For Kansas farmgirl Dorothy and her little dog Toto, getting swept up in a tornado is only the start of their problems. When she and her house plonk down in the colorful, magical world of Oz -- right on top of the vile Wicked Witch of the East -- she's hailed as a hero by the local Munchkins, who send her off along the Yellow Brick Road to Emerald City, where the fabled Wizard of Oz might be able to help her get home. Along the way, Dorothy meets a Scarecrow in search of a brain, a Tin Man in need of a heart and a Cowardly Lion looking for courage, all the while pursued by the Wicked Witch of the West. In this production of The Wizard of Oz at ENCORE! Theatre in Spring Valley, a talented cast of young actors ranging from second to eighth grade will have you singing, clicking your heels and repeating, "There's no place like home!"
Friday November 10, 2017 / 7:00pmSaturday November 11, 2017 / 2:00pmSaturday November 11, 2017 / 7:00pmSunday November 12, 2017 / 2:00pmThursday November 16, 2017 / 7:00pmFriday November 17, 2017 / 7:00pmSaturday November 18, 2017 / 2:00pmSaturday November 18, 2017 / 7:00pm
It's Baltimore circa 1962 and change is in the air. The lovable Tracy Turnblad is here to fulfill her passion for dance and bust a move on The Corny Collins Show. Will the plus-size trendsetter be able to win the hearts of viewers, hottie Link Larkin and integrate the show? Star Theatre Coast Kids bring you the Tony-winning classic Hairspray at the Star Theatre in Oceanside.
Friday November 10, 2017 / 7:30pmSaturday November 11, 2017 / 2:00pmSaturday November 11, 2017 / 7:30pmSunday November 12, 2017 / 2:00pmFriday November 17, 2017 / 7:30pmSaturday November 18, 2017 / 2:00pmSaturday November 18, 2017 / 7:30pmSunday November 19, 2017 / 2:00pm
Based on the modern cinema classic, Elf the Musical Jr. is the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa's bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. Unaware that he is actually human, Buddy's enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa's permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father, discover his true identity and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas. This youth production of the modern Christmas favorite is sure to make everyone embrace their inner elf as it ice skates into the Ocean Beach Playhouse and Arts Center in San Diego.
Friday November 17, 2017 / 7:00pmSaturday November 18, 2017 / 4:00pmSaturday November 18, 2017 / 7:00pmSunday November 19, 2017 / 2:00pmFriday November 24, 2017 / 7:00pmSaturday November 25, 2017 / 4:00pmSaturday November 25, 2017 / 7:00pmSunday November 26, 2017 / 2:00pm
Based on the infamous headline in the Weekly World News tabloid -- and hailed as a "giggling cult hit" by The New Yorker -- this hilarious modern musical tells the story of a half-human/half-bat boy by the name of Edgar. Discovered in a West Virginia cave, the local sheriff brings Bat Boy to the home of the local veterinarian, where he's accepted as a member of the family and taught how to act like a "normal" boy. But as the town's cows begin to fall victim to a mysterious plague, mayhem ensues. With its clever production numbers, infectious pop-rock score, surprising twists and a message about acceptance, this frightfully funny spoof is a classic love story with a wicked bite that's part comic book, part horror flick -- and all fun. Catch this production of Bat Boy: The Musical at the Ocean Beach Playhouse and Arts Center in San Diego.
Friday October 20, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday October 21, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday October 22, 2017 / 3:00pmThursday October 26, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday October 27, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday October 28, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday October 29, 2017 / 3:00pm
The devilishly funny Hand to God centers around the young students of a Texas Christian Puppet Ministry. Taught to obey the Bible in order to evade "Satan's hand," things take a darkly comic turn when one devout young man's puppet takes on a shocking personality that no one could have expected. His demented puppet, Tyrone, soon teaches those around him that idle hands truly are the Devil's playthings. Described by The New Yorker as "Sesame Street meets The Exorcist," this hilariously twisted sock puppet comedy is one of Broadway's biggest new hits, garnering five Tony Award nominations, including Best Play, and recently ranking as the most-produced play in the U.S. by American Theatre magazine. Enjoy this San Diego Repertory Theatre production of Hand to God at The Lyceum Stage.
