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Now Playing Onstage in Phoenix - Week of 2/24/2013 DISNEY'S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST JR
THUNDERBIRD HIGH SCHOOL
2/28-3/1/2013
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 2/24/2013 PIRATES OF PENZANCE JR
KYRENE SUMMER THEATRE
3/2-3/2/2013
Wacky, irreverent and as entertaining as it's predecessor from 1879, THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE JR. spins a hilarious farce of sentimental pirates, bumbling policemen, dim-witted young lovers, dewy-eyed daughters and an eccentric Major-General, all morally bound to the often-ridiculous dictates of honor and duty.
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Now Playing Onstage in Phoenix - Week of 2/24/2013 GUYS & DOLLS
FLOWING WELLS HIGH SCHOOL
2/27-3/2/2013
Set in Damon Runyon's mythical New York City, this oddball romantic comedy - considered by many to be the perfect musical comedy - soars with the spirit of Broadway as it introduces us to a cast of vivid characters who have become legends in the canon: Sarah Brown, the upright but uptight "mission doll," out to reform the evildoers of Time Square; Sky Masterson, the slick, high-rolling gambler who woos her on a bet and ends up falling in love; Adelaide, the chronically ill nightclub performer whose condition is brought on by the fact she's been engaged to the same man for 14 years; and Nathan Detroit, her devoted fiance, desperate as always to find a spot for his infamous floating crap game.Everything works out in the end, thanks to the machinations of Abe Burrows and Jo Swerling's hilarious, fast-paced book and Frank Loesser's bright, brassy, immortal score, which takes us from the heart of Times Square to the cafes of Havana, Cuba, and even into the sewers of New York City. Funny and romantic, GUYS AND DOLLS is ideal for audiences and performers of any age.
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Now Playing Onstage in Phoenix - Week of 2/24/2013 DISNEY'S THE LITTLE MERMAID JR
KIMBER ACADEMY
2/1-3/2/2013
In a magical kingdom fathoms below, the beautiful young mermaid Ariel longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above. But first, she'll have to defy her father King Triton, make a deal with the evil sea witch Ursula, and convince Prince Eric that she's the girl with the enchanting voice. Adapted from Disney's 2008 Broadway production, Disney's THE LITTLE MERMAID JR. features the hit songs "Part of Your World," "She's in Love," and the Oscar-winning "Under the Sea."
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FREUD'S LAST SESSION
Arizona Theatre Company
2/14-3/3/2013
Herberger Theater Center: - Mark St. Germain; dir: Stephen Wrentmore.
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CLICK CLACK MOO: COWS THAT TYPE
Childsplay, Inc
1/20-3/3/2013
Tempe Center for the Arts: - James Grote, George Howe.
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FIRST KISSES
Invisible Theatre Co
2/13-3/3/2013
Invisible Theatre: - Jay Hanagan; dir: Gail Fitzhugh.
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ALL SHOOK UP
Pima Community College Theatre Arts
2/21-3/3/2013

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Now Playing Onstage in Phoenix - Week of 2/24/2013 DISNEY'S THE LITTLE MERMAID JR
ACTORS YOUTH THEATRE OF MESA
2/25-3/6/2013
In a magical kingdom fathoms below, the beautiful young mermaid Ariel longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above. But first, she'll have to defy her father King Triton, make a deal with the evil sea witch Ursula, and convince Prince Eric that she's the girl with the enchanting voice. Adapted from Disney's 2008 Broadway production, Disney's THE LITTLE MERMAID JR. features the hit songs "Part of Your World," "She's in Love," and the Oscar-winning "Under the Sea."
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Now Playing Onstage in Phoenix - Week of 2/24/2013 CHILDREN OF EDEN
CHANDLER GILBERT COMMUNITY COLLEGE
3/1-3/8/2013
From Stephen Schwartz and John Caird comes a joyous and inspirational musical about parents, children and faith... not to mention centuries of unresolved family business! Freely based on the story of Genesis, CHILDREN OF EDEN is a frank, heartfelt and often humorous examination of the age-old conflict between parents and children. Adam, Eve, Noah and the "Father" who created them deal with the headstrong, cataclysmic actions of their respective children. The show ultimately delivers a bittersweet but inspiring message: that "the hardest part of love... is letting go."A large cast is needed to take on the story of the Old Testament in this moving, foot-stomping musical. CHILDREN OF EDEN is a wonderful show to perform for children and students. 
