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Mysterium Theater at The La Habra Depot Playhouse
311 S. Euclid Street La Habra, CA 90631
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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.”

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