The Monterey County Theatre Alliance promotes awareness and appreciation of the quality and diversity of local live theatre by acting as a liaison between venues, artists and the public.
  
Carmel, CA – As part of our ongoing Jazz At The Cherry series.  Dick Whittington will be joined by Jim Payne on drums and Kenoa Mendenhall on bass. Tickets are $25, available through brownpapertickets.com or by calling (831) 624-7491. Savory fare, champagne and wine are included in the ticket price. Doors open at 2:00pm.

Pianist, Dick Whittington, a long-time Big Sur resident, made his first major contribution to the Bay Area jazz scene in the late 1960s.  He has worked with several generations of musical visionaries on the art of improvisation including Peter Apfelbaum, Rodney Franklin, Steven Bernstein, Jessica Jones, Joshua Redman and Benny Green.

Over the last five decades, DIck has performed with many jazz greats, including Stan Getz, James Moody, Lee Konitz, Art Pepper, Eddie Harris, and Chet Baker.
 
Kanoa Mendenhall has worked on the faculty of Jazz Camp West and Stanford Jazz Workshop for the past three years. She has performed at venues throughout the United States and Japan, such as the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Davies Symphony Hall, Dizzy's Club Coca Cola, Akasaka B Flat, the Jazz Gallery, and the Monterey Jazz Festival.

Labeled the "Buddy Rich or Billy Cobham of funk drumming" by Jazz Times Magazine, Jim Payne has a long career as a drummer, educator, producer, and collaborator with the best musicians in jazz and funk.
  Dick Whittington Trio Continues Cherry Center's Jazz Series
Saturday, April 27th  3 – 5 P.M.

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​​MCTA Produccing Member
CHERRY CENTER FOR THE ARTS
P.O. Box 863, Carmel, CA 93921
4th and Guadalupe, Carmel(
Two Plays on the Edge of Consciousness"

Imagine," an original play by Janice Blaze Rocke and "Euphoria," an original play by Erik Roycraft

In "Euphoria," a resentful daughter confronts her ailing dad as they wait on an oceanside cliff for her young son's departing flight to pass overhead.
 
"Imagine," get a peek inside the dressing room of The Mitchell Bros Theatre circa 1989 as a disillusioned and drunk stripper contemplates the idea of performing to Imagine by John Lennon for an all male audience who aren't at the theatre to hear about world peace.

Cherry Center For The Arts, 4th and Guadalupe, Carmel , (831) 624-7491
Two Plays on the Edge of Consciousness
​Jan 18 - 25
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CHERRY CENTER FOR THE ARTS
P.O. Box 863, Carmel, CA 93921
4th and Guadalupe, Carmel(
THE MEANING OF LIFE AND OTHER STUFF 
March 9 - 25
  
  
THE MEANING OF LIFE AND OTHER STUFF is an evening of five sketches with four talented  actors who have appeared on Peninsula stages for many years. This is a new play of life, love, and laughter by playwright Tom Parks who will also direct.
  
  
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MCTA Affiliate​
CHERRY CENTER FOR THE ARTS
4th and Guadalupe, Carmel
www.carlcherrycenter.org​

ALONG CAME BETTY - Carl Cherry Center for the Arts
Sunday, December 16th - Doors open at 2:00pm; performance from 3:00 pm-5:00 pm.

We are pleased to welcome back Along Came Betty to our theater stage for another round of rich, harmonized sax and trumpet, backed by the classic piano, bass, and drums rhythm section.

Along Came Betty
Dec 16
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MCTA Produccing Member
CHERRY CENTER FOR THE ARTS
P.O. Box 863, Carmel, CA 93921
4th and Guadalupe, Carmel(
 Along Came Betty (Biff Smith, piano; Brian Stock, trumpet and flugelhorn; Paul Tarantino, saxophone; Steve Uccello, bass; Patrick Tregenza, drums) has performed at many local and national jazz venues, including the Monterey Jazz Festival and the Big Sur Jazz Festival. Since 1998, they have been celebrating the spirit of hard-bop, a seminal movement of 50s and 60s jazz. Pianist and prolific composer Biff Smith's sophisticated yet highly accessible compositions blend elements of that era with modern sensibilities. Please join us for some great music, wine, and light fare - all included in the ticket price. 
  Critically acclaimed cabaret stars Mark Nadler and KT Sullivan bring their hit New York show to the Cherry stage on November 16th and 17th at 7:00PM.
 
 Nadler and Sullivan's musical partnership has delighting audiences since their first cabaret performance 16 years ago. Their latest show, Almost Like Being in Love, focuses on the lyrics of Alan Jay Lerner, who, along with collaborator Frederick Loewe, created such Broadway classics as My Fair Lady, Brigadoon, Paint Your Wagon, Camelot, as well as movie classics Gigi, and Royal Wedding (with composer Burton Lane).
 
 Produced by Barbara Brussell, Cabaret by the Sea.
 
 Tickets are $25.00 ($30.00 at the door), available at brownpapertickets.com or by calling (646) 298-4772
 
Almost Like Being in Love
​Nov 16 - 17
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MCTA Produccing Member
CHERRY CENTER FOR THE ARTS
P.O. Box 863, Carmel, CA 93921
4th and Guadalupe, Carmel(
The Monterey Comedy Improv returns to The Cherry on Saturday, October 20th, at 7:30 p.m. The troupe will take suggestions from the audience on a wide range of subjects to create a series of scenes and skits using whatever props are at hand. The show typically features plenty of audience participation, so be sure to leave your inhibitions at the door!

Tickets are $15, available through brownpapertickets.com or by calling (831) 624-7491.

"Monterey Comedy Improv
​Oct 20
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Monterey Comedy Improv
620 Lighthouse Ave, Pacific Grove
(831) 238-2399​
Mailing address:

1120 Alameda Street
Monterey, CA 93940
Montereycomedyimprov.com
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​​MCTA Produccing Member
CHERRY CENTER FOR THE ARTS
P.O. Box 863, Carmel, CA 93921
4th and Guadalupe, Carmel(
​​"Nice Fish"
  
Aug 10 - 12
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Paraphrase Productions proudly presents Nice Fish. From Mark Rylance and the works of prose poet Louis Jenkins is a story of seeking something that can swallow a person whole. Two old friends go ice fishing and discuss life, regret, love, and the tranquility of being in nature. According to the director, Alex Thibeau, this play encapsulates “the powerful experience of reflecting on a person’s life and the combination of humor with prose poetry that makes this play an instant classic."
  
Performances Aug 10 - 12 at the Carl Cherry Theatre, Carmel
​​MCTA Producing Member
Paraphrase Productions  
Venues:
The Outdoor Forest Theatre and Paperwing Theater
Mailing address: 1284 Adobe Ln.
Pacific Grove, CA 93950
(831) 601-9984
​http://www.paraphrase-productions.com/​​
Auditions for experienced actors, one female, two males, 20’s - 30’s for “Ain’t Love  Love Grand?!, a series of scenes and one acts by leading playwrights including Edward Albee, about the ups and downs and ins and outs of love.
 
Rehearsals start the beginning of August and will run at The Cherry Center for the Arts on  the last two
weekends of September.
 
For more information and an audition appointment, contact the director Lynette Winter 847-404-4411 or