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    The Alcazar Theatre Announces Their 2023 Season’s First Production: Now and Then, A Romantic Dramedy

    The Alcazar Ensemble is thrilled to kick-off their 2023 season with a romantic dramedy NOW AND THEN by Sean Grennan, and introduce some new faces on the Alcazar stage.

    The Alcazar Theatre and Ensemble will open it’s 2023 season on February 16 -19 with Now and Then by Sean Grennan, a romantic comedy/drama featuring Andrew Miller (Jamie), Raymond Wallenthin (Man), Jadzia Winter (Abby), and Shannon Saleh (Woman), under the direction of Asa Olsson.

    The story follows how one night in 1981 can be a life-changing event and shows the importance of the choices made through a lifetime and who they are made with. NOW AND THEN is a heartfelt romantic dramedy about love, following your dreams (or not) and the costs of the decisions we make. 

    This funny and fanciful story centers around Jamie, an aspiring pianist, his girlfriend, Abby and a mysterious older gentleman, Jimmy who offers them $1,000 each to talk with him. As the three swap stories, Jamie considers the decisions he faces about his musical career and his future with his girlfriend. The young couple begins to realize that this older man is unusually invested in their choices… and the reason he gives them is completely unbelievable. But they realize why when a very displeased second stranger arrives. Their ensuing conversation changes their lives. 

    “It is, at the end, very much a love story,” Grennan said. “It kind of asks us what is love worth in our lives? What is it worth going through for love? Are we destined to be with certain people?”

    NOW AND THEN performances will be February 16 -19, Thursday, Friday & Saturday at 7 pm, Saturday & Sunday matinees at 3 pm.

    Tickets are General $20, Seniors/Students $15.

    For more information or to purchase tickets visit www.thealcazar.org


    ANDREW MILLER (Jamie) is excited to be making his Alcazar Theatre debut! He began acting at the age of 6 months in the film industry with his most notable role being Jack Cox on Scrubs. Favorite onstage roles include Harry Bright in Mamma Mia and a troupe member in Something Rotten.

    RAYMOND WALLENTHIN (Man) was last seen at the Garvin Theatre as Michel in Murder On the Orient Express. Last appearance at Alcazar Theatre was as Ralph in No Body Like Jimmy. Other appearances with Theatre Group at SBCC includes, Elwood P. Dowd in Harvey, Communicating Doors, Light up the Sky, Noises Off, Bus Stop, Rumors and Born Yesterday. He also appeared in Circle Bar-B’s final show Boeing Boeing. Other CBB appearances; Regrets Only, The Butler Did It Singing, and the title role in Bullshot Crummond. At Center Stage, Bill W. and Dr. Bob, playing eleven roles.

    New York appearances include; Murder in the Cathedral, Landscape of the Body, Sand Mountain, Othelloand the NY Premier of Life Happens. Raymond studied with Terry Schrieber in NYC, graduated from SBCC, and the American Musical and Dramatic Academy.

    JADZIA WINTER (Abby) has been passionate about performing from an early age. She moved to London in 2021 to obtain her Master’s Degree in Acting from East 15 Drama School. Upon graduating this past fall, she returned to California to pursue her acting career on both stage and screen. Jadzia has performed in many types of theatre including: Shakespeare, Musical Theatre and Circus.

    SHANNON SALEH (Woman) has been teaching theater and show choir for the past twenty-five years and is always grateful to have a chance to be on the stage and not just in front of it! Some favorite credits include One Man Two Guvnors (SBCC), Rabbit Hole (SBCC), 35 MM (Out of the Box), and Enchanted April (Circle Bar B) in addition to her guest appearance in Forbidden Broadway (Granada Theater). Shannon is currently the Theater Director at San Marcos High School in Santa Barbara.

    THE ALCAZAR THEATRE located in Carpinteria, is a California non-profit organization committed to presenting quality in cultural, community, and educational programming to all of Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties and beyond as a Center for Arts and Entertainment for the entire Carpinteria Valley Community.

    The Alcazar Theatre is a historic landmark that was originally opened in 1928, through the ensuing 95 years, the Alcazar changed hands and names, such as the Ritz, the Del Mar, the Tradewinds, and the Plaza Theater. In 2018 it changed back to its original namesake, The Alcazar Theatre.

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