Saturday October 21, 2017 / 8:00pm (Preview)Sunday October 22, 2017 / 7:00pm (Preview)Tuesday October 24, 2017 / 7:00pm (Preview)Thursday October 26, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday October 27, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday October 28, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday October 29, 2017 / 2:00pmSunday October 29, 2017 / 7:00pm
Center Stage Productions brings an all-youth production of Elton John and Tim Rice's musical Aida to the California Center for the Arts in Escondido. Winner of four Tony Awards, including Best Original Score, this crowd-pleasing show delivers a contemporary spin on the classic tale of forbidden love between an enslaved Nubian princess and an Egyptian soldier. As their taboo love grows in the face of cultural differences and the pressures of their warring nations, these lovers must face death itself in order to be together.
Saturday November 11, 2017 / 2:00pmSaturday November 11, 2017 / 7:30pm
What do you do when your Elvis act gets the axe? With a pregnant wife, a woefully empty bank account and an eviction notice coming his way any minute, Casey is left with no choice but to trade in his signature jumpsuit for sequins and start strutting his stuff around the Florida panhandle as the area's newest drag queen. A music-filled comedy about finding your true voice, this production of The Legend of Georgia McBride at the Cygnet Theatre in San Diego will have you laughing and rooting for the underdog inside of us all.
Saturday October 21, 2017 / 3:00pmSaturday October 21, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday October 22, 2017 / 2:00pmSunday October 22, 2017 / 7:00pmWednesday October 25, 2017 / 7:30pmThursday October 26, 2017 / 7:30pmFriday October 27, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday October 28, 2017 / 3:00pm
Experience both laughs and chills -- possibly at the same time -- as the wickedly witty Addams family comes to life in an all-new musical comedy at the Joan B. Kroc Theatre in San Diego. When the grown-up Wednesday Addams falls head over heels for a normal boy, she invites his parents to the family mansion for a meet-and-greet gone gothic. Sit back and savor the horrific hospitality of Gomez, Morticia, Pugsley, Grandma, Lurch and everyone's favorite weirdo, Uncle Fester, as the special occasion brings out the best -- and worst -- in everyone involved. Kids who dress in costume get a special surprise and a chance to take a picture with the cast after the show.
Saturday October 21, 2017 / 7:00pmSunday October 22, 2017 / 2:00pmFriday October 27, 2017 / 7:00pmSaturday October 28, 2017 / 7:00pmSunday October 29, 2017 / 2:00pm
Get ready to stomp your feet and clap your hands as the rollicking musical comedy Smoke on the Mountain returns to Lamb's Players Theatre in Coronado, bringing more than 30 powerhouse gospel tunes along with it. It's the end of the Great Depression and the Sanders Family Singers have stopped at the Mount Pleasant Baptist Church to perform their traveling gospel show for the congregation -- which just so happens to be you, the audience. Between dynamo bluegrass renditions of gospel classics such as "Amazing Grace" and "I'll Fly Away," the Sanders reveal their backstory, which is full of hilarious details the whole family will enjoy.
Saturday October 21, 2017 / 4:00pmSaturday October 21, 2017 / 8:00pmWednesday October 25, 2017 / 7:30pmFriday October 27, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday October 28, 2017 / 8:00pmTuesday October 31, 2017 / 7:30pmThursday November 2, 2017 / 7:30pmFriday November 3, 2017 / 8:00pm
In The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, 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. At least the losers get a juice box. A riotous ride, complete with audience participation. This bee, now at The Lyceum Space in San Diego, is one unforgettable experience.
Saturday October 21, 2017 / 2:00pmSaturday October 21, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday October 22, 2017 / 5:00pmThursday October 26, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday October 27, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday October 28, 2017 / 2:00pmSaturday October 28, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday October 29, 2017 / 5:00pm
Everything in life can change in no time at all. Case in point: Diana Spencer. In 1980, she was just an ordinary young woman sharing a London flat with a few friends, taking some cooking classes and cobbling together low-paying work as a dance instructor and house cleaner. Less than a year later she was engaged to Prince Charles and well on her way to becoming one of the most famous and influential women in the world. Not bad for a 19-year-old finishing school drop-out! Princess Diana: the Musical brings Diana's heartwarming and heartbreaking story to the stage through 32 original songs. Don't miss the San Diego premiere of this tribute to the iconic royal at Patio Playhouse.
