The ‘sound’ came on little ‘CAT’ feet…

Aug 11, 2011

By Curtis Long

While attending performances at the theater, I was distracted by the emission of two inadequate speakers that were situated on the side walls, about midway between the front and back rows of the seats. I happened to mention this to Mrs. Jennie Hamilton, who has been the heart and soul of CAT since its inception, about 30 years ago. Dear Jennie, who has guided CAT through thick and thin – including a recent, complete renovation whose cost is probably endless – looked at me incredulously and said sweetly, “You know it’s all a matter of money…” Immediately, it dawned on me that I should have known better – I edited the text of CAT’s history when its website was donated by José Rosa and RosArt Multimedia, about 10 years ago.
Then, it occurred to me that, rather than curse the darkness, I should light a candle.

Continuing in my naïveté, I suggested I might seek commercial funding for the project. Smiling, knowingly, Jennie (who has been pounding on the walls
of philanthropy forever) smiled again and said, “By all means…” After a series of unanswered emails, snail-mail and multiple telephone calls to
different individuals at a sound company to which the request would be a drop in the bucket,

Jennie’s knowing smile came back to me; “Welcome to the Humiliated Beggars Society!” Now, I had to resort to Plan B – ME!

John Proctor, a fellow attendee at the Braille Institute, heard me mention the CAT predicament. He said he had a home-entertainment business, and that he would be willing to donate his time if I were to obtain the speakers. Mrs. Hamilton agreed to a quid pro quo by placing on the site and in the programs an ad for John’s business. I asked if Jennie should have helpers on hand. John said he preferred to use his long-time helper Rick Gentilella, but that he would have to pay him out of his own pocket. Of course, I vetoed that, thereby sinking further into my self-made morass.
Richard, that is when your generous gift arrived – as if by design! Know that I, Mrs. Hamilton — and everyone who in the future, will be part of a CAT
performance or audience – shall be ever grateful.

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“Juneteenth Celebration”

Juneteenth, A Community Celebration – You are invited to join Community Actor’s Theatre as they celebrate JUNETEENTH ON SATURDAY, JUNE 17, 2023, 10:00am to 5:00pm., at “Gloria’s Mesa” Amphitheatre, the opposite end of the beautiful Chollas Lake Park. About 3-4 blocks right down the hill from Community Actor’s Theatre.  VARIOUS FABULOUS VENDORS AND ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC, FREE  ENTERTAINMENT  plus Free Parking.  A Day of Oak Park Family Fun and learning the history of Juneteenth! There will be a variety of Vendors, so come prepared to shop! We need and appreciate your on-going support! Tell a few and bring a few! Bring a small pillow to sit comfortably on the cement bleachers/benches as you enjoy the wonderful music and entertainment. There will  also be an arts & crafts table for the little ones. Please also bring a cap or sunhat and sunscreen lotion. Come and stay all day!


CAT’s 8-Day Bahamas Cruise

Please consider joining us on CAT’s 8-Day Bahamas Cruise NEXT YEAR, on Saturday, April 6, 2024, Departing out of Galveston, TX.  A block of Cabins have been reserved and are READY to be Booked by you and patrons who’d like to join us. To view the info., and Book the cruise, go to:   (CAT’s New Fundraising, Travel Website)  “CLICK” on GROUPS”. Next page, CLiCK ON “DETAILS”, THEN CHOOSE YOUR CABIN. LAST, FILL OUT THE INFORMATION AND CLICK, “SUBMIT” FUN Cruise! If you need assistance,  please call, text, or email Jennie at: 619-581-2634 or 619-807-7059 We Thank you!


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CHILDREN & YOUTH AGES 7-15 – Acting Workshop Classes: FREE this time again, but students will be asked to sell more tickets for the culminating Show at the end of the session. NEXT SESSION: August 5-December 2, 2023, Saturdays from 10am to 12noon. Instructor: Miss Marvell.


 The adult acting workshop classes, every other Saturday from 10am to 1:00pm., August 5-December 2, 2023. Cost: $85.00 per student, a month. Instructor: Mr. Lorenzo. Register for either class, at your first class meeting.


“PIFFLE! IT’S ONLY A SNIFFLE” – by Ted Kaufman, directed by Marvell Hamilton-Bryant, performed by the acting workshop students, ages 7-15.  A Health Comedy on, how NOT KEEPING GERMS AT BAY, CAN CHANGE YOUR GREAT AND PERFECT DAY. “Monologues”, directed by Lorenzo Rodriguez, performed by the adult acting workshop class, ages 16 & up. Running one weekend only. May 26 & 27 at 7pm., Sunday, May 28 at 3pm. $10.00 General. Ages 5-10, half price. Ages 5 & under, FREE.  Pay at the Box Office with cash, money order, check, or $Cash App. (Pass Word: $CATheatre) 619-581-2634