Performing Arts 2012-13 theater season preview
For complete and updated schedules, visit venue websites.
ASU Gammage: This architectural landmark on the Tempe campus of Arizona State University is the state’s premier destination for touring Broadway productions. Info: (480) 965-3434 or asugammage.com.
- Les Miserables: Sept. 11-16
- Anything Goes: Nov. 13-18
- The Addams Family: Dec. 11-16
- Cathy Rigby as Peter Pan: Jan. 8-13
- War Horse: Feb. 5-10
- Memphis: March 5-10
- Beauty and the Beast: April 9–14
- Flashdance: April 30-May 5
- Sister Act: June 25-30
Black Theatre Troupe Center for the Performing Arts: Starting in February 2013, Arizona’s only professional African-American theatre company will have a permanent home on Washington Street in downtown Phoenix. Info: (602) 254-5121, ext. 4, or blacktheatretroupe.org.
- The Whipping Man: Feb. 8-17
- The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds her Chameleon Skin: April 12-21
Chandler Center for the Arts: Chandler’s top venue for performing arts, the 1,500-seat center is equipped with three theaters and a 2,000-square-foot exhibition gallery. Info: (480) 782-2680 or chandlercenter.org.
- Peacemaker (Phoenix Theatre’s Cookie Company): Nov. 10
- The Gentleman Doc Holliday (Starring Wyatt Earp): Jan. 27
- Let Freedom Ring (Pushcart Players): Feb. 15
- Happily Ever After…A Cinderella Tale (Pushcart Players): Feb. 16
- Romeo & Juliet (Utah Shakespeare Festival Tour): March 1
Chandler-Gilbert Community College Performing Arts Center: Students present theatrical, musical and dance works in the on-campus Arnette Scott Ward Performing Arts Center. Info: (480) 732-7343 or www.cgc.maricopa.edu/performingarts/.
- Romeo and Juliet: Oct. 11-13
- A Christmas Carol: Nov. 28-Dec. 1
- Student Actors Showcase: Dec. 7
Desert Rose Theatre: After having to move venues no less than four times in seven seasons, DRT is the East Valley’s little theater that could, now making its home in east Mesa’s Power Square Mall. Info: desertrosetheatre.com.
- Alice in Wonderland: Oct. 18-Nov. 3
- The Rat Pack Television Special: Dec. 6-22
- Royal Gambit: Feb. 21-March 2
- Midsummer Night’s Dream: April 18-May 4
Ethington Theatre: Grand Canyon University students and faculty perform in this intimate venue, the source of quality theater for over 50 years. Info: (602) 639-8880 or gcu.edu.
- Beauty and the Beast & Comedy on the Bridge: Oct. 12-21
- A Christmas Carol: Nov. 23-25, Nov. 30-Dec. 2
- The Cherry Orchard: Feb. 15-17, 22-24
- H.M.S. Pinafore: April 12-14, 19-21
Evelyn Smith Music Theatre: ASU Lyric Opera Theatre students perform in this theater inside the ASU Music Building in Tempe. Info: (480) 965-6447 or herberger.asu.edu/season.
- Albert Herring: Oct. 4-7
- Bat Boy-The Musical: Nov. 16-Dec. 1
- Die Fledermaus: Feb. 28-March 3
- Little Women: April 12-21
Fountain Hills Theater:This intimate theater nestled in Fountain Hills offers live productions from adult and youth troupes. Info: (480) 837-9661 or fhtaz.org.
- Sunset Boulevard: Sept. 14-30
- Ashes to Ashes: Oct. 5-21
- And Then There Were None: Oct. 26–Nov. 11
- Christmas Jukebox: Nov. 30-Dec. 23
- Annie (Youth Theatre): Dec. 7-23
- The 39 Steps: Jan. 11-27
- Back in the Saddle: Feb. 1-17
- The Full Monty: Feb. 22-March 10
- The Silence Between the Whispers (Youth Theatre): March 15-31
- Boeing, Boeing: April 5-21
- Gunmetal Blues: April 26-May 12
- The Pirates of Penzance: May 17-June 2
- Spamalot: June 7-23
- Once Upon a Matress (Youth Theatre): June 7-23
Greasepaint Youtheatre: This Scottsdale theater, 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: (480) 949-7529 or greasepaint.org.
