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The Little Country Theatre: 100 Years at North Dakota State University

Category: History and Heritage

Monday, October 10 at 9:30 pm

“Conceived in the mind of its founder, its physical presence began on the second floor of Old Main. But spiritually its influence extends into practically every neighborhood in the state.” This is how North Dakota State University’s Little Country Theatre was described in a publication prepared for its 25th anniversary. On the occasion of its 100th anniversary Prairie Public in cooperation with the Division of Performing Arts at North Dakota State University has produced a 30-minute documentary showcasing the history and tradition of the Little Country Theatre. The documentary begins around 1914 with the theater’s larger than life founder Professor Alfred G. Arvold. Among Arvold’s many creations are the Lincoln Log Cabin, the Student Life Special Train, Lilac Days and massive history pageants that took place throughout the state. Arvold was a hard act to follow but Dr Frederick Walsh was up to the task spearheading the building of Askanase Hall, originated the statewide traveling Prairie Stage, and producing and directing Old Four Eyes in Medora, ND.

The Little Country Theatre’s progression from a “place” into a “concept”–LCT Productions–is told through the eyes and the voices of 25 alumni and faculty members closely associated with the Little Country Theatre. A wealth of historical images gives the viewers a feel for the people, places and events that comprise the Little Country Theatre.

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Producer: Bob Dambach
Editor: Ann Hall Anderson

Production funding for this program is provided by the North Dakota State University Division of Performing Arts, NDSU Development Foundation Centennial Endowment, Major General Schroeder and Jean Schroeder, and by the members of Prairie Public.

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