Scottsdale Desert Stages Theatre

Scottsdale Desert Stages Theatre, an award-winning non-profit performing arts theatre, is in its 22nd terrific season of shows! Three performance troupes provide entertainment on two separate stages at this Theatre's performing arts complex, located near downtown Scottsdale. Cullity Hall (with actors of all ages) and Children's Theatre productions (with actors, ages 3 to 19) are presented in its 136-seat theatre-in-the-round; while small-cast Actor's Café productions are presented in an intimate 60-seat cabaret-style theatre. All performances are at Scottsdale Desert Stages Theatre, located at 4720 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85251, at the southwest corner of E. Highland Ave. and N. Scottsdale Rd. For tickets or to become a Cullity Hall season subscriber, contact the Theatre Box Office: (480) 483-1664.

Actor's Cafe Productions
DST Special Engagement
Mainstage Productions
Next Stage Productions
On Stage Productions


Actor's Cafe Productions

Actor's Cafe ticket prices are $28 for adults & $22 seniors and students. Call the Box Office for information on Rush Pricing!

 

The Importance of Being Earnest
The Importance of Being Earnest

June 16 - July 23, 2017
Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30 pm, Sundays at 2 pm

Two young gents have taken to bending the truth in order to put some excitement into their lives. Worthing has invented a brother whom he uses as an excuse to leave his dull life behind. Montcrieff decides to take the name Earnest when visiting Worthing’s beautiful ward, Cecily. Things start to go awry and their deceptions are discovered.

Barefoot in the Park
Barefoot in the Park

Written by Neil Simon

Directed by Gary Zaro

August 25 to October 08, 2017
Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30 PM, Sundays at 2:00 PM

Paul and Corie Bratter are newlyweds in every sense of the word. After a six day honeymoon, they get a surprise visit from Corie's loopy mother and decide to play matchmaker during a dinner with their neighbor-in-the-attic Velasco, where everything that can go wrong, does.

BAREFOOT IN THE PARK is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.

The Dark at the Top of The Stairs
The Dark at the Top of The Stairs

Written by William Inge

Directed by Dan Ashlock Jr.

October 20 to November 19, 2017
Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30 PM, Sundays at 2:00 PM

The setting is a small Oklahoma town in the early 1920s and the home of the Flood family. Here we find Rubin, a traveling salesman for a harness firm; Cora, his sensitive and lovely wife; Sonny, their little boy; and Reenie, their teenage daughter. The plot consists of a series of short stories — the fight between a husband and wife, the fear of an overly shy young girl on going to a dance, the problems of an introverted little boy who feels that the whole world is against him, the corroding marriage of Cora's rowdy sister, and the tragedy of a military school cadet who suffers from the stigma of being a Jew in an alien community.

Nuncrackers: the Nunsense Christmas Musical
Nuncrackers: the Nunsense Christmas Musical

Written by Dan Goggin

Directed by KatiBelle Collins

December 01 to December 24, 2017
Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30 PM, Sundays at 2:00 PM
Additional showings on 12/20 and 12/21 at 7:30 pm

The Nunsense Christmas Musical, NUNCRACKERS, is presented as the first TV special taped in the Cable Access Studio built by Reverend Mother in the convent basement. It stars the nuns you love, plus Father Virgil, and four of Mount Saint Helen’s most talented students. Featuring all new songs including Twelve Days Prior to Christmas, Santa Ain’t Comin’ to Our House, We Three Kings of Orient Are Us and It’s Better to Give than to Receive, this show is filled with typical NUNSENSE humor, some of your favorite carols, and a “Secret Santa” audience participation. We’re certain this NUNSENSE Christmas Show will make you laugh, and maybe tug at your heartstrings. It’s the perfect way to insure that your holiday season is merry and bright!

NUNCRACKERS: THE NUNSENSE CHRISTMAS MUSICAL is presented by arrangement wih Tams-Witmark Music Library, Inc., 560 Lexington Avenue, New York, New York 10022.

Agatha Christie's Verdict
Agatha Christie's Verdict

Written by Agatha Christie

Directed by Virginia Olivieri

January 19 to March 04, 2018
Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30 PM, Sundays at 2:00 PM

Karl Hendryk, a brilliant professor, attends to his wife Anya, an invalid suffering from a progressive disease. When Karl's cousin Lisa moves in to assist in caring for Anya, tensions rise and feelings are quick to develop.

VERDICT is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.

6 Rms Riv Vu
6 Rms Riv Vu

Written by Bob Randall

Directed by Dan Ashlock Jr.

