BWW Blogs: Fall Showers Can't Dampen the Theatre Spirits on the California Central Coast!

October 21
3:01 PM 2010


As we come to the last 2 weeks of October, our California Central Coast theatres and live performance venues have numerous entertainment offerings ready and waiting for your viewing and listening enjoyment!

Murder in Mind Productions ( presents Pirates of Pirates Cove, a parody by John Logue, directed by Ron Kewish, at the Spyglass Inn, located at 2703 Spyglass Dr in Shell Beach, through November 7.  

Who killed Captain Jack Peacock?  A jealous lover?  An ambitious shipmate?  Someone after his booty?  Speaking of which, what's become of Jack's booty?  And how many times will we use the word "booty" to get a cheap laugh?

Join Jack's crew on the "Galloping Grampus" for a rollicking pirate adventure, booty and murder on the high seas!  Arrgh!

The fun starts the minute you are escorted to your table and continues through dinner while you have an opportunity to bribe suspects and attempt to solve the crime.  Reservations are required.

Upcoming performances at the Clark Center ( in Arroyo Grande include Masters of the Fiddle with Natalie MacMaster & Donnell Leahy November 4, Opera San Luis Obispo's One Quarter, One Love: 25th Anniversary Gala Celebration on Novmber 5, and Everybody Can Dance Ballet's Nutcracker November 27 & 28.

Ryan Cordero ( and Sorcerer Productions (check them out on Facebook) recently closed their very successful production of Forever Plaid, directed by Natalia Berryman, with Musical Direction by Mark Robertshaw and Choreography by Stacy Estrada at the Clark Center ( in Arroyo Grande as part of their inaugural season of shows.  Next up is Drowsy Chaperone in Feb/March of 2011, and Crazy for You in August 2011.

The Great American Melodrama ( in Oceano is proud to present its annual Fall/Halloween show, which this year is Trudy and the Beast ... or The Creature from the Black Lagoon, through November 14, with each performance followed by the "Zombie Vaudeville Review."

The Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts (, the Central Coast's Resident Professional Theatre Company, located on the Allan Hancock College Campus in Santa Maria, will open its 2010/11 season with a production of Peter Pan November 4 - December 23 at the Marian Theatre in Santa Maria.

The Santa Maria Civic Theatre ( will present Wait Until Dark Novermber 19 - December 11.

The God Is Still Speaking Players recently closed their production of You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown.  Next up is a staged reading of Dylan Thomas' Under Milk Wood, directed by Chrys Barnes in collaboration with Bent Angel Productions, with performances on November 20 & 21.

SLO Little Theatre's ( current mainstage production is Leading Ladies, directed by Leticia Velex, running through October 31.  Auditions for This Is Rock 'N Rolll: The Alan Freed Story will be held November 2 & 3, 6-9 PM (performances February 18 - March 20, 2011).  A readers' theatre production of Boy Gets Girl will be presented for one performance only on November 5, and Nuncrackers: the Christmas Musical will run November 19 - December 19.

Upcoming performances at the Cal Poly Performing Arts Center ( include David Sedaris October 28, Imago Theatre: ZooZoo November 4, Theatre Works USA's Click Clack Moo on November 7, The 5 Browns on November 10, Cal Poly Theatre & Dance Department's Antigone and Letters to Soldiers Lost November 11-13 & 18-19, and the MET's Live in HD Verdi's Don Carlo on November 14.

The Atascadero High School Drama Department (, one of the Central Coast's premier high school theatre programs, will present Scheherazade and 15 Minute Hamlet November 4-14.

The Pewter Plough Playhouse ( in Cambria has announced that their next production will be The Glass Menagerie, directed by Nehemiah Persoff, with rehearsals beginning in November and performances in January and February.  Contact Mr Persoff at (805) 927-3877 (leave a message) or email the theatre at to schedule an audition.

The Theatre at the Old Grammar School (TOGS), also located in Cambria, closed Rosann Balbontin's Bridging the Gap in September.  Contact Theatre Director, Jeff Mar, at to find out what their next project will be.

The Pioneer Players ( presented a "special project."  Always ... Patsy Cline, at Centennial Park in Paso Robles for 2 performances on September 17 & 18 with Amanda Baker as Patsy and Jill Turnbow as her friend Louise.  Stay tuned for what they'll be doing next! 

The Houselights Theatre ( is looking for a new place to call home ... got any suggestions?  Details concerning their next show are TBD (and where it will be held).

As you can see, the performing arts are alive and well here on the California Central Coast - so what are ya' waitin' for ... call and make your reservations before the best seats are gone!

Curt Miner ... your guy on the ground with the California Central Coast theatre "news & views" 

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Curt Miner Curt Miner received his degree in theatre from Northern Arizona University and has been involved in theatre, educationally and professionally, for nearly 40 years now. He is currently Pastor of the United Church of Christ in San Luis Obispo, CA (, where he founded a theatre outreach ministry known as The God Is Still Speaking Players (check them out on Facebook). Their first production was the West Coast Premiere of a new play by Gordon Greene (one of Curt's former theatre professors from back at NAU) entitled "The Scopes Monkey Trial: What Really Happened" in October of 2008. Curt and his wife of 35 years, Linda, worked together as Director and Music Director on a production of "Godspell" June 2009. The group presented a readers' theatre production of Archibald MacLeish's Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winning play "J.B." November 2009, participated in a collaborative effort with Bent Angel Productions in a staged reading of "12 Angry Men" in February 2010, presented "You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown" the first 2 weekends of September 2010, embarked upon another collaborative effort with Bent Angel Productions of a staged reading of Dylan Thomas' "Under Milk Wood" in November 2010, presented a readers' theatre production of "The Diary of Anne Frank" the first weekend this past March, mounted a production of "Sister Amnesia's Country Western Nunsense Jamboree" the first 2 weekends of September, and presented "Celebration In Song" - a musical variety show to benefit the work of GALA and PFLAG in November. A readers' theatre presentation (possibly "Our Town") or another musical revue will be presented this coming March, with "Snoopy" (sequel to YAGMCB) on the schedule for the first 2 weekends in September. When people ask him "Why a theatre outreach ministry?" Curt tells them "I have found that theatre is sometimes able to touch a person's heart and soul more deeply than the best crafted worship experience ... that's why."


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