2017-2018 Season

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FIDDLER ON THE ROOF |  August 29 - September 14
 
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I HATE HAMLET | September 26 - October 5
 
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CARRIE: THE MUSICAL | November 17 - December 10
 
 
OLIVER | January 5 - January 21
 
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PIRATES OF PENZANCE IN CONCERT |  February 9 - March 4
CROWNS |  March 16 - April 1
 
 
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INTO THE WOODS |  May 4 - May 13
THE CRUCIBLE | June 1 - June 17
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MONTY PYTHON'S SPAMALOT | May 8 - May 24
 
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GREATER TUNA QUADRILOGY | June 1 - June 17
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2017-2018 Alternative Season

2017-2018 Conservatory Season

Junie B. Jones The Musical Jr.:  June 28 - July 1 2018
THE PILLOWMAN |  January 31 - February 4 at the Multicultural Arts Center

Written by Martin McDonagh

In an interrogation room in an unnamed totalitarian dictatorship, Katurian Katurian, a writer, is being interrogated by two detectives. Next door, Katurian’s mentally disabled brother Michal waits. The detectives want to know why Katurian’s stories feature gruesome plots about child murder, and in particular why they seem to mirror a string of recent child killings in the area. This brutal dark comedy from Martin McDonagh, the master of the horror-comedy, poses unanswerable questions: Can stories hold the power to cause atrocities? Where is the line between truth and fairy tale? Is a life of horror worth living at all? And what is a life worth?  And is it worth more when family is at stake?  The Pillowman is a dark, twisty, and utterly unforgettable masterpiece from one of Ireland’s most treasured writers.

 

Rated M for Mature for Language, Violence, Adult Themes, and Disturbing Content

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IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE: A LIVE RADIO PLAY   
December 15 - 17 at Merced Theatre

Adapted by Joe Landry from the Classic Film by Frank Capra

 

The classic Christmas tale of George Bailey is presented as a 1940’s radio show.  With an ensemble cast that brings the story to the stage in a delightfully unique way, this show is filled with laughter, and is guaranteed to tug at the heartstrings.  Follow along as a group of radio actors play out the story of a man who is considering ending his own life, unaware of how much impact he has had on the lives of those around him.  As the actors perform the tale in a traditional 1940’s radio fashion, they themselves are caught up in the emotions and power of “It’s a Wonderful Life” and discover the true magic of this extraordinary story.

 

Rated A for All Ages

 

Book & Lyrics by Marcy Heisler, Music by Zina Goldrich

Join Junie B. on her first day of first grade, where many changes are in store: Junie's best friend Lucille has found new best friends - and Junie B. makes friends with Herb, the new kid at school. While in Mr. Scary's class Junie has trouble reading the blackboard - and she may need glasses. Add in a friendly cafeteria lady, an intense kickball tournament and a "Top-Secret Personal Beeswax Journal," and first grade has never been more exciting.

Featuring many lovable characters and fun-filled songs, Junie B. Jones JR. will capture your audiences' and Broadway Junior performers' hearts - just as the books captivated an entire generation of students.

 

Rated A for All Ages

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Shrek The Musical Jr.   
August 3 - 5 2018

Music by Jeanine Tesori, Book and Lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire

Based on the DreamWorks Animation Motion Picture and the book by William Steig

Beauty is in the eye of the ogre in Shrek The Musical JR., based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film and fantastic Broadway musical.  It's a "big bright beautiful world" as everyone's favorite ogre, Shrek, leads a cast of fairytale misfits on an adventure to rescue a princess and find true acceptance.  Part romance and part twisted fairy tale, Shrek JR. is an irreverently fun show with a powerful message for the whole family.

Once upon a time, in a far away swamp, there lived an ogre named Shrek.  One day, Shrek finds his swamp invaded by banished fairytale misfits who have been cast off by Lord Farquaad, a tiny terror with big ambitions. When Shrek sets off with a wisecracking donkey to confront Farquaad, he's handed a task – if he rescues feisty princess Fiona, his swamp will be righted. Shrek tries to win Fiona’s love and vanquish Lord Farquaad, but a fairytale wouldn't be complete without a few twists and turns along the way.

With abundant opportunities for imaginative sets and costumes, and a host of over-the-top roles for an expandable cast, there's a part for everyone in this dazzling adventure story.

 

Rated A for All Ages

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