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Balboa Performing Arts Theater Foundation 
 
 
"The Balboa Theater will be an artistic jewel on the Balboa Peninsula where audiences will enjoy superlative performances of theater, musical theater, dance, classical and jazz music, cinema and children's programs. With an audience capacity of 350 and a beautiful state-of-the-art proscenium stage, the Balboa Theater will attract audiences who value the intimacy and atmosphere of a small venue supported by the highest standards of technology in sound and light equipment."  
Barclay Theatre - UC Irvine 
 
 
 
The Barclay is a cozier environment for some of the top acts that pass through OC. It is on the UC Irvine campus.  Irvine
Cabrillo Playhouse 
 
 
 
"Our charming little Cabrillo Playhouse is where San Clemente's storybook past, vibrant present and promising future all come together in one colorful and cozy bundle of magic... It is the 20's and the 2000's. The playhouse itself is magic, a captivating 66-seat theatre coverted with love and care from one of the city's originals... with the red tile and white stucco that was the trademark of all the homes built in the mid-20's. Our Community Theatre, founded in 1953, moved into this historic site on the corner of Avenida Cabrillo and Ola Vista in 1966, and has been winning raves and capturing hearts ever since with inspiring presentations!"  San Clemente
Camino Real Playhouse 
 
 
 
2004: "In the previous 12 seasons the Camino Real Playhouse has presented nearly 100 full scale productions including 11 Show Off playwriting festivals and 16 Shakespeare Under the Stars productions. In addition, we have offered drama classes for both adults and children and have presented more than three dozen children's productions. The Mission and Purpose of the Camino Real Playhouse To produce a broad range of quality theatrical presentations Nurture and celebrate local artistic expression Constantly delight and challenge our audiences To provide hand-on learning experiences for those interested in all aspects of theatre production and management To provide a home for educational theatre related experiences for youth and young adults To celebrate the achievements of our volunteers and staff To provide value for our many supporters and contributors"  San Juan Capistrano
Chance Theatre Company 
 
 
"The Chance Theatre Company is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization whose primary focus is to create and produce stimulating drama in original and innovative ways and to be an effective force and catalyst for personal transformation. We believe in theatre that captures the heart and the imagination, establishing a powerful current between artist and audience. We insist that there is a smart, lively, inquisitive Orange County theatre audience that responds to rich ideas, startling language and compelling visuals and we believe that this audience is as interested in the discovery of new theatre talent as we are."  Anaheim
Costa Mesa Civic 
 
 
"Performance times are Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings at 8:00 PM and Sunday afternoons at 2:00 PM."  Costa Mesa
Curtis Theater 
 
 
"Located in the Brea Civic & Cultural Center, the 199-seat Curtis Theater offers a variety of entertainment opportunities including fully-staged productions for citizens of all ages and interests. The theater is also available to rent for special performances and meetings.... The Curtis Theatre is celebrating its 25th Anniversary Year this season. The the hit dinner comedy show Tony & Tina's Wedding kicked off the season to packed houses and rave reviews. Don't miss out on the next 'must-see' performance. Buy your tickets now for the entire season and save! The 2005-2006 Curtis Theatre season offers something for everyone--music, comedy, mystery, holiday fun and more! There's nothing like live theatre! Find out for yourself and help us celebrate 25 years of quality entertainment."  Brea
Fullerton College Theatre Arts 
 
 
 
"'Some men see things as they are and say why? I dream things that never were and say why not?' George Bernard Shaw Echoing George Bernard Shaw's quotation about the importance of dreaming a better tomorrow, I invite our new students, returning students, alumni, and friends to challenge the Theatre Department at Fullerton College to new heights in theatre education and community service. I look forward to working with all of you to forge a new vision for the future. Trust that while developing new directions and initiatives for our program, we will continue to honor the traditions and standards that have made us one of the finest community college theatre programs in the country. Welcome to the year that 'Why not' will replace 'Why' in our vocabulary. Bob Jensen Theatre Department Chair"  Fullerton
The Gallery Theatre 
 
 
"The Gallery is centrally located in Anaheim California. This 49 seat theater is well equipped and can support full scale productions as well as intimate theater. The large dressing room area and backstage greenroom is more then ample space for large productions. An inviting lobby will let the audience know they are in a professional theater the moment they enter the door. Fashioned after the Black Box theaters of New York City, The Gallery is versatile, comfortable and affords every audience member a clear view of the action. Capable of intricate lighting designs and crystal clear sound the Gallery is able to produce large musicals as well as intimate dramas that can stand up along side of larger venues. Come and experience The Gallery Theatre and judge for yourself!"  Anaheim
Garden Grove Playhouse 
 
