Beauty and the Beast Opens PCPA Summer Season on June 15th

Have you discovered Solvang Festival Theater yet? This 700-seat outdoor venue in the half-round hosts marvelous live concerts, plays, musicals and comedies; and was built by community volunteers in only 58 days in summer 1974. For the 43rd summer in this magical setting, PCPA (Pacific Conservatory Theatre) professional performances are presented under the stars featuring acclaimed actors and stunning sets. Highlights of the 2017 PCPA summer season are Beauty and the Beast (June 15-July 2) a musical version based on the classic fairy tale; Lend Me A Tenor The Musical (July 6-23) a tale of mistaken identities and unexpected romance; Disney’s Newsies The Musical (July 27-August 20) is a Tony Award-winning Broadway show telling the true story of those who took on the most powerful names in New York; and concluding with Shakespeare’s comedy Twelfth Night (August 24-September 10). Solvang Festival Theater is located at 420 Second Street within easy walking distance of hotels, restaurants and wine tasting rooms. You should definitely check out PCPA overnight packages as well as dinner specials available to really enjoy your experience. Here are all the details: http://www.solvangusa.com/explore-solvang/what-to-do/live-theater-nightlife/

Experience “In the Heights” at PCPA Now Thru September 11

In the heights logo - CopyYou don’t want to miss this superb performance of In the Heights by an outstanding PCPA cast at Solvang Festival Theater, 420 Second Street, in downtown Solvang. In the Heights won a Tony Award for Best Musical in 2008 and there is no doubt why. The music and lyrics are by Lin Manuel-Miranda, the creator of the current Broadway hit Hamilton. The setting is New York City’s Washington Heights neighborhood—a place on the precipice of change, hopes and dreams. This show is about discovering yourself and finding your true home–against any odds. I attended the opening night show and want to tell you that this musical is honest, raw, contemporary and yet has timeless themes. It’s especially poignant while you can watch the stars onstage AND in the sky! This is the final show of the 2016 PCPA summer season in Solvang. For details and tickets, visit http://www.pcpa.org/IntheHeights.html

Labor Day Weekend Fun—First, Make Reservations!

Hamlet Inn Solvang guest roomIt’s almost September already and Solvang is filled with activities and festivities—especially for this upcoming Labor Day “long weekend.” You know you want to getaway and visit—do some shopping, wine tasting, check out the restaurants (including Bacon & Brine in their new location with expanded hyper-local menu), sample Danish delights at five authentic bakeries and just relax & renew!

And be sure to get tickets to see the amazing PCPA production of “In the Heights” (by the creator of “Hamilton”) now being performed under the stars at Solvang Festival Theater.

With 18 inns, hotels and resorts to choose from, there’s lodging options for every taste and budget here in “California’s Little Denmark.” Package deals simplify planning your getaway so check out this link to make it even easier on your wallet and make your hotel reservations now! http://www.solvangusa.com/explore-solvang/where-to-stay/deals/

Jane Austen’s “Sense & Sensibility” on Stage

stacks-image-b407f35There’s something magical about live theater under the stars! PCPA (Pacific Conservatory Theatre) performances in Solvang Festival Theater are wonderful ways to spend summer evenings. So far this season, we’ve enjoyed The Glass Menagerie and Shrek The Musical. Starting this Saturday, August 5 through Sunday, August 21, 2016, savor Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility. This period comedy shares the journey of two sisters—Elinor and Marianne Dashwood—attempting to find balance between rational and realistic romance (if that is even possible)! You can get your tickets at the Festival Theater box office located at 420 Second Street or online at www.pcpa.org

stacks-image-abcfe21Check out this deal—buy tickets online for the Sunday, August 7 performance and receive 50% off EACH adult ticket at online check-out by using AUGUST7. On Solvang Third Wednesday (August 17) Sense & Sensibility adult tickets are 25% off (and be sure to ask about seasonal senior, student, or child ticket pricing—do remember, kids under 5 are not admitted into the theater.) Solvang Festival Theater is within easy walking distance of hotels, restaurants, wine bars and local attractions. So attend and  discover how just the right mix of humor and romance can make for happy endings in Sense & Sensibility!

