Celebrating the Performing Arts in Pismo Beach
Does your family have a tradition of taking in a show during the holidays? Do you try to catch traveling Broadway shows wherever you can find them? Are you looking for opportunities to expose your kids to more art, music, and theater? Pismo Beach is no slouch when it comes to the performing arts, so whether you’re in the mood for serious or silly, romantic or ridiculous, American or International, these Central Coast performances are satisfying and inspiring.
Laugh, Then Laugh Again in Pismo Beach
It ain’t over til every last audience member is laughing so hard they’re crying. The Great American Melodrama & Vaudeville in neighboring Oceano takes this serious thing called life and gives audience members an opportunity to laugh in the face of it. Think “The Carol Burnett Show” for the modern age. Vaudeville revues full of song, dance, and comedy follow every show featuring the Melodrama’s rotating cast of talented actors.
Round out 2012 by starting a new winter tradition with your loved ones and taking in the Melodrama’s “The Holiday Extravaganza” through New Year’s, a send-up of A Christmas Carol and a “fractured fairy tale opera.” Or if you’ll be visiting Pismo Beach in 2013, wrangle yourself some tickets to “How the West Was Really Won” or “Les Miserables… or a whole lot LESS miserable.” And for those who love those campy vamps, “Drac in the Saddle Again” spoofs low-budget horror and western movies of the ‘60s.
The Serious Side of Performing Art in Pismo Beach
If you’re looking for performing art that’s a little more refined but no less entertaining, the Clark Center for the Performing Arts in nearby Arroyo Grande showcases world-class professional performances. State-of-the-art theatres, the 600+ seat Forbes Hall and the intimate Studio Theatre, house acts like the breathtaking Peking Acrobats and the interactive and naughty “Late Nite Catechism.”
From stand-up comedy to an all-American revue to a Rolling Stones tribute, the Clark Center aims to bring a diverse collection of performing arts to Pismo Beach residents and visitors every year. The facility is even available for community performances, featuring local middle schools and high schools and their forays into performance art.
Stay in the Comfort of Pismo Beach
Whether you come to Pismo Beach specifically for the performing art, or whether your travels allow you a chance to indulge in a bit of theater or music while you’re in town, the nice thing to know is that the opportunities for refinement are many. The ability to stay within a stone’s throw of sand and surf is a perk too, and many people set up camp for the night at the SeaCrest OceanFront Hotel, the iconic Pismo Beach hotel. It’s the ideal setting for a pre-show dinner or a post-show nightcap as you enjoy the sights, sounds, and talent populating Pismo Beach.