Another World Premier Melodrama comes first to San Juan Capistrano from our resident playwright Gary McCarver. Discover the mystery and mischief, the schemers and dreamers of a by-gone-era. Applaud the Heroes and Heroines and boo the Villain in this mostly untold story of a part of San Juan Capistrano history you might have missed. Come join us for lots of great old-time live piano music, over-the-top acting, and foam rocks to throw at the villain. This year in our Black Box so that everyone can have their foam rocks count. Come enjoy our Old-West Style Musical Melodrama - a Playhouse tradition for alomost 30 years.
Fun for the whole family! From the New Home for Great American Melodrama - HeroAndVillain.com.
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.
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.
Beaming with dizzy humor and delightful stage magic, Broadway's PETER AND THE STARCATCHER is a big dipperful of fun. ...Peter Pan will never grow up…and his origin story has matured nicely. The winner of 5 Tony awards! Great for the whole family!
8 Performances in Historic Town Center Park - Bring your picnics, jackets and folding chairs or blankets! PRETTIEST PICNIC CONTEST EVERY NIGHT! PRIZES!
It’s the 1940s. Kay Ridgeway is cruising on the River Nile on the paddle steamer Lotus. Kay has led a charmed life. Blessed with beauty, enormous wealth, and a new husband, she embarks on a honeymoon voyage down the Nile. Fatal circumstances await when the idyllic surroundings are shattered by a shocking and brutal murder. Under scrutiny is a multitude of memorable passengers, all with a reason to kill. The tension and claustrophobia builds, as a shocking and audacious conspiracy is laid bare.
Directed by Wendy Gallo
Another A World Premiere play! In 1880's London, there are gruesome killings in Whitechapel. The police are baffled. Inspector Lestrade turns to the one man who could help, Sherlock Holmes! Join Holmes, Watson, and Lestrade as they try to find this fiendish killer in one of the most horrific cases of the Great Detective's career. Match your wits with Holmes to find this famous killer.
Directed by Dan Blackley
Another In the opening, Charles Dickens himself is introduced to the audience, ready to present one of his famed readings of a new script A Christmas Carol to his guests. The story unfolds behind him, and soon Dickens is weaving in and out of the action, observing, performing small roles, interpolating short passages of rich narrative never heard in other versions. This holiday treat is a version that will transport you! Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is Adapted by John Jakes.
Directed by Darrell Hill
ShowOff! International Playwriting Festival is our subscribers' favorite, with drama, comedy and intrigue and the variety that comes from seeing seven 10-minute plays. As the audience, only you see the top seven - plus – nightly you will also hear one of our runner-up plays read as a "Reader's Theater". 7 different playwrights, 7 different directors and 7 different plays. Suitable for teenagers to adult.
To celebrate our 30th Anniversary ... we are bringing back an old-time audience favorite. At the Rainbow Ranch you'll find intrigue when a series of mysterious disappearances ends in murder—and romance When wild west show hero Matthew Merriweather meets Rainbow Heatherton, brave and beautiful heir to the Rainbow Ranch. You'll find excitement when banker Culver C. Cleaver aims to raise some dust and a cheer-filled finale when Basil Blackthorne hits the dirt. Here is a piece of pure entertainment with something for everyone! Book by Charles H. Randall and Joan LeGro Bushnell and Music and lyrics by Joan LeGro Bushnell.
Directed by Gary McCarver
This riotously funny Southern-baked comedy follows three cousins, Gaynelle, Peaches and Jimmie Wyvette, as they attempt to throw a family reunion. Things spin hilariously out-of-control when a neighbor's pet devours everything edible, a one-eyed suitor shows up to declare his love, and a shocking, high-stakes wager is made on who can bake the best red velvet cake. As this fast-paced uproarious romp barrels toward its surprising climax, you'll wish your own family reunion was this much fun!
Directed by Gina Treasure
This hilarious comedy is loaded with fun surprises! It’s late 1979 in Terre Haute, Indiana and our young architect, Willum, is celebrating his thirty-fourth birthday. He has an unexpected visit from a fellow ex-GI, Rick Steadman, who he has never met but did save his life during service in Vietnam. Initially Willum is delighted, however, Rick's awkward manner and inappropriate behavior throw the occasion into shambles cause quite the social dilemma.
Directed by Rhonda Goldstein
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time follows the story of Christopher Boone, a teen who is exceptional at Math but finds people and any kind of change confusing. The play opens with Christopher discovering a dead dog in his neighbor’s garden. A fan of Sherlock Holmes, he decides to write a story about the mystery of the dog’s death. His sleuthing uncovers far more secrets than he or any of us expect.
Directed by Leslie Eisner
From the creators of the record-breaking Broadway sensation, The Producers, comes this monster musical comedy. The comedy genius, Mel Brooks, adapts his legendarily funny film into a brilliant stage creation – Young Frankenstein! Grandson of the infamous Victor Frankenstein, Frederick Frankenstein inherits his family's estate in Transylvania. With the help of a hunchbacked sidekick, Igor and a leggy lab assistant, Inga, Frederick finds himself in the mad scientist shoes of his ancestors. "It's alive!" he exclaims as he brings to life a creature to rival his grandfather's. Eventually, of course, the monster escapes and hilarity abounds.
Directed by Dan Blackley
Performances in Historic Town Center Park - Bring your picnics, jackets and folding chairs or blankets! Saturdays and Sundays at 7:30 PM for three weeks this summer. Come back later in our season for our summer play announcement!
Our popular Prettiest Picnic Contest is held every performance night with great prizes!
CaminOvations 2020 - 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.