By Catherine J. Stadem, John Strohmeyer
The expansion of theatre in Anchorage, Alaska, is a microcosm of theatre improvement through the usa within the 20th century. In under a century, Anchorage grew from its humble origins to develop into a colourful frontier urban of 300,000 and the cultural middle of the country. Homegrown playwrights built their craft, arts associations flourished, withered, and have been changed by way of new associations. Universities built cadres of actors, administrators, playwrights, designers and technicians.
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By permission): Copy in The Stadem Collection, UAA Archives. 48 Interview (December 5, 2003). Copy in The Stadem Collection, UAA Archives. 31 Chapter 3 Anchorage Community Theatre: A community of theatre for families endures Deep roots — tangled genesis Anchorage Community Theatre (ACT) has the deepest roots in the community. The organization began as an outgrowth of Anchorage Little Theatre (Chapter 1) and was formally incorporated in 1959. According to ACT’s own records: Anchorage Community Theatre is a spin off from Anchorage Little Theatre (1946-74).
On the way up here I tried to think what he said. I remember something about blue ice. ”19 While Brink provided many hundreds of hours of entertainment to theatre audiences and inspiration to his students, he also contributed his playwriting skills to Anchorage theatre history. He is perhaps best known for Cry of the Wild Ram, which is called “Alaska’s First Historical Pageant-Drama” in the program for the 21 July 14–16, 1960, production. 20 The five-act play-pageant tells the story of Alexander Baranov, a Russian merchant who helped establish the first permanent Russian settlement in Alaska in 1791.
The next night I came through even bigger. I began to understand—that was the connection (with character). ”45 Roderick later served as president of the Anchorage Community Theatre board, which was an outgrowth of Anchorage Little Theatre, which Brink had nudged into life in 1946. “My impression of ACT’s early years is that it was Frank Brink’s theatre. ’”46 According to Robert Pond, longtime artistic director of Anchorage Community Theatre, and a chronicler of the history of theatre in Anchorage for his master’s degree thesis,47 Brink and Anchorage Little Theatre parted ways in 1948 when Brink went back into the Navy.