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Saying 'so long' to A Noise Within

June 09, 2011|By Ruth Sowby
  • Having performed in A Noise Withins last production in Glendale are, from left, resident actors Deborah Strang and Joel Swetow surrounding fans Jack and Louise Spillman of Glendale.
Having performed in A Noise Withins last production in…

After 19 years and 135 productions, the curtain is going down on A Noise Within classical theater company in Glendale. Ready to move to its new home in Pasadena, the company staged a final production over the last weekend at its current home, the Masonic temple building on Brand Boulevard.

Following the Saturday night production, the Sunday matinee (June 5) began with founders and artistic directors Julia Rodriguez-Elliott and Geoff Elliott, greeting their audience of 110 fans and introducing a retrospective of vignettes featuring performances highlighting A Noise Within’s history.

The Elliotts reminded their audience that more than 25,000 people attended productions annually. The company draws more than 10,000 students to its education programs each year, and student tickets to matinee and evening performances are subsidized.

Classical theater aficionados who were determined to not miss the company’s last performance included Glendale residents Carol Sholer and husband Michael Sholer, a member of the company’s board of directors. Another member of the board of directors on hand was Barbara Goen. Louise and Jack Spillman have been attending A Noise Within productions for all 19 years. Jack Spillman is a past president of the theater’s board of directors. Tujunga residents Phyllis Shumberger and Martha Houk didn’t want to miss the final performance in this building.

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Audience members came from further away for the retrospective. Claremont residents Maryann and Dwight Mitchell have been coming to the theater for 10 years. For the past three years, Dwight Mitchell has been driving elderly patrons to the theater.

Accompanying the performance vignettes representing each season were photo slide shows from past productions. Many of those black-and-white photographs were on sale after the show. Actors and audience members alike combed the bins for their favorite photos. Photographs of the theater’s early history were taken by James Moore, resident photographer. A champagne and dessert reception and accompanying silent auction ended the evening.

Proceeds will help fund the company’s move to Pasadena. Today’s “Hard Hat Sunday,” from 4 to 5 p.m., will take place at the theater’s new location at 3352 E. Foothill Blvd. There, the public can see the construction progress of the new theater and meet with the artistic directors and board members.

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