“We’ve made season passes available, allowing patrons to enjoy all three mainstage shows for the cost of two,” said Mace Archer, MCC faculty and co-director of the Theater and Film Arts department. “This year we are presenting two comedies and a mystery. Our interpretation of the classics selected for this year’s performances will showcase the talent and skill of both our students and our faculty. ”
Kicking off the season is Agatha Christie’s classic mystery, “And Then There Were None.” Set on an isolated island, 10 strangers are invited to a weekend under false pretenses. As one after another of the guests is discovered dead, the rest are left to reveal the murderer before they each meet their untimely demise. Audience members will be challenged to identify the murderer before there are none in this masterpiece of mystery. This classic mystery runs October 7-15.
Next is, “The Lady Demands Satisfaction,” by Arthur Jolly. This comedy features the trappings of farce, mistaken identities, gender switching and high stakes duels all in the name of love. Set in an era of amazing sword-play, audiences will be delighted with its clever sense of humor and lively stage combat. And in this play, the ladies do all the sword fighting! Directed by guest artist David Barker, “The Lady Demands Satisfaction” looks to be a highlight of the theatrical season. The laughs from this show run December 2-10.
The final show of the season is Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” MCC’s version of this classic comedy is set in the Disco-era with the backdrop of Studio 54. With Oberon as club owner and Titania as his Dancing Queen, what could possibly go wrong when the party lasts all night long. Shakespeare’s lovers will woo to the BeeGees and Bottom will struggle mightily beneath the stars of the mirror ball. Midsummer runs April 28 through May 6.
Season passes are $24 for the general public and $18 for students, alumni, seniors, faculty, staff and military. Season passes may be purchased by calling (480) 461-7172. Tickets for individual performances are $12 for the general public and $9 for students, alumni, seniors, faculty, staff and military and available at mesacc.edu/arts.
Learn more about the MCC Theatre & Film Arts program at mesacc.edu/programs/theatre.
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Mesa Community College is nationally recognized for university transfer, career and technical programs, civic engagement, service-learning and innovative approaches to education. On average MCC students provide 23,000 hours of community service annually. For more than 50 years, the college has served as a resource for education, workforce development and lifelong learning. Host to more than 25,400 students annually, MCC offers degree and certificate programs at its two campuses and additional locations through a combination of modalities. MCC is transforming how it champions student success through Guided Pathways with Integrated Support Services and a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. MCC is a Hispanic Serving Institution with nearly 50% of its students being the first in their families to attend college. MCC has the largest indigenous student population of all the Maricopa Community Colleges; its American Indian Institute serves students from the 22 federally recognized Arizona tribes as well as out-of-state tribes. The diverse student body includes hundreds of international students from around the world. Award-winning faculty are dedicated to student success, providing the education and training that empowers MCC students to attain their goals. Located in the East Valley of Phoenix, Arizona, on the traditional territories of the O'odham, Piipaash and Yavapai Peoples, MCC is one of 10 colleges in the Maricopa County Community College District. Visit mesacc.edu to learn more.
An education in Theatre & Film Arts at MCC provides a valuable base from which to launch careers in film, television, stage, management, marketing, advertising, law, politics, theology, social work, or therapeutic fields. Students are provided opportunities to work with industry professionals from across the country and be successful at national competitions such as the national Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival and the AriZoni Theatre Awards of Excellence. Experience ranges from acting, design, writing, directing and serving as a crew member in a variety of productions.
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