984

2: Newsletter 1985

3: Newspaper clippings 1985

4: Press mention 1985 (photocopies)

5: Press releases 1985

6: "HMS Pinafore" 1985-86 (show was never done)

red binder in box: Publicity 1986

7: Newspaper clippings 1986

8: Press mention 1986 (photocopies)

9: Press releases 1986

10: "Mein" September 1986

11: "Cake-Walk" October 1986 (Blyth Festival)

12: "Macbeth" November 1986 Touring (Stratford Young Co.) Productions

13: "Life After Hockey" (February 1987)

14: Press mention 1987

15: Press releases 1987

16: Newspaper clippings October 1987 - October 1989

Publicity (Part 2): Advertising and promotional materials

17: Gala opening invitation 1983; Gala opening invitation 1986 (2 copies); Season telephone campaign for patrons - literature 1986; 1987

18: Gala opening invitation 1987 (2 copies); Newsletters - fall 1987 (2 copies); "Shades of Autumn" program (2 copies); Catalogue for art and dream auction Art Gallery October 30, 1987

Large Materials Cabinet - Folder 1: Christmas gift certificate poster 1987 (2 copies)

19: 10 Years-1988 brochure (2 copies); "Wingfield's Progress" flyer (2 copies); Gala program - 10 Years-1988 (2 copies); "Billy Bishop Goes to War" program (2 copies); "Corpse" program (2 copies); "Letter from Wingfield Farm" & "Wingfield's Progress" program (2 copies); "Midnight Madness" program (2 copies); "Bordertown Cafe" program (2 copies)

Large Materials Cabinet - Folder 1: 1988 season poster (2 copies); "Billy Bishop Goes to War" poster (2 copies); "Corpse" poster (2 copies); "Letter from Wingfield Farm" & "Wingfild's Progress" poster (2 copies); "Midnight Madness" poster; "Bordertown Cafe" poster (Blyth Festival)

20: "Bordertown Cafe" poster (2 copies); Souvenir supplement (2 copies); 10th anniversary souvenir program; Celebrate the season 10th anniversary - become a patron brochure (2 copies); 10th anniversary ticket envelope; 10th anniversary season news release stationary (2 copies); Summer matinee group tours brochure (2 copies); Gala opening invitation (2 copies); Letters of congratulations for Arbor's 10th anniversary - from Bill Domm (M.P.), Peter Adams (M.P.P.), Sylvia Sutherland (Mayor); "Billy Bishop Goes to War", reverse side Two hilarious comedies `The Wingfield plays' (2 pink copies, 2 blue copies); Arbor Theatre News - 10th anniversary season review (2 copies); Art Gallery art fantasy night program; "Shades of Autumn" program (2 copies); "Shades of Autumn" bidder registration form (2 copies); "Shades of Autumn" silent auction B and live auction A - lists of designer and antique clothing courtesy Molly Lindsay; Christmas gift certificate card; Early bird offer expires Dec. 31st flyer (2 copies); This was me after last year's Christmas shopping (2 copies); Peterborough and Kawartha Lakes 1988 travel guide; Acorn winter drama classes brochure (2 copies); Children's summer drama camp brochure; Acorn fall drama classes brochure (2 copies); Magic toybox festival stationary (2 copies); Peterborough children's theatre workshop stationary (2 copies);

Large Materials Cabinet - Folder 1: Summer season 1989 poster (2 copies) *Note: There were no individual play posters for Arbor's summer season; "Lucien" poster (2 copies); "The Mail Order Bride" Touring poster (2 copies); Play "The Second City" National Posters Touring Company poster (2 copies); Souvenir supplement Peterborough Examiner (2 copies); Poster folder with media releases May 1 - June 14, 1989

