Monday, August 8, 2022

Zoni Ticket Early Bird Sale - through Friday, August 30th!


This year's celebration will take place on Monday, October 3, at Scottsdale Center for the Arts, who is co-producing the event with the Zoni Board, with the Youth Ceremony at 5:30pm and the Adult Ceremony at 8pm.

Ticket prices are $21.50 for either ceremony, and $19.50 (Youth, 18 and under)

A discounted ticket Early Bird Sale, where you can save $2 off the regular price of any ticket, will run through 8pm Tuesday, August 30

Reserved Tickets can be purchased HERE  

Nominees will receive preferred, reserved seating and a $2 discount off the regular price of tickets, through October 3, but must call the Scottsdale Arts Center box office at 480-499-8587 to purchase these reserved seats, between Noon and 6pm (closed on Mondays and Tuesdays)

Buy One, Get One Ticket Offer for JUNIE B. JONES THE MUSICAL, JR at TheaterWorks!

 

 
Buy One/ Get One ticket offer for Junie B. Jones Jr. (a TheaterWorks' Youthworks show)

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DISCOUNT EXTENDED TO AUGUST 28!! 

Runs August 12-28


Fountain Hills Theater is taking its production of DISENCHANTED! to Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts from August 25 through the 28th


Fountain Hills Theater is bringing its production of the musical, Disenchanted!, to the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, August 25th through August 28th. 

Poisoned apples. Glass slippers. Who needs ’em?! Not Snow White and her posse of disenchanted princesses in the hilarious hit musical that is anything but Grimm. Forget the princesses you think you know. When these royal renegades toss off their tiaras, this hilariously subversive, not-for-the-kiddies musical reveals what really happened ‘ever after’! 

Disenchanted! is produced by Leah Klein and directed by Peter J. Hill.  The show is musically directed by Robin Peterson and choreographed by Noel Irick. Disenchanted! stars Kori Stearns. Karissa Self-Anderson, Elizabeth Bridgewater, Anna Sell, Jackie Horn, Allyson Igielski, Leah Klein and Cheryl Banks. Disenchanted! is presented through special arrangement with Broadway Licensing. Recommended for ages 14+ due to adult themes and language.

Disenchanted! will play August 25th – August 28th, 2022.  

Performances are Thursday at 7:30PM, Friday and Saturday at 3PM & 7:30PM and Sunday at 2PM.  Individual tickets are $33- $37. 

Performances will take place at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. 2nd Street, Scottsdale Az 85251. 

For tickets and information call (480) 499-TKTS (8587) or visit https://scottsdaleperformingarts.org/event/disenchanted/2022-08-27/

review - FROST/NIXON - Zao Theatre

Chris Fidler and Michael E. Bryce
Photo by Kristy Velesko
 
highlights from local critics reviews - (click link at bottom of each review to read complete review)

Click here for more information on this production that runs through August 20

"...Peter Morgan's 2006 drama Frost/Nixon...lays out in both fictional and factual detail the famous televised interview between British TV journalist David Frost and Richard Nixon, the disgraced ex-President, and his involvement in the Watergate scandal. Zao Theatre's production features excellent portrayals of the actual people involved in those interviews and astute direction that brings out the humor, drama, and suspense in this well-crafted play....Zao Theatre Artistic Director Michael E. Bryce is (virtually unrecognizable) as the commanding, forceful, larger-than-life, and extremely powerful Nixon....and Bryce is wonderful in depicting the gamut of emotions required, from obstinate and strong to insecure and brooding,,,Chris Fidler oozes charm as the gregarious, British playboy who is looking for a fast way to turn his past shortfalls into a fairly quick success. Fidler does well in depicting Frost's opportunistic nature but we also see how the impact of not having all of the funding in place for the interviews takes its toll...Zao's production of Morgan's play is vastly entertaining and richly rewarding, with a superb portrayal from Bryce as Nixon and wonderful work from the entire cast. It's also a play and a production that if you're a fan of Nixon may force you to question his actions and if you're a critic of Nixon you may find yourself empathizing with him."   -Gil Benbrook, Talkin' Broadway (click here to read the complete review)

Talking to Don Bluth about his new autobiography and directing PRIVATE LIVES at the Don Bluth Front Row Theatre


by Gil Benbrook

Don Bluth is a living legend in the world of animation. 

