THE PHOENIX THEATRE COMPANY
Announces Its 20/21 Outdoor Season
The Phoenix Theatre Company Is Constructing An Outdoor
Stage to Present Live Productions While Keeping Patrons Safe
Text Courtesy of The Phoenix Theatre Company
Rendering Courtesy of Robert Kovach at KOV Entertainment
When faced with the question—’to perform or to not perform?’, The Phoenix Theatre Company answers the unprecedented situation with a new vision of live theatre. Shows are set to premiere on an outdoor stage beginning in November.
Above: The customized outdoor stage will allow attendees to enjoy the live performance experience safely.
The new outdoor venue is under construction at the Central United Methodist Church, located at 1875 N. Central Avenue, in Phoenix. Just one block north of the theatre’s three-stage complex, the customized stage will provide an outdoor venue with ample room for patrons to enjoy the live performance experience safely socially distanced.
“With the outdoor theatre, every aspect of the patron experience had to be reconsidered and redesigned,” said Karla Frederick, director of production. “It started as a dream and now I’m happy to say it’s really happening.”
The new performance space will accommodate approximately 250 attendees, seated in pairs and distanced six feet in all directions. The 32-foot by 24-foot stage has been custom designed and engineered by outdoor event specialists to allow our production team to recreate our high production values without sacrificing safety. A wall of screens will be installed at the back of the stage to increase the flexibility of the space.
Along with the logistical challenges of constructing an outdoor stage, all the work had to comply with local, state and national health mandates. The organization obtained approval from the state and the city to hold outdoor gatherings and continues to work with the city to meet permitting standards.
“This work is six months in the making,” said Vincent VanVleet, managing director, “we had to make absolutely sure that we could present outdoor shows without increasing the risk to public health. It was a tricky needle to thread, but I couldn’t be more proud of all we’ve accomplished. Best of all, we’ll be helping put some of the country’s finest arts professionals back to work.”n
“More than ever, we need a reason for hope and a path forward,” said Michael Barnard, producing artistic director. “It is our greatest wish to gather and share the experience of live theatre – whatever that looks like. We take our responsibility of keeping our patrons and artists safe seriously . This new outdoor venue will allow us to do just that. We are so grateful that our guests continue to stick with us—they truly lift us up.”
Performances at the outdoor venue are slated to begin Tuesday, November 10, with Happy Birthday Dionne, a tribute to Dionne Warwick featuring the celebrated local trio We3. Outdoor programming will run through May 2021. The theatre is tentatively scheduling the return of live shows for June 2021 and will start with The Rocky Horror Show and Something Rotten!.
Listed below is the outdoor performance schedule. Season ticket holders and donors will be notified via e-mail regarding ticket options. Tickets will be available to the general public starting October 19, 2020.
THE OUTDOOR PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE:
Happy Birthday Dionne, featuring We3 —
November 10, 2020 to November 22, 2020
Our favorite trio is back! We3 have created an entire evening celebrating Dionne Warwick and the music she made famous. It’s a genre-hopping trip through one of popular music’s most dynamic catalogues, performed with inimitable verve by pianist Nicole Pesce, vocalist Renee Patrick, and violinist Suzanne Lansford. Tickets on sale October 19, 2020.
UNWRAPPED: An Original Christmas Revue
December 1, 2020 to December 23, 2020
The Phoenix Theatre Company and Brock Pro Entertainment bring the rock n’ roll muscle to this original production, featuring songs from Pentatonix, NSYNC, Hanson and more. Classics and contemporary gems rub shoulders as our local rock heroes put the rhythm and blues in Christmas. Tickets on sale October 19, 2020.
To Be Announced
January 27, 2021 to February 7, 2021
Tickets on sale November 3, 2020.
Murder for Two
February 17, 2021 to February 28, 2021
The murder mystery gets a fresh new spin as two gifted performers take on all the parts from the detective to the killer. Expect witty banter, colorful characters, and delicious suspense. Mystery fans, prepare for a feast. Tickets on sale November 27, 2020.
Ring of Fire
March 10, 2021 to April 4, 2021
Johnny Cash captured the spirit of America like few other musicians. Now this spirited production presents 38 songs from The Man in Black’s catalogue to tell stories of change and growth, as we follow a winning cast through important moments in their lives. Tickets on sale November 27, 2020.
My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra
April 14, 2021 to May 23, 2021
Frank Sinatra’s story is told through the combined range of four virtuoso vocalists, performing the best of his songs in an intimate nightclub setting. With music including “Fly Me to the Moon,” “I Get A Kick Out Of You,” “The Way You Look Tonight,” and—of course—“My Way,” you’ll be swinging in the aisles at this fresh new Broadway revue. Tickets on sale January 5, 2021.