The schedules for the 2017-2018 season are out, and there are several opportunities to check out local talent and support the arts. Here’s what’s coming through December.
‘Discover: The Spirit of American Explorers’
Saturday, Nov. 4, 7:30 p.m.
An adventure of celestial exploration through music. ProMusica’s conductor and composer, Timothy Michael Powell, debuts his new work to the backdrop of inspirational quotes from legendary American trailblazers and innovators, including Buzz Aldrin, Carl Sagan and Christa McAuliffe.
‘Comfort and Joy’
Saturday, Dec. 16, 7:30 p.m.
Catch the Christmas spirit at this performance of classic scores. Bach’s “Magnificat” and Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker Suite” highlight the night along with other holiday pieces of hope.
$20/Adults; $18/Seniors and military; $12/Students ages 16‒26; Free/Children 15 and under accompanied by an adult.
Season tickets for all four concerts (includes two in 2018) available for purchase: $72/Adults and $64/Seniors and military.
North Valley Symphony Orchestra
Saturday, Oct. 14, 7 p.m.
Showcases the diverse and colorful culture of Russia, featuring performances of famous compositions including Tchaikovsky’s popular love theme from “Romeo and Juliet,” Mussorgsky’s “The Great Gates of Kiev” and Shostakovich’s “Symphony No.5.”
Saturday, Dec. 16, 7 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 17, 3 p.m.
Charming performances of seasonal favorites made popular by the Trans Siberian Orchestra and Mannheim Steamroller. Selections include Berlin’s “White Christmas” and Anderson’s “Sleigh Ride.” Finish off the night with sing-along songs and a visit with Santa.
NVSO Venue & Information
North Canyon High School
1700 E. Union Hills Dr., Phoenix
$5/Concert or $15/Season pass to include all four concerts
Musical Theatre of Anthem
‘Disney’s Jungle Book KIDS’
Thursday, Sept. 21–Sunday, Sept. 24
Join young boy Mowgli and his animal friends as they take a stand against the terrible tiger Shere Khan and restore peace throughout the jungle in this swinging musical.
‘The Secret Garden’
Friday, Sept. 29–Saturday, Sept. 30, & Friday, Oct. 6–Sunday, Oct. 8
Young orphan Mary Lennox explores a magic garden at her uncle’s estate. The haunting melodies of this story teach forgiveness and renewal.
‘The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane’
Thursday, Nov. 30–Sunday, Dec. 3
Edward Tulane lives a carefree and easy life as a China rabbit doll belonging to 10-year-old Abilene, until he loses his way and gets passed along from owner to owner, experiencing rough ways of life and learning lessons of selflessness and love.
‘Elf the Musical Jr.’
Thursday, Dec. 7–Sunday, Dec. 10
The MTA holiday tradition: Buddy the elf. Young orphan Buddy accidentally travels to the North Pole and is raised believing to be an elf. Upon learning his true heritage, he travels back to New York City to embrace his new family.
MTA Venue & Information
42323 N. Vision Way, Anthem
$19/Adults; $16/Students, seniors and children 12 and under; $14/Groups of 10 or more
Starlight Community Theater
‘Disney’s Aladdin Jr.’
Friday, Sept. 8–Saturday, Sept. 23
Watch young troublemaker Aladdin vie for the attention of the beautiful princess Jasmine in this musical adventure.
‘You Can’t Take It With You’
Friday, Oct.13–Sunday, Oct. 22
A story of rebellious yet good-hearted folk who seem to never suffer any consequences from avoiding their responsibilities.
‘While the Lights Were Out’
Thursday, Nov. 9–Sunday, Nov. 12
On a dark and stormy night, a shocking murder mystery unfolds. Follow the detective as he attempts to uncover the culprit in all of the surprising and witty chaos.
‘A Christmas Story’
Friday, Dec. 1–Sunday, Dec. 10
Step back into the 1940s with 9-year-old midwestern kiddo Ralphie Parker as he schemes to acquire a special BB gun for Christmas.