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  1. MAKE IT SNOW AT ARIEL THEATRICAL!

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    Did you hear the news? SNOW IS COMING TO OLDTOWN SALINAS!!! Even if the sun is out, with your help, SNOW WILL FALL in the lobby at ARIEL Theatrical this holiday season! Make a $50 donation to ARIEL before January 31, 2020 and a snowflake, customized with a name of your choice*, will be displayed in the windows of our Main Street entrance. Thanks to a generous grant from the Rudi Schulte Foundation, every donation, up to $10,000, will be matched!

    Personalize a snowflake for a family member, a friend, or in remembrance of a loved one. If one snowflake won’t do the trick, buy two or four, or 10! SNOWFLAKES will not only support the many wonderful programs at ARIEL but can make a great gift for ARIEL fans of all ages. Sponsor two or more SNOWFLAKES and receive a voucher good for one ticket to any show in the 2020 Season. Stop by our lobby to “Sponsor a SNOWFLAKE” on the spot. Or download the SNOWFLAKE Sponsorship Form HERE or send an email to ariel@arieltheatrical.org with the word SNOWFLAKE in the subject line. Include the following information in your email:

    Name:

    Mailing Address:

    Phone:

    Email Address:

    Number of SNOWFLAKES you wish to sponsor:

    Name(s) on SNOWFLAKE(S) (30 characters or fewer for each please):

    Total amount paid: $_________

    Method of payment (check, cash, credit card, DONATE button on ARIEL website):

    DOWNLOAD SNOWFLAKE SPONSORSHIP FORM

    Cash, check or credit card donations can be made at our box office, you can pay with a credit card by calling our box office at 831-775-0976, or you can do it all online through our secure donation button. Checks may also be mailed to ARIEL at PO Box 1268, Salinas, CA 93902. SNOWFLAKES will be displayed when full payment is received.

    You can bring a blizzard to ARIEL this winter and support musical theatre programs that help young people learn the importance of making principle-centered choices while providing wholesome family entertainment for the entire community. “Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!”

    *up to 30 characters

     

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  2. ANNOUNCING THE ARIEL THEATRICAL 2020 SEASON

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    Get ready for unforgettable adventures on stage at ARIEL Theatrical! Brand new shows, classic favorites, and opportunities for young people to participate in an award-winning after-school program are right around the corner! The 2020 programs include:

    • Narnia – Rehearsals begin in December, day-time shows in February at Sherwood Hall
    • Go Fish – NEW – Rehearsals begin in January, shows in February
    • Schoolhouse Rock Live Too! – NEW – Rehearsals begin in March, shows in April & May
    • Yee-Haw! – NEW – Rehearsals begin in April, shows in May
    • Disney’s The Jungle Book KIDS – Two-week summer camp, shows in June
    • The Hobbit – Three-week summer camp, shows in July
    • Little House on the Prairie – Community Summer Program, rehearsals begin in June, shows in July & August
    • Berenstain Bears On Stage – Rehearsals begin in August, shows in September & October
    • Little Red Riding Hood – Rehearsals begin in September, shows in October
    • A Christmas Carol, The Musical – Rehearsals begin in October, shows in December

    In addition to the performance programs, ARIEL will offer a one-week theater camp (Kids On Stage) and three sessions of our day-time class (The Play’s the Thing) for home schooled children, grades K-12. ARIEL will also continue the REACH Theatre program, a partnership with Special Kids Connect, and several off-site theatre programs throughout Monterey County.

    Registration forms are available in the lobby at ARIEL and online. Many programs offer early-bird discounts so it pays to plan ahead. For more program information and a detailed description of each show visit the ARIEL website at www.arieltheatrical.org, call 831-775-0976, or stop by the Karen Wilson Children’s Theatre at 320 Main Street, Salinas.

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  3. DISNEY’S HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL PLAYING NOW!

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    Inspired by the Disney Channel smash hit movie, High School Musical is now playing at ARIEL, Fridays and Saturdays, through October 19. When two unsuspecting students discover each other and the talents they have been hiding they rely on their classmates to help them step out of their cliques and step up to new challenges. Join our teen cast as they sing their way from the East High cafeteria to the basketball court and everywhere in between. Whether they are shooting baskets, crunching numbers or standing in the spotlight, the Wildcats learn that they’re “all in this together.” Teens from local schools including Everett Alvarez, Marina, North Monterey County, Ocean Grove, Rancho San Juan, Salinas, Santa Catalina, Soledad and York join forces for this family friendly show.

