Peanut Butter Players was founded in Detroit, Michigan, in 1985 with a small group of highly talented and experienced young professional actors who ranged in age from 8-16. They performed in Luncheon Theatre at various locations including the historic Players Club and the New Center in downtown Detroit. They gained recognition by the Detroit Free Press as the Best in Children’s Entertainment, offering such plays for the family as Wizard of Oz, Tom Sawyer, Snoopy!!!, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, Cinderella, and many more. From this group of young performers emerged such talents as Broadway’s Tony Award winner Sutton Foster (Thoroughly Modern Millie, Drowsy Chaperone, Little Women, Young Frankenstein, Shrek, Violet), Tony nominee and Drama Desk winner Celia Keenan-Bolger (The 25th Annual Putnam Country Spelling Bee, Glass Menagerie), Danny Gurwin (Little Women, Scarlet Pimpernel), Randy Becker (Love, Compassion, Valor).
In 1991, founder Jo Anne Lamun moved to Boulder, Colorado, and the Peanut Butter Players expanded to offer, in addition to professional luncheon theatre, a full range of after school classes in theatre arts, summer theatre workshops (day camp) and a large cast summer musical. Housed in the Toadstool Playhouse at the corner of Mapleton and Folsom, the group grew in size and influence, garnering awards from the Boulder Daily Camera (Best of Boulder in kids’ entertainment and Best Day Camp) and the Colorado Parent (Outstanding Children’s Theatre). Providing quality family entertainment, the Lunch Bunch performed at various locations including the Fox Theatre, the Boulder Theatre and, most recently, the Avalon Ballroom. As a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, the Peanut Butter Players continue to merit the support of the Community Foundation serving Boulder County, the Denver Foundation, the Scientific and Cultural Facilities Tax District and numerous local and state-wide arts funding foundations.
In 2004, the Peanut Butter Players moved to temporary quarters in Lafayette, Colorado, in order to build a permanent theatre for the group. The Harlequin Center for the Performing Arts opened officially in December, 2009, with the premiere performances of Peanut Butter Christmas Home for the Holidays– as the group had finally achieved its true HOME. Until 2015 classes and rehearsals, workshops and day camps filled the theatre with the sound of young people singing, talents being developed, friendships being made. Numerous performances of Godspell, Seussical, The Music Man, Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella, Schoolhouse Rock Live, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, Snoopy!!! brought the theatre to its full potential as an acoustically perfect venue for the voices of children, a family friendly place for quality entertainment. However, in 2015, change was inevitable and the PBP was once again forced to look for a new home. Performances and classes will continue at various locations in Boulder County while plans are finalized for a new location.
Now in our 31st year of offering quality entertainment and professional theatrical training, our resolve remains to serve the youth of Boulder and surrounding communities with the best Broadway shows, the friendliest day camps and the finest in after-school classes.
Peanut Butter Players |1376 Miners Drive, Lafayette, Colorado | 303-786-8727