Photo Flash: Kelli O'Hara and Paulo Szot Bring 'Some Enchanted Evening' to Old Globe Gala 12/7

Executive Producer Lou Spisto recently announced a month-long series of events celebrating the opening of The Old Globe's Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. The Theatre Center incorporates the flagship Old Globe Theatre and a newly-constructed four-level facility housing the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, Karen and Donald Cohn Education Center, Hattox Hall, Erna and Andrew Viterbi Lobby, Lady Carolyn's Pub and Donald and Darlene Shiley Terrace.

For nearly 75 years, the Tony Award-winning Old Globe has played an integral part on the cultural stage of San Diego, helping to shape the city's heritage and serving as a prominent Southern California landmark. The new building and completely redesigned Copley Plaza complement the Elizabethan architectural style of The Old Globe campus while blending seamlessly with the historic structures of Balboa Park. Since its 1935 debut during the California Pacific International Exposition, the Globe has become the sixth largest theater in the United States.

A Dedication Ceremony for the Conrad Prebys Theatre Center will take place on Monday, Dec. 7 at 5:00 p.m. on Copley Plaza. This festive occasion will feature an unveiling ceremony with remarks by Executive Producer Lou Spisto, Board Chairman Donald Cohn, Conrad Prebys and San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders.

"Some Enchanted Evening," the Conrad Prebys Theatre Center Inaugural Gala, begins at 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 7 and includes a reception, dinner and a performance in the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre by Kelli O'Hara and Paulo Szot, the stars of Broadway's South Pacific. The orchestra will be conducted by Ted Sperling. O'Hara and Szot will perform the music of Rodgers and Hammerstein, and "In Our House," a new work commemorating the opening of the Theatre Center created by opera composer Jake Heggie (Dead Man Walking) and lyricist Mark Campbell. The black tie event begins with a cocktail reception at 5:30 p.m. followed by the performance at
7:00 p.m. and dinner at 8:30 p.m.

The Globe's year-long 75th Anniversary celebration will begin with the recently announced 2010 Summer Season. Acclaimed director Adrian Noble is the Artistic Director of the 2010 Shakespeare Festival and will direct Shakespeare's King Lear (June 12 - Sept. 26) and Alan Bennett's The Madness of George III (June 19 - Sept. 24). Presented in repertory, the Shakespeare Festival will also include The Taming of the Shrew (June 16 - Sept. 26). The season also features the World Premiere of the Broadway-bound musical, Robin and the 7 Hoods (July 14 - Aug. 22) directed by Casey Nicholaw with lyrics by Sammy Cahn and music by Jimmy Van Heusen, and the West Coast Premiere of The Last Romance (July 30 - Sept. 5), a romantic comedy by Joe DiPietro starring television icon, Marion Ross. Tickets to the Globe's 2010 Summer Season are currently available by subscription only.

SEASON SUBSCRIPTIONS offer substantial savings with special subscriber benefits. Subscriptions can be purchased online at, by phone at (619) 23-GLOBE [234-5623] or by visiting the box office at 1363 Old Globe Way in Balboa Park. Subscriptions to the Globe's Summer Season range from $75 to $365. Five-play packages range from $146 to $365. Four-play packages (Festival plus musical) range from $117 to $309. Shakespeare Festival packages (3 plays) range from $75 to $225. Discounts are available for full-time students, patrons 29 years of age and younger, seniors and groups of 10 or more.

LOCATION: The Old Globe is located in San Diego's Balboa Park at 1363 Old Globe Way. There are several free parking lots available throughout the park. Valet parking is also available ($10). For additional parking information visit

Photos by Joan Marcus

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