Saturday October 21, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday October 22, 2017 / 2:00pmFriday October 27, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday October 28, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday October 29, 2017 / 2:00pm
This humorous and heartwarming play centers on a long-married elderly couple, Norman and Ethel, who spend each summer at their beloved lake home. But when their daughter arrives with her fiance and his son in tow, bitterness over childhood wrongs mar the reunion. After agreeing to host the boy for the season, Norman and Ethel find themselves compelled to reexamine their past and redefine their twilight years together on Golden Pond. Now coming to the Welk Resort Theatre San Diego, the play won three Tony Awards in its original Broadway run, and the 1981 film adaptation received 10 Oscar nominations, with wins for its stars Henry Fonda and Katharine Hepburn, as well as writer Ernest Thompson.
Friday October 27, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday October 28, 2017 / 1:00pmSaturday October 28, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday October 29, 2017 / 1:00pmThursday November 2, 2017 / 1:00pmFriday November 3, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday November 4, 2017 / 1:00pmSaturday November 4, 2017 / 8:00pm
The Greeks may have set the template for epics, but American history has epics of its own. Father Comes Home From the Wars, like the Greek tragedies that inspired it, is the story of a warrior setting out for battle and then making the long journey home. Set in the Civil War, this explosively powerful new trilogy by Pulitzer Prize winner Suzan-Lori Parks (Topdog/Underdog) at San Diego's Horton Grand Theatre follows the slave, Hero, who agrees to fight for the Confederacy in exchange for his freedom, traveling from West Texas to the Confederate battlefield and back home again. Described as Parks' "finest work yet" by The New York Times, the Father Comes Home From the Wars trilogy -- which was a Pulitzer Prize finalist -- is a masterful blend of the serious and the comic that is at once an epic drama, a moving personal story and a thoughtful meditation on liberty and loyalty.
Saturday October 21, 2017 / 3:00pmSaturday October 21, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday October 22, 2017 / 2:00pm
This gritty, prize-winning drama explores the life of Darja, a hardworking Polish immigrant. At a bus stop in a run-down New Jersey town, Darja's story unfolds, flashing through more than 20 years and three relationships, one of which resulted in her troubled son Alex. Now she's forced to decide just how much of her fiercely earned pride and self-respect she's willing to sacrifice for her offspring. This darkly funny portrait of a woman for whom love is a luxury can be enjoyed at San Diego's Moxie Theatre.
Saturday October 21, 2017 / 7:00pmSunday October 22, 2017 / 2:00pm
What if we owed our survival to more than just our parents? If our existences cost the lives of others, would we make the most of the time we have, or be crippled by guilt? The Tin Woman is a new play that reveals the life of a woman who tracks down the family of her late heart-transplant donor. Doubts, shame and humanity meld together to crate a bittersweet tale, equal parts funny, moving and honest. This inspiring, dramatically resonant comedy will steal your heart and restore your faith in second chances. Catch it at the Lamplighters Theatre in La Mesa.
Friday October 20, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday October 21, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday October 27, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday October 28, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday November 3, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday November 4, 2017 / 8:00pm
One of the most popular romantic comedies in the American theater canon, Same Time, Next Year ran four years on Broadway, was adapted into a successful motion picture and remains one of the most widely produced plays in history. Now it comes to Brooks Theatre courtesy of Oceanside Theatre Company. The play follows a love affair between two people who are in love, but it's complicated -- they're both married to others, and so they rendezvous only once a year. Experience 25 years of their relationship through each one-day meeting, as the evolving manners and morals of their time are hilariously and touchingly played out by these endearing lovers.
Saturday October 21, 2017 / 7:30pmSunday October 22, 2017 / 2:00pm
If you could live forever, would you? Based on the best-selling, award-winning novel by Natalie Babbitt, this junior theater production of Tuck Everlasting is the musical tale of 11-year-old Winnie Foster, a free spirit who longs for adventure. When she meets the Tuck Family -- and discovers they hold the secret to everlasting life -- she faces an extraordinary choice: return to her own family, or join the Tucks on their never-ending journey. Discover what it means to truly feel alive when the family-friendly Tuck Everlasting comes to the Casa del Prado Theatre in Balboa Park.
