by Berenice Cisneros
America's First Lady of Laughter, Phyllis Diller will star in the world premiere of "Dear Sheldon," a new comedy opening at The California Center for the Arts Escondido, Friday, Nov. 23-25. Dear Sheldon tells in hilarious style the story of the twisted relationship between Doris Levine and her son Sheldon. Tickets range from $33.50 - $42.50 can be purchased by calling the box office at 1-800-98-TICKET, or online at www.ticketmaster.com.
`A Christmas Carol'
The magic continues with the return of San Diego Repertory Theatre's highly celebrated production of the fantasy circle adaptation of A Christmas Carol, the classic tale by Charles Dickens. With a cast of more than 20 singers, dancers, jugglers and acrobats join the production to grace the REP's 550-seat Lyceum Stage in an evening of extreme acrobatics, dazzling costume, live music and breathtaking scenery. Marvel at the exquisite beauty of ribbon twirlers and the wondrous equestrian ballet. Revel in the joyful skills of the unicyclists and aerialists. Previews begin Saturday, Nov. 24 and runs through Sunday, Dec. 23. The Lyceum Stage is located at 79 Horton Plaza, Downtown San Diego. For tickets call 619-544-1000 or online www.sandiegorep.com.
A Christmas Concert
Chanticleer, the world-renowned male vocal ensemble, will present Christmas Concert at St. James by-the-Sea Episcopal Church Sunday, Nov. 25th at 4:30 PM and 7:30 PM. Included on the program will be Chanticleer's traditional mix of Medieval and Renaissance sacred music, as well as traditional carols and spirituals. Tickets are available in advance from the St. James Gift Shop or may be charged by phone at 858-459-3421 x109. Adult tickets are $20, children and students are admitted free. The church is located at 743 Prospect St. in La Jolla.
Defending the Caveman
Broadway's longest running comedy, Defending the Caveman, created by and starring Rob Becker, makes its premier at the Civic Theatre. An outrageously funny and surprisingly sweet exploration of the gender gap, his hilariously insightful play about the ways that men and women struggle to relate has both sexes roaring with laughter and recognition. Couples stroll out into the night afterwards holding hands. Runs from November 27 - December 2 at the San Diego Civic Theatre, located at 3rd Avenue and B Street. Tickets range from $19.00 - $49.50. For Mature Audiences Only.
Casting has been announced for Lamb's Players Festival of Christmas: Angel's Arms at Lamb's Players Theatre in Coronado. Playing November 29 through December 29. This year's production is one of the company's most popular. In Angel's Arms, an old forgotten inn on a stormy English coastline becomes the retreat for an aspiring author suffering from writer's block. What he doesn't know is that he is about to become the spark for a mysterious and surprising holiday celebration. Filled with the music of the season. Festival of Christmas will be enjoyed by the entire family. Tickets are $18 - $38 and are available by calling 437-0600.
Una Noche de Mariachi
The music faculty of the Southwestern College School of Arts and Communication will present student mariachi ensembles in concert Thursday, November 29, 8 p.m. Mayan Hall Theatre on the college campus, 900 Otay Lakes Road, Chula Vista. Southewestern College Mariachi ensembles are composed of students enrolled in mariachi performance classes under the direction of Dr. Jeff Nevin. Tickets are $10 general admission, $7 seniors and students with ID, and 5 for groups of 20 or more. For more information, call 421-6700 x5378.
Holiday Extravaganza of the Arts
One of America's favorite collectable artists, Ted Ellis, is coming to San Diego for the Holiday Extravaganza of the Arts. T. Ellis who is known for his dedication of time and artwork to charities like Jack and Jill, Inc., UNCF, and school districts across the nation, comes to town Friday, November 30, from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at the San Diego Concourse Copper Room for reception to inspire emerging artisans and support needy San Diego families. San Diegans can meet him at the San Diego Concourse with a $50.00 donation. The reception is the kick off for the Holiday Extravaganza of the Arts, an annual 2-day fund-raiser created to assist disadvantaged San Diego families with food, toys and gift items. Admission is free, however, a donation of two (2) canned goods or toys is required. Proceeds from this event will benefit families of the Encanto Boys and Girls Club. For more information please call 265-2561.
Abaa Koma, the SDSU African Ensemble of the School of Music and Dance, will be performing a fund-raiser concert on Friday, November 30 at 8 PM. The concert will take place at SDSU's Smith Recital Hall. Ticket prices are $10 general admission, $6 student and senior, $5 advance. Smith Recital Hall is located in the Music Building on campus. The 14-member ensemble will perform traditional music and dance of the Ewe, Ashanti, Ga, Frafra, and Dagomba people of Ghana, West Africa.
Students from California State University San Marcos will join with community members for a festive Pastorela, a traditional Mexican nativity story, Nov. 30 through Dec. 2 at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido. This Spanish play focuses on the conflict between good and evil experienced by the pastores, or shepherds, drawn to witness the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem. The audience will enjoy songs and dances from various regions in Mexico and laugh as the shepherds overcome the comic antics of Satan and Luceferina and their own human weaknesses as the Archangel Gabriel guides them to the true meaning of the season. Tickets are $10 and can be ordered by calling 1-800-98TICKET. For more information about this, and other events, call 760-750-4366.