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2015-2016 Show Schedule
APA mainstage shows are presented at the Huntington Beach Union High School District Auditorium and Bell Tower (unless otherwise noted), on the HBHS campus at 1905 Main St., Huntington Beach, CA.south of Yorktown and north of Adams. Parking off HBHS Way in back of the school or at City Hall in Public Parking stalls. ALL SHOWS AT 7:30 pm except Matinees at 2:00 pm (Sounds of the Season will begin at 7:00 pm). Most shows have reserved seating, Most shows are $22 Adults, $16 seniors 65+ and students. The APA STUDIO THEATER is located behind the Auditorium in the X building at HBHS.
- The APA office is located on the HBHS campus in the M building, just north and across the alley from the auditorium.
- The Huntington Beach Union High School District Auditorium is located on the H.B.H.S. campus on Main Street, across from the APA office.
Sept 10th-13th Thurs, Fri, Sat 7:30pm & Sun 2:00pm
A Farce by Marc Camoletti, translated by Beverly Cross, revised by Francis Evans.
Winner of the 2008 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play, Boeing, Boeing is a hilarious, door-slamming farce. Bernard, an American architect living in 1960s Paris, successfully juggles three flight attendant fiancées: one American, one German, and one Italian. He tracks their schedules while his long-suffering housekeeper reluctantly plays romantic air controller as they fly in and out of his swank bachelor pad. But when his old college pal, Robert, visits unexpectedly, things turn a tad turbulent. Unfortunately for Bernard, a faster Boeing jet has been introduced. Schedules change, flights are delayed, and chaos ensues in this hysterical, high-flying fiancée fiasco.
"This latest edition of a play named for an aircraft soars right out of its time zone and into some unpolluted stratosphere of classic physical comedy." - The New York Times
“Screwball heaven.” - New York Magazine “Delectable, exhilarating & witty.” - USA Today
Preshow starts at 6:30pm on Thurs, Fri, Sat, 1:00pm on SunFirst class seat - reserved seat, dinner/lunch, 2 raffle tickets, 1 complimentary "mocktail", 1 complimentary coffee with dessert $40.00Business class seat - general seat, dinner/lunch $30.00PLEASE CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS
Oct 16th-18th, Oct 23rd-25th Fri & Sat 7:30pm, Sun 2:00pm
City of Angels is the rarest of musical comedies; one that is not only loaded with music and written in the contemporary jazz idiom, but also filled with side-splitting comedy. Set in the glamorous, seductive Hollywood of the 40’s, the world of film studios and flimsy negligees, the show chronicles the misadventures of Stine, a disillusioned crime novelist adapting his latest novel into a screenplay as his marriage falls apart. At the same time, we see the adventures of his detective, presented as if in a black-and-white film. The detective has a way with women but is forever haunted by the one who got away, in this musical spoof of film noir crime movies and Hollywood's treatment of writers.
Winner of six Tony Awards for Musical, Book, Score, Set Design, Actor and Featured Actress.
Nov 5 & 6, Thurs & Fri 6:00pm
Continuing MMET's longstanding tradition of Beatles concerts, this is the first of a string of annual concerts celebrating their 50th anniversary. This year will showcase the year 1965 as a chronology of everything the Beatles did that year, most notably the LP's Help! and Rubber Soul. It will also touch on their endeavors with other acts of the time, the goal being to perform the entire body of their creative output for 1965.
There are two performances of this double-length show starting at 6pm at First Christian Church of Huntington Beach, Main St. & Adams.
Nov 12th-15th Thurs, Fri, Sat at 7:30pm & Sun at 2:00pm
A drama by Ketti Frings
An authentic American, Pulitzer-Prize-winning classic, this powerful and vital play captures the sardonic humor and the grief, both private and universal, of Thomas Wolfe's autobiographical novel about a youth coming of age. The play vividly portrays Eugene Gant, an emerging writer, trying to balance his materialistic, domineering mother; his hard drinking father, a stonecutter imprisoned by his failures; and his protector, the brother who never breaks away. As he grasps for his dream of getting out of his small town family’s boarding house and going to college, Eugene finds himself immersed in forbidden love and devastated by agonizing tragedy.
“One of the finest plays in American dramatic literature." - The New York Post
“It has gargantuan humor and vitality. Luminous. Magnificent.” – The New York Times.
Dec 10th & 11th Thurs & Fri at 7:00pm
HO! HO! HO!
Plan to spend a little time away from the modern-day holiday grind as the APA Instrumental Music Department present their annual celebration of winter cheer! The Musical Theatre Department and the Surf City Singers will be there too, playing and singing all your perennial favorites and other special surprises. If you've never been to one of these, you don't know what you're missing... so swing by Grandmother's house and come start a new Family tradition with your pals at APA.
REMEMBER this show starts at 7:00pm.
