Pima Community College Center for the Arts announces its 2014-2015 Season: ENCORE! The new season follows on the back of last season’s record attendance with the goal of delivering an eclectic and interesting selection of Pima’s theatre, music and dance performances; gallery exhibits of contemporary works by national and regional visual artists; and special events worthy of ovation. The Center for the Arts complex, situated on PCC’s West Campus, consists of the Proscenium Theatre, the Black Box Theatre, the Recital Hall and the Louis Carlos Bernal Gallery.
PCC Theatre Arts
STUART LITTLE - adapted by Joseph Robinette, based on the book by E.B. White. Directed by Mickey Nugent. September 24-October 5, in the Proscenium Theatre (Fri. and Sat. at 7 p.m., Sat. and Sun. at 2 p.m.) ASL interpreters: October 3. Tickets are $8 with discounts for groups of 10 or more. Families will delight in this tender and exciting story about a most unusual mouse. As the second son in a human family, Stuart encounters several adventures, big enough to match any imagination, as he struggles to survive in his over-sized world. Loved by most, except perhaps Snowbell the family cat, Stuart embarks on a journey of a lifetime after his best friend, the little bird Margolo, flees to escape being eaten. Family Play Date, a free event for kids and their parents, is Saturday, September 20, 10:30 a.m. to noon in the Black Box Theatre. Learn more about the play STUART LITTLE, mingle with the cast and enjoy fun activities, tasty treats and a short preview scene in the big theatre. Scout Theatre Adventure Night, for girl and boy scouts and their leaders, is Saturday, September 27 at 7 p.m. The event includes discounted tickets, a stage tour, cast interaction and Q&A session after the play. (School matinee performances are also available for elementary and middle school groups beginning 9/24. Call 206-6986.)
A PIECE OF MY HEART - by Shirley Lauro. Directed by Nancy Davis Booth. November 13-23 in the Black Box Theatre (Thu.-Sat. at 7:30 p.m., Sun. at 2 p.m.) ASL interpreters: November 20. Tickets are $15 with discounts available. The play is a powerful and true drama of six courageous women sent to Vietnam and their struggle to make sense of a war that forever changed them and a nation that later shunned them. The story features each of the women’s thoughts, feelings and emotions before, during and after their tours of duty and it ends as each leave a personal token at the Vietnam Memorial. A PIECE OF MY HEART has been named the most enduring theatrical production that deals with the Vietnam War by the Vietnam Veterans Association, and has won several awards including the Barbara Deming Prize for Women Playwrights and the Kittredge Foundation Award. An open dialogue with the audience, cast and director will follow every performance. A special free performance of A PIECE OF MY HEART will be presented on November 11 at 7:30 p.m. for our community veterans to recognize and honor their service and sacrifices.
MONTY PYTHON’S SPAMALOT - book and lyrics by Eric Idle, music by John Du Prez and Eric Idle. A musical comedy lovingly ripped off from the motion picture "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" from the original screenplay by Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin. Brought to the stage by the creative team of Todd Poelstra, Mickey Nugent, Nancy Davis Booth and Dr. Mark Nelson. February 26-March 8 in the Proscenium Theatre (Wed.-Fri. at 7:30 p.m., Sat. Feb. 28 at 7:30 p.m., Sat. Oct. 7 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Sun. at 2 p.m.) ASL interpreters: March 4. Tickets are $18 with discounts available. SPAMALOT is a highly irreverent parody of the legend of King Arthur and his knights of the round table, and features a bevy of beautiful showgirls, not to mention cows, killer rabbits, and Not Dead Fred. SPAMALOT adds swipes at Vegas glitz and Broadway conventions to the film's anarchic spirit. The fractured tale of the quest of King Arthur and his comically inept knights for the Holy Grail has been woven into another quest: that of bringing the king and his entourage to the enchanted land called Broadway. The 2005 Broadway production won three Tony Awards, including "Best Musical," and received 14 Tony Award nominations. An opening night celebration, Thursday, February 26, features hilarious activities “nudge-nudge” and refreshments.
THE MANDRAKE, a comedy about love and lust by Niccolo Machiavelli. Directed by Dr. Deborah Davis. April 16–26 in the Black Box Theatre (Thu.-Sat. at 7:30 p.m., Sun. at 2 p.m.). ASL interpreters: April 23. Tickets are $15 with discounts available. This delightful comedy combines the politico, Machiavelli’s, philosophy "the ends justify the means" with the exploits of lovers, liars, and fools. Set in 16th century Renaissance Florence, THE MANDRAKE satirizes the escapades of a young man of the upper class who becomes helplessly infatuated with a beautiful and virtuous woman, who happens to be inconveniently married to an elderly and gullible aristocratic lawyer. With the help of a manipulative servant, a scheming mother, a corrupt priest, and a certain aphrodisiacal plant, the plan unfolds to seduce the lady for his own. One thing leads to another and everybody gets what he/she wants. The play’s political references are just as relevant today, as in 16th century Italy.
CANTORES: Male Quintet a Cappella Ensemble – featuring faculty Dr. Jonathan Ng, and guests Vincent Jackson, Darryl King, Dylan Dominguez and Suzanne Thompson Eanes. October 12 at 3 p.m. in the Recital Hall. Tickets: $8 with discounts available.
