Fonds XZ1 MS A250 - XZ1 MS A289 - Young People's Theatre fonds

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Young People's Theatre fonds

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CA ON00344 XZ1 MS A250 - XZ1 MS A289

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  • 1966- (Creation)

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40 m of textual material fonds are in very good condition.

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The Young People's Theatre was founded in Toronto by Susan Rubes. Since its beginning in 1966, the theatre presents shows for children and teenagers ranging from classical to new Canadian works. In 1977 the company moved into 165 Front Street East, Toronto, a newly renovated building that had been built by the Toronto Street Railway Company in 1881 to house 580 horses. The new facility contained a 350-seat proscenium house and another theatre seating up to 175. Historically the Young People's Theatre has had strong links with schools and youth organizations. Teachers' Workshops began in 1967 and Young People's Theatre School began in 1971. Today, the Young People's Theatre continues to play an important role in schools. School Tours deal with sensitive and controversial issues relevant to contemporary children - divorce, racial discrimination, nuclear power, and pollution. At the same time it provides students with an opportunity to be introduced to theatre. The Young People's Theatre was renamed the Loraine Kimsa Theatre for Young People in 20

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The fonds consists of theatre performance files, performance recordings, house programs, tour publications, theatre designs, company portraits, production photos, reviews and articles, posters, technical drawings, educational services study guides, newsletters, production videos, administration files - special reports, financial reports; and publicity files - promotional material, misc. ephemera, and press releases. Fonds consists of the following series: Young People's Theatre Performance Files XZ1 MS A250 YPT Performance Recordings XZ1 MS A251 YPT Administration - Special Reports XZ1 MS A252 YPT House Programs XZ1 MS A253 YPT Tour Publications XZ1 MS A254 YPT Administration - Financial Reports XZ1 MS A255 YPT Theatre Designs XZ1 MS A256 YPT Company Portraits XZ1 MS A257 YPT Reviews and Articles XZ1 MS A258 YPT Publicity - Promotional Materials XZ1 MS A259 000 YPT Publicity - Misc. Ephemera XZ1 MS A259 001 YPT Posters XZ3 MS A260 YPT Technical Drawings XZ3 MS A261 YPT Production Photos XZ1 MS A261 YPT Publicity - Press Releases XZ1 MS A262 YPT Educational Services - Study Guides XZ1 MS A263 YPT Administration - Box Office XZ1 MS A270 YPT Newsletters XZ1 MS A250264 YPT Production Videos XZ1 MS A271

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Fonds acquired from Young People's Theatre in 1984.


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Access is open. Access to staff records, financial information, and some administration files is normally restricted. Permission may be obtained from the theatre to view restricted files.

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Copyright, normally is held by the creator. Materials cannot be published without the permission of the copyright holder.

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The library's online catalogue TRELLIS contains more than 661 specific entries under the author "Young People's Theatre Archives". Users may limit searches by applying keywords: more information on searching is located at:

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