More than just a Community Theater...
Beverly’s Terrace Plaza Playhouse (BTPP) has been entertaining audiences for 30 years this December 2022. Dedicated to providing quality, family-oriented musicals and shows to the Utah
community, BTPP offers a warm environment for audience members and actors to enjoy the theatrical world together. BTPP is much more than an ordinary community theater, it stands as a memorial of sacrifice and hard work. Beverly Olsen, founder of BTPP, had a dream. BTPP is her dream that along with her husband Blaine, turned that dream into a reality.
Being a member of the Actors’ Equity Association, Beverly performed in and directed numerous professional productions across the Wasatch front as well as many non-professional and educational productions. While she was instrumental in assisting several theaters in Utah, she wanted a theater of her own to call home. With her husband Blaine, she set off to find an opportunity. It was then that they found a neglected, former grocery store in Washington Terrace, Utah.
This grocery store was transformed into what was then known as Terrace Plaza Playhouse. Remnants of the past grocery store can still be found in the back of BTPP, though audience members would never guess its commonplace past. Beverly was a master of transforming the ordinary to the extraordinary. The renovation process was difficult, but with the help from family and friends it has become a beloved place to call home for many people. Over the years an army of volunteers have helped the Playhouse flourish into a functioning community theater with seven show seasons.
The success of the Playhouse is found behind the culture of family. Beverly’s family acted as a strong foundation for the theater, especially when Beverly passed away on New Year’s Eve, 2005. With her passing, the theater was entrusted to the care of her husband Blaine, and her daughter Jacci. Her family shared Beverly’s same passion for the theater. Even on the eve of Beverly’s passing, Jacci performed her starring role in Nunsense. Since that night, Jacci has carried on Beverly’s legacy eventually officially renaming the Terrace Plaza Playhouse to Beverly’s Terrace Plaza Playhouse.
Now well over 4,000 performances later, Beverly’s Terrace Plaza Playhouse will continue to bring joy to audiences and actors throughout the Utah community. We invite you to join in the legacy of dedication and sacrifice and become part of the BTPP’s family today. Blaine has since passed away, January 24, 2018, leaving a huge void at the Playhouse. It has been determined by the Olsen family to keep the Playhouse functioning as a community theater in honor of their parent’s legacy. Jacci and her husband Kim Florence are dedicated to continue what Beverly and Blaine had started to create for the community. During the 2020-21 theatre pandemic closure it was decided to use the down time as a good time to implement a much needed remodel and repair to the entire façade to preserve the building. Our desired goal was to remodel the front of our building and create a beautiful and appealing look for our patrons, volunteers and actors. We hoped to add an aesthetic appeal to the neighborhood as well. Our efforts would also foster pride of the community, give all a better representation of the quality of productions inside and to provide a fitting showcase of the great talent we have in Northern Utah. We contacted Washington Terrace City to inquire if redevelopment money (RDA) was available and they requested a proposal to apply for the money assist. We were granted the financial assistance and we got busy with the needed permits and building contractors. There were many huge projects that were completed while the building was in a remodel status such as alley clean up, painting, set room cleanup, many trips to the dump and the Deseret Industries, general clean up throughout the entire theatre with our faithful army of community volunteers answered the call. We were able to reopen March 2021 holding
rehearsals for the first production we had done in over a year. A grand reopening and ribbon cutting was held on June 25th.
Mission Statement: Beverly's Terrace Plaza Playhouse is dedicated to providing quality, family-oriented theatre to enrich lives in our community through active participation both on and off our stage.