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    Muckenthaler Gala & Arts Legacy Award

    Presented by Muckenthaler Cultural Center, The at Muckenthaler Cultural Center, Fullerton

    September 30, 2016

    Enjoy dinner and live entertainment by celebrity guests under the stars! During the evening, the 2016 Dr. James Young Arts Legacy Award will be presented to Lois Ellyn—ballerina, choreographer and teacher—as well as Artistic Director of Nouveau Chamber Ballet. Ellyn studied and performed with prominent figures in the world of ballet such as Madame Nijinska and Maestro Celli. She was a noted ballerina for New ...more


    The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

    Presented by Maverick Theater at Maverick Theater, Fullerton

    August 26 - October 2, 2016

    Conceived by Rebecca Feldman & Additional Material by Jay Reiss
    Music and Lyrics by William Finn & Book by Rachel Sheinkin

    Directed by Rovin Jay

    Musical Direction by...more

    Blame it on the Movies!

    Presented by Vanguard University at Lyceum Theater, The, Costa Mesa

    September 16 - October 2, 2016

    A Musical Revue celebrating the greatest music to come from the silver screen

    Musical Sequences Compiled and Conceived by Ron Abel, Billy Barnes, and David...more

    Paige Turner's Make America Gay Again

    Presented by Theatre Out at Theatre Out, Santa Ana

    October 7 - October 8, 2016

    Do you feel the Bern? Are you ready to build the wall? Are you with her?

    No matter which way you are leaning, the one thing we can all agree on is that Paige Turner's Make America...more

    Ukuelele

    Presented by Muckenthaler Cultural Center, The at Muckenthaler Cultural Center, Fullerton

    October 9, 2016

    Celebrate the mighty ukulele with exceptional local bands and jam sessions all afternoon. Enjoy food, refreshments, and specialty vendors. Past performers have included the amazing Janet Klein and...more

    Peter Pan

    Presented by Broadway on Tour Children's Theatre at Ebell Theater, Santa Ana

    September 24 - October 9, 2016

    Peter Pan
    based on the stories of J.M. Barrie
    Presented by special arrangement with Samuel French

    The boy who won't grow up takes Wendy, Michael, and...more

    I Do! I Do!

    Presented by Newport Theatre Arts Center at Newport Theatre Arts Center, Newport Beach

    September 9 - October 9, 2016

    The story of a marriage is at the center of I Do! I Do!, an intimate and nostalgic musical created by the same
    people who created The Fantasticks. The original Broadway...more

    Anna in the Tropics

    Presented by California State University, Fullerton at Young Theatre: CSUF, Fullerton

    September 23 - October 9, 2016

    By Nilo Cruz • Director by Fidel Gomez

    Winner of the 2003 Pulitzer Prize. Set in a Cuban-American cigar factory in Florida in 1929 where lectors entertain the workers and divert them...more

    Man of La Mancha

    Presented by Cabrillo Playhouse at Cabrillo Playhouse, San Clemente

    September 16 - October 9, 2016

    One of the world’s most popular musicals, Man of La Mancha, the “Impossible Dream” musical, tells the adventures of a delusional Spanish knight, Don Quixote, backed by his faithful...more

    Bodies & Ink: Celebrating National Banned Books Week

    Presented by Saddleback College

    September 30 - October 9, 2016

    Guides will lead audiences through the three story LRC building to encounter ten performance pieces based on works of literature that have been banned. Students and faculty from Dance, Music,...more

    NTL: The Deep Blue Sea

    Presented by Irvine Barclay Theatre at Irvine Barclay Theatre, Irvine

    October 12, 2016

    Broadcast in HD from the National Theatre in London

    Helen McCrory (Medea and The Last of the Haussmans at the National...more

    Charles Phoenix: This is Americana!

    Presented by Carpenter Performing Arts Center at Carpenter Performing Arts Center, Long Beach

    October 15, 2016

    Ambassador of Americana, Charles Phoenix, supercharges the classic living room slide show into a laugh-out-loud celebration of spectacular mid-century car culture, space age style, landmark...more

    Look Homeward Angel

    Presented by Fullerton College Theatre at Fullerton College Campus Theatre, Fullerton

    October 7 - October 15, 2016

    By Ketti Frings, Based on Thomas Wolfe's novel Look Homeward Angel, Directed by Tim Espinosa.

