Monday, October 31, 2016

BARBEA WILLIAMS PERFORMING COMPANY: Black Artists Showcase and Kuumba Market


From: Barbea Williams []
Sent: Monday, October 31, 2016 7:34 PM
Subject: Black Artists Showcase and Kuumba Market with Special Guests - Please share



Where can you meet the great, granddaughter of three generations of Black Cowboys, a Historian with the entire scoop, The “Gonna Church” Artist, Kemetic Priestess Jeweler, Lady Aromatherapeutic BioChemist, Arizona’s Premier African Dancer and Choreographer and so many other wonderful people…..

Yes, at the Black Artists Showcase and Kuumba Market…. 520-628-7785


With Fine Art and Vendors, Guest Artists and Authors, free classes, workshops and More…. 

“Like” and keep up with our schedule as we update it on Facebook.…….





Sat. Nov. 12th, 9am-5pm and 
Sun. Nov. 13th, 11am-5pm... 
Call: 520-628-7785 for more info....
Dunbar Pavilion, 325 W. 2nd Street



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Black Artists Showcase and Kuumba Market with Special Guests


By Chuck Graham,


Paige Davis makes a very mod God in ATC's current production.


Arizona Theatre Company's 50th anniversary season is perking along quite nicely. After avoiding the guillotine last summer because of a $2 million shortfall, ATC opened right on schedule last month with the very popular royal fantasy “King Charles III.”

Now the company brings us the bright and bouncy comedy “An Act of God” by TV writer David Javerbaum (“The Daily Show with Jon Stewart”.)

Relax, Christian conservatives. Everything will be fine. It's true that the more relaxed liberals in ATC's audience will get a few more laughs out of this, but offending the faithful is not Javerbaum's objective. He has never written a line for the joyfully offensive and long-running television series “South Park.”

And ATC's decision to cast a woman, Paige Davis, to play God isn't a statement of gender power. Technically, the script says God has chosen to be revealed in the person of Paige Davis.

This implies God could have chosen to appear as either gender. Productions in New York and Los Angeles cast white men as God's image on Earth.

The main schtick is that God is upset over the way her ten commandments have been misinterpreted and manipulated by latter-day moralizers. It turns out she wrote a lot more commandments, too. There was never supposed to be just ten.

Most of the show is God's re-interpretation of the original 10 and discussion of the new ones she wants installed.

ATC cast African-American Max Lawrence as the archangel Michael. God in the image of Paige Davis is also assisted by another famous angel, Gabriel (James Gleason). These two, God says, are her wing men.

If there is any deeper message in “An Act of God” it is to suggest people lighten up in their own personal judgment of the LGBTQ community. God does reveal that before there was Adam and Eve, there was Adam and Steve.

An all-white and heavenly stage design by Lauren Helpern sets the tone for God's return in the Earth-like form of Paige Davis, who is also clad in white and looking very chic.

It seems that God has a much hipper attitude than we suspected. She sounds pretty savvy about show business, too, and is particularly interested in today's celebrities. Not surprising, God is also a big fan of “Godspell” and “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.”

So here's the take-away. “An Act of God” is an amusing evening of comedy intended to entertain rather than to shock or startle. And if you still aren't sure about going, remember that it only lasts 85 minutes.

If a ball game is more your kind of live theater, but your companion will insist you attend at least one play this season, you won't have an easier time of it than “An Act of God.”

Performances continue at various times, Tuesdays through Sundays, to Nov. 12 at the Temple of Music and Art, 330 S. Scott Ave. Tickets are $41-$68. For details and reservations, or 622-2823.



By Chuck Graham,



Amazingly enough, another relatively new and completely under-the-radar theater company – Speak the Speech Theatre -- has popped up to open a full-bore and perpetually accelerating production of David Mamet's angry “American Buffalo.”

Written early in Mamet's career, first presented in 1975 Chicago, “American Buffalo” has been generally received as a damning story of three damaged men who never got a bite of the apple promised to every white male just for being born in America.

