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Rubicon Theatre Company Kicks off Sixteenth Year of Summer Programs with Four Fantastic Family Friendly Productions

August 3, 2018

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An event every day that begins at 12:00 am, repeating until August 10, 2018

Rubicon Theatre
1006 East Main Street
Ventura, CA 93001 United States

Rubicon Theatre Company Kicks off Sixteenth Year of Summer Programs with Four Fantastic Family Friendly Productions

Rubicon Theatre Company kicks off its 16th year of summer education programs with four family friendly production performed by kids for kids: The Grunch (book, music and lyrics by Denver Casado and Betina Hershey); Madagascar (book by Kevin Del Aguila, original music and lyrics by George Noriega and Joel Someillan); Julius Caesar (by William Shakespeare); and Grease (book, music and lyrics by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey).


Rubicon’s new Education and Outreach Directors, Broadway veterans Beverly and Kirby Ward, will oversee the administration of the four productions and their respective camps: Stinky Feet, Theatre Camp, Fearless Shakespeare, and the Musical Theatre Intensive. The Wards will co-direct Madagascar, with Beverly Ward directing Grease, Joseph Fuqua directing Julius Caesar, and Patricia Strickland directing The Grunch.


THE GRUNCH – Inspired by “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas,” The Grunch tells the story of Rudy Grunch, a grumpy 6th-grader who always feels like an outsider. When the entire school gets excited about the annual musical, he comes up with a perfect plan to ruin it for everyone.

Runtime: 1 hour. Ages: Elementary and up

Show Dates: Sat Jun 30, 2018 | 12:00 p.m. & 2:00 p.m.

Ticket Price: $11


MADAGASCAR –  Based on the DreamWorks Animation Motion Picture “Madascar,” the story follows Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe, Gloria the Hippo, and plotting penguins.

Runtime: 1 hour. Ages: All ages

Show Dates: Fri Jul 6, 2018 | 7:00 p.m.; Sat Jul 7, 2018 | 2:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.; Sun Jul 8, 2018 | 2:00 p.m.

Ticket Price: $11/$16


JULIUS CAESAR – In this story of loyalty and patriotism, betrayal and individual ambition, Julius Caesar returns to Rome in glory, having defeated his rival. The adoring crowds want to crown him king, but those around him worry that he has become too ambitious. On a stormy night filled with foreboding, Cassius persuades Caesar’s noble friend Brutus to join a conspiracy that changes the course of history.

Runtime: 2 hours. Ages: Middle School and up

Show Dates: Fri Jul 20, 2018 | 7:00 p.m.; Sat Jul 21, 2018 | 2:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.; Sun Jul 22, 2018 | 2:00 p.m.

Ticket Price: $11/$16


GREASE – Book, Music, and Lyrics by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey

Rubicon’s Musical Theatre students present this musical during its 40th anniversary. Head greaser Danny Zuko and new girl Sandy Dumbrowski try to re-live the romance of their “Summer Nights” as the rest of the gang sings and dances to songs that recall the music of Buddy Holly, Little Richard, and Elvis Presley.

Runtime: 2 hours. Ages: Middle School and up

Show Dates: Fri Aug 3, 2018 | 7:00 p.m.; Sat Aug 4, 2018 | 2:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.; Sun Aug 5, 2018 | 2:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.; Tue Aug 7, 2018 | 7:00 p.m.; Wed Aug 8, 2018 | 2:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.; Thu Aug 9, 2018 | 7:00 p.m.; Fri Aug 10, 2018 | 7:00 p.m.

Ticket Price: $11/$16

Although this is be the Wards’ first time working with the Rubicon Summer Programs, they are seasoned professionals with five Broadway shows and eight National Tours to their credit. The two met in the San Diego Junior Theatre program, which was run by Kirby’s parents, and have a deep appreciation of the skills and values learned.

Says Beverly, “Theatre is all about communication. So many problems in the world happen because of breakdowns in communication. Our hope is to instill strong communication skills in the students in the program which they can carry with them into other life experiences.”

In reflecting on the youth program of which they were a part, Kirby remarks that, “The focus wasn’t solely on training great actors. It was on training great people. Whether or not the students involved in these programs pursue acting as a profession, they will develop abilities that they can take with them into any field of endeavor.”

Tickets may be purchased in person through the Rubicon Theatre Box Office, located at 1006 E. Main Street (Laurel entrance). To charge by phone, call (805) 667-2900. Or visit Rubicon online at www.rubicontheatre.org.