Live theatre thrives in Santa Cruz
at The Colligan Theatre

Welcome to Jewel Theatre Company, the only year-round professional theatre company in Santa Cruz County.

Jewel Theatre prides itself on bringing you quality, professional actors performing in both familiar favorites and lesser known plays, by first-rate playwrights. Our seasons are eclectic, ranging from drama and musicals to comedy and classics. All in a quest to bring you inspired live theatre you’ll want to tell your friends about.


Santa Cruz Good Times says JTC "BEST THEATRE COMPANY in 2018."


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The Colligan Theatre –
1010 River Street
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PLAYING NOW -- September 5 - 30, 2018
THE BEAUTY QUEEN OF LEENANE
by 
Martin McDonagh
Directed by Susan Myer Silton

This Tony Award-winning dark comedy is set in the provincial Irish town of Leenane. Forty-something spinster Maureen Folan lives with her manipulative aging mother Mag, stuck in a caretaking relationship that has them both seething with resentment. When a romantic encounter finally sparks Maureen's hopes for an escape from her dreary existence, Mag's interference sets in motion a chain of events that is as tragically funny as it is terrifying. Written in 1996, BEAUTY QUEEN is one of a trilogy and was the very first play from McDonagh, who is also a notable screenwriter known for In Bruges and the recently acclaimed Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.


"A tragedy that will make you roar with laughter." – Hollywood Reporter



COMING SOON -- November 7 - December 2, 2018
SUDS: The Rocking 60's Musical Soap Opera
Created and Written by 
Melinda Gilb, Steve Gunderson, Bryan Scott
Directed by Shaun Carroll
Music Director 
Ben Dorfan
Choreographer 
Lee Ann Payne

This high energy, hilarious musical tells the story of a down on her luck laundress named Cindy and the colorful guardian angels who come to teach her about finding true love. SUDS is loaded with good clean fun, bubbling energy and over 50 well-known songs that topped the charts in the 1960s, including "Please Mr. Postman," "Johnny Angel," "Chapel of Love," "Walk on By," and "RESPECT." SUDS has toured the country, receiving rave reviews and breaking box office records, so invite some friends and get ready for an incredibly fun night of theatre.


"Great fun, and unlike anything you've seen before." – NY Times



HOLIDAY SHOW-- December 12 - 23, 2018
SPECIAL HOLIDAY SHOW
DAVID COPPERFIELD, THE NEW MUSICAL
Book, Lyrics and Music by 
Jeffrey Scharf
Directed & Co-Produced by Joseph Paul Stachura

Adapted from Charles Dickens' favorite and most autobiographical novel, DAVID COPPERFIELD, THE NEW MUSICAL brings Copperfield's story to tuneful life, from birth to marriage. As a child, David endures the sadism of his step-father Murdstone, the cruelty of the villainous schoolmaster Creakle, and the mind-numbing routine of a London sweatshop. As an adult, he is visited by happiness and success, tragedy and loss. Along the way, he meets some of Dickens' most memorable characters: his formidable Aunt Betsey, the sea-faring Peggotty family, the monosyllabic coachman Barkis, the grandiloquent Mr. Micawber and the contemptible Uriah Heep.





Season Lineup

THE BEAUTY QUEEN OF LEENANE
by Martin McDonagh
Directed by Susan Myer Silton
September 5 - 30, 2018

SUDS: THE ROCKING 60'S MUSICAL SOAP OPERA
Created and Written by Melinda Gilb, Steve Gunderson, Bryan Scott
Directed by Shaun Carroll
Music Director Ben Dorfan
Choreographer Lee Ann Payne
November 7 - December 2, 2018

RED VELVET
by Lolita Chakrabarti
Directed by Bob Rumsby
January 23 - February 17, 2019

BREAKING THE CODE
by Hugh Whitemore
Directed by Kirsten Brandt
March 20 - April 14, 2019

THE EXPLORERS CLUB
by Nell Benjamin

Directed by Art Manke

May 8 - June 2, 2019


Holiday Show (non-subscription)
DAVID COPPERFIELD, THE NEW MUSICAL

Book, Lyrics and Music by Jeffrey Scharf

Co-Produced with J. Scharf Music
Directed & Co-Produced by Joseph Paul Stachura

December 12 - 23, 2018


CLICK HERE to find out about 2018-19 SEASON SUBSCRIPTIONS.