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How well do you think you know The Center? We’re kicking off 2021 hoping to get to know you better – but we thought we’d share first! Want to play a little CCAE trivia? Check out these interesting facts about the California Center for the Arts, Escondido!
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Did you know The Center has two fully equipped theaters to host year-round entertainment?
We’ve got a big one, and a little one!
The Center Theater is our 404-seat, small theater. It is striking, comfortable, and acoustically sensational. It has served as the ideal setting for performances by the Spoleto Festival USA, Jane Monheit, Edgar Meyer, Lily Tomlin, and international pianist sensation Lang Lang.
Extended runs of “The Fantasticks,” “Forbidden Broadway,” and “Sound of Music Sing-a-Long” have also been staged in this intimate theatrical environment. For guest lectures or keynote presentations, the Center Theater is a perfect venue for up-close engagement with the audience and has hosted noted speakers such as Tony Robbins and Dr. Wayne Dyer.
The Concert Hall – our big theater – is an impressive 1,523-seat venue that has the capabilities to host the most discriminating artists such as Itzhak Perlman, Wynton Marsalis and Mikhail Baryshnikov. National touring companies of “RENT,” “Les Miserablés,” and “The Producers” have graced our stage.
The Concert Hall’s acoustics, sight lines and state-of-the-art features — coupled with the professionalism of the technical staff and theater operations — make it the choice venue for entertainment in San Diego.
Did you know The Center has its very own Theater Production Team?
That’s right – and we call them “CCAE Theatricals”! CCAE Theatricals is the in-house theatrical production company of the Center. The Theatricals team create and develop theatrical experiences of the highest professional standards for The Center’s patrons. With our youthful spirit and eclectic, artist-driven approach, we provide an environment for the growth and education of theatre professionals, audiences and the Southern California community at large.
Fun Theatricals Facts:
CCAE Theatricals’ produced and created 7 unique shows for The Drive-in at Cal State San Marcos, employing nearly 40 performers, 35 musicians and multiple designers from across Southern California.
(This means that you can only see CCAE Theatricals’ shows in our venues! How cool is that?)
It doesn’t stop there – we are currently planning our inaugural season of plays and musicals as well as developing several new works that will premiere at the Center in the coming years!
Get to know the Theatricals Team:
Managing Producer, Jordan Beck is also a musical theatre lyricist. He’s had the opportunity to work with such talents as Stephen Schwartz, Lin Manuel Miranda, and Craig Carnelia. His work has been produced in LA, New York and The Kennedy Center as well as internationally.
Artistic Director, J. Scott Lapp has been working in the theatre business for over 30 years across the country as well as on Broadway and internationally. He is an award-winning Director and a proud member of the Stage Directors & Choreographer’s Union. He has worked for several major regional theaters including 5th Avenue, Bucks County Playhouse, Denver Center Theatre Company, La Jolla Playhouse, Old Globe and the Paper Mill Playhouse. He is currently represented on the West End with “Dreamwork’s The Prince of Egypt” which opened in the spring of 2020 at the Dominion Theatre.
About the California Center for the Arts, Escondido
A 501(c)3 charitable organization, the Center’s creation was sparked by a civic vision—one that recognized the vital role that the arts play in strengthening and uniting the community. Our commitment to enriching lives and improving access to the arts, especially for low-income individuals and families, is exemplified through our extensive educational programming and robust series of free community events. The Center is guided by an enthusiastic Board of Trustees and passionate staff who are dedicated to furthering arts education and access, and to creating programs that provide cultural enrichment for residents of North County and beyond.
You can join this inspiring mission by becoming a donor. Visit artcenter.org/support or email firstname.lastname@example.org to start a conversation about how you or your company can make a difference right here and right now in your arts community.
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