Mamma Mia! at the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center September 14 to October 20, 2019

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Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center proudly presents MAMMA MIA! from September 14 – October 20, 2019 with performances Friday and Saturday at 8 pm and Sunday at 2 pm at the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, 3050 Los Angeles Avenue, Simi Valley. Additional performances will be at 8 pm on Thursday, October 17 and at 2 pm on Saturday, October 12 and 19, 2019 Tickets are Adults $28, Seniors 60 & Above and Students $24, and Children 12 & Under $20 and can be purchased online at www.simi-arts.org or by calling the box office at (805) 583-7900.

The worldwide hit that's so far spawned two movies and a Cher album, MAMMA MIA! tells the story of a mother, a daughter, three possible dads and one unforgettable trip down the aisle. Young bride-to-be Sophie wants nothing more than to have her father at her wedding. But there's a small problem: She has no idea which of mom's three former boyfriends might be the guy. So Sophie invites them all to the festivities at her mother's Greek isle taverna, and mayhem ensues. The show's tale of enduring love and friendship features all the beloved hit songs by ABBA, including "Dancing Queen," "S.O.S.," "The Winner Takes It All," "Take a Chance on Me" and, of course, the title tune. Experience all the fun and excitement of MAMMA MIA! at the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center.

Leading the cast of MAMMA MIA! are Dana Weisman as Donna Sheridan and Tiana Cohen as Sophie Sheridan. Brandon Jeffords, Kelly Green and Philip McBride play Sophie’s three possible dads Sam, Bill and Harry. Michele McRae and Ariella Fiore portray Donna’s sidekicks Tanya and Rosie, with Andrew Allen as Sophie’s fiancé Sky. Sophie’s best friends Ali and Lisa will be played by Kyle Green and Shelby Barry with Mathew San Jose and Michael Angel as Pepper and Eddie. Rounding out the cast will be Caitlyn Rose Massey, Tori Cusack, Georgia Caines, Kendal Green, Mueen Jahan, Mikey Burson, Jordan Schneider and Michael Dumas.

Directing MAMMA MIA! for the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center will be Keenon Hooks and Fred Helsel, with Fred Helsel as Producer, Keenon Hooks as Choreographer, and Mazie Rudolph as Musical Director. Seth Kamenow leads the design team as Production and Lighting Designer with Ken Patton as Costume Designer, Kevin Kahm as Sound Designer, and Kimberly Kiley as Stage Manager.

Featuring all of your favorite ABBA hits, MAMMA MIA! will have you dancing in the aisles as you leave the theater! For more information about MAMMA MIA!, visit www.simi-arts.org or contact the box office at (805) 583-7900.

Young Artists Forever Presents "Evil Dead: The Musical" April 5-14, 2019 in Thousand Oaks

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Young Artists Forever will present Evil Dead The Musical April 5 - 14, 2019, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm, Sundays at 2:00pm with on Thursday performance at 7:30 pm at the Hillcrest Center for the Arts, 403 West Hillcrest Drive in Thousand Oaks. Book and Lyrics are by George Reinblatt with Music by Frank Cipolla, Christopher Bond, Melissa Morris & George Reinblatt. Mark Andrew Reyes will direct with musical director Zachary Spencer. All proceeds benefit Young Artists Ensemble, and this play is recommended for mature audiences due to strong language, zombie violence, and fake blood. Parents are strongly cautioned as some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.

Evil Dead The Musical takes all the elements of the cult classic films, The Evil Dead, Evil Dead 2, and Army of Darkness and combines them for one of the craziest, funniest, and bloodiest theatrical experiences of all time. Five college students go to an abandoned cabin in the woods, and accidentally unleash an evil force that turns them all into demons. It’s all up to Ash (a housewares employee, turned demon-killing hero), and his trusty chainsaw to save the day. Blood flies. Limbs are dismembered. Demons tell bad jokes… and all to music.

Director Mark Andrew Reyes has been a part of the Young Artists Ensemble and the Conejo Recreation and Park District Cultural Unit since 1988. He has directed over 20 of their productions including JESUS CHRIST SUPESTAR, JEKYLL & HYDE, LES MISERABLES, INTO THE WOODS, THE CRUCIBLE, WE WILL ROCK YOU, and CARRIE THE MUSICAL. He’s also directed shows for The Conejo Players, The Camarillo Community Theatre, The Marquie Dinner Theatre, and Oaks Christian High School. Also an actor, he’s portrayed King Arthur in CAMELOT, the title role of MACBETH, THE ELEPHANT MAN, Cinderella’s Prince in INTO THE WOODS, Che in EVITA, El Gallo in THE FANTASTICKS, and a 15 year run as Herr Drosselmeyer for the Pacific Festival Ballet’s annual THE NUTCRACKER at the Kavli Theatre.

