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.
Auditions Dec 8 & 9
Email :  [email protected].com to make an audition appointment!
MCTA Producing Member
THE WESTERN STAGE
411 Central Ave., Salinas, CA 93901
(831) 375-2111 or (831) 755-6816
Mailing address:
411 Central Ave. Salinas, CA 93901
http://www.westernstage.com
MCTA Members, 2 tickets for the price of 1,   
any performance (subject to
availability)


Announcing The Western Stage's 2019 Season Auditions! 

Western Stage is holding auditions for the 2019 Season on December 8 & 9. Email [email protected] to make an appointment!
 
 
Jun 1 - 22 The Miracle Worker by William Gibson 1st rehearsal - Apr 13
 
Jun 22 - Jul 13 Tuck Everlasting,  Music by Chris Miller, Lyrics by Nathan Tysen, Book by Claudia Shear and Tim Federle, Based on a book by Natalle Babbitt  1st rehearsal - May 4
 
Aug 24 - Sep 14 Of Mice and Men, the Musical, Based on the novel by John Steinbeck  1st rehearsal - Jul 13
 
Sep 14 - 29 For Peter Pan on her 70th Birthday by Sarah Ruhl 1st rehearsal - Aug 3
 
Oct 26 - Nov 10 Men On Boats by Jaclyn Backhous 1st rehearsal -Sep 7
 
Nov 9 - Dec 7 Evita lyrics by Tim Rice, Music by Andrew Lloyd Weber 1st rehearsal - Sep 21
  
Email [email protected] to make an audition appointment!
The Western Stage’s SpringFEST is an annual, pre-season series of performance and production projects for students and community members, designed to provide instruction and to  improve technical and performance skills.

​ Season 2019's theme is "Quest" - the journeys, the pursuits, and the missions we embark upon, searching for something beyond ourselves. It highlights some of the people who have defied odds, found courage when they had none, and who broke incredible barriers. It is about quests chosen and those luring us forward. It is about the human desire to seek out and obtain what we hold most dear: truth, justice, knowledge, love, meaning.
 
For more information, visit https://westernstage.com/season/springfest

SpringFEST 2019 Studio Theater, 411 Central Ave., Salinas, (831) 375-2111 or (831) 755-6816
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  Feb 8 & 9  "Celebration '69"  Studio Theater, Conceived and presented by Mark Shilstone-Laurant
2019 marks the Golden Anniversary of 1969, the single most amazing year of the 20th century. CELEBRATION ’69 is a multimedia presentation that tries to capture the essence of that crazy year through a combination of images from the times, a live band playing music released in 1969, and colorful narration. CELEBRATION ’69 focuses on six iconic events from 1969: Nixon becomes president, man walks on the moon, Charles Manson masterminds a series of gruesome murders, The Woodstock Music Festival plays to half a million blissful hipsters, the Beatles record Abbey Road, their final album, and the peace and love sixties die a miserable death at a Rolling Stones concert outside the Altamont Speedway in northern California. As well as a live band playing tunes from the year on stage, CELEBRATION ’69 also looks at the explosion of music that occurred that year - debut albums from Led Zeppelin, Crosby, Stills and Nash, The Allman Brothers, Janis Joplin, Elton John, Chicago, Michael Jackson and the Jackson Five, and, believe it or not, that’s just a partial list!
MCTA Producing Member
Mark Shilstone-Laurent

Producer​
(831) 915-4550
Mailing address:
247 Oak St.
Salinas, CA 93901  
email: [email protected] 
Venue:   : Western Stage

