On Monday, July 8, 2013 the Royal Oak City Commission voted to designate the Baldwin Theatre a local historic district. The article from the Royal Oak Patch and the report from the Royal Oak web site are both included below.
“It can become something of lasting benefit to the area.”
Our story begins on March 21, 1956 with an article in the Clawson-Troy times.
Clawson residents Robert Johnson, a sophomore at Michigan State University and Sally Bosz, a senior at Clawson High School, announced, “Enrollment Now Open for Summer Theater” stating, “It can become something of lasting benefit to the area.” Only eight people showed up.
On April 20, 1956 Robert Johnson and Sally Bosz announced another try with a meeting set for April 26 in the basement of Trinity Lutheran Church. They had given themselves a name, Thesbet Summer Theater and announced their plans to also direct and organize the amateur show for Clawson’s annual Fourth of July celebration.
In 1983, Stagecrafters received international attention. We were selected to participate in an exchange with a theatre group in England under the auspices of the International Amateur Theatre Association.
To help pay the expenses of our participants we began a year of non-stop fundraising, including our first Las Vegas party. In March of 1984, Stagecrafters traveled to St. Albans, England, to present A Visit to a Small Planet on the stage of the Abbey Theatre. The friendships and ties started in St. Albans resulted in the establishment of a “Sister Theatre” commitment between the groups that continues today.
Shows exchanged between the two theatres include:
1987 - Two By Two
2000 - Starting Here, Starting Now
Company of Ten
2003 – Habeas Corpus