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Tom Besse fonds
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A Thurber's carnival, March 1969

File documents a production of "A Thurber carnival" and consists of correspondence, receipts, audition notes, resumes, production and cast notes, set sketches, an advertisement for the play, and a Calgary Centennial Planetarium rental reservation form.

Phoenix too frequent & The tiger, April 1970

File consists of theatre tickets, correspondence relating to a potential production planned for 1977 of "A phoenix too frequent", and audition information sheets. Also included in the file are production notes, a grade sheet, crew assignments, rehearsal schedules, a Calgary Centennial Planetarium lease and stage plans, and photographs of the theatre production.

Oh dad, poor dad, April 1973

File documents a production of "Oh dad, poor dad, mamma's hung you in the closet and I'm feelin' so sad." File consists of correspondence between Besse and Samuel French, Canada Ltd. regarding royalty payments, a greeting card signed by the cast and crew of the play, and photographs of the production.

See how they run, April 1974

File contains the annotated script of the play "See how they run", which was directed by Besse. File consists of production notes, crew assignments, contact information, a props list, rehearsal schedule, theatre ticket, play advertisement, photographs, and newspaper clippings of critics' reviews.

Playroom, Nov. 1975

File contains audition information sheets with the roles each actor was assigned, letters from Besse relating to royalties and permissions, account of hours spent on the play, and a photograph of the production.

The mousetrap, Feb. 1977

File consists mostly of photographs of the play, as well as receipts for the purchase of the script.

Unwicked witch, June 1979

File consists of a royalty payment to Anchorage Press and promotional advertising for the production of "Unwicked witch."

The rainmaker, April 1982

File consists of theatre programs and tickets, an audition information sheet, a director's overview, promotional advertising, and press releases for the production of "The rainmaker."

Picnic, March 1983

File consists of photographs, crew assignments, a list of cast and crew members, an annotated production checklist, advertising, programs, and tickets.

Tobacco road, Feb. 1985

File contents include drafts of promotional invitations and letters outlining advertising plans, catering information, photographs, programs, and a cast list.

Statues : correspondence

File contains correspondence between Besse and Playwrights Co-op including the rights agreement for the play "Statues."

Moonchildren

File contains script of the play "Moonchildren" (also known as "Cancer").

Our Town

File contains a character and cast list.

Suicide anyone (Loyalty)

File contains script of "Loyalty," which is part one of the three-part play "Suicide-anyone?".

Three interludes

File consists of the script for Molière's play "L'Amour médecin" (also known as "Love is the best doctor or "Love doctor," or in Besse's case, "Three interludes").

Production files listing

File mostly consists of lists of productions directed or produced by Besse at Mount Royal College between 1968 and 1990. Also included are production questionnaires and a photo of 2 actors.

Lovers, March 1971

File contains a letter requesting the rights for the play "Lovers".

Bald soprano, March 1972

File documents the production of two plays,, "Bald soprano" and "The lesson". File consists of correspondence, a description of both plays, a performance rights request letter, and photographs.

Bernadine, Nov. 1977

File consists of photographs, a memorandum, and a sign for the play "Bernardine".

Leaving home, April 1978

File contains programs, promotional materials, correspondence. The file also contains 3 contact prints of 35 mm negatives and a photograph.

The anniversary, Feb 1979

File contains two contact prints of 35 mm negatives, photographs, programs, and a poster template.

Crossroads

File contains a ticket, ticket template, and receipt.

Ah wilderness, Nov. 1980

File contains four contact prints of 35 mm negatives, photographs, a program, and correspondence.

Dead easy, April 1981

File consists of photographs, programs, a press release, a play rights request, and receipts.

Harvey, Nov. 1981

File consists of promotional materials, crew checklists and assignments, a casting list, and correspondence. There is also a promotion for Mount Royal College's "Celebrating seventy" with the program for the play "The night Thoreau spent in jail" attached.

Laronde, Nov. 1982

File documents the play "La ronde" put on in 1982 by MRC. File consists of tickets, programs, crew checklists, rehearsal schedules, memoranda, work request forms, a production checklist, correspondence, and notes. Also includes a program for the play "Harvey."

Dark of the moon, Feb. 1983

File consists of correspondence, tickets, programs, promotional materials, production notes, and a cast list.

Infernal machine, Nov. 1983

File documents the MRC's 1983 production of "The infernal machine" originally titled "La machine infernale". File consists of tickets, programs, promotional materials, production notes, checklists, a cast list, and a photograph.

Lower depths, Feb. 1984

File documents MRC's 1984 production of the play "Lower depths" originally titled "Na dne". Contents include photographs, programs, promotion materials, and cast and crew lists.

Fifth of July, March 1984

File consists of programs, promotional materials, production notes, a cast list, and checklists.

The crucible, Nov. 1984

File consists of promotional materials, crew instructions and checklists, and memorandums. Also included is a list for "Summer Theatre".

Girl with expressive eyebrows, March 1985

File documents the production of the play "The girl with the expressive eyebrows", which was written by Charles Costello, a former MRC student. The file contains scripts, programs, a production license, promotional materials, and cast and crew lists.

Blood Relations, April 1986

File consists of tickets, correspondence, press releases, programs, a letter of agreement, a biographical data sheet, and photographs.

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