Wind Ensemble Concerts – Under the direction of Dr. Mark Nelson featuring classics for full band, as well as small wind and percussion ensembles and soloists. October 23, December 4, March 12 and April 30, at 7:30 p.m. in the Proscenium Theatre. Tickets: $6 with discounts available.
Chorale & College Singers Concerts – Featuring selections for a large mixed-voice choir and a more select mixed-voice a cappella choir. October 26 at 3 p.m., December 5 at 7:30 p.m., March 10 at 7:30 p.m., May 3 at 3 p.m. in the Proscenium Theatre. Tickets: $6 with discounts available.
Jazz Ensemble Concerts – Under the direction of Mike Kuhn featuring jazz standards performed from a variety of periods in big band style. December 2 and April 28 at 7:30 p.m. in the Proscenium Theatre. Tickets: $6 with discounts available.
Orchestra Concerts - Under the direction of Dr. Alexander Tentser featuring a repertoire for orchestra with high school/college students and community adults. December 7 and May 2, at 3 p.m. in the Proscenium Theatre. Tickets: $6 with discounts available.
Dr. Jonathan Ng, tenor – an annual faculty vocal recital. February 8, at 3 p.m. in the Recital Hall. Tickets: $8 with discounts available.
Dr. Raymond Ryder and June Chow Tyne, piano – a faculty recital. March 21, at 7:30 p.m. in the Proscenium Theatre. Tickets: $8 with discounts available.
Alex Cardieri, piano and friends – a faculty lecture recital featuring popular music in America. April 12 at 3 p.m. in the Recital Hall. Tickets: $8 with discounts available.
Dr. Mark Nelson, tuba – an annual faculty tuba recital featuring classic, contemporary and premiered works for tuba. April 16 at 7 p.m. in the Recital Hall. Tickets: $8 with discounts available.
Ben McCartney, classical guitar – an annual faculty recital. April 19, at 3 p.m. in the Recital Hall. Tickets: $8 with discounts available.
SIGNATURE SELECTIONS. Under the direction of Nolan Kubota. A contemporary dance concert inspired by movement processes featuring faculty and student works. December 12-13, Fri. at 7:30 p.m., Sat. at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in the Proscenium Theatre. Tickets: $10 with discounts available. (A school matinee performance is available for elementary and middle school groups 12/12 at 10 a.m. Call 206-6986.)
DANCE FUSION. Under the direction of Nolan Kubota. The performance melds various dance styles together in a melting pot of dance movements from classical to contemporary styles; intermingling ballet, modern, jazz and more! A vibrant blend of physicality, musicality and passion is demonstrated with innovative choreography and contrasting music. May 8-9, Fri. at 7:30 p.m., Sat. at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in the Proscenium Theatre. Tickets: $10 with discounts available.
Louis Carlos Bernal Gallery (The gallery and its programs are free and open to the public.)
SOUTHWEST OBSERVED - September 2-October 10. The exhibit features work by Michael Berman, James Pringle Cook, Craig Cully, Diane Dale, Ed Musante, Mark Rossi, Jennifer Sullivan Carney. Reception: September 11, 4:30-6:30 p.m. Artist Lecture: featuring Michael Berman, September 11 at 6:30 p.m., in the Recital Hall.
THEN AND NOW - October 27-December 12. (Closed Veteran’s Day 11/11 and Thanksgiving 11/27-30.) The exhibit features work by Ann Fessler, Pam Marks, Jan Olsson, Tom Savage. Reception: November 6, 4:30-6:30 p.m. Artists gallery talks held during the reception.
BREAKING DOWN SURFACE TENSION - February 2-March 13. (Closed Rodeo Break 2/26-27.) The exhibit features work by Rebecca Crowell, David Longwell, Katey Monaghan, Mark Pack, Kathleen Velo. Reception: February 12, 4:30-6:30 p.m. Artist Lecture: featuring Rebecca Crowell, Feb. 12 at 6:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall. Oil Paint and Cold Wax Workshop: taught by Rebecca Crowell, Feb. 13-15, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., WC L106. Registration required.
ANNUAL STUDENT JURIED ART EXHIBITION - April 6-May 8. Students from all the PCC campuses have the opportunity to present their work in a professional venue to be viewed by the general public. Juried by professional artists. Reception and Award Ceremony: April 16 at 2 p.m.
PCC Digital Arts (Free and open to the public.)
BEST OF PCC FILMS – A special event featuring student work from past years, presented by David Wing. December 14 at 7 p.m. in the Proscenium Theatre.
Digital Video and Film Screening - features film and video work from students in the beginning and advanced classes. May 19-20, at 7 p.m. in the Proscenium Theatre.
More PCC Events
Spring Fashion Show – on the runway featuring student designs from the Fashion Design Department. May 1, at 7 p.m. in the Proscenium Theatre.
Sandscript unveiling – an annually published book featuring student poetry, prose and visual art. May 20 at 7 p.m., Proscenium Theatre.
Writers’ workshop – an annual event for all writers, beginning and experienced. The workshop offers opportunities to talk and consult with professional writers and agents, as well as to write. May 28-31. Contact Meg Files for information. - email@example.com