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Beth Conway Shervey examines the cultural consequences of an Equity theatre in a small midwestern farm town.

Beth Conway Shervey examines the cultural consequences of an Equity theatre in a small midwestern farm town. Although many in the Midwest and beyond know the story of The Little Theatre On The Square in Sullivan, Illinois, Shervey is the first to consider what the existence of such a theatre means to perceptions of life in the town. Before the theatre opened in 1957, Sullivan decidedly was a product of its time: the town sported a strong local chapter of the WCTU, moral people avoided taverns, liberals and Catholics were the minorities, and the population was predominantly white. Beth Conway Shervey examines the cultural consequences of an Equity theatre in a small midwestern farm town. To tell the story of Sullivan and of its star theatre in a cornfield from the perspective of the residents involved

a b c Shervey, Beth Conway. The Little Theatre on the Square : Four Decades of a Small-Town Equity Theatre. New York: Southern Illinois UP, 2000.

Although the twenty-third season was not run by Little, it did occur thanks to Sullivan Theatre, Inc. which put on five shows for the season. a b c Shervey, Beth Conway.

When Little began the theater, he called it "Summer of Musicals" until he actually purchased The Grand Theatre in 1963 and officially changed the name to "The Little Theatre on the Square

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four decades of a small-town equity theatre. by Beth Conway Shervey. Published 2000 by Southern Illinois University Press in Carbondale Prefer the physical book? Check nearby libraries with

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Library of Congress Control Number: 00036543. Includes bibliographical references (p. 115-119) and index. Corporate Name: Little Theatre on the Square (Sullivan, Il. Rubrics: Theater Illinois Sullivan History 20th century. Download now The Little Theatre on the Square : four decades of a small-town equity theatre Beth Conway Shervey ; with a foreword by Peter Palmer. Download PDF book format. Download DOC book format.

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Beth Conway Shervey examines the cultural consequences of an Equity theatre in a small midwestern farm town. Although many in the Midwest and beyond know the story of The Little Theatre On The Square in Sullivan, Illinois, Shervey is the first to consider what the existence of such a theatre means to perceptions of life in the town. To tell the story of Sullivan and of its star theatre in a cornfield from the perspective of the residents involved, Shervey uses oral history and and dozens of photographs by David W. Mobley, the theatre’s longtime photographer.

           

Sullivan resembles most small towns in the Midwest, and The Little Theatre  differs little from most professional summer stock theatres. Yet taken together, the small town and its theatre are clearly unusual, and the existence of the theatre obviously alters perceptions of life in the small town.

           

Before the theatre opened in 1957, Sullivan decidedly was a product of its time: the town sported a strong local chapter of the WCTU, moral people avoided taverns, liberals and Catholics were the minorities, and the population was predominantly white. While the theatre didn't effect instant change, it did introduce people to Sullivan who were obviously different.

           

Stars such as Betty Grable, Cesar Romero, Margaret Hamilton, and Pat O'Brien came into town. Aspiring actors and those behind the scenes also mingled with the residents of Sullivan. As a result, Shervey finds, Sullivan faced such issues as racism, homophobia, urban liberalism, and alcohol consumption at a much faster rate than similar towns. For some, the theatre disrupted a sense of the normal; for others, the theatre made life in Sullivan different and interesting, breaking the restrictive bonds typically associated with small towns.

           


The Little Theatre on the Square: Four Decades of a Small-Town Equity Theatre download epub
Performing Arts
Author: Ms. Beth Shervey PhD,Peter PALMER
ISBN: 0809323559
Category: Arts & Photography
Subcategory: Performing Arts
Language: English
Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press; 1st edition (November 2, 2000)
Pages: 144 pages