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  1. 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.

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    Registration information and complete program details will be coming soon. Stay tuned to the ARIEL website and social media channels for updates!

    The Bear Went Over the Mountain

    Disney’s Frozen Jr.

    Schoolhouse Rock Live!

    Three Piggy Opera


    Disney’s 101 Dalmatians KIDS

    Willy Wonka TYA

    Goldilocks and the Three Bears


    A Christmas Carol

  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. MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!!! The ARIEL Matchmaker Fundraising Campaign is officially complete!

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    Thanks to our AMAZING community, ARIEL has found its “Perfect Match,” surpassing the original goal A FULL MONTH BEFORE THE DEADLINE, for a GRAND TOTAL of $25,556 in donations!

    This tremendous outpouring of support has prompted our anonymous “Matchmaker” to increase their support. Instead of $20,000 in matching funds, each and every dollar ARIEL received through October 1, 2023 will be matched, as promised! This additional gift transformed our initial $40,000 goal ($20K raised + $20K match) into $51,112 in funding! We would like to sincerely thank our generous “Matchmaker” and the following supporters who contributed to this stellar effort:

    Ken & Mandy Allen

    Nathan & Shawn Anderson

    Berenice Astengo

    Andrea Brown

    Peter Calvert

    Lisa Carmack

    Oran Cogdill

    Deborah Conway

    Bruce & Joanne Crist

    Ediberto Cruz

    Jean Cunha

    Russell & Janice Cureton

    Sarah Dahlen

    Brynie Dau

    Katherine Dixson

    Jill Ellis

    Robert & Tina England

    Charmane Fergason

    David Finkelstein

    Darcy Fowler

    Sara Frieberg

    Mark Gans

    George Garibay

    Natalie Gibson

    Haide Gonzalez

    Tabetha Griffith

    Douglas & Ericka Gutshall

    Tamara Harris

    Maile Harty

    Chris Hasegawa

    Merritt Hawley

    Andrea Hayes

    Jason & Katie Hayward

    Tristyn Hayward

    Michelle Head

    Dan Hurst

    James Jablonski

    Camila Jones

    Kirk Kennedy

    Heather Kirk

    Frank Kragh

    Kathy Kulper

    Eric Larson

    Undine Lauer

    Taryn Lavender

    Alan Liddle

    Juan Lopez

    Belle Lozada

    Lori Mack

    Yoshie Maemura

    David & Jewel Maisonneuve

    Jeff & Diane McGirr

    Mike & Lisa McGirr

    Steve McShane

    Sheryl Merrill

    Audrey Miller

    Joan Miller

    Maci Mollring

    Deanna Montgomery

    Ryan Moore

    Megan Morais

    Carolanne Moreno

    Kiki Mutoh

    Kathleen Nelson

    George Niesen

    Kelly O’Connell

    Paul Omlansky

    Roseann & Bruce Orlebeck

    Tracey Paidl

    Francisco Palacios

    Amy Parolini

    David Perry

    Alli Preece

    Michelle Reyes

    Betty Rosado

    Juan Rosas

    Jennifer Rudisill

    Pamela Sandoval

    Charles Schofield

    Monika Scott

    Elizabeth Silva

    Shaun Smith

    Nancy Smith

    Victor Smith

    Diana Snell

    Kimberly St George

    Kate Stover

    Andrea Strano

    Flora Temple

    Victoria Teraji

    Veronica Torres

    Frank Valenzuela

    Jacqueline Van Nes

    Patty Whitmore

    Blue Zones Project

    Oldtown Salinas Foundation

    Pacific Coast Pediatrics


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    Saturday, September 30, from 10 am – 2 pm, join us for a one-of-a-kind event for book lovers of all ages. This sale, with prices as low as 50 cents, will feature carefully curated titles that include contemporary and classic stories. Also, if you love to look for treasures, you might find something you’ve been searching for in the antique selections!

    To top it off, 50% of all sales will go directly to support ARIEL Theatrical and the Matchmaker campaign. This one-day sale will be happening during the Farmers’ Market, so stop by the lobby of The Karen Wilson Children’s Theatre, home of ARIEL Theatrical, and find the perfect additions to your home library.

    See you at ARIEL!



