PacRep at the Forest Theater, Carmel

PacRep at the Forest Theater, Carmel

PacRep at the Forest Theater, Carmel
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Tuesday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Sunday
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
About
PacRep at the Forest Theatre - annual family musical (Beauty & the Beast, Peter Pan, Wizard of Oz, etc.), and traditional Shakespeare Festival under the stars at one of the oldest outdoor theatres on the west coast Historic theatre dating to 1910 and early stage used by the Carmel 'bohemians' that started the city's theatre movement. In 2020, PacRep will present the family musical SHREK, during August and September. The Carmel Shakespeare Festival includes repertory productions at PacRep's Golden Bough Playhouse and the Circle Theatre. In 2020, PacRep will present OTHELLO, in October at the Forest Theater.
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artgal
Pebble Beach3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Carmel boasts the oldest continuing outdoor theater west of the Rockies. Founded in 1910 by Carmel's bohemian citizens, the Forest Theater sits in a natural ampitheater surrounded by mature pines, and there is not a bad seat in the place. Volunteers stoke up the two fireplaces before each performance creating a warm and cozy atmosphere. Soon, the magic begins as the orchestra warms up and another wonderful performance begins under the stars.

Bring your picnic, blanket and a bottle of wine and settle in for a lovely evening. If you don't want to bother with a picnic, food and refreshments are available for sale. We see each play we can and often return to share the experiece with friends.

The Forest Theater is especially appealling to families. I've watched children spellbound as they experience their first live performance in a kid friendly environment.

They also offer a Films in the Forest program. You get the same great atmosphere, but watch classic films instead of a play.

Mostly, the Forest Theater productions are attended by locals, as not many out of towners have discovered this treasure.
Written May 5, 2006
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AuntyBeeTheTraveler
Monterey, CA102 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2013 • Couples
What a great venue! The Carmel Forest Theater's "FILMS IN THE FOREST" show classic films and documentaries on the big screen - all OUTDOORS, at night under the stars! You can watch the sunset through the trees and sometimes they have mini-bonfires burning. Dress in layers (however, some nights are fabulous, weather-wise) and bring a blanket for your bum. Seating is on wooden 'bleacher-type" seats. Season for outdoor films runs short. A great experience for all.
Written March 30, 2014
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MICHAEL M
Monterey, CA28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Probably only a handful of old-time outdoor theaters like the Forest Theater. Wonderful experience. Bring some of your own food and wine. Bring a blanket and seat cushion. Watch an old classic and leave feeling great.
Written January 7, 2013
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49212Rudiger_r
High Point, NC101 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2016 • Family
Wonderful if you can find the darn place and then find a place to park. Seriously I'm pretty good with directions and finding places b it this place is hidden behind a cloaking device. Once found, the performance of the Borrowers was excellent. Set was great. Intimate outdoor theater you will never forget. Picnic lunches encouraged and rightfully so as this just contributes to the magic.
Written July 17, 2016
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Margiana123
Sunnyvale, CA14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2013 • Friends
The theater itself is stunning and the seating is intimate. I loved the set design and
John Barrymore III as Hamlet was brilliant. It was such a thrill to see so many talented
actors on the stage giving great performances. It was one of the best theater
experiences I've ever had. There is a good mixture of comedy and drama
in this production. It's a must see! I must give credit to Cristiana DiPietro as Ophelia,
Ami Suzanne Lawless as Gertrude and Larry Welch who did Polonius as well as a
Gravedigger brilliantly. This is a must see!!! Get your tickets and don't miss it.
John Barrymore III puts a unique spin on the character of Hamlet and makes it fresh.
The swordfights are very well done. Go see this one!!
Written July 14, 2013
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iamconstanttraveller
London, UK191 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2012 • Friends
It's quite a walk to get there from the main street and it's actually just a little open theatre with benches in a middle of forest...
Written February 9, 2013
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piratemale
Carmel, CA93 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2012 • Couples
This is my favorite place to see a play. There are always huge crackling fires in the night to keep you warm and add ambiance. I bring my own chilled bottle of wine and snacks. Legally allowed! The actors are always first class, and usually there is a live band to accompany the play. You will not be disappointed, this theater has been in operation for over a hundred years. Bring warm clothes and a blanket just in case!
Written December 16, 2012
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Hilly Bogan
Austin, TX117 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2012 • Couples
Gotta do it ... bring your own food and wine and watch a movie or a play. Carmel tradition for almost 100 years ...
Written October 3, 2012
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Denise D
Salinas, CA40 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2011
I've been on both sides of the lights - as an audience member and also as a performer on stage. Bring a picnic lunch, pillows to sit on, a blanket to cover you and wait for the sunset and the play to begin. Great for kids, too. Real magic.
Written May 2, 2012
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marcyro
Hampton, VA267 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Our group of 6 had a great experience at this gorgeous, if not uncomfortable, outdoor theater that is a pillar of the community of Carmel by the Sea. The cast was a combination of professional actors and amateur theater enthusiasts, which made for an endearing performance of this classic. The set and costume designers are to be commended as well. The playbills come and go, but the theater has just celebrated its 100th anniversary of entertaining this community. If you go, and you really should, do bring something cushy to sit on. You can bring a picnic or chinese carry out, anything you want! If you're not prepared with food and drink, you can buy snacks, candy and even wine reasonably priced at the little concession stand. I cant' wait to go back.
Written September 2, 2010
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