Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Method Acting

I know many of you have been wondering why Flint Expatriates doesn't have more posts about youth theatre in the early eighties. It's true; I have neglected this important topic. But I plan to make up for it right now. Grumkin sent me these photos and artifacts of Flint Youth Theatre a while back, and I've lost all the background info on them. Maybe she can help us out in the comment section. And if you recognize yourself in the photos, despite the subtle costumes and makeup, please chime in.


  1. To be honest, I don't remember much either. I just found the photos, and had the flyers in the basement. The guy in the white beret is John Vaughn and the guy in the black pirate hat is Glenn Thomas. Other than that I don't remember names.

    Most of the plays were for kids put on at Bower Theatre. I used to go to an acting class every Saturday morning that was taught by Linda Moxim? and Sue? ... again my memory fades.

    I do recall the Eugene Ionesco play was completely crazy... I never understood it. And it was after that time, that I stopped doing stuff. Mostly because my grades were suffering... so it was highly recommended that I quit Youth Theater.

    It was a great program though. And I think it is still going strong even today. :)

  2. Kristin Nieuwenhius is in the red. Glenn Thomas, Brian McDonald, John Vaughan, Brook Burroughs or Angela Barker is in these too

  3. I think the pictures are of the cast of the Rococo Cocoa Bean, and the flyers are from Ozma of Oz, etc... two totally different plays.

    Brooke definitely had a lead part in one of those... I don't think she's pictured here though.


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