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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 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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  2. ARIEL Theatrical Announces 2019 Season!

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    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 – Two-week summer camp, shows in June
    • Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory TYA – 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, 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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    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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  4. Big news! ARIEL receives $40,000 grant from the Harden Foundation!

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    The Harden Foundation has once again shown their support for ARIEL Theatrical in a big way. In addition to a $5,000 technology upgrade grant, ARIEL will receive dollar-for-dollar matching funds for all donations up to $35,000. As a non-profit that has invested in the young people of Monterey County for more than 30 years, ARIEL understands how providing positive activities for youth and encouraging principle-centered living helps to strengthen communities. An investment in ARIEL is an investment in the young people who are learning how to incorporate Accountability, Respect, Integrity, Excellence and Leadership into their every-day lives long after the curtain closes and the applause is over. Donations are accepted online, over the phone by calling 831-775-0976 or in person at The Karen Wilson Children’s Theatre at 320 Main Street, Salinas.

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  5. The Hunchback of Notre Dame

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    The Hunchback of Notre Dame opens in August at ARIEL Theatrical!

    Travel to medieval Paris without leaving Salinas! A brand new musical, based on Victor Hugo’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame, will transform the ARIEL stage into the legendary cathedral that serves as the backdrop for this powerful story. The Gothic arches loom as the drama unfolds in this epic musical adventure. Showcasing the award-winning score from the Disney animated movie, the on-stage choir and cast of characters, including the hunchback, Quasimodo, will lead the audience through the streets of Paris and into the maze of human emotion as the conflict between light and darkness rages on.

    All performances take place at The Karen Wilson Children’s Theatre, 320 Main Street, Salinas, home of ARIEL Theatrical.

    Performances are on Fridays and Saturdays at 7 pm, August 3 – 18, 2018.

    Tickets: Adults – $16, Students/Seniors, Military – $13, Children ages 3-12 – $11

    Tickets are available online ( over the phone (831-775-0976) or in the ARIEL Box Office.

    Located in the heart of Salinas City Center, ARIEL Theatrical provides opportunities for children 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.

    ARIEL is grateful to our 2018 Season Sponsors, Aladin PropertiesCardinale Moving and Storage and Central Coast Cleaning. Also, a big “thank you” to our summer and show sponsors, 1st Capital Bank, A&R Fresh, Hastie Financial Group, Silva Farms and Valley Exxon.

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

    From his bell tower, Quasimodo (William Van Nes) shows the Gyspy Esmeralda (Sylvia Figueroa) the streets of Paris in ARIEL Theatrical’s production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame on August 3, 4, 10, 11, 17 & 18 at the Karen Wilson Children’s Theatre, home of ARIEL Theatrical, 320 Main Street, Salinas. Photo Credit: Richard Green.

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    Welcome to the Hundred Acre Wood, where Winnie the Pooh is once again in search of honey. A forest full of colorful creatures offers some helping hands and voices in the quest for a sweet treat. Along the way, he meets his pals, Tigger, Piglet, Rabbit and Owl, but soon discovers that Christopher Robin has been captured by the mysterious Backson! As they prepare for a rescue operation, the animals learn about teamwork, friendship and, of course… sharing snacks. This musical adventure comes to life with the help of 45 summer campers, ages 6-14. New to the ARIEL stage, Disney’s Winnie the Pooh KIDS equals summer fun for the entire family!



    Friday, July 20 at 7 pm

    Saturday, July 21 at 10 am, 2 pm & 7 pm


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

    Tickets: Adults -$9, Seniors/Students/Military -$8, Children ages 3-12 -$7, Under age 3 -FREE

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

    Disney’s Winnie the Pooh KIDS is generously sponsored by: A&R Fresh; Hastie Financial Group; Monterey Bay Orthodontics; Silva Farms; Valley Exxon. And a big “THANK YOU” to our Season Sponsors: Aladin Properties; Cardinale Moving & Storage; Central Coast Cleaning.


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    ARIEL Theatrical’s Founder and Artistic Director, Gail Higginbotham, is featured in the June 2018 issue (p.60) of GENTRY Magazine, a monthly publication about notable people and noteworthy philanthropy. Gail was selected for GENTRY’s “A-List: People to Know” where she shared the focus that makes ARIEL unique in the world of musical theatre for young people – to “imbue area youth with the right values by encouraging Monterey County kids to lead lives of honesty and integrity.” This commitment has enabled ARIEL to utilize the platform of musical theatre to teach valuable life lessons to participants from very diverse backgrounds.

    Phrases including “I can do hard things” and “Excellence is never an accident” are frequently overheard during rehearsal. Key principles are taught, modeled and encouraged to help young people discover that personal choices impact one’s ability to create a productive and successful path through life. The process of bringing a musical production to the stage clearly reveals that the world works better when practicing Accountability, Respect, Integrity, Excellence and Leadership – A-R-I-E-L. GENTRY Magazine recognizes notable people and worthy philanthropic organizations and ARIEL Theatrical offers both. Win-win!

    Check out the article on page 60 on the digital issue of GENTRY Magazine.

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    New costumes, new set and an exciting new musical is coming to the ARIEL Theatrical stage this summer! The Hunchback of Notre Dame is open to adults and high school youth and has a “choir only” option if singing is your thing. Join the cast today and create memories that will carry you back to medieval Paris, again and again!

    Click HERE for more information and to download the registration form. No experience necessary. Come and try something new this summer!

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    This Friday and Saturday, May 18 & 19, The Three Nanny Goats Gruff will delight audiences as they “trip, trap” their way across the bridge to find greener pastures. Their journey is complicated by a pack of hungry trolls who happen to reside under the very bridge that stands between the goats and the green grass of their dreams. Will the trolls thwart the expedition? Will the goats find a way to successfully traverse without becoming dinner? Will there be singing and dancing and fun for all ages? Come to ARIEL Theatrical to find out! Shows on Friday at 7 pm and Saturday at 2 pm and 7 pm.

    ONLINE TICKETS HERE or they can be purchased over the phone 831-775-0976 or at the door.

    And the timing couldn’t be better – it is National Salad Month! If they weren’t busy on  stage, the Three Nanny Goats Gruff would definitely be stopping by the California Welcome Center Salinas (1213 North Davis Road) for their free samples of fruits and veggies on Saturday between 11 am-3 pm. You can do both! This weekend, get your daily recommended allowance of fruits, veggies, and musical theatre!

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    Tickets are on sale now for the remaining three performances: Friday, April 27 at 7 pm and Saturday, April 28 at 2 pm and 7 pm.

    Join us for a heartwarming tale that follows a stuffed toy in his quest to become “real.” The devoted little rabbit learns that love makes a “real” difference as he discovers the meaning of friendship. Don’t miss this story of loyalty and determination as seen through the eyes of a very special bunny.

    The Boy (Paul Webster) enjoys spending hours playing with the Velveteen Rabbit (Tatum Ramones). Photo by Sam Bailey.

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