Leader Editorial: New theater a proud moment for city

The Hall of Liberty at the Forest Lawn in Hollywood Hills is the venue this weekend as the all-volunteer and newly-minted Burbank Community Theater presents its first offering, the charming stage musical, “Annie!

While an amateur production might not seem like a big thing in this city that so many theater and film professionals call home, it is nonetheless a proud moment for Burbank. With only a couple of months of preparations, the cast of more than 70 characters and countless behind-the-scenes hands are triumphantly demonstrating that with pluck and determination — and a few singing lessons — people of all ages can come together to create a terrific experience for their audiences and have plenty of fun while doing so.

The nonprofit group was the brainchild of Julia Swanwick, who hopes to see the Burbank Community Theater thrive. The plan is to include as many locals as possible who are interested in learning about and participating in theater productions.

“Annie!” debuted Friday night and continues Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. If you haven’t already made plans to see it, call the box office at (818) 861-9618, secure some tickets and head over to Forest Lawn. While you’re at it, support the Burbank Fire Department’s Spark of Love toy drive by taking with you to the theater a new, unwrapped toy. This is a great opportunity to welcome this new theater group to town while also giving a boost to some kids in need this holiday season.

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