Grandparents on the Go
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Greasepaint Youtheatre

Greasepaint Youtheatre
Grandparents on the Go
By Cathy Burford & Cathy Droz

 

Cathy droz and Cathy BurfordOur family couldn’t wait to see a cousin’s performance in “Alice in Wonderland” at Scottsdale’s Stagebrush Theater.  Since 1984, downtown Scottsdale has been host to the impressive performances of Greasepaint Youtheatre’s productions.  It’s hard to fathom that we waited so long to discover this gem.  A dual company venue, the youth portion of this theatre features kids from age 5 to 19, and is often their first experience in local theater.  Since their first season Greasepaint has turned out over 4,000 student singers, actors and stage hands/set builders.  In addition to the productions they also offer year round classes and camps. Check their website for currently available camps, workshops, and auditions. There are many ways to get involved, and no matter what your children’s talents are, they will find a home at Greasepaint.   With over 100 ArizoniAwards, and over 30 National Youth Theatre Awards, this is the perfect company to start your little thespians on their way to fulfilling their dreams.

 

Greasepaint doesn’t shy away from challenges; some of their plays have included, “Oliver”, “Legally Blond”, “Les Miserables”, “The Jungle Book”, “Aladdin”, The Wiz”, “How I Became a Pirate”, and the upcoming “Romeo & Juliet” from April 25-May 4, 2014. Make no mistake, these productions are challenging!  For many the experiences here will instill a self-esteem boost that only comes from performing live.  The thrill of getting up in front of an audience is like no other.  And while it may seem like it is all fun and games, there are many valuable skills and lessons for your little actors to take away from the experience.  Just like team sports, the cast members become a team, and learn to support and depend on each other.  New friendships will be formed, and new confidence instilled.  And just maybe, these performers will end up acting in the future on some really big stages! The experiences at Greasepaint are designed to both educate and challenge all of the participants, but you would never guess that by the huge smiles on their faces at the curtain call.  Besides creating lifelong skills and confidence, it’s obviously also a whole lot of fun!  As a bonus, after the show there is a Q & A with the audience, and there was no end to the questions…

 

The Stagebrush Theater is an intimate venue, with a capacity of 200. I highly recommend purchasing your tickets in advance, as these shows sell out quickly.  I saw some very disappointed little girls who came, flowers in hand, to watch their friends, only to be told that there were no seats available. These plays are a very hot ticket, and at $15 per ticket they are also a bargain!

 

If You Go:

Greasepaint Youtheatre, at Stagebrush Theater

7020 E. 2nd St.

Scottsdale, AZ 85251

p. 420.949.7529

www.greasepaint.org

Tickets are $15 each, or group tickets are available at $12 for groups of ten or more.

Tickets can be purchased by calling 480.330.5918, or at EZTicketLive (the link is on the Greasepaint site)