Tableaux: Volleyball and Rope Climb
- Tableaux: Volleyball and Rope Climb
This black-and-white photograph shows two Springfield College gymnasts performing Tableaux. The student on the left is holding a volleyball as if about to serve. The student on the right is climbing a rope.
- Bosworth Studios
- Judd, Leslie J.
- Springfield College Archives and Special Collections
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College Archives Digital Collections
Frank Wolcott Papers
Springfield College--Gymnastics--Exhibition team
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The Tableaux as used in gymnastics performances was created by Springfield College alumnus Leslie J. Judd (class of 1920), who went on to become a famous gymnastics coach at his alma mater (1921-1956). Tableaux, essentially, means living picture, and it is performed by costumed actors who remain silent and motionless. Tableaux have been used throughout theatrical history, but Judd transformed the idea. Coach Judd and Coach Frank Wolcott, his successor, created Tableaux that expressed ideals and commemorated moments in history. Tableaux are still performed by Springfield College gymnasts.