Clark Center for Performing Arts

clark center
487 Fair Oaks Avenue
Arroyo Grande, CA

Box Office:

(805) 489-9444
[email protected]

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.

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

Upcoming Events

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Soweto Gospel Choir

October 5 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Soweto Gospel Choir was brought together from churches in the Soweto area to celebrate the unique and inspirational power of African Gospel music. They thrill audiences around the world with their stunning blend of African gospel, freedom songs and international classics. In December, 2002 their first album, “Voices of Heaven” was recorded and went on to reach the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s World Music Chart within 3 weeks of its release in the US. Since then, Soweto Gospel Choir has toured country after country, playing major concert halls and music festivals around the world, and have given performances for presidents, prime ministers and royal families. They have received two Grammys as well as countless other accolades and awards for their amazing music and inspiring performances. Soweto Gospel Choir has also played with and collaborated with dozens of other musicians of all styles, including the Harlem Gospel Choir, Robert Plant, Bono, Peter Gabriel and Diana Ross, to more recent stars like John Legend, Pharrell Williams, Josh Groban, and Celine Dion. This year, they tour the world again in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Nelson Mandela. Don’t miss this amazing performance.

Bill Haley Jr. & The Comets

October 13 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Like Father, Like Son Bill Haley, Jr. and the Comets is a high-energy five-piece combo that performs a rousing, rocking set of songs first recorded at the dawn of rock ‘n’ roll by the legendary Bill Haley and the Comets. The show includes all of their great hits, including “Rock Around the Clock”, “Shake, Rattle and Roll”, “Skinny Minnie”, “See You Later Alligator”, and “Rip It Up”, along with many more Bill Haley classics and other popular tunes from the 1950’s and ‘60’s. Authentic and faithful to the originals in sound and presentation, the show features not only the numerous great hits of Bill Haley and the Comets, but also Bill Haley, Jr. sharing the inside stories and history behind those groundbreaking classic hits of early rock ‘n’ roll. Bill is backed by his own talented and accomplished band of Comets, and they’re ready to make you shake, rattle, roll, jump, and jive!

Popovich Comedy Pet Theater

October 16 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Presented by Gregory Popovich Comedy Pet Theater Voted Best Family Show in Vegas! International circus legend award winner Gregory Popovich brings his European-style physical comedy, acrobats, jugglers but most important his furry cast of animals, the real stars of the show! All animals have been rescued from shelters all over the country and they have been transformed into Las Vegas stars. The show features an amazing cast of house-cats, dogs, parrots, geese, mice, even a miniature horse named Diamond! He has published two books such as “You Can Train Your Cat” followed by “Doggy Gone Good”. Gregory has been featured on The Tonight Show, David Letterman, in USA Today, People Magazine and was recently a finalist on America’s Got Talent. He starred in his first full-length film, winning the Audience Choice Award at the Dances With Films Festival in Los Angeles, CA.”

Paula Poundstone

October 27 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

“Paula Poundstone is the funniest human being I have ever known. Everything she does, thinks, or says is hilarious. If you cut her into bits, each piece would be funny.” – Peter Sagal, host of NPR’s Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me! With smart, observational humor and a legendary spontaneous interaction with the crowd, Paula Poundstone is one of America’s most loved comedians on stage, television, and radio. She improvises with a crowd like a jazz musician, swinging in unexpected directions without a plan, without a net, never predictable, and always funny! Paula has starred in several HBO specials and her own series, The Paula Poundstone Show on HBO and ABC, and has been a long-time panelist on NPR’s most highly rated show, the weekly comedy news quiz Wait, Wait… Don’t Tell Me! Along with the release of her second book, The Totally Unscientific Study Of The Search For Human Happiness, her recent television appearances include Late Night with Stephen Colbert, CBS Sunday Morning, Major Crimes, Carson Daly, Nerdist with Chris Hardwick, and Weekend Edition. Come to the Clark Center for an evening of laughs with one of the wittiest and most influential comic voices of the last two decades! In the meantime, enjoy Paula’s new weekly podcast for Maximum Fun Nobody Listens to Paula Poundstone, a comedic field guide to life. Paula and her co-host Adam Felber, fellow panelist on Wait, Wait.., bring on leading guests and use their unique comedic sensibility to help us navigate life in the 21st century. THIS SHOW MAY CONTAIN ADULT CONTENT

