Fonds F 174 - Regina Little Theatre Society fonds

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Regina Little Theatre Society fonds

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F 174

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  • 1923-2004 (Creation)
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    Regina Little Theatre Society, Inc., 1926-

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78.4 cm of textual records
109 photographs : prints, b&w
10 photographs : negatives, b&w

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(1926-)

Administrative history

A provisional meeting of the Regina Little Theatre Society was held at the office of Read, Smith & Co. in Regina, Saskatchewan, on May 21, 1926. Those present were Capt. G.R. Chetwynd, H.E. Jones, A. Hall, A.J. Haggert, G. Meldrum and W.T. Read, who acted as chair. The purpose of the meeting was to decide if the formation of a new dramatic society was in the interests of the city and was feasible. A provisional executive was formed of those present along with E.A. Matthews.

The first general meeting of the Society was held at the Kitchener Hotel on June 7, 1926. At this meeting, an executive was formed comprised of Col. F.B. Ware - president, H.E. Jones - vice-president, W.T. Read - secretary, F.H.H. Smith - treasurer, and Mrs. Middleton, Mrs. Gilbert, Mr. Matthews, Mr. Middlemas and Mr. Haggert as additional members. It was determined that the objective of the Society was the development of the spoken drama; training and instruction of amateurs in the art of drama and in its technical branches; and the production of plays. Membership to the Society was set at two dollars per person.

The inaugural performance of the Regina Little Theatre (RLT) occurred on November 29, 1926, at the Regina College Auditorium. This performance was open to members only and featured two one-act plays. The first performance of a play open to the general public took place at the Grand Theatre in February 1927. In 1928, the newly-built Darke Hall became the site of performances for the Society. Darke Hall remained as the venue for numerous RLT productions until the 1988-1989 performance season.

Along with its local performances, the RLT also participated in the provincial Dominion Drama Festival in 1933 and annually thereafter until the Festival's end ca. 1971. The RLT won numerous awards for acting, directing and production at these festivals.

In 1956, the Society established the Regina Little Theatre Building Company Ltd. to provide facilities required for the accommodation of its activities. This company was incorporated under The Companies Act on March 5, 1956. Through the company, the Society acquired a building on South Railway Avenue for the purposes of rehearsals and storage. In 1988, the Society became a tenant of Theatre Regina Inc., the body that operates the Regina Performing Arts Centre. The Regina Little Theatre Building Company Ltd. was amalgamated with the Regina Little Theatre Society, Inc. on June 30, 1998.

The Regina Little Theatre Society, Inc. continues (2011) as a non-profit community theatre company. It produces five full-length main stage plays and two sets of one-act plays per year. It participates annually in Theatre Saskatchewan Inc.'s annual drama festival. It also holds drama workshops, play writing contests, and fundraising events, and provides scholarship opportunities for members who are studying performing arts. It receives funding through local government and corporate sponsorship and is affiliated with Theatre Saskatchewan Inc. and Theatre Regina Inc.

Custodial history

W.T. Read donated some of these records to the Regina office, Saskatchewan Archives in one accession in 1956: 175 (R) (August or September, 1956).

Mrs. M.A. Burgess donated some of these records to the
Regina office, Saskatchewan Archives in one accession
in 1961: 282 (R) (April to June, 1961).

Margaret Fielden of the Regina Little Theatre Society
donated some of these records to the Regina office,
Saskatchewan Archives in two accessions between 1983
and 1987: R83-048 (January 12, 1983); and R87-243 (May
14, 1987).

Scope and content

This fonds consists of records created, accumulated
and used by the Regina Little Theatre Society in its
operations from 1926 to 2004 as a non-profit community
theatre company in Regina, Saskatchewan. It includes
records relating to productions of the Regina Little
Theatre, and competition at the provincial and
national Dominion Drama Festival. It also includes
issues of the Society's monthly newsletter "Masks &
Faces". A small volume of records pertain to other
theatrical organizations in Saskatchewan.

The types of records included are newsletters; minutes
of meetings and conventions; clippings; programmes;
membership lists; publications; reports; financial
records; scrapbooks; and photographs.

No series assignment has been applied to the records
in this fonds.

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Records are in good physical condition.

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this fonds have not been documented during the
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Records are open for research use.

Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication

Use, publication and/or reproduction of records are
subject to terms and conditions of the Copyright Act.
Please consult reference archivist for assistance.

Finding aids

SAFA 622 (old guide GR 398) consists of a fonds
description, file listings of some of the textual
records and item descriptions of photographs. The
paper guide consists of a fonds description only.

Associated materials

F 226 Regina Lyric Light Opera Society fonds - contains records of the Regina Little Theatre Society from 1929 to 1977.

F 37 Lyn Goldman fonds - includes records of the
Regina Little Theatre from 1976 to 1992.

R-969 Musical and Theatre Productions - includes
issues of "Masks & Faces" from 1946 to 1960; and
programmes for various Regina Little Theatre
productions from 1926 to 1935.

R-E1348 Programmes and Invitations - includes a
Regina Little Theatre programme for the production of "Charley's Aunt".

R-E2923 Regina Tornado - includes the Regina Little
Theatre programme and the script for "The Play of the
Cyclone" written by William Chadwick.

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Further accruals are expected.

General note

To consult the records, visit or contact the Regina office.

Conservation

Conservation standards in place at the time of arrangement were applied to records in old guide GR 398.

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Location for retrieval - Regina-Hillsdale.

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Other codes: Textual Records: Old guide GR 398 (R-135); R-665; R-E2485; R-F125a. Photographs: R-A8089 (1)-(4) to R-A8091 (1)-(3); R-A19431 (1)-(3) to R-A19432 (1)-(6); R-A19433 (1)-(3) to R-A19437 (1)-(34); R-B10317 (1)-(3); R-B10318 (1)-(3) to R-B10322.

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