The Stagers

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Stagers collection
Creator: University of Rochester. Stagers
Call Number: UA299
Dates: 1950-1957
Physical Description: 1 box
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: University of Rochester Archives

Table of Contents:

Biographical/Historical Note
Scope and Content
Processing Information
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Separated Materials
Content List
Collection Overview
Title: Stagers collection
Creator: University of Rochester. Stagers
Call Number: UA299
Dates: 1950-1957
Physical Description: 1 box
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: University of Rochester Archives

Biographical/Historical Note
The Stagers were a University co-educational dramatic organization formerly known as the University Players. The Stagers often opened their auditions to the University community at large and sometimes to the broader Rochester community. The cast of Peer Gynt, for example, consisted of over a hundred students, alumni, and faculty from all over the University. Traditionally, two plays were produced per year, one in the fall semester and another in the spring.

Stagers productions were also educational tools for the University. For instance, A Midsummer Night's Dream was recorded by the University Language Lab. The Language Lab, overseen by the Foreign Language Department, was intended to help students practice their conversation skills in other languages. The recordings the lab produced were also given to the library for loan requests; professors were able to check them out for their classes, and they were available upon request for other colleges to use.

Lisa Rauschenbusch, a professor of English and drama from 1946 to 1969, directed all of the plays featured in this collection. Just before Rauschenbusch retired, she directed her 30th and last play at the University, the Stagers' Henry IV, Part 1. At the time of her death in 1989, obituaries included reflections by actors who had worked with Rauschenbusch. These actors recalled her love for the classics, especially Shakespeare, and her constructive criticism, which helped them improve their stage skills. They also admired her legacy in UR theater, strong devotion to her craft, and impact on the Stagers' success.

Scope and Content
The Stagers collection contains materials relating to the group's theatrical productions from 1951 to 1954. These include a binder created by Keith Scott (Class of 1955) when he was stage managing a production of Peer Gynt. There are annotated scripts, original music, ephemera such as programs and tickets, and publicity. Months before the performance dates, the Stagers would publicize their shows through correspondence, newspapers, radio shows, and posters. The source of newspaper clippings in this collection is not always identified, but they appear to be from the student newspapers the Campus and the Tower Times. The collection also includes some materials relating to recordings of certain productions.

New York (State)--Rochester
College theater
University of Rochester. Stagers
Processing Information
For preservation reasons, Peer Gynt materials were removed from a binder in March 2017 and placed into folders (1:5 - 1:13). Materials that were inserted in the binder but not bound within it were marked as "inserted material."Immediate Source of Acquisition
Stagers materials were transferred to the University Archives by Lisa Rauschenbusch on 10 August 1961. A binder containing Peer Gynt materials was provided by John Shantz (Class of 1955) on 13 February 1954.Access
For access to this collection, please contact the University of Rochester Archives ( at least two business days prior to your planned visit.

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[Item title, item date], Stagers collection, UA299, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of RochesterSeparated Materials
Audio reel-to-reel recordings for productions of King Lear (Spring 1955) and A Midsummer Night's Dream (Spring 1957) were removed and transferred to digital format in January 2013.

All the School's a Stage . Dept. of Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, University of Rochester, 2015. Accessed 15 April 2017.

Converse, Margaret. "The End of an Era: Lisa Rauschenbusch Retires at U.R." Upstate, 4 May 1969: 20-21.

Interpres: Class of 1958. University of Rochester, 1958.

Interpres: Class of 1961. University of Rochester, 1961.

"Lisa Rauschenbusch Dies; Taught English, Theater." Currents, 30 January 1989.

MacKenzie, Donna. "Retired UR Drama Professor Dies at 84." Times Union, 2 February 1989.

May, Arthur J. "Undergraduate Life Beside the Genesee." A History of the University of Rochester . Unabridged Version. Dept. of Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, University of Rochester. Accessed 15 April 2017.

Administrative Information
Author: Finding aid prepared by Rare Books and Special Collections staff
Publisher: University of Rochester Archives
Address: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation
River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester
500 Joseph C. Wilson Blvd.
Rochester, New York 14627-0055

Content List
Box 1, Folder 1Newspaper clippings about productions, early 1950s
Box 1, Folder 2Newspaper clippings about productions of Ring Round the Moon and The Playboy of the Western World, 1952-1953
Clippings are arranged chronologically by date.

Box 1, Folder 3Production programs, 1949, 1951-1954, 1964
This folder contains programs for Much Ado About Nothing (May 1949) Eighty and Twenty Mansions (May 1951), The Skin of Our Teeth (May 1952), Ring Round the Moon (December 1952), The Playboy of the Western World (May 1953), Peer Gynt (February 1954), and Twelfth Night (April 196453).
Programs are arranged chronologically by date of production.

Box 1, Folder 4Eight and Twenty Mansions, Spring, 1951
Box 1, Folder 5Ring Round the Moon, Fall 1952
This folder contains several press releases that were distributed to the Campus and Tower Times newspapers, radio station WRUR, and news outlets outside of the University. Most releases are stapled to a page with a corresponding newspaper clipping. Articles include information about dates and tickets, as well as details about the production and the play. This folder also contains outgoing correspondence inviting members of the Rochester community to attend the show. Additional materials include a list of student officers and crew members, box office data, a list of Stagers' past productions (1946-1952), and a University calendar (24 November – 7 December 1952).

Box 1, Folder 6Peer Gynt: Cues, call sheets, and act I, scene 7 (inserted material), 1953-1954
Box 1, Folder 7Peer Gynt: Front cover, act I, scene 1 to act I, scene 3, 1953-1954
Box 1, Folder 8Peer Gynt: Act I, scene 3 (inserted material), 1953-1954
Box 1, Folder 9Peer Gynt: Act I, scene 3 (continued) - act, I scene 6, 1953-1954
Box 1, Folder 10Peer Gynt: Act I, scene 7 (inserted material), 1953-1954
Box 1, Folder 11Peer Gynt: Act I, scene 7 - end of act I, 1953-1954
Box 1, Folder 12Peer Gynt: Act II, scene 1 - act II, scene 2, 1953-1954
Box 1, Folder 13Peer Gynt: Act II, scene 3, 1953-1954
Box 1, Folder 14Peer Gynt: Act III, additional notes, and back cover, 1953-1954
Box 1, Folder 15Lysistrata: Prompter's script, 3-4 December 1954
This folder consists of the script for the play Lysistrata. There are penciled-in remarks and revisions on the script.

Box 1, Folder 16King Lear, Spring 1955
This folder includes three paperback copies of Shakespeare's King Lear edited by R. C. Bald. Two of these scripts have the director's name, Lisa Rauschenbusch, written inside the cover page along with her annotations throughout the play. The folder also includes a fullTower Times newspaper from 4 May 1955; this issue contains the article "'King Lear' Provides Challenge for Actor," which features reflections from Bruce McPherson, the student actor playing King Lear. This folder also contains notes about audio recordings of the production.

Box 1, Folder 17King Lear: Incidental music, 5-6 May 1955
Richard L. Hoffman (Class of 1954) composed "Incidental Instrumental Music to The Tragedy of King Lear" for this production.

Box 1, Folder 18A Midsummer Night's Dream: Tickets; notes about audio recording and cue lists, 1956-1957

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