Theater Works’ 30th Season
Single Tickets Go On Sale July 15th
Peoria, Arizona (June 12, 2015) Theater Works at
Peoria Center for the Performing Arts will open individual sales for its 30th
Season in July. Season 30 promises
an exciting line-up that audiences will not want to miss.
Season Subscriptions are currently on sale along with Memberships and
Flex Passes. Single performance
tickets will go on sale to the public on Wednesday, July 15, 2015.
“This past season saw some of the greatest
successes in Theater Works history,” says Executive Director, Dan Schay.
“The production of Follies
shattered all our box office records, while works as diverse as the
premiere of Shifting Gears, the
American classic One Flew Over The
Cuckoo’s Nest and I Get A Kick Out
Of Cole were all hits with our audiences.”
“Our 30th Season promises to be even better and
there are a variety of ways our patrons can purchase tickets,” continues Schay.
“Season Subscriptions are, as
always, the way our patrons can insure that they get the seat, time and date
they desire. Flex Passes are still
available for those who want to craft their own season.
Memberships give 20% to 30% discounts on most performances at the Center
and can be applied to single ticket purchases.”
Theater Works 30th Season opens on
September 11th with the YouthWorks production of Rudyard Kipling’s
The Jungle Book. Based
on short stories about Mowgli, an orphaned man-cub, who escapes death by Shere
Khan, these stories are timeless and good for any century emphasizing such noble
qualities as: loyalty, honor, courage, tradition, integrity and persistence.
“YouthWorks is known for presenting classic
stories in new and imaginative theatrical styles,” says Director of Education
and Outreach, Chris Hamby. “We
hope to spark our audience’s imagination by presenting The
Jungle Book in a unique style that has never been seen before.”
This production is rooted in classic Kipling
fashion,” continues Hamby. “It
will incorporate traditional Indian puppetry and dance.
The jungle will come to life through movement, intriguing lighting and a
colorful imaginative set.” The
Jungle Book will be on stage September 11–27, 2015.
The MasterWorks Season
opens on October 9th with one
of the greatest American musicals of all times.
Man of La Mancha
is the remarkable,
poignant and moving story about the "mad" Spanish knight Don Quixote
and his "Impossible Dream" of honor, justice and love. Premiering
on Broadway in 1965, this iconic production won 5 Tony Awards and Theater Works
takes great pride in being given the opportunity to honor its 50th Anniversary. Man
of La Mancha will be on stage October 9–25, 2015.
Next, love is lost, found
and confounded in the town of Almost,
Maine, a town that is so far north, that it’s almost not in
the United States - in fact it almost doesn’t exist. Written
by John Cariani, this good-natured play takes place on a cold clear,
magical Friday night, in the middle of winter. As
the northern lights glow above, Almost’s townspeople find themselves falling
in and out of love in the strangest ways. Almost,
Maine opens on Friday, October 30 and will be on stage through Sunday,
November 15, 2015.
November 6th – 22nd,
YouthWorks presents The Secret Garden, the winner of multiple Tony Awards, this
enchanting musical is based on the 1911 novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett about
Mary Lennox, an English girl born and raised in the British Raj. Orphaned
at age 11, she is sent back to England to live on a large estate with her
embittered, reclusive uncle and his invalid son.
There she discovers many wonders including an enchanted garden, which
beckons the children with haunting melodies dramatizing its compelling tale of
forgiveness and renewal.
Rounding out 2015 is the new holiday favorite The
Quiltmakers Gift, a charming musical play about a greedy king and a
generous quilt maker who teaches him that ‘the giving is the gift’. This
production is based on a beloved book and is truly intended for all ages.
Simultaneously sophisticated and childlike, it celebrates the true value of
generosity and spirit of community…a message that is perfect for the Christmas
Quiltmakers Gift will be on stage December 4 – 20, 2015.
The New Year opens with the wacky musical/comedy I
Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change! Celebrating
the mating game and the “happily ever after,” this musical is all about the
contemporary conundrum known as “the relationship”… from dating and
waiting, to love and marriage, to the agonies of in-laws, newborns and trips in
the family car – this is a hilarious tribute to all who have loved and lost
and still dare to ask, “Say, what are you doing Saturday night?”
I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now
Change! opens on Friday, January 22 and will be on stage through Sunday,
February 7, 2016.
On February 19th the creative team from
the triumphant productions of Follies and
Ragtime returns to direct City
Of Angels, a multi Tony award–winning musical that chronicles the
misadventures of a disillusioned writer and his screenplay. Is
it the movie detective who is forever haunted by the one who got away – or is
it his author? Set in glamorous,
seductive 1940’s Hollywood, the world of film studios and alluring women, this
musical comedy boasts a swinging jazz score that brings the clash of silver
screen fantasy and Hollywood reality to vivid life.
of Angels will be on stage through Sunday, March 6, 2016.
Charlotte’s Web spins onto
the stage March 4th as YouthWorks presents the fun and timeless story
about Wilber, an endearing piglet, in grave danger of becoming bacon.
His mysterious friend Charlotte, the wise and winsome spider, takes
charge and demonstrates the true meaning friendship. Charlotte’s
Web will be on stage March 4 – 20, 2016.
MasterWorks rounds out the season with Vanya
and Sonya and Misha and Spike, a Broadway sensation full of comic twists
and turns. Winner
of the 2013 Tony Award for Best Play, this is a comedy about adult sibling
rivalry like no other. Brother and
sister, Vanya and Sonia have frittered their lives away in their family’s
farmhouse, full of regret, angst and the alarmingly ambiguous prophecies of
their housekeeper. Enter sister
number two, Masha, a self-absorbed movie star and her ditsy, gorgeous, boy-toy,
Spike, and the stage is set for an absurd weekend of hilarity and global
warming. Vanya and
Sonya and Misha and Spike runs April 8 – 24, 2016.
YouthWorks closes the Season with the world premiere
of Twlight’s Quest, an original fantasy musical written by
Theater Works’ very own Director of Education and Outreach, Chris Hamby.
“It’s about a youthful girl named Twilight who ventures into a
strange land to solve a mysterious riddle,” says Hamby. “She
encounters all kinds of mystical creatures – fairies, mermaids, gypsies and
pirates. Just imagine if the Wizard of OZ
met Peter Pan.” Twlight’s
Quest will be on stage May 6 – 22, 2016.
Theater Works offers a special thanks to its Season
Sponsor Judith Hardes and its many other supporters that keep the performing
arts active in the West Valley.
Single performance tickets for Theater Works 30th
Season will go on sale to the public on Wednesday, July 15, 2015. Masterworks
regular priced tickets are $36 and YouthWorks regular priced tickets are $15
each, both prices include fees. Memberships
offer substantial discounts on these prices. For
more information or to buy tickets, call the Theater Works Box Office at
623.815.7930 Monday - Friday 10am to 4pm or visit www.theaterworks.org.
Theater Works, at Peoria Center for the Performing Arts is entering its 30th season of providing exceptional theater to the West Valley. As a destination, it features more then 200 events a year including: live theater, classical concerts, jazz, popular music, dance, comedy, cultural events, festivals, youth and adult education classes and much more. Theater Works is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. For more information, call the box office at 623.815.7930 or visit www.theaterworks.org.
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