Orange City News
December 4, 1974
Talent will come from community, says
Alberto Morelli, new proprietor and executive producer of the Playhouse
in Orange, has affiliated with the Pacific Academy for the Performing
The 927-seat theater, located at 172 N. Glassell St., Orange, was
partially restored under prior ownership earlier this year.
"Apparently management difficulties never allowed the theater to
come to fruition," said Morelli. "I want to finish the job
that was begun. It would be a crime to let this building go to
After talking with community leaders, Morelli said, it became clear that
closer community involvement and participation will be important to the
success of The Playhouse, "to make it a facility that will truly
serve the needs of the community."
In seeking the proper talent, staff and operational format, Morelli is
consulting with Michael S. Connolly, general manager of the San Diego
Convention and Performing Arts Center and Richard Dow, formerly
production manager at UCLA and with the Talent and Contract Properties
Div. of the CBS Television Network, and currently director of creative
production for Insgroup Inc., of Orange.
The Playhouse will offer a season of popular plays performed by a
resident repertory company, to be assembled from within Orange County by
open auditions for each production during the first year of operation.
The first season will offer the following: "Fiddler on the
Roof" opening Feb 5; "Barefoot in the Park" opening March
5; "A Streetcar Named Desire," opening April 2 and "The
Fantasticks" opening May 7. Richard Dow will direct.
Auditions for "Fiddler on the Roof" are open to all non-union
performers in Orange County and will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday and
Sunday, Dec. 14 and 15, at The Playhouse.
This kind of operation is vital if we are to offer high quality
productions at prices the community can afford to pay, and still attend
theater regularly," said Morelli.
The Playhouse will also provide a training ground in theater, offering
classes in voice, movement and dancing, acting, directing, playwriting
and technical theater.
As a non-profit educational and charitable organization, PAPA hopes to
have the full and close support of the entire community, with funding
coming not only from box office, but from contributions and
grants-in-aid, as well.
Other activities now being planned include an on-going program of
children's theater and monthly guest artists' series.
As a further community service, Morelli is also making The Playhouse
available on a limited basis to other organizations and individuals,
both after the beginning of the season in February and now during the
interim planning period.