Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center
3050 Los Angeles Avenue
Simi Valley, CA  93065

(805) 583-7900
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Year Founded:
    1985
Description:
   Located at 3050 Los Angeles Avenue this Gothic structure has served the Simi Valley community since the mid 1920's when it was constructed as the Simi Community Methodist Episcopal Church. Since then it has also served as a mortuary, Jewish temple, a residence and even a temporary high school. It was the anchor building for an area that came to be known as "community center". In 1991, the City of Simi Valley acquired the property for reuse as a Cultural Arts Center. The project included both the conversion of the building for cultural and community uses and restoration of the original historical features of the building which was approved as Ventura County Historical Landmark No. 67 in July of 1981.
    On November 3 and 4, 1995 it reopened as the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center with star of stage and screen Rita Moreno in concert. Since then, the Cultural Arts Center has been host to hundreds of performances - plays, musicals, concerts, art shows, films, weddings, receptions, business meetings, youth festivals, and much more. Patrons from near and far have come to enjoy the Center's quality entertainment at family-friendly prices.
    The facility includes a 200 seat main theater, with newly renovated individual theater seating on the main floor as well as the balcony. The theater is fully equipped with state of the art sound and lighting equipment, making it a favorite venue to perform for many musical artists because of the excellent acoustics and warm atmosphere. The digital projector and full size movie screen provide the perfect setting for film festivals or special screenings. There are two art galleries showcasing both regional and local artists throughout the year, as well as a working fireplace and two fully equipped dressing rooms. The multipurpose community room with a seating capacity of 70-90 on the lower level is host to various business meetings, receptions, parties and more with a fully functioning catering kitchen adjoining.
    With blockbuster productions such as "Fiddler on the Roof" and "Jesus Christ Superstar", to sold out concerts by Ronny and Classics and Ticket To Ride: A Beatles Tribute, to international virtuoso performances by Nabil Azzam, Sasha Toperich, Aloke Das Gupta and others, audiences continue to give the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center rave reviews, making it Ventura County's choice for affordable family entertainment!
Entertainment Category:
    Concerts, Shows & Performances
Entertainment Type:
    Theatre
Auditions & Try outs?:
    Yes, depending on the event.
Rent Out Props?:
    Yes


Business Hours:
    Wednesday - Saturday 12 - 6 pm
Location Type:
    Performing Arts Center
Payment Accepted:
    Cash,   Check,   Amex,   Discover,   MasterCard,   Visa,  Debit Card,  
Languages Spoken:
    English,  
Admission Pricing:
   $10.00 to $22.00
General Business Classification:
    Arts, Music, Entertainment, Festivals
    Categories:
    Arts & Cultural Associations
    Box Office / Ticket Sales
    Business & Professional - Misc.
    Community Centers
    Conference Centers
    Convention Services & Facilities
    Conventions & Trade Shows
    Leisure Activities - Misc.
    Performing Arts
    Theatre Companies
    Theatres: Live

Legal Entity:
    Non Profit - 501(c)(3)
Number of Employees:
    Less than 10
Admittance:
    During normal business hours.
Indoor/Outdoor:
    Indoor Location
Parking On-Site?
    Yes   --   Free Parking Onsite
Handicapped Accessible?
    Yes
Smoking?
    NOT Permitted
Cell Phones & Pagers?
    Some restrictions
Cameras/Recording Equip.?
    NOT Permitted
Pets Allowed?
    No
Guided Tours?
    By Appointment Only
Gift Certificates?
    Available for Sale
Group Sales Programs?
    Yes
 Recent Buzzes!!
4/16/14 - It's alive! Mel Brooks' Young Frankenstein Starts 4/19
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It's alive! Mel Brooks' Broadway hit based on his hilarious 1974 movie comedy reunites him with the creative team that turned The Producers into a smash. This successful musical version of the story follows young Dr. Frankenstein (or as he prefers, "Fron-ken-shteen") as he attempts to complete his grandfather's work by bringing a corpse to life. He's aided, supposedly, by the hunchbacked, bulging-eyed Igor, his beautiful lab assistant, Inga, and an eccentric and frightening housekeeper, Frau Blucher. This Ventura County Premier production is bound to induce monstrous amounts of laughter with catchy tunes like "Transylvania Mania," "He Vas My Boyfriend" and "Puttin' on the Ritz." YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN plays April 19 - May 25, Fri & Sat at 8 pm and Sunday at 2 pm. Tickets are $24 Adults, $20 Seniors & Students and $18 Children and can be reserved by calling (805) 583-7900.