21: Summer season 1989 brochure (2 copies); "Educating Rita" program with 2 inserts (2 copies); Gaslight program with 1 insert (2 copies); "My Darling Judith" program with 2 inserts (2 copies); "Mrs. Warren's Profession" program with 4 inserts (2 copies); "Olde Charlie Farquharson's Testament... and the Magic Lantern Show" program with 1 insert (2 copies); "Lucien" program with 1 Touring insert (2 copies); Play "The Mail Order Bride" Programs progrqam (2 copies); "The Second City" National Touring Company program (2 copies)

22: Revitalization of Arbor Theatre's volunteer program report; Front of house volunteer job desciptions (2 copies); Reception Tasks and responsibilies of & gala reception volunteer orienta- (2 copies); tion for Arbor Theatre volunteer volun- assistant office (2 copies) teers

23: News conference May 29, 1989 at Quaker Oats folder

24: Spring newsletter 1989 (2 copies); Summer season 1989 standup flyer (2 copies); 1989 season flyer, on reverse 1989 group day trip packages (2 copies); Summer theatre in the Kawarthas (Red Oak Inn and Arbor Theatre Company) (2 copies); Arts in Peterborough brochure (Peterborough Arts Council calendar) (2 copies); Arbor Theatre invites you and a guest to opening nights - passes (4 copies); Season gala reception invitation (2 copies); Xerox Canada Inc. program inserts (2 copies); Gaslight treasure hunt at reception flyer (2 copies); News conference Aug. 30, 1989 at Holiday Inn with Don Harron (2 copies); Invitation to media and tourists to attend opening night of "Olde Charlie Farquharson's Testament"; "Business After Hours Goes to the Theatre" brochure (2 copies); Customer survey (box office) forms (2 copies); Customer survey (theatre) forms (2 copies); A message from the artistic director folder (2 copies); "Shades of Autumn" poster (2 copies); "Shades of Autumn" program (2 copies); Procedures for silent auction (on tables) (2 copies); Business cards (1 James Brown, 1 Charles McFarland); Arbor Theatre Company envelope and sheet of letterhead; Heart and Stroke Foundation bidder card - silent auction; "Dargason" program with 2 inserts; Peterborough Festival of the Arts bookmark (2 copies); R. Murray Schafer "From Myth to Art" brochure (2 copies)

25: Peterborough Festival of the Arts 1989 - productions (2 copies); Peterborough Summer Festival of Lights program; Peterborough Kawartha Tourism and Convention Bureau map; Peterborough and the Kawarthas Travel Guide 1989; Kawarthas Today magazine June 1989 (Pg. 7 - Charles McFarland); Toronto Tonight magazine; The Children's summer drama camp brochure (2 copies); Fall drama classes for children brochure (2 copies); 1989 season reorder form (2 copies); Peterborough Festival of the Arts "Carnival of Shadows" poster (2 copies); `Arbor Theatre Company' (1 sheet); Lady Audley's Secret, 1978 (Bill Jordan and Rosemary Sidorko)

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Photographs, negatives, slides, etc.

Box 2


1: Photography - items donated by Paul Goddard in 1988; Private Lives 1977; 5 contact sheets and negatives (4 black & white; 1 colour); 1 5x8 colour; Lady Audley's Secret 1978; 9 contact sheets and negatives (7 black & white; 2 colour); 2 contact sheets and negatives (1 black & white; 1 colour); 4 sheets of 3x5's and 1 6x9; 2 contact sheets and negatives (1 black & white; 1 colour)

2: Contact sheets and negatives 1980

3: Photos 1981 - 1985; negatives 1985 poster

4: Bio photos with resumes 1986

5: Bio photos with resumes 1987

6: Contact sheet, negatives and photo of Patricia McKinna

7: 2 colour photos Bata Library

8: Miscellaneous negatives used for Souvenir Book 1988

Yellow Box #1: ("Photographs - John Plank"): Miscellaneous photos

Yellow Box #2: ("Photographs - Arbor Theatre 1987"): photos and slides of "Charley's Aunt" 1987 (+ 2 rolls negatives and 2 envelopes with negatives)

Brown Envelope: 3 rolls negatives - John Plank

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