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Matilda the Musical JR.
Matilda the Musical JR.
6/2 - 6/11/2023

Rebellion is nigh in  Matilda JR. , a gleefully witty ode to the the anarchy of childhood and the power of imagination! This story of a girl who

El Dorado Middle School

Disney's Frozen Jr
6/15 - 6/16/2023

For the first time in forever the theatrical take on a modern classic, Disney’s FROZEN JR is set to be performed right here in the

Joseph and the Technicolored Dreamcoat

One of the most enduring shows of all time, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is a reimagining of the Biblical story of Joseph, his

Native Gardens
Native Gardens
6/2 - 6/18/2023

Pablo and Tania, an expecting couple, purchase a house next door to longtime community residents, Virginia and Frank. A disagreement over a long-standing fenceline soon

The One-Act Play That Goes Wrong

A  play within a play, a group of accident-prone thespians “take the stage” to perform a classic murder mystery, and everything that can go wrong…does!

Disney's Frozen Jr
6/23 - 6/25/2023

For the first time in forever the theatrical take on a modern classic, Disney’s FROZEN JR is set to be performed right here in the

Disney's Frozen Jr
6/23 - 6/25/2023

For the first time in forever the theatrical take on a modern classic, Disney’s FROZEN JR is set to be performed right here in the

Learning Stage: book: David Simpatico; lyrics: Greg Cham, Ray Cham, Andy Dodd, Matthew Gerrard, Faye Greenberg, Jamie Houston, David N. Lawrence, Bryan Louiselle, Robbie Nevil,

Godspell book by John-Michael Tebelak music & lyrics by Stephen Schwartz conceived & originally directed by John-Michael Tebelak based on The Gospel According to St.

Monty Python's Spamalot
6/15 - 6/25/2023

Follow the legendary King Arthur as he and his knights of the round table venture out on a quest to find the Holy Grail.

dwb (driving while black)
dwb (driving while black)
7/8 - 7/21/2023

Susan Kander and Roberta Gumbel's  dwb (driving while black)  tackles what it means to be a parent of a Black child who starts driving. In

Annie Jr
7/21 - 7/22/2023

It's upbeat plot and flamboyant characters have made Annie one of the most beloved musicals in history--what girl hasn't dreamed of performing the title role

Bluebeard's Castle
Bluebeard's Castle
7/1 - 7/22/2023

The mysterious Duke Bluebeard welcomes his new bride Judith into his ominous castle, where rumors have been swirling concerning one question: what happened to his

The Falling and the Rising
The Falling and the Rising
7/20 - 7/22/2023

The Falling and the Rising  is a story of family, service, and sacrifice inside a period of great uncertainty. This operatic odyssey chronicles the imagined

The Love for Three Oranges
The Love for Three Oranges
7/8 - 7/22/2023

This zesty love story is a fairytale about a sweet young prince, cursed by a sour witch and forced to voyage into distant lands in search

6/30 - 7/23/2023

A rebel with a cause, the free-spirited Carmen lives boldly in her fiery pursuit of freedom. “Born free, she will die free,” Carmen sings, but

Forever Plaid
7/14 - 7/23/2023

The heavenly male quartet returns for their final chance to reach musical glory. Including songs “Love is a Many Splendored Thing”, “Moments to Remember”, and

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