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IN THE HEIGHTS
South Mountain High School
3/5-3/8/2013
IN THE HEIGHTS tells the universal story of a vibrant community in New York?s Washington Heights neighborhood ? a place where the coffee from the corner bodega is light and sweet, the windows are always open and the breeze carries the rhythm of three generations of music. It?s a community on the brink of change, full of hopes, dreams and pressures, where the biggest struggles can be deciding which tradtions you take with you, and which ones you leave behind. IN THE HEIGHTS is the winner of the 2008 Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Score, Best Choreography and Best Orchestrations. Music and Lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda; Book by Quiara Aleg
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Now Playing Onstage in Phoenix - Week of 2/24/2013 LES MISERABLES SCHOOL EDITION
SUNRISE MOUNTAIN HIGH SCHOOL
2/28-3/8/2013
Broadway's legendary musical has been specially adapted to meet the needs of young performers. This author-approved edition has been abridged to a running time of just over two hours, while carefully maintaining the integrity of one the greatest musicals ever written.This epic story recounts the struggle against adversity in 19th century France. Imprisoned for stealing a loaf of bread, petty thief Jean Valjean is released from his 19-year term and not only becomes and honest man, but the mayor of a prosperous town and a loving adoptive father - violating his parole in the process. The relentless Inspector Javert, who makes a decent life for Valjean impossible, consequently pursues him. Only years later, after Valjean proves his mettle during a bloody student uprising and saves the life of a young man hopelessly in love with Valjean's adopted daughter, does the ex-convict finally feel fully redeemed.Originally adapted from Victor Hugo's timeless novel, LES MISÉRABLES SCHOOL EDITION introduces a new generation to the grand and inspirational story that has touched the hearts of millions. For, within LES MISÉRABLES SCHOOL EDITION lies the universal truth "To love another person is to see the face of God" and this message is sure to have a lasting impact on your cast, crew, audience, and school alike.
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IN THE HEIGHTS
South Mountain High School
3/5-3/8/2013
IN THE HEIGHTS tells the universal story of a vibrant community in New York?s Washington Heights neighborhood ? a place where the coffee from the corner bodega is light and sweet, the windows are always open and the breeze carries the rhythm of three generations of music. It?s a community on the brink of change, full of hopes, dreams and pressures, where the biggest struggles can be deciding which tradtions you take with you, and which ones you leave behind. IN THE HEIGHTS is the winner of the 2008 Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Score, Best Choreography and Best Orchestrations. Music and Lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda; Book by Quiara Alega Hudes; Conceived By Lin-Manuel Miranda
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Now Playing Onstage in Phoenix - Week of 2/24/2013 THE BOY FRIEND
DEER VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL
3/1-3/9/2013
The Jazz Age lives on in this light, romantic spoof of 1920's musical comedy. The setting is the French Riviera. Polly, an English heiress attending Mme. Dubonnet's Finishing School, falls in love with Tony, a delivery boy. Recalling her father's warning to beware fortune seekers, she posses as a working girl, unaware Tony is in fact the missing son of the wealthy Lord Brockhurst. Things get complicated with the unexpected arrival of Polly's parents and Lord and Lady Brockhurst--but not to worry, a happy ending is in store for all!The show's many memorable roles include the flirtatious Mme. Dubonnet, her boy-crazy students and Polly (the role which turned Julie Andrews into an overnight sensation). With its catchy tunes, period dances (including the inevitable Charleston) and winning sense of humor, THE BOY FRIEND is a sparkling, tongue-in-cheek 1920's romp.
