Cleburne Times-Review, Cleburne, TX

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April 26, 2007

New theater opens tonight

First performance to be held this weekend

Cleburne’s new downtown theater troupe will perform its first show tonight.

Plaza Theatre Company’s “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” opens at 7:30 p.m. and will play at 7:30 p.m. every Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and at 3 p.m. every Saturday through May 19.

Run by Aaron and Milette Siler and JaceSon and Tina Barrus, the nonprofit company performs in-the-round, where the audience is seated on all sides of the stage.

Aaron Siler and JaceSon Barrus had a vision for the company when they attended college in Idaho. Although they went different directions in their careers — because they were geographically separated for 16 years — their passion for theater allowed them to cross paths again a few years ago in Hurst.

Barrus needed audio assistance for one of his performances, and a man recommended Siler for the job.

Barrus said he wondered if this was the same Siler he knew in college years before.

“Aaron Siler ... how do you spell that?” JaceSon asked.

After they were reacquainted, the men began acting in JaceSon’s performances. Shortly thereafter, Aaron mentioned their college dream of opening a theater company together.

“I have a business background and JaceSon has a really creative background,” Siler said.

A few months later Jackie Vinson of Cleburne came to the Hurst theater and told Barrus the Downtown Cleburne Association wanted to put in a community theater.

“We started talking and decided to do a three-day preview of ‘The Man with the Pointed Toes’ in November,” Aaron Siler said.

The show sold out, and the men knew they were going to open the company, Barrus said.

“We actually planned the schedule for the entire year in December,” he said.

The next play will be “Smoke on the Mountain,” which will be performed May 25 through June 30. “Oklahoma,” “The Main with the Pointed Toes,” “Fiddler on the Roof,” “Arsenic and Old Lace” and “A Christmas Carol” will also be performed in 2007.

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