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"THE HUNDRED DRESSES"


By Ralph Covert and G. Riley Mills.
Based on the award winning "Newbery Honor" book by Eleanor Estes.

Wanda Petronski, a 2nd grader, lives in a shabby house in Boggins Heights, and she doesn't have any friends. Every day she wears a faded blue dress, which wouldn't be too much of a problem if she didn't tell her classmates that she had a 100 dresses at home. The children at Franklin Elementary don't know what to make of this peculiar new girl with the strange accent. Soon Maddie, Peggy, Jack and their classmates make a game of teasing Wanda about her 100 dresses until one day she disappears from school, leaving just an empty seat where she once sat. As feelings of guilt overtake the children, Maddie and the others decide they must find out what happened to Wanda and make amends for the way they treated her. But is it too late?

This acclaimed musical adaptation masterfully handles such topics as bullying, friendship and forgiveness. Packed with humor and filled with colorful characters. “The Hundred Dresses” is a timeless tale that explores the bonds of friendship, the willingness to be yourself and the courage that it takes to stand up to others—even when you're standing alone.

"The Hundred Dresses is a great show: a musical that speaks to the hearts of anyone that has ever needed a friend." -Chicago Theater Beat

Presented through a special arrangement with Dramatic Publishing

DIRECTOR: Lauri Hunter
MUSIC DIRECTOR: Topher Keene
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR: Lucile “Lucy” Lyon

PERFORMANCE DATES: November 4, 2017 at 12:30
Pueblo Elementary
6320 N 82nd St
Scottsdale, AZ 85250

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PIPPI LONGSTOCKING: THE FAMILY MUSICAL
Music and Lyrics by Sebastian, Adapted for the stage by Sebastian and Staffan Gotestam
Based on the novel by Astrid Lindgren

Pippi is the high spirited, warm hearted incarnation of every child's dream of freedom and power. Dressed in strange clothes and living with her horse and pet monkey, she possesses supernatural strength and untold wealth. And now the rollicking adventures that put her at odds with the demands of life in a small town fill an effervescent family musical written by Denmark's celebrated composer/lyricist/recording artist. When Pippi is not dancing with burglars who are trying to steal the gold coins given to her by her father (a pirate who is revered as a king by a tribe of South Sea island cannibals), she is at the circus fighting the strongest man in the world or playing tag with policemen. This uproariously funny musical starring the world's most popular enfant terrible has played to sold out audiences the world over.
Presented through a special arrangement with Samuel French

DIRECTOR/CHOREOGRAPHER: TBD
MUSIC DIRECTOR: Topher Keene
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR: TBD
COSTUMES: Lauri Hunter

PERFORMANCE DATES: March 8-11, 2018
Pueblo Elementary
6320 N 82nd St
Scottsdale, AZ 85250

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DOROTHY IN WONDERLAND
By Brian D. Taylor

The worlds of Oz and Wonderland collide in this fantastically fun romp, cleverly and carefully adapted from the works of L. Frank Baum and Lewis Carroll. Dorothy Gale has made her way to the end of the Yellow Brick Road, and the wonderful Wizard of Oz is just about to help her get back home to Kansas. But before she can hop into the wizard’s balloon, another whirlwind appears over the Emerald City, sweeping Dorothy, Toto, Scarecrow, Tin Man and Lion away to Wonderland. Equipped with their new assets — brains, heart and courage — Dorothy’s friends try to help her find her way home, meeting many other interesting characters along the way, including Alice, the White Rabbit, Mad Hatter, March Hare, the Cheshire Cat and many more. They also must face a dangerous new foe — the Queen of Hearts! Dorothy and Alice team up to defeat the queen at croquet, but will that be enough to return Wonderland to normal? And how will they ever get back home to Kansas and to London?
Presented through a special arrangement with Pioneer Drama

DIRECTOR/CHOREOGRAPHER: TBD
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR: TBD
COSTUMES: Lauri Hunter

