New season “sneak peeks”

Families can enjoy a taste of Broadway in Arizona this month as ASU Gammage in Tempe presents their 2011-2012 season preview event Mon, July 25 at 7:30pm. The event features a free “sneak peek” at the upcoming season — which includes classics like “West Side Story” and “South Pacific” plus newer works like ‘Million Dollar Quartet” and “American Idiot.”

ASU Gammage promises pre-event family activities in the ASU Gammage lobby, special guest appearances and free dessert after the preview event. The preview event will be your first opportunity to purchase mini-package subscriptions if you’d like to attend only some of the shows in this season’s line-up.

Tempe Center for the Arts presents their “TCA Fall Arts Kick-off” Fri, Aug 19 from 6-8pm. It features live music, artist demonstrations, gallery tours and more. Fall season information and special advance ticket pricing will be available.

Popular TCA programs include the Lakeshore Jazz Series, Performance With a View, Poetry in April, Songwriters’ Showcase, Sonoran Chamber Music Series, Tempe Symphony Orchestra and Walk-in Wednesday Open Mic Night.

Several “partner groups” perform at the TCA — including A Ludwig Dance Theatre, Arizona Academy of the Performing Arts, Arizona Wind Symphony, Childsplay, CONDER/dance, Desert Dance Theatre, Tempe Community Chorus, Tempe Live! Theater and Tempe Symphonic Wind Ensemble.

The last “sneak peek” event I attended was presented by Mesa Arts Center, which has a lovely complement of founding resident companies including Ballet Etudes, East Valley Children’s Theater, Mesa Encore Theater, Metropolitan Youth Symphony, Sonoran Desert Chorale, Southwest Shakespeare Company, Symphony of the Southwest and Xico Inc.

I had a great time gathering information about diverse programs, meeting fascinating artists and chatting with fellow art lovers. The next MAC preview event is a three-day “Season Kick-Off Festival” taking place Sept 9-11.

Keep an eye on Valley venues like Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts because many hold fall or spring “preview” events that offer a taste of their dance, music and theater menus. Who doesn’t love a free nibble now and then?

— Lynn

Note: A “Fall for the Arts Festival” presented by Arizona Broadway Theatre and Leadership West Oct 8 from 10am-4pm will feature live performance by various arts groups, creative activities for children and more.

Coming up: Introducing kids to classical music, Disney musicals on Valley stages, Art promoting peace

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One response to “New season “sneak peeks”

  1. D.K. Milgrim-Heath

    I didn’t get to see opening night of the West Side Story Broadway Across America’s 2011-2012 Tour in ASU Gammage in Tempe, AZ but growing up with the movie all my life-live theatre of West Side Story must be quite thrill for all both via the press professional theatre reviewers and the average theatre ticket holders (I’ve never seen it staged).
    I must say this: It’s harder work for musical theatre actors more so than straight theatre (non-musical parts) parts and ‘break a leg’ to all involved in the 2011-2012 tour and this is also something I finally say:
    The Intertwined World Of Music, Dance And Romance Describe West Side Story Forever
    By D.K. Milgrim-Heath©2011
    The intertwined world of music, dance and romance describe West Side Story forever-
    In present Broadway mode plus its second year casting of Broadway Across America’s Tour 2011-2012 that actors do endeavor.
    I must congratulate you Harris Milgrim being casted as the Jet character Snowboy thereof-
    My Dearest Harris- I do salute you with all my heart and love.

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