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OUR 2016-2017 SEASON  
9/16/2016 to 10/2/2016
As we begin our 27th Season ...join us in 1879 London in the prestigious Explorers Club, which is in crisis! The acting president wants to admit a woman, their bartender is terrible, and England is declaring war on a new found country! True, this female candidate is brilliant, beautiful, and has discovered a legendary Lost City, but the decision to let in a woman could shake the very foundation of the British Empire. Grab your safety goggles for some very mad science involving deadly cobras, irate Irishmen and the occasional airship in this madcap comedy. An Orange County Premier!

The Director, Gary McCarver, is assembling an accomplished cast to portray the members of this club, each of whom has a particular and peculiar obsession or eccentricity bound to bring you to laughter. The Explorers Club is written by Nell Benjamin who co-wrote the music and lyrics for Legally Blonde The Musical


"Two parts Blackadder, one part Monty Python, a dash of Shaw, shake wildly and garnish with fresh feminist ire."
— Time Out NY

"The jokes come barreling fast and furious…but, like most farces, the effect is cumulative. By the time all the various comic strands start weaving together in the second act, the silliness has gotten contagious."
— Entertainment Weekly

10/14/2016 to 10/30/2016
Deception, murder, and passion complicate Frederick Knott’s darkly brilliant tale of jealousy and greed. Motivated by his wife Margot’s large fortune and a previous infidelity, Tony Wendice decides it’s high time to murder her. In need of an alibi, he blackmails an old friend into doing the dirty work for him. His plans, of course, go awry when his friend winds up dead and Margot is arrested for murder. With twists galore, DIAL “M” FOR MURDER remains one of the most clever and shocking plays of any genre.


"This exciting drama had a highly successful run on Broadway and the road."

"... original and remarkably good theatre—quiet in style but tingling with excitement underneath."
— NY Times

"It's a holiday for the whodunit fans, and, as such, it couldn't be more welcome."
— NY Herald-Tribune

Halloween Night 8:00 PM
Originally broadcast from New York City on the CBS Radio Network in 1938, War of the Worlds, based upon the novel by H. G. Wells, had many terrified listeners convinced that an actual alien invasion of Earth was taking place. This special performance will take place only on Halloween Night, October 31st! Now, 78 years after the original broadcast, this radio classic comes to life again. This special staged version of the H.G. Wells/Orson Welles/Mercury Theater production, War of the Worlds, is one not to miss!

Billed as a staged dramatization of the 1898 novel by H.G. Wells, Orson Welles & Mercury Theater broadcast began normally. But for those who tuned in late, the “normal” programming appeared to be interrupted by the startling news that there were “explosions occurring on Planet Mars!” Reports followed stating that a “huge, flaming object” had fallen to earth on a farm near Grover’s Mill, New Jersey. More landings were soon reported, and an anxious radio audience came to the frightening conclusion that Earth was the target of a full-scale invasion by aliens!


“The Radio Play is an electrifying experience, one that grips the imagination beyond the original.”
— The Times, Edinburgh Festiva

11/25/2016 to 12/18/2016
Kris Kringle, an old man in a retirement home, gets a job working as Santa for Macy's and unleashes waves of good will by referring customers to other stores to find exactly the toy their child has asked for. Seen as deluded and dangerous by a Macy's counselor, she plots to have Kris taken to Bellevue Psychiatric Hospital. In a dramatic court decision, Kris is confirmed as the true Santa, allowing countless children and all of us to experience the joy of childhood fantasy. This heartwarming holiday story is what we want Christmas to be all about..


"This is a tale that we want to believe in, that creates a world we seem to desperately desire, free of the blatant commercialism that surrounds us, where love and decency and generosity of spirit are their own rewards. What we want Christmas to be all about, really."
— Santa Cruz Sentinel

"The most heartwarming holiday story you will see!"
— Tom Scott

1/20/2017 to 1/29/2017
ShowOff! International Playwriting Festival is our subscribers' favorite, with drama, comedy and intrigue!

Seven 10-minute plays all of them are world premiere plays. The audience votes for their favorite plays and after the ballots are tabulated, top three winners get cash prizes after the last performance. With nearly 300 entries each year from all over the world ... a team of readers selects reads and grades each play keeping the identity of the playwrights anonymous until the top 10 plays are selected. As the audience you only see the top seven and nightly you will also hear one of our runner-up plays read as a "Readers Theater". 7 different directors ... 7 different plays. You vote for the winning plays. THe fate of 7 playwrites rest on your shoulders.


