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Preparing for the big show—Auditions for “At Home in the Desert” recently took place (pictured above), and the play debuts 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. April 30-May 1 at the Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center.
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Tickets now available for Arizona Centennial Legacy Project

Staff Report ~ 4/9/2014

As of April 1, tickets for one locally crafted Arizona Centennial Legacy Project have become available.
The one-act play, entitled “At Home in the Desert” was written by Phyllis Strupp and features the story of 12-year-old Chloe, who learns valuable life lessons from the Sonoran Desert with the help of some mysterious friends including historical figures, desert plants and animals. Alex, a teen with autism, is a hero in the play who defends Chloe against Jimmy the playground bully.
The play and associated teaching tools will be finalized into a package made available to all K-12 schools in Arizona for their use.
Tickets are available at the Desert Foothills Library or the Foothills Community Foundation: $10 for adults, $5 for ages 12 and under.
"At Home in the Desert" is directed by Aubrey Grace Watkins and choreographed by Kenda Newbury, with original music by Kevin Glenn. Hohokam-inspired animal masks are designed by Robin Ray.
Contact the Foothills Community Foundation for additional information at or 480-488-1090.
The Legacy Project has three phases: First was