Archive: Sep 2018

  1. 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 – 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, 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!



    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.