The Ovation-winning Civic Light Opera of South Bay Cities, which performs at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center, has received a major financial gift from the estate of Peter and Eva Tramboff of Torrance, longtime supporters of the arts. It was recently presented to CLOSBC's Executive Director James A. Blackman III during the closing weekend of the company's production of 42nd Street. A check for $207,966.73, amounting to 45% of the Tramboff trust estate, was given to the company. The CLO has suffered through tough times in recent years, but donations have been on the upswing this year. During the past season, it offered primarily tour bookings rather than locally mounted productions of its musicals.
Said Blackman, "This gift recommits CLOSBC to continue to bring first-class Broadway-style professional theatre to all the people we serve." In a separate announcement, Blackman revealed the opening of an intimate theatre space, the Artesia Boulevard Studio Theatre, a 100+-seat venue located off the rehearsal space of one of the CLO corporate offices. It is also available for rental and other projects during the week. First production in the new space is Maripat Donovan in Late Nite Catechism, currently in an open-ended run. For tickets, call (310) 372-4477.