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Posted: Wednesday, August 31, 2011 3:11 pm | Updated: 9:25 pm, Wed Oct 19, 2011.

Actors Theatre

This company situated “Off Broadway - Just Downtown” performs at Herberger Theater Center in Phoenix. Info: (602) 252-8497 or atphx.org

Sept. 16-Oct. 2: A Conversation With Edith Head

Oct. 28-Nov. 13: Next Fall

Dec. 30, 2011-Jan.15, 2012: Hunter Gatherers

Feb. 24-March 11, 2012: Dead Man’s Cell Phone

March 30-April 15, 2012: Body Awareness

May 11-May 27, 2012: Time Stands Still

Actor’s Youth Theatre

This group that holds rehearsals at Ballet Etudes in Gilbert performs at Mesa Arts Center. Info: (480) 907-7050 or actorsyouththeatre.org

Oct. 18-22: The Pajama Game

Jan. 24-28, 2012: The Scarlet Pimpernel

March 27-31, 2012: Disney’s Aladdin Jr.

June 26-30, 2012: West Side Story

July 24-28, 2012: Cinderella

Arizona Jewish Theatre Company

This nonsectarian, not-for-profit pro company will present its 24th season of shows at Phoenix College’s John Paul Theater. Info: (602) 264-0402 or azjewishtheatre.org

Oct. 27-Nov. 6: What about Luv?

Jan. 26-Feb. 5, 2012: Dreyfus in Rehearsal

March 22-April 1, 2012: The Blessings of a Broken Heart

Arizona Theatre Company

The state’s leading professional theater company performs at Phoenix’s Herberger Theater Center. Info: (602) 256-6995 or arizonatheatre.org

Oct. 13-30: Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of The Suicide Club

Nov. 17-Dec. 4: God of Carnage

Dec. 29, 2011-Jan. 15, 2012: Daddy Long Legs

Feb. 9-26, 2012: Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps

March 22-April 8, 2012: The Great Gatsby

May 3-20, 2012: Red

Arizona Women’s Theatre Company

AZWTC produces contemporary, provocative plays written by women; it’s known for its annual Pandora Festival of plays at Scottsdale Center for the Arts. Info: (480) 422-5386 or azwtc.org

Nov. 11-12 and 18-19: Second Annual Pandora Showcase

May 19-21, 2012: Sixth Annual Pandora Festival

ASU Gammage

Arizona’s premier destination for touring Broadway productions. Info: (480) 965-3434 or www.asugammage.com

Sept. 27-Oct. 2: West Side Story

Nov. 1-6: Blue Man Group

Dec. 6-11: Irving Berlin’s White Christmas

Dec. 28-31: Stomp

Jan. 10-15, 2012: Rogers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific

Feb. 15-March 11, 2012: Wicked

April 24-29, 2012: Green Day’s American Idiot

May 10-12, 2012: Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles

May 15-20, 2012: La Cage Aux Folles

June 5-10, 2012: Million Dollar Quartet

ASU Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts School of Theatre and Film

Students perform at locations across campus. (480) 965-6447 or theatrefilm.asu.edu

Oct. 7-23: Zoot Suit

Oct. 21-30: The Arizona Centennial Plays

Nov. 12-Dec. 4: The Misanthrope

Feb. 10-19, 2012: Untold Stories/Unsung Heroes

March 2-10, 2012: American Victory

April 5-15, 2012: The House of the Spirits

Black Theatre Troupe

The only professional black theatre company within the Four-Corners states, BTT has, since the 1970s, produced plays that reflect the heart and soul of the black experience. Productions are staged at the Playhouse on the Park in Phoenix’s Viad Tower. Info: (602) 254-5121, ext. 4, or blacktheatretroupe.org

Oct. 14-23: Stories About the Old Days

Dec. 1-11: Black Nativity

Jan. 13-22, 2012: A Song for Coretta

Feb. 17-26, 2012: Coming of the Hurricane

April 13-22, 2012: Ain’t Nothin’ But the Blues

Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre

Get dinner and a show in one stop; Broadway Palm offers a lunch or dinner buffet with your theater experience, as well as show-only tickets. Info: (480) 325-6700 or broadwaypalmwest.com

Through Oct. 1: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Oct. 6-Nov. 12: Legally Blonde The Musical

Nov. 17-Dec. 25: A Christmas Carol

Nov. 25-Dec. 23: Nutcracker (children’s theater)

