When she was 8 years old, Julia Swanwick had three lines in “The Three and a Half Musketeers,” her first theatrical production.
That kicked off a decade of theater during which she performed in nearly 30 plays and musicals. She played Miss Hannigan in “Annie,” the Wicked Witch of the West in “The Wizard of Oz,” and Cinderella's evil stepmother.
Swanwick's hobby, though, was put on the back burner while she earned her master's degree in business administration and started her career. She now works in human resources at Disney ABC Television Group.
Recently, however, she realized just attending shows wasn't enough to satisfy her thirst for theater.
So she founded the Burbank Community Theater, and after raising nearly $8,000 in less than two months, Swanwick is gearing up for her nonprofit's first production — the musical “Annie” in December.
“I really wanted to get my hands dirty in theater again,” Swanwick said, adding that she believes there's a heavy appetite for theater in Burbank. “I really wanted to mimic the experience I had because I enjoyed it so much.”