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Prescott Center for the Arts unveils upcoming slate

Matt Hinshaw/The Daily Courier<br>Burlesque dancers perform one of many routines in last season’s Prescott Center for the Arts production of “Cabaret.”

Matt Hinshaw/The Daily Courier<br>Burlesque dancers perform one of many routines in last season’s Prescott Center for the Arts production of “Cabaret.”

Prescott Center for the Arts will unveil its 2013-2014 season during a special preview for the public on Saturday.

The open house an-nouncing PCA's plays for its 44th year will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. in its main stage theater on the corner of Willis and Marina streets in Prescott. The event is free, and will offer light refreshments.

The two-hour season preview will give the audience a glimpse of what's coming to both the main stage and PCA's Stage TOO in two- to three-minute snippets about each show, including "Ghost Talk" at Halloween time, executive director Jon Myer said. He also expects a representative from PCA's art gallery to be on hand to talk about its calendar of events and exhibits. Attendees will also be able to tour PCA, Myer said, and learn about the many classes that PCA offers.

PCA's main stage offerings open with "Promises, Promises" on Sept. 26, with "The Lion in Winter," "To Kill a Mockingbird," "Don't Dress for Dinner," "Enchanted April," and "Les Miserables" spread across the season that ends in mid-June 2014.

Family Theatre presentations will include "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe," and "Disney's 101 Dalmations KIDS."

"Les Miserables," directed by Don Langford, will be PCA's "big, big" play of the coming season and its grand finale. Set in 19th century France, it tells the story of Jean Valjean who is released from 19 years of unjust imprisonment but finds nothing in store for him but mistrust and mistreatment.

PCA's other plays will be showcases of talent, as well, Myer said. He is directing "Promises, Promises," a fun show based on the classic movie, "The Apartment." "We are tackling a very delicate subject in a humorous and non-offensive way," he said.

"To Kill a Mockingbird" is, of course, a timeless piece that illustrates the social issues of this era and dramatizes a meaningful moral tale for the entire family.

PCA's Stage TOO is its new theater space in the back of the former Jazzy's next to the Peregrine Book Company on Cortez. The entrance is in the alley behind the building that fronts on Cortez.

Stage TOO shows "are pieces that don't have the huge appeal to be on the main stage," Myer said. "They are more provocative, edgier and the language can be course," he said, "but they can be fascinating stories that would appeal to people who enjoy edgier plays and plays that are not wrapped up in tight little packages."

Since the space is smaller than the main stage theater, Stage TOO lets the audience "share the stage" with the actors, Myer said. This setting has a "more visceral impact. You feel like you're right there with the actors - there's no distance between you.

"There's nothing like live theater," where the audience is part of the experience, as opposed to movies. "Stage TOO amplifies that," Myer said.

Stage TOO productions begin with "The Rabbi and the Shiksa" on Sept. 15 and continue with "Dead Man's Cell Phone,"The Beauty Queen of Leenane," "A Lie of the Mind," "Agnes of God," and "Sister Mary Ignatius" and "The Actor's Nightmare."

PCA's Reader's Theatre plans "Shtick" in December and "The Jeweler's Shop" in June.

Directors of the various plays will be available Saturday to answer questions from attendees, who will also learn about the many classes that PCA officer. Among them are auditioning, Broadway choreography, character building, song interpretations, youth film production, voice-over, PCA Young Singers, and an improv class. The latter will lead to creation of an improv troupe that will perform at Stage TOO. Myer hopes to attract college and high-school age people to this class.

The open house will also provide information about how people can volunteer at PCA, either on stage or backstage. This includes auditioning for plays.

"We're very open. Everyone is welcome to audition. As a community theater, it's part of our mission to offer people the opportunity to be on stage to perform or back stage to help," Myer said.

Season tickets are available now, as are single tickets for all productions, except those on the main stage. These will be available in early September. For complete ticket information, including subscriptions, and the "create your own series" package, call PCA at 445-3286 or log onto


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