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The Show Goes On: History of Gonzaga Theatre and Dance: Case 2

Case 2: The Between Years-- 1972 to 1990

Case 2: The Between Years-- 1972 to 1990

After Dorothy Darby Smith, founder of the Theatre Department, left Gonzaga in 1972, GU theatre continued on.

"The Tempest"-- 1974

"The Tempest"-- 1974

"A Streetcar Named Desire"-- 1975

"A Streetcar Named Desire"-- 1975

"1776" Program-- 1976

"1776" Program-- 1976

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.

"1776"-- 1976

 

"1776"-- 1976

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.

 

"Carnival"-- 1976

"Carnival"-- 1976

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.

"Camelot"-- 1977

"Camelot"-- 1977

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.

"Fantasticks"-- 1977

 

"Fantasticks"-- 1977

This performance of “Fantasticks,” with Loretta “Lori” Johnston Perisot and an unidentified student occurred in 1977.

Light Pink Dress

Light Pink Dress

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.

"Blithe Spirit"-- 1980

Light Pink Dress

This gentleman converses with ghosts in "Blithe Spirit."

"Pirates of Penzance"-- 1982

"Pirates of Penzance"-- 1982

This photograph features D.W.B “Bertucci” as the Pirate King and James Jenkin as Major-General Stanley.