Carl Cherry Center for the Arts, Carmel
 Feb 23 & 24  "Ubu Roi"
 Written by Alfred Jarry, presented by Hartnell’s Theatre Arts & Cinema Department Hartnell College Theatre & Cinema Program’s 2018 adaptation of Alfred Jarry’s 1896 absurdist adaptation of Shakespeare’s    Macbeth. This all-student production is sponsored by the HC Theatre & Cinema Team, and features a talented group of student writers, designers, actors, and producers.
Mar 2 & 3  "Legacy Players in Performance"  
​SpringFEST 2019 Studio Theater
  Mar 9 & 10  "ReAlisal: Stories from East Salinas"  Written by Luis Xago Juarez
Full of history and stories of the Alisal Community, Baktun12 and Artists Ink have come together to produce “ReAlisal: Stories from East Salinas”, a production that tells about the unsung heroes of our community that have made and continue to make an everlasting impact while breaking down the history and stigmas commonly placed on the Eastside.
$5 Suggested donation to Artists Ink & Baktun 12
Apr 6 & 7  "South: A Nautical Musicial"  Written by Carmen Borgia
A wandering sailor named Ed Wheeler searches for his long-lost mother who vanished leaving him only a locket as a tantalizing clue to her identity and possible whereabouts. “South” is  a theatrical musical commissioned by Dixon Place in New York city and written by TWS alumnus and Emmy-nominated Carmen Borgia, who is now a singer, songwriter, sound mixer and film sound designer residing in NYC.  Free    
 Apr 13 & 14  "Breakfast at Nudlemans" Written by Harvey Landa   
TWS’s resident playwright, Harvey Landa, presents Breakfast at Nudlemans, a kooky story of a young woman and older man whose paths are tied with one another in more than one way.   Free
 Apr 20  "Red Altar"  
A  special, one night only presentation by San Francisco’s Eth-Noh-Tec co-directors Nancy Wang and Robert Kikuchi-Yngojo
 
The Red Altar is a multi-media performance about six teenagers who crossed the ocean from China, crashed in the MontereyBay of California, and began the fishing industry in the Monterey Bay area in 1850. In the face of anti-Chinese legislation, media propaganda with racist caricatures, and outright violence, they persevered with courage and ingenuity in an effort to lay down roots in their volatile new home. Seven generations later, their story is finally being told.   http://www.ethnohtec.org/
MCTA Producing Member
THE WESTERN STAGE
411 Central Ave., Salinas, CA 93901
(831) 375-2111 or (831) 755-6816
Mailing address:
411 Central Ave. Salinas, CA 93901
http://www.westernstage.com
MCTA Members, 2 tickets for the price of 1,   
any performance (subject to
availability)

"of Mice & Men" a musical adaptation
May 4, 5, 6  
The Western Stage & The National Steinbeck Center present a rare musical adaptation of Steinbeck’s "Of Mice & Men," by Ira Bilowit; a work that had Steinbeck's earnest support throughout its creation and premiered on Broadway in 1958. Despite positive reviews, a newspaper strike hit New York City, preventing the production from building up an audience, and was forced to close. The work has been archived for 60 years.
 
In partnership with The National Steinbeck Center, which recently acquired a treasure trove of original scripts, scores, and photos from the 1958 NYC debut, The Western Stage was given permission by the Steinbeck family estate to re-introduce the public to this little-known work. The hope is that TWS will be able to present a full-scale production of this resurrected masterpiece in the near future.
Free Admission
The reading will be presented as a FREE event for the community in conjunction with the NSC’s Steinbeck Festival).    Just one performance will be held in Hartnell’s 500-seat Mainstage Theater on Saturday, May 5, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.
 
General seating is on a first-come basis. This event is wheelchair accessible. Individuals requiring sign-language interpreters, real-time captioners, or other accommodations should contact Melissa Chin-Parker at (831)770-7088 or [email protected] a week prior to the event.

MCTA Producing Member
THE WESTERN STAGE
411 Central Ave., Salinas, CA 93901
(831) 375-2111 or (831) 755-6816
Mailing address:
411 Central Ave. Salinas, CA 93901
http://www.westernstage.com
MCTA Members, 2 tickets for the price of 1,   
any performance (subject to
availability)

"Just Like Us" By Karen Zacarías, Directed by Nina Capriola
 
 “What makes us American?”
 
Based on Helen Thorpe’s bestselling book, this documentary-style play follows four Latina teenage girls in Denver—two of whom are documented and two who are not—through young adulthood. Their close-knit friendships begin to unravel when immigration status dictates the girls’ opportunities, or lack thereof. When a political firestorm arises, each girl’s future becomes increasingly complicated. Just Like Us poses difficult, yet essential questions about what makes us American.
 