Dec. 30, 2011-Feb. 11, 2012: Brigadoon

Feb. 16-April 8, 2012: Me and My Girl

March 2-30, 2012: School House Rock Live! (children’s theater)

April 12-May 26, 2012: A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline

May 4-25, 2011: Pinkalicious The Musical (children’s theater)

Chandler Center for the Arts

Chandler’s top venue for peforming arts. Info: (480) 782-2680 or chandlercenter.org

Jan. 29, 2012: Wyatt Earp: A Life on the Frontier

March 10, 2012: Damn Yankees

March 19-24, 2012: The Awesome 80’s Prom

Chandler-Gilbert Community College Performing Arts

Students present theatrical, musical and dance works in the on-campus Performing Arts Center. Info: (480) 732-7343 or http://www.cgc.maricopa.edu/academic-affairs/comm-arts/perf-arts/Pages/perf-arts-cntr.aspx

Oct. 13-15: Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde

Dec. 1-3: Chess

Childsplay

Arizona’s company of professional, adult artists who perform for young audiences and families at Tempe Center for the Arts. Info: (480) 921-5700 or childsplayaz.org

Sept. 11-Oct. 16: Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse

Oct. 22-Nov. 13: The Sun Serpent

Nov. 13-Dec. 24: Lyle the Crocodile

Jan. 22-Feb. 5, 2012: With Two Wings

Feb. 12-March 4, 2012: Rock the Presidents

April 7-15, 2012: Tomás and the Library Lady

April 22-May 27, 2012: The Color of Stars

Christian Youth Theatre

This kids’ company focuses on developing character one stage at a time and performs at Phoenix Center for the Arts. Info: (480) 310-0366 or cytphoenix.org

Nov. 11-20: The Wizard of Oz

Feb. 17-26, 2012: Robin Hood The Musical

May 4-13, 2012: Alice

Cookie Company

This company is part of Phoenix Theatre, which was founded in 1920 as Phoenix Little Theatre and is one of the oldest continuously operating arts organizations in the country. Info: (602) 254-2151 or phoenixtheatre.com

Nov. 12-27: If You Give a Pig a Party

Feb. 11-26, 2012: Peacemaker

April 14-29, 2012: Charlotte’s Web

Copperstar Repertory Company

The Gilbert peformance troupe for youth and adults presents its shows at the Higley Center for the Performing Arts. Info: (480) 699-1655 or copperstarrep.org

Oct. 21-29: Bye Bye Birdie

Dec. 22-30: Annie

Feb. 3-11, 2012: The King and I

March 23-31, 2012: Seussical The Musical

Desert Rose Theatre

After having to move venues no less than three times in six seasons, DRT is the East Valley’s little theater that could. For now, it’s holding shows at St. Daniel the Prophet Catholic

Church in south Scottsdale.

Info: (888) 598-1990 or desertrosetheatre.com

Sept. 10 and 17: The Short Shakespeare Project: Romeo and Juliet

Oct. 13-29: Rosencranz and Guildenstern Are Dead

Dec. 8-17: The Rat Pack Holiday Extravaganza

Feb. 16-March 3, 2012: Mary Stuart

April 19-May 5, 2012: The Picture of Dorian Gray

East Valley Children’s Theatre

This youth troupe begins its 15th season at the Playhouse Theatre at Mesa Arts Center. Info: (480) 756-3828 or evct.org

Sept. 29-Oct. 9: The Twelve Dancing Princesses

Dec, 1-11: The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

Feb. 9-19, 2012: Queen Zixi of Ix, the Story of the Magic Cloak

June 14-24, 2012: The Story of Hansel and Gretel

Greasepaint Youtheatre

This Scottsdale company, formerly known at Stagebrush Theatre, creates programming designed to develop life skills and aesthetic knowledge for youth to carry with them as artists and audiences of tomorrow. Info: (602) 889-7609 or greasepaint.org

Oct. 21-30: Disney’s Aladdin Jr.

