PCPA’s 53rd Season Continues This Summer in Santa Maria & Solvang

Posted on Jun 12 by SEASONS Magazine

Beauty and the Beast, photo courtesy of Pacific Conservatory Theatre.

Beauty and the Beast, photo courtesy of Pacific Conservatory Theatre.

Pacific Conservatory Theatre’s (PCPA) 53rd season continues this summer with dazzling and inspired productions in both Santa Maria and Solvang from from June 15 through October 1.

The family favorite Disney’s Beauty and the Beast opens at Solvang Festival Theater and plays under the stars from June 15 through July 2. This Broadway hit musical, which quickly sold out this past winter in Santa Maria, is based on the classic fairy tale and features a heartfelt story and an unforgettable score, including “Be Our Guest,” “Belle,” and the title song, “Beauty and the Beast.”

The uproarious farce, Lend Me A Tenor The Musical, plays July 6-23 at the Solvang Festival Theater. The riotous tale of mistaken identities and unexpected romance explodes with delight in this brand new musical comedy with music by PCPA’s own Brad Carroll.

Coming to the Marian Theatre from July 19-22—and Solvang Festival Theater from July 27 through August 20—is PCPA’s production of Disney’s Newsies The Musical. Exploding with dazzling choreography, the Tony Award-winning Broadway phenomenon tells the true story of a band of underdogs who took on the most powerful names in New York in a fight for what’s right.

“If music be the food of love, play on.” Shakespeare’s laugh-filled Twelfth Night plays first in Santa Maria from August 16-19, then under the stars in Solvang from August 24 through September 10. When Orsino engages the cross-dressed Viola to plead with Olivia on his behalf, a bittersweet chain of events follows. Twelfth Night combines low pranks with high comedy and the pangs of unrequited love with sublime poetry and exquisite songs.

Closing the 53rd season is Fences, August Wilson’s gripping Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning masterpiece that will swing onto the Marian Theatre stage from September 15 through October 1. It is a gripping family drama about Troy Maxson, a former star of the Negro baseball leagues who takes work as a garbage man in 1957 Pittsburgh. As a black man excluded from the major leagues during his prime, Troy’s inner conflicts take their toll on his relationships with his wife and his children as they look for their own chances to fulfill their dreams.

Visit pcpa.org or call the box office at 805/922-8313 for more information or to purchase tickets.

Solvang Festival Theater is located at 420 2nd St., Solvang.

Marian Theatre is located at 800 S. College Dr., Santa Maria.

—Victoria Tai Murphy

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