Category Archive: Ariel News

  1. 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.


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    Monterey County Gives is officially OPEN! 

    For nearly 40 years, ARIEL Theatrical has been a place where young people can expand their skills, knowledge, and talent, all while making new friends, creating memories, and discovering the power they have to impact the world in positive ways. The magic of theatre doesn’t end when the curtain closes. It continues to shine brightly in the lives of our young participants as they practice Accountability, Respect, Integrity, Excellence and Leadership (A-R-I-E-L).

    Join the wave of giving by making a donation to ARIEL through MC Gives! Online donations are simple, secure, and will be increased with matching funds (up to $75,000). Visit and invest in the future of ARIEL today. Thank you for sharing with ARIEL!

  3. Round Up for Charlotte’s Web at ARIEL Theatrical!

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


    Friday, September 20 at 7 pm

    Saturday, September 21 at 2 pm & 7 pm

    Friday, September 27 at 7 pm

    Saturday, September 28 at 2 pm & 7 pm

    Celebrating more than 70 years in print, Charlotte’s Web is a classic loved by young and old!

    All of your favorite E.B. White characters are coming to the ARIEL stage: Wilbur, the radiant young pig who is desperately trying to avoid becoming bacon; Fern, the sweet energetic girl who has a special connection with animals; Templeton, the gluttonous wise-cracking rat who produces the occasional good deed; the extraordinary spider, Charlotte, who proves to be a good writer and an even better friend; and all of the other animal friends and townsfolk who witness the strange and “terrific” events at the county fair.

    Join us at The Karen Wilson Children’s Theatre at 320 Main Street, Salinas to see the story unfold.

  4. ARIEL Theatrical presents The Wizard of Oz!

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    “Follow the Yellow Brick Road” to ARIEL Theatrical for a classic musical that will take audiences on an unforgettable adventure, “somewhere, over the rainbow.” Featuring a young community cast supported by adults, 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!

    TICKETS WILL SELL OUT! Get tickets ahead of time by clicking here or calling 831-775-0976.

    Performances:          Friday, July 14 at 7 pm
                                               Saturday, July 15 at 2 pm & 7 pm
                                               Thursday, July 20 at 7 pm
                                               Friday, July 21 at 7 pm
                                               Saturday, July 22 at 2 pm & 7 pm

  5. The Fabulous Fable Factory Opens Tomorrow!

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    The Fabulous Fable Factory follows a curious youngster who accidentally awakens the long-quiet magical storytelling machine owned by none other than Mr. Aloysius A. Aesop. This timeless and timely tale reminds audiences of all ages that knowing the moral of the story is both enlightening and empowering. 

    If you enjoy musical theatre, community building, and supporting hard-working young people, ARIEL Theatrical is the place for you!  

    Tickets may be purchased online here, over the phone at 831-775-0976, or at the door until sold out.  


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    ARIEL Theatrical is pleased to announce that beginning February 14, applications for the 2023 Heart of ARIEL Scholarship will be accepted. The deadline to submit is 11:59 pm on Friday, April 14, 2023. This scholarship is made possible by a generous donor who understands the importance of volunteer service and the benefits of engaging in service activities, especially in the healthy development of young people. To find out more about The Heart of ARIEL Scholarship and to apply click HERE.


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    ARIEL Theatrical invites participants ages 7 and up to join the cast of The Fabulous Fable Factory. Timeless and timely, this fantastical musical follows a young person who discovers a factory where the wisdom of Aesop springs to life! Jump on stage and be part of the adventure with some of Aesop’s most well-known creatures including the Tortoise and the Hare, the Ant and the Grasshopper, and many more!

    Rehearsals begin Tuesday, March 14, 2023. Cast size is limited so register today. For complete program information and registration link, click HERE.


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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:

    • Seussical(PROGRAM CLOSED)– Rehearsals begin January 7, shows March 10, 11, 16, 17, 18

    • The Ugly Duckling(PROGRAM CLOSED)– Rehearsals begin January 9, shows February 17, 18

    • The Fabulous Fable Factory(PROGRAM CLOSED) – Rehearsals begin March 14, shows May 5, 6, 12, 13

    • Stone Soup(PROGRAM CLOSED) Rehearsals April 17, shows in May 26, 27

    • KIDS ON STAGE(PROGRAM CLOSED)– One week summer camp, two sessions (June & July)

    • DISNEY’S The Lion King KIDS (PROGRAM CLOSED)– Two-week summer camp begins June 12, shows June 23, 24

    • Wizard of Oz(PROGRAM CLOSED)Three-week summer camp begins June 10, shows July 14, 15, 20, 21, 22

    • Fiddler on the Roof(PROGRAM CLOSED)– Rehearsals begin June 10, shows August 4, 5, 10, 11, 12

    • Jack and the Beanstalk (PROGRAM CLOSED)– Rehearsals begin August 7 & 15, shows September 15, 16, 22, 23 (Two sessions)

    • Charlotte’s Web(REGISTRATION CLOSED)– Rehearsals begin September 5, shows October 20, 21, 27, 28

    • Narnia(REGISTRATION CLOSED)– Rehearsals begin in October 3, shows December 1, 2, 7, 8, 9


    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.

  9. ARIEL Theatrical presents: A Christmas Carol

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


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


    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 or call 831-775-0976.
  10. 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.