- Sweeney Todd (School Edition): Oct. 26-Nov. 4
- The Little Mermaid Jr: Jan. 11-20
- How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying: March 15-24
- Dear Edwina: May 5-19
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.
- Snow White (children’s theater): July 28-Nov. 24
- The Secret Garden: Aug. 31-Oct. 6
- The Price of Freedom: Sept. 11-Oct. 30
- Annie: Oct. 12-24
- A Christmas Carol: Nov. 29-Dec. 24
- The Hit: Dec. 29-Feb. 9
- Forever Plaid: Jan. 8-Feb. 6
- South Pacific: Feb. 14-March 30
- The Man with the Pointed Toes: Feb. 19-March 26
- The 39 Steps: April 4-May 18
- Damn Yankees: May 23-June 29
Herberger Theater Center: This downtown Phoenix theater is home to resident companies Actors Theatre, Arizona Theatre Company and Center Dance Ensemble. It is also used by Valley Youth Theatre and iTheatre Collaborative. Info: (602) 254-7399 or herbergertheater.org.
- The Agony and Ecstasy of Steve Jobs (Actors Theatre): Sept. 21-Oct. 07
- Rock of Aging (16 Bars): Sept. 25-Oct. 4
- Underneath the Lintel (iTheatre Collaborative): Oct. 4-7
- Herberger Theater Festival of the Arts: Oct. 6
- Next To Normal (Arizona Theatre Company): Oct. 11-28
- Opus (Actors Theatre): Nov. 2-18
- ...and the chihuahua (Theatre Artists Studio): Nov. 6-15
- T Bone N Weasel (iTheatre Collaborative): Nov. 9-24
- Lombardi (Arizona Theatre Company): Nov. 15-Dec. 2
- The Silver Belles Semi-Professional Holiday Tour (16 Bars): Dec. 4-20
- My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish and I’m Home for the Holidays (Philip Roger Roy, Dana Matthow & Bud Martin): Dec. 19-Jan 20
- Jane Austen’s Emma (Arizona Theatre Company): Jan. 3-20
- The Fox on the Fairway (Actors Theatre): Jan. 25-Feb. 10
- Freud’s Last Session (Arizona Theatre Company): Feb. 14-March 3
- A Steady Rain (Actors Theatre): March 22-April 7
- The Sunshine Boys (Arizona Theatre Company): March 28-April 14
- Clybourne Park (Arizona Theatre Company): May 2-19
- Good People (Actors Theatre): May 3-19
- Lost in Bonkers, the musical! (TML Arts): May 14-30
- Three Tall Women (iTheatre Collaborative): May 24-June 08
- Wonderful Wicked Wacky Women (D’Amore Productions): June 4-13
- Someday (Annie Moscow): Jun 18-27
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.
- The Three Billy Goats Gruff (Great Arizona Puppet Theater): Oct. 9
- The Wizard of Oz (Copperstar Repertory Company): Oct. 19-27
- Letters Home (Griffen Theater Production): Oct. 30
- Irving Berlin’s White Christmas (Copperstar Repertory Company): Dec. 21-29
- A Victorian Christmas with John Doan: Dec. 23
- The Velveteen Rabbit (Enchantment Theatre Company): Feb. 10
- Hotel Saguaro (Great Arizona Puppet Theater): March 12
- Legally Blonde, the Musical (Copperstar Repertory Company): April 5-13
Mesa Arts Center: Downtown Mesa’s shining arts campus hosts concerts, plays, touring productions, festivals, artists’ studios and educational programs. Info: (480) 644-6500 or mesaartscenter.com.
