Pasadena Playhouse to Host FOSTERING THE MEMORIES Open House, 10/20
The Pasadena Playhouse announces "Fostering the Memories," an open house event for the community and general public on Sunday, October 20, 2013, from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. The free event, hosted by Playhouse Board Member Darrell Brooke in partnership with the Friends, Alumni & Associates and the Ambassadors, invites everyone and anyone interested in learning about The Playhouse's history, its current programming, volunteer opportunities and general information. Red, White and Bluezz will be providing free food and beverages, and entertainment. Concessions to purchase will also be available.
Brooke said, "Welcome back, Pasadena! This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to discover the hidden secrets of our theater, and to reintroduce you to the magic. You don't want to miss it!! Please join me as we Foster the Memories of The State Theater of California, your Pasadena Playhouse."
Executive Director Elizabeth Doran said, "One of our most important missions is to be a part of the fabric of the community of Pasadena and beyond - and we look at having an Open House as a relaxed and easy way for the public to get to know who we are and what we do. If you have ever wanted to come see our beautiful theatre, filled with our region's theatrical history, or learn more about us and our exciting new programming, our Open House provides a wonderful way for you to engage."
The schedule for the "Fostering the Memories" open house event is as follows:
· 2:00 p.m. - Event begins in the Engemann Family Courtyard with music, refreshments
· 2:00 - 2:45 p.m. - Free guided tours of The Playhouse by the Friends
· 3:00 p.m. - Presentation from the Mainstage of The Pasadena Playhouse
· 3:45 p.m. - Refreshments and entertainment resumes on the Engemann Family Courtyard
· 4:00 p.m. - Event concludes
The Playhouse recently closed its successful 2012 - 2013 Season. The Playhouse's season was highlighted by the world premieres of the comedy Under My Skin and Sleepless in Seattle - The Musical; the smash-hit One Night With Janis Joplin, which was developed at The Playhouse, recently announced its Broadway engagement for this fall; and the launch of a long-term partnership with Lythgoe Family Productions for an annual holiday Panto at The Playhouse. New summer programming included an inaugural Cirque-A-Palooza festival, a one-week run of Letters From Zora starring Vanessa Bell Calloway and a sold out nine show limited engagement of Val Kilmer in Citizen Twain. The Pasadena Playhouse is the recipient of the Los Angeles Times Reader's Choice Award for "Best Dramatic Theatre" and the Pasadena Star-News' "San Gabriel Valley's Best Live Theatre" 2012 Reader's Choice Award.
The Pasadena Playhouse was established in 1917 and was designated the State Theatre of California for bringing national and international renown to the state as a center for dramatic art in 1937. Built on a tradition of innovation and excellence, The Pasadena Playhouse is committed to continue to be the premiere theatrical experience in Southern California showcasing the most exciting theatrical entertainment in the state and being an amazing forum for launching new work onto the national stage. Broadway productions that originated at The Pasadena Playhouse include: Sister Act - The Musical, Baby It's You!, Looped and Mail. Unchain My Heart, The Ray Charles Musical, which premiered at The Playhouse, and One Night With Janis Joplin, which was recently developed at The Playhouse are both scheduled to open on Broadway in the 2013-14 Season. Looped has also been on a US Tour, starring Stephanie Powers, beginning January 2013. For more information on The Pasadena Playhouse visit www.PasadenaPlayhouse.org.