Jan. 20-29, 2012: Les Miserables

March 23-April 1, 2012: Rodger’s and Hammerstein’s Cinderella

Hale Centre Theatre

This acclaimed venue is the East Valley branch of a high-caliber, multi-state theater company owned by the same family since 1947. Info: (480) 497-1181 or haletheatrearizona.com

Sept. 17-Nov.19: Beauty and the Beast (children’s theater)

Through Oct. 8: Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap

Oct. 14-Nov. 26: It’s a Wonderful Life

Dec. 1-23: A Christmas Carol

Dec. 31, 2011-Feb. 11, 2012: See How They Run

Feb. 16-March 31, 2012: 42nd Street

Feb. 21-March 27, 2012: Barefoot in the Park

March 3-May 19, 2012: Rapunzel (children’s theater)

April 5-May 19, 2012: Harvey

May 25-July 7, 2012: To Kill a Mockingbird

June 2-Aug. 18, 2012: Peter Pan (children’s theater)

July 13-Aug. 25, 2012: Bye Bye Birdie

Aug. 25-Nov. 17, 2012: Snow White (children’s theater)

Higley Center for the Performing Arts

This venue with a 1,235-seat concert hall and 186-seat Little Theater is on the campus of Gilbert’s Higley High School. Info: (480) 279-7194 or higleyarts.org

Oct. 1: Mystery Mansion Dinner Theatre presents Murder at Greystone Manor (food by Carrabba’s Italian Grill)

Oct. 8: Great Arizona Puppet Theatre presents The Big Bug Circus (children’s theater)

Oct. 21-29: Bye Bye Birdie

Dec. 22-30: Annie

Feb. 3-11, 2012: The King and I

Feb. 7, 2012: Wyatt Earp: A Life on the Frontier

March 23-31, 2012: Seussical The Musical

April 28, 2012: Great Arizona Puppet Theatre presents Jack Rabbit and the Desert Tortoise: A New Version of a Classic Fable (children’s theater)

Mesa Arts Center

Downtown’s shining arts campus hosts concerts, plays, touring productions, festivals, artists’ studios and educational programs. Info: (480) 644-6500 or mesaartscenter.com

Through Sept. 24: Titus Andronicus presented by Southwest Shakespeare Company

Sept. 29-Oct. 9: The 12 Dancing Princesses presented by East Valley Children’s Theatre

Sept. 30-Oct. 16: I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change presented by Mesa Encore Theatre

Oct. 18-22: The Pajama Game presented by Actor’s Youth Theatre

Oct. 21-Nov. 6: Amexica: Tales of the Fourth World

Nov. 10-20: Proof presented by Mesa Encore Theatre

Nov. 26-Dec. 17: A Christmas Carol presented by Southwest Shakespeare Company

Dec, 1-11: The Best Christmas Pageant Ever presented by East Valley Children’s Theatre

Dec. 6-7: The Wizard of Oz presented by Theater League

Dec. 16-18: The Santa Class

Dec. 16-30: A Christmas Story presented by Mesa Encore Theatre

Jan. 5-21, 2012: Romeo and Juliet presented by Southwest Shakespeare Company

Jan. 10-11, 2012: The Rat Pack is Back presented by Theater League

Jan. 24-28, 2012: The Scarlet Pimpernel presented by Actor’s Youth Theatre

Jan. 31-Feb. 1, 2012: My Fair Lady presented by Theater League

Feb. 3-19, 2012: TBA by Mesa Encore Theatre

Feb. 9-19, 2012: Queen Zixi of Ix, the Story of the Magic Cloak presented by East Valley Children’s Theatre

Feb. 23-26, 2012: You Say Tomato, I Say Shut Up

March 1-17, 2012: Art presented by Southwest Shakespeare Company

March 15-18, 2012: Miss Abigail’s Guide to Dating, Mating & Marriage

March 27-31, 2012: Disney’s Aladdin Jr. presented by Actor’s Youth Theatre

April 6-22, 2012: Ragtime presented by Mesa Encore Theatre

April 10-11, 2012: Rock of Ages presented by Theater League

April 17-May 6, 2012: Motherhood, the Musical

April 19-May 5, 2012: Much Ado About Nothing presented by Southwest Shakespeare Company

May 25-June 3, 2012: Hairspray presented by Mesa Encore Theatre

June 14-24, 2012: The Story of Hansel and Gretel presented by East Valley Children’s Theatre

June 26-30, 2012: West Side Story presented by Actor’s Youth Theatre

July 24-28, 2012: Cinderella presented by Actor’s Youth Theatre

Mesa Encore Theatre

This community theater company celebrating 75 years in Mesa performs at Mesa Arts Center. Info: (480) 834-9500 or mesaencoretheatre.com

