San Anselmo Town Players (1994-2006)
In 1994, The San Anselmo Town Players were formed as a program of the San Anselmo Recreation Department, led by local artist and director Sandi Weldon. Her vision was that of a multi-generational theater group, giving adults, teens and children the chance to work together both on stage and behind the scenes, to create quality Community Theater. The first show, "Peter Pan", was presented in Summer 1994, featuring a cast of local children and teens. The Town Players were off and running. Over the next seven years, the Town Players presented twenty-two fantastic, well-received productions. The group put on three shows a year, in January and May at The Playhouse, and in the summer, outside in Creek Park, with occasional additional adult-oriented shows at other local venues.
In mid 2001, Sandi left her position at the helm of the Town Players, and a group of committed citizen volunteers dedicated to the continuation of the Town Players came forward. An Advisory Board was formed, and in January 2002 the first Town Players show of a new "era" was presented. "Oliver!", directed by Buzz Halsing, was a huge success, with overwhelmingly sold-out performances.
The Town Players continued to grow and develop, with shows directed by Buzz Halsing and Blanca Florido, both Advisory Board members, and guest directors Kim Danforth, Barbara Segal, Jessica Sage and Erin-Kate Whitcomb.
The final production by the original incarnation of the San Anselmo Town Players was "South Pacific", directed by Barbara Segal, in January 2006
Stapleton Theatre Company (2006-)
In January 2006, after sixteen years of service to the Town of San Anselmo, Sharon Burns, the group's Executive Producer and tireless administrative supporter, took a new position with Stapleton School of the Performing Arts. Faced with uncertain support from the Town at a critical time, the Advisory Board made the hard decision to ensure the group's survival by finding it a new home.
The company began an exciting new period in its history, joining with the prestigious Stapleton School of the Performing Arts to form the Stapleton Theatre Company.
The first production by the Stapleton Theatre Company was "Annie", in May 2006.
The new organization combines the leadership and administrative talent of the old Town Players with the strong performing tradition and well-established reputation of the Stapleton School, and continues as one of Marin County's premier providers of family-oriented theatrical teaching and performance.
Theatre Arts Division
The Stapleton Theatre Company is the Theatre Arts division of the Stapleton School of the Performing Arts.
It is brought to you by the same team who operated the San Anselmo Town Players as part of the San Anselmo Recreation Department from 2001-2006. The same type of program, artistic quality, production values, instruction, nurturing and care that you came to know from the Town Players continues at Stapleton Theatre Company.
Click Here to view a history of our past theatre productions.
Musical Theatre Class
Musical Theatre (taught by Jenny Rand) introduces students to Broadway-style dance, song and theatre. Students will have the opportunity to develop all three essential musical theatre skills – acting, singing and dancing – at the same time! The class will include fundamental techniques such as voice and dance warm ups; the integration of singing, dancing and acting; large ensemble group numbers as well as exploration of solo performing. Each session will culminate with an informal performance for family and friends. Class meets on Wednesdays (5:15-6:30 pm) and is designed for students ages 8-12 years.
For session dates, tuition and downloadable registration form, click here.
Upcoming Auditions – September 8th & 11th
A Christmas Carol – The Musical
Open auditions: Sept. 8th & 11th
Callbacks: Sept. 15th
Rehearsals begin: Sept. 22nd
Performances: Dec. 18th-21st, Drake Little Theatre
This year marks the fifth anniversary of this holiday tradition!
A Christmas Carol – The Musical is a spectacular adaptation of Charles Dickens' most beloved story: the tale of curmudgeon Ebenezer Scrooge. Scrooge is forced to face his selfish ways after three ghosts lead him through his past, present and future on Christmas Eve. This classic story gets the full Broadway treatment in this delightful musical. The Menken/Ahrens score is filled with beautiful melodies and emotional lyrics.
Directed by Bruce Vieira with musical direction by Judy Wiesen, A Christmas Carol offers a joyful performance experience for children, teens and adults. No experience necessary. Families are encouraged to participate together.
Full audition materials will be available for download by August 1.
Administrative Offices are located at 118 Greenfield Avenue, San Anselmo, CA 94960, tel. (415) 454-5759, fax. (415) 454-5769