Young Artists Forever is a talented and generous group of Young Artists Ensemble Alumni and Friends who gather to donate their time and talents for the presentations of fun musical productions. This Ventura County based non-profit theatre was created with the goal of providing hands on learning experiences for graduates of the YAE program hoping to pursue careers in Directing, Producing, Designing or other jobs in the theatre industry. Recent Young Artists Forever productions include “Avenue Q”, “Spring Awakening”, “Into the Woods”, “Godspell”, “Rent”, “The Last Five Years” starring Veronica Dunne, “Urinetown”, and “The Rocky Horror Show”. These productions are created to support the performing arts and raise money for Young Artists Ensemble, while giving YAE alumni a chance to come back to perform in the place where they first began to develop their craft and deepen their love for the theatre.

Young Artists Ensemble is an award-winning theatre company for young people that has received many accolades, including the Encore Statue Award from the City of Thousand Oaks for Excellence in the Arts. It has received top honors in the National Youth Arts Awards for many of its Teen Summer Musicals and its Conejo Theatre For Everyone. When the Young Artists Ensemble started in 1981 it was a small group performing on a shoestring budget in the back room of a local park. Today it produces an annual Family Theatre Season as well as annual Teen Dramas and Teen Summer Musicals. YAE works to instill a seed of love for the arts in the youth of this community that will continue to grow and blossom throughout their lives. Yearly it provides opportunities for hundreds of kids between the ages of 10 and 19 to perform in well-known musicals and plays, and hosts an annual program that integrates developmentally delayed adults into the theatrical community.

Reserved tickets in the Splatter Zone are $20, and tickets in the Non-Splatter Zone are $15 for Students and seniors and $20 for adults, and may be purchased by calling 805-381-1246 or visiting www.hillcrestarts.com. SPLATTER ZONES! rows are designated seats that will be on the receiving end of several ‘Blood Effects’ in the show. A Clear plastic poncho is included with each Splatter zone Ticket and while non-toxic ‘Stage Blood’ will not stain most fabrics, the producers make no guarantees. Says director Reyes, “I recommend wearing those old shoes, old jeans and old shirt everyone hates, or be bold and brave and just wear all white!” Guests who catch entrails or body parts must return them at the end of the performance.

Voltaire's "Candide" at Conejo Players Theatre March 16 through April 15, 2018

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Based on Voltaire’s classic story with music by Leonard Bernstein, Candide is a fast-moving musical that travels through “the best of all possible worlds” with intrigue and seduction from Germany to Spain. Pirates and raging seas; gold, jewels, and debauchery; love and passion lost; trial by inquisition; escape to the new world; abundant riches found; return to Paris and Venice ... and love reunited. In other words: an adventure of music, dance, and laughter where frivolity flirts with danger at every turn! (rated PG.)

March 16 through April 15, 2018
Thursday, Friday, & Saturday at 8:00pm / Sunday at 2:00pm
Special Saturday matinee performance on March 24

Conejo Players Theatre  351 S. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks

For tickets, visit www.conejoplayers.org.

 

A Christmas Story: The Musical in Thousand Oaks November 3-9, 2017

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Young Artists Ensemble presents A CHRISTMAS STORY THE MUSICAL directed by Michael Fischer with Musical Direction by Susan Treworgy-Calkins. Performances are Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays November 3 - 19, 2017.  Show times are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm and Saturdays and Sundays at 2:00 pm. 

YAE brings this new Holiday favorite to life onstage. Will Santa bring Ralphie his beloved Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas? Will his Dad win a MAJOR AWARD? Will Flick get his tongue unstuck from a frozen flagpole?

Tickets are $19 for adults and $16 for children, students and seniors and are available by calling (805) 381-1246 or visiting www.yaeonline.com.

A CHRISTMAS STORY is the first production in Young Artists Ensemble’s 37th Annual Family Theatre Season.  The “Season of Family” will continue with DREAMWORKS’ MADAGASCAR: A MUSICAL ADVENTURE JR. performing February 2 – 18, 2018 and will conclude with CHARLOTTE’S WEB May 4-20, 2018.  Season tickets can be purchased at a deep discount by contacting the box office at (805) 381-1246 or www.yaeonline.com. 

