This is actually the Granada Hills Woman's Club, from which the Granada Theatre sprang, like snakes from Medusa.
This little hut housed some of my early and probably most eye-rolling performances. Sadly, my debut performance at Granada, as Motel the Tailor in "Fiddler on the Roof," seems to have gone undocumented (at least in photos; I write about the experience here). I admit I am most proud of my performance as Pseudolus in "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum:
After "...Forum," I appeared as the neurotic drunk Dr. Einstein in "Arsenic and Old Lace:"
That's me overacting on the left. Note the hair, similar to Suzanne Pleshette on a bad day...(I described my experiences in ...Forum and Arsenic here.)
I also attempted, and mostly failed, to play that tap-dancing ego-maniac "George M" during this period:
After a while, Granada Theatre gave up sharing their space with the Woman's Club, and moved into their own little theatre, where I appeared several more times. TWICE I played Prince John in original musical versions of Robin Hood:
I was also in an embarrassing original Christmas musical called "Winter's Magic." It was really just a cheap fund raiser for the theatre, which was always on the cusp of bankruptcy:
I'm sure the most fun I had during this period was as part of "Perfectly Frank," a musical revue of Frank Loesser's work:
The truth is, Granada was not an easy place to work, and I eventually outgrew the place. There was little chance of "being seen" by important industry people, and since I was waiting tables at the time, I usually lost money by being in the shows. And the pay? A single glass of wine after the show.
Still, I drove down to check out this second Granada space. I didn't take a picture. It's now a Korean grocery store.