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Overview

Historical Note

Scope and Contents of the Collection

Arrangement of the Collection

Restrictions

Access Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

1934-1942

1989

Photographs

Southern Methodist University

Script and Score records

A Guide to the Collection



Overview

Creator: Southern Methodist University
Title: Script and Score records
Inclusive Dates: 1934-1989
Abstract: Formed in 1935 as a co-ed musical comedy production group, Southern Methodist University’s Script and Score club produced yearly musical performances in the late 1930s and early 1940s until the constraints of World War II put a halt to the yearly shows. After the war, Script and Score was not revived for several decades, but in the 1980s Bob Banner, producer of the 1942 performance and visiting SMU professor, worked to reintroduce the old tradition. Two years of preparation led to the 1989 musical comedy production We’re Back. Materials in this collection include correspondence, programs, lyrics sheets, musical scores, scripts, newspaper clippings, SMU News briefings, envelopes and letterhead, and photographs.
Accession No: SMU 2005.0363
Extent: 2 boxes (1 linear foot)
Language: Material is in English
Repository Southern Methodist University Archives, DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University

Historical Note

In 1933 and 1934 Southern Methodist University’s Men’s and Women’s Panhellenic organizations each produced separate musical comedies. After the 1934 performances, SMU student Charles Meeker proposed that the organizations produce a co-ed performance the next year. In 1935 the Panhellenic organizations presented a co-ed production, Plato’s Daughter, and the Script and Score Club was founded later that year. The yearly performances grew quickly in popularity, so that by 1937 the organization had become SMU’s largest student organization. However, the constraints of World War II brought an end to the program after the 1942 show. Script and Score was not reinstated at the war’s end or for several decades thereafter.

Reflecting on his fond memories as Script and Score club president and as producer of the 1942 Script and Score performance, TV producer and visiting SMU professor Bob Banner sought to revive the program while serving as a distinguished visiting professor at SMU during the 1980s. Working with the Program Council and Student Foundation beginning in 1987, Banner revived the program. After two years of planning and preparation, and with the aid of SMU supporters Ruth Sharp Altshuler, Linda McElroy Gibbons and Richard and Susan Collins, SMU students produced the musical comedy We’re Back in April 1989.

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

The collection contains records relating to Southern Methodist University’s Script and Score productions from its founding in 1935 to its cancellation after 1942, as well as the records of the 1989 program launched to revive the Script and Score tradition. The collection is in two boxes (31 folders).

Materials in the collection include correspondence, programs, lyrics sheets, musical scores, newspaper clippings, scripts, SMU News briefings, envelopes and letterhead, and photographs.

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Arrangement of the Collection

The collection is organized into 3 series:
Series 1: 1934-1942
Series 2: 1989
Series 3: Photographs

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Restrictions

Access to Collection:

Collection is open for research use.

Publication Rights:

Permission to publish materials must be obtained from the Director of the DeGolyer Library.

Copyright Statement:

It is the responsibility of the user to obtain copyright authorization.

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Access Terms

This collection is indexed under the following terms in the Southern Methodist University Libraries' online catalog. Researchers desiring related materials may search the catalog using these terms.
Southern Methodist University -- History.
Musicals -- Texas -- Dallas.
College musicals -- Texas -- Dallas.
College theater -- Texas -- History.
Programs.
Scores.
Clippings.
Photographs.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Script and Score records, Southern Methodist University Archives, DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University.

Acquisition Information

Gift, Tinsley Silcox and student.

Deposit and Transfer, 2010, Hamon Library.

Processing Information

The collection was combined from several collections: one file folder in the Program Council – Script and Score collection, an original collection of items from 1989; the McCord/Renshaw Collection from the Hamon Arts Library; one file folder from the Student Activities collection; and one file folder from the Clubs collection. Amanda Coleman organized the collection from 1989 during the summer of 2005. For ease of research use the materials in all three collections were combined into one collection and arranged chronologically.

Processed by

Amanda Coleman, 2005. Doug Mann, 2011.

