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A Whole New World: The National Comedy Theatre adapts to the pandemic with online...

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski The National Comedy Theatre, Downtown Mesa’s home for improv and sketch comedy, has fallen on hard times, due to the coronavirus crisis. Unable to host classes or secure a loan, the organization...

They Need to Dance: Scorpius theater keeps engaging fans through video

By Laura Latzko The COVID-19 pandemic has a major impact on dance companies around the Valley, including Scorpius Dance Theatre. Despite the challenges it is facing, the company is bringing dance to the community—but in...

Taking the Stage: Terry Temple is ready to usher Desert Foothills into new era

By Bridgette M. Redman At many theaters, the creative and business management are separate and distinct, often locking horns as they challenge each other in what is artistic and what makes managerial sense. Terry Temple’s career...

Sunrise, Sunset: The Musical Theatre of Anthem in danger of closing

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski In December, Musical Theatre of Anthem had reason to celebrate. The company was awarded a $57,000 grant from Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust for the purchase of upgraded auto, lighting and microphone equipment. The...

Laughing It Up: Everything goes wrong in footlight farce

By Bridgette M. Redman Peter Hill, the artistic and technical director of Fountain Hills Theater, knows what audiences like. He ought to, having spent decades heading up theater companies all around the country and earning widespread...

A Cirque to Remember: ‘Ovo’ is high-wire fun for English performer

By Christopher Boan The world’s preeminent destination for jaw-dropping displays of trapeze arts and assorted flights of fancy brings a new storyboard to the Valley in February. Cirque du Soleil, which has performed across the globe...

Welcome to Bikini Bottom: SpongeBob and friends face a natural disaster

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski Cody Cooley understands the attraction to SpongeBob SquarePants—the jokes (“What’s better than 24? 25!”), the brightly colored sea life and the strong friendship between SpongeBob and Squidward. When Cooley auditioned for Squidward in...

Big Dreams: ‘Americano!’ is this year’s buzz-worthy show

By Bridgette Redman “Americano!” is a story so powerful that The Phoenix Theatre is staging it as part of its 100th anniversary season. Just how powerful? It’s already being advertised on billboards in Times Square.  It...

Immersive Storytelling: Vox Motus’ ‘Flight’ shares two brothers’ tale of immigration

By Laura Latzko The story of the immigrant experience is one to which audiences from different backgrounds can relate but is rarely told. A few theatrical productions, however, do speak on the worldwide refugee crisis. The...

Hot ‘Summer’: Disco Queen’s story shines on the ASU Gammage stage

By Bridgette Redman As a student at a performing arts high school, Dan’yelle Williamson was told she’d never make it as an artist. It was too hard to make a living that way.  “I finally said...

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