Dandelion Wine, the Ray Bradbury-Jeffrey Rockwell musical which is being revived Aug. 26 by the Colony Theatre Company, has posted its first extension. Originally scheduled to run through Nov. 19, the show is now set to run through Dec. 10 and possibly longer. Said Barbara Beckley, the Colony's producing director, "We've been getting inquiries from as far away as northern California, Colorado and the Midwest. So we've been forced to hire a new office administrator to handle the overflow. I'm pleased to announce the addition of Hallie Lewis to our office staff."
For many years, the Colony has enjoyed the largest paid subscriber base of any 99-seat theatre in southern California. Subscriptions currently stand at 4,538 and continue to climb. Beckley attributes the dramatic rise to enthusiasm over the company's move to its new home in Burbank. "A location that's central and convenient, with plenty of safe, free parking, lots of restaurants in walking distance, night life--people are just more inclined to make the commitment."
Dandelion Wine had its world premiere at the Colony's former Silverlake location in the 1981-82 season. The show's original director, Terrence Shank, was also the Colony's founding artistic director. Shank has returned to the Colony's new home, Burbank Center Stage, to direct the revival.
The show's cast includes: Molly Beck, Wilson Bell, Peggy Billo, Jonathan Byram, Jim Carney, William Chapman, Brian Cordoba, Patricia Cullen, David Carey Foster, Gil Hackel, Lon Huber, Glen Irey, Isaac F. Katzanek, Liz Mamana, Robert O'Reilly, Barbara Passolt, Matt Raftery, Robert Stephen Ryan, Whitney Rybeck, Eileen T'Kaye, Judy Walstrum, Philip Watt, D. Ewing Woodruff and J. Michael Wright.
Burbank Center Stage--home of the Colony Theatre Company--is located at 555 N. Third St. in Burbank, part of the Media Center Shopping Center. For tickets and information call (818) 558-7000 or visit www.colonytheatre.org -- By Willard Manus
Southern California Correspondent