Live at Central Park [Revisited]: Simon & Garfunkel Tribute

November 3 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

In September of 1981, after over ten years of separation, Simon and Garfunkel came together for an unforgettable reunion concert in Central Park. The concert surpassed all expectations, attracting over 500,000 people, and setting the record as the 7th largest concert attendance in history. Award-winning recording artists Lee Lessack and Johnny Rodgers recreate that magical night with Live at Central Park [Revisited]. With dulcet vocals harmonizing over lilting guitar, you’ll hear all the beloved poetic masterpieces that made Simon & Garfunkel famous: “Mrs. Robinson,” “Homeward Bound,” “America”, “Scarborough Fair,” “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” “The Sound of Silence,” and many more. Performance will also include many of Paul Simon hits, including: “Me and Julio Down by the School Yard”, “Still Crazy after all these Years”, Kodachrome”, and 50 Ways to Leave your Lover”. The duo also perform the Everly Brothers hit “Wake Up Little Susie”. (Simon and Garfunkel originally modeled themselves after the Everly Brothers.


November 17 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

“The best musical instrument of all is the human voice – if you’ve seen Rockapella you know that’s the truth.” – USA Today As one of the originators of the astonishing full-band sound of “contemporary” a cappella, Rockapella has shown every audience the raw power of pure vocal talent and originality. Their influence is felt everywhere these days- in a capella music shows on network television, the highly successful Pitch Perfect movies, and in student vocal groups that have become popular on college campuses across the country. Rockapella achieved national fame on PBS’s Where In The World Is Carmen Sandiego? and since then they’ve toured the globe and provided a powerful soundtrack to several generations of vocal music fans, while keeping it all fresh along the way. With buckets of catchy original pop songs, and complete contemporary revisions of sparkling Motown, pop, and soul classics, this group has always been the one to watch. “There’s nothing in the way between us and the audience; it’s very human music,” says Rockapella’s Jeff Thacher. Rockapella – No instruments, no tracks, no mirrors… but always awesome.

Big Band Christmas

December 9 @ 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Gary Vecchiarelli Productions – Las Vegas presents 17-Piece Big Band! Roger Lloyd Wood’s Big Band provides an afternoon concert of the most popular songs from the 1940’s, 1950s, 1960s, featuring the “original” sounds. The show will include many classic Christmas songs. This show is “On Tour” performing in 7 California cities through December 2018. Special Guests “THE SATIN DOLLZ” will dazzle you with tight vocal harmonies in their tribute to the Andrew Sisters. Experience live music non stop for 2 hours plus a 15 minute intermission. The show provides a “non-stop” 1940s, 1950s, 1960s music experience. Reserved Seating: Gold: $59, Silver: $49, Bronze: $49, Seniors (62 and older) receive a $5 discount off all seating levels. Students: $25 (Silver only- Must have student ID and only sold through the Box Office)

An Irish Christmas – Matinee

December 15 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Presented by Kerry Irish Productions Inc. A perfect family event! Take a journey through Christmas in Ireland with superb dancing, singing and Irish traditional music celebrating the international spirit of the holiday season. An Irish Christmas, features an award-winning cast of Irish dancers led by Caterina Coyne (Principal dancer, Riverdance), Tyler Schwartz (World champion dancer), and Connor Reider (Principal dancer Celtic Fyre, St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland, The Chieftains), as well as members of the Kerry Dance Troupe. They are joined by The Kerry Voice Squad and the Kerry Traditional Orchestra in a memorable night that sparkles with the charm and magic that only this festive time of year can bring. Celebrate the great tradition of butter making, chase the wren on St. Stephen’s Day, draw down the half door for spectacular dance, enjoy superb music-making and singing of Christmas carols in an unforgettable Irish night! Songs spinning out of the mists and into the familiar Silent Night, Twelve Days of Christmas and Carol of the Bells, and superb music of the pipes, flutes, fiddles, and bodhráns is just the beginning of this great Irish night! Not to be Missed! Ireland at its best! “… Genuinely astonishing … electric!” − The Village News “… The capacity crowd nearly brought the house down at the end of the evening.” (The Irish Herald) ” – The Irish Herald