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3/21/14 - Great for the Whole Family! SHREK: The Musical -- 3/21
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Presented by Actors' Repertory Theatre of Simi. SHREK plays March 1 - April 6, Fri & Sat at 8 pm and Sunday at 2 pm. Tickets are $25 Adults, $22 Seniors & Students and $18 Children and can be reserved by calling (805) 583-7900.
Adults: $25.00 Seniors & Students: $22.00 Children (12 and under): $18.00
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2/13/14 - Get your tickets, last weekend for bare: a pop opera
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Through its pulsating rock score and emotionally charged story, bare: a pop opera has thrilled and moved audiences around the world since its first staging in Los Angeles over a decade ago. A contemporary rock musical event in the vein of Spring Awakening and RENT, bare: a pop opera follows a group of teens wrestling with issues of identity, sexuality, and religion at a co-ed Catholic boarding school. Provocative, raw, and unyielding in its exploration of how today's generation navigates the tightrope between adolescence and adulthood, bare: a pop opera examines the consequences of baring a soul-or hiding it from those who matter most. With music by Damon Intrabartolo, book and lyrics by Jon Hartmere, Southern California audiences will soon discover why bare: a pop opera has amassed a passionate international fan base and has received over one hundred productions worldwide. SVCAC’s production of bare: a pop opera will be the Ventura County debut of this incredibly moving theatrical event. Due to subject matter, bare: a pop opera is recommended for audiences over 14.
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2/6/14 - See a Play- bare: a pop opera -- 2/7
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Through its pulsating rock score and emotionally charged story, bare: a pop opera has thrilled and moved audiences around the world since its first staging in Los Angeles over a decade ago. A contemporary rock musical event in the vein of Spring Awakening and RENT, bare: a pop opera follows a group of teens wrestling with issues of identity, sexuality, and religion at a co-ed Catholic boarding school. Provocative, raw, and unyielding in its exploration of how today's generation navigates the tightrope between adolescence and adulthood, bare: a pop opera examines the consequences of baring a soul-or hiding it from those who matter most. With music by Damon Intrabartolo, book and lyrics by Jon Hartmere, Southern California audiences will soon discover why bare: a pop opera has amassed a passionate international fan base and has received over one hundred productions worldwide. SVCAC’s production of bare: a pop opera will be the Ventura County debut of this incredibly moving theatrical event. Due to subject matter, bare: a pop opera is recommended for audiences over 14.
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1/23/14 - Bare- A pop Opera is Now Playing at the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center
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Through its pulsating rock score and emotionally charged story, bare: a pop opera has thrilled and moved audiences around the world since its first staging in Los Angeles over a decade ago. A contemporary rock musical event in the vein of Spring Awakening and RENT, bare: a pop opera follows a group of teens wrestling with issues of identity, sexuality, and religion at a co-ed Catholic boarding school. Provocative, raw, and unyielding in its exploration of how today's generation navigates the tightrope between adolescence and adulthood, bare: a pop opera examines the consequences of baring a soul-or hiding it from those who matter most. With music by Damon Intrabartolo, book and lyrics by Jon Hartmere, Southern California audiences will soon discover why bare: a pop opera has amassed a passionate international fan base and has received over one hundred productions worldwide. SVCAC’s production of bare: a pop opera will be the Ventura County debut of this incredibly moving theatrical event. Due to subject matter, bare: a pop opera is recommended for audiences over 14.