Runs: July 13- August 11(July, 13, 14, 20, 21, Aug 10, 11 – 6 performances total)

Just Like Us
Jul 13 - ​Aug 11
MCTA Producing Member
THE WESTERN STAGE
411 Central Ave., Salinas, CA 93901
(831) 375-2111 or (831) 755-6816
Mailing address:
411 Central Ave. Salinas, CA 93901
http://www.westernstage.com
MCTA Members, 2 tickets for the price of 1,   
any performance (subject to
availability)


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​ABOUT 2X4 BASH: THEATRE ON THE EDGE 2X4 BASH: Theatre on the Edge, a theatre arts program for burgeoning artists between the ages of 18-29, was created in 2011 by The Western Stage’s Artistic Director, Jon Selover. The program provides an opportunity for the next generation of theatre artists to collaborate, innovate, and educate through provocative contemporary works. We challenge artists and audiences alike to approach theatre from new perspectives and invite all to connect their own life experience with the work.
 "The Flick" By Annie Baker, Directed by Mark Englehorn
 
In a run-down movie theater in central Massachusetts, three underpaid employees mop the floors and attend to one of the last 35 millimeter film projectors in the state. Their tiny battles and not-so-tiny heartbreaks play out in the empty aisles, becoming more gripping than the lackluster, second-run movies on screen. With keen insight and a finely-tuned comic eye, The Flick is a hilarious and heart-rending cry for authenticity in a fast-changing world..
 
Runs: July 27th-August 18th (July 27th, 28th; August 3rd, 4th, 17th, 18th – 6 performances total)

The Flick
Jul 27 - ​Aug 18
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MCTA Producing Member
THE WESTERN STAGE
411 Central Ave., Salinas, CA 93901
(831) 375-2111 or (831) 755-6816
Mailing address:
411 Central Ave. Salinas, CA 93901
http://www.westernstage.com
MCTA Members, 2 tickets for the price of 1,   
any performance (subject to
availability)


​ABOUT 2X4 BASH: THEATRE ON THE EDGE 2X4 BASH: Theatre on the Edge, a theatre arts program for burgeoning artists between the ages of 18-29, was created in 2011 by The Western Stage’s Artistic Director, Jon Selover. The program provides an opportunity for the next generation of theatre artists to collaborate, innovate, and educate through provocative contemporary works. We challenge artists and audiences alike to approach theatre from new perspectives and invite all to connect their own life experience with the work.
It Can’t Happen Here

June 2 - 23 
  Can’t Happen Here"By Tony Taccone and Bennett S. Cohen, Based Upon the Novel by Sinclair Lewis 

More relevant than ever before.
 
Lewis’ tale keeps insinuating itself into our lives because of its insight into American politics. It tells of the ascent of a demagogue who becomes president of the United States by promising to return the country to greatness. Sound familiar? A frightening reminder of just how fragile democracies really are.
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MCTA Producing Member
THE WESTERN STAGE
411 Central Ave., Salinas, CA 93901
(831) 375-2111 or (831) 755-6816
Mailing address:
411 Central Ave. Salinas, CA 93901
http://www.westernstage.com
MCTA Members, 2 tickets for the price of 1,   
any performance (subject to
availability)

MCTA Producing Member
THE WESTERN STAGE
411 Central Ave., Salinas, CA 93901
(831) 375-2111 or (831) 755-6816
Mailing address:
411 Central Ave. Salinas, CA 93901
http://www.westernstage.com
MCTA Members, 2 tickets for the price of 1,   
any performance (subject to
availability)


Announcing The Western Stage's 2018 Season Auditions!
 
It Can't Happen Here JUNE 2-23
The Secret Garden JUNE 23-JULY 14
Hair AUGUST 11-SEPTEMBER 1
American Night: The Ballad of Juan Jose SEPT 22-OCT 7
Legacy of Light OCT 27-NOV 11
The Drowsy Chaperone NOV 10-DECEMBER 8
 
Email [email protected] to make an audition appointment!
"The Secret Garden"

Jun 23 - Jul 14 
The Secret Garden,  Book and Lyrics by Marsha Norman, Music by Lucy Simon,  Western Stage MAINSTAGE
 
An enchanting musical, based on a beloved Victorian children’s story, with a soaring musical score, this is the story of ten-year-old orphan Mary Lennox, who is sent off to the Yorkshire Highlands to live with reclusive, long-suffering relatives she has never met. Mary’s feisty and determined spirit peels away the gloomy sadness that surrounds her uncles and invalid cousin showing us the power that “one small girl” can have when she “wants things to grow.”
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MCTA Producing Member
THE WESTERN STAGE
411 Central Ave., Salinas, CA 93901
(831) 375-2111 or (831) 755-6816
Mailing address:
411 Central Ave. Salinas, CA 93901
http://www.westernstage.com
MCTA Members, 2 tickets for the price of 1,   
any performance (subject to
availability)

