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Hale (Randolph) Valley Music Theatre Scrapbooks
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Randolph Hale was vice president and treasurer of the Valley Music Theatre, in the San Fernando Valley. The collection consists of two scrapbooks related to productions staged at the Valley Music Theatre. Included are playbills and cast (group) photographs representing 40 productions staged at the theater. Additionally included is a very small amount of ephemera including a Valley Music Theatre securities brochure.
The Valley Music Theatre broke ground in Woodland Hills, CA in January 1964. The 2,865-seat theatre-in-the-round was located at 20600 Ventura Blvd., between Winnetka and Canoga Aves. The goal was to produce and present live musical-dramatic stage productions in the San Fernando Valley. Officers included president Nick Mayo, vice president and treasurer Randolph Hale, and vice president and secretary Art Linkletter. Stockholders included Bob Hope, Danny Thomas, Janet Blair, Marjorie Lord, Ed Begley, and John Raitt, among others. The opening of the theater, on July 7, 1964, featured The Sound of Music as a benefit premiere for the Pi Beta Phi Alumnae Club and affiliated groups of the Crippled Children's Society of Los Angeles County. The productions staged during the theater's tenure were A Man for All Seasons (with Charlton Heston), Medea (with Judith Anderson), and Come Back Little Shea (with Shirley Booth) among others. Other actors who performed at the theater include Anna Maria Alberghetti, Eve Arden, Sidney Blackmer, Janet Blair, Eddie Bracken, Vic Damone, Howard Duff, Buddy Ebsen, Maurice Evans, George Gorshin, Carolyn Jones, Werner Klemperer, Marjorie Lord, Rose Marie, Ethel Merman, John Myhers, Walter Pidgeon, Vincent Price, Jane Powell, Juliet Prowse, John Raitt, Mickey Rooney, Walter Slezak, Jack Soo, Rudy Vallee, Jerry Van Dyke, and Gig Young among others.Randolph Hale was born in San Francisco, CA on July 26, 1909. He located to Van Nuys CA, in 1958. He operated the Alcazar Theatre in San Francisco, and acted in own productions. He also produced nationally touring stage productions. From 1947 to 1953 was involved with operating Summer House, a summer theatre in Albuquerque, NM. From 1956 to 1961, he owned and operated, and was entertainer at the Excusez Moi restaurant in Los Angeles. In the early 1960s he, along with Nick Mayo and Art Linkletter were responsible for starting the Valley Music Theatre in the San Fernando Valley and was stockholder, vice president, and treasurer. Randolph Hale died in 1974.
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