- Love’s Labour’s Lost (SW Shakespeare Company): Sept. 6-22
- Seussical the Musical (Mesa Encore Theatre): Sept. 21-Oct. 7
- Charlotte’s Web (EV Children’s Theatre): Sept. 27-Oct. 7
- ReEntry (Class 6 Theatre): Nov. 7-12
- Guys & Dolls (Mesa Encore Theatre): Nov. 9-18
- Shear Madness: Nov. 13-Dec. 2
- A Christmas Carol (SW Shakespeare Company): Nov. 24-22
- Cirque Dreams Holidaze (Theater League): Dec. 4-5
- The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (EV Children’s Theatre): Nov. 29-Dec. 9
- Winterfest! Southwest Shakespeare Repertory (SW Shakespeare Company): Jan. 10-23
- Forever Plaid (Mesa Encore Theatre): Jan. 11-20
- Dreamgirls (Theatre League): Jan. 22-23
- TbA (Mesa Encore Theatre): Jan. 25-Feb. 3
- Hal Holbrook in Mark Twain Tonight: Feb. 9
- The Bluebird Prince (EV Children’s Theatre): Feb. 14-24
- Potted Potter, The Unauthorized Harry Experience - A Parody by Dan and Jeff: Feb. 21-24
- Private Lives (SW Shakespeare Company): Feb. 28-March 23
- Menopause: The Musical: March 5-24
- Fiddler on the Roof (Theatre League): March 12-13
- Spring Awakening (Mesa Encore Theatre): April 5-21
- She Stoops to Conquer (SW Shakespeare Company): April 11-27
- Noises Off (Mesa Encore Theatre): May 31-June 16
- Huff ‘N Puff The Story of Three Pigs (EV Children’s Theatre): June 20-30
Mesa Community College Performing Arts Center: Students and faculty present musicals and plays at MCC’s Theatre Outback. Info: (480) 461-7172 or mesacc.edu/community/performing-arts.
- My Favorite Year: Oct. 18-27
- The Pirates of Penzance: Feb. 28-March 9
Orpheum Theatre: Built in 1929, this historic Phoenix theater fell into disrepair before being restored and re-opened in 1997. It hosts touring shows, musical performances and comedy and is the home of Theater League. Info: (800) 745-3000 or ticketmaster.com.
- Cirque Dreams Holidaze (Theater League): Dec. 6-9
- Dreamgirls (Theater League): Jan. 24-27
- Fiddler on the Roof (Theater League): March 14-17
Phoenix Center for the Arts: This unique, historic facility in the heart of Phoenix is dedicated to making arts education an enjoyable experience and is home to the Christian Youth Theatre. Info: (602) 254-3100 or phoenixcenterforthearts.org.
- Schoolhouse Rock Live Jr. (Christian Youth Theatre): Nov. 9-18
Phoenix Theatre: Founded in 1920 as Phoenix Little Theatre, this is one of the oldest continuously operating arts organizations in the country; its professional theater provides programming for adults and for children via Cookie Company Productions. Info: (602) 254-2151 or phoenixtheatre.com.
- Monty Python’s Spamalot: Sept. 19-Oct. 14
- Peacemaker (Cookie Company Productions): Oct. 15-Nov. 21
- Defending the Caveman: Oct. 31-Nov. 25
- The Quiltmaker’s Gift (Cookie Company Productions): Nov. 8-Dec. 7
- ‘S Wonderful: Dec. 12-Jan. 6
- Love Makes the World Go ‘Round: Jan. 23-Feb. 17
- Peacemaker (Cookie Company Productions): Feb. 4-March 15
- La Cage Aux Folles: March 13-April 7
- Hanky & Girlo (Cookie Company Productions): March 26-May 3
- Our Town: May 1-May 19
Playhouse On The Park: Home to independent theater companies including Black Theatre Troupe, the Playhouse is in Viad Tower on Central Avenue, across the street from Phoenix Theatre. Info: (602) 254-2151 ext. 4 or blacktheatretroupe.org.
- Two Trains Running (Black Theatre Troupe): Oct. 12-21
- For Such A Time As This (Black Theatre Troupe): Dec. 7-16
Queen Creek Performing Arts Center: This free-standing, contemporary 777-seat theater is on the campus of Queen Creek High School. Info: (480) 987-7469 or qcpac.com.
