May 2017
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Contact: Craig Shafer
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News Release
PCPA - Pacific Conservatory Theatre
Announces Season 54

PCPA presents an inspiring collection of works from contemporary and comedy, to musical and classic in the upcoming 54th season playing from November 2017 through September 2018. Launching the season November 9, and playing through December 23 in the Marian Theatre is the Disney musical Freaky Friday. When an overworked mother and her contrary teenage daughter magically swap bodies, they have just one day to put things right again before mom’s big wedding.  In this hilarious modern day fairytale based on two Disney hit movies, a mother and daughter really see what it is to be a family and experience each other’s lives first-hand, if only for a day.  Freaky Friday is a delightfully entertaining musical for anyone with a perfectly imperfect family.

Arthur Miller’s Tony-winning masterpiece The Crucible will play from February 15 – March 4 in the Marian Theatre. Inspired by Senator Joseph McCarthy’s witch hunt for Communists in America in the 1950s and the Salem witch trials of 1692, the story centers on a farmer, his wife, and a former servant-girl who maliciously causes the wife's arrest for witchcraft. The farmer finds himself swept up in the runaway witch-hunt and ultimately must face the atrocious decision between preserving his integrity or saving his life. Arthur Miller’s thrilling dramatic play about the Puritan purge of witchcraft in old Salem, Massachusetts is both a gripping historical play and a strikingly timely social parable for today. 

Playing in the intimate Severson Theatre March 8 – 25 is the imaginative play by Katori Hall, The Mountaintop. As the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s. assassination approaches, we visit the reverend on the evening after he delivered his prophetic “I’ve been to the mountaintop” speech. He retires to his room at the Lorraine Motel where he is visited by a mysterious maid. Their conversation reveals a man who laments his failings and unfinished dreams. The evening spans moments of flirtatiousness, deep reflection, and honest humor. Katori Hall’s Olivier award-winning play is a magical vision of the night before the civil rights leader was gunned down and in which King encounters his humanity, confronts his destiny and ponders his legacy.

Two of the biggest names in American musical theatre, Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast) and Stephen Schwartz (Wicked), have teamed up to deliver an emotionally sweeping score and powerful story, making Disney’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame the musical an unforgettable instant classic. It plays in the Marian Theatre April 26 - May 13 and from June 14 through July 8 in the Solvang Festival Theater. Based on Victor Hugo’s gothic novel, Quasimodo, the misshaped bell-ringer, is held captive by his devious caretaker, the archdeacon Dom Claude Frollo, who plans to destroy the gypsies, including the beautiful and kind hearted Esmeralda. And, it is Quasimodo who becomes the unlikely hero in this brand new musical.

Christopher Durang’s display of dysfunction and despair results in a hilarious reunion when three siblings reunite in Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. It plays in the Marian Theatre June 28 – July 7, then in the Solvang Festival Theater July 12 – 22. Vanya and Sonia bicker and pine about the dashed dreams and squandered hopes of their lives when their movie-star sister, Masha, suddenly swoops in with her new boy-toy, Spike. This giddy Tony-winning farce, with a dash of Chekhovian references, is the perfect summer tonic.

The sunny and funny Mamma Mia! spins and sparkles into the ultimate feel-good smash hit musical of summer 2018. It will play July 18 – 21 in the Marian Theatre in Santa Maria before transferring to Solvang to play under the stars from July 27 through August 26. The energy and charm of ABBA’s songs propel this enchanting tale with love, laughter and friendship. On the eve of her wedding, Sophie has secretly invited three men from her mother Donna's past back to the Greek island paradise they last visited 20 years ago in a quest to discover the identity of her father.  Donna’s long-time friends from her past girl-group “Donna and the Dynamos” also arrive for the wedding to catch up and reminisce, turning a trip down the aisle into one you’ll never forget!  

From the author of Shakespeare in Love, Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia is considered one of the greatest plays of its time. It runs August 16 – 25 in the Marian Theatre and August 30 – September 9 in the Solvang Festival Theater. Arcadia is a romantic mystery set in the elegant Coverly estate and taking place in both 1809 and the present. Two plot lines run parallel across time with intertwining themes. While thirteen-year-old Lady Thomasina and her tutor delve into intellectual and romantic issues, the present day finds the Coverly descendants and two competing scholars researching horticulture and a possible scandal at the estate in 1809.  Stoppard’s brilliant Olivier and Tony-winning play traverses the centuries exploring the nature of truth and time, the difference between Classical and Romantic temperaments, and the disruptive influence of sex on our life orbits - the attraction which Newton left out.

Tickets for the new season will go on sale in early October.

Titles subject to change.

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The PCPA Production of
Freaky Friday
Book by Bridget Carpenter,
Music by Tom Kitt,
Lyrics by Brian Yorkey,
Based on the novel "Freaky Friday" by Mary Rodgers and the Disney films
Freaky Friday is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.
Marian Theatre November 9 - December 23, 2017
The Crucible
by Arthur Miller
Marian Theatre February 15 - March 4, 2018
The Mountaintop
by Katori Hall
Severson Theatre March 8 - 25, 2018
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
A New Musical
Music by Alan Menken
Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Book by Peter Parnell
Marian Theatre
Solvang Festival Theater
April 26 - May 13
June 14 - July 8
Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
by Christopher Durang
Marian Theatre
Solvang Festival Theater
June 28 - July 7
July 12 - 22
Mama Mia!
Music and Lyrics by
Benny Andersson
Bjön Ulvaeus
Book by Catherine Johnson
Originally conceived by Judy Craymer
Mama Mia! is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.
Marian Theatre
Solvang Festival Theater
July 18 - 21
July 27 - August 26
by Tom Stoppard
Arcadia is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.
Marian Theatre
Solvang Festival Theater
August 16 - 25
August 30 - September 9

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