Announcing the Cast of Footloose!

Announcing  the cast and crew for FOOTLOOSE!
We hope you’ll all join us when this amazing cast ‘cuts loose’ in September!

Ren: Nathan Taylor
Ariel: Greta Perlmutter
Rusty: Harley Barton
Urleen: Julia Jordan
Wendy Jo: TBA
Rev. Shaw: Mark Hackmann
Vi: Meaghan Katz
Ethel: Angela Kabasan Gonzalez
Chuck: TBA
Becky (Bickel): Oriana Valcamp
Betty: Teresa Moore
Coach: Steven Ramsey
Cop: Kerry Jordan
Cowboy Bob: Paul Kolecki
Eleanor: Tina Reynolds
Garvin: Zack Pepe
Jeter: Carter Holt
Lulu/Props Design: Amanda Holt
Lyle: Danniel Giraldo
Travis: Ricco Machado-Torres
Wes: Tim Shafer
Willard: Quincy Jackson
Teen ensemble: Brianna Shaw
Teen ensemble: Gabby Vatistas
Teen ensemble: Haley Reed
Teen ensemble: Summer Allen
Teen ensemble: Xavier Morris
Teen Ensemble: Lauren Scoville
Adult Ensemble: Bridgette Phipps
Adult Ensemble: Kelsey Pokatello
Adult Ensemble: Roy Thielen
Adult Ensemble: Thomas Martinez

Producer: Pam Pershing
Director/ Choreographer/Set designer: Suze St. John
Stage Mgr: Cheryl Briley
Costumers: Cae Collmar and Candice Thornton
Sound Design: Eric Lambert
Lighting Design : TBA
TD/ASM: Jason Walz
Vocal Coach: CJ O’Hara
Band Musical Director: Debra Jo Davey
Props Crew: Lisa Somsan
Program/Publicity: Jeff Davey

Next at the Black Box

Presenting “Love! Compassion! Valor!” by Terrence McNally

Sunday August 14, 2016, 7:00 pm

The setting is at a lakeside summer vacation house in Dutchess County, two hours north of New York City where eight gay friends spend the three major holiday weekends of one summer together for Memorial Day, July Fourth, and Labor Day.

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Breaking News! New producer for the Play Reading Series!

Mesa Encore Theatre is pleased to announce that Janis Webb has joined the Company as the new Second Sunday Play Reading Series Producer. She is replacing program founder Brenda Jean Foley who is stepping down to focus on The Bridge Initiative: Women in Theatre. MET is also very grateful to Mrs. Foley's careful nurturing of this new program, and sincerely appreciates the service she has provided.

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Next at the Mesa Arts Center Main Stage

Footloose!

September 9th to the 25th
At the Mesa Arts Center

footloose
One of the most explosive movie musicals in recent memory bursts onto the live stage with exhilarating results. When Ren and his mother move from Chicago to a small farming town, Ren is prepared for the inevitable adjustment period at his new high school. What he isn’t prepared for are the rigorous local edicts, including a ban on dancing instituted by the local preacher, determined to exercise the control over the town’s youth that he cannot command in his own home. The heartfelt story that emerges is of a father longing for the son he lost and of a young man aching for the father who walked out on him. To the rockin’ rhythm of its Oscar and Tony-nominated top 40 score (the soundtrack album reached number one on the Billboard charts and has sold over 15 million copies!)

FOOTLOOSE celebrates the wisdom of listening to young people, guiding them with a warm heart and an open mind.

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What's Coming Up?

Aug
14
Sun
Play Reading Series Presents – “Love! Valor! Compassion!” by Terrence McNally @ Black Box on Main
Aug 14 @ 7:00 pm

The setting is at a lakeside summer vacation house in Dutchess County, two hours north of New York City where eight gay friends spend the three major holiday weekends of one summer together for Memorial Day, July Fourth, and Labor Day. The house belongs to Gregory, a successful Broadway choreographer now approaching middle age, who fears he is losing his creativity; and his twenty-something lover, Bobby, a legal assistant who’s blind. Each of the guests at their house is connected to Gregory’s work in one way or another – Arthur and longtime partner Perry are business consultants; John Jeckyll, a sour Englishman, is a dance accompanist; die-hard musical theater fanatic Buzz Hauser is a costume designer and the most stereotypically gay man in the group. Only John’s summer lover, Ramon, and John’s twin brother James are outside the circle of friends. But Ramon is outgoing and eventually makes a place for himself in the group, and James is such a gentle soul that he is quickly welcomed. “Infidelity, flirtations, soul-searching, AIDS, truth-telling and skinny-dipping mix monumental questions about life and death with a wacky dress rehearsal for Swan Lake performed in drag.