However, cast member Ken Beider (also the STST's executive director) sees it a little differently. He recently told the Arizona Daily Star the play is “an absurdist comedy.”

And as for the cast of three rumpled and ragged characters desperate to make some real money, Beider sees them “more as the three stooges.”

I'm inclined to go along with Beider on this. Mamet is so famous for his manly characters who talk straight with no charm or discretion, that many playwrights and screen writers have tried to do the same. After enduring a couple of decades of that in-your-face dialogue, it becomes rather tedious – like that infamous Chinese water torture.

With Dan Reichel as director, this production of “American Buffalo” is played so over-the-top you can't help but be amused at the cluelessness of Donnie (Don Cline), young Bobby (Marcus Gallegos) and Walter “Teach” Cole (Beider).

Donnie and the dim-witted Bobbie do develop something of a father-son relationship, in that Donnie feels a genuine sense of concern for Bobbie, who also realizes subconsciously that his street life needs a safe harbor somewhere and Donnie is his best bet.

In the dialogue there is no explanation how Teach got his nickname, but I like to think Teach was probably a high school shop teacher who lost his job when state funding for public education kept getting cut.

Beider keeps the energy meter pegged from start to finish on his role, throwing all of himself into every gesture and expression.

The plot, basically, begins when these three discover that a buffalo nickle can be worth $90. And there is a coin shop just around the corner from Donnie's second-hand place of business.

But that $90 is not for just any buffalo nickle. It has to be the right buffalo nickle, with exactly the right markings.

What are those markings? Well, none of these guys are sure. But Donnie has a book that describes all rare coins, so it's probably in there. Although Donnie warns his friends the book is just a general guide.

When Bobbie says he thinks the coin shop owner will be gone for the weekend, Donnie starts thinking they could slip into the coin shop late at night and steal that buffalo nickle.

Teach learns of their plan and wants in on the action. In fact, he wants to cut Bobbie out of the action and Act One is just getting under way. The harder this trio tries to figure out a plan to steal that coin, the more difficult it becomes.

“American Buffalo” runs through Nov. 6, with performances at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, at the Community Playhouse, 1881 N. Oracle Road.

Tickets are $18 in advance, $20 at the door; $15 seniors, military and students. For details and reservations, visit or call Paul Brunelle, 520-904-8054.


The Shoestring Players presents Someone Who'll Watch Over Me / Crew Call – Set Construction


Sent: Monday, October 31, 2016 10:06 AM
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Shoestring Players presents


Someone Who'll Watch Over Me - November 4-13


Our fall play, Someone Who'll Watch Over Me, opens Friday!!! Join us at 7:00 for a great show, followed by a complimentary champagne reception and a chance to talk to our very talented cast.


Crew Call – Set Construction
We need people comfortable with basic power tools to help with the set for Private Lives. Please contact Susan Voorhees, if you can help!






Get a ticket to the Fall, Winter, and Spring Show for only $45! Call the CPAC office to order this special today! 520-399-1750




Community Performance & Art Center | 1250 W. Continental Road, Green Valley, AZ 85622



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Live Theatre Workshop's Etcetera Series presents "REASONS: THE HOUSE BURNED DOWN"


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Sent: Monday, October 31, 2016 9:29 AM
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Live Theatre Workshop's Etcetera Series presents "REASONS: THE HOUSE BURNED DOWN" 

By Diana Lynn Small
Directed by Gretchen Dingman Wirges

Tiffany has a medical condition that makes her smile ALL the time, which makes it difficult for her to communicate her emotions regarding the loss of her home and family due to a fire. Her ex-boyfriend, a contractor, and a blind alcoholic each force Tiffany to deal with how her condition affects her interactions with the world around her.

This play is part of a nationwide game of telephone. It will be the fourth production of the play in which the producing company receives only a video of the previous production and is given the task of creating a work that is original yet keeps the intent and message of the piece intact. This production will be the final piece in Joyelle Bell's PhD dissertation.