Thursday, Friday and Saturday Performances are at 8:00 PM (with doors open at 7:30 PM)

Sunday Performances are at 2:00 PM (with doors open at 1:30 PM)

2/24/2017 to 3/5/2017
Three successful and happily unmarried villains get a surprise inheritance of a little girl. Forced to do the right thing and take care of the baby the three hopeless and hapless babysitters make an attempt until their pasts finally catch up with them. You will think you have it all figured out until a plot twist changes everything in this Family Friendly Musical Melodrama!

Songs, gunfights, villains, foam rocks and cue cards fill this old west melodrama that is based loosely San Juan Capistrano's colorful history. A night at the theatre for the entire family.


"The absolute most fun you will have in theatre since the Explorers Club. Even withouth the Cobra."
— Professor Mack

"The Best Melodrama ever written and the author is not ashamed to admit it."
— Melodrama Weekly.

"You don't have to go to the old west when you have it all right here in San Juan Capistrano."
— Beverly Blake.

3/10/2017 to 3/26/2017
Based on a remarkable a true story, this inspiring and unforgettable play is an American classic and tells the story of Annie Sullivan and her student, blind and mute Helen Keller. The Miracle Worker dramatizes the volatile relationship between the lonely teacher and her charge. Trapped in a secret, silent world, unable to communicate, Helen is violent, spoiled, almost sub-human and treated by her family as such. Only Annie realizes that there is a mind and spirit waiting to be rescued from the dark, tortured silence.


"Interesting, absorbing and moving."
— The New York Post

WINNER — 1960 TONY AWARD — Best Play

"Radiant, emotion-charged, memorable, superb!"
— The Philadelphia Inquirer

Gibson's play is one of those great examples of a drama that takes real American life stories and turns them into enduring art; in that sense, it is comparable to such great works as "The Crucible," by Arthur Miller

3/31/2017 to 4/16/2017
This is the love story of Ethel and the curmudgeonly Norman Thayer, who are returning to their summer home on Golden Pond, Maine for the forty-eighth year.

It is a touching, funny, and warmly perceptive study of a spirited and lovable elderly couple facing their twilight years.


"ON GOLDEN POND is a work of rare simplicity and beauty, and in Thompson our theatre has found a fresh new voice."
— NY Daily News

"... a rare and memorable theatrical experience ..."
— Variety

"What courage it must have taken for Mr. Thompson in the 1970s to write a play with so much affection in it!"
— The New Yorker

5/5/2017 to 5/21/2017
A happy go lucky view of small town vice and statewide political side-stepping recounts the good times and the demise of the Chicken Ranch, known since the 1850's as one of the better pleasure palaces in all of Texas. Governors, senators, mayors, and even victorious college football teams frequent Miss Mona's cozy bordello until that puritan nemesis Watchdog focuses his television cameras and his righteous indignation on the institution. This boot-stomping portrait of small-town vice is uplifting and hilarious.


"Utterly charming, lively and genial."
— The New York Daily News

"A font of fun and friendliness, engagingly rich in regional nostalgia and spiced with delicate bawdry. The country and western score is a delight."
— Time

"Humorous and good natured."
— New York Post

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Ticket Price: $41.00 — Cabaret Table: $51.00
Friday 5/5/2017 to Sunday 5/21/2017

5/26/2017 to 6/11/2017
When elderly Rose catches her husband with another woman in the nursing home, she decides to go on a quest for the sexual adventure she has been denying herself for the past 60 years. Also, a bonus of 2 vignettes from the original production of Senior Moments are performed.


This is the sequel to award winning play Senior Moments by Don Fried that was honored for Playwriting at the American Association of Community Theater Region 7 finals in Fort Collins, Colorado.

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Stage II - Tickets only $20.00
Friday 5/26/2017 to Sunday 6/11/2017


5/26/2017 to 6/11/2017
The legendary story of Robin Hood comes to life! All of the characters we know are here to stop the evil Prince John and the nefarious Sheriff of Nottingham. Thrill to the adventures of Robin and his merry band with sword fights and an archery contest. See Maid Marion capture Robin's heart and see the history of England come to San Juan. Fun for the whole family!


Performed in our
31852 El Camino Real
San Juna Capistrano, CA 92675

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Town Center Park- Tickets only $15
Friday 7/14/2017 to Sunday 7/30/2017