Hair

 Aug 11 - Sep 1  
  'Hair" Aug 11 - Sep 1 Book and Lyrics by Gerome Ragni & James Rado, Music by Galt MacDermot Western Stage MAINSTAGE
 
Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the show that changed everything
 
Hair is more than just a musical: it is a social and cultural phenomenon, a jubilant assertion of life and freedom and a cry of protest.  The show was born out of protest, but its spirit is one of affirmation.  Hair brought counter-cultural values to a mass audience and helped loosen up a whole generation.
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MCTA Producing Member
THE WESTERN STAGE
411 Central Ave., Salinas, CA 93901
(831) 375-2111 or (831) 755-6816
Mailing address:
411 Central Ave. Salinas, CA 93901
http://www.westernstage.com
MCTA Members, 2 tickets for the price of 1,   
any performance (subject to
availability)

Legacy of Light 

Oct 27 - Nov 11
"Legacy of Light" By Karen Zacarias Western Stage STUDIO THEATRE
 
An intellectual joyride confronting a universal question
 
Two women scientists, living hundreds of years apart, explore the meaning of love, motherhood, family, art and science in this contemporary comedy. Legacy of Light juxtaposes the story of an 18th Century mathematician and scientist, who became unexpectedly pregnant at 42, and that of a 21st-century physicist desperately trying to conceive a child.  Legacy of Light, equates the laws of physical science with human love and uses magical realism in some dreamlike moments to draw together serendipitous stories.

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MCTA Producing Member
THE WESTERN STAGE
411 Central Ave., Salinas, CA 93901
(831) 375-2111 or (831) 755-6816
Mailing address:
411 Central Ave. Salinas, CA 93901
http://www.westernstage.com
MCTA Members, 2 tickets for the price of 1,   
any performance (subject to
availability)

The Drowsy Chaperone

Nov 10 - Dec 8 
The Drowsy Chaperone,  Music & Lyrics by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison, Book by Bob Martin and Don McKellar
Western Stage  MAINSTAGE MUSICAL, Nov 17 {GALA}
Winner of five Tony Awards, including Best Book and Best Original Score,
 
Hilarious Musical Farce
 
A loving send-up of the frivolously inconsequential stage musicals of the Jazz Age, a fan known only as Man in Chair gives a spin to the original cast recording of one such musical.  The recording comes to life. Mix in two lovers on the eve of their wedding, a bumbling best man, a desperate theatre producer, a not-so-bright hostess, two gangsters posing as pastry chefs, a misguided Don Juan and an intoxicated chaperone, and you have the ingredients for an evening of madcap delight. A bona fide madcap escapist American musical comedy.
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MCTA Producing Member
THE WESTERN STAGE
411 Central Ave., Salinas, CA 93901
(831) 375-2111 or (831) 755-6816
Mailing address:
411 Central Ave. Salinas, CA 93901
http://www.westernstage.com
MCTA Members, 2 tickets for the price of 1,   
any performance (subject to
availability)

Email :  [email protected] to make an audition appointment!
 Malinda DeRouen Mueller‎ to Monterey Bay Actors

Casting 2 roles for The Drowsy Chaperone at The Western Stage:
 
Robert Martin – 20-30
The groom who is in love with Janet Van de Graff. He is the classic 1920’s leading man: charming, handsome, and a matinee idol. He is cheesy, cheerful, and optimistic. Must tap dance.
 
George – 20-40
The Best Man. He is loyal, sincere, and anxious. He is a good friend to Robert and works hard to keep the wedding from being derailed. Must tap dance.
 
Email me at [email protected] to set up an audition.
MCTA Producing Member
THE WESTERN STAGE
411 Central Ave., Salinas, CA 93901
(831) 375-2111 or (831) 755-6816
Mailing address:
411 Central Ave. Salinas, CA 93901
http://www.westernstage.com
MCTA Members, 2 tickets for the price of 1,   
any performance (subject to
availability)