The production you will see
tonight is the culmination of a journey that began exactly five years ago,
when we submitted our proposal for a new theatre to the City of Burbank.
It has been an extraordinary adventure and, if you will take a few moments
to look at our display of construction photographs in the gallery off the
lobby, you will see how far we’ve come. As you can imagine, it has taken
an army of people to make this happen, and space doesn’t permit me to mention
them all. However, there are a few I must single out: Assistant City
Manager Mary Alvord, the Colony’s Project Manager Michael Wadler, Master
Electrician Salvador Palacios, all-around mensch David Rose, Managing Director
Amanda Diamond, Administrative Director Catherine Springer, and, most of
all, the City of Burbank’s Project Manager Dan LaBrado. Without their faith,
determination, hard work, and sacrifice, this theatre wouldn’t be here.
The Occasion of Our First Burbank Production: Dandelion Wine
And now we are Burbankians.
It has been a special pleasure to discover, in the midst of the sprawling
metropolis that is Greater Los Angeles, there exists an authentic American
small town, with all the virtues that term implies. We have been astonished
and delighted by the warm welcome and enthusiastic support we have received
from the city and its residents. That’s one of the reasons we chose Dandelion
Wine for our inaugural presentation. Ray Bradbury’s mythical Greentown
could be Burbank — or any small town — in 1928, and this production is
intended as an affectionate tribute to our new home. We hope you
In years to come, we look
forward to seeing you again and again, as we bring you beloved world classics,
rediscovered treasures, the cream of contemporary repertoire, the widest
range of comedies, dramas, and musicals — our contribution to Burbank’s
already-vibrant cultural landscape.
August 26, 2000