    An authentic American classic, this powerful and vital play captures the sardonic humor...more

    Waiting For Godot

    Presented by Golden West College at Golden West College Theater, Huntington Beach

    October 7 - October 16, 2016

    By Samuel Beckett
    Directed by Tom Amen

    Samuel Beckett’s timeless masterpiece, Waiting for Godot, has been called by many one of the most important and enigmatic plays ever...more

    The Iliad: Menin (Rage)

    Presented by Claire Trevor School of the Arts at University of California, Irvine - Winifred Smith Hall, Irvine

    October 13 - October 16, 2016

    THEM! Drama Series

    Written by Homer with translation by Stephen Mitchell 
    Annie Loui, Director and Choreographer

    This dramatic movement piece is constructed in the...more

    The Addams Family, a New Musical

    Presented by Attic Community Theater at Attic Community Theater, Santa Ana

    October 6 - October 16, 2016

    An Attic Teen Cast Production
    Directed by Kathy Paladino

    THE ADDAMS FAMILY features an original story, and it’s every father’s nightmare. Wednesday Addams, the...more

    On-the-Radar Reading: A new play by Lauren Yee

    Presented by Chance Theater at Chance Theater @ Bette Aitken Theater Arts Center, Anaheim

    October 19, 2016

    So new, we don’t even know what it is yet! One of the most exciting aspects of developing new work is giving playwrights the freedom to explore and try new things. Check back for updates as our...more

    Tomorrow's Stars

    Presented by Muckenthaler Cultural Center, The at Muckenthaler Cultural Center, Fullerton

    October 20, 2016

    Join us as we partner with the Fullerton School District in search of tomorrow’s stars from their talented student body. This America’s Got Talent style of program introduces...more

    Seminar

    Presented by Chance Theater at Chance Theater @ Bette Aitken Theater Arts Center, Anaheim

    September 23 - October 23, 2016

    There’s only one thing harder than writing your first novel.
    Letting him read it.

    “Writers in their natural state are about as civilized as feral...more

    The Boy at the Edge of Everything

    Presented by Chance Theater at Chance Theater @ Bette Aitken Theater Arts Center, Anaheim

    October 13 - October 23, 2016

    Meet Simon. He’s a stressed out 12-year-old who just wishes that he could find a place to stop and think. Meet the Boy at the Edge of Everything. He is lonely and bored, which makes sense since...more

    SWEENEY TODD: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

    Presented by One More Productions at GEM Theater, The, Garden Grove

    September 29 - October 23, 2016

    Book by Hugh Wheeler
    Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
    Directed by Damien Lorton

    Just in time for Halloween, an infamous treat, SWEENEY TODD!

    An unjustly exiled...more

    District Merchants

    Presented by South Coast Repertory at Julianne Argyros Stage, Costa Mesa

    October 2 - October 23, 2016

    by Aaron Posner
    inspired by William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice
    directed by Michael Michetti
    West Coast Premiere

    With audacious humor and bold...more

    OCC Student Repertory Presents "Tales from the Script"

    Presented by Orange Coast College at Orange Coast College, Costa Mesa

    October 15 - October 23, 2016

    OCC Student Repertory Presents "Tales from the Script". The Repertory turns to the dark side for this festival of spooky scenes and plays. Prepare for a scare.

    Recommended for Mature...more

    "The Producers" by HB APA

    Presented by Huntington Beach Academy for the Performing Arts at Huntington Beach High School Historic Auditorium, Huntington Beach

    October 14 - October 23, 2016

    The Academy for the Performing Arts opens the door to its musical season with Mel Brooks’ hilarious Broadway sensation, “The Producers.” “This is “The Producers” debut among OC high...more

    Fahrenheit 451

    Presented by Saddleback College

    October 14 - October 24, 2016

    Adapted from Bradbury’s dystopian novel published in 1953, Farenheit 451 is regarded as one of his best works. A future American society where books are outlawed and...more