 
 
"For many years, the City of Garden Grove stood alone as not having its own Theater. In 1974, a group of residents banded together to discuss the need for a community theater group. Bylaws and goals were written, plays were discussed, and the Garden Grove Community Theatre was born.... In 1995, the theater members changed the group's name to The Garden Grove Playhouse and the group is now celebrating 20 years in Eastgate Park and 2004 will mark its 30th anniversary of existence."  Garden Grove
Hunger Artists Theatre Company 
 
 
 
The Hunger Artists Theatre Company is a group of actors/directors/writers dedicated to supply cutting edge theater in Orange County. They are most known for thier twisted takes on classics, award winning originals and thier annual production of Madame Guignol's Macabre Theatre - the longest running Orange County Halloween show! If you're looking for a small, intimate experience, you should check out The Hunger Artists Theatre. Friendly, informal, and not a bad seat in the house! (Unless you mind being splattered with blood during the Halloween season!)  Fullerton
The Huntington Beach Library and Cultural Center 
 
 
Storytime. Homework Assistance. Computer & Internet Center. Reading Cetner. Photocopier & Typewriter. Young Adults Teen Center. "The Huntington Beach Library and Cultural Center offers the ideal setting and a world of resources to ensure that your next event is a tremendous success. Located in a 350-acre park, the cultural center features a beautiful theater, spacious rooms, a full kitchen, and all the technology you expect from a state-of-the-art facility. Enter our main lobby to the sound of cascading fountains merging into shallow pools at the end of a gracious spiral ramp. No matter what the occasion - business meetings, social gatherings, exercise classes, or receptions for up to 350 people - the library's beautiful conference facilities and experienced professionals are always ready to care for your needs, large or small. Enjoy a tour through the Huntington Beach Art League Galleries, featuring changing exhibits of local art. Delight in the endless views of trees, outdoor fountains, ponds and pools or escape into nature for a walk, or maybe a wedding, in the surrounding Huntington Beach Central Park. Facility features * 7 meeting & banquet rooms * 319 seat state-of-the-art theater * High tech videoconferencing centers * Children's theater * Art galleries * Piano room * Complimentary guest parking * Audiovisual equipment * Business supplies * Catering kitchen * Coffee bar * Picturesque views * Central location"  Huntington Beach
Huntington Beach Playhouse 
 
 
 
"The Mission of the Huntington Beach Playhouse is to provide the community with the best possible experience and enjoyment available in the cultural arts. We will present productions in the dramatic, comedy and musical arts for the entertainment of our patrons. We will develop programs for all age groups to further advance their stagecraft and technical skills and to provide scholarships to assist students in their pursuit of education in the dramatic arts. We will provide opportunities for volunteers to become involved within the unique setting of the theater by utilizing their particular and specialized talents."  Huntington Beach
Irvine Community Theater 
 
 
 
"The Irvine Community Theater (ICT) is an Irvine-based non-profit theater. The organization is run by volunteers, with Nettie Hershman as president. We stage four plays every year, alternating productions between Irvine and Laguna Hills.... Before there was an Irvine, there was an Irvine Community Theater. ICT, currently embarking on its 34th season, was born in May, 1970, when the first production, 'How Tall is Toscanini?' won top honors at the Riverside one-act play tournament. The playlet was directed by ICT's founding managing director, Richard Dow.... ICT is continually looking for a few good people, both on stage and off, to volunteer their time and talent.... Nettie Hershman continues to lead ICT into 2005, after returning us financial viability following the success of 'West Side Story', and the introduction of the Laguna Hills location."  Irvine, Laguna Hills
La Habra Depot Theatre 
 
 
 
"The La Habra Depot Theatre was founded to Educate, develop and encourage community interest, support and involvement in cultural and performing arts. Provide cultural and personal enrichment for the benefit of the citizens and community of La Habra, North Orange County, and East Los Angeles County. Provide an opportunity for citizens to participate in theatrical productions. Provide a well-rounded background in theatre arts. "  La Habra
Main Street Players 
 
 
"A Taste of Broadway in the heart of Santa Ana. Live Theatrical Entertainment at an Affordable Price. Keeping performing arts alive in Orange County."  Santa Ana
Maverick Theater 
 
 
 
