Theater Works in Peoria, Ariz., is off and running with its 2013-2014 season. From “Big: The Musical,” Sept. 6-29, to “Cinderella’s Glass Slipper,” Apr. 25-May 10, 2014, there’s something for everyone.
Tickets are on sale online or through the box office at (623) 815-7930. Theater Works is the resident theater company of the Peoria Center for the Performing Arts, 8355 W. Peoria Ave. in Peoria, Ariz.
- “Big: The Musical,” Sept. 6-29, 2013
- “Ragtime,” Oct 25 – Nov 17, 2013
- “A Christmas Carol,” Dec. 7-22, 2013
- “A Fairytale Christmas Carol,” Dec. 7-22, 2013
- “Mama Won’t Fly!” Jan. 17-Feb. 9, 2014
- “High School Musical,” Jan. 31-Feb. 16, 2014
- “National Pastime,” Mar. 7-30, 2014
- “Dark of the Moon,” Apr. 18-May 11, 2014
- “Cinderella’s Glass Slipper,” Apr. 25-May 10, 2014
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“Big: The Musical”
“Big: The Musical,” Friday, Sept. 6-Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013
Careful what you wish for. You may just get it. Adapted from the 1988 Tom Hanks film “Big,” “Big: The Musical” tells the story of a 12-year-old boy, Josh Baskin, who gets his wish to be “big” and must cope with being suddenly grown up, until with the help of his best friend Billy, he finds a way to be a kid again. With book by John Weidman, lyrics by Richard Maltby Jr. and music by David Shire, the show played on Broadway in 1996.
“Ragtime,” Friday, Oct. 25-Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013
Through music ranging from marches and cakewalks to gospel and ragtime, the musical “Ragtime” tells the story of Americans from several walks of life in the early 20th century: African Americans, upper-class suburbanites and Eastern European immigrants. Based on the 1975 novel by E.L. Doctorow, “Ragtime” features music by Stephen Flaherty, lyrics by Lynn Ahrens and book by Terrence McNally. It opened on Broadway in 1998 and was the winner of multiple Tony awards, including Best Original Score.
“A Christmas Carol”
“A Christmas Carol,” Saturday, Dec. 7-Sunday, 22, 2013
A holiday tradition at Theater Works, “A Christmas Carol” is an adaptation by Richard Powers Hardt of the Charles Dickens classic novel of the same name. It features favorite carols, spooky ghosts and dazzling costumes, while telling the moving story of one man’s redemption. For all ages, the play takes the audience on a transforming journey with Ebenezer Scrooge through Christmases past, present and future.
“A Fairy Tale Christmas Carol”
“A Fairy Tale Christmas Carol,” Saturday, Dec. 7-Sunday, 22, 2013
Classic Dickens meets Mother Goose in the Theater Works Youth Works production of “A Fairy Tale Christmas Carol.” The whole family will enjoy seeing their favorite storybook characters come to life when the Big Bad Wolf (Ebenezer Scrooge) is visited by his old business partner Jacob Midas (Marley), who warns him of impending visitors: the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future (played by the Fairy Godmother, Old King Cole and the Queen of Hearts.)
“Mama Won’t Fly!”
“Mama Won’t Fly!” Friday, Jan. 17-Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014
Mama’s refusal to fly begins a hilarious cross-country race against time as her daughter attempts to get her from Alabama to California to attend her son’s wedding. Reminiscent of some of the great screwball comedies, “Mama Won’t Fly” is written by the “Dixie Swim Club” team of Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten.
“High School Musical”
“High School Musical,” Friday, Jan. 31-Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014
Disney’s movie musical “High School Musical” comes to the stage with the students at East High dealing with the usual teenage issues of first love, friends, family and how to balance extracurricular activities with class time. It’s the first day after winter break. While the Jocks, Brainiacs, Thespians and Skater Dudes find their cliques and recount their vacations, basketball team captain Troy discovers the brainy Gabriella, a girl he met singing karaoke on a ski trip. When they decide to audition for the high school musical, it sends the school into an uproar.
“National Pastime,” Friday, Mar. 7-Sunday, Mar. 30, 2014
It’s all about the ratings, even in Depression-era Baker City, Iowa. That and baseball. “National Pastime” tells the story of WZBQ, a struggling radio station in search of a few more listeners. The plan? They decide to broadcast the fictional games of the Baker City Cougars, from the crack of the bat to the roar of the crowd. It works until Life Magazine wants to do a story on the team, the greatest team never to exist.
“Dark of the Moon”
“Dark of the Moon,” Friday, Apr. 18-Sunday, May 11, 2014
Based on the memorable folk ballad of “Barbara Allen” and set in the mysterious Great Smoky Mountains, “Dark of the Moon” relates the story of John, a “witch boy” who falls in love with the beautiful Barbara Allen. To woo her, he turns human, but their love is doomed from the start. A haunting score and the magic of puppetry help make this a classic tale, powerfully told.
“Cinderella’s Glass Slipper”
“Cinderella’s Glass Slipper,” Friday, Apr. 25-Saturday, May 10, 2014
The cruel stepsisters, the fairy godmother, the handsome prince – all inhabit the musical version of the classic fairytale, but in “Cinderella’s Glass Slipper,” the audience meets a few new playful characters: a courageous mouse, a hesitant cat and the incredible Pumpkinhead, who changes into a coach. To the songs by Bill Francoeur, such as the stepsisters’ “Ladies of Fashion” and Cinderella’s “Dream of Tomorrow,” Cinderella still meets her Prince Charming and the two live “happily ever after.”