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Better of Orange County 2022: Greatest dwell theater – OCRegister

1. Segerstrom Heart for the Arts

600 City Heart Drive, Costa Mesa; 714-556-2787; scfta.org

There’s a way of status at Segerstrom Heart for the Arts you’d be hard-pressed to search out elsewhere in Orange County. Opened in 1986 (initially because the Orange County Performing Arts Heart), the nonprofit arts group oversees a number of venues on the humanities campus and serves as dwelling to the Pacific Symphony, Philharmonic Society of Orange County, Pacific Chorale and South Coast Repertory.

“The Heart continues to convey internationally acclaimed performances, not solely in our theaters, but in addition uniquely curated outside performances that includes eclectic artists on the Julianne and George Argyros Plaza,” mentioned Segerstrom Senior Director of Communications Carla Cruz. “We keep true to our mission to proceed to develop a tremendous arts group… Our teaching programs often serve 300,000 folks yearly.

“We’re all the time evolving and bringing new experiences,” added Cruz, citing the brand new writer sequence In Dialog with Fran Lebowitz, Amy Tan, and Erik Larson for instance.

The 2022-23 Curtain Name and Broadway sequence schedules will characteristic “Hamilton,” “Moulin Rouge! The Musical,” “To Kill a Mockingbird,” “Frozen,” “Imply Women,” “Tina — The Tina Turner Musical” and the North American premiere of “Like Water for Chocolate.” Numerous different style sequence will current Belinda Carlisle, Mavis Staples, Chita Rivera, Jane Lynch, Patti LuPone, Bernadette Peters, George Benson, and others over the approaching months.

Cruz added that the dance lessons have been fashionable and that Segerstrom continues to take care of COVID-19 security protocols.

— George A. Paul

2. Laguna Playhouse

606 Laguna Canyon Street, Laguna Seashore; 949-497-2787; lagunaplayhouse.com

Laguna Playhouse is without doubt one of the oldest regularly working nonprofit theaters on the West Coast. Open since 1920, it presents performing lessons, workshops, and a summer season theater camp for teenagers.

This previous summer season, the Playhouse introduced “Saturday Evening Fever — The Musical,” “Xanadu” and tribute act Eternally Simon and Garfunkel. The comedic manufacturing “Kim’s Comfort,” primarily based on the acclaimed Canadian TV sitcom, runs via Oct. 9.

Government Producing Director Ellen Richard explains that the venue was based by “area people members who had a dream that has been sustained by theater lovers in Orange County. (Thousands and thousands) of artists, volunteers and viewers members are chargeable for us being right here as we speak. I hope they acknowledge the half they’ve performed in these previous 10 many years.”

In relation to common patrons, Richard says “I imagine they take into account the playhouse to be their hometown theater. There’s a sturdy sense of satisfaction and possession of this legacy establishment.”

3. South Coast Repertory

655 City Heart Drive, Costa Mesa; 714-708-5555; scr.org

Again within the early Nineteen Sixties, South Coast Repertory staged its first manufacturing on the Newport Seashore Ebell Membership. A number of venues later, the corporate is now primarily based on the Segerstrom Heart campus. Over the summer season, SCR’s theatrical slate included “Million Greenback Quartet” and “Matilda — The Musical.”

Creative Director David Ivers says SCR is “lucky to have the sources to mount productions on a nationwide scale,” which permits it to “inform complicated and compelling tales that have interaction whilst they entertain.”

The 2022-23 season options “Nina Simone: 4 Ladies,” “Snow White,” “A Christmas Carol”; “Prelude to a Kiss — The Musical” and “Coleman ’72” (Pacific Playwrights Competition); “The Little Foxes” and “Acceptable” will run in repertory on the identical stage with overlapping casts.

Ivers says SCR’s “numerous illustration of voices, theme, fashion, and tradition are on the middle of our programming. All of it intersects with a passionate dedication to new voices, new writers, new performs and the way they converse to extant work.”

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