Late June Live Performances on the California Central Coast!

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Late June Live Performances on the California Central Coast!

As we come to the last week of June, and get serious about our plans for the 4th of July (on a WEDNESDAY this year!), I trust you are planning on attending some of the productions currently playing at any of the several theatre and live performance establishments here in the heart of the California Central Coast!

SLO Little Theatre’s (www.slolittletheatre.org) next mainstage production, My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra, will run through July 22.

Don’t miss the most popular musical revue in the nation!  Frank Sinatra.  He's the icon of cool - from classic elegance to contemporary "fedora" hipster.  Four accomplished vocalists (Danielle Dutro, John Laird, Suzy Newman, and Ayrton Parham) will take you from the 1940's swing era, to the bright lights of Las Vegas with the Rat Pack in the 1960s, and to his final performances in the 1990s of Ol' Blue Eyes.  Frank Sinatra's voice is pop music history.  Come hear the songs that his voice made history.

Among the 58 songs made famous by Sinatra are "Strangers in the Night," "That Old Black Magic," "New York, New York," "I've Got You Under My Skin," "High Hopes," "Fly Me to the Moon" and, of course, "My Way." 

Credits:

Directed by Kevin Harris

Musical Direction by Stephen Tosh

Choreography by Zach Johnson 

Additionally, a special original comdey staged reading of Greek to Me will be presented FREE by Madeleine Sinclair on July 2.  And then be sure to check out SLOLT’s Ubu’s Other Shoe’s readers’ theatre production of Arcadia July 27 & 28, Academy of Creative Arts’ Anne of Avonlea August 3-12, and The Marvelous Wonderettes August 31 – September 23.

The Pewter Plough Playhouse (www.pewterploughplayhouse.org) in Cambria will present Six Dance Lessons In Six Weeks, through July 29.

The Theatre at the Cambria Center for the Arts (http://artistsofcambria.com/cambriapac/index.html) is currently presenting DRAMARAMA - Youth Acting Classes, June 4-28.  Rumors, by Neil Simon, will run August 10 - September 2. 

The REC Foundation in Paso Robles is sponsoring a production of Man of La Mancha, directed by Cynthia Anthony and Jacob Shearer, at Centennial Park, performances September 21 & 22.  Call Jacob at 805-975-5023 for more information. 

The Central Coast Shakespeare Festival (http://centralcoastshakespeare.org/) will present The Tempest, July 12-28, at River Oaks Amphitheatre in Paso Robles. 

Kelrik Productions (www.kelrikproductions.com) will present their summer musical, Grease, through July 8, and their Grades 1-10 Summer Camp/Performance Class production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jr in early August.

Next up for The God Is Still Speaking Players (https://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/92718528887), is scheduled to be a summer musical production of Snoopy – auditions July 16 & 17, 7 PM, at SLO UCC (11245 Los Osos Valley Rd); performances August 31 - September 9.

Upcoming performances at the Cal Poly Performing Arts Center (www.pacslo.org) include Leslie Jordan on July 7, Joe Goode Performance Group on August 9, Jumpbrush in Concert on August 11, and CORE Dance Company’s Confessions of a Love Junkie August 17 & 18.  

Murder In Mind Productions (www.murderinmind.com) will present Pirates of Pirates Cove July 1 - September 2 at the Spyglas Inn in Shell Beach (reservations required).

100 Years of People - Stories From Our Past will be presented at the Odd Fellows Hall in Arroyo Grande.  "The Old Days" - July 1 at 2 PM; "Voices From Halcyon" - July 7, 14, 21 & 28 at 2 PM; "This Terrible Tragedy" - August 4, 11, 18 & 25 at 2 PM.  FREE admission.  Call 805-489-8282 for more information.   

Exit Pursued By a Bear (https://www.facebook.com/events/405235212833014/) will present Much Ado About Nothing and Titus Andronicus, running in repertory in parks on the Central Coast 2 weekends in August - stay tuned for specific dates, times and locations.

The Spot (https://www.facebook.com/#!/hit.the.spot) will present the School of Performing Arts Recital July 13 & 14, and Taylor Murphy-Sinclair’s one woman show I Can’t Draw a Heart and Other Episodes July 20-29.

Upcoming performances at the Clark Center (www.clarkcenter.org) include Arroyo Grande Hospital’s Juke Box Rock on July 28, and Central Coast Celebration Chorus’ Alice in Barbershop Land on September 8.

The Great American Melodrama (www.americanmelodrama.com) in Oceano is proud to present Gunsmokin’ or, All Riot’s on the Western Front, written by Ben Millet and adapted by Jordan Richardson, through September 15, followed at each performance by the TGAM Wide World of Sports Vaudeville Revue, directed by Jake McGuire, with musical direction and accompaniment by Mark Pietri.  Beginning July 12, Gunsmokin’ will run alternate performances with the Melodrama’s second summer show, From Rags to Riches.

The Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts (www.pcpa.org), the Central Coast's Resident Professional Theatre Company, located on the Allan Hancock College Campus in Santa Maria, will present Little Women, the Broadway Musical, through July 1 at the Solvang Festival Theater, The Rivals through June 30 at the Marian Theatre in Santa Maria (July 5-22 in Solvang), and Legally Blonde - the Musical, July 6-22 in Santa Maria (July 27 – August 19 in Solvang)..

The Santa Maria Civic Theatre (www.smct.org) will offer a Summer Drama Camp (ages 6-12), culminating in a performance of The Little Mermaid on July 27 & 28 and August 3 & 4.  Auditions for their first mainstage production of the 2012/13 Season, Dearly Beloved, will be held July 9 & 10 (performances Setpember 14 - October 6).   

The Lompoc Civic Theatre's (www.lompoccivictheatre.com) upcoming summer production of tick, tock … BOOM! will run August 3-19.

So, whatever you may have on your entertainment schedule in the next week or so, I hope you are planning to include a show or two at one of the many live entertainment and theatre venues here on the idyllic Central Coast of California!

Curt Miner ... your BroadwayWorld.com guy on the ground with theCalifornia 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 (www.sloucc.org), 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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