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THE ALASKA REPERTORY THEATRE:

Professional Theatre in the Great Land

[This exhibit was mounted in the lobby of the UAA Consortium Library from February to October 2000. The materials used in it were selected by Kathleen R. Hertel, a member of the staff of the UAA Archives and Manuscripts Department.]

PLANS FOR PROFESSIONAL THEATRE IN ALASKA UNVIELED
Anchorage, Alaska - August 10, 1976

"From the first day of planning the State Arts Council recognized the need for the professional theatre to meet a statewide obligation...'The potential for theatre as a tool for enriching the lives of Alaskans from all walks of life is virtually limitless...'"

-- Excerpt from a press release on the creation of ART

Image from the Archives Collection

SCAPINO, 1977. Cast of the 1977 ART Production of Scapino, the first production staged by the Alaska Repertory Theatre.

Alaska Repertory Theatre Collection, Series 15.A


PLANNING AND PRODUCTION

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SHERLOCK HOLMES, 1978. Mitchell Edmonds, Philip Pleasents, and the cast of Sherlock Holmes attempt to solve a murder mystery in this production, part of ART's second Season. This image shows the final results of the set design pictured below.

Alaska Repertory Theatre Collection, Series 15.A

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SET DESIGN, LIBRARY, SHERLOCK HOLMES, 1978. The designer's sketch of the Library set for the 1978 production of Sherlock Holmes. The finished product is featured in the previous image.

Alaska Repertory Theatre Collection, Series 12.A

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HOLMES VISITS SHULTO'S ROOM, 1978. Mitchell Edmonds, Mary Anne Dempsey, Phillip Piro, and Philip Pleasents converge in "Shulto's Room." The set was designed by Jamie Greenleaf.

Alaska Repertory Theatre Collection, Series 15.A


TOURING THE GREAT LAND

The Alaska Repertory Theatre presented dozens of productions during its twelve season tenure in Alaska. Many of these shows toured the state after debuting at the former Sydney Lawrence Theatre in Anchorage. ART shows traveled to communities from Barrow to Sitka, opening the world of theatre to towns and villages which might not have otherwise been exposed to high quality professional theatrical productions.

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ANOTHER DAY ON TOUR WITH THE REP, 1982. Crew members work to construct the set for Neil Simon's Fools, in Skagway, Alaska, in 1982. The Fools production toured Southcentral and Southeast Alaska. The set had to be constructed in such a way that it could be used in diverse venues including a church and a cafeteria, as well as be easily transported via the Alaska Marine Highway System. The set was so innovative it was highlighted in Theatre Craft International magizine.

Alaska Repertory Theatre Collection, Series 15.A

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DIAMOND STUDS, STATEWIDE TOUR, 1980. Program from the successful statewide tour of the orginal ART production of Diamond Studs: The Life of Jesse James.

Alaska Repertory Theatre Collection, Series 9

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DIAMOND STUDS ON TOUR IN BARROW, ALASKA, 1979. Photograph taken from backstage during a performance of Diamond Studs in the local gymnasium in Barrow, Alaska.

Photo by Lavarakas Photography. Alaska Repertory Theatre Collection. Series 15.A


TWELVE SEASONS OF QUALITY PRODUCTIONS

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AIN'T MISBEHAVIN'. RichardH. Weaver (seated, right foreground), then Alaska Operations Manager of Exxon, with the Alaska Repertory Threater cast of Ain't Misbehavin'. From left: (seated) J. Leonard Oxley; (standing) Roz Ryan, Adrian Lenox, Ken Prymus, Andre DeShields, and Debra Byrd.

Photo by Chris Arend. Alaska Repertory Theatre Collection. 15.A

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THE PHILADELPHIA STORY, JANUARY 1984. Program for ART production of The Philadelphia Story, part of the ART's eighth season.

Alaska Repertory Theatre Collection, Series 9.

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A SCENE FROM A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM. Act V, Scene 1. Pictured, from left: Pirie MacDonald (Theseus), Nancy Houfek (Hippolyta), E. E. Norris (Demetrius), Kathleen Melvin (Helena), Ann McDonough (Hermia), and John Pielmeier (Lysander). The production was directed by Associate Artistic Director Walton Jones. The elaborate costumes were designed by William Ivey Long. The original costume drawings were used in publicity posters for the production.

Photo by Jim Lavrakas. Alaska Repertory Theatre Collection. Series 15.A

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