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The Gruffalos Child 01Segerstrom Center for the Arts presents the Southern California premiere of Tall Stories Theatre Company’s The Gruffalo’s Child on April 18 & 19, 2015. Combining the London-based company’s unique storytelling style with catchy songs, humor and puppetry, The Gruffalo’s Child is the “perfect children’s entertainment,” says The Scotsman. The U.K.’s Evening Standard praises the show as “lovingly and simply brought to the stage.” The Gruffalo’s Child is recommended for families and children ages 4 – 8.

The Gruffalo’s Child is adapted from the award-winning picture book of the same name by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. This sequel to the immensely successful Tall Stories production of The Gruffalo reintroduces familiar characters played by three performers: Mouse, Snake, Owl, Fox and a slightly older, if not wiser, Gruffalo.

An hour before the performance, families are encourage to arrive for free creative activities. The Center’s Education and Community Programs Department offers these enriching experiences to provide young people and their parents more opportunities to play together creatively. Studies show that this is critical in helping to develop the ability to think and problem solve.

Tickets are $20 and are now available online at SCFTA.org, at the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa or by calling (714) 556-2787

Intergalactic-02-smSegerstrom Center’s Family Series continues with the third and final installment of The Intergalactic Nemesis with the Orange County premiere of Twin Infinity – An Intergalactic Nemesis Live-Action Graphic Novel on March 21 & 22 in Samueli Theater. The sequel to the hit shows The Intergalactic Nemesis and Robot Planet Rising follows the adventures of Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Molly Sloan and her fiancé Ben Wilcott in this period story set in 1942 as they fight against a secret society of spies that spans the globe. No previous Intergalactic experience is necessary.

The unique storytelling method makes The Intergalactic Nemesis mesmerizing. There are more than 1,000 hand-drawn, full-color, hi-resolution and intensely vivid comic book images displayed on a giant screen as three actors play all the parts and one Foley artist and one keyboardist perform all sound effects and music.

The Intergalactic Nemesis began as a radio play conceived by Ray Colgan, directed by Jason Neulander, with sound effects by Buzz Moran. It was produced by Salvage Vanguard Theater and performed and recorded in Little City, a downtown Austin coffeehouse, in 1996.

When The Intergalactic Nemesis Live-Action Graphic Novel premiered in 2010, more than 2,000 people turned out. Shortly after, it was featured on NPR’s All Things Considered and CONAN. Since 2011, the first two productions of the trilogy have been performed in more than 100 venues around the world to audiences numbering in the tens of thousands.

Audiences are encouraged to arrive early, as each performance is preceded by an hour of free creative activities. The Center’s Education and Community Programs Department offers these enriching experiences to provide young people and their parents more opportunities to play together creatively. Studies show that this is critical in helping to develop the ability to think and problem solve.

Twin Infinity – An Intergalactic Nemesis Live-Action Graphic Novel is recommended for families and children ages seven and older. Tickets start at $29 and are available online at SCFTA.org, at the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa or by calling (714) 556-2787. For inquiries about group ticket savings for 10 or more, call the Group Services office at (714) 755-0236.

Segerstrom Center - Brickman Brando Bubble Boom - Photo by Alfred Mauve

Segerstrom Center – Brickman Brando Bubble Boom – Photo by Alfred Mauve

The fourth annual Off Center Festival runs January 21 – 31, 2015 and features ten exciting artists and companies performing at the Center for the first time. In addition to Nick Waterhouse, Jungle Fire, and Orgone, this year’s festival includes the West Coast premieres of Mehr Theatre Group’s Timeloss and Spain’s Agrupación Señor Serrano’s Brickman Brando Bubble Boom. Making Southern California debuts are Marga Gomez performing Lovebirds and Amy O’Neal in her Opposing Forces. Additional Center debuts include Scott Bradlee & Postmodern Jukebox, Roger Guenveur Smith in Rodney King and Kristina Wong in a preview of her newest show, The Wong Street Journal. The Center’s Off Center Lounge in Leatherby’s Café Rouge will again be open and offering a late-night menu and music.

