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THEATRE AMERICANA  -  A 75-YEAR LEGACY

During the depression, President Roosevelt asked congress to set aside funds to create employment opportunities for writers, directors and actors, fulfilling the President and Eleanor's desire to provide support for aspiring artists. WPA funds were distributed to help establish theatrical communities and theatres.  Davies Hall was built for Theatre Americana at Farnsworth Park in Altadena, California where they became the resident theatre for several years. During those years, Theatre Americana thrived and produced over 500 plays and staged readings, along with playwriting contests for aspiring writers across the United States. Some of the plays went on to make their debut on Broadway, and it was not uncommon for Theatre Americana to welcome some well-known celebrities both on stage and off. At one point they had 500 active members, some of which were part of the Hollywood and L.A. theatre and entertainment industry. Because of the diverse background and multi-talent of the members, costumes and set designs looked authentic and were very detailed.



   
Set Design (circa. 1960)


Theatre Americana is combining old traditions with new ones.   We continue to uphold the tradition of producing original plays by American playwrights.  In addition, we have implemented writing and acting workshops, and continue to explore new opportunities to help others grow both personally and artistically. We have reached out and collaborated with organizations to help bring the arts to audiences of all ages and socio-economic backgrounds and raise social awareness on issues that affect the safety and well-being of our communities.  Our history plays an important part in contributing to the culture and richness of our community. 

Honoring the dreams and hard work of our predecessors, we bring energy and innovative ideas to make Theartre Americana what it is today.

We have collaborated with AbilityFirst, Mexican American Historical Society, They Will Know Foundation, Federation of Woman's Clubs, Hand in Paw, City of Pasadena, City of Azusa, City of Monrovia, City of West Covina,  Alhambra Woman's Club, Women's Club of West Covina, Women's Club of El Monte, Women's Club of South Pasadena, Glendale Healthy Kids, Lifeline for Pets, Women at Work, Friends of the Lakewood Library, Pasadena Central Library, Pasadena Museum of History, Citrus Valley Health Partners / Inter-Community Campus, Friends in Deed, San Gabriel Valley Women's Club District Conference and many more.  We have been a five-year recipient of the Pasadena ARTNIGHT grant from the City of Pasadena.




 Beloved actor, friend and father
 (May 20, 1943 - February 21, 2010)


2017 RECAP:

COVINA METHODIST CHURCH
437 W. San Bernardino Road
Covina, CA
Auxiliary Volunteer Luncheon
Wednesday, February 1, 2017
, 12:00 pm
Those Fabulous 50's

DOWNEY WOMEN'S CLUB
119th Birthday Celebration
Downey, CA
Saturday, April 29, 2017
, 12:00 pm
Those Fabulous 50's

(FREE EVENT)
PASADENA CENTRAL LIBRARY
Donald R. Wright Auditorium
285 E. Walnut Street
Pasadena, CA
Sunday, April 30, 2017
, 2:00 pm matinee
"Speakeasy, Speaksoftly"
Original Sequel to The Bellvues
written by Donna Scarantino

2nd Show -
Church of Truth
Orange Grove Blvd.
Pasadena, CA
Sunday, May 7, 2017, 1:00 pm

(FREE EVENT)
CALVARY CHURCH
South Pasadena Eclectic Festival
Children's Interactive Musical Theatre Program
Interactive Games, Sing Along,
Dance Instruction
Fremont Avenue
South Pasadena, CA
Saturday, May 6, 2017
, 4:00 - 4:45 pm
Special characters will be available
for photo opportunites.

(FREE EVENT)
VICTORIA ESTATES
Oxnard, CA
Sunday, May 28, 2017
, 3:00 pm
Salute to our Military "Americana" Style


2016 RECAP:

ARCADIA WOMAN'S CLUB

324 S. First Avenue
Arcadia, CA

  Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Broadway Bliss

ONEOTA CLUB

1515 Garfield Avenue
South Pasadena, CA

  February 8, 2016, 6:30 pm
Wunderful, Wunderful!

