Past News

2017-02-02

Ebell's Valentine Tea

2017-01-24

The Little Prince

2016-11-30

Chance Theater Announces its 2017 Season of Shows

2016-11-30

APACF Salon On Sunday 4th December

2016-11-23

A Timeless Holiday Tradition

2016-11-23

Creative Identity Winter Concert - Dec 10

2016-11-20

World Choral Day with Meritage

2016-11-18

OC Symphony Creates Fresh New Sound

2016-11-18

Catch the Holiday Trains At Muzeo

2016-11-18

Flamenco Holiday Show

2016-11-03

Ceramics and Glass Exhibition

2016-10-26

Opal Show to open at the BEC.

2016-10-26

November at the MuzeO

2016-10-26

Altrusa Hosts Festival of Trees

2016-10-26

Meritage Broadway Concert Success

2016-10-11

Celebration of Musical Theatre Through Time

2016-10-07

Chance Theater receives recognition from American Theatre Wing

2016-09-27

Welcome to the Meritage Ensemble

2016-09-21

"Rock the Gifts" with the Searchers

2016-09-12

Central Library to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

2016-09-12

Muzeo Presents Events on Aging; Open Book Series

2016-07-19

Marley's Ghost In Concert, August 20.

2016-07-18

A Chorus Line Extended

2016-07-06

Hope Appeal for $50K

2016-06-02

OCS June Concert Treat

2016-05-26

Summer Programs in the Carnegie Building

2016-04-03

More MUZEO Magical Moments

2016-03-29

Here Be Dragons

2015-11-15

Veterans Initiative in the Arts

2015-10-08

APACF Passes Major Milestone

2015-10-02

Stage Door Repertory Announces 2016 Season

2015-10-02

APACF Gets Closer To The Goal

2015-09-29

90 Foot Fashion Stretch for Anaheim Ballet

2015-08-31

We All Love Musical Brilliance

2015-08-27

Junior Musicians Take the Stage

2015-07-19

Anaheim Ballet School Free Performance Friday July 24

2015-05-15

Classic Master Paintings at Center Gallery

2015-05-15

Battle of the Bands is Heating Up

2015-05-14

Concerto Guild News

2015-05-08

Sligo Rags Back On May 16th.

2015-04-22

Anaheim Ballet Touches Hearts at the Spectrum

2015-04-20

Love Goes Wrong With OCS

2015-04-16

Searcher's Annual Show Details

2015-02-25

JC & Laney with special guest CEJ in concert

2015-02-17

The Chance Hits New Challenge Grant High

2014-11-15

As You've Never Seen It Before - La boheme

2014-11-10

Living Tradition Rounds Out The Year With Flair

2014-09-29

These Kids 'Rock' On The Piano

2014-09-28

Theatre News

2014-09-28

Renee’s Photography Exhibition

2014-09-27

Debbie Reynolds Coming To APACF

2014-03-20

Cathy Barton and Dave Para to Perform in Anaheim

2014-02-21

Transcending Boundaries Through the Arts

2014-02-17

Elsie Reed is 97!

2014-02-05

The Vesper Light is Coming With OCCS

2014-01-21

Pint and Dale Come to Town

2014-01-01

Small Potatoes with the Living Tradition

2013-12-21

Carol of the Nutcrackers

2013-11-25

OCS Gala Special Concert

2013-11-25

Foxpointe Seasonal Soiree Invitation

2013-08-31

Kids Rock With the OCS

2013-08-14

Summer Intensive Peaks in Pearson Park

2013-08-14

Jacques D'Amboise, Forever Young

2013-07-20

Anaheim International Dance Festival Takes Shape

2013-07-18

Great Season Ahead for the Symphony

2013-06-20

Creative Identity Concert Draws High Praise

2013-06-20

Art Reflections to Dazzle and Amaze

2013-06-20

MECCA comes to Anaheim

2013-06-09

Jazz Generations Fundraiser Announced

2013-04-30

Symphonies For Wind This Month

2013-04-24

Student Film Festival in GardenWalk on Saturday

2013-04-08

OC Symphony Presents Clarion Calls Next Sunday

2013-03-26

AAA 50th Anniversary Show

2013-02-15

Ponderosa Library Appreciation

2013-02-15

Young Children in AWE Helped By Public Library Foundation

2013-01-31

Aliens in Anaheim Again

2013-01-31

Acclaimed Irish Balladeer Making Rare Appearance in Anaheim

2013-01-30

Brace for the ACE - it Might Be Cold!

2013-01-23

OCS to Perform Favorites by Bizet and Ravel

2012-12-21

The Nutcracker on Public Radio

2012-12-05

Art Association opens Exhibit in Center Gallery

2012-11-28

Tree Lighting Almost Here

2012-11-25

Public Library Foundation Recognition

2012-11-04

Wind Symphony Lives Up To Its Promise

2012-10-01

Major Thirds Kept Us Guessing!