PERFORMANCE DATES: May 10-13, 2018
Pueblo Elementary
6320 N 82nd St
Scottsdale, AZ 85250

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"Murder at the Pie Auction"



Written by: Michael Druce

The audience becomes part of the pie auction in this hysterical comedy. After years of trying unsuccessfully, the small town of Mynute, Alaska, finally lands the famous Mother Mabel’s Pie Baking Competition — but it was all due to a typo mistaking Mynute for Minot! The contest looks to be a disaster with no media or publicity. To add to the tension, one of the contestants is writing a tell-all book about the seamy side of competitive pie baking. Making matters even worse, just hours before the competition begins, the pie judge goes missing. When he turns up dead while the audience is bidding for the pies, the characters turn on each other as they try to figure out who committed the murder. With an ample serving of motive and all the right ingredients for murder, this is the perfect recipe for big laughs, outrageous characters, and audience participation.

Presented by special arrangement through Pioneer Drama.
www.PioneerDrama.com

DIRECTOR: Lauri Hunter
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR: Lucile “Lucy” Lyon

PERFORMANCE:
Saturday, August 5, 2017 at 1:30
Scottsdale Congregational Church in Bond Hall:
4425 N Granite Reef Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

"Peter Pan"

Based on the novel by J.M. Barrie
Adapted by Craig Sodaro

This superb adaptation captures all the magic and charm of everyone’s favorite story. The Darling children love to hear of Peter Pan’s adventures during his visits through the open window of the nursery. Then one night after Nana has taken his shadow and Wendy has sewn it back on, Peter Pan and Tinker Bell whisk the children off to Neverland to be part of the adventures. Wendy, John and Michael become friends with the Lost Boys and Princess Tiger Lily and Wendy becomes everyone’s mother. When the evil Captain Hook captures Wendy and the Lost Boys, Peter Pan comes to their rescue. Together with the ticking crocodile, Peter Pan puts Captain Hook in his place and returns the Darling children to their home.

Presented by special arrangement through Pioneer Drama.
www.PioneerDrama.com

Artwork courtsey of Kingeth at DeviantArt

DIRECTOR & CHOREOGRAPHER: Ali Flannigan

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR: Renee Kalos
COSTUME: Lauri Hunter

Performances:

Pueblo Elementary
6320 N 82nd St
Scottsdale, AZ 85250
  • Feb 24, 2017 at 7:00pm
  • Feb 25, 2017 at 12:30pm (Understudy performance)
  • Feb 25, 2017 at 3:00pm

Elf The Musical Jr
Presented by special arrangement through Music Theater International (MTI).
All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.
421 W 54th St, New York, NY 10019 Phone: (212) 514-4684 Fax (212) 397-4684 www.MTIShows.com

Based on the beloved holiday film, this hilarious fish-out-of-water comedy follows Buddy the Elf in his quest to find his true identity.

A title known the world over, Elf The Musical JR. is a holiday musical that is based on the cherished New Line Cinema hit, Elf JR. It features songs by Tony Award-nominees, Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin, with a book by Tony Award-winners, Thomas Meehan and Bob Martin.

Buddy, a young orphan, mistakenly crawls into Santa's bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. The would-be elf is raised, unaware that he is actually a human, until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa's permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father and discover his true identity. Faced with the harsh reality that his father is on the naughty list and that his half-brother doesn't even believe in Santa, Buddy is determined to win over his new family and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas.

DIRECTOR: Mikaella Belsan
MUSIC DIRECTOR: Topher Keene
CHOREOGRAPHER: Alison Flannigan
ASSISTANT CHOREOGRAPHER: Sara Shipley

Performances will be held:

Pueblo Elementary
6320 N 82nd St
Scottsdale, AZ 85250

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  • Dec 2, 2016 at 7:00pm
  • Dec 3, 2016 at 2:00pm (Understudy performance)
  • Dec 3, 2016 at 4:30pm

Disney's Beauty and the Beast Jr.

