The primary artistic team consisted of
Charles "Chuck" Doughty who directed all the shows and taught in the
school there, and his wife Carol who did the choreography and taught
the children's creative dramatics. Additional professional staff
included Barbara Coggin, notable for her work with the Bergoff-Hagen
studios in New York, and Bob Taylor an actor who became known as "Dodo
the Clown" for a series of plays built around that character.
Trouper, in his red and white costume, was of course the theater's
primary clown figure. He visited area schools and opened every show.
At that time each show opened with Leroy Anderson's "Pennywhistle"
playing on the speakers while the lights dimmed. Then Trouper would
bounce through the curtains saying "Hi Everybody, here I am again your
old pal, TROUPER!" and then would introduce the play of the day. A bit
of 60's androgyny, Trouper was invariably referred to as "he" though
he was always played by women. Coggin, Carol Doughty, Ann Grantham,
and Susan and Karin Ketterson were among the versatile young women who
played Trouper at one time or another.
"The Clown And His Circus"- 1963 -
Trouper is seen to the left, the other clown figure to the right is
Bob Taylor as Dodo the Clown, the hero of a series of plays
done there in the early 60's.
Pictures and information
submitted by Mark Ketterson