The Camino Real Playhouse is proud to celebrate our upcoming 29th season in San Juan Capistrano. Be sure to purchase your Season Tickets and plan finishing up our current 28th season with a world premier Melodrama, a Tony award winning musical, and so much more.
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Villainy in the Vineyard - Another World Premier Musical Melodrama comes first to San Juan Capistrano! Welcome to the ultimate audience participation old west Melodrama. Discover the mystery and mischief, the schemers and dreamers and applaud the heroes and heroines as you learn the fate of the local Vineyards in this seldom told story. Before the great grape blight of 1886 there were over 50 vineyards in what would become Orange County. Come learn the mostly true story of a vineyard, its heroine, and that Villain scheming to cheat her out of her vineyards. Remember … everything happens for a Riesling. Fun for the whole family!
The Cripple of Inishmaan is a strange comic tale in the great tradition of Irish storytelling. This cracking production, which makes an entertainingly boozy brew of humor both sweet and savage, melancholy sentimentality, lacerating sorrow and extremely inappropriate wicked cruelty.
Barefoot in the Park, Neil Simon’s Tony Award winning classic, introduces Paul and Corie Bratter, newlyweds in every sense of the word. After a six-day honeymoon, they get a surprise visit from Corie's loopy mother and decide to play matchmaker during a dinner with their neighbor-in-the-attic Velasco, where everything that can go wrong, does. A bubbling, rib-tickling comedy! Funny, heartwarming and clever!
Bye Bye Birdie, One of Broadway’s biggest hits, is back in the spotlight! This spectacular show is about a struggling songwriter’s attempt to write one last hit before his star client is drafted into the army. This effervescent, toe-tapping production is a show both for the kid with you and the kid within you.
The world's most unusual criminologist, Chief Inspector Jacques Clouseau fights for his life and for the future of all mankind in the most bizarre and dangerous caper of his brilliantly successful and utterly clumsy career. Paul Dreyfus holds the world at bay with the ultimate weapon, the Doomsday Machine. Dreyfus is out to get Clouseau and he threatens to vaporize continents if the nations of the world don't deliver Clouseau to him alive or, if at all possible, dead! Blissfully unaware that the army of deadly assassins is gunning for him, or that the beautiful girl who seeks him out is a Russian agent, Clouseau incredibly stumbles and slips by every attack. However, the world is running out of time because Dreyfus is running out of patience and it appears that Clouseau is finally running out of luck. Then he fires from the hip and hits our funny bone!
LAUNCHING OUR 2018 - 2019 SEASON
Al and Willie as "Lewis and Clark" were top-billed vaudevillians for over forty years. Now they aren't even speaking. When CBS requests them for a "History of Comedy" retrospective, a grudging reunion brings the two back together, along with a flood of memories, miseries and laughs. This extremely sensitive and lovable play is one of Neil Simon's best.
The master sleuth is back on the case! This time, Holmes must enlist the help of the next generation of young detectives after the "great one" himself is attacked by mysterious thugs in a London alley. Match your wits with the great detective as Sherlock Holmes solves a crime in which he himself is the victim. A thrilling "whodunit" sure to captivate the most dedicated Sherlockian, this is the fourth in a series of delightfully original Sherlock plays written by C.P. Stancich and produced by The Camino Real Theatre. The play has all the elements you would expect from the best Sherlock Holmes mystery and devoted fans will not be disappointed.
Originally broadcast in 1947 as part of the Archie Andrews radio show. We invite you now to join Archie and his pals Jughead, Veronica and Betty in another comic adventure from Riverdale. Performed as a live radio broadcast as a preview to our main show. Then join Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus, and the rest of the Peanuts gang as they mount a play, save a tree, and uncover the true meaning of Christmas in A Charlie Brown Christmas. Charles M. Schulz’s Emmy and Peabody award-winning story has warmed the hearts of millions of fans since it first aired on television more than 50 years ago. The classic television special comes to life in a stage adaptation featuring Vince Guaraldi’s timeless score.
ShowOff! International Playwriting Festival is our subscribers' favorite, with drama, comedy and intrigue and the variety that comes from seeing 7 short plays and a wonderful extra in Reader's Theatre! As the audience you only see the top seven and nightly you will also hear one of our runner-up plays read as a "Reader's Theater". 7 different directors ... 7 different plays. Suitable for teenagers to adult.
24 HOUR CREATIVE - The Ultimate Theatrical Challenge. Six playwrights and directors are selected to create a play in 24 hours. Each play is approximately 10 min. in length and performed in front of a live audience. This is not only a challenge for the actor, but directors and playwrights as well.
Murder, secret identities, and a switchblade named Geraldine set the stage for this white-knuckle thriller that will have you sleeping with the lights on. Susan, a blind woman, lives with her husband Sam in a basement apartment in Greenwich Village. While away on business, Sam unknowingly smuggles a peculiar doll into the States. But when the doll goes missing, a woman is murdered and a mystery begins to unravel that leaves Susan tangled up with a ruthless con man. A battle of wits ensues and light becomes dark as the tables are turned in a deadly game of cat and mouse , all leading to a gripping finish.
Woody Allen's - Play it Again Sam revolves around neurotic and depressed Allan Felix, a film critic and recent divorcee navigating the world of dating once again. In a series of hilariously failed dates, Felix relies on relationship advice from his friends and ghostly apparitions of his idol, Humphrey Bogart. The result is a charming, witty comedy that is sure to entertain.
Benjamin Braddock has just finished college, and, back at his parents' house, he's trying to avoid the one question everyone keeps asking: "what do you want to do with your life?" An unexpected diversion crops up when he is seduced by Mrs. Robinson, a bored housewife and friend of his parents. But what begins as a fun tryst turns complicated when Benjamin falls for the one woman Mrs. Robinson demanded he stay away from: her daughter, Elaine. Based on the film. Please note: The Graduate contains adult life situations, strong language and suggested nudity. Content is not appropriate for children under 13 years of age.
THE ADDAMS FAMILY features an original story, and it’s every father’s nightmare. Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family – a man her parents have never met. And if that weren’t upsetting enough, Wednesday confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Now, Gomez Addams must do something he’s never done before – keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s ‘normal’ boyfriend and his parents. A kooky, spooky, ooky, musical based on Charles Addams' original macabre cartoons that features the whole charmingly creepy clan.
CaminOvations 2019 - Our annual awards to honor our directors, actors and tech crew! It's time to dress up and enjoy a fabulous show that's all about us! Preshow appetizers and post show appetizers provided.