1952-1953

San Diego Junior Theatre’s 5th Season of Shows

In January 1953, San Diego Junior Theatre was incorporated as an official nonprofit organization, with a board of directors. Irma Fraser MacPherson was president of the board, and continued to create many of the costumes throughout the season. Other board members included Helen Abel, Jeweldean Brodie, Pauline des Granges, Alberta Jones, E. Kingsley Povenmire and Robert Ford Corrigan, among others. Frank Crawford was artistic director.

The City of San Diego Park and Recreation Department granted JT the use of the Palisades Building in Balboa Park with offices, green room and workshop space in the basement of the Balboa Club. Volunteers spruced up the interiors, donated much needed equipment, and even helped landscape the grounds! The headquarters were dedicated on April 11, 1953.

This season, smaller productions were held in the Puppet Theatre and Recital Hall of the building. Major productions were held in Roosevelt Junior Theatre Auditorium.

1952/1953 Season

Dear Ruth Script

Dear Ruth

Directed by Donna Woodruff
Assisted by Judy Cluttinger
Written for the Stage by Norman Krasna

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The Rose and the Ring

Directed by Jackson Woolley and Frank Crawford
Adapted for the stage by Harris Deans
Music by Robert Cox
Lyrics by Desmond Carter
Musical Arrangements by Ross Hastings
Based on book by William Makepeace Thackeray

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Fresh, Variable Winds

Directed by Frank Crawford
Written by Nora B. Stirling

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1953 Wizard of Oz

The Wizard of Oz

Directed by Frank Crawford
Adapted for the Stage by Elizabeth Fuller Goodspeed
From the Book by L. Frank Baum
Choreographed by Marge McNair

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1953 The Clown Who Ran Away

The Clown Who Ran Away

Directed by Frank Crawford
Written for the Stage by Conrad Seiler
Choreographed by Maria Fielding

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The Silver Thread

Directed by Frank Crawford
Written by Constance D’Arcy Mackay

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The Princess in the Sleeping Wood

Directed by Ivy E. Menke
Written by Herman Ould

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The Terrible Zymo

Directed by Ivy E. Menke

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Radio Rescue

Directed by Dorothy Hicks
Written by Charlotte B. Chorpenning

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