The Polly Klaas Community Theater

This 100-seat gem of a theater, originally built as a church in 1911, is not only a historic part of Petaluma, it is also a much-needed performance venue that will serve our youth, and community, for generations to come!

In 1994, this building was dedicated to the memory of 12-year-old Polly Hannah Klaas, to honor her love of performing.

Polly Klaas Community Theater

Polly Klaas Community Theater


The Polly Klaas Community Theater Renovation will finally honor the life of Polly Klaas, and create a vibrant community resource for our local youth.

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We hope you and your families have been well and enjoying the winter season. Sandcastle Theater Company is excited to invite kids in the community to: KIDS’ NIGHT OUT on Wednesday, February 21st! For families who are staying in town during the Mid-Winter Break, they’re offering an evening of food, activities, and drama fun for kids in 1st-6th grade, hosted here at the Polly Klaas Community Theater!
#petalumakids #communityevents #kidsnightout #pkct @sandcastletheaterco
Thank you to Mountain Mike’s Pizza for Raising Some Dough for the Polly Klaas Foundation – We appreciate your partnership in keeping kids safe!

#pizzaparty #pkct #mountainmikes #childsafety #petaluma
Dine In or Order Out at these Mountain Mike’s Pizza Locations all day and night, to benefit the Polly Klaas Foundation. Just say “I want to support the Polly Klaas Foundation” and 20% of your sale will go to the Foundation. Thank you for your support!

#dineanddonate #pizzaparty #pkct #mountainmikes
Calm Anxiety: The Healing Power Of Meditation
Presented by: Mahakaruna Kadampa Buddhist Center
Description: Join us for a talk with Gen Kelsang Rigpa at Polly Klaas Community Theater! Free to the Public!

Anxiety cripples our ability to enjoy every aspect of our life. In this special talk, Gen Kelsang Rigpa will guide us in using Buddha’s teachings and meditations to calm our anxiety and find the happiness we hope for.

Everyone Welcome!

Gen Kelsang Rigpa is an American Buddhist monk and the U.S. Western National Spiritual Director of the New Kadampa Tradition. His heartfelt and practical teachings are presented with warmth and humor, making them accessible to everyone.

#calmanxiety #mindfulness #buddhistmeditation
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Remembering Polly Klaas

A Bright Light and Talented Young Actress

“I first met Polly in 1992, when she enrolled at Cherry Valley School. I was teaching a combination 5th-6th and she came in as a sixth grader.

Bright, pretty, and with a sassy style all her own, she excelled in her studies and made friends quickly. We all went to Mendocino for a rainy week at camp, and it was there, when I tripped and slid down the slope to the creek in the rainy mud, that our class really bonded. I was the joke, but Polly helped to pull me back up the slope.

Polly especially enjoyed the arts, particularly creative dramatics.

In the Spring of 1993, I wrote a play based on the TV series “Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego”. Polly played “The Chief”, her two best friends played “Carmen”, and the “Director of Scotland Yard”. Polly’s “office” was set up down stage right. Downstage left stood a British phone booth where the Director of Scotland Yard would call Polly to coordinate their efforts in catching Carmen and her henchmen. Sometimes they had to stall and improvise to make time for the crew to change the scenes in center stage, and they got quite creative. We put on several shows, and I never knew what they were going to come up with. One time, they were worried that their conversations were “being bugged” so The Director of Scotland Yard told Polly to check her office for bugs. Wherever Polly looked, lifting the telephone, pulling out books, rubber bugs and spiders popped out. It was a total surprise for me and the audience loved it.

That August, Polly and her friends would occasionally drop by to say hello. Their junior high didn’t start until September and we were already in session. Once their school started I saw them less, but late in September they came by after school. Polly saw her old “office” set off in the corner. “What are you going to do with that?” she asked. I answered that I didn’t know and said, “Why? Do you want it?” She said that she definitely did, and wanted to put it in her bedroom. She called her mother to see if she’d come and pick it up, and Eve did. Polly was going to have a few friends stay the night and thought it would be fun to have the little set there.”

~Jeanne Jusaitis

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The Polly Klaas Community Theater Renovation

Honoring a Young Life and Creating a Vital Resource for Generations to Come!