Thursday, May 27, 2021

Don Bluth Front Row Theatre's 2021 / 2022 Season!

Don Bluth Front Row Theatre is happy to announce their 2021 / 2022 season.

Season Tickets and Flex Passes are on sale now!
Box Office: 480 614-0841

Kill Socrates, A Comedy
June 10 - July 24, 2021
An Arizona Premiere Production!
By Amanda Schaar
Directed by Cheryl Schaar

Socrates. Must. Die.

At turns hilarious and heartbreaking, this is a roller-coaster ride through one of history’s most famous minds… ending in one of history’s most infamous deaths. Socrates was a citizen of the world’s first democracy. This led him to ask the question: are the majority of people wise or unwise? His considered answer: Unwise. Then the majority of people killed him for saying that. Faced with his impending death, Socrates attempts to solve some of mankind’s greatest mysteries. He even proves the immortality of the soul – for himself, at least. 

Here’s what theatre goers are saying about Kill Socrates, a Comedy, which premiered at the New Fortune Theatre Company, La Jolla, CA:

“Hilarious, savvy and smart.”
“Magnificent, funny and touching.”
“A fascinating exploration.”
“Socrates is fantastic.”
“Bernie Sanders would make a good Socrates.”

A Bench in the Sun
Aug 12 - Sep 18, 2021

A Remount of a DBFRT Favorite!
By Ron Clark
Directed by Cheryl Schaar

DBFRT brings back favorites Lee Cooley, Jim Coates and Donna Kaufman to reprise their roles in a remount of this comedy! Harold and Burt, longtime friends and joined at their arthritic hips by the bonds of time, live in a retirement home and spend their days on a bench in the garden bickering. A once-famous actress has just moved in, whose flirtatious ways catch the eyes and hearts of the pair, giving them something new to argue over in this wise, moving but most of all, very funny and sunny comedy.

Here’s what reviewers said about our 2017 production of A BENCH IN THE SUN:

"Cooley, Coates, and Kaufman deliver an uproarious and endearing tribute to the joys and tribulations of aging."

"An entirely delightful gem of a production."

"Part 'Grumpy Old Men,' part 'The Odd Couple, the script is rich with one liners, tender moments..."

Bell, Book and Candle
Sep 30 - Nov 6, 2021

Just in time for Halloween Season!
By John Van Druten
Directed by Rick Davis

Before there was Bewitched, before Wicked and Harry Potter, there was BELL, BOOK AND CANDLE. Gillian is a beautiful witch living in 1950s New York City who is smitten with her handsome upstairs neighbor Shep Henderson. She casts a little spell, and Shep is immediately and completely captivated by her. But Gillian must be careful -- if she falls in love with him, she could lose her magical powers forever. Will she be undone by her own mischief? A frothy and spellbinding romantic comedy, BELL, BOOK, AND CANDLE shows that love might be the most bewitching spell of all.

“…completely enchanting—a wonderfully suave and impish fantasy.” —NY Times

It's a Wonderful Life - A Live Radio Play
Nov 18 - Dec 30, 2021

By Joe Landry
Directed by Cheryl Schaar

This beloved American holiday classic comes to captivating life as a live 1940s radio broadcast. With the help of an ensemble that brings a few dozen characters to the stage, the story of idealistic George Bailey unfolds one fateful Christmas Eve. George Bailey is the Everyman from the small town of Bedford Falls, whose dreams of escape and adventure have been quashed by family obligation and civic duty, His guardian angel Clarence descends on Christmas Eve to save him from despair and to remind him—by showing him what the world would have been like had he never been born—that his has been, after all, a wonderful life.

Based on the on the story, The Greatest Gift by Philip Van Doren Stern and the classic film by Frank Kapra

Drinking Habits
Jan 20 - Feb 26, 2022

A Hysterical Farce by Tom Smith
Directed by Van Rockwell

Accusations, mistaken identities, and romances run wild in this traditional, laugh-out-loud farce. Two nuns at the Sisters of Perpetual Sewing have been secretly making wine to keep the convent's doors open, but Paul and Sally, reporters and former fiancees, are hot on their trail. They go undercover as a nun and priest, but their presence, combined with the addition of a new nun, spurs paranoia throughout the convent that spies have been sent from Rome to shut them down. Wine and secrets are inevitably spilled as everyone tries to preserve the convent and reconnect with lost loves.

Mar 24 - Apr 30, 2022

Book and Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner 
Music by Frederick Loewe

Co-Directed by Lorraine and Joe Bousard
Musical Direction by Joe Bousard and Roger McKay

The legendary love triangle of King Arthur, Guenevere and Sir Lancelot leaps from the pages of T.H. White’s novel in Lerner and Loewe’s award-winning, soaring musical. Borrowing from the Arthurian legends, Camelot is the duo’s fantastical masterpiece featuring the songs, "If Ever I Would Leave You," “I Loved You Once in Silence,” "The Lusty Month of May," and of course, "Camelot." An idealistic young King Arthur hopes to create a kingdom built on honor and dignity, embodied by his Knights of The Round Table. His Ideals, however are tested when his lovely queen, Guenevere, falls in love with the young Knight, Lancelot and the fate of the kingdom hangs in the balance.

The Curious Savage
May 29 - Jun 25, 2022

By John Patrick
Directed by Cheryl Schaar

In this heartwarming comedy, Mrs. Savage, an elderly widow, inherits a fortune which she intends to give away to people who wish to pursue their “foolish dreams,” but her stepchildren strongly object. In an effort to secure the money, they commit her to a sanatorium where she befriends a lovely group of misfits. It is among the gentle residents there that she finds her true family. We find that the neglected virtues of kindness and affection have not been entirely lost in a world that seems motivated at times only by greed and selfishness.

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