Author Archives: Kylee Sullivan

  1. SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK LIVE! comes to ARIEL Theatrical in May!

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    This musical adaptation of the Emmy Award winning Saturday morning cartoon that first aired in the 1970s will take audiences back to school for the most fun they’ll ever have in class! Our community cast, ages seven and up, will sing and dance their way through History, Mathematics, Grammar, Innovation, Space Exploration and more. This blast from the past will make learning fun for all ages, so don’t miss your chance to get an education you’ll never forget!  And, in honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, teachers get 50% off a general admission ticket with a current teacher credential/ID. Call ARIEL Theatrical for more information.

    All performances take place on the following dates and times at The Karen Wilson Children’s Theatre, 320 Main Street, Salinas, the home of ARIEL Theatrical:

    Friday, May 3 at 7 pm
    Saturday, May 4 at 2 pm & 7 pm
    Thursday May 9 at 7 pm
    Friday May 10 at 7 pm
    Saturday May 11 at 2 pm & 7 pm

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

    ARIEL is honored to acknowledge the Sally Hughes Church Foundation as the 2024 Presenting Partner. ARIEL is also grateful to local individuals and businesses for their generous support including Season Sponsors, Aladin Properties, Taylor Farms, and Cardinale Moving and Storage, along with show sponsor, the Finkelstein Family.


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    On Saturday, March 16, a sold-out audience for Disney Frozen Jr. watched with anticipation as we drew a winner for our 2024 Disney Experience Raffle. Congratulations to the big winner, Roberto J. Mora!

    A big “THANK YOU” to all who entered for supporting our theatre programs that help young people learn to lead principle-centered lives.


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    Do you want to build a snowman? If your answer to that question is a resounding “YES,” come to ARIEL Theatrical for a heartwarming stage adaptation of the top-grossing animated film of all time! This musical, based on the 2013 Disney Film and the 2018 Broadway adaptation will transport you to Arendelle where you’ll join your favorite characters as they embark on an epic, ice-filled journey. Through courage, camaraderie and understanding, the power of true love is set free. Get ready for some of your favorite songs including “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?,” “Love is an Open Door,” and “Let It Go,” along with new numbers from the hit Broadway production. For the first time ever at ARIEL Theatrical, Disney Frozen Jr. is sure to melt your heart!   

    When:                March 8, 9, 14, 15 & 16 – Thursday & Fridays at 7 pm, Saturdays at 2 pm & 7 pm

    Where:            The Karen Wilson Children’s Theatre – Home of ARIEL Theatrical
                                320 Main Street, Salinas, CA 93901

    Tickets:           General Admission – $16
                                Students/Seniors/Military – $14
                                Children 3-12 – $12
                                Under age 3 – FREE

    Tickets may be purchased online HERE, by phone (831-775-0976), or at the door until sold out.

  4. Farewell to Ileen Groves

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    It is with broken hearts that we say farewell to Ileen Groves who passed away on February 7, 2024. Ileen was part of the ARIEL family for more than a decade as an accomplished performer, a generous supporter, and a skilled bookkeeper and financial advisor. Ileen was smart, funny, hard-working, thoughtful and talented. By day, she answered hundreds of financial questions for the ARIEL staff and kept the books balanced and organized. Evenings and Saturdays, Ileen was often found at rehearsal in preparation for an ARIEL production. Whether she was in the ensemble or played a more prominent role, Ileen could always be counted on to bring her best to every performance. Some of her more notable roles were Marilla in Anne of Green Gables, Nina in Schoolhouse Rock Live TOO!, Widow Douglas in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Nana in Tuck Everlasting, Mrs. McCarthy in The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, Mrs. Whatsit from A Wrinkle in Time,  Laundress in A Christmas Carol, and Grandma Tzeitel in Fiddler on the Roof. Ileen gave the world so much and will be missed by many, including her adoring fans at ARIEL.

    For more information about Ileen’s life and legacy, along with details regarding her memorial services, click HERE. In lieu of flowers, Ileen requested that donations be directed to the ARIEL Theatrical Ileen Groves Memorial Fund. Access the fund online HERE or mail checks to ARIEL Theatrical at P.O. Box 1268, Salinas, CA 93902.


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    Our Disney Raffle Fundraiser is LIVE! Purchase a $5 Raffle ticket for a chance to win FOUR 2-day Park Hopper Passes and a $500 VISA gift card! Proceeds will be used to support ARIEL  Theatrical programs for young people.

    The drawing will be held on March 16, 2024 and presence is not required to win!

  6. Thank you to our community! – MC Gives! Fundraising Update

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    A big “THANK YOU” to those in our ARIEL community who contributed through the Monterey County Gives! fundraising campaign. We exceeded our $33,000 goal, raising an impressive $40,814! This total will grow even larger when matching funds, which are currently being calculated by the Community Foundation for Monterey County, are awarded. We are so grateful for the loyal and dedicated support of ARIEL families and other individuals throughout the community who joined this tremendous effort. Each and every dollar raised will support ARIEL programs focused on helping young people learn to lead principle-centered lives. Stay tuned for the updated total and a complete list of our Monterey County Gives! donors.


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    We are amazed by the quick and generous response of those who answered our call to keep the momentum going for Monterey County Gives! Not only did we hit our December 20th goal of $27,000, we passed it, several days early even! Amazing!!! But why stop there? If you’d like to be entered into the drawing for a pair of Frozen Jr. tickets, your donation of $50 or more received by midnight on December 20th, the original deadline of this benchmark goal, will still be honored. Let’s see how high the total can go! Knowing that we can count on so many of you gives us hope that ARIEL will likely hit our grand total goal of $33,000 before the December 31st deadline. One thing we know for sure, people who love ARIEL know how to make things happen.

