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Now Playing Onstage in Phoenix - Week of 2/16/2014 HAIRSPRAY
PERRY HIGH SCHOOL
2/20-2/22/2014
The 1950's are out and change is in the air! HAIRSPRAY, winner of 8 Tony Awards including Best Musical, is a family-friendly musical piled bouffant high with laughter, romance, and deliriously tuneful songs.It's 1962 in Baltimore, and the lovable plus-size teen Tracy Turnblad has only one desire -- to dance on the popular Corny Collins Show. When her dream comes true, Tracy is transformed from social outcast to sudden star. She must use her newfound power to dethrone the reigning Teen Queen, win the affections of heartthrob Link Larkin, and integrate a TV network, all without denting her 'do!HAIRSPRAY is ideal for a large cast of strong singers and dancers. It provides great opportunities in terms of set design, costuming, and lighting choices.
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Now Playing Onstage in Phoenix - Week of 2/16/2014 THE WHO'S TOMMY
ARIZONA CONSERVATORY FOR ARTS AND ACADEMICS
2/19-2/22/2014
Peter Townshend'stale of a young boy's journey from pain to triumph is the mostelectrifying evening of rock and roll ever to play in a theatre!Afterwitnessing the accidental murder of his mother's lover by his father,Tommy is traumatized into catatonia, and as the boy grows, he suffersabuse at the hands of his sadistic relatives and neighbors. As anadolescent, he's discovered to have an uncanny knack for playingpinball, and when his mother finally breaks through his catatonia, hebecomes an international pinball superstar.The classic '60s rock opera by The Who was translated to the stage by theatrical wizard Des McAnuffinto a high-energy, one-of-a-kind theatrical event. The exhilaratingscore is timeless in its youthful appeal, giving the show across-generational appeal that has made it a smash-hit in high schoolsand colleges around the world. A small rock band orchestration andspectacular original Broadway production slides allow you to capturethe excitement of the New York production on a modest budget.
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CALL ME A HERO
Borderlands Theater
2/22-2/22/2014
Zuzi's Theater:GUILLERMO REYES; dir: GUILLERMO REYES.
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BAREFOOT IN THE PARK
Don Bluth Front Row Theatre
1/16-2/22/2014
Set in the early 60s: we follow the lives of newlyweds Paul and Corie Bratter as they move into a small apartment in New York City after their six day honeymoon. While Paul tries to prove himself as a young lawyer in the court room, Corie sets up their new home, she also setup her anxious mother with their peculiar neighbor, Mr. Velasco! Codie's efforts to have fun and spice up Ms. Banks life take the four on a wild adventure all over New York City. Conventional Paul and free-spirited Corie always knew that they were different, but after a strange night out in the events that follow, they begin to worry if maybe they are two different for one another.
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Now Playing Onstage in Phoenix - Week of 2/16/2014 FRECKLEFACE STRAWBERRY THE MUSICAL
MUSICAL THEATRE OF ANTHEM
2/19-2/23/2014
FRECKLEFACE STRAWBERRY THE MUSICAL, based on the beloved New York Times Best Selling book by celebrated actress Julianne Moore, is a brand new family musical. You and your family can step inside the book's pages with Freckleface and friends as they learn to love the skin they're in.Freckleface Strawberry will do anything to get rid of her freckles - from scrubbing them with soap, to caking on makeup, and even wearing a ski mask to school! Will her schoolmates realize it's her under the mask? Will Freckleface be brave enough to finally face her complexion in the mirror? With the help of her loveable schoolmates including an amazingly talented ballerina, a cutie jock, a charming ditz, and a totally kooky teacher, Freckleface learns that everyone is different - and that's what makes everyone special.With soaring live music, awesome dancing, and a freckleface full of laughs, your whole family will love this brand new musical for all ages...freckles or not!
