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Theater Anniversaries 2006

Program 109 of Louisville Life spotlighted the 60th anniversary of Stage One, Louisville’s professional theater for young audiences. But it wasn’t the only local theater to celebrate a significant anniversary in 2006.

The nationally acclaimed Blue Apple Players celebrated 30 years. This regional nonprofit theater produces original musicals and educational theater programs for young people, touring more than 160 performances a year in 10 states. Blue Apple also provides in-school and after-school theater programs, plus summer workshops for students.

Blue Apple takes on topics ranging from teen pregnancy to American history. Some of its original works have been televised and are used in classrooms nationwide. Recently, the Blue Apple Players received a grant from the Fund for the Arts that will be used to fund performances at Louisville’s Brown Theatre.

Also founded in 1976 was Walden Theatre, on Payne Street. Walden’s mission is to engage young people in theater through education and performance. This multifaceted institution serves thousands of students through its innovative Conservatory and Outreach Programs.

In Pee Wee Valley, the curtain came up on the 50th season for the Little Colonel Players. Housed in what was formerly a grocery store, this community theater has grown well beyond its humble beginnings. Its six-show season and weekly dinner theater thrive on the dedication of volunteers. In honor of its 50th anniversary, the Little Colonel Players presented one of the best plays from each decade of its history.

Program 109
The 60th anniversary of Stage One, Louisville’s nationally acclaimed professional theater for young audiences; Waldorf School; poetry at the Jazz Factory; and Jay P. Davidson, executive director of the Healing Place. (#109)