By John Francis
La Habra Journal

The Mysterium Theatre at La Habra Depot is getting busier and busier these days as Artistic Director Marla Ladd is getting ready to present three different plays during the upcoming summer months.Music Man_4C
“The Music Man” will start it off opening June 16 and will run through July 17 and then Ladd will be directing Shakespeare’s “Taming of the Shrew” outdoors next to the theater that will open July 2 at 5 p.m.  In addition, Myterium will present “The Little Mermaid,” beginning July 9 that will run through July 17 at 4 p.m.
“The Music Man,” will run Thursdays through Sundays with shows at 8 p.m. and performances for Sundays will be 7 p.m.
As if that isn’t enough, Mysterium will be holding its annual Summer Youth Theater Camp July 18-21 and 25-29, where children will learn the styles of acting and performing.
For more information and ticket prices call the theatre at (562) 697-3311. Mysterium has ticket prices for adults, seniors, students and military personnel.

Whittier Community Theatre will be presenting its final  play of  its 93rd season when it opens Ken Ludwigs’s “The Game’s Afoot,” June 3 for three consecutive weekends at the Whittier Center Theater, 7630 S. Washington Ave.
The comedy is directed by Suzanne Frederickson and produced by Karen Jacobson and will be at 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays with one matinee June 12 at 2:30 p.m.
Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for seniors, students and military.  For information or reservations contact the box office at (562) 695-0600.

My good friends at the Westminster Community Playhouse are presenting the comedy “Funny Money,” by Ray Cooney beginning June 3 and continuing through June 19 at the theater located at 7272 Maple St., Westminster.
The play, directed by Priscilla Gonzalez, will be at 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. on Sundays.
For reservations and tickets prices call the theater at (714) 893-8626.

Long Beach Playhouse is presenting several productions this summer starting off with Lorraine Hansberry’s “A Raisin In The Sun,” directed by Phyllis B. Gitlin, which is currently playing through June 18.
After “Raisin,” the playhouse will present the Peter Weiss written “Marat/Sade,” beginning June 11 and playing through July 9 in the upstairs Studio Theater.
Then the Playhouse will present the famous Broadway Musical “How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying,” July 2-Aug. 6 on the mainstage.
Anthony Galleran is directing the production with Bill Wolfe musical directing and Tanya Thompson choreographing.
Long Beach will then finish it off with the comedy “Reasons To Be Pretty” in the upstairs theater beginning July 23 and playing through Aug. 20.
The theater is located at 5021 E. Anaheim St. and tickets and reservations can be had by calling (562) 494-1014.

And Finally, Huntington Beach Playhouse will be presenting its second production of the season, “MASH,” July 23 through Aug. 13.
The play will be at 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. on Saturdays.  There are no Sunday performances.
For tickets and reservations call (714) 847-4367.

Feel free to get a hold of me if you have a play opening or auditions coming up at your theater or if you would like to let us know what your local theater is doing.  Contact me at
(John Francis has been a member of the local theater community for the past 50 years.  He has a BA and MA in acting/directing from Cal-State University Los Angeles.).

Started in 1995, the La Habra Journal is an independent community news source serving the cities of La Habra and La Habra Heights.