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:

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 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:

Mads Men in Concert

thumbs_madsmen-392-desat-2014_8_24Are you a fan of the hit TV Show Mad Men? Do you dig jazz music and show tunes? Would you enjoy sitting under the stars and listening to a two-time Grammy award winning musician? Then make plans right now to spend Saturday, 9/19/15 at the outdoor Solvang Festival Theater savoring the sounds of Mads Tolling and his merry Mads Men in concert. Helmed by Tolling on violin, the quartet also features pianist Colin Hogan, Sam Bevan on bass, and drummer Eric. Their program includes popular TV and movie themes from the 1960s—think “Meet the Flintstones,” “The Pink Panther” to “A Time for Us” and “Georgia on My Mind.” Mads hails from Copenhagen, was educated at Berklee College of Music in Boston and has played festivals around the world. His Grammy Awards were for Best Classical Crossover albums and he was nominated for his third Grammy this year. Mads is kicking off his new international tour right here in California’s Little Denmark. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $45 up to $100 VIP passes with pre-concert goodies plus an after-performance meet +greet with Mads & the Mad Men. One of the best parts of this event? A portion of your ticket price is going toward taking care of seniors and building the new Rehabilitation Wing at Atterdag Village of Solvang. To purchase tickets pronto, visit

Mads Tolling

Catch “Peter and the Starcatcher” at PCPA Starting 8/21/15

Peter and the Starcatcher logoHave you ever wondered . . . how did Peter Pan become Peter Pan? Make plans now to see the amazing performance of “Peter and the Starcatcher” opening this Friday (8/21/15) through Sunday, 9/13/15 at Solvang Festival Theater at 420 Second Street in downtown Solvang. This PCPA (Pacific Conservatory Theatre) production of this multi-Tony award-winning play that turns the century-old legend of Peter Pan upside down with a theatrical reboot of how a wretched orphan became “The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up.” Believe this–a dozen actors play more than 100 characters in this ingenious prequel. You don’t want to miss it! Especially while you can watch the stars onstage AND in the sky! Magic for sure! For details and tickets, visit


Man of La Mancha Opens This Friday at PCPA Theaterfest Under the Stars

Man of La Mancha LogoHave you ever felt as if you might be able “To Dream the Impossible Dream?”  You can! Starting this Friday (7/17/15) through Sunday, 8/16/15, the classic musical Man of La Mancha is playing under the stars in the Solvang Festival Theater, 420 Second Street in downtown Solvang. This PCPA Theaterfest production is a play within a play, where you’ll meet Miguel de Cervantes, who has just been imprisoned during the Spanish Inquisition. In the dungeon, the other prisoners hold a mock trial and Cervantes must defend himself to save a precious manuscript. He tells the court a fantastic story of an aging nobleman, and while doing so, he transforms himself into knight-errant Don Quixote de la Mancha. Don Quixote duels windmill monsters and defends Dulcinea, the lady of his dreams, who is actually a peasant “kitchen wench” named Aldonza. He travels with Sancho Panza, his squire, who does his best to keep Quixote out of trouble. Will hope win over fear? Find out for yourself and be transformed while sitting under the summer stars and watching the stars on stage!

Oklahoma! in Solvang

oklahomatitleFor a limited time only, you can experience Oklahoma in Solvang—the musical that is! Opening this Friday, August 1, 2014 at the wondrous outdoor Solvang Festival Theater (420 Second Street), get your tickets now for the PCPA Theaterfest performance of this classic show running through Sunday, August 24, 2014. Originally staged on Broadway in 1943, this play was Rodgers & Hammerstein’s first and most innovative collaboration and originally staged on Broadway in 1943.  It portrays a timeless love story (farm girl and cowboy) set in the Oklahoma Territory in 1906.

If you’re like me, you’ll be humming “Oh What a Beautiful Morning” and the title track “Oklahoma!” long after you’ve left your seat!  I think there’s something magical about seeing professional theater productions in Solvang every summer. I highly recommend you pack a picnic from a local deli or take-out from one of our restaurants; then enjoy in the newly revamped theater courtyard before the show (gates open at 7:00 p.m.) You can buy glasses of local wines or famous Snickerdoodle cookies and coffee from the snack bar–then sit back and enjoy your evening with stars in the sky and on the stage!