Building A Better B Street
B Street Theatre began in 1986 as a touring theatre for children. Over 25 years later, the company’s two-theatre playhouse on B Street in Sacramento is home to its Mainstage, B3, Family Series programs, each created to produce professional theatre for audiences year-round. Recognized as one of Northern California’s top theatres, B Street produces 19 shows per year with a focus on new work for youth and adult audiences serving approximately 300,000 people annually throughout Northern California.
The mission of B Street Theatre is to promote education and literacy, social interaction, and cultural enrichment by engaging children and adults in the highest quality theatre arts and playwriting.
The B Street Theatre has already broken ground to build California’s first year-round, fully professional theatre for children at 27th Street and Capitol Avenue. The theatre complex will be part of the City of Sacramento’s vision of a new central city mixed-use district that includes street enhancements and entertainment. When completed, this landmark facility will house two theatre spaces with a large public lobby, classrooms, courtyard and restaurant. This mixed-use project in a contemporary architectural style is consistent with B Street’s culture of originality, creativity, and community building.
The larger of the two theatre spaces will be the Sutter Children’s Theatre, a 365-seat proscenium-style playhouse featuring wing and trap space to create seemingly magical entrances of actors and props. This proscenium stage will not only host our Family Series and B3 Series, but function as a space for concerts, speaking engagements, conferences, and other community events.
The second space will be our Mainstage Theatre, a 250-seat theatre with a thrust stage for a more intimate atmosphere. Patrons will feel truly immersed in the story and the lives of the characters they see on stage.
Having the flexibility of two theatres—each with greater capacity than the existing spaces—will ensure that B Street shows have the ability to meet the requirements of a variety of productions. Moreover, the increased capacity will allow B Street to keep pace with its growing audience of season subscribers and regular ticket holders.
The project cost is $24 million. The leading gift of land and services was donated by Sutter Medical Center and valued at $5 million. Along with considerable private donations and financing, the project is now in the construction phase. While both theatres, lobby, and restaurant will be complete and ready to serve the public and continue the B Street mission, there is still $3.7 million that must be secured to fully complete the project so it can operate at optimum efficiency. This includes completion of all community meeting rooms, rehearsal spaces, and office spaces for staff.
B Street Theatre’s professional staff, consultants, and Board of Directors are in the midst of a Capital Campaign to raise the needed funds through major gifts as well as utilizing grassroots giving through its patron base of over 40,000 households.
We invite you to help us continue our legacy of innovation with your gift or pledge of cash or marketable securities. Every gift is important; many gifts are needed in all ranges to reach our goal. As a donor, you will be recognized in a manner consistent with your level of giving. Your gift may even give you the opportunity to name a space or place in our new facility.
If you have questions or concerns about the project, want more information about the building or construction, or for media inquiries about the new B Street Performing Arts Complex or the capital campaign please contact the Capital Campaign Associate, Garrett McCord, at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 916.443.5391, ext.113.