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Longtime actress finds new youth theater role
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Longtime actress finds new youth theater role

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By COLLEEN SPARKS Contributor Audrey Ryan is shining in her dream job at Chandler Youth Theater after a whirlwind few months that included graduating from Arizona State University and getting married. Ryan, 22, of Mesa, was hired...
Children’s Choir teens sing praises of Chicago trip
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Children’s Choir teens sing praises of Chicago trip

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By COLLEEN SPARKS Contributor Teenagers in the Chandler Children’s Choir are on a high note after singing their hearts out at an historic church, displaying their vocal talents on the iconic Willis Tower and performing near the...
Chandler native leaps into NYC Ballet role
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Chandler native leaps into NYC Ballet role

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By COLLEEN SPARKS Contributor A Chandler native who starting dancing at age 2 is “en pointe” academically and on stage after polishing her performance skills in The School of American Ballet in New York City and getting ready...
Young cast brings energy to ‘Newsies’ musical
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Young cast brings energy to ‘Newsies’ musical

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By COLLEEN SPARKS Managing Editor Teens and young adults in Chandler and other parts of the Valley will bring to life a turn-of-the-century story about news boys and girls who fight for their rights in a high-energy musical....
Fox Crossing artist represented in Arizona exhibit
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Fox Crossing artist represented in Arizona exhibit

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SANTAN SUN NEWS STAFF When it comes to the arts, Fox Crossing resident Laurie Fagen has a widfely varied resume. Actress, novelist and mixed media artist are all areas where Fagen has a long list of accomplishments. Starting...
Splash into the Valley’s hottest pool parties
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Splash into the Valley’s hottest pool parties

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By Olivia Munson Contributor Spring has sprung, and summer is just around the corner. It will only be a matter of days before Arizona weather reaches triple digits. But have no fear! We have a list of the best pool parties coming...
Actor  turned playwright debuts first work
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Actor turned playwright debuts first work

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SANTAN SUN NEWS STAFF M. Tanner Morris is the kind of theater buff who looks at it from a variety of angles. When he was 15, the Mesa man, then a freshman at Red Mountain High School, joined the East Valley Children’s theatre,...
Flotsam and Jetsam rolls into EV tonight
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Flotsam and Jetsam rolls into EV tonight

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Christina Fuoco-Karasinski Staff Writer Flotsam and Jetsam have performed around the world, but nothing feels like a hometown show. “We always get a warm welcome when we return to the Valley,” said guitarist Michael Gilbert...
Hale Theatre hawking ‘Newsies’ this month
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Hale Theatre hawking ‘Newsies’ this month

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SANTAN SUN NEWS STAFF You don’t have to read all about it this month at the Hale Theatre, but rather watch a musical based on the kids who used to yell that request on city streets just before the 20th century began. Through...
Before wedding bells ring, check out bridal show
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Before wedding bells ring, check out bridal show

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SANTAN SUN NEWS STAFF Back east, June is the month for wedding bells. But here in Arizona, it’s the month to plan on ringing them when temperatures cool down. That’s why the Arizona Bridal Show is being held June 2. “We...