Mountain Play Association facts for kids
The Mountain Play Association is a 501(c)3 organization responsible for the production of theatrical events at the Sidney B. Cushing Amphitheater on Mount Tamalpais in Marin County, California. The stone amphitheater, named for the owner of the railroad company which constructed the Mount Tamalpais Scenic Railway, is at an elevation of 2,000 feet and has 4,000 seats. The organization was founded in 1913, and is a member of Theatre Bay Area and the North Bay Theatre Group.
The Mountain Play presents one musical a year, in May and June. In 2014, they presented South Pacific, from May 18 through June 15. Past productions have included Hairspray, Fiddler on the Roof, and Hair.
The mission statement of the Mountain Play Association reads, "The Mountain Play Association’s mission is to produce an annual, spectacular, outdoor theatrical experience that nurtures an appreciation of Mt. Tamalpais, involves and strengthens the community, and builds on decades of tradition."
One of the oldest non-profit theater companies in the area, the Mountain Play staged its first theatrical performances in the natural amphitheater on top of Mt. Tamalpais in Marin County in 1913. The first Mountain Play produced was Abraham and Isaac. Members of the audience hiked the eight miles from Mill Valley or steamed up the mountain on the Mount Tamalpais and Muir Woods Railway, the "Crookedest Railroad in the World." The Mountain Play Association (MPA) was formed the following year. Congressman William Kent, who owned the land on the mountain where the amphitheater stood, was one of its vice presidents.
List of performances
|May 20, 27, June 3, 9, 10, 17||2018||Mamma Mia|
|Summer||2017||Beauty and the Beast
|Summer||2016||West Side Story|
|Summer||2013||The Sound of Music (100th Anniversary)|
|Summer||2012||The Music Man|
|Summer||2010||Guys and Dolls|
|Summer||2009||Man of La Mancha|
|Summer||2008||Wizard of Oz|
|Summer||2006||Fiddler on the Roof|
|Summer||2004||My Fair Lady|
|Summer||2002||Bye Bye Birdie|
|Summer||2000||A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum|
|Summer||1999||West Side Story|
|Summer||1996||My Fair Lady|
|Summer||1995||Guys & Dolls|
|Summer||1994||Fiddler on the Roof|
|Summer||1993||The Music Man|
|Summer||1991||Wizard of Oz|
|Summer||1987||King & I (75th Anniversary)|
|Summer||1985||The Sound of Music|
|Summer||1984||Fiddler on the Roof|
|Summer||1983||The Music Man|
|Summer||1981||Annie Get Your Gun & Henry V|
|Summer||1978||Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum|
|Summer||1976||Celebration '76 : American music and dance retrospective|
|Summer||1975||Music of America|
|Summer||1974||Rough an' Ready|
|Summer||1973||Picnic and hike, guest of honor State Senator Peter Behr excerpts from Oklahoma! and Jacques Brel|
|Summer||1972||Rough an' Ready|
|Summer||1971||Playboy of the Western World|
|Summer||1969||The World We Live In|
|Summer||1968||Alice Through the Looking Glass|
|Summer||1965||Rough an' Ready|
|Summer||1962||Rip of the Mountain|
|Summer||1960||Alice in Wonderland|
|Summer||1959||The Pied Piper|
|Summer||1958||Rough an' Ready|
|Summer||1955||The World We Live In|
|Summer||1952||Land of Oz|
|Summer||1951||A Thousand Years Ago|
|Summer||1949||Rough an' Ready|
|Summer||1948||If I Were King|
|Summer||1947||Alice in Wonderland|
|1945||No play (Grounds in use by US Army)|
|Summer||1941||A Thousand Years Ago|
|Summer||1940||The World We Live In|
|Summer||1939||The Valiant Cossack|
|Summer||1937||Thunder in Paradise|
|Summer||1936||Androcles and the Lion|
|Summer||1935||The World We Live In (from Ross Valley Players)|
|Summer||1934||The Girl of the Golden West|
|Summer||1933||The Daughter of Jorio|
|Summer||1931||The Trail of the Padres|
|Summer||1930||The Sunken Bell|
|Summer||1927||The Gods of the Mountain|
|Summer||1926||Rip Van Winkle|
|1924||No play (hoof & mouth disease epidemic)|
|Summer||1922||The Pied Piper|
|Summer||1920||As You Like It|
|Summer||1915||Rip Van Winkle|
|Summer||1913||Abraham and Isaac|
Sidney B. Cushing Memorial Amphitheater
In 1916, Kent deeded the theater to the MPA. Twenty years later, MPA turned the theater over to the state park, which then surrounded it, and over the next ten years the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) worked to install the massive serpentine stones that now form the 4000-seat Sidney B. Cushing Memorial Amphitheater. The theater was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2015.
Since 1977, when Marilyn Smith took over as executive director, the Mountain Play presented Broadway musicals on the mountain.
In 1980, the Mountain Play introduced sign language interpretation at its May performances on Mt. Tamalpais. In the early 1980s, special accommodations were developed for patrons with wheelchairs, including the grading of a path to the theater and the construction of a shaded wheelchair platform.
In 1993, the Mountain Play expanded its 10-year-old programs for the visually impaired to include professional describers who provide simultaneous audio description. Equipment was upgraded in 1997, which enables users to sit anywhere in the theater rather than in a specially designated area.
A "Day on the Mountain" outreach program was introduced in 1993 to introduce low-income/at-risk children both to musical theater and to Mt. Tamalpais. Working with Bay Area social service agencies, the Mountain Play provides tickets and transportation to the show, pre-performance workshops and guided nature hikes on the mountain. Since 1995, the Mountain Play has also presented an annual performance at the Redwoods retirement center in Mill Valley for an audience of elderly patrons who can no longer make it up to the mountain.
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