THE ALTOS MEET MARTY STEWART presents Ernest and Julio Alto Winery, where guests will join Tony, Carmela, Sangiovese, and Nebbiolo Alto and Big Frankie Coppola for a hilarious evening of fun and mayhem as Tony calls a special meeting of the “families” to discuss a business deal. This spoof of The Sopranos features PG-13 content and may not be suitable for freakin’ kids. See it Sundays at 5pm through May 3 at the Spyglass Inn Restaurant, 2305 Spyglass Drive in Shell Beach. The $48.95 ticket price includes dinner, show, sales tax, and wait staff gratuity. Dress is casual or come as your favorite gangster. Info and reservations: 489-3875 or HYPERLINK "http://www.murderinmind.com/"murderinmind.com.
DOUBT—the original, Pulitzer Prize-winning stage version—comes to the Pewter Plough Playhouse in Cambria. A Bronx parochial school principal takes matters into her own hands when she suspects a new priest of improprieties and wrongdoing. Audiences are encouraged to stay after each performance and join a Q&A session and conversation. Performances take place on Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30pm through April 11. Sunday matinees are 3pm on March 22 and 29 and April 5. $15-$19. May 1-June 14 brings Love Town by Michael Kaplan. July 3-Aug. 9 features Same Time, Next Year. Info: 927-3877 or HYPERLINK "x-msg://514/xml/deref?link=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.pewterploughplayhouse.org%2F"pewterploughplayhouse.org.
CENTRAL COAST PLAYERS present a comedy show performed by local comedians on the first Saturday of the month at the Grange Hall, 2880 Broad St. in SLO. Shows start at 8:30pm. $5 at the door. Reservations aren’t required. Refreshments will be available. Info: 543-0639.
BEST OF VEGAS, the Clark Center’s Gala event, takes place March 19-21. Info: 489-9444 or clarkcenter.org.
SAN LUIS OBISPO LITTLE THEATRE READERS’ CONVERSATIONS IN TUSCULUM shows March 20 at 8pm. Set in country villas outside of Rome in 45 BC in the months before Caesar’s assassination, Conversations in Tusculum imagines the frustrations of fiery senators and warriors: Brutus, Cassius, and Cicero. 888 Morro St. in SLO $7-$10. Info: slolittletheatre.org or 786-2440.
FROM THE MIXED UP FILES OF MRS. BASIL FRANKWEILER hits the stage on March 21 at 11am. Two siblings run away to MOMA. Info: 756-2787, 1-888-233-ARTS, or calpolyarts.org.
STAND UP COMEDIAN TOM CLARK, of Comedy Central's Premium Blend will perform on March 21 at the Grange Hall, 2880 Broad St. in San Luis Obispo. Also appearing is Shady Parker. 8pm, doors open at 7:30. $10. Refreshments will be available. Info and reservations: 712-8469 or 543-0639.
ST. PETER'S READERS' THEATER PRESENTS J. B. PRIESTLEY'S AN INSPECTOR CALLS, directed by Jonniepat Mobley on March 22 at 3pm at St. Peter's Episcopal Church, 545 Shasta Ave. in Morro Bay. A champagne reception follows in the adjoining social hall. All proceeds will benefit St. Peter's music program and choir. Suggested donation is $15. Info: 528-4065.
BYE BYE BIRDIE hits the Clark Center stage in Arroyo Grande on March 24 at 7:30pm. Lots of laughs and great songs have made this hit Broadway show one of the most memorable musicals of all time. Chaos ensues when rock star and teenage heartthrob Conrad Birdie gets drafted. Info: 489-9444 or clarkcenter.org.
ARROYO GRANDE HIGH SCHOOL THEATRE ENSEMBLE presents Seven Supermans, a new look at the Seven Samurai, March 26-29. Info: 489-9444 or HYPERLINK "http://www.clarkcenter.org" \t "_blank" clarkcenter.org.
