Theatre History

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 Mondays and is designed for students ages 8-13 years. Class size limited to 12 students to insure individual attention. (Download Musical Theatre Curriculum)

Spring 2014 Musical – OLIVER!

OLIVER! is the award-winning musical adapted from Dickens’ “Oliver Twist”.

After running away from the orphanage run by the heartless Mr. Bumble, Oliver meets the Artful Dodger and is recruited to pick pockets for Fagin. There, Oliver finds a friend in Nancy, but neither she nor the boy is fit for a life of crime.

OLIVER delights everyone with its outstanding musical numbers- Food, Glorious Food, I'd Do Anything, Where is Love?, Consider Yourself, As Long As He Needs Me, Who Will Buy and Reviewing the Situation are musical theatre classics.

Performances: May 9-18 2014, The Playhouse
Charles Cast: May 9 & 17 @ 7:30, May 11 @ 2:00
Dickens Cast: May 10 & 16 @ 7:30, May 18 @ 2:00

Please Note: Performers (and parents of those under age 18) should read the General Information and Participation Agreement to familiarize yourself with the requirements for being part of OLIVER!

General Information
Participation Agreement
Conflict Calendar

Oliver! Cast List 2014

Charles Cast: May 9 & 17 @ 7:30, May 11 @ 2:00
Dickens Cast: May 10 & 16 @ 7:30, May 18 @ 2:00

Role Charles Cast Dickens Cast
Oliver Nathaniel Eves Carl Robinett
Bumble John Griffin Javier Alarcon
Nancy Margot Biehle Deb Spake
Bet Sophia Ferar Dana Cherry
Fagin Pat Barr Matthew O'Byrne
Sykes Jeffrey Lee Taylor Todd Krish
Dodger Claire Fogarty Lizzy Conran
Widow Corny Rebecca Hausammann Amanda Conran
Mrs. Sowerberry Leslie Klor Laura Nethercutt
Mr. Sowerberry George Kelly George Kelly
Charlotte Lindsay Sohn Kelly Robinett
Old Sally Sandy Zeichner Jane Ahrens
Miss Bedwin Rebecca Pult Helen Robinett
Dr. Grimwig William McDaneld William McDaneld
Mr. Brownlow Michael Hirsch David Carson
Charley Bates Alex Henzl Maya Buell
Noah Claypole Lucas Evans Lucas Evans
Old Lady Sandi Weldon Sandi Weldon
Rose Seller Dana Cherry Sophia Ferar
Milk Maid Kelly Robinett Lindsay Sohn
Strawberry Seller Amanda Conran Rebecca Hausammann
Knife Grinder David Carson Michael Hirsch
Night Watchman Leif Rosell Leif Rosell
Chairman William McDaneld William McDaneld
Lady One Maya Hausammann Maya Hausammann
Lady Two Samantha Bohan Samantha Bohan

• Featured Singers: Samantha Bohan, Nadine Nisse, Alex Coe, Brianna Thompson, Ani Cook, Summer Davis, Jack Griffin

Double cast roles to perform in Ensemble on "off nights".

Fendorak, Giovanna
Gaffney, Marie
Henzl, Daryl
Pult, Tina
Thelen, Dana

Barr, Riley
Beare, Leo
Blum, Rylee
Brody, Annamarie
Cieply, Danica
Cole Byrne, Aaden
Cook, Alex
Daniel, Audrey
Davis, Heather
DeOchoa, Hailey
DeOchoa, Hannah
Gaffney, Quinlan
Griffin, Michael
Lee, Charlotte
Lessin, Ethan
Lessin, Natalie
Luciano, Julian
Mandin-Kelly, Zoe
Marti, Emma
Nicholson, Abby
Poole, Kathleen
Prescott, Julia
Richard, Lily
Starkey, Alicia
Starkey, Jackson
Witchel, Isabel

Riley Barr
Maya Buell (Charley & off Night)
Alex Henzl (Charley & off Night)
Lizzy Conran (Dodger & off Night)
Claire Fogarty (Dodger & off Night)
Ani Cook
Alex Cook
Summer Davis
Jack Griffin
Michael Griffin
Charlotte Lee
Zoe Mandin-Kelly
Nadine Nisse
Kathleen Poole
Julia Prescott
Lily Richard
Alex Coe
Nathaniel Eves and Carl Robinett will only be Oliver in this scene. No off night.

Administrative Offices are located at 118 Greenfield Avenue, San Anselmo, CA 94960, tel. (415) 454-5759, fax. (415) 454-5769