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  • Springfield Daily News
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  • 1977-02-14
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  • Springfield Daily News
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  • A February 17, 1977 newspaper article on the upcoming production of "Harvey" by Mary Chase by the Western Massachusetts Chapter of ANTA. The production stayed Tom Shea, a Springfield College professor of Economics, in the main role of Elwood P. Dowd. The production was held March 11-13 in Moses Hall in Springfield College's Beveridge Center. The article contains a nice picture of Professor Shea as Dowd. The Western Massachusetts Chapter of the... more
    A February 17, 1977 newspaper article on the upcoming production of "Harvey" by Mary Chase by the Western Massachusetts Chapter of ANTA. The production stayed Tom Shea, a Springfield College professor of Economics, in the main role of Elwood P. Dowd. The production was held March 11-13 in Moses Hall in Springfield College's Beveridge Center. The article contains a nice picture of Professor Shea as Dowd. The Western Massachusetts Chapter of the American National Theatre and Academy (ANTA) Scrapbook collection consists of four scrapbooks containing materials on the chapter dating from 1961 through 1993. The American National Theatre and Academy (ANTA) is a national organization chartered in 1935 by a special Act of the United States Congress as a self-sustaining non-profit corporation with the purpose of “extending the living theatre to every state in the union.” ANTA chartered regional chapters which functioned as independent community theatre groups. Founded in 1960 by Arthur T. Andrewes, the Western Massachusetts Chapter received its charter in June 1961. The chapter’s residency at Springfield College began in 1964 and was sponsored by the Springfield College Cultural Affairs Committee. Around five plays a year were presented on the Springfield College campus, first in Moses Hall in the Beveridge Center and later in the Fuller Arts Center. The last production was produced in 1990. ANTA productions were also held at Chicopee High School, American International College, Elms College, University of Massachusetts, and Westside among a few. In addition to the theater productions, community involvement was an important part of ANTA, and included technical advice, equipment loans, and acting, lighting and directing workshops. Part of the Western Massachusetts Chapter of ANTA 1974-1981 scrapbook, page 58. less
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