2017 Season

The Awkward Party 

January 21 & January 22 and February 18 – March 4
Saturdays at 5pm, Sundays at 5:30pm

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Directed by Josh Nicols

Spectacles Improv Engine and STAGEStheatre join forces to bring you some of the best improvisation performers in Orange County in an original unscripted play inspired by all the terribly awkward party moments you'd love to forget.

Spectacles Improv Engine is one of a handful of Improv companies hooking up these days with theatre companies to specialize in theatrical improvisation. Theatrical improvisation emphasizes acting "in the moment" and building believable character relationships. Although usually funny, it can also be absolutely heart-breaking, and thought-provoking. And every night is different.

Arsenic and Old Lace

February 10th-March 5th
Fridays & Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 2pm

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Written by Joseph Kesselring
Directed by Jill Johnson

Mortimer Brewster is living a happy life: he has a steady job at a prominent New York newspaper, he’s just become engaged, and he gets to visit his sweet spinster aunts to announce the engagement. Mortimer always knew that his family had a bit of a mad gene -- his brother believes himself to be Teddy Roosevelt and his great-grandfather used to scalp Indians for pleasure -- but his world is turned upside down when he realizes that his dear aunts have been poisoning lonely old men for years! When Mortimer’s maniacal brother, Jonathan. (who strangely now resembles Boris Karloff) returns on the night that the aunts were planning to bury the newest victim, Mortimer must rally to help his aunts and protect his fiancé -- all while trying to keep his own sanity as well.


Kill Me, Deadly

March 24th – April 15th
Fridays & Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 2pm
Saturday April 15th at 5pm only

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Written by Bill Robens
Directed by Steven Biggs

It's 1947 and hard-boiled private investigator Charlie Nickles' client is murdered and her priceless diamond stolen. The investigation forces Nickels to do the one thing he vowed he'd never do again: trust a dame. "Kill Me Deadly" is a noir comedy that pokes fun at the conventions of noir crime dramas of the 30s and 40s. A love story with deceit, murder, double crosses, and waffles. Think love child of "Double Indemnity", "The Maltese Falcon" and "Airplane".

Missed Connections

Sunday March 26th at 6:00pm

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Conceived by Jill Johnson

Need a little pick me up before the work week begins? Come join us for a night of dramatic readings of some of the most ridiculous postings from Craigslist you’ll ever hear! Conceived by Jill Johnson and cast with Orange County Store Front Theatre All Stars!



April 1st – April 9th
Saturdays at 5pm and Sundays at 5:30pm

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Written by Colleen McCandless
Directed by Lottie Frick

Six months after the sudden passing of his mother, 12-year-old Bran and his family are now also losing their home. His father Robin is coping by not talking about it, and his sister Jay is coping by yelling and playing with matches. Bran finds that he is changing in ways that are more physical when he begins finding black feathers growing through his hair. He knew something was different when that crow started talking to him in his front yard.

Peter and The Star Catcher

May 5th – June 4th
Fridays & Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 2pm

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Based on the Novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson
Music by Wayne Barker
Directed by Patti Cumby

PETER AND THE STARCATCHER is an hilarious and heart-warming tale filled with non-stop, madcap fun! In this 5 time Tony Award winning play, a dozen brilliant actors play more than 100 unforgettable characters using their enormous talent, ingenious stagecraft and the limitless possibilities of imagination. This swashbuckling grownup prequel to Peter Pan will have you hooked from the moment you let your imagination take flight.


Merchant of Venice

June 23rd – July 23rd
Fridays & Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 2pm

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Written by William Shakespeare
Directed by Joe Parrish

A lost fortune, a lover's choice and one of the most powerful expressions of "the quality of mercy" in literature: meet Portia, Bassanio and Shylock, the Jewish moneylender and one of Shakespeare’s most controversial characters of all time.

Shakespeare’s suspenseful comedy with a tragic core is the story of religion, race and prejudice has caused controversy wherever it has been presented. Bassanio, a young man-about-town is determined to woo the wealthy heiress Portia, but in order to finance his quest, he needs 3,000 ducats. Enter Shylock. The scales of justice and the bonds of family, friendship and love are tested in a world of deception, faithlessness and treachery.


