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Theaters from Burbank to South Pasadena

Options are plentiful for playgoers

August 18, 2012|By Lynne Heffley

The friendly, family-owned Glendale Centre Theatre, led by husband-and-wife producers Tim and Brenda Dietlein, was founded by Tim Dietlein's grandparents in 1947. With 440 seats to fill, the venerable community theater offers such crowd-pleasers as “Kiss Me, Kate” and “Fiddler on the Roof,” as well as shows for children. Productions in recent years have included professional actors under Guest Artist Equity contracts. The theater's recent production of “On Golden Pond” featured noted veteran stage pros Salome Jens and Andrew Prine. Upcoming: “Little Shop of Horrors” (Aug. 23 to Oct. 6), “And Then There Were None” (Oct. 18 to Nov. 17), GCT's 48th annual production of Charles Dickens' “A Christmas Carol” (Nov. 13 to Dec. 24).


Vanguard Repertory Company
5401 Morella Ave. #3, Valley Village (corporate office)
(818) 745-3327

Vanguard Rep recently finished its third annual professional “La Cañada Flintridge Shakespeare Festival” — innovative Equity productions of Shakespearean classics adapted to run 90 minutes or less — at Byrnes Amphitheatre on the grounds of the Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy. Watch for its return next summer. Established in 2007 by Matthew Kellen Burgos and Sam Ross for the creation of new works and adaptations, and as a conduit for new projects and artists to other L.A.-area venues, Vanguard Rep also runs a comprehensive theater conservatory program. The company has new works in development and plans to expand its calendar of productions within the next year.



A Noise Within
3352 E. Foothill Blvd., Pasadena
(626) 356-3100

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