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1/16/14 - Bare- A Pop Opera starts Friday! Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center
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Through its pulsating rock score and emotionally charged story, bare: a pop opera has thrilled and moved audiences around the world since its first staging in Los Angeles over a decade ago. A contemporary rock musical event in the vein of Spring Awakening and RENT, bare: a pop opera follows a group of teens wrestling with issues of identity, sexuality, and religion at a co-ed Catholic boarding school. Provocative, raw, and unyielding in its exploration of how today's generation navigates the tightrope between adolescence and adulthood, bare: a pop opera examines the consequences of baring a soul-or hiding it from those who matter most. With music by Damon Intrabartolo, book and lyrics by Jon Hartmere, Southern California audiences will soon discover why bare: a pop opera has amassed a passionate international fan base and has received over one hundred productions worldwide. SVCAC’s production of bare: a pop opera will be the Ventura County debut of this incredibly moving theatrical event. Due to subject matter, bare: a pop opera is recommended for audiences over 14.
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Venue ... Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center  Website
12/17/13 - A great Holiday Show, Forever Plaid at the Simi Valley Cultural Artts Center Now
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Forever Plaid, your favorite heavenly boy group, brings us Plaid Tidings... just in time for the holidays! Frankie, Sparky, Jinx and Smudge return to weave the magic of the 50s and 60s into the hearts of everyone. So stuff your stockings with 1950s tunes and Holiday gems like "Let It Snow" and "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas." Sprinkled among the Christmas offerings are audience favorites like The Plaid’s riotous 3-minute and 11-second version of “The Ed Sullivan Show”- this time featuring The Rockettes, The Chipmunks and a Plaid Caribbean Christmas which puts the “Day-O” in Excelsis! Featuring SVCAC favorites Keenon Hooks (Seaweed in HAIRSPRAY, Leading Player in PIPPIN), Andrew Allen (Link in HAIRSPRAY, Joe Hardy in DAMN YANKEES), Stephen Weston (Patsy in SPAMALOT, Jean Michele in LA CAGE) and Nick Ferguson (Lancelot in SPAMALOT, Berger in HAIR) this production is family musical fun with a big plaid Christmas bow on top!"Screamingly funny! Entirely enchanting, utterly entertaining, awesome! ... Will put a smile on your face, a hum in your throat and a tap to your feet." – New York Post "Letter-perfect! Sweet, funny and thoroughly amusing." – The New York Times
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12/17/13 - Ticket To Ride: Christmas with the Beatles at the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center Wednesday!
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Ticket To Ride - one of California's leading Beatles tribute bands - returns to SVCAC for a special holiday concert. Featuring all the top hits of the Beatles along with some great holiday tunes, Christmas With The Beatles promises to be a night of fun for the whole family!
Tickets are $22 for Adults, $20 for Seniors & Students and $18 for Children 12 & Under. For reservations, call (805) 583-7900.
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12/4/13 - the Plaids are Back! Frankie, Sparky, Jinx and Smudge at the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center
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Forever Plaid, your favorite heavenly boy group, brings us Plaid Tidings... just in time for the holidays! Frankie, Sparky, Jinx and Smudge return to weave the magic of the 50s and 60s into the hearts of everyone. So stuff your stockings with 1950s tunes and Holiday gems like "Let It Snow" and "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas." Sprinkled among the Christmas offerings are audience favorites like The Plaid’s riotous 3-minute and 11-second version of “The Ed Sullivan Show”- this time featuring The Rockettes, The Chipmunks and a Plaid Caribbean Christmas which puts the “Day-O” in Excelsis! Featuring SVCAC favorites Keenon Hooks (Seaweed in HAIRSPRAY, Leading Player in PIPPIN), Andrew Allen (Link in HAIRSPRAY, Joe Hardy in DAMN YANKEES), Stephen Weston (Patsy in SPAMALOT, Jean Michele in LA CAGE) and Nick Ferguson (Lancelot in SPAMALOT, Berger in HAIR) this production is family musical fun with a big plaid Christmas bow on top!"Screamingly funny! Entirely enchanting, utterly entertaining, awesome! ... Will put a smile on your face, a hum in your throat and a tap to your feet." – New York Post "Letter-perfect! Sweet, funny and thoroughly amusing." – The New York Times