Young Artists Ensemble received 38 nominations and thirteen wins for their 2016-17 Productions.  Winners in the 12th Annual National Youth Arts Awards included Outstanding Production: , Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical: Lyda Jade Harlan as Fiona in Shrek the Musical, Julia Lester asCarrie White in Carrie: The Musical, Outstanding Lead Actress (Junior Division): Jaden Levinson as Anne Shirley in Anne of Green Gables, Outstanding Supporting Actress (College Division): Katherine Steele as Margaret White in Carrie: The Musical, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Musical: Kate Fruehling as Sue Snell in Carrie: The Musical, Arielle Jacobellis as Ursula in The Little Mermaid, Outstanding Featured Actress (Junior Division): Marissa Margolis as Young Fiona in Shrek the Musical, Outstanding Lighting Design: Ken Milbrett for Carrie: The Musical, Outstanding Set Design: Mark Andrew Reyes for Carrie: The Musical, Outstanding Choreography: Anthea Stobie for Carrie: The Musical, Outstanding Musical Direction: Zachary Spencer for Carrie: The Musical, Outstanding Direction: Mark Andrew Reyes for Carrie: The Musical. 

Upcoming Shows at the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center

BIG FISH: THE MUSICAL

April 15 – May 21, 2017

Friday & Saturday at 8:00 pm, Sunday at 2:00 pm

No Performance April 22

Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, 3050 Los Angeles Ave in Simi Valley

Big Fish is a heartfelt, powerful, and truly magical musical about fathers, sons, and the stories that we use to define our identities. Big Fish centers on the story of Edward Bloom who has lived a full and fantastical life, populated by witches, giants, and mermaids, marked by true love that stops time in its tracks, and framed by heroics that push the limits of believability. His adult son, Will, is no longer amused by his father's fantastical tales, insisting on a rational rather than a fantastical account of one's life. When Will learns that he and his wife will soon have a son of their own, he embarks on a journey to find out his father's "true" life story and discovers what being a father truly means. With spine-tinglingly beautiful music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa, and a funny, heartwarming book by John August, Big Fish is a magnificent "big fish" of a tale, itself-spectacular, fantastical, and overflowing with love. Produced by special arrangement with Theatrical Rights Worldwide. Tickets for BIG FISH: THE MUSICAL are $25 for Adults, $22 Seniors 60 & Above and $18 for children 12 & Under and can be purchased online at www.simi-arts.org or by calling (805) 583-7900.

THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK

April 22 at 2 pm and April 23 at 7 pm, 2017

Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, 3050 Los Angeles Ave in Simi Valley

Produced by Lit Live.  As Jews in German-occupied Holland, the Franks are fighting for their lives. When young Anne's sister, Margot, is called to appear before the authorities, the Franks must go into hiding. Produced by Lit Live and directed by Seth Kamenow, this well-known story - told through the beautifully innocent eyes of Anne - is educational, timely and heartbreaking. Tickets are $22 Adults, $15 Seniors 60 & Above and Military, and $10 for Students and Educators. and can be purchased online at www.simi-arts.org or by calling (805) 583-7900.

25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE

Presented by Actors’ Repertory Theatre of Simi

June 3 – July 9, 2017

Friday & Saturday at 8:00 pm, Sunday at 2:00 pm

Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, 3050 Los Angeles Ave in Simi Valley

Presented by Actors’ Repertory Theatre of Simi. Winner of the Tony and the Drama Desk Awards for Best Book, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee has charmed audiences across the country with its effortless wit and humor. Featuring a fast-paced, wildly funny and touching book by Rachel Sheinkin and a truly fresh and vibrant score by William Finn, this bee is one unforgettable experience. An eclectic group of six mid-pubescents vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home lives, the tweens spell their way through a series of (potentially made-up) words, hoping never to hear the soul-crushing, pout-inducing, life un-affirming "ding" of the bell that signals a spelling mistake. Six spellers enter; one speller leaves! At least the losers get a juice box. A riotous ride, complete with audience participation, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a delightful den of comedic genius. Tickets are $25 Adults, $22 Students and Seniors 60+, and $18 Children 12 & Under. and can be purchased online at www.simi-arts.org or by calling (805) 583-7900.

Young Artists Ensemble Presents "The Little Mermaid" in Thousand Oaks February 3-19

Young Artists Ensemble presents Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID directed by Suzanne Tobin.  Performances are February 3-19, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 and Saturdays and Sundays at 2:00.  All performances are in the Theatre on the Hill at the Hillcrest Center for the Arts, 403 West Hillcrest Drive.

There will be four performances with the addition of actors with special needs on one additional weekend, February 24-26, 2017.  This is part of the award-winning Conejo Theatre For Everyone, teaming up YAE kids and performers with special needs for a unique theatrical experience,

Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID is a musical undersea adventure.  Family audiences can swim “Under the Sea” with Ariel and her friends as she pines for life on land and the love of a prince. This production is adapted from Disney's Broadway production and the motion picture, and features the enormously popular Academy Award-winning music, along with some new songs written especially for the play. Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen's most beloved stories, Disney's The Little Mermaid is an enchanting look at the sacrifices we all make for love and acceptance.

