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Upper School fall play to use historic Paris backdrop

If you visit the Huss Center for the Performing Arts this fall, you will find a beautifully painted Paris street scene hanging in the auditorium. The theatrical drop is on loan from the Performing Arts Archive at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities and will be featured in the Upper School's upcoming fall play, The Madwoman of Chaillot.

This particular drop is part of an over 2,000 piece collection from the Twin Cities Scenic Studio and was created in the 1920s and used for a second- or third-tier Vaudeville company. It is incredibly rare to find a drop of this size still intact as they were often victims of light and water. Drops like this were also generally replaced each season and replaced with the current style of design and decoration based on visual and aesthetic fads found in magazines and weekly papers. 

SPA is so thankful to Angelique and Jason at the University of Minnesota for their willingness to let the Upper School use this piece this fall and to have such a beautiful piece of theater history on our stage.