CHESS: THE ROCK OPERA shows March 27-28 at 8pm, March 28-29 at 2pm. Chess is a HYPERLINK "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Musical_theater"musical with HYPERLINK "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lyrics"lyrics by HYPERLINK "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim_Rice"Tim Rice and music by HYPERLINK "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bj%C3%B6rn_Ulvaeus"Björn Ulvaeus and HYPERLINK "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benny_Andersson"Benny Andersson, formerly of HYPERLINK "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ABBA"ABBA, presented by the Atascadero High School Drama, Choirs and Jazz Band groups at the Spanos Theater at the PAC at Cal Poly in SLO. Info: ahschess.com or 756-2787.
LEADER OF THE PACK, a fun-filled ’60s musical, shows at Coast Union High School in Cambria March 27-29 and April 3-5. Info and tickets: 927-7068.
MADAMA BUTTERFLY plays March 27-28 at 8pm at the PAC in SLO with a pre-show talk at 7pm. Tickets are $25-$65, with students getting in for half price. Info and tickets: 541-5369 or HYPERLINK "http://www.propera.org/"propera.org.
ALTAR BOYZ comes to Spanos Theatre April 2-3 at 7pm. This award winning musical comedy follows a Christian boy band and their antics. Students get half-price tickets. $21 and up. Info: 756-2787, 1-888-233-ARTS, or calpolyarts.org.
SLO LITTLE THEATRE PRESENTS UNFORGETTABLE, A MUSICAL TRIBUTE TO NAT KING COLE April 3-May 3. Follow the rise of Cole’s career from a shy, jazz pianist to one of the most beloved entertainers in history. The musical stars local legend Roy Henry reprising his performance as the legendary singer, accompanied by a live band on Friday evenings at 8pm with Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2pm. Saturday nights are Martini Nights, beginning at 6:30pm with a no-host bar and a complimentary light supper before the show. 888 Morro St. in SLO. $50 for Martini Nights, $35 for all other shows. Info: 786-2440 or slolittletheatre.org.
THE LION, THE WITCH, AND THE WARDROBE comes to the Spanos Theatre at Cal Poly in SLO on April 5 at 3pm. This musical is based on C.S. Lewis’ adventure story about four children in war-torn England who accidentally enter the magical land of Narnia by climbing through a wardrobe. $14 and up. Info: 756-2787, 1-888-233-ARTS, or calpolyarts.org.
PCPA SPRING LINE UP: Les Misérables shows April 9-May 10 at the Marian Theatre, Santa Maria. Performances are Wednesday-Sunday, with select Thursdays at 2pm and 7pm, and June 11-July 12 at the Solvang Festival Theater, with performances Tuesday-Sunday at 8pm. The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee shows June 19-July 11 at the Marian Theatre in Santa Maria with performances Wednesday-Sunday, with select Thursdays at 2pm and 7pm, and July 17-Aug. 2 at the Solvang Festival Theater, with performances Wednesday-Sunday at 8pm. The Music Man shows July 17-Aug. 1 at the Marian Theatre, with performances Wednesday-Sunday at 2pm and 7pm and Aug. 7–23 at the Solvang Festival Theater, with performances Tuesday-Sunday at 8pm. The Spitfire Grill plays Aug. 7-23 at the Marian Theatre, with performances Wednesday-Sunday at 2pm and 7pm and Aug. 28-Sept. 13 at the Solvang Festival Theater, with performances Wednesday-Sunday at 8pm. Distracted plays Aug. 7-Sept. 20 at the Severson Theatre, Santa Maria, with performances Wednesday, Friday–Sunday, and Thursday Sept. 10 at 2pm and 7pm. Tickets and information: HYPERLINK "http://www.pcpa.org" pcpa.org or 922-8313.
NOISES OFF will be performed at the Black Box Theatre at The Clark Center in Arroyo Grande April 10-26. Info: HYPERLINK "mailto:email@example.com" firstname.lastname@example.org or 489-9444.
