[NEohioPAL]Theater and Film Archives to Focus on Cleveland

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Tue Jan 28 20:13:21 PST 2003

Release courtesy of SRO Entertainment, Mr. Jeffery Mannies


CLEVELAND (January 28, 2003) - Did you ever wonder what happened to Ralphy's=
Red Ryder BB Gun after the filming of Christmas Story was finished?  Where i=
the oversized fringe scarf worn by cast member Theresa Piteo in Jacques Brel=
is Alive and Well and Living in Paris?  What happens to many of the costumes=
and props after a theater or film production is completed is sometimes a=20
mystery.  Perhaps some of them end up in storage, goodwill or maybe even in=20
Debbie Reynolds' closet?

A movement to collect and archive costumes pieces, props, and other related=20
items from locally shot big screen films and notable Cleveland theater=20
productions is currently underway -a task that has not really been addressed=
 With the help of various theater artists, organizations and supporters of=20
the Cleveland performing arts, publicist Jeon Francis has been moving forwar=
to preserve a part of the city's cultural history.  "After a production=20
closes, items, including highly recognizable ones, too often get lost in the=
shuffle," says Ali Hernan, resident costume designer for The Halle Theatre=20
and Beck Center for the Cultural Arts,

The archive collection has recently been started with the current goal of=20
locating and/or obtaining as many items as possible from notable area=20
productions.  Individuals and organizations will also have access to these=20
items for their own short-term public projects upon request.  "Cleveland=20
seems to get overlooked a lot as far as the talent," adds Hernan.  "These=20
archives will showcase Cleveland and give people locally and from elsewhere=20=
glimpse of that talent."=20

The long-term goal of the archive collection is to have the items displayed=20
in a public venue (such as a Hard Rock Caf=E9 type space or coffee bar simil=
to Talkies in Ohio City).  "I believe when it comes time to display the=20
collection, it will proudly represent our city's cultural history.  The=20
collection will also honor many of those throughout the years that have=20
contributed their talents to Cleveland's film and theater community," says=20
collection organizer Jeon Francis. =20

"These archives are a great way for designers and technicians in the theatre=
community to not only have our work preserved, but also view and appreciate=20
the work of our colleagues," says freelance costume designer Jenniver=20
Sparano.  She has designed for such shows as The Dying Gaul; Fences; The=20
Fantasticks; The Gin Game, and others.  Francis adds, "A space to display th=
collection may not be secured for several years, but at least the process of=
preserving has been started."  Aside from beginning to contact various film=20
and theater companies, Francis has also been in contact with the Cleveland=20
Film Commission and the Western Reserve Historical Society to consider how=20
these organizations could be involved with the project.

*Note: Jenniver is spelled correctly.

"The archive collection is very new in its development, and I feel the idea=20
has a lot of growth potential.  I am very happy to begin and work on this=20
project in my spare time.  Even if I'm not the one who develops the space,=20
the collection will be started for someone who will," says Francis.  In the=20
meantime, as items are donated to the archives, they are tagged, properly=20
packaged and stored.  In addition to the items that have already been=20
furnished to the archives, there is a list of items available to the=20
collection on a loan only basis.

Theater and Film Archives to Focus on Cleveland, Page 2

The items listed below have been furnished to the collection archive:

Hey City Theater/Playhouse Square Center -Cleveland's longest-running=20
Tony n' Tina's Wedding (September 7, 2000-December 1, 2002)
=B7   One of the original wedding dresses, veil, shoes and accessories worn=20=
actor Nicolle Saccone, who played the role of Tina Vitale.
=B7   Three of the original bridesmaid dresses.

Beck Center for the Cultural Arts presented the first licensed production in=
the United States,
Floyd Collins (May 28 - June 29, 1999)
=B7   Pair of worker gloves worn by actor David Robeano, who played the role=
Floyd Collins.
=B7   White 1920s dress, worn by actor Rebecca Marks (Schaberg at the time),=
who played the role of Nellie Collins.

Beck Center for the Cultural Arts garnered a lot of attention and publicity=20
for their production of=20
Richard O'Brien's The Rocky Horror Show (July 14 - August 13, 2000)=20
=B7   A pair of red vinyl gloves and accessories, worn in the show, by actor=
Bob Simon, who played the role of Dr. Frank N. Furter (Dan Folino was the=20
alternate Frank).
=B7   Purple holographic bikini and accessories worn by actor Laval Jones, w=
played the role of Rocky.
=B7   Three piece sequined outfit and accessories worn by actor Katie Muelle=
who played the role of Columbia.

Aside from the productions that are listed above, Jeon Francis is requesting=
that the public submit their suggestions of locally shot big screen films an=
notable theater productions that they would like to see recognized in the=20

Please include as much information about your suggestion, especially if you=20
know of a contact person.  You can submit your suggestions and information t=
eye2wonder at aol.com.  Please include Archive Collection in the subject line.

Please direct any media related questions to Jeon Francis at (216) 281.7451.



Created last year and operated by Jeffrey Mannies, SRO Entertainment is a=20
locally based company that organizes special event fundraisers for=20
non-profits, and handles the promotion of a select number of local talent.

As a director of development specialist, throughout the past six years, Mr.=20
Mannies is credited with the promotion and production of world class special=
event fundraisers in Cleveland featuring Yo Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman, Kathleen=20
Battle, Joshua Bell, Patti LuPone, Jim Brickman, Michael Feinstein,=20
Kaleidoscape Circus and the opening night of the 25th Cleveland Internationa=
Film Festival.

During this past year, SRO Entertainment brought George Stephanopoulos to=20
Cleveland for the benefit of the local nonprofit Maximum Independent Living.=
Mannies is currently consulting on a variety of special events for other=20
non-profits.  SRO Entertainment current projects include the return of Itzha=
Perlman to Severance Hall for a benefit concert April 23, 2003=20
(Goodrich-Gannett Neighborhood Center), Jessye Norman at Severance Hall=20
August 29, 2003, (Neighborhood Center s Association), and the Ethnic=20
Extravaganza November 8, 2003, (Neighborhood Centers Association).

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