Palm Canyon Theatre
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The Palm Canyon Theatre is a nonprofit, 501(c)3 organization dedicated to the education of live stage production and the enrichment of the greater Palm Springs community and its visitors. The regional repertory theater company operates primarily with volunteers and produces about 13 Broadway musicals and classic plays each year, plus offers a children’s theatre camp and production. The theatre also hosts a limited number of events for other organizations throughout the year.
Dr. William “Bill” Layne, his wife Sylvia, and their family submitted the winning proposal to the City of Palm Springs for how to repurpose the historic Frances S. Stevens School located at the corner of Palm Canyon Drive and Alejo Road in Palm Springs, Calif. After extensive renovation, the Palm Canyon Theatre opened its doors in September 1997 with Romberg and Hammerstein’s operetta “A Desert Song.”
The regular main stage season runs from September to May, with a summer performance usually in July. PCT holds six weeks of children’s theater camp in June and July, which culminates with a full-stage production of about 70-100 participants. Students ages 6-18 learn a myriad of elements required to put on a show including singing, dancing, lighting, sound, props, costumes, make-up and more. The theatre is usually dark in August.
PCT incorporates education into every production, hiring professionals as needed to teach aspiring performers and technical crews specialized skills. The theater also offers internships for those looking to expand their education to real world applications.
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