Rumours – The Ultimate Fleetwood Mac Tribute Show

January 19, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Rumours has meticulously put together a show that spares no detail, recreating Fleetwood Mac’s legendary persona in all its youthful glory from 1975-1987. This was an unbelievably creative period for Fleetwood Mac, when they wrote multiple platinum albums filled with timeless hits such as “The Chain”, “Go Your Own Way”, “Over My Head”, “Gold Dust Woman”, “Tusk”, “Dreams”, “You Make Loving Fun”, and too many others to name. With period accurate equipment and costumes, this tribute’s spot-on characterizations and musical performance takes you back to a time when music was still an unbridled cultural experience and bands weren’t afraid to put on a show. Relive the rock and roll magic of Fleetwood Mac with Rumours!

The Everly Brothers Experience

February 9, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Real life brothers Dylan and Zachary Zmed bring a genuine and heartfelt Everly Brothers Experience to the stage in this exuberant concert celebrating the extraordinary harmonies created by Don and Phil Everly. When the guitar became electric, the Everly Brothers made music history, bridging the gap between Country and Rock ‘n Roll. With countless hits and classics including “All I Have to Do is Dream,” “Cathy’s Clown,” “Bye Bye Love,” “Wake Up Little Susie,” “Let It Be Me,” “Til I Kissed Ya,” “When Will I Be Loved,” and “Bird Dog,” the Everly Brothers’ songs and unique two-part harmony inspired many artists to follow—The Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, The Kinks, and Buddy Holly. Their three-decade career still inspires artists today. Join us for this great tribute to two of the true pioneers of Rock ‘n’ Roll. Note: Zachary & Dylan Zmed’s Tribute Band for the Everly Brothers was formerly known as the “Bird Dogs”, and appeared under this name at the Clark Center in 2016.

Stunt Dog Experience – Matinee

March 9, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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.

Stunt Dog Experience – Evening

March 9, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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.

Masters of Soul

March 10, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Masters of Soul is a celebration of the legendary songs and performers that defined Motown and soul music, an evening of endless hit songs by the greatest musicians of the era. The ten-piece ensemble, consisting of six singers and a four-piece backup band, presents unforgettable classics by Gladys Knight & The Pips, Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell, Smokey Robinson & the Miracles, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Diana Ross & The Supremes, Martha Reeves & The Vandellas, Barry White, Sam and Dave, James Brown, and many more! For those who lived through those years, it is the ultimate stroll down memory lane. For those who missed out on those years, it’s a crash course in great American music – a one-night party with the Masters of Soul!

ABBA Mania

March 16, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

With hits like “Dancing Queen”, “Take a Chance on Me”, “Mama Mia”, “Fernando” and many more, the fun and unbelievably catchy music of ABBA is a pop music phenomenon that still spreads like wildfire, decades after ABBA’s last live performance. The original ABBA tribute from London’s West End, ABBA MANIA has been delighting audiences of all ages since its formation in 1999. Known as “the best ABBA show since ABBA themselves”, they have played over 3000 concerts in over 30 countries, to a combined audience of over 3 million people. If you still sing along with ABBA songs every time you hear them (and we all do!) don’t miss ABBA MANIA!

