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“Excellence in development”

PCPA - Pacific Conservatory Theatre
Ranked #1 of 29 things to do in Santa Maria
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: For more than 50 years PCPA - Pacific conservatory Theatre 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.
Reviewed July 30, 2013

The student performers you see there on stage at the PCPA will be on big-city theater stages throughout the next decade or more. Backing them up are truly professional technicians and instructors. Over the twenty years I have been in the area, I have never seen a bad show.

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Reviewed July 29, 2013

The plays and musicals at PCPA just keep getting better. They are doing SPAMALOT now. Saw it and it was hilarious. We subscribe for the entire season. They are remodeling the Marion Theater in Santa Maria so some of the plays are at the Solvang Festival Theater - an outdoor venue. Not a bad seat in either theater.

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Reviewed July 29, 2013

If you're traveling along the Central Coast of California allow yourself a exceptional treat. Try to attend any performance at PCPA. I have never been disappointed and I have been attending plays there for more than 30 years. The cast is made up of professional actors or students who want to become professionals in theater. That includes set, lighting and sound design and they do an extraordinary job and for much less than what you would pay for LA tickets. Shakespeare and drama are my favorites, but musicals and comedy are also incredibly well done. During the intermission of Music Man, a visitor asked me if the plays were always that good. The answer was certainly, "Yes", which is why I've had season tickets for a number of years now.

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Reviewed July 29, 2013

Since I am a transplant form the SF Bay Area, it is wonderful to have such talent and entertainment in my new home town. I have seen several performances through out the last 12 years with family, teens, pre-teens and girlfriends. also, if you are visiting Solvang, I highly recommend getting tickets to PCPA's outdoor theater during the summer.

Thank Julia S
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Reviewed July 29, 2013

This truly is theatre at its best. You get to see up and coming students working with SAG professionals in comedies, musicals and even Shakespeare. Go to the outdoor theatre in Solvang or the PCPA center in Santa Maria, and you will be very pleasantly surprised. Have never seen a bad production yet, always top notch.

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