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Now Playing Onstage in Phoenix - Week of 2/24/2013 SEUSSICAL
MOUNTAIN RIDGE HIGH SCHOOL
3/1-3/12/2013
Now one of the most performed shows in America, SEUSSICAL is a fantastical, magical, musical extravaganza! Tony winners Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (LUCKY STIFF, MY FAVORITE YEAR, ONCE ON THIS ISLAND, and RAGTIME) have lovingly brought to life all of our favorite Dr. Seuss characters, including Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz, lazy Mayzie, and a little boy with a big imagination--Jojo. The colorful characters transport us from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus to the invisible world of the Whos.The Cat in the Hat tells the story of Horton, an elephant who discovers a speck of dust containing Whos, including Jojo, a Who child sent off to military school for thinking too many "thinks." Horton faces a double challenge--not only must he protect the Whos from a world of naysayers and dangers, but he must guard an abandoned egg, left to his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird. Although Horton faces ridicule, danger, kidnapping, and a trial, the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz never loses faith in him. Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family, and community are challenged and emerge triumphant.SEUSSICAL is fun for the whole family! Performers of all ages will be excited to portray the characters from the familiar Dr. Seuss fables. This musical provides wonderful creative opportunities for set, lighting, and costume design.More Ahrens and FlahertyFor complet
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Now Playing Onstage in Phoenix - Week of 2/24/2013 MAPLE & VINE
Theatre Artists Studio
3/1-3/17/2013
Can you escape the tension and problems of the present and find peace and happiness in the past? Join us on the corner of Maple & Vine, where The Twilight Zone meets Ozzie & Harriet, and find out!
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KAFKA'S MONKEY & METAMORPHOSIS
The Rogue Theatre
2/28-3/17/2013
The Rogue Theatre: - adapt: Cynthia Meier, Colin Teevan; music: Paul Amiel; dir: Joseph McGrath, Cynthia Meier.
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THE SUNSHINE BOYS
Arizona Theatre Company
3/2-3/23/2013
The Temple of Music and Art: - Neil Simon; dir: David Ira Goldstein.
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Now Playing Onstage in Phoenix - Week of 2/24/2013 DISNEY'S THE LITTLE MERMAID JR
DESERT STAGES CHILDRENS THEATRE
2/22-3/24/2013
In a magical kingdom fathoms below, the beautiful young mermaid Ariel longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above. But first,
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SOUTH PACIFIC
Hale Centre Theatre - Arizona
2/14-3/30/2013
Set in an island paradise during World War II, two parallel love stories are threatened by the dangers of prejudice and war. Nellie, a spunky nurse from Arkansas, falls in love with a mature French planter, Emile. Nellie learns that the mother of his children was an island native and, unable to turn her back on the prejudices with which she was raised, refuses Emile's proposal of marriage. Meanwhile, the strapping Lt. Joe Cable denies himself the fulfillment of a future with an innocent Tonkinese girl with whom he's fallen in love out of the same fears that haunt Nellie. When Emile is recruited to accompany Joe on a dangerous mission that claims Joe's life, Nellie realizes that life is too short not to seize her own chance for happiness, thus confronting and conquering her prejudices.Music by Rodgers, Richard; Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II; Book by Oscar Hammerstein II & Joshua Logan; Adapted from the Pulitzer Prize winning novel
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SOUTH PACIFIC
Hale Centre Theatre - Arizona
2/14-3/30/2013
Set in an island paradise during World War II, two parallel love stories are threatened by the dangers of prejudice and war. Nellie, a spunky nurse from Arkansas, falls in love with a mature French planter, Emile. Nellie learns that the mother of his children was an island native and, unable to turn her back on the prejudices with which she was raised, refuses Emile's proposal of marriage. Meanwhile, the strapping Lt. Joe Cable denies himself the fulfillment of a future with an innocent Tonkinese girl with whom he's fallen in love out of the same fears that haunt Nellie. When Emile is recruited to accompany Joe on a dangerous mission that claims Joe's life, Nellie realizes that life is too short not to seize her own chance for happiness, thus confronting and conquering her prejudices.Music by Rodgers, Richard; Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II; Book by Oscar Hammerstein II & Joshua Logan; Adapted from the Pulitzer Prize winning novel
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Now Playing Onstage in Phoenix - Week of 2/24/2013 MUSICAL OF MUSICALS
Theater Works
3/5-4/7/2013
June can't pay the rent. Will the evil landlord evict her? Can her handsome leading man come to the rescue? It's an oft-told tale - and in MUSICAL OF MUSICALS it's told five more times - in the styles of America's greatest musical-makers! Rodgers & Hammerstein might place the story with a Dream Ballet on the wide open plains, Jerry Herman might have a splashy star like his Dolly or Mame. Andrew Lloyd Webber would like make a pop musical of it, and Kander & Ebb would place it in a seedy Cabaret in Chicago. Sondheim would take a darker, more modern edge - perhaps Sunday in the Park with Sweeney Todd. MUSICAL OF MUSICALS is great fun, whether you're a devotee of the form or just like a tuneful, funny, rollicking good time!
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