Cactus Shadows Fine Arts celebrates 25 years with ‘Oliver’

Cactus Shadows Shadowbox Players Raina Donati and Dylan Otero star in the upcoming performance of “Oliver!” at the Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center. (Photo by Bryan Black.)

Cactus Shadows Shadowbox Players Raina Donati and Dylan Otero star in the upcoming performance of “Oliver!” at the Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center. (Photo by Bryan Black.)

The Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center in Scottsdale celebrates its 25th anniversary in March by bringing back the very first production ever staged at the facility: “Oliver.”

One of Broadway’s most popular and beloved musicals, “Oliver,” will be presented March 5-14 by the Cactus Shadows Shadowbox Players and Desert Foothills Theater.

With memorable songs, dancing, adorable kids, lots of lovable (even when they’re bad) characters and a quintessential Dickensian story, “Oliver” has absolutely everything required for a great theatrical experience.

The musical adaptation of the famous Charles Dickens novel “Oliver Twist,” was the very first show performed at the Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center when it opened in 1989. This month’s encore celebrates the center’s 25th anniversary and kicks off the “Raise the Curtain” fundraising campaign to help refurbish the building and upgrade main stage technology.

“The Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center has served as a performing and visual arts center for the entire community, as well as the school district,” said Evelyn Holbrook, manager of the fine arts center. “We’ve hosted pretty much everything from fine art exhibitions and film festivals to renowned chamber music, dance, theater and multi-media productions.”

When “Oliver!” originally frolicked on the main stage, the building was considered state of the art for an educationally based performing arts space. The “Raise the Curtain Campaign” is hosting performances, events and fundraisers like “Adopt a Chair” to update the technology required for the Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center to regain its state-of-the-art reputation.

From left are Dominique Reichenbach, Dylan Otero, Maddie Lever, Kameron Moore and Shavonne Morin rehearsing for the performance of “Oliver!” (Photo by Bryan Black)

From left are Dominique Reichenbach, Dylan Otero, Maddie Lever, Kameron Moore and Shavonne Morin rehearsing for the performance of “Oliver!” (Photo by Bryan Black)

“Food, Glorious Food,” “Consider Yourself,” “Where Is Love,” “I’d Do Anything,” “Who Will Buy,” and “Oom-Pah-Pah” are just a few of the songs that make the Tony and Academy Award-winning musical a popular treat.

“Oliver!” opens March 5 with 7:30 p.m. performances on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays through March 14; and a Sunday Matinee on March 8, at 2 p.m.

March 7 at 6 p.m. is the Fine Arts Center Alumni and VIP Reception with hors d’oeuvres and dessert bar followed by the Cactus Shadows Shadowbox Players Green Show at 6:30 p.m. and “Oliver!” at 7:30 p.m.

Anyone who has participated in any way at an event of any kind at the Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center (main stage, backstage, shop, black box, tech booth, F.A.C.E. Gallery, lobby or outdoor amphitheater) is considered an alumni and is welcome.

Tickets are available online at http://www.seatyourself.biz/cactusshadows. Cost is $10 for students; $15 for adults.

Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center is located at 33606 North 60th St., Scottsdale.

For more information about “Oliver!” and FAC Raise the Curtain Campaign, contact Evelyn Holbrook at 480-575-2070 or EHolbrook@ccusd93.org.

Information is also available at www.FACRaisetheCurtain.org and updated frequently at www.facebook.com/FACRaisetheCurtain.org.

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