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  • Stagelight Performing Arts set to open soon

    6 years ago by

      Coming soon in October, Stagelight Performing Arts is opening in the Von’s center at 740 N. Brea Boulevard, on the corner of Central Avenue and Brea Boulevard. Co-owners Alyssa Gramer and Lindsey Russo are further building upon Stagelight Family Productions, owned by Lindsey's mom, Janice Kraus, who has been producing amazing youth theatre shows at the Curtis Theatre for over 20 years now. They’re thrilled to share the passion for the performing arts with children and community members of Brea by offering acting, a variety of dance classes, and vocal music lessons (private and group vocal classes,) as well as senior and baby classes, in a 3-studio space, because as Alyssa and Lindsey say, “A healthy and active body equals a healthy and active brain."

        Both have strong connections in Brea. Lindsey grew up in Brea and graduated at Brea Olinda High School, and Alyssa fell for a 2000 Brea Olinda High School grad whose personality must have been gregarious, as he was “Winkie” the Wildcat mascot his senior year!

          To inquire further, call Alyssa and Lyndsey at (714)336-8745 or email them at They're also on Facebook and are anxious to link with the community.

  • All puppet players of Hamlet Has No Legs playing at the Curtis Theatre

    7 years ago by


    Hamlet Has No Legs, all-puppet production, showing at the Curtis Theatre


    Shakespeare’s Hamlet of revenge and tragedy- I think not! Hilarious and off-the-wall is the version you’ll see watching Hamlet Has No Legs, an all-puppet improv, at the Curtis Theatre. Tickets are $20 for adults, $17 for seniors and $15 for children or students. Mention the code: Puppet - and your ticket is $12.00 tonight, opening night, at 8:00 p.m. and also the discount is valid for tomorrow's show at 8:00 p.m.  Additional show dates are the 21 and 22 of September at 8:00 p.m. For further information see

  • Curtis Theatre youth open registration for “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”

    7 years ago by

    Photo by Bill Warshaw of TheatreShots Theatrical Imaging Services
    Registration is now open for a popular musical favorite of many, "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat." Parents interested in enrolling their children in Brea’s Youth Theatre Program as a cast member of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”, there is a meeting at the Curtis Theatre planned for October 15, at 7:00 p.m.  Pre-audition workshop is scheduled on November 2, and auditions will be held on November 3.

    For further details, contact the Curtis Theatre at (714)990-7722 or


  • The Curtis Theatre Shines

    7 years ago by


    The Nelson brothers

    At 199 seats, “the Brea Curtis Theatre is a teeny tiny theatre,” says Tiina Mittler, Managing Director at Curtis Theatre. But they do well with the type of shows they book. They started their “See Us Shine” 2011/12 season with Charo and will end this weekend with a sold out show featuring the identical twin sons of Ricky Nelson, Mathew and Gunner, in Ricky Nelson Remembered.

    “Booking an artist is similar to reserving an exhibit,” Tiina explains. Every year she attends a booking convention in search of shows that will have a connection with the community. Unlike Orange County Performing Arts Center and Cerritos Performing Arts Theatre, the Curtis Theatre is challenged with the artists they contract given their very intimate venue.

    In the case of Mathew and Gunner Nelson, It took two years for Tinna to schedule their show at the Curtis Theatre. There are a lot of factors, according to Tiina. For instance, there’s the budget, their schedule, as many artists who are not local have to be booked while touring through Orange County. On the other hand, the Curtis Theatre is situated good being outside of Los Angeles, making it an easy drive for local artists to commute to the Curtis Theatre. But most importantly, Tiina says, it’s building a relationship, familiarity, and the trust level needed with an entertainment agent in order to achieve good results. Basically, each deal has to present the right set of circumstances.

    The work never ends, but for Tiina it’s not a job, it’s a passion for doing what she loves! So after the season, it’s on with the show. The Curtis Theatre will be busy at Brea Fest on Friday, August 24, Brea Concerts in the Park starting on Wednesday, July 11, Oliver, youth theatre production, on the 19th of July, and then it’s the opening of Season 2012/13 on September 14.

    If you were not able to purchase tickets to Ricky Nelson Remembered, remember to call early to buy tickets!! And for those who have tickets, have a spectacular time this Father’s Day weekend watching the performance of Mathew and Gunner Nelson in honor of their dad, Ricky Nelson!

  • “All Shook Up” at the Curtis Theatre

    7 years ago by

    Tickets on sale now!

    Produced by Janice Kraus of Stagelight Family Productions, book by Joe DiPietro, All Shook Up the musical comedy is scheduled to rock the Curtis Theatre with 25 Elvis hits such as Hound Dog, Burning Love, Heartbreak Hotel, and Love Me Tender. Based on William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, All Shook Up takes place in 1955 somewhere in Middle America, where a surprise visit from a mysterious leather-jacketed, guitar-playing stranger causes a romantic stir that shakes an entire city. Join the Curtis Theatre for Opening Night on Friday May 4, and, after the show, mix with the cast in a post-show reception celebrating all things Elvis!  

  • 10 Year Anniversary Milestone for Tiina and William Mittler

    7 years ago by


    Tiina and William Mittler

    PEOPLE: Wedding anniversary pictures are precious.  And this photo of Tinna Mittler, Managing Director at the Curtis Theatre, and her husband William is no exception!  Tiina and her William met performing in the theatre.  So instead of taking pictures at the beach it was natural choice to have their engagement photo-shoot taken at a theatre - which she would later run.  As Tiina says, “Funny how life imitates art? Ten years later my life with the love of my life is nothing I planned, but everything beautiful. I love you William Mittler!”

    If you are celebrating a milestone or have a favorite photo and would like to share it with the community, please send it to us!

  • Laughter and Joy=A Wonderful Holiday Mix

    7 years ago by

    "A Kodachrome Christmas" will be seen at the Curtis Theatre in Brea December 1-4 this year.  It's another show filled with laughter that the whole family can enjoy.  Written and Directed by Pat Hazell, an Emmy winning writer from The Seinfeld Show, it's the story of Earlene Hoople, the Queen of Rural Media.  Ready to leave the world of show biz, she tapes her last Christmas Special in front of a live audience.  After crafting herself nearly out of her mind, Earlene is ready to tickle your sanity with Letter to Mrs. Claus, an outrageous family slide show, fresh-baked snicker doodles and the church hand bell choir.  Performances are at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday.  Ticket prices range from $30 to $23 for children.  The Curtis Theatre is located in the Brea Civic and Cultural Center at the corner of Birch and Randolph.  Parking is free in the underground lot.