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Now Playing Onstage in Phoenix - Week of 2/16/2014 DISNEY'S 101 DALMATIANS KIDS
PRESCOTT FINE ARTS ASSOCIATION
2/21-2/23/2014
101 DALMATION KIDS is the familiar tale of kidnappers, puppies, and villains. In a loving home in the city of London, human owners Robert and Anita live happily with Dalmatian parents Pongo and Perdita as they raise their Dalmatian puppies. Everything is quiet until the monstrous Cruella De Vil, Anita's former classmate, plots to steal the puppies for her new fur coat! Join all the dogs of London as they daringly rescue the puppies from Cruella and her bumbling henchmen.With a delightfully fun score, lovable characters, and one of the most deliciously evil villains in the Disney canon, this stage adaptation is certain to charm and delight all audiences. The adorable spotted dogs and sinister main villain provide wonderful opportunities for creative costuming.
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Now Playing Onstage in Phoenix - Week of 2/16/2014 FRECKLEFACE STARWBERRY THE MUSICAL
MUSICAL THEATRE OF ANTHEM
2/20-2/23/2014

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HOW I BECAME A PIRATE
Greasesepaint Youtheatre
2/14-2/23/2014

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EL AUSENTE/THE ABSENT ONE
Borderlands Theater
2/23-2/23/2014
Zuzi's Theater:VICTOR HUGO RASCON BANDA; dir: VICTOR CARPINTEIRO.
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DEAD GUILTY
Invisible Theatre Co
2/4-2/23/2014
Invisible Theatre:Richard Harris; dir: Terry Erbe.
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Now Playing Onstage in Phoenix - Week of 2/16/2014 LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS
QUEEN CREEK PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
2/14-2/24/2014
A down-and out skid row floral assistant becomes an overnight sensation when he discovers an exotic plant with a mysterious craving for fresh blood. Soon "Audrey II" grows into an ill-tempered, foul-mouthed, R&B-singing carnivore who offers him fame and fortune in exchange for feeding its growing appetite, finally revealing itself to be an alien creature poised for global domination! One of the longest-running Off-Broadway shows of all time, this affectionate spoof of 1950s sci-fi movies has become a household name, thanks to a highly successful film version and a score by the songwriting team of Howard Ashman and Alan Menken, who redefined the animated musical film with Disney's The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin. Charming, tuneful and hilarious, with tongue firmly planted in cheek, LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS never fails to entertain. A small cast, band and unit set make the other aspects of production a snap.
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Now Playing Onstage in Phoenix - Week of 2/16/2014 DISNEY'S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST JR
ACTORS YOUTH THEATRE OF MESA
2/19-3/1/2014
Step into the enchanted world of Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST JR. Featuring songs from the Academy-Award winning animated feature, this stage version includes music by Alan Menken and the late Howard Ashman, along with new songs by Mr. Menken and Tim Rice.  Your audiences will be transported to the heart of provincial life in a lovely French town. When Maurice becomes lost in the woods on the way to the fair, he seeks shelter in an old castle, but the master of the castle is a horrible beast that takes him captive. Maurice's daughter, Belle, must then give up her freedom to save his life. Belle's taming of the unfortunate Beast and his ultimate transformation back into a handsome prince is a beloved fairy tale about very different people finding strength in one another and learning how to love. This "tale as old as time" is filled with spectacular costume and set opportunities. Even more simply staged, Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST JR. offers students a great introduction to musical theatre, using familiar songs and characters to guide them through their production.
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Now Playing Onstage in Phoenix - Week of 2/16/2014 HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS...TRYING
STARLIGHT COMMUNITY THEATER
2/21-3/2/2014
Power, sex, ambition, greed... it's just another day at the office. From the authors of GUYS AND DOLLS comes one of the most delightfully irreverent musicals of all time.  A satire of big business and all it holds sacred, HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING follows the rise of J. Pierrepont Finch, who uses a little handbook called "How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying" to climb the corporate ladder from lowly window washer to high-powered executive, tackling such familiar but potent dangers as the aggressively compliant "company man," the office party, backstabbing co-workers, caffeine addiction and, of course, true love.Winner of the 1962 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, HOW TO SUCCEED melds wit, comedy, and romance together to perfection. This show requires a large cast, featuring many roles for all types of performers.
