Bradbury Foundation seeks footage of late playwright’s productions for online archiving – WLDS

The Ken Bradbury Foundation is dedicated to creating an online video archive of the late playwright’s and author’s productions.

Foundation member Maryjane Bradbury says they are in the process of finding full-fledged musicals that Ken wrote and produced while he was a teacher at Triopia High School: “These are actual VHS tapes, DVDs, or films of shows that that Ken created. This began as a search for the shows he had written specifically for the students at Triopia High School. We’ve backed up about 16 shows so far. We’re still looking for about 13 more shows, although these are full blown musicals that Ken wrote. While we were on this quest, we learned that there are many more shows out there that Ken wrote and that other people are offering. So now we’re going to make those available for people to see too.”

Bradbury says the need to archive the shows’ video footage came from people in the community in general who have acted on the shows or had a family member who has been on the shows and wants to watch the shows again.

Bradbury says if you believe you have shows on tape, film or DVD, the Foundation would only attempt to replicate them in a digital format and then return them. Bradbury says Ken’s nephews, who own the rights to the works, are trying to get the footage out to the public: “Doug and David own the rights to all the shows that Ken wrote. Doug is a computer genius and he takes these pictures and digitizes them. He links it to YouTube via the Ken Bradbury Foundation Facebook page for everyone to watch for free.”

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Bradbury says that while initial interest was in the Triopia musicals, the group is also looking for copies of Ken’s productions, including but not limited to “The Follies” fundraiser productions he wrote for the Passavant Area Hospital Auxiliary, and the shows he wrote for the traveling theater company he took to local elementary schools. The traveling plays often dealt with topical issues such as bullying.

The Bradbury Foundation is currently looking for videos from the following shows, if any. Some date from the 1970s:
“Who is Henrietta Hoover and why is she saying these horrible things about me?”
“Vaudeville is my home”
“Speak of the Devil”
“Captain Jack Bailey’s All Star Country Western Circus”
“The Lark and the Grasshopper”
“Roll on Ohio”
“The Time of My Life”

Anyone willing to loan a recording to the Foundation long enough for a digital copy to be made can contact the Foundation at 217-243-3857 or email MaryJane Bradbury at 217-473-4735 at KenBradburyFoundation Call or visit the Ken Bradbury Foundation Facebook page.

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