‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame’ Nov. 2-17 at Zao Theatre

Zao Theatre is proud to present The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Nov. 2-17. The sweeping, grand-scale epic, musical tale of hope, love and passion comes to life on Zao’s big stage in this emotionally charged telling of the celebrated classic. Inspired by Victor Hugo’s novel and songs from the Disney animated feature, this version of […]

Zao Theatre of Apache Junction actors win 2 ariZoni awards

During the 28th annual ariZoni Theatre Awards of Excellence celebration held Sept. 17, Zao Theatre actors received two awards, both for “Ragtime: The Musical.” “Congratulations to Bryan N. Stewart and Ivan Thompson for collecting the award for best actor(s) in a major role. Congratulations to all our Ragtime ariZoni nominees and to the entire cast and […]

Zao Theatre celebrates 166th birthday of ‘The Elephant Man’ through Sept. 8

Aug. 5, 1862, was John Merrick’s birthday. He would have been 166 years old this year. He was truly an example of how one man, through perseverance, can overcome circumstances far beyond his control and take his place in a much unforgiving society. He proved once and for all that there is always hope to […]

Zao Theatre’s ‘Ragtime, The Musical’ in Apache Junction nominated for 9 ariZoni Awards

The production of “Ragtime, The Musical” at Zao Theatre in Apache Junction has been nominated for nine ariZoni Awards. The annual award presentation is to be in September, Hank Sheffer, publicity director for Zao Theatre, said in a release. “This year marked the first year Apache Junction’s own community theatre, Zao Theatre, was permitted to participate,” he said […]

Zao Theatre is Apache Junction’s own full-fledged community theatre

Yes, Apache Junction does have its own full-fledged community theatre. Zao Theatre occupies the former Superstition Mountain Elementary School complex. As a part of this community, it has always been our desire to engage, inspire, entertain and challenge audiences with theatrical productions that range from the classics to new works. We offer opportunities and support […]

Zao Theatre play examines justice, social responsibility

The Zao Theatre, 550 S. Ironwood Drive, Apache Junction, will stage “Twelve Angry Jurors,” based on the award-winning play “12 Angry Men.” In the play, which will be performed April 13-28, 12 jurors are selected from all walks of life to determine the fate of an 18-year-old on trial for murdering his father. The jury is locked and all […]

Jerry Donato Quartet takes Zao Theatre stage in Apache Junction

The Jerry Donato Quartet will perform 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 30, at the Zao Theatre, 550 S. Ironwood Drive, Apache Junction. Presented by Zao Theatre and Centerstage Church, the quartet features John Lewis on drums; Bob Lasier, bass; Nicole Pesce, piano; and Jerry Donato on sax and flute. Mr. Donato has performed on the “Arsenio Hall Show,” and […]

Jerry Donato Quartet, Broken Chair Band with the Knills at Zao theatre

Zao Theatre and Centerstage Church, 550 S. Ironwood Drive in Apache Junction, have two shows in March. They are: •The Broken Chair Band and Dennis and Carilyn Knill, 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 2. You’ve seen them perform separately all over the Valley. Tonight they combine their talents to perform “An Evening of Old Time Gospel […]

The melodrama is back at Zao Theatre Feb. 8-17

“You must pay the mortgage.”         -Villainous Dirk DeVious “I can not pay the mortgage.”         -Penelope Pureheart “You must pay the mortgage.”         -Villainous Dirk DeVious “I can not pay the mortgage.”          -Penelope Pureheart “You must pay the mortgage.”           […]

‘Curses Foiled Again’ melodrama Feb. 8-17 at Zao Theatre

“Curses Foiled Again,” a melodrama presented by Zao Theatre, 550 S. Ironwood Drive in Apache Junction, is Feb. 8-17. This is entertainment for the entire family in the tradition of the earliest theater in America. Audiences are encouraged to boo the villain, cheer the hero and sigh over the heroine.  Frequent asides by the characters […]