Local Support Crucial to Community Theatre
For the past 22 years, Cabrillo Music Theatre has served the community by entertaining thousands with their Broadway-style shows produced in our own backyard. As Conejo Valley residents well know, this vibrant community theatre contributes so much more than high-quality stage productions to enhance quality of life in the area. Cabrillo Music Theatre is famous for its many outreach programs that have made a difference in the lives of countless people, young and old, from all sectors of society.
CMT’s community service extends to the U.S. Military and families, underserved students, in-need seniors, nonprofit organizations like the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Greater Conejo Valley, rescue animals and local aspiring theatre performers. Thus, when the Board of Directors of Cabrillo Music Theatre announced the suspension of its 2016-2017 season due to funding issues, the community stepped up to help.
“An incredible outpouring of love and support for Cabrillo, through posts, letters and phone calls with people expressing their love for Cabrillo and all the many things they’ve done for the community over the years” flooded the offices of Cabrillo Music Theatre following the announcement, says Board Chair Bart Leininger.
In addition to their kind words, community members demonstrated their wholehearted support for Cabrillo Music Theatre by providing the needed resources that allowed the show to go on.
“We are blessed and fortunate that we’re able to move forward because of the outpouring of love and support from the community,” says Leininger. Thanks to the community, the 2016-17 season will move forward, with three shows, including “Evita,” “Sister Act” and “Peter Pan,” all in the 1,800-seat Kavli Theatre. As part of the transition, and in order to prevent potential losses, Cabrillo Music Theatre removed the production of Tarzan in the Scherr Forum from the season schedule. The streamlined production schedule allows the Cabrillo board and staff to build on a strategy of engaging new community support for the organization in both fundraising and marketing of the professional, nonprofit community-based theatre group.
CMT’s 40-some weeks of productions not only develops local talent and theatre artists, but also helps drive the local economy by increasing visitors (and income) to businesses, restaurants and stores in the area.
Residents of all ages are sure to be delighted by next month’s premiere production of Disney’s “The Little Mermaid.” Running July 15-24, “The Little Mermaid” was the first animated musical to use Broadway composers for the music and it changed the direction of animated movies forever. This brand-new fully developed musical that played on Broadway, in the spirit of “Beauty and the Beast” and “The Lion King,” Cabrillo Music Theatre’s production of “The Little Mermaid” will be the first in the area! Full of great music, including “Part of Your World,” “Kiss the Girl,” “Poor Unfortunate Souls” and new songs written for the stage, dance, comedy and romance, “The Little Mermaid” will take you to places no musical has ever gone before.
Cabrillo Music Theatre is grateful for the support of community members and its sponsors, as well as the City of Thousand Oaks for cooperating with its effort to keep community theatre alive and thriving at the Civic Arts Plaza.
“We need the continued support of the public to remain strong and vibrant in the community,” says Leininger, noting that the community’s help will ensure a better and stronger Cabrillo Music Theatre and keep “Broadway in Your Backyard” for years to come!
To order tickets for “The Little Mermaid” and future CMT performances, call the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza Box Office at 805.449.2787.