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Est. 1986
28 Great Years!

Our History

In 1986, two Pinole (California) couples, Gary & Nancy Gill and David & Patti Clark met around the Gill's kitchen table to discuss their dream of forming a local community theatre group. Utilizing Gary's technical knowledge, Nancy's musical talents, David's directing background and Patti's producing and organizational skills, the PINOLE COMMUNITY PLAYERS was born.

Contact was made with Father Tom Ryan, pastor of Pinole's St. Joseph Catholic Church, seeking support for the new endeavor. With Father Ryan's blessing and financial support, the Players gained use of the St. Joseph School auditorium. This required the Players to "load in" the production two weeks before opening -- constructing a stage, hanging lights, setting up dressing rooms, bringing in tables and chairs -- and "load out" when the show closed.

GODSPELL, a musical based on the Gospel of St. Matthew, was the first production of the new theatre company. Auditions were conducted and an outstanding cast of young local people hit the newly-constructed stage in July of 1986. Two more successful seasons followed with the productions of OLIVER, THE FANTASTICKS and SOUTH PACIFIC.

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Godspell
1986
Oliver
1987
The Fantasticks
1988
South Pacific
1988

Seeking a Home Clipping thumbnail In 1989 the St. Joseph auditorium was no longer available and it became necessary to find a new venue for the Pinole Community Players. Learning of the need for a performing space, the City of Pinole offered the use of the Pinole Memorial Center. At that time, the Memorial Center housed the Pinole Senior Center, so shows had to be loaded in and loaded out. The next three summer productions were staged in the Little Theatre at Pinole Valley High School, which had its own stage with stage lighting. Able to pack up lights, scenery and costumes at a moment's notice, the Pinole Players were a band of traveling performers in the theatrical tradition.

COMPANY, A CHORUS LINE, BABY, ANNIE, A LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS and GUYS & DOLLS brought PCP to their 1991-92 SEASON. The Pinole Community Players had grown with the addition of many talented local people, including entire families -- all bitten by the theatrical bug -- who worked diligently and tirelessly to make PCP a well-respected performance group.

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Company
1989
A Chorus Line
1989
BABY
1990

Still lacking a permanent home, in 1990, the Board of Directors approached the Pinole City Council with a proposal to lease the Pinole Memorial Center as the Players' permanent performance space. In the summer of 1991, the City Council voted unanimously in favor of this agreement, pledged their support to the group and granted permission to establish the PINOLE COMMUNITY PLAYHOUSE.

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Annie
1990
Little Shop of Horrors
1991
Guys & Dolls
1991

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The Best of Broadway
1992
THE BEST OF BROADWAY opened the 1991-92 season and plans were underway to make renovations to the building and expand the number of adult and children's performances each year. This group has been able to accomplish renovations to the building, an increase in audience attendance, introduction of new directors and new productions. Pinole Community Players' quality productions, intimate performance space, unique cabaret style and family atmosphere continue to be strengths as its second quarter century begins.

Voted "Best in the West" by West County Times readers and supported by civic leaders, theatre goers, and the community in general.

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Pinole Community Playhouse, 601 Tennent Ave., Pinole, CA 94564 - 510‑724‑6413
Pinole Community Players is a licensed 501 (c)(3) organization and accepts tax deductible donations