The Twilight Zone

June 30th – July 22nd
Friday at 11pm, Saturday at 5pm, Sunday at 5:30pm

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Directed by Darri Kristin & David Campos

There is a fifth dimension beyond that which is known to man. A dimension as vast as space, as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, science and superstition, and it lies between the pit of man’s fears and the summit of his knowledge. This is the dimension of imagination. It is an area which we call “The Twilight Zone”. “That’s the signpost up ahead. Your next stop: The Twilight Zone”

Details on episodes and casting information coming this spring!


Moon Over Buffalo

August 11th – September 17th
Fridays & Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 2pm

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Written by Ken Ludwig
Directed by Amanda DeMaio

Moon Over Buffalo is a raucous farce about a dysfunctional theater troupe performing in Buffalo, New York, in 1953. This backstage play by Ken Ludwig (author of Lend Me A Tenor) centers on fading stars George and Charlotte Hay, the diva lead actress, Charlotte Hay, is barely tolerant of her philandering semi-alcoholic husband, George, and mishaps and confusions arise for the company when presented the opportunity of famed film director Frank Capra attending a performance to possibly cast the two for a movie. Their temperamental daughter Rosalind splits time between fiancé Howard and ex-fiancé Paul, the company’s stage manager. Charlotte’s nearly-deaf mother, Ethel, and Richard, a would-be suitor for Charlotte, make their contributions to the mayhem as Eileen, a young actress in the company, reveals her pregnancy to all. The hopeful actors sprint through the tangle of confusion to produce a woefully misbegotten mixture of two different plays in their hoped-for presentation piece, and in the play’s climactic scene, manage to set everything right by still more series of coincidences and mishaps. Overall, Moon Over Buffalo is a fast-paced and energetic night of entertainment.


Missed Connections

Sunday August 13th at 6:00pm

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Conceived by Jill Johnson

Need a little pick me up before the work week begins? Come join us for a night of dramatic readings of some of the most ridiculous postings from Craigslist you’ll ever hear! Conceived by Jill Johnson and cast with Orange County Store Front Theatre All Stars!


Man Trouble, two one-act plays

August 19th – September 16th
Saturdays at 5pm & Sundays at 5:30pm

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Written by David Macaray
Directed by Phil Brickey

A man (Kyle) and woman (Kitty) are serendipitously thrown together at—of all places—a funeral home. They are there to view a body. The deceased is Kitty’s cousin and Kyle’s best friend. After chatting, they realize they are not only attracted to each other, but have a great deal in common. Is this the beginning of a budding romance? Or is it something else? They’re in a funeral home….so it’s something else.

We meet Mr. Norman Fairchild, the world’s most inexpensive professional assassin. He works
cheap, he works clean, he works fast, and most importantly, he works smart. And because he
works smart, his services are always in demand, which is why a local building contractor has
come calling. By the end of the play, the assassin and the client have learned a time-honored
lesson: Money isn’t everything.


The Woman In Black. A ghost play

October 6th – November 5th
Fridays & Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 2pm
Thursdays October 19th, 26th and November 2nd at 8pm

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Written by Stephen Mallatratt, based on the novel by Susan Hill
Directed by David Chorley

The framework of this spine tingler is unusual: a lawyer hires an actor to tutor him in recounting to family and friends a story that has long troubled him concerning events that transpired when he attended the funeral of an elderly recluse. There he caught sight of the woman in black, the mere mention of whom terrifies the locals, for she is a specter who haunts the neighborhood where her illegitimate child was accidentally killed. Anyone who sees her dies! The lawyer has invited some friends to watch as he and the actor recreate the events of that dark and stormy night. A classic of the genre.


It’s A Wonderful Life:
a Live Radio Play

November 24th – December 17th
Fridays & Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 2pm
Saturday December 9th at 4:30pm
Saturday December 10th at 2pm & 5pm
Saturday December 16th at 4:30pm & 8pm

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Written by Joe Landry
Directed by Amanda DeMaio

The beloved American Classic comes to captivating life as a live 1940’s radio broadcast. With the help of an ensemble that brings a few dozen characters to the stage, the story of idealistic George Bailey unfolds as he considers ending his life one fateful Christmas Eve.

The most heart-warming show of the holiday season!