Community Spotlight: Española’s MainStreet Theater
By: Steven E. Lovato
If you make your way through Paseo de Oñate, you’ll come across the building where the old Smiths Video used to take up residence. These days you’ll find a hand painted sign on the building that reads “Española’s MainStreet Theatre”. What is it you ask? Well that’s simple; it’s a community theatre. Established in 2012 by Wendy G. Hassemer and Rosalia Triana as a non-profit, community-based theatre performance venue and education center, Española’s MainStreet Theatre encourages participation from Española’s children, youth, adults and seniors. Inside is a magical space with a stage, lighting, propos, makeup, and costumes for people to participate and experience art.
Española’s MainStreet Theatre vision is to create a safe and welcoming environment where the Española community can participate in theatrical performances of all kinds. They provide artistic opportunities to the community through open casting calls, classes and workshops. Their goal is to produce five shows a year, roughly set every couple of months. So far, they have introduced nine shows which have included: “Two Sisters” written by Caroline Harding, “Love is Never Easy” a collection of one act plays depicting some of the many sides of love and “Farolitos of Christmas” an adaptation from the children’s book written by Rudolfo Anaya.
Recently they held a Youth Theatre Summer Camp Intensive that ran from July 6th- 25th with a recital on the 25th. It was “The Greek Mythology Olympiaganza,” an Ancient Greece theme divided into two parts, acting and stage crafts. Where the students practiced such skills as stage presence, voice projection & articulation, line memorization, and improvising in the acting portion. And during the second portion of stage crafts, a hands on approach to creating sets, props, and costumes. The Española’s Main Theatre also took their show on the road with a float in the Grand Parade for the Española Valley Fiestas. Their high energy chili line inspired train, with all cast and crew members dressed in character, earned them a Best of Show Award.
This unique organization exists thanks to the women who passionately devote their time and energy to keep this theater available for the community: Wendy G. Hassemer, Rosalia Triana, Gina Trujillo and Sony Gonzalez.
Española’s MainStreet Theatre is a vital component for the arts community here in the Valley. As a non-profit organization, its success and survival in this community is based on the monies accumulated by their sponsors, scholarship donors and the community members who attend their classes, workshops and performances. If you would like more information on how you can participate or attend one of their shows, you may visit their website at www.espanolasmainstreettheatre.com.
Grand Parade for the Española Valley Fiestas Best of Show Winners: Española’s MainStreet Theatre (courtesy photo)
Española’s MainStreet Theatre Youth Theater Summer Camp (courtesy photo)