2012-09-25

Best Ever Broadway Comes to Anaheim

2012-08-31

Exquisite Evening of Japan Inspired Music

2012-08-30

Broadway Comes to Anaheim Again

2012-08-15

AIDF Points To The Future

2012-08-11

Splendid Start to International Dance Festival

2012-08-06

TLT to Celebrate 30th Anniversary

2012-07-24

New Performing Arts Center Inches Ever Closer

2012-07-23

Three Glorious Days in Brea

2012-07-18

Celtic Music for the Multitudes

2012-07-17

West Side Story Rave Review

2012-06-27

OC Symphony Gets Close to Arena Concert

2012-06-06

Mayor\'s Concert Poses Questions

2012-05-06

Bluegrass Band and Appalachian-Country Duo Share Stage

2012-05-05

Panning for Gold The Searchers' Way

2012-05-02

OC Symphony Pulls out the Stops

2012-03-13

Traveling Western Folk Singers - Saturday

2012-03-13

Creative Identity Changes Lives

2012-01-31

A Glimpse into City Cultural Arts Programs

2012-01-30

Folk Music Icons to Appear at Living Tradition

2012-01-29

Anaheim Community Theatre

2012-01-23

Gershwin, Copland and Beethoven Combine Forces to Entertain

2011-11-17

Nutcrackers and Snow

2011-11-17

Treats in Store with A Holiday Cornucopia

2011-11-14

When Broadway Rocked Anaheim - Nov 5th

2011-10-17

Broadway Rocks Anaheim Again

2011-09-30

New Anaheim Ballet YouTube Video

2011-09-28

Sarah McQuaid in Concert with Jack Brown

2011-09-25

A Little Night Music

2011-09-19

OC Symphony Baton Changes Hands

2011-09-12

Tracy Grammer in Concert on Saturday

2011-08-29

Borrowed, Blue, Old and New

2011-08-15

Anaheim International Dance Festival

2011-07-30

Ballet Students to Kick-off Dance Celebrations

2011-07-24

Anaheim Ballet Offers Huge Summer Program

2011-07-22

Jerry Springer: the Opera

2011-07-21

OC Symphony Receives City Designation

2011-06-27

Great July Photo Classes

2011-06-27

When Mahler Met Saint Saens

2011-06-26

Anaheim Art Association Shows off Winners

2011-06-08

The Mayor's Concert is Coming Sunday 26th!

2011-05-16

OC Symphony - an American Landmark

2011-04-22

Welcome to Creative Identity

2011-04-20

Appeal: Homes for Dancers

2011-03-14

Soul Music with Living Tradition

2011-03-05

AB Co-Director Honored

2011-01-09

In Service to the Mouse

2010-11-12

Anaheim Ballet Wows Hundreds of School Kids

A Video Game Musical?

By Casey Long, 2017-01-24

Chance Theater, Anaheim’s official resident theater company, is pleased to announce its West Coast premiere production of Claudio Quest.  

A VIDEO GAME MUSICAL?
A new musical comedy that follows a very super hero, his less super little brother, and one butt-kicking princess, as the three embark on a mission to overcome killer eggplants, a love-starved platypus, and their own 8-bit existential crisis.

"A delightfully bouncy parody... Claudio Quest is smart pop-culture fun" – The New York Times
"An endearing and ridiculous examination of the psyches of the most beloved video game characters of all time" – The Washington Post

Marshall Pailet’s unique brand of storytelling was introduced to Chance audiences in 2013 with Triassic Parq - The Musical. The show was a wacky musical adventure through “that one dinosaur park”, but told from the perspective of the dinosaurs. The show was a hit, going on to be nominated for eleven Ovation Awards, and winning three (including Best Musical). In 2013, Marshall was also Chance Theater’s resident playwright, presenting staged singings of two new musicals -- Who’s Your Baghdaddy (which was Off-Broadway last year and a New York Times Critic’s Pick) and the first act of Loch Ness (which was later produced in full as part of Chance Theater’s 2015 Season).

“I’m thrilled to be returning for a third time to the Chance,” said Marshall Pailet, at no encouragement from Chance staff. “The level of support I’ve received here rivals anywhere I’ve worked. The staff is dedicated, talented and fiercely committed, and the audience is adventurous and generous. It really is an ideal place to develop new work.”

So where did this whole idea come from, and why did it strike such a chord with audiences at the New York Musical Theatre Festival, where it was first produced?

“Drew and I wrote Claudio Quest as a kind of twisted homage to old-school 8-bit video games. The target audience was initially nostalgic Gen Xers and Millennials,” explained Pailet. “We’ve been excited to see audiences of all ages embrace these quirky, fun, at times dark, but always relatable characters. And after many years of development and two successful festival productions, we're excited to finally share Claudio Quest with the world in our first fully realized production!”

Founding Chance Artist Casey Long saw something deeper in the show as well, “The musical goes behind the 1’s and 0’s of a videogame program to flesh out some familiar looking characters. They’re trapped in a time loop of the ‘princess- gets-kidnapped-Claudio-saves-the-day-and-brother-Luis-watches” variety. Between the big belly laughs, strong flashes of nostalgia and Pailet and Fornarola’s great music, is an examination of what makes a hero, and whether our identity is an established set of factors or something that never stops developing.” 

With music, lyrics and book by Drew Fornarola and Marshall Pailet, direction by Pailet, choreography by Maxx Reed and musical direction by Ryan O’Connell, Claudio Quest will preview from January 27 through February 3; regular performances will begin February 4 and continue through February 26 at Chance Theater @ Bette Aitken theater arts Center on the Cripe Stage. 

 



 


How to submit news

Registered members may submit news material online once they have logged in.

Non-members may submit news by email.

Items will not appear until they've been reviewed by a news editor - normally within 24 hours.

There is no guarantee that news items will be always be published.

GUIDELINES

Since this website is a focal point for the Arts in Anaheim, news material should be relevant to that objective.