By Timothy Rawles / NewsBreak Pinal County, AZ
(Casa Grande, AZ) New productions are currently underway at Casa Grande's BlackBox Foundation. The non-profit is getting ready to bring drama and comedy to the stage for early 2022.
"Due to COVID we were closed for 18 months like everyone else," said board secretary Dawn Hunter. "We are starting to recover but it has been difficult.”
The pandemic caused the theater company to postpone or change productions, but the organization is determined to bring back theater to Casa Grande and the surrounding areas.
"Our mission for 2022 is to persevere," adds Hunter. "We will keep holding auditions, rehearsing and performing."
The BlackBox Foundation was founded in 2012. Since then, it has produced over 30 shows and in 2014 started an educational arts program called The BlackBox Studio which offers community members affordable arts classes, workshops, and performance opportunities.
In 2018, the BlackBox Foundation moved into the historic Casa Grande Woman’s Club building at 407 North Sacaton Street where they now perform community theater productions.
Upcoming performances include the award-winning drama Constellations which will run from Thursday, March 17, 2022, through Saturday, March 26. 2022.
In Constellations, Roland and Marianne meet at a party. In that single moment, an unfathomable multitude of possibilities unfold. Their chance meeting might blossom into a meaningful relationship or a brief affair: it might lead to nothing at all. Each step along those possible paths, in turn, offers a new series of potential outcomes: a marriage can exist alongside a breakup and a tragic illness can exist on a parallel plane to a happily ever after. In this clever, eloquent, and moving story, Roland and Marianne’s romance plays out over a myriad of possible lifetimes, capturing the extraordinary richness of being alive in the universe.
Next, is Monty Python's Tony-winning comedy, Spamalot. A special preview concert will be held at the Casa Grande Woman’s Club building on May 13, 2022, and May 14, 2002. It will then move to the Pence Center – Signal Peak Campus at 8470 N. Overfield Rd, Coolidge, for performances from May 19 to May 21, 2022.
Spamalot tells the legendary tale of King Arthur’s quest to find the Holy Grail. Inspired by the classic comedy film, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, the musical also diverts a bit from more traditional versions of the legend. Instead, Spamalot features shenanigans including a line of beautiful dancing girls, flatulent Frenchmen, and killer rabbits.
Outside, there is a plague with a 50% chance of pestilence and famine. Throughout the show, Arthur, traveling with his servant Patsy, recruits several knights to accompany him on his quest, including Sir Bedevere, Sir Robin, Sir Lancelot, and Sir Galahad. Besides the rabbits and farting Frenchman, they meet such characters as the Lady of the Lake, Prince Herbert, Tim the Enchanter, Not Dead Fred, the Black Knight, and the Knights who say “Ni!”
BlackBox Foundation's production of Treasure Island is currently running through February 27, 2022.
"With our community partners, Central Arizona College and Casa Grande Main Street, BlackBox will continue to create, educate, and advocate for the arts in Casa Grande and Pinal County," said Hunter.
The BlackBox Foundation uses donations each year to help further quality art programs and community theater. They also use funds from generous donors to help lower fees and build scholarship funds.
To find more details about the BlackBox Foundation, their performances, or how you can donate, visit their website here.