San Diego's Performing Arts Scene

Some of San Diego's best performing arts shows are happening at The Old Globe.

The Grinch at The Old Globe.

Provided by The Old Globe

It’s been six months since we started this column. This space has allowed us to offer an update of what is going on the performing arts community. It has also spun off interviews with a diverse range of very talented people, relaying what it takes to stage these productions for you.

Looking forward to what we have coming up in the 2015 calendar year, there will be no shortage of play dates for shows slated to run across the county. San Diego has a reputation for opening world premieres that make their way to Broadway and for hosting some of the most popular touring companies. It’s a great time to part of the performing arts scene in San Diego, either up on the stage or in the seats enjoying what they do.

As the holiday season is in full swing, we have a packed month that embraces that spirit. Dr. Seuss’ “How The Grinch Stole Christmas” continues at The Old Globe through the 27th. Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” runs through the 28th at the Cygnet Theatre. “Celtic Women” stop by for one night only on the 10th with the “Home For The Holidays” tour at the Civic Theatre. The North Coast Rep will bring us San Diego’s Premiere of “This Wonderful Life” running from the 10th to the 28th. The Lamb’s Players offers up the “Festival of Christmas” also through the 28th.


The San Diego Musical Theatre is staging it’s last production at the North Park Theatre before moving to their new home at the Spreckles Theatre on Broadway in January with the very popular “White Christmas” from the 12th to the 21th. The San Diego Symphony has a full slate of holiday performances featuring “Holiday Pops - A Celtic Celebration” with Grammy Award winner and 9-Time All-Ireland Fiddle Champion, Eileen Ivers, from the 19th to the 21st. The Symphony’s Family Festival Series presents its traditional “Holiday Pops” on Sunday the 21st at 2:00 PM. This version is for families with young children where you can sign along as well if you wish!

The Christmas season would be incomplete without “The Nutcracker” taking to the stage, and no less than four companies have their own spin on it. The City Ballet of San Diego stages from the 12th to the 24th at the Spreckles. The California Ballet lands at the Civic Theatre on the 13th & 14th with the Classics Philharmonic Orchestra and from the 17th through the 21st with the San Diego Symphony. The San Diego Ballet dances across Copley Symphony Hall on the 27th & 28th. And not to be left out, The La Jolla Playhouse has “The Second City Nut-Cracking Holiday Review” until the 21st.


In case you need some last-minute stocking stuffers or gifts, I recommend that you give a subscription package to one of our outstanding performing arts groups. Not only will you give a wonderful gift to someone who will love it, but you also will be supporting the arts as well. It’s sort of like giving two gifts in one. I wish you all a very Merry Christmas season and I’ll see you next year.