Spiders, scorpions at arboretum’s June 30 family night

Parents can bring their kids for a special after-hours family evening June 30 at Boyce Thompson Arboretum to learn fact from fiction about scorpions and spiders. The special “creepy crawlies” evening is open to all, not just BTA annual members. Non-member signup is $20 for adults and $10 for ages 5-12. Arboretum annual members and […]

‘Celtic Woman Homecoming’ May 16 at Mesa Arts Center

On a winter’s night in Dublin 14 years ago…an idea. To create a musical show with exceptional talent. Classically and traditionally trained Irish female musicians. Celtic Woman was born. The group performs at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 16, at the Ikeda Theater at at the Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St. Tickets $50-$115 at […]

Dinosaur dominates wall of Mesa museum

A life-size sculpture of a dinosaur appears to break out of a wall at the Arizona Museum of Natural History, leaving shattered masonry crumbling under its power as she makes her escape from the Mesa building. The sculpture of the Acrocanthosaurus was unveiled recently at the museum, 53 N. Macdonald in Mesa. “Students from across […]

Childsplay show promises ‘wacky, larger-than-life’ world

An unlikely superhero is coming to the area as Childsplay Theatre brings Kate DiCamillo’s Newberry Award-winning book “Flora & Ulysses” to the Tempe Center for the Arts stage on weekends April 22-May 20. After getting sucked up by a vacuum cleaner, the story goes, a (now hairless) squirrel is rescued by Flora Belle Buckman, at […]

Arboretum tour packs 2 billion years into 1 hour

Scott McFadden will lead a geology walking tour 1:30-2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at the Boyce Thompson Arboretum, 37615 E. U.S. Highway 60 in Superior. The cost is $12.50 for adults, $5 for children 5-12, free for children under 5, arboretum members and Arizona State Parks pass-holders. Mr. McFadden will discuss rocks and volcanic formations […]

Houser concert caps Superstition Mountain Museum series

A concert of country, western, bluegrass and gospel music performed by Ron Houser and Tara Houser-Jones will close this season’s free lecture series 2 p.m. Thursday, April 5, at the Superstition Mountain Museum, 4087 N. Apache Trail, north of Apache Junction. The local entertainers will combine their voices and their guitar and fiddle play in the concert, which will take place […]

Arts and entertainment events through April 1

Apache Junction Rock, Gem and Jewelry Show 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. Feb. 17, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 18 Fun for all ages at Skyline High School, 845 S. Crismon Road in Mesa. Bring the kids and browse original jewelry, gemstones, and beads, as well as rare and unusual crystals, minerals, and fossils. See the wonders […]

MountainBrook Village Theatre returns with comedy Feb. 25-28

Yes, it’s time to lower the lights, open the curtain, light up the stage and enjoy a performance of “Where There’s A Will There’s A Relative,” a comedy in two acts by Roger Karshner. The play will be performed at 7 p.m. Feb. 25-28 on the Superstition Center stage in MountainBrook Village, three blocks north […]

‘Godspell’ ticket winners announced; last drawing takes place Feb. 8

Joanie Braddock, June Morris and Gary Wood are the winners of the first drawing for tickets to the musical production “Godspell” by Zao Theatre in Apache Junction.

The drawing took place at 4 p.m. Monday, Feb. 1, with the winners chosen from among the entries submitted by e-mail and mail. Each winners two tickets — a $30 value — to opening weekend of the show.

“I’m so excited,” Mrs. Braddock said when contacted by phone. “I really wanted to see the show. Thank you so much.”

Zao Theatre and the Independent are conducting a second and final ticket drawing at 4 p.m. Monday, Feb. 8. See details below.

Zao Theatre is presenting “Godspell,” a musical theater experience fit for the whole family, on Fridays and Saturdays, Feb. 5-20.

“Godspell” is a light musical play where the cast members make the parables of Jesus come alive in a re-imagined telling of the Gospel of Matthew. Presented in “Steampunk” format, the story moves seamlessly through fun times, as well as poignant and emotional expressions of faith and relationships.

The music is energetic and driving. Songs such as “Day By Day” and “Beautiful City” achieved success on the pop charts when the movie of the same name was released in the 1970s. The play’s “Steampunk” costuming brings a whole new fun look to this theater classic.

Steampunk is a subgenre of science fiction and fantasy that includes social or technological aspects of the 19th century, according to steampunk.com.

There will be nine performances in all, with opening night at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 5. Additional shows will be presented at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6; 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12; 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13; 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19; and 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20;

Theater volunteers sought for ‘Godspell’ production crew

Zao Theatre in Apache Junction is holding a volunteer meeting tonight, Jan. 13, for people interested in being on the crew for its musical production “Godspell.”

The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in the office of Centerstage Church, 550 S. Ironwood Drive, the former site of Superstition Mountain Elementary School.

People do not need to reside in Apache Junction to participate. Everyone will have an opportunity at the gathering to meet other volunteers and take a tour of the new facility.

Attendees are asked to use the parking lot entrance from Ironwood Drive.

For more information, call Sharyn Sheffer at 602-320-3275.
“Godspell” is a light musical play where the cast members make the parables of Jesus come alive in a re-imagined telling of the Gospel of Matthew. Presented in “Steampunk” format, the story moves through fun times as well as poignant and emotional expressions of faith and relationships, according to a press release.

Nine performances will take place between Feb. 5 and Feb. 20.