25th Anniversary of the McCallum Theatre

Story and photos by Pat Krause

Story and photos by Pat Krause

The 25th Anniversary of the McCallum Theatre was celebrated with dinners for guests at 4 local restaurants and a concert by the well known country singer Reba McEntire. The restaurants that participated in this Anniversary celebration was Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Wally’s Desert Turtle, Jillian’s and Cuistot’s.

Co-Chairs Jim Houston and Harold Matzner spoke to the guests about the history of the Museum. Matzner introduced the honoree of the evening, Ted Giatas. Giatas brought the Theatre from the brink of disaster to one of the most successful theatres in the US. The Theatre has run in the black for the last 10 years under the leadership of Giatas who recently retired. Mitch Gershenfeld has taken over the position of President and CEO of the McCallum and all its programs.

Singer, Actress, Musician and author, Reba McEntire is a superstar. She sang some of her old hits and told the audience she was going to sing some new songs and hope they liked them. McEntire also said she performed at the McCallum 23 years ago and made a live audience CD. She said she was so thrilled and honored to be asked to come back to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the McCallum. Reba has been awarded 40 plus awards in her varied career. She showed the audience that all her awards were well deserved.

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