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Old Town Temecula Community Theater Celebrates a Star-Studded New Season

While putting together the lineup for the Old Town Temecula Community Theater’s 2016-2017 season, Theater Manager Beatriz Barnett looked to the skies for inspiration.

“Don McLean helped celebrate our theater’s fourth anniversary in 2009 and his performance of Starry, Starry Night has always been a favorite song,” Barnett said during a recent interview. “As we launch into our second decade, this rare night landscape is the backdrop of every night in Temecula and we can all thank our lucky stars that we live in an area which provides affordable and accessible shows by acclaimed performers.”

With Van Gogh’s post-impressionist painting, The Starry Night, adorning their marketing materials, the theater pays homage to not only the artists’ work but the experience of attending one of their shows.

The Starry Night is an exceptional and iconic masterpiece of individualized expression in a modern landscape that has stood the test of time and this is my wish for the Old Town Temecula Community Theater,” Barnett said. “The promotional piece represents the stars ablaze in their own luminescence, picturesque town structures, and a bright crescent moon, which is the setting in our courtyard every night, where our theater family spends pre-show, intermission, and post-show gatherings.”

Now in their 11th year, the Old Town Temecula Community Theater is comprised of the main theater and the intimate 48-seat Mercantile Theater, known simply as The Merc.

The new season’s schedule includes new additions as well as returning favorites from resident companies. Popular performance series’ including classical, dance, groove, legends, Hawaiian, big band and many others are back this year with exciting new guest performers and shows.

“We have not added any new series but instead are continually developing our current season offerings to offer true star-power experiences as well as an opportunity to see rising stars,” she said. “My philosophy was to keep it eclectic, engaging and exciting, by bringing back true favorites and introducing our enthusiastic and adventurous audiences to new acts.”

To kick off the season in rock and roll style, the Fine Arts Network Theater Company presents the Tony Award-Winning musical, Green Day’s American Idiot, on stage July 29th through August 14th. The contemporary rock opera is a coming-of-age story, told with a soundtrack comprised of the title band’s catalogue. Green Day’s American Idiot contains strong language and adult subject matter and is not recommended for children.

Although Temecula can be considered a small community by some standards, Barnett and her staff hope the Old Town Temecula Community Theater’s 11th season brings a level of entertainment comparable to much larger cities.

“Even though the City of Temecula is just 26 years old, we are fortunate to have a very rich, deep, and vibrant cultural arts foundation, thanks to all the talented artists, generous volunteers, dedicated staff, and loyal patrons,” Barnett said. “Temecula’s Theater turned ten last year, after a lovely exterior make-over, and we look forward to many more decades of providing our community healthy servings of arts and culture nightly under the stars.”

For more information on the Old Town Temecula Community Theater’s 2016-2017 season, visit temeculatheater.org.

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Holly Herndon

Holly Herndon

Holly has been covering arts & entertainment in the Temecula Valley for as long as she has been a part of the community. She loves San Diego sports almost as much as she loves her family.

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