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Behind the Scenes - Broadway and More!

Learn first-hand how world-class artists make it to the top, what life is like on the road or how to create "magic" on the stage. Provided in collaboration with Broadway in Tucson and UApresents.

This day-long package includes:

• A Behind the Scenes Look at the Production    • Workshop    • Lunch    • Admission to the Show

Bella Gaia

February 24th, 2019     Grades: 6-12

11:00 am - 5:30 pm

Workshop Description:  Using real NASA recordings as a guide, students will learn how to make a space soundscape.  Household objects will become repurposed percussion instruments that can replicate the sounds of space.  Once learning the techniques, students will gain inspiration as their sounds take on musical form under the simulated night sky of the Flandrau planetarium.  It'll be out-of-this-world!

About the Production: BELLA GAIA (Beautiful Earth) is an award-winning, immersive, live multimedia performance, of projected NASA visualizations of Earth from Space, with live world music and dance on stage. Inspired by astronauts who spoke of the life changing power of seeing the Earth from space, award winning director, composer, and violinist Kenji Williams, created this multimedia journey of our world in partnership with NASA, combining stunning NASA imagery of the Earth from space, data visualizations, and stirring live performances of music and dance from around the world, threaded by an orbiting flight path from the International Space Station.

Fiddler on the Roof

April 13th, 2019     Grades: 8-12+

10:00 am - 4:30 pm

About the Workshop: Step in the shoes of the show’s choreographer as you learn about Jewish folk dance and how these dances were adapted for the stage.  You'll learn why Teyve, the show’s lead character, says "Without traditions, our lives would be as shaky as….a fiddler on the roof!"

About the Production: Rich with musical hits you know and love, including "Tradition," "Sunrise, Sunset;' "If I Were A Rich Man;' "Matchmaker, Matchmaker" and "To Life (L'Chaim!)," FIDDLER ON THE ROOF is the heartwarming story of fathers and daughters, husbands and wives, and life, love and laughter.

Che Malambo

April 28th, 2019     Grades: 4-12

11:am - 5:30 pm

Workshop Description: Revel in the sounds and rhythms of Brazil. In this high energy workshop, you’ll learn the cultural significance of music in Brazil and experience a range of Samba instruments such as; Surdos, Djembes, Agogo Bells, Tamborims and Timbales.

About the Production: The powerhouse all-male Argentinian dance company, Che Malambo, excites audiences with their percussive dance and music spectacle. Malambo is a dynamic blend of precision footwork, rhythmic stomping, drumming and song which originated in the 17th century in the South American pampas. It evolved from competitive duels amongst the Argentine gaucho (South American cowboy) that tested agility, strength and dexterity. It soon evolved to include what is now its hallmark, zapeteo, the fast-paced footwork inspired by the rhythm of galloping horses. Malambo also features the drumming of traditional Argentine bombos and whirling boleadoras, a throwing weapon made up of intertwined cords and weighted with stones.


May 4th, 2019     Grades: 3-12+

10:00 am - 4:30 pm

Workshop Description:  The 2017 Arts Express production of Cats was a magical show of epic proportions!  The cast of this production will reunite to teach you the secrets of how to move like Rum Tum Tugger, Macavity or Rumpelteazer and take you on a journey through some of T.S Eliot’s poetry that created one of the longest running musicals in the world.  It's going to be feline-ominal!

About the Production: Audiences and critics alike are rediscovering this beloved musical with breathtaking music, including one of the most treasured songs in musical theater—"Memory”. Winner of 7 Tony Awards® including BEST MUSICAL, CATS tells the story of one magical night when an extraordinary tribe of cats gathers for its annual ball to rejoice and decide which cat will be reborn. The original score by Andrew Lloyd Webber (Phantom, School of Rock, Sunset Boulevard), original scenic and costume design by John Napier (Les Misérables), all-new lighting design by Natasha Katz (Aladdin), all-new sound design by Mick Potter, new choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler (Hamilton) based on the original choreography by Gillian Lynne (Phantom) and direction by Trevor Nunn (Les Misérables) make this production a new CATS for a new generation!