Theater Works is back to live theater, debuting a new and re-invented series as well as programs for early 2022.
The West Valley staple will return to the stage in early 2022 with a new “grown-up” theater series, After Dark, and a reorganized youth education program, Theater Alive.
Following the success of “grown-up” theater offerings in 2020-2021 including the immersive Curiouser series created in response to pandemic restrictions last season, Theater Works will debut its new After Dark series for audiences 16 and older on March 18, 2022 with “The Superhero Ultraferno.”
The play by Don Zolidis developed specifically for Theater Works, features a team of nerds and a crack team of over 50 characters as they race through the hilarious world of tights-wearing crime fighters. From the 1960s TV Batman to the soap opera insanity of the Fantastic Four, to a bizarre German opera of Spiderman and with thoughts on sexism, sex and pop culture, this production will take place in the McMillin Theater.
“We’re coming back and can’t wait to turn the spotlight on live theater and our revitalized educational programming,” Managing Director Cate Hinkle said. “It will be great to be back again!”
Auditions for “The Superhero Ultraferno” will take place the first week of December. Tickets go on sale in mid-December 2021 and will be $40.
Theater Works also has reorganized youth education programs serving young actors under the new names — Theater Alive Kids (formerly KidsAlive Jr.), for ages 6-11 and Theater Alive Teen (formerly KidsAlive Teen) for ages 12-17.
Theater Alive teaches a wide variety of disciplines including acting, voice, movement and stage presence. This program is open to students at all levels of musical training. All students who attend and pay tuition will have roles in the final production taking place in late spring 2022. Space will be limited to 35 students per session; registration will open in December online at the Theater Works website.
Main Stage theater productions (formerly MasterWorks) in the Gyder Theater will launch in Summer 2022.
“We have been able to innovate and to start again only because of the commitment of so many, and their belief in the importance of the arts,” Hinkle said. “We look forward to announcing additional productions in early 2022.”
In order to create a safe space for both audience members and actors and to keep our stages bright, wearing a mask is a requirement for audience members attending Theater Works productions and for students attending educational programs.
Temperatures will be taken upon arrival.
Theater Works productions take place at the Peoria Center for the Performing Arts, 10580 N. 83rd Drive. For more information about Theater Works, visit theaterworks.org.
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