Founded by a pair of theater-loving sisters, Desert Rose Theatre cultivates family-friendly productions in an airy, new black box at Power Square Mall. Mary Stuart, written by 18th-century dramatist Friedrich Schiller and directed by Chris Michael Dennis, explores the relationship between Britain's Protestant queen, Elizabeth I, and her Catholic cousin, Mary, Queen of Scots, which grows thornier than a bouquet of porcupine quills when Mary gets sent to prison. Though Mary is captive, her ardor and popularity threaten to topple Elizabeth's icy throne, unleashing a spate of high-stakes political maneuvers. Elizabethan-style couture by artistic director Katherine Stewart infuses the production with realism and stage curtains made of ruffled collars.
With more than 20 years in the business, Wagner Dance & Music is a mecca for dance instruction. Classes are held in 3,600 square feet of space and studios outfitted with high-tech sound systems, expansive mirrors, and “floating” maple-wood floors. Students ranging from 2 years of age to seniors can learn moves from genres such as tap, ballet, hip-hop, and jazz. Additionally, university-trained instructors offer private lessons for individuals interested in learning to play the piano and guitar—the standard acoustic or kleenex-box variety.
A 380 Seat live theatre located in the heart of Downtown Gilbert, Hale Theatre has been Arizona's Premier Family Theatre since 2003. With comedies and musicals showing each and every weekend of the year, you won't want to miss out on the opportunity to see a clean, family friendly show throughout the year!
Mesa Arts Center curates artistic goings-on inside a sleek structure filled with four theaters, five art galleries, and 14 art studios. Graced by the likes of Yo-Yo Ma and Bill Cosby, the stages of the facility's theaters showcase a cultural cocktail of live music, Broadway, dance, and comedy performances. Grooming the next generation of artisans with the help of advanced equipment, seasoned instructors teach everything from acting and beading to woodworking and welding during art classes tailored to both kids and adults.
For inspiration, students and visitors can stroll through the galleries of the Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum for glimpses at a revolving selection of contemporary art from international artists. Speckled with gardens, shapely architecture, and colorful lighting, the facility’s modern grounds welcome guests for everyday visits or annual events and festivals.