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CCA celebrates 20
About 600 people
turned out to celebrate the
Chandler Center for the
Arts’ 20th birthday party
recently, and were treated
to free refreshments and
entertainment.
Students from Kyrene De
Las Brisas Elementary School
and Chandler, Hamilton,
Basha and Valley Christian
high schools presented three
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hours of live musical, theatre VOLUNTEERS: The nonprofi t Chandler Center for the
20 YEARS: Chandler Mayor Boyd Dunn, emcee WICKED: Scenes from “Wicked” were
and dance routines. They
Arts operates with many volunteers, including Gerry
Ernie Serrano Jr., chairman of the Chandler Cultural performed by Valley Christian High School
Zimmerman, left, who has clocked nearly 3,000 hours
Foundation Board and Chandler Unifi ed School students Lauren Twitchell, playing a green-
included songs from the since 1998; and Joyce Davis, right, who has been Board President Annette Auxier cut into a 20th skinned “Elphaba” and Ally Cheatham as
musical “Wicked” by Valley
volunteering since before the Center opened in 1989,
anniversary cake created by Jay Murphy of Kick Ass Glinda.
giving about 4,500 hours of her time.
Kakes.
Christian students, drum
sequences by Brisas Mallet
Masters from Kyrene De Las
in the celebration.” closed for renovations, its two side stages are open
Brisas Elementary School, a choir performance by
Since opening in August 1989, CCA has hosted more for performances, where its free summer concert
Chandler High School and a concert performance by
than 7 million visitors, presented more than 50 sold- series concludes at 7:30 p.m. Fri., Sept. 11 with a
the Basha High School Chamber Orchestra.
out shows, received more than 220,000 combined performance by The Lamplighters barbershop chorus.
An architectural cake donated by local cake
hours of service from volunteers and presented more A special ICAN charity concert featuring professional
artist Jay Murphy, owner of Kick Ass Kakes, was
than 10,000 local student performances. actor, singer and songwriter Michael Sicoly starts at
ceremoniously cut by Chandler Mayor Boyd Dunn,
Mueller says the two decades of entertainment have 6:30 p.m. Sat., Sept. 19, then the Chandler Center for
emcee Ernie Serrano Jr., chairman of the Chandler
also taken a toll on Chandler Center for the Arts, which the Arts kicks off its 2009-10 anniversary season with
Cultural Foundation Board and Chandler Unifi ed
is undergoing $6.7 million in renovations. American Idol Season Four contestant Bo Bice at
School Board President Annette Auxier.
The main stage fl ooring and lobby carpeting will Higley Center for the Performing Arts at 8 p.m. Sat.,
“A fun and casual community event highlighted by
be replaced and theatre seats refurbished; the facility Oct. 17.
performances that feature local, talented youth was
will be updated to meet modern ADA codes; the To learn more about the Chandler Center for the
the perfect way to celebrate our 20th birthday,” says
HVAC systems are being upgraded; and new main Arts, visit www.chandlercenter.org.
General Manager Katrina Mueller, who began working
stage rigging infrastructure will enable the Center
at the Center as an intern 20 years ago. “The last two
to accommodate a greater range of productions,
decades have been fi lled with incredible milestones
including off-Broadway-style performances.
and we are delighted to have the community join us
Mueller says while the main stage is currently
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