- Mystery at Shady Acres (Community Theatre): Oct. 26, 29
- The Little Mermaid Jr. (Community Theatre): Nov. 9-12
- A Chorus Line (The National Tour): Nov. 15
- QC Glee (Community Theatre): Dec. 8
- Legally Blonde (Community Theatre): Jan. 11-19
- Casablanca (Community Theatre): Feb. 3
- Anything Goes (Community Theatre): April 5-15
- The Philadelphia Story (Community Theatre) March 3
- The Wiz (Community Theatre): June 28-July 1
Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts: Located on a 21-acre urban park, Scottsdale’s premiere performance art venue houses two indoor theaters and an outdoor amphitheater. Info: (480) 499-8587 or scottsdaleperformingarts.org.
- 3rd Annual Pandora Showcase (AZ Women’s Theatre Co.): Nov. 9-10, 16-17
- Late Nite Catechism: Jan. 12–April 27
- Late Nite Catechism III — ’Til Death Do Us Part: Jan. 12–April 27
- Sister’s Christmas Catechism —The Mystery of the Magi’s Gold: Dec. 18-23
- Treasured Stories by Eric Carle (Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia): Feb. 24
- Simple Gifts (The Cashore Marionettes): March 3
- The Complete World of Sports-Abridged (Reduced Shakespeare Company): March 15
- 69°S. (Phantom Limb Company): May 4
- 7th Annual Pandora Festival (AZ Women’s Theatre Co.) May 19-21
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.
- A Streetcar Named Desire (Actor’s Cafe): Sept. 14-Oct. 27
- Into the Woods (Cullity Hall Productions): Oct. 12-Nov. 4
- The Last of the Red Hot Lovers (Actor’s Cafe): Nov.9-Jan. 13
- Sunset Blvd (Cullity Hall Productions): Jan. 11-Feb. 10
- The Elephant Man (Actor’s Cafe): Feb. 1-March 3
- Disney’s Little Mermaid Jr. (Children’s Theatre): Feb. 22-March 24
- The Foreigner (Actor’s Cafe): March-May 19
- Legally Blonde the Musical (Cullity Hall Productions): April 12-May 11
- The Butterfly’s Day (Children’s Theatre): May 23-June 23
- The Mousetrap (Actor’s Cafe): June 7-July 28
- Disney’s High School Musical (Children’s Theatre): Aug. 24-Sept. 23
- Rocky Horror Show (Cullity Hall Productions): July 12-Aug. 10
Tempe Center for the Arts: The gleaming lakeside venue hosts concerts, plays, lectures, dance productions, inimate musical jam sessions and public events. Info: (480) 350-2822 or tempe.gov.
- Rock the Presidents (Childsplay): Sept. 8-23
- Rock Paper Scissors (Childsplay): Oct. 6-14
- Beethoven’s Nightmare: Oct. 20
- The Giver (Childsplay): Oct. 21-Nov. 11
- Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells! (Childsplay): Nov. 25-Dec. 23
- Click Clack Moo: Cows That Type (Childsplay): Jan. 20-March 3
- Boats (Childsplay): March 30-March 31
- Recipe for Disaster! (Childsplay): April 6-14
- A Wrinkle in Time (Childsplay): April 21-May 26
Tempe Performing Arts Center: This center is home of Stray Cat Theatre, a critically acclaimed company celebrating its 11th season at the TPAC near Sixth Street and Mill Avenue. Info: (480) 634-6435 or straycattheatre.org.
- punkplay: Sept. 14–29
- Wolves: Nov. 30–Dec. 16
- Sons of the Prophet: Feb. 15–March 2
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.
- Arthur Miller—The Later Years: Sept. 7-23
- Proof: Oct. 19-Nov. 4
- Twist of the Magi: Nov. 30-Dec. 16
- Over the River and Through the Woods: Jan. 18-Feb. 3
- Maple & Vine: March 1-17
- Great Falls: April 12-28
- New Summer Shorts 2013: June 13-23
Valley Youth Theatre: An award-winning children’s theater company, this Phoenix organization is known for high-quality productions and the famous actors and actresses they have trained, including Emma Stone, Chelsea Kane and Jordin Sparks. Info: (602) 253-8188 or vyt.com.
- How I Became A Pirate: Oct. 12-28
- A Winnie the Pooh Christmas Tail: Nov. 30-Dec. 23
- Rapunzel: Feb. 8-24
- They Chose Me: April 5-21