Friday, December 19, 2008

Glimpse of History Found in Muncie Civic Theatre Programs Digital Collection

Students, faculty, and researchers can get a glimpse of the cultural history of Muncie through a digital collection of theatre programs now available in the Ball State University Digital Media Repository, at http://libx.bsu.edu/collection.php?CISOROOT=/MunCiv.

The Muncie Civic Theatre Programs digital collection consists of 241 programs of plays presented between 1931 and 1986 and between 1996 and 2005. The programs are part of the Muncie Civic Theatre Collection housed in Archives and Special Collections that also contains photographs, scrapbooks, and other items that will be added to the digital collection in the near future.

The Muncie Civic Theatre was founded in May 1931 and funded by William H. Ball, a second generation member of the Ball Family and an avid theatre supporter. The first play presented was Dulcy and it premiered on December 15, 1931, at the Masonic Temple Auditorium. In 1961, the Muncie Civic Theatre moved to the Hoosier Theatre, also known as the Star Theatre.

Examples of play programs in the collection include Anastasia (1957 and 1982), Any Wednesday (1967), Bell, Book, and Candle (1953), Camelot (1979), The Late George Apley (1947), Meet the Wife (1933), Moonshine (1941), The Remarkable Mr. Pennypacker (1958), and Showboat (1974).

For more information, contact John B. Straw, Assistant Dean for Digital Initiatives and Special Collections, JStraw@bsu.edu, 765-285-5078.

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