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

Lobby Case

Lobby Case

"Golgotha" Scene IV--1924 and 1925

"Golgotha" Scene IV--1924 and 1925

In 1924 and 1925, Gonzaga put on grand productions of the passion play “Golgotha.”  This picture depicts scene four.  From the “Golgotha” Scrapbook: Peter receives from the holy woman, Veronica, the veil with which she wiped the Saviour’s face.  “Behold and see your Master’s face, bruised for the sins of this ungrateful world.”

"Once Upon a Mattress"-- 2002

"Once Upon a Mattress"-- 2002

This dress is a costume from the 2002 production of “Once Upon a Mattress.” In this photo it is worn by library employee and history student Maggie Thompson-Johnson ('16).

"All the Comforts of Home"-- 1909

"All the Comforts of Home"-- 1909

Theatre at GU far predates the formation of an official theatre department.  Here we have a program from “All the Comforts of Home,” performed in December of 1909.

Cigar

Cigar

This cigar is from an unknown show in probably the last 15 years.

"Page Miss Glory"-- 1937

"Page Miss Glory"-- 1937

This play, put on in 1937, appears to incorporate elements of the noir genre of mystery theatre.

"Kismet"-- 1967

"Kismet"-- 1967

In 1967, the recently formed official Theatre Department put on the musical “Kismet,” directed by Dorothy Darby Smith.

Carte Blanche

Carte Blanche

This prop was used in the 2011 production of “The Three Musketeers.”  Inside are the lines and stage directions of the scene.  Additionally, as props and costumes are often re-used, this note appeared as the Sexton’s scribe paper in the 2014 production of “Much Ado About Nothing.”

note appeared as the Sexton’s scribe paper

Masks-- 2014

Masks-- 2014

These masks were made in Interdisciplinary Arts in 2014.

Boot

Boot

This boot is from one or more unidentified productions—costume items are often reused.

Tray

Tray

Three tiered tray, from the 2014 production of “Much Ado About Nothing”

The Gonzaga Dance Program

The Gonzaga Dance Program

This promotional poster is an advertisement for the theatre and dance department in 2014.

"A Full House"-- 1948

"A Full House"-- 1948

“A Full House,” staged in 1948, appears to be another mystery play.

"The Lion in Winter"-- 1978

"The Lion in Winter"-- 1978

A picture of some of the cast members of “The Lion in Winter,” performed in 1978.

Paint Can and Brush

Paint Can and Brush

This prop painted the roses red in the 2014 student written, directed, and choreographed production of “Alice.”

Telephone

Telephone

This old fashioned telephone is a prop from an unidentified show.