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Leonardo! A Wonderful Show About A Terrible Monster

Presented by Segerstrom Center for the Arts (SCFTA) at Samueli Theater, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Costa Mesa CA

Oct 29 - 30 2022
Leonardo! A Wonderful Show About A Terrible Monster

This live theater production is adapted from the beloved children’s books by Mo Willems, and realized through live actors, 3D puppets, DIY cinema, and immersive sound by critically-acclaimed multimedia artists Manual Cinema.

Leonardo is a terrible monster. He tries so hard to be scary, but he just…isn’t. Then Leonardo finds Sam, the most scaredy-cat kid in the world. Will Leonardo finally get his chance to scare the tuna salad out of an unsuspecting human? Or will it be the start of an unlikely friendship? The plot thickens when this pair meets Kerry and Frankenthaler, an even scaredier-cat and her monster friend. Kerry and Sam will need to make a big decision: will they be friends or will they be controlled by

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Tickets start at $20.00

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Phone: Mon-Fri 10 am to 5 pm

(714) 556-2787

Box Office: Monday: 10am to 2pm

Tuesday–Friday: 12pm to 5pm

Saturday and Sunday: Closed

Contact: 714.556.2787


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Join us for free pre-show activities before Leonardo! A Wonderful Show about a Terrible Monster

Put on your best scary face and head over to Samueli Theatre an hour before the performance for some monstrous activities. Become a puppeteer just like those in the show by creating your own monster stick puppet and bringing it to life in our Puppet Projection Booth. Curl up with a good Mo Willems book in our cozy reading corner. And don’t forget to wear your Halloween costume and pose for our Leonardo-themed photo op. Be sure to come early to enjoy all the fun!

* Event durations (if noted) are approximate. Please check with the presenting organization or venue to confirm start times and duration.


Samueli Theater, Segerstrom Center for the Arts

615 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

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For visitors to Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall and Samueli Theater, the closest parking is in the Plaza Tower Parking Structure, which is across Park Center Drive from the Westin South Coast Plaza and directly behind the concert hall and South Coast Repertory.

Current rates for performance parking are $10 (cash only).


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