Theater

Musical production molds young actors

 Arts Express, a performing arts education organization in Southern Arizona, works with students ages 14-24 in Tucson looking to further their acting experiences, meet new friends and produce a theater show at the end of the month-long Arts America Summer Stock program — a program filled with rehearsals, learnings sessions and group activities.   Arts Express has been in service for over 30 years, and this summer the youth program ends with the production of the Broadway musical “Big Fish.” “Big Fish” is a tale of adventure and romance that revolves around the relationship between Edward Bloom, a traveling salesman, and his adult son Will, who looks for what is behind his father’s tall stories. Read more

Musical production molds young actors

 Arts Express, a performing arts education organization in Southern Arizona, works with students ages 14-24 in Tucson looking to further their acting experiences, meet new friends and produce a theater show at the end of the month-long Arts America Summer Stock program — a program filled with rehearsals, learnings sessions and group activities.   Arts Express has been in service for over 30 years, and this summer the youth program ends with the production of the Broadway musical “Big Fish.” “Big Fish” is a tale of adventure and romance that revolves around the relationship between Edward Bloom, a traveling salesman, and his adult son Will, who looks for what is behind his father’s tall stories. Read more

Finding your inner child with 'Finding Neverland'

Broadway in Tucson Company’s showing of Finding Neverland truly instills a sense a wonder within audiences. Taking place in the regal Centennial Hall on University Blvd., magic really is played out before your very eyes. Taking place in London during the early 1900s, the story follows playwright J.M. Barrie as he attempts to find himself through his work. Barrie is known within upper-class London as an esteemed writer that always delivers basic plays to his fans. However, he seeks something more fulfilling for his next masterpiece.  Read more

A final bow to the spring semester

Taking the romantic life of two at-feud pajama-making factory workers and bringing that life to campus is what the Arizona Repertory Theatre does in its final show of the season: a light-hearted musical called “The Pajama Game.”  Based on the novel “7 ½ Cents” by Richard Bissell, this show combines comedy, integrity and an enthralling love story that will leave viewers with a feel-good sentiment, as well as catchy songs stuck in their heads.  The show a features David vs. Goliath conflict: the control big businesses have over workers. When pajama-making factory workers don’t receive their hard-earned raise, strikes and slow-downs ensue.  Read more

Former Wildcat finds calling on Broadway

Scott Pask, a University of Arizona alumnus, is a three-time Tony Award winning set designer currently working on the Broadway production of “Mean Girls.” Pask has worked on a total of 52 Broadway productions, such as “Book of Mormon” and “The Coast of Utopia.” Originally from Yuma, he graduated from the UA with a degree in architecture and began exploring the world of theatre during his time on campus. Pask is also a recipient of an honorary doctorate degree in humane letters, which he was awarded in 2014.  Read more

UA’s The Merchant of Venice brings audiences serious issues within a Shakespearean dramedy

The Arizona Repertory Theatre (ART) kicked off its spring season with a rendition of "The Merchant of Venice," a Shakespeare play that features hard-hitting issues such as discrimination and anti-Semitism.  The play follows the interactions between a Jewish man and a protestant merchant and their serious money loan agreement. When things go south in paying back the loan, the merchant must be prepared to give it all to the Jew.  Read more

'The King and I' comes to UA's Centennial Hall

UA Presents and Broadway in Tucson present "The King and I," an intricate performance of high quality and creative innovation that will transport audiences through time. The show will be in Centennial Hall until Sunday, March 18. This Rodgers & Hammerstein musical is based on a novel by Margaret Landon, which recounts the unconventional relationship between the King Mongkut of Siam, located in modern day Thailand, and Anna Leonowens, a British school teacher. Read more

Get to know "Tigers Be Still" star Kelly Hajek

The lead in the Arizona Repertory Theatre’s newest play “Tigers Be Still” is Kelly Hajek, a junior in the School of Theatre, Film and Television at the University of Arizona. But Hajek's career as an actor may have started out by accident. Read more