Category Archive: Ariel News

  1. ANNOUNCING THE 2023 SEASON!

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    Get ready for a new year of exciting adventures on stage at ARIEL Theatrical! Register early to be part of our award-winning after-school programs. The 2023 programs include:

     

    In addition to the performance programs, ARIEL will offer two sessions of our day-time class (The Play’s the Thing) for home schooled children, grades K-12 along with off-site theatre programs at elementary schools throughout Monterey County.

    Registration forms may be completed online. For detailed program information click on links above, call 831-775-0976, or stop by The Karen Wilson Children’s Theatre at 320 Main Street in Oldtown Salinas.

  2. ARIEL Theatrical presents: A Christmas Carol

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    Just in time for the holidays, ARIEL Theatrical presents A Christmas Carol: The Musical

    DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND WE HAVE ADDED THE FOLLOWING PERFORMANCES TO THE SCHEDULE:

         THURSDAY, DECEMBER 15 AT 7:00 PM                                                                                              FRIDAY, DECEMBER 16 AT 7:00 PM

    PURCHASE TICKETS HERE

    A Christmas Carol: The Musical, is a heartwarming adaptation of Charles Dickens’ most well-known story. Coming back to the stage are several key players who will reprise roles from the 2020 Radio Drama version that ARIEL streamed as a gift to the community during the pandemic. Audiences will now get a chance to see the story unfold, live on the ARIEL stage!

    An otherworldly wake-up call comes when Scrooge’s life is interrupted by three well-meaning ghosts who reveal pivotal details of the past, present and future. Community cast members of all ages will breathe life into the Dickensian streets and lay the foundation from which the three spirits will teach transformative lessons to a very reluctant student…..and to all of us, every one.

    PERFORMANCES: December 2, 3, 9, 10, 15 & 16; Thursday and Fridays at 7 pm, Saturdays at 2 & 7 pm

    LOCATION: All shows are presented at the home of ARIEL Theatrical, The Karen Wilson Children’s Theatre, 320 Main Street, Oldtown Salinas, CA 93901

    TICKETS: $13-General Admission; $11-Students, Seniors, Military; $9-Children ages 3-12; Children age two and under – FREE

    Tickets may be purchased online, over the phone (831-775-0976), and at the ARIEL box office (advance purchase 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 2022 Presenting Partner. ARIEL would also like to thank the following business sponsors for their generous support:  Aladin Properties, Cardinale Moving and Storage, Dataflow Business Systems.
    For more information visit www.arieltheatrical.org or call 831-775-0976.
  3. ARIEL Theatrical announces The Heart of ARIEL Scholarship Program

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    ARIEL Theatrical is pleased to announce a brand new program to benefit teens and young adults in the ARIEL community. The Heart of ARIEL Scholarship, made possible by a generous donation, has been established for current and former ARIEL Youth Leaders who have completed high school and will be or are currently attending full-time college or trade school. This scholarship fund is designed to support the young people who have served at ARIEL in any capacity and are pursuing higher education and/or specialized training. We invite all eligible candidates to submit an application by the deadline on Friday, September 16, 2022. Scholarship awardee will be contacted via email by October 6, 2022. We are so grateful for this opportunity to support our wonderful Youth Leaders as they work toward their educational and career goals. 

    APPLICATIONS CLOSED

  4. SPEND YOUR SUMMER AT ARIEL!

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    Summer at ARIEL Theatrical!

    KIDS ON STAGE – One-week Theatre Camp – $250

    KIDS ON STAGE is a musical theatre summer day-camp for children ages 5 to 12. Participants will receive instruction in singing, acting and movement for stage, learn techniques through creative play and activities, and share in the excitement of performing for friends and family at an evening recital.

    SESSION 1: June 6-10
    REGISTRATION CLOSED FOR SESSION 1

    SESSION 2: July 25-29
    REGISTER HERE FOR SESSION 2 – WAIT LIST ONLY

    Disney’s The Jungle Book KIDS – $450

    REGISTRATION CLOSED

    Adapted from Disney’s beloved animated film and the works of Rudyard Kipling, the “man cub” Mowgli dodges peril and leaps from one adventure to another with his animal allies as they work together to restore peace in the jungle. Space is limited and camps fill up early so plan ahead! Kids ages 6-18 are invited to register.

