2013 OC Spring Theater Preview

January 21, 2013 6:00 AM

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(credit: Dance Brazil)

(credit: Dance Brazil)

(credit: Dance Brazil)

(credit: Dance Brazil)


Orange County offers a plethora of exciting, unique theater performances this spring. Children and kids can take a journey back in time or experience artistic innovation at the forefront with the city’s best performances this season. Whether you want to see a classic story such as “Cinderella” or be inspired by new musical sounds, these shows are sure to satisfy.

(credit: Sergestrom Center For The Arts)

(credit: Sergestrom Center For The Arts)


Cinderella
Segerstrom Center for the Arts
600 Town Center Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(714) 556-2787
www.scfta.org

Experience the tale of “Cinderella” in a whole new light. Composed of puppets and music from one of Prokofiev’s well-known ballets, this show is sure to get smiles from kiddos and adults alike. The show is specifically designed for children ages 5 to 11, but be sure to bring the whole family along for what is sure to be a glimpse into one of your favorite fairytale classics this year.

(credit: The Barclay)

(credit: The Barclay)


Andy Statman Trio: Old Brooklyn
Irvine Barclay Theatre & Cheng Hall
4242 Campus Drive
Irvine, CA 92612
(949) 854-4607
Date: Feb. 17, 4 p.m.
www.thebarclay.org

Showcasing renowned mandolinists and clarinetists, “Andy Statman Trio: Old Brooklyn” brings strong lyrics and the beauty of improvisational performance to Orange County. Awarded with the prestigious 2012 National Heritage Fellowship award, Andy Statman is among the ranks of past award recipients including BB King, Bill Monroe, Ralph Stanley, John Lee Hooker, Doc Watson and Dave Tarras. The show will include songs from the trios’ new album titled, “Old Brooklyn,” and will highlight talents of other performers such as Byron Berline, Jon Sholle, Ricky Skaggs, Béla Fleck, Paul Shaffer, Bruce Molsky, Art Baron, Marty Rifkin, Bob Jones, Lew Soloff, Kristen Muller and John Goodman.

(credit: Dance Brazil)

(credit: Dance Brazil)


Dance Brazil
Irvine Barclay Theatre & Cheng Hall
4242 Campus Drive
Irvine, CA 92612
(949) 854-4607
Date: March 13, 8 p.m.
www.thebarclay.org

If you are looking to infuse culture, diversity and innovation into your entertainment schedule, look no further. “Dance Brazil” marries Brazilian and African dance styles in conjunction with Capoeria (a martial arts dance form) to create a unique, high-energy performance composed of talented dancers and musicians. Under the direction of Jelon Vieira, this show is sure to impress with some of the best talent in the area.

Related: Best Dance Studios In Orange County

(credit: Mozart Classical Orchestra)

(credit: Mozart Classical Orchestra)


Mozart Classical Orchestra: Happy Birthday Mozart
Irvine Barclay Theatre & Cheng Hall
4242 Campus Drive
Irvine, CA 92612
(949) 854-4607
Price: $45 to $60/$29 full-time students with student I.D.
Date: Jan. 27, 3 p.m.
www.thebarclay.org

Celebrate the legendary artistry and birthday of Mozart in this show dedicated to his memory. Sit back, relax and take a journey back in time during Mozart’s sublime, genius musical masterpieces. Featuring violinist, Roberto Cani and music director and conductor, Ami Porat, “Mozart Classical Orchestra: Happy Birthday Mozart” is brought to life by seasoned professionals.

Related: Best Venues To Catch Dinner And A Concert In Orange County

(credit: Sergestrom Center For The Arts)

(credit: Sergestrom Center For The Arts)


Wicked
Segerstrom Center for the Arts
600 Town Center Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(714) 556-2787
www.scfta.org

Don’t miss out on this Grammy and Tony award-winning musical. The last time the show was featured in Costa Mesa, tickets sold out quickly. The New York Times refers to “Wicked” as “Broadway’s Biggest Blockbuster,” and Variety called the show “a cultural phenomenon.” Learn about the events that preface Dorthy’s legendary experience in the land of Oz (there’s much that needs to be shared) and join the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda for a magical journey.

Stacy Brecht is a professional writer, dancer, marketer and model in the Los Angeles area. Brecht also enjoys traveling, wine, fitness training, volunteering, movies and trying new restaurants. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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