The Academy for the Performing Arts presents

Dark of the Moon

The Academy for the Performing Arts in Huntington Beach will be presenting The Dark of the Moon by Howard Richardson and William Berney April 22 through 25.   Performances are at 7:30 on Thursday through Saturday nights with a matinee on Sunday at 2:00 pm. 

 A stunning Broadway and London hit, Dark of the Moon is a powerful fantasy set long ago in the Smoky Mountains. As dazzling and spectacular as it is intimate and intense, this epic supernatural love story has elements of Twilight, Romeo and Juliet and Wicked. It is based on the haunting folk ballad of Barbara Allen. It is about a witch boy- John who falls in love with the beautiful human girl named Barbara. He begs the conjurers to use their powers to make him human so he can marry her. As the townspeople grow suspicious of the outsider, the witches want him back and all conspire against the young lovers as the play moves to its tragic conclusion. Along with the drama there is comedy, music, singing, dance as well as special effects. This production promises to be unlike any other as Dark of the Moon returns to our Historic Theater after its beautiful renovation.  This show was performed on the Huntington Beach High School stage 30 years ago. 

Directed by Robert Rotenberry, this show features the work of student designers with the unique technical elements.  There will be original music and live musicians as well as dancers performing in witch dancers.  Dark of the Moon will feature the largest cast of a play in APA history.  Emma Degerstedt (Unfabulous) plays Barbara.  Kyle Selig is John.  Caden Michael Gray (Hannah Montana) plays John on Saturday, April 24.  James Sabala is Preacher Haggler, with Daniel Baker, Lindsay Mintz and Zachary Canter as Barbara’s family.  Lexi Harvey and Heather Wessel are the lead witches with Garrett Brown as the Conjur Man and Amanda Page as the Conjur Woman.  Dylan Mahon is Barbara’s former boyfriend Marvin.  Jake Gonzalez plays the role on the final performance.  

Performances are at the Historic Huntington Beach Auditorium- 1905 Main St., Huntington Beach.            714) 536-2512 Ext. 4025 

April 22, 23, 24 at 7:30 pm

April 25 at 2:00 pm


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