Margaret H. Sedenquist | Obituary

(1927 – 2021)

Margaret H. Sedenquist

Margaret H. Sedenquist passed away on February 9, 2021, after a courageous battle with COVID-19. She was 94. Trailblazer, entrepreneur, business owner, community leader, philanthropist, and deeply cherished mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, aunt, mentor, and loyal friend, Margaret was loved and admired by everyone who knew her.
Born and raised on a cattle ranch near Douglas, Wyoming, Margaret’s childhood fostered a deep understanding of self-sufficiency, an abiding love of family and community, and the knowledge that individuals working together can accomplish great things. After earning a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Wyoming, Margaret worked at General Electric in Schenectady, New York, as a research psychologist. Moving back to Wyoming, she worked as a school teacher in Cody, Wyoming, where she met her husband, Charles Sedenquist, a chemical engineer with Husky Oil. Her three children, Mark, Daniel, and Diana were born in Cody.
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King, Who Galvanized Playhouse, to Be Honored at March Gala

Brad and Pam KingBy all accounts, Pasadena Playhouse board member Brad King has been an invigorating force for the centenarian institution as it moves forward following a period of financial difficulty.
Between leading the search that ultimately landed Producing Artistic Director Danny Feldman and putting up the initial donation that spurred a multimillion-dollar fundraising campaign, King has distinguished himself as a monumental part of the theater’s resurgence, Playhouse officials say. So it seems appropriate that those officials selected him to receive the inaugural Gilmor Brown Award — named for the Playhouse’s founding director — at the theater’s gala in March. Continue reading “King, Who Galvanized Playhouse, to Be Honored at March Gala”

Pasadena Playhouse Launches ‘Community@Play’ Initiative

Cast members perform at the Pasadena Playhouse’s current production of “Pirates of Penzance.”
Cast members perform at the Pasadena Playhouse’s current production of “Pirates of Penzance.”

Pasadena Playhouse is introducing “Community@Play,” a new free ticket initiative allowing thousands of area students and residents to enjoy the transformative power of live theatrical performances at the playhouse. This initiative is sponsored by Wells Fargo Bank, an active supporter of the Pasadena Playhouse for more than 19 years.
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Innovate Pasadena Joins Playhouse’s ‘Pirates’

Outlook photo Innovate Pasadena Board members Mark Breitenberg, President Beth Kuchar, Jered Gold, Jim McCarthy and Raymond Ealy joined Pasadena Playhouse Producing Artistic Director Danny Feldman (third from right) at “Pirates, Innovation and Rum” to tour the stage and set of the Pasadena Playhouse’s current production “Pirates of Penzance.”
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Innovate Pasadena Board members Mark Breitenberg, President Beth Kuchar, Jered Gold, Jim McCarthy and Raymond Ealy joined Pasadena Playhouse Producing Artistic Director Danny Feldman (third from right) at “Pirates, Innovation and Rum” to tour the stage and set of the Pasadena Playhouse’s current production “Pirates of Penzance.”

The Pasadena Playhouse and Innovate Pasadena, a community nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing Greater Pasadena as a hub of innovation in tech, design and other industries, recently welcomed Pasadena’s innovation community and guests for a fun and immersive gathering — “Pirates, Innovation and Rum” — a close-up get-together on the Pasadena Playhouse stage to celebrate the unconventional and inviting production of “Pirates of Penzance.”
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Playhouse’s ‘Pirates of Penzance’ Extended Through Feb. 25

Jane Kaczmarek and Alfred Molina
Jane Kaczmarek and Alfred Molina

The wackiest beach party in town will continue through Feb. 25 due to high demand. Pasadena Playhouse, the State Theatre of California, announces a one-week extension of Gilbert and Sullivan’s “Pirates of Penzance,” as reimagined by Chicago theater group the Hypocrites.
This wacky beach party — with flying beach balls, rubber duckies, ukuleles, banjos, plastic swimming pools and a tiki bar — brings the audience on stage.
“Pirates” is adapted and directed by Sean Graney, co-adapted by Kevin O’Donnell and with music direction by Andra Velis Simon.
“We are over the moon with the response to this production,” said Producing Artistic Director Danny Feldman. “Our audiences have wholeheartedly embraced the Hypocrites’ wild and fresh adaptation of this Gilbert and Sullivan classic, and we are delighted to keep the party going.”
Tickets are on sale at pasadenaplayhouse.org or by calling (626) 356-7529.

La Salle High Senior Crowned 100th Rose Queen

Photo courtesy Tournament of Roses Rose Queen Isabella Marez (center) reacts to her name being called at last week’s coronation ceremony at the Pasadena Playhouse.
Photo courtesy Tournament of Roses
Rose Queen Isabella Marez (center) reacts to her name being called at last week’s coronation ceremony at the Pasadena Playhouse.

Alas, there can be only one Rose Queen.
The Tournament of Roses last week crowned Altadena resident and La Salle High School senior Isabella Marez as the 100th Rose Queen for 2018, marking a century of city pride and tradition at the packed Pasadena Playhouse theater. Continue reading “La Salle High Senior Crowned 100th Rose Queen”