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In the Bright Existence (1976 / 2nd Production): Back Cover / Overview601 viewsImage provided by Sears Eldredge. Sears writes:

"This production was an original adaptation of the Quiche Maya Book of Counsel as translated by Munro S. Edmundson of Tulane University and the Mesoamerican Institute into a performance text. His translation, used with his permission, used his special recording of the Quiche Maya words / phrases I wanted to use as part of the performance text.

Traditional and original music was performed by the students. Costumes and masks were based on archeological and traditional sources reflecting various ancient Mesoamerican cultures.

The second production of this piece performed two years later was JMC’s contribution to the University’s Bi-centennial Celebration highlighting the fact that there were other peoples with cultures severely damaged by the arrival of Europeans who should not be forgotten about.
Feb 16, 2010
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In the Bright Existence (1976 / 2nd Production): Cast and Crew605 viewsImage provided by Sears Eldredge.
Feb 16, 2010
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Thank You Poem from Carolyn Forché579 viewsImage provided by Sears Eldredge.
Feb 16, 2010
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Course Syllabus: JMC Theatre Practicum (Basis for IBE Production in 1974)612 viewsImage provided by Sears Eldredge.
Feb 16, 2010
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In the Bright Existence (1974 / 1st Production): Front Cover587 viewsImage provided by Sears Eldredge.
Feb 16, 2010
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In the Bright Existence (1974 / 1st Production): Back Cover / Overview595 viewsImage provided by Sears Eldredge.
Feb 16, 2010
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In the Bright Existence (1974 / 1st Production): Cast and Crew586 viewsImage provided by Sears Eldredge.
Feb 16, 2010
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In the Bright Existence (1974 / 1st Production): Artistic Staff802 viewsImage provided by Sears Eldredge.

Besides rehearsing the show, they all had to work building set pieces, props, costumes, puppets, masks to be used in the show. Tom Tamandl (who taught Spanish) and the poet, Carolyn Forche (who taught in the English program at JMC at the time), were enthusiastic supporters and performers in the show. Traditional and original music was performed by the students. Costumes and masks were based on archeological and traditional sources reflecting various ancient Mesoamerican cultures.
Feb 16, 2010
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Chautauqua: Programme: Front Cover644 viewsImage provided by Sears Eldredge.
Feb 16, 2010
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Chautauqua: Programme563 viewsImage provided by Sears Eldredge. Sears writes:

"Chautauqua: Rediscovering the American Land — tour show for the Kellogg Center for Continuing Education. This was a multi-media show created by former JMC Dean, Gordon Rohman, who asked if I would work with him on it. Student actors from JMC mixed with several faculty from different disciplines on campus to create this traveling Chautauqua show.

We toured to five (I think it was) cities in Michigan. The performers also included the MSU Symphonic Band who played music at various intervals and the beautiful composition, “Touch of the Earth,” at the conclusion."
Feb 16, 2010
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Chautauqua: Setting Up578 viewsPhoto provided by Sears Eldredge.
Feb 16, 2010
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Chautauqua: Stage Set562 viewsPhoto provided by Sears Eldredge. Sears writes:

"On the three large screens over the stage, were projected contemporary and historic images of the land and its use from the various regions of Michigan we traveled to."

Feb 16, 2010
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Chautauqua: Performance637 viewsPhoto provided by Sears Eldredge
Feb 16, 2010
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Balm in Gilead (1974): Cast / Crew Students611 views_Balm in Gilead_ Students (Cast and Crew)
_Balm in Gilead_ Cast / Staff: 1974
Photo provided by Sears Eldredge.

REAR (Left to Right): unidentified, Henry (Hank) Ferree, Audrey LaVelle (actor)

FRONT ROW (Seated, Left to Right): Colleen Purcell (stage manager), unidentified, unidentified, John Low (actor)

More info / comments available at:

http://www.enolagaia.com/StudentsinBiGF74.html
Feb 16, 2010
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Balm in Gilead (1974): Cast / Crew / Overview592 viewsImage provided by Sears Eldredge.
Feb 16, 2010
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Balm in Gilead (1974): Programme: Front Cover590 viewsImage provided by Sears Eldredge.
Feb 16, 2010
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Balm in Gilead: Programme: Back Cover578 viewsImage provided by Sears Eldredge.
Feb 16, 2010
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Balm in Gilead (1974): Set572 viewsPhoto provided by Sears Eldredge.
Feb 16, 2010
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Balm in Gilead (1974): Set: The Counter609 viewsPhoto provided by Sears EldredgeFeb 16, 2010
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Backstage - Masked Drama Workshop690 viewsBackstage: Masked Drama Workshop: June 1972
This group photo was sent in by former JMC theatre instructor Sears Eldredge in March 2004. It shows a group of JMC students along with Sears himself (on the far right). This photo was taken 'backstage' at the Masked Drama Workshop, which was presented in early June 1972.

Thanks, Sears!

LEFT TO RIGHT:
Erika Walton, David Hoyle, Nancy Sableski, Lynn Medow, Sears Eldredge

Additional info available at:

http://www.enolagaia.com/BackstageMDW1972.html
Feb 16, 2010
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Greg ????, Beth Sperry, Chris Thor, and Sears Eldredge630 viewsPhoto provided by Sears Eldredge. Exact timeframe is unknown (sometime between 1971 and 1973).

LEFT TO RIGHT: Gregory X (last name unknown - yet); Beth Sperry; Chris Thor, Sears Eldredge

More info / comments available at:

http://www.enolagaia.com/GregBethChrisSears.html
Feb 16, 2010
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_Balm in Gilead_ Students (Cast and Crew)703 views_Balm in Gilead_ Cast / Staff: 1974
Photo provided by Sears Eldredge.

REAR (Left to Right): unidentified, Henry (Hank) Ferree, Audrey LaVelle (actor)

FRONT ROW (Seated, Left to Right): Colleen Purcell (stage manager), unidentified, unidentified, John Low (actor)

More info / comments available at:

http://www.enolagaia.com/StudentsinBiGF74.html
Feb 16, 2010
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Lynn Medow and Cat Carpenter624 viewsPhoto provided by Sears Eldredge. Date unknown.
Feb 16, 2010
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JMC 'Learning Pyramid' Installation: 10th Anniversary Event634 viewsPhoto provided by Sears Eldredge.

This installation was created for the JMC 10th Anniversary event (spring 1975). This was an early 'multimedia' installation.
Feb 16, 2010
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