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Cover Story - January 19, 2007

Let's put on a show

The energy of youth has fueled the Palo Alto Children's Theatre for 75 years

by Rebecca Wallace

Playing an elf changed Patty Hoagland's life. She was 10 years old, it was the early '30s, and suddenly the theater bug bit hard.

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Posted by Marcia Temme Hardcastle
a resident of Duveneck School
on Jan 24, 2008 at 7:53 pm

I have very fond memories of Little Theater in Palo Alto. In the 50s I took a drama class and after many tryouts was cast in the part of the Duchess in the Christmas Candle. I was thrilled. My photo was in the Palo Alto Times, which was my first professional vehicle as a high school journalist (Paly Hi Times).
I will never forget Reggie, the theater wonder woman, who tirelessly worked with us, the smell of the greasepaint, the costumes, the presense I felt on stage. I was a very shy child, but on stage, I was the diva of the world. Of course I will never forget my peers, Sharon and Adele who elected me the Queen of Embarcadero Road one day.

Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 24, 2008 at 8:09 pm

It sounds as if you former thespians may be able to help out with the current need. Can you help sort out the problems for the current cast, do you have any contacts?

Posted by Sarah
a resident of Midtown
on Jan 24, 2008 at 8:13 pm

"To keep thriving, the Palo Alto Children's Theatre has a powerful asset: all of its budget — just under a million dollars annually — is covered by city taxes, Litfin said. The organization also has its own theater on Middlefield Road, thanks to the philanthropy of Lucie Stern back in the '30s. In addition, there's a Friends of the Palo Alto Children's Theatre group, and a corps of other volunteers."

All I can say is WOW!!!

Why on earth are we, the taxpayers supporting a childrens' activity, when so many other youth organizations do it without taxpayer monies? Think about Little Leage, AYSO soccer, etc. They don't get taxpayer money, except the use of the fields. If the "3000 to 4000 young people" each pay a fee equivalent to that required to participate in the other youth organizaitons, the annual cost would be covered. Maybe the easy money is behind this scandal. What is going on here?

I see an immediate way for PA to save $1M.

Posted by Art Loving Parent
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 25, 2008 at 12:57 pm

I love the arts, but $1 million out of the city budget for something like this is insane.

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