SOPA BLACK BOX THEATER presents Alice in Wonderland April 3-4, Willy Wonka on May 8, 42nd Street playing May 15-16 and 22-23, and Let's Go to the Movies June 5-6, 12-13, 19-20, and 26-27. Takin It to the Streets on April 26 is a performance by Competition Group Dancers. The SOPA Summer Stock Program will be held June 23-July 16 at 116 W. Branch St. in Arroyo Grande. Info: 473-0377 or HYPERLINK "http://www.thestudioofperformingarts.com" thestudioofperformingarts.com.
THE DROWSY CHAPERONE hits the stage at the Cohan Center at Cal Poly in SLO April 14-15 at 7pm. In another Central Coast “Broadway” debut, get ready to be transported to a wonderful, mad-cap world where a die-hard musical fan plays his favorite album, a 1928 smash hit called The Drowsy Chaperone, as the show magically bursts to life in his living room. $44 and up. Info: 756-2787, 1-888-233-ARTS, or calpolyarts.org.
WILLY WONKA warms your heart and tummy April 18–May 10: Sat. and Sun. at 2pm. $12-$16. Unity, 1490 Southwood Drive, San Luis Obispo. Info: 543-PLAY or kelrikproductions.com.
GILLIGAN’S ISLAND THE MUSICAL hits the stage on April 19 at 7pm at the Clark Center, 487 Fair Oaks Ave. at Arroyo Grande High School. Written by Sherwood Schwartz, the same man who created the TV series, this musical features 20 original songs written by Paul McCartney’s lead guitarist, Lawrence Juber. $38-$48. Info: 489-9444 or clarkcenter.org.
QUETZAL hits the stage on April 25 at 8pm at the Clark Center, 487 Fair Oaks Ave. at Arroyo Grande High School. In the early ’90s in a tiny cafe on the outskirts of Little Tokyo Los Angeles, Quetzal Flores formed the group to push the boundaries of Chicano music. $38-$48. Info: 489-9444 or clarkcenter.org.
ROBIN HOOD, presented by Ballet Theatre San Luis Obispo, shows April 24-26 at the Cohan Center at the PAC in SLO. Info: bt-slo.org, HYPERLINK "http://www.pacslo.org" pacslo.org, or 756-2787.
RHINOCEROS will be performed by the Cuesta College drama department April 30-May 10 at the Interact Theater at Cuesta College in SLO. Over the course of three acts, the inhabitants of a small, provincial French town turn into—you guessed it—rhinos. Info: 546-3195.
UNDER THE BOARDWALK by Erik Stein plays at the Great American Melodrama April 30-June 14. Meet the Clams, a gritty group of shellfish, and their life-long rivals the Gulls, the popular birds of the beach. Life in the sand is hip and happening, full of singing and dancing, until the unthinkable happens—a clam and a gull fall in love. See it on Highway 1 in Oceano. $17-$20, with $2 discount for seniors, students, and active military, and $4 discounts for children. Info: 489-2499 or americanmelodrama.com.
FOOTLOOSE comes to the Cohan Center at Cal Poly in SLO on May 7 at 7pm. 1984’s Kevin-Bacon-star-making film launched a nationwide dance craze. This full-scale stage musical is based on the movie. $33 and up. Info: 756-2787, 1-888-233-ARTS, or calpolyarts.org.
PISMO BEACH YOUTH THEAER PRESENTS The Ugly Bug Ball May 8-10, Grease Jr. May 29-30, and Grease June 5-7 at the Pismo Beach Veterans Hall, 780 Bell.. $8-$10. Info: 471-4976 or HYPERLINK "http://www.pismobeachyouththeater.com" pismobeachyouththeater.com.
SAN LUIS OBISPO LITTLE THEATRE READERS’ THEATRE performs The Lady in the Van on May 8 at 8pm. In 1974, Alan Bennett encountered Miss Mary Shepherd, an elderly eccentric living in a van in the street near his home in Camden Town. He eventually allowed her to park the van in his garden, the idea being she would stay three months—but those three months extended to 15 years. 888 Morro St. in SLO $7-$10. Info: slolittletheatre.org or 786-2440.
