VYT Auditions for "Hairspray"

Auditions for “Hairspray” will take place at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, May 13 and 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 14 at the Valley Youth Theater, 807 N. 3rd St., in Phoenix.

“Hairspray” will be performed at the Herberger Theater Center, Aug. 12-28.

There is no fee to participate in main stage productions.

VYT asks that parents and family volunteer to help with set construction, costumes and front of house during rehearsals and the run of the show.

For more information visit www.vyt.com.

Black Theatre Troupe announces new season

Black Theatre Troup performs at the Playhouse on the Park, located on the ground floor of the Viad Tower at 1850 N. Central Ave., and performances for the new season include “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill,” May 13 to 22.

For more information, call (602) 254-5121, ext. 4 or (602) 258-8128, ext. 2.


Academy for

Young Performers’ summer camp

Arizona Broadway Theatre looks forward to season six of the Academy for Young Performers Summer Camp. The academy will offer four camp sessions to kids ages 7 to 18 providing professional theatrical education in acting, music, movement, set production, costume design and technical theater. Classes are not only great for beginners, but also effective for those with theater experience. A limited number of scholarships are available to campers. Those who are interested in registering for camp or applying for scholarships may do so online at www.azbroadway.org.

 Phoenix Symphony Presents "The Red Violin"

The Phoenix Symphony finishes its US Airways Classics Series with a rendition of “The Red Violin” May 19 and 21 at Symphony Hall.

Phoenix Symphony concertmaster Steven Moeckel performs music from John Corigliano’s Oscar-winning score.

The musical tale of the violin’s journey through several tumultuous generations is paired with performances of Mendelssohn’s enchanting music from “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

The performance will take place at 7:30 p.m. on May 19 and 8 p.m. on May 21.

Tickets start at $18 and can be purchased by calling the Phoenix Symphony box office at (602) 495-1999 or by visiting www.phoenixsymphony.org.

• Beverly Stidham, (480) 898-7924 or bstidham@ahwatukee.com

A.B.T. to host ARTrageous fundraiser

Arizona Broadway Theater recently received a donation of fine art from the Park West Foundation, headquarted in Southfield, Mich. In keeping with the foundation’s stipulation that the in-kind gift be used as the focus of a fundraiser to benefit the non-profit theater, ABT plans to host an ARTrageous raffle through May 28 when the winning ticket for the unique piece of art will be drawn.

The contemporary piece is a Monoprint on paper by artist Mikulas Kravjansky, framed in gold and numbered 1/1. It comes with a certificate of authenticity that guarantees the authorship of work, which is appraised at $900.

Tickets for the raffle are $10 each or three for $20. They may be purchased in person at the theater or by calling the box office at (623) 776-8400. Ticket holders do not need to be present to win.


‘Sounds of spring’

Phoenix Children’s Chorus concludes its record-breaking season with a concert celebrating the spirit and joy of youth with the “Sounds of Spring.” Performances are Saturday, May 21 at 7 p.m. at Pinnacle Presbyterian Church, 25150 N. Pima Road, in Scottsdale and Sunday, May 22 at 4 p.m. at Mesa Arts Center’s Ikeda Theater, 1 N. Main St. Tickets are $20, $17.50 and $10 at www.pcchorus.org.

The concert will feature all 300 members of the Phoenix Children’s Choir performing a variety of songs from around the world.


Broadway Palm offers lineup of Broadway musicals

Scandalous femme fatales, an iconic heroine, musician’s incognito, singing nuns and gospel virtuosos comprise the 10th anniversary season at the Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre, 5247 E. Brown Road in Mesa. The season includes “Smoke on the Mountain,” through May 14.

For more information, visit www.BroadwayPalmWest.com or call (480) 325-6700.


Ballet Arizona presents the season finale

Ballet Arizona’s season concludes with a celebration of legendary choreographer George Balanchine.

“Celebration of Balanchine” is homage to the man who revolutionized ballet in ways that have changed it forever. Show dates are June 2-5 at Symphony Hall, 75 N. 2nd St., with the Phoenix Symphony. Tickets start at $17 and may be purchased by calling the Ballet Arizona box office at (602) 381-1096, online at ticketmaster.com/baz, or in person at the Ballet Arizona box office, 3645 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix.


Sinbad at Wild Horse Pass Hotel

The Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino will host Sinbad on Sunday, May 15 at 7:30 p.m. An award winning stand-up comedian, accomplished television and movie star, Sinbad brings his unique comedy to the Wild Horse Pass Hotel, 5040 Wild Horse Pass Blvd., in Chandler.