    TICKETS HERE

    Sharpay (Alexis Williams) and Ryan (Alton Reese) warn Troy (Andrew Slorance) and Gabriella (Nancy Rodriguez) to “stick to the status quo” in ARIEL Theatrical’s production of Disney’s High School Musical on October 4, 5, 11, 12, 18 and 19 at The Karen Wilson Children’s Theatre, 320 Main Street, Oldtown, Salinas. Photo by Stephen Massott.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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  4. TUCK EVERLASTING AT ARIEL – AUGUST 2-17

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    ONLINE TICKETS HERE

    What if you could live forever? Is immortality a blessing or a burden? Come to ARIEL Theatrical’s production of Tuck Everlasting and decide for yourself.

    Hiding in the shadows of Treegap Wood is a secret that will forever change the lives of two families. As The Man in the Yellow Suit relentlessly pursues the mystery, the danger grows for the Tucks and the Fosters. Is immortality the answer or is it better to take a ride on “The Wheel” and discover a deeper meaning of life? Based on best-selling classic by Natalie Babbitt, Tuck Everlasting features a soaring score that will resonate with audiences of all ages. Community performers from throughout Monterey County come together on the ARIEL stage for this exciting musical adventure.

     

    Photo: Jesse Tuck (Christian Loreno) shows Winnie Foster (Vanessa Engler) the view from “The Top of the World” in ARIEL Theatrical’s production of Tuck Everlasting on August 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 & 17 at The Karen Wilson Children’s Theatre, home of ARIEL Theatrical, 320 Main Street in Oldtown, Salinas.

    The Community Show is generously supported by the Sally Hughes Church Foundation.

     

     

     

     

     

    A big “THANK YOU” to our 2019 Summer Sponsors – A&R Fresh, Hastie Financial Group, and Little Bristles and to our 2019 Season Sponsors – Aladin Properties, Cardinale Moving & Storage, Central Coast Cleaning, Silva Farms and Valley Exxon.

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  5. SUMMER IS IN FULL SWING AT ARIEL THEATRICAL

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    Disney’s 101 Dalmatians KIDS was FUR-TASTIC fun for everyone – both on stage and in the audience. Although we are sad to see the puppies go, we are comforted by the sweet smell of chocolate wafting through the ARIEL lobby. Dozens of summer campers, ages 7-18, are gearing up to present Willy Wonka on July 12, 13, 18, 19 & 20. This scrumptious musical adventure will follow Charlie Bucket and the other Golden Ticket holders through the magical Chocolate Factory as they meet a colorful cast of characters while learning lessons that only the “Candy Man” can teach. Summer camp performances are like summer movie blockbusters – EVERYONE wants to be part of the excitement! Expect sell-outs and get your tickets early!

    And mark your calendar because just around the corner is our Community Show, Tuck Everlasting, August 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 & 17.

    A big “THANK YOU” to our Summer Sponsors – A&R Fresh, Hastie Financial Group, Little Bristles.

    And a giant “THANK YOU” to our Season Sponsors – Aladin Properties, Cardinale Moving & Storage, Central Coast Cleaning, Silva Farms & Valley Exxon.

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  6. THE PHANTOM TOLLBOTH – APRIL 5, 6, 12 & 13 – DON’T MISS IT!

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    Adapted from Norton Juster’s beloved children’s book, this riveting musical will take the cast and the audience on an unforgettable adventure. Young people, ages 6-18, will tell the story of Milo, Tock, Princesses Rhyme and Reason and an array of interesting characters from the distant Land of Wisdom.  Working together to bring peace to feuding kings, they discover that in the quest for knowledge everything has a purpose.

    Performances: April 5, 6, 12 & 13, Fridays at 7 pm and Saturdays at 2 pm and 7 pm

    Location: The Karen Wilson Children’s Theatre – 320 Main Street, Salinas

    Tickets: Adults – $13, Students/Seniors/Military – $11, Children ages 3-12 – $9, Under 3 – FREE

    Tickets may be purchased online, by phone (831-775-0976), or at the ARIEL box office.

    A big “THANK YOU” to our 2019 Season Sponsors – Aladin Properties, Cardinale Moving & Storage, Central Coast Cleaning, Silva Farms and Valley Exxon.

    For more information, visit ARIEL in the Karen Wilson Children’s Theatre, 320 Main Street, online at www.arieltheatrical.org or call 831-775-0976.

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  7. HARDEN MATCH COMPLETE AND COMING SOON – ARIEL SING-A-THON FUNDRAISER!