March 16 to April 08, 2018
Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30 PM, Sundays at 2:00 PM

A vacant apartment with six rooms and a river view is open for inspection by prospective tenants, and among them are a man and a woman, strangers when they meet. As the last to leave, they find themselves locked in and though both are happily married, discover a mutual attraction as they wait out the long night ahead.

6 RMS RIV VU is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.

Plaza Suite
Plaza Suite

Written by Neil Simon

Directed by KatiBelle Collins

April 20 to June 03, 2018
Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30 PM, Sundays at 2:00 PM

Hilarity abounds in this portrait of three couples successively occupying a suite at the Plaza. A suburban couple take the suite while their house is being painted and it turns out to be the one in which they honeymooned 23 (or was it 24?) years before and was yesterday the anniversary, or is it today? This wry tale of marriage in tatters is followed by the exploits of a Hollywood producer who, after three marriages, is looking for fresh fields. He calls a childhood sweetheart, now a suburban housewife, for a little sexual diversion. Over the years, she has idolized him from afar and is now more than the match he bargained for. The last couple is a mother and father fighting about the best way to get their daughter out of the bathroom and down to the ballroom where guests await her or as Mother yells, "I want you to come out of that bathroom and get married!"

PLAZA SUITE is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.

Agatha Christie's A Murder is Announced
Agatha Christie's A Murder is Announced

Written by Leslie Darbon
Adapted from Agatha Christie's novel

Directed by Virginia Olivieri

June 15 to July 29, 2018
Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30 PM, Sundays at 2:00 PM

An announcement in the local paper states the time and place when a murder is to occur in Miss Blacklock's Victorian house. The victim is not one of the house's several occupants, but an unexpected and unknown visitor. What follows is a classic Christie puzzle of mixed motives, concealed identities, a second death, a determined Inspector grimly following the twists and turns, and Miss Marple on hand to provide the final solution at some risk to herself in a dramatic confrontation just before the final curtain.

A MURDER IS ANNOUNCED is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.

Mainstage Productions

Mainstage ticket prices are $28 for adults & $22 seniors and students. Call the Box Office for information on Rush Pricing!

 

Hairspray The Broadway Musical
Hairspray The Broadway Musical

Book by Mark O'Donnell and Thomas Meehan
Music by Marc Shaiman
Lyrics by Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman
Based on the New Line Cinema Film written and directed by John Waters

Directed by Damon Bolling

October 06 to November 05, 2017
Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30 PM, Saturdays & Sundays at 2:00 PM

It's 1962 in Baltimore, and the lovable plus-size teen, Tracy Turnblad, has only one desire – to dance on the popular "Corny Collins Show." When her dream comes true, Tracy is transformed from social outcast to sudden star. She must use her newfound power to dethrone the reigning Teen Queen, win the affections of heartthrob, Link Larkin, and integrate a TV network... all without denting her 'do!

HAIRSPRAY THE BROADWAY MUSICAL is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.MTIShows.com

Monty Python's Spamalot
Monty Python's Spamalot

Book and lyrics by Eric Idle
Music by John Du Prez and Eric Idle
A new musical lovingly ripped off from the film "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" From the original screenplay by Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin

Directed by Dan Ashlock Jr.

January 12 to February 11, 2018
Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30 PM, Saturdays & Sundays at 2:00 PM

King Arthur is traveling around England recruiting his Knights of the Round Table. When he and his band of misfit knights finally gather in Camelot, they receive a charge from God to find the Holy Grail. The quest brings King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table to strange places and into the company of strange characters, challenging them to keep their heads on straight or die terribly weird deaths.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Lyrics by Tim Rice
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber

April 06 to May 06, 2018
Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30 PM, Saturdays & Sundays at 2:00 PM

After being sold into slavery by his brothers, Joseph ingratiates himself with Egyptian noble Potiphar, but ends up in jail after refusing the amorous advances of Potiphar’s wife. While imprisoned, Joseph discovers his ability to interpret dreams, and he soon finds himself in front of the mighty but troubled, Elvis-inspired, Pharaoh. Joseph’s solution to Egypt’s famine elevates him to Pharaoh’s right hand man and reunites him with his family.

Next Stage Productions

Next Stage ticket prices are $20 for all ages. Call the Box Office for information on Rush Pricing!

