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Bus Barn changes name

Local thespians will style themselves anew next season.

Bus Barn’s board of directors last week rebranded the troupe as Los Altos Stage Company, honoring the 60th anniversary of the incorporation of the city of Los Altos.

“The community of Los Altos/Los Altos Hills has been the lifeblood of the theater since its inception 18 years ago – more than 35 years, if you consider its first incarnation as the Los Altos Conservatory Theatre,” said Vicki Reeder, board president. “This name change recognizes the theater’s unique relationship with the city of Los Altos and the enormous contributions made by local residents to maintain this neighborhood gem for all these years.”

According to a company press release, the new name celebrates Los Altos’ enduring support for the local theater and “affirms our belief that cultural participation is nourished and sustained by cultivating deep roots in local communities.”

The board also reported the promotion of Gary Landis to executive director and Daniel P. Wilson to associate artistic director. The press release noted that Landis will work closely with the board and oversee the theater’s administrative operations and artistic programs, while Wilson will assist Landis in developing and implementing the artistic and educational programs.

“Since last year’s departure of the theater’s former artistic director (Barbara J. Cannon), Gary has successfully guided both the artistic and operational sides of the company,” Reeder said. “Under his leadership, attendance has increased, donations have increased, and, in partnership with Dan, the quality of our productions remains outstanding.”

The first season as Los Altos Stage Company is scheduled to begin in September and run through June 2014 at Bus Barn Theater (which will retain its name). The first production, “The Fantasticks,” is slated to run Sept. 5-29. Look for a rundown of the entire season in a future edition of the Town Crier.

For more information, call 941-0551. The new website, losaltosstage.org, is scheduled to go live Monday, according to Landis.

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