Segerstrom Center - Nick Waterhouse - Photo by Meredith Moran

Segerstrom Center – Nick Waterhouse – Photo by Meredith Moran

Segerstrom Center for the Arts has expanded its 2015 Off Center Festival to include two Parties-on-the-Plaza (POP) Saturday, January 24 and Friday, January 30. The first POP will feature Orange County rocker Nick Waterhouse. On January 30, the party continues with the cumbia, afrobeat, trad funk fusion of Jungle Fire and the cold-blooded blend of deep soul, rare funk, and afrodisco (with a raw rock star edge!) of Orgone.

In addition to the music and the theatre, culinary adventure will be provided by some of Orange County’s premiere food truck companies on January 24 and 30. Waff ‘N Roll, Mustache Mike’s, Frijolito’s Mobile Coffee Shop and India Jones Chow Truck for the January 24 Party-on-the-Plaza and Adobo Express, The Burnt Truck, Bakery Truck and Hobo Co Pizza on January 30. Other trucks and cuisines will be added. Leatherby’s Café Rouge in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall will offer a special post-performance, low-price menu January 21, 23, 24, 30 and 31. Following performances, audiences and actors will have the opportunity to mix, mingle, socialize and enjoy a number of casual dining offerings created just for the Off Center Festival.

Segerstrom Center - Scott Bradlee & Postmodern Jukebox

Segerstrom Center – Scott Bradlee & Postmodern Jukebox

The January 24 and 30 Parties-on-the Plaza are FREE. All other tickets are $25, except for Scott Bradlee & Postmodern Jukebox in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, which are $25, $35 and $45. Tickets are available now and can be purchased online at SCFTA.org, at the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa or by calling (714) 556-2787. The TTY number is (714) 556-2746. There will also be $10 Student Rush tickets available based on availability one hour prior to each performance; two tickets per performance with valid student identification. Some performances are suggested for mature audiences only.

Segerstrom always provides interesting entertainment for all ages, but specifically families. As a parent, I always look for ways to get my kid away from the television and the Xbox and expose her to new experiences. Segerstrom’s Family Series brings a world of fantasy and simple storytelling to kids of all ages.

Based on the novel Manxmouse by Paul Gallico, Theatergroep Kwatta performs the delightful tale of Manxmouse: The Mouse Who Knew No Fear. Theatergroep Kwatta is making its North American debut at Segerstrom Center for the Arts October 18 & 19 in Samueli Theater.

The Story Of Manxmouse: The Mouse That Knew No Fear centers around a unique mouse named Manxmouse. Created through the imagination of the local village potter, Manxmouse magically comes to life and encounters animals and people in this town. Everyone loves Manxmouse, but everyone knows his ultimate destiny. His ultimate “doom” is to be dinner for Manxcat.

His first encounter is with a clutterbumph, the mysterious creature that lives under your bed at night. Because Manxmouse is a recent creation on a potter’s table and not born into a family, he does not understand concepts such as love, friendship and fear. The clutterbumph tries to scare him but because Manxmouse does not understand concepts such as fear. The clutterbumph is just an interesting new friend to Manxmouse.

Manxmouse adventure leads his to meet and encounter new things. He then meets a crow, a frog, a little girl, an eagle a taxi driver and pet store owners. All who grow to become friends with Manxmouse, but also are quick to remind him of his destiny.

This production of Manxmouse comes from a team of actors/storytellers/puppeteers who form the Netherlands called Theatergroep Kwatta. These four talented actors are Remco Melles, Siem van Leeuwen, Hans Thissen and Steven Stavast. The performance takes placed in a warehouse with four large shelving units and boxes. The actors are the warehouse workers and the show starts with them working at the start of the day. The sequence features a little bit of slapstick and clearly defines the status of each worker to one another.

At lunch, the four workers sit at a table and the youngest of them is reading a book, coincidentally called Manxmouse: The Mouse That Knew No Fear. As the worker reads the book aloud, magically the other workers know the tale word for word from the book and now the adventure beings. Using various office and warehouse props the four actors visually telling the story of Manxmouse.

The large Manxmouse plush is controlled by two actors. Another actor transforms a trash can into a frog. The end of a mop is used for the long hair for the part of a little girl. Longs rolls of brown butcher paper transform one actor into an eagle and a hand truck and box is used to create a makeshift taxi cab. My daughter soon learned that she doesn’t need elaborate paint or even a professional theater, but she can use everyday household items to tell a story visually.