INTERCOMMUNITY HOSPITAL
Covina, CA
Auxiliary Luncheon
  Thursday, March 10, 2016, noon
Wunderful, Wunderful! -
with a bit of the Irish

PASADENA CENTRAL LIBRARY
DRW Theatre
Pasadena, CA
  Saturday, March 12, 2016, 3:00 pm
'Train' Sing-A-Long

VICTORIA ESTATES, OXNARD
PARK PAVILION

Oxnard, CA

  Sunday, May 29, 2016, 3:00 pm
Salute to Our Military

PASADENA CENTRAL LIBRARY
DRW Theatre
Pasadena, CA
  Saturday, June 23, 2016, 3:00 pm
'Sports' Sing-A-Long

FEDERATION OF WOMEN'S CLUBS
Ontario Airport Hotel
  Saturday, July 16, 2016, 8:00 pm
Preview 'They Will Know' event

WATERMELON FESTIVAL
Hanson Dam
 Saturday, August 13, 2016, 7:30 pm

50's - 80's Music


COLLABORATION BETWEEN THEATRE
AMERICANA AND THEY WILL KNOW
Covina Center for Performing Arts
104 N. Citrus Avenue
Covina, CA

Saturday, September 17, 2016
Reception: 7:45 - 8:00 pm
Performance: 8:00 pm
Circles of Life
www.theywillknow.org

PASADENA CENTRAL LIBRARY
DRW Theatre
Artnight 2016
Pasadena, CA

  Friday, October 21, 2016, 8:00 pm
Those Fabulous Fifties

DOWNEY WOMEN'S CLUB
Business Meeting (Dinner Program)
Wednesday, November 2, 2016
, 6:45 pm
Broadway Bound

WEST COVINA WOMEN'S CLUB

Friday, December 2, 2016
, 1:00 pm
Those Fabulous 50's - Holiday Show

HEMET WOMEN'S CLUB
Wednesday, December 14, 2016
, 1:00 pm
Those Fabulous 50's - Holiday Show



 

 Theatre Americana Cast (date unknown)



2015 RECAP:


WOMEN AT WORK
Pasadena, CA
Auxiliary Event
January 29, 2015, 7:00 pm
How to Get a Job and Kick Bad Habit

ALHAMBRA WOMAN'S CLUB
Alhambra Masonic Lodge
Luncheon
  March 4, 2015, 1:00 pm
Oscar for Mom

EL MONTE COMMUNITY CENTER
El Monte Women's Club
3130 Tyler Avenue
El Monte, CA 91731
March 24, 2015, 12:00 noon
Broadway Show

TRINITY LUTHERAN CHURCH
11507 Studebaker Road
Norwalk, CA
April 26, 2015, 12:00 noon
A Salute to Our Military


COVINA UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
437 W. San Bernardino Road.
Covina, CA
Senior Volunteers Luncheon
June 3, 2015, 12:30 pm
Wunderful, Wunderful! -
Holiday Show

HOLLYWOOD FRINGE FESTIVAL
Hollywood, CA
June 6, 2015, 9:00 pm
June 12, 2015, 9:00 pm
June 14, 2015, 1:30 pm
June 18, 2015, 10:00 pm
June 28, 2015, 12:00 noon
Mary of the Avenue

VERDUGO HILLS HIGH SCHOOL
Sunland-Tujunga Community
Family Fireworks Festival

10625 Plainview - Football Field
  Saturday, July 4, 2015

PASADENA CENTRAL LIBRARY
Pasadena, CA
Family Sing Along
  July 25, 2015, 3:00 pm

FREMONT CENTER THEATRE
1000 South Fremont
South Pasadena, CA
Fundraiser for "They Will Know",
a non-profit organization
Sunday, July 26, 2015
Reception and Raffle - 7:00 pm
'Off Broadway' performance to follow

PASADENA ARTNIGHT
Pasadena, CA
  October 9, 2015, 6:00 pm
In collaboration with the
Pasadena Museum of History -
The Fashion Exhibition of the
1890's, 1920's and 1950's
Vignettes and Musical Entertainment

