Volume 8, Issue 24  |  March 24, 2023Subscribe

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Segerstrom Center for the Arts’ Samueli Theater continues its Family Series 

Segerstrom Center for the Arts continues a family series of shows as part of their 2022/2023 season programming. The next performance is Ugly Duckling on March 18 and 19, followed by Grimmz Fairy Tales on April 22 and 23 and concluding the series with Doctor Kaboom: Look Out! Science is Coming! on May 6 and 7. All performances take place on the Samueli Theater stage.

Ugly Duckling

Meet the most unusual duckling the pond has ever seen! Teased and called Ugly by his siblings, a hero goes on an adventure in search of a place to fit in. Tutti Frutti brings to life Hans Christian Andersen’s well-known tale with a variety of characters, inventive physicality, and live music and songs that quack and trill. This charming production plays with the importance of identity, self-worth and takes us on a journey to discover inner beauty.

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Tutti Frutti’s “Ugly Duckling” takes place March 18 and 19

Tutti frutti has been creating imaginative, visual and meaningful story-based theater for children for more than 25 years. They specialize in bringing fantastic, distinctive and carefully crafted shows to children aged 3+ and their families and teachers across the U.K. and the world. Tutti frutti currently performs to around 37,000 children and their families giving more than 250 performances per year.

The Ugly Duckling at 10 a.m. is Sensory Friendly/Relaxed (SF/R) performance. To give everyone in the community the opportunity to experience the joy of attending a live performance, the Center presents a series of sensory-friendly/relaxed performances as part of their Family Series. These shows are designed specifically for patrons with sensory sensitivity to enjoy with their families. These performances include pre-visit guides, a reduction of any overwhelming lighting or sound cues, low ambient lighting throughout the performance and the ability to move around and use electronic devices as needed. 

Grimmz Fairy Tales

Jay and Will Grimmz, the hip-hop fable story dance-pop sensation, have come back home to the city where they grew up to give a concert. They’re known not just for their sounds, but for their powerful storytelling and an inventive remix of familiar classics. The brothers put a modern spin on valuable life lessons in “Snow White and the Seven Shawties,” “Down with Rapunzel,” “Hanzel & Gretel: Lost in the Hood” and their featured first Granny-winning song, “Break, Cinderella, Break!” Pay your bling, hear them sing, and get ready to drop the mic in this unforgettable theatrical experience.

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“Grimmz Fairy Tales” takes the stage on April 22 and 23

Grimmz Fairy Tales is a co-production from Experiential Theater Company and the Children’s Theatre of Charlotte. Experiential Theater Company, previously at the Center with Journey to Oz and Sunjata Kamalenya, is dedicated to creating high, quality, immersive theater experiences for young audiences where everyone in the room is part of the performance. Children’s Theatre of Charlotte has grown to become one of the top theater and education organizations for young people in the U.S. Nationally recognized for the breadth and strength of its programs, Children’s Theatre of Charlotte provides more than 250,000 experiences for children and families a year.

Doktor Kaboom: Look Out! Science is Coming!

Nothing says science like KABOOM! Doktor Kaboom is an over-the-top German physicist with an unbridled and contagious passion for science. Sporting chrome goggles, orange lab coat, motorcycle boots and wicked cool hair, Doktor Kaboom travels the world, thrilling adults and children alike with an explosive comedic style that is guaranteed to please. Returning to Segerstrom Center with his original show, the good Doktor will captivate audiences with his hilarious and fun series of increasingly spectacular, and (often)successful, demonstrations of the physical sciences including an homage to Mister Wizard, a tabletop catapult, illusions of the mind and impressive chemical reactions.

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“Doktor Kaboom” concludes the Family Series on May 6 and 7

David Epley, Doktor Kaboom creator and performer, is a native of Charlotte, N.C. and has been fortunate enough to discover two passions in his life. Science, his first, took him to studies at the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics. His second, performing, became his career, and for 20 years he has made his living writing, performing, and directing original interactive theater across the U.S. and Canada. Epley is thrilled to be able to bring his passions together and honored to share them with you. 

All performances include one hour of free, fun activities for families to enjoy together before the show in the Samueli lobby. The Center offers these enriching experiences to provide young people and their families with opportunities to play together creatively, explore the themes and content of the performances and connect with other patrons at the Center. Pre-show activities have included puppet making, drum circles, conducting lessons and even a silent disco.

Tickets for all shows are just $20 and are available at online at, at the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa, or by calling 714.556.2787. For inquiries about group ticket discounts for 10 or more, call the Group Services office at 714.755.0236. All Sunday performances at 1 p.m. are ASL interpreted.

Segerstrom Center for the Arts is located at 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. For more information, visit

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