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‘Plain Princess’ opens

New, original musical set to premiere March 31 Opening March 31, California Baptist University’s theater program is performing “Plain Princess,” a musical written by Jim Christian and adapted from the fairy tale “Plain Princess,” a novel written by Phyllis McGinley. The show runs until April 8 and tells the story of a spoiled, selfish princess […]

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‘Peter and the Starcatcher’

Preparation is already underway for this spring’s first theater production. Premiering Feb. 17, “Peter and the Starcatcher” redefines the classic story of never growing up. Originally a novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson’s best-seller “Peter and the Starcatchers,” this story was adapted to the stage by Rick Elice, with music composed by Wayne Barker; […]

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Comedy of Errors modernizes classic Shakespeare

California Baptist University’s Theater Program is taking a hilarious twist in its next play, the Shakespearean “Comedy of Errors,” the story of two sets of identical twins separated at birth. Set in the 1950s in an Atlantic City-like world, the play is infused with comedy and chaos through the use of mistaken identities and outrageous […]

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Theater takes a stroll back in time

The highly anticipated musical, “The 1940’s Radio Hour,” opened Oct. 14 and ran  with weekend performances until Oct. 22 in the Wallace Theatre at California Baptist University. The cast and technical crew had been working many late nights to bring to life the portrayal of the final holiday broadcast of the “Mutual Manhattan Variety Cavalcade” […]

[Photo courtesy of Christian Cannon] CBU students Joshua Hoefling, Leah Moore, Haley Mulder, Jacob Gomez, Katie Shaw, Kiana Miskel, Kelsey Greene and Sarah Carol Hughes were joined by local actor Garrett Botts when performing “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

Shakespeare Festival comes to Smith Courtyard

California Baptist University held its first Shakespeare Festival June 3 through 5 and 8 through 12, showcasing performances of “Romeo and Juliet” and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Although it was held separately from the university’s theater arts program, the June Courtyard Shakespeare Festival is very involved in CBU drama. The festival took to an outside […]

Wallace Theatre shows ‘Pirated!’

Light on their feet, a flittering ensemble pranced around the Wallace Theatre in preparation for their upcoming spring production, “Pirated,” a musical based on Arthur Sullivan’s, “Pirates of Penzance,” premiering April 8. The rehearsals opened with an invigorating group dance to initiate unity and lift spirits, later leading into the running of multiple scenes from […]