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The Chance Theater

5552 E. La Palma Ave. Anaheim, CA 92807 | Anaheim | 714-777-3033

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The Chance Theater is a theater in Anaheim. Their programming is always adventurous. For instance, the 2009 season began with a show called Jesus Hates Me, set at the Blood of the Lamb miniature-golf course, and it'll end with the perennial alternative-Christmas show The Eight: Reindeer Monologues. In between, there was the premiere of a new musical, a revival of that evergreen hippie spectacle Hair and a production of Anton Chekhov's The Seagull. That's variety, folks, and it's the scope of the Chance's programming that has helped elevate this Anaheim Hills company into the vanguard of Orange County's storefront-theater scene. Whether tackling highly complicated musicals such as the Stephen Sondheim magnum opus Sunday In the Park With George, staging intense contemporary plays such as David Lindsay-Abaire's Rabbit Hole, or working with Holocaust survivors and students at a New York City high school near Ground Zero, you can always count on the Chance to mix it up.


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The Chance is dedicated to the creation of exciting theatrical experiences, taking artistic risks, and collaborating with gifted artists on passionate and provocative plays and musicals. The mission of the Chance is to contribute to a more compassionate, connected, vibrant and creative Orange County.

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