Folio (1956)

Genres - Dance, Music, Theater  |   Countries - Canada   |  
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A precursor to the CBC's famous fine-arts omnibus series Festival, Folio began its four-year run in 1956. The series, which fluctuated between a 60- and 90-minute length, offered a vast array of original dramas, musical compositions, and ballets, many of which had originated from the farthest-flung Canadian provinces. The opening episode offered a new staging of MacBeth starring Barry Morse in the title role. Later episodes drew upon such home-grown acting talent as Robert Goulet and Sharon Acker, while among the highlights was a musical version of that old Canadian favorite Anne of Green Gables. Telecast on a non-sponsored sustaining basis, Folio flourished until the fall of 1960.