Susanville's Best of Broadway: Mission Statement
"It is the mission of Lassen County Best of Broadway to organize and produce an annual public performance of Broadway hits to promote singing, dance forms and creative dramatics. Our goal is to help promote the arts in Lassen County."
A Brief History:
Susanville Best of Broadway was founded by Julie Newton in 1998 based on a similar program running in Sacramento, CA. Julie and her daughter Jessica went on to routinely produce a show for our community over the next 14 years. In 2013, the Newtons retired, passing on their responsibilities to Lisa Bernard. As the new Production Manager, Lisa continued to present our audience with an inspiring show, bringing us to the 20th anniversary production in 2019. That special show featured 20 songs from 20 different shows in an ambitious and nostalgic review. Best of Broadway has consistently grown in success, quality, and outreach over the years, reaching an average annual attendance of 1,400 community members. Due to its size, it has become the largest performing arts program in Lassen County. Best of Broadway is proud to have performed each and every year in our traditional venue - the Veterans Memorial Hall in Susanville, California. We would like to thank them for their support and continued use of their facilities!
Best of Broadway (or 'BoB', as our team might say) has maintained around 130 amazing cast members annually, ranging in age from 6 to 70+. They take to the stage every March to be the face of our main performances. They devote a substantial amount of their free time each week learning the basics of stage makeup, acting, singing, and dancing. In addition, many in the cast get engaged in other areas of our production as well as the fundraising efforts that make our show possible.
The Production Team:
A show takes so much more than what the audience sees on stage. The production team is composed of 50+ community members who donate their free time to many vital aspects of our production. Our team oversees vocals, choreography, stage, lighting, sound, props, costumes and much more. They make up the backbone and framework of the show. Our organization operates on a volunteer basis, making their efforts all the more respectable. We believe it is important to get the community involved in all levels of production, and can always use more help. If you are considering lending us your time and talents, check out the "Production Team" tab for more information.
& Spreading Our Love of the Arts:
Our organization looks to promote art in all forms and mediums. We are proud to support many other art programs in our community. We lend lighting, sound, costuming and prop support to events throughout Lassen County. Over the years we have brought aid to the Susanville Symphony, Susanville Choral Society, House of Dance, Joan’s Studio of Dance, JandJ Performing Arts, Lassen Family Services, Lassen High School and the Lassen County Arts Council. Check out the "Community Events" tab to see all the ways we spread our passion in the arts to our small town community.
Bringing More Opportunities to Lassen County:
Best of Broadway has broadened their scope by partnering with the Lassen County Arts Council to bring the Reno Dance Company to Susanville to perform “The Nutcracker Ballet”. 2019 marks the seventh year of Nutcracker performances. Over one hund109 local children get the opportunity to perform onstage alongside the professional dancers. If you are interested in getting your kids involved, auditions will be held on October 14th in the Diamond View School Multipurpose Room. Be on the look out for updated information.
In January, 2015 Best of Broadway added a new show to the calendar with “Susanville Soul, A Tribute to the Motown Era”. The show incorporated a variety of vocal and dance performances with a live band. There were 37 local performers in the show and it was well received by the public. We've continued producing our variety show and are running up on our 6th year. In 2020, we will looking to reprise the fundraiser Rock and Roll show for another unforgettable performance. Check out the "Fundraisers" tab for information on this upcoming event.
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