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Wine Country Theatre
Wine Country Theatre is dedicated to building a community of artists and audiences. Community theatre has the special power to bring us together, to help our towns become communities through the participation in, and the enjoyment of, professional-caliber community theatre.
Wine Country Theatre founder, Cynthia Anthony, was inspired to launch a new North County community theater company because of the outstanding talent and appreciative audiences that live and work in Paso Robles. Buoyed by successful REC Foundation productions of Man of La Mancha and South Pacific, that were directed and produced by Cynthia, she began to formulate the genesis of an idea, but was aware of the lack of performing venues available to theatre artists outside of the youth theatre organizations. She was fortunate to meet April and Larry Gomez of Via Vega Winery who just happened to have built a stage in their tasting room and were looking for a small production to mount. After speaking with the Gomez's and reviewing the space, Cynthia selected a funny, popular romantic comedy and then set about assembling her team.Coming in August were held and the talent proved to be stellar and Cynthia set about transforming her vision into reality. The show and the intimate winery theatre clicked into place right away and promises to be the perfect pairing: Wine and Theater. Cynthia is hopeful that Wine Country Theatre will attract artists and audiences and be able to continue to produce shows in various venues. Ultimately, Cynthia's vision for Wine Country Theatre is to create an artistic home base for local theatre artists. As the North Country grows, it is anticipated that a performing arts venue will eventually be built. And when that happens, a community of artists and audiences will be ready! Until then, Wine Country Theatre will be searching for possible venues in which to present their shows. Via Vega's remarkable innovation, in establishing a theatrical space within their winery, is a terrific opportunity and the perfect place to plant the seeds for a future sustainable theatre company.
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Cynthia has been doing all things theatrical for over thirty years and does not plan to ever stop. She graduated with honors from Cal State University Long Beach, earning her BA in Theatre Arts/Performance. She was a member of the prestigious Group Repertory Theatre in North Hollywood and appeared in movies and TV. Following several starving years as an actress, (just like the lead character in It Had to Be You) she broadened her professional skills as an arts administrator, and while employed at the Norris Theatre in Palos Verdes, she met and married her true love and lifetime co-star Andrew Anthony, M.D. Continuing her work in the theatre while raising a family in Paso Robles, Cynthia went on to co-found Classic American Theatre. She also has served as Executive Director of San Luis Obispo Little Theatre and Pioneer Players and served as Managing Director for Pacific Repertory Opera. Cynthia served as an Arts Grantmaker for the San Luis Obispo Community Foundation, utilizing her broad network of arts leaders and donors to develop a grants program to support local arts organizations. She was the Drama and Speech Teacher at Paso Robles High School, where she directed musicals and plays. Her drama students also went to the DTASC competition, where they earned numerous trophies and winner's ribbons. She also taught at Atascadero Fine Arts Academy and Nipomo High School as the Drama Teacher. Her passion for arts education and its positive impact on young people is evident in her three talented children, all of whom are beginning their professional lives in theatre and music. Most recently Cynthia has directed two musical productions for the REC Foundation at Centennial Park, Man of La Mancha and last summer's hit show South Pacific. In December she directed A Hotel on Marvin Gardens at San Luis Obispo Little Theatre as part of Ubu's Other Shoe Readers Theatre program. Although acting is her first love, and she has performed throughout the county for over 25 years, she is thrilled to be directing, producing and founding Wine Country Theatre. Cynthia's vision for Wine Country Theatre is to develop a community of theatre artists dedicated to the enrichment and entertainment of Paso Robles and beyond.
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Laurie is the company webmaster and responsible for executing all print and web media. To this end, she creates the posters, playbills and manages this website. In addition to her duties involving promotion, Laurie coordinates and executes all manner of company business, from ticketing, to concessions, to assistance with costumes, props, sets, music and whatever other details may arise and need handling. With her, Laurie brings a professional background in the entertainment industry. "In a former life" she was a development executive at Aaron Spelling Productions and Vice President of Creative Affairs for Gary Nardino Productions.
As an actress, Beth has appeared in numerous Wine Country Theatre productions.
She currently is a regular at a north county actors workshop and sings with a barbershop chorus. Other theater tech credits include It Had to Be You, Our Town, and How to Succeed . . . In her past life (now retired), she used her tech ability as a DC-9 Captain for Delta Air Lines.