|Description: A paper theatre program for February 7, 1939, at Ryman Auditorium, Nashville Tennessee for the play "Whiteoaks" based on the novel "Whiteoaks of Jalna" by Mazo de la Roche, starring Ethel Barrymore.The printing is in black, a serif font. The reverse is an advertisement for a furrier.
History: In 1927, Mazo de la Roche's (1879-1961) novel "Jalna" won the $10,000 first prize in a competition sponsored by "Atlantic Monthly", which provided her with recognition and success in the future. Mazo de la Roche is significant to Mississauga as she lived in Clarkson during the time she wrote her award winning novel, "Jalna". Mazo lived in Trail Cottage, which was located on property that had originally belonged to the Benares Estate. Some people speculate the Benares House was Mazo's inspiration for the Whiteoaks of "Jalna". Mazo was friends with the Harrises and had visited Benares. She was born in Newmarket as Mazo Louise Roche. She was the only child of Alberta and William Roche. Mazo died on 12 July 1961. See: C.J. Taylor, "de la Roche, Mazo" Canadian Encyclopaedia, 2000 Edition (Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 1999), 639. It is said that the Whiteoaks family was based on the Harris - Sayers family of Benares, and that the house 'Jalna' was based on Benares House. Ethyl Barrymore (1879-1959) was an accomplished stage actress of New York and London. She began appearing in film in 1914, but preferred the stage. The Ryman Auditorium (1890) was first opened as the Union Gosped Tabernacle. It was home to the 'Grand Ole Opry' broadcasts from 1943 to 1974. References: ww.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/ACbarrymore.htm; www.imdb.com/name/nm00008561/en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ethel_Barrymore; www.ibdb.com/person.asp?ID=31140 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ryman Auditorium.