Please be aware that this play is adult themed.

DIRECTOR: Mark Clemente
CAST: TBA

This is a free event, though donations are gladly accepted (we have some costs due to rights and scripts, though the actors and directors donate their time).

Sep
9
Fri
Footloose @ Mesa Arts Center
Sep 9 @ 7:30 pm
Footloose @ Mesa Arts Center | Mesa | Arizona | United States

One of the most explosive movie musicals in recent memory bursts onto the live stage with exhilarating results. When Ren and his mother move from Chicago to a small farming town, Ren is prepared for the inevitable adjustment period at his new high school. What he isn’t prepared for are the rigorous local edicts, including a ban on dancing instituted by the local preacher, determined to exercise the control over the town’s youth that he cannot command in his own home. The heartfelt story that emerges is of a father longing for the son he lost and of a young man aching for the father who walked out on him. To the rockin’ rhythm of its Oscar and Tony-nominated top 40 score (the soundtrack album reached number one on the Billboard charts and has sold over 15 million copies!) FOOTLOOSE celebrates the wisdom of listening to young people, guiding them with a warm heart and an open mind.

Presented at the Mesa Arts Center

Sep
10
Sat
Footloose @ Mesa Arts Center
Sep 10 @ 7:30 pm
Footloose @ Mesa Arts Center | Mesa | Arizona | United States

One of the most explosive movie musicals in recent memory bursts onto the live stage with exhilarating results. When Ren and his mother move from Chicago to a small farming town, Ren is prepared for the inevitable adjustment period at his new high school. What he isn’t prepared for are the rigorous local edicts, including a ban on dancing instituted by the local preacher, determined to exercise the control over the town’s youth that he cannot command in his own home. The heartfelt story that emerges is of a father longing for the son he lost and of a young man aching for the father who walked out on him. To the rockin’ rhythm of its Oscar and Tony-nominated top 40 score (the soundtrack album reached number one on the Billboard charts and has sold over 15 million copies!) FOOTLOOSE celebrates the wisdom of listening to young people, guiding them with a warm heart and an open mind.

Presented at the Mesa Arts Center

Sep
11
Sun
Footloose @ Mesa Arts Center
Sep 11 @ 2:30 pm
Footloose @ Mesa Arts Center | Mesa | Arizona | United States

One of the most explosive movie musicals in recent memory bursts onto the live stage with exhilarating results. When Ren and his mother move from Chicago to a small farming town, Ren is prepared for the inevitable adjustment period at his new high school. What he isn’t prepared for are the rigorous local edicts, including a ban on dancing instituted by the local preacher, determined to exercise the control over the town’s youth that he cannot command in his own home. The heartfelt story that emerges is of a father longing for the son he lost and of a young man aching for the father who walked out on him. To the rockin’ rhythm of its Oscar and Tony-nominated top 40 score (the soundtrack album reached number one on the Billboard charts and has sold over 15 million copies!) FOOTLOOSE celebrates the wisdom of listening to young people, guiding them with a warm heart and an open mind.

Presented at the Mesa Arts Center

Play Reading Series Presents – “Fat Pig” by Neil LaBute @ Black Box on Main
Sep 11 @ 7:00 pm

Cow. Slob. Pig. How many insults can you hear before you have to stand up and defend the woman you love? Tom faces just that question when he falls for Helen, a bright, funny, sexy young woman who happens to be plus sized-and then some. Forced to explain his new relationship to his shallow (although shockingly funny) friends, finally he comes to terms with his own preconceptions of the importance of conventional good looks. Neil LaBute’s sharply drawn play not only critiques our slavish adherence to Hollywood ideals of beauty but boldy questions our own ability to change what we dislike about ourselves.

Please be aware that this play is adult themed.

DIRECTOR: Chris Chavez

CAST: TBA

This is a free event, though donations are gladly accepted (we have some costs due to rights and scripts, though the actors and directors donate their time).

Sep
15
Thu
Footloose @ Mesa Arts Center
Sep 15 @ 7:30 pm
Footloose @ Mesa Arts Center | Mesa | Arizona | United States

One of the most explosive movie musicals in recent memory bursts onto the live stage with exhilarating results. When Ren and his mother move from Chicago to a small farming town, Ren is prepared for the inevitable adjustment period at his new high school. What he isn’t prepared for are the rigorous local edicts, including a ban on dancing instituted by the local preacher, determined to exercise the control over the town’s youth that he cannot command in his own home. The heartfelt story that emerges is of a father longing for the son he lost and of a young man aching for the father who walked out on him. To the rockin’ rhythm of its Oscar and Tony-nominated top 40 score (the soundtrack album reached number one on the Billboard charts and has sold over 15 million copies!) FOOTLOOSE celebrates the wisdom of listening to young people, guiding them with a warm heart and an open mind.

