Halloween happenings

Greasepaint party-goers take a break from face painting

My kids are all old enough now that there are no pumpkins to carve, no costumes to sew, no face painting to finesse, no treat bags to decorate.

Still, I never met a costume I didn’t like.

Thankfully, there’s community theater — where I can always find people more talented than myself playing dress up.

Some show names are easier to carve than others

Saturday I headed to Greasepaint Youtheatre in Scottsdale for a Halloween party before their evening performance of “The Wiz,” which ends its run after Sunday’s (Oct 31) 2pm matinee.

I won’t be donning a costume, but I know plenty of folks who will. They’re all performing in community theater productions like those noted below.

There’s nothing scarier in theater than empty seats, so why not spend part of your Halloween supporting the folks who do costuming best.

Pirates, skeletons and avatars, oh my!

In addition to “The Wiz,” today’s community theater options include…

“Pinkalicious” performed by Valley Youth Theatre in Phoenix. 12:30pm and 4pm shows. www.vyt.com. Sold out!

“Killer Halloween” performed by Theater Works in Peoria. 1:30pm show. www.theaterworks.org.

“Bye Bye Birdie” performed by Mesa Encore Theatre at the Mesa Arts Center. 2:30pm show. www.mesaencoretheatre.com.

“The Haunting of House Hill” performed by Fountain Hills Community Theater. 2pm show. www.fhct.org.

“Once on this Island Jr.” performed by Musical Theatre of Anthem. 3pm show. www.musicaltheatreofanthem.org.

“Hard Love” (by Israeli playwright Motti Lerner) performed by Arizona Jewish Theatre Company at Phoenix College. 2pm show. www.azjewishtheatre.org.

When in doubt, throw on a funky hat

“Guys and Dolls” performed by Spotlight Youth Theatre in Glendale. 2pm show. www.spotlightyouththeatre.org.

“Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” and “On Golden Pond” performed by Desert Stages Theatre in Scottsdale. 2pm shows. www.desertstages.org.

“In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play)” performed by Actors Theatre in Phoenix. 2pm show. www.atphx.org.

In case you’re wondering, costumes for this last little number are from the Victorian era. Your guess about the props is at least as good as mine…

— Lynn

Note: As you can surely tell, some of these are intended for mature audiences. Always check details before attending to confirm content, age appropriateness, date/time, location and ticket pricing/availability. Information on “The Wiz” is available at www.greasepaint.org.

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