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Broadway Musical "Side Show"
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La Habra Depot Theatre is pleased to announce a newcomer to the Depot Theatre; award winning director/choreographer T.J. Dawson.  His hit production of Cabaret at the Costa Mesa Civic Playhouse was the recipient of “Best Show/Best Direction in 2004” in the L.A. Times year end review.  He is joined by a fantastic team; all of whom work professionally both on and off stage in the Southern California area.  Musical director Arie Gonzalez and assistant choreographer Kami Seymour round out this very impressive team.  Arie, among many credits, is slated to musically direct the Definitely Dickens Holiday Carolers for the Disneyland Resort this upcoming season.  Kami, who was T.J.’s co-choreographer for the Stage Under the Stars critically acclaimed production of Anything Goes, is a professionally working actress and teaches performing arts to high school students at The Music Room in Orange.

The cast for Side Show is comprised extremely talented and professional actors from all over the Southern California area. This powerful drama is suitable for the entire family, but recommended for ages 15 and up.    

In directing Side Show, director/choreographer T.J. Dawson hopes to effectively convey the show’s powerful message of the effects of abuse, discrimination, love and compassion to the local audiences.  He wants it to “speak to people” and “touch them” in some way.   This show helps people realize how wonderful diversity truly is and to accept themselves and others as they are.  This show ran at a time where Broadway attendance was at an all time low and even though it received several Tony nominations, including Best Musical, Best Score, and Best Leading Actress, and despite very positive reviews the show closed prematurely and ran only 3 months; a very big upset in the Broadway community.  Not only has this work rarely been produced, but it has only appeared, outside of the educational arena, in Southern California once a few years ago to sold out houses at the Colony Theatre in Burbank.  If you enjoy a powerful and touching story along with some powerhouse voices, then this is the show for you!  This Broadway cult favorite includes such powerhouse songs as “Come Look at the Freaks,” “Who Will Love Me As I Am?,” “You Should Be Loved,” “Tunnel of Love” and “I Will Never Leave You.”

About the Ticket Supplier: La Habra Depot Theatre

The La Habra Community Theatre began in 1976 as a Children's Theatre project of the City's newly established Cultural Arts Council. The first production was Shakespeare's Twelfth Night. It was performed in La Habra High School's lecture hall since the city did not have a Community Performing Arts Facility.

At the same time, the 1909 Pacific Electric Depot building stood empty and in danger of demolition if it was not restored to a functional role in the community. Planning for its renovation as a Community Performing Arts Facility was initiated by the Mayor of La Habra and supported by the City Council as well as many community members. The "train station", or depot, was then moved across the street to its current location in Portola Park to integrate it into the master plan for the redevelopment of downtown La Habra.

Funding to restore the depot and convert it to a Theatre came largely from the Federal Government Restoration of Historical Landmarks. "The Depot" was declared Orange County Historical Landmark Site #14.

In January of 1980, the Children's Theatre project was expanded to incorporate adult theatre. Then, in July of 1982, the 100 members of the Community Theatre moved into the Depot Playhouse. The first performance in the restored building was the musical Oklahoma. On August 15, 1995 the Depot Playhouse became a non-profit tax-exempt organization and officially became know as Depot Theatre of La Habra. The theatre's board of directors and all production committees are comprised of community volunteers. The Depot Theatre is one of the few community organizations which functions without a single paid staff member.