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Monday, February 19, 2018

Archive for the ‘Theater’ Category

Valley Youth Theatre stages family favorite “The Hobbit”

Asked to leave his large, roomy and exceedingly comfortable home (or hole) in the ground to accomplish a difficult mission, Bilbo Baggins accepts the challenge, despite being a most conservative hobbit. Battling evil and danger, he sets out to recover an important treasure. If he can pull it off, great benefit will result, not only […]

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Award-winning original play “Beauty and the Computer Geek” takes the stage in Mesa

A nerdy Prince Charming and time-traveling teens are part of a modern day makeover of the classic fairytale “Sleeping Beauty” in an original play debuting this month produced by East Valley Children’s Theatre in Mesa. “Beauty and the Computer Geek,” by Susan C. Hunter and Tom Shelton, took first place in the theater’s 12th annual Aspiring […]

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Childsplay’s “The Snowy Day” takes the stage in Tempe

Childsplay, The Snowy Day, Tempe Center for the Arts

While snow has blanketed much of the country lately, greater Phoenix has stayed mostly balmy. If we’re lucky, January brings a little rain. Snow, not so much. But it’s coming. On Jan. 21, Childsplay brings snow to the Valley of the Sun. “The Snowy Day and Other Stories by Ezra Jack Keats” is an imaginative musical […]

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Bah humbugs abound: “A Christmas Carol” on five Valley stages

Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” is a perennial holiday favorite, and there is no shortage of opportunities to see it in Valley theaters this month — whether in traditional form or with a new twist on the classic tale. For the 15th consecutive year, Gilbert’s Hale Centre Theatre will present a heart-warming version of the holiday […]

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Childsplay stages “Go, Dog. Go!” at Tempe Center for the Arts

Want to attend a musical dog party? Now’s your chance. Childsplay Theatre brings “Go, Dog. Go!” to Tempe Center for the Arts on weekends Nov. 25-Dec. 23. The play is adapted from the P.D. Eastman reading primer that contains only 75 different words. But the show promises plenty of surprises, singing and barking, six lovable dogs, […]

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Leapin’ lizards! See “Annie” everywhere in Valley theaters

Who doesn’t love the little red-headed orphan and her endearing mutt, Sandy? Annie, with her grit, pluck and optimistic spirit, has been winning the hearts of audiences everywhere since the musical first appeared on Broadway in 1977. Four decades later, this show is popping up everywhere in Valley theaters — including at four venues this […]

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Valley Youth Theatre brings “Madagascar” to Herberger stage

After years in captivity, with regular meals and an adoring public, Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe and Gloria the Hippo escape from their home in New York’s Central Park Zoo, with the help of some plotting penguins. Together, they go on an unexpected journey to the madcap world of King Julien’s […]

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“Tomás and the Library Lady” celebrates the power of imagination

Tomás, born to a family of migrant workers, loves the stories Papa Grande tells him nightly. Before long, he knows them all by heart. What to do? Fate intervenes when he meets the Library Lady, who opens up a whole new world for him. Reading book after book, he discovers tigers, dinosaurs, explorers and much […]

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All ages can find inspiration in “The Little Prince” onstage in Peoria

A world-weary pilot whose sputtering plane strands him in the Sahara, a mysterious young prince from another planet who shares his adventures with the aviator, and a host of other characters who have a lot to say about life, love and wonder. That’s the story Theater Works brings to the McMillin Theater at the Peoria […]

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Family Time: Top October events around metro Phoenix

October brings a cozy list of outdoor festivals and fairs, and a whole lot of comfort food. Get those Halloween costumes ready, because you’re going to want to show them off this month at the endless spooky (and not-so-spooky) celebrations that scream Family Time! Find more extensive day-by-day event listings at Oct. 1-Nov. 5 […]

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