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THE WATSONS GO TO BIRMINGHAM Plays La Mirada Theatre Tonight

September 15th marked the 50th Anniversary of the tragic bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama. Senators and members of Congress marked the recent anniversary with ceremonies and speeches, recalling the tragic event as a major turning point in the civil rights movement. The bombing, which killed 4 young girls, prompted calls to action from Martin Luther King, Jr, in his famous "What murdered these four girls" speech. On November 21st, at La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts, this historical event will be commemorated with a one-day-only performance of THE WATSONS GO TO BIRMINGHAM, 1963. The play, based on a popular book by Christopher Paul Curtis, will be performed for the first time in California.

The production, directed by Phantom Projects' founder and Producing Artistic Director Steve Cisneros, will first be performed for 1,300 middle school students at 10AM, before a public 7pm performance. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students and can be obtained by calling the La Mirada Theatre Box Office at 714.994.6310 or visiting:

The show stars Moah Pollas as Kenny Watson, Matthieu Jean-Pierre as Byron Watson, Kiarah Pollas as Joetta "Joey" Watson, Danika Butler (NAACP Theatre Award Nominee) as Wilona Watson, Freddie De Grate as Daniel Watson, Jamason Coles as Buphead, Carla Eugenia Mitchell as Grandma Sands, Isaac Clay as Mr. Robert, Elijah Green as Rufus.


TONIGHT, November 21, 2013


Based on the book by Christopher Paul Curtis

Adapted by Reginald Andre Jackson

Directed by Steve Cisneros

Ten-year-old Kenny chronicles the events of a fateful summer for the Watson family of Flint, Michigan, in this hilarious yet deeply moving story. Brother Byron, who can't seem to stay out of trouble, is sent by Momma and Dad to have a lengthy stay with strict Grandma Sands in Birmingham, Alabama. The family piles into the Brown Bomber and heads south, toward a horrific moment in American history. The church bombing, which killed four young black girls, marked a turning point in the U.S. 1960s Civil Rights Movement.

February 20, 2014


By Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett

Newly Adapted by Wendy Kesselman

Directed by Alexis Jacknow

Anne Frank emerges from history a living, lyrical, intensely gifted young girl, who confronts her rapidly changing life and the increasing horror of her time with astonishing honesty, wit, and determination. An impassioned drama about the lives of eight people hiding from the Nazis in a concealed storage attic, The Diary of Anne Frank captures the claustrophobic
realities of their daily existence-their fear, their hope, their laughter, their grief.

May 15, 2014


Written by Bruce Gevirtzman Directed by Steve Cisneros

A pregnant teen, a baby with H.I.V., and a young couple at the crossroads of their relationship. Hear true stories of teens and their daily struggle with one of today's most difficult pressures. No Way to Treat a Lady responsibly shatters the misconceptions of teen sex while creating a realistic portrayal of today's youth. Features and all-youth cast and a post-show discussion.

August 9, 2014

The 2014 Young Artist Project

The Stars of Tomorrow, on Our Stage Today! This is the only project of its kind that puts 10 strangers together with just 14 days to create, produce, and present an evening of original theatre, music, dance, film, and much more. Each year we find the best and brightest young performers, annually making The Young Artist Project a moving, thought provoking, and entertaining evening of undiscovered talent.

La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts is located at 14900 La Mirada Blvd in the City of La Mirada. More info can be found at or Audiences can also connect via the following sites:,, and

Each production is at 10AM (Except the Young Artist Project) and 7PM. Morning performances are $7 and evening show tickets are $20. Student discounts are available for evening performances. Season Tickets and Individual tickets are on sale now by calling the La Mirada Theatre Box office at 714.994.6310 or 562 944 9801.

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