Saturday, June 8, 2019, 12 noon to 10:00 p.m.
Published : Wednesday, May 1, 2019 | 3:51 PM
Pasadena Playhouse – State Theatre of California is announcing entertainment and participants for the return of the Playhouse Block Party, in partnership with the Playhouse District Association, after last year’s blockbuster inaugural event. This all-day event, free to the public, is from 12-noon to 10:00pm on Saturday, June 8 on El Molino Ave. at Colorado Blvd. There will be more than twenty –five performances on two different stages – a Main Stage and a Family Stage — during the course of the day, in addition to activity booths hosted by some of Pasadena’s most celebrated arts organizations, theatre tours, a silent disco, and more.
The Main Stage will offer performances from Ballet Folklorico Quetzal, Debatable Productions, The NoteAbles Children’s Choir from the Professional Child Development Associates, Rhythms of The Village, School of Rock Pasadena, and SiZa, among others. The Family Stage will feature Bob Baker Marionette Theater, Jimmy H. Comedy Magician, Pasadena Civic Ballet Musical Theater, Tutu School Pasadena, Vroman’s Bookstore, and more!
Throughout the day, guests can experience interactive and immersive activity booths and games created by community partners and local art organizations. These include Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association, Aquarium of the Pacific, Petersen Automotive Museum, The Huntington Gardens, Shumei Arts Council, Rogue Artists Ensemble, Sierra Madre Playhouse, Professional Child Development Associates (PCDA), USC Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena Museum of History, Akabeko Project, Kidspace Children’s Museum, Pasadena Public Library, Southern California Children’s Museum, Tournament of Roses, Boston Court Pasadena, Friends of The Pasadena Playhouse, Complete Streets Coalition, and more. In addition, backstage tours of the Pasadena Playhouse will be available, including production departments rarely seen by the public, and other one of a kind experiences from Mr. Pasadena’s Playland and Pasadena Chalk Festival presented by Light Bringer Project.
The Playhouse Block Party will also feature a mouth-watering array of food trucks, including: Vchos, Kona Ice, Wise BBQ, Coolhaus, Belly Bombz, Lobsta Truck, Dinas Dumpling, and India Jones.
Danny Feldman, Producing Artistic Director of Pasadena Playhouse said, “Over 12,000 people joined us last year from all over Southern California to help us celebrate the theatre’s Centennial anniversary. We saw people arrive in the morning and stay all day enjoying the Playhouse campus and the Playhouse District. This Block Party fulfills a core tenant of our mission to serve as a gathering place for the community. It also allows us to celebrate all of the rich culture that Pasadena has to offer, and provide it free of charge to everyone.”
Pasadena Playhouse and the Playhouse District Association have a team that has been working on the Block Party since the day after last year’s event, and is again assembling all things Pasadena and beyond for June 8. Beginning at noon, families can enjoy activities in the Kids’ Zone centered around the Family Stage on El Molino. In late afternoon and early evening, the focus will shift to a “street party” feel with live music and bands, silent disco, food, drink, and more fun.
Playhouse District Association Executive Director Brian Wallace said, “We’re thrilled to welcome the community back to the Playhouse District for this all-ages event, which celebrates creativity from throughout our city. With Pasadena Playhouse as our partner, this first-rate event helps broaden our identity as Pasadena’s home for arts and culture.”
PBS SoCal is the media sponsor for The Playhouse Block Party.
For more information, please visit www.playhouseblockparty.org.
BoldPas: A Day of Art & Play in Old Pasadena will also be offered on June 8 from noon-8pm, making a visit to Pasadena an all-day arts affair! The free, community art event showcases 16 temporary art installations throughout Old Pasadena’s unique network of pedestrian alleys, giving visitors the chance to interact with art that is BOLD – in color, scale, materials, and concept. Come play with the art, meet the artists, snap photos, and experience historic Old Pasadena with new eyes! More information is available at www.oldpasadena.org/boldpas.
Visiting both events is easy! Take the free shuttle between the Metro Gold Line, Old Pasadena, and Playhouse District – added service is offered by Pasadena Transit from noon – 10:00pm.
About Pasadena Playhouse
Pasadena Playhouse is a place where people have gathered for 100 years to experience bold and important theater. It is one of the most prolific theaters in American history with a legacy of profound theatrical impact and courageous new work. In 1937, the Playhouse was officially recognized as the State Theater of California for its contribution and commitment to the dramatic arts. Today it continues that tradition of excellence under the helm of producing artistic director Danny Feldman. Dedicated to enriching lives through theater, community programs and learning initiatives, Pasadena Playhouse is a living force in the community.
Pasadena Playhouse has commissioned over 550 new works, produced upwards of 1,200 shows, spearheaded over 500 world premieres, developed several shows that went on to Broadway, and welcomed more than one million audience members. These milestones point to the importance of Pasadena Playhouse in the chronicles of American theatre, with very few, if any, professional theatres in this country able to claim similar distinctions of history, impact and longevity. Such a powerful pedigree is now considered against the context of producing live theatre with the modern, digital era as the backdrop for its second century.
Today it continues that tradition of excellence under the helm of producing artistic director Danny Feldman. Dedicated to enriching lives through theater, community programs and learning initiatives, Pasadena Playhouse is a living force in the community.
As a community center, it has been the recipient of well over a million hours of service by more than 12,000 volunteers. The well known Friends of the Pasadena Playhouse has been instrumental in the running of the theatre both backstage, front of house, and administratively. For more than thirty years, Pasadena Playhouse ran a famed and fully accredited college — more than 30,000 students received arts education and access programs. Pasadenaplayhouse.org
About the Playhouse District Association
The Playhouse District Association (PDA) carries out a mission to promote the economic vitality of the Playhouse District as the center of culture, commerce and community in the heart of Pasadena. Formed as a non-profit corporation in 1995 dedicated to marketing Pasadena’s Playhouse District, the PDA began managing a Property-Based Business Improvement District (PBID) in 2001. The PBID pools private dollars from property owner assessments in the 32-block Playhouse District area to fund enhanced activities and services. Governed by a quasi-public 11-member board of directors representing the district’s property owners, businesses and institutions, the PDA organizes its work into five program categories, each with a standing committee to guide and carry out activities and tasks focusing on a clean, safe and welcoming environment, economic development, an engaging and artistic public realm, parking management, and promotions/marketing. Playhousedistrict.org