This collection containes three series. Series 1, Plays and musicals, 1956-1988; Series 2, General office files, 1958-1987; Series 3, Asian studies, 1956-1991. Original order was maintained as much as possible, thus each series is in alphabetical order based on title or subject matter.
Scope and Contents
The collection contains the plays directed by or otherwise involving John M. Elzey, his professional documents and correspondence, and teaching materials used for both his students’ and his own learning. A significant portion of the collection deals with Elzey’s interest and training in Asian theatre.
John Myles Elzey was born August 1, 1931. He began attending Weber College in 1949 and was elected student body president in 1953. He graduated in 1954 with an Associate of Arts degree and went on to the University of Utah to earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts. In 1958 he was asked to design a set for Amahl and the Night Visitor, and the following year he began teaching at Weber College in the Performing Arts Department. His first dramatic production was Oedipus Rex. During his tenure at Weber State John directed numerous dramatic productions which ranged from Greek tragedy to light-hearted plays for children. He soon realized that the community favorites were musical productions, so he established the Festival of American Theatre. Dr. Elzey went on to get a Masters of Fine Arts from the University of Utah and a PhD from the University of Minnesota. He traveled with the State Department Tour in South America, successfully producing 33 showings of Annie Get Your Gun. He also traveled to Kyoto and Tokyo, Japan, to observe the Kabuki, Noh, and Kyogen theatre styles. Towards the end of his career his interest in Japanese and Hawaiian theatre increased. He taught at Weber State for 32 years, directing 54 productions during that time. He died of cancer on September 27, 1991.
This Collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Weber State College.
Weber State University. -- WSU
Faculty member, College or university.
Clippings (books, newspapers, etc.).
Conditions Governing Access:
The collection is open for research use.
Material was acquired from the John M. Elzey family (2000-039; 2010-011).
Acquired from the John M. Elzey family, 2000 and 2010.
No accruals are expected.
3 small format negatives from the play “Janus”; 6 small format negatives from the play “Picnic”; 7 small format negatives from the play “Time Limit”; 8 small format negatives from the play “The Philadelphia Story”; 44 negative film strips of the play “Mother Courage and Her Children” (one set of copies still with collection); 14 negative film strips of the play “Taming of the Shrew” (one set of copies still with collection); 1 negative film strip of the play “Time Limit”. Projector slides from “Mother Courage” (28 slides), “The Taming of the Shrew” (2 slides), and Chinese culture and art (30 slides) have been removed to be put into the Cold Storage Image Collection. All negatives and projector slides have been scanned to create a digital copy and have been burned to a CD which is located in box 1, folder 0.