The play is part of Segerstrom’s family friendly programs, but it is for children. Getting my daughter to see a puppet show was a tough sell. For the average hyper-stimulated child of this age, but the actors smartly managed to create enough visual moments and perfect pacing throughout the story to hold the attention of the 7 to 10-year-old audience.

Because the troupe is from the Netherlands, their English was good but very deliberate. When I have conversations with people from foreign countries, their English uses simple words to communicate. Almost too simple. This manner of speaking may not work long in a warehouse job but works perfectly when communicating with children.

It’s never too late to introduce your children to new forms of creative and innovative storytelling and Segerstrom’s Family Series is the perfect place to find it.

Meet Manxmouse, the loveable and distinct looking, one-of-a-kind mouse who lacks a tail, has bright blue fur and huge rabbit ears. Manxmouse does not mind being different and displays great confidence and bravery while setting out on an exciting new adventure and coming face to face with destiny. Based on the novel Manxmouse by Paul Gallico, Theatergroep Kwatta performs the delightful tale of Manxmouse: The Mouse Who Knew No Fear, making its North American debut at Segerstrom Center for the Arts Saturday October 18 at 1 pm & October 19 at 1 pm and 3:30 pm in the Samueli Theater.

During this exciting journey, Manxmouse encounters tigers and hawks, terrified elephants, fearsome foxes and scheming pet shop owners, but there is still someone he dreads and yet longs to meet more than anyone else. That someone, his fate, is…the Manx Cat. The play is performed by four talented actors, Remco Melles, Siem van Leeuwen, Hans Thissen and Steven Stavast, who juggle many roles and make clever use of everyday items to bring the story to life. Items as varying as, puppets, helmets, ping pong balls, recycle bins and even a roll of toilet paper. “Can you imagine falling totally in love with a blue mouse without a tail and with kangaroo-ears, in an hour? No, you can’t? Then you don’t know Kwatta’s Manxmouse yet.” – Theaterkrant.nl

Manxmouse: The Mouse Who Knew No Fear is recommended for children ages 4 – 8. Tickets are available now by subscribing to the 2014 – 2015 Family Series. Single tickets are $20 and will go on sale Sunday, September 7 at 10 a.m. PST and will be available online at SCFTA.org, at the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa or by calling (714) 556-2787. For inquiries about group ticket savings for 10 or more, call the Group Services office at (714) 755-0236. The TTY number is (714) 556-2746. The performance on Sunday, October 19 at 1 p.m. will be sign-language interpreted.

There will be free pre-show creative play activities beginning one hour before each performance. The Center’s Education and Community Programs Department offers these activities to provide young people and their families more opportunities to play creatively together. Studies show creative play is critical in helping children develop their ability to think and problem solve.

Segerstrom Center for the Arts Brings A Full Slate of Family Entertainment to Orange County

Los Angeles does not monopolize fine entertainment in Southern California. In Costa Mesa, the Segerstrom Center for the Arts plays host to some of the best touring companies traveling across America. Whether it’s the top Broadway touring companies or Vegas-style headliners, citizens of Orange County no longer have to sit through the traffic of Los Angeles. Simply look in your own backyard for the bet live entertainment.

National Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China

Last Saturday, the Segerstrom Concert Hall played host to the National Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China. Although this tour made a one-time stop at the Segerstrom, you’ll find that many productions, like this, will ultimately make its stop in Orange County.

The National Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China is more than the typical acts you’ll find at circuses, county fairs, and talent shows. Seeing it live is a whole new animal. Sure you’ll miss the up close, quick cuts and commercials of a national broadcast. But there’s a magic to just sitting back and watching a grand-scale spectacle in person and in its entirety.

Your first impression may be “am I really going to sit through a two-hour acrobatics show.” This well-produced production is split into individual forms of acrobatics and at the same time giving us a glimpse into the Chinese culture.

Drum Juggling. The drum is both iconic in its sound and presentation with many Chinese ceremonies. Juggling and spinning drums on your feet are just as amazing to watch when accompanied by traditional musical and rhythms of China’s past.

The Unicycles. Five attractive unicyclists take the stage riding in unison balancing large rice bowls in their heads. A feat in balance and grace then transitions to a tossing routine, when the performers toss bowls from their feet and stacks them on the head of the center cyclist.

