First Performance at the Sylvan Theater

Title

First Performance at the Sylvan Theater

Description

The first performance at the Sylvan Theatre on the Washington Monument grounds took place on the evening of June 2, 1917. Artist and philanthropist Alice Pike Barney Hemmick founded the theater, believing that Washington needed a nationally supported theater and that an outdoor theater would be a good first step. The performance on opening night consisted of speeches, a rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner" by the Marine Band, and a play written by Mrs. Hemmick. Over 6,000 people attended the Sylvan Theater first show.

Source

Photograph of a performer at the Sylvan Theater in 1917. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division. View Original.

Date

06/02/1917

Coverage

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19170602

Description

The first performance at the Sylvan Theatre on the Washington Monument grounds took place on the evening of June 2, 1917. Artist and philanthropist Alice Pike Barney Hemmick founded the theater, believing that Washington needed a nationally supported theater and that an outdoor theater would be a good first step. The performance on opening night consisted of speeches, a rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner" by the Marine Band, and a play written by Mrs. Hemmick. Over 6,000 people attended the Sylvan Theater first show.

Date

06/02/1917

Coverage

1890-1919

Source

Photograph of a performer at the Sylvan Theater in 1917. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division. View Original.

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