July 2016
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News Release
PCPA Announces 2016-2017 Season

In what Artistic Director Mark Booher calls “A Season of Massive Humanity,” PCPA's 53rd season begins with the family favorite Disney's Beauty and the Beast playing from November 3 - December 23 in the Marian Theatre. This musical fantasy will also play under the stars in the Solvang Festival Theater kicking off the 2017 summer season with a run from June 15 - July 2. This Broadway hit musical based on the classic fairy tale features an unforgettable score, including "Be Our Guest," "Belle," and the title song, "Beauty and the Beast." Children 4 and up are welcome for all Beauty and the Beast 1:30pm matinees; ages 5 and up for all other performances.

Kaufman and Hart's hilarious You Can't Take It With You, winner of the 1937 Pulitzer Prize, plays February 16 - March 5 in the Marian Theatre. Laugh heartily and sigh deeply at one of the funniest and ageless American comedies, as it reflects on the madness of sanity in a money-mad world. 

A drama about redemption and forgiveness, The Whipping Man plays in the Severson Theatre March 9 - 26. Plunge into the heart-wrenching chaos of war-torn Richmond at the end of the Civil War. A young Confederate officer returns home, severely wounded, to find it in ruins and abandoned, save for two former slaves, and the reality of a new world before them.
Adult language/Mature themes

The uproarious farce, Lend Me A Tenor: The Musical, plays in the Marian Theatre April 20 - May 14 and then July 6 - 23 in the Solvang Festival Theater. The riotous tale of mistaken identities and unexpected romance explodes with delight in this brand new musical comedy.

Coming to the Marian Theatre July 19 - 22 and Solvang Festival Theater July 27 - August 20 is PCPA’s production of Disney’s Newsies, The Musical - the Tony Award-winning Broadway phenomenon that 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.

Shakespeare's laugh-filled Twelfth Night plays first in Santa Maria from August 16 - 19, then under the stars in Solvang from August 24 - 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 - October 1. Troy Maxson is a former star of the Negro baseball leagues who was excluded from the major leagues during his prime, which leads to conflicts within his family and his soul.

In looking ahead to the coming season, Artistic Director Mark Booher stated, “The size and quality of the circle that you’ve touched and that you’ve allowed to touch you – that’s the measure of a life’s significance.  It’s massive humanity that matters in the human experience.  This season we’ll touch the ties of family and faith that bind, the unifying polemics and world shaking words, the love for which we’ll break our hearts and risk all to rejuvenate.  We’ll expand our circle and venture into deeper connections that we can rehearse in the theatre and play out in the world – seeing, knowing, loving.  Massive humanity, that’s what it’s all about.”


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Just the facts ...

What PCPA's 53rd Season - 7 plays - 3 venues
When November 3, 2016 - October 1, 2017
Times 1:30 & 7pm - Santa Maria
8pm - Solvang
Where Marian Theatre, 800 S. College Dr., Santa Maria
  GPS: 870 S. Bradley Rd., Santa Maria
  Solvang Festival Theater, 420 2nd Street, Solvang
Tickets $31.50 - $41.50 - Santa Maria
$40.50 - $51.50 - Solvang
Discounts for seniors, students, children, and preview performances
Box Office Wednesday - Sunday 12:30 - 7:00 pm
Internet www.pcpa.org
Box Office Phone: (805) 922-8313

PCPA's 53rd Season
Beauty and The Beast
Marian Theatre November 3 - December 23, 2016
Music by Alan Menken
Lyrics by Howard Ashman & Tim Rice Book by Linda Woolverton
Solvang Festival Theater June 15 - July 2, 2017




You Can't Take It With You
By Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman
Marian Theatre February 16 - March 5, 2016




The Whipping Man
By Matthew Lopez
Severson Theatre March 9 - 26, 2017




Lend Me A Tenor: The Musical Marian Theatre April 20 - May 14, 2017
Book and Lyrics by Peter Sham
Music by Brad Carroll
Based on the play by Ken Ludwig
Solvang Festival Theater July 6 - 23, 2017




Marian Theatre July 19 - 22, 2017
Music by Alan Menken
Lyrics by Jack Feldman
Book by Harvey Firestein
Solvang Festival Theater July 27  - August 20, 2017




Twelfth Night Marian Theatre August 16 - 19, 2017
By William Shakespeare Solvang Festival Theater August 24 - September 10, 2017




By August Wilson
Marian Theatre September 15 - October 1, 2017




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