He worked at Walt Disney Animation Studios on such beloved films as Sleeping Beauty and Robin Hood, and also headed up his own animation company, where he directed An American Tail, Land Before Time and Anastasia, 

In his recent autobiography, "Somewhere Out There: My Animated Life" - which was just released a few weeks ago, he talks about growing up in Texas, being raised in Utah, and moving to California and his time at Disney.

Back in 2015 I sat down with Don for an in-depth conversation that touched upon all of the main highlights in his life. Now that his autobiography is out, and he's also directing a production of the classic Noël Coward comedy Private Lives at his eponymous theatre, the Don Bluth Front Row Theatre in Scottsdale, I had him sit down to answer some questions about his book, the play, and to dive deeper into a few things we spoke about before.


Before we talk about Private Lives, which you directed and which just opened at Don Bluth Front Row Theatre, let's talk about your career and your autobiography that just came out. 
 
What made you decide to write "Somewhere Out There: My Animated Life"?

"In the beginning, I had no intention of writing a book. I was just trying to remember some of the great things that happened to me in the past. As I was writing, however, it occurred to me that someone might read it; who knows who or when. So I sharpened my 85 year old wits knowing that it had to be an entertaining read, with humor. Past a few more months of writing, I realized that the animation history of my past, was not the entire story, but did I have the courage to reveal everything, the under belly of the beast. That would include my spiritual moorings, and my loyalty to the savior, the real genesis of all creativity. "


What was the hardest part of the book to write?;

"Even tho’ I majored in English, The writing of humor is elusive. It drove me crazy. But beyond that, it was the timeline, assigning all the events to a specific year. "
 
Was the title one you'd always had in your mind to use for an autobiography or one that someone else suggested?
 
"It was suggested by the publisher, Bella Books, very clever. It was a slam dunk. As I have already said. All creativity come from somewhere out there – even if that is strange notion for some. "
 
When I last interviewed you, back in 2015, we spoke about practically all of the main events in your career but I'd like to revisit a few of those. After you moved to Los Angeles from Texas and started working at Disney, you were sent on a mission for the Mormon Church to Argentina for 30 months. I know you said that was a difficult experience, especially having your career interrupted practically right after it began, but can you elaborate more about that time in your life?
 
"Beside being  nine thousand miles away from home, family and friends and unable to speak Spanish, There was the culture, new customs, new food, and of course, home sickness. I left a girlfriend behind. I was the last LDS missionary to travel to a foreign country on a boat. On the boat trip, I got a very bad fungus in my crotch, which lasted the full thirty months. That was the most frustrating." 
 
After your mission, you went to BYU and studied literature, then got a job at Filmation before returning to Disney where you became an animator and director, working on such films as Robin Hood and Pete's Dragon.  Right after this period it was when you realized that the Disney style of animation was changing as a way for them to cut costs and you left to direct your own animated features"
 
"I have been asked so many times why I left Disney Studios. The answer is always the same. “When Disney, the man, left, I left. The magic was gone. He was a great story teller. 
 
I know you were in Ireland for 8 years running your animation studio there before you came to Phoenix to head up the Fox Animation studio here. Had you ever been to Phoenix before that time?
 
"This answer will sound silly. I choose Phoenix just to get warm. Sunshine is a scarcity in Ireland and there are too many cars in LA; I also like fresh air. "
 
Once you came to town for Fox, to make films such as Anastasia, when did you decide to remain here permanently and how easy was it to make that decision.
 
