A Christmas Carol, (adapted by Neil Bartlett),Â featuring Karl Gombos, Stephen Hoye
Topanga Actors Company is the Canyonâs very own repertory Readerâs Theater group. Founded in the Fall of 2015 by Judith Hendra and Paula LaBrot, they have consistently produced high quality productions for the pleasure of the community. Their mission is to bring contemporary theater to the Canyon and nurture a fellowship of actors and directors that can work with and learn from each other while sharpening their skills.
TAC strives to increase contemporary theater literacy in their audiences right here at home. Itâs productions are not the usual Readerâs Theater format. Actors have full freedom of movement, scenes are blocked, actors are costumed, there are music and sound effects. TAC has found that, due to the attention span of the modern audience, there needs to be a more dynamic presentation of a play than people just standing and reading. âWe are constantly amazed at how the actors manage to hold the script and perform full stop!â
God of Carnage, (l to r.)Â Jeanette Vigne, Kurt Fuller, Jessica Hendra, Patrick Skelton
There have been about sixty actors involved in the company, ages 12-80. Most are professionals, but talented amateurs also participate. Audiences were mostly from Topanga in the beginning, but now TAC draws a dedicated group from many communities. Early on in the pandemic they were pioneers to present their productions on Zoom and have drawn audiences as far away as London. The company is growing and welcomes newcomers. They will be back at the Library as soon as possible.
Past productions have included âPicasso at Lapin Agile,â âThe Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time,â âThe Cake,â âThe Netherââauthor in attendance, âA Dollâs House Part 2,â âThe Clean House,â âA Christmas Memory,â and Hendraâs brilliant 10-Minute Play Festival which had 600 submissions from all over the world from which TAC produced 15 short plays with more than 40 actors and directors.
Coming up on Zoom: October 24 and 25 at 7 p.m. PST, âUncle Vanyaâ will be performed in a contemporary translation. Contact TAC at topangaactorscompany@
theatercompany.org; and Facebook/Topanga Actors Company. Feel free to reach out with questions; they love to hear from you.