Archive: Jan 2018


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    January 29, 2018 – Salinas, CA … ARIEL Theatrical announced that Heather Kirk has accepted the position of Executive Director. Kirk joined the ARIEL team nearly two years ago as the Development Director. She navigated challenges following the devastating fire that gutted the neighboring Dick Bruhn building with an optimistic outlook and focused on establishing new community partners and maximizing outreach efforts. She continues to reinforce the efforts of the production team and maintain a level of excellence that has been established at ARIEL. As a parent and long-time proponent of positive artistic outlets for young people, Kirk is determined to enlist broad support and promote the sustainability of, as one parent described, this “jewel in our community.”

    Kirk is thrilled to take a more public role as an advocate for an organization that has touched so many lives for more than three decades. She recently stated, “It is inspiring and exciting to see how the process of bringing a musical production to the stage works as an ideal environment for teaching valuable life lessons to our young cast members. The result when the curtain opens is a reflection of not only hours and hours of hard work but also the principles that each young person has embraced and put into action. It is truly magical to watch!”

    Kirk is dedicated to the ARIEL mission of helping young people learn to lead principle-centered lives and looks forward to enlisting support for this effort on stage, behind the scenes, in the audience and all throughout Monterey County.

    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 – A-R-I-E-L. 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.  Visit ARIEL in the Karen Wilson Children’s Theatre, 320 Main Street in Salinas City Center, online at or call 831-775-0976.



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    What does 2018 have in store for you? At the beginning of each new year we gear up, get energized and prepare for what’s ahead. We hope that ARIEL will be part of your 2018 plans. We have programs for young people, day-time theatre classes, off-site after school programs, summer camps, and even a community program every summer open to high school age and older with opportunities for families to be on stage together. The Karen Wilson Children’s Theatre is literally filled with song and dance all year long! Registration is open for our beginning program, Tikki Tikki Tembo (ages 4-12), and our Sherwood Hall show, Wonderland! (ages 7 & up).  And if you have a home-schooler, our daytime class, The Play’s the Thing, is still open for enrollment.

    We are thrilled to have received a generous grant from the Andrew and Phyllis D’Arrigo Charitable Foundation to upgrade our sound system. We are more than happy to retire our very well-used wireless mics and look forward to a vast improvement in sound quality. Casts and audiences alike will benefit from this investment.

    We are so grateful for the incredible support we have received from individuals, businesses and foundations as we deliver programs that help young people learn to lead principle-centered lives. We hope that you plan to make ARIEL part of your new year. Check out the full schedule and see what adventures are in store for you and your family. Whether you are on stage, behind the scenes or in the audience, we welcome you and look forward to a fabulous year!