Announcing our highly anticipated 2022 Season. This new collection of plays and musicals crackles with wit, music, and romance. In our 43rd Anniversary Season, we continue to bring world-class professional theatre to the Mother Lode!
A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM
February 18-March 20 | East Sonora Theatre
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum is a nonstop laughfest in which Pseudolus, a crafty slave, struggles to win the hand of a beautiful, but slow-witted, courtesan named Philia for his young master, Hero, in exchange for freedom. The plot twists and turns with cases of mistaken identity, slamming doors and a showgirl or two.
“It’s funny, true nonsense! A merry good time!” – Herald Tribune
“A good, clean, dirty show! Brings back belly laughs!” – TIME Magazine
April 21-May 22 | East Sonora Theatre
Concerned with a group of gossipy southern ladies in a small-town beauty parlor, the play is alternately hilarious and touching—and, in the end, deeply revealing of the strength and purposefulness which underlies the antic banter of its characters.
“…a skillfully crafted, lovingly evoked picture of eccentricity in the small-town South…” —Drama-Logue
“…suffused with humor and tinged with tragedy.” —NY Post.
DISNEY’S THE LITTLE MERMAID
June 2-July 17 | Fallon House Theatre
Ariel, King Triton’s youngest daughter, wishes to pursue the human Prince Eric in the world above, bargaining with the evil sea witch, Ursula, to trade her tail for legs. But the bargain is not what it seems, and Ariel needs the help of her colorful friends, Flounder the fish, Scuttle the seagull and Sebastian the crab to restore order under the sea.
“…renews our faith that theater for ‘children’ can be enjoyed by everyone.” – TIME Magazine
“Just gorgeous – full of Disney magic!” – Good Day New York
SH-BOOM! LIFE COULD BE A DREAM
July 28-August 28 | East Sonora Theatre
Meet Denny and the Dreamers, a fledgling doo-wop singing group preparing to enter the Big Whopper Radio contest to realize their dreams of making it to the big time! The ’60s hits say it all: “Fools Fall in Love,” “Tears on my Pillow,” “Runaround Sue,” “Earth Angel,” “Stay,” “Unchained Melody,” “Lonely Teardrops,” and “The Glory of Love.” Sh-Boom! Life Could Be a Dream will leave you laughing, singing, and cheering— let’s hear it for the boys!
“Unapologetically escapist entertainment, superbly rendered in every particular. Dream is so frothy, it floats.” –Los Angeles Times
“Downright delightful and idiotically infectious!” –Stage & Cinema LA
September 1-October 2 | Fallon House Theatre
It’s November 21, 1963. On the eve of their deployment to a small but growing conflict in Southeast Asia, three young Marines set out for one final boys’ night of debauchery, partying and maybe a little trouble. But, when Corporal Eddie Birdlace meets Rose, an awkward and idealistic waitress whom he enlists to win a cruel bet with his fellow recruits, she rewrites the rules of the game and teaches him the power of love and compassion.
“Studded with impressive songs, an unexpected love affair, and a genuine and charming soul.” – The Associated Press
“Superbly crafted, gratifyingly intelligent, richly observant, and immensely enjoyable. This is musical theater at its finest.” – Backstage
ELF THE MUSICAL
November 3-December 18 | East Sonora Theatre
Buddy, a young orphan, mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. The would-be elf is raised, unaware that he is actually a human until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father and discover his true identity. Faced with the harsh realities that his father is on the naughty list and his half-brother doesn’t even believe in Santa, Buddy is determined to win over his new family and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas.
“Even the biggest Cotton-Headed-Ninny-Muggins will leave the theatre with a warm festive glow!” – Entertainment Weekly
“Endearingly goofy!” – USA Today
THE CHRISTMAS FOUNDLING
November 17-December 18 | Fallon House Theatre
When a baby boy is orphaned in the California Sierras on Christmas Eve, 1850, two curmudgeonly miners agree to raise him. A decade later, the boy’s idyllic life is interrupted by the arrival of a meddling aunt, who intends to take him back to Boston for a formal education and a life of success. Inspired by the stories of Bret Harte, The Christmas Foundling is a heartwarming holiday tale, with the love of a child at its center and an unlikely romance as its driving force.
“A captivating and heartwarming drama…” –Seattle Times
“This Gold Rush drama is a love-letter to the Mother Lode, an ode to the joys of rural living.” –The Modesto Bee
Season Tickets and Group reservations are available starting Tuesday, November 16, 2021.
Single tickets go on sale Tuesday, January 4, 2022.