Young actors rediscover the Elysian Park amphitheater

A long forgotten stage and amphitheater in Elysian Park came back to life Tuesday morning thanks to an actress and a recreation center for people with disabilities. Children took to the stage of the Elysian Park Therapeutic Recreation Center to perform “A Thanksgiving Story” under the direction of Alejandra Flores, an actress and founder of the Los Angeles Theatre Academy. It was the first performance on that stage in about 30 years.

The stage faces an outdoor amphitheatre located down the road from the Los Angeles Police Academy. Flores came across the performance space by accident, she told La Opinion (story in Spanish):

“Its doors had been sealed with cement for years, and many of the neighbors did not even know that there was an amphitheater in the park.”

The actress worked with the center’s new director to reopen the stage. The young actors are expected to return for a new, holiday performance before Christmas, according to a staff member at the center.

Photo: Christine Peters

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