    Sister's Halloween Catechism

    Presented by Laguna Playhouse at Laguna Playhouse, Laguna Beach

    October 17 - October 24, 2016

    It is that time of year again and Sister is preparing her classroom for another long year of Catechism. You are in store for another hysterical lesson with "Back To School Catechism: The Holy...more

    Joe Monti Magic

    Presented by Muckenthaler Cultural Center, The at Muckenthaler Cultural Center, Fullerton

    October 27, 2016

    Magician Joe Monti returns to wow audiences with his sleight of hand. Monti has performed for clients in 40 countries and is currently the TV producer and head consultant for the #1 TV magic...more

    NTL: Frankenstein

    Presented by Irvine Barclay Theatre at Irvine Barclay Theatre, Irvine

    October 30, 2016

    An Encore Broadcast in HD from the National Theatre in London

    FRANKENSTEIN
    written by Nick Dear
    based on the novel by Mary Shelley

    Sunday October 30, 2016 at...more

    Dial M For Murder

    Presented by Camino Real Playhouse at Camino Real Playhouse, San Juan Capistrano

    October 14 - October 30, 2016

    Deception, murder, and passion complicate Frederick Knott’s darkly brilliant tale of jealousy and greed. Motivated by his wife Margot’s large fortune and a previous infidelity, Tony Wendice...more

    Italian American Reconciliation

    Presented by California State University, Fullerton at Halberg Theatre: CSUF, Fullerton

    October 7 - October 30, 2016

    By John Patrick Shanley • Directed By Maria Cominis

    This lighthearted romantic comedy by the author of Moonstruck is hailed as “lovely” and “bathed in moonlit madness” by...more

    The Shape of Things

    Presented by Golden West College at Golden West College Theater, Huntington Beach

    October 28 - October 30, 2016

    By Neil Labute
    Directed by Rory Cowan

    Can we forgive transgressions committed in the name of love? Of art? How far is too far? Neil Labute’s provocative play, The Shape of...more

    A Midsummer Night's Dream

    Presented by Vanguard University at Lyceum Theater, The, Costa Mesa

    October 21 - October 30, 2016

    An enchanting comedy complete with mischief, magic and the world’s most popular pastime, falling in love.

    By William Shakespeare / Directed by Kevin Slay

    With a...more

    War of the Worlds

    Presented by Camino Real Playhouse at Camino Real Playhouse, San Juan Capistrano

    October 30 - October 31, 2016

    Originally broadcast from New York City on the CBS Radio Network in 1938, War of the Worlds, based upon the novel by H. G. Wells, had many terrified listeners convinced that an actual alien...more

    You Can't Take it With You

    Presented by Saddleback College at McKinney Theatre, Mission Viejo

    November 4 - November 5, 2016

    By George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart

    A Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy about an eccentric family who allows each member to pursue his own ambition in the home, but their routine is disrupted...more

    Desdemona: A Play About a Handkerchief

    Presented by STAGEStheatre at STAGEStheatre, Fullerton

    October 8 - November 5, 2016

    Written by Paula Vogel
    Directed by Jill Johnson

    Perception can be deceiving. Thought to be a faithful lover and wife, Vogel tells quite a different story of Desdemona. After...more

    Day of the Dead Festival

    Presented by Muckenthaler Cultural Center, The at Muckenthaler Cultural Center, Fullerton

    November 6, 2016

    We present Latino arts and crafts, altars, art workshops, food vendors and live music! Last year more than 700 people attended and enjoyed Grammy-nominated performers, regional dance groups, and...more

    Monique

    Presented by STAGEStheatre at STAGEStheatre, Fullerton

    September 30 - November 6, 2016

    Written by Dorothy and Michael Blankfort
    Directed by Rose London

    Monique has been described as a mystery, a suspense and a play with a touch of the supernatural… it is all...more

    Mandy Harvey

    Presented by Carpenter Performing Arts Center at Carpenter Performing Arts Center, Long Beach

    November 9 - November 10, 2016

    “From the first note, Mandy Harvey tames her audience into stunned appreciation,” proclaims LA Times, as the jazz singer effortlessly glides from breathy jazz standards to growling...more

    George Takei

    Presented by Carpenter Performing Arts Center at Carpenter Performing Arts Center, Long Beach

