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Summer Theater Festival

Summer Theater Festival

The 3rd annual Big Bear Summer Theater Festival presents a trio of shows that range from historical drama, to Broadway tunes and a melodrama based in the actual history of the Big Bear and Holcomb valleys. 

Where: Bear Cave Theater, 40210 Big Bear Blvd. Big Bear Lake
Tickets: $20 General Admission; $30 VIP (entry into special VIP entrance and champagne toast). Purchase online at
7 p.m. 
Show Dates and Schedule:

Big Bear Summer Theater Festival
  • Thurs. July 18. "Songs of Broadway" 
  • Fri. July 19 "Inherit the Wind" starring Richard Moll 
  • Sat. July 20 "The Lost Van Dusen Gold Mine"
  • Thurs. July 25 "The Lost Van Dusen Gold Mine"  
  • Fri. July 26 "Songs of Broadway"  
  • Sat. July 27 "Inherit the Wind" starring Richard Moll 
  • Thurs. Aug. 1 "Inherit the Wind" starring Richard Moll 
  • Fri. Aug 2 "The Lost Van Dusen Gold Mine"
  • Sat. Aug. 3 "Songs of Broadway"

Inherit the Wind:
"Inherit the Wind" is the dramatic telling of the most famous trial in American history. Some dialogue comes directly from trial transcripts, but playwrights Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee remind us that this is neither history nor journalism. The play was written in response to 1950's era McCarthyism. 

Songs of Broadway:
"Songs of Broadway," the director is auditioning last minute acts and rehearsing others as he tries to get a new variety show open. Young singers and dancers anxiously await their moment in the spotlight while the reigning "Diva" isn't all that excited about being forced to rehearse with all this "raw" talent.  The director is losing his wits and yet the show still must go on. The production is a showcase of some of the greatest singing talent available, and is loaded with award-winning performers from the music studio of Diane Sloan Kubeja.

The Lost Van Dusen Gold Mine:
"The Lost Van Dusen Gold Mine" is believed to be a true story of a miner murdered for his rich ore. In the melodrama, poor Belle is about to lose her home. Ben Lion, her fiancé of only 20 years, has lost both his mind, and right now, more importantly, his gold mine!  

The shows play Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights at 7 p.m. Please call 805-807-9939 for show times. Visit to purchase tickets online.

Photo Caption: Cast members from the 2013 Big Bear Summer Theater Festival incluce: Front row, left to right: Kortney Carmody, Bryan Larson, Madison Laski. Second row, left to right: Vanessa Finney, Kylar Carmody, Jessica Brasher, Tori Waner. Third row, left to right: Ariel Moreno, Dakota Panczak, Diane Sloan Kubeja. Back row, left to right: Zack Meyer, Richard Moll, John Phane and Richard Millener.

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