Monday, August 31, 2009

Tucson: PCC Center for the Arts presents Ramona Quimby


From: Carder, Carol []
Sent: Monday, August 31, 2009 11:52 AM
Subject: Press release: Pima Community College Center for the Arts - Ramona Quimby - 9/23 - 10/4


Center for the Arts

Carol Carder, marketing/pr director
2202 W. Anklam, Tucson, AZ 85709
Betsy Kruse Craig, theatre arts faculty
520-206-3063 (office), 520-260-6991 (cell phone)

August 31, 2009

Pima Community College Theatre Arts presents the family favorite “Ramona Quimby”

what: PCC theatre arts presents Ramona Quimby
where: PCC Center for the Arts Proscenium Theatre, West Campus, 2202 West Anklam Road, Tucson, AZ 85709
when: September 23 through October 4, Fri.-Sat. at 7 p.m., Sat.-Sun. at 2 p.m.  
general admission: Tickets are $6. Box office hours: Tue.-Fri., noon-5p.m. and one hour prior to each performance. 520-206-6986
information: 520-206-6986, ,

Tucson, Arizona--
Pima Community College Theatre Arts brings to life one of the most memorable characters in American children’s fiction in its first production of the season, RAMONA QUIMBY. Adapted by Len Jenkins and based on the Newberry Award-winning books by Beverly Cleary it is directed by Betsy Kruse Craig. The production runs September 23 through October 4 in the Center for the Arts Proscenium Theatre (public performances are Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m.) ASL interpreters are available October 2. Tickets are $6. Ramona’s Play Date, a free event for families featuring kid-friendly activities and treats, is Saturday, September 12 from 9-11 a.m. in the Black Box Theatre.
Set against a Paul Klee-inspired backdrop of shapes and colors, the precocious eight-year old Ramona’s world is revealed. Third grade is not fun, her older sister Beezus always gets her way, her dad loses his job and her beloved Aunt Bea is getting married and moving to Alaska. Ramona’s life, filled with the struggles of growing up and colored with serious grown-up themes of recession and unemployment, speaks to kids in a voice they can relate to and understand. Though her family is not perfect, she discovers they care deeply for her and together they face difficulties with spunk and humor. Director Craig says “the play points out that while being a grown up isn't easy, being a kid is not always a bed of roses!”
The Pima Community College Center for the Arts is located on West Campus at 2202 West Anklam Road, Tucson (just west of downtown). For ticket information contact the box office at 206-6986 or
A photo call for the media is scheduled for Tuesday, September 8 at 6 p.m. in the Center for the Arts Proscenium Theatre. Director Betsy Kruse Craig is available for interviews by calling 520-206-3063 (office), 520-260-6991 (cell phone) or e-mailing

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