Baker’s dozen for 16th season

Talk about multitasking

Desert Stages' 2007-2008 "Beauty and the Beast"

Desert Stages Theatre describes itself as “the busiest playhouse in town”–presenting more than 400 stage performances each year.

Their 2010-2011 season is expected to include a lucky 13 shows, assuming that rights pending on two of their prospects come through.

I suspect they’re keeping just about everything crossed over there while awaiting word.

Desert Stages' 2009-2010 "The Ugly Duckling"

Desert Stages Theatre performs on several stages within a single playhouse, and features three series of shows: The adult mainstage series, the children’s theatre series and actor’s cafe productions.

It’s conveniently located in Scottsdale close to Scottsdale Fashion Square so folks who live outside the area can easily make a day of it between the mall and other area attractions such as galleries and gift shops in Old Town Scottsdale, the Scottsdale Public Library, Harkins Theatre Camelview 5 (our favorite for foreign and independent films), The Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, the Sugar Bowl old-fashioned ice cream parlor and more.

It’s even close to Greasepaint Youtheatre (formerly Stagebrush Theatre) so you can enjoy a matinee with one youth theater company during the day, then take in an evening performance with the other. And don’t even get me started on all the frozen yoghurt and coffee joints. Come to think of it, coupling youth theater and other attractions with a weekend stay at a nearby hotel or resort would make for a fun “staycation” right here in the Valley of the Sun.

Desert Stages' 2007-2008 "Cinderella, a Ragtime Musical"

Here’s the rundown on Desert Stages Theatre’s 2010-2011 season, with shows listed in chronological order. Check their website to learn more about particular shows, including information on auditions, group ticket sales and such.

It’s quite the eclectic menu this time around…

“The Dinner Party” (Actor’s Cafe) runs Aug 13-Oct 3.

“Gerry Cullity’s Cinderella, a Ragtime Musical” (Children’s Theatre) runs Aug 20-Sept 19.

“Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” (Adult Mainstage) runs Oct 8-31.

“On Golden Pond” (Actor’s Cafe) runs Oct 22-Dec 19.

“Disney’s Beauty and the Beast” (Children’s Theatre) runs Nov 19-Dec 19.

Desert Stages' 2007-2008 "Beauty and the Beast"

“Bye Bye Birdie” (Adult Mainstage) runs Jan 7-30.

“A Raisin in the Sun” (Actor’s Cafe) runs Jan 14-March 6.

“Gerry Cullity’s Charlotte’s Web” (Children’s Theatre) runs Feb 18-March 20.

“The Miracle Worker” (Actor’s Cafe) runs March 25-May 15.

“Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” (Adult Mainstage) runs April 8-May 1.

“Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” (Children’s Theatre) runs May 20-June 19.

Desert Stages' 2007-2008 "Cinderella, a Ragtime Musical"

The final two are scheduled as follows with “rights pending” (a topic I’ll explore more in a future post)…

“And Then There Were None” (Actor’s Cafe) is scheduled for June 3-24.

“Jesus Christ Superstar” (Adult Mainstage) is scheduled for July 8-31.

For information on family-friendly resorts in Scottsdale, as well as other parts of the Valley and state, check the Raising Arizona Kids magazine listing online.

If your child is eager to enjoy a youth theater experience before 2010-2011 seasons begin, consider one of the theater camps noted in our “Summer Solutions” guide.

Desert Stages' 2008-2009 "Seussical Jr."

Although summer classes at Desert Stages Academy are full, there are oodles of other options–and there’s still plenty of time to enjoy current season shows at Desert Stages, including “ART” (through July 25, alternating weekends) and “The Wedding Singer” (opens July 9).

–Lynn

Note: You can reach the Desert Stages Theatre box office at 480-483-1664, ext. 1

Coming up: More new season announcements, Theater on a bus?, Upcoming fundraisers for arts organizations. “The Twilight Saga” actor offers audition advice

Theater camp alert! Theatre Artists Studio’s “Summer Theater Camp” runs July 6-16 for ages 7 to 13 in Scottsdale. Campers will work on a musical production of “The Little Mermaid.” Info at: http://www.thestudiophx.org/OPPORTUNITIES/2010SummerCamp.html

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