Letter from Chris Dorworth to Trish Thompson (June 16, 2011)


Dublin Core


Letter from Chris Dorworth to Trish Thompson (June 16, 2011)

Alternative Title

Letter from Dorworth to Thompson (June 16, 2011)


Sanford (Fla.)
Community theater--United States
Theater--United States
Historic preservation--Florida


A letter from Florida House Representative Chris Dorworth recognizing and congratulating Creative Sanford, Inc. and its then-President Trish Thompson for their work preserving and presenting community history through folk-life plays, specifically Touch and Go.

Creative Sanford, Inc. is a non-profit organization created to manage Celery Soup community theater productions. The original idea for the Celery Soup: Florida’s Folk Life Play project came from Jeanine Taylor, the owner of a folk-art gallery on First Street in Sanford, Florida. Their first production was Touch and Go, a play focusing on the people of Sanford and their determination to overcome various obstacles, including the Freeze of 1894-1895, the fall of Sanford's celery industry, and the closing of Naval Air Station (NAS) Sanford in the 1960s. Richard Geer and Jules Corriere, partners from Community Performance International, were in charge of assessing oral histories, converting them into scenes for the play, and writing original songs. Director Geer also used an all-volunteer cast from the local community, many of whom were not experienced actors. In the process of producing the show, Creative Sanford decided to rehabilitate an historic building, the Princess Theater, which is located on 115 West First Street and owned by Stephen Tibstra. The Creative Sanford offices are housed in the Historic Sanford Welcome Center, located at 203 East First Street.


Dorwoth, Chris


Original letter from Chris Dorworth to Trish Thompson, June 16, 2011: Creative Sanford, Inc., Historic Sanford Welcome Center, Sanford, Florida.

Date Created



Thompson, Trish
Reisz, Autumn
Miller, Mark

Is Format Of

Digital reproduction of original letter from Chris Dorworth to Trish Thompson, June 16, 2011.

Is Part Of

Creative Sanford, Inc., Sanford Welcome Center, Sanford Florida.
Celery Soup: Florida’s Folk Life Play Collection, Sanford Collection, Seminole County Collection, RICHES of Central Florida.

Is Referenced By

"Oral History of Trish Thompson." RICHES of Central Florida. https://richesmi.cah.ucf.edu/omeka2/items/show/3093.




102 KB


8.5 x 11 inch typed letter






Creative Sanford, Inc., Sanford, Florida
Princess Theater, Sanford, Florida
Office of State Representative Chris Dorworth, The Capitol, Tallahassee, Florida

Accrual Method



History Teacher
Humanities Teacher
Theater Teacher


Originally created by Chris Dorworth and owned by Trish Thompson and Creative Sanford, Inc.

Rights Holder

Copyright to the resource is held by Creative Sanford, Inc. and is provided here by RICHES of Central Florida for educational purposes only.

Contributing Project

Dr. Scot French's "Tools in Digital History Seminar", Fall 2013 at the University of Central Florida


Reisz, Autumn

Digital Collection

Source Repository

External Reference

"WHO IS CREATIVE SANFORD, INC?" Celery Soup. http://www.celerysoupsanford.com//about.
"About: History and Purpose." Celery Soup. http://www.celerysoupsanford.com/about/.
"Tales of Sanford's resilience are the stars of 'Touch and Go'." The Orlando Sentinel, October 20, 2010. http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2010-10-20/entertainment/os-celery-soup-sanford-20101020_1_oral-histories-swamp-gravy-celery-soup.
"Young dancer helps put spark in 'Touch and Go'." The Sanford Herald, March 2, 2011. http://mysanfordherald.com/view/full_story/12128828/article-Young-dancer-helps-put-spark-in--Touch-and-Go.

Document Item Type Metadata

Original Format

8.5 x 11 inch typed letter


Dorwoth, Chris, “Letter from Chris Dorworth to Trish Thompson (June 16, 2011),” RICHES, accessed May 20, 2024, https://richesmi.cah.ucf.edu/omeka/items/show/3055.