Raising The Curtain Foundation Supporting Newhall Family Theatre
An inclusive performance venue for members of the community, artists, students, and educators. Over the last 80 years, thousands of Newhall Elementary School students have walked across the stage at graduations or danced and sang for friends and family during concerts and talent shows. It served as a gathering place for residents of the growing Newhall and Saugus communities and was where silent cowboy star William S. Hart showed his movies before the age of “talkies.”
The theatre’s restoration in 2017 was the culmination of years of volunteer efforts, fundraisers and sweat equity. In 1994, Theatre Arts for Children launched a fundraising campaign to restore the theater and a 2011 bond measure ensured that the 1941 Art Deco performance space would once again come alive to feature students, community performers and visiting artists. Now, audiences can enjoy dance, music, comedy, theater and lectures in the magnificent auditorium.
During the pandemic, the partnership between Raising the Curtain Foundation and Newhall Family Theatre produced enlightening videos “Talking Backstage” that feature Santa Clarita Valley residents who grew up in the area and went on to find professional success in the entertainment industry (watch them here: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PL1oCX8h6hmISxzq02T2y-uylkDXbqUiII), as well as the delightful “Storytime with Sir Dude” for younger audiences that enhanced distance learning for many students.
To celebrate its 80th anniversary, Raising the Curtain Foundation invites the community to come to its Grand Re-Opening on Saturday, October 16. The celebration will include morning workshops for children to introduce the various parts of the theater and what it takes to put on a show, including some hands-on exercises using story ideas, props, costumes and basic technical skills. The second part of the day will feature a showcase of performances by community artists. The event is free to all.
For more details on the Grand Re-Opening or general information about the theater and Raising the Curtain Foundation, visit www.raisingthecurtain.org or www.newhallfamilytheatre,com.
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