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10/18/13 - Auditions for "bare: a pop opera"
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Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center is currently casting "bare: a pop opera," a contemporary rock musical by Damon Intrabartolo and Jon Hartmere, Jr. featuring a pulsating rock score and emotionally charged story. The opera follows a group of teens wrestling with issues of identity, sexuality, and religion at a co-ed Catholic boarding school. Provocative, raw, and unyielding in its exploration of how today's generation navigates the tightrope between adolescence and adulthood, "bare" examines the consequences of baring a soul or hiding it from those who matter most. Rehearsals begin Nov. 10 with a heavier rehearsal schedule beginning Dec. 2013. The production runs Jan. 11 - Feb. 15 at the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center in Simi Valley, CA. Auditions will be held on October 23rd and October 24th at the Madelyn Clark Studios in North Hollywood, CA and October 27th and October 29th at the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, 3050 Los Angeles Avenue in Simi Valley, CA. Auditions are by appointment. Walk ups are welcome but due to the high volume of audition requests, appointments are highly recommended. To schedule an appointment, email Director Fred Helsel at frhelsel@gmail.com or call (805) 583-7900. Prepare 32 measures of a contemporary pop or modern Broadway song (aka "Rent," "Next to Normal," Jason Robert Brown, etc.) which best displays your vocal skills and bring sheet music in proper key. No Rodgers & Hammerstein, Gershwin, Porter, or other classic Broadway. Have a contrasting contemporary piece (i.e. - ballad vs. upbeat) prepared in case director wants to hear it. Accompanist provided. "bare" is told completely through song, so vocal skills must be solid. Movement auditions will take place at callbacks. Roles Available Include: Jason: (Lead) St. Cecilla's senior class golden boy; handsome, charming, popular jock with a sweet side; Peter's secret boyfriend; Nadia's twin brother; closeted, questioning, scared; must be able to believably play a high school senior; Peter's roommate and best friend. Pop Bari-Tenor Belt; Peter: (Lead) Jason's clandestine boyfriend, roommate and best friend; introspective, sensitive, loyal and kind - friend to all; must be able to believably play a high school senior. Pop Tenor Belt; Ivy: (Lead) pretty, popular girl who all others envy; can get any guy she wants without even trying; inside is insecure, with a need to be loved; Nadia's roommate and arch rival; the object of Matt's obsession; must be able to believably play a high school senior. Soprano Belt; Nadia: (Supporting) Jason's twin sister, goth, emo overweight girl; rebel with sardonic, caustic wit; Ivy's roommate and arch rival; must be able to believably play a high school senior. Pop Soprano Belt; Matt: (Supporting) studious and pious academic and athletic rival to Jason; despite his best efforts, always comes in second; obsessed with Ivy; must be able to believably play a high school senior. Tenor Belt; Lucas: (Supporting) St. Cecillia's fun loving purveyor of altered reality, a dealer, rap skills a plus; comedic bad boy of the group; must be able to believably play a high school senior. Baritone; Claire: (Supporting) Peter's mother, loving, in denial of Peter's sexuality, wants to help and support him but doesn't know how. Soprano; Father/Priest: (Supporting) St. Cecillia's headmaster, traditionalist, voice of authority, yet friendly and caring for his students. Baritone; Tanya: (Supporting) Lucas's girlfriend, backup singer to Sister Chantelle; must be able to believably play a high school senior. Soprano; Kyra: (Supporting) Sexy student, backup singer to Sister Chantelle; must be able to believably play a high school senior. Alto; Diane: (Supporting) very naive, ever cheerful; must be able to believably play a high school senior. Alto; Rory: (Supporting) sarcastic; must be able to believably play a high school senior. Soprano; Zack: (Supporting) jock, not the brightest bulb; must be able to believably play a high school senior. Baritone; Alan: (Supporting) nerdy student type; must be able to believably play a high school senior. Tenor; Students: (Chorus / Ensemble) additional Students; must be able to believably play high school seniors; Orchestra Members: seeking musicians for the orchestra for - keyboard, flute, bass, drums, cello, guitar 1 and 2. The role of Sister Chantele has already been cast.  Website
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