Fonds edm-1823 - Macdonald family fonds

Sketches of Costumes Sketch - Man in purple Sketch - Prospero's Duel - Hat and Sword, Act IV Sketch - Ape man Sketch - Mate or Boatswain Sketch - Miranda - daughter of Prospero, Duke of Milan Sketch - Aerial - Invisible

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Macdonald family fonds

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CA EDM edm-1823

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1 m of textual records and other material.

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Marguerite "Mickey" Macdonald (neé Clifton) moved to Edmonton from Saskatchewan in 1932. While in high school, she developed an interest in acting, and became active in school and amateur theatre productions. She met Alan Macdonald in 1937 while they were preparing for the play "And so to Bed" for Edmonton Little Theatre's 1937/1938 season, and they were married in February 1939. Alan Macdonald, son of the early Edmonton lawyer John Kenneth Macdonald, graduated with a law degree from the University of Alberta in 1937. While in university, Alan Macdonald participated in the drama club, however, though he continued to participate in local theatre, his main interest was in law, and he joined the City of Edmonton's legal department in 1938. When the Second World War broke out, Alan Macdonald served as an officer with the Loyal Edmonton Regiment in Italy and Europe, and Mickey went to New York to try to break into acting. Giving herself a year, Mrs. Macdonald made her Broadway debut in 1940. In addition to performing in two more Broadway productions, she also attended the American Academy of Dramatic Art while in New York, and did some modeling between productions. Alan Macdonald served with distinction while overseas, and was awarded with the Order of the British Empire in recognition of his contribution to the allied war effort. In 1945, both Alan and Mickey Macdonald returned to Edmonton. Alan continued his association with the Loyal Edmonton regiment, eventually taking over command. Macdonald also returned to the City of Edmonton's law department, and became city solicitor in 1956. In addition to an ongoing role with local amateur theatre, Alan Macdonald was also active with a number of local community organizations, such as the Provincial Drama Board, Montgomery Branch of the Canadian Legion, and Downtown Kiwanis club to name just a few. Mickey resumed her local acting career, working with her mother, Faith Clifton, to stage amateur productions with Edmonton's Little Theatre, as well as acting full-time with the Citadel and other professional companies. Alan Macdonald retired from the city in 1973, and shortly after, he and Mickey moved to Victoria. In 1997, Mickey Macdonald worked with the City of Edmonton to have a park named after her mother, Faith Clifton, and her late husband, Alan Macdonald, in recognition of their contribution to the cultural and political development of the city.

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This fonds consists of material gathered on Marguerite "Mickey" Macdonald, Alan Macdonald, Faith Clifton, Bruce Macdonald, and John Kenneth Macdonald, including newspaper clippings, military records, theatre programmes, personal writings, and other material. There is also material from Alan Macdonald's involvement with the Edmonton Little Theatre, Robbie Burns dinners, the Kiwanis Club, and the Royal Canadian Legion. This fonds also contains material from Mickey Macdonald's career in the Edmonton theatre community. MS 690.1: This fonds consists of material stemming from Allan Macdonald's career with the Loyal Edmonton regiment, including newspaper clippings, regimental diaries, regimental history project, histories of the regiment, Brigadier J.C. Jefferson memorial cairn and plaque, song books, and newspapers. This fonds also consists of clippings on Macdonald and Clifton family members (Vernis McCuaig and Bruce Macdonald), clippings on McKim Ross, theatre clippings, a copy of The Writer (January 1965), and two copies of The Fortyniner (November 1991/1993).

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Marguerite "Mickey" Macdonald and Brian Macdonald


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Record No. MS-690<br><br>

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