PERFORMING ARTS IN ORANGE COUNTY
Musicals, Symphonies, Plays and Ballets
Art takes the stage in Orange County. Throughout The OC, visitors can treat themselves to professional live shows and book tickets to enjoy well-known actors, Broadway singers, famous musicians and live performers as they bring stories to life. From world-renowned ballets to famous symphonies to innovative plays and stunning Broadway performances, there are many venues to enjoy great performances in Orange County.
Best Performing Arts in Orange County, CA
Irvine Barclay Theater
The imaginative art venue brings classic and innovative performances to Orange County. Offering a diverse season of live entertainment, audiences flock to the theatre to admire the high-quality performances of contemporary dance, music, and theater art in a warm intimate space.
Segerstrom Center for The Arts
Segerstrom Center for the Arts presents the world’s finest ballet companies, Broadway shows, concerts by renowned orchestras and chamber ensembles, jazz and cabaret artists, and family entertainment in its three theatres. The Renee & Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall is the primary venue for the Pacific Symphony, the Pacific Chorale and the Philharmonic Society-all purveyors of quality musical experiences. The venues are joined together by an outdoor plaza and dramatic pieces of public art. 600 Town Center Dr, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
South Coast Repertory
The Tony® Award-winning theater is widely regarded as one of America’s foremost producers of new plays. The theatre season (September – June) showcases works from classic and modern theatre repertoires. For entertainment, the theater is a place for audiences to enjoy timeless classics and experience innovative productions of performing art.
Pacific Symphony, led by Music Director Carl St.Clair since 1990, has been the resident orchestra of Orange County’s Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall for over a decade. Founded in 1978, the Symphony is the largest orchestra formed in the U.S. in the last 50 years and is not only a fixture of musical life in Southern California, but also is recognized as an outstanding ensemble making strides on both the national and international scenes. In Orange County, the orchestra presents more than 100 concerts and events each year and a rich array of education and community engagement programs.
The Chance Theater produces bold and personal storytelling. Providing a space for rising actors and playwrights, the theater is home to innovative performances. Each production brings the quality of a world-renowned stage, but still holds the intimacy of a community theater. Blending productions of old, new, and refreshed versions of classic shows, it’s a great place to catch a memorable performance.
Costa Mesa Playhouse
Serving Orange County for more than 40 years, the Costa Mesa Playhouse brings talented actors, singers, dancers and stage craftspeople of Orange County together in an intimate setting. Along with playing some of Broadway’s most popular productions, it also gives new writers the opportunity to bring their scripts to life.
The Laguna Playhouse, the oldest continuously operating theater on the West Coast, adds another layer to the coastal art colony that is Laguna Beach. Performers take the stage of the playhouse, recreating iconic and well-known plays, dramas and musicals. Founded as a community theater in the 1920s, it is home to the city’s many art events such as the Laguna Dance Festival, Laguna Beach Music Festival and Laguna Community Concert Band.