Stockton is home to a broad range of theatre organizations, from talented high school actors to always-entertaining civic theatre groups. Every year both Delta Community College and the University of the Pacific present top-quality stage productions. For something more spontaneous - and often a little zany - drop in for one of That's Showbiz' hilarious comedy shows.
Since 2003 KUDOS has been providing dramatic are instruction and performances for young people and their families. Their facility on Lucile Avenue includes a 74-seat theatre, lobby, box office, green room, tech booth, scene shop, and costumes rooms. Their productions often incorporate music and dance, colorful costumes, multi-media, and even puppetry. Classes are offered to 3 year olds through adults.
In 2016 productions included Seven Wives for Dracula, All Shook Up!, Peter Pan, and Watch Your Back for Stingy Jack!.
KUDOS Children's Theatre
As part of their fine arts program, St. Mary's High School produces top quality stage productions every year. Past offerings have included Hairspray and Twelfth Night. The plays are usually done at the Stockton Civic Theatre. In spring 2014, St. Mary's High put on a hit production of Shrek the Musical, directed by Kevin Costello, set designs by Brian Johnson. In March 2015 they presented The Who's Tommy. In 2016 they presented Hello Dolly! and The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Coming in March 2017, The Wiz.
St. Mary's High School Theatre Productions
The Theatre Arts department at the University of the Pacific has built a reputation for its fine stage productions. The student productions range from musicals and comedies to tragedies and operas. Performances are given in the black-box DeMarcus Brown Studio Theatre or the Long Theatre (both in the Drama Building on campus). Past productions have included The Drunken City, The Illusion, Julius Caesar, and Antigone. Tickets are often only $10. Box office: 209.946.2474
University of the Pacific Theatre Productions
Showbiz Theatre Company (formerly That's Showbiz) offers a variety of comedy productions in their intimate theatre. Among their past productions were a hilarious melodrama Dark Deeds at Swan's Place or Never Trust a Tattooed Sailor, Frightfully Funny: Improv to Die For!, and A Showbiz Christmas. In February 2017 they will be presenting DEATHTRAP, a play abundant with laughter and thrills. Showbiz Theatre Company also has acting classes for children, teens, and adults. The company was founded by Kevin and Elizabeth Costello.
Showbiz Theatre Productions
San Joaquin Delta College's Drama Department presents on a series of exceptional stage productions every year. Among their recent plays have been The Crucible, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, The Children's Hour and Betty's Summer Vacation. Coming in the spring of 2014 will be The Glass Menagerie and Into the Woods. Performances are staged on campus at the recently dedicated Alfred H. Muller Studio Theatre or the Tillie Lewis Theatre.
Delta College Drama Productions
Wowing audiences with top quality theatre productions since 1951, Stockton Civic Theatre continues to roll out one dazzling season after another. Actors, directors, set designers, and technical specialists at Stockton Civic Theatre have been honored in recent years at the annual Elly Awards, hosted by the Sacramento Area Regional Theatre Alliance.
At the 2013 awards ceremony, Stockton Civic Theatre earned 8 awards, the most of any theatre in the greater Sacramento area. Their production of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street was honored as Best Production. Other recent performances at the theatre have included Grease, Lend me a Tenor, On Golden Pond, Oklahoma, and The Producers.
Performances in 2016-17 included Mary Poppins, which sold out at every performance. Coming performances include Calendar Girls and A Little Night Music.
Stockton Civic Theatre annually offers a summer program for youth which includes acting, singing and dancing and culminates in the production and presentation of a full-scale musical. In 2017 they will be presenting Xanadu, Jr..
Stockton Civic Theatre
Built in 1945, the Stockton Empire Theatre (then known as simply The Stockton) was once a leading movie destination for Stockton residents. Today, after many renovations, the newly revitalized theatre offers theatrical productions, classic film screenings, and a variety of other kinds of performances. Recent stage presentations have included Mudville Baseball Comedy Show Benefit and Stand-Up for Pastor Rob, another comedy benefit.
Stockton Empire Theatre