It is Labor Day 1962, in a small, Kansas town where two families are preparing for an annual picnic in their shared backyard. When Hal Carter, an exciting drifter, rambles into town to visit his old college friend – the predictable everyman Alan – the not-so-subtle women of the town begin to talk and flirt. But when Alan’s beautiful girlfriend Madge and Hal meet, something awakens in her … does she succumb to her newfound feelings and escape the preordained or play it safe like her mother did, leading to inevitable disappointment? Picnic, directed by Terry Donovan Smith, opens on the Barnes Theatre stage March 8, 9, 14, 15, and 16 at 8 p.m., March 10 and 17 at 2 p.m.
Family Night at the Theatre is a community event presented by children in 4th - 8th grade along with CSUSB students. The evening consists of workshops in dance, music and theatre along with the presentation of a devised piece created by the cast. This year’s project will explore the ideas of stereotypes and acceptance within our communities.
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The Ellen Weisser Endowed Theatre Showcase presents our season’s grand finale: the Tony Award winning musical, In The Heights, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, with book by Quiara Alegria Hudes. Filled with salsa, hip-hop, soulful ballads and moments of pure musical bliss, In The Heights tells the tale of the vibrant melting pot of cultures in New York City’s Washington Heights neighborhood: A place where descendants of Cuban, Dominican and Puerto Rican immigrants come together, where the windows are always open, and the streets explode with songs and rhythms of three generations. With a total of eight performances, In The Heights, directed by professor Kathryn Ervin, plays May 31, June 1, 6, 7 and 8 at 8 p.m., with matinee performances June 2, 8, and 9 at 2 p.m.