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Treat your family to the magic of live performance with these engaging productions all with free pre-show activities


The Discovery Series, designed for children ages 4 to 8, features five shows. The Explorer Series features three shows and is geared for children age 7 and older. All shows will feature our popular pre-show interactive activities in the lobby of Samueli Theater.

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All performances in the intimate SAMUELI THEATER


Discovery Series
For families and children ages 4-8

   
 
The Okee Dokee Brothers
Orange County Debut
December 7 & 8, 2013

The Okee Dokee Brothers (Joe and Justin) put their passion for the outdoors at the heart of their Americana Folk music, recording and performing family music with a goal of inspiring inspire children and parents to get outside and experience nature. The Grammy and Parent's Choice award-winning duo has gained an enthusiastic following that is drawn to their witty lyrics, strong musicianship and unique folk style, while motivating kids to gain a greater respect for the natural world, their communities and themselves.


  Still Awake Still!
West Coast Premiere
February 8 & 9, 2014

Miss Ivory Tinklefinger, Queen of Sleep, is hired to sing the audience to sleep, but tonight her piano has a mind of its own. Her lullabies come alive – and the consequences are wild! Inspired by parents' daily challenge of putting their little ones to bed, Still Awake Still! explores the tussle between order and chaos, rest and play, reason and intuition, in a drama that celebrates the process of creativity. Part-concert, part-theater, the entire show emerges like magic from beneath the lid of the ingenious grand piano set. Based on much-loved songs from I'm Still Awake, Still!, a bedtime book by Elizabeth Honey and Sue Johnson, this show is strikingly original, strangely beautiful and ridiculously funny, with mayhem worthy of the Marx Brothers.



Cre8ion – Fluff
West Coast Premiere
April 5 & 6, 2014

The Gingham family is very concerned for all the lost and discarded hand-made toys in the world and travels the world to find them. They bring them to their colorful home and welcome them to the family. Each toy is introduced one-by-one, and, after seeing a slide show of how they came to be lost, they are given a vocal sound, a movement, a piece of music, a night-light ... and a nice comfy bed. Family participation is guaranteed in this side-splitting story featuring intricate music sampling, unique projection and astonishing vocal comedy.


  Snowflake
April 26 & 27, 2014

It's hard to put into words the joy of seeing a performance by acclaimed clown Gale LaJoye. This unique and highly-acclaimed entertainer, who honed his talents at Ringling Bros and Barnum and Bailey Circus, somehow manages to convey more emotion, humor and creativity than most other performers…all without uttering a single word. In Snowflake, La Joye portays a homeless man with a special gift for transforming other people's junk into things of beauty!

  Lightwire Theater – The Ugly Duckling and The Tortoise And The Hare
May 17 & 18, 2014

Lightwire Theater brings new life to a pair of classic tales, Hans Christian Andersen's The Ugly Duckling and Aesop's fable, The Tortoise and The Hare. Lined with electroluminescent wire, these well-known characters illuminate the darkened stage and wend their way into audiences' hearts. Part theater and part dance, this completely unique live experience has electrified audiences across the country, including their recent breakout performances on NBC's America's Got Talent.

Explorer Series
For families and children 7 and up

  Perth Theatre Company – The Adventures of Alvin Sputnik: Deep Sea Explorer
West Coast Premiere
October 18-20, 2013

This tiny tale about a brave explorer with a heart as big as a whale envisions a future world in which the seas have risen, and survivors dwell atop skyscrapers and mountains. In a last-ditch effort to save the human race, Alvin Sputnik accepts the perilous mission of journeying down through the mysterious depths of the deep blue sea to find a new place for us to live. This multi award-winning one-man micro-epic puppet show melds technology and multimedia into a touching story of enduring love and the end of the world.

  The Intergalactic Nemesis – Book Two: Robot Planet Rising
Orange County Premiere
November 9 & 10, 2013

Find yourself on an epic journey of danger and adventure that we call The Intergalactic Nemesis.
Three actors, one foley artist, one keyboardist and comic book images all share one stage.


  NETworks presents
Disney's Beauty And The Beast
January 17–19, 2014


Explorer Series subscribers have a unique and special opportunity to enjoy Disney's Beauty And The Beast, the smash hit Broadway musical. Patrons can add the January 17, 18 or 19 performance to their Family Series subscription package. Based on the Academy Award-winning animated feature film, this eye-popping spectacle has won the hearts of more than 35 million people worldwide. This classic musical love story is filled with unforgettable characters, lavish sets and costumes, and dazzling production numbers including "Be Our Guest" and the beloved title song. Experience the romance and enchantment of Disney's Beauty And The Beast.



Order by Phone Hours
Ticket sales and information are available over the phone from our Ticket Services Office, open daily from 10:00a.m. to 6:00p.m., at (714)556-2787. The Center's TTY number is (714) 556-2746.
 
Box Office Hours
The Center Box Office, located at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa, is open daily from 10:00 a.m.to 6:00 p.m. On days with evening performances, the box office remains open half-an-hour after the show begins. Holiday hours may vary.

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