Then the acts continue with balance beams, contortionists, jugglers, clowns, tumblers, a western homage to the American west, strength pair, kid jugglers, spinning plates; and a grand finale that pulls out all the stops.

What separates the live theater experience from watching it on television is the high quality of performers; their precision, strength, accuracy and dexterity and the intimacy of being in the audience.

Upcoming Events

The Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa has a calendar chock full of family-friendly events and live entertainment. Segerstrom welcomes Childsplay and their production of Schoolhouse Rock Live! coming Saturday and Sunday, October 3 and 4.

Segerstrom shares the moniker for high-quality life entertainment with many other venues throughout Orange County. Almost every city in Orange County has its own community theater, nightclub, or music venue. Secret City Geek Lab and KTST FM Anaheim is a great place to find out about what’s coming up in a city near you.

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PRC Acrobats 03The National Acrobats of The People’s Republic of China have entertained audiences worldwide for more than 60 years with astonishing feats of acrobatic agility and stunning display of martial arts, and the company returns to Segerstrom Center for the Arts with a brand new production on Saturday, September 13 at 3 p.m. in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. This elite group of acrobats continues a remarkable 2,000-year-old tradition of mastering precision, balance, grace, strength and artistry that result in dazzling and high adrenaline performances that also feature beautiful costumes, thrilling choreography and both traditional and modern music.

Tickets to The National Acrobats of The People’s Republic of China start at $19 and will go on sale Sunday, May 11 at 10 a.m. PST. Single tickets will be available online at SCFTA.org, at the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa or by calling (714) 556-2787.

The National Acrobats of The People’s Republic of China was founded in 1951 and has been one of the most acclaimed acrobatic troupes in China. For several generations, the company has developed many unique acrobatic acts such as “Global Motorcycling,” “Kicking Bowls to Heads on High Unicycles,” “Russian Bars in Chinese Traditional Style,” “Chinese Poles In Shaolin Style,” “Diving Through Moving Hoops,” “Aerial Bungee Tumblings” and “Aerial Tissue Flowers.” These and many other acts have been enjoyed and praised by Chinese and foreign audiences for decades. Since its inception, there have been more than 200 artists of the company that have won the gold and silver awards at international and national acrobatic competitions and circus festivals.

In 1972, the company visited the United States with 72 artists and was invited as guests to the White House by President Richard Nixon. As performing arts ambassadors, the company played a key role in the reestablishment of diplomatic relations between China and the United States, whose governments at that time had no formal diplomatic ties. More than 40 years later, the The National Acrobats of The People’s Republic of China has toured to 500 cities in 70 countries. In 2012, five troupes and teams from the company traveled to Germany, Turkey, Taiwan and Singapore.

Since 1999, the company has created several impressive productions, such as Mirage, Mirage of Dragons, Confuscise, Pirates! and Sun Birds. These productions have been performed close to 4,000 times in Germany, Brazil, Mexico, Israel, Argentina and Chile. For its 2014 North American tour, the company will bring a brand new production that is guaranteed to amaze and astound audiences.

One Night Only: Sunday, November 9 in Segerstrom Hall; tickets go on sale September 21

Segerstrom Center - Stephen Sondheim - Photo by Jerry Jackson_1Audiences have an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to journey back into the woods and American musical theater history with the creators and original Broadway cast of the award-winning musical Into the Woods on Sunday, November 9 at 6 p.m. in Segerstrom Hall. Part conversation, part musical selections, this one-night-only reunion celebration is being written and produced by Eileen Roberts in association with Segerstrom Center for the Arts. It features special guests composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim and author and director James Lapine, along with original Broadway cast members Bernadette Peters (The Witch), Joanna Gleason (The Baker’s Wife), Chip Zien (The Baker), Robert Westenberg (Cinderella’s Prince and Wolf), Kim Crosby (Cinderella), Danielle Ferland (Little Red Riding Hood) and Ben Wright (Jack). Mo Rocca is the moderator; Tedd Firth is the musical director.

Tickets to the Into the Woods Reunion start at $59 and will go on sale Sunday, September 21 at 10 a.m. PT. Single tickets will be available online at SCFTA.org, at the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa or by calling (714) 556-2787. For inquiries about groups of 10 or more, call the Group Services office at (714) 755-0236. The TTY number is (714) 556-2746.

