J*Company Youth Theater Presents Seussical Jr. In San Diego

J*Company Youth Theater Presents Seussical Jr. In San Diego

Despite a lack of funding for the arts in schools, it’s safe to say that the arts, are in fact, alive and well for San Diego children.

J* Company, a youth theatre company based out of the Jewish Community Center in La Jolla, has been displaying San Diego’s prominent young performers with powerful productions of some of Broadway’s biggest hits like Mary Poppins, Peter Pan, Pirates of Penzance and West Side Story.

But these are not your typical “school plays.” J* Company puts on professional quality productions with the help of Joey Landwehr, the resident Artistic Director and a professional actor and director who has appeared on and off Broadway, working with such greats as Phyllis Diller, Sam Harris, Harvey Fierstein, Kristin Chenoweth, Victoria Mallory, Joel Grey, Kaye Ballard, Michael Feinstein, Betty Buckley, Patti LuPone & Howard Keel.

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Under Landwehr’s creative direction, the cast and crew (which includes children and their parents) design and construct elaborate stage sets, choreograph intricate dance numbers and conceptualize musical arrangements – allowing kids to showcase and explore their unique talents in art, dance and music.

This January, the talented theatre company is taking audiences on a journey into the world of Dr. Seuss with Seussical Jr.

The show’s message can be summed up with one of Dr.’ Seuss’ most famous lines, “A person’s a person no matter how small.” Open to any child, regardless of race, ethnicity or creed, J* Company provides the arts education that state funding can’t afford and allows children to think creatively and express themselves artistically.

“There was always a lesson to be learned in Dr. Seuss’s books,” said Landwehr, “And those lessons are still relevant, if not more so, in today’s world. We’re proud to have our talented cast of kids presenting these lessons in what will certainly be an inspiring and enjoyable performance.”

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Come See Seussical Jr.

Performances of Seussical Jr. will run from January 15 -31, 2016. Tickets are $16 for children and JCC Members and $18 for non-members. For more information and to purchase tickets, call the JCC Box Office at 858-362-1348 or visit www.jcompanysd.org.

Featured in the cast are Amber Bartlett, Zoe Goldstein, Riley Hull, Drew McMullen, Julia Price, and Ella Serrano.

All performances take place at the David and Dorothea Garfield Theatre at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center, JACOBS FAMILY CAMPUS, 4126 Executive Drive, La Jolla.  Call the JCC Box Office at 858-362-1348 or visit www.jcompanysd.org to purchase tickets and for more information. 

What’s your favorite Dr. Seuss book? 

San Diego REPertory Theatre Presents “In The Time of The Butterflies”

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Photo credit: Daren Scott

This past Sunday I was invited to attend a showing of In The Time of The Butterflies, the latest production to hit the stage at the San Diego REP. After reading a bit about the play I decided to ask my mother-in-law to join me as I though she’d enjoy it more than my husband.

And I was right. The show was gripping, powerful, and left us almost speechless after watching. We needed time to process the play. And I made a mental note to pick up the book to read.

The play centers around 20+ years of the lives of the Maribel sisters and their experiences under Trujillo’s rule in the Dominican Republic. From young children to adults with children of their own, we are taken into their world and their experiences.

San Diego REPertory Theatre Presents ‘A Weekend with Pablo Picasso’

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San Diego REPertory Theatre (San Diego REP) presents “A Weekend with Pablo Picasso” a one-man show that has wowed audiences nationally in Los Angeles, the Bay Area, Houston and Denver. The production was born at a three-week workshop at San Diego REP where actor Herbert Siguenza of Culture Clash wrote the original play and starred as Pablo Picasso, the most influential artist in modern history.

Siguenza is back with his polished, fully-realized and critically acclaimed work and is ready to show San Diego audiences his finished product. “A Weekend with Pablo Picasso” was created and stars Siguenza and is directed by Todd Salovey, who is also the associate artistic director of San Diego REP.

Previews for “A Weekend with Pablo Picasso” begin Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013. Opening night is Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013 and runs through Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013 in the Lyceum Space. [Read more…]

The Mountaintop at the @SanDiegoREP Lyceum Theater

The San Diego REP presents the West Coast premiere of Katori Hall’s “The Mountaintop,” directed by Obie Award-winner Roger Guenveur Smith. The winner of the 2010 Olivier Award for Best New Play, the drama dares to imagine what happened to Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on the final night of his life, before his assassination on April 4, 1968 while standing on the balcony of Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tenn.