Saturday November 5, 10:30PM
Sunday November 6, 9:30PM

Tickets: $10



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Sunday, October 30, 2016

A Christmas Carol Coming to APCOT Theater


From: Lawrence Fuller []
Sent: Sunday, October 30, 2016 9:45 AM
Subject: A Christmas Carol Coming to APCOT Theater


Standing O Entertainment and Roadrunner Theatre Company of Tucson

October 2016



Standing O Entertainment and the Roadrunner Theatre Company of Tucson are proud to present Charles Dickens' Holiday classic, A Christmas Carol

Performances at the Roadrunner Theatre, 8892 E. Tanque Verde Rd.

Preview performance Thursday December 1, 2016 and running through Saturday December 24, 2016 (special 3pm show). 

Shows Thursday, Friday, Saturday 7:00pm.  Sunday Matinee 3:00pm.


Ring in the Holiday season with this song-filled adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic Holiday tale, A Christmas Carol. Three ghosts take penny-pinching Scrooge on an eye-opening journey and he discovers the true meaning of Christmas. Come celebrate and enjoy the singing, dancing, games and some truly heartwarming moments. This is the same production Kathleen Allen of the Arizona Daily Star in 2013 called, "A play loaded with heart and beautiful music.  There's plenty of Holiday cheer being spread around this time of year, but none that has the heart and truth of this 'A Christmas Carol'"


Cast includes Tucson stage favorites Michael Claridge, Jodi Darling, Emily Call, Bailey Axen, Nick Seivert and more.  Veteran trouper James R. Gooden is Ebenezer Scrooge.


Musical direction by Lindsey McHugh.

Adapted for the stage and directed by Nick Seivert.


Tickets via Brown Paper Tickets:

General Admission: $20.00

Senior (65 and older): $17.50

Children (2-11): $12.50



Twitter: @realstanding0

More information call 520-207-2491




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Roadrunner Theatre Company Auditions for BECKY'S NEW CAR


From: Lawrence Fuller []
Sent: Sunday, October 30, 2016 9:24 AM
Subject: Roadrunner Theatre Company Auditions for BECKY'S NEW CAR


For Immediate Release:

Roadrunner Theatre Company Audition

Roadrunner Theatre Company

8892  E. Tanque Verde Road

Tucson, AZ 85749

(520) 207-2491

Auditions for: BECKY'S NEW CAR  by Steven Dietz

Directed By Roberto Guajardo


November 7 & 8, 2016, 4:30 to 6:30 P.M.


Auditions will be by appointment only and will consist of 2 prepared comic monologues (1 to 2 minutes in length) and readings from the script (sides will be emailed to you after you reserve a time).


Those wishing to audition should contact Roadrunner Theatre to schedule an audition appointment by email at or calling the Theater at (520) 207-2491 and leave us your name, phone number and email address. If you cannot audition on these dates and times, please contact us and we will try to schedule you for another day.


Performances: January 13 to February 5, 2017 on Friday & Saturday Evenings at 7:00 P.M., Sunday Matinees at 2:00 P.M.


Cast:    3 Women, ages 23, 40+, 50+. 

            4 Men, ages 26, 40+, 50+, 60+


Synopsis: BECKY'S NEW CAR is a comedy with serious overtones, a devious and delightful journey down the road not taken. Becky is offered nothing short of a new life…and the audience is offered a chance to ride shotgun in a way that most plays wouldn't dare.


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Saturday, October 29, 2016

Odyssey Storytelling ANNOUNCES THEMES FOR 2017



January 5: Labor
February 2: Mission
March 2: Left
April 6: Awkward
May 4: Emergency
June 1: Hiccups
July 6: Only in Tucson
August 3: Haunted
September 7: Transformation
October 5: Haunted
November 2: Chemistry
December 7: Tripping

Plan ahead — Let us know if you have a story for one of these themes. Email us at

Odyssey Storytelling is a program of
StoryArts Group Inc.
P.O. Box 40422
Tucson AZ 85717
(520) 730-4112




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Friday, October 28, 2016

The Bennett TheatreLab & Conservatory - A SATURDAY IMPROV AND SCENE CLASS


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The Bennett TheatreLab & Conservatory  -  520-207-8948 or 520-468-1664



November 5 – December 19, 2016


The TheatreLab is a safe and supportive environment for honest exploration, artistic and spiritual growth. A place for the serious novice and professional alike.


