Archive: Jun 2018

  1. ARIEL Theatrical Presents, The Wizard of Oz!

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    Press Release

    For Immediate Release

    Contact: 831-775-0976

    ARIEL Theatrical presents The Wizard of Oz!

    “Follow the Yellow Brick Road” to ARIEL Theatrical for a classic musical that will take you and your family on an “Over the Rainbow” adventure! Featuring a cast of 65 young people, L. Frank Baum’s The Wizard of Oz will bring Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tinman, the Cowardly Lion, the Munchkins and other colorful characters to life as they bargain with the Wizard and contend with the menacing Wicked Witch of the West. Take a trip to Oz this summer at ARIEL Theatrical!

    Performances:            Friday, June 29 at 7 pm

    Saturday, June 30 at 2 pm & 7 pm

    Thursday, July 5 at 7 pm

    Friday, July 6 at 7 pm

    Saturday, July 7 at 2 pm & 7 pm

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

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

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

    The Wizard of Oz is generously sponsored by 1st Capital Bank; A&R Fresh; Hastie Financial Group; Noland, Hamerly, Etienne & Hoss; Prunedale Chevron; Silva Farms; Valley Exxon.

    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. ARIEL 2018 Season Sponsors include: Aladin Properties, Cardinale Moving and Storage and Central Coast Cleaning.

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


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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.