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AC011_BEAUMONT_CIVIC_OPERA_COLLECTIONDescriptive Sheet General Type: Papers Beaumont Civic Opera Collection Physical Description: Scrapbooks, 3 volumes, 3 folders Inclusive Dates: 1954-1987 Donor: Beaumont Civic Opera DESCRIPTION AC -011 Listed Since 1929, Beaumonters have enjoyed semi-professional operatic performances produced by local artists. Formed in 1963, the Beaumont Civic Opera continued the tradition of the Beaumont Opera Workshop. The Beaumont Civic Opera held early performances at the Stephen F. Austin Sr. High School and the Jefferson Theater. Dr. Peter Paul Fuchs, a noted expert on Italian operas, directed productions in the 1960s and early 1970s. The organization performed operas in English and recruited dancers from the Sproule School of Dance. Today, the Beaumont Civic Opera presents its productions at the Julie Rogers Theater in downtown Beaumont. This collection contains three large scrapbooks comprised of newspaper clippings, photographs, program guides, correspondence, poster boards, and newsletters. All material is arranged chronologically by individual operatic production. Scrapbook 1 begins in 1954 and traces the history of the Beaumont Opera Workshop up to the formation of the Beaumont Civic Opera. Scrapbooks 2 and 3 cover the history of the Beaumont Civic Opera until 1979. The collection also contains two folders of photographs and one folder of ephemera. No restrictions apply.