Clark Center for Performing Arts
|487 Fair Oaks Avenue
Arroyo Grande, CA
The Clark Center for the Performing Arts hosts professional touring and local theatre groups. The Clark Center offers a state of the art theater experience for guests. There are two state-of-the art theaters: the 617 seat Forbes Hall and the approximately 120 seat Studio Theatre.
The Clark Center offers a wide range of shows during the year, designed to appeal to locals and visitors of all ages. Since the Clark Center is a non-profit, ticket prices are surprisingly affordable.
Shows range from plays, concerts of all varieties, magic acts, dog shows, stand-up comedy and more. Beer and wine are available for selected shows.
You might consider attending one of the many amateur productions that are also performed in the Clark Center. The local High Schools have very advanced drama programs, and includes Star graduates include Zac Efron and Joanna Jones (currently starring in “Hamilton” on Broadway). See the stars BEFORE they become famous.
Please do check to see if there is an event of interest during your planned stay in SLO County. http://clarkcenter.org/events/
Tours of the Clark Center are available by contacting the Association Office.
Address: 487 Fair Oaks Ave, Arroyo Grande, CA 93420
Phone: (805) 489-9444
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Al Jardine: Postcards from California
February 17 @ 7:00pm
Music legend Al Jardine brings a storytellers-style performance to the stage in what is likely the first show of its kind by any member of The Beach Boys. “Postcard” brings the epic tale of America’s band alive from their earliest days of recording their very first song, “Surfin’” up on through “Surfin’ Safari,” “Help Me Rhonda,” “Sloop John B” and that magical year of 1966, right through to today and his debut solo release, “A Postcard From California”.
Al is joined by his son Matt, known for his breathtaking falsettos on Brian Wilson’s most recent Pet Sounds 50th Anniversary tour. In an intimate, acoustic setting, including rare images and video, Mr. Jardine takes us back into a history, so improbable that it must have been meant to be! From meeting Elvis Presley to making “Pet Sounds”, here are the songs, stories and harmonies that moved generations, all in one unforgettable evening.
1942 Radio Broadcast Recreation: All Hands on Deck!
February 18 @ 4 & 7pm
The ALL HANDS ON DECK! Show brings you an authentic American roadshow and radio broadcast re-creation circa 1942 filled with heart-warming songs, tight harmonies, rousing on-air antics, classic commercials and a sing-a-long excitement, all accompanied by the warm sounds of the live nine-piece Hollywood Victory Caravan Orchestra!
Audiences of all ages grin from ear-to-ear with delight as we unite with this heart-warming, toe-tapping musical message for all Americans! With 42 of the greatest American songs ever written and a message that inspires, it’s time for America’s most patriotic show … ALL HANDS ON DECK!
Jason Petty’s Hank & My Honky Tonk Heroes
March 3 @ 8pm
Jason Petty began his renowned career portraying Hank Williams in the off-Broadway hit “Lost Highway” in 1996. His inspired and heartfelt performance earned him five stage award nominations and a win for the OBIE award for Best Actor.
Jason now tours North America and Europe in this authentic and energetic show, bringing the music of Hank Williams back to life, along with the hits of the Honky Tonk Heroes who influenced Hank.
Jason becomes Hank Williams in every sense, and leaves his audience singing, clapping, and toe-tapping to the legendary hits of Hank and his contemporaries. As reviewed in the NY Post, “At times it seems that Petty is not just offering an impersonation of Williams, but channeling his ghost.”
A Toast to Dean Martin & Marilyn Monroe
March 4 @ 3pm
here the neon lights of Las Vegas meets the glamor of Hollywood; the way it used
Complete with black tux and rocks glass in hand, Las Vegas’ own Andy DiMino takes
the stage ready to romance the crowd with all the charm and music of Dino himself.
Crooning favorites like “Ain’t Love a Kick in the Head,” “Everybody Loves
Somebody” and “Volare,” you’ll believe you are in the presence of the “King of Cool.”
Joined by the amazingly talented Susan Griffith, as the iconic Marilyn Monroe, you’ll
be treated to the magnetism and charisma of one of the worlds most recognized
talents and personalities the world has known. With trademark looks and
unforgettable voice, she commands the stage with favorites like, “Diamond’s Are a
Girl’s Best Friend” and “I Wanna Be Loved by You.”
Audiences and critics agree Andy and Susan’s tribute is an entertaining evening of
music, laughter and a trip back in time!
St. Patrick's Day in Ireland
March 10 @ 3:00pm
Come celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and the great joy of being Irish with music, song, dance and irresistible merriment from the Emerald Isle!
The concert will be led by members of The Kerry Traditional Band: four multi-instrumentalists who share their passion for the traditional music of Ireland with fiddles, uilleann pipes, banjo, bodhrán, guitar, flutes roaring through the theatre with a gusto that will leave you wanting to dance in the aisles!
Add Irish dance led by principal dancer and Irish champion dancer Connor Reider (The Chieftains, Celtic Fyre, An Irish Christmas), lead dancer Keara Osborne & Kerry Dance Troupe members and Irish song from The Kerry Voice Squad: three lovely lassies delivering the best of Irish ballads!