The Maverick Theater originally opened at The Block at Orange but subsequently moved to downtown Fullerton. Lots of spunk and potential. If you want to be in on the beginning of an up-and-coming theater, you should check them out. Owned by Brian & Heidi Newell. The 2006 Season included: True West, Hamlet, The Graduate, American Way, Cabaret, The King, Giant Green Lizard, Little Shop of Horrors, Night of the Living Dead, and An Animated Christmas Story. 2005 included The Rocky Horror Show, Three Musketeers, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged, and Stalag 17. Also Features Comedy: see Maverick Stand Up, and also catch their Improv Shmimprov show every Friday night at 11 pm: "As an audience member, your suggestions make every night wildly different. If you've seen other improv shows, then you haven't seen us. We're faster, louder, bolder, and cheaper."  Fullerton
Newport Theatre Arts Center 
 
 
 
"Most beautiful location in Orange County with spectacular ocean view. Affordable Prices Free Parking Air conditioned Complimentary coffee, punch, and cookies at intermission All choice upholstered seats close to the stage. Convenient, easy-to-reach location near the finest Newport Beach restaurants. In our twenty-fifth year of continuous operation, serving the community. Known as the finest community theater in Orange County"  Newport Beach
Orange Coast College Performing Arts 
 
 
 
Community College playhouse.  Costa Mesa
Orange County High School of the Arts 
 
 
 
A competitive-entry Public Charter School in the Santa Ana Arts District. "80 performances a year, nationally recognized, award-winning ensembles." " Established in 1987, OCHSA provides bright and talented students with a creative, challenging and nurturing environment that inspires them to express themselves and achieve their highest potential in academia and the arts. OCHSA is a public charter school offering a rigorous academic experience and unparalleled arts education in 11 arts conservatories. The U.S. Department of Education and the National Endowment for the Arts have recognized OCHSA as a model arts education program. OCHSA is also accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). OCHSA currently serves a culturally diverse student body of more than 1,250 students from 92 cities throughout Southern California in grades 7-12. Our faculty is fully credentialed, more than half holding a masters degree. They are dedicated and supportive professionals who will help you develop the skills necessary to prepare you for higher education or a profession in the arts."  Santa Ana
Performer's Academy 
 
 
"A performing arts facility located in Orange County, California exists to create extraordinary experiences in the arts that educate, challenge and inspire our students, our staff, and the community. We are a training facility in the areas of musical theatre, television commercials, episodic television, feature film, voice, image, fitness and modeling. The Performer’s Academy is not an agency or a management company, but a training academy that focuses on instructing students from ages 4 - adult. We have a tremendous success story history of Orange County’s very own getting representation and booking work in modeling, television and feature film." Also: Musical Theatre, Baby Ballet, Hip Hop.  Laguna Hills
Rude Guerrilla Theatre 
 
 
Known for adult & controversial subject matter.  Santa Ana
South Coast Repertory 
 
 
Across the street from the Orange County Performing Arts Center in Costa Mesa. A wonderful playhouse with both a smaller and a larger stage. "Segerstrom Stage: SCR's 507-seat theatre offers five subscription plays and A Christmas Carol during the holidays. It has been the site for award-winning productions of the classics and new work by renowned contemporary playwrights such as Pulitzer Prize nominees Richard Greenberg and Amy Freed.... Julianne Argyros Stage: This 336-seat theatre, designed by renowned architect Cesar Pelli and inspired by theatres on Broadway and in London’s West End, has a proscenium stage, mezzanine, balcony and box seats. It is the site of contemporary classics and new work, in a four-play subscription season, plus the holiday show La Posada Mágica/The Magical Journey.... Become a part of the theatre world without ever stepping on stage! Our team of over 500 volunteer ushers assists SCR with nightly operations such as taking tickets, assisting patrons to their seats, giving out programs, selling concession items and selling award-winning scripts and SCR signature merchandise in our Theatre Shop. See an entire season of theatre free-of-charge while mingling with theatergoers from all over the country." See also: SCR Education & Outreach.  Costa Mesa
split.id south 
 
 
"introducing split.id south- the orange curtain the split.id resistance is expanding. the army has infiltrated behind the orange curtain to san juan capistrano in south orange county's first alternative, experimental theatre. dominic savio from split.id will head as president and artistic director along with sheila freudenberger and ruth kurisu. this year's line-up includes "evolution of sunday" by justina walford, 'the shape of things' by neil labute, 'fat men in skirts' by nicki silver, 'collected stories' by donald marguiles (commisioned by scr), and 'lobby hero' by kenneth lonnergan (writer and directer of 'you can count on me') the group will occupy a theatre space in the camino real playhouse right in the heart of the tourist district by the old mission in san juan capistrano. split.id south offers on-going training, industry showcases and film/television camera and audition techniques. if you would like to be a part of the invasion call dominic at 949.285.4654 let the adventure continue!... On the last Saturday of the month from 6-7pm, people from all over the globe come to watch, listen and emote as we tell true stories about ourselves."  San Juan Capistrano
Stages Theatre 
 
