Bring a bit of the arts into your weekend with one or more of these events featuring dance, music, theater or the visual arts…
Ballet Folklorico de Mexico de Amalia Hernandez. March 20 at Mesa Arts Center (Ikeda Theater). mesaartscenter.com.
Essential Martha Graham: Classics of the Martha Graham Dance Company. March 19 and 20 at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. scottsdaleperformingarts.org.
Salt River Brass Concert: Way Out West. March 21 at Mesa Arts Center (Ikeda Theater). mesaartscenter.org.
“Blithe Spirit” presented by Southwest Shakespeare Company through March 20 at Mesa Arts Center (Farnsworth Studio). A comedic work by playwright Noel Coward in which a writer researching a novel about the paranormal accidentally conjures the spirit of his biggest fan (his first wife). mesaartscenter.org.
“Cats” presented by Arizona Broadway Theatre in Peoria. 1983 ‘best musical’ Tony Award winner with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Visit azbroadwaytheatre.com for details, including menu information.
“George M” presented by Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre in Mesa. Patriotic musical about an early American show business superstar. broadwaypalmwest.com for details, including menu information.
“The Hobbit” presented by Valley Youth Theatre. Opens today at Valley Youth Theatre in Phoenix. Play version of the classic tale featuring Bilbo’s quest for a treasure needed to save all the Hobbits of Middle Earth. vyt.com.
“The Immigrant: A Hamilton County Album” presented by Arizona Jewish Theatre Company through March 21 at Paradise Valley Community College Center for the Performing Arts. A true story by playwright Mark Harelik that recounts the 1909 immigration of two Eastern European Jews to a small Texas town through a resettlement program called the “Galveston Movement.” azjewishtheatre.org.
“Johnny Guitar” presented by Theater Works through March 28 at Peoria Center for the Performing Arts. Family-friendly musical with Old West theme. theaterworks.org.
“The Princess and the Pea” presented by the Children’s Theatre at Hale Centre Theatre through June 26 at Hale Center Theatre in Gilbert. The classic fairy tale in which a prince uses unusual means to find his one true princess. haletheatrearizona.com.
“Secret Order” presented by Actors Theatre through March 21 at Herberger Theater Center (Stage West) in Phoenix. A “suspenseful bio-medical psychological thriller” from Playwright Bob Clyman that considers this question: “What if you discovered the cure for cancer?” herbergertheater.org.
“Sweet Charity” presented by Tempe Little Theatre. Opens today at Tempe Center for the Arts. Musical comedy with book by Neil Simon that follows the adventures of a nightclub dancer who thinks she’s met her Mr. Right. tempe.gov/TCA.
“You Don’t Have to Take It!” presented by Fountain Hills Community Theater Youth Theater opens today. fountainhillstheater.com.
“Bead Inspired” fundraiser presented by Bead Inspired, a nonprofit organization “dedicated to empowering the quality of life of children coping with cancer and other serious illness” that works with more than 60 children’s hospitals nationwide (including Phoenix Children’s Hospital and Cardon Children’s Medical Center). 10am-4pm March 20 at Mesa Center for the Performing Arts (Wells Fargo Garden). Features live music, glass bead making, Phoenix Coyotes mascot, traditional Pow Wow dancers and more. Free. mesaartscenter.org.
(From the RAK Library: Read Daniel Friedman’s story about Kellie Agee, whose beads symbolize her fight against leukemia.)
“Broadway in the Hills” fundraiser presented by Fountain Hills Community Theater March 20 at the Radisson Resort at Ft. McDowell in Scottsdale/Fountain Hills. Features dinner, live entertainment and live/silent auctions. fhct.org.
More family fun
Look for weekend updates “Stage Mom” style every Friday. We’ll feature arts-related events—especially those that are family-friendly. Always check ahead to assure the suitability of material for your child or teen, and to verify event details (date, time, venue, cost, etc.).
Check our online calendar at raisingarizonakids.com each day to find fun, family-friendly activities from story times and puppet shows to craft lessons and outdoor adventures. Please check online for guidelines and information about how to submit calendar information for consideration.
If you’re presenting an arts performance or experience that you’d like to see featured in an upcoming “Stage Mom” weekend update, please drop me a line at email@example.com. I’d love to hear from diverse arts organizations, local schools and colleges, and others offering unique family-friendly fare.