You can be assured of a wonderful Irish night where you will be transported to the charming and beautiful Emerald Isle for an unforgettable night in Ireland and will leave the theatre with a jig in your step and a smile in your heart!
A perfect St. Patrick’s Day concert celebration with the whole family!
GLOBAL FEST – The New Golden Age of Latin Music
March 11 @ 8pm
The New Golden Age of Latin Music is being created right here in the United States. The Mexican-American communities of Arizona and California have emerged as hotbeds of musical creativity, and merging styles that reflect the changing cultural identities between Mexico and the United States.
The Latin Grammy Nominees Mariachi Flor de Toloache make New York City history as its’ First and Only All-Women Mariachi Group. While working to preserve centuries old traditions of Mariachi, their melange of the traditional and the modern pushes the boundaries of the genre and brings Mariachi music to new audiences.
Alternative Chicano band Las Cafeteras recreate traditional Afro-Caribbean Son Jarocho music in a wildly vibrant style. Their rousing socially conscious messages tell stories of looking for love and fighting for justice in the concrete jungle of East LA.
Come to the Clark Center to hear the new and vibrant sounds of modern Latin American music!
The Glenn Miller Orchestra
March 18 @ 3:30pm
“A band ought to have a sound all of its own. It ought to have a personality.” – Glenn Miller
With timeless hits such as “In the Mood”, “Tuxedo Junction”, “Moonlight Serenade” and many more, few bands have ever had a personality as distinct and well-known as the Glenn Miller Orchestra.
Decade after decade, the Glenn Miller Orchestra continues to be the number one name in swing jazz. Currently under the direction of vocalist Nick Hilscher, the world famous Glenn Miller Orchestra brings those classic swingin’ sounds to hundreds of audiences year after year.
Get “In the Mood” for some of the best original American music ever made!
The Stunt Dog Experience
March 18 @ 3pm & 7pm
Featured on news programs, in magazines, in multiple national television performances, and in amusement parks and performing arts theaters all across the country, Chris Perondi and his troupe of incredibly well-trained dogs are ready to bring the ultimate Stunt Dog Experience to the Clark Center once again!
The Stunt Dog Experience features amazing tricks, high jumps, sensational stunts, cute comedy and dancing doggies, adding up to the biggest collection of canine capers in the country.
All of these performing pups have been rescued from pounds and shelters across America, and they can’t wait to show off their skills for you and your whole family.
The Seldom Scene
March 31 @8pm
What does it take for a bluegrass band to remain popular for more than four decades?
For the Seldom Scene, it’s taken not only talented musicians, a signature sound, and a solid repertoire, but also a sheer sense of fun. Since their inception in 1971, the Seldom Scene have thrived on playing bluegrass a little differently than everyone else.
They perform traditional bluegrass classics, great original bluegrass songs of their own, and they also transform more modern songs into their own bluegrass style, such as Eric Clapton’s “Lay Down Sally”, J.J. Cale’s “After Midnight”, and the Beatles’ “What Goes On".
Over 40 years and 20 albums since they began playing together at weekly jam sessions, the Grammy-nominated Seldom Scene have become one of the single greatest contributors to the progression of bluegrass, while setting a new standard and attracting new audiences to the genre.
Don’t miss out on this delightful evening of music with one of the most innovative bluegrass groups in the country.
Yesterday – The Las Vegas Beatle Show
April 7 @ 8pm
Yesterday – Live from Las Vegas is the #1 Beatles tribute in the world, and the favorite tribute act of Sir Paul McCartney himself.
The show encompasses all eras of Beatles music from The Hamburg days through the Shea Stadium performances, the ground-breaking Sgt Pepper album, and beyond.
With pure originality, great harmony, and catchy musical magic, the Beatles changed pop music forever, all around the world.
With great portrayals of the Beatles, authentic costumes, witty stage banter, and excellent vocals and musicianship, Yesterday recreates all the magic of the Beatles for audiences today.
Dec ’63 – Tribute to Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons
April 28 @8pm
Oh what a night!
The music of Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons comes to the Clark Center in DECEMBER ’63 – A Tribute to the Original Jersey Boys.
In 1962, the Four Seasons released their first album and their single “Sherry” went straight to #1 on the charts. After their first #1 hit, they released more #1 hits and instant classics such as “Walk Like a Man”, “Big Girls Don’t Cry”, “Candy Girl”, “Dawn (Go Away)” and more, that are still loved today.
The Boys showcase all the classic hits from Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, including the most popular singles from the musical The Jersey Boys.
Come and join the Jersey Boys on a journey that covers every stage of the Four Seasons’ musical career.
Best of San Francisco International Stand-Up Comedy Competition
May 12 @ 8pm
For more than two decades, the San Francisco Stand-Up Comedy Competition has served as a major career springboard for some of the most talented new comics in the country.
Past winners and finalists have achieved superstar status, including comedy legends like Robin Williams, Dana Carvey, and Ellen Degeneres.
Back at the Clark Center by popular demand, this show guarantees a great time, as a new group of Competition winners takes the stage by storm with only one goal in mind – to make you laugh!
If you love comedy, don’t miss out- come see the best!
The actual comedians will be announced closer to the date of the show.
This show may contain adult language and content.