Terre Haute Living December 2016 - Page 44

Townsley’s inspiration and actions to start a theater group in Terre Haute came about during a two-year period that people all across the United States were in a “can-do” state of mind. The latter stage of the Roaring Twenties was in full economic boom mode in 1927. The Jazz Age was the rage; Prohibition had led to bathtub gin; meanwhile, the stock market was skyrocketing, and all across the land people were marveling at what might be accomplished in their fast-changing new world. That year Townsley also paid a visit to James Bonstelle in Detroit — his playhouse had developed a national name for fostering the Little The- ater movement in America. Then she engaged the support of two of Terre Haute’s prominent local groups, the Woman’s Department Club and the Pen and Brush Club, both of which helped promote and transform her vision into a popular reality. A CT reading committee was formed and plays were selected for the upcoming year. DECEMBER 10 10AM-4pm Photos With Santa In His Sleigh • Stories By Mrs. Claus Kids Crafts & Games • And More! Breakfast w/Sa ta 8:30AM • $15/adults • $7.50/children Tickets available at www.clabbergirl.eventbrite.com 812.232.9446 • clabbergirl.com 44 Terre Haute Living • December 2016 tribstar.com/terrehauteliving