Curtis Theatre & Southgate Productions
present
ONCE

Book by Enda Walsh
Music & Lyrics by Glen Hansard & Markéta Irglová
Based on the Motion Picture Written and Directed by John Carney

Directed by Jonathan Infante
Music Direction by Patrick Copeland

February 9 - 25, 2024
Fridays - 8pm  · Saturdays - 8pm · Sundays - 3pm


From the very first note, Once draws you in and never lets go. This emotionally captivating musical is the only show to have music that won an Academy Award, a Grammy Award, an Olivier Award and a Tony Award.

On the streets of Dublin, an Irish musician and a Czech immigrant are drawn together by their shared love of music. Over the course of one fateful week, an unexpected friendship and collaboration quickly evolves into a powerful but complicated love story, underscored by emotionally charged music.

Featuring all of the magical songs from the critically acclaimed film, including the Oscar-winning "Falling Slowly," this achingly beautiful, joyously uplifting show strikes an unforgettable chord in audiences and speaks to the power of music to connect us all. A show like that only comes around Once.

Content Advisory: Some language may not be suitable for younger audiences.

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LEMUR MOM
One Mother's Adventure in Autism

Starring Megan Dolan

Sunday, April 14, 2024 · 5pm


Lemur Mom is a dynamic one woman show written by and starring Megan Dolan. It is a special needs comedy that explores - with warmth, humor, and brutal honesty - one mother's adventures in autism. Almost immediately after giving birth Megan has the distinct feeling that she’s not doing it right. As she navigates the treacherous world of support groups, child psychologists, and play-dates for a child on the spectrum - making what feels like countless wrong turns along the way - she ultimately discovers that though she may feel she's not the right mom, in reality she's exactly the right mom.

Megan is a Long Beach-based mother/writer/actor/storyteller who has performed at The Moth, the Hollywood Fringe Festival, and as part of "Expressing Motherhood," and whose written work has been published in LA Parent Magazine. Her TEDx talk, "Messy Mommy: A Slob in the Shadows" can be seen on Youtube, and that digital presence became even more important when the pandemic brought her planned Lemur Mom SoCal tour to a halt for three years. She is thrilled to be back telling this engaging, heartfelt story.

Audience members are invited to stay for a Q&A with Megan Dolan immdeiately following the performance.


This production is  part of Amplify — an initiative to address the inequality in performing arts programming. This program provides a platform and outlet for performing artists of all kinds, while expanding the inclusivity and outreach of the Curtis Theatre to a diverse artistic community.

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Orchestra Collective
of Orange County
LOST AND FOUND
Featuring the greatest hits by:
Ludwig Van Beethoven, Johannes Brahms,
Felix Mendeslssohn, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
...and hidden gems from:

Emilie Mayer, Florence Price, Cesare Pugni

April 27 - 28, 2024
Saturday 7pm · Sunday 3pm


For their spring performance this season, Orchestra Collective of Orange County presents Lost and Found - A concert combining best-loved classics and hidden gems from across the centuries. Spend some quality time with “old friends” and find a new piece or two to add to your personal playlist.


OCofOC is a collectively-run symphony orchestra based in Orange County, California. Founded in 2016 by veterans of the Southern California classical music scene, OCofOC believes that creative collaboration yields amazing results, and produces one-of-a-kind musical events that will thrill both longtime concert-goers and complete musical newcomers alike!

www.ocofoc.org

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THE NEVER TOO LATE SHOW
Starring Don Reed

May 11 - 12, 2024
Saturday 3pm & 8pm · Sunday 3pm


Snap Judgment Performance of the Year Winner Don Reed presents an inspiring comic tale about never giving up. Both hilarious and heartbreaking, it chronicles his travails and perseverance through the Hollywood gauntlet to Late Night TV. This multimedia presentation features classic footage and graphics from The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson, HBO, FilmMagic, The National Comedy Center, and
much more.

Nominated for three Primetime Emmy Awards, Don Reed has done voice work for Disney’s Gargoyles, Spider-Man, and The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest, appeared in movies including Unleashed, Fear of a Black Hat, and Once Upon a Forest and co-starred in the comedy series Bartlett alongside Broadway phenom Lin-Manuel Miranda. In 2009, he became the first African American warm-up comedian for a major late night show — and also warmed up for thousands of episodes of network television — from Frasier to The Golden Girls.

Content Warning: This show is best enjoyed by audience members 16 years and older.

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MR. SOUL
The Sam Cooke Story

Sunday, May 19, 2024 · 5pm


We're "Having A Party" with Mr. Soul himself as portrayed by Allan P. Cason! Mr. Soul: The Sam Cooke Story delves into the life, music, and untimely death of the legendary, Sam Cooke through many of his greatest hits. His life cut short at the height of his career, Cooke’s undeniable legacy was buried under Los Angeles racial tensions and police corruption.

Allan P. Cason: Allan is the owner/operator of APC Entertainment, a multi-faceted entertainment company, as well as a professional vocalist, voice-over artist and musician. Since his passion for live theatre was rekindled in 2018 as Donkey in Shrek: The Musical he has enjoyed performing in other roles including Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar, Hud in Hair, and King Triton in The Little Mermaid.

Audience members are invited to stay for a Q&A with Allan P. Carson immdeiately following the performance.

Content Advisory: This perfomance contains themes and depictions of violence that may not be suitable for younger audiences.


This production is  part of Amplify — an initiative to address the inequality in performing arts programming. This program provides a platform and outlet for performing artists of all kinds, while expanding the inclusivity and outreach of the Curtis Theatre to a diverse artistic community.

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Orchestra Collective
of Orange County
4th Annual
SUMMER SERNADE
Outdoor Concert

Saturday, June 1, 2024 · 3pm & 7pm


Back by popular demand and now in its fourth year, Summer Serenade is an intimate outdoor concert featuring some of OCofOC’s principal musicians. This small group performs a repertoire of some of the best-loved chamber music selections as well as a few surprises. Come enjoy a delightful performance en plein air on the plaza level of the Brea Civic and Cultural Center between the Curtis Theatre and the Brea Gallery.


OCofOC is a collectively-run symphony orchestra based in Orange County, California. Founded in 2016 by veterans of the Southern California classical music scene, OCofOC believes that creative collaboration yields amazing results, and produces one-of-a-kind musical events that will thrill both longtime concert-goers and complete musical newcomers alike!

www.ocofoc.org

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Curtis Theatre & Begins and Ends with 'A'
present

EMILIE:
La Marquise du Châtelet Defends Her Life Tonight

By Lauren Gunderson

Directed by Amanda Hallman

June 14 - 23, 2024
Fridays 8pm · Saturdays 3pm & 8pm · Sundays 3pm


Passionate. Brilliant. Defiant.

Tonight, 18th century scientific genius Emilie du Châtelet is back and determined to answer the question she died with: love or philosophy, head or heart? In this highly theatrical rediscovery of one of history’s most intriguing women, Emilie defends her life and loves; and ends up with both a formula and a legacy that permeates history.

Produced in Partnership with Begins and Ends With 'A'.

Content warning: Contains mild adult themes and strong language that may not be suitable for younger audiences.

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