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The 2019 Summer Arts Conservatory


Disney's "The Little Mermaid" LM-Social-Media-Poster.jpg
Music by Alan Menken
Lyrics by Howard Ashman & Glenn Slater
Book by Doug Wright
Directed by Brian Rickel

Performance Dates:
July 25, 26, 27 & August 1, 2 at 7:30pm
July 26, 27, 31 & August 1, 3 at 2:00pm

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.  This fishy fable will capture your heart with its irresistible songs, including "Under the Sea," "Kiss the Girl" and "Part of Your World."


Parking Advisory: Parking at the Grossmont Campus is convenient but also monitored daily for parking permits. All visitors must obtain a parking permit when parking anywhere on the campus. A free permit is available when you purchase a ticket to your event, this may be obtained at the box office. Please display your free permits on your car’s dashboard. If you choose to purchase a permit at our parking machines the cost is $2 for the entire day. Please ensure you are properly displaying a permit on your dashboard to avoid a $45 fine. The closest parking to the theatre is generally parking lot #1G. There is a slight walk from the lot of a distance of 1000 feet or less so please come prepared. We provide a guest cart for our guests who park in lot 1G by building 32B Child Development Center. The cart is available 45minutes prior to each performance and 15 minutes after the performance. During construction, we recommend choosing parking in lots #1G or #1N.



The 2019/2020 Season

Picasso at the Lapin Agile by Steve Martin
Directed by Beth Duggan

Oct. 3,4,5,10,11,12 at 7:30pm
Oct. 5, 12 at 2:00pm

The year is 1904. Albert Einstein, a 25-year-old patent clerk, waits for his date at the Lapin Agile, a Parisian watering hole, when 23-year-old Pablo Picasso drops in to meet a recent conquest who is hoping for a return engagement. Einstein is a year away from transforming physics with his theory of relativity and the young painter will soon set the art world afire with Cubism. But at this moment, they are drawn to each other by a mutual sense of self confidence and curiosity. Kept company over the course of their evening by an amusingly incontinent barfly, a gullible yet lovable bartender, a wise waitress, and a surprise visitor from beyond, the two geniuses’ conversation bounces like excited molecules and sweeps like bold brush strokes over art, science, love, existence, and the unknown.

A witty and absurdist comedy from comic virtuoso Steve Martin, Picasso at the Lapin Agile tackles big ideas with an imagined meeting of two creative minds on the cusp of greatness.

Amazing Adventures of the Marvelous Monkey King by Elizabeth Wong
Directed by Brian Rickel

Oct 25, 26 at 7:30pm
Oct 26 at 2:00pm

Based on the beloved and enduring Chinese folk tale of Sun Wukong, Elizabeth Wong spins a marvelous tale of the mischievous superhero, the Monkey King.  Imagination is the center of this modern adaptation in which our hero is kicked out of school, does battle with a one-horned ogre and can somersault into the future on his many adventures! 

 Filled with hip-hop, a bit of Chinese Opera, dancing, battles and heroic adventure, The Amazing Adventures of the Marvelous Monkey King highlights the importance of leadership, responsibility and forgiveness.


Eurydice by Sarah Ruhl
Directed by Matt Thompson

Nov. 14,15,16,21,22,23 at 7:30pm
Nov. 16 and 23 at 2:00pm

Sarah Ruhl reimagines the classic myth of Orpheus through the eyes of its heroine, Eurydice. Dying too young on her wedding day, Eurydice journeys to the underworld, where she reunites with her father, the Lord of Death, and struggles to hold onto the fading memory of her lost love in the world above.

With contemporary characters, ingenious plot twists, and breathtaking visual effects, Sarah Ruhl’s Eurydice is a fresh and touching interpretation of one of humanity’s timeless love stories

Inside the Actor's Process: Love Scenes
Coordinated by Ben Cole

Jan. 31 and Feb. 1 at 7:30pm
Feb. 1 at 2:00pm

In a world that feels saturated with negativity, a showcase of the best parts of life is long overdue, even if sometimes the characters in these love stories betray mixed motives, less-than-stellar ideals, and imperfect behavior. This behind-the-scenes look at how the theatrical artist engages with love stories includes vignettes featuring contemporary lovers, classic lovers, and everything in-between. What makes love scenes so magnetic? The times may change, but more than anything else, our need to find someone to connect with never does.

Clybourne Park by Bruce Norris
Directed by Jeannette Thomas

March 12,13,14,19,20,21 at 7:30pm
March 14,21 at 2:00pm

Spanning 50 years, this insightful, satirical drama from playwright Bruce Norris is a witty exploration of race relations, the “ownership” of neighborhoods, and the breakdown of communication in American society. Borrowing a character from Lorraine Hansberry’s classic play A Raisin in the Sun, the play opens in 1959 with Bev and Russ selling their house to the first African-American family in the neighborhood, causing discontent among some of their white neighbors. Act Two turns the tables by jumping to 2009, where the same house is now being purchased by a white couple who, oblivious to the wishes of their African-American neighbors, plan to tear it down and rebuild it.

Winner of both the Tony Award and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Clybourne Park “holds the mirror up to nature” and, as the best plays often do, challenges us to examine who we are at our core.

Golden Boy by Clifford Odets
Directed by Brian Rickel

May 14,15,16,21,22,23 at 7:30pm
May 16, 23 at 2:00pm

Golden Boy tells the story of a young man named Joe, whose cockeyed notions of the world cause society to laugh at him.  A musician at heart, he longs for success in another way.  Discovering his talent as a prizefighter, Joe excels at a career that threatens his love for music, and ultimately his life. But when a terrible tragedy unfolds during his final fight, Joe’s spirit is crushed and the money and fame he has acquired soon mean nothing to him.  Not even those who gave him courage to face defeat can lift this young man out of his despair. Will love be enough to save him? Even that is uncertain.

Considered to be Clifford Odets’ preeminent theatrical endeavor, Golden Boy proves itself at turns shocking, funny, tragic, and breathtaking, truly earning its praise as a classic of American theatre.

The 2020 Summer Arts Conservatory


A New Pop Musical!  Book by Jeannette Thomas

July 23,24,25,29,30,31, Aug. 1


Performances will be held in the brand-new Grossmont College Visual and Performing Arts Center

Back by popular demand! Join us as we celebrate the classic fairytale of love lost and found, with this remount of our wildly popular 2015 Summer Conservatory production, Cinderella.  The musical version of this family-pleasing story is sure to delight audiences of all ages!  Will Prince Charming find the owner of the glass slipper? Will the wicked step-sisters steal him away? Will Cinderella finally find her happily ever after? Please be our guests for this charming musical & find out!

Last Updated: 07/17/2019
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