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PCPA Theaterfest

800 S College Drive, Santa Maria, CA 93454
805-922-8313
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Theaters
Owner description: For more than 48 years PCPA Theaterfest has been presenting exemplary theatre and providing excellent training with a resident company of theatre... more » Owner description: For more than 48 years PCPA Theaterfest has been presenting exemplary theatre and providing excellent training with a resident company of theatre professionals. Begun in the summer of 1964, founder Donovan Marley laid the ground work for a year-round professional theatre company. PCPA remains the only resident professional company on the Central Coast producing consistent quality entertainment for the community while training thousands of actors and theatre technicians for a career in theatre. « less
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014 NEW

This was my playground as a child. My dad, brother and many life-long friends used to work there. Excellent theatre in the 70s & 80s. Not as good now, but good theatre for a small community, which gives it greater value!

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Brooklyn, New York
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6 reviews 6 reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

I'm a theater superfan and see literally everything that's produced in NYC. This has made me jaded and not easy to please, even with Broadway these days. I thought our tickets to Oklahoma! would be just a cute diversion on our trip to Solvang. Not so! This was a top-notch production, as good as and better than many things I've... More

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Fresno, California
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23 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

PCPA puts on top notch shows both in their Santa Maria theatre and Solvang outdoor theatre. If going to the outdoor theatre (even in the summer) bring jackets and blankest. They rent them to you, but bring your own. Pack a picnic and eat dinner before the show on the theatre lawn.

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San Diego
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14 reviews 14 reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 via mobile

Saw Forever Plaid at the theater in Solvang. What a great way to spend the evening!! The show was so good! Absolutely loved it!!!

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San Luis Obispo, California
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155 reviews 155 reviews
19 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

We have been season ticket holders for years (mostly at the Marian theater in Santa Maria)and never has there been a disappointing performance. Shakespeare, Comedy, Musicals, they do everything. The venue is semi circular and there isn't a bad seat in the house. We recently attended the performance, Oklahoma and it was great, much enthusiasm and enjoyment by the performers.... More

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Santa Rosa, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Charming outdoor theatre. All seats are great. More than anything I enjoyed the cast. Four talented young men. Show is filled with humor and upbeat 50's / 60's music to enjoy by all. Excellent choreography . Don't miss out on this great production! You won't be disappointed .

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Sylmar, Ca
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23 reviews 23 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

We went to the show in Solvang, which is part of the theaterfest, and it was very good. The theater is outdoors, so bring a blanket and a sweater. Actors were believable and good. Would definitely go to another show.

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Santa Barbara, California
1 review
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

You can NEVER go wrong with a PCPA play and their current production of "Noises Off" is a complete delight. I had heard such good things about how funny it was, that I expected to be disappointed. No chance. I laughed so hard at one point my face ached. The actors are fantastic - their timing, their physicality, their awareness... More

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Santa Maria, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

This NOT a community college "let's put on a show" acting-class project: the plays and musicals at the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts feature professional actors who are members of Actors Equity, and graduates of PCPA's Conservatory in addition to full-time students and interns. The PCPA is celebrating the 50th anniversary this year of bringing professional live theater to... More

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Santa Maria, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

With the new renovations, they enhanced an already excellent venue for plays. Add that to the high quality actors, this equates to a great cultural experience within almost everyone's budget!!!

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