The Newsletter of the
Colony Theatre Company: Summer 2004
Anonymous Donor Challenges Burbank to
Support the Colony
Supporter will match $50,000 if
raised by Burbank community
The Colony has received a challenge grant
from an anonymous donor in the amount of $50,000--the largest single
donation in our history--to support the theatre as a “treasured
cultural resource” in the city of Burbank. But there’s a
condition attached to the gift. The donor is challenging the
business community of Burbank, as well as its civic leaders, to seize
this unique opportunity to invest in the quality of life in the
community by stepping up and supporting its cultural health--most
notably the city’s “crown jewel,” The Colony Theatre. The
challenge, as proposed by this anonymous longtime Colony supporter, is
that if the City of Burbank and its various community entities steps up
and cumulatively donates $50,000 to the theatre, this donor will match
it dollar for dollar.
to the anonymous donor,
whoever you are, for recognizing
the value of one of Burbank's
Producing Artistic Director Barbara
Beckley is delighted by the opportunity, even though the gift is
conditional: “This is such an affirmation of our work and of our value
to the community. It is especially welcome in the light of all
the recent cuts in arts funding, which have had a significant impact on
us. Since we made Burbank our home in 2000, we have
been tremendously gratified by the support we’ve received. The
grant affords us a real chance to secure our future. We are
hoping to rally the community, the government, and the businesses of
Burbank to come forward with matching funds to ensure that The Colony
will continue to produce world class theatre in the heart of Burbank
for many years to come.”
Following the announcement of the challenge, Burbank’s local
newspaper, The Burbank Leader, printed an editorial supporting the gift
and encouraging the community to step up and meet the challenge: “Kudos
to the anonymous donor, whoever you are, for recognizing the value of
one of Burbank’s theater companies. And best wishes to Colony
staff and supporters in cobbling together that first $50,000. The
promise of having your money automatically doubled is quite an
The potential for a gift of $100,000 in this time of declining
support for the arts is a monumental goal that we will need all the
help we can get to achieve.
For further information, or to participate
in this challenge grant and support the arts in Burbank, please contact
Barbara Beckley at 818/558-7000 X13.
Colony Announces First Annual
Community Spotlight Awards
The Colony Theatre Company, in conjunction with the
City of Burbank is pleased to announce the inaugural Community
Awards! The City and the theatre will honor one of
most distinguished leaders, Council Member and former Mayor of Burbank
Stacey Murphy, for her lasting commitment to the city and her vision
Barbara Beckley hopes the Spotlight Award
a community tradition and says, “Stacey and I dedicated this building
back in 2000. Coming to Burbank and finding the warmth and support
of a real community has meant the world to us, and we want to continue,
on an annual basis, to honor those who’ve made this such a special
Colony Board of Trustees and Burbank business community
members Sunder Ramani and Jan McElwee are producing the evening and
serve on the Event Committee.
The Spotlight Awards are sure to be an exciting evening
for all; a catered reception will be enjoyed in the theatre lobby prior
to a performance of selected scenes from the delightful Around the
in 80 Days. The award ceremony will take place onstage immediately
following, and coffee and dessert will be served afterwards.
Tickets are available to the general public, as well
as special sponsorship packages. Please call (818) 558-7000 for further
information, or to make reservations. Please join us in honoring Stacey
Murphy with the inaugural
Community Spotlight Award!
Get ready for the journey of
The first production of our 2004-05 Subscription Season will be the
grand adventure Around the World in 80
Days, by Mark Brown,
the classic novel by Jules Verne.
A Los Angeles premiere directed by acclaimed local director Stefan
Novinski (who just won the LA Weekly Award for Director of the Year),
our production of Around the World in 80 Days will be unlike any
version of the story you’ve ever seen.
Yes, it will still be the famous story of English gentleman Phileas
Fogg and his challenge of the famous bet that he can’t traverse the
globe in 80 days, but Novinski promises that this re-telling of the
classic story will be far from ordinary. Author Mark Brown has
infused the script with delectable humor and wacky exploits,
challenging five actors to play dozens of roles, don multiple costumes,
and brave new heights of imagination. Our audiences will be taken
on this wild trip the old-fashioned way--through theatrical
artistry---and we guarantee it will be the best journey of your life!
Although the “set” will be made up of a table and chairs, we have
assembled a team of designers who will transport you to such places as
Hong Kong, the China Sea, India, Japan, the American Wild West, and
London--all using the magic of live theatre: lights, sound, costumes,
and, of course, the Colony staple: phenomenal actors.
We are lucky to have five of the best actors in Los Angeles,
including a familiar face to Colony regulars. The lead role of
Phileas Fogg will be played by Colony company member Tony Maggio, whom
you’ll remember from his role as William Clark in The Colony’s World
Premiere production of Beautiful in the Extreme, the historical epic
about the Lewis and Clark expedition. Tony was also in the
award-winning ensemble of The Laramie Project, playing some of the
morememorable characters, including the limousine
driver and the bartender.
