After Dorothy Darby Smith, founder of the Theatre Department, left Gonzaga in 1972, GU theatre continued on.
This program from the musical “1776” was signed by members of the production team. The play was performed in the spring of the 1975-1976 school year, in honor of America’s bicentennial. This performance went on a tour of the inner northwest.
This photo is most probably of the performance of the song “He Plays the Violin,” performed by Andrew Flanagan as an easily recognizable Benjamin Franklin, Tracy Vedder as Martha Jefferson, and Doug Parker as John Adams. “He Plays the Violin” is one of four songs in which a woman sings, and the only one of that number with Benjamin Franklin.
This photo is of Rick Souza and Loretta “Lori” Johnston Parisot in the summer 1976 production of “Carnival.” This show was very special, because it was one of the only times that a big production was done during summer session.
The musical “Camelot” was performed in 1977. This picture is of Doug Parker as King Arthur, speaking to another student as Merlin. “Camelot” also went on tour of the inner Northwest.
This performance of “Fantasticks,” with Loretta “Lori” Johnston Perisot and an unidentified student occurred in 1977.
This is the curator of the exhibit, Brenda Mandt, wearing a light pink dress with a scalloped neckline that is from an unidentified show. It may have appeared on the GU stage during this time period.
This gentleman converses with ghosts in "Blithe Spirit."
This photograph features D.W.B “Bertucci” as the Pirate King and James Jenkin as Major-General Stanley.