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The Wallis continues its beloved free monthly outdoor Sunday Funday family events with a variety of engaging programming that includes Story Pirates, Parker Bent, Spring Groove, Kiddle Karoo, and more! Dance instruction will be offered by Emmy Award-winner Debbie Allen and instructors from Debbie Allen Dance Academy. Open to all levels and ages! The health and safety of our guests is of the utmost importance to us. For all Sunday Funday events, The Wallis' policy is that proof of vaccination will be required for all persons 12 years or older upon arrival and face masks must be worn at all times. For children 11 years or younger, we require that a face mask be worn at all times over both the mouth and nose. Capacity for Sunday Funday will also be limited so to not allow for overcrowding.
The perfect way for families to have an uplifting theatre outing, this Rudie-DeCarlo musical reminds us to believe in the power of imagination and relish in the chance to create our own happily-ever-afters. Finding Belle encourages us to make a difference in our world - big or small - with the help of some special fairytale friends. "A wonderful blend of fantasy and topicality." Tolucan Times Cinderella, Snowhite, Little Bo Peep and even Mother Goose confront the mysteries of modern living as they try to help the jaded teen Mary-Mary discover herself, find the lost Belle, save the fairytale world, and prove that you're never too old to believe in imagination, happily-ever-afters, and most importantly, yourself. Finding Belle gives us a whole new perspective on fantasy and reality, sharing and caring, and the importance of family togetherness.
Welcome to HADESTOWN, where a song can change your fate. Winner of eight 2019 Tony Awards® including Best Musical and the 2020 Grammy® Award for Best Musical Theater Album, this acclaimed new show by celebrated singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell and innovative director Rachel Chavkin (Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812) is a love story for today... and always. Intertwining two mythic tales — that of young dreamers Orpheus and Eurydice, and that of King Hades and his wife Persephone — HADESTOWN is a haunting and hopeful theatrical experience that grabs you and never lets go.
During a mission trip to Bangkok, the four members of a Korean Christian girls’ youth group discover that their revered pastor has hidden a camera in their hotel bathroom. Samantha is personally wounded that Pastor would do this to her. Kyung-Hwa thinks everyone needs to have lower expectations for men. Jen is worried about how this might affect her college applications. And Mimi’s out for blood, as usual. Their communal rage and disillusionment fuel increasingly violent revenge fantasies amidst the no-holds-barred neon bubblegum sex-tourism mecca of Bangkok. Man of God is a funny feminist thriller about that moment when girls realize the male gaze has been watching all along—and decide they’re definitely gonna do something about it. Man of God had its world premiere in January 2019 as an East West Players production at the David Henry Hwang Theatre at the Union Center of the Arts in Los Angeles.
In a world ravaged by global warming, pandemics, and natural disaster, King Lear is a man who has brought his country through turmoil, but at what cost? Following his award-winning, sold-out performance as Dick Gregory in Turn Me Loose, Joe Morton returns to The Wallis in the titular role of one of Shakespeare’s greatest tragedies. The timeless story of ignorance, deceit and the struggle for power sees Lear, an aging king and father, reject the child who truly loves him and is unable to see beyond the lies of his eldest daughters. Lear’s blindness unleashes a tornado of pitiless ambition and treachery, as family and state are plunged into a violent power struggle with bitter ends. Paranoia runs deep, and sanity seems scarce, and yet, the play’s end provides hope for what is to come after the storm.
