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Whittlin' Whistlin' Brigade



  • Existence: 1974 - 1983


The Whittlin’ Whistlin’ Brigade (1974-1983) is a performing group from Brigham Young University.

The Whittlin' Whistling Brigade borrowed its name from a part of Nauvoo history. Life in Nauvoo in the 1840’s was a time of great persecution. Whenever a suspicious stranger came to town, a group of boys armed with knives and sticks would surround the stranger, not saying anything, and would whittle and whistle until the stranger became uncomfortable and left. Harold R. Oaks founded BYU's brigade in 1974. Ever since, this group has become a vital member of BYU's touring groups. Every year they tour elementary and junior high schools, sharing plays such as Androcles and the Lion, Yankee Doodle, and more recently The Yellow Boat and Taste of Sunrise. The group changed its name to The Young Company in 1983, when the company took their play Patches of Oz on tour to Yugoslavia. The name change made it easier to associate the group with Brigham Young University.

Citation:, via www, April 16, 2015 (The Young Company at Brigham Young University; b. 1974; tour elementary schools; androcles and the lion, Yankee Doodle, and other plays; changed the name to Young Company)

Found in 22 Collections and/or Records:

Young Company tour records, 1976-1999

 Sub-Series — Box 3: Series 1 [Barcode: 31197227664908], Folder: 1-19
Identifier: UA 1024 Series 1 Sub-Series 4
Scope and Contents

Contains records of season performances by the Young Company, dating from between 1976 and 1999.

Dates: 1976-1999

Young Company videos, 1978-1999

 Sub-Series — Carton 10: Series 7 [Barcode: 31197227664809], Folder: 2-5
Identifier: UA 1024 Series 7 Sub-Series 2
Scope and Contents note

Contains the videos from the productions of Mormon Montage, the Yellow Boat, and the Theatre Workshops.

Dates: 1978-1999