Pioneering a People's Theatre

Pioneering a People's Theatre

Pioneering a People's Theatre

Pioneering a People's Theatre

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Over a period of somewhat more than a quarter of a century, an organization for the furtherance of the arts of the drama and the theatre, known as The Carolina Playmakers, has flourished here under the leadership of its founder, the late Frederick Henry Koch. Duing this period, 1919-1945, upwards of four thousand students have joined the organization and participated in its activities; and hundreds of thousands of people have attended the indoor and outdoor productions and listened in on the radio broadcasts, of plays, original and classic, light and serious, farce, comedy, tragedy, tragi-comedy, pageants, and historical dramas. The stimulating influence of this preoccupation with the drama and the theatre, which rapidly pervaded North Carolina and the Southeastern area, eventually spread throughout the entire country and into Canada, and focused attention upon Chapel Hill as a radiating center of inspiration and as a beacon light to the younger generation.

Pioneering a People's Theatre has appeared as Vol. XVII, No. 1, of The Carolina Play-Book. It is singularly appropriate that a volume which serves both as a memorial to Koch and as a survey, summary, and appraisal of the labors and accomplishments of The Carolina Playmakers, should appear during the culminating year of the Sesquicentennial Celebration of the University of North Carolina and be included in the Sesquicentennial Publications of the University. It follows soon upon the passing of that vivid and perennially youthful spirit -- reminiscent of Milton's friend drowned in 1637:

For Lycidas is dead, dead ere his prime,
Young Lycidas, and hath not left his peer.

This volume, without pretension to be either formal history or complete record, presents a cross section of the life and growth of The Carolina Playmakers. Here are highlights, actors, interpreters, scenery, background -- the essentials of a true drama in the educational history of the Nation. Koch presents the ideology of folk playmaking; Selden, the able new leader, of-

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