Entertainment Magazine: Tucson: Events: November: December
"Snapshots," A New Musical By Creator of "Wicked," Opens
Nov. 28 through Dec. 19
Temple of Music and Art
Arizona Theatre Company brings the witty and romantic Snapshots, a new musical comedy by Stephen Schwartz, composer of such smash Broadway hits as Wicked and Godspell, to the Temple of Music and Art from Nov. 28 through Dec. 19. I. Michael and Beth Kasser are Arizona Theatre Company’s 2015-16 Season Sponsors. Shirley Estes is the Production Sponsor.
Snapshots is a delightful new musical with a book by David Stern, conceived by Stern and Michael Scheman. A romantic comedy that tells the story of one couple’s changing relationship through the years, from their childhood friendship to their waning marriage decades later, Snapshots is appropriate for all audiences.
In an innovative new musical format, the show features a score comprised of the work of Schwartz, with 25 songs from 12 beloved shows throughout his career. When Schwartz heard about the concept from Stern, he fell in love with the idea, getting personally involved by retuning and adjusting his own songs to better fit the story, bringing new life to the familiar melodies. Songs featured in Snapshots include “Popular” (Wicked), “All Good Gifts” (Godspell), “Meadowlark” (The Baker’s Wife), and “That’s How You Know” (Disney’s Enchanted), among others.
After 20 years of marriage, the show’s central couple has reached a point where they simply have nothing left to say to each other. But, when they uncover a box of photos in the attic, their memories come blossoming back to life, helping them take a look back at the moments that built their relationship and the opportunities that got lost along the way. Six actors play the couple in various stages of their lives, along with a few other characters. Susie and Danny, the couple in their youth, are played by Mallory King and Ben Wynant. Susan and Daniel, the couple in their young adulthood, are played by Terry McDowell and Jim DeSelm. Sue and Dan, the empty nesters in the story’s present, are played by Beth DeVries and Hugh Hastings.
Snapshots is a co-production with Village Theatre in Issaquah and Everett, Wash., which also collaborated with ATC two years ago for Xanadu. Snapshots is directed by Daniel Goldstein, who directed the 2011 Broadway revival of Schwartz’s Godspell. Goldstein is joined by Village Theatre Artistic Director Steve Tomkins on musical staging and R.J. Tancioco as Music Director. Orchestrations and musical arrangements are by Steve Orich, a Tony Award nominee for his work on Jersey Boys. Scenic design is by David Farley with costume design by Farley and Tracy Christensen. David Cuthbert is lighting and projection designer and Abe Jacob, who did the original sound design for Schwartz’s Pippin in 1972, is the sound designer. Brenda K. Walker is the stage manager.
Tickets for Snapshots are $23-$63 and can be purchased at www.arizonatheatre.org, by calling (520) 622-2823 or at the Temple of Music and Art Box Office at 333 S. Scott Ave.
Snapshots will be followed by two great American classics follow with August Wilson’s masterpiece Fences (Jan. 16, 2016-Feb. 2) featuring favorite ATC artists, and John Steinbeck’s classic tale of friendship in hard circumstances, Of Mice and Men (March 5-26). In between, is a special presentation of the recent off-Broadway hit Sex With Strangers (Feb. 11-21) in a unique collaboration with ATC and popular Phoenix-based theatre company Stray Cat Theatre.
Discounts are available for seniors and active military. A $10 student ticket pricing is now available for all performances. Half-price rush tickets are available for balcony seating for all performances one hour prior to curtain at the ATC box office (subject to availability). Pay What You Can performance is Tuesday, Dec. 1 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available for a suggested $10 donation. (Tickets must be purchased at the Temple of Music and Art starting one hour prior to curtain. Tickets are first-come, first served. Cash only. Two tickets maximum per person.) For discounts for groups of 10 or more, call (520) 622-2823.
Arizona Theatre Company offers accessibility services for patrons with disabilities for select performances. Audio Description provides patrons with vision loss a running audio description of the movement and activities onstage through an infrared broadcast system.
An Audio-Described performance is offered on Thursday, Dec. 17 at 2 p.m. Interested patrons with vision loss may request a tactile tour one hour prior to curtain. American Sign Language Interpretation is presented by professional, theatrically-trained ASL-interpreters for people who have deafness or hearing impairment.
An ASL-interpreted performance is offered on Thursday, Dec. 17 at 7:30 p.m. Open captioning allows patrons to read the play's dialogue on an LED screen as the play progresses.
An open captioned performance is offered on Thursday, Dec. 17 at 2 p.m. For open-captioned or ASL-interpreted performances, patrons should request seats best suited to ASL interpretation or captioning when purchasing tickets.
Large print and Braille playbills and infrared listening amplification devices are also available at every ATC performance with reservation. TTY access for the box office is available in Tucson at (520) 884-9723 or via Arizona Relay at (800) 367-8939 (TTY/ASCII).
Upcoming at ATC
ATC’s 2015-16 season comes to a sparkling close with the witty Arizona premiere of Scott Carter’s new play, The Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens and Count Leo Tolstoy: Discord (April 9-30).
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