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Children will listen to other children in a way they don’t to adults, says Bobb Cooper — and he’s hoping an awful lot of them get to do just that over the next two weeks.
We have our fair share of Disney animated favorites, but from time to time it’s fun to treat the family to a live theater production of a classic fairy tale. Valley Youth Theatre’s “Rapunzel,” playing Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through March 10, is a great option.
Following a surge in ticket sales, Valley Youth Theatre has announced that the Arizona musical premiere of “How I Became a Pirate” is being extended for four more performances.
The last time Valley Youth Theatre presented “The Wiz” — a hip hop take on L. Frank Baum’s classic children’s story — Emma Stone, Jordin Sparks, Max Crumm and Chelsea Kane were just local kids performing in a fun musical. That was 2002.
Starting Friday, Valley families can see the first production of the off-Broadway show “Freckleface Strawberry: The Musical” before it goes on national tour in 2013.
A local youth theater is set to conduct auditions next week for a play based on a hit children's show.
Bobb Cooper(Warbucks) Jada Jo Warner (Annie) in Valley Youth Theatre's 2011 production.
Sure, the Valley has supplied more reality TV personalities than scorpion paperweights in an airport gift shop. But it's also been home to talented young singers and actors with real star potential, such as 2007 American Idol Jordin Sparks.
Friends and business associates were shocked by the death Monday of Scott Coles, president and chief executive of Mortgages Ltd., the state's largest private mortgage bank involved in financing many high-profile Valley projects.
LOS ANGELES - A temporary restraining order against Britney Spears' friend Sam Lutfi was extended Wednesday after an attorney told a judge all parties had agreed on the matter.
Eight-year-old Kailey Fraher has an homage to “High School Musical” on the wall of her Gilbert bedroom. Her sisters are wild about the movie, as well. “At first, we watched it for the music and the dancing,” says Kailey. “Then we learned the dances, from the ‘High School Musical’ Dance-Along,” adds Elise, 10.
PHOENIX - At some point, "American Idol" producers must have shaken their heads, wondering how they passed over Jordin Sparks, whose soulful singing and girl-next-door likeability have gained fans week after week.
Funny thing about phenomena. Those elusive buggers can come out of anywhere, unexpectedly. They can take even a calculated entertainment machine like Disney by surprise. Take the made-for-TV “High School Musical,” for example.
A complete list of winners from the 2004-2005 Arizoni Awards announced Monday, Sept. 26, at the Mesa Arts Center.
For Audrey Johnson, proof of the value of children’s theater came when her daughter, Haley — normally a soft-spoken, reserved girl — got up to sing "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" in front of her entire elementary school.
September 24, 2004
Organizers behind the AriZoni Awards consider their annual soiree, which was held Monday at the Herberger Theater Center, as the Valley’s equivalent of the Tony Awards.
September 21, 2004