The Award-winning animated film and stage play comes to life in this romantic and beloved take on the classic fairytale.

Based on the original Broadway production that ran for over thirteen years and was nominated for nine Tony Awards, and the Academy Award-winning motion picture, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast JR. is a fantastic adaptation of the story of transformation and tolerance. Disney’s Beauty and the Beast JR. features some of the most popular songs ever written by Alan Menken and the late Howard Ashman, along with new songs by Mr. Menken and Tim Rice.

The classic story tells of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed to his former self. But time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity.

Performances will be held on stage at:
Pueblo Elementary
6320 N 82nd St
Scottsdale, AZ 85250

SHOWTIMES:

  • Sept 30, 2016 at 7:00pm
  • Oct 1, 2016 at 2:00pm and 4:00pm
  • Oct 2, 2016 at 2:00pm

DIRECTOR: Lauri Hunter Lauri has a bachelors degree from ASU. She is also the Founder of Act One Youth Theater and has been actively involved in several aspects of local adult and children's theaters but her specialty is sewing costumes. What excites her most about children's theater is that she gets to see how proud children are when their friends and families get to see them perform on stage. Children's theater also teaches them about being part of a team and public speaking skill -something that public schools need to teach more of. Her favorite musicals include Phantom of the Opera, Sweeney Todd and Into the Woods.

MUSIC DIRECTOR: Meghan Rudisill, Meghan Rudisill has studied music throughout her life with both voice and violin. She majored in Interdisciplinary Arts and Performance with a Music Concentration at Arizona State University. The highlight of her major was learning studio recording. Meghan was a k-12 certified music teacher 2003-2005. Her favorite production she performed in was the Western U.S. Premier of Myths and Hymns: Saturn Returns. Meghan also has a background in both theater and camera acting. She loves volunteering with the families at Act One Youth Theater. She particularly enjoys working with children new to musical theater.

CHOREOGRAPHER: Alison Flannigan Alison graduated with her B.F.A in Musical Theater from East Carolina University in 2010. She is no stranger to the stage, having performed, directed, and taught theater for more than ten years. Alison is new to the Valley, and excited to use her experience to help young performers discover and develop their skills. Working with children is Alison's passion, so she teaches Musical Theater to elementary and middle school-aged children in Mesa. Break a leg, cast and crew!

Princess and the Pea

From Alfred Music Publishing
by Andy Beck and Brian Fisher

A Traditional Tale Told Anew

Prince Nicholas narrates the story of a classic fairy tale about a kingdom anxious for his royal nuptials. But there's a problem: Overbearing Queen Minerva insists upon testing any girl who wants to marry her son, and not one is able to gain her approval. You won't believe the shocking ending to this tangled tale. A traditional-sounding score and a witty script bring the satisfying story to life.

DIRECTOR: Alison Flannigan Alison graduated with her B.F.A in Musical Theater from East Carolina University in 2010. She is no stranger to the stage, having performed, directed, and taught theater for more than ten years. Alison is new to the Valley, and excited to use her experience to help young performers discover and develop their skills. Working with children is Alison's passion, so she teaches Musical Theater to elementary and middle school-aged children in Mesa. Break a leg, cast and crew!

MUSIC DIRECTOR: Jennifer Whiting, Jennifer has worked extensively as a professional across the southwest for over 20 years. She has worked as a performer, music director, stage manager and choreographer for numerous theatre companies. She is also a dedicated teacher. Her passion lies in helping young people make discoveries and reach beyond their notion of limitations. Much love to her family and friends - Enjoy the show!

SHOWTIMES:

  • April 29, 2016 at 7:00pm
  • April 30, 2016 at 2:00pm and 4:00pm

Performed on stage at:
Pueblo Elementary
6320 N 82nd St
Scottsdale, AZ 85250

Phantom Tollbooth Jr.


