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If the Super Bowl holds no interest for you, Arizona Women’s Theatre Company is offering an alternative with the Pandora Festival — an annual event that presents 14 short, one-act and full length plays written by local female playwrights and directors.
On Jan. 29, Renee Davis takes the stage for the 22nd time as Harriet Tubman in Desert Dance Theatre’s production of “Sister Moses,” a multidisciplinary performance at Chandler Center for the Arts emphasizing Tubman’s famous and heroic life.
The dining scene at Westgate Entertainment District now has even more to offer with the opening of four new restaurants including Fractured Prune, Hot N Juicy Crawfish, OPA Life Greek Café and Crave Modern Waffle Sandwiches.
Five Valley theater companies will exchange tickets purchased for Actors Theatre productions before the 29-year-old organization announced that it is ceasing operations.
‘Walking With Dinosaurs — The Arena Spectacular’
Arizona State Fair
Applause was prompt and spirits were high Monday, Sept. 15, at Tempe Center for the Arts, where members and fans of the Arizona theater community honored nominees and recipients of the 24th annual AriZoni Theatre Awards of Excellence.
If you’re between the ages of 7 and 14 and have a passion for writing, Childsplay — Arizona’s professional theatre company for children and their families — is looking for three Kid Reporters for its 2014-2015 season. In exchange for writing articles that will be published on Childsplay’s Kid Reporter blog (and possibly some local newspapers, including GetOutAZ), each Kid Reporter will enjoy an “insider’s” package at the theatre that includes:
Leah Henthorne, 13, was a mere spectator to one of Copperstar Repertory Company’s shows three years ago.
A local dance company going strong for 35 years will look back with a live performance that honors one of its biggest supporters.
BEST PERFORMING ARTS TROUPE
2401 E. Baseline Road
(480) 558-2080 or BalletEtudes.net
Since 1987, this Gilbert company has realistically duplicated the experiences of a professional ballet company for Arizona’s serious young dancers, and its annual “Nutcracker” show and Nutcracker Sweet Tea are East Valley holiday traditions for many families. Performances are typically at Mesa Arts Center or Chandler Center for the Arts.
Hale Centre Theatre
50 W. Page Ave.
(480) 497-1181 or HaleTheatreArizona.com
Copperstar Repertory Company
3002 N. Arizona Ave., Suites 3-4, Chandler
(480) 699-1655 or CopperstarRep.org
Best Performing Arts Troupe
2401 E. Baseline Road
(480) 558-2080 or balletetudes.net
A resident company of downtown’s Mesa Arts Center, Ballet Etudes is known for its popular production The Nutcracker — a veritable East Valley holiday tradition — and its annual Nutcracker Sweet Tea at Mesa venue The Wright House. Created in 1986 to fulfill the artistic needs of serious young dancers who desire performing opportunities of the highest caliber, BE’s instructors offer youngsters an opportunity for expert training and high-caliber stage experience.
The Palms Theatre
5247 E. Brown Road
(480) 924-6260 or thepalmstheatre.com
East Valley Children’s Theatre
4501 E. Main St.
(480) 756-3828 or evct.org
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To this generation, Elaine Stritch is probably best known for playing Alec Baldwin’s overbearing mother on “30 Rock.” Before she was Colleen Donaghy, however, Stritch already had quite the résumé. In a showbiz career that’s now spanned roughly seven decades, she’s done it all, from movies, to television, to radio, to cabaret. Stritch cemented herself as a performing legend on the Broadway stage, starring in countless plays and finally winning a Tony for her one-woman show back in 2002.
Seton Catholic Preparatory High School in Chandler has a population of nearly 575 students, 18 of which are about to embark on the musical mastery of the famed show, “Godspell.”
Like a treasure hunter, Heather Ross, director of Knights at the Theatre (Arizona College Prep’s drama company), was on the hunt for a stand-out script, one that would surpass the usual high school plays — you know, “Grease,” “West Side Story,” “Footloose,” “Annie,” and the list goes on.
The East Valley’s own Desert Dance Theatre — founded in 1979 by four ASU Dance grads — presents The Genesis Dance Project this weekend. The live dance smorgasboard features emerging artists and professional companies, such as Movement Source Dance Co. (Saturday only), Step’s Junk Funk, and Yumi La Rosa Flamenco (Friday only), from all genres and styles of dance.
Darien Evans has been voted to a three-year term on the Valley Youth Theatre (VYT) Board of Directors.
New Year’s Eve at Dave & Buster’s
The City of Mesa held a grand opening event on Dec. 4 for a new mixed-use development that will provide housing for low- to moderate-income families.
For any child who has ever loved a favorite toy, “The Velveteen Rabbit” gives a reason to believe in magic.
Childsplay, Arizona’s professional theatre company for children and their families, will host Tea Time with the Velveteen Rabbit on Sunday, Dec. 1, at Tempe Center for the Arts.
Arizona Theatre Company — the state’s premier professional theatre troupe — kicks off its 47th season with the romantic satire “The Importance of Being Earnest.” Oscar Wilde’s hilarious masterpiece takes audiences on a roller coaster ride of verbal banter, mistaken identities, and confused loved interests.
Matt Leisy as Algernon Moncrieff and Loren Dunn as John “Jack” Worthing in Arizona Theatre Company’s The Importance of Being Earnest.