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Now Playing Onstage in Phoenix - Week of 2/16/2014 A FUNNY THING...FORUM
DESERT FOOTHILLS THEATER
2/13-3/2/2014
Broadway's greatest farce is light, fast-paced, witty, irreverent and one of the funniest musicals ever written. A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM takes comedy back to its roots, combining situations from time-tested, 2000 year old comedies of Roman playwright Plautus with the infectious energy of classic vaudeville.A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM is a non-stop laugh-fest in which Pseudolus, a crafty slave, struggles to win the hand of a beautiful but slow-witted courtesan named Philia, for his young master, Hero, in exchange for freedom. The plot twists and turns with cases of mistaken identity, slamming doors, and a showgirl or two.This unforgettable, hysterical musical allows a terrific ensemble of comedic actors to shine--"something for everyone, a comedy tonight!"
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MARIA'S CIRCULAR DANCE
Borderlands Theater
2/13-3/2/2014
Zuzi's Theater:MEDARDO TREVINO; trans: EVA TESSLER; dir: EVA TESSLER.
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TRASH
Borderlands Theater
2/13-3/2/2014
Zuzi's Theater:KARA HARTZLER; dir: MARC PINATE.
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Now Playing Onstage in Phoenix - Week of 2/16/2014 ONCE UPON A MATTRESS
CYT Phoenix
2/21-3/2/2014
The 'G2K' Getting To Know Series: Uniquely adapted musicals specifically for youth performers. If you thought you knew the story of 'The Princess and The Pea,' you may be in for a walloping surprise! Did you know, for instance, that Princess Winnifred actually swam the moat to reach Prince Dauntless the Drab? Or that it may not have been the pea at all that caused the princess a sleepless night? Carried on a wave of beguiling songs, by turns hilarious and raucous, romantic and melodic, this rollicking spin on the familiar classic of royal courtship and comeuppance provides for some side-splitting shenanigans. Chances are, you'll never look at fairy tales quite the same way again. In this adaptation for pre-high school students, the content has been edited to better suit younger actors and audiences, but all the magic, hilarity and fun of the original are still in place. G2K? ONCE UPON A MATTRESS is the perfect show to introduce young people to the magic of live theater. PLEASE NOTE: All schools wishing to peruse or perform a G2K musical should apply through theMusic by Mary Rodgers; Book by Jay Thompson & Dean Fuller & Marshall Barer; Lyrics by Marshall Barer; Adapted by Tom Briggs
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Now Playing Onstage in Phoenix - Week of 2/16/2014 DR. SEUSS' THE CAT IN THE HAT
CHILDSPLAY, INC
1/26-3/9/2014
From the moment his tall, red-and-white-striped hat appears around the door, Sally and her brother know that THE CAT IN THE HAT is the funniest, most mischievous cat they have ever met.With the trickiest of tricks and craziest of ideas, he is certainly fun to play with. And he turns a rainy afternoon into an amazing adventure. But what will mum find when she gets home...? The National Theatre's production of Dr. Seuss's THE CAT IN THE HAT is a lively, engaging "play with sound effects" for performance by adults for young children. Not a word has been touched or added to Dr. Seuss's classic, ensuring anyone who's read the story will find themselves transported into the world they've always imagined.
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Now Playing Onstage in Phoenix - Week of 2/16/2014 OKLAHOMA!
Hale Centre Theatre - Arizona
2/13-3/29/2014
The 'G2K' Getting To Know Series: Uniquely adapted musicals specifically for youth performers. Rodgers & Hammerstein's first collaboration remains, in many ways, their most innovative, having set the standards and established the rules of musical theatre still being followed today. Set in a Western Indian territory just after the turn of the century, the high-spirited rivalry between the local farmers and cowboys provides the colorful background against which Curly, a handsome cowboy, and Laurey, a winsome farm girl, play out their love story. Although the road to true love never runs smooth, with these two headstrong romantics holding the reins, love's journey is as bumpy as a surrey ride down a country road. That they will succeed in making a new life together we have no doubt, and that this new life will begin in a brand-new state provides the ultimate climax to the triumphant OKLAHOMA! In this adaptation for pre-high school students, the content has been edited to better suit younger attention spans, but all the elements that make this show a classic are still in place. You and your students will be enchanted by the timeless story and the dazzling score, while at the same time learning about theater and its production. PLEASE NOTE: All schools wishing to peruse or perform a G2K musical should apply through theMusic by Rodgers, Richard; Book and Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II; Based on the play GREEN GROW THE LILACS by Lynn Riggs; Original Dances by Agnes de Mille
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