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Curtis TheatreOpening
Through community meetings it was decided the Civic Center would include a library, the Brea Gallery, a cable television studio, and the Curtis Theatre, along with city offices and police headquarters. The theatre was opened in 1980. In 1982, the theatre was named the Curtis Theatre in honor of Dr. Glenn Curtis, who had practiced medicine in Brea for thirty years. “Doc” Curtis, as he was known, was devoted to the community and helped the ill whether they could afford to pay or not. Although, his life as a doctor was a busy one, he managed to find time for many other pursuits, including his abiding interests and love for the arts.

Theatre Groups
Since the theatre’s opening in 1980, the Curtis Theatre has been home to many local community theatre groups. Such as the Young Americans, Cabaret Repertory, and the Lilliput Players. In the early 1990s the theatre became the home to the Brea Theatre League, the Civic Light Opera of Brea, and Brea’s very successful youth theatre program. The theatre was also home to the short-lived Brea City Orchestra. During the mid to late 1990s the Curtis attracted many local community production groups including Prism Productions, Good Guys Productions, and the Vanguard Theatre Ensemble to create shows for what was known as the Premiere Series.

Local Productions
Annual seasons have usually reflected a variety of show types; musicals, comedy, drama, even children's performances. Brea’s Youth Theatre program, produced by Stagelight Family Productions, has presented a few shows each year since 1991. Favorites have included such classics as Peter Pan, Annie, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and Babes in Toyland, just to name a few. The youth theatre program offers an introduction to theatre that builds self-confidence and social skills. It is a fun program for any family that may be interested in performing or just may be curious about theatre. It invites registration from children from age 5 through adult.

Taking on production duties, the Curtis staff has also been able to tap local talents and present a series of plays and musicals representing a range of genres. Past productions include Jesus Christ Super Star, Midsummer’s Nights Dream, Hair, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, and many more. They have also coordinated with professionally produced touring shows to offer patrons added variety.

Maripat Donovan, the author and star of Late Nite Catechism; John Astin, known for his role in the television comedy The Adams Family; and comedian Eddie Carol are just a few of the celebrities that have graced the Curtis’ stage. The Curtis has also been able to host innovative shows like "Menopause the Musical" or "Tony N' Tina's Wedding."

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