Theater

Actors Jack Heller, left, and Louise Davis run through a scene before performing "Tennessee in the Summer" at the Sidewalk Studio Theatre in Burbank. (Cheryl A. Guerrero / Staff Photographer / May 4, 2012)

Little Victory
3324 West Victory Blvd., Burbank
(818) 841-5422

Big Victory
3326 West Victory Blvd, Burbank
(818) 841-5421

www.thevictorytheatrecenter.org

Founded in 1979 by Co-Artistic Directors Maria Gobetti and Tom Ormeny, two respected professional theater makers and teachers, the Victory Theatre Center today consists of the 91-seat Big Victory main stage and the 48-seat Little Victory. Gobetti and Ormeny's strong support for emerging playwrights and new play development is central to the Victory's mission, and the company's productions have won numerous awards.

Dozens of world premieres include the Victory's 1980 inaugural show: Pulitzer Prize-winner Beth Henley's “The Miss Firecracker Contest.” Now playing in the Big Victory through Sept. 16: “The Last Night Inn,” three plays by Anthony Montes, presented by the faculty of the New York Film Academy, where Gobetti teaches. In the Little Victory, Aug. 19, 2 p.m.: “Kids' Corner,” a variety show for ages 4 to 10. Upcoming: Annie Abbott's new one-woman show, “The Ugly Truth — A Comedy,” tentatively scheduled for late September.

 

Also in Burbank: The Colony Theatre. See the article here.

 

GLENDALE

Alex Theatre
216 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale
(818) 243-2539

www.alextheatre.org

www.musicaltheatreguild.com

In addition to concerts, film screenings and a variety of other arts-related performance events, the landmark Alex Theatre — whose origins go back to 1920s vaudeville — is a regular home base for the Musical Theatre Guild, a nonprofit organization made up of theatrical professionals devoted to the preservation and quality presentation of musicals well-known and obscure, contemporary and classic. Stephen Sondheim, Terrence McNally, George Gershwin, Frank Loesser and Cole Porter are a tiny fraction of the composers, lyricists and book writers past and present spotlighted by MTG. These Actors' Equity-sanctioned productions — also presented at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza — are performed as staged readings with choreography by a deep talent pool of pros from the Broadway and regional musical stage. Upcoming: Irving Berlin's “Call Me Madam” (Nov. 19).

 

Glendale Centre Theatr
324 N. Orange St., Glendal
(818) 244-8481

www.glendalecentretheatre.com

The friendly, family-owned Glendale Centre Theatre, led by husband-and-wife producers Tim and Brenda Dietlein, was founded by Tim Dietlein's grandparents in 1947. With 440 seats to fill, the venerable community theater offers such crowd-pleasers as “Kiss Me, Kate” and “Fiddler on the Roof,” as well as shows for children. Productions in recent years have included professional actors under Guest Artist Equity contracts. The theater's recent production of “On Golden Pond” featured noted veteran stage pros Salome Jens and Andrew Prine. Upcoming: “Little Shop of Horrors” (Aug. 23 to Oct. 6), “And Then There Were None” (Oct. 18 to Nov. 17), GCT's 48th annual production of Charles Dickens' “A Christmas Carol” (Nov. 13 to Dec. 24).

 

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Vanguard Repertory Company
5401 Morella Ave. #3, Valley Village (corporate office)
(818) 745-3327

www.vanguardrep.com