  6. Jack and the Beanstalk – Twice as much fun with TWO CASTS!

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    Fee – Fi – Fo – Fum – Join ARIEL Theatrical for some Jack and the Beanstalk fun!

    This beloved fairy tale comes to life on the ARIEL stage for two weekends in September. Jack, an ambitious boy with big dreams, turns a seemingly foolish trade into the adventure, and opportunity, of a lifetime! This musical story is the perfect introduction to live theatre for families with young children. Jack and the Beanstalk features two casts for twice the fun!

    Performances for Cast 1:

    Friday, September 15 at 7 pm

    Saturday, September 16 at 2 pm & 7 pm

    Performances for Cast 2:                 

    Friday, September 22 at 7 pm

    Saturday, September 23 at 2 pm & 7 pm

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

    Tickets: $5 all ages

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

    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 grateful to many local businesses for their generous support. Season Sponsors are Aladin Properties, Cardinale Moving and Storage, and Taylor Farms. The show sponsor is Prunedale Chevron.


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    Every dollar donated will be matched when ARIEL generates $20k in support by October 31.

    Inspired by ARIEL’s recent production of Fiddler on the Roof, the Matchmaker Fundraising Campaign is in full swing! In today’s world, it is becoming more and more difficult to successfully operate a nonprofit theatre due to a variety of challenges. In fact, theatres around the country are closing their doors at an alarming rate. Building financial momentum is a must for the security and longevity of ARIEL. With that in mind, a generous donor has given the ARIEL community a challenge. If $20,000 is raised by October 31, a $20,000 matching donation will be shared with ARIEL. This first step in our strategic fundraising plan will allow ARIEL to proceed into the 2024 Season and move toward a sustainable future. There is strength in numbers, so please consider becoming a “Matchmaker” for ARIEL today.
    Donations of cash or check are gratefully accepted at ARIEL – 320 Main Street in Salinas – and online donations may be made HERE . Checks may also be mailed to P.O. Box 1268, Salinas, CA 93902.  As a reminder, ARIEL Theatrical is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law – Tax ID #77-0237961.



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    Weaving a tapestry of music and rich storytelling, Fiddler on the Roof introduces Tevye, a devout and loving patriarch whose hopes and dreams for his five daughters collide with the worldly influences that threaten to derail tradition. Tevye’s cart is laden not only with deliveries, but with the heartache and the joys of navigating the future while protecting his family from the challenges of an ever-changing world.

    The ARIEL Community Show brings performers of all ages together to embark on a journey of love, hope and tradition.

    You don’t need to be a “rich man” to attend this award-winning production at ARIEL. Enjoy this timeless classic for about the price of a movie….

    You’ll be glad you did.


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    We are thrilled to bring Fiddler on the Roof back to the ARIEL stage this August! However, one thing is missing…..YOU! Join the cast and fill your summer with music, memories, and the excitement of live theatre.

    You don’t have to be a “Rich Man” to participate. Registration fee is by donation – pay what you can. The cast is open to teens (14 & up) and adults, and children ages 8-13 may participate with an adult family member or older teen sibling – families can perform together! Fiddler was recognized as the longest running Broadway show during the height of its popularity and still remains in the top twenty. With timeless and timely themes of tradition, faith and family, Fiddler on the Roof will bring friends and neighbors together to strengthen community bonds and celebrate the challenges and joys of life.

    Register at “Sunrise, Sunset” or any time, quickly and easily via our online form that can be found by clicking HERE. We can’t wait to see you on stage!


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    All donations (up to $75,000) will receive a boost with matching funds available through Monterey County Gives!.

    Your generous support will fund our youth-focused theatre programs in an opportunity-filled environment, enabling young participants to have uniquely rewarding experiences that transcend the stage into positive and productive lives.

    Read more about ARIEL and access the simple and secure donation button by visiting the ARIEL page on the Monterey County Gives! site at

    Online giving is easiest, but if you prefer to send a check, scroll down on the FAQ page to “Can I donate through the mail?” by clicking HERE to find a printable donation form and detailed instructions.

    Make your tax-deductible donation before midnight on December 31, 2022 and help launch ARIEL into 2023 and beyond! We are so grateful for your support.