    Thank you for “making things happen” at ARIEL and reinforcing our efforts to help young people learn to lead principle-centered lives. To make a donation, jump on over to the ARIEL landing page on the Monterey County Gives! site here.

  8. A very big “THANK YOU” to our generous ARIEL Sponsors

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    Winston Churchill once said, “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” Our wonderful sponsors show us that they not only understand this idea, but their generosity indicates that they are all in! Programs at ARIEL would not be possible without donations from the community, including the investments made by local businesses. We would like to thank the following 2023 ARIEL Theatrical Sponsors:

    Season Sponsors:

    Aladin Properties

    Cardinale Moving & Storage

    Taylor Farms

    Summer Sponsors:

    Hastie Financial Group

    J.V. Organics/Triangle Farms

    Little Bristles

    Individual Show Sponsors:

    Prunedale Chevron

    Pacific Coast Pediatrics

    Jack Grossman Family

    Smith & Enright Landscaping, Inc.

    General Sponsors:

    Granite Construction

    Toro Park Animal Hospital

    If you or someone you know might be interested in becoming an ARIEL sponsor, check out the sponsor packet HERE for more information about our 2024 Season.

    THANK YOU for investing in ARIEL programs and the young people we serve.

  9. ARIEL Theatrical and the Sally Hughes Church Foundation present Narnia

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    Based on the acclaimed book, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis, Narnia will take audiences on an unforgettable adventure to a world of mythical creatures and Deep Magic. Follow Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy Pevensie as they escape the peril of WWII air raids by seeking refuge at the grand estate of their curious uncle, Professor Digory Kirke. A simple game in an old wardrobe turns into the journey of a lifetime as the children discover that the fate of Narnia hangs in the balance. Drawing upon strength and courage beyond their years, the Pevensie children, with guidance from the Great King Aslan, are determined to “make the world right again.” With messages about integrity, loyalty, sacrifice and forgiveness, Narnia is a powerful story that will inspire audiences of all ages, just in time for the holidays.  

    When:             December 1, 2, 7, 8 & 9 – Thursday & Fridays at 7 pm,
    Saturdays at 2 pm & 7 pm

    Where:         The Karen Wilson Children’s Theatre – Home of ARIEL Theatrical
                               320 Main Street, Salinas, CA 93901

    Tickets:         General Admission – $13
                               Students/Seniors/Military/Educators – $11
                               Children 3-12 – $9
                               Under age 3 – FREE

    Tickets may be purchased here, by phone (831-775-0976), or at the door until sold out.

    Located in the beautifully renovated Oldtown neighborhood of Salinas, 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 is a safe and nurturing gathering place for young people where engaging programs and family-friendly entertainment take center stage.

    ARIEL is honored to acknowledge the Sally Hughes Church Foundation as our 2023 Presenting Partner. ARIEL is also grateful to many local businesses for their generous support including our Season Sponsors Aladin Properties, Cardinale Moving and Storage, and Taylor Farms.
  10. The Magic of Gratitude

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    There are so many things for which to be grateful at ARIEL. We have a beautiful theatre on a tree-lined street in a wonderful community where hundreds of young people and their families come together to be part of something very special, some might even say, magical. As our young and often inexperienced cast members attend the first day of rehearsal, they initially see the tasks that lie before them – memorizing lines, learning songs and practicing dances in an effort to tell a compelling story on stage. However, what may not be apparent on day one is the magic that happens when kids learn to work together, respect differences, treat each other with kindness, develop and practice integrity, embrace accountability, commit to excellence, and lead by example. There is definitely a magical feeling that comes over audiences when the lights dim and the curtain opens. But the real magic can be seen in the lives of our performers as they impact the world in positive ways by applying lessons learned on stage at ARIEL.

    We are so grateful for those who understand the “magic” of principle-based theatre programs at ARIEL and support our activities with their time, talent and treasure. Throughout the remaining days of 2023, we will highlight select organizations, businesses and individuals who have contributed to ARIEL. We would like to begin by offering heartfelt thanks to our 2023 Presenting Partner, The Sally Hughes Church Foundation.

    Sally Hughes Church was born and raised in Salinas and lived a life of purpose and joy. Overcoming challenges only strengthened her resolve to accomplish goals and make a difference in the world. “Sally understood what it was like to have a dream just out of reach, but she also experienced the joy of achieving a dream through the kindness and generosity of strangers. By creating and funding the Sally Hughes Church Foundation, Sally was able to put other’s dreams within their reach. The grant making objectives of the foundation reflect Sally’s life. Through her foundation, Sally continues to support the theatre, educate youth, promote self-reliance and good health, and strengthen the family unit.” (Sally Hughes Church biography)

    We are so grateful to Sally Hughes Church and are honored to continue her legacy as we teach children and bring the community together to enjoy live theatre. Thank you Sally Hughes Church Foundation for supporting the “magic” at ARIEL!

    Stay tuned to our social media channels and our website for special acknowledgements and shout-outs to amazing and generous friends of ARIEL.

    If you would like to join our growing circle of supporters or renew your past support, please consider a gift to ARIEL through the Monterey  County Gives! campaign. With matching funds available for every donation up to $75,000, there isn’t a better time to show you value the “magic” that happens at ARIEL. Visit for details and a secure, online donation link. Contributions are accepted until 11:59 pm on December 31, 2023.