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On The Occasion of Our First Burbank Production: Dandelion Wine

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.

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 enjoy it.

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.

Barbara Beckley
Producing Director
August 26, 2000