Desert Foothills Theater announces upcoming summer events, camps

Children’s summer camp at Desert Foothills Theater begin in June. (Submitted photo)

The Desert Foothills Theater will present entertainment for the whole family in May and June.

Seussical, Jr. opens on Friday, May 10, with Horton the Elephant, the Cat in the Hat, and other favorite Dr. Seuss characters springing to life onstage in the musical extravaganza.

Transporting the audience from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus, the Cat in the Hat narrates the story of Horton the Elephant, who discovers a speck of dust containing tiny people called the Whos.

Horton must protect the Whos from a world of naysayers and dangers, all while protecting an abandoned egg. Although Horton faced ridicule, danger, and a trial, ultimately the powers of friendship, loyalty, family and community emerge triumphant.

Seussical Performances are 7 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, May 10, 11, 17 and 18; and 2 p.m. on Sundays, May 12 and 19. Performances take place in the Cactus Shadows Theater, 33606 N. 60th St., Scottsdale.

Tickets are $19 and may be purchased at DFTheater.org.

Jojo’s Jolly Tea Party will take place in the Cactus Shadows Theater for one day, at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 19. Tickets are $15.

Desert Foothills Theater Summer Camps start in June and offer creative classes for kids of all ages.

“We teach teamwork,” Tia Wooley, managing director of the Desert Foothills Theater, said in a prepared statement.

“Learning to be a team player will build skills in collaboration, problem solving, focus, creativity, confidence, accountability, dedication, non-verbal communication, how to receive constructive feedback, perseverance and more. Bring your ‘shining star’ to Desert Foothills Theater to learn how process meets performance. Your child will learn the ins and outs of theater life, make new friends and build confidence to be in front of a crowd.”

Dates and camps include:

  • June 3-14: Creative Kids Camp, 9 a.m.–noon, ages 5-7. Kids will take a book called “Bad Kitty does not like candy,” write a script and rehearse their play.

They will also design and create masks for the characters. Final day of camp will include a performance of their play.

  • June 17-28: Act One Camp, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., ages 5-7. Kids write a play, rehearse, create the set, costumes and perform on the final day of camp.
  • June 17-28: Rock Bottom, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., ages 8-14. Full Musical Theater camp where kids learn all aspects of musical theater, participate in auditions, rehearsals, designing, creating and complete the week with a performance.

The award-winning Desert Foothills Theater has been presenting live performances in the far north Valley since 1975.

For tickets and more information about upcoming events, visit DFTheater.org or call 480-488-1081.

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