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What's your mission?

The Cabrillo Playhouse came from humble beginnings as the San Clemente Community Theatre originally established in 1953. Each year for well over half a century we have worked diligently to continue our rich tradition of being a significant cultural asset to South Orange County by providing an outlet for creative community involvement as we endeavor to enrich, educate, excite and entertain artists and audiences through a variety of performing arts in an intimate setting.

What kind of productions and programming could we expect from your organization?

We do 4 plays and 2 musicals in each season, as well as a tradition of presenting The Rocky Horror Show as an annual summer production.

What's your origin story?

The San Clemente Community Theatre was chartered as a non-profit corporation on March 6th 1953. On September 14, 1953 the group’s first play, Two Blind Mice, directed by Tom Gilmore, was presented at the then-called Casino.

How would people get more involved in your organization?

Go to our website to sign up as volunteers

This year we are celebrating our 70th anniversary!


Cabrillo Playhouse

The Cabrillo Playhouse was chartered as a non-profit corporation on March 6th 1953, and has been bringing comedies, drama and musicals to San Clemente and neighbors ever since! The Playhouse represents the nostalgic past of our great city. Built in 1928, the troupe moved into the converted historic Ole Hanson-style home and turned it into our beloved, “intimate” 66-seat theatre by the sea.

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