The Monterey County Theatre Alliance promotes awareness and appreciation of the quality and diversity of local live theatre by acting as a liaison between venues, artists and the public.
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My Name Is....by one of our local playwrights, David Norum.  Based on a true case that David worked on  (he is a retired detective, now an accomplished playwright) about a woman's journey through an abusive relationship to redemption. Powerful and riveting, this is a premier full performance for the Monterey Bay Area.

When David Norum picked up the case that is the basis of this play, as a District Attorney Investigator, he had no idea this 1 page initial police report would take up a great amount of his last 18 months on the job. It is truly one of the most amazing and remarkable cases of his long career.

A story of a woman’s courage, perseverance and the indomitable human spirit in spite of seemingly insurmountable obstacles, as told by 16 women involved in the lives of the family, and the violence and trial.

Tickets are $20 and can be reserved by calling 831-238-2399
"​​My Name is ..."​​
March 8 - 23
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MCTA Producing Member
THE PINK FLAMINGO THEATER
2115 N. Fremont Ave.
Monterey, CA 93940
(831) 238-2399​

The Western Stage’s SpringFEST is an annual, pre-season series of performance and production projects for students and community members, designed to provide instruction and to  improve technical and performance skills.

​ Season 2019's theme is "Quest" - the journeys, the pursuits, and the missions we embark upon, searching for something beyond ourselves. It highlights some of the people who have defied odds, found courage when they had none, and who broke incredible barriers. It is about quests chosen and those luring us forward. It is about the human desire to seek out and obtain what we hold most dear: truth, justice, knowledge, love, meaning.
 
For more information, visit https://westernstage.com/season/springfest

SpringFEST 2019 Studio Theater, 411 Central Ave., Salinas, (831) 375-2111 or (831) 755-6816
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THE WESTERN STAGE
411 Central Ave., Salinas, CA 93901
(831) 375-2111 or (831) 755-6816
Mailing address:
411 Central Ave. Salinas, CA 93901
http://www.westernstage.com
MCTA Members, 2 tickets for the price of 1,   
any performance (subject to
availability)


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March 21 & March 22 SPECIAL SCHOOL MATINEE 10:30 am "Quilters"  SpringFEST 2019 Main Stage, 411 Central Ave., Salinas, (831) 375-2111 or (831) 755-6816
 
ATTENTION TEACHERS! We are proud to offer SPECIAL SCHOOL MATINEE performances comprised of excerpts from our SpringFEST production of "Quilters," a musical about the women who settled the nation as told through their quilts. Following the performance, students may participate in a Q & A with the actors.
 $2 tickets. One adult chaperone requested per ten students.
Reserve your seats with Outreach Coordinator, Pete Russell: [email protected] or 831-755-6929.
Sponsored by the Sally Hughes Church Foundation.
This event is wheelchair accessible. Individuals requiring sign language interpreters or captions, please contact the Box Office at least one week prior to the event: 831-755-6816
Written by Molly Newman and Barbara Damashek and Lyrics by Barbara Damashek
A musical about the lives of women who settled America, based on the book The Quilters: Women and Domestic Art by Patricia Cooper and Norma Bradley Allen. Presented in a series of short tales and tableaus matched with musical num- bers, “Quilters” is a celebration of women told through their quilts.

Apr 6 & 7  "South: A Nautical Musicial"  Written by Carmen Borgia
A wandering sailor named Ed Wheeler searches for his long-lost mother who vanished leaving him only a locket as a tantalizing clue to her identity and possible whereabouts. “South” is  a theatrical musical commissioned by Dixon Place in New York city and written by TWS alumnus and Emmy-nominated Carmen Borgia, who is now a singer, songwriter, sound mixer and film sound designer residing in NYC.  Free    
  See the "Coming Soon" list of theater productions for April SpringFEST performances

"Reefer Madness"
Mar 14-30
MCTA Member Preview: March 13th, 2019 ($10 tickets)

