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September 18, 2012 > Performing arts organizations merge

Performing arts organizations merge

Submitted By David Ojakian

In the spirit of arts collaboration, Curtain Call Performing Arts, INC. (CCPA), entering its fifth season, is thrilled to announce the merger of California Conservatory Theatre (CCT), and CCPA effective September 1. Hundreds of patrons and the community-at-large received disappointing news on June 25 when long time San Leandro based non-profit theatre company CCT, announced suspension of operations due to financial challenges. Now followers of CCT have reason to celebrate again, as the companies will move forward under the CCPA name with a full season in place.

San Leandro is home to a rich arts culture, and after a summer of negotiations, CCT is set to merge with CCPA. The two leading arts organizations are joining forces to continue to provide exceptional live theatre. Additionally, Curtain Call's arts education offerings and "Gift of Broadway" free assembly program for local K-8th grade students provides services to the community that are new to CCT.

"We are excited to announce this merger of our companies. Thanks to our similar vision and shared hometown, joining forces made sense. The experience and long standing tradition of quality theatre that CCT brings, will prove invaluable towards our joint efforts," said Andrea Gorham, Curtain Call's Founding Artistic Director.

The 2012/2013 CCPA season will include six (6) productions featuring musicals, stage plays, and choral concerts with performances at the current CCT site and San Leandro Arts Education Center. The season will officially kick-off this fall with "A Toast to the Arts" reception at The Vine Wine and Tapas in downtown San Leandro.

For more information on Curtain Call Performing Arts and season tickets, visit www.curtaincallperformingarts.org, or call (510) 909-9516.

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