Marin Musical Theater Company Shares Fundraiser with The Playhouse

Anyone wondering how to keep the holiday spirit alive into 2017?  Here’s a thought! 

cabaret-Jan2016-mmtcCome to the Marin Musical Theater Company’s Cabaret Fundraiser.  This year MMTC is also donating a portion of the proceeds to The Playhouse! 

All the details for tickets can be found on their website at www.marinmusicals.org  

Plan a fun night with talented artists and we hope to  see you there!

 

We are on Instagram!

Our new Board of Director member Kim Pipkin takes quick action as Playhouse Marketing Chair. Almost her first words following acceptance of the position were “do we have an Instagram account?” Gasp! We didn’t! Grievous mistake in 2016. But we do now, thanks to her pointing out the oversight. Please help us by joining our feed @playhousesananselmo We are also on Facebook and Twitter.

All our social media accounts are linked on every page. That is, now they are, after another great suggestion! Thank you, Kim!

Jen Boynton of MMTC joins our Board

We are pleased to announce our newest board member, Jen Boynton. This lifelong resident of Marin has worked in every aspect of theater in our community. The Playhouse is a big part of her life, from childhood performances with YES Theater to her many roles with Stapleton and others. She is part of the Stapleton Theater annual production of A Christmas Carol each year and frequently performs with The Mountain Play and other companies. Jen is a founding member of the Marin Musical Theater Company. We look forward to working with her for many years to come.

B4B – Benefit for Blanca

The Playhouse in San Anselmo is pleased to be able to provide a venue for hosting a benefit for one of theater’s own – Blanca Florido. Blanca is a well known member of the local theater community in Marin.

B4B Facebook Event: Benefit for our friend and theater family member Blanca Florido! She is fighting leukemia and this show will benefit the Southwest Bone Marrow Transplant Fund, through HelpHOPELive, a nonprofit organization that has been assisting the transplant community for 30 years.

Produced by Dance With Sherry Studio Founder and award-winning San Rafael-based tap dancer Sherry Hines, the fundraising event B4B will include performances by professional Marin-based singers and dancers, including: Daniela Innocenti Beem, Julie Johnston Ekoue-TotouAlison Knerl PeltzJulianne Thompson BretanSean O’Brien, Sandi V. Weldon, and many others.

The event highlights follow an eerie entertainment-type theme, including a Spooky Silent Auction, and a Creepy Costume Contest.
Cost: Payment required – Adults $30; Children $20 12 & Under

Purchase tickets: https://m.helphopelive.org/event/2404/view?next=%2Fcampaign%2F5230

Can’t attend, but want to help Blanca?
.https://m.helphopelive.org/campaign/5230

For more information, 415 485 5336.

Event details may change at any time, always check with the event organizer when planning to attend this event or purchase tickets.

2014 Board of Directors

The Board of Directors sends a heart felt So Long, Farewell, auf Weidersehen, Adieu to outgoing Treasurer, friend, and founding member Mary Jane Baird.  After many years of dedication to The Playhouse in San Anselmo, Mary Jane has decided to retire from the Board.  Her passion and heartfelt contribution will be missed tremendously.  Before leaving as Treasurer, Mary Jane willingly invested even more of her time to provide a smooth transition to our newly elected Treasurer, Gigi Desin-Phillips.  We welcome Gigi to her new role, officially starting in April, and look forward to working with her.  Perhaps now Mary Jane will be seen more frequently on stage than in the board room?  One can hope!

The Board sends another great big thank you to Marty Edelson, outgoing chair of our fundraising committee. After many years providing fundraising leadership, Marty was ready to hand over the reins to the new co-chairs Rebecca Sullivan and Lori Sparrow.

The Board is happy to announce our new Secretary, Karen Thouvenin.  Thank you Karen for filling this much needed position on the Board.

2014 Playhouse in San Anselmo Board of Directors

Marilyn Izdebski – President
Tori Housh – Vice President
Gigi Desin-Phillips – Treasurer
Karen Thouvenin – Secretary
George Barcos – Playhouse Manager
Rebecca Sullivan – Fundraising Co-Chair
Lori Sparrow – Fundraising Co-Chair
Marty Edelson
Liza Ingrasci
Katie Periera
John Polachek
David Prothero
Virginia Stapleton

New Floor Installed in a Minute

Our new floor may have taken us a few weeks of fun and games but you can watch it go into place with this cool time elapsed video taken by board member David Prothero’s son

No project in the theater is complete without a host of volunteers and dedication.  Special thanks to David and his son for making this happen, George for his long hours, not to mention dreaming  long enough about getting us a new floor to make it happen in real life, Kurt for jumping in to complete extra carpentry tasks and help George with all that sanding,  and anyone else who happened by during the project who got sucked into the whirlwind of renovation!

The Playhouse Get’s a New Floor

It’s new floor time at The Playhouse.

After nearly sixty years and maybe 60 thousand coats of paint, we are excited to put down a brand new floor. The lobby, the stage deck and into the voms are all getting new flooring.The new floor will come installed with a hard black finish which means no more paint chores for us or our tenants to keep the deck in its favorite fetching color – black.

Even though we have no intention of proving this theory,  the new floor will be so strong we could drive on it. Bring it on tap dancers!

Jim Isaac Memorial Fund

The Jim Isaac Memorial Fund at the Playhouse in San Anselmo is established in memory of a wonderful and talented director, producer, writer and co-creator of the Mean Bunny Players.   From his early days in Marin to Independent Film director,  the creativity of the arts remained his passion. Jim will be remembered as a loving husband, father, brother, son and friend.

The Playhouse is sorry to hear of the loss to the Isaac family and grateful to be named as a recipient of donations in his honor.  Jim’s father, David, was one of the theater’s long time benefactors.

Anyone wishing to donate, please visit our Support page for more  Donation Information

What does ABC’s Suburgatory star Jane Levy and the Playhouse have in common?

Jane Levy

Jane Levy ABC's Suburgatory

Jane Levy, who grew up in San Anselmo and performed in local productions on the Playhouse stage, is making her mark in the entertainment industry, currently starring in ABC’s Suburgatory, and according to her wiki page, soon to be seen in several movies.

We remember Jane as a beautiful and talented young actress with a lovely singing voice, who starred in elementary school productions produced by YESTheater, an after school theater production company that gives local public school students an opportunity to perform in a professional-style theater experience. The company uses The Playhouse for all its productions.

Congratulations Jane!
 

 

Finally starting our Electrical Upgrade project

Thank you to all that have helped with your support of the theater!
The first step in upgrading our stage lighting begins with an upgrade to the electrical service itself. PG&E has started the work that enables those projects. For tenants, this means that our technical limitation to enhance our lighting systems is being fixed!  Once this work is completed, the limitations gone, we can begin projects to increase stage lighting capacity in the house.. First things first though, and the electrical upgrades and the funds to cover these supporting projects are finally being spent!