Segerstrom Center - James Lapine - Photo courtesy of Segerstrom Center for the Arts_2Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Into the Woods premiered in 1986 at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego. The production received its Broadway premiere on November 5, 1987 at the Martin Beck Theater. The production received ten Tony Award® nominations, winning in the categories of Best Original Score, Best Book of a Musical and Best Performance of a Leading Actress in a Musical (for Joanna Gleason). The later Broadway revival won two additional Tonys. The show went on to receive eight Olivier Awards for London’s original West End production and its later revival. Into the Woods has been seen in other productions in New York and London, in a U.S. national tour, as well as internationally in Sydney, Melbourne, Barcelona, Paris, Puerto Rico, Baltimore and San Francisco.

Into the Woods continues to be enormously popular. A new production was presented this summer at the show’s birthplace, San Diego’s Old Globe Theatre, and Walt Disney Pictures’ film adaptation starring Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp, Emily Blunt, James Corden, Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine, Lilla Crawford, Daniel Huttlestone, Christine Baranski and Tracey Ullman opens this Christmas.

The Center’s special reunion event will honor the historic creative team of composer/lyricist Stephen Sondheim and writer/director James Lapine, their extraordinary show and the actors who created its iconic roles. The audience will have the rare opportunity to witness a meeting of those whose collective talent resulted in one of the most memorable shows in Broadway history. It will inspire all generations of theater lovers and performers and give the cast an opportunity to reminisce and share how the production shaped their lives both personally and rofessionally.

This live documentary style production will be part retrospective, part moderated panel with Sondheim, Lapine and the cast, and part performance, with some cast members performing the songs they introduced. It will encompass the genesis of Into the Woods, progress to the creation of its award-winning score and book, casting for the Broadway premiere and the process that led to the show’s New York premiere in 1987. Sondheim, Lapine and the cast will share their personal accounts of shaping the musical. The cast will recall how they were selected, where they were in their careers then and relate how the success of Into the Woods affected them and where they are today.

Monday

Costa Mesa Restaurant Week (All Week)
Pageant of the Masters (Until 30th)
WWE Monday Night Raw (Honda Center)

Tuesday

Fathom Events and RiffTrax Presents Godzilla (Orange Stadium & AMC 30)
Joe Rogan (Irvine Improv)
Once (Segerstrom Center for the Arts)

Wednesday

The Terminator (Regency South Coast Village)

Thursday

Picturing Animals & Their Habitats (Orange County Zoo)
Fathom Events: Sharknado 2 (Orange Stadium & AMC 30)
Monty Python and the Holy Grail (Directors Cut Cinema at Rancho Niguel)

Friday

4th Annual Long Beach BBQ Festival (Rainbow Lagoon)
Friday Night at the Movies: Toy Story 3 (Carbon Canyon Regional Park)

Saturday

A Night in “Chance-ablanca” Fundraiser (Chance Theater – Anaheim)
Santa Ana Zoo’s 2014 Zoofari & Monkey Magic; Black-Tie Fundraiser (Santa Ana Zoo)
Story Time In The Garden (Orange County Great Park)
Health & Wellness Fair 2014 (OC Market Place)
All-American Soap Box Derby (Queen Mary)

Sunday

15th Annual Elvis Festival (Orange County Market Place)

Segerstrom Center - ONCE Tour Company - Photo by Joan Marcus

Segerstrom Center – ONCE Tour Company – Photo by Joan Marcus

Live performances by the casts of ONCE, Pippin, Motown the Musical and The Phantom of the Opera. Tickets on Sale Now!

On Monday, August 18 at 7 p.m. Segerstrom Center for the Arts will present of special preview of its 2014-2015 season. This special event will feature performances and guests artists from the various shows during the upcoming season. The evening will includes songs and highlights from Pippin, Motown the Musical, The Phantom of the Opera and ONCE, which opens the next evening, August 19. In addition to the performances, the artists will talk about their individual productions and behind-the-scene stories.

General Admission tickets to this event are $10 and available online at SCFTA.org, at the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa or by calling (714) 556-2787. As a bonus, guests who attend will receive a $10 credit back to their account which can be used towards the purchase of subscriptions or tickets to other Center performances through August 17, 2015.

The Center’s exhibit of Broadway-Inspired LEGO art will be on display in the Center’s lobby. The Geek Lab reported on the LEGO display previously.