"I fell in love with the desert, and especially the morning sunshine. Also, it’s who you’re with that make life bearable. The artist on staff were fabulous people, all three hundred of them. The film, Anastasia, was a brilliant story – fresh and new, full of mystery."
 
In writing your autobiography and looking back at your life, was there something you wished you could have done differently?
 
"I wouldn’t change a thing. I was privileged to direct eleven animated films. I call that a blessing. I recall that when I get the mission call, I said to God, 'Look I’ll go on the mission, but when I get back, would it be possible to go back into animation? I sure would like that.' The answer I got was a big 'yes.' At that moment I had no notion that I would leave Disney and begin a studio of my own. I believe that the eleven films were pay back for putting the mission first. It sounds crazy I know, but it really is so."

Hollywood seems to be on a trend lately of remaking classic films from the past - of the films you worked on, which do you think deserves to be remade and why and which of your films do you hope is never remade?
 
"All I will say about that is: If you are going to remake a perfectly good film because of its title, or franchise, or because you think it would look better in CG. Hopefully you have a good reason to do it, and not just for the money. I am enthusiastic about fresh ideas. "
 
In our last interview, you spoke about how you started directing kids in skits at church and how that blossomed into you putting on large productions in your living room, which then turned into you opening up your former location just off Shea Boulevard in Scottsdale. Your theatre has now moved a couple miles southeast of its former location, but I do think the new space is great and I love seeing shows there due to how intimate the space is. 
 

The cast of Private Lives
photo by Stephanie Cartwright

You took a few years off from directing plays but are now back with the classic Noël Coward comedy, Private Lives. What made you decide to direct this play?
 
"I am a great fan of Noël Coward’s wit. Every line brings a smile or a laugh. But his material is never shallow or bubble gum. The relationships of married couples swing incessantly from sugar to vinegar, from peace to violence. His plays are like looking into a highly polished mirror, where we learn to laugh at ourselves, even in the face of tragedy."
 
What do you hope audiences take away from seeing Private Lives?
 
"Good health primarily. Laughing is good for the soul. It heals the spirit. Private Lives deals with two couples who battle their way through contention to a more peaceful outlook on life. God bless Noël Coward. He did it with never a wag of his finger."
 
And what do you hope readers take away from reading "Somewhere Out There: My Animated Life"
 
"Art is not a mathematical  science. All the little detains of ones life are like pieces of a bigger puzzle.  Like the instrument in an orchestra, each of the players has a unique sound that he/she brings to the table. What then is an artist? It is a person who uses all the small experiences of his/her life, to produce a statement of either sadness or joy through whatever medium he/she choses."
 


Cast Announced for WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF? at Stage Left Productions


 
Martha: Amber Ryan
George: Eric Schoen
Honey: GinaKay Howell
Nick: Jason White 


WEEK AT A GLANCE: August 8-August 14, 2022

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AND THEN THERE WERE NONE - Mesa Community College - October 7-15, 2022

   
by Agatha Christie

Ten strangers are summoned to a remote island. All that the guests have in common is a wicked past they're unwilling to reveal and a secret that will seal their fate. For each has been marked for murder. As the weather turns and the group is cut off from the mainland, the death toll mounts, as one by one they are dispatched in accordance with the lines of a sinister nursery rhyme. 

Agatha Christie herself adapted her most successful and darkest novel during the Second World War, and it became a smash hit in the West End and on Broadway.

Accessible seating in rows H and GA

Price:
Student/Staff/Military - 9.00
General Public - 12.00

Friday, October 7, 2022 - 7:30pm
Saturday, October 8, 2022 - 2:00pm 
Saturday, October 8, 2022 - 7:30pm
Thursday, October 13, 2022 - 7:30pm 
Friday, October 14, 2022 - 7:30pm 
Saturday, October 15, 2022 - 2:00pm

THE LADY DEMANDS SATISFACTION - Mesa Community College - December 2-10, 2022


by Arthur M. Jolly

When a young maiden who has never touched a sword learns she must defend her inheritance in a duel, she struggles with a milksop suitor, a servant girl posing as a Prussian fencing master, a Prussian fencing master who thinks he is there to marry her, a stodgy lawyer and her domineering aunt – the finest blade anywhere – to save her house and lands. Like all classic farces, everyone gets the ending they deserve in unexpected ways… but will they be satisfied?