SOUTH PASADENA WOMEN'S CLUB
1424 Fremont Avenue
South Pasadena, CA

  December 2, 2015, 12:00 noon
Wunderful, Wunderful! -
Holiday Show

AZUZA SENIOR COMMUNITY CENTER
740 North Dalton Avenue
South Pasadena, CA

  December 9, 2015, 9:15 am
Wunderful, Wunderful! -
Holiday Show

SEVEN HILLS MEMBERS COUNTRY CLUB
Holiday Luncheon
Hemet, CA
 
December 9, 2015, 1:00 pm
Wunderful, Wunderful! -
Holiday Show


2014 RECAP:


PASADENA CENTRAL LIBRARY
Pasadena, CA
  January 18, 2014, 3:00 pm
Celebrating 130 Years of Reading

WEST COVINA WOMEN'S CLUB
West Covina, CA
  February 7, 2014, noon
An Oscar for Mom

RADISSON HOTEL, ONTARIO AIRPORT
San Gabriel Valley District of Women's
Clubs Convention
2200 East Holt Blvd., Ontario, CA 91761
  April 25, 2014
Off Broadway

CHURCH OF TRUTH
Pasadena, CA
  Saturday, May 5, 2014
Sunday, May 6, 2014
Steel Magnolias

SEVEN HILLS WOMEN'S CLUB
Seven Hills Members Country Club
Hemet, CA
  May 17, 2014, 7:00 pm
Salute to our Military


LINEAGE PERFORMING ARTS STUDIO
89 South Fair Oaks
Pasadena, CA
Saturday, August 30, 2014, 8:00 pm
Sunday, August 31, 2014, 4:00 pm
Mary of the Avenue

COVINA METHODIST CHURCH
437 W. San Bernardino Road
Covina, CA
  Senior Volunteers Luncheon
September 3, 2014, 12:15 noon
Broadway Show

BROOKSIDE COUNTRY CLUB
Pasadena, CA
American / Mexican Historical Society
September 27, 2014
Salute To Our Troops

PASADENA CITY HALL
Pasadena, CA
On the Steps
Friday, October 10, 2014, 6:00 pm
Broadway Show

LAKEWOOD LIBRARY
Lakewood, CA
Friends of the Lakewood Library Luncheon
November 3, 2014
Storybook Show


PASADENA PUBLIC LIBRARY, MAIN BRANCH
Pasadena, CA
DRW Auditorium
130 Year Celebration Finale
County Fair
November 15, 2014, Afternoon

ALHAMBRA WOMAN'S CLUB
Alhambra Masonic Lodge
Holiday Luncheon
December 3, 2014
Holiday Show

INTERCOMMUNITY HOSPITAL
Covina, CA
Auxiliary Luncheon
December 11, 2014, 12:15 pm
Holiday Show

SOUTH HILLS MEMBERS COUNTRY CLUB
Hemet, CA
Holiday Banquet
December 11, 2014, 7:00 pm
Holiday Show



2013 RECAP:


COVINA METHODIST CHURCH
Senior Volunteers Luncheon
Tribute to our Military

SEVEN HILLS COUNTRY CLUB
Hemet, CA
Oscar for Mom

STELLA ADLER THEATER

Four Performances
Premier -  "Mary of the Avenue"
A Wood/Scanlan Production

SEVEN HILLS COUNTRY CLUB
Hemet, CA
Tribute to our Military

COFFEE GALLERY BACKSTAGE
To benefit Hand in Paw,
Non-Profit Animal Rescue
Country Western Show


COVINA METHODIST CHURCH

Senior Volunteers Luncheon
Country Western Show

PASADENA PUBLIC LIBRARY, MAIN BRANCH
Pasadena Art Night, "A Story Over Time"
Country Western Show

SHAKESPEARE CLUBHOUSE
Three Performances
"Mary of the Avenue"


SOUTH PASADENA WOMEN'S CLUB
Broadway Bliss Holiday Show

SHAKESPEARE CLUB
Pasadena, CA
Holiday Show

ALTADENA COUNTRY CLUB
Broadway Bliss Holiday Show


SEVEN HILLS MEMBERS COUNTRY CLUB
Broadway Bliss Holiday Show