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Casa Mañana Casa Mañana Musicals, Inc., the non-profit organization that managed the theatre, was run by a volunteer Board of Directors and General Manager Melvin O. Dacus. In 1962, programming was expanded with the introduction of the Children's Playhouse, a professional theatre series geared toward North Texas children. Each year since, nearly 150,000 parents, children, teachers and students have attended these popular shows. Soon after the Children's Playhouse was established, Casa Mañana's Theatre School opened to train children in the performing arts. Today, classes for children ages four and older are taught by theatre professionals year-round in acting, musical theatre, dance and voice. After more than 45 years in operation, Casa Mañana's Theatre School has become one of the largest children's acting schools in the nation. With the opening of the Nancy Lee & Perry R. Bass Performance Hall in 1998, Casa Mañana Musicals, Inc. began presenting Broadway national tours year round at the new facility, in addition to staging their own elaborate productions, often featuring stunning local talent. Since then, Casa Mañana Musicals, Inc. has experienced tremendous growth, with historic highs in attendance and record budgets for productions. New programs have been added to Casa's Education & Outreach programs, including The Betty Lynn Buckley Awards, honoring excellence in high school musical theatre, a summer theatre school program called Camp Casa, and a new outreach performance troupe, The Casa Playaz to complement the Casa Kids in bringing the magic of live theatre to the community. After a decade of planning and fundraising, Casa Mañana Theatre was renovated in 2003 into a state-of-the-art performance venue. The renovation also added space for the expansion of Casa's nationally-recognized educational programs and for the accommodation of a broad variety of community meetings, performances and other events. In 2004, recognizing that the title "Musicals" did not accurately reflect the broad contributions the organization was making to the North Texas community, the Board of Directors voted to officially change the company's name to Casa Mañana, Inc. Since its creation in 1958, Casa Mañana has grown into the largest performing arts organization in Tarrant County. In more than 50 years, five visionary men have led this organization, Melvin O. Dacus, Clarence "Bud" Franks, Van Kaplan, Denton Yockey and Wally Jones. Twenty-three men and women have led Casa's Board of Directors with hundreds of dedicated and generous volunteers have given their time and energy to serving beneath them. As Casa heads into its next 50 years, the commitment has never been stronger to present the highest quality live theatre and live up to its namesake, "The House of Tomorrow."
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