Friday October 27, 2017 / 7:00pmSaturday October 28, 2017 / 2:00pmSunday October 29, 2017 / 2:00pmFriday November 3, 2017 / 7:00pmSaturday November 4, 2017 / 2:00pmSunday November 5, 2017 / 2:00pmFriday November 10, 2017 / 7:00pmSaturday November 11, 2017 / 2:00pm (ASL-Interpreted Performance)
Willum has often told his friends about the debt he owes to Rick, a fellow ex-GI who saved his life. But when Rick shows up at Willum's apartment his delight soon fades as it becomes apparent that Rick is a hopeless "nerd" who just won't leave! One uproarious incident after another ensues, until the normally placid Willum is driven into a desperate mental state that leads to a surprising and satisfying ending. Watch it all unfold at The Broadway Theater in Vista.
Saturday October 21, 2017 / 1:00pmSaturday October 21, 2017 / 7:30pmSunday October 22, 2017 / 1:00pmWednesday October 25, 2017 / 7:30pmThursday October 26, 2017 / 7:30pmFriday October 27, 2017 / 7:30pmSaturday October 28, 2017 / 1:00pmSaturday October 28, 2017 / 7:30pm
Junie B. Jones the Musical delivers a lovable, comical stage adaptation of four of Barbara Park's best-selling children's books. Sassy little diva Junie embarks on a string of first-grade adventures -- from making new friends, to playing in a kickball tournament to writing in her "Top-Secret Personal Beeswax Journal." The young cast of TheatreworksUSA brings this not-strictly-for-kids musical to the Creative Performing Media Arts School Theater in San Diego.
Saturday October 21, 2017 / 2:00pmSunday October 22, 2017 / 4:00pmFriday October 27, 2017 / 7:00pmSaturday October 28, 2017 / 2:00pmSaturday October 28, 2017 / 7:00pmSunday October 29, 2017 / 4:00pm
After 26 years in the interactive dinner-theater biz, San Diego's Mystery Cafe knows how to knock 'em dead with one of the best entertainment experiences in town. Their signature mix of professionally produced murderous mayhem, improvisational comedy and a full three-course meal draws fans from far and wide, who try to piece together the clues while dining in style. I Do, Now DIE is the current whodunit, a wedding murder mystery set in the 1980s, complete with a nightly costume contest. Dinner includes a garden salad, your choice of entree and a dessert.
Saturday October 21, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday October 27, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday October 28, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday November 3, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday November 4, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday November 11, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday November 18, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday November 25, 2017 / 8:00pm
If your idea of a poetry reading involves a tweed-clad author, a podium and possibly a nap, then prepare to have your expectations exceeded by The Poetry Brothel, dubbed "New York's sexiest literary event" by Time Out New York. Inspired by the fin-de-siècle bordellos of Paris and New Orleans, this immersive experience invites you inside a lush, speakeasy-style environment to meet your host, or "Madame," who'll introduce you to a rotating cast of poets-in-character, both male and female, emerging and established, and local and international, each with a unique story to tell. They'll engage you with public readings, or if you prefer, private ones (for an additional fee). As with any underground establishment worth its salt, The Poetry Brothel also offers a full bar and themed cabaret entertainment with an ever-changing lineup of live music, burlesque dancers, painters, fortune-tellers and more. The Mystical Medicine edition now slinks its way back into San Diego's Lafayette Hotel Inn and Suites.
Named the best show of its kind in Los Angeles and Denver for four years running, The Dinner Detective arrives in San Diego to serve up a tasty whodunit along with a seated four-course dinner. And since this comedic murder mystery is set in the present day, you'll never know whether someone at your table is one of the talented cast of improvisers. In fact, everyone's a suspect, including you. The event starts out with a reception featuring tray-passed hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar, followed by the meal, which includes salad, an entree and dessert. Between courses you can expect plenty of murder, mayhem and hidden clues coming to light as you puzzle through the crime. The top sleuth even wins a prize package at the end of the evening -- not to mention serious bragging rights.
