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Setting the Stage: Stratford Circa 1953

Stratford-Perth Museum
Stratford, Ontario

Setting the Stage: Stratford Circa 1953 Stratford, Ontario, circa 1953: Setting the Stage tells the story of how Stratford's business and community leaders came together to transform the now-famous Stratford Festival from vision to reality, and offers a rich evocation of the setting in time and place from which the Festival arose. Setting the Stage documents the contributions of the people whose pioneering work behind the scenes helped to shape the Festival. Key among them are Tom Patterson, credited as founder of the Festival, and Florence Pelton, the Festival's first employee. Members of the company from the original season are also portrayed through press clippings, archival photographs, and memorabilia. As part of Setting the Stage, a fully autographed program, collected by Robert Hyde, the youngest member of the junior choir during the original season, has been digitized. A sketch book illustrating the costume designs for the first season; news clippings from July 13 to August 15, 1953; and a Festival Helpers book, wherein members of the community were invited to record their personal contribution to the founding of the Festival, also forms part of the exhibit.



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