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President and Treasurer Visit

May started very pleasantly in the USITT Office in Syracuse, New York when President Sylvia Hillyard Pannell and Treasurer Larry Hill spent almost a week working on Institute business.

One highlight was a Syracuse University Drama Department production of My One and Only which featured a six-foot tap-dancing wiz.

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Rick and the Archivists Return

Rick Stephens and members of his hard-working Archives Committee spent seven days pouring over the Institute's history during May.

Returning for a second round of sorting and filing were Mr. Stephens, Lea Asbell-Swanger, and Richard Arnold. They commented it was very pleasant to see the city and enjoy daylight because during their last visit, in December, Mr. Stephens kept them occupied from before sunrise until after sunset.

Longer days, not shorter hours, were responsible for the change, and first time archival visitor William Browning quickly fell into the routine of early arrival and late departures.

We hope for a more complete report of the committee's activities in a future issue of Sightlines.

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Long Riders to Stop in Syracuse

Preparations for the 4th annual Long Reach Long Rider Charity Motorcycle ride are in full swing. This year's trip will be unusual since the ride will start July 29 and finish at the same place nine days later -- Philadelphia.

In between will be a leisurely run through New York and New England stopping first in Syracuse, then heading for Canada and on to Vermont, Maine, (with a stop at Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream factory), and Connecticut. There are 19 riders to date as well as chase drivers and support staff.

This charity ride will benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids and the ESTA Foundation's Behind the Scenes program. Both organizations do great work and any support would be greatly appreciated. Those interested can donate online or by mail. All donation information, including how to sponsor a rider, is available on the LRLR website

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Long's Work Featured

The exhibit of William Ivey Long's costume designs at the Cameron Art Museum in Wilmington, North Carolina has been drawing national attention.

Holly Tripman, the museum's registrar, and Brandon Wardell, from Mr. Long's New York Studio, were featured in The New York Times on Sunday, April 22 in a photo showing them preparing for the exhibit opening. The Backpage feature photo was by Jenny Warburg.

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Planning Houston Programming

The first planning meeting for the 2008 Annual Conference & Stage Expo went off without a hitch in Houston, Texas. Janet Harreld, Kasey Allee-Forman, and Kristina Hanssen provided 80 degree days and low humidity, which were much appreciated.

In a marathon session involving massive amounts of paper, spreadsheets, databases, maps, room capacity charts, session attendance estimate, and dueling computer programs, the first round of programming was completed by 5:30 on Saturday, May 19.

Changes have already been made, of course, but the first indication is that Houston will have plenty of room, and larger capacity for meetings, sessions, and workshops than has been possible at recent Convention facilities.

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Madame Butterfly Exhibit at McNay

A new exhibit, Madame Butterfly from Puccini to Miss Saigon has opened at the McNay Art Museum, sponsored in part by the Tobin Theatre Arts Fund. The show, which runs through July 29, 2007, was organized and produced by San Francisco Performing Arts Library and Museum.

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