"Reefer Madness, the Musical" book and lyrics were written by Kevin Murphy and the book and music by Dan Studney.
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PAPER WING THEATRE COMPANY
320 Hoffman Avenue, Monterey, CA 93940

MCTA Members, 2 tickets for the price of 1,   
Friday performance (subject to
availability)

A musical satire of the 1936 cult classic film by the same name.  The year is 1936. As the play opens, the Lecturer, a stern authority figure, informs the audience of the new drug menace, "marihuana", which threatens the American way of life. (His warnings are reinforced by the Placard Girl, who throughout the play holds up large signs that clearly state scenes' moral lessons.) From his podium, the Lecturer warns the audience that action must be taken immediately, before the Good Ol' U.S.A. succumbs to the Demon Weed ("Reefer Madness"). The Lecturer illustrates his point by re-enacting "the Harper Affair", which he claims is a true and horrific scandal.
"Willy Wonka, Junior"
Mar 22 -Apr 14
​​"Willy Wonka, Jr. "Words and Music by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley, Adapted for the stage by Leslie Bricusse and TIMOTHY A. Mcdonald Based on the book,“Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” by Roald Dahl, Directed by Susanne Burns, Vocal Direction by Desma Johnson  , Choreographed by Audre Swanston
 
The delicious adventures of Willy Wonka's chocolate factory light up the stage in this captivation adaptation of Roald Dahl's fantastical tale. Featuring the enchanting songs from the 1971 film in addition to a host of fun new songs, Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka Jr. is a scrumdidilyumtious musical guaranteed to delight everyone's sweet tooth.

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PACIFIC REPERTORY THEATRE
The Golden Bough Theatre - Monte Verde between 8th and 9th - Carmel
(831)622-0100 Fax: (831)622-0703
P.O. Box 222035 Carmel CA 93922

MCTA Members, 2 tickets for the price of 1,   
any performance (subject to
availability)

Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka Jr. follows enigmatic candy manufacturer Willy Wonka as he stages a contest by hiding golden tickets in five of his scrumptious candy bars. Whomever comes up with these tickets will win a free tour of the Wonka factory, as well as a lifetime supply of candy. Four of the five winning children are insufferable brats, but the fifth is a likeable young lad named Charlie Bucket, who takes the tour in the company of his equally amiable grandfather. The children must learn to follow Mr. Wonka's rules in the factory - or suffer the consequences.
 
 Improv at The Lab
​Carmel Barnyard
Mar 30

Monterey Comedy Improv Gets the Giggles in Carmel at The Lab
 
Monterey Comedy Improv will be bringing on the laughs Saturday, March 30th, at 7:30pm at The Lab in The Barnyard in Carmel. Suite G-23, Carmel-by-the-Sea, above the Carmel Valley Roasting Company (831) 236-2032

The live performance by Monterey Comedy Improv is similar in style to the hit TV show "Whose Line is it, Anyway?", in which the players take suggestions or volunteers from the audience and create entertaining scenes and characters.  Featuring local talent from the premier improv troupe on the Monterey Peninsula, the show promises to be fun, clever, and at times, even downright hilarious. Tickets are available in advance for $15 at brownpapertickets.com.
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​​MCTA Producing Member
Monterey Comedy Improv
620 Lighthouse Ave, Pacific Grove
(831) 238-2399​
Mailing address:1120 Alameda Street
Monterey, CA 93940
Montereycomedyimprov.com
various venues
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Monterey Comedy Improv originated in 2008 as the "Mirth-O-Matics". In 2014 troupe member Rich Westbrook became the director and then led the branding of the troupe into the next generation by changing the name to Monterey Comedy Improv. Running as a breeding ground for original and spontaneous comedy scenes, the troupe has performed at numerous venues and for charity events, corporate functions and private parties.  Monterey Comedy Improv consists of original members Rich Westbrook, Maria Dawson and Carrie Gerdes, along with , Rhonda Navarro, Melody Logan, Nick Villareal, Kimberly Rousseau and Katie Nash.
High School Productions Playing This Month
​Charles Schulz’s beloved comic comes to life in Clark Gesner’s classic musical, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. The whole gang is here: bossy Lucy is hopelessly in love with piano prodigy Schroeder who doesn’t give her the time of day, perfectionist Sally is still mocking blanket-toting Linus, Snoopy is in the doghouse, and “blockhead,” himself, Charlie Brown, is in rare form. Brief vignettes span the months from Valentine’s Day to Beethoven Day, from wild optimism to utter despair. 

