Our Friend of the Month is a most interesting, multi-lingual woman, Catherine Donoghue. She can speak to you in one of several languages from her native French and Russian as well as English.
Catherine was born in France, the daughter of a Russian woman who emigrated with her sister. Her mother married a native-born Frenchman who was born and raised in Paris as was Catherine.
Catherine’s love of theater comes from her father, who was an actor in Paris, and her grandmother, who always had a love for theater whether from the performing or intellectual side of things.
Catherine met her husband in London on the set of a movie. He worked in publicity on both the original Superman movies in which Christopher Reeve starred. They married in Europe and traveled until they settled with their four children in Normandy before they came to the United States.
They came to the Pasadena area in 2010, and Catherine joined the Friends of The Pasadena Playhouse in the spring of that year.
She loves the thought provoking and eclectic side of theater. She also enjoys the friendships she has made there.
Catherine completed her Bachelor’s Degree at UCLA and went on to get a Masters in French at CSULA.
Catherine is currently teaching French at California State University Los Angeles and Pasadena City College. She also teaches in summer at Alliance Française de Pasadena.
Her husband has retired from his work and is currently writing a screenplay. They consider themselves to be very fortunate because their children and grandson live nearby.
Catherine continues to enjoy coming to The Playhouse to usher on a regular basis. When you see her and strike up a conversation, it will be lively and
very informative. How fortunate we are to have Catherine Donoghue as a Friend of The Pasadena Playhouse!
Written by Susan Zucker. Photo by Grace Woo.
Barbara Jacoby is being honored as our Friend of the Month for
March/April 2017. She started as a Friend after she retired from a 40-year career as an Associate Director with AT&T.
Barbara’s sister’s next door neighbor is Shirley Miller who encouraged
Barbara to apply with the Friends. Since then she has enjoyed her time
as a Friend, working at The Pasadena Playhouse as an usher, mostly on
Sundays. Barbara was born in Pennsylvania, but came to California in
1968 to join the rest of her family.
She and her husband like to travel each summer in their motorhome
throughout California and Oregon. They have three Great Pyrenees dogs that travel with them. Barbara is a volunteer with the Great Pyrenees Association, a dog rescue organization from which they got their dogs.
Barbara is also a member of the Daughters of the American
Revolution, Santa Anita Chapter, and the Pasadena Women’s Club.
The Elliot Clan Society and the Saint Andrew’s Society are very
close to Barbara’s heart as she has been learning about her Scottish
heritage. In fact, she will be going with one of her sisters to the border
area of Scotland where her ancestors’ clan lived before going over to
Ireland and ultimately coming to the USA. Her younger sister has been
doing a lot of research into their roots and Barbara is learning as
much as she can about this heritage.
This Sunday crew member, Barbara Jacoby, is the Friend of the Month
of the Friends of The Pasadena Playhouse.
Victor Johnson, our Friend of the Month, joined our volunteers two years ago.
He is a native Californian, and lives in Altadena with his wife, Cheryl, and their 14-year old daughter, Maya. Victor also has two younger sisters who live close by. After working for the Internal Revenue Service for 28 years, Victor has been semi-retired for 18 months.
Now he does some work as a process server, and has worked in four shows as a background actor, not to mention that he has published a book, “Driving Mr. Charlie”, with more books planned.
Victor’s interest in The Playhouse came about because of his fondness for theatre, old movies and old stars. His favorite play was Fly. Victor has a direct connection to that part of our history. His father was a mechanic and crew chief in the Army Air Corps, with the Tuskegee Airmen during WWII. His dad, who passed away at the age of 87, was a Los Angeles police officer for 22 years, and retired from Union Oil.
We appreciate the time Victor donates to The Playhouse, and are pleased to honor him as our Friend of the Month.
The Friends welcome this month’s Friend of the Month, Bobbi Yost. A more enthusiastic or dedicated member it would be hard to find.
She joined the Friends in 2009 at the suggestion other friend Maureen Whitaker. Since then, she has been involved in many volunteer opportunities. She ushers on weekends, helps with mailings at The Playhouse and Boston Court, and is an opportunity drawing ticket seller at special events.
Bobbi left Brooklyn shortly after high school graduation. In 1971, she and a friend drove to California. What began as a vacation became a permanent residence. She found a job and became a Californian.
In her first job she sold shoes at Leeds in Northridge and moved on to handbags and jewelry and settled in Van Nuys in her own apartment.
Another career change came in 2007. When the company she worked for downsized, she accepted the challenge of returning to school at College of the Canyons to study computers on a program that paid for her schooling.
Bobbi was married in 1986. In 1990, she and her husband moved to Santa Clarita. Since becoming a widow, Bobbi has stayed in a senior gated community, which has meant a long drive to Pasadena to fulfill her volunteer commitments. However, she enjoys her life there and many activities it provides. She is a Starter at their 9 hole walking golf course. She also enjoys participating in a community theater group.
In reflecting back on the variety of Playhouse productions, Bobbi chose The Heiress, A Night With Janis Joplin, the Pantos and the recent production of Fly as her favorites.
Bobbi is very proud of earning her Playhouse pins, including her pin for 150 volunteer hours. She always enters a centerpiece for the Volunteer Luncheon centerpiece competition.
When this persistent saleslady with the Brooklyn accent approaches you to sell you a ticket, just say “yes” and welcome her as The Playhouse’s most recent Friend of the Month.
It is a great pleasure to introduce to the Friends husband and wife team, Janet & Allan Yovanovich. We are honoring them as “Friends of the Month” for September/October.
Janet, a long time volunteer, and Allan a member since his retirement and now both retired are enjoy donating their time and talent to The Pasadena Playhouse.
Our Friend Jayne Thomas introduced Janet to The Playhouse years ago by giving her a ticket to Equus (1997). Janet ushers at least twice during each show and she is a docent at the Pasadena Heritage as well. The home tours are what attracted her to the Pasadena Heritage.
Janet is a native of Pasadena and went through the Pasadena school system, graduated from Cal State LA where she retired from the counseling department as a clerk typist.
When Allan, her husband, retired from architectural drafting, to the Friends benefit they made good use of their talents and hobbies.
Both Janet and Allen are talented craftsmen. Janet honed a talent in upholstery at Monrovia Adult School. Allan talented is talented at most everything. The Pasadena Playhouse, through the Friends have benefited from their talents, they worked together to replace the leather seats and repair and refinish the wood. The results of their labors are on view in the Library.
Allan recently retired from Boy Scouting where he had a leadership role for twenty years. Allan shared his joy of scouting with his two sons, hiking and backpacking together.
In July, he and Joshua Quan, an Eagle Scout Candidate, along with a mighty team of Boy Scouts painted the dressing rooms in the Greenroom. This project alone has taken 194 hours.
Also, to benefit of the Greenroom, Janet cleaned and rejuvenated the age old dinning table where the actors partake of their meals. And Allan hung cork boards in each of the 11 dressing rooms.
Janet and Allen have been involved in many other woodworking projects and repairs for the Friends benefit. The list could go on and on.
We applaud our Friends and appreciate them sharing their time and talents with The Pasadena Playhouse.
Along with spending time with their volunteer commitments, Janet and Allan enjoy their Altadena home and garden. They have a German shepherd rescue dog. And are very pleased to have their grandchildren close by and spend time with two six year-olds, a nine year-old and are looking forward to one on the way. You can imagine this keeps them young and active.
Thanks Janet and Allan for all you do.
The Friend of the month column is written by Audrey Dailey.