Kelrik Announces INSPIRE 2013 Season, Opening With CATS, 1/18 - 2/3

Kelrik is pleased to announce their new INSPIRE 2013 Season. Now in its eighth year in San Luis Obispo, Kelrik is raising the bar for itself with INSPIRE by producing more shows than ever before in a single season.

Kelrik's primary goal has always been to provide the highest quality family theatre featuring local talent. This year they are excited to bring back Kelrik's AFTER DARK series: SPELLING BEE, LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, and URINETOWN. Because these shows are geared toward adult audiences, children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Curtain times for Kelrik AFTER DARK performances are Friday and Saturday evenings only. By broadening its repertoire in this way, Kelrik is pleased to add to the range of entertainment options in our community.

This year the company will present new works such as well as revive old favorites that uphold the standards and visions of Kelrik: quality "edutainment," by which they mean theater which both educates and entertains. Myths, parables and fables have long been used to teach. Kelrik builds on this tradition, creating audience-pleasing productions which provide food for thought -- as well as being great fun! They will also offer after-school workshops for actors of all ages and abilities throughout the year.

As a company, Kelrik is dedicated to the growth of their actors, theater-goers, and the artistic medium in which they all connect. Their shows remain true to the stories on which they are based, often incorporating songs and scenes removed by other directors. Each features a talented cast of local actors, first-rate production values, and opportunities for audience interaction and participation.

INSPIRE 2013 is Kelrik's most ambitious season to date. With the addition of the AFTER DARK series to our notable family friendly shows, we hope to entertain both our younger and more mature audience members alike to create a truly magical theatre experience for all ages. We look forward to the exciting season ahead of us, which promises to INSPIRE you!

The INSPIRE WINTER/SPRING SEASON 2013 will feature the Family and AFTER DARK series. All shows run at UNITY, 1490 Southwood Drive, San Luis Obispo. For ticket information call 805-543-PLAY (7529) or visit

Kelrik's Family Series -

CATS runs from January 18 - February 3 on Fridays and Saturdays at 7 pm, Sundays at pm.
Tickets range from $14-20.

Based on the universally popular poetry of T.S. Eliot, Cats tells the story, in song and dance, of the annual gathering of Jellicle cats at which time one special cat is selected to ascend to the Heaviside layer. A true musical theatre phenomenon.

DISNEY'S TARZAN runs from February 16 - March 10 on Saturdays and Sundays at 2 pm.
Tickets range from $14-20.

Based on the smash-hit 1999 Disney animated film and featuring an award-winning score by Phil Collins, Tarzan tells the story of an infant boy orphaned on the shores of West Africa. Taken in and raised by a tribe of gorillas, the young boy strives for acceptance by his ape father while grappling with his uniqueness. When a human expedition enters their territory, Tarzan - now a man - encounters strangers like himself for the first time.

DISNEY'S THE LITTLE MERMAID JR. runs from May 4 - May 26 on Saturdays and Sundays at 2 pm. Tickets range from $14-20.

In a magical kingdom fathoms beneath the sea, the beautiful young mermaid Ariel longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above. But first, she'll have to defy her father King Triton, make a deal with the evil sea witch Ursula, and convince Prince Eric that she's the girl with the enchanting voice. Adapted from Disney's 2008 Broadway production, Disney's The Little Mermaid Jr. features the hit songs "Part of Your World," "She's in Love," and the Oscar-winning "Under the Sea."

Kelrik's AFTER DARK Series -

THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE runs from February 22 - March 16 on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm. Tickets are priced at $20.

Six young people in the throes of puberty, overseen by grown-ups who barely managed to escape childhood themselves, learn that winning isn't everything and that losing doesn't necessarily make you a loser. The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee chronicles the overachievers' angst of six precocious adolescents. The show's Tony Award-winning creative team has created the unlikeliest of hit musicals about the unlikeliest of heroes: a quirky yet charming cast of outsiders for whom a spelling bee is the one place where they can stand out and fit in at the same time. (Due to the show's adult subject matter it is required that audience members under the age of 16 be accompanied by a parent or guardian.)

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