It may be true that all the world’s a stage, but if you can dig up just one dollar this Saturday morning, then the stage for you is located at the Pasadena Playhouse. It’s hosting the First Annual High School Theatre Festival, featuring eight local high schools, each performing a musical number from their school’s theatre repertoire. And it’s true: admission to the festival is just $1, with the hope that friends, family and supporters of the schools will come enjoy the student talent. Proceeds will go toward funding next year’s festival.
The brainchild of Pasadena native Mary Lea Carroll, the festival is the beginning of what she hopes will grow into a prestigious event. Say Carroll, “I wanted to produce this festival because I saw a need. I see theatre departments in high schools as being over-shadowed by sports programs. I wanted to create an opportunity for parents who have children involved in theatre to be able to encourage, support and cheer on their kids the way sports parents get the chance every Friday night. The Playhouse is the symbolic heart of theatre in Pasadena—what teen wouldn’t want to be on its historic stage?”
Participating high schools include: Alverno, Blair, Flintridge Preparatory School, La Salle, Maranatha, Mayfield Senior School, Polytechnic and St. Francis.
High School Theatre Festival
Saturday, May 14, 2011
10 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. Doors open at 9:30 a.m.
Pasadena Playhouse, 39 S. El Molino Ave., Pasadena
Tickets $1 at the door