Prescott Center for the Arts strikes balance in upcoming season
Updated as of Monday, September 3, 2018 9:29 AM
Prescott Center for the Arts has a full season of shows lined up for 2018-19 — with the first right around the corner.
From “Guys and Dolls,” premiering Thursday, Sept. 13, and running through Sunday, Sept. 30, to “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” running Thursday, May 30, to Sunday, June 16 — and all of the shows in between on the main stage and Stage Too — there was an eclectic group of people figuring out the season based on submissions from the community, said Theater Administration Assistant Will Larson.
The key they were looking for is balance since you can’t please everyone, Larson said.
“I don’t think we’ll ever produce a season where every single show is something that everyone is going to appreciate,” he said. “This season, we went for kind of a balance for traditional and more thought-provoking.”
Even the season openers are in total juxtaposition, with Damon Runyon’s classic musical comedy “Guys and Dolls” on the main stage, featuring lots of wild characters, and Jeffrey Hatcher and Mitch Albom’s heavy “Tuesdays with Morrie” on Stage Too sporting just two people.
Larson said he’s on the production team of “Tuesdays with Morrie” and noted the team knows people are going to be saddened by the production.
“A show like this is about joy in the face of death,” he said. “We are playing it much lighter by trying to bring out the comedy that is naturally in the text.”
Another intense show this season on Stage Too is called “Extremities,” running Thursday, May 2, to Sunday, May 19, which has a trigger warning on the PCA website. Written by William Mastrosimone, it is about a woman who stops an attempt to rape her at home and captures the person in the fireplace. Afterward, the three women who live there are confronted with the choice of what to do with the man, Larson said.
The organization is also honored to present Neil Simon’s “The Dinner Party,” Larson said. Simon died this week in New York and the program might include an insert so everyone is aware of the scope of his work as a beloved American playwright.
Other shows throughout the season run the gamut, such as the romance of “A Streetcar Named Desire” and the magic of “Peter and the Starcatcher,” PCA Development Director Tina Blake said.
“There’s something for everyone to enjoy this season,” Blake said, adding that Prescott Center for the Arts is one of the most affordable entertainment venues in the community. The cost for season tickets for six shows on the main stage is $108, and four shows at Stage Too is $60. “You can see all the plays for $168, which is a phenomenal value.”
There are also incentives to members of the community this year, she said. Teachers have a $2 discount to the family theater shows of “Winnie-the-Pooh” and “A Christmas Story,” seniors get $2 discounts on Thursdays and Sundays, and veterans and first responders also get a $2 discount on Thursdays. This all has to be done at the box office, Blake said, adding that for every ticket presented on the day of the show, a person can get 10 percent off a the PCA Art Gallery and gift shop.