Bay Area theaters are planning to dim their lights for one minute at 7:45pm Friday in honor of the late Broadway legend Carol Channing.
The Curran Theater and American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, and Berkeley's Shotgun Players are among those involved in the tribute to Channing, who died Tuesday at the age of 97 in Rancho Mirage, California.
Brad Erickson, executive director of the performing arts service organization Theatre Bay Area, said Bay Area theaters will also be participating in a concurrent social media campaign, sending out a shared message expressing their esteem for Channing.
Erickson said Channing had close ties to the local theater scene. She cut her teeth on stage while a student at Lowell High School, went on to play professional roles on San Francisco stages, like Hello Dolly! at the Curran in 1978, and provided arts scholarships to students.
"She fell in love with the theater here in San Francisco," Erickson said. "She’s one of us and we want to honor that memory."