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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.

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.

Tom Besse fonds

  • CA MRUASC F0004
  • Fonds
  • 1968-1990

Fonds documents Tom Besse’s direction and production of theatre productions at Mount Royal College during his tenure as Coordinator of Theatre Arts and Chairman of the Department of Fine and Performing Arts. The fonds includes two series: Production files, which documents theatre productions he directed or produced, and Theatre production slides, which consists of photographs of plays he was involved in. The fonds also contains other records related to fundraising, project proposals, and promotion related to theatre productions.

Tom Besse

Productions files

Series documents Tom Besse's direction, production, and promotion of plays put on by Mount Royal College's Department of Fine and Performing Arts. The series is arranged by theatre production into files, which generally contains correspondence, programs, production notes, cast and crew lists, and news releases.

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").

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.

Lovers, March 1971

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

Moonchildren

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Suicide anyone (Loyalty)

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

Bernadine, Nov. 1977

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

Statues : correspondence

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

The mousetrap, Feb. 1977

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

Leaving home, April 1978

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

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