Brought to a halt by COVID-19 in March, the second season of Stage Left Productions in its new home proved to be rewarding for this youngest theater in the West Valley.
On Aug. 17, the ariZoni Theatre Awards of Excellence honored Surprise-based SLP with 21 nominations for their work in the abbreviated year. This puts the company in the rarified atmosphere as such venerable institutions as Theater Works in Peoria, and Hale Centre Theatre, Fountain Hills Theater, and Desert Stages Theatre in the Scottsdale.
Most notably, the adult play, “Comedy of Tenors,” received five nominations, including overall Production, Cody Dull for director and Kandyce Hughes for actress in a major role. The youth play, “Charlotte’s Web,” received three nominations including overall production, Rachel Cummings for director, and Alexandra Teposan for actress in a major role.
Other categories scattered among six productions, included actor in a major role, actress in a supporting role, scenic design, costume design, sound design, properties design, hair and makeup design, fight choreography, and rising star (outstanding youth performance).
Stage Left performs in the Bellmar Plaza, 11340 W. Bell Road, Suite 10.
Following this success, Cody Dull, managing director, and Rodney Rickard, president of the company, plan to open the 2020-21 season in October.
In order to comply with Department of Health Service requirements, the following measures will have been taken:
The season will open Oct. 21 to Nov. 8 with “Bad Dates” by Theresa Rebeck. Since opening off-Broadway in 2003, this poignant comedy has become a staple of regional theater.
A ditsy Texas waitress moves to Manhattan (with her 600 pair of shoes); endures a number of bad romantic encounters; and falls in with Romanian gangsters — managing their restaurant while they spend time in jail.
Performances are at 7 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays, 2. The Halloween performance on Saturday, Oct. 31 will be at 2 p.m. rather than 7.
Tickets are $25 with reserved seating.
Next up, Nov. 12-22, will be a youth theater production of “Bad Auditions by Bad Actors” by Ian McWethy.
A new director has one day to find the leads for a community theater production of Romeo and Juliet. In a series of monologues, what seems to be a simple task proves impossible when the pool of actors includes extreme method actors, performers who don’t know what to do with their hands and a girl who may or may not think she’s a cat.
Tickets are $10 with reserved seating.
The twist of the year will be “Who’s Holiday!” by Matthew Lombardo, running Dec. 2-20. It’s a raunchy riff on Dr. Seuss’s famous yuletide tale. The little tyke, Cindy Lou Who, has become a bottle-blond adult who spends her days in a trailer.
She recalls the Christmas Eve she met the Grinch, and the turn of events her life has taken. It’s a hilarious twist on Christmas that ultimately ends in its true spirit.
Performances are at 7 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $25 and seating is reserved.
Tickets are available for sale now.
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