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The History of Theatre 29…Who, What, Where, When & Why

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Theatre29strongcitiesSCSS-For more than a decade, the City of Twentynine Palms has partnered with Theatre 29 to bring quality, live entertainment and award-winning stage productions to the desert community.

Theatre 29 was formed in 1999 as an all-volunteer community theater program and was later incorporated as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Its mission is to bring quality, family-oriented theater to Twentynine Palms while offering opportunities for children and citizens to experience the live arts.

Originally operating under the Community Services Department of the City of Twentynine Palms, the thespian group was supported by the City in their endeavors and was provided a building “for the public good” to be used as a theater. A former factory building on 20 acres near the downtown core was purchased, the parking lot paved, and the site and building renovated by the City, with the help of community volunteers. The building provided a stage and seating for Theatre 29 productions as well as a facility, in the first few years, for use by the Twentynine Palms Youth Club and other local organizations.

Since that time, the City has continued to partner with Theatre 29, providing the building now solely for theatrical productions, leased to the organization for a grand total of $1 per year, and helping to obtain Community Development Block Grant funding for facility upgrades, like the recent addition of air conditioning.

In return, Theatre 29 has become the Morongo Basin’s premiere live-theater venue, with award-winning plays, sell-out audiences, and stellar reviews throughout the desert region. The theater’s outstanding success has brought recognition to Twentynine Palms and top-quality entertainment to its residents.

Theatre 29 produces a full season of family-friendly live theater entertainment year-round, including Broadway musicals, comedies, dramas, a Halloween Haunt event, and at least one play each year that offers budding actors and actresses, children and young adults of the community, a chance to take to the stage and learn about live theater production.

As of 2011, the City of Twentynine Palms and Theatre 29 began collaborating on plans for a new community theater building within a civic center complex being designed for the City’s ongoing downtown revitalization.

Source: Theatre 29 Strong Cities/Strong State Promotional Website>LINK

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Margo Sturges

Yucca Valley Editor

Note: Margo Sturges has written many articles for Cactus Thorns and is the founder of Citizens4Change.info. Email contact: MargoSturgesYV(at)aol.com "In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act."- George Orwell

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  1. Interesting piece of 29 history.

    In addition, Mr. Daigneault told the council they outgrew the John Calvert Memorial Theatre (since changed to “Theatre 29″) and that they need a new theater. Three present councilmen and one former Mayor John Cole placated Daigneault.

    Is this any way to run a small city? Is it desirable to waive money owed to the city by the playhouse group without any written contract or promissory note with a verbal nod it’ll be paid back in two years?

    What do you think Carey? As a candidate for a seat on the council what are your views?

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