May 30, 2012: The all-new That’s Showbiz Theatre Company Board of Directors meets for the first time, at the home of Dennis and Patsy Erardi in Stockton, CA
June 25, 2012: Kevin and Elizabeth Costello teach their first That’s Showbiz acting class at a temporary home, in a classroom at Grace United Methodist Church in Stockton, CA. Classes are taught at Grace Church for children, teens and adults through July, 2012.
August 1, 2012: Remodeling begins in the 5,000 sf building at 1744 Pacific Avenue, on the Miracle Mile in Stockton, CA., under the direction of designer Brian Johnson. First step: completely repaint the purple and pink interior (previous tenant was a bridal store) ALL BLACK! Theatre lovers instantly recognize the “black box” look and feel right at home!
August, 2012: That’s Showbiz Actor’s Studio holds its first classes at the new Pacific Avenue location.
September 8, 2012: Hundreds of visitors come to the Grand Opening of the That’s Showbiz retail store– featuring Brian Johnson’s design of Hollywood and New York lit up cityscapes–a great time is had by all!
September 12, 2012: The Stockton Chamber of Commerce holds the official ribbon-cutting ceremony for That’s Showbiz.
October 31, 2012: Hundreds of trick-or-treaters visit That’s Showbiz as part of the Miracle Mile’s Halloween, learning that “this is the place to come for future Halloween costume needs!”
December 14, 2012: That’s Showbiz Theatre Company opens its first show “A Showbiz Christmas“, playing two weekends to full houses!
February 8, 2013: “That’s Improv!” all-improvisation show opens and plays three weekends. Two of the performances feature an all-high school cast.
April 5, 2013: “Just For Laughs!” a primarily sketch comedy show, with a dash of improvisation, opens and plays 3 weekends.
June 2013: Over 50 children enroll in That’s Showbiz’s first summer camp. a joint venture with art teacher Colleen Mulrooney.
July 26, 2013: Two full houses enjoy elementary aged children in “Broadway Baby” and high school teens in “Broadway Bound” – the first performances in the newly configured and expanded theatre space.
August 9, 2013: That’s Showbiz premieres its first ever melodrama “Dark Deeds at Swan’s Place or Never Trust A Tattooed Sailor” – enjoying our biggest audiences ever!
September 8, 2013: That’s Showbiz celebrates its 1 year anniversary with Brian Johnson painting a new sign above our Pacific Avenue storefront.
October 18, 2013: “Frightfully Funny: Improv to Die For” all-improvisation show opens and plays two weekends. Our 10 pm late-night show proves very popular!
December 13, 2013: “A Showbiz Christmas 2013!” Audiences enjoy all new songs, comedy sketches, a dash of improv, & special guest artists at each show!
February 7, 2014: Our special guest director, Mike Kiley socks it to the audience with, “A Tribute to Laugh-In!” Packed audiences and lots of laughs!
April 4, 2014: Elizabeth Costello directs, “Arsenic and Old Lace” our first “traditional” play. Lots of new faces onstage and off. We perform to sold-out crowds!