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On Valley stages

“Richard III,” through May 8, Nesbitt/Elliott Playhouse, Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa. Southwest Shakespeare Company performs this haunting Shakespeare tragedy. Box office: 480-644-6500.

“The Princess and the Pea,” through June 26, Hale Center Theatre, 50 W. Page Ave., Gilbert. Hale Children’s Theatre adaptation of the classic Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale. Box office: 480-497-1181.

Penn & Teller, May 7, Ikeda Theater, Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa. The infamous duo performs magic and comedy. Box office: 480-644-6500.

Ib Andersen’s “PLAY,” May 14-16, Orpheum Theatre, 203 W. Adams St., Phoenix. Ib Andersen’s original full-length ballet “PLAY” returns to the Orpheum Theatre with a corps of more than 30 dancers. Box office: 602-381-1096.

“Cinderella,” May 14-16, Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler. Ballet Etudes performs new, modern choreography to the classic Prokofiev score. Box office: 480-782-2680.

“The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife,” June 4-20, Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe. Tempe Little Theatre performs the relationship comedy. Box office: 480-350-2822.

“Balanchine Classics,” June 11-13, Symphony Hall, 225 E. Adams St., Phoenix. Ballet Arizona’s 24th season concludes with a finale of Balanchine classics, including “Prodigal Son,” “Divertimento #15” and “The Four Temperaments.” Box office: 602-381-1096.

“In the Heights,” June 15-20, ASU Gammage, 1200 S. Forest Ave., Tempe. The Tony Award-winning Broadway musical about chasing dreams and finding home. Box office: 480-965-5062.

“The Enchantment of Beauty and the Beast,” presented by East Valley

Children’s Theatre, June 17-27, Nesbitt/Elliott Playhouse, Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa. East Valley Children’s Theatre performs this classic tale. Box office: 480-644-6500.

AZ Arts

May 1 - 14, 2010

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Childsplay announces 2010-11 lineup

Arizona’s award-winning theatre company for young audiences, Childsplay, promises a season “filled with unsurpassed crowd-pleasers,” for its 2010-11 season. “We want to dazzle a whole new generation of audiences with some of the biggest hits we’ve produced in our history,” says Childsplay’s Founder and Artistic Director David Saar.

The season opens in September with “A Year with Frog and Toad,” a revival of Childsplay’s hit production of the Tony-nominated musical for young audiences. Based on the well-loved books by Arnold Lobel, with music by Robert Reale and book and lyrics by Willie Reale, this delightful family musical follows the adventures of two great friends, the cheerful Frog and his grouchy friend, Toad, through the four seasons. Families searching for something different from the usual fare for the winter holidays will enjoy “Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells!” Last year’s runaway hit returns to the stage in November and December with that lovable imp, Junie B., and the world of intrigue that is Room One.

January through March 2011, P.D. Eastman’s classic children’s book “Go, Dog. Go!” springs to life in a rousing musical adaptation by playwrights Steven Dietz and Allison Gregory, with music by Michael Koerner. This rollicking free-for-all is an exuberant, high-octane musical world of doggy fun.

An original Childsplay production, “The Imaginators,” opens in April 2011. When newcomers to the neighborhood, Tim and his sister, Anne, meet their wildly imaginative neighbor, Nina, their garage is transformed into a place of mystery and high adventure as they set about defeating a monster called the Mooklecratz. Written by Childsplay ensemble member, Dwayne Hartford, “The Imaginators” explores the power of make believe as the three friends discover friendship, courage and cooperation. Rounding out the season in May 2011 is a version of Mary Norton’s classic book, “The Borrowers,” adapted for the stage by Charles Way. The Clock family, possibly the last of the Borrowers, live under the floorboards and survive by “borrowing” what they need from the “human beans” who live above them. Driven by loneliness and curiosity, young Arrietty ventures upstairs looking for a friend and discovers a whole new world filled with wonder and fraught with danger.

Single tickets will be on sale at the theatre box office starting in early August. Play passes cost between $15 and $18 each, depending on quantity and date purchased. Single tickets cost $25 for adults and $20 for children, students and seniors, plus applicable box office charges. Each production will have one discounted preview performance with a general admission ticket price of $12.

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