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What does an hour of family-friendly, rock and roll fairy tale for the whole holiday clan feel like?

Witch's house from Hansel and Gretel

Like this joyful mashup of contemporary rock, Grimm’s fairy tale, and animation!

This slightly wicked and very wonderful retelling of the childhood classic features the fearless sibling duo of Gretel and Hansel sharing their story through 14 original tunes, including “Crumb by Crumb,” “We Gotta Run,” and “Sugar is the Perfect Food.” At a time when so many of us are enjoying a long weekend with family and food, this is a terrific way to bring everyone together for a toe-tapping, musical and magical afternoon.

Hansel and Gretel, A Wickedly Delicious Musical Treat performs at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center on Saturday, November 25 at 1pm and 4pm. Visit for additional information and to purchase your family’s tickets!

CSULB Theatre presents

Alice's Wonderland 

September 22-October 1
Studio Theatre

Conceived and Directed by Ezra LeBank, this new adaptation explores the popular classic tale as it relates to self-discovery and finding ourselves in the midst of a world which continues to grow madder and madder. The production is full of whimsy, music, physical theatre and laughter. Appropriate for family audiences, particularly for children ages 5 and up.

Carpenter Performing Arts Center Dance Series

Jessica Lang Dance

Saturday, October 7 at 8pm      
Carpenter Performing Arts Center
Ticket prices vary

Be an early witness to Lang's genius," proclaims OC Weekly of Jessica Lang. The award-winning choreographer and artistic director of Jessica Lang Dance seamlessly incorporates striking design elements and classical ballet vocabulary into artfully crafted, emotionally riveting, contemporary works. Lang's New York-based dance company immerses audiences in the powerful beauty of movement and music.


Variance – the BFA Concert

October 12-13 at 8pm, October 14 at 2&8pm
Martha Knoebel Dance Theater Tickets: $20/$16 

BFA dance majors Alice Amano, Tanner Miranda and Maili Schlosser, Justin Morris, Haley Richartz, and Katelyn Sanchez, premiere dance pieces performed by CSULB Dance majors in a concert that also features Lynchtown, the iconic 1936 master work by American modern dance pioneer Charles Weidman.

Carpenter Performing Arts Center Dance Series


October 13-22
University Theatre

Machinal is a 1928 play by American playwright and journalist Sophie Treadwell, inspired by the real-life case of convicted and executed murderer Ruth Snyder. Its Broadway premiere is considered one of the highpoints of Expressionist theatre on the American stage. This production is being directed by special guest artist, Julianne Just.

CSULB Theatre presents

Devising Democracy, Part 1: Woke! A Revolutionary Cabaret 

November 3-12
Studio Theatre

A new and original work once again combining the artistic forces of director/writer Joanne Gordon and artist/activist Alexandra Billings . Woke! is conceived as the first part of a four-year series dealing with burning issues of our time which threaten our country and our world.

Carpenter Performing Arts Center Dance Series

NW Dance Project Woolf Papers

Saturday, November 11 at 8pm
Carpenter Performing Arts Center
Ticket prices vary

Founded by acclaimed dancer and choreographer Sarah Slipper, NW Dance Project is “one of America’s hottest dance companies” (WE Vancouver). Known for its “cutting edge contemporary work” (Portland Tribune), this Oregon-based dance company brings an all- original repertory to its Carpenter Center debut. Inspired by Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway, Slipper’s reinvention of the classic novel is an outstanding model of contemporary dance—provocative, theatrical, and deeply moving.

CSULB Dance presents

CSULB Dance in Concert

November 15-17 at 8pm, November 18 at 2&8pm
Martha Knoebel Dance Theater
Tickets: $20/$16

The Department of Dance presents original dance works choreographed by faculty choreographers Keith Johnson, Lorin Johnson, Rebecca Lemme, Julio Medina, Andrew Vaca, plus an original work by guest artist Norbert De La Cruz III. 

CSULB Theatre presents

Polaroid Stories

November 17-December 3
(No performances during Thanksgiving week)
University Theatre

Written by Naomi Iizuka, Polaroid Stories takes its inspiration from Ovid's Metamorphoses. This production is directed by Eric Hoff.

Carpenter Performing Arts Center WOW! Series

MOMIX: Opus Cactus

Saturday, November 18 at 8pm
Carpenter Performing Arts Center
Ticket prices vary

With his thrillingly talented company of dancer-illusionists, Artistic Director Moses Pendleton conjures a fantasy world of visual splendor using props, light, shadow, humor and the human body. Filled with fresh energy and fun surprises, Opus Cactus brings the American Southwest to life with blazing images of cactuses, slithering lizards, and fire dancers—a dynamic multimedia experience you won't forget!

Carpenter Performing Arts Center presents

Hansel and Gretel, A Wickedly Delicious Musical Treat

Saturday, November 25 at 1pm and 4pm      
Carpenter Performing Arts Center
Ticket prices vary

In this brand new all-ages rock musical, the beloved Grimm Brothers tale is brought to life with a rock and roll score by Grammy-nominated songwriter Justin Roberts and set amidst an animated wonderland inspired by the whimsy of Lemony Snicket and Roald Dahl. This sparkling fable is wicked fun for the whole family!

Carpenter Performing Arts Center Dance Series

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo

Saturday, January 20 at 8pm and Sunday, January 21 at 2pm     
Carpenter Performing Arts Center
Ticket prices vary

Join us for what will be the funniest couple of hours you’ll ever have at the ballet, as the “Trocks” return to Carpenter Center after five sold-out appearances! The “ballerinas” of this all-male company bring hilarity and awe with a unique combination of ballet, parodies and physical comedy—along with pieces that show off the performers’ impressive dance abilities.