Palo Alto's Children's Theatre will reopen today (Monday) and the Friday performance of "The Giver" is back on track, Community Services Director Richard James announced Sunday night.
James made the announcement shortly before 8 p.m. in a posting on the Town Square forum of the Weekly's community Web site, http://www.PaloAltoOnline.com .
The theater was abruptly closed Friday by the Palo Alto Police Department, acting on instructions of City Manager Frank Benest, due to an unspecified number of "financial crimes" over a period of months. Police and staff members worked over the weekend to expedite a reopening.
"I know there has been great consternation as to when the theatre will reopen," James said in the posting.
He said that "thanks to some incredible support from Palo Alto Police, the City Manager's Office and my own staff we are going to reopen the theatre tomorrow."
He initially said a rehearsal of "The Giver" would be at 3 p.m. Monday but later corrected it to the regular 3:45 p.m. schedule.
Catching up will be a challenge, James noted.
"Because we've missed a few rehearsals this past weekend it will call for some hard work and dedication on the part of our actors and stagehands to pull this off for a Friday opening, but we have the appropriate supervision and talent in place to make a good go of it," he said in the posting.
He asked for help from "residents and participants of the Children's Theatre" to spread the word to staff members and their families about the rehearsal.
"We will be calling actors, stagehands and parents tomorrow morning, but your help in contacting participating families could be just the thing we need to make this a reality," he said.
He also said the Briones Elementary School production currently in rehearsal "will continue as scheduled" and information on other productions and classes will be released later in the week.