Houston Public Library, Houston Metropolitan Research Center

Hamster Theater Collection MSS.1124

Descriptive Summary

Creator Hamster Theater (Houston, Tex.)
Title: Hamster Theater Collection
Dates: 1964-1977, 1974-1976
Dates (Bulk): Bulk, 1974-1976
Identification: MSS.1124
Quantity: 0.1 Linear feet,1 document box
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Houston Metropolitan Research Center, Houston Public Library

Historical Note

The Hamster Theater was created in the early part of 1971 by a group of neighbors, lead by Ada Allen, who wished to promote community theater in Houston. Their performances were staged until 1975 at the Oaks United Presbyterian Church in Northwest Houston. Later, their address changed to T. C. Jester and 34th Street.

The Hamster plays were family-oriented, non-sectarian fun for youngsters of all ages. They commonly staged five plays per year. During the 1975/1976 season, the troupe petitioned to change their name to the Houston Little Theater.

Scope and Contents

The Hamster Theater Collection is comprised primarily of reviews of the Theater’s presentations and correspondence. There are also comprehensive board minutes and one folder of promotional materials.


The Hamster Theater Collection is organized into four series by type of record and format
Series 1: Hamster Theater Board of Directors
Series 2: Hamster Theater Correspondence
Series 3: Hamster Theater Presentations
Series 4: Hampster Theater Photographs


Access Restrictions


Use Restrictions

Permission to publish or reproduce materials from the Hamster Theater Collection must be obtained from the Houston Metropolitan Research Center or the appropriate copyright holder.

Index Terms

Hamster Theater (Houston, Tex.)
Houston Little Theater
Community theater--Texas--Houston

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Hamster Theater Collection. Collection Number MSS 1124. Houston Metropolitan Research Center, Houston Public Library.

Acquisition Information

Donated by: Mrs. Robert L. Cole, Jr., March 6, 1995.

Processing Information

Processing by: Charles Stephenson and Tammy Jordan, July 26, 2007.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: Hamster Theater Board of Directors

Box Folder
1 1 Minutes from May 20, 1975 to June 30, 1977

Series 2: Hamster Theater Correspondence

Subseries 2.1: Business Correspondence
Box Folder
1 2 May 1975 to September 1976
Subseries 2.2: Legal Correspondence
Box Folder
1 3 May – June, 1975 pertaining to name change to Houston Little Theater

Series 3: Hamster Theater Presentations

Box Folder
1 4 The Fantastiks, October 1973
photographs; flyers; programs; reviews
Box Folder
1 5 The Other Half, April 1974
program; reviews
Box Number
1 6 Any Number Can Die, September 1974
program; flyer; reviews
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1 7 Dark of the Moon, October 1974
programs; reviews
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1 8 On Borrowed Time, June 1975
photographs; program; flyer; press release; reviews
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1 9 Blithe Spirit, September 1975
program; reviews
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1 10 Soon To Be a Major Motion Picture
program; flyer; Oak Presbyterian Church newsletter; reviews
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1 11 Unexpected Guest, February 1976
programs; cast list; photographs; reviews
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1 12 How Green Was My Brownie, March 1976
script excerpt; flyer; program; reviews
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1 13 Critic’s Choice, May 1976
program; flyers; photographs; reviews

Series 4: Hamster Theater Photographs

Box Number
1 14 Assorted snapshots, unidentified
General note
Includes set drawings; clippings; workshop announcements and photographs. Plays featured are: Seven Nuns in Las Vegas (September 1971) and My Three Angels (November – December 1971)