Young Artists Ensemble Announces 38th Annual Family Theatre Season 2018-2019

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Young Artists Ensemble announces its 38th Annual Family Theatre Season: The Season of Unexpected Magic.  November opens the season with the fun and feisty fairytale musical, Once Upon A Mattress. Next, audiences journey across the universe and see the magic in the mundane with The Little Prince in February. In May the young actors take us to Edwardian London where a spoonful of sugar and measure of magic help a dour family find joy in Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins, Jr.

            Once Upon A Mattress will warm hearts and tickle funny bones, as the audience cheers for an untraditional princess from the swamp as she tosses and turns all night because of one little pea.  Will the whole kingdom find their happily-ever-after in the morning? This raucous irreverent retelling of the story of the Princess and the Pea performs November 2 – 18, 2018.

            The Little Prince is the beautiful and lyrical story, based on the book by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, about a little boy who finds magic in everyone and everything he encounters throughout the universe - from a single rose, to a wild fox, to a stranded pilot.  THE LITTLE PRINCE will perform February 1 – 17, 2019.  An additional final weekend includes performance by CONEJO THEATRE FOR EVERYONE.

           Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins, Jr. brings a new nanny with a twinkle in her eye and medicine for anything that ails to the Banks Family.  Can she help them find their way back to each other?  Perhaps she can, with the help of a chimney sweep and a host of family joy.  Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s MARY POPPINS, JR. is the third and final production in Young Artists Ensemble’s 38th Annual Family Theatre Season and is presented May 3 – 19, 2019.

            Season tickets are available for all three shows starting at only $30 for adults, children, students and seniors for the Super Discount Friday performances on the second or third Fridays of each production, or tailor your season for $39 adults and $33 children, students and seniors.  Individual show tickets are $19 for adults and $16 for children, students and seniors.  Tickets can be purchased at the box office, or by calling (805) 381-1246 or visiting 10% discount for groups of ten or more for a single performance only, not available for season tickets.

On Sunday, June 16, 2018, Young Artists Ensemble received 19 nominations and four wins for their 2017-19 Productions.  Winners in the 13th Annual National Youth Arts Awards included Outstanding Production: Grease, Outstanding Lead Performance in a Musical: Nick Meyer as Danny Zuko in Grease, Outstanding Supporting Performance in a Musical: Kristen Wisneski as Marty in Grease, and Outstanding Musical Direction: Zachary Spencer for Grease.  Among the many nominees were performers and creative staff from Hillcrest Players Productions Shadow of a Pout and If the Shoe Fits, and Young Artists Ensemble’s production of Madagascar, Jr.