As the clock ticks down, a musical comes to life.
We love musicals. We hope you do too! And a chance for you to see, and for us to perform in a musical that’s hardly ever done? Well, that’s a special treat for all of us.
The Musical Theatre Guild was founded in 1996 by a dedicated group of professional musical artists who were interested in exploring and preserving works from the musical theatre repertoire that were either forgotten, neglected, or unfairly dismissed.
Working under a special Actors’ Equity Concert Staged Reading code, this concert format (books in hand) requires us to focus on the script and the score, eliminate unnecessary production values, and for our busy actor members, streamline the majority of the rehearsal process into one focused long weekend.
The cast meets once or twice prior to the weekend for basic musical rehearsal. On Thursday and Friday, all staging takes places with a complete run through scheduled for Saturday. On Sunday afternoon we enter the theatre and add the technical elements and orchestra, and voila – it’s opening night! Our actors have all compared this experience with being shot out of a cannon. Not that any of us have actually ever done that feat – but you get the idea.
This format enables us to take the risk to present works that other theatres would not dream to schedule, and features some of the finest talent in Southern California on our stage.
We invite you to join us, and experience rare musicals TOGETHER.