Sept. 30-Oct. 16: I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change

Nov. 10-20: Proof

Dec. 16-30: A Christmas Story

Feb. 3-19, 2012: TBA

April 6-22, 2012: Ragtime

May 25-June 3, 2012: Hairspray

Mesa Community College Theatre Arts & Film Department

Students present plays, music and dance performances at MCC’s Theatre Outback. Info: (480) 461-7172 or mesacc.edu/community/outback

Sept. 23-24: Wiley and the Hairy Man

Oct. 20-29: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

Dec. 2-10: The Infernal Machine

Jan. 27-Feb. 4, 2012: Pygmalion

March 1-10: Rent

April 21-28, 2012: Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead

Nearly Naked Theatre

This company, in its 13th season, is “dedicated to producing the Valley’s most challenging and provocative productions” at The Little Theatre at Phoenix Theatre. Info: (602) 254-2151 or nearlynakedtheatre.org

Nov. 19-Dec. 10: The Naked Eye

Jan. 7-21, 2012: Shakespeare’s R&J

March 10-31, 2012: TBA

June 15-July 1, 2012: Spring Awakening

Phoenix Theatre

Founded in 1920 as Phoenix Little Theatre, this is the oldest arts institution in the Arizona and one of the oldest continuously operating arts organizations in the country; it’s professional theatre that provides programming that spans all generations. Info: (602) 254-2151 or phoenixtheatre.com

Through Sept. 11: Boeing Boeing

Oct. 5-23: The Spitfire Grill

Nov. 23-Dec. 18: A Christmas Story

Jan. 11-Feb. 5, 2012: The Marvelous Wonderetttes

March 7-April 1, 2012: Gypsy

April 25-May 20, 2012: Dream A Little Dream: The Nearly True Story of The Mamas & The Papas

Queen Creek Performing Arts Center

A free-standing, contemporary 777-seat theatre on the campus of Queen Creek High School. Info: (480) 987-7469 or qcpac.com.

Dates TBA: Pirates of Penzance

Oct. 21-24: Camp Rock

Nov. 23: Monty Python’s Spamalot

Dec. 9: QC Glee

Jan. 6, 2012: Rat Pack

Feb. 14, 2012: My Fair Lady

April 20-23, 2012: Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice

June 22-25, 2012: Oliver!

San Tan Players

This group, along with San Tan Chorale and San Tan Orchestra, is part of San Tan Community Performing Arts, a group launched in 2006 to provide performing arts opportunities for residents of the Southeast Valley. They put on concerts and musicals at venues throughout the East Valley. Info: (480) 297-7552 or stcpa.org

Dates TBA: Third annual Madrigal Feaste

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

Scottsdale’s premiere performance arts venue. Info: (480) 994-2787 or scottsdaleperformingarts.org

Nov. 25-26: The Capitol Steps

Dec. 13-23: Sister’s Christmas Catechism: The Mystery of the Magi’s Gold

Jan. 3-8, 2012: Love, Loss and What I Wore

Jan. 20 and 27, 2012; Feb. 3, 10, 17 and 24, 2012; March 2, 9, 16 and 23, 2012: Late Nite Catechism

Jan. 21 and 28, 2012; Feb. 4, 11, 18 and 25, 2012; March 10, 17 and 24, 2012: Late Nite Catechism III: ’Til Death Do Us Part

Jan. 28, 2012: Imago Theatre: ZooZoo

March 29, 2012: Selected Shorts: Springtime, Sex and Baseball

Scottsdale Desert Stages Theatre

Three troupes provide entertainment on two stages at a performing arts complex near downtown Scottsdale. Info: (480) 483-1664 or desertstages.org

Through Sept. 18: The Wizard of Oz (children’s theater)

Through Oct. 23: Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman

Oct. 7-Nov. 5: Oliver!

Nov. 11-Dec. 18: Mornings at Seven

Nov. 18-Dec. 18: Annie Jr. (children’s theater)

Jan. 13-Feb. 11, 2012: Annie Get Your Gun

Feb. 3-March 4, 2012: The Pillowman

Feb. 24-March 25: Gerry Cullity’s Alice in Wonderland (children’s theater)

March 23-May 20, 2012: Altar Boyz

April 13-May 12, 2012: How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

May 25-June 24, 2012: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (children’s theater)

June 8-July 29, 2012: The Odd Couple (presented in two versions, male and female)

July 13-Aug. 11, 2012: Rent

Southwest Shakespeare Company

The classical theater company headed by Jared Sakren performs at Mesa Arts Center. Info: (480) 644-6500 or southwestshakespeare.org

Through Sept. 24: Titus Andronicus

Nov. 26-Dec. 17: A Christmas Carol

Dec. 31: Macbeth (Internship Program Touring Show)

Jan. 5-21, 2012: Romeo and Juliet

March 1-17, 2012: Art

April 19-May 5, 2012: Much Ado About Nothing

Space 55

Formed in 2006, Space 55 Theatre Ensemble develops new, under-represented and innovative theatre — and presents it in a relaxed, casual environment in downtown Phoenix. Info: (602) 663-4032 or space55.org.

