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Prepared by Virginia Dressler, July 17, 2006. Updated October 2013; February 2017; Last Updated: July 2020
Inclusive Dates: 1969-2013
Extent: 1 cubic foot (1 record storage box)
Physical Location: 11th floor
Historical Note: Porthouse Theatre is located on the grounds of Blossom Music Center in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. It was built on 37 acres adjacent to the Blossom Music Center Pavilion in 1971, and has since grown to about 127 acres. In 1970, Mr. and Mrs. Cyril Porthouse presented a challenge gift for the site to Kent State to build a theatre. The theatre seats more than 500 people, with an adjoining pavilion behind that includes a concession and dining area. Theatrical productions range from the standards and classics to more contemporary works, as well as some popular musicals and operas. Porthouse Theatre Company acts as a training ground for aspiring actors, designers, technicians, and stage managers in professional theatre productions.
KSU alumni who have performed at Porthouse include Alice Ripley, who opened on Broadway with Glenn Close in Sunset Boulevard, and Dennis Deal, a New York director, composer and television writer. Porthouse Theatre Company also premiered The Girlhood of Shakespeare's Heroines by Ohio playwright Don Nigro.
Scope and Content: The collection is comprised of season programs as well as programs for individual productions. Also included are assorted photographs, correspondence, and some stage/set designs. The oversized folder contains several blueprints from the 1995 production of I'm Not Rappaport.
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