Accessible seats in row H and GA

Price:
Student/Staff/Military -9.00
General Public - 12.00

Friday, December 2, 2022 - 7:30pm 
Saturday, December 3, 2022 - 2:00pm 
Saturday, December 3, 2022 - 7:30pm 
Thursday, December 8, 2022 - 7:30pm 
Friday, December 9, 2022 - 7:30pm 
Saturday, December 10, 2022 - 2:00pm 

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM - Mesa Community College - April 28-May 6, 2023


by William Shakespeare

Four Athenians run away to the forest only to have Puck the fairy make both of the boys fall in love with the same girl. The four run through the forest pursuing each other while Puck helps his master play a trick on the fairy queen.

Accessible seats in row H and GA

Price:
Student/Staff/Military - 9.00
General Public - 12.00

Friday, April 28, 2023 - 7:30pm
Saturday, April 29, 2023 - 2:00pm
Saturday, April 29, 2023 - 7:30pm 
Thursday, May 4, 2023 - 7:30pm
Friday, May 5, 2023 - 7:30pm
Saturday, May 6, 2023 - 2:00pm

HELLO, DOLLY! - Yavapai College Performing Arts Center - November 3-20, 2022

  
starring Toni Tennille

Book by Michael Stewart
Music and Lyrics by Jerry Herman
Based on the play The Matchmaker by Thornton Wilder
Original Production Directed and Choreographed by Gower Champion
Produced for the Broadway Stage by David Merrick and Champion Five, Inc.

Nov 3-20, 2022 (12 performances)

Pop legend Toni Tennille takes the Prescott stage as the mischievous 19 th  century matchmaker Dolly Levi, who turns New York City on its ear juggling young love, old money, adventure, joy, and loneliness “before the parade passes by.” Presented by Yavapai College Performing Arts Department, under the direction of Dr. Craig J. Ralston and Scottie Scott.
 
TICKETS: Adult $65 | $55 | $45 | $35 | Youth $15

Thurs, Nov 3 at 7pm
Fri, Nov 4 at 7pm
Sat, Nov 5 at 7pm
Sun, Nov 6 at 3pm
Thurs, Nov 10 at 7pm
Fri, Nov 11 at 7pm
Sat, Nov 12 at 3pm
Sun, Nov 13 at 3pm
Thurs, Nov 17 at 7pm
Fri, Nov 18 at 7pm
Sat, Nov 19 at 7pm
Sun, Nov 20 at 3pm

Yavapai College Performing Arts Center
1100 East Sheldon Street
Prescott, Arizona 86301

HELLO, DOLLY! is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Tams-Witmark LLC. www.concordtheatricals.com

JANE EYRE - Yavapai College Performing Arts Center - April 14-23, 2023



Music and Lyrics by Paul Gordon
Book and additional Lyrics by John Caird
Based on the novel by Charlotte Brontë

Apr 14-23, 2023 (6 performances)

TICKETS: $45 | $35 | Youth $10

Yavapai College’s Performing Arts Department presents the Tony Award-nominated musical based on Charlotte Brontë's hauntingly beautiful gothic romance. A sweeping score brings to life the epic tale of an orphaned girl who triumphs over cruelty, poverty, and heartbreak with her steadfast commitment to honor and love.

