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Musical Theatre of Anthem Announces 2013-14 Season


Anthem, Ariz., March 1, 2013 – Musical Theatre of Anthem (MTA) is proud to announce its 2013-2014 season filled with something for everyone, including award-winning musicals, original works, a straight play and a holiday show.  MTA will produce over 10 shows next season offering tremendous opportunities for performers of all ages, including no-cut productions for performers ages 6-19.  The theatre received 77 award nominations last season, garnering nine National Youth Arts awards and six ariZoni awards.


“We are very excited to bring an innovative and musically-challenging season, including many well-known and beloved musicals, an original teen drama, and Disney favorites,” said Jackie Hammond, MTA’s Producing Artistic Director.  “We set the bar high, and our performers always rise to the occasion, so we know they can handle this wonderfully intricate season.


MTA’s Sixth Season:


“Carrie”  (Ages 15-adult; no-cut for ages 15-19)

September 5-8

Carrie features an electrifying pop-rock score about a bullied teenager with telekinetic powers who takes revenge on prom night. Rated PG-13, Carrie the musical is based on Stephen King's 1974 novel first premiered on Broadway in 1988. This new re-invented production is written by the composers of Footloose and Fame. In an age where bullying is more prominent than ever, MTA is producing this edgy musical to raise awareness of this problem in hopes that people might make a change for the better.  

“Oro and Leona” (Original show written by Terri Scullin and Adam Vargas, no-cut for ages 6-9)

 October 3 - 6
Be bold, be brave, let your colors shine! When two golden lion tamarin monkeys, a brother and sister named Oro and Leona, are separated from the rest of their close knit family, they must learn quickly how to survive on their own in the Amazon rainforest. As they try to find their way back home they encounter many other rainforest creatures: poison dart frogs, hyacinth macaws, sloths and even a jaguar. Each group of animals share their own unique perspective on life in the rainforest and valuable lessons that help the pair along their journey. The music, with its jungle feel like The Lion King and Tarzan, is sure to transport you to the tropical rain forest!  

“Disney's Alice in Wonderland Jr.”  (no-cut for ages 10-14)

October 24 - 27
Join Alice's madcap adventures in Wonderland as she chases the White Rabbit, races the Dodo Bird, gets tied up with the Tweedles, raps with a bubble-blowing Caterpillar, and beats the Queen of Hearts at her own game! Roles are plentiful, with dozens of wonderfully wacky characters. Disney's Alice in Wonderland a fast-paced stage adaptation featuring updated dialogue and new arrangements of such classic Disney songs as "I'm Late," "The Un-birthday Song" and "Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah."  

“Broken Paths” (Original straight play written by Jim Gradillas, no-cut for ages 13-19)
November 14 -17

Jim Gradillas' Broken Paths, is a new original youth drama. It is a touching and gripping drama that follows several lives and the paths they take. This is an engrossing original play that looks into the world of our young people, written and directed by Jim Gradillas, an AriZoni award winning playwright and director.  

“Freckleface Strawberry”  (no-cut for ages 10-12)

February 20 – 23, 2014

Freckleface Strawberry is based on the beloved New York Times Best Selling book by celebrated actress Julianne Moore, and is a brand new family musical. 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 music, awesome dancing, and a freckleface full of laughs, your whole family will love this brand new musical for all ages...freckles or not!  

“42nd Street” (no-cut for ages 13-19)

 February 27 - March 2, 2014
42nd Street is the story of hard work, being in the right place at the right time, talent and love. 42nd Street is a celebration of Broadway and the people involved in shows. Musical hits include You're Getting to Be a Habit with Me, We're In the Money, Go into Your Dance, Lullaby of Broadway, Shuffle Off to Buffalo and of course, the title song 42nd Street. One of the most beloved musicals in history, 42nd Street will tap its way into your heart!  

“Disney's Cinderella KIDS  (no-cut for ages 6-9)
March 6 – 9, 2014
This timeless fairy tale meets the magic of Disney in this adaptation of the treasured animated film. With a beautiful score including "A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes" and the classic "Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo," Disney's Cinderella KIDS will charm its way into your heart, and remind you that dreams really can come true.  

“Pied Piper of Hamelin” (Original show composed by Joe Bousard, no-cut for ages 10-12)
April 17 – 20, 2014
After the success of Joe Bousard's World Premiere Something Beautiful, we are thrilled to bring you Bousard's The Pied Piper of Hamelin. Pied Piper follows the story of the original poem very closely, with one exception. In the original poem, the children are led away by The Pied Piper, because a promise was broken. And he leads them to a huge mountain where they stay, creating a new race of people. However, the creators of this musical felt that was a bit harsh for young audiences, and so, the children are released after a new sincere promise is made and they return home, to their happy parents and the townspeople of Hamelin.  

“Disney's Aristocats KIDS”  (no-cut for ages 6-9)

May 15 – 18, 2014
Madame's jealous butler Edgar cat-naps Duchess and her Aristokittens and abandons them in the Parisian countryside. What's a cat to do? Luckily, Thomas O'Malley and his rag-tag bunch of Alley Cats come to their rescue! This feline adventure is sure to get your audiences tapping their feet to its hip, jazzy beat, which includes the Disney favorites "The Aristocats," "Scales and Arpeggios" and "Ev'rybody Wants to Be a Cat."  

“Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor© Dreamcoat  (Ages 10-adult; no-cut for ages 10-19)

May 28 - June 1, 2014

The Biblical saga of Joseph and his coat of many colors comes to vibrant life in this delightful musical parable. Set to an engaging cornucopia of musical styles, from country-western and calypso to bubble-gum pop and rock 'n' roll, this Old Testament tale emerges both timely and timeless.  

Also included in the season is a Holiday Show in December and MTA’s annual Benefit show to be held February 8, 2014.  In addition to 10 plus shows next season, MTA will continue to offer audition preparation workshops, acting intensive classes, a full summer program, and zumba classes.  MTA also offers MTA Minis, six week sessions for ages 3-5 with themes such as Disney and Broadway. For more information about MTA’s upcoming events including auditions, workshops, and performances, please visit  

All shows take place at MTA’s theatre at 42323 N. Vision Way, Anthem, AZ  85086.  Reserved seating tickets may be purchased online at  Adult tickets are $18 and Students, Seniors and Children 12 and under are $15.  


About MTA

Musical Theatre of Anthem (MTA) is an award-winning, non-profit theater company located in Anthem, Arizona.  The mission of MTA is to develop youth and adults within the field of performing arts while enhancing their intrinsic creativity and brokering their vast talents.  MTA trains and educates youth so that they can become the artists, patrons, and leaders of tomorrow while providing opportunities to adults that empower them and foster their creativity.  MTA’s principles include casting all who audition in select productions, presenting high quality shows that everyone can enjoy, and providing a positive environment where performers can practice teamwork and communication skills while experiencing the pride of accomplishment.    



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