    CAMP DATES: June 13-24, Monday-Friday from 9 am-3 pm

    PERFORMANCES: June 24 & 25

    The Hobbit – $550

    REGISTRATION CLOSED

    Young people ages 7-18 are invited to share the epic adventure of Bilbo Baggins and the Thirteen Mighty Dwarves as they encounter Elves, Goblins, and Trolls in their quest to recover the precious Arkenstone and allow goodness to triumph over evil. Space is limited so register early for an adventure of a lifetime!

    CAMP DATES: June 27-July 15, Monday-Friday from 9 am-3 pm

    PERFORMANCES: July 15, 16, 21, 22 & 23

  5. ANNOUNCING THE 2022 SEASON!

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    Get ready for unforgettable adventures on stage at ARIEL Theatrical! Brand new shows, classic favorites, and opportunities for young people to participate in an award-winning after-school program are right around the corner! The 2022 programs include:

    In addition to the performance programs, ARIEL will offer two sessions of our day-time class (The Play’s the Thing) for home schooled children, grades K-12 along with off-site theatre programs at elementary schools throughout Monterey County.

    Registration forms may be completed online. For detailed program information click on links above, call 831-775-0976, or stop by The Karen Wilson Children’s Theatre at 320 Main Street in Oldtown Salinas.

  6. The Play’s the Thing presents “A Tree Called Aesop”

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    For the first-time-ever-in-the-history-of- the-world, our home school class, “The Play’s the Thing,” will be performing  a full-length production!

     

     

    Come meet A Tree Called Aesop! Planted by the storyteller himself, this mystical tree helps his fables come to life! Witness the magic as an unsuspecting group of children discover its power one day at the park. Mark your calendar and join us as Aesop’s stories unfold on stage at ARIEL Theatrical.

    PERFORMANCES: NOVEMBER 19 & 20 at 7:00 PM

    DONATIONS GRATEFULLY ACCEPTED IN LIEU OF TICKET COST

    PLEASE NOTE: FACE COVERINGS ARE REQUIRED FOR ALL THOSE WHO ENTER THE THEATRE, REGARDLESS OF VACCINATION STATUS.

  7. ARIEL COVID-19 COMPLIANCE POLICY

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    ARIEL COVID-19 COMPLIANCE POLICY 

    August 20, 2021

    Dear ARIEL families,

    We are thrilled to have you back in our building!  We are so grateful to once again be with the children, helping them to learn and grow.  As always, their health and safety is of paramount importance. 

     

    ARIEL is committed to observing all relevant state and local requirements. Therefore, to comply with the State Public Health Officer Order of August 11, 2021 for facilities serving children in transitional kindergarten through grade 12, all on-site staff and volunteers must be fully vaccinated.  Asymptomatic unvaccinated or incompletely vaccinated staff and volunteers are required to be tested at least once weekly with either PCR testing or antigen testing.  ARIEL must verify proof of vaccination status or negative test results.

     

    Vaccinations/testing are not required of children and youth registered for our programs. However, the universal masking requirement is in place for all staff, volunteers, participants, patrons, and visitors.

     

    We appreciate your cooperation and understanding as we navigate these difficult times. Our “I can do hard things” ARIEL motto has taken on dimensions we could never have imagined.

     

    Sincerely,

    Gail Higginbotham

    Gail Higginbotham

    Artistic Director

    Mike DiFranco

    Mike DiFranco

    Chair, ARIEL Board of Trustees

  8. ARIEL Theatrical featured on KCBX Radio

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    ARIEL Theatrical’s Executive Director, Heather Kirk, and
    Artist-In-Residence, Lauren Wilkins, were interviewed on KCBX fm Central Coast Public Radio. They discuss ARIEL’s mission and the return to in-person programs!

    Click HERE to listen 

  9. SPARKLING CIDER & COOKIE GIFT SETS!

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    LIVE PERFORMANCES MAY NOT BE BACK BUT YOUR FAVORITE INTERMISSION COOKIES ARE!

    Celebrate SPRING – or Mother’s Day, or friendship, or a job well done, or just about anything – with a bottle of Martinelli’s Sparkling Apple Cider and a half-dozen iced sugar cookies from Royal Bakery.

    CLICK HERE TO ORDER

    $35 for one set
    $60 for two sets ($30 more for each additional set)
    Supplies are limited so order early!