San Diego Junior Theatre's 1953 production of Rip Van Winkle
Frank Crawford was an actor and protegé of University of Texas drama professor, and Shakespearian authority, B. Iden Payne. Crawford assisted Payne with the Shakespeare Festivals in San Diego for three years. He appeared as Gremio in Payne’s Old Globe production of Taming of the Shrew (1950) with Donna Woodruff and Jackson Woolley, and was assistant director for Payne’s productions of The Merry Wives of Windsor and Much Ado About Nothing the next year. Payne was a visiting faculty member at San Diego State College, and directed many productions in the Globe's renewed Shakespeare Festival using actors from the college's Drama Workshop.
In 1952, Crawford won an Atlas Award for his portrayal of Touchstone in Payne’s production of As You Like It.
At the Old Globe, Crawford worked with early Junior Theatre Wing staffmembers, including scenic director Robert Ford Corrigan, technical director Marvyn Harbert ( Mary Poppins ), and tech crewmember Genevieve Turlac (author, The Lone Name).
Crawford settled in San Diego, directed a locally developed musical version of Rip Van Winkle for the Drury Lane Theatre in La Jolla. He served as artistic director Junior Theatre from 1952-1954, directing, and even starred as Dodo in The Clown Who Ran Away.
San Diego Junior Theatre's 1953 production of Marco Polo.
San Diego Junior Theatre's 1953 production of The Silver Thread
A clown named Dodo saves six dolls from the evil clutches of Rudolph Bernard Boo and his minion, Ugly. Watch as this runaway clown becomes the town hero!
San Diego Junior Theatre's 1952 production of The Wizard of Oz
A story of four young royal cousins, switched identities, pantomime, ballet, magic rings & roses, fairies and exciting intrigue!