Performing Arts

About Us

The performing arts are special at Manhattan Beach Community Church. The congregation’s creativity knows no bounds, as shown by the quantity and quality, of its productions.
Young people get a chance to develop their interests and abilities in the Carol and Junior Choirs. Pre-teens and teens have their own active theater production schedule, while adults of all ages and levels of experience can choose from a wide range of creative endeavors. Singers, actors, writers, directors, set designers, stage hands – and anyone who’s ever wanted to be one – are invited to join the fun.


The Choir is a choral group of about 45 adults and teens.  The Choir rehearses every Thursday night from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. and sings at most Sunday worship services from September through July. Led by Musical Director John Elg and Organist/Accompanist Makena James, the choir sings a wide range of music from traditional church choral music to gospel to more modern compositions.   It is an active group that participates in choir festivals, goes on choir tours, presents musicals, and has a number of gatherings throughout the year that foster fellowship and lifelong friendships.  Contact Interim MBCC Choir Director John Elg (e-mail link) or call the church office (310-372-3587) if interested.


Our theater program, which is an outreach of the Manhattan Beach Community Church, stages classic, contemporary, and original plays in a fun and nurturing environment.  Ours is the longest running theater in the South Bay, operating since 1956.

More information about our theater and upcoming events can be found at

Click here to watch a piece about American Suffragettes which was produced during the pandemic.

Click here to watch an afternoon of poetry where the poems of our own late, great Ray Lambert were featured along with MBCC theater folks Steve Norris, Vicki Alfvin, and others, plus poetry from some MBCC kids and poets from the wider community.