Regional Theater of the Week: Mesa Encore Theatre in Mesa, AZ
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This Week's Featured Regional Theater: Mesa Encore Theatre in Mesa, AZ
When Joseph S. Jarvis became head of Mesa Parks and Recreation Department in 1937, his desire was "to make Mesa a beautiful place for all to live". Recognizing the need for a community recreational and cultural program, one of his first orders of business was to start a theatre group.
From its humble beginnings on a school stage, to loading flats and properties on a truck and traveling to performance locations, MET has remained a part of Mesa's cultural experience for over 75 years.
Throughout those years, thousands of volunteers have worked to carry on the Jarvis legacy. By donating their time, talent and financial support, MET has produced over 200 full length plays and musicals. MET has brought together members of the community to act, sing, build sets, stage manage, run lights and sound, plus much more. We believe that's what community theatre is all about!
Today, Mesa Encore Theatre still operates through the efforts of volunteers working to provide a wonderful evening of live theatre season after season. We hope you will join us and share in the experience as we present some of theatre's greatest theatrical productions, both historical and current.
Mesa Encore Theatre (MET) brings the fun and excitement of live theatre to the community with integrity and dedication to excellence. We are committed to being an integral part of the cultural experience that contributes to the quality of life for all - adults of any age, youth and children. MET respects the talents and skills of its volunteers and welcomes everyone to participate, enjoying and enhancing their performing arts experience, both on stage and behind the scenes.
The 2013-2014 season includes the following productions:
Aug 16 ~ Sept 1
Here is Rydell High's senior class of 1959 duck-tailed, hot-rodding "Burger Palace Boys" and their gum-snapping, hip-shaking "Pink Ladies" in bobby sox and pedal pushers, evoking the look and sound of the 1950s in this rollicking musical. Head "greaser" Danny Zuko and new (good) girl Sandy Dumbrowski try to relive the high romance of their "Summer Nights" as the rest of the gang sings and dances its way through such songs as "Greased Lightnin'", and "We Go Together", recalling the music of Buddy Holly, Little Richard and Elvis Presley that became the soundtrack of a generation. An 8-year run on Broadway and two subsequent revivals place Grease among the world's most popular musicals.
Contains mild language, recommended for teens and older.
DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS
Oct 4 ~ Oct 20
Based on the popular 1988 film starring Michael Caine and Steve Martin, DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS centers on two con men living on the French Riviera. Lawrence Jameson makes his lavish living by talking rich ladies out of their money. Freddy Benson more humbly swindles women by waking their compassion with fabricated stories about his grandmother's failing health. After meeting on a train, they attempt to work together only to find that this small French town isn't big enough for the two of them. They agree on a settlement: the first one to extract $50,000 from a young female heiress, wins, and the other must leave town. A hilarious battle of cons ensues that will keep audiences laughing, humming and guessing to the very end! Contains mature content.