Desert Foothills Theater presents Pirate events this fall

The organization also will hold a fundraising gala on Oct. 27.

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - Arizonar -- The Desert Foothills Theater will celebrate Pirates this fall with several special productions and events.

The Theater will present the "Pirates of Penzance Jr." Sept. 27 to Oct. 6. The production is directed by Terry Temple of Temple Music, whose daughter Emily is Choreographing.  This is a youth production, featuring kids ages 10 – 18 years old, and will be presented in the Cactus Shadows Fine Art Theater (33606 N. 60th St., Scottsdale, AZ 85266.)

The performances include a special needs event, where the flashing lights are taken out, the volume of the music is lowered a bit, the scary parts are softened, and complete black-out between any scenes are eliminated. Anyone interested in attending the special needs performance should contact Tia Wooley, managing director of the Desert Foothills Theater, or 480-488-1981.

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Pirate Tea Party

The Desert Foothills Theater will present a Tea-totaling Pirate Party hosted by the English Rose Tea Room for the final performance of the "Pirates of Penzance Jr." show from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at the Cactus Shadows Fine Art Center Lobby. Tickets (available online) for the Tea include finger sandwiches, cookies and non-caffeine tea, served by the characters from the show.  The characters also will read a story, perform a couple of songs from the show, and then do photos with the children attending before the show starts at 2 p.m.

"Our theater, as every community theater, is able to provide the programming, classes, camps and activities that we do because of the generosity of our sponsors and donors," says Wooley. "We are grateful to our 2019-20 season sponsors, Peter and Phyllis Strupp.

Oct. 27 Masquerade Madness Fundraising Gala

"We also invite the community to join us for the fun and incredible performances at our Oct. 27th Masquerade Fundraising Gala," Wooley adds. "Wear your full masquerade attire (your Halloween costume will be fun!) and join us for drinks, hors d'oeuvres, dinner, entertainment, games, a silent auction, dessert auction and a live auction at the Holland Community Center.  Win prizes, join in on the costume contest and enjoy great food while having fun with the theater people!"

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Masked Madness 2019 supports Desert Foothills' scholarships, education and productions for its season and is hosted by David Simmons of the UBU Project. The fundraiser will be from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. and tickets are available at

Laurie Anderson

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