Our Story

Mission Statement

Pied Piper Players seeks to strengthen self-esteem and community through participation in theater arts programs.

Our History

Founded in 2001, Pied Piper Players is an award-winning family theater organization dedicated to theater education and to promoting confidence, community and excellence through participation in the theater arts. We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit, volunteer-based company.
 EIN: 91-2165593. Our home is located at 1000 S Amphlett Blvd in San Mateo.

PPP was established to provide children and their families an opportunity to participate in the performing arts and the technical arts through creative, educational programs.

Our family community atmosphere supports the development of individual self-esteem in a fun, safe, non-competitive environment. We aim for excellence in collaborative learning, enriching social development and successful communication skills.

We have evolved from an organization focused on annually staging two MainStage musicals, to a community with a home base, and the capacity to offer a wide variety of theater programs year round. MainStage musicals, Teen Programs, Acting/Dancing/Theater Tech Classes, Free School Shows and Transportation, Scholarships and Ticket Gifting programs support our mission and vision.

We have partnered with local schools, offering our Free After-School Drama Program to introduce children to the dramatic arts. Since inception, we have awarded nearly 1000 scholarships:

  • Bayshore Elementary School
  • Daly City Peninsula Partnership Collaborative
  • Roosevelt Elementary School
  • Horrall Elementary School
  • LEAD School
  • Nesbit Elementary School
  • Park Elementery School
  • The Bayside STEM Academy
  • Sunnybrae Elementary School

For our MainStage productions, the cast, production staff, box office workers, ushers, and house staff are volunteers, as is the Board of Directors. Countless volunteer hours go into our MainStage productions to support our modest budgets. Paid staff includes the Artistic Director, Technical Director and the Education Program Directors and Instructors. The artistic staff is contracted for each production.

We have participated in many local community events, supporting our neighbors and the arts.

  • Holiday Showcase: Original work performed for the benefit of the South San Francisco Historical Society
  • Save The Music: Perform at this popular event supporting the Belmont School District Music Program
  • South San Francisco Day In the Park: In support of the South San Franisco Parks and Recreation Department
  • Hillsborough Holiday Event: Performed to support the local Parks and Recreation Department
  • Burlingame Tree Lighting Ceremony: Performed to support local holiday event
  • Mills Estate Villa: Organized a holiday sing-along event for local seniors

Over the Years

FALL 2001
Kick-off Event: Introducing Pied Piper Players

  • Participants: 25 children and adults; Audience: 150
  • Partners providing publicity and presentation space: South San Francisco Library (Ann Mahon, Children’s Librarian), Project Read

SPRING 2002
MainStage Musical: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, the Little Theater at El Camino High School, May 2002

  • Participants: 50 children and their families in the roles of actors, stage crew, set construction crew, ticket sellers, ushers and the myriad of other jobs required to stage a high-quality musical
  • Scholarships: Three awarded to South San Francisco families
  • Professional staff: Director, Musical Director, Choreographer, 10-piece orchestra
  • Partners providing rehearsal and construction space: City of Daly, Department of Parks and Recreation (Ed Barney), Jefferson Union High School District, Serramonte Del Rey  (Mike Crilly), Serramonte Center (Linda Larson), South San Francisco Unified School District
  • Performances: Eight shows over two weekends; Audience: 2,500
  • Publicity: San Mateo County Times full-page write up

SUMMER 2002
Drama Camp: Four-week Day Camp offered in collaboration with the Peninsula Family YMCA. To Sleep, Perchance to Dream (an original work), July 2002

  • Participants: 20 children and their families
  • Professional staff: Director, Choreographer
  • Partners providing rehearsal and construction space: Peninsula Family YMCA San Mateo Union High School District
  • Performances: Two shows over one weekend; Audience: 250

FALL 2002
K–3 After-School Enrichment Program

  • Participants: 80 children
  • Scholarships: 80
  • Professional staff: 2 directors, 2 choreographers
  • Volunteer staff: 2 student assistants
  • Partners: Daly City Peninsula Partnership Collaborative (Irma Orantes), Christopher Columbus School (Jefferson School District), Junipero Serra School (South San Francisco Unified School District)
  • Curriculum: Mexican folklore and dance; Filipino folklore and dance; dance and musical training culminating in a public performance; Acting and Improv for Teens
  • Participants: 10 teens

South San Francisco Day in the Park

  • South San Francisco Mayor Gene Mullin and Barry Nagel, Director of Parks, Recreation and Maintenance keyed a warm welcome from the community

South San Francisco Green House Project

  • Storage and Set Construction Space (Dennis Crossland)

