Planning for November

November is shaping up to be a busy theatre month.

There are four weekends in November: 5/6, 10/11, 19/20, and 26/27. The last is Thanksgiving weekend, thus effectively making three available weekends. Currently, we have tickets to Oliver on November 5th at 2:00 PM, and tickets to Open Window on November 10th at 9:00 PM. We mostly likely will be having my daughter’s 11th Birthday party the weekend of November 19/20.

First and foremost, this means we won’t be able to volunteer at this year’s A Day Out With Thomas at Orange Empire without having to change tickets.

But wait, there’s more. There are two productions in town in November of potential interest. First, the Colony Theatre company in Burbank is doing a production of Jerry Herman’s The Grand Tour that runs from November 2 through December 4. This is rarely produced, so it would be a good chance to catch it. It look like tickets are in the $40-$45 range. Second, the San Fernando Valley Playhouse is doing a production of Pump Boys and Dinettes from November 9 through November 20. I’ve had the music for this for years but have never seen it, it is one of the first of the Mark Hardwick musicals (others include Oil City Symphony and Radio Gals). Tickets are also in the $40/$45 range.

Now I’d love to see both. But I have a feeling that won’t happen, given how busy the rest of the month is. I do need to make my decision soon, though.