Four Years Ago Today…

Four years ago today Plaza Theatre Company was born. That’s right, today is PlazaCo’s 4th birthday. On April 26th, 2007, Plaza Theatre Company opened full-time with a performance of YOU’RE A GOOD MAN CHARLIE BROWN. Here’s a look at that inaugural cast from the lobby of our first building:

We were thrilled to be playing to 16 people that night. And over the course of a 19 show run we played to nearly 350 people. Yep, when you do the math that means we averaged 18 patrons a performance. One night, we played to over 20 – we were ecstatic.

Suffice it to say we’ve grown a little since those humble beginnings. Here are a few notable accomplishments from our first four years in business:

  • Plaza’s current production, HARVEY, is its 43rd Mainstage production.
  • Plaza sports over 900 Season Ticket Holders and nearly 30,000 patrons annually into its 150 seat theatre.
  • Plaza was named “Best Theatre Group” by readers of the Fort Worth Weekly in 2008.
  • Plaza received 32 nominations and 10 wins at the 2009 Column Awards including Best non-Equity Musical for AIDA.
  • Plaza’s Youth Acting Classes, Plaza Academy, have taught almost 500 students.
  • Plaza moved into a brand new facility in August of 2008.
  • Plaza received 41 nominations and 17 wins at the 2010 Column Awards including Best non-Equity musical for INTO THE WOODS (a first in Column Awards history to win Best Musical back-to-back).
  • Plaza Theatre Company was named “Best Theatre Company” in North Texas by voters in the WFAA A-List.

In four years of existence, PlazaCo has seen over 85,000 patrons walk through it’s doors – quite an achievement after those first special 16 on our opening night four years ago.

Of course, the contributions of so many have helped PlazaCo get to where we are on our 4th birthday. To the Board Members, the Downtown Cleburne Association, Donors, Volunteers, Directors, Musicians, Designers, Technicians, Actors, Season Ticket Holders, Patrons we say THANK YOU. We never could have made it this far without the contributions of each and every one of you.

We are honored to be an important part of what makes Cleburne great, and we are looking forward to another spectacular year. Thanks for coming along for the ride.

Sincerely,
PlazaCo founders and Producers JaceSon & Tina Barrus and Aaron & Milette Siler

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    • Barbara Robinson
    • April 26th, 2011

    a dream come true!

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