Keywords: Theater costumes
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Contributed by: McArthur Public Library
Date: circa 1915
Media: Glass Negative
Contributed by: Franco-American Collection
Media: Photographic print
Lewiston, Maine's second largest city, was long looked upon by many as a mill town with grimy smoke stacks, crowded tenements, low-paying jobs, sleazy clubs and little by way of refinement, except for Bates College. Yet, a noted Québec historian, Robert Rumilly, described it as "the French Athens of New England."
Farmington's Normal School -- a teacher-training facility -- opened in 1863 and, over the decades, offered academic programs that included such unique features as domestic and child-care training, and extra-curricular activities from athletics to music and theater.
Maine residents kept pace with the dramatic shift in women’s dress that occurred during the short number of years preceding and immediately following World War I. The long restrictive skirts, stiff collars, body molding corsets and formal behavior of earlier decades quickly faded away and the new straight, dropped waist easy-to-wear clothing gave mobility and freedom of movement in tune with the young independent women of the casual, post-war jazz age generation.
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… kept busy learning lines, building sets, sewing costumes and creating lighting. Many actors gained the performance experience they needed in this…
… were bare bones concerts without the pageantry of costumes, sets, or a full orchestra. Some of the participants had been professional musicians…
Conrad Coulombe in costume for play "Tonkourou", Biddeford, ca. 1925Item Contributed byMcArthur Public Library Talent without an audience quickly…