Theatre Division History

Stapleton Theatre Company (2006–present),

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.

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.

Previous Productions

Stapleton Theatre Company

May 2019 Bye Bye Birdie

January 2019 Beauty and the Beast

December 2018 A Christmas Carol

May 2018 Annie

December 2017 A Christmas Carol

May 2017 The Music Man

January 2017 Urinetown: The Musical

May 2016 Fiddler on the Roof

December 2015 A Christmas Carol

May 2015 Seussical: The Musical

December 2014 A Christmas Carol

May 2014 OLIVER!

Decmber 2013 A Christmas Carol

May 2013 HONK!

December 2012 A Christmas Caol

May 2012 Willy Wonka

December 2011 A Christmas Carol

July 2011 Hairspray

May 2011 The Wizard of OZ

December 2010 A Christmas Carol

July 2010 Children of Eden

May 2010 Big: The Musical

January 2010 The King and I

July 2009 The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

May 2009 Cinderella

January 2009 Oklahoma!

July 2008 Seussical: The Musical

May 2008 OLIVER!

January 2008 On The Way To The Forum

July 2007 FAME!

May 2007 The Music Man

January 2007 Brigadoon

July 2006 Footloose: The Musical

May 2006 Annie

San Anseimo Town Players

Fall 2005 South Pacific

Summer 2005 Technicolour Dreamcoat

Spring 2005 Carousel

Fall 2004 Pippin

Summer 2004 Bye Bye Birdie

Spring 2004 The Secret Garden

Fall 2003 Fiddler on the Roof

Summer 2003 Cinderella (with a Twist!)

Spring 2003 The Sound of Music

Fall 2002 The King and I

Summer 2002 The Wizard of OZ

Spring 2002 A Night of One Acts

Spring 2002 Peter Pan

Fall 2001 OLIVER!

Summer 2001 Good Man Charlie Brown

Spring 2001 The Music Man

Fall 2000 Annie

Summer 2000 Annie Get Your Gun

Spring 2000 Anything Goes!

Spring 2000 The Last of the Red Hot Lovers

Fall 1999 Once Upon A Mattress

Summer 1999 Oklahoma!

Spring 1999 The Odd Couple

Fall 1998 Fiddler on the Roof

Spring 1998 Little Shop of Horrors

Fall 1997 Gypsy

Summer 1997 A Midsummer Night's Dream

Spring 1997 West Side Story

Fall 1996 Guys and Dolls

Summer 1996 The Wiz

Spring 1996 Crazy for You

Fall 1995 Into The Woods

Spring 1995 HAIR

Spring 1995 Dames At Sea

Fall 1994 Bye Bye Birdie

Summer 1994 Peter Pan