Poetry Moves! With Emily – Saturday April 1, 11am – FREE Event

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Poetry Moves! With Emily
A walking celebration of poetry on the first Day of National Poetry Month in picturesque Sierra Madre.

WHERE: Various locations in Sierra Madre (begin and end at the Sierra Madre Playhouse)

Let us “walk you through some poems” on April 1st! We will take a mile-long poetry walk around Sierra Madre. Along the way there will be poetry “rest stops” where you can hear poems read out loud. Join the procession or a “Poetry Relay Team”!

A Dying Art, By Artistic Director, Christian Lebano

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  “This is the best show I have ever seen – and I’ve seen a lot,” Third Grader from Sierra Madre Elementary School at a student matinee of A Wrinkle in Time. We opened Wrinkle and have started our run of matinee performances for local students. I attended a performance the other morning and was […]

Creating Worlds, By Artistic Director, Christian Lebano

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“We can’t take any credit for our talents. It’s how we use them that counts.”

Last week’s essay also began by quoting from Madeleine L’Engle’s book A Wrinkle in Time. I keep surprising myself with how many simple, yet profound, quotes from this book resonate for me. The one above puts me in mind of the wonderful team of artists that assembled to put this play on the stage who USE their talents in all the ways that really count.

This is the biggest show (in terms of cues and effects) we’ve ever done at the Playhouse and I will be forever indebted to the extraordinary designers who’ve work so hard and so long (we’ve been regularly staying at the theater until 3:30 in the morning – and even pulled a few all-nighters to get this show up.) And the effects are dazzling – so much more than a small understaffed theater like ours has any hope of creating – but create them we did.

Educators’ Preview of The Belle of Amherst

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Out of the Mouths of Poets/ Theater Tools That Help Students Understand Poetry Educators’ Preview of The Belle of Amherst by William Luce starring Ferrell Marshall as Emily Dickinson , directed by Todd Neilsen at the Sierra Madre Playhouse FREE for Educators who RSVP – Thursday, March 16th 7 pm – limited spaces available

What: FREE Educators’ Preview and Reception for The Belle of Amherst by William Luce starring Ferrell Marshall as Emily Dickinson, directed by Todd Nielsen
When: Thursday, March 16th
Time: Reception & Lobby Tour – 7:00 pm, play (final dress rehearsal) 7:30 pm Followed by optional talk-back with the star and director.
Where: Sierra Madre Playhouse – 87 West Sierra Madre Boulevard, Sierra Madre, CA 91024
RSVP to: use form below or by phone to 818 366-8900 or by email to diane.siegel@sierramadreplayhouse.org by March 15th at 5 pm – limited seating available.
Adults only

FREE Educators’ Preview of “A Wrinkle in Time”

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The Sierra Madre Playhouse invites educators and youth leaders to a FREE Educators’ Preview of the Theater for Young Audiences production A Wrinkle in Time.

What: FREE Educators’ Preview and Reception for A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’engle, adapted by John Glore, Directed by Christian Lebano

When: Thursday, March 9th

Time: Reception & Lobby Tour – 7:00 pm, play (final dress rehearsal) 7:30 pm – lasts 90 minutes. Followed by optional talk-back with the cast and director.

Where: Sierra Madre Playhouse – 87 West Sierra Madre Boulevard, Sierra Madre, CA 91024

RSVP to: link to event on our website www.sierramadreplayhouse.org or to diane.siegel@sierramadreplayhouse.org, or by phone to 818 366-8900 by March 8th at 5 pm – limited seating available.

Adults only

Special Events Planned by SMP in Celebration of ‘The Belle of Amherst’ and National Poetry Month

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One of Sierra Madre Playhouse’s major productions this Spring is The Belle of Amherst, running March 18 through April 23. In it, actress Ferrell Marshall stars as the great American poet Emily Dickinson (1830-1886). Part of the run coincides with National Poetry Month (April) and the Playhouse is celebrating The Belle Of Amherst and National Poetry Month with special public events, some of which are free.

TWENTY-FOURTH ANNUAL LOS ANGELES WOMEN’S THEATRE FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES HONOREES: SMP’s Estelle Campbell among recipients

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Estelle Campbell will receive the Rainbow Award, bestowed on an artist or individual for her diverse contributions in fostering non-traditional and multicultural theatre works. An early passion for theatre led her to become a producer. As a Board member, then Board President, and now subsequently as Managing Director of Sierra Madre Playhouse, Ms. Campbell has produced over 20 Equity signatory productions in the Los Angeles area.

SMP: "The Gondoliers"

I’VE STILL GOT IT! (I THINK!) AUDITION WORKSHOP FOR THE MUSICAL ACTOR

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Weekly workshops begin March 14 at Sierra Madre Playhouse:
Announcing an extraordinary theatre workshop at Sierra Madre Playhouse taught by award-winning musical theatre and theatre professionals Alison Kalmus and Graham Jackson that will inspire participants to dig deeper into their repertoire and take their acting/musical theatre career to the next level. Each week, participants will receive insightful one-on-one coaching in an intimate, nurturing environment that will help participants discover their true potential. Space is limited, so e-mail alison.kalmus@sierramadreplayhouse.org to reserve your spot now!

The Acting Bug, By Artistic Director, Christian Lebano

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When I was twelve, I was cast as King Richard the Lionhearted in a school performance of Robin Hood. I was thrilled that I was the only member of the cast who had a costume change (from disguised friar to King) – my mother, less so, as she was responsible for making TWO costumes. I remember so clearly the moment that I revealed myself as the King by lowering my hood. I remember feeling free and, strangely – or prophetically, being exactly where I belonged. Belonged being the operative word. The play was so well received by the school that we were asked to do a “command performance” for the PTA in the evening.