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    We are thrilled to announce that our wonderful donors and sponsors have helped us match the $35,000 grant from the Harden Foundation! If you were one of the many who joined in this effort, THANK YOU!!! Individuals and businesses contributed from $5 to $5,000 and every dollar was generously matched by the Harden Foundation. We are so grateful for this incredible support that helps us provide engaging programs for the community while encouraging young people to develop personal character while creating a character on stage.

    Another fun way to support ARIEL is just around the corner! The first ever ARIEL Sing-a-Thon will happen on Friday, March 29 from 5-8 pm at The Karen Wilson Children’s Theatre. With karaoke performances, group sing-a-longs, food, door prizes and more, this will be a fun family event for all ages. Tickets are just $5 and will be on sale at ARIEL beginning March 18. Karaoke songs are available to perform for a $300 donation (collecting pledges is encouraged) and business sponsors (donations of $150+) will be acknowledged in the event program and on custom ARIEL Sing-a-Thon t-shirts. Click on the links below for more information. We hope to see you there!

    PARTICIPANT INFORMATION

    PLEDGE SHEET

    BUSINESS SPONSOR PACKET

     

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  8. AMAZON SMILE WILL DONATE 5% OF YOUR PURCHASES TO ARIEL UNTIL NOVEMBER 2

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    Amazon will donate 5% of the cost of all eligible purchases now until November 2!
    Get your shopping done AND donate to ARIEL Theatrical in the same step!

    Sign up through www.smile.amazon.com and select “ARIEL Theatrical” as your charity of choice. Amazon will donate a portion of the cost of all eligible purchases directly to ARIEL (5% through November 2, 2018; after the promotion, .5%). Whether you purchase holiday gifts or every day products for around the house, ARIEL will get a little bit back. And it will be a LOT if you make your purchase by November 2!

    Just smile, click, and buy. It’s that easy!

    Sign up today and show off your smile!

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  9. ARIEL Theatrical Announces 2019 Season!

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    REGISTRATION FORMS AVAILABLE TO DOWNLOAD AND PRINT HERE

    ARIEL Theatrical is the place to be in 2019! We are excited to announce several new shows, bring back some favorites from the past and provide more opportunities than ever for young people to participate in musical theatre.  The 2019 performance programs include:

    • The Little Red Hen – Rehearsals begin in January, shows in February
    • Disney’s The Lion King Jr. – Rehearsals begin in January, day-time shows for schools in March
    • The Phantom Tollbooth – Rehearsals begin in March, shows in April
    • The Ugly Duckling – Rehearsals begin in April, shows in May
    • Disney’s 101 Dalmatians KIDS – PROGRAM FULL Two-week summer camp, shows in June
    • Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory TYA – PROGRAM FULL Three-week summer camp, shows in July
    • Tuck Everlasting – Community Summer Program, rehearsals begin in June, shows in August
    • High School Musical – Rehearsals begin in August, shows in October
    • Goldilocks & the Three Bears – Rehearsals begin in September, shows in November
    • A Charlie Brown Christmas – Rehearsals begin in October, shows in November/December

    In addition to the performance programs, ARIEL will offer a one-week theater camp (Kids On Stage) and three sessions of our day-time class (The Play’s the Thing) for home schooled children, grades K-12. ARIEL will also continue the REACH Theatre program, a partnership with Special Kids Connect, and several off-site theatre programs throughout Monterey County.

    Located in the heart of Salinas City Center, ARIEL Theatrical provides opportunities for participants to explore the stage and learn valuable lessons about Accountability, Respect, Integrity, Excellence and Leadership. ARIEL’s finest productions are not the plays but the responsible young people who come together in a positive, collaborative spirit to learn, perform and share experiences that they will carry with them for a lifetime.

    Registration forms are available in the lobby at ARIEL and online. Many programs offer early-bird discounts so it pays to plan ahead. For more information visit our website at www.arieltheatrical.org, call 831-775-0976, or stop by the Karen Wilson Children’s Theatre at 320 Main Street, Salinas. We look forward to seeing you and your family at ARIEL soon!

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  10. FAREWELL TO OUR MAESTRO – BARNEY HULSE

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    The maestro – Barney Hulse – in the glow of the piano light at ARIEL.

    “Sunrise, sunset, swiftly fly the years.
    One season following another, laden with happiness and tears.”
     
    With great sadness we say good-bye to our friend and musical director, the extraordinary and lovely maestro, Barney Hulse. Barney, who passed away Sunday, September 9, brought music to our stage and patiently brought out the best in us in for more than 30 years.
    It is inconceivable to imagine our productions without his brilliant piano accompaniment or our world without his generous and kind spirit. Thank you, Barney, for every beautiful note.
    Please check back as we will update this news post with additional thoughts
    from ARIEL participants, friends and colleagues.

     

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