UNFORGETTABLE Kicks Off Fountain Hills Theater's 2012-13 Season Tonight, 7/20; Full Season Announced
Fountain Hills Theater has announced its exciting 2012-13 Season. In what may be the most ambitious season yet presented, FHT brings six great Mainstage shows, four shows mounted in the all-new Mainstage Too, four productions in the Youth Theater and two special engagements. Note that Mainstage Too is brand new this season – when the Youth Theater is dark, FHT will be presenting smaller comedies, plays and musicals in this venue. See full details below.
MAINSTAGE SIZZLIN' SUMMER STOCK 2012
July 20 – August 5, 2012
Close your eyes and you'll swear that it's Nat smoothly crooning the title song, Unforgettable; Sammy dazzling the audience with Mr. Bojangles; or Peggy delivering her sultry rendition of Fever. Other songs include: Paper Moon, That's Amore, Everybody Loves Somebody, Hallelujah I Love Him So, Misty, Wonderful Wonderful, Unchain My Heart, Georgia on My Mind, Crazy, Walking After Midnight, Cracklin' Rosie, Sweet Caroline, The Candy Man, Wonderful World and more. A Special Engagement presented By T.A. Burrows and Act II Productions.
August 17 – August 26, 2012
The Soul of Broadway
THE SOUL OF BROADWAY celebrates famous tunes from the Great White Way "soul" musicals and characters, from the classics of Porgy and Bess and Big River to showstoppers from Dreamgirls and Ain't Misbehavin' and more recent hits from The Color Purple and Passing Strange. But it doesn't stop there. This musical revue takes the audience on a journey through other classic and contemporary shows such as The Lion King, Once on this Island, Aida, Hairspray and The Wiz. A Special Engagement presented by Mitchell Vantrease.
September 14 – 30, 2012
Based on the classic movie, Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical Sunset Boulevard weaves a magnificent tale of faded glory and unfulfilled ambition. Silent movie star Norma Desmond longs for a return to the big screen, having been discarded by tinsel town with the advent of 'talkies.' Her glamour has faded in all but her mind. When she meets struggling Hollywood screen-writer Joe Gillis, their subsequent passionate and volatile relationship leads to an unforeseen and tragic conclusion. Features such songs as "With One Look" and "As If We Never Said Goodbye." Book and lyrics by Don Black and Christopher Hampton. Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber.
October 26 – November 11, 2012
And Then There Were None
From the brilliant mind of Agatha Christie comes her stage play of the novel 'Ten Little Indians'. Ten seemingly unrelated people are summoned to an isolated manor. One dies. Then two. Then…? Is one of them really a mad killer? By Agatha Christie.
January 11 -27, 2013
The 39 Steps
Combining a spy thriller with farcical comedy and ingenious theatrical invention, The 39 Steps is an engaging, fast-paced whodunit that celebrates the magic of theater. The play features more than 150 characters brought to life by a cast of just four actors, for a wildly entertaining experience. By Patrick Barlow. Adapted from the 1915 novel by John Buchan and the 1935 film by Alfred Hitchcock.
February 22 – March 10, 2013
The Full Monty
Seeing how much their wives enjoy watching male strippers during their "Girls Night Out," unemployed steelworkers in Buffalo, New York come up with a bold way to make some quick cash. In the process they find renewed self-esteem, the importance of friendship and the ability to have fun. Book by Terrence McNally and score by David Yazbek.
April 5-21, 2013
The debonair Bernard, an architect living in Paris, is juggling relationships with three vivacious flight attendants – each of whom believes she is his only girl. All goes well until his friend Robert arrives for a visit, and the airlines decide to change their schedules! Chaos and fun take off as Bernard's clever plans unravel. By Marc Camoletti, English language adaptation by Beverley Cross.
May 17- June 2, 2013
The Pirates of Penzance
A day at the beach for the daughters of a modern Major General provides Frederic and his pirate mates a first-rate opportunity to marry with impunity. Then duty, filial and otherwise, threatens to scuttle everything. Can catastrophe be averted? Will love prevail? Of course, but not before Gilbert and Sullivan fire a few broadsides at social stuffiness in this rollicking operetta, delivered with wit as sharp as a corsair's cutlass. Music by Arthur Sullivan and libretto by W.S. Gilbert.
MAINSTAGE TOO 2012-13
October 5 -21, 2011
Ashes to Ashes
Broadway Director R.J. Spaulding wakes from a wild weekend binge and discovers that he is engaged to three women who think he is alternately a peace activist, a Russian spy and a Mafioso hit man. With the help of his neighbor, lies pile upon lies as R.J. tries to keep the girls away from each other and his alimony hungry soon-to-be-ex-wife. By Peter J. Hill.
