In memory of Dan Husak, who spent most of his life working behind the scenes

The local theater community will say farewell to Dan Husak in a memorial service at Roger Rocka’s Dinner Theatre. The service is 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 11.

Mr. Husak died on Oct. 13 at the age of 75.

He made his mark on the Fresno-area theater scene in many ways: as part of Good Company Players in the early days; as a box office manager at Fresno State; as manager of the Mercedes Edwards Theatre in Clovis for 30 years, and as a founder, with his wife, Annette, of the Blossom Trail Players.

“Dan was talented and an important part of the Fresno theater scene and just a wonderful person, always willing to jump in and help any time or place he was needed,” says Karan Johnson, local director and actor.

The technical side of theater was one of Mr. Husak’s specialties.

“Annette and Dan are building blocks in our GCP foundation,” says Dan Pessano, managing director of the company. “They were instrumental parts of the team that got us open: Dan on tech, Annette on costumes. Maybe more importantly, they were the positive, loving, supportive company members that glued us together then and now.”


After he retired from the Clovis MET theater, the Husaks founded the Blossom Trail Players theater company.

“They wanted to give Sanger kids an outlet for theater after high school,” Johnson says. “Annette taught elementary school in Sanger for years, doing yearly productions that had the best sets and effects any elementary production could hope for (courtesy of Dan of course.)
Blossom Trail produced shows in the summer, and Dan did sets, and also directed.”

The “Playbill” for Mr. Husak’s service includes this message:

“He spent most of his life working behind the scenes, putting a spotlight on others, making them look and sound as best as possible, and teaching others to do the same. We shall forever hold a special place for Dan in our hearts and minds.”

A MET scholarship in his name continues Mr. Husak’s legacy by awarding deserving technical arts students for years to come.

Covering the arts online in the central San Joaquin Valley and beyond. Lover of theater, classical music, visual arts, the literary arts and all creative endeavors. Former Fresno Bee arts critic and columnist. Graduate of Columbia University and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Excited to be exploring the new world of arts journalism.

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