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Accession Number: 87-008


Arbor Theatre fonds. Additions. -- 1986. -- 43 cm of textual records. -- 48 photographs. -- ca. 50 prints : posters.

Biography / History

Arbor Theatre began in Peterborough in 1976 when John Plank arrived to direct "The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-In-The-Moon Marigolds" for the Peterborough Theatre Guild. The following year, local support led to the creation of Arbor Productions and John Plank directed "Private Lives" followed by "Belle of Amherst" and "Lady Audley's Secret" in 1978. In 1979 the group was reorganized as a professional theatre company performing during the summer season at Trent University's Wenjack Theatre.

Custodial History

This fonds was created by and in the custody of Arbor Theatre before it was donated to the Trent University Archives.

Scope and Content

This addition to the fonds consists of publicity materials, photographs and slides of Arbor Theatre.


Title based on creator of fonds.

This fonds was donated by Arbor Theatre via Elaine Goselin.

Restrictions: N

Finding aids: Y

This fonds along with 86-025, 87-012, 87-013, 90-004 and 93-019 are additions to 85-007.

For related records see: 90-009 and 95-022.

Over-sized items located in Large Materials Cabinet - Drawer 31.

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Box 1


1: 1977

-"Private Lives"


-"Belle of Amherst"

-"Lady Audley's Secret"

2: 1979-86

-Staff and volunteers

3: 1979

-Launching the Arbor Theatre Victorian Garden Party

-"Same Time Next Year"

-"A Life in the Theatre"

-"Billy Bishop Goes to War"


4: 1980

-"A Streetcar Names Desire"

-"Waiting for the Parade"

-"Star Spangled Girl"

5: 1981

-"Last of the Red Hot Lovers"

-"Night Must Fall"


-"Dames at Sea"

6: 1982

-"Two for the Seesaw"

-"I'll Be Back Before Midnight"

7: 1982 (cont'd)

-"Blithe Spirit"

-"Tally's Folly"

8: 1983

-"How the Other Half Loves"


9: 1983 (cont'd)

"Twelfth Night"

10: 1983 (cont'd)

-"The Caretaker"

-"Mass Appeal"


11: 1984

-"Relatively Speaking"

-"We Can't Pay, We Won't Pay"

12: 1984 (cont'd)

-"Importance of Being Earnest"

-100,000th celebration

-"Last Call"

13: 1985


-"Private Lives"


14: 1985 (cont'd)

-"Sea Marks"

15: 1985 (cont'd)

-"Nurse Jane Goes to Hawaii"

16: 1985 (cont'd)


17: 1986

-"Irma Vep"

-"Children of a Lesser God"

-"Death Trap"

-"Sister Jude"


Clippings, Reviews, etc.

Box 2


18: 1979

Mabel Smith's clippings, reviews, etc.

19: 1980

Mabel Smith's clippings, reviews, etc.

20: 1981

Mabel Smith's clippings, reviews, etc.

21: 1982

Mabel Smith's clippings, reviews, etc.

22: 1983

Mabel Smith's clippings, reviews, etc.

23: 1984

Mabel Smith's clippings, reviews, etc.

24: 1985-86

Mabel Smith's clippings, reviews, etc.

25: 1983-85

Mabel Smith's clippings, reviews, etc. re the Acorn Company

26: Mabel Smith's file on the National Tap Dance Company

27: 1982-86

Miscellaneous: clippings, Young Stratford Company "Life After Hockey", slides

Large Materials Cabinet - Drawer 31


1: Newspaper clippings July 22 - November 26, 1986

A Peterborough Spectacular! brochures

Summer stage

"The Mystery of Irma Vep" posters and programs

Acorn brochures: drama classes, fall session

Magic Toybox Festival flyers, 3 shows

Magic Toybox Festival flyers, 2 shows

Sandra Beech: brochures, songsheet, Inch by Inch (autographed), press kit

Potato People flyers

Touring companies:

Blythe Festival "Cake-walk" flyers, programs, posters

Stratford Young Company "MacBeth" posters, flyers, programs

Special offer to our audiences subscription form

Special subscriber offer ("MacBeth" and/or 1987 subscription)

"Shades of Autumn" flyers

Arbor Theatre newsletters, fall 1986 and November 1986

Christmas gift certificates - posters

Board of Directors' handbook

Potato People (Magic Toybox Festival) news release

Magic Toybox Festival and Acorn Drama Classes registration form, Dec. 1985 - Jan. 1986

Newspaper clippings, courtesy of Dougald and Margaret Brown