Advent Theatre Celebrates 32 years

2013 Fall Season
A Dramatic Reading of "Arsenic and Old Lace"

OCTOBER 17th, 18th and 19th at 8pm

First, I want to thank everyone for providing and supporting Advent Theatre with their prayer, good thoughts and hard work and talent in making the theater a successful ministry over the last 30+ years.

Advent Theater is committed to producing quality theater to showcase the amazing talent of our Church and community, to benefit the Interfaith Food Pantry, and to provide a place for us to learn about one another
in ministry as family and friends. As you may know, Advent Theater has cancelled the dramatic staged reading of Arsenic and Old Lace. Advent attempted to focus on drawing talent not only from FCCNH but also
from the coalition of churches and synagogues that are devoted to the IFP. This production was set-up to be a fundraiser for Advent Theatre to help offset the some of up-front financial burden on the church. To do that, we felt it important to choose a piece with a good number of roles for both men and women and that it be a fun and recognizable piece, to again, showcase our theatre as a viable and worthy ministry. We had four men’s roles each requiring a distinct voice that were crucial to the story—and we were not able to fill those roles. That happens in theater and film more often than we hear about. But, not to worry... Advent Theatre is gearing up for what I believe will be an excellent show in the spring. Stay tuned to the newsletter for details.

From Phil Restivo, Council of Ministries Chair

For more information on the North Hollywood Interfaith Food Pantry click here

Advent Theatre welcomes a staff of friendly volunteers.  Volunteer staff & crew positions are needed for Administration, Box Office, Concessions, House Manager, Stage Manager, Ushers, Lighting, Set Building, Props and an Assistant or two for Costumes - all skill levels are welcome.  Please contact the Advent Theatre at 818.753.3353 and leave your name, your contact number and the best time to return your call.

Phone: 818.753.3353
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The Advent Theatre began in 1981, through the dream of Gilmer McCormick Reinhardt, Stephen Reinhardt, Jeanne Lange and David Haskell, four young people from the original New York cast of the landmark 1971 production of GODSPELL, found themselves a church home at First Christian Church of North Hollywood. Inspired by Senior Pastor Robert Bock, they proposed to present a reunion production to commemorate the 10th Anniversary of GODSPELL.

Deek Smith (then head of the grip dept. at Universal Studios) brought his extensive experience (and several studio grips) to help design and construct the initial theatre seating and also donated the money to build the lighting grid. 

The plan was to have a six week run. But word got out and people kept coming to see the show…it was extended for six months! It became a Los Angeles phenomenon. Former cast members from the myriad companies that toured the world with the original play came to reconnect with the palpable, contagious spirit of the story.

The Advent Theatre is dedicated to the community in which it serves. Outreach through the arts has proven to be a viable means of touching lives. By offering plays and musical entertainment with an intention to raise social consciousness and community awareness, we hope to reach, teach and uplift the human spirit.


THANK YOU to the cast and crew for all their hard work, dedication and great performances!

Click here to see our past performances.

Bullshot Crummond

William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night

Oscar Wilde’s Classic: The Importance of Being Earnest

Vaudeville: A Play-with-Music