Presented by special arrangement through Music Theater International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.
421 W 54th St, New York, NY 10019 Phone: (212) 514-4684 Fax (212) 397-4684 www.MTIShows.com
Adapted from Norton Juster's beloved, award-winning children's book, this inventive musical features a melodious score by Arnold Black and witty lyrics full of wordplay by Pulitzer Prize and three-time Tony winner Sheldon Harnick.

SHOWTIMES:
Friday, Feb 19- Sunday, Feb 21, 2016

Performed on stage at: Pueblo Elementary, 6320 N 82nd St, Scottsdale, AZ 85250

Based on the populer children's book, a young child's magical journey proves that life is the greatest adventure of all.

Even surrounded by dozens of toys, Milo is bored. Nothing is interesting at all, until Milo takes a trip through the Phantom Tollbooth. Transported to the Land of Wisdom, Milo is thrust into adventure when princesses Rhyme and Reason need rescuing in order to bring peace between two kings. The kings, from Dictionopolis and Digitopolis are feuding over whether "words" or whether "numbers" are most important in their kingdoms. Knee-deep in danger, Milo learns everything has a purpose. Upon return home, Milo realizes there is never a reason to be bored in a world full of hidden discoveries.

DIRECTOR: Lauri Hunter, This was Lauri's second full scale production. She has a bachelors degree from ASU. She is also the Founder of Act One Youth Theater and has been actively involved in several aspects of local adult and children's theaters but her specialty is sewing costumes.

MUSIC DIRECTOR: Meghan Rudisill, Meghan Rudisill has studied music throughout her life with both voice and violin. She majored in Interdisciplinary Arts and Performance with a Music Concentration at Arizona State University. The highlight of her major was learning studio recording. Meghan was a k-12 certified music teacher 2003-2005. Her favorite production she performed in was the Western U.S. Premier of Myths and Hymns: Saturn Returns. Meghan also has a background in both theater and camera acting. She loves volunteering with the families at Act One Youth Theater. She particularly enjoys working with children new to musical theater.

 

Annie Jr.
Presented by special arrangement through Music Theater International (MTI). www.MTIShows.com
Music by Charles Strouse / Lyrics by Martin Charnin / Book by Thomas Meehan
Based on Little Orphan Annie (R) by permission of The Media Tribune Services, Inc.
Originally Produced by: Irwin Meyer, Stephen R. Friedman, Lewis Allen, Alvin Nederlander Associates, Inc, The John F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Icarus Productions, Lewis Allen

PERFORMANCE DATES Oct 9-18, 2015
Performed on stage at: Pavillions at Talking Stick

Leapin' Lizards!
The irrepressible comic strip heroine takes center stage in one of the world's best-loved musicals.
Approximately 60 Minutes

Based on the popular comic strip by Harold Gray, Annie, the world-wide phenomenon, was the winner of seven TONY Awards including Best Musical and is now adapted for young performers in Annie JR. The beloved book and score by TONY Award winners Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin features some of the greatest musical theatre hits ever written including "Tomorrow".

With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie charms everyone's hearts despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. She is 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. With the help of the other girls in the Orphanage, Annie escapes to the wondrous world of NYC. In adventure after fun-filled adventure, Annie foils Miss Hannigan's evil machinations and even befriends President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. She finds a new home and family in billionaire Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary Grace Farrell, and a lovable dog named Sandy.

DIRECTOR: Kendra Schroeder, Kendra is a theatre director who recently earned her BA in Theater focused in Directing from Arizona State University. She has worked on numerous youth productions in various areas of the theater including, Theater Works production of A Year with Frog and Toad, 13 The Musical, Seussical Jr, 101 Dalmatians Kids. Her directing credits include, Tallgrass Gothic and [title of show] (Binary Theatre Company). She is excited to be working with Act One Youth Theatre on Annie Jr.!