Official Blues Brothers Revue

March 22, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

“The most dangerous combination since nitro and glycerin.” There have been many imitators, but there is only one duo in North America sanctioned by Dan Aykroyd and Judith Belushi to don the official hat and sunglasses and walk in the legendary footsteps of Jake and Elwood Blues. Under the musical direction of Paul Schaffer, The Official Blues Brothers Revue pays homage to Chicago’s rich history of blues, soul music and gospel in the true spirit of the original Blues Brothers. With Wayne Catania as Jake, Keiron Laffery as Elwood, and backed by a powerhouse band, The Official Blues Brother Revue lays down a big sound performed with passion, precision, and pure soul. They strike the right balance of humor, music, and mayhem in a show that is fun for all ages and packed with classic hits from the Blues Brothers catalog, including “Soul Man”, “Sweet Home Chicago”, Rubber Biscuit” , and more.

The Travelin’ McCourys – The Evolution of Bluegrass

April 6, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

The Travelin’ McCourys do not stand still. They are on the road—and online— entertaining audiences with live shows that include some of the best musicians and singers from all genres. It’s always different, always exciting, and always great music. As the sons of bluegrass legend Del McCoury, Ronnie McCoury on mandolin and Rob McCoury on banjo continue their father’s work — a lifelong dedication to the power of bluegrass music to bring joy into people’s lives. The band has a confidence that only comes with having paid their dues with twenty years on the bluegrass road. Other groups and new fans hear this immediately — the tight rhythm, the soulful material, and the confidence in taking bluegrass from the safety of the shore into uncharted waters. Listen as The Travelin’ McCourys tell the story of bluegrass- from the deep roots of the past, out to the newest, greenest leaves that are just starting to grow.

Night Fever – The Bee Gees Tribute

April 20, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

For over forty years, the Bee Gees have managed to do the nearly impossible – remain current and popular through all eras of contemporary music. The precise harmonies of the brothers Gibb made the Bee Gees one of the most difficult bands to reproduce on stage until Night Fever – The Bee Gees Tribute. Night Fever is the largest concert production of the Bee Gees in the world. This all-Canadian cast has been touring for the past ten years, from Disneyland to Russia, recreating the look and sound of the Bee Gees. Capturing a full history of the Bee Gees, Night Fever includes Bee Gees hits from every stage of their career, including “To Love Somebody,” “Massachusetts,” I Got to Get A Message,” “I Started A Joke,” “Jive Talking,” “More Than A Woman,” “Nite Fever,” “You Should Be Dancing,” “Tragedy,” “Stayin’ Alive,” and many more.

Broadway’s Next Hit Musical!

May 4, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Every song is fresh. Every scene is new. Every night is different. It’s all improvised and it’s all funny! Deb Rabbai, Producer “It’s something like you’ve never seen before, because nobody’s ever seen it before ” The hilarious Broadway’s Next Hit Musical is the only unscripted theatrical awards show and stage musical. The cast is a team of some of the most talented and experienced improv comedians and musicians in New York City. The first half of the show is a parody of a typical awards show. The cast takes fictional “hit song” suggestions from the audience. They improvise the lyrics and create an entirely spontaneous evening of music and laughs, competing against each other to create the audience’s favorite song of the evening. The audience votes for a winner, and in the second half of the show, the cast turns the winner’s song into a full-blown improvised musical, complete with memorable characters, witty dialogue, and plot twists galore. Broadway’s Next Hit Musical has been seen recently at The Triad, the Tribeca Film Festival, and the New York Musical Theatre Festival. Under the direction of improv veterans Rob Schiffman and Deb Rabbai, the show was hailed by TheaterWeek as “brilliant”, and the New York post called Broadway’s Next Hit Musical “remarkable”. Don’t miss the next great American musical – it could be written for you! What fake “Hit Song” title will YOU suggest? (Can’t be an actual song title.) Note: Only Family – friendly humor!

Best of San Francisco Stand Up Comedy Competition

May 11, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Hundreds of comedians audition each year to compete in the San Francisco Comedy Competition. Only 32 are chosen. 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 Four actual comedians will be chosen in April 2019. This Show May Contain Adult Content!