In a magical underwater kingdom, the beautiful young mermaid, Ariel, longs to leave her ocean home – and her fins – behind and live in the world above. But first, she'll have to defy her father, King Triton, make a deal with the evil sea witch, Ursula, and convince the handsome Prince Eric that she's the girl whose enchanting voice he's been seeking.

Disney’s The Little Mermaid is also a part of the award-winning Conejo Theatre For Everyone, teaming up YAE kids and performers with special needs for a unique theatrical experience. Disney’s The Little Mermaid will be presented in Theatre in the Round.

Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID is the second production in Young Artists Ensemble’s 36th Annual Family Theatre Season.  The season will continue conclude with ALICE IN WONDERLAND May 5-21, 2017.  Mini-Season tickets can be purchased at a deep discount by contacting the box office at (805) 381-1246 or www.yaeonline.com.  Mini-Season tickets for both shows provide a 25% savings.  Individual show tickets are $19 for adults and $16 for children, students and seniors. 

Evita Performance at Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza October 14-20, 2016

With a stunning score by Andrew Lloyd Webber and the famed lyrics of Tim Rice, the compelling true story of Eva Perón -- the controversial first lady of Argentina -- comes to vivid life on stage in this new Cabrillo Music Theatre production at the Fred Kavli Theatre in Thousand Oaks, complete with a live orchestra. Filled with showstoppers like "Don't Cry for Me Argentina" and "Another Suitcase in Another Hall," Evita follows a peasant girl as she uses her considerable smarts to rise from the slums of Argentina to become the wife of the President and a powerful advocate for the working class. Though she was much beloved by her people as the voice of the poor, her inevitable downfall came through her unwavering ambition and a devastating illness, making her one of history's most tragic and dramatic figures. The musical's haunting score fuses dramatic chorales with exuberant Latin, pop and jazz influences, to create an extraordinary theatrical portrait that burns as bright as Evita herself.

This production contains mature subject matter and is recommended for those ages 12 and older.

Panic! Productions Presents Musical "Bring it On" in Thousand Oaks October 6-16, 2016

Panic! Productions brings the Lin-Manuel Miranda-Tom Kitt musical, “Bring it On,” to the Scherr Forum Theatre in Thousand Oaks October 6 through 16. Directed by Nicolas Womack, and choreographed by Keenon Hooks, this Tony Award-nominated musical was adapted for Broadway from the hit film of the same title and explores the cutthroat world of competitive cheerleading and the fierce rivalries of high school politics and romance.

Uniting some of the freshest and funniest creative minds on Broadway, “Bring It On” features an original story by Tony Award winner Jeff Whitty (Avenue Q), music and lyrics by Tony Award-winning composer Lin-Manuel Miranda (In The Heights, Hamilton), music by Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning composer Tom Kitt (Next To Normal), and lyrics by Broadway lyricist Amanda Green (High Fidelity). The Panic! production have musical direction by Ben Ginsberg, with assistant choreographer Rehyan Rivera also on board. Kristi Reed and Paul Panico are producers.

Director Womack knows the material intimately, have played the lead role of Twig both on Broadway and on the national tour. He says he is particularly drawn to this material because it connects him to his own past, when discovering a passion for performance changed the direction of his own life. “Performing is not acting, but reliving genuine moments,” Womack says, “and this cast can't be more real.”

With its mixture of professional and aspiring talent, “Bring it On” features both Broadway veterans and local performers: Adelle Panico, Gabrielle Puyat, Emma Howard, Elijah Malcomb, Sara Gonzales, Gabriel Nunag, Lilly Elliott, Zoë Reed, Rehyan Rivera, Carson Dean, Elaine Panico, Alexander Reaves, Jade McGlynn, Alissa Lauren Horner, Brittany Gael Vaughn, Justin James, Amanda Meade-Tatum, Josh Ditto, Trae Adair, Tatum Bella, Taylor Brown, Hannah Cohen, Natalie Esposito, Maya Galipeau, Julia Rose Kreinces, Steven Oriee, Joshua Ponce, Carly Shukiar, Bailey Stillwell, Madison Wechsler, Lexie Collins, Madison Foreman, Liam Krainman, and Allison Martinez.

Performances are Thursdays at 7:30 pm, Saturdays at 2:30 pm and 7:30 pm, and Sundays at 2:30, October 6 though 16 at the Scherr Forum/Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. Tickets are $26-$36 and can be purchased through the link at www.panicproductions.org.

Discounted tickets at Goldstar.com:

Thursday October 6, 2016 / 7:30pm | $21.60 - $26.60
Saturday October 8, 2016 / 2:30pm | $21.60 - $26.60
Thursday October 13, 2016 / 7:30pm | $21.60 - $26.60