During COVID -19, Theatre Americana Board Members met with different directors, theater managers and other artists to gain insight on how to exist in a virtual theater world. It was important for Theatre Americana to keep members engaged both artistically and personally, so that loneliness and isolation would not be an issue. Theatre Americana transitioned into this virtual world by creating opportunities for our performers and expanded our audiences and guest participation. Theatre Americana’s legacy is strongly rooted in live, communal audience experience – but we have found ways to continue to engage our audiences in response to this unprecedented crisis. Theatre Americana will continue to stream productions to support the arts in the age of COVID-19. And we look forward to re-emerging into live theater once again. Here are some of the virtual projects we’ve been working on:
May 2020 – “Zooming on Down the Yellow Brick Road “– for City of Pasadena virtual “One City, One Story”. This production was based on the featured book “Finding Dorothy” featuring excerpts from the Wizard of Oz.
June 2020– “Ms. Dramamine’s Home Economics Class – A Recipe for Disaster”. – An original script based on a high school students classroom antics in the 80’s. This virtual production was through The Main Theater in Santa Clarita for the One City, One Story event.
September 2020 – “Pants Optional, or What Lies Beneath” – an original script based on an old radio show. This production was through The Main Theater in Santa Clarita.
July 2021 – Theatre Americana created an outdoor Renaissance Project. A vocal of Carol of The Bells, combined with a folk dance called the Moresca, the project brought together members and friends of all diverse backgrounds, ages and talent. Fully costumed from the Renaissance era, this video project is in the editing process and will make its debut in the Fall 2021.
July 2021 – Theatre Americana prepared a dance video that represents a nostalgic look back at the 60’s. The dancers were costumed in 60’s attire, and danced to the iconic music “Hair”. This video will make its debut at a live performance on Saturday, November 20, at the Main Theater in Santa Clarita.
The MAIN Presents SOS THEATRE FEST ‘Stage on Screen’ – SCV’s Live Online Theatre Festival will include: – radio plays, staged readings, original one-act comedies, and more!
Theatre America’s second virtual performance goes live on September 25th (flyer above) as part of the SOS Theatre Fest by the Main Theatre. This is an original comedy about a radio show that has to go live via a Zoom performance. How does this cast of has-been radio stars turn an acoustical performance into a live production?
The cast of zany characters will have you rolling in the virtual aisles – and you’ll enjoy the original jingles written by some of the cast. It’s a fun-filled hour of mishaps and blundering fools where anything goes in Pants Optional, or What Lies Beneath – Friday, September 25th @7:00 pm. Details to follow.
Recent Grants Received
Pasadena Arts League – to support an original project by Journey House, written and created by the students of Journey House and Produced and Directed by Theatre Americana.
Pasadena Arts And Cultural Grant (logo in TA Website folder)- to support original work “Pants Optional, or What Lies Beneath” for a live performance in Pasadena in late Spring, early Summer.
Thank you to both the Pasadena Arts League and Pasadena Cultural Grant Program for subsidizing both of these original works.
“Preserving the legacy of recognizing American Playwrights.” Theatre Americana’s mission is to continue to serve American playwrights by producing their original work, and help build vibrant communities through the performing arts.
Currently, Theatre Americana is one of the last theater companies to be formed in the 1930’s that is still in existence today. After 80 years in community theater, Theatre Americana continues to stay true to their mission of supporting the work of original playwrights, and we continue to bring live performances of music and dance to our audiences.
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Theatre Americana is privileged to be recognized by the Tournament of Roses® Foundation as a 2017 grant recipient. The grant is for a multi-media system to support and enhance the visual and audio segments of our rehearsals and performances for senior members. Purchase of this equipment is supported in full with funds received from the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Foundation. We thank the Foundation for recognizing this special need.
Theatre Americana thanks the Los Angeles County Arts Commission for a grant to support the production of original work by local playwrights. Thank you to the Commission for recognizing and supporting the performing arts in our community.
Theatre Americana collaborates with organizations that provide social, educational, and health programs for children, adults and seniors through performing arts projects. We have helped raise thousands of dollars for charitable organizations through volunteering. Theatre Americana members donate countless hours of rehearsal time to provide a quality and culturally enriching experience in community theatre for all ages and socio-economic backgrounds.
Ask us about our “Seniors to Youth – A Musical for All Seasons” mentoring program. A program that helps young aspiring artists who have a desire to pursue the arts learn stage protocol and gain stage and performance experience, or need volunteer community service hours to complete their curriculum.