The BlackBox Foundation’s executive director Ken Ferguson and education director Stacey Seaman are proud to present the BlackBox Theatre’s 2017-18 season.
To begin, the directors and board of the BlackBox Foundation are thrilled to announce a new partnership with Central Arizona College to produce two shows and several workshops at the college’s Signal Peak Campus. This is in addition to continuing partnerships with other local organizations such as Zonta International, Desert Wildlife Productions, and the Downtown Main Street Organization.
This season, the BlackBox Theatre will be producing improv shows, seven community theatre plays, five youth theatre plays, and a variety of acting, improv, singing, and dance classes and workshops for all ages. For more information, including auditions, show tickets, and workshop registration.
BlackBox opens its 2017-18 season in July with the first of twelve monthly family-friendly improv comedy shows featuring their house troupe ‘Battle Moose Improv’, as well as occasional guests, including members of their kids and teen improv troupes ‘Improv Kids’ and ‘The Unmanageables’ and adult improv workshop participants.
The first of seven community theatre plays follows in September. Part of the late night adult series, Mr. Marmalade by Noah Haidle, follows the travails of Lucy, a precocious 4-year old with an unsavory imaginary friend. The play is a “…savage black comedy about what it takes to grow up in these difficult times” and is definitely not for the faint of heart. It is followed in October by the historical drama Learning to Fly, which is presented in partnership with the Casa Grande Valley chapter of Zonta International. The play tells the true story of the dinner between prominent female town leaders in the small town of Casa Grande, AZ, when famed aviatrix Amelia Earhart landed there accidentally in 1928.
October also brings the musical farce Lucky Stiff by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty , which will be performed at the Pence Auditorium in partnership with Central Arizona College. Lucky Stiff is a wild romp that follows mild-mannered shoe-salesman Harry Witherspoon as he takes the body of his dead uncle to Monte Carlo to try and fulfill the terms of his uncle’s will in order to inherit 6 million dollars.
The fall community theatre shows conclude with a reprise of the fan-favorite Christmas musical Miracle, which is written by local playwright and composer Frank Maguire. Miracle is based off of the beloved film Miracle on 34th St. The show follows the adventures of the real Kris Kringle as he goes to court to prove that, “Yes, Susan, there is a Santa Claus!”
The spring community theatre shows begin with the second partnership with Zonta International and the production of Doubtful Abbey, which is a comedic interactive murder mystery dinner theatre set in a suspiciously familiar country house in England. Following that is the second show with Central Arizona College which is tentatively scheduled to be the iconic American classic, Our Town by Thornton Wilder, pending acquirement of the rights to the show. The final show in the community theatre series is also the second in the late night series. The Pillowman, by Martin McDonagh, tells the dark story of a writer living in a police state whose short stories bear a striking similarity to a series of gruesome murders.
The BlackBox Youth Theatre continues its commitment to developing young actors by offering classes and shows for kids ages 3-18. The first show of the youth season will be in September. Something Funny, which is a collection of short teen plays, looks at the comedic side of growing up. Then in November, the BlackBox kids will be performing in the musical Itzy Bitzy’s BIG Adventure, which is written and directed by local playwright Laura Deall. In the show, Itzy Bitzy spider learns a big lesson about leaving home and rolling with the punches. In February, the BlackBox teens will present The Great Gatsby which is adapted from the novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald. To round out the season, in April the kids will be performing Ramen Hood, written by Laura Deall, which is a musical retelling of the classic Robin Hood story, but with more noodles. Finally, the teens will close out their year in the end of April with the popular Broadway musical The Addams Family.
CLASSES AND WORKSHOPS
Classes and workshops will be offered for all ages. Starting in September, college aged students and adults can take Into to Acting, Improv for Everyone, Jazz Dance, Musical Theatre Dance, or Ballet workshops as part of the BlackBox’s partnership with Central Arizona College. Kids and teens can enroll in weekly improv classes that will commence in an improv showcase. Finally, teens are welcome to join our new Musical Theatre Singing class which will help them improve their singing and auditioning skills.