After delivering his “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” speech, Dr. King retires to his room and orders coffee from room service. Camae, the maid who brings his coffee while revealing herself to be more than she seems as she takes King and the audience to the crux of American history.

“The legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is one of the most important in 20th century American history,” says Sam Woodhouse, co-founder and artistic director, San Diego REP.

The Mountaintop

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Clybourne Park at the @SanDiegoREP Lyceum Theater

This January, San Diego REP presents “Clybourne Park,” a comedy about race, class and real estate in America, written by Bruce Norris and directed by Sam Woodhouse. The winner of the 2012 Tony Award for Best Play, the 2011 Pulitzer Prize and the 2011 Olivier Award for Best Play “Clybourne Park” has jokes flying amidst hidden agendas.

Sam Woodhouse, artistic director, San Diego REP says: “Clybourne Park is the kind of provocative theatre that we love to do at San Diego REP audacious and a touch politically incorrect, fully engaged in the American debate about property and civil rights and very, very funny in surprising and astonishing ways.”

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A Hammer, A Bell and A Song to Sing at the @SanDiegoREP Lyceum Theater

From the American Revolution to the Civil Rights Movement to the Occupy protests, music has served as a powerful agent of change in American history. Inspired by the songs and words of legendary activist Pete Seeger, “A Hammer, A Bell, and A Song to Sing” celebrates this history in song, story, and spoken word with more than 25 selections from multiple artists. Seeger’s grandson, Tao Seeger, said, “If we want to get people talking to each other, we should try to get them singing together.”

The original cast returns for this production, plus the addition of an additional vocalist: folk recording artist Dave Crossland, veteran stage and screen actor Vaughn Armstrong (“Star Trek”), San Diego favorite Jim Mooney and will be joined by a San Diego vocalist Lisa Payton to once again lead an entire theatre in song.

“A Hammer, A Bell and A Song to Sing”

by Todd Salovey
with Vaughn Armstrong, Dave Crossland, and Jim Mooney
Musical direction and arrangement by Bruno Louchouarn

A Hammer, A Bell and A Song to Sing

What: A Hammer, A Bell and A Song to Sing
Where: The Lyceum Stage, 79 Horton Plaza, Downtown San Diego
Dates: Nov. 3 to Dec. 2, 2012
Cost: $38 to $58 / Students $18

Discounts for groups, seniors and military also available.

San Diego REP Box Office (619) 544-1000; Tickets available for purchase online at www.sdrep.org.

Four hours free parking in the Horton Plaza Garage with validation at the theatre.


For more information check out the San Diego REP website. You can find the San Diego REP on Facebook and follow them on twitter at @SanDiegoREP.

Zoot Suit Date Night at the San Diego Rep

Zoot Suit is here!

Luis Valdez, along with the San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts, have come up with “the most significant work of Latino drama in American theatre history.” Zoot Suit is a wonderful mix of fact and fiction. Dancing, jazz, and amazing acting!

My husband and I will heading out for our monthly date night tomorrow to check out the show! I’ll be sure to write all about it on Date Night 411 once the evening has passed.

Update: To read about our experience head on over to my write up on Date Night 411 now!

Photo Credit: Daren Scott

San Diego REPertory Theatre 
Swings into 37th Season with a Brand New Production of 
“Zoot Suit” 
By Luis Valdez 
in partnership with 
The San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts
July 14 – August 12 
Showing at The Lyceum Stage
San Diego REPertory Theatre
79 Horton Plaza
San Diego, Calif. 92101-6144

Performances are Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. (except preview Sunday). Performances also are scheduled on selected Saturdays at 2 p.m. and selected Sundays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 7 p.m. Please visit www.sdrep.org for specific days and times.

Prices: Tickets: $31 to $57 / Students $18
Discounts for groups, seniors and military also available.
San Diego REP Box Office (619) 544-1000

Tickets available for purchase online at www.sdrep.org

Four hours free parking in the Horton Plaza Garage with validation at the theatre.

Photo Credit: Daren Scott

Not only can you come and watch an entertaining show, join us in the lobby of the Lyceum Theatre for a mixture of entertainment and enlightenment before (and sometimes after) the show.

These Surround Events are free and open to the public. Grab a beverage or a snack from the bar, soak in the festivities, and then enjoy “Zoot Suit.”

For more information check out the line up for each Zoot Suit Surround Event here.

Disclaimer: I received tickets to this show. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. 

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Date night is important in our home. So when I received the opportunity to go to a performance of Tortilla Curtain at the San Diego Rep I couldn’t pass it up. Not only do I love the Lyceum Theater but I also love the fact that it’s downtown at Horton Plaza.