Presented at the Mesa Arts Center

Sep
16
Fri
Footloose @ Mesa Arts Center
Sep 16 @ 7:30 pm
Footloose @ Mesa Arts Center | Mesa | Arizona | United States

One of the most explosive movie musicals in recent memory bursts onto the live stage with exhilarating results. When Ren and his mother move from Chicago to a small farming town, Ren is prepared for the inevitable adjustment period at his new high school. What he isn’t prepared for are the rigorous local edicts, including a ban on dancing instituted by the local preacher, determined to exercise the control over the town’s youth that he cannot command in his own home. The heartfelt story that emerges is of a father longing for the son he lost and of a young man aching for the father who walked out on him. To the rockin’ rhythm of its Oscar and Tony-nominated top 40 score (the soundtrack album reached number one on the Billboard charts and has sold over 15 million copies!) FOOTLOOSE celebrates the wisdom of listening to young people, guiding them with a warm heart and an open mind.

Presented at the Mesa Arts Center

Sep
17
Sat
Footloose @ Mesa Arts Center
Sep 17 @ 2:30 pm
Footloose @ Mesa Arts Center | Mesa | Arizona | United States

One of the most explosive movie musicals in recent memory bursts onto the live stage with exhilarating results. When Ren and his mother move from Chicago to a small farming town, Ren is prepared for the inevitable adjustment period at his new high school. What he isn’t prepared for are the rigorous local edicts, including a ban on dancing instituted by the local preacher, determined to exercise the control over the town’s youth that he cannot command in his own home. The heartfelt story that emerges is of a father longing for the son he lost and of a young man aching for the father who walked out on him. To the rockin’ rhythm of its Oscar and Tony-nominated top 40 score (the soundtrack album reached number one on the Billboard charts and has sold over 15 million copies!) FOOTLOOSE celebrates the wisdom of listening to young people, guiding them with a warm heart and an open mind.

Presented at the Mesa Arts Center

Footloose @ Mesa Arts Center
Sep 17 @ 7:30 pm
Footloose @ Mesa Arts Center | Mesa | Arizona | United States

One of the most explosive movie musicals in recent memory bursts onto the live stage with exhilarating results. When Ren and his mother move from Chicago to a small farming town, Ren is prepared for the inevitable adjustment period at his new high school. What he isn’t prepared for are the rigorous local edicts, including a ban on dancing instituted by the local preacher, determined to exercise the control over the town’s youth that he cannot command in his own home. The heartfelt story that emerges is of a father longing for the son he lost and of a young man aching for the father who walked out on him. To the rockin’ rhythm of its Oscar and Tony-nominated top 40 score (the soundtrack album reached number one on the Billboard charts and has sold over 15 million copies!) FOOTLOOSE celebrates the wisdom of listening to young people, guiding them with a warm heart and an open mind.

Presented at the Mesa Arts Center

Sep
18
Sun
Footloose @ Mesa Arts Center
Sep 18 @ 2:30 pm
Footloose @ Mesa Arts Center | Mesa | Arizona | United States

One of the most explosive movie musicals in recent memory bursts onto the live stage with exhilarating results. When Ren and his mother move from Chicago to a small farming town, Ren is prepared for the inevitable adjustment period at his new high school. What he isn’t prepared for are the rigorous local edicts, including a ban on dancing instituted by the local preacher, determined to exercise the control over the town’s youth that he cannot command in his own home. The heartfelt story that emerges is of a father longing for the son he lost and of a young man aching for the father who walked out on him. To the rockin’ rhythm of its Oscar and Tony-nominated top 40 score (the soundtrack album reached number one on the Billboard charts and has sold over 15 million copies!) FOOTLOOSE celebrates the wisdom of listening to young people, guiding them with a warm heart and an open mind.

Presented at the Mesa Arts Center

Mission Statement:

Mesa Encore Theatre (MET) brings the fun and excitement of live theatre to the community with integrity and dedication to excellence. We are committed to being an integral part of the cultural experience that contributes to the quality of life for all – adults of any age, youth and children. MET respects the talents and skills of its volunteers and welcomes everyone to participate, enjoying and enhancing their performing arts experience, both on stage and behind the scenes.