Call Number: Mss Sc 9
Title: Community Players of Winnipeg fonds.
Extent: 0.03 m of textual records.
Administrative history: Two lawyers, H.A.V. Green
and C. Alan Crowley, established The Community of Players of Winnipeg
as an amateur theatre group in 1921. Their mandate included providing
facilities for the production of plays written by Canadian authors
as well as providing Canadian playwrights and Canadian players the
opportunity to practice their art and obtain national recognition.
The general committee acted as management and was originally composed
of seven men including a doctor, a professor and two lawyers. Support
for the theatre group came in the form of memberships and subscriptions.
Three types of memberships were available to the community: the
players membership, which was available to those who demonstrated
ability to the committee, the service membership, which was available
to any member of the community interested in working on plays, and
finally, the guarantors' membership. The Community Players offered
four major productions every season and often mounted additional
productions. The change of name from the Community Players to Winnipeg
Little Theatre must have occurred after 1932 although the date is
not clearly defined.
Custodial history: The last 1933 issue, and two
complete, four-issue sets of The Bill for 1935/36 &1936/37
plays seasons of the Winnipeg were donated to University of Manitoba
Archives & Special Collections by Mrs. Lillian Frauer and deposited
by Professor Alan Catchpole in 1996. Frauer's husband, Charles Frauer,
B.Ar., University of Manitoba, was the set designer for many of
the plays performed during this season and, created several other
stage settings during this period. Information on the custodial
history of the remainder of the fonds is unavailable.
Scope and content: The fonds consists of programmes
from 1923-1930, newspaper clippings, Treasurer's Reports of the
1927 and 1928 season, The Bill from 1928 to 1937, Little
Theatre Gossip, correspondence, and typescripts of speeches
and historical summaries.
Source of supplied title: Title based on provenance
Restrictions: There are no restrictions on this
Accruals: No further accruals to this fonds are
Finding aid: Finding aid is currently unavailable.