Fri, Apr 14 | 7pm
Sat, Apr 15 | 3pm
Sun, Apr 16 | 3pm
Fri, Apr 21 | 7pm
Sat, Apr 22 | 7pm
Sun, Apr 23 | 3pm

Yavapai College Performing Arts Center
1100 East Sheldon Street
Prescott, Arizona 86301

Presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.mtishows.com

Sunday, August 7, 2022

Auditions for THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD at West Valley Stages announced for August 13


 
AUDITIONS - THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD

AGES 7 to 17 

AUDITIONS are Saturday, August 13th at 10am or 11am. Sign up below. There will be TWO CASTS.  

RED CAST  Dress and Tech Week is Sept 20-22 Performances are Sept 23rd at 7pm and Sept 24th at 4pm and 7pm

BLUE CAST Dress and Tech Week are Sept 27-29 Performances are Sept 30th at 7pm, Oct 1st at 4pm and 7pm

This adventurous and funny adaptation follows Robin Hood and his Merry Men and Maid Marion and her band of outlaws as they work to thwart the evil Sherriff of Nottingham. Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. Once you sign up, you will receive the audition scenes. You will choose one and we will ask to read several others. There will also be some easy improvisation. If you can't make the audition date, you may submit a video audition. Please email it to westvalleystages@gmail.com


THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE - West Valley Stages - August 25-September 10, 2022

     

Step through the wardrobe this winter into the magical kingdom of Narnia for the most mystical of adventures in a faraway land. Join Lucy, Edmund, Susan and Peter as they wave goodbye to wartime Britain and say hello to a talking Faun, an unforgettable Lion and the coldest, cruellest White Witch

Red Cast: August 25th through August 27th at 7pm
Blue Cast: September 8th through September 10th at 7pm

THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD - West Valley Stages - September 23- October 1, 2022



A fun-filled, medieval adventure as Robin Hood, Little John, and their band of Merry Men and Maid Marion and her band of Outlaws take on the crooked Prince John to restore peace and happiness in Nottingham.
Auditions are August 13th at 2pm and 3pm (Ages 7 to 17) Sign up on our website
Red Cast:  Sept 23rd at 7pm and Sept 24th at 4pm and 7pm
Blue Cast:  Sept 30th at 7pm, Oct 1st at 4pm and 7pm

The LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW - West Valley Stages - October 28-29, 2022


A modern girl, Christina, is transported back to Sleep Hollow, a village haunted by the legendary Headless Horseman, has a new schoolmaster Ichabod Crane a bit spooked. When Ichabod tries to win the hand of the beautiful Katrina Van Tassel, he makes an enemy of her former suitor, the brawny Brom Bones. Brom vows revenge and, one dark and spooky night, Ichabod finds himself in for the ride of his life while Christina, tries to face her fears.
Auditions are Saturday, September 17th at 3pm or 4pm(Ages 7 to 17). Sign Up on our Website
Performances are Oct 28th at 7pm and Oct 29th at 4pm and 7pm

THEATRE OF SCREAMS! - West Valley Stages - October 28-29, 2022



A collection of ALL NEW ORIGINAL REALLY SCARY stories make up the Theatre of Screams!
AUDITIONS are Saturday, September 17th at 5pm(Ages 13-17)Sign up on our Website
Performances are Oct 28th at 9pm and Oct 28th at 5pm and 9pm

GRANDMA'S THANKSGIVING FARCE - West Valley Stages - November 17-19, 2022



The classic hilarious play returns with a family Thanksgiving that turns into and all out fight complete with a live food fight!
Auditions are October 10th at 10am and 11am
Performances are November 17th, 18th at 7pm and November 19th at 4pm and 7pm

SANTA THE PLAY! - West Valley Stages - December 15-17, 2022




This fun filled holiday comedy is complete with Santa, Mrs Claus, Reindeer, Misfit Toys, Heatmiser and Snow Miser and so many hilarious charcaters! Santa faces some diabolic children, magic gone wrong and unexpected relatives to create one crazy Christmas!
Auditions are December 5th at 10am and 11am (Ages 7 to 17) 
Performances are December 15th and 16th at 7pm, December 17th at 4pm to 7pm

ROALD DAHL'S JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH, JR - Actor's Youth Theatre - September 15-October 1, 2022



 
Roald Dahl's beloved children's tale follows the adventures of James, an orphaned young British boy. Forced to live with his cruel aunts, James finds a way out of his bleak existence when he discovers an enormous enchanted peach. After rolling into the sea inside the buoyant fruit, James, accompanied by a crew of friendly talking insects, sets sail for New York City.

