California Pasadena Independent Newspaper Archives Jan 2 1962, Page 74

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Pasadena Independent (Newspaper) - January 2, 1962, Pasadena, CaliforniaYear s on Center stage Pasadena playhouse has Star studded history by Marilyn voc Many events in Pasa Dena s Lonk history have brought Fame to the City but none have brought quite much world recognition As the Pasadena playhouse which was established in 1917. The playhouse. Tiow in its 44lh year of continuous operation a the first theater in the world to procure All of Shakespeare s plays. It introduced theater in the round to America has been design Audi honorary state theater of Cali Jornia by unanimous vote of the state the playhouse is now compos i of live Thra ters end a school quite Dij verent from its Humble beginning. In 1916, a member of the Pasadena drama league wrote Gilmor in Hui Chanson. Asking that he bring his flock com Pany fhe Savoy players to complied with the request and it Community theater made its appear Ance for the first time in Pasadena. Located on in. Fair Oaks the first performance s of the Pasadena Community theater in 1917 were held at the Shakespeare club. In 191s their Home became the theater on North fair Oaks Avenue. The pc world War i de pression years were hard on the players and the group came close to disbanding. Their biggest problem was finding a place to hold productions after the fire department condemned the Savoy theater. A House to House fund Rais ing Campaign by Brown and Charles f. Prickett the amateurs in the for Pany raised the erection of the Beautiful Mission style building which stands today at 39 Sel to Lino ave. Plans to form a nonprofit corporation called the Community playhouse associations of Pasadena were realized on oct. 17, 191s. In 195? the College was included in the reorganization plans and it became known As the Pasadena playhouse association. The same year the playhouse was conferred the honorary title of Cali fornia state theater by the state legislature. Lillian Rivers a res ident of la Canada was a part of the playhouse organization from 1922 to 1935. She was a worker Back stage and director of the workshop during the first years of its existence prior to the Patio find Balcony Heaters. In letter to the Independent Star news she relates some items of inter est about the playhouse during her association Wilh it recalling yesterday Many years ago 1922 to be exact a group of us were introduced to playhouse activities through its summer Art Colony. The Pasadena Community playhouse was a healthy youngster then less than five years old and its activities fluctuated Between the Small theater on North fair Oaks Avenue and the old Throop building the for Mer Home of the California Institute of technology it was in the old Throop building where scenery was Only car with the Best features of big cars and compacts Mercury meteor the Between big cars1 and compacts longer Shorter than big cars handles like a compact. 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There we Learned How to make glittering jewels out of pop bottle lids velvet from a Bolt o White Cotton flan Nel and our necromancy even turned Cotton batting and surgical Gauze into Ermine the Young people who helped to build the present theater were the hardest of workers and among fhe most sincere i have known talented Loo. More mature members of the playhouse working group were kind helpful encouraging and As practical As mathematics when they fed hungry actors Apple and mince pie during rehearsals or hot soup during the colder uncertainties of Winter it would be untrue to say that there were no problems then. A Large institution involves Large expense and ways to meet it were con stantly sought. Boners on stage As Well As off often brought about crises which for n while caused a noted coolness among the actors. J am thinking of the time when Gilmor himself missed his Cue in servant in the House and no won Der. He was Down in his dressing room Reading the paper and forced the cast into the most fantastic and Libbing in the history of the playhouse. The night the bed fell there was another time when a guest actress met with what was tantamount to foul play. In a fit of tem per she was to throw her self across a bed kicking and screaming. She did and screamed louder than the script called for when the slats fell out of the bed and she went Down on the floor amid the greatest Clatter of pots pans tin cans and bottles. The property Crew was off in a Corner Back stage having hysterics along with the out in front no matter what happened everybody liked everybody else and cooperation rather than Competition was the if a Hall of Fame were established at the playhouse there would be names a mile Long engraved on its plaques. Among celebrated graduates of the playhouse arc Carolyn Jones Lloyd Nolan Louise Albritton Martha Hyrc Don do fore Dana Andrews George Nader Lucy Marlowe Robert Young Robert Preston Elf Gar Buchanan Marilyn Max Well Victor tory Karl Holli Man Don Porter Wayne Morris. Eleanor Parker John Carradyne Victor mature and James Herlihy. The Best facilities in the country Are available at the playhouse its five Heaters and school. In addition to stage there is the Playboy located at 391 s. Madison ave. The Playboy theater was established in 1924 by Brown who Felt that a theater in the round would prove a valuable technique in bringing closer actor con tact with the audience. At Tendance is now by subscription. Outdoor program in the summer of i960 the playhouse initiated an out door Amphitheater in Farns Worth Park in Altadena. This was the first major series of outdoor plays to be presented in the Pasadena area since the 1920 s. Among the productions that have been presented Are a mid summer night s italian Straw Lysistrata and girl of the Golden through the years More than productions have been presented on the main stage including 125 world premieres. Before his death in january 19go, Brown listed the Best shows Ever to be produced at the playhouse. His list included Douglas Montgomery in peer 1925 Frances Starr in what every w o m a n of Savoy players. 1931 Lenore Ulric 1927 Irving Pichel in la in the Bunner Zarus 1929 a 19-19 Paul Muni in the hum Zemali in the Dyb Man 1930 Onslow Stevens in Ethan 1d29 and Anne of the 1000 1951. Cheers Charlie Eaton is celebrating a third of a Century in the restau rant business. He thanks you for any part you May have played in this Long career and if you Are wondering How you can Cele brate this glorious occasion May we suggest this Sim ple but effective Way visit Batons often stay for hours be sure to Charlie Eaton bring Honey. Thank you. .1150 Colorado Arcadia calif"i3- Asadena the very Best for your future Home Pasadena is proud of the Rose bowl Pasadena playhouse tournament of roses Jet propulsion lob. Superior schools Fine residential properties outstanding shopping centers scientific precision industries California Institute of technology investigate Pasadena for gracious living for information regarding Pasadena residential commercial and Industrial properly write Pasadena Board of realtors 181 South los Robles Avena Pasadena California Telephone Sycamore 5-7076

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