Accompanying Tony in Around the World in 80 Days is a stellar
group of Los Angeles actors, who have appeared on such
prestigious stages as The Mark Taper Forum, The Laguna Playhouse, The
Old Globe, Milwaukee Rep, American Repertory Theatre, and Reprise.
If you don’t yet have your tickets for this guaranteed hit
production, call our box office at (818) 558-7000 today to get
your seats. We are expecting this show to sell out, so don’t be
left without your seat on this wild ride!
But remember the best seats go to our Subscription
Members, and it’s not too late to subscribe to our exciting
season for a low price!! Call our box office at (818) 558-7000
and get your season subscription today!
Around the World in 80 Days begins previewing on June 9 and
on June 12 and play through July 11. It is appropriate for the
The Drawer Boy Makes Hay
The final production of our 2003-04 season was sweet, sentimental,
and very powerful. It also was funny, touching, thoughtful and
brilliantly acted. This was one of those plays that truly had it all.
Directed by David Rose and starring Chip Heller, Robert Budaska and
Brian Taylor, The
Drawer Boy by Michael Healey was hailed by critics
and audiences alike:
From the Daily News: "Drawer Boy is a beautiful sketch of a show."
reviewplays.com: "Once again, the Colony Theatre in Burbank has
scored a winner with its presentation of Michael Healey"s The Drawer
Boy....Neither melodramatic nor overstated, the story makes a strong
impact and leaves a warm feeling, and if you look around, you"ll see
many patrons wiping away a tear or two at the end. It"s easily one of
the best theatrical experiences of the year so far."
From The Tolucan: "The characterizations are richly detailed under
the fine direction of David Rose."
From The Los Angeles Times: "The palpable sensation of a tranfixed
audience accompanies The Drawer Boy at the Colony Theatre in Burbank.
Actor-turned-playwright Michael Healey"s celebrated study of the power
of storytelling on two longtime Canadian comrades receives a beautiful,
understated Los Angeles premiere....an innately theatrical tour of the
value of art and the mysteries of the human heart....his triple-layered
tale is fiercely funny and, finally, deeply affecting....a genuine
And, finally, the best review of all, from longtime subscriber
Richard Cassady: "Beautiful! Beautiful!! Beautiful!!! That says it all.
We've done it again. (As a subscriber I like to claim a little of the
credit.) My congratulations to you and everyone involved. The acting
was superlative and poignant in the extreme. I shed many a silent tear,
for each one of them, one at a time. The production was
astounding---that set was beyond belief. Everything about
it---beautiful! beautiful!! beautiful!!! Congratulations to everyone."
Thanks, Richard! Once again, our subscribers prove to be kind AND
Cold Stone Creamery Opening A Great Success
The Grand Opening celebration of the new Burbank Cold Stone Creamery
store, held on April 17, couldn?t be dampened, even with the constant
drizzle that was offered up by the early April skies.
was on hand for the ribbon-cutting, including Burbank Cold
Stone Creamery owners Dave Siemienski and Howard Davidson, along with
Burbank City Councilwoman Marcia Ramos, who cut the ribbon, marking the
traditional official opening of the newest location of the popular ice
cream chain. Also on hand were Colony staff members Amanda Diamond, Red
Colegrove, Catherine Springer, Joseph Cincotti, and Barbara Beckley.
What does The Colony have to do with ice cream, you ask? Well,
besides the fact that we know a good thing when we see it, the good
guys at Cold Stone offered to donate a portion of their Opening Day
proceeds to The Colony! So we naturally took the opportunity to set up
a table outsidethe store to both promote The Colony and to encourage as
many customers to indulge in the sweet sensations that lie in wait
inside every Cold Stone Creamery, particularly the Burbank store!
The Cold Stone motto of "it's a good day for ice cream!"
was certainly reflected in the fact that despite the cold and blustery
day, ice cream sales were brisk, as there was often a line out the door
of customers hankering for some of the hand-made goodness.
The kind folks at Cold Stone were so generous to allow us to set up
a table outside their shop to spread the word about The Colony, and
what a wonderful bonus it was when we received a donation check in the
amount of $531.60 on behalf of Cold Stone, our portion of the sales
from the day!
Thank you, Dave, Howard, and everyone at Cold Stone for a wonderful
day and for the generous donation! We are looking forward to a long and
Please support our friends at Cold Stone Creamery, located at 131 E.
Palm St. in the AMC 16 pedestrian way, next to Chipotle!
Visit Cold Stone at www.coldstonecreamery.com!
Colony Raffle News
The Colony wishes to thank Southwest
Airlines and Feng Shui
Communications for their generous donations to the raffle
Pastor Tim Anderson from the Calvary Chapel drew the winning tickets
for the "Drawer Boy" raffle on May 12 and we'd like to congratulate
Paulson and Leo Dozoretz for being the Grand Prize winners!
You can purchase raffle tickets before, after, and during
intermission of shows at the theatre, and all raffle proceeds directly
benefit The Colony.
To contribute a prize to our raffle program or to volunteer, please
call our Development Office at (818) 558-7000 x14. We would be