AN EVENING WITH GARRISON KEILLOR comes to Cal Poly in SLO May 12 at 8pm. The charming, witty, and always entertaining writer, storyteller, and humorist, best known for radio’s A Prairie Home Companion and his Lake Wobegon books, returns for an all-new engagement of touching anecdotes, comic monologues, and thought-provoking observations. $44 and up. Info: 756-2787, 1-888-233-ARTS, or calpolyarts.org.
ARROYO GRANDE HIGH SCHOOL THEATRE ENSEMBLE presents Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night May 14-17. Info: 489-9444 or HYPERLINK "http://www.clarkcenter.org" \t "_blank" clarkcenter.org.
THE PHANTOM TOLLBOOTH takes the stage May 14-17 and May 20-22 at the Spanos Theatre at Cal Poly. This musical, based on the classic children’s book, follows a bored Milo after a mysterious tollbooth materializes in his bedroom and reveals a grand adventure. See it May 14-16, 20-22 at 7pm, May 16 and 17 at 2pm. $12-$14. Info: 756-5361, 756-2787, HYPERLINK "http://www.pacslo.org/"pacslo.org, or cla.calpoly.edu/thtrdanc.
SLO LEGAL, a parody of Boston Legal, takes place Sunday evenings at 5pm from May 15-Sept. 6 in this unique dinner theater experience. The performances are at The Spyglass Inn Restaurant, 2305 Spyglass Drive in Shell Beach. $48.95 includes dinner, show, sales tax, and wait staff gratuity. Reservations are required. Dress is casual. Info and reservations: 489-3875 or HYPERLINK "http://www.murderinmind.com/"murderinmind.com.
NIPOMO HIGH SCHOOL’S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST plays May 21-23 and May 28-31 at 7:30pm at the Clark Center in Arroyo Grande. $10-$15. Info: 489-9444.
GYPSY hits the stage May 22-June 21 at the San Luis Obispo Little Theatre located at 888 Morro in SLO. $23-$25. Join the ultimate stage mother, Mama Rose, as she manages her daughter’s tour across the United States during the 1920s, when vaudeville was dying and burlesque was born. Info: slolittletheatre.org or 786-2440.
HOUSELIGHTS THEATRE AND ALLIED ARTS present Always…Patsy Cline May 22-June 21 at the Old Grammar School in Cambria. The show features Amanda Baker as Patsy Cline. Performance times are Friday and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 3 p.m. 1350 Main St. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at the Cambria Chamber of Commerce or by calling 927-4667. Info: Houselightstheatre.org or 927-4667.
IMAGEN Y ESPIRITU MEXICO DE NOCHE, presented by Ballet Folklorico de Cal Poly, is May 30 at 7pm at the Spanos Theatre in SLO. Info: 756-2787 or pacslo.org.
INFUSION—JAZZ DANCERS IN CONCERT is May 31 at 6pm at the Spanos Theatre in SLO. Info: 756-2787 or pacslo.org.
ALCHEMY WITH THE VARIABLE VELOCITY PERFORMANCE GROUP plays June 4-6 at the Cal Poly Spanos Theatre at 8pm. Info: HYPERLINK "http://www.variablevelocity.org" variablevelocity.org or 756-2787.
THE SLEEPING BEAUTY features Santa Maria Civic Ballet and Everybody Can Dance and guest director Alexei Badrak of the Bolshoi Ballet of Russia June 6 at 7pm and June 7 at 3pm at the Clark Center, 487 Fair Oaks Ave. in Arroyo Grande. $10-$17. Info: 489-9444.
THE JUNGLE BOOK features Mowgli, who was raised by wolves and learns the ways of the jungle. June 6-28: Sat. and Sun. at 2pm. $12-$16. Unity, 1490 Southwood Drive, San Luis Obispo. Info: 543-PLAY or kelrikproductions.com.
