Fonds - Players' Club Alumni fonds

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Players' Club Alumni fonds

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  • 1934-1958 (Creation)
    University of British Columbia. Players' Club Alumni

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10 cm of textual records.
3 photographs.

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The Players' Club Alumni of The University of British Columbia was established in 1933 to provide an organization of past and future members of the Players' Club to help form a permanent theatre. With encouragement from Frederic G.C. Wood, the Players' Club Alumni (PCA) entered the 1933 Dominion Drama Festival with a one-act play, Fog, written and directed by Sydney Risk. Full-length productions began the following year with the presentation of Jules Romain's comedy, Dr. Knock, directed by Bea Wood. Ensuing productions included; By Candlelight, Fresh Fields, Once in a Lifetime, Boy Meets Girl, The Lady of Lyons, Lovers Leap, The Adding Machine and The Man Who Came to Dinner. The productions of Distant Point and Claudia following a brief war-time hiatus exhausted the clubs resources. The PCA returned in 1949 with the productions of three one-act comedies in the UBC Auditorium and also The Winslow Boy. In 1955, the club's production of The Crucible for the Dominion Drama Festival in Regina won the Calvert trophy for the best play at the Festival. The PCA continued with a number of productions all under the direction of John Brockington which included: The Living Room, I am a Camera, The Cherry Orchard, Waiting for Godot and The Potting Shed. In 1958, the club staged its last production, At Our Wit's End. Although it continued to exist for several more years, the PCA at its general meeting in July 1965 wound up its activities by voting to donate the residue of club funds to the Dorothy Somerset Scholarship Fund.

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Fonds consists of minutes (1951-1955), records of productions (primarily financial) (1934-1963), and miscellaneous other records generated by the Players' Club Alumni.

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Related records can be found in Frederic Wood fonds and Players╩╣ Club fonds.

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