MUSICAL DIRECTOR: Kevin Glenn. Originally from the Jersey Shore, Kevin lived in New York City for many years studying voice, music, theater, and dance, performing and touring with many theater companies throughout the region. He also had the opportunity to travel the world for several years singing on various cruise ships as a featured entertainer.

Kevin has also been musical director for Desert Foothills Theater and Cactus Shadows High School. He won an AriZoni Award for Best Musical Director. Most recently, Kevin wrote the music and was music director for an original play with music, "At Home in the Desert" which premiered in March of 2014 at The Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center.

CHOREOGRAPHER: Jennifer Whiting, Jennifer has worked extensively as a professional across the southwest for over 20 years. She has worked as a performer, music director, stage manager and choreographer for numerous theatre companies. She is also a dedicated teacher. Her passion lies in helping young people make discoveries and reach beyond their notion of limitations. Much love to her family and friends - Enjoy the show!


Rumpelstiltskin is My Name
Book by Vera Morris, Music by Arne Christiansen, Lyrics by Ole Kittleson

Rumpelstiltskin is adapted and dramatized from the original story by The Brothers Grimm

Rumpelstiltskin, that abominable sorcerer, must possess an infant of royal birth because of a challenge from Griselda, a four hundred year old witch. Plotting and scheming, he spreads the word that the miller’s daughter, Laura, can weave straw into gold. Because the country is bankrupt, she’s swept off to the palace and ordered to spin and spin. With Rumpelstiltskin’s help she delivers the gold. But Laura has a high fee to pay. She must give Rumpelstiltskin her first born child! When Laura marries the prince and produces an heir to the throne, she has twenty-four hours to guess the wizard’s name or give her child up.

SHOWTIMES:
MAY 8-10, 2015

Fridays & Saturdays at 7 PM
Sundays at 2:00

Show was performed, on stage, at:
Rose Lane Branch
8250 E. Rose Lane, Scottsdale, AZ 85250
Boys and Girls Club of Greater Scottsdale

Director: Lauri Hunter This was Lauri's first full-scale production directorial debut! In the past, she has directed a mini -spring break production at the The Boys & Girls Club of Scottsdale-Rose Lane Branch. She is the Founder of Act One Youth Theater and has been actively involved in several aspects of local adult and children's theaters.

Musical Director: Dan Kurek. We were extremely fortunate to have Dan return to our theater. He musically directed our first show "New Clothes for the Empress" and his entire bio can be seen below for that show. But here's a brief outline:

Dan has served as Music Director for many productions leading professional and community theaters in around the country and here in Arizona including Phoenix Theatre, Mesa Community College, Arizona Jewish Theatre, Paradise Valley College and Phoenix Black Theatre Troupe and Desert Foothills Theater. Dan has received an ariZoni Award for best Musical Director.

Dan loves working with his students in his private studio, and is actively seeking to expand with new students. He was an adjunct instructor at PVCC where he taught Voice, Music History, Piano Class, and Directed the Music Theater and Opera Workshops. He is the Choir Director/Pianist for Temple Chai and the Greater Phoenix Jewish Community Chorus, and also Music Director/Organist at Shepherd of the Hills Congregational UCC.

BRIDGE TO TERABITHIA -The Musical
Presented by special arrangement through Samuel French

February 27 -March 1, 2015
Boys and Girls Club
8250 E. Rose Lane, Scottsdale, AZ 85250


This powerful adaptation, supported by a lyrical score, focuses the humor, warmth and emotional intensity of Katherine Paterson's Newbery Award winning novel.

Jesse, alienated from the pragmatism of his family and rural Virginia culture, draws and dreams of becoming something special. Leslie, the new girl from the city and the ultimate outsider, opens a world of imagination, art and literature for him. Together they create Terabithia, a fantasy kingdom where they are safe from those who don't understand them. Their friendship grows as Jesse's world expands. When tragedy strikes, the strength gained in Terabithia takes Jesse forward on his own and lets him share the magic of his dreams.

