Nunsense, concerts and a Thousand Cranes landing at The Pence Center this spring

February 17, 2009
PINAL COUNTY, Ariz. – Central Arizona College has an exciting schedule of theatrical productions and musical performances slated for the Don P. Pence Center for Visual & Performing Arts beginning the first weekend in March.

The spring semester schedule starts with a three-day run of Nunsense starting Friday, March 6, at 7:30 p.m. The show also will be held on Saturday, March 7, at 7:30 p.m., and on Sunday, March 8, at 2:30 p.m. All tickets are unreserved and priced at $7 each.

Co-sponsored by Central Arizona College and the Southwest Theatre Arts Guild for Education (S.T.A.G.E), this hilarious, well-known musical by Dan Goggin tells the story of the Little Sisters of Hoboken convent where, due to an unfortunate accident in the kitchen, some 52 nuns have gone on to their reward.

Adding to the unpleasant event, the nunnery's coffers lack the funds to pay for a decent burial for all of the departed sisters, leaving four of them in cold storage.

Sister Mary Regina, Mother Superior, however, is determined to raise the cash through a talent show performed by nuns. The proceeds from the show are earmarked toward the Little Sisters' Funeral Fund.

From musicals to pure music, the Central Arizona College Band Concert will take place on Sunday, April 19, at 3 p.m., followed by the CAC Jazz Choir & CAC Jazz Band performance on Thursday, April 23, at 7 p.m.

Tickets for both shows will go on sale Tuesday, March 10, at 8 a.m. and are priced at $5 each.

The final musical performance of the 2009 spring semester will be held on Saturday, May 2, at 7 p.m. The Voices of Spring - A High School Invitational concert celebrates some of the best music Central Arizona College and the community has to offer.

“We are inviting all of the high schools to bring their select choir to sing about two songs on the program,” Dr. Eva Mae Pisciotta, CAC’s director of choral activities, said. “Our choir will be performing music appropriate for the Easter season as well as selections from the musical South Pacific.”

The schedule concludes on Monday, May 4, at 7:30 p.m. with the moving family play Thousand Cranes.

The story is about Sadako Sasaki, a two-year-old survivor of the atomic bomb blast at Hiroshima near the end of World War II. A decade later, Sasaki is diagnosed with terminal leukemia as a result of the nuclear fallout from the explosion.

She decides to fight her battle by folding 1,000 paper cranes, believing if she can reach her goal it will cure her illness. The inspirational story becomes a beacon for world peace.

Tickets go on sale for Voices of Spring and Thousand Cranes on Wednesday, April 1, at 8 a.m. and are priced at $5 each.

All tickets at The Pence Center are unreserved. Complimentary tickets for Central Arizona College students are available with a CAC ID card.

Tickets for any of Central Arizona College’s spring shows may be purchased in advance by calling 520-494-5225, or may be purchased in person at the Cashier’s Office, located in the Student Services Building (Building M, Clock Tower) on the Signal Peak Campus. The Cashier’s Office is open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-6 p.m.

Tickets also may be purchased at the CAC Box Office across from the Pence Center the day of the show.

To receive a complimentary Central Arizona College Spring 2009 Entertainment Series wallet-sized schedule card, please contact the Community Events Office at 520-494-5223.


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