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Summer Season Starts for Culver City Public Theater

Culver City Public Theatre (CCPT) presents its 12th season of free theater in Carlson Park for families and theater fans of all ages!

The season opens with the July 17 world premiere performance of “The True Story of Jack and the Beanstalk”, written by long-standing CCPT member and current company president, Heidi Dotson. This marks the fourth consecutive year that Ms. Dotson has penned the Children’s Popcorn Theater show, which is the season’s offering  specifically aimed at a younger audience. Ms. Dotson will also direct the clever retelling of this beloved fairytale, which features an unlikely character as the narrator. Children and adults alike thoroughly enjoy the Children’s Popcorn Theatre productions. This will be Ms. Dotson’s seventh season with CCPT, where she has both acted and directed numerous times. Ms. Dotson has an extensive background in theater, having performed with San Gabriel Valley Music Theater, The Redlands Bowl, Redlands Theatre Festival, Rio Hondo College, and Riverside Civic Light Opera, where she even played the front half of the cow in their production of Jack and the Beanstalk!

CCPT’s first main stage show of the season is a classic Shakespeare play with a modern twist,  “The Merry Wives of Windsor (New Jersey), opening on July 17th at 2 p.m. Mike Peebler directs this timeless tale of small town gossip, artfully set in modern day New Jersey. Mr. Peebler joins CCPT for the first time this season, though he is no stranger to outdoor productions, having worked extensively with Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum. In addition to his vast experience with Shakespeare productions, Mr. Peebler has also appeared in numerous television shows and films. These include “Medium”, “NUMB3RS”, “Las Vegas”, “Scrubs”, and Valkyrie which stars Tom Cruise. In addition to the challenge of directing Shakespeare, Mr. Peebler can also be seen playing the titular role in Theatricum Botanicum’s current production of Hamlet.

CCPT finishes this year’s season with Sir Arthur Pinero’s ‘The Enchanted Cottage”, opening August 7 at 2 p.m., directed by CCPT member Nicole Nelson. As the title suggests, this is a charming and magical play, made famous by the 1945 film adaptation starring Robert Young and Dorothy McGuire. Though seldom performed, CCPT proudly presents this story which explores the true meaning of beauty. Ms. Nelson has also performed with Underground Theater and Next Stage, as well making multiple appearances in film and TV, which include Step Up 2, Nip/Tuck, and Parental Control.

The True Story of Jack and the Beanstalk
Dates: Saturdays & Sundays only July 17-August 22
Time: 12:00pm
Location: Dr. Paul Carlson Memorial Park
(the corner of Motor and Braddock)
10420 Park Ave, Culver City, CA 90232
Tickets: No Tickets necessary. Performances are free/donation only,
and open to the public.

The Merry Wives of Windsor (New Jersey)
Dates: Saturdays & Sundays only July 17-August 1
Time: 2:00pm
Location: Dr. Paul Carlson Memorial Park
(the corner of Motor and Braddock)
10420 Park Ave, Culver City, CA 90232
Tickets: No Tickets necessary. Performances are free/donation only,
and open to the public.

The Enchanted Cottage
Dates: Saturdays & Sundays only August 7-August 22
Time: 2:00pm
Location: Dr. Paul Carlson Memorial Park
(the corner of Motor and Braddock)
10420 Park Ave, Culver City, CA 90232
Tickets: No Tickets necessary. Performances are free/donation only,
and open to the public.

Information Line: 310-712-5482, info@ccpt.org

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