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Shaughnessy Returns To Tempe To Play Scrooge
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Shaughnessy Returns To Tempe To Play Scrooge

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Christina Fuoco-Karasinski Staff TV, film and Broadway star Charles Shaughnessy likes to have a little variety in his career. So instead of returning to the snowy East Coast to play Scrooge in “A Christmas Carol” this holiday...
‘Nutcracker’ Is A Family Affair On And Offstage
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‘Nutcracker’ Is A Family Affair On And Offstage

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By Coty Dolores Miranda Contributor Five new queens are in this year’s 19th annual production of the popular local holiday classic, the Ahwatukee Foothills Nutcracker Ballet. There are 10 queens in total, and the new queens who...
‘Drumline Live’ Brings Christmas To Chandler
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‘Drumline Live’ Brings Christmas To Chandler

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Heather Copfer Contributor The Drumline Live Holiday Spectacular marches its way into Chandler later this month and percussion director Larry Allen calls it a “magical masterpiece.” “You’re performing on a theatrical...
At 50, Tempe Fall Festival of the Arts is golden
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At 50, Tempe Fall Festival of the Arts is golden

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By Josh Yeager Guest Writer It began in 1968 when a small group known as the Mill Avenue Merchants Association created a sidewalk-sale event. A half-century later, it has grown into a world-class, award-winning staple in the arts...
State 48 Theatre’s Original ‘Villians’ Offers New Take On Old Fairy Tale
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State 48 Theatre’s Original ‘Villians’ Offers New Take On Old Fairy Tale

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SANTAN SUN NEWS STAFF Rumpelstiltskin clearly was the villain in the classic Grimms’ Fairy Tale. He coerced the poor miller’s daughter into making an impossible promise. But what happened after the maiden guessed his name?...
Southwest Shakespeare Company in Mesa opens 25th season
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Southwest Shakespeare Company in Mesa opens 25th season

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SANTAN SUN NEWS STAFF The Southwest Shakespeare Company’s silver-anniversary season debuts with a classic that was not written by the Bard of Avon along with one of his most-popular plays of the past 450 years. The landmark...
Concert In Park To Feature Local, Pop-Rock Group
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Concert In Park To Feature Local, Pop-Rock Group

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By Colleen Sparks Managing Editor People can rock to tunes a local band plays while enjoying the now-cooler weather in a Chandler park later this month. Kings for the People will perform at the next Sonoran Sunset Series concert...
Ballet Etudes Bringing Holiday Classic To Arts Center
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Ballet Etudes Bringing Holiday Classic To Arts Center

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By Colleen Sparks Managing Editor A magical tale of dancing sugary treats and dreams come true that has become a winter holiday tradition will return to Chandler Center for the Arts this month. Ballet Etudes’ production of...
Author Celebrates Mexican Culture, Shares Inspiration
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Author Celebrates Mexican Culture, Shares Inspiration

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By Colleen Sparks Managing Editor A Chandler children’s book author who celebrates his Mexican heritage in tales about making tortillas and exploring historical sites took a page from his girlfriend’s life for his latest...
Mesa Festival Gives Regional And National Acts Exposure
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Mesa Festival Gives Regional And National Acts Exposure

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By Laura Latzko Contributing Writer Through gritty performances, one-on-one interactions with fans and heartfelt original music, local bands and musicians can reach audiences in an evocative way. The fourth annual Mesa Music...