Finding aid written by

Doug Mann, 2011.

Encoded by

Ada Negraru, 2011.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Series 1:
1934-1942
2 boxes (17 folders)

This series documents the creation and early years of Script and Score. Materials in this series came from the McCord/Renshaw collection.
Box Folder
1 1 Script and Score-Correspondence
2 Script and Score-Documents
3 Script and Score-Ephemera, 1934-1940
4 Script and Score-Publicity, 1936-1989
5 Script and Score-Music Part-"Plato’s Daughter" (Drum Part)
6 Script and Score-Programs-"Present Company Excepted" 1936
7 Script and Score-Programs-"Present Company Excepted" 1936
8 Script and Score-Programs-"Take It Easy" 1937
9 Script and Score-Programs-"Smooth Sailing" 1938
10 Script and Score-Ephemera: envelopes & letterheads, 1938
11 Script and Score-Programs-"Easy Diggins" 1939
12 Script and Score-Script-"Paradise Preferred" 1940
13 Script and Score-Musical Score-"Paradise Preferred" 1940
14 Script and Score-Programs-"Paradise Preferred" 1940
15 Script and Score-Programs-"Paradise Preferred" 1940
Box Folder
2 1 Script and Score-Programs-"Pandamonia" 1941
2 Script and Score-Programs-"Sawdust and Sequins" 1942

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Series 2:
1989
1 box (20 folders)

This series mainly comprises music and lyrics from the 1989 Script and Score program. The General Information folder contains correspondence, ticket information and news clippings. Most items in this series came from the Program Council – Script and Score collection.
Box Folder
2 3 Script and Score 1989 – General information
4 Script and Score 1989 – Programs
5 Script and Score 1989 – Bech, Janice – "Seeing with Your Heart"
6 Script and Score 1989 – Bech, Janice and Erika Tyner – "The Mixer"
7 Script and Score 1989 – Dance, Perry – "The Wizard of SMU" / "There’s No Place Like SMU"
8 Script and Score 1989 – Dennis, Michelle – "Still in Love"
9 Script and Score 1989 – Hayes, Keith – "I Want to Fly", "Time to Say Goodnight", "Just You and Me", and "Lady Bug"
10 Script and Score 1989 – Holy, Elena – "Why Doesn’t Anybody Waltz Anymore" and "Graduation Song"
11 Script and Score 1989 – Hughes, Laura – "Remembering Degas"
12 Script and Score 1989 – Kaminski, Steve – "Two Less Lonely People", "Return to Me", "The Best is Yet to Come", "Tell Me", and "Come Twist with Me"
13 Script and Score 1989 – Kaminski, Steve, David Sibley [and Tom Seay] – "It’s a Great Day", "Hey, Hey, Hey", "Give Me a Song I Can Whistle", "Dance the Night Away", and "We’re Back"
14 Script and Score 1989 – Kitchens, David – "Little Song"
15 Script and Score 1989 – Leftwich, Michael and Cary Lied – "The Trial of Mother Goose"
16 Script and Score 1989 – Longdon, Betsy and Nancy Rynders – "I Remember"
17 Script and Score 1989 – Miranda, Carmen – "Until the Sunrise"
18 Script and Score 1989 – Morgan, Ruth (?) – "The University Is…"
19 Script and Score 1989 – Murchison, Melissa – "I’m Just So With It"
20 Script and Score 1989 – Seay, Tom – "Times Square Rag", "Moonlight and You", "Never You Fear", and "Until the Sunrise"
21 Script and Score 1989 – Welch and Welch (?) – "Can’t Say Goodbye"
22 Script and Score 1989 – Unidentified Works

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Series 3:
Photographs
1 box (3 folders)

Items in this series came from the McCord/Renshaw collection.
Box Folder
2 23 Photographs – SMU – Script and Score – 1937
24 Photographs – SMU – Script and Score [undated; ca. 1935-1942]
25 Photographs – SMU Script and Score – 1988

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