COMMUNITY THEATER ROUNDUP: Holidays bring extra special show lineups

By John Francis

Things are taking shape for the Christmas season in local theater’s as many productions are hitting the yuletide  theme.
La Habra’s Mysterium Theater is gearing up for the coming season with  the Leslie Bricusse musical “Scrooge, The Musical,” which will open Nov. 8 and play through Dec. 18 at the theater, 311 S. Euclid Ave.

La Habra's Mysterium Theater will be performing "Scrooge, The Musical" for this holiday season. The show will run at the Depot Theater on Euclid Street Nov. 8 through Dec. 18.
La Habra’s Mysterium Theater will be performing “Scrooge, The Musical” for this holiday season. The show will run at the Depot Theater on Euclid Street Nov. 8 through Dec. 18.

In addition to “Scrooge,” the Mysterium is finishing up its run of the hit children’s play, “Pinocchio” which will close Nov. 5.  Performances are at 8 p.m. on Thursday and Friday  and are at 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
For tickets contact the theater box office at (562) 697-3311.

Whittier Community Theater will be presenting the A.R. Gurney comedy “The Dining Room” directed by Candy Beck and produced by Richard DeVicarris, at the Whittier Center Theater, 7630 S. Washington Ave.
The play, continuing the theater’s 95th season, will open Nov. 4 and  play through Nov. 19 with 8 p.m. performances Friday and Saturday and one matinee on Nov. 13 at 2:30 p.m.
Tickets and reservations to Whittier Community Theater can be made at (562) 696-0600.

Westminster Community Playhouse will be presenting “Greetings” starting Dec. 2 and playing through Dec., 18.
“Greetings,” by Tom Dudzick, is a fascinating Christmas comedy about a family that comes together  during this special time of year.  John Francis (yes, that’s me) is directing the play, assisted by Mike Crumley.
Performances are Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and  Sunday at 2 p.m. and the theater is located at 7272 Maple Ave. in Westminster.  For tickets and reservations call (714) 893-8626.

Long Beach Playhouse, in its 85th season, will be presenting  the comedy “Don’t Dress For Dinner,” on the MainStage Nov. 5 through Dec. 3 with 8 p.m. shows on Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. performances on Sunday.
The theater’s current studio theater production, “Sweeney Todd,” continues through Nov. 12,
Long Beach Playhouse is located at 5021 E./ Anaheim St., and for tickets and reservations, contact the box office at (562) 494-1014.

Auditions for Stages Theater’s  production of Christopher Durang’s comedy “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike,” will be held Nov. 5 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the theater, 400 E.Commonwealth Ave., Fullerton.
The play will be directed by former Fullerton College Theater Professor Gary Krinke. He will be seeking two men and four women from ages late 20s to middle age.
The play will open Jan 13 through the 29th and Krinke said that rehearsals will be moderate during the holidays.
For further information, contact the theater at (714) 525-4484.

The 60th La Habra Theater Guild Production will be” Guys and Dolls.”
Performed in Plummer Auditorium, November 10 – 20
She show, directed by Brian Johnson and choreographed by Annie Lavin, is set in Damon Runyon’s mythical New York City.
“Guys And Dolls” is an oddball romantic comedy for the whole family.
Gambler Nathan Detroit tries to find the cash to set up the biggest craps game in town while the authorities breathe down his neck; meanwhile, his girlfriend, nightclub performer Adelaide, laments that they’ve been engaged for 14 years.
Nathan turns to fellow gambler Sky Masterson for the dough, but Sky ends up chasing the straight-laced missionary Sarah Brown.
“Guys And Dolls” takes us from the heart of Times Square to the cafes of Havana, Cuba, and even into the sewers of New York City, but eventually everyone ends up right where they belong.
The Plummer Auditorium is located at: 201 East Chapman Avenue in Fullerton.
Show times are Thursdays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday matinées at 1:30 p.m.
For more information about “Guys and Dolls”, including ticket prices and other upcoming shows go to: lhhsguild.com

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