These Orange County performing art events prove that experiencing art and culture does not have to exceed your budget. These showcases will make you laugh, inspire and entertain – all for under $20.
Hairspray The Musical
Musical Theater Orange County
Fullerton College Campus Theater
321 E. Chapman Ave.
Fullerton, CA 92832
Aug. 2 to 4
Join the character Tracy Turnblad and the rest of the cast of “Hairspray The Musical” for a dynamic evening of entertainment. Turnblad is featured as a plus-size participant on the 1960’s dance television show, “The Corny Collins Show.” Her television appearances make her famous and she goes through the transformation of being unknown to being a public figure. Don’t miss this showcase of comedy, drama and history that explores social barriers indicative of the time period. All performances will be held at the Fullerton College Campus Theater. Visit the website to purchase tickets.
Burlesque Is The Word: A Burlesque Tribute To Grease
The Yost Theater
307 N. Spurgeon St.
Santa Ana, CA 92701
Celebrate the classic movie “Grease” with this burlesque spin on the hit film. You can shimmy and shake the night away with the entertainers of “Burlesque Is The Word: A Burlesque Tribute To Grease” and enjoy an evening filled with tantalizing dance performances. Some of the line-up includes Lux Lacroix, Miss Hula La, Dolly Danger, Angie Cakes, Frankie Sin, Greta Grenade and CiCi Stiletto. Be sure to check out this seductive showcase that will take you back in time.
Improv City Comedy Show
The Back Bay Conference Center
3415 Michelson Drive
Irvine, CA 92612
The Improv City Comedy team has received several awards for the performers’ laugh-a-minute comedic showcases. Some of the organization’s significant acclaim includes being awarded the “Best Place To Laugh Til You Cry” and “Best Comedy/Improv Club In Southern California.” Bring a date to one of these humorous shows to break the ice or get tickets for a night out with the family. Tickets are only $10, so you’ll leave feeling entertained without emptying your wallet.
Fiddler On The Roof
Musical Theater Village
36 C Mauchly St.
Irvine, CA 92618
Sept. 6 and 29
The Musical Theater Village provides Orange County with an array of quality, entertaining performances that are suitable for all ages. The cast members strive “to create wholesome and reasonably priced family entertainment” for show-goers. Additionally, many of the entertainers are family members that work together on set. Who knows, after watching “Fiddler On The Roof,” your family may be inspired to audition for the next show.
Secret City Comics Society Improv Comedy Show
Secret City Comics Society
141 W. Wilshire Ave., Suite A
Fullerton, CA 92832
If you need a good laugh to lighten your mood, then Secret City Comics Society is the place to be. You can sit back and relax while the improv cast takes you on a unique, unknown journey. Each show is influenced by topic suggestions from the audience, so the content is always a surprise. Additionally, Secret City Comics competes with paired-up improv teams for the ultimate comedic throw down.
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