Theater Productions in PVSchools Return! Your Guide to the Fall Showstoppers

Friday, October 8, 2021

The curtains are up, and stage productions come to life through song, dance, acting, set designs, and props. Support the work of performing arts students and teachers in PVSchools by attending one of these fantastic shows.

  • Oct. 13-16 | The Great High School Whodunit in the Culinary Room F-142/144 at Pinnacle High School (get directions).

    An assembly has been called to honor the Dudley Family, who've donated money to the school. The students attending include Rita, the cheerleader; Breeze, the activist; and the troublemakers, Rusty and Reptile. Besides the principal, Mr. Richmond, the Dudley staff is represented by Mrs. Rooper, the frustrated, strict vice-principal; the dedicated Coach who wants Dudley money for sports; Becky, the sweet-but-incompetent secretary; and Mr. Trumbull, English teacher, and man-about-town. And, of course, there's the Dudley's themselves: Daphne (not overly bright and in love with Mr. Trumbull); Mr. Dudley (a compulsive gambler); and Mrs. Dudley, who does for motherhood what detentions do for student morale. Mrs. Dudley's ring — which she placed in the school safe for security — is stolen. Fortunately, a stranger appears — an FBI agent — ready to conduct the investigation. Except. . .a second stranger arrives, also claiming to be an agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. One is the real article. One the infamous jewel thief, Jack of Hearts. The audience must unmask the jewel thief's accomplice and discover the location of the stolen ring. 

    Tickets cost $30 and include a three-course meal. Purchase tickets at the Pinnacle High School webstore.

    Please note that this is an audience participatory, murder mystery show. There is a gun pulled, and a gunfire sound effect is used.
  • Oct. 20 at 7 p.m. | One-Act Showcase in the ​​Black Box D-112 at Pinnacle High School (get directions).

    The upper-level classes will present two one-acts: A Cold Day in Hell by Keith J. Powell and The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon by Don Zolidis.

    Donations will be taken at the door. It's a first-come, first-serve situation, and there will be 50 seats available. Please note that this production is being recorded as part of the Arizona State One-Act Festival submission process.

  • Oct. 21 at 7 p.m., Oct. 23-24 at 7:30 p.m., and Oct. 24 at 3 p.m. | RISE! Broadway Under the Stars in the Auditorium at Horizon High School (get directions).

    Horizon High School's national award-winning Choral Department will perform its annual Broadway Under the Stars production. RISE! will feature music and dance from the popular Broadway musicals Hair, West Side Story, Hairspray, Prom, Annie, Newsies, American Idiot, Mulan, Matlida, Rent, and more.

    Purchase tickets for RISE! Broadway Under the Stars.
  • Nov. 4-5 at 6:30 p.m. | Scared Silly in the Cafeteria at Explorer Middle School (get directions). 

    Scared Silly is a series of Spoofy Halloween scenes, guaranteed to tickle your funny bone more than send chills up your spine. Tickets are $3 per person.
  • Nov. 4-6 at 7 p.m. and Nov. 6 at 2 p.m. | Disney's The Little Mermaid in the Performing Arts Center at Shadow Mountain High School (get directions).

    Based on Hans Christian Andersen's most beloved stories and the classic animated film, Disney's The Little Mermaid is a hauntingly beautiful love story for the ages. With music by eight-time Academy Award Winner Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater, and a compelling book by Doug Wright, this fishy fable will capture your heart with its irresistible songs, including "Under the Sea," "Kiss the Girl," and "Part of Your World." King Triton's youngest daughter, Ariel, wishes to pursue the human Prince Eric in the world above, bargaining with the evil sea witch, Ursula, to trade her tail for legs. But the bargain is not what it seems, and Ariel needs the help of her colorful friends, Flounder, Scuttle, and Sebastian, to restore order under the sea.

    The cost to attend is $5 per student and $10 per adult. Streaming tickets can be purchased online on NVAA Drama's website. In-person tickets can be purchased at the door.

    This North Valley Arts Academies (NVAA) production of The Little Mermaid will feature 65 Shadow Mountain High School, Shea Middle School, and Desert Cove Elementary students ranging in age from 4th grade to 12th grade. The show is designed by NVAA technical theatre students and run by a student crew of high school students and 6th-8th grade technical theatre interns.
  • Nov. 4-6 at 7 p.m. and Nov. 5 at 3 p.m. | Trap in the Black Box Theatre at Paradise Valley High School (get directions).

    Trap: An incomprehensible event: every person in the audience of a high school play falls unconscious-every person but one. Using interviews with witnesses, loved ones, first responders, and the investigators pursuing the case, a theatre ensemble brings the story of the strange event to life, documentary-style. 

    Tickets cost $5 and can be purchased at the school bookstore. Limited seating in the Black Box Theatre is available. Reserve seats by emailing and include the date and time and the number of audience members in the email.
  • Nov. 19 at 6 p.m. | The Legend of Sleepy Hollow at Sunrise Middle School (get directions).
    The Sunrise Players present The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, a ghost story adapted by Lindsay Price from the original written by Washington Irving.

    Tickets cost $5 at the door.
  • Dec. 8 at  6:30 p.m. I Madrigals and Merriment, a choir and drama production at Explorer Middle School (get directions). 

    The Madrigals and Merriment is a celebration of all things Shakespeare, from songs written during the time he was alive to scenes that remind us of Shakespeare plays. This is a free event!
  • Dec. 10-11 | Short Play Festival at Shea Middle School (get directions). For additional information, please call 602-449-3500.