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.
Stapleton Theatre Company
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