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Prescott Center for the Arts announces new productions

(Matt Hinshaw/The Daily Courier/file photo)

(Matt Hinshaw/The Daily Courier/file photo)

The Prescott Center for the Arts is launching its 45th year with a full slate of plays and entertainment for the 2014-15 season.

The season began on the PCA mainstage with "Pump Boys and Dinettes," which plays until Sept. 13.

The remainder of the mainstage schedule is:

• "The Odd Couple," the classic award-winning comedy hit, which opens Nov. 20;

• "Private Lives," which focuses on divorced couples who, while honeymooning with their new spouses, discover they are staying in adjacent rooms at the same hotel, opens Jan. 15;

• "Grapes of Wrath," in observance of the 75th anniversary of this classic, opens Feb. 26;

• "Steel Magnolias," in which socialites go to a beauty parlor for both the hairstyling and the owner's wise-cracking advice, opens April 9;

• "Monty Python's Spamalot," a spinoff from "Monty Python and the Holy Grail," opens June 4.

PCA's Family Theatre plans "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" from Dec. 18-21; "The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley Jr." May 7 to May 20; and the Young Playwrights festival on March 22.

Stage Too will offer audiences four productions, including "Seatbelts Required," opening Sept. 18; "The Other Place," opening Feb. 5; "Good People," opening March 19; and "Never the Sinner," opening May 12.

Readers Theatre will present "Directing Hamlet," opening Oct. 9; "Chatting with the Tea Party," opening Oct. 30; and "The Foursome," opening April 23.

The annual Prescott Ghost Talk highlighting the legend and myths of Arizona as the ghosts, ghouls and goblins of Prescott tell their tales will coincide, as usual, with Halloween.

PCA also has a full schedule of classes and workshops, and the PCA Gallery plans a variety of exhibits for the new season, which will feature "Light & Shadow," "Day of the Dead," "Holiday Wrap," "Water, Water, Everywhere?", "Scholarship Show," "Drip, Dribble and Splat" and "Street Scene." Admission to the gallery is free.

Complete information about tickets and all PCA offerings is available on its website, www.pca-az.net, or by calling 928-445-3286.

"PCA patrons can continue to see the best self-produced theater in the greater Prescott area," said Jon Meyer, executive director. "We have a very strong lineup of shows, both on the main stage and in Stage Too. Our gallery has a very creative and exciting lineup of themed exhibits."

Meyer said PCA also plans two fundraisers, one in January called "Murder by Karaoke," and the other a performance by pianist Marc Frampton.