Jan 14th-17th Thurs, Fri, Sat at 7:30pm & Sun at 2:00pm
Book by Craig Lucas, Music and Lyrics by Adam Guettel
Margaret Johnson, the wife of an American businessman, is touring the Tuscan countryside with her daughter, Clara. While sightseeing, Clara - a beautiful, surprisingly childish young woman - sparks an immediate and intense romance with Fabrizio Naccarelli, a handsome Florentine. Margaret, extremely protective of her daughter, attempts to keep Clara and Fabrizio apart. As The Light in the Piazza unfolds, a secret is revealed: in addition to the cultural differences between the young lovers, Clara is not quite all that she appears. Unable to suppress the truth about her daughter, Margaret is forced to reconsider not only Clara's future, but her own hopes as well.
Winner of 5 Tony Awards for Actress, Costume Design, Lighting Design, Set Design, Score and Orchestrations
Jan 29th-31st Fri 7:30pm Sat & Sun at 2:00pm
Exhilarating talent. Inspiring creativity. Thrilling versatility. The APA Dance Department boasts a program like no other. With six performing ensembles of different dance genres, APA's main stage dance concert Fusion is sure to live up to its name. Come support the diverse art of dance and the young artists of APA at their finest as Tap Ensemble, Modern Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, Ballet Ensemble, Dance Team and the award-winning Repertory Ensemble each take the stage and present a fusion of dance like no one else can.
Feb 4th-6th Thurs, Fri, Sat at 7:30pm
A tragedy by Jean Anouilh, translated by Lewis Galantierev.
“Antigone is young. She would much rather live than die. But there is no help for it. When your name is Antigone, there is only one part you can play; and she will have to play hers through to the end.” Jean Anouilh’s Antigone is an adaptation of Sophocles’ tragic play of the same title. Written in 1942, when Nazi forces occupied France, the story revolves around the conflict between the idealist Antigone and her rigid uncle, Creon, over the proper burial of Antigone’s brother, Polynices. The play was also interpreted to represent the struggle of the French Resistance movement against the forces of the Vichy government during the height of Nazi occupation. One of the masterpieces of the modern French stage. The very first APA play is being revived on its 20th anniversary.
"This play is a parable of humanity. It has no time or space." - Helen Keller
"Its dimensions are noble, its intentions uncompromising." – Southwestern University, Texas
Feb 12th & 13th Fri 7:30pm, Sat 2:00pm & 7:30pm
Now in its fourth year, MMET is proud to present Playlist. The Pop music majors have created a show devoted to new music, featuring current and trending artists as well as a showcase for their own original compositions. The music is enhanced by original short films by the APA Media Team. This is an entirely student-produced show that speaks directly to their generation while upholding the same high entertainment standards you have come to expect from APA.
Mar 11th-13th, Mar 18th-20th Fri & Sat 7:30pm, Sun 2:00pm
Book by Roger O. Hirson, Music and Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
A prince learns the true meaning of glory, love and war in this iconic musical allegory. With an infectiously unforgettable score from the four-time Grammy winner, three-time Oscar winner and musical theatre giant Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Godspell, Children of Eden), Pippin continues to captivate and appeal the young-at- heart throughout the world. Heir to the Frankish throne, the young prince Pippin is in search of the secret to true happiness and fulfillment. He seeks it in the glories of the battlefield, the temptations of the flesh and the intrigues of political power. In the end, though, Pippin finds that happiness lies not in extraordinary endeavors, but rather in the unextraordinary moments that happen every day.
Winner of 4 Tony Awards in 2013 for Revival of a Musical, Leading Actress, Featured Actress, and Direction
April 14th-17th Thurs, Fri, Sat at 7:30pm & Sun at 2:00pm
A farce by Tom Stoppard.
Set in Austria in 1900, to go “on the Razzle” means to have a night on the town, full of fun, and perhaps even a bit of misbehavior. So, what happens when the boss leaves town and two irrepressibly irresponsible young men are left to run the store, but instead, set out to the big city “to acquire a past before it’s too late"? What happens is a night of double entendres, mistaken identities, high jinks and low tomfoolery – and romance: uncontainable, disobedient romance. Hysterical hysterics abound in a road trip that turns into a non-stop chase scene. "One false move and we'll have a farce on our hands."
“Apart from Jumpers and The Importance of Being Earnest there may be no script in English funnier than On the Razzle." - London Observer
"While preserving the beautiful intricacies of this construction, Stoppard has embellished Razzle with a dazzle of verbal wit, an unremitting firework display of puns, crossword puzzle tricks and sly innuendos." – London Daily Telegraph
Entertain your brain and get a little culture if you dare... at Fanfare! The APA Instrumental Music Department celebrates all things Spring with a cornucopia of exciting selections that are guaranteed to lift your spirits. You'll hear the APA Chamber Orchestra, Select Wind Ensemble, the winners of the APA Concerto Competition and chamber ensembles of woodwind, brass, string, percussion and keyboard instruments. This is an evening of great classical and contemporary music performed by outstanding emerging artists!