On Stage Now - Sonoma County Performing Arts
Theater lovers are spoilt for choice in Sonoma County. Productions are being staged nearly everywhere you turn, from intimate studio theater productions to big, bold Broadway renditions. Holiday fun and an atmosphere of comfort and nurturing abound in the current selection found at playhouses around Sonoma County. Find a list of all performing arts theaters here.
Disney’s The Little Mermaid
Nov. 17 - Dec. 3
SRJC Theatre Arts, Maria Carillo High School Theatre, Santa Rosa
Based on the classic animated film inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s cherished story, Disney's The Little Mermaid is a hauntingly beautiful love story for the ages. When Ariel, a daring young mermaid, falls head over tail for Prince Eric in the human world above, she bargains with the evil sea witch, Ursula, to trade her lovely voice for legs. But when things go terribly wrong, Ariel needs the help of her friends to save her. This Academy-Award winning fishy fable will capture your heart with its irresistible songs, including "Under the Sea," "Kiss the Girl" and "Part of Your World."
Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. Sundays at 1:30 p.m
Irving Berlin’s White Christmas
6th Street Playhouse, G.K. Hardt Theatre, Santa Rosa
Based on the beloved holiday film, this heartwarming musical tells the story of Veterans Bob Wallace and Phil Davis who have a successful song-and-dance act after World War II. With romance in mind, the two follow a duo of beautiful singing sisters to their Christmas show at a Vermont lodge, which just happens to be owned by Bob and Phil's former army commander.
Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. Also, Thursday, Dec. 7 at 7:30 p.m.
The Nutcracker Musical
Cloverdale Performing Arts Center, Cloverdale
When Marie's godfather gives her a toy nutcracker for Christmas, she puts it under the Christmas tree just as a mouse scampers by. As we watch, the Nutcracker grows to life-size as a handsome soldier, the mouse grows into a man-size Mouse King, and Marie is transported to the land of the Sugarplum Fairies, where duels are fought and romance blossoms. Suggested for ages five and up.
Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. Sundays at 2 p.m.
A Vintage Christmas
Raven Theater, Performed at Trione Vineyards and Winery, Geyserville
In a wine country mash-up of A Christmas Carol and It’s a Wonderful Life, Dominic finds himself contemplating selling his generations-old family wine business because of economic and emotional pressure. On the eve of the family’s annual holiday celebration, Dom thinks his dead grandfather is haunting him, showing what could happen to his family if he sells the business.
Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 8 p.m. Also, Thursday, Dec. 7 at 8 p.m.
Mrs. Bob Cratchit’s Wild Christmas Binge
6th Street Playhouse, Studio Theatre, Santa Rosa
In this new version of A Christmas Carol, Mrs. Bob Cratchit, a previously minor character in the famous Dickens tale, takes center stage! No longer loving and long suffering, Mrs. Bob is in a rage. She's sick of the goody-goody crippled Tiny Tim, she hates her twenty other children, and she wants to get drunk and jump off London Bridge. To make matters worse, the Ghost of Christmas Past’s magic is malfunctioning and somehow the plots of Oliver Twist, The Gift of the Magi, and It’s a Wonderful Life all get caught up in the snow flurry of Holiday hilarity.
Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. Sundays at 2 p.m. Also, Thursdays Dec. 14 and 21 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays, Dec. 16 and 23 at 2 p.m.
Little Women the Musical
Nov. 24 - Dec. 17
Spreckels Performing Arts Center, Rohnert Park
A musical rendition of Louisa May Alcott’s uplifting 1869 novel, charting the struggles and triumphs of aspiring writer Jo March, her mother, and three sisters - Meg, Beth, and Amy. A touching addition to the holiday season of performances.
Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. Sundays at 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 14 at 7:30 p.m. Saturdays, Dec. 9 and 16 at 2 p.m.
My Way: a Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra
Dec. 15 - Jan. 14
Cinnabar Theatre, Petaluma
“His songs will never sound old-fashioned. He always sang quality songs . . . no matter what year they’d be played in, they would never sound out of date.” − Tony Bennett. We couldn’t agree more, so join us in celebrating the music of the man many call the greatest pop vocalist of the 20th Century. Songs include All of Me, Fly Me to the Moon, I Get a Kick Out of You, I Only Have Eyes for You, I’ll Be Seeing You, It Was a Very Good Year, and The Lady is a Tramp, to name a few.
Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. Sundays at 2 p.m. Special New Year's Eve performance Dec. 31 at 11 p.m.
Daddy Long Legs
Nov. 17 - Dec. 10
Main Stage West, Sebastopol
Based on the classic novel, which inspired the 1955 movie starring Fred Astaire, Daddy Long Legs is a beloved tale in the spirit of Jane Austen, The Brontë Sisters and Downton Abbey. Daddy Long Legs features music and lyrics by Tony Award-nominated composer/lyricist, Paul Gordon (Jane Eyre), and Tony-winning librettist/director, John Caird (Les Misérables), and is a “rags-to- riches” tale of newfound love.
Fridays, Saturdays at 8 p.m. Sundays at 5 p.m. Also, Thursday, Nov. 30 at 8 p.m.
Nov. 29 - Dec. 10
Sonoma Arts Live, Sonoma
A Christmas Carol meets Noises Off when a small professional theater company, striving to maintain funding, mistakes an amateur actor for an NEA inspector and fawns all over him while still trying to produce their tired annual fundraiser performance of the Dickens Christmas classic.
Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays 7:30 p.m. Sundays at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Fall Dance: Shared Spaces
Sonoma State University Theatre Arts and Dance, Evert B. Person Theatre, Rohnert Park
A series of student created works will be performed across the SSU campus, indoors and out. Take layers, a flashlight, and be prepared for rain - indoor locations will be used in the event of heavy rain.
Thursday and Friday at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m.
Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker
Forty world-class Russian artists bring this charming classic to life with the magic of larger than-life-puppets, growing Christmas Trees and life-sized Matrushka Dolls!
Luther Burbank Center for the Arts, Santa Rosa
Petaluma School of Ballet
Dec. 15, 16, 17
Evert B. Person Theatre, Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park
Santa Rosa Dance Theater
Dec. 15, 16, 17
Spreckels Performing Arts Center, Rohnert Park
Sebastopol Ballet School
Dec. 22, 23, 24
Complimentary Sugar Plum Party for children before each matinee show. Meet the dancers in costume and enjoy sweet treats.
Analy High School, Sebastopol
Written by Sonoma Insider Jen Jones.