Great food, great shops, and wonderful entertainment.

We planned to view an afternoon show since it’s easier to get away in the afternoon and afterwards enjoyed an early dinner together alone. The performance was great! Entertaining, thought provoking, and wonderfully put together.

To read more about Tortilla Curtain and our date night check out my post on Date Night 411.

(photo credit Daren Scott)

About the Show

In the sun-baked beauty of Topanga Canyon, the lives of three people are on a collision course. Delaney Mossbacher, nature writer and staunch environmentalist, lives a tidy, comfortable existence with his wife and young stepson behind the walls of a gated hilltop community.

They are living the American dream, unquestioning of their absolute right to all that they have.

Cándido Rincón and his sister-in-law América, recently arrived undocumented immigrants from Mexico, live in a ravine at the bottom of the canyon, fighting the elements and tirelessly mowing lawns and cleaning houses while they save for an apartment.

They cling to their vision of the American dream, which manages to elude their grasp at every turn.

One summer day, Delaney, driving up the narrow, twisting canyon road, hits Cándido with his car. The lives of the two men and their families will never be the same.

Playwright Matthew Spangler is the author of the critically-acclaimed stage adaptation of the blockbuster novel The Kite Runner. Now Spangler has fashioned a rip-roaring tale that screams out, “We are all in this together!”

Part satire and part parable, Tortilla Curtain is humorous and heart breaking, a story that speaks passionately to the future of California and the challenges of forming “a more perfect union” in our changing America.

To get a sense of the production, here is an interview with the playwright, Matthew Spangler and the director, Sam Woodhouse. 

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If your interested in attending a performance of Tortilla Curtain check out the performances available on the San Diego Rep website and Buy Here.

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Make sure to check out the other upcoming performances at the San Diego Rep by following them on Facebook and Twitter. You won’t miss another amazing performance again! 

Remember, when you park at Horton Plaza, bring us your parking ticket to validate. You’ll get FOUR hours of FREE parking when you see “Tortilla Curtain.”

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Disclaimer: I received 2 tickets to Tortilla Curtain for review purposes only. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. 


Yesterday afternoon my husband and I were lucky enough to see Mary Poppins at the San Diego Civic Theater in Downtown San Diego. It was a surprise trip to the theater for both of us since we didn’t actually purchase the tickets. The tickets were gifted to us by the wonderful Barbara Feldman when she realized that she would be out of town on the date of the performance. Her generosity is much appreciated and we are very thankful that we were given the opportunity to see this amazing production. 

As soon as the show started we knew we were in for a treat. Burt, played by Nicolas Dromard, did an amazing job setting the scene and preparing the crowd for what was to come.The star of the show, Mary Poppins, played by Steffanie Leigh, was quite good as well. She fit the role of Ms. Poppins perfectly and made most everyone chuckle, laugh, and fall in love with her character. I was equally impressed with the talents of Q. Smith who played a very convincing Miss Andrew, as well as Queen Victoria and Miss Smythe. Her voice was stunning and the different notes she hit were amazing. I would go back just to watch her perform.

As the play went on I became more and more excited to see what costumes would appear next and what the stage would transform into. The design and colors were just fabulous. I especially loved the glitter and sparkle on the chimney sweep costumes in the second act. In fact, the chimney sweep act (Step in Time) was my favorite scene of the whole play. It made me want to get up and tap along with them… however I have no tap skills at all and would have made a total fool of myself. I also loved the set design. The Banks home on Cherrytree Lane changed and flowed with each scene change. It was quite a perfect set for the production. Bob Crowley, the set designer, must be a genius!

If you share the excitement of seeing Miss Poppins “in person,” then please come and watch the production anytime from AUGUST 10-21, 2011 at the San Diego Civic Center and celebrate the kick off to Broadway/San Diego’s 2011-2012 35th Anniversary Season!

My friend, Angela, over at The Pinky Project is excited to extend a Mary Poppins special offer for a a family 4-pack of tickets for $99 in Section B. Click here to view a detailed seating chart of the Civic Center. The offer is good for weeknight performances – Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

To purchase your tickets, visit Ticketmaster, select “find tickets” under the weeknight performance you and your family would like to attend, select your desired seats and type “4PAK” in the promotion code box to receive the special Mary Poppins family 4-pack special offer. The offer is available now through Sunday, August 21, 2011. So get your tickets NOW! You don’t want to miss out.

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