Bridge to Terabithia first premiered at Stage One, the Louisville Children's Theatre in October 1990. It was directed by Tom Schreier.

DIRECTOR: Lori A. Vander Maten
Lori is an award-winning playwright, director and actor who earned both her BA in Theatre and her MFA in Playwriting from UCLA. She has received 2 Zoni nominations, 1 Zoni Award, and one Annie Award.

In 2012 she wrote the original musical play, In The Devil's Frying Pan. Her musical adaptation of Little Women was the winner of the YES Festival of New Plays and premiered at the University of Northern Kentucky in 2001. Lori has taught at Southwestern College, Scottsdale Community College, Paradise Valley Community College, Scottsdale Christian Academy and The Arizona School of Classical Ballet.

MUSICAL DIRECTOR: Kevin Glenn. Originally from the Jersey Shore, Kevin lived in New York City for many years studying voice, music, theater, and dance, performing and touring with many theater companies throughout the region. He also had the opportunity to travel the world for several years singing on various cruise ships as a featured entertainer.

Kevin has also been musical director for Desert Foothills Theater and Cactus Shadows High School. He won an AriZoni Award for Best Musical Director. Most recently, Kevin wrote the music and was music director for an original play with music, "At Home in the Desert" which premiered in March of 2014 at The Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center.

Disney's Sleeping Beauty Logo for Disney's Sleeping Beauty

SHOWTIMES:
OCTOBER 17-19, 2014

Presented by special arrangement through Music Theater International

When a Princess is finally born to King Stefan and Queen Stefanie, the entire kingdom celebrates ("Hail to Princess Aurora"). Among the guests are the neighboring King Hubert, his young Prince Phillip, and three good fairies - Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather. Suddenly, an evil sorceress appears ("Maleficent!") and leaves a curse that on Aurora's sixteenth birthday, she will prick her finger on a spindle and die ("A Curse on the Princess"). Merryweather casts a spell for the Princess to sleep instead, only to be awakened by true love's kiss ("Merryweather's Gift"). The Fairies devise a plan to hide Aurora deep in the forest disguised as a peasant girl until the time of the curse passes ("Briar Rose"). For sixteen years, Maleficent's Goons search for the baby, but the sorceress finally loses patience ("Find the Girl!"). On her birthday, the Fairies send Briar Rose to pick berries while they prepare a surprise. Surrounded by her animal friends, she daydreams about her true love ("I Wonder, Once Upon a Dream").

A mysterious man surprises Briar Rose ("Once Upon a Dream - Reprise"), but they dance and she invites him to visit her cottage that night, not knowing that he is Prince Phillip. Meanwhile, after sixteen years of no magic, the Fairies use their wands to prepare the birthday party ("A Little Magic Now"). Drawn to the forest by the magic, Maleficent's Goons overhear the Fairies tell Briar Rose that she is Princess Aurora and must return to the castle that night. Briar Rose is upset that she will not be home to meet her new friend. At the castle, Maleficent tricks Aurora into touching a cursed spindle ("A Curse on the Princess - Reprise"), and the Princess falls fast asleep. Now the Fairies' only hope in saving Aurora is Prince Phillip, whom the Goons have captured. While the Goons celebrate (Goon Conga), the Fairies free Phillip, who fights the Goons and slays Maleficent ("The Battle"). Phillip then returns to the castle and breaks Aurora's spell with true love's kiss ("Happy Ending/Finale, A Little Magic Now - Bows").

sleeping beauty and maleficent

Director: Amy Beck. Amy is a theater director, performer, and voice teacher who has been active in the Phoenix theater community since 2011. She has directed numerous productions for churches and schools, including "You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown" and "Calamity Jane." Her performance experience includes musical theater, drama, a capella quartet ensembles, solo performance, improv, and sketch comedy. She is a classically-trained singer and teaches private voice lessons in the Moon Valley area. She also gives audition and performance coaching sessions.

