As we come to the end of March, I trust you're planning to attend a show (or 2?) at any one of the several live performance and theatre venues to be found here on the Central Coast of California!
The Lompoc Civic Theatre (www.lompoccivictheatre.com) is currently presenting Almost, Maine through April 1.
The play tells nine stories which take place at the same magical moment on a cold, clear night in the middle of winter in the remote, mythical town of Almost, Maine. All is not quite what it seems. As the northern lights hover in the star-filled sky above, the town's residents find themselves falling in and out of love in unexpected and often hilarious ways. Knees are bruised, and hearts are broken - but The Bruises heal, and the hearts mend … almost, in this delightful midwinter night's dream.
Director Larry McLellan, a native of Maine, along with Assistant Director Christine Jeszeck, are pleased to bring the spirit of northern New England to the Central Coast with this production of Cariani's popular play. A highlight of this production is the original musical score by local pianist William Koseluk and an onstage creation of the northern lights by PCPA's Todd Harper.
Friday and Saturday night shows start at 7:30 and Sunday matinees at 2:00. Tickets are $10 at presale outlets: Alfie's Fish & Chips, Lompoc Chamber of Commerce, and Texas Cattle Co. Tickets for seniors, students, military and for all matinees are $10. Adult tickets are $12 at the door. The show will be performed at the Civic Auditorium, 217 South L St. (at the corner of Cypress).
Additionally, a dinner theatre production of The Outrageous Adventures of Sheldon and Mrs Levine at D'Vine Wine Bar will have its FINAL performance on April 15 (reservations required).
The Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts (www.pcpa.org), the Central Coast's Resident Professional Theatre Company, located on the Allan Hancock College Campus in Santa Maria will present Romeo and Juliet, April 19 - May 13.
The Santa Maria Civic Theatre's (www.smct.org) next production will be the comedy Battle of Shallowford - performances April 27 - May 19.
The Great American Melodrama (www.americanmelodrama.com) in Oceano is proud to present The Three Musketeers, through April 22, along with a Blue Collar Vaudeville Revue salute to plumbers, electricians, mechanics, and many more as they work hard for the money!
The Spot (https://www.facebook.com/#!/hit.the.spot) in Arroyo Grande will present Spinning the Globe & A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to Foreclosure March 30 – April 1, magician Chris Lopez March 30 - April 1, and Exit Pursued By a Bear's The Changeling April 13-21.
Upcoming performances at the Clark Center (www.clarkcenter.org) include Suspended Motion Aerial Arts' Eventyr April 12 & 13, Four Sides of 40 on April 14, California Theatre Center's Beauty and the Beast on April 16, and the National Tour of Winter Dance Party - the official live and authentic re-creation of the final tour of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper before their untimely deaths in a plane crash in 1959.
Murder In Mind Productions (www.murderinmind.com) will present SLO Legal through May 6 at Spyglass Inn in Shell Beach.
SLO Little Theatre's (www.slolittletheatre.org) Ubu's Other Shoe readers' theatre series will hold auditions for BOOM! April 16 & 17 (performances May 11 & 12). A special performance of Teen Monologues will be presented on April 5. And then next on the mainstage will be Dinner With Friends April 13 - May 6, followed by The House of Blue Leaves May 25 - June 17. And be sure to check out the Academy of Creative Theatre's (http://www.slolittletheatre.org/pages/classes) children & youth theatre opportunities for this spring and summer!