Entries Tagged as 'Theatre'

Friday, May 13th, 2016

Prompt Service: Cataloging the HTC Promptbooks

For much of the past year, I have had the pleasure of cataloging promptbooks from the Harvard Theatre Collection. Promptbooks are texts of plays which have been annotated with stage directions, alterations, descriptions of scenery or sound effects, and other details from actual use in the theatre. They function almost like a blueprint to a […]

Wednesday, April 27th, 2016

A library for a stage, students to act

Last night, within the girdle of Houghton’s walls, Harvard’s own Hyperion Shakespeare Company worked on our imaginary forces, staging five scenes from Shakespeare on four unworthy scaffolds throughout the library. Visitors jumped o’er time, from room to room, to behold the swelling scene! Thank you Hyperion!

Wednesday, April 13th, 2016

More lobster sheet music

No quadrilles, but more lobster sheet music. Here are two pieces for piano, once again featuring ladies in large hats (see previous post) Published in Cleveland … lobsters are an exotic menu item in Cleveland perhaps?

Tuesday, April 12th, 2016

Caliban inspires Klingon makeover

“You have never experienced Shakespeare until you have read him in the original Klingon.” At least that’s what Klingon chancellor Gorkon tells Spock in The Undiscovered Country, the last installment of the original Star Trek film series. Like self-serious English majors, Klingons quote the Earth-poet Shakespeare more than any other author—yes, sometimes even in their […]

Wednesday, April 6th, 2016

New on OASIS in April

Finding aids for two newly cataloged collections have been added to the OASIS database this month: Processed by: Irina Klyagin Tony Straiges set designs and models (MS Thr 1317) Berkeley Sutcliffe costume designs (MS Thr 1323)

Thursday, March 31st, 2016

April Fool’s Day: odd sheet music

The Historical Sheet Music Collections at Houghton have been yielding some weird cover art lately. Here are a few in honor of April foolishness: This song tells the story of a gentleman escorting a lady friend to a cabaret, where she pawns him off on a female friend enamoured of his wealth; her friend calls […]

Wednesday, March 16th, 2016

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day

Houghton’s Historical Sheet Music Collections have a wealth of music about Ireland; many songs are American, whether adaptations of traditional Irish tunes, or songs from Tin Pan Alley, Broadway musicals or vaudeville. Here are some examples in honor of Saint Patrick’s Day. [chorus] The minstrell boy to the war has gone, and bold Jack Donoghue […]

Tuesday, March 15th, 2016

Three Hamlets film series

The Harvard Film Archive and Houghton Library are partnering to screen three critically acclaimed adaptations of Shakespeare’s most enduring play, beginning with Laurence Olivier’s 1948 classic on Monday, March 21 at 7pm. Join curators Dale Stinchcomb and Peter Accardo for a free pre-show tour of the exhibition, Shakespeare: His Collected Works at 6pm in Houghton […]

Wednesday, March 9th, 2016

Queen Liliʻuokalani’s composition “Aloha ʻOe” and American sheet music about Hawaiʻi

In honor of Women’s History Month, we invite you to look at some examples of sheet music composed by Queen Liliʻuokalani of Hawaiʻi. The Historical Sheet Music Collections are home to a great number of songs about Hawaiʻi, many of them written by popular music composers in the period following the annexation of the islands […]

Friday, March 4th, 2016

New on OASIS in March

Finding aids for five newly cataloged collections have been added to the OASIS database this month: Processed by: Irina Klyagin Guy Sheppard costume designs, sketches and caricatures (MS Thr 1310) Processed by: Jennifer Lyons Modern American theater programs (MS Thr 1138) Randall Thompson music scores (MS Thr 1202) Photographs of theatrical performers and sets (MS Thr 1248) […]