CAST

Ladahiard: Jack Burke 
James: Brendan Lucas
Grasshopper: Hailey Klatt
Spider: Sarah Horsley
Ladybug: Emily Freedman
Centiepede: Marco Morales
Earthworm: Zachary Nelson
Spiker: Saniya Sapakie
Sponge: TBA
Glow Worm: June Nixon
Karl Keatour: Christopher Walker

Ensemble:
Jaylee McNabb, Jaelyn Harding, Julie Faiola,Schotia Nixon, Kyle Bone, Gwendolyn Leavitt, Isabella Steele, Salenna Pruitt

Director: Tracie Jones
Music Director: Tracie Jones
Choreography: Miranda Bellows

Thu, Sep 15th, 2022 at 7:00 pm
Fri, Sep 16th, 2022 at 7:00 pm
Sat, Sep 17th, 2022 at 2:00 pm
Sat, Sep 17th, 2022 at 7:00 pm
Thu, Sep 22nd, 2022 at 7:00 pm
Fri, Sep 23rd, 2022 at 7:00 pm
Sat, Sep 24th, 2022 at 2:00 pm
Sat, Sep 24th, 2022 at 7:00 pm
Wed, Sep 28th, 2022 at 7:00 pm

UNDERSTUDY SHOW
Thu, Sep 29th, 2022 at 7:00 pm
Sat, Oct 1st, 2022 at 2:00 pm
Sat, Oct 1st, 2022 at 7:00 pm

HAMLET - Grand Canyon University - September 23-October 2, 2022

      
by William Shakespeare

“To be or not to be” is the core question haunting Hamlet and audiences since William Shakespeare
first posed it. Join us for this opportunity “to sleep, perchance to dream” of ghosts, murderous plans
and the ultimate revenge. Madness and melancholy surround the prince and his court until flights of
angels sing Hamlet and us to rest. 

gcu.edu/Hamlet

Friday & Saturday at 7:30
Sunday at 2:00

Get your tickets today by visiting gcu.edu/ethington, calling 602-639-8979 or email GCUArenaTicketing@gcu.edu.

SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS THE MUSICAL - Grand Canyon University - November 11-November 20, 2022



book by Kyle Jarrow

You loved the animated series on Nickelodeon — now’s your opportunity to see SpongeBob and all
of his friends in the Krusty Krab like Patrick, Sandy and Squidward as they rise up from under the sea.
Will they escape the volcano threatening Bikini Bottom? Find out as you sing, dance and smile
from ear to ear. 

gcu.edu/SpongeBob

Friday & Saturday at 7:30
Sunday at 2:00

Get your tickets today by visiting gcu.edu/ethington, calling 602-639-8979 or email GCUArenaTicketing@gcu.edu.

WINTER DANCE CONCERT: FLOURISH - Grand Canyon University - December 9-11, 2022



God created humanity to embody his creativity — to thrive and flourish. The Ethington Dance Ensemble will leap and lift us all into the holidays with this original choreography by dance faculty
and nationally renowned guest artists. 

gcu.edu/WinterDance

Friday & Saturday at 7:30
Sunday at 2:00

Get your tickets today by visiting gcu.edu/ethington, calling 602-639-8979 or email GCUArenaTicketing@gcu.edu.

ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD - Grand Canyon University - February 3-February 12, 2023



by Tom Stoppard

How do you transform the ultimate tragedy into a classic comedy? By focusing upon the rollicking
sidekicks and childhood friends of Hamlet. Playwright Tom Stoppard flips Shakespeare’s tale
into an experience of infinite jest. God may have given Hamlet one face, but the duo of Rosencrantz
and Guildenstern makes themselves another full of laughter.

gcu.edu/Rosencrantz

Friday & Saturday at 7:30
Sunday at 2:00

Get your tickets today by visiting gcu.edu/ethington, calling 602-639-8979 or email GCUArenaTicketing@gcu.edu.

BIG FISH - Grand Canyon University - March 24-April 2, 2023


book by John August
lyrics by Andrew Lippa

Tim Burton turned this tall tale into an enchanting cinematic fable. Now, all of those “Big Fish” stories
told by a father to his son take on a vibrant new musical life. Giants, witches and enchanted
forests provide an opportunity to rediscover the magic and myths handed down from one
generation to another. 

gcu.edu/BigFish

Friday & Saturday at 7:30
Sunday at 2:00

Get your tickets today by visiting gcu.edu/ethington, calling 602-639-8979 or email GCUArenaTicketing@gcu.edu.

SPRING DANCE CONCERT: WHEN WE RISE - Grand Canyon University - April 21-April 23, 2023



How do we ascend out of the disappointments and setbacks we’ve all experienced?
The Ethington Dance Ensemble processes our hopes and dreams through inspiring movement
and music. Check out this year end showcase, timed to Easter, ‘When We Rise.’

gcu.edu/SpringDance

Friday & Saturday at 7:30
Sunday at 2:00

Get your tickets today by visiting gcu.edu/ethington, calling 602-639-8979 or email GCUArenaTicketing@gcu.edu.

DISNEY'S 101 DALMATIONS, KIDS - Desert Foothills Theater - September 30-October 9, 2022

     
Musical
Children ages 6-15 welcome to audition
Auditions: August 20, 2022
Shows: September 30-October 9, 2022
The Holland Center
Directed by Nathalie Velasquez

Based on the classic animated film, Disney's 101 Dalmatians KIDS is a fur-raising adventure featuring Cruella De Vil, Disney's most outrageous villain, and 101 of the most adorable heroes to set their paws onstage. With a highspirited score and lovable characters, this stage adaptation is certain to charm and delight all audiences.

Disney's 101 Dalmatians KIDS is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.mtishows.com

Friday/Saturday nights at 7pm and Saturday/Sunday Matinees at 2pm

For more information on Desert Foothills Theater events, performances, productions, children’s camps and more, visit dftheater.org or call 480-488-1981.

PLAY ON!- Desert Foothills Theater - November 10-13, 2022


Adult Comedy, Play
Adults 18+ welcome to audition
Auditions: September 17, 2022
Shows: November 10-13, 2022
Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center Black Box Theater
Directed by Sandi Carll

Play On! is the hilarious story of a theatre group trying desperately to put on a play in spite of maddening interference from a haughty author who keeps revising the script. Act I is a rehearsal of the dreadful show, Act II is the near disastrous dress rehearsal, and the final act is the actual performance, in which anything that can go wrong, does. When the author decides to give a speech on the state of the modern theatre during the curtain calls, the audience is treated to a madcap climax and a thoroughly hilarious romp. Even the sound effects reap their share of laughter.

Play On! Written by Rick Abbot. Performed with rights obtained by Concord Theatricals. A Samuel French, Inc. title.

Friday/Saturday nights at 7pm and Saturday/Sunday Matinees at 2pm

For more information on Desert Foothills Theater events, performances, productions, children’s camps and more, visit dftheater.org or call 480-488-1981.

