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Los Altos Stage Company Steps Out

The theater company formerly known as Bus Barn announces a new season with flourish: A new name and a new director, and oh, yes, a new lineup of plays. The theater itself will still be the Bus Barn.

 

You may have noticed something new last week if you're a fan of the Bus Barn Stage Company.

It is no more. But don't worry. 

In its place, the board of directors of the Bus Barn Stage Company have announced that on May 1, it became the Los Altos Stage Company. 

The change was meant to time with the 60th anniversary of the founding of the City of Los Altos, and to celebrate "the town’s enduring support for its local theater and affirm our belief that cultural participation is nourished and sustained by cultivating deep roots in local communities," according to, coincidentally, the new executive director, Gary Landis.

“The community of Los Altos/Los Altos Hills has been the lifeblood of the theater since its inception 18 years ago; for more than 35 years, if you consider its first incarnation as the Los Altos Conservatory Theatre” says Board President Vicki Reeder.

“This name change recognizes the theater’s unique relationship with the City of Los Altos and the enormous contributions made by local residents to maintain this neighborhood gem for all these years.”

The new website went live on Sunday at www.LosAltosStage.org. The theater itself will remain the Bus Barn, since it is the property of the City of Los Altos.

Most companies are content to announce a new season, but this one decided to go for the trifecta—new name, new leadership and new season lineup.

The board also announced the promotion of Landis to executive director and Daniel P. Wilson to associate artistic director of the Los Altos Stage Company.  Landis will oversee both the administrative operations and artistic programs of the theater. Wilson will work with Landis to develop and implement the theater’s artistic and education programs.

Reeder said Landis had successfully guided both sides of the theater since the departure of the previous artistic director last year.

In fact, things got better, she said.

“Under his leadership, attendance has increased, donations have increased, and, in partnership with Dan, the quality of our productions remains outstanding.  The Board is unanimous in its support for Gary and Dan.”

Here is the lineup for the 18th season of the stage company formerly known as the Bus Barn:

  • The Fantastiks - Sept. 5 to 29, 2013; "a new take on a standard in American musical theater  
  • The Sunshine Boys - Nov. 21 to Dec. 15, 2013; "a classic comedy about two classics in comedy."
  • Cat on a Hot Tin Roof -Jan. 23 to Feb. 14, 2014.  Tennessee William’s steamy 'Cat, set in the Mississippi Delta,'
  • Harold and Maude - April 10 to May 4, 2014 - A cult-classic abouta most unusual pair.
  • Company - May 29 to June 28, 2014; Stephen Sondheim's most popular musical about a 30-something bachelor unable to commit.

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