Feeling Fancy: A night out at The Wallis in Beverly Hills

Our First visit to The Wallis

Last night, my daughter and I got dressed up and attended the play, “Black Beauty” at The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills. It was our the first visit to this venue, which was nice, because I’ve driven by it several times since it first opened in Fall 2013 and I’ve always wanted to check it out.

The Space

“The mission of The Wallis is to create, present and celebrate unique performing arts events and educational programs that reflect the rich cultural diversity of our community.”

Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts website

The 70,000 square-foot venue was designed by Zoltan E. Pali, FAIA of Studio Pali Fekete architects. The former 1933 Beverly Hills Post Office houses a contemporary 500-seat, state-of-the-art Goldsmith Theater, a 150-seat Studio Theater, three classrooms, and a café.

Events at The Wallis

In addition to leased and special events, The Wallis hosts cinema, dance, music, theater, and classes (through Grow@The Wallis). Several are kid-friendly. Here are a few to check out now through June:

Now Playing: Black Beauty

Press image for “Black Beauty” provided by The Wallis and used with permission

Red Bridge Arts & Traverse Theatre Company’s Black Beauty runs from April 26th through May 5th, 2019. It is a kid-friendly play, recommended for ages five and above. Declared as a “story of hope, friendship, and courage,” created by Andy Manley, Andy Cannon and Shonda Reppe, it is a re-telling of the story of Black Beauty using storytelling, music and puppetry.

My Review:
I like to describe the play as a “story within a story,” where we follow the lighthearted yet turbulent times of two brothers named Andy who are going through a rough patch, yet get through it with a lot of creativity, imagination, and humor. After re-discovering their beloved book, “Black Beauty,” they re-tell the story to the audience in their own way, using their limited objects at hand. They use some relatable present-day cultural references, such as”My Little Pony,” that piqued my daughter’s interest. It’s a lot of dialogue, so make sure your kid(s) have the capacity to sit still for awhile, although there is a bit of audience participation, where we all stand up and wiggle about.

For more information on Black Beauty: http://thewallis.org/beauty

Dance Sundays with Debbie Allen & Friends

Every Second Sunday of the month, beginning November 11th, from 12-2pm is a FREE, outdoor dance event at the Promenade Terrace for the whole family! All ages and levels are welcome.

Check Website for more info

Jacob Jonas The Company

“If break dancing and concert dance had a baby, it would be the Jacob Jonas company”

Los Angeles Times

After a sold-out run in The Wallis’ 16/17 Season, Jacob Jonas The Company returns as the 18/19 Season Company-in-Residence. The Company – led by its dynamic namesake – is gaining international acclaim for its honest storytelling, visceral performances and cutting-edge content creation – including the #CamerasandDancers visual arts movement. Whether you were lucky enough to catch The Company at the To the Sea festival at the Santa Monica Pier, their sold-out performances in our Lovelace Studio Theater this past October, or are new to their mix of contemporary ballet and acrobatic movement, you won’t want to miss their final performance with us this season, which includes two world premieres in the Bram Goldsmith Theater. 

May 10-11th, 2019 at 7:30pm
Click here for tickets and for more information:

Story Pirates Live

The Story Pirates aren’t your typical swashbuckling sailors. They don’t steal gold – they’re searching for kids’ wildest, most imaginative stories. The Pirates then adapt these tales into a musical sketch comedy show, performed by the best actors from the Groundlings, Second City and elsewhere.Recommended for ages 5+.

May 11th, 2019 at 2:00pm
Click here for tickets, for more information, and learn how to submit your own story:

The Hitch-Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

“Pick of the week”

Los Angeles Times 2018

The Wallis Studio Ensemble’s hilarious, fast-paced, gender-bending romp through the galaxy in search of the meaning of life, the universe, and everything is BACK by popular demand! 

Douglas Adams wrote TheHitch-Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy as a radio play in 1978. With sharp wit and ironic style, it quickly became a worldwide cult classic. This vibrant production integrates puppetry, stylized movement, miniature sets and live music to bring the timely political satire to life.

Audience Costume Contest: At each performance, audience members are invited to come in Science Fiction Costume and take a photo at our selfie spot, then tag us after the show. A Best Costume winner will be selected to receive two complimentary tickets to another show at The Wallis. Post your selfie on instagram and use the hashtag #ZaphodsCloset to enter to win. 

Warning: There will be moving lights that simulate strobe lighting and haze used during the production.  

June 6-9th, 2019
Click here for tickets, for more information, and learn how to submit your own story:

The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts



Box Office:
9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Disclaimer: Westside Mommy has partnered with The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts to provide this information and was invited as a member of the media to preview and review “Black Beauty.” All opinions are honest and 100% my own. Information about shows and building provided by The Wallis. All images used with permission and belong to their rightful owners.