Message from the Executive Director
To Our Cherished Patrons,
August 2012 - PCA is about to embark on another season, our 43rd, of high-quality theatre and visual art exhibits. The 2012 – 2013 Season’s hallmarks are again tied to expansion.
The ’11 – ’12 Season saw expansion in the Education Program, one which was very successful. Almost every performance class exceeded expected enrollment. The visual arts classes struggled a bit, but ended strong. Both categories are adding more classes.
Our venture out to Prescott Valley with two Readers Theatre pieces was quite successful and well received. Comedy X 4 drew a decent crowd in the auditorium. Acts of Desperation moved upstairs to smaller confines with wonderful results including having the author, Micheal Hardstark in attendance. Both readings, in PV and at the Prescott Library were followed by a lively question and answer session. In ’12 – ’13, PCA will again hold play readings at the PV Library and will add a new port, the Adult Center in Chino Valley as a third venue.
Our Teen Summer Stock Ensemble production of Grease had five sold out performances (out of five) with great acclaim for the show. In the ’10 – ’11 summer production, Seussical, the cast numbered fourteen. This past summer, the cast numbers swelled to twenty-five! This growth was especially sweet along with the tremendous reception of the production.
Our Young Playwrights Festival once again presented amazing plays written by very talented youth. Submissions were accepted from all of Yavapai County (with the generous help from Tim Carter, Yavapai County Superintendent of Schools) and in ’12 – ’13, the call will expand out to include students in Flagstaff. We have also been able to arrange the schedule so we can host YPF on the PCA mainstage.
The above were only a few examples of the growth PCA is experiencing which includes a rise in income and overall attendance! However, for ’12- ’13, the word is spreading quickly as we prepare to lease a second space, right in our backyard, to aid in our expansion and need for more space. At the time of writing, PCA is on the verge of leasing a 1500 SF space in the back of the defunct, Jazzy’s on Cortez street. This space will function as a classroom and rehearsal space as well as a second stage. The new space will be called, Stage Too. The productions to be produced for that space will be more cutting-edge material; certainly material we would not contemplate producing on the mainstage. Patrons can rest assured we will be having our ‘full-time’ directors overseeing the shows to insure our quest to always present high-quality work.
The entrance to Stage Too will be in the back of the building, from the alley that runs between PCA and Murphy’s. Signage will be placed to make finding the entrance easy. Parking, will, unfortunately, still be a modest challenge, but no more difficult than when patrons attend events on the mainstage. The intimate space will provide patrons with up-close and easy-hearing seating. For the time being, the seating capacity for Stage Too will be about 45, so purchasing tickets early will be prudent. There is a good possibility that seating capacity will rise in the next several months.
A space for this article is limited, to find out about the 2012 – 2013 Season, patrons are encouraged to pick up a Season Brochure and/or visit the PCA website at pca-az.net. The full gamut of event information will be available on the website by the time this is published.
PCA is grateful to the Quad-cities area for their ongoing support which makes PCA’s expansion possible. In addition to the website, patrons can get information or order tickets at 445-3286. For any new mainstage subscribers, there is a special gift awaiting (but they’re limited) them if they subscribe in time.
The PCA staff, Board and all of its wonderful Volunteers are eagerly awaiting the start of the 2012 – 2013 Season, and we all hope you are too! See you at Your Home for the Arts!