 
 
"Stages is an open-door community based theater. The vast majority of our auditions are open to anyone. We are a self contained theater and production company, which allows us to offer a multitude of outlets for your creativity: •Acting •Writing. •Directing. •Set design and construction. •Audio design. •Lighting design. •Sound operation. •Light Operation. •Musicians. Whether you are a veteran of the stage and would like to get involved with your neighborhood theater, a novice looking to have some fun, or someone who would like to create behind the scenes, come get involved at Stages. We have rehearsals most weeknights and performances every weekend so the door is usually open. Drop by and check us out. "  Fullerton
STOP-GAP 
 
 
2005: "Now in its 27th year of operation, STOP-GAP's mission is to use theatre therapeutically and educationally to inspire positive change in individual lives. In order to do this, STOP-GAP performs specially devised plays (1,000/yr) and workshops (500/yr) in classrooms, educational centers, hospitals and shelters throughout Los Angeles and Orange County , reaching between 45,000 and 50,000 people every year. Each presentation is between 45 and 50 minutes in length and is designed using the STOP-GAP Method of interactive theatre. The STOP-GAP Method is founded in the deep belief that participants hold the answer to life's challenges within; if they can be inspired to reflect on their experience and reach into their hearts, they will readily identify perceptive and appropriate paths to follow to ensure meaningful and productive lives. STOP-GAP has a company of 20 actors and facilitators, trained and experienced in the delivery of programs. Many in the company have bilingual capability and we have the capacity to deliver programs in English/Spanish where necessary."  Santa Ana
Theatre Out 
 
 
"What does it mean that Theatre Out is a gay and lesbian theatre? As a gay and lesbian theatre, Theatre Out will be presenting works by gay and lesbian playwrights as well as pieces that examine the gay and lesbian community. We will explore the classics that shaped our history and the new works that are continuing to form, examine and reshape our culture. Why does Orange County need a gay and lesbian theatre? The founders of Theatre Out (see About Us) have long seen the need for a theatre that supports the gay and lesbian community. The Orange County theatre scene is thriving and the time is right to introduce a theatre company that tells the stories of the gay and lesbian community with romantic comedies, intriguing musicals, thrilling mysteries, serious dramas and everything in between." They are in the Santa Ana Artists Village. NOTE: Theatre Out is not "in your face," so you need not be shy about attending if you are straight.  Santa Ana
Tibbies Great American Cabaret 
 
 
 
"Come and experience the ultimate in dinner theater entertainment at TIBBIES Great American Cabaret Dinner Theater. At TIBBIES dinner theater, the performers serve a sumptuous dinner before they entertain and dazzle the audience with a song and dance revue they'll never forget! The brightly costumed and fully choreographed dinner theater revues feature themes such as 'Broadway Entertainment', 'Hollywood Movie Musicals', the '50's/60's' era and the 'Big Band/Swing' era. The ever-changing dinner theater programs entice guests to return again and again for a whole new TIBBIES experience. No wonder TIBBIES was voted 'Orange County's Best Dinner Theater'!"  Long Beach
Vanguard Theatre Ensemble 
 
 
"Vanguard Theatre Ensemble is an association of professional theatre artists and specialists dedicated to producing works of literary and theatrical value which speak to the human condition and have ideas, themes and images of significant, contemporary resonance."  Fullerton
WestEnd Cultural Arts Center and Dinner Theater 
 
 
 
"Today we stand on the threshold of creating a very unique venue for our community. We will provide entertainment at The WestEnd and become a partner in our beautiful community. This is a monumental opportunity for each of us living in Los Alamitos, Cypress, La Palma, Rossmoor, Seal Beach, and East Long Beach to support an endeavor that will benefit people in Orange County's WestEnd for years to come. I can remember the folks at Disney going door to door back in 1955 selling shares for $1. They were fearful that no one would come when they opened the gates. The rest is history."  Los Alamitos
Westminster Community Theatre 
 
 
 
"The theater was founded in 1961 as the Westminster Players with the presentation of Applause. The building was constructed in 1974 and the first show presented on May 31, 1974, was Don't Drink the Water. The building seats 122 persons and is presented in a Thrust Stage format. Westminster Community Theater is a not for profit organization founded in 1967. The board of directors consists of 12 full time members elected by the general membership and each member serves for 2 years. The theater is a non-equity volunteer organization. The theater has presented over 200 plays between 1961 and 2003. The season consists of 6 shows, usually 2 musicals, 1 murder mystery (and/or 1 drama) and 2 or 3 comedies."  Westminster
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