Summer on Stage

Theatre Program for High School Students

Join us for Summer on Stage AND Summer Backstage 2014

a fairy-tale thriller

Adapted by Laurence Boswell
By arrangement with Nick Hern Books


Book by Arthur Laurents
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).
All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.
421 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019

Beauty and the Beast
Thursday, July 24 at 7:00 pm
The familiar fable of the fearsome Beast is woven into a new tale of magic and revelation when a young girl must decide if she'll sacrifice her own life in order to save her father. What is it that really prowls the dark, echoing halls of the mysteriously opulent palace? Story and reality coalesce and dissolve in this ensemble exploration of self, surface, otherness, and beauty while delving into the very essence of the happily-ever-after.

Anyone Can Whistle
Friday, July 25 at 7:00 pm
In a bankrupt town that’s falling down around itself, the citizens are getting restless. In a desperate attempt to keep their love, Mayoress Cora Hoover Hooper and her devious assistants concoct a plan to keep the town under control. But when the idealistic Nurse Fay, her “cookies” (residents of a local insane asylum), and a mysterious stranger Hapgood turn up, all plans of control are thwarted as the very ideas of sanity and order are called into question. 

Join us at the Temple of Music and Art to celebrate Summer on Stage and Summer Backstage 2014! 

Tickets are just $5 and can be purchased from the ATC Box Office either in person or by phone.

What is Summer on Stage?

Summer on Stage is a five-week intensive training program that culminates in fully realized productions performed on the main stage at the Temple of Music and Art. Arizona Theatre Company staff and professional teaching artists selected by ATC lead students through a variety of theatre classes that contribute to an experience that prepares young people for a creative and engaged life in the arts or in any field!

Summer Backstage participants, in addition to their class work with their Summer on Stage peers, will be mentored by ATC staff and guest artists in hands-on workshop sessions that will prepare them to assist in the build and load-in of our set(s), as well as for a spot on the backstage crews for our productions.

The first week of Summer on Stage is devoted to community building and audition preparation; we cast our shows by the end of that first week. The next two weeks of the program are split between morning class work and afternoon rehearsals. Our final two weeks are spent in full-day rehearsals onstage and in our rehearsal hall as we incorporate all of our technical elements – set, lighting, costumes, sound, and props – on our way toward our celebratory evening performances at the end of the program.

Follow our Summer on Stage adventures online!

Visit the ATC Learning & Education Facebook page to see photos and read stories about what we’ve been up to in class and in rehearsal. You can also follow @arizonatheatre on Twitter and Instagram with the tag #SOS2014 to get the latest sneak peeks.

Second-time Summer on Stage participant Alec Coles is also keeping a blog this year chronicling the student perspective with photos and guest entries from his Summer on Stage and Summer Backstage fellows. Click here to check out what they have to say!

Photo Galleries

2013 Photo Gallery
2012 Photo Gallery
2011 Photo Gallery

Want to Know More?

April Jackson, Learning & Education Manager
(520) 884-8210 x 7513

Special Thanks to ATC's 2014-2015 Full Season Sponsors
I. Michael and Beth Kasser

Administrative Office

343 S. Scott Avenue
Tucson AZ, 85701
(520) 884-8210
(520) 628-9129 (fax)

Venue and Box Office

Temple of Music and Art
330 S. Scott Avenue (Downtown Tucson)
(520) 622-2823 (Box Office)

Please send general correspondence or patron feedback to:

Administrative Office & Box Office

400 E. Van Buren St., Suite 720
Phoenix, AZ 85004
(602) 256-6899
(602) 256-7399 (fax)
(602) 256-6995 (Box Office)


Herberger Theater Center
222 E. Monroe (Downtown Phoenix)