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Guide to Current Shows, Plays, and Musicals in Sonoma County

Transcendence's Broadway Holiday Spectacular is Nov. 30 - Dec. 2 at Luther Burbank Center for the Arts.

On Stage Now - Sonoma County Performing Arts 

Sonoma County has theatrical entertainment nearly everywhere you turn, from intimate studio theater productions to Broadway hits, in state of the art theaters and in stunning outdoor settings. During the holiday season, the variety of plays truly has something for everyone.

 

The Rocky Horror Show

Oct. 12 – Nov. 3

6th Street Playhouse, Santa Rosa

6th Street Playhouse presents its annual Halloween production of the cult classic horror/sci-fi parody! On a dark and stormy night, clean-cut newlyweds stranded on a lonely road seek refuge at the castle of a genderbending mad scientist. Once inside, their eyes are opened to a whole new world of sex, science - and maybe even love.

Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. Sundays at 2 p.m. 

 

Outside Mullingar

Oct. 25 – Nov. 4

Raven Performing Arts Theater, Healdsburg

Anthony and Rosemary are two introverted misfits. Anthony has spent his entire life on a cattle farm in rural Ireland, perfectly suiting his painful shyness. Rosemary lives next door, determined to have him, while watching the years slip away. Their journey is heartbreaking, hilarious, and ultimately deeply moving.

Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 8 p.m. Sundays at 2 p.m.

 

Mr. Burns

Oct. 31 – Nov. 4

SSU Theatre Arts, Rohnert Park

An event has destroyed all U.S. nuclear power plants and collapsed the electric grid. In the post-doomsday wasteland, ragged bands of survivors gather together for protection. Trying to forget how scared they are, they conjure up memories of old TV shows, pop culture, and cartoons. When someone (mis)remembers a Simpsons episode (you’ll want to re-watch “Cape Feare” S5 E2), a new performance ritual is born. Mr. Burns is a bizarre, funny, bleak, and wonderful exploration of the power of storytelling and the origins of civilization.

Wednesday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at 2 p.m.

 

Hand to God

Oct. 19 – Nov. 11

Left Edge Theatre, Santa Rosa

The good children of Cypress, Texas are taught to obey the Bible in order to evade Satan’s hand. But when students at the Christian Puppet Ministry put those teachings into practice, one devout young man’s puppet takes on a shocking personality that no one could have expected. In this hilarious and lightning-paced comedy, a foul-mouthed sock puppet soon teaches those around him that the urges that can drive a person to give in to their darkest desires fit like a glove.

Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. Sundays at 2 p.m.

 

The New Century

Nov. 2-25

Pegasus Theater Company, Guerneville

This hilarious comedy introduces some wonderfully outrageous characters. There's flamboyant Mr. Charles, brazenly defying the notion that to achieve social acceptance gay people should behave themselves and sit quietly with their hands folded. There's Helene, a long island matron impressively navigating gale-force political correctness. And, there’s Barbara Ellen, a craftsperson and competitive cake decorator, from whom we learn a lot about art (whether it's a painting by Rembrandt or a knitted toaster cover) and survival.

Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Sunday  at 2 p.m.

 

Shrek: The Musical

Nov. 16 – Dec. 2

SRJC Theatre Arts, Santa Rosa

Everyone’s favorite ogre is back! Based on the Oscar-winning animated film, Shrek the Musical is an irresistible mix of romantic adventure and irreverent silliness, beloved by kids and grownup kids alike.  Join our unlikely green hero, his “noble steed” Donkey, and a ragtag mashup of fairytale characters as they rescue the feisty Princess Fiona from the evil (and vertically-challenged) Lord Farquaad.

Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays at 1:30 p.m.

Also, Thursday, Nov. 29 at 7:30 p.m.

 

Anne of Green Gables

Nov. 29 – Dec. 9

Sonoma Arts Live, Sonoma

Based on L.M. Montgomery’s beloved novel, this musical captures the spirit and spunk of the feisty red-haired heroine. Orphan Anne Shirley may have arrived in Avonlea by mistake, but she charms the entire town into falling in love with her.

Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. Sundays at 2 p.m. Also, Wednesday, Dec. 5 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 8 at 2 p.m.

 

Annie

Nov. 23 – Dec. 16

6th Street Playhouse, Santa Rosa

Join another favorite orphan on her adventures as she escapes her miserable orphanage with the help of a billionaire buddy. Annie melts his heart and he changes her life forever. With songs like the iconic “Tomorrow,” it’s no wonder Annie has become a favorite holiday family musical.

Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. Sundays at 2 p.m. 

Also, Thursdays, Dec. 6 and 13 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays, Dec. 1, 8, 15 at 2 p.m.

 

The Tailor of Gloucester

Nov. 23 – Dec. 16

Spreckels Performing Arts Center, Rohnert Park

Based on the famed Beatrix Potter story, this is the tale of a poor tailor who will never be able to deliver the Mayor’s waistcoat on time without help from the friendly mice in his shop, but Simpkin the Cat has other plans for the little helpers. This delightful musical features unforgettable characters and catchy tunes.

Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m. Sundays at 1 p.m. Also, Thursday, Dec. 13 at 7 p.m. and Saturdays Dec. 8 and 15 at 1 p.m.

 

The House of Yes

Nov. 23 – Dec. 16

Main Stage West, Sebastopol

It's Thanksgiving, and Marty's arrival home is greatly anticipated by his mother, Mrs. Pascal, his twin sister, Jackie-O, and his younger brother, Anthony. He arrives during a hurricane, but worse than the storm is the fact that Marty brings Lesly, his fiancée. This ruins everything. Marty's engagement is a threat to the well-being of this family and a greater threat to Jackie-O, who has always wanted her brother for herself.

Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. Sundays at 5 p.m.

Also, Thursdays, Dec. 6 and 13 at 8 p.m.

 

Every Brilliant Thing

Nov. 24 - Dec. 9

The story of a six year old boy who tries to ease his mother's depression by starting an enormous list of everything worth living for. She is in the hospital for "doing something stupid," and he starts to make a list of all of the brilliant things in the world, like ice cream, Kung Fu movies, laughing so hard you shoot milk out your nose, construction cranes, and him. He leaves it on her pillow and knows she's read it because she corrected his spelling. The list then takes on a life of its own.

Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. Sundays at 2 p.m.

 

Transcendence's Broadway Holiday Spectacular

Nov. 30 - Dec. 2

Luther Burbank Center for the Arts, Santa Rosa

From Transcendence, the award-winning creators of “Broadway Under the Stars in Sonoma Valley,” comes this holiday celebration for all ages, with performers from Broadway shows. You’ll have the time of your life enjoying a spectacular surprise of song and dance packed with showstoppers, holiday favorites, and modern twists on some of the worlds most uplifting and cherished songs. Get ready to feel renewed, rejuvenated, and reconnected with the music of the holidays and the magic of Broadway.

Friday, Nov. 30, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 1, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 2, 2 p.m.

 

Yo Ho Ho – A Pirate’s Christmas

Dec. 7-16

Cloverdale Performing Arts Center, Cloverdale

It’s up to a little seven year-old girl named Eve to save Christmas for everyone! What will become of Christmas when Santa Claus and the citizens of the North Pole are kidnapped by a bunch of directionally challenged pirates?  This hidden treasure of a musical has something appealing for every age group. It’s jolly fun with a sense of adventure and is fast becoming a family favorite holiday entertainment.

There will be holiday craft fun in the lobby before the performances. Make some decorations to take home!

Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. Sundays at 2 p.m.

 

The 12 Dates of Christmas

Dec. 14 – Jan. 6

6th Street Playhouse Studio Theatre, Santa Rosa

When a thirty-something actress sees her fiancé making out with his co-worker on national TV at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, she dumps him and spends the next year being set up, hooked up, strung up, and fed up as she navigates the single life in New York City.

Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. Sundays at 2 p.m. 

Also, Thursday, Jan. 3 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 29 at 2 p.m.

 

Love Linda, The Life of Mrs. Cole Porter

Dec. 14 – Jan. 6

Cinnabar Theater, Petaluma

Bay Area favorite Maureen McVerry makes her Cinnabar debut as Linda Lee Porter in this West Coast premiere. Interweaving the great songs of Cole Porter with captivating story-telling by his beautiful and glamorous wife, we peek behind the glitter of her sensational life  to experience a unique, sometimes difficult but always love-filled marriage. Musical numbers include the hits So In Love, I Love Paris, My Heart Belongs to Daddy, Night and Day, Wunderbar, and many more.

Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. Sundays at 2 p.m.

Special New Year’s Eve Performance Event on Dec. 31 at 9 p.m.

 

Find a list of all performing arts theaters here.

 

Written by Sonoma Insider Jen Jones.

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