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Santa Monica Playhouse is excited to present the 17th anniversary production of its modern Halloween classic, as part of the Playhouse’s “We’re Back” musical play series. It’s the classic Family Theatre Halloween musical for Kids 2 to 102 – the heartwarming Rudie-DeCarlo tale of the aptly-named Candy, a sweet young girl who learns some surprising lessons about life, love, laughter, and sugar, from a delightful array of characters who take her on a magical All Hallow’s Eve adventure. And you, the audience, help Cattypuss, Patty Patches, Hester the Jester and Fifika the French Fortune Teller save Halloween for one more year.
As witching hour approaches, kids, and parents, too, discover the value of team spirit, friendship, sharing, making choices, and moderation, especially when it comes to treats and sweets. Now an audience favorite holiday tradition and back by audience demand for its 17th October run, Absolutely Halloween is one in a series of original Rudie-DeCarlo fairy tale musical comedies that make up the award-winning Family Theatre Musical Matinee Series for Kids 2 to 102, now celebrating 53 years as it cuts across the imaginary generation gap by providing an experience the entire family can enjoy.
Helmed by Playhouse Artistic Director Chris DeCarlo, with book, music & lyrics by DeCarlo, Evelyn Rudie & Matthew Wrather, the ingenious costumes are created by award-winning designer Ashley Hayes, with production and multi-media design by The Attic Room. Absolutely Halloween features internationally acclaimed Actors’ Repertory Theatre members Celeste Akiki, Cydne Moore, Michala Peltz, Joseph Perez, Graham Silbert and Megan Wright with special guest Olvia Hurtado, and Meghan Nealon as everybody’s favorite mischief-maker “Cattypuss.” Birthday parties, hosted by gaily-costumed members of the Absolutely Halloween Company, are available in conjunction with every performance. It’s Around Town’s “Favorite Pick!” It’ll be yours, too! Saturdays, 2pm, Sundays 12:30, October 7-29 only.
Santa Monica Playhouse is supported in part by grants from the City of Santa Monica and the Santa Monica Arts Commission, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture, the Ahmanson Foundation, the Rotary Club Foundation and Playhouse PALS. All current protocols are observed.