SPRING 2003

MainStage Production: Footloose, April 2003

  • Participants: 50 children and their families in the roles of actors, stage crew, set construction crew, ticket sellers, ushers and the myriad of other jobs required to stage a high-quality musical
  • Scholarships: Three awarded to South San Francisco, San Mateo and Belmont families
  • Professional staff: Director, Musical Director, Choreographer, Stage Manager, 5-piece band
  • Partners providing rehearsal and construction space: City of Daly, Department of Parks and Recreation (Ed Barney), Jefferson Union High School District, Serramonte Del Rey  (Mike Crilly), Marjorie H. Tobias Elementary School (Sheila Hansen), Roosevelt Elementary School (Dennis Hills), United Methodist Co-op Nursery School, Burlingame Peninsula Temple Beth-El, San Mateo
  • Performances: Eight shows over two weekends

K–3 After-School Enrichment Program

  • Participants: 60 children
  • Scholarships: 60
  • Professional staff: Director/Choreographer
  • Volunteer staff: 1 student assistant
  • Partners: Daly City Peninsula Partnership Collaborative (Irma Orantes, Pat Bohm, Jennifer Javier), Marjorie H. Tobias Elementary School (Jefferson School District), Skyline Elementary School (South San Francisco Unified School District)
  • Curriculum: Dance and musical training with a cultural/folkloric focus culminating in a public performance

FALL 2003

K–3 After-School Enrichment Program

  • Participants: 60 children
  • Scholarships: 60
  • Professional staff: Director/Choreographer
  • Volunteer staff: 1 student assistant
  • Partners: Daly City Peninsula Partnership Collaborative (Irma Orantes, Jennifer Javier, Flor Perez), Franklin Delano Roosevelt Elementary School (Jefferson School District), Bayshore Elementary School (Bayshore School District)
  • Curriculum: Acting and musical training with a cultural/folkloric focus culminating in a public performance Staged a mini-musical The Wizette for a public performance attended by 200 people

SPRING 2004

MainStage Production: Tom Sawyer; An American Musical, April 2004

  • Participants: 50 children and their families in the roles of actors, stage crew, set construction crew, ticket sellers, ushers and the myriad of other jobs required to stage a high-quality musical
  • Scholarships: Two awarded to South San Francisco and San Mateo families
  • Professional staff: Director, Musical Director, Choreographer, Stage Manager, Technical Director
  • Partners providing rehearsal and construction space: City of Daly, Department of Parks and Recreation (Ed Barney), Jefferson Union High School District, Serramonte Del Rey (Mike Crilly), Roosevelt Elementary School (Dennis Hills), Peninsula Temple Beth-El, San Mateo
  • Performances: Eight shows over two weekends

K–6 After-School Enrichment Program

  • Participants: 110 children
  • Scholarships: 110
  • Professional staff: Director/Choreographer
  • Volunteer staff: 5 High School student assistants, parent volunteers
  • Partners: Daly City Peninsula Partnership Collaborative (Irma Orantes, Pat Bohm, Jennifer Javier), Garden Village PTA (Josie Duffy), Jefferson Union High School District, Serramonte Del Rey (Mike Crilly), Garden Village Elementary School (Jefferson School District), Junipero Serra Elementary School (South San Francisco Unified School District), Woodrow Wilson Elementary School (Jefferson School District)
  • Curriculum: Junipero Serra & Woodrow Wilson: Dance and musical training with a cultural/folkloric focus culminating in a public performance Garden Village (K-6) 60 Participants staged an abridged version of The Wiz. Participants did acting, dancing, and singing while others with parent volunteers did sets, costumes and props. Program culminated in 2 public performances attended by 400 people.

FALL 2004
MainStage Production: Honk!, October 2004

  • Participants: 57 children and their families in the roles of actors, stage crew, set construction crew, ticket sellers, ushers and the myriad of other jobs required to stage a high-quality musical
  • Scholarships: One awarded to San Mateo family
  • Professional staff: Director, Musical Director, Choreographer, Stage Manager, Technical Director
  • Partners providing rehearsal and construction space: City of Daly, Department of Parks and Recreation (Ed Barney), Baywood Elementary School (Dennis Hills), Peninsula Temple Beth-El, San Mateo
  • Performances: Eight shows over two weekends, Two field trip shows attended by 800 San Mateo School District Children
  • Halloween event on closing day

WINTER 2004
Presentation (Original Work)

  • Participants: 18 children and adults; Audience: 200
  • Free Holiday Showcase for the benefit of South San Francisco Historical Society (Dennis Crossland)

To be continued…