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This year will mark the Palm Canyon Theatre’s 20th anniversary season. The nonprofit, regional repertory theatre is Palm Springs’ oldest source of live entertainment and the longest running community theatre in the valley. The Palm Canyon Theatre was founded by the Layne family, which moved to the desert from Kentucky in the late 90s. Dr. William “Bill” Layne, the patriarch of the family, still sits on the nonprofit’s board of directors. His son, J.W. Layne, and daughter, Se Layne, are the theatre’s co-artistic directors.
Since its inception, the theatre, a 501(c)3 organization, has centered around teaching others – one of the first things the founders did was start a summer kids camp. Some productions, including this season’s The Music Man, can have as many as 30 young performers in the show. Dedicated to the education of live stage production and the enrichment of the greater Palm Springs community and its visitors, the theatre operates primarily with volunteers and runs about 13 Broadway favorites and classic stage productions annually. This season, the theatre is marking its 20th anniversary milestone by producing shows that have held as audience favorites.
The “Broadway Series” this season includes: The Music Man, September 30-October 9; Jekyll & Hyde, October 21-31; Meet Me In St Louis, December 2-18; Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, January 20-February 5; Evita, February 17-March 5; Sweet Charity, March 31-April 16; Rock of Ages, May 12-21; In The Heights, July 7-16.
The “Classic Series” this season includes: Noises Off, September 15-18; Sordid Lives, November 11-20; You Can’t Take It With You, March 16-19; Deathtrap, April 27-30.
Individual seats range in price from $29.50-$36 per show. The Palm Canyon Theatre is also planning a special gala evening on Saturday, February 18 during the Evita run, which will include the show plus a cocktail hour sponsored by El Mirasol. For more details about the gala and to purchase individual tickets to any show go to PalmCanyonTheatre.org. For additional assistance and for season packages, call the box office at 760-323-5123. Box office hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Show times for all productions are Thursdays at 7 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.; and Sunday Matinees at 2 p.m. The Palm Canyon Theatre is housed in the City-owned, historic Frances S. Stevens School, which is centrally located in the beautiful Uptown Design District of Palm Springs, 538 North Palm Canyon Drive, at the corner of Alejo and Palm Canyon Drive.