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Pacifica Spindrift Players

Pacifica Spindrift Players was founded by a group of 10 people eager to assemble a community theatre in Pacifica They began through the local Parks and Recreation program, and in 1958 the 'Pacifica Players' opened their first show, The Tender Trap at the Linda Mar school. Years later, with a following of devoted theatre enthusiasts behind them, the group acquired the old Baptist church at 1050 Crespi Drive, where volunteers shared their carpentry, lighting, and other skills to convert the building into a working theatre. The group soon merged with the local 'Spindrift Players' to become 'Pacifica Spindrift Players' (PSP). Since then, PSP has been providing volunteer opportunities for people interested in bringing theatre arts to the community of Pacifica and beyond. Today, PSP is a non-profit organization that continues to attract the most dedicated and exceptional volunteers. The Board of Directors consists of over 20 elected volunteer positions, many of which have been filled by long time members of the theatre (20+ years!). PSP also boasts over 1200 members from all over the Bay Area who receive bi-monthly mailings announcing volunteer opportunities for various aspects of theatre productions, including directing, auditioning, and behind the scenes work for shows. In addition, PSP members receive discounted show tickets, may attend monthly Board meetings, and even run for elected positions. Another benefit of PSP membership is giving back to the community. PSP's various outreach contributions have included marching and entertaining in the annual Fog Fest Parade, donating or loaning theatre equipment and properties to local school drama departments and other community theatres, offering free senior center shows and local talent show-cases, awarding the Tom Stack Educational Scholarship for the Arts award each year, and donating the proceeds of special benefit performances to deserving causes such as the Little Brown Church preservation effort, and the American Red Cross fund for victims of the September 11th tragedy in 2001. In addition, PSP houses and supports the Spindrift School of Performing Arts (SSPA). Classes for all ages are taught by local performers and musicians, many of whom are involved with PSP. (There is also a popular summer camp for kids.) SSPA and the PSP family work together to provide the skills and experience that prepare future thespians for a life rich in the performing arts!

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