Explorer Series at Segerstrom Center for the Arts


They Called Her Vivaldi
Sat., Feb. 16, 2019 at 1:00 PM

Cecilia Maria is a sensitive musical-prodigy, making a quiet name for herself in a cacophonous world until one night her magical, musical hat “Capello” goes missing Now she must venture out into the noisy city to track down the mysterious Cat Burglar. Along the way she meets a pizza maker with no salt shaker, a gondolier with no oar and a hairdresser with no scissors. Her adventure brings her face to face with the sneaky thief and a startling truth about herself. Part comedy, part thriller, this new production is full of beautiful music and hilarious characters, celebrating the power within us all to follow our dreams. Tickets start at $20. Saturday and Sunday, 1 p.m. Samueli Theater.


Sunjata Kamalenya
Sat., Mar. 09, 2019 at 1:00 PM

If you are in the room, you are in the show! Sunjata Kamalenya is a completely interactive production which celebrates the greatest hero of West African legend, Sunjata Keita, the first king of the ancient Empire of Mali. A wandering hunter comes to the village of Farrakoro and makes the difficult to believe prediction that a crippled boy and his out-cast mother will overcome all odds to deliver their nation from a powerful warlord. What follows is their adversarial struggles and the strength they derive from their faith in one another. Authentic music, costumes, and scenery invite you to a modern Mand village where the storyteller guides your journey as you sing, dance and act alongside professional actors and musicians in a truly unique experience. Tickets start at $20. Saturday and Sunday, 1 p.m. Samueli Theater.


Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Sun., Jun. 09, 2019 at 6:30 PM


Roald Dahl’s amazing tale is now Orange County’s golden ticket! It’s the perfect recipe for a delectable treat: songs from the original film, including “Pure Imagination,” “The Candy Man,” and “I’ve Got a Golden Ticket,” alongside a toe-tapping and ear-tickling new score from the songwriters of Hairspray.

Willy Wonka is opening his marvelous and mysterious chocolate factory…to a lucky few. That includes Charlie Bucket, whose bland life is about to burst with color and confection beyond his wildest dreams. He and four other golden ticket winners will embark on a mesmerizing joyride through a world of pure imagination. Now’s your chance to experience the wonders of Wonka like never before – get ready for Oompa-Loompas, incredible inventions, the great glass elevator, and more, more, more at this everlasting showstopper!



Segerstrom Center for the Arts

600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Ticket Services –  (714) 556-2787