Musical Director: Tristan Peterson Steinert. Tristan has worked with several local theaters in the valley including Valley Youth Theater and Moon Valley Bible Church. He is an experienced conductor with extensive knowledge of vocal skills and ranges.

Due to the horrific flooding at the Boys & Girls Club of Scottsdale -Rose Lane branch, this show was relocated and performed at Scottsdale Congregational Church.

Logo of New Clothes for the Empress
Presented by special arrangement through Pioneer Drama
SHOWTIMES:
APRIL 4-6, 2014

Young audiences will love this twist to the well-known tale The Emperor’s New Clothes. The clothes-conscious empress is constantly demanding that her talented seamstress, Carlina, devise ever-fancier and gaudier costumes in hopes of making the best-dressed list. But her costumes are in such terrible taste, nobody can stand to look at them. Enter Lucinda, the jealous lady-in-waiting who wants to overthrow the kingdom. Lucinda disguises herself as Madame La Belle Mimi Fifi and offers the empress an imaginary fabric that only “honest” people can see. When the empress parades in front of her entire kingdom in her long red underwear (instead of the gorgeous Paris gown she thinks she is wearing), she learns an important lesson about vanity.

 

Director: Amy Beck. Amy is a theater director, performer, and voice teacher who has been active in the Phoenix theater community since 2011. She has directed numerous productions for churches and schools, including "You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown" and "Calamity Jane." Her performance experience includes musical theater, drama, a capella quartet ensembles, solo performance, improv, and sketch comedy. She is a classically-trained singer and teaches private voice lessons in the Moon Valley area. She also gives audition and performance coaching sessions.

 

Musical Director: Dan Kurek. Dan works extensively as an outstanding tenor vocalist, pianist, organist, music director, educator and composer-arranger. He has music directed several productions for Desert Foothills Theater. He has performed numerous roles with some of the nation's leading Opera companies, such as: Arizona Opera, Opera Company of Boston, Cleveland Opera, Opera Pacific, Phoenix Opera and Austin Lyric Opera. He was children’s chorus Director for Phoenix Opera’s 2007 Inaugural Season's La Boheme, also performing the role of Spoletta in their 2008 production of Tosca. His Phoenix Symphony credits include Kurt Weill's Seven Deadly Sins and Handel's Messiah, as well as numerous other appearances as tenor soloist with local choral groups such as: Musica Nova, Arizona Arts Chorale, Arizona Masterworks Chorale, Cantemus, American Bach, and West Valley Chorale. In May/June, 2006, Dan performed as tenor soloist on a European concert tour with AZ Masterworks Chorale in a program honoring Mozart’s 250th Anniversary, with concerts in Krakow, Budapest, Vienna, Ceske Budjavice and Prague.

Dan composed the incidental music and performed a leading role in Allen Tongret’s "The World Aflame", written for the premiere of PVCC’s new Performing Arts Center in October 2005. He is very proud of the world premiere of A Little Mischief, an original musical he composed with book and lyrics by Joann Yeoman, at Peoria, Arizona’s Theatre Works in the Fall of 2008, where he also music directed The Fantasticks, and What About Luv.

He has served as Music Director for many productions leading professional and community theaters in Indiana, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and here in Arizona, including: Fort Wayne (IN) Civic Theatre, Fulton Opera House (PA), Phoenix Theatre, Mesa Community College, Arizona Jewish Theatre, Paradise Valley college and Phoenix Black Theatre Troupe and Desert Foothills Theater. Dan has received an ariZoni Award for best Musical Director.

Dan loves working with his students in his private studio, and is actively seeking to expand with new students. He was an adjunct instructor at PVCC where he taught Voice, Music History, Piano Class, and Directed the Music Theater and Opera Workshops. He is the Choir Director/Pianist for Temple Chai and the Greater Phoenix Jewish Community Chorus, and also Music Director/Organist at Shepherd of the Hills Congregational UCC.

 


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