Cameron Artigue, an attorney with Gammage & Burnham in Phoenix, has been elected President of Arizona Theatre Company’s Board of Trustees. Robert Glaser, Principle at PICOR Commercial Real Estate Properties in Tucson continues to serve as Chair.Glaser and Artigue will be joined on the Executive Committee by:• Immediate Past Chair - Michael Seiden, Former President and CEO of Western International University, Phoenix• Vice President - Phoenix, Susan Segal, an attorney with Gust Rosenfeld PLC• Vice President (Tucson) - Lynne Wood Dusenberry, University of Arizona - retired;• Assistant Treasurer - Marc Erpenbeck, President and Chief Legal Counsel, George Brazil, Phoenix
The celebrated off-Broadway comedy, Around the World in 80 Days, which features five actors in a theatrical tour-de-force playing 39 characters from Jules Verne’s classic adventure novel, will come alive at the Temple of Music and Art, 330 S. Scott Ave., from March 1-22.Adapted by Mark Brown and perfect for the whole family, this hilarious take on the celebrated novel about explorer Phileas Fogg’s attempt to circumnavigate the world in order to win a bet, is directed by David P. Saar, founder and artistic director for the award-winning Childsplay, and boasts an incredible cast of characters. Along with his man-servant Passepartout, and pursued by the relentless Detective Fix, Phileas races from London through India, the Far East and across the American frontier in a mad scramble of adventures, romances and cliffhangers.Mark Anders, who last appeared at ATC as the mysterious man with the cream tarts in Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of The Suicide Club and, perhaps most memorably in 2 Pianos 4 Hands, is our hero, Phileas Fogg. He is joined by Jon Gentry as Passepartout; Yolanda London as Aouda; Kyle Sorrell, who skated through the lead role in the recent ATC hit Xanadu, in 16 roles; and ATC favorite Bob Sorenson making his 21st ATC appearance as Detective Fox.“The stage has always been a perfect place for a good adventure story,” said ATC Artistic Director David Ira Goldstein, “and the adventure stories of Jules Verne have been on stages around the world ever since his novels were first published in the 19th Century. This particular version of Around the World in 80 Days is as speedy as a locomotive racing across America and as ingenious and intricate as Passepartout’s pocketwatch. It is a particular pleasure to welcome to our stage so many wonderful Arizona artists to tell this story. Bring your imaginations to the theatre: they will get a glorious workout.”The creative team for Around the World in 80 Days includes Carey Wong, set designer; Karen Ledger, costume designer; David Lee Cuthbert, lighting designer; Brian Jerome Peterson, sound designer; Gregory W. Towle, projections designer; Roberta Carlson, composer; Timothy Toothman, stage manager and Glenn Bruner, assistant stage manager.Tickets for Around the World in 80 Days start at $37, are subject to change depending on time, date and section, and are available at www.arizonatheatre.org or by calling the box office at 622-2823. Discounts are available for seniors and active military. A $10 student ticket pricing is now available for all performances. Half-price rush tickets are available for balcony seating for all performances one hour prior to curtain at the ATC box office (subject to availability). Pay What You Can is March 4 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for this performance are available for a suggested $10 donation and must be purchased starting one hour prior to curtain. Seating is first-come, first. Cash only. (Two tickets maximum per person.) For discounts for groups of 10 or more, call 622-2823.
The well-earned reputation of The Gaslight Theatre can be summed up in just a few words:Brilliant. Hilarious. Original. Fun. Creative. Refreshing. Addicting. Interactive. Intricate. Service-oriented. Family-friendly. Cozy. A plain ole’ awesome, must-try experience. Okay, maybe there aren’t enough words to describe Tucson’s famous playhouse, which, by the way, has been around for more than 35 years. It just has that certain thing. It’s the type of entertainment where you leave feeling better than when you arrived; where you can’t help but respect the big talent on the small stage; where your life’s worries and inhibitions go to die; and where you realize upon leaving that every dime you spent was more than worth it. It’s a lighthearted melodrama that takes on the more serious job of digging into the soul and reminding you that there is always something to laugh about.And in the case of the playhouse’s newest act, The Belle of Tombstone, there is plenty to laugh about.This just might be the best one yet. It builds on years of experience and talent, bringing back many of the familiar actors that patrons of Gaslight have come to know, and in the meantime recreates a tale known to most all Arizonans – that of the rising fame of Tombstone during its peak mining years, when the long arm of the law and the rowdy cowboys went head to head in the town too tough to die.