Every first Saturday of the month beginning Oct. 1: Hollis’s Traveling Tree House & Dance Party

Every second Saturday of the month beginning Oct. 8: Arcana Collective

Oct. 6-22: Munched

Every third Saturday of the month beginning Oct. 15: The What the F*ck! Variety Hour

Oct. 22: 7 Minutes in Hell variety show

Every fourth Saturday of the month beginning Oct. 22: Bully Mammoth sketch comedy show

Nov. 18-19, 2011, and May 18-19, 2012: A Bitch in Time: An Evening of Solo Performances by Local Female Artists

Dec. 1-17: A Bloody Mary Christmas II

Dec. 17: 7 Minutes Under the Mistletoe variety show

Feb. 10-25, 2012: Night of the Chicken II

Feb. 11, 2012: 7 Minutes in Love variety show

April 19-May 5, 2012: TBA

June 9, 16, 23, and 30, 2012: 7 Minutes in Heaven variety show

Stray Cat Theatre

This critially acclaimed company celebrating its tenth season performs at the Tempe Performing Arts Center near Sixth Street and Mill Avenue. Info: (480) 820-8022 or straycattheatre.org

Sept. 23-Oct. 8: The Sparrow

Dec. 2-17: Milk, Milk Lemonade

Feb. 17-March 3, 2012: The Last Days of Judas Iscariot

May 18-June 9, 2012: Heddatron

Teatro Bravo!

This company produces, at venues in Phoenix, English- and Spanish-language plays and seeks to develop the talents of Latino actors, directors, playwrights, designers, stage managers and administrators. Info: (602) 258-1800 or teatrobravo.org

Sept. 24-Oct. 8: Frida Kahlo

Feb. 17-March 3, 2012: Lorca in a Green Dress

Theatre Artists Studio

A member organization of actors, directors, playwrights, producers and designers, TAS perfoms primarily original works on its own two stages in Scottsdale. Info: (602) 765-0120 or thestudiophx.org

Through Sept. 25: Tennessee Williams: Prelude to a Play

Oct. 14-30: Life X 3

Nov. 18-Dec. 4: Holiday Music & Musings: From the Page to the Stage

Jan. 13-29, 2012: The Shadow Box

Feb. 10-26, 2012: The Unexpected Man

March 16-April 1, 2012: Babe: An Olympian Musical

April 20-May 6, 2012: The Road to Mecca

May 18-June 3, 2012: TBA

June 14-24, 2012: New Summer Shorts 2012 (annual festival of 10-minute plays)

Theater League

The community-based performing arts organization produces and presents National Broadway Tours and professional touring productions at Mesa Arts Center and Phoenix’s Orpheum Theater. Info: (800) 776-7469 or theaterleague.com

Dec. 6-7 and Dec. 8-11: The Wizard of Oz

Jan. 10-11 and 12-15, 2012: The Rat Pack is Back

Jan. 31, 2011-Feb. 1, 2012, and Feb. 16-19, 2012: My Fair Lady

April 10-11 and 12-15, 2012: Rock of Ages

The Torch Theatre

This downtown Phoenix venue specializing in improvised longform theatre is home to six troupes: Apollo 12, Galapagos, Light Rail Pirates, Mail Order Bride, Phoenix Neutrino Project and The Remainders. Performances are every Friday and Saturday night. Info: (602) 456-2876 or thetorchtheatre.com

Valley Youth Theatre

Famous alumni of this company include actress Emma Stone and singer Jordin Sparks. Info: (602) 253-8188 or vyt.com

Oct. 7-23: Nickelodeon’s Dora the Explorer Live: Dora’s Pirate Adventure

Dec. 2-23: A Winnie the Pooh Christmas Tail

Feb. 3-19, 2012: Charlotte’s Web

April 6-22, 2012: Freckleface Strawberry

June 8-24, 2012: The Wiz

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