Saturday October 28, 2017 / 6:00pmSaturday November 11, 2017 / 6:00pmSaturday November 25, 2017 / 6:00pm
When James is sent by his conniving aunts to chop down their old fruit tree, he discovers a magic potion that results in a tremendous peach ... and launches a journey of enormous proportions. In this delightfully offbeat adaptation of the classic Roald Dahl adventure James and the Giant Peach, James finds himself in the center of the gigantic peach with human-sized insects, but after it falls from the tree and rolls into the ocean, the group faces hunger, sharks and plenty of disagreements. James and the Giant Peach features a wickedly tuneful score by the Tony Award-winning team of Pasek and Paul (Dear Evan Hansen) that will wriggle its way into the whole family's ears. See the quirky musical at the Maxine Theatre in Valley Center.
Saturday October 21, 2017 / 2:00pmSaturday October 21, 2017 / 7:00pmSunday October 22, 2017 / 2:00pmSaturday October 28, 2017 / 2:00pmSaturday October 28, 2017 / 7:00pmSunday October 29, 2017 / 2:00pm
A pop culture phenomenon comes to the musical stage in Schoolhouse Rock Live! The Emmy Award-winning 1970s Saturday morning cartoon series that taught history, grammar, math and more through clever, tuneful songs is not only making a small-screen comeback, it's lighting up stages everywhere - from school multi-purpose rooms to university and regional theaters all around the country. Schoolhouse Rock Live! follows Tom, a new teacher who's nervous about his first day of teaching. He tries to relax by watching TV, when various characters representing facets of his personality emerge from the set and show him how to win his students over with imagination and music, through such songs as "Just a Bill," "Lolly, Lolly, Lolly" and "Conjunction Junction." See this fun family show at Star Theatre in Oceanside.
Saturday October 21, 2017 / 2:00pmSaturday October 21, 2017 / 7:00pmSunday October 22, 2017 / 2:00pmSaturday October 28, 2017 / 2:00pmSaturday October 28, 2017 / 7:00pmSunday October 29, 2017 / 2:00pm
A mother always knows when something is wrong. When Alice notices her beloved husband Bill has returned home on edge after a tennis match with their son, she grows suspicious and springs into action. Determined to piece together the puzzle, she invites her son, Bill, Jr. , and daughter-in-law, Jane, over for drinks and dessert. Sidesplitting chaos ensues as Alice digs for the truth, resulting in even more honesty than anyone expected. Clever Little Lies, by Tony-winning playwright Joe DiPietro (I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change), comes to the stage at the Port Loma Playhouse.
Friday October 27, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday October 28, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday October 29, 2017 / 2:00pmFriday November 3, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday November 4, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday November 5, 2017 / 2:00pmFriday November 10, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday November 11, 2017 / 8:00pm
Pulitzer Prize-winner Edward Albee's first play The Zoo Story is a gripping confrontation between Peter, a well-off, well-intentioned family man leading a life of quiet desperation, and Jerry, a rootless drifter alienated from the human race and with no patience for complacency. The two meet in Central Park -- one has a story to share, and the other just wants to be left alone. Acclaimed for the humanity of its characters and its themes of daily despair beneath the surface of middle-class life, The Zoo Story takes on an even deeper meaning in this site-specific production at San Diego's Pioneer Park.
Saturday October 28, 2017 / 2:00pmSunday October 29, 2017 / 2:00pmSaturday November 4, 2017 / 2:00pmSunday November 5, 2017 / 2:00pmSaturday November 11, 2017 / 2:00pmSunday November 12, 2017 / 2:00pm
Calling all cowpokes from here to there! Gather around and listen up, as the Grossmont College Theatre Arts annual elementary-school tour spins a yarn or two at the Stagehouse Theatre in El Cajon. It's time for a few tales, and we ain't talking about the cute backside of a puppy dog, either. We're talk'n rootin'-tootin' hombres like Pecos Bill, Sally Ann Thunder and Big Mose! This year's production is a celebration of our great American legends embellished with all of the spirit and gumption that make these Tall Tales bigger than Paul Bunyan's blue ox, Babe. Mosey on over, have a seat and enjoy as we spin some yarns big and fun enough for the whole family to enjoy!
Friday October 27, 2017 / 7:30pmSaturday October 28, 2017 / 2:00pmSaturday October 28, 2017 / 7:30pm