    November 12, 2016

    Join George Takei—the noted actor and activist with a signature wit—as he offers insight into his rise to celebrity as a sci-fi icon, his remarkable journey as social media luminary, and his...more

    Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia: Goodnight Moon & The Runaway Bunny

    Presented by Carpenter Performing Arts Center at Carpenter Performing Arts Center, Long Beach

    November 13, 2016

    The hour-long staged adaptation—perfect for ages 3-8—features endearing puppets, stunning scenery, and evocative music of stories that have delighted generations. Goodnight Moon...more

    Destiny of Desire

    Presented by South Coast Repertory at Segerstrom Stage, Costa Mesa

    October 14 - November 13, 2016

    by Karen Zacarías
    directed by José Luis Valenzuela
    West Coast Premiere

    On a stormy night in Bellarica, Mexico, two baby girls are born—one to poverty, one to...more

    Dickens – A Christmas Carol with Gerald Dickens

    Presented by Roger's Gardens at Roger's Gardens, Corona Del Mar

    November 12 - November 13, 2016

    Roger’s Gardens welcomes Gerald Charles Dickens, great-great grandson of literary master, Charles Dickens. He will be presenting his great-great grandfather’s A Christmas...more

    Masters of Illusion

    Presented by Musco Center for the Arts at Musco Center for the Arts, Orange

    November 17, 2016

    You’ll believe the impossible as the stars of the hit television series Masters of Illusion materialize on the Musco Center stage in the largest touring magic show ever produced. And –...more

    Darling, You Slay Me!

    Presented by Gourmet Detective

    May 30 - November 19, 2016

    It all begins the moment you step into the restaurant -- Greeted and seated by the characters, you become part of the scene, as witness, sleuth and potentially accomplice to the crime. The story -...more

    UCI Drama: Parade

    Presented by Irvine Barclay Theatre at Irvine Barclay Theatre, Irvine

    November 12 - November 20, 2016

    Myrona DeLaney, Director
    Andrew Palermo, Choreographer
    Daniel Gary Busby, Music Director/Conductor

    Daring, innovative and bold, Parade is filled with soaring music and a...more

    The Addams Family, The Musical

    Presented by Costa Mesa Playhouse at Costa Mesa Civic Playhouse, Costa Mesa

    October 28 - November 20, 2016

    Music & Lyrics by Andrew Lippa
    Book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice

    Directed by Jason Holland

    It is a time of crisis for the delightfully ghoulish family created by...more

    Pride and Prejudice

    Presented by California State University, Fullerton at Young Theatre: CSUF, Fullerton

    November 4 - November 20, 2016

    Adapted by Jon Jory from the novel by Jane Austen • Directed by Mark Ramont

    The beloved Jane Austen returns to the CSUF stage in this refreshingly fast-paced, witty and wildly romantic...more

    A Piece of My Heart

    Presented by Golden West College at Golden West College Theater, Huntington Beach

    November 11 - November 20, 2016

    By Shirley Lauro
    Directed by Martie Ramm

    A Piece of My Heart is a powerful work that explores the music and soul of a tumultuous era in our history. It is the true story...more

    Parade

    Presented by Claire Trevor School of the Arts at Irvine Barclay Theatre, Irvine

    November 12 - November 20, 2016

    Parade tells the heart-wrenching, true story of Leo Frank: a Brooklyn-raised Jewish man living in Atlanta who was wrongfully convicted of the rape and murder of his thirteen-year-old...more

    Mr. Popper's Penguins

    Presented by South Coast Repertory at Julianne Argyros Stage, Costa Mesa

    November 4 - November 20, 2016

    book by Robert Kauzlaric
    music and lyrics by George Howe
    based on the novel by Richard and Florence Atwater
    directed by Art Manke

    Mr. Popper loves Antarctic adventures....more

    Jive Aces Holiday Show

    Presented by Carpenter Performing Arts Center at Carpenter Performing Arts Center, Long Beach

    November 27, 2016

    Kick off the holidays as The Jive Aces deck the hall with high energy music, wild stage show, and irresistible humor! The UK’s No.1 jive and swing band performs energetic renditions of Christmas...more

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