 

Catch Me If You Can The Musical
Catch Me If You Can The Musical

Based on the Dreamworks Motion Picture
Book by Terrence McNally
Music by Marc Shaiman
Lyrics by Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman
Arrangements by Marc Shaiman
Orchestrations by Marc Shaiman and Larry Blank

June 30 - July 30, 2017
Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30 pm, Saturdays & Sundays at 2 pm (no matinee on 7/1)

Seeking fame and fortune, Frank Abignale, Jr. runs away from home to begin an unforgettable adventure. Frank successfully poses as a pilot, a doctor and a lawyer - living the high life and winning the girl of his dreams. But when Frank’s lies catch the attention of FBI agent Carl, Carl pursues Frank across the country to make him pay for his crimes.

Catch Me If You Can is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.MTIShows.com

Bring It On the Musical
Bring It On the Musical

Libretto by Jeff Whitty
Music by Tom Kitt and Lin-Manuel Miranda
Lyrics by Amanda Green and Lin-Manuel Miranda
Inspired by the Motion Picture Bring It On written by Jessica Bendlinger
Arrangements and Orchestrations by Alex Lacamoire and Tom Kitt

Directed by Lisa Barton Figueroa

June 29 to July 29, 2018
Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30 PM, Saturdays & Sundays at 2:00 PM

Campbell is cheer-royalty at Truman High School and her senior year should prove the most cheertastic – she's been named captain of the squad! But, an unexpected redistricting has forced her to spend her final year of high school at the neighboring hard-knock Jackson High School. Despite having the deck stacked against her, Campbell befriends the dance crew girls and, along with their headstrong and hardworking leader, Danielle, manages to form a powerhouse squad for the ultimate competition – the National Championships.

BRING IT ON THE MUSICAL is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.MTIShows.com

On Stage Productions

On Stage ticket prices are $15.

 

Gerry Cullity's Cinderella: A Ragtime Musical
Gerry Cullity's Cinderella: A Ragtime Musical

August 18 - September 17, 2017
Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30 pm, Saturdays & Sundays at 2 pm

Desert Stages Theatre Creator, Gerry Cullity put a ragtime spin on the timeless story of a long-suffering step-sister, a choosy prince and a glass slipper. Set in turn-of-last-century New York City during the height of immigration, Cullity's delightful characters are those coming from the New World in hopes of starting a new life in a foreign land. Themes of love and achieving our heart's desire against Company odds are woven through this charming rags-to-riches tale that features memorable Cullity songs like Smile Check and This Place Is Magic.

Peter Pan Jr.
Peter Pan Jr.

A Musical Based on the Play by Sir J.M. Barrie
Lyrics by Carolyn Leigh
Music by Morris (Moose) Charlap
Additional Lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green
Additional Music by Jule Styne
Originally directed, choreographed and adapted by Jerome Robbins

Directed by Lisa Barton Figueroa

November 17 to December 23, 2017
Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30 PM, Saturdays & Sundays at 2:00 PM
(No matinees on 12/22 and 12/23)

Peter and his mischievous fairy sidekick, Tinkerbell, visit the nursery of the Darling children late one night and, with a sprinkle of pixie dust, begin a magical journey across the stars that none of them will ever forget. In the adventure of a lifetime, the travelers come face to face with a ticking crocodile, a fierce Indian tribe, a band of bungling pirates and, of course, the villainous Captain Hook.

PETER PAN JR. is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.MTIShows.com

13 the Musical
13 the Musical

Music and Lyrics by Jason Robert Brown
Book by Dan Elish and Robert Horn

Directed by Kelli James

February 23 to March 25, 2018
Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30 PM, Saturdays & Sundays at 2:00 PM

Evan Goldman is plucked from his fast-paced, preteen New York City life and plopped into a sleepy Indiana town following his parents divorce. Surrounded by an array of simpleminded middle school students, he needs to establish his place in the popularity pecking order. Can he situate himself on a comfortable link of the food chain... or will he dangle at the end with the outcasts?!?

13 THE MUSICAL is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.MTIShows.com

Disney's Aladdin Jr.
Disney's Aladdin Jr.

Music by Alan Menken
Lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice
Book Adapted and Additional Lyrics by Jim Luigs
Music Adapted and Arranged by Bryan Louiselle
Based on the Screenplay by Ron Clements, John Musker, Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio

Directed by Lisa Barton Figueroa

May 18 to June 17, 2018
Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30 PM, Saturdays & Sundays at 2:00 PM

When the street urchin, Aladdin, vies for the attention of the beautiful princess, Jasmine, he uses a genie's magic power to become a prince in order to marry her. Iago, Jafar, the Genie and more are in this musical adventure filled with magic, mayhem and the power of love.

DISNEY'S ALADDIN JR. is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.MTIShows.com