Theatre of Anthem Announces 2015-16 Season
Anthem, Ariz., April 12, 2015 – Musical Theatre of Anthem (MTA) is proud to announce their
2015-2016 season, with an exciting line-up of award-winning musicals.
MTA will produce eight shows offering tremendous opportunities for
performers of all ages, including no-cut productions for performers ages 6-19.
“I am thrilled about our
exciting eighth season which includes the poetic work of the great Kate
DiCamillo, the perseverance and
humor of Legally Blonde Jr. and Shrek
Jr., and beloved Disney favorites,” said Jackie Hammond, MTA’s
Producing Artistic Director. “There
is something for everyone in this incredible season that is sure to delight
audience members and provide cast members learning experiences that they will
MTA’s 2015-16 Season:
The Musical JR.
It's a "big bright beautiful world" for everyone's favorite ogre
in Shrek The Musical JR., based on the
Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film. In a faraway kingdom, the green ogre
Shrek finds his swamp invaded by banished fairytale misfits cast off by Lord
Farquaad. When Shrek sets off with a wise-cracking donkey to confront Farquaad,
he's handed a task - if he rescues feisty Princess Fiona from the Dragon-guarded
tower, his swamp will be returned to him. But, a fairy tale wouldn't be complete
without unexpected twists and turns along the way. Part romance and part twisted
fairy tale, Shrek JR. is an irreverently fun show for the whole family
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane
October 10-11, 2015
Edward Tulane is a china rabbit given to a ten-year-old girl named Abilene
by her grandmother in the 1930s. He enjoys a pleasant but vain life with his
young mistress, who treats him with the utmost love and respect, until an
unfortunate incident finds him falling overboard while vacationing on the RMS
Queen Mary. Edward's journeys not only take him far from home, but even farther
from the selfish rabbit he once was.
on the popular comic strip, Annie JR.
tells of a 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 Miss Hannigan. In adventure after fun-filled adventure, Annie foils Miss
Hannigan's evil machinations, befriends President Franklin Roosevelt and finds a
new family in billionaire Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary Grace Farrell
and a lovable mutt named Sandy. The bright, tuneful score is filled with familiar numbers like
"It's the Hard Knock Life" and "Tomorrow."
B. Jones, The Musical
Created by Marcy Heisler and Zina Goldrich, the team that brought you Dear
Edwina, comes Junie B. Jones, The
Musical - a delightful adaptation of four of Barbara Park's
best-selling books brought to life in a genuinely comical, and not
strictly-for-kids musical. Its Junie B.’s first day of first grade and a lot
of things have changed for her: Junie’s friend Lucille doesn’t want to be
her best pal anymore, and on the bus, Junie B. makes friends with Herb, the new
kid at school. Also, Junie has trouble reading the blackboard and her teacher
Mr. Scary thinks she may need glasses. Throw in a friendly cafeteria lady, a
kickball tournament and a "Top-Secret Personal Beeswax Journal", and
first grade has never been more exciting.
One of the most popular Disney movies of all time is capturing hearts in a
whole new way: as a practically perfect musical! The jack-of-all trades, Bert,
introduces us to England in 1910 and the troubled Banks family. Young Jane and
Michael have sent many a nanny packing before Mary Poppins arrives on their
doorstep. Using a combination of magic and common sense, she must teach the
family how to value each other again. Mary Poppins takes the children on many
magical and memorable adventures, but Jane and Michael aren't the only ones she
has a profound effect upon. Even grown-ups can learn a lesson or two from the
nanny who advises that "Anything can happen if you let it."
Disney's 101 Dalmatians KIDS
My Son Pinocchio JR.
In addition to the eight shows next season, MTA will continue
to offer audition preparation workshops, tap, vocal, and acting classes, and a
full summer program. 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 www.musicaltheatreofanthem.org.
All shows take place at MTA’s theatre at 42323 N. Vision
Way, Anthem, AZ 85086.
Reserved seating tickets may be purchased online at www.musicaltheatreofanthem.org.
Adult tickets are $19 and Students,
Seniors and Children 12 and under are $16.
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
in part by the Arizona Commission on the Arts which receives support from the
State of Arizona and the National Endowment for the Arts.
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