Live performances is a special part of the Orange County Theatre scene and can be found in many of it's cities. In San Clemente the Cabrillo Playhouse has staged 'live performances' since 1953, when it presented it's first play "Two blind men" directed by Tom Gilmore.
At that time the Playhouse did not have a permanent building and the performances were presented at various locations around 'the Spanish village by the sea', a popular name for San Clemente. In an effort to acquire their own building the group purchased an old house and the adjacent lot in 1966. After major renovations, the Cabrillo Playhouse was established by the Non-profit San Clemente Community Theatre.
Over the years, seating in the building expanded from 59-seats to the present 66-seats, and because it was established in a house the seating can only be described as intimate. Fortunately there is an addition for the the props, scenery and stage materials. To help with the expenses of operating the theater, anyone can join the group of volunteers who donate their time and money.
Anyone interested in acting can attend the Open auditions and casting calls, which are held typically six weeks before the opening of a new show. All one needs is a head shot, resume, and a passion and talent for acting.
In 2012 the Playhouse performed such classics as "A Tuna Christmas" and "The 1940's Radio House - Musical". Now in their 60th year they opened in January with the "Mouse Trap", following with the lively comedy "Dixie Swim Club" which goes live on Feb 22 - March 17. Anniversary celebrations will take place during the year. Visit here for more information about the present season, location, and how to purchase tickets.
Besides live theater the Cabrillo Playhouse hold events on the third Sunday of each month. The concert series is an opportunity for local bands, singers and songwriters to be heard, as well as raising funds for the theater