Theater Diary: Longtime local theater artist Tyler Tafolla brings his new musical home to San Diego

Two months ago, Tyler Tafolla wrapped up a 10-year run as a performer at SeaWorld San Diego. Now he’s ready to show the San Diego crowd what else he’s got up his sleeve.

Tafolla rented the Diversionary Theater for a weekend to stage two performances of his magic-infused musical “Scott Robbins and the Traveling Show», which he created, marked, directed, produced and in which he plays the main role. There will be two performances at 8 p.m. on November 11 and 12. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at

Set in 1935 in the Great Plains US states, it’s the story of a young man on the run who poses as a famous magician to get hired by a traveling circus. Eventually, he finds a sense of community and home among the circus performers. Eight actors will play more than 100 roles. The cast includes Kelly Prendergast, Shaun Conde, Jordan Brownlee, Cameron Blankenship, Anna Duchi, Isabella Pruter and Russell Clements.

Tafolla created the full-length musical in 2017 while studying acting at AMDA College of the Performing Arts in Los Angeles. It was then performed at the New York Theater Festival: Summerfest, where it was nominated for an award. In the years since, Tafolla has reprized the show several times around the country, including at Groundworks Theater Arts in Poway in 2019. Visit

“Outsiders” tickets on sale at the LJ Playhouse

The La Jolla Playhouse has opened ticket sales for the first four weeks of its first musical “The Outsiders,” which will run Feb. 19 through April 2 at the Mandell Weiss Theater on the UC San Diego campus.

Based on SE Hinton’s 1967 coming-of-age novel and Francis Ford Coppola’s 1983 film, “The Outsiders” is about a gang of teenagers in 1967 Oklahoma who struggle to overcome their roots. tough and survive. The musical features book by Adam Rapp, music and lyrics by duo Jamestown Revival (Jonathan Clay and Zach Chance) and Justin Levine, and direction by Danya Taymor. For tickets, visit

Dani Diaz and Ramon Villa in Scripps Ranch Theater’s “Extreme Home Makeover,” opening November 11.

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SRT presents ‘Extreme Home Makeover’

“Extreme Home Makeover,” a play that read at San Diego Repertory Theater’s 2020 Latinx Play Festival, will go into a full production this month at Scripps Ranch Theater.

Written by Texas-based playwright Makesha Copeland, the 2021 play is about a Mexican-American family in Texas who audition for the now-defunct ABC reality show “Extreme Home Makeover,” where struggling families were selected to build a lavish new home for them at no cost. Parts of the play will be in Spanish.

The play will be directed by Olivia Espinosa during her company debut. The cast includes Dani Diaz, Leticia Bombardier, Ramon Villa, Tamarin Ythier and Javier Guerrero. Performances are at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays, November 11 through December 4, on the campus of Alliant International University, 9783 Avenue of Nations, San Diego. Visit

‘Hamilton’ ticket lottery announced

In keeping with the “Hamilton” producers’ long-established policy of broadening access to the musical at all income levels, 40 tickets will be sold via digital lottery for $10 each for each performance of the show when it airs. at the San Diego Civic Theater Nov November 9-20. Digital lotteries for upcoming performances will end at noon Thursday. Tickets are void if resold, only one entry is allowed per person and each winner may purchase up to two tickets. To register, download the “Hamilton” app from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.

Kragen writes about theater for the San Diego Union-Tribune. Email him at [email protected]

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