Fridays for National Office
Anyone trying to reach
the National Office staff in Syracuse is reminded that the
USITT Office will be closing at 2:30 p.m. on Fridays (Eastern
Time) until August 29. Messages may be left for the staff at
any time, even when the office is closed.
To reach the USITT
staff, dial 800-938-7488 and extension:
- 102 for Michelle
L. Smith, Membership & Ad Sales Manager
- 103 for Barbara E.R.
Lucas, PR & Marketing Manager and Sightlines editor
for Monica L. Merritt, Membership & Conference Registration
- 105 for Tracy Davis, Bookkeeper
- 106 for
Carol B. Carrigan, Administrative & Finance Manager
We wish you
all an enjoyable summer.
Reunion to Honor Montgomery
This year, the Minnesota
Centennial Showboat is celebrating "50 on the Mississippi" with
a very special Showboat Players Reunion. All former Showboat
designers, players, managers, and friends are invited to an
afternoon of theatre and an evening of river fun on Saturday,
July 12. Special hosts for the day are University of Minnesota
Showboat faculty Jean Montgomery, Lance
Brockman, Charles Nolte,
and Sherry Wagner-Henry.
First, see the current cast of Showboat
Players perform The Count of Monte Cristo, directed by
Peter Moore and Vern Sutton. Following that, the party will
board a Padelford Riverboat for a three-hour tour down the
banks of the Mighty Mississippi for a once in a lifetime event
with a special banquet dinner, an open mic to share special
Showboat memories, a special tribute to Ms. Montgomery on the
occasion of her retirement, and hours of old fashioned Showboat
The Minnesota Centennial Showboat was inaugurated
on June 26, 1958 in celebration of the Centennial anniversary
of Minnesota statehood. A project that was funded jointly
by the University of Minnesota and the Centennial Commission,
the Showboat has presented a half a century of melodramatic
performances and period music fare, and has served as
a pre-professional training ground for theatre and music students
at the University of Minnesota.
The Showboat Reunion is open to the first
200 guests, and the registration deadline is July 8. To register,
contact the Showboat administrative office at 612-625-4001.
Riders Raise Over $40,000
The Long Reach Long Riders
successfully completed their fifth annual charity motorcycle
ride benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and
The ESTA Foundation's Behind the Scenes program.
This year's six-day
ride started and finished in Las Vegas, Nevada. The 12 bikes
encountered lots of sun, but also rain, sleet, snow, and hail.
They rode an average of 239 miles a day and had temperatures
ranging from 31 to 101 degrees. The highest point of the trip
was at Lizard Head Pass in Colorado at 10,222 feet above sea
level. For a complete listing of ride statistics, including
the amount of Ibuprofen consumed by all riders (1,576 tablets),
Parker to Retire
Clyde Parker, longtime
technical director for Arizona State University's Gammage Auditorium,
has decided to retire. Mr. Parker is very active in the Desert
State section and served as chair when it was first chartered.
He has been a friend to many and a resource to all both regionally
and nationally. He was always the consummate professional whether
he was working on the latest Broadway bus and truck block-buster
or a local school dance recital. For more information contact
Erin at email@example.com, or Lisa Adamsen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Honored with Order of Canada
Robert Doyle, noted Canadian
stage designer, costume historian, author, and teacher, was
awarded the Order of Canada, Canada's highest civil award,
for his contribution to Canadian theatre arts education.
at Britain's prestigious Wimbledon School of Fine Arts,
Theatre Division, Mr. Doyle returned to Canada where he created
eighteenth century domestic and military clothing for the restoration
of the Fortress of Louisburg which led to a teaching career
at the University of Regina in Saskatchewan and Dalhousie University.
During his 35 years as the creator of the costume studies program,
he helped launch the careers of some 300 young theatre professionals,
many of them heading the costume departments of Canada's
theatres. He also was a stage designer for many of Canada's
professional regional theatres.
In 1979 he created the designs
for the Nova Scotia Tattoo which now, with Royal patronage,
is an extraordinary indoor celebration of military and
civilian history in Canada. Since his retirement from teaching
in 1996, Mr. Doyle has written three books, Waisted Efforts,
An illustrated Guide to Corset Making, in 1997, now in its
second printing; Laundry, The Whys and How's of Cleaning Clothes in 1999;
and With a Needle, a Thimble and 10,000 Stitches, The Art
of the Tailor in 2005.
Mr. Doyle, who lives in Stratford, Ontario,
is writing his fourth book, Costuming the Dance, and
has written the outline for a full length ballet, Algonquin
Suite, an ode to Tom Thomson.
The article about the meeting
of the OISTAT Technology Commission carried erroneous authorship
information when it was first published. We thank Fritz
Schwentker for his work on inviting the Technology Commission to meet
during the USITT Annual Conference & Stage Expo in Houston,
Texas, and for creating the report of the event.