DISNEY'S THE ARISTOCATS, KIDS- Desert Foothills Theater - January 27-29, 2023


Musical
Educational Workshop open to children 6-12
Class will take place in January 2023. All students will be cast in the show.
Shows: January 27-29, 2023
The Holland Center
Directed by Don Crosby

Based on the beloved Disney animated film, and featuring a jazzy, upbeat score, Disney’s The Aristocats KIDS is a non-stop thrill ride of feline fun, complete with unbelievable twists and turns.
In the heart of Paris, a kind and eccentric millionairess wills her entire estate to Duchess, her high-society cat, and her three little kittens. Laughs and adventure ensue as the greedy, bumbling butler pulls off the ultimate catnap caper. Now it's up to the rough-and-tumble alley cat, Thomas O'Malley, and his band of swingin' jazz cats to save the day.

Disney's The Aristocats Kids is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.mtishows.com

Friday/Saturday nights at 7pm and Saturday/Sunday Matinees at 2pm

For more information on Desert Foothills Theater events, performances, productions, children’s camps and more, visit dftheater.org or call 480-488-1981.

A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM - Desert Foothills Theater - March 9-12, 2023



Adult Comedy, Musical
Adults 18+ welcome to audition
Auditions: January 20, 2023
Shows: March 9-12, 2023
Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center Black Box Theater
Directed by Kimberly Woods

Broadway's greatest farce is light, fast-paced, witty, irreverent and one of the funniest musicals ever written. A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum takes comedy back to its roots and delivers the infectious energy of classic vaudeville.

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum is a nonstop laughfest in which Pseudolus, a crafty slave, struggles to win the hand of a beautiful, but slow-witted, courtesan named Philia for his young master, Hero, in exchange for freedom. The plot twists and turns with cases of mistaken identity, slamming doors and a showgirl or two.

Book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart , Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.mtishows.com

Friday/Saturday nights at 7pm and Saturday/Sunday Matinees at 2pm

For more information on Desert Foothills Theater events, performances, productions, children’s camps and more, visit dftheater.org or call 480-488-1981.

THE SECRET GARDEN- Desert Foothills Theater - March 30-April 8, 2023



Teen Musical
Teens 13-19 welcome to audition
Auditions: February 17-18, 2023
Shows: March 30-April 8, 2023
The Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion
Directed by Sandi Carll

This enchanting classic of children's literature is reimagined in brilliant musical style by composer Lucy Simon and Marsha Norman, the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright of 'Night Mother. Orphaned in India, 11-year-old Mary Lennox returns to Yorkshire to live with her embittered, reclusive uncle Archibald and his disabled son Colin. The estate's many wonders include a magic garden which beckons the children with haunting melodies and the "Dreamers," spirits from Mary's past who guide her through her new life, dramatizing The Secret Garden's compelling tale of forgiveness and renewal.

Friday/Saturday nights at 7pm and Saturday/Sunday Matinees at 2pm

The Secret Garden, music and lyrics by Marsha Norman, Music by Lucy Simon. Adapted from the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Performed with rights obtained by Concord Theatricals.

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ROBIN HOOD AND HIS MERRY MEN- Desert Foothills Theater - May 11-14, 2023



Youth Comedy, Play
Youth actors ages 7-19 welcome to audition
Auditions: April 1-2, 2023
Shows: May 11-14, 2023
Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center Black Box Theater
Directed by Jim Gradillas

Prince John had decreed that the citizens of Nottingham pay weekly taxes or face the penalty of death. His decrees are enforced by the evil Sheriff of Nottingham. The citizens think that all hope is lost until they hear word of a noble hero, Robin Hood of Locksley. Robin Hood, with the help of his merry men (which are mostly girls) rob from the rich, give to the poor and save the fair Maid Marian. This comic retelling of the story includes thumb wars, missed cues and a slow motion fight.

Robin Hood and His Merry Men, A Comedy in Two Acts by Richard Gremel
All Rights Reserved. Heuer Publishing LLC, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Friday/Saturday nights at 7pm and Saturday/Sunday Matinees at 2pm

For more information on Desert Foothills Theater events, performances, productions, children’s camps and more, visit dftheater.org or call 480-488-1981.