"To be or not to be, --that is the question:"
Hamlet (III, i, 56-61)
In 1948 at Odessa High School in Marjorie Morris's senior English
class an idea was born. The idea was that this West Texas oil town
needed to build a replica of William Shakespeare’s Globe Theater.
The Odessa High School Shakespeare Club took on the project, donations
were solicited and the plans were drawn. Ten years later on land
donated by Odessa College, groundbreaking ceremonies were held on March
7th, 1958. Construction progressed as funds were available.
The Globe of the Great Southwest was formally dedicated in May of 1964.
Most of the credit for this accomplishment has to rest with the
dedication of Marjorie Morris and her labor of love, the Globe Theater.
I grew up with the Globe theater. In elementary school we saw
it in its original configuration without a roof over the gallery.
Later a roof was added. Over my life time I've seen good plays, bad
plays and great performances of all types. I learned to understand
the Elizabethan English accent, with a West Texas twang. I
learned to appreciate the writings of William Shakespeare. I also
heard a lot of great music. (The theatre has great acoustics.) I've seen
Odessa College perform musicals like "Oklahoma". I've seen Houston's
A.D. Players perform "Sara and Abraham". The Globe of the Great
Southwest has been a venue of great value for Odessa, Texas.
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