ARROYO GRANDE HIGH SCHOOL THEATRE ENSEMBLE PRESENTS a New Play Festival on June 8. Info: 489-9444 or HYPERLINK "http://www.clarkcenter.org" \t "_blank" clarkcenter.org.
GOLD FEVER AT THE ROUGH AND READY by Neal LaVine shows at the Great American Melodrama June 18-Sept. 19. A mining camp comes to life with heroic action, love, betrayal, deceit, and villainy. Set in the Sierras, this show offers loads of opportunities to boo the villain, cheer the hero, and laugh yourself silly at the crazy antics of the colorful characters that inhabit the rough and tumble world of the California Gold Rush! On Highway 1 in Oceano. $17-$20, with $2 discount for seniors, students, and active military, and $4 discounts for children. Info: 489-2499 or americanmelodrama.com.
PACIFIC DANCE CENTER PRESENTS THE LITTLE MERMAID on June 27 at the Cal Poly Spanos Theater. Info: 772-7119 or 756-2787.
HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL 2, presented by Kelrik Productions, shows July 10-19 at the PAC in SLO. $22 and up. Fri. and Sat. at 7pm and Sat. and Sun. at 2pm. $22 and up. Info: 756-2787, 543-PLAY, or kelrikproductions.com.
CENTRAL COAST SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL PRESENTS A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM AND TREASURE ISLAND, alternating July 10-Aug.15 at River Oaks Amphitheatre, 800 Clubhouse Drive, Paso Robles. Evening performances begin at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinees begin at 5 p.m. Tickets are $18 for students and seniors, or $20 general admission. Group rates for 10 or more are $16 per person. Tickets and more information are available online at centralcoastshakespeare.org or 546-4224. No outside alcoholic beverages are allowed. The box office will open a half hour before each performance. Picnics and the Bard: very cool. North County nights are typically balmy, but bring a jacket just in case.
SLO LITTLE THEATRE PRESENTS VEGAS, BABY! July 10-Aug. 2. See the history of the little town in the desert that became an oasis for the world at 888 Morro St. in SLO. $50 for Martini Nights, $35 for all other shows. Info: 786-2440 or slolittletheatre.org.
GOLD FEVER AT THE ROUGH AND READY AND RIP VAN WINKLE alternate at the Great American Melodrama July 16-Sept. 20. One of the most beloved characters in literature comes to life in this stage adaptation of Washington Irving’s classic story Rip van Winkle is a lovable, if lazy, villager who prefers a song and a drink to a farmer’s work. Evil landlord Derrick von Beekman plots to cheat Rip out of his property, and when Rip’s wife throws him out of the house in frustration, Rip climbs into the mountains. See it on Highway 1 in Oceano. $17-$20, with $2 discount for seniors, students, and active military, and $4 discounts for children. Info: 489-2499 or americanmelodrama.com.
THE PRODUCERS marks the second production from Sorcerer Productions. Sets, costumes, and props will be rented from the latest national Broadway touring company from New York, and the show will feature a live orchestra conducted by Dave Becker. The production will run for three weekends at the Clark Center for the Performing Arts, Aug. 21-Sept. 6 for a total of 10 performances. Info: Ryan Cordero at HYPERLINK "http://email@example.com"firstname.lastname@example.org.
SCARY POPPINS by Ben E. Millet plays at the Great American Melodrama Sept. 24-Nov. 15. It’s Super-Nanny-Gone-Ballistic-Expialidocious! Young Jack and Jill Peabody live in Victorian London with their widowed father, a nutty inventor with little time to pay attention to his children. But when the children write to everybody’s favorite Super Nanny, they get more than they bargained for: Instead of Mary Poppins, they end up with her bizarre twin sister, Scary Poppins. See it on Highway 1 in Oceano. $17-$20, with $2 discount for seniors, students, and active military, and $4 discounts for children. Info: 489-2499 or americanmelodrama.com.