Tickets are $12.00 General and $8.00 for students with school ID We open the doors at 6:30 and tend to sell out.
  
Jose Ortiz Director , Brian Parker  vocals and Orchestra direction, and Stephanie Jones (from Anzar High)Choreography. For more information call (831) 796-7500
You're a Good Man Charlie Brown
Mar 15 -23
Tickets at the door
  North Salinas High School, 55 Kip Dr, Salinas, CA 93906 
Guys and Dolls
March 21, 22, 23, (7:00pm) and 24 (5:30)
The hit motion picture and Tony winning Broadway musical, Guys And Dolls, will be presented by the drama department of Carmel High School on March 21, 22, 23 and 24. Performances are at the CHS Performing Arts Center.
​Directed by Gracie Poletti with choreography by Gloria Elber, the production features Harrison Herendeen Hill, Rachel Bagby, Darian W. Shraud and Yvonne DiGiralamo.  
Tickets at the door
​​Carmel High School​​
Carmel, CA, California 93921​​
(831) 624-1821
They head a cast of 25, highlighted by cameo appearances from instructors  Mike Deckleman and Shelley Grahl.  Musical director Brian Hendley conducts the CHS orchestra.Set in the 50’s, the story centers around Sky Masterson (Hill) who makes a bet with his gambling buddies, that he can win over a very straight laced female member (Bagby) of a New
York church group.   Noted composer and lyrist Frank Loesser composed the familiar and popular score. 
 
Performances are at 7pm with the exception of the 5:30 Sunday show.  Tickets are only available at the door.  For additional Information, call Gracie Poletti  831 236-7160
 PG High School Music Theater Presents: Monty Python's Spamalot, School Edition.
Mar 28, 29, 30 at 7:00pm, Mar 31 at 2:00pm, Apr 4, 5 at 7:00pm

Spamalot tells the legendary tale of King Arthur’s quest to find the Holy Grail. Inspired by the classic comedy film, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, the musical also diverts a bit from more traditional versions of the legend.

Instead, Spamalot shenanigans including a line of beautiful dancing girls, flatulent Frenchmen, and killer rabbits. Outside, there is features plague with a 50% chance of pestilence and famine.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for Students, sold at the door until sold out. TIckets ONLINE at: www.pghsmusictheater.org
  
Spamalot
Mar 28 - Apr 5

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Pacific Grove High School
615 Sunset Ave, Pacific Grove CA 93950
(714) 322-4560
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Producing Members
MCTA Producing Member
ARIEL THEATRICAL, INC.
The Wilson Children's Theatre
320 Main Street, Salinas, CA
(831) 775-0976 or (831) 759-1530

Mailing address:
P.O. Box 1268, Salinas, CA 93902​

http://www.arieltheatrical.org
MCTA Producing Member
BEVERLY AND PATRICK GOLDEN:
Production & Artistic Direction
[email protected], (831) 236-0903

MCTA Producing Member
THE WESTERN STAGE
411 Central Ave., Salinas, CA 93901
(831) 375-2111 or (831) 755-6816

Mailing address:
411 Central Ave. Salinas, CA 93901

http://www.westernstage.com
MCTA Producing Member
MONTEREY PENINSULA COLLEGE THEATRE CO.
980 Fremont St. Monterey, CA 93940
(831) 646-4213