Stop the presses! Based on the true story of the Newsboys Strike of 1899, this family-friendly Tony-winning Disney musical centers on Jack, a rebellious newsboy who dreams of being an artist far away from the big city. When a publishing giant raises newspaper prices at the newsboys’ expense, Jack and his fellow newsies band together in protest with the help of a new reporter hungry for her first story, making New York wake up to the power of “the little man.” With music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Jack Feldman, and book by Harvey Fierstein, Newsies is the perfect show for the whole family
Relationships are hard work. Especially when it's between a prisoner of war and her captor. Oh, and their love has to remain a secret (for obvious reasons). Verdi's epic drama Aida returns to our stage for the first time in 16 years, in a sensational production starring Latonia Moore and Russell Thomas. Director Francesca Zambello conjures a gorgeous world where hieroglyphics by the L.A.-based artist RETNA create a striking backdrop to the timeless story. Expect to be further blown away by a huge chorus and orchestra, a ballet, and beautiful music that's both intimate and heroic in this grandest of grand operas.
Written when Beethoven was completely deaf, his epic Ninth Symphony has become the go-to composition for people to celebrate joy and our common humanity. The creativity that erupts through the first three movements achieves an ecstatic climax at the finale when voices are added. To begin the evening, Dudamel gives world premieres of music by Peruvian-born composer Gonzalo Garrido-Lecca and Francisco Cortés-Álvarez from Mexico.
This TYA favorite returns to the Chance for the fifth time. Bring the family and watch as Fancy Nancy and her friends Bree, Rhonda, Wanda, and Lionel get ready to perform in their very first show, “Deep Sea Dances.” Nancy is positive, that’s fancy for 100 percent sure, that she and Bree will be picked to be mermaids. When another girl wins the coveted role of the mermaid, Nancy is stuck playing a dreary, dull tree. Can Nancy bring fancy flair to her role, even though it isn’t the one she wanted?
Synopsis: Jon Gynt left his wife and son, Peer, nothing. With nothing to lose, Peer grows into a young man with nothing to contribute, though he boasts and jokes constantly. His mother chides him for ruining his chances with Ingrid, who is getting married that day. At the wedding, Peer meets, falls in love with, and dances with Solveig, another young maiden. Fully aware of Peer’s reputation, Solveig’s father drives Peer from town for attempting to kidnap his daughter. In exile, Peer meets some dairy maids who give him liquor and tell him of the Troll King. Peer passes out and in a vision(?) meets the Troll King, who shows him a woman in green who is pregnant by Peer’s imagination. From the trolls Peer learns selfishness. He goes on to meet the Boyg, a voice in the darkness, from whom Peer learns listlessness. Peer builds a small cottage and is joined by Solveig, who has left her life behind to be with Peer. The woman in green then appears and has cursed Peer into seeing her whenever he looks at Solveig. He then leaves. Peer returns home just as his mother dies. He then travels to Egypt and Morocco before becoming emperor of a mad house. Years pass and an old Peer heads home, but is shipwrecked, reuniting him with the Troll King who tells Peer he has been more troll than man. Peer is asked by a button maker to account for his life. Unable to do so, Peer returns to Solveig and begs her forgiveness. She offers him none as he has lived no life so has committed no sin. Peer collapses into Solveig and visions of his mother, perhaps dead. The Argument: This play is dedicated to the homes we take for granted. Not necessarily a place, but the people we know will forgive us and be there for us, no matter how far we have strayed.
When disco diva, Deloris Van Cartier, witnesses a murder, she is put in protective custody in the one place the cops are sure she won’t be a found: a convent! Disguised as a nun, Deloris uses her unique disco moves and singing talent to inspire the choir, breathing new life into the church and community, but could her antics blow her cover? Featuring original music by Tony and Oscar winner Alan Menken (Little Shop of Horrors, Beauty and the Beast), outrageous dancing, and a truly moving story about the power of sisterhood, Sister Act is the feel-good musical comedy smash based on the hit 1992 film that gives audiences a reason to REJOICE!
The Sleeping Beauty is one of the greatest story ballets of all time. The epitome of classical ballet, it is considered to be the most authentic of Marius Petipa’s work. This cherished fairy tale is about an enchanted sleep and the love between a beautiful princess and a handsome prince. Arrested by a powerful evil, inner beauty lies dormant, to be awakened after 100 years only through the power of pure love.