See Shrek The Musical Here thru July 31st

Shrek logoYou and your family simply must make plans now to see Shrek The Musical here in all its joy at the outdoor Solvang Festival Theater. Performed by acclaimed actors of PCPA (Pacific Conservatory Theatre), all the beloved characters you know from the Oscar-winning movie are brought to life on stage in this Tony Award-winning adventure: the reluctant hero Shrek, the Donkey, Fiona, a short tempered bad guy, a cookie with an attitude, and more fairy tale misfits–be ready to cheer and be transformed! Performances are Tuesday-Sunday now thru July 31. Tickets are available online at www.pcpa.org or at the Theater box office located at 420 Second Street. On July 20 (Solvang Third Wednesday) adult tickets are 25% off (and be sure to ask about seasonal senior, student, or child pricing—yet remember, kids under 5 are not admitted into the theater.) Solvang Festival Theater is within easy walking distance of hotels, restaurants and local attractions. As Shrek would say, “For your information, there’s a lot more to ogres than people think.”

Stars On the Stage & In the Sky! PCPA Begins June 16th!

 

vang2015aIn the heart of downtown Solvang, you’ll discover Solvang Festival Theater, an outdoor 700-seat venue in the half-round hosting marvelous live concerts, plays, musicals and comedies. This unique place was built by the community in only 58 days in summer 1974.Solvang Festival Theater is located at 420 Second Street within easy walking distance of hotels, restaurants and wine tasting rooms.

fiddler21Once again, for the 42nd summer, PCPA (Pacific Conservatory Theater) professional performances are presented under the stars in this magical setting featuring acclaimed actors and stunning sets. Highlights of the 2016 PCPA summer season are The Glass Menagerie, the Tennessee Williams drama (June 16 – 26); Shrek The Musical, based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film (June 30 – July 31); the classic Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility (August 5 – 21); and In the Heights, the Tony Award-winning Best Musical about chasing your dreams from the creator of the current Broadway smash hit Hamilton (August 26 – September 11).  You should definitely check out all the PCPA overnight packages as well as dinner specials available to really enjoy your experience. Here are all the details: http://www.solvangusa.com/explore-solvang/what-to-do/live-theater-nightlife/

15th Anniversary of The Wildling Museum

wildling-museum-solvang-caYou don’t want to miss the 15th anniversary gala “Some Enchanted Evening” of The Wildling Museum “where art and nature meet” happening this Saturday, 9/26/15 from 6:00-8:30 p.m. Celebrate 15 years of inspiration and dedication to conservation of wildlife and natural areas through art. During the evening, you can feast your eyes on fascinating exhibits; shop the silent art auction (15 amazingly diverse artworks including a Bud Bottoms sculpture and an original Wyland painting).

BudBottomsYou’ll get to meet 2015 Wilderness Spirit Award Winner Bud Bottoms, an artist and environmental advocate who also is the creator of the world-famous bronze dolphin sculptures in Santa Barbara and sister cities Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and more. You’ll get to meet 2015 Wilderness Spirit Award Winner Bud Bottoms, an artist and environmental advocate who also is the creator of the world-famous bronze dolphin sculptures in Santa Barbara and sister cities Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and more.

Savor scrumptious food, local wines as well as musical interludes by PCPA performers and jazz pianist Charles Stauffer. Located at 1511-B Mission Drive near the corner of Fifth Street—there’s so much for you to discover in this soaring three-story space. Did you know the museum is available for private party rentals and meetings; and there’s some really original art and jewelry in the gift shop, too? For more details and tickets for this benefit evening, visit http://www.wildlingmuseum.org/15th-anniversary-and-award-dinner/