Fonds UBCA-ARC-1104 - Playhouse Holiday fonds

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Playhouse Holiday fonds

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2.7 m of textual records

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Playhouse Holiday officially traces its roots back through several organizations to 1953, at which time the Holiday Theatre was established by Joy Coghill, Myra Benson and five other artists. The name Holiday was chosen to represent the spirit and enthusiasm of the organization. The Holiday Theatre, which operated between 1953 and 1965, toured the province's staging plays for children. In the mid-1960s, the Holiday Theatre joined with the Playhouse Theatre Company. It formed a third branch, the Holiday Playhouse, which was designed to encompass the educational activities of the two organizations. Holiday Theatre presented a repertory of plays for Vancouver audiences and expanded the creative drama classes, and Holiday Playhouse expanded the touring operation and developed new forms of presentation. In May 1969, the Holiday Theatre and Holiday Playhouse activities were again amalgamated with the activities of the Playhouse Theatre Company. The new organization, Playhouse Holiday, operated from 1969 to 1974.

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Fonds consists of financial statements, correspondence, itineraries, publicity material, and a scrapbook pertaining to the administration and performances of Playhouse Holiday and some of its predecessors. Fonds includes administrative materials pertaining to the Playhouse Theatre Company's Audience Development Campaign. Fonds also includes scripts of Playhouse Holiday performances.

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For more information about children's theatre in British Columbia, refer to the Margaret Rushton Theatre Collection, which includes records of the Vancouver Children's Theatre, Community Children's Theatre, Holiday Theatre, Holiday Playhouse and Playhouse Holiday. Other related records may be found in the Joy Coghill fonds.


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