MARY POPPINS, MEMPHIS and More Set for Cabrillo Music Theatre's 2014-15 Season

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MARY POPPINS, MEMPHIS and More Set for Cabrillo Music Theatre's 2014-15 Season

Cabrillo Music Theatre announces the 2014-2015 season of shows: "Musical Adventures Around the World.... And Right Next Door." With two Regional Premieres, a favorite returning classic, and a landmark musical, Cabrillo Music Theatre's new season has something for everyone. All of Cabrillo's productions are locally produced, auditioned and rehearsed in Southern California, and performed exclusively at the Bank of America Performing Arts Center at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza.

"This is Cabrillo Music Theatre's most exciting and ambitious season ever," says Cabrillo Music Theatre's Artistic Director, Lewis Wilkenfeld. "OKLAHOMA! revolutionized musical theatre, making it the unique American art form that it is today. Thirty years later, COMPANY reinvented musical theatre again, as the first 'concept' musical. MEMPHIS is one of the most joyful and energetic shows of the last two decades, and Cabrillo's will be the first Regional production - we'll be the first company in Southern California to do it." Adds Wilkenfeld, "That leaves MARY POPPINS - a show I've dreamed of putting onstage since I was a kid - Cabrillo has the first regional production of this new classic, too!"

Cabrillo Music Theatre's 2014-15 includes three shows in the larger Kavli Theatre (MEMPHIS, MARY POPPINS and OKLAHOMA!) and one in the more intimate Scherr Forum. Says Wilkenfeld, "We've been eager to give our audiences a different and upclose experience, and the Scherr Forum allows us to do that. We can do a show that we might not perform in the larger space, but now we can produce it in the Scherr Forum and extend the run. COMPANY, which has never played here professionally, is a perfect show for us!"

The CABRILLO MUSIC THEATRE 2014-2015 season:

Tony Award-winning Best Musical! Regional Premiere!
MEMPHIS
November 14-23, 2014
Book and Lyrics by Joe DiPietro
Music and Lyrics by David Bryan
Based on a Concept by George W. George

From the underground dance clubs of 1950s Memphis, Tennessee, MEMPHIS is a TONY award-winning Broadway musical that bursts off the stage with explosive dancing, irresistible songs and a thrilling tale of fame and forbidden love. Inspired by actual events, MEMPHISis about a radio DJ who wants to change the world and a club singer who is ready for her big break. This Tony and Drama Desk Award-winning Best Musical was called by the Associated Press, "The very essence of what a Broadway Musical should be!" MEMPHIS has electrified audiences in New York and across the country. Now it's Thousand Oaks' turn! Take Cabrillo to MEMPHIS for a rockin' and rollin' feel-good time!

The Classic Family Favorite - Live on Stage! Local Premiere!
MARY POPPINS
April 17-26, 2015
Originally Produced on Broadway by Disney and Cameron Mackintosh
A Musical based on the stories of P.L. Travers and the Walt Disney Film
Original Music and Lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman
Book by Julian Fellowes
New Songs and Additional Music and Lyrics by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe
Co-Created by Cameron Mackintosh

Disney's immortal classic, celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, comes to Thousand Oaks for the very first time in a glorious new production! All the great songs are there: "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious," "A Spoonful of Sugar," "Chim Chim Cheree," "Feed the Birds," "I Love To Laugh," and all the rest, plus brand-new songs written for the stage. This timeless tale of love and family is more popular than ever! Let MARY POPPINS charm you off your feet with music, dance and magic!

Rodgers & Hammerstein's Beloved American Classic
OKLAHOMA!
July 17-26, 2015
Music by Richard Rodgers
Book and Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Based on the play, "Green Grow the Lilacs" by Lynn Riggs

A headstrong cowboy. A stubborn young woman. A territory destined for statehood. Rodgers and Hammerstein's first collaboration revolutionized musical theatre into the art form it is today, and Cabrillo Music Theatre's all-new production marks a return to the Civic Arts Plaza stage for the first time in nearly 20 years. Featuring, among others, "Oh, What A Beautiful Mornin'," "People Will Say We're In Love," "I Cain't Say No," "The Surrey With The Fringe On Top," and the title tune. 2015 marks the 60th Anniversary of the classic movie, and there isn't a better time for all generations to discover - or revisit - the perfect American musical, OKLAHOMA!

Bonus show in the Scherr Forum for Winter 2015! Steven Sondheim's
COMPANY
January 23 - February 8, 2015
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by George Furth

The Island of Manhattan makes the perfect destination for the Civic Arts Plaza Professional Premiere of COMPANY. The first-ever "concept" musical is by turns funny, pointed and hopeful. Stephen Sondheim's score is packed with some of his best-known tunes. And the honest and witty look at love and relationships is as contemporary as ever. Plus, the intimacy of the Scherr Forum provides the perfect locale, bringing the audience into the action, and creating a theatre experience that unique... and uniquely Cabrillo. The winner of 6 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, COMPANY at the Scherr Forum promises to be an electrifying theatre experience, and truly puts Broadway into your Backyard.

Priority Order Subscriptions for new subscribers for the Cabrillo Music Theatre 2014-2015 season are being taken now, by calling Cabrillo Music Theatre at 805-497-8613 X6, or by writing to subscriber@cabrillomusictheatre.com.

Beginning April 15, new subscriptions will be sold through the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza Box Office, or by calling Subscriber Services at 805/449.2775. Subscribers may purchase a season of three shows in the Kavli Theatre (MEMPHIS, MARY POPPINS and OKLAHOMA) or add the fourth show (COMPANY) in the Scherr Forum. Season subscribers receive discounts of more than 20%, avoid additional online purchase costs, get the best seats in the theatre, the ability to retain seats season after season, lost ticket/exchange ticket services, and Cabrillo's popular Subscriber Benefit Card, good for discounts at local restaurants and other businesses. In addition, Cabrillo Music Theatre offers steep discounts for children under 12, so that the next generation can fall in love with musical theatre at affordable prices.

Performances are held Thursday evenings at 7:30PM, Friday and Saturday evenings at 8pm, and Saturday and Sundaymatinees at 2pm. A post-show discussion with cast and staff follows the first Saturday matinee of each production. A signed performance for the deaf and hard-of-hearing will take place on the second Friday night of each production.

For tickets or ticket information, call the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza Box Office at 805/449.2787; and for group sales of 10 or more, call 805.497.8613. The Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza is located at 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks, CA.

Cabrillo Music Theatre is the Ovation Award-winning Resident Musical Theatre Production Company of the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, and a non-profit theatre organization. For over three decades, Cabrillo has been enriching the cultural life of Ventura and Los Angeles Counties and the surrounding areas by providing an extraordinary performing arts experience through live, Broadway-quality productions of musical theatre. It is Cabrillo's mission to provide the highest quality musical experience, to foster educational opportunities, and to promote cultural and artistic enrichment to enhance the quality of life in Southern California. To this end, Cabrillo Music Theatre goes "Beyond the Footlights" with programs to give back to the community, and to provide enhanced theatre experiences for all audiences. Since the inception of "Beyond the Footlights," over 38,000 underserved children, in-need seniors, and active military have enjoyedCabrillo Music Theatre's productions at no charge. In addition, Cabrillo provides ASL signed performances of every production; talkbacks with cast and staff; Cabrillo's Animal Rescue program continued during LEGALLY BLONDE last summer, and raised funds and awareness for homeless and abused dogs and cats.

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