Tickets are $25 to $75 and can be purchased online at WinGilaRiver.com, at (877) 840-0457 or by visiting the Gift Shop at the casino. 


The Gipsy Kings Live at Wild Horse Pass

A live show full of forceful acoustic guitar instrumentals and passionate vocals make the Gipsy Kings one of the most unique in-concert experiences on tour today. The show will take place at Wild Horse Pass Hotel and Casino, 5040 Wild Horse Pass Blvd. in Chandler on Friday, May 20 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $62 to $150 and can be purchased online at www.WinGilaRiver.com, or by phone at (877) 840-0457.


Al Jarreau Live at Wild Horse Pass

On Thursday, June 2 at 7:30 p.m. the Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino, 5040 Wild Horse Pass Blvd., will host Al Jarreau, a seven time Grammy award-winning vocalist with a distinctive sound that has won him world-wide acclaim. His hits include; “Never Givin Up,” “Wait for the Magic,” “Breezin” and many more.

Tickets are $40 to $95 and can be purchased online at WinGilaRiver.com, by phone at (877) 840-0457 or by visiting the Gift Shop at the casino. 


Oak Ridge Boys perform live at Wild Horse Pass

The Oak Ridge Boys, who are known for putting together some of the most memorable harmonies in pop and country music over the past several decades, will be performing on Friday, June 17. With hits including “Elvira,” “Bobbie-Sue” and “I Guess It Never Hurts to Hurt Sometimes,” the band has had tremendous critical and commercial success. The show begins at 8 p.m. at the Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino, 5040 Wild Horse Pass Blvd. in Chandler. Tickets are $30 to $80 and can be purchased online at www.wingilariver.com or at (877) 840-0457.


‘Annie’ at Herberger theater center

Valley Youth Theatre ends its season June 10-26, with the classically upbeat sensation, “Annie.”

This charming tale has delighted audiences young and old with its sunny disposition for generations, featuring such songs as “Hard Knock Life” and “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile.” Tickets range from $17 to $33 and are available online at www.herbergertheater.org or by calling the Herberger Box Office at (602) 252-8497.


Childsplay summer academy

Childsplay, Arizona’s professional theater for young audiences and families, announces its 2011 summer academy schedule. Classes are available for children ages 4 to 17 from early June until early August. This summer features full day (9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.) classes every day of the week for ages 6 to 15 and more offerings for ages 4 to 8 than ever before.

Classes are at The Sybil B. Harrington Campus for Imagination and Wonder (CIW), 900 S. Mitchell Drive, and the Tempe Performing Arts Center (TPAC), 132 E. Sixth Street, in Tempe.

For information and registration, contact Jaime Fox at jfox@childsplayaz.org or (480) 921-5751, or visit www.childsplayaz.org/academy-schedule-summer.


Phoenix Symphony launches 2011/12 season

The Phoenix Symphony 2011/12 season kicks off on Sept. 15 and 17 at Symphony Hall with one of the greatest musical compositions ever written, “Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9.” Also featured will be “Aaron Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man,” to pay tribute to those whose lives were forever changed on Sept. 11, 2001.

The season is comprised of classics, pops, family and Scottsdale Series featuring the works of Beethoven, Mozart, Rachmaninoff and Gershwin. Guest soloists include Van Cliburn Gold Medalist Olga Kern, internationally renowned cellist Zuill Bailey and Broadway soloists.

Package prices start at $58 and can be purchased by calling the Phoenix Symphony box office Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at (602) 495-1999 or by visiting www.phoenixsymphony.org.


ASU Gammage and Broadway across America 2011-2012

ASU Gammage announces its 2011-2012 Progressive Broadway across America – Arizona season. The full season includes: “West Side Story,” Sept. 27 to Oct. 2; Blue Man Group, Nov. 1 to 6; Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas the Musical,” Dec. 6 to 11; Stomp, Dec. 28 to 31, all in 2011; Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “South Pacific,” Jan. 10 to 15, all in 2011; “Wicked,” Feb. 15 to March 11; Green Day’s “American Idiot,” April 24 to 29; “Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles,” May 11 to 12; La Cage Aux Folles, May 15 to 20, Million Dollar Quartet, June 5 to 10, all in 2012.


Beverly Stidham, (480) 898-7924 or bstidham@ahwatukee.com


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