Coconino Community Theatre Launches 2021 Season with Award-Winning Play
By Cheryl Parker
Seasoned actors, a brilliant script, and a heart-wrenching, hilarious storyline make for great theatre. Unheard of in Munds Park? Perhaps, but not impossible.
The talented cast of The Dixie Swim Club, selected for a City of Glendale/Arizona Arts Commission grant, will kick off the 2021 season of Coconino Community Theatre (CCT) with the play that won that honor. The COVID pandemic prevented the cast from performing the play last year to a live audience, so the actors submitted a videotaped version which won the competition. The Dixie Swim Club, written by Jesse Jones, Nicholas Hope, and Jamie Wooten, is about five women who competed on their college swim team. Close, lasting friendships evolved and continue into old age. The women reunite every summer to catch up on each other’s lives. No subject is off limits—sex, marriage, divorce, failed kids, and terminal illness strengthen the ladies’ bond and you’ll laugh and cry right along with them. The Dixie Swim Club, directed by Lynn Rouyer,runs June 24th, 25th, and 26th. Go to www.cctfriends.org for ticket information.
Arizona Children’s Theatre, which is sponsored by CCT, will present Broadway’s hit musical, Mary Poppins, Jr., as its annual children’s camp headliner. More than ever before, children need to discover their creativity, socialize, and escape to a healthier environment. Under the direction of Lynn Rouyer and Jared Bowyer, we invite children ages 7-19 to participate in this 3-week long musical adventure of acting, singing, and dancing. The camp, which runs July 5-25, helps children develop essential skills, self confidence, and poise that lead to lifelong success. For registration, call Lynn Rouyer @ 602-622-2543 or go to www.cctfriends.org.
CCT’S final production of the season will be Pistols or Poison, a wild west mystery written and directed by Munds Park’s own Ele Parrott. Someone’s dead but no one is fessing up to the killing. There will be lots of singing and dancing (audience participation) as everybody tries to figure out who dunnit! Come to the town saloon for this boot stompin,’ rabble-rousin’ night of fun, August 12th, 13th, and 14th.
For tickets, go to www.cctfriends.org or call 928-981-0000.
Throughout the summer, CCT plans other fun community events, sing-a-longs, and even a Junior-Senior Prom saluting the Big Band Era. For details, go to www.cctfriends.org and watch for announcements in the Pinewood News.