November 30- December 23, 2012
(Return engagement) In this one-of-a-kind Holiday Musical, audience members are invited to select their favorites from our giant jukebox of over 100 of the greatest holiday songs ever written. The choices are tallied and a brand-new, holiday revue, created by the audience, is brought to life before their very eyes by our talented and versatile cast. Created by Peter J. Hill.
February 1-17, 2013
Back in the Saddle
Everything's perfect in the idealistic, Old West town of Buzzard Basin except for one thing - Scragg Mudd, the town drunk. But he's not content to be the lovable town drunk of western myth and folk lore. He's a real bum. What's to be done? 'Kill 'em 'course! But what happens after he comes back to life? This comic take on the Old West is a hoot an' a holler, filled with knee-slappin'western tunes. By Peter J. Hill
April 26 – May 12, 2013
Created by acclaimed Valley composer Craig Bohmler, Gunmetal Blues is a hard-boiled detective tale disguised as a lounge act---or the other way around? Direct from The Red Eye Lounge, Buddy Toupee tickles the ivories and serves up plot concoctions like a Chandleresque Greek chorus. The private eye searches for a missing blonde through a double dealing world of smoky bars, rain-slicked streets and more blondes. This quest lures the audience to an unnamed city of mystery, music and demolished dreams. Book by Scott Wentworth. Music and lyrics by Craig Bohmler and Marion Adler.
MAINSTAGE SIZZLIN' SUMMER STOCK 2013
June 7 -23, 2013
Lovingly ripped off from the classic film comedy MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL, SPAMALOT retells the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table, and features a bevy of beautiful show girls, not to mention cows, killer rabbits, and French people. Did we mention the bevy of beautiful show girls? Book & Lyrics by Eric Idle, Music by John Du Prez & Eric Idle.
YOUTH THEATER 2012-13
August 24- September 9, 2012
Schoolhouse Rock Live! Jr.
The Emmy Award-winning 1970's Saturday morning cartoon series that taught history, grammar, math, science and politics through clever, tuneful songs is making a small-screen and stage comeback, instructing a whole new generation to "Unpack Your Adjectives" and "Do The Circulations". Book by Scott Ferguson , Kyle Hall and George Keating. Music by Lynn Ahrens, Bob Dorough, Dave Frishberg, Kathy Mandry , George Newall and Tom Yohe. Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, Bob Dorough, Dave Frishberg, Kathy Mandry, George Newall and Tom Yohe.
December 7-23, 2012
Leapin' Lizards! The story of everyone's favorite spunky Depression-era orphan determined to find her parents, who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of a New York City Orphanage run by the cruel, embittered Miss Hannigan. In adventure after fun-filled adventure, Annie foils Miss Hannigan's evil machinations, befriends President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and finds a new family and home in billionaire Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary Grace Farrell and a lovable mutt named Sandy. Book by Thomas Meehan, music by Charles Strouse, Lyrics by Martin Charnin. Based on the Tribune Media Service Comic Strip, Little Orphan Annie.
March 15- 31, 2013
The Silence Between the Whispers
This year's Y.A.B.O.Y. (Young Actors Benefiting Other Youth) production is a drama addressing the sensitive topic of date sexual and emotional abuse and the devastating consequences to all involved. By Ross Collins.
June 7 -23, 2013
A Princess, a Pea and a Musical
If you think you know the story of the Princess and the Pea, you may be in for a walloping surprise. Did you know, for instance that Princess Winnifred swam the moat to reach Prince Dauntless the Drab? Or that Lady Larkin had a reason to marry Sir Harry post haste? Or that it really wasn't a pea that kept the Princess up all night? Don't miss this wildly fractured fairytale! Music by Mary Rodgers, lyrics by Marshall Barer. Book by Jay Thompson, Dean Fuller and Marshall Barer.
Season tickets for The Fountain Hills Theater Mainstage are available for $135.00. (Individually purchased $150.00.) Season Tickets for Mainstage Too are available for $70.00 (Individually purchased $80.00) Combo Mainstage and Mainstage Too $185.00 (Individually $230.00). Season Tickets for The Fountain Hills Youth Theater are $50.00. (Individually purchased $60.00) Special Engagements are not included with a season ticket purchase.
All performances are at Fountain Hills Theater on its Mainstage at 11445 N. Saguaro Blvd. (The Corner of Saguaro and Rand). Tickets are available through the Box Office at (480) 837-9661 x3. Box Office Hours are 10:00 AM-5:00 PM Tuesday through Saturday. Visit our website at www.fhtaz.org.