Costa Mesa Playhouse, a Community Theater with a capacity of 73 seats, is a non-profit theater that has been serving the Costa Mesa, CA area for more than 40 years. The Playhouse is committed to providing quality live theater at a reasonable price in an intimate setting. It also provides a safe environment for talented singers, dancers, actors, and stage craftspeople from Orange County to practice their craft. The Playhouse has five productions each season and a season that runs from September to June. It offers a wide variety of musicals and plays for theatergoers.
A volunteer Board oversees the operation of Costa Mesa Playhouse. The Board members and officers donate their time to support the organization. They also serve as producers for individual productions. Most of the behind the scenes duties at the theater, including set construction, facility maintenance, and ticketing/reservations to name just a few, are performed by the Board and a small group of community volunteers.
The Board raises funds through ticket sales and generous donations from patrons. We are not supported financially by the school district or city, even though we are located on Rea School’s campus. All revenue comes from subscriptions and ticket sales. These revenues are used to support the Playhouse’s productions as well as general operating expenses. You can also donate and volunteer. It is a great way for you to give back to your community by getting involved in the theater.
In general, the majority of funds for a production are focused on securing the rights to the show, set construction/materials, costumes, production staff fees (director, musical director, choreographer, set design, lighting design), and when possible, advertising. Musicians are usually professionals who require payment when they are hired. Cast, crew and producers are not compensated for their efforts, time and energy.
Forever Plaid Despite limited funds, the Playhouse is committed to giving back to the community whenever possible. One way we do this is by offering our space to community groups to host theater-related activities, such as rehearsals or acting classes, free performances for local schoolchildren and their families, in-class sessions on the piece being performed, or donating a portion our proceeds to community organizations related to our productions like veterans groups or AIDS charities. We enjoy giving back, even though we are limited by financial resources.
Critics agree that the 2011 -2012 season kicked off with a fantastic production of Noel Coward’s “Blithe Spirit”, and continued throughout the year with a spectacular production of “Hedwig and the Angry Inch”.