Mailing Address:
Post Office Box 761, Monterey CA 93942

http://www.mpctheatreco.com

MCTA Producing Member
The Listening Place Reader Theatre
​Linda Hanock
831-424-6645 or 831-646-1535
MCTA Producing Member
PACIFIC REPERTORY THEATRE
The Golden Bough Theatre - Monte Verde between 8th and 9th - Carmel

Venues: The Golden Bough Theatre; The Circle Theatre of the Golden Bough, and Outdoor Forest Theatre, Carmel
(831)622-0100

Fax: (831)622-0703
Mailing Address
P.O. Box 222035 Carmel CA 93922
www.pacrep.org
MCTA Producing Member
Dance Kids of
Monterey County 
Sunset Center, Cottage #17
San Carlos Street at 10th Ave.,
Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 6225
Carmel, CA 93921
Phone: (831) 622-9008
Fax: (831) 218-1293
Email: [email protected]

http://dancekids.org/
MCTA  Producer
Living History Company
Carol Marquart
​For further information
(831) 275-2235
email: [email protected]
MCTA Producing Member
Mark Shilstone-Laurent, 
Producer
(831) 915-4550
Mailing address:
247 Oak St.
Salinas, CA 93901  
Venue: Various
MCTA Producing Member
Epiphany Lutheran & Episcopal Church
425 Carmel Ave.
Marina CA 93933
(831) 384-6323

http://www.epiphanymarina.org

MCTA Producing Member
The Defaria Company
(831) 624-4345
Mailing Address
P.O. Box 4307
Carmel, CA 93921-4307

MCTA Producing Member
California Academy of Performing Arts
Mission St & 8th Ave
Carmel, California​, 93908
(831) 624-3729
http://carmelacademyofperformingarts.com
MCTA Producing Member
Heritage Theatre Artists' Consortium (HTAC)
(443) 630-5312
Mailing Address: 85 Ocean Pines Lane
Pebble Beach, CA 93953
www.h-tac.com
MCTA Producing Member
ACT-TWO PLAYERS
Fred Bologna, Producer
(831) 625-3408
Mailing address: P.O. Box 1078, Carmel, CA 93921
Venue: Various
MCTA Producing Member
Paraphrase Productions  
Venues:
The Outdoor Forest Theatre and Paperwing Theater
Mailing address: 1284 Adobe Ln.
Pacific Grove, CA 93950
(831) 915-6624
MCTA Producing Member
Actors Collective Media Entertainment
(831) 325-3534 (Cindy Womack ACME Associate)
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 384
Aptos, CA 95001
Venues: Carl Cherry Center, The Western Stage

www.carlcherrycenter.org
MCTA Producing Member
PAPER WING THEATRE COMPANY
320 Hoffman Avenue, Monterey, CA 93940
www.paperwing.com
MCTA Members, 2 tickets for the price of 1,   
Friday performance (subject to
availability)

MCTA Producing Member
Forest Theatre Guild
Monterey YMCA and Outdoor Forest Theater
(831) 626-1681
Mailing address: P.O. Box 2325 Carmel, CA 93921​

www.foresttheaterguild.org
MCTA Producing Member
Monterey Comedy Improv
620 Lighthouse Ave, Pacific Grove

(831) 238-2399​
Mailing address:
205 Montecito Ave., Monterey 93940
Montereycomedyimprov.com

various venues
MCTA Producing Member
THE PINK FLAMINGO THEATER
2115 N. Fremont Ave.

Monterey, CA 93940
(831) 238-2399​

www.pinkflamingotheater.org
MCTA Produccing Member
CHERRY CENTER FOR THE ARTS
P.O. Box 863, Carmel, CA 93921
4th and Guadalupe, Carmel​(
831) 624-7491
[email protected]

www.carlcherrycenter.org