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The Guthrie Theater

The place that I chose for this exhibit was the Guthrie theater. With its rich history dating back to the 1960s, this exhibit demonstrates that to be recognizable and one of the best, willingness to work together and a surmountable amount of investment needs to be done. In the “A History of the Guthrie Theater” stated that the T.B. Walker Foundation donated the land behind the Walker Art Center for the building and contributed $400,000 for construction. The committee behind this idea agreed to raise at least $900,000 from the community. The construction of the Guthrie Theater for many symbolized the birth of the not for profit resident theater movement. With the help of many dedicated volunteers, a statewide fundraising effort was launched and more than $2.2 million was raised. The theater was completed in 1963.

The image of Edward Binns and Glynn Turman in the production of “Harpers Ferry” makes the idea of creating the Guthrie Theater comes to life. People wanted something that was great and different from what they already had, and the standstill of this image captures just that. The Guthrie Theater undertook a model program for graduate students as interns for acting, directing, design, playwright and management. This overtook the promise that the Guthrie Theater had been built for.

Similarly, this tweet about Guthrie Summer Camps demonstrates how over the years, the Guthrie Theater has expanded and grown into the well-known and prestigious education that it was intended to be since the beginning. It is no longer just available for the undergraduate to pursue a degree in the arts and theater, but it had expanded to include programs that involves those who in the future can attend as an undergraduate. The opening of summer camps for children highlights and comes to prove what the founders wanted when it was created, having achieved being one of the best theaters in the area.

One of the reasons that the theater had such a success besides the force of supporters and helpers that contributed to undertake this project, was the place in which the theater was constructed. The founders of the theater visited seven cities but were ultimately drawn to the Minneapolis/St. Paul area because of its location. Minneapolis/St. Paul was considered the heartland of America with its presence of a vibrant cultural community, the presence of a large state university and many small collages around it and the enthusiasm that was shown by the people for the new theater project. Having the theater in the heart of Minneapolis/St. Paul makes it a popular and well known for the locals but also an intriguing spot for the visitors.

Such a popular and prestigious place rich with history like the Guthrie Theater would not have been possible if it wasn’t for the effort that was put behind by volunteers, organizations that were willing to donate money and their help in any way possible. Their willingness to work as a team for a common goal and invest on it is what made the Guthrie Theater what it is today.

Sources:

  1. www.guthrietheater.org/globalassets/pdf/guthrie_history.pdf
  2. “LibGuides: Guthrie Theater: Secondary Sources: Books & Articles.” Secondary Sources: Books & Articles – Guthrie Theater – LibGuides at Minnesota Historical Society Library, libguides.mnhs.org/guthrie/secondary. https://libguides.mnhs.org/guthrie/secondar
  3. “2019 Guthrie Summer Camps.” 19 Mar. 2019. https://twitter.com/GuthrieTheater?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor
  4. “Guthrie Theater – Shows, Tickets, Map, Directions.” JamBase, 24 Aug. 2015, http://www.jambase.com/venue/guthrie-theater

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