BRISTOL, Tennessee/Virginia – Stories come to life on the Theatre Bristol stage and that history comes to life under a Bristol Public Library spotlight this summer. Begun 56 years ago, Theatre Bristol went from a kindergarten and preschool program presenting "Tom Sawyer" and the "Land of Jesters" as the Bristol Children’s Theatre to a thriving regional theater presenting "Les Miserables," "The Music Man" and “Annie.” Thanks to the Bristol Public Library Main Library, as you check out your books you can enjoy the display of Theatre Bristol artifacts, mementos, props, archives and more through the end of August.
Inside the main lobby display case, you’ll find pieces from Theatre Bristol history including founder Cathy DeCaterina’s own notebooks and diagrams, play scripts from the early days of Theatre Bristol, awards and recognitions, and the books on Theatre Bristol’s history, "Directing Confidence: Cathy DeCaterina’s Theatre Bristol" and "Let’s Dress Up and Pretend."
You’ll also find costumes and props such as Scrooge’s top hat, and Punch and Judy puppets from "Scrooge! the Musical," Pharaoh’s crook and microphone from "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat," Toot sweets and Baron Bomburst’s royal crown from "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" and Glinda’s wand, Tinman’s heart, and Lion’s medal of courage from "The Wizard of Oz."
Look closely for Audrey II from "Little Shop of Horrors," “Annie’s" bucket and scrub brush, the musical cigar box from "She Loves Me," melting pot supplies from "Schoolhouse Rock LIVE!" and Maurice’s dog-legged clencher, and the Beast’s magical mirror and rose from "Disney’s Beauty and the Beast."
The Theatre Bristol library display is available to see through the end of August. Make sure you also check out TheatreBristol.org for more information on upcoming productions, auditions, and tickets.
Founded in 1965 by Cathy DeCaterina, Theatre Bristol is the oldest continually running children’s theater in northeast Tennessee. Its Main Stage season consists of up to five productions. Some of its performances take place in the ARTspace, a multi-purpose, black box theatre which seats up to 120, and others at the Paramount Center for the Arts. Theatre Bristol is a volunteer-operated organization.
The Bristol Public Library serves the city of Bristol. The Bristol Public Library takes an active role in the development of our city and community; providing residents a place to learn, read or just relax with the daily newspaper in a comforting atmosphere. Bristol Public Library offers special areas of interest for children, and teens, as well as movies, genealogy workshops, reading programs and adult education classes. The Bristol Public Library has two locations, the Main Library in Bristol, Virginia, and the Avoca Branch in Bristol, Tennessee. Learn more at www.bristol-library.org.