Saturday Class:  Foundation Course in Psychophysical Actions:  12:00 – 3:00 pm -175.00 - Includes:

Yoga Meditation

Psychophysical conditioning exercises         

Voice and Speech                             

Dramatic improvisation 

Monologue and Scene study using Active Analysis through Psychophysical Actions

Performance Showcases



The Lab is located in the Historic Y, 300 University Blvd. Tucson, AZ

(Entrance on 5th Avenue next to Zuzi Theatre)


CALL FOR INFORMATION AND TO AUDIT A CLASS      520-207-8948 -- 520-468-1664


Philip G. Bennett, Artistic Director is a graduate from the renowned American Stanislavsky Theatre in New York, where he served as actor, instructor and Assistant Artistic Director to Sonia Moore, émigré actress/director from the Third Studio of the Moscow Art Theatre. Mr. Bennett founded the San Francisco Theatre Academy in 1976 and is a three-time recipient of the prestigious Hollywood DramaLogue Award.


Graduate students appear regularly in film and television, and are accepted in conservatories and repertory companies in the US and the UK. 


Mr. Bennett's co-authored new textbook Experiencing Stanislavsky Today: Training and Rehearsal for the Psychophysical Actor, Routledge Academic Publishers, London and New York is available at world-wide.





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From: Arizona Women's Theatre Company []
Sent: Friday, October 28, 2016 7:35 AM
Subject: 17 Reasons To See This Event !








Once again the annual Pandora Festival of New Works: Secrets Revealed will be presenting juried new works - our 9th Annual Festival !


Comedies, Dramas, Musicals, Mysteries - 10 minute plays, One Act plays and 2 Full Length plays - all written by our Arizona Women Playwrights.

This festival will have 17 scripts presented in the JOHN PAUL THEATRE at Phoenix College on November 3,4,5 and 6, 2016. Evenings and matinees...each day features different presentations.  All scripts are named on the website by the date under Pandora Festival.


GO to our website: for the details on how to purchase - BUY TICKETS and the dates available. Hit the Brown Paper Tickets logo and select the date!



Our name reflects our mission:  We are dedicated to our women writers community, to theater as an instrument of understanding and of women's voices, and to one another.


Arizona Womens Theatre Company, 6501 E. Greenway Parkway, Scottsdale, AZ 85024




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Thursday, October 27, 2016

TIM Comedy Theater: Murder, Bat, and a Paranormal Investigator


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Sent: Thursday, October 27, 2016 6:59 PM
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TIM Comedy Theater


The Best Weekend in Comedy

There is no place better to be in the Old Pueblo on Halloween Weekend then the TIM Comedy Theater.  We pull out all the stops for the biggest comedy weekend.  Boo you want want to miss it!  We make no bones about it.

The Soap Box Welcomes Paranormal investigator/Author J Patrick Ohlde
Friday, October 28th at 9 PM
TIM's flagship show the Soap Box, welcomes Paranormal Investigator J Patrick Ohlde as our guest monologist.  Halloween weekend makes no better sense then to invite this spooky guest.  Who are you going to call?  Don't call, be there!
The Bat: Improv in the Dark
Saturday, October 29th at 9 PM
This Halloween, TIM puts on the 3rd annual Bat show.  The Bat is an infamous improv format where the comedy is performed in the dark.  A special all star cast of improvisers will get one suggestion from the audience, the lights will go out, and hilarity will commence.  Don't miss this unique and fun night of comedy. 





This Week's Show Schedule

Friday Night
7:30 PM - Harold Night (featuring Fine Print & UVC)
9 PM - The Soap Box
10:30 PM - FREE Comedy with We Were Dead the Whole Time

Saturday Night
7:30 PM - Improv Throwdown
9 PM - The Bat (with opener Murder on 4th)

Tucson Improv Movement

329 E 7th Street

Tucson, AZ 85705



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Borderlands Theater, A Whisper through the Spines: Act III of Standing with Saguaros


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Borderlands Theater



A Whisper through the Spines: Act III of Standing with Saguaros

Devised by Ensemble

Directed by Kimi Eisele 


A site-responsive immersive theater experience and "day at the park" blending story, song, poem, and dance in celebration of the saguaro cactus, performed outdoors by an ensemble cast in Saguaro National Park West.

Nov. 11, 12 & 13, 2016 

2 pm 

Red Hills Visitor Center, Tucson Mountain District 

Saguaro National Park, West
2700 N. Kinney Rd., Tucson, AZ

Suggested donation $10 

Please donate online, as we cannot accept donations in Park.

Park fees apply.

Limited seating, reservations required

To make reservations and to donate

Click Here!  
Or Call: (520) 882- 7406  



José Bellisario
Natalie Brewster-Nguyen
Greg Colburn
Milta Ortiz
Anel Schmidt
Dallas Thomas
Heidi Wilson




In person at 4O W. BROADWAY, TUCSON 85701 OR ONLINE: 




A Whisper through the Spines calls out to YOU!


How would you like to be a Park Ranger for a day, ushering a group of audience members from place to place during A Whisper Through the Spines?

You don't have to know a lot about the Sonoran Desert, you mostly have to get folks from point A to B. 

November 11, 12, 13

12:45-4 pm   

You can sign up for all 3 shows (preferable) or just one.

What is required of you? 

  1. Arrive by 12:45 on Nov. 11, 12, & 13. 
  2. Wear a Park Ranger hat (either your own straw hat or one provided for you.)
  3. Attend an in-town informational meeting on Wednesday Nov. 9 from 6-7pm
  4. Help to 'sign in' audience members and assign them to groups, 1:30-2:10pm.
  5. Confidence in herding cats.
  6. An ability to assess large-group situations and make quick decisions in the event of something "going awry."

Interested parties email

Help Spread the word by sharing with friends, coworkers, family members, etc! 




Sonoran Strange fundraiser for Borderlands Theater coming soon!

(Save the date November 19th 7:00pm)

Sonoran Strange is a label, a description, a manner of understanding the Arizona - Mexico borderlands. Sonoran Strange is a book of poems by Logan Dirtyverbs Phillips, and a performance piece by Verbobala Spoken Video, created and performed by  Adam Cooper-Terán and Phillips.


Sonoran Strange incorporates bilingual spoken word, multiple projections of live video mixing and performance art. After debuting in Tucson in 2013, the piece has been remixed multiple times and has been presented by Dance Mission (San Francisco), the National Hispanic Cultural Center (Albuquerque), the Hopi Cultural Center (Second Mesa, AZ), Arizona State University, and the University of Rostock, Germany. 


What if the Catalina Mountains outside Tucson dreamed of one day jumping the border of horizon, to follow their dreams of becoming thunderheads? What if the Apaches had won? What if the saguaros were sent to boarding school in Pennsylvania? What if the snowbirds don't come home to roost, if the tumbleweeds decide to settle down? What if sand shoots from the sprinklers? What if the water runs out?



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St. Francis Theatre auditions for WATER BY THE SPOONFUL


From: Maryann Green []
Sent: Thursday, October 27, 2016 3:26 PM
Subject: For immediate announcement


DAVID - here's the announcement.  Feel free to change the wording of anything. 



St. Francis Theatre is looking for actors and a stage manager for their production of WATER BY THE SPOONFUL by Quiara Alegria Hudes. (directed by Maryann Green


The Play: Somewhere in Philadelphia, Elliot has returned from Iraq and is struggling to find his place in the world.  Somewhere in a chat room online, recovering addicts keep each other alive, hour by hour.  The boundaries of family and community are stretched across continents and cyberspace and biological families splinter and online families collide IRL. Rehearsals begin January 3rd and the show runs late February through early March.


Actors Needed:

Odessa - age 39, Puerto Rican, founder of

Elliot - age 24, Odessa's birth son, Iraq vet

Yazmin - age 31, music professor, Elliot's cousin

John - age 38, white, computer programmer

Clayton - age 56, African-American, has a low level job with the IRS

Madeline - age 31, Japanese by birth - American by adoption, recovering addict, looking for her birth family

The Ghost - any age/race, preferably male


Also Needed: rehearsal / production stage manager


The Audition: Please prepare a 1 minute modern dramatic monologue and bring or email headshot and resume.  Plan to stay for scene readings with others.


Auditions are Thursday November 10th 6-9pm at Rincon High School Little Theater (5th St. near Swan) and Saturday November 12th 10am - 1pm at St. Francis in the Foothills, or by appointment at other times that week


Email for an audition time, or if you're interested in stage managing.



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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Auditions at Live Theatre Workshop

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Sent: Wednesday, October 26, 2016 2:32 PM
Subject: Audition at Live Theatre Workshop



Live Theatre Workshop announcement




Live Theatre Workshop seeks male actor, age 16-24,
by Martin McDonagh.
Auditions will be held Wednesday November 23th from 4-5pm.

Rehearsals begin January 9, 2017 and are generally held Mon-Tues-Wed evenings. Performances are February 16-March 25, 2017: Thurs-Fri-Sat at 7:30pm and Sun at 3pm.

There are 2 performances Sat March 25th. Actor must be able to convincingly sustain an Irish dialect. Stipend paid.

Please call (520) 327-4242 to reserve an audition
appointment, or for more information.


LIVE THEATRE WORKSHOP * 5317 E. Speedway * Tucson, AZ 85712

Located on the north side of Speedway between Rosemont and Craycroft



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Ballet Rincon presents its 15th Annual production of Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker Ballet


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Sent: Wednesday, October 26, 2016 12:43 PM
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Diana J. Knoepfle

Ballet Rincon Publicity Manager

Studio: (520) 574-2804

You are cordially invited to join Tucson's own Ballet Rincon as it presents its 15th Annual production of Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker Ballet!


On Christmas Eve a young girl, named Clara, is given a Nutcracker Doll at her family Christmas party by her much loved Uncle Drosselmeyer, a mysterious, magical inventor. The doll is broken by her jealous brother Fritz at the party, but this is no ordinary Nutcracker as Clara learns that night. 


When the house is at rest, Clara goes downstairs to check on her beloved doll. In the shadows, Uncle Drosselmeyer casts a spell over the Nutcracker Doll, as the Mouse King attacks. On rescuing Clara from the Mouse King, the doll turns into the Nutcracker Prince. He takes Clara on a magical journey through the Land of the Snow, to the Land of Sweets, where the Sugar Plum Fairy honors the couple with sweet entertainment from around the world. 


Come experience this family tradition with Ballet Rincon, and featured guest artists Bo Brinton, Donovan Kennedy, Mark Nichols and Michael Veluz at the Vail Theatre of the Arts 10701 E Mary Ann Cleveland Way, December 16th 7pm and December 17th at 2pm and 7pm.


Ballet Rincon is also pleased to announce the names of our outstanding preshow lobby performers for this year! Be sure to arrive early to enjoy seasonal music from the Vail Youth Symphony (ahead of the 12/16 performance), the a capella barbershop style quartet Cheaper Than Therapy (ahead of 12/17 2pm performance), and the esteemed jazz musician Brice Winston (ahead of the 12/17 7pm performance)!


Reserved Ticket Pricing: Orchestra $16.00 per adult, $14.00 for seniors and children.

Mezzanine $12.00 per adult, $10.00 for seniors and children.

Online ticket sales begin October 31st at

Tickets will also be sold at the theater box office starting one hour prior to each performance

For more information call Ballet Rincon at 574-2804
Studio Website:


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