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The California Center for the Arts, Escondido Announces Merge with The Barn Stage Company to Produce Theatrical Arts in Escondido!

On the heels of the 25th Anniversary season coming to a close, the California Center for the Arts, Escondido (The Center) is proud to announce the acquisition of The Barn Stage Company, a professional theatre company located in Temecula, that produces musical theater and plays.

Jordan Beck, Executive Director along with J. Scott Lapp, Artistic Director for The Barn Stage Company will oversee the new Center Theatrics department and help in the production of Theatrical Arts at the Center.

In May 2012, writer and producer, Jordan Beck and director J. Scott Lapp teamed up to present Cabaret at The Merc, a popular concert series that takes place in Old Town Temecula on the last Sunday of each month. Over the past 8 years, the two have brought the best of Broadway to Temecula, including evenings with Broadway’s Eden Espinosa, Shoshana Bean and Grammy-Award winning and Tony-nominated composer Stephen Schwartz. Cabaret at The Merc quickly became “the best-kept secret in Temecula” – their season expanded to include a Summer Series of fully staged musicals and in 2015, The Barn Stage Company, a 501(c)3 non-profit theatre company was launched. Past productions include Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel in Concert, featuring a 32 piece orchestra, the award-winning production of Peter & The Starcatcher, a critically acclaimed concert production of CHESS and many more!

“Having found a home in Escondido, we are thrilled to take what we started with The Barn Stage Company and continue our mission of theatrical excellence by joining the California Center for the Arts family,” said Beck. “We are incredibly grateful for the faith the Center has shown in us, from our very first co-production to now creating a new theatrical producing arm, allowing us to once again present Broadway-quality productions to our wonderful patrons from all over Southern California.”

The Center first partnered with The Barn Stage Company in the fall of 2018 with the production of “The Best of Broadway”. With the success of that show, it has led to the production of more shows including “The Best of Motown”, “The Piano Men”, and “Happily After Ever”.

“Since partnering with the California Center for the Arts, Escondido, back in September 2018, we have seen first-hand their commitment to providing their patrons with the highest standard of professional entertainment,” said Lapp. “We are thrilled by the positive response from the community and are excited to be able to produce more theatrical events as we formally join the incredible team working at the Center. We look forward to introducing a new Broadway-caliber season of plays, musicals and special events in 2020.”

Jerry VanLeeuwen, Executive Director of the California Center for the Arts, Escondido is excited about the merge.

“Jordan and J. Scott are so well respected locally and in the industry. Their connections and reputation have already enhanced the programming options of the Center,” VanLeeuwen said. “This new connection will bring events we have not even imagined yet. I cannot wait.”

The Center will be announcing the Theatrical Arts 2020-21 season by the end of the month.

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