At a recent Sierra Madre Playhouse matinee of Charles Dicken's classic, "A Christmas Carol", SMP board president, Estelle Campbell, accepted a very generous donation from Serge Varela and Cara Clarke of Grandcare Health Services. Originally from Canada and new to Sierra Madre, this husband and wife couple live a few blocks from the theater with their one year old daughter. Both have a great passion for live theater which has led them to becoming ardent and loyal patrons of the Playhouse. And wanting to give to their new found community, they quickly became donors. According to Serge Varela, “When my wife approached me with the idea of supporting the Playhouse, it was an easy decision for us. It is such a wonderful thing to have within walking distance of our new home. We are proud to be a partner of the Playhouse and look forward to many opening nights!"
Grandcare Health Services, the business they began in 2009 after they sold a successful organic food distribution company, has a simple goal of providing a full range of high quality in home care services to their neighbors in Sierra Madre and surrounding communities. In Varela's words, Grandcare Health Services’ mission is "to treat every one of our patients as I would want my own parent or sibling to be cared for."
“A Christmas Carol” continues its run until December 23. The Sierra Madre Playhouse will kick off its 2013 season on January 18 with a lovely production of “Driving Miss Daisy” by Alfred Uhry. Directed by Christian Lebano (SMP’s Woman in Mind (director) and Atticus in “To Kill a Mockingbird”) and starring Drama Desk Award-winning Broadway actress Mary Lou Rosato in her first appearance at the Playhouse as Daisy. Tickets can be purchased on line at http://www.sierramadreplayhouse.org.