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Lizzie, The Musical
Feb
1
to Mar 3

Lizzie, The Musical

A punk-rock opera that explores the bloody legend of America’s favorite axe-wielding sweetheart-diva-heroine-enigma-psychopath, Lizzie Borden. Accused of brutally killing her father and stepmother in 1892, Lizzie was eventually acquitted by a jury of her peers, leaving the horrific crime unsolved. What really happened on the fateful night of the dual killings? Journey into a wondrous exploration of this mysterious tale, inspired by the raucous and revolutionary rock spectacles of the ‘70s, and iconic women rockers like Patti Smith and Joan Jett.  This show includes adult themes and language

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Wait Until Dark
Feb
8
to Feb 24

Wait Until Dark

Murder, secret identities, and a switchblade named Geraldine set the stage for this white-knuckle thriller that will have you sleeping with the lights on. Susan, a blind woman, lives with her husband Sam in a basement apartment in Greenwich Village. While away on business, Sam unknowingly smuggles a peculiar doll into the States. But when the doll goes missing, a woman is murdered and a mystery begins to unravel that leaves Susan tangled up with a ruthless con man. A battle of wits ensues and light becomes dark as the tables are turned in a deadly game of cat and mouse , all leading to a gripping finish.

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 Eighth Wonder of the World - King Kong
Feb
8
to Mar 17

Eighth Wonder of the World - King Kong

A world premiere stage adaptation of the 1933 film by Merian C. Cooper. The play is based on the Delos W. Lovelace novel, which is the same storyline and dialogue from the original film with only minor changes and additions.  The overall show will have a lighthearted tongue-in-cheek feel but all the characters will be played honest and as true to the original.

The Maverick Theater’s special effects team known as "Maverick Light & Magic" will take on the beauty and the beast adventure using a live compositing* process of multiple video sources, similar to the process Willis O’Brien used to create the original King Kong. Combining animated backgrounds and miniature sets with multiple green screen techniques actors will be interacting with live rear screen projection.  

Suitable or ages 6 and up.

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Blues in the Night
Feb
20
to Mar 10

Blues in the Night

The soul of the blues wails out full and strong in BLUES IN THE NIGHT, the scorching, Tony and Olivier Award-nominated musical! The 26 hot and torchy numbers - by icons Bessie Smith, Duke Ellington, Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen and more - tell of the sweet, sexy and sorrowful experiences that three women have with the lying, cheating, snake of a man, who represents the men who do them wrong.

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1776 - Laguna Playhouse
Feb
20
to Mar 17

1776 - Laguna Playhouse

It’s the summer of 1776, and the nation is ready to declare independence ... if only our founding fathers can agree to do it! Follow John Adams of Massachusetts, Benjamin Franklin of Pennsylvania and Thomas Jefferson of Virginia as they attempt to convince the members of the Second Continental Congress to vote for independence from the shackles of the British monarchy by signing the Declaration of Independence. Winner of five Tony Awards, including Best Book and Best Musical, this funny, insightful and compelling drama with a striking score blazes to vivid life one of the seminal events in American history.

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Pirates of Penzance
Feb
21
to Mar 10

Pirates of Penzance

  • Vanguard University Lyceum theater (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Pirates of Penzance follows young Frederic, an orphan who has mistakenly been apprenticed to an ineffectual but raucous band of pirates. He disavows the pirates' way of life and falls for the beautiful Mabel. Frederic's melodious tones win over the heart of Major-General Stanley's songbird daughter, Mabel, but when the Pirate King discovers that General Stanley has lied about being an orphan to keep the pirates from stealing all his belongings and carrying off his bevy of beautiful daughters, an "ingenious paradox" may prevent the budding romance and lead to the death of "The very model of a modern Major-General.

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Madame Butterfly
Feb
21
to Feb 26

Madame Butterfly

  • Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Pacific Symphony and Pacific Chorale present Puccini’s classic opera, the story of Cio-Cio San, a young Japanese geisha who marries Pinkerton, an American naval officer who leaves soon after their wedding. For three years, she awaits his return and raises their son. When she learns of his betrayal, tragedy ensues.

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Ghost Walk - San Juan Capistrano
Feb
23
8:00 PM20:00

Ghost Walk - San Juan Capistrano

As the sun sets on the walls of the ruins of the great stone church, the dead walk the streets of old San Juan Capistrano. Join us on our newest venture into the dark and the macabre through the historic streets of one of California's oldest cities. Under the canopy of century old pepper trees hear the stories of the spirits that inhabit the old Los Rios district and make our way through the dimly lit Camino Capistrano to the outskirts of the Mission itself. Tales of headless spirits, bandits and even a pirate attack will be shared and elegant restaurants with a dark past and restless spirits await you. We end the tour outside the Mission near the church, where in 1812 a great earthquake struck, and forty-two parishioners were crushed under the falling stones, and at least one soul there is not at rest. A dark, history filled tour that will be remembered forever in one of Southern California's oldest and most haunted locations.

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Ghost Walk - Santa Ana
Feb
23
8:00 PM20:00

Ghost Walk - Santa Ana

  • Howe-Waffle Manison, 201 W Civic Center Dr, Santa Ana, CA 92701, USA (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

From elegant structures of another age, the the bustling streets of the mercado, historic Santa Ana has another story to tell. Learn of tales of execution, murder and untimely death that have left in it's wake whispers of the undead that are all but at peace. Walk the streets of the historic district and hear the stories of restless spirits that may still inhabit the places of their bodily demise. From those who perished in an earthquake, to the "victim" of prairie justice, these stories will travel with you forever, pray nothing else does.

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Disaster, The Musical
Feb
28
to Mar 24

Disaster, The Musical

  • The Gem Theater, One More Productions (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

This Broadway musical skillfully mixes a spoof of classic catastrophe films with an awesome jukebox soundtrack to truly capture the delicious cheesiness of '70s pop culture. Disaster! finds a diverse group of New Yorkers attending the opening of a floating casino and disco -- only to face one massive calamity after another. From every Airport movie ever to epic adventures like The Poseidon Adventure, Swarmand Earthquake, you'll recognize all the stock characters and set pieces, accompanied by hits like "Muskrat Love," "I Am Woman," "Hooked on a Feeling," "Knock on Wood," and of course, "I Will Survive." A New York Times Critics' Pick, this hilarious hit from Broadway's Seth Rudetsky lands safely at The GEM Theater in Garden Grove.

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Betta Daze - Senior Moments 2
Mar
1
to Mar 10

Betta Daze - Senior Moments 2

Michelle, a technologically challenged senior, is forced to live with Betta, an anthropomorphic computer assistant (Think Siri or Alexa, but on steroids). As Betta gets constant program upgrades to enhance her functionality and make her more human, she becomes paranoid and schizophrenic, and things spiral out of control. What is love? What is family? Does technology serve us, or do we serve technology? Do you have to be a human to be human? 

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Maple and Vine
Mar
1
to Mar 31

Maple and Vine

Katha and Ryu have become allergic to their 21st century lives. After they meet a charismatic man from a community of 1950’s re-enactors, they forsake cell phones and sushi for cigarettes and Tupperware parties. In this compulsively authentic world, Katha and Ryu are surprised by what their new neighbors – and they themselves – are willing to sacrifice for happiness.

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Moon Over Buffalo - Cabrillo Playhouse
Mar
1
to Mar 24

Moon Over Buffalo - Cabrillo Playhouse

In this madcap comedy, this hilarious play centers on George and Charlotte Hay, fading stars of the 1950s. At the moment, they’re playing Private Lives and Cyrano De Bergerac in rep in Buffalo, New York. On the brink of a disastrous split-up caused by George’s dalliance with a young ingénue, they receive word that they might just have one last shot at stardom: Frank Capra is coming to town to see their matinee, and if he likes what he sees, he might cast them in his movie remake of The Scarlet Pimpernel. Unfortunately, everything that could go wrong does go wrong, abetted by a visit from their daughter’s clueless fiancé and hilarious uncertainty about which play they’re actually performing, caused by Charlotte’s deaf, old stage-manager mother.

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Downtown Santa Ana Artwalk - First Saturday of every month
Mar
2
6:00 PM18:00

Downtown Santa Ana Artwalk - First Saturday of every month

  • pin Downtown Santa Ana 200 N Main St, Santa Ana, California 92701 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Have a great time exploring DTSA First Saturday Artwalk! Downtown Santa Ana will be full of energy with art vendors and live music setup on the Artists Village Promenade, Calle Cuatro Plaza Night Market, Spurgeon Paseo Dancing in the Streets, Artwalk Alleys and holiday celebrations throughout! Not to mention sourrounding restaurants and brewpubs.

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Cabaret
Mar
2
to Mar 23

Cabaret

In Berlin in 1931, American cabaret singer Sally Bowles meets British academic Brian Roberts, who is finishing his university studies. Despite Brian's confusion over his sexuality, the pair become lovers, but the arrival of the wealthy and decadent playboy Maximilian von Heune (Helmut Griem) complicates matters for them both. This love triangle plays out against the rise of the Nazi party and the collapse of the Weimar Republic.

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Photograph 51
Mar
3
to Mar 24

Photograph 51

Rosalind Franklin was a British pioneer in science in the early 1950s, yet her groundbreaking role in the discovery of DNA’s double helix structure is still often overlooked. Based on a true story, Photograph 51presents an intriguing portrait of a complex, courageous woman making her way in a male-dominated field. While rival teams of researchers compete for a breakthrough, Rosalind, focused and unbending, is locked in a race of her own. A hit in the West End, it was proclaimed “A triumph” by The Telegraph.

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Aladdin
Mar
6
to Mar 23

Aladdin

From the producer of The Lion King comes the timeless story of ALADDIN, a thrilling new production filled with unforgettable beauty, magic, comedy and breathtaking spectacle. It’s an extraordinary theatrical event where one lamp and three wishes make the possibilities infinite.

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The Cherry Orchard
Mar
8
to Mar 24

The Cherry Orchard

 It’s a frosty May morning, the cherry trees are in bloom and a destitute Russian aristocrat returns to her decaying ancestral home with her daughter, still grief-stricken by the premature death of her son five years earlier. The family’s financial crisis forces them to sell their estate at public auction to pay off their debts and as the woodmen’s axes crash into the falling trees to make way for a housing development, the family must decide on their prospects for happiness and how to rebuild their lives and fortunes.

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Suprema
Mar
9
to Mar 30

Suprema

It’s 1940, and celebrated psychologist William Moulton Marston has decided that he wants to create a comic book heroine who stands for valor and love in a world dominated by men and war. Over the course of a single evening, Marston, his wife Elizabeth, and their lover Olive must convince DC Comics executive Max Gaines of the value of such a heroine while downplaying their own unorthodox lifestyle.

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Twist, Pull, Smoke - Run, MotherF--er Run!
Mar
22
to Apr 7

Twist, Pull, Smoke - Run, MotherF--er Run!

Twist, Pull, Smoke, Run Motherf****r, Run! is the story of a combat veteran who evades his concerned girlfriend’s questions about his tour in Afghanistan, and instead argues with his relentless and ever present PTSD. This recent addition to the Theater of War genre is based on the conversations that co-writer Matthew Domenico had with two Marines from his former unit. He spoke with them not only about their common memories of Afghanistan, but about their experience acclimating back into civilian life. These two Marines and these conversations inspired this play, co-written with Catherine Connor Duff. From veteran to civilian alike, this project is driven by a cast that has all been touched personally by the military community. This piece demonstrates the difficulty of living with Post Traumatic Disorder and, simply and brilliantly, exposes a veteran’s innermost thoughts. See it at the Maverick Theater in Fullerton.

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Avenue Q
Mar
22
to Apr 21

Avenue Q

The laugh-out-loud musical tells the timeless story of a recent college grad named Princeton, who moves into a shabby New York apartment all the way out on Avenue Q. He soon discovers that, although the residents seem nice, it's clear that this is not your ordinary neighborhood.

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Floyd Collins
Mar
22
to Apr 21

Floyd Collins

  • Newport Theater ARts Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

In 1925, a heedless Kentucky spelunker, Floyd Collins, got trapped underground while searching for a cave big enough to turn into a tourist attraction. The rescue effort gained national attention with reporters being sent from all over to cover the story, becoming the first media circus, everyone looking to cash in on Floyd’s misfortune.

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Heisenberg - Laguna Playhouse
Mar
27
to Apr 14

Heisenberg - Laguna Playhouse

In a bustling London train station free-spirited American Georgie unexpectedly plants a kiss on the neck of mid-70s British butcher Alex as he sits on a bench at St Pancras Station. And when she turns up in his shop a few days later, she sets the suspicious man’s world reeling. As Alex is drawn into Georgie’s anarchic world, his conventional life becomes chaotic, uncertain, and undeniably richer. Peeling away the many layers of everyday relationships with subtle humor and quiet poeticism, Heisenberg brings to poignant theatrical life the uncertain and often comical sparring match that is human connection. 

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South Pacific
Mar
29
to Apr 20

South Pacific

  • The Attic Community theater (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

As Americans stationed on an island paradise during World War II, a nurse and a GI both fall in love with island residents, but a culture clash threatens their relationships. Ultimately love wins out, but the dangers of war threaten their happy endings. The unforgettable score of this timeless musical is filled with all-time favorites like "Some Enchanted Evening," "I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair," "There is Nothing Like a Dame" and "Bali Ha'i." See for yourself why this Pulitzer- and Tony Award-winning musical has melted the hearts of audiences for over 60 years at the Attic Community Theatre in Santa Ana.

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Play it Again, Sam
Mar
29
to Apr 14

Play it Again, Sam

Woody Allen's - Play it Again Sam revolves around neurotic and depressed Allan Felix, a film critic and recent divorcee navigating the world of dating once again. In a series of hilariously failed dates, Felix relies on relationship advice from his friends and ghostly apparitions of his idol, Humphrey Bogart. The result is a charming, witty comedy that is sure to entertain.

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Poor Yella Rednecks
Mar
30
to Apr 27

Poor Yella Rednecks

In the award-winning Vietgone, Qui Nguyen recounted his parents’ hot and hilarious courtship in a Vietnamese refugee camp in 1975. Now, six years later, Tong and Quang are building new lives in a foreign land called Arkansas. But marriage is hard​—especially when she’s having doubts and his first one isn’t over yet. One family’s history makes for a raucously funny, deeply moving take on the immigrant story, told with hip-hop style.

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Renaissance Pleasure Faire
Apr
6
to May 19

Renaissance Pleasure Faire

Begun in 1963 in Agoura, near Malibu, to create “living history” for school children and their families, the Original Renaissance Pleasure Faire has grown into an annual interactive playground and gallery for over 200,000 participants and guests. It has given birth to an industry nationwide and this year is more fun and exciting than ever. Magic, Dance, Jousting, Pub Crawls, costume fun, shows, memories.

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Downtown Santa Ana Artwalk - First Saturday of every month
Apr
6
6:00 PM18:00

Downtown Santa Ana Artwalk - First Saturday of every month

  • pin Downtown Santa Ana 200 N Main St, Santa Ana, California 92701 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Have a great time exploring DTSA First Saturday Artwalk! Downtown Santa Ana will be full of energy with art vendors and live music setup on the Artists Village Promenade, Calle Cuatro Plaza Night Market, Spurgeon Paseo Dancing in the Streets, Artwalk Alleys and holiday celebrations throughout! Not to mention sourrounding restaurants and brewpubs.

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The 39 Steps
Apr
6
to Apr 27

The 39 Steps

Richard Hannay is at a London theatre, attending a demonstration of the remarkable powers of “Mr. Memory”, a man with a photographic memory, when a fight breaks out and a shot is fired. In the ensuing panic, he finds himself holding a frightened Annabella Schmidt, who talks him into taking her back to his flat.

There, she tells him that she is a spy, being chased by assassins out to kill her. She claims to have uncovered a plot to steal vital British military secrets, implemented by a man who is the head of an espionage organization called “The 39 Steps.”

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Around the World in 80 Days
Apr
12
to Apr 28

Around the World in 80 Days

  • Vanguard University Lyceum Theater (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Stampeding elephants! Raging typhoons! Runaway trains! Unabashedly slapstick! Hold onto your seats for the original amazing race! Join fearless adventurer, Phileas Fogg, and his faithful manservant as they race to beat the clock! Phileas Fogg has agreed to an outrageous wager that puts his fortune and his life at risk. With his resourceful servant Passepartout, Fogg sets out to circle the globe in an unheard-of 80 days. But his every step is dogged by a detective who thinks he's a robber on the run. Danger, romance, and comic surprises abound in this whirlwind of a show as the they traverse seven continents in Mark Brown's adaptation of one of the great adventures of all time.

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Lysistrata
Apr
12
to May 5

Lysistrata

 This timely, political comedy centers on an Athenian housewife who calls for the women of Greece to help end the Peloponnesian War. Her plan is hard-hitting and radical: all women must refuse to have sex with their husbands until they agree to peace in Greece. Will Lysistrata and her crew accomplish what the politicians could not?

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Sheepdog
Apr
14
to May 5

Sheepdog

What begins as a love story about two Cleveland cops​—an African-American woman who falls for her white male partner​—changes when he shoots a young black man in the line of duty. Amina loves Ryan.  But can she trust her heart when the truth about the shooting, and her man, becomes more and more slippery? A relationship gets shaken to the core in this riveting drama by an up-and-coming playwright.

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Sheepdog
Apr
14
to May 5

Sheepdog

What begins as a love story about two Cleveland cops​ — an African-American woman and her white male partner​ — changes when he shoots a young black man while in the line of duty. Amina loves Ryan. But can she trust her heart when the truth about the shooting, and her man, becomes more and more slippery? A biracial relationship gets shaken to its core in this riveting new drama by up-and-coming playwright Kevin Artigue, onstage this spring at South Coast Repertory’s Julianne Argyros Stage in Costa Mesa.

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Skylight
Apr
19
to May 19

Skylight

On a bitterly cold London evening, schoolteacher Kyra Hollis receives an unexpected visit from her former lover, Tom Sergeant, a successful and charismatic restaurateur whose wife has recently died. As the evening progresses, the two attempt to rekindle their once passionate relationship only to find themselves locked in a dangerous battle of opposing ideologies and mutual desires.

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Dastardly Deeds at Harmony House
Apr
19
to May 5

Dastardly Deeds at Harmony House

Most people see Judge Egan's Harmony House home in San Juan and don't realize how much of a hero he was for this town and County. They say that the best parts of history are found between the lines ... and in our melodramas you will find those best parts hidden between jokes, puns, and authentic old-time music. 

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Heathers The Musical
Apr
19
to May 5

Heathers The Musical

 Westerberg High School is ruled by the ruthless clique of Heather, Heather, and Heather, the sexiest and cruelest girls in all of Ohio. Misfit Veronica Sawyer rejects their evil regime for a new boyfriend, the dark and dangerous J.D., who plans to put the Heathers in their place--six feet under. This Off-Broadway Alliance 2014 Nominee for Best New Musical is a lascivious, laughable and homicidal look at the bliss, anxiety and agony of high school. Are you in or are you out?

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One Slight Hitch
Apr
19
to May 19

One Slight Hitch

It is Courtney’s wedding day, and her mom, Delia is making sure that everything is perfect. The groom is perfect, the dress is perfect, and the decorations (assuming they arrive) will be perfect. Then, like in any good farce the doorbell rings. And all hell breaks loose. So much for perfect.

Written by Lewis Black

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Exit Laughing - Cabrillo Playhouse
Apr
26
to May 19

Exit Laughing - Cabrillo Playhouse

When the biggest highlight in your life for the past 30 years has been your weekly bridge night out with the "girls," what do you do when one of your foursome inconveniently dies? If you're Connie, Leona and Millie, three southern ladies from Birmingham, you do the most daring thing you've ever done. You "borrow" the ashes from the funeral home for one last card game, and the wildest, most exciting night of your lives involves a police raid, a stripper and a whole new way of looking at all the fun you can have when you're truly living.

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Tigers Be Still
May
3
to Jun 2

Tigers Be Still

a ferociously funny play from New Girl writer Kim Rosenstock — centers around Sherry Wickman, who’s recently earned a degree in art therapy, only to find herself moving back in with her family. Matters take a turn for the better once she gets hired as a substitute art teacher. Now if only her mother would come downstairs, her sister would get off the couch, her first patient would do one of his assignments, her boss would leave his gun at home and someone would catch the tiger that escaped from the local zoo, everything would be just perfect.

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Curtains
May
3
to May 26

Curtains

It’s the brassy, bright, and promising year of 1959. Boston’s Colonial Theatre is host to the opening night performance of a new musical. When the leading lady mysteriously dies on stage the entire cast & crew are suspects. Enter a local detective, who just happens to be a musical theatre fan!
A hilarious journey for both performers and the audience, the original Broadway production garnered 8 nominations at the 2007 Tony Awards including Best Musical.

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Downtown Santa Ana Artwalk - First Saturday of every month
May
4
6:00 PM18:00

Downtown Santa Ana Artwalk - First Saturday of every month

  • pin Downtown Santa Ana 200 N Main St, Santa Ana, California 92701 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Have a great time exploring DTSA First Saturday Artwalk! Downtown Santa Ana will be full of energy with art vendors and live music setup on the Artists Village Promenade, Calle Cuatro Plaza Night Market, Spurgeon Paseo Dancing in the Streets, Artwalk Alleys and holiday celebrations throughout! Not to mention sourrounding restaurants and brewpubs.

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Nunsense
May
4
to May 25

Nunsense

Nunsense is a hilarious talent show staged by five survivors at the Little Sisters of Hoboken nunnery, the rest of the sisterhood having succumbed to botulism after eating vichyssoise prepared by Sister Julia, Child of God.

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M. Butterfly
May
11
to Jun 8

M. Butterfly

When this rich, compelling drama debuted on Broadway, it became an instant sensation, sweeping the Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle ​awards. A married French diplomat. A mysterious Chinese opera diva. A passionate 20-year affair. Inspired by true events, this break-out hit by the author of Chinglish and Golden Child proved much more than a steamy tale of seduction. Obsession, perception and the allure of fantasy make for a remarkable tale of espionage and betrayal described as “visionary

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Harvey - Laguna Playhouse
May
19
to Jun 16

Harvey - Laguna Playhouse

It is a spring afternoon at the Dowd family home when Elwood P. Dowd starts to introduce his imaginary friend Harvey, a six-and-a-half-foot tall rabbit, to guests at his sister Veta’s society luncheon. Horrified that the embarrassing family secret is now exposed, Veta decides to have Elwood committed to a sanitarium, but a mistake is made when Veta is committed rather than Elwood. French Stewart (3rd Rock from the Sun, Mom) and real life wife Vanessa Stewart (Laguna Playhouse’s “Keeley” inLouis and Keely, Live at the Sahara) star in Mary Chase’s Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy that has everyone questioning what exactly is real, and who is really crazy?

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The Addams Family
May
24
to Jun 9

The Addams Family

Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family – a man her parents have never met. And if that weren’t upsetting enough, Wednesday confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother.

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Laughter on the 23rd Floor
May
24
to Jun 23

Laughter on the 23rd Floor

  • Newport Theater Arts Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

A fictionalized look at the backstage chaos involved in producing one of the landmarks of television’s golden age. Inspired by Simon’s own early career experience as a junior writer for Your Show of Shows, Laughter focuses on the temperamental star, modeled after Sid Caesar, and the writers of the TV comedy-variety show in the 1950s,

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Downtown Santa Ana Artwalk - First Saturday of every month
Jun
1
6:00 PM18:00

Downtown Santa Ana Artwalk - First Saturday of every month

  • pin Downtown Santa Ana 200 N Main St, Santa Ana, California 92701 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Have a great time exploring DTSA First Saturday Artwalk! Downtown Santa Ana will be full of energy with art vendors and live music setup on the Artists Village Promenade, Calle Cuatro Plaza Night Market, Spurgeon Paseo Dancing in the Streets, Artwalk Alleys and holiday celebrations throughout! Not to mention sourrounding restaurants and brewpubs.

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A Piece of my Heart
Jun
7
to Jun 30

A Piece of my Heart

You will be moved by the true stories of six courageous women sent to Vietnam and their struggle to make sense of a war that irrevocably changed them and a nation that shunned them. The play portrays each young woman before, during, and after her tour in the war-torn nation and ends as each leaves a personal token at the memorial wall in Washington, D.C. A work with the music and soul of a tumultuous era in our history.

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Nunsense - Cabrillo Playhouse
Jun
7
to Jun 30

Nunsense - Cabrillo Playhouse

Five of the 19 surviving Little Sisters of Hoboken, a one-time missionary order that ran a leper colony on an island south of France, discover that their cook, Sister Julia, accidentally killed the other fifty-two residents of the convent with her tainted vichyssoise while they were off playing bingo. Upon discovering the disaster, Mother Superior had a vision in which she was told to start a greeting card company to raise funds for the burials. The greeting cards were an enormous success and, thinking there was plenty of money, the Reverend Mother bought a VCR and camcorder for the convent, leaving her with no money to pay for the last four burials. With the deceased nuns on ice in the deep freeze, they decide to stage a variety show to raise the necessary amount.

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Jesus Christ Superstar
Jun
8
to Jun 29

Jesus Christ Superstar

Jesus Christ Superstar tells the story of biblical Jesus in the final days leading up to his crucifixion. A rock opera by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, the musical has no spoken dialogue and is sometimes considered a modern rock-opera. Loosely based on the Gospels, Superstar focuses on the personal conflicts between Jesus, his disciples, the people of Israel, and the leadership of Rome.

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The Graduate
Jun
14
to Jun 30

The Graduate

Benjamin Braddock has just finished college, and, back at his parents' house, he's trying to avoid the one question everyone keeps asking: "what do you want to do with your life?" An unexpected diversion crops up when he is seduced by Mrs. Robinson, a bored housewife and friend of his parents. But what begins as a fun tryst turns complicated when Benjamin falls for the one woman Mrs. Robinson demanded he stay away from: her daughter, Elaine.

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Into The Woods
Jun
15
to Jul 21

Into The Woods

The story follows a Baker and his wife, who wish to have a child; Cinderella, who wishes to attend the King’s Festival; and Jack, who wishes his cow would give milk. When the Baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a child because of a Witch’s curse, the two set off on a journey to break the curse. Everyone’s wish is granted, but the consequences of their actions return to haunt them later with disastrous results.

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Damn Yankees
Aug
24
to Sep 14

Damn Yankees

Joe Boyd, an aging Washington Senators fan, would sell his soul for the Senators to beat the New York Yankees and win the pennant. Enter Applegate, who offers to turn Boyd into Joe Hardy, a powerful young baseball player, in exchange for his soul. When Boyd agrees, he becomes Hardy and leads the Senators on a winning streak. When he starts to miss his wife, though, and questions the deal, Applegate sends temptress Lola into the mix.

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Family Matters
Sep
6
to Sep 22

Family Matters

2 One Acts by David Macaray

Megan the Merciless
The year is 1982. The occasion is a family reunion of sorts. Megan, a brilliant but abrasive college professor, author, and social critic returns home after three years to visit her two sisters. Their father is in India seeking “spiritual renewal”, and their mom is serving a prison term for vehicular manslaughter. Not only does the reunion not go as hoped, but the old adage, “time heals all wounds” is rendered meaningless.

The Affair
Michael and Veronica have been involved in a torrid three-month affair. While it hasn’t been “earth-shaking” it has, up to this point, been adequate. She is married to a successful physician. He is unmarried, employed as a gardener at the country club where they met. She is bored, cynical and mature. He is childish and suffers from a profound inferiority complex. It’s a comedy.

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The Vandal
Sep
20
to Oct 20

The Vandal

Strangers, a woman and a boy, on a cold, road at night, next to a cemetery, waiting for a bus. The bus is late. The woman sinks into herself, her coat hanging crooked, too thin for this cold night. Things couldn’t be worse. She has some ominous connection with the nearby hospital. She’s unresponsive to the fast-talking teenager who works to engage her with everything from philosophical riffs to brash seduction. Neither knows what this night holds in store. Hamish Linklater’s funny and ultimately spooky debut play explores life, death, and Doritos as these two characters cling to a temporary escape from loneliness.

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Twilight Zone
Oct
4
to Nov 9

Twilight Zone

There is a fifth dimension beyond that which is known to man. A dimension as vast as space, as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, science and superstition, and it lies between the pit of man’s fears and the summit of his knowledge. This is the dimension of imagination. It is an area which we call “The Twilight Zone”. “That’s the signpost up ahead. Your next stop: The Twilight Zone.”

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Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Oct
5
to Oct 26

Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

In the Victorian London, the barber Benjamin Barker is married to the gorgeous Lucy and they have a lovely child, Johanna. The beauty of Lucy attracts the attention of the corrupt Judge Turpin, who falsely accuses the barber of a crime that he did not commit and abuses Lucy later after gaining custody of her. After fifteen years in exile, Benjamin returns to London under the new identity of Sweeney Todd, seeking revenge against Turpin. He meets the widow Mrs. Lovett who is the owner of a meat pie shop who tells him that Lucy swallowed arsenic many years ago, and Turpin assigned himself tutor of Johanna. He opens a barber shop above her store, initiating a crime rampage against those who made him suffer and lose his beloved family.

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Silence The Musical
Oct
11
to Nov 10

Silence The Musical

Rookie FBI agent Clarice Starling matches wits with the brilliant but insane cannibal, Dr. Hannibal Lecter in order to catch the serial killer known as Buffalo Bill. Clarice faces her own demons while racing the clock to unlock Lecters clues before another innocent girl is killed and skinned by Buffalo Bill.

This hilarious and completely inappropriate satire features a singing chorus of floppy eared lambs narrating the action as Buffalo Bill gleefully dances a hoedown while kidnapping hapless Catherine Martin. Even Dr. Lecter, scary as ever, sings about the life he’d like to lead someday outside the prison walls.

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It's A Wonderful Life
Nov
29
to Dec 22

It's A Wonderful Life

The beloved American Classic comes to captivating life as a live 1940’s radio broadcast. With the help of an ensemble that brings a few dozen characters to the stage, the story of idealistic George Bailey unfolds as he considers ending his life one fateful Christmas Eve.


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God Help Us! - Starring Ed Asner - 3 performances only
Feb
22
to Feb 23

God Help Us! - Starring Ed Asner - 3 performances only

GOD HELP US! is a play ripped from today’s headlines, an evening’s entertainment that is at once hilarious, unifying and thought provoking.  Two pundits, Larry (a liberal lad) and Randi (a conservative gal), find themselves confronted by GOD (the legendary Ed Asner), a wise, sarcastic, cantankerous and wildly funny character who is offended by what America’s political leaders have done to America. He has brought Randi and Larry to Purgatory for a lively debate about the issues our time. And whomever he finds more persuasive will get God’s “mighty thumb on the scale” in one or the other’s favor.  We learn that Randi and Larry were a couple back in their college days, but politics tore them apart – in large measure because they couldn’t learn how to disagree without being disagreeable.

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American Revolution Reenactment - Huntington Beach
Feb
16
to Feb 17

American Revolution Reenactment - Huntington Beach

The British are coming!
The Huntington Beach Historical Society is proud to host this reenactment of the American Revolution in Huntington Beach Central Park, behind the library. Come experience the founding of our nation with some of the country's finest living history presenters. Spain's role in the independence of the United States was part of its dispute over colonial supremacy with the Kingdom of Great Britain. Spain declared war on Britain as an ally of France, itself an ally of the American colonies, and provided supplies and munitions to the American forces. Come by our tent and learn more! As always these events are absolutely free to the public.
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Men are from Mars, Women are From Venus Live!
Feb
14
7:00 PM19:00

Men are from Mars, Women are From Venus Live!

A Valentine’s Day “date night” special! This hit comedy is a one-man fusion of theatre and stand-up based on the New York Times #1 best-selling book. Moving swiftly through a series of vignettes, the show covers everything from dating and marriage to the bedroom. This hysterical show will have couples elbowing each other all evening as they see themselves on stage. Sexy and fast-paced, this show is definitely for adults, but will leave audiences laughing and giggling like little kids! When Mars and Venus collide, the adventures are earth-shatteringly hysterical. A delicious evening of entertainment!

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Downtown Santa Ana Artwalk - First Saturday of every month
Feb
2
6:00 PM18:00

Downtown Santa Ana Artwalk - First Saturday of every month

  • pin Downtown Santa Ana 200 N Main St, Santa Ana, California 92701 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Have a great time exploring DTSA First Saturday Artwalk! Downtown Santa Ana will be full of energy with art vendors and live music setup on the Artists Village Promenade, Calle Cuatro Plaza Night Market, Spurgeon Paseo Dancing in the Streets, Artwalk Alleys and holiday celebrations throughout! Not to mention sourrounding restaurants and brewpubs.

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Sweeney Todd
Jan
19
to Feb 16

Sweeney Todd

In a barber shop above Mrs. Lovett’s struggling pie shop, Sweeney Todd plots revenge on the lecherous judge who wronged him and his family. In the seedy underbelly of 19th-century London, desperate times lead to diabolical schemes—and strange alliances. With razor-sharp wit and extraordinary songs like “Pretty Women” and “Not While I’m Around,” this Tony Award-winning masterpiece was proclaimed, “more fun than a graveyard on the night of the annual skeleton’s ball”

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The Gin Game
Jan
18
to Feb 17

The Gin Game

  • Newport Theater Arts center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The play’s brilliance lies in its simplicity and economy. The metaphor of a common card game played by two people raises universal issues… This will become one of the great classics of the American theater. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for drama in 1978 and four Tony Nominations.

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Painting Churches - Cabrillo Playhouse
Jan
18
to Feb 10

Painting Churches - Cabrillo Playhouse

Gardner and Fanny Church are preparing to move out of their Beacon Hill house to their summer cottage on Cape Cod. Gardner, once a famous poet, now is retired. He slips in and out of senility as his wife Fanny valiantly tries to keep them both afloat. They have asked their daughter, Mags, to come home and help them move. Mags agrees, for she hopes as well to finally paint their portrait. She is now on the verge of artistic celebrity herself and hopes, by painting her parents, to come to terms with them and them with her. Mags triumphs in the end as Fanny and Gardner actually step through the frame and become a work of art ineffable and timeless.

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The Cemetary Club
Jan
18
to Feb 3

The Cemetary Club

Three Jewish widows meet once a month for tea before going to visit their husbands’ graves. Ida is sweet tempered and ready to begin a new life; Lucille is a feisty embodiment of the girl who just wants to have fun; and Doris is priggish and judgmental, particularly when Sam the butcher enters the scene. He meets the widows while visiting his wife’s grave. Doris and Lucille squash the budding romance between Sam and Ida. They are guilt-stricken when this nearly breaks Ida’s heart. 

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Murder on the Nile
Jan
18
to Feb 10

Murder on the Nile

  • 400 West Commonwealth Avenue Fullerton, CA, 92832 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Kay Ridgeway has led a charmed life. Blessed with enormous wealth, beauty and a new husband, she embarks on a honeymoon voyage down the Nile. Fatal circumstances await when the idyllic surroundings are shattered by a shocking and brutal murder. Under scrutiny is a multitude of memorable passengers, all with a reason to kill. The tension and claustrophobia builds, as a remarkable and audacious conspiracy is uncovered. Written by Agatha Christie

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Showoff! - International Playwriting Festival
Jan
11
to Jan 20

Showoff! - International Playwriting Festival

ShowOff! International Playwriting Festival is our subscribers' favorite, with drama, comedy and intrigue and the variety that comes from seeing 7 short plays and a wonderful extra in Reader's Theatre! As the audience you only see the top seven and nightly you will also hear one of our runner-up plays read as a "Reader's Theater". 7 different directors ... 7 different plays. Suitable for teenagers to adult.

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1776 - La Mirada Theater
Jan
11
to Feb 3

1776 - La Mirada Theater

Engaging, tuneful, witty and passionate, this Broadway musical shows us the likes of John Adams, Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson as we’ve never seen them before --- with humor and humanity.  Irreverent and topical, 1776 is the musical that celebrates what truly made America great… in the first place. 

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Driving Miss Daisy - Laguna Playhouse
Jan
9
to Jan 27

Driving Miss Daisy - Laguna Playhouse

Sparks fly in Alfred Uhry’s groundbreaking Pulitzer Prize-winning story about the decades-long relationship between a strong-willed, well-to-do Jewish woman and her black chauffeur, in the Jim Crow south. Set against a backdrop of changing world events between the late 1940s and early ‘70s, what begins as a troubled and hostile pairing soon blossoms into a profound, life-altering friendship that transcends all the societal boundaries placed between them. Starring 4-time Emmy award winner The Walton’s Michael Learned and Lance Nichols

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The Ultimate Rat Pack Tribute
Jan
5
8:00 PM20:00

The Ultimate Rat Pack Tribute

“The Chairman and The Board” Ultimate Rat Pack Tribute - Direct from Las Vegas is a classic reenactment of the peerless iconic pop  performers Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr as they performed together in the 1960’s and took the world by storm. This ninety (90) minute show captures the essence of the chemistry, the music, and the magical Spirit of the times.

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"Absolutely, Positively Rita's Last Show Ever in 2018"
Dec
31
7:00 PM19:00

"Absolutely, Positively Rita's Last Show Ever in 2018"

This comedy legend is hosting her own early evening New Year's Eve party at the Laguna Playhouse, where you'll toast the end of 2018 and watch the ball drop on the East Coast with a complimentary champagne drink and dessert. Rita Rudner's "Absolutely, Positively Rita's Last Show Ever in 2018" is a one night special performance featuring special musical guests.

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Culture Clash (Still) in AmeriCCa
Dec
30
to Jan 20

Culture Clash (Still) in AmeriCCa

Those equal​-opportunity offenders are back at it, bringing their special style of irreverent, thought-provoking social satire with them. SCR audiences first experienced their smart, outrageous ​comedy in a playful adaptation of The Birds and later with the wildly popular Culture Clash in AmeriCCa. With the world back under their microscope, expect laundry to be aired, public figures skewered and sacred cows poked. In other words: Classic Culture Clash!

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Every Christmas Story Ever Told
Dec
14
to Dec 23

Every Christmas Story Ever Told

Instead of performing Charles Dickens' beloved holiday classic for the umpteenth time, three actors decide to perform every Christmas story ever told -- plus Christmas traditions from around the world, seasonal icons from ancient times to topical pop-culture, and every carol ever sung. A madcap romp through the holiday season! Family friendly and great for all ages, whether you're 4 or 104 years old!

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Christmas Fantasia
Dec
10
8:00 PM20:00

Christmas Fantasia

Ring in the Christmas season with beloved carols and musical masterpieces performed by Vanguard University's nationally-known, vocal and instrumental ensembles in the elegance and acoustical perfection of Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Proceeds support Vanguard University music students, scholarships and other educational resources.

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I Touch My Elf - The Skivvies
Dec
10
to Dec 11

I Touch My Elf - The Skivvies

Broadway's Lauren Molina and Nick Cearley return to the Laguna Playhouse for two nights of the most outrageous holiday show of the season. This undie-rock, comedy pop, award-winning duo perform stripped down, mashed up versions of holiday favorites and more. Expect to see ukulele, electric cello and an array of zany instruments. Special guest stars to be announced. 

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The Nutcracker Ballet
Dec
8
to Dec 24

The Nutcracker Ballet

Festival Ballet Theatre’s family-friendly breathtaking production features superb colorful scenery and dazzling costumes, which make this age-old tradition sparkle like new. Be swept away by Tchaikovsky’s iconic score as the Sugar Plum Fairy, our heroine Clara, and a cast of hundreds take you on a magical journey to mystical lands.

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A Charlie Brown Christmas
Dec
7
to Dec 23

A Charlie Brown Christmas

When Charlie Brown complains about the overwhelming materialism he sees among everyone during the Christmas season, Lucy suggests that he become director of the school Christmas pageant. Charlie Brown accepts, but this proves to be a frustrating endeavor. When an attempt to restore the proper holiday spirit with a forlorn little Christmas fir tree fails, he needs Linus’ help to discover the real meaning of Christmas.

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Casa Kinetic: The Nutcracker
Dec
6
to Dec 7

Casa Kinetic: The Nutcracker

Featuring all the favorites, including the sugar plum fairies and toy soldiers, The Nutcracker returns to Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens this holiday season, performed by Orange County Ballet Theater. This fully staged production of the beloved holiday classic features choreography specifically designed for the intimate Main Salon of San Clemente founder Ole Hanson's historic home

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Beauty and the Beast
Dec
5
to Dec 26

Beauty and the Beast

This modern version of the classic fairytale, Lythgoe Family Panto’s Beauty and the Beast: A Christmas Rose brings all the magic of the traditional British family Holiday Panto to American audiences. In this interactive experience, the audience is encouraged to CHEER for Belle, BOO for Gus and sing along with popular songs such as the BeeGees’ “Staying Alive,” The Chainsmokers & Coldplay’s “Something Just Like This,” and Edith Piaf’s “La Vie En Rose.”

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Once Upon a Christmas Time
Nov
30
to Dec 9

Once Upon a Christmas Time

  • Vanguard University Lyceum Theater (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

It is Christmas Eve and Princess Aubrianna is awaiting her wedding the next day – to a man she’s never met! An arranged marriage between two warring countries has kept the peace for 20 years. Now, both the Prince and Princess are 20 years old and it is time to seal the pact. However, Aubrianna wants to have one last night of freedom and sneaks out of the castle disguised as a peasant. She meets a handsome young man that challenges her as well as charms her. What will she do on her wedding day? Will she choose duty or love?

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The Holiday GEM
Nov
29
to Dec 16

The Holiday GEM

The celebration begins with a journey into the magical world of Christmas Fantasy Land, where you'll discover that anything is possible as long as you believe. Featuring well known standards and contemporary holiday classics that are sure to fill you with the spirit of the season. Enjoy favorites such as Winter WonderlandHave Yourself A Merry Little ChristmasBaby It's Cold Outside and Sleigh Ride as you've never heard them before.

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Santa Claus Conquers the Martians
Nov
24
to Dec 23

Santa Claus Conquers the Martians

Santa Claus kidnapped by Martians! Will the children on Earth have no toys on Christmas day? Only Hollywood could cook up such an absurd story and only the Maverick Theater would want to adapt it to the stage. This holiday season join Santa on a madcap adventure in outer space!  The show is performed with a light hearted “Saturday Night Live” style that is suitable for children and even cranky adults.

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A Christmas Carol
Nov
24
to Dec 24

A Christmas Carol

Nineteenth-century London comes to life when your family joins the SCR family for the holidays. Recapture the spirit of an old-fashioned Christmas with this timeless Dickens classic and all your favorite characters—Tiny Tim and the Cratchit family, the Fezziwigs, the Ghosts of Christmas past, present and yet-to-come—and, as always, Hal Landon Jr. as everyone's favorite curmudgeon, Ebenezer Scrooge.

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A Charlie Brown Christmas
Nov
23
to Dec 22

A Charlie Brown Christmas

Join Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus, and the rest of the Peanuts gang as they mount a play, save a tree, and uncover the true meaning of Christmas in A Charlie Brown Christmas. Charles M. Schulz’s Emmy and Peabody award-winning story has warmed the hearts of millions of fans since it first aired on television more than 50 years ago.

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Emma The Musical - Chance Theater
Nov
23
to Dec 23

Emma The Musical - Chance Theater

Jane Austen’s enduring love story is brought to life as a romantic-comedy musical. The story revolves around Emma, a well-meaning, but disaster-prone matchmaker, who ignores her own romantic feelings while setting out to find a suitor for her friend Harriet. Her efforts go awry, of course, leading to comic complications. We invite you to fall in love again with one of Jane Austen’s most adored characters, featuring an intelligent and buoyant score from Tony-nominated composer Paul Gordon (Jane Eyre).

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