Pasadena Playhouse Brings the Magic of Theater to Youth From Boys & Girls Club of the Foothills

Photo Credit: Boys & Girls Club of the Foothills
Photo Credit: Boys & Girls Club of the Foothills

The following news release was provided by the Boys & Girls Club of the Foothills.

On Thursday, December 26, 2013, twenty-seven young members of the Boys & Girls Club of the Foothills (BGCF) attended the Pasadena Playhouse presentation of the Lythgoe Family Productions’ Aladdin and His Winter Wish. Tickets were sponsored by Pasadena Playhouse Board Member and BGCF supporter Darrell Brooke.

Kids traveled by bus from Monrovia to the Playhouse, where they were greeted by Mr. Brooke and Playhouse staff, then escorted to their seats to enjoy the 2-hour performance, featuring Ben Vereen as “The Genie” and Robert Karn as “The Sultan.” But it was Jordan Fisher as “Aladdin” and Ashley Argota as “The Princess” who had the group star struck, as recognizable Disney and Nickelodeon personalities, respectively. After the show, the group was treated to a behind the scenes tour of the set after the play, where they met the cast, took photographs on stage, and even got to pet the production’s miniature horse.

Mr. Brooke approached the Boys & Girls Club of the Foothills about sponsoring a group to attend the play in an effort to enable disadvantaged youth with more opportunities to experience live theater.

“As Chair of the Development, Outreach and Education Committee of the Pasadena Playhouse, I have been looking at ways in which to connect the children of our community to professional theater. Aladdin and His Winter Wish provided the perfect opportunity to include the children of the Boys and Girls Club of the Foothills in their first theatric experience. The results were magical!

The children were captivated throughout the show, and they had the opportunity to meet the young stars of the play on stage and in person following the show. It was such a success that I am planning another outing for the Boys and Girls Club of the Foothills next year. Those children are the future of live theater in the San Gabriel Valley.”

“Children returned from the play with the biggest smiles on their faces, and many expressed that they thought it was the best field trip ever,” says Emily Samayoa, Site Director for BGCF’s Shamrock Avenue location. “They couldn’t stop talking about it!”

“We are so grateful to our friend Darrell Brooke and the Pasadena Playhouse for giving our youth such a wonderful opportunity. This is something that most of our Club members would never have the chance to experience. While we have several programs at the Club that focus on the arts, it is rare that we get to supplement our programming with a professional performance of such high-caliber. Our kids found it inspiring, and it helped to ignite their own passions and creativity.”

Boys & Girls Club of the Foothills was established in 1992 in response to high levels of delinquency, juvenile crime, and drug use among youth in the densely populated, multi-ethnic areas of Monrovia and Duarte in Los Angeles County. Their mission is to enable young people to reach their full potential as productive, caring, and responsible citizens. BGCF serves 300 youth at two sites daily, and plan to open a third site in 2014, to accommodate a rapidly growing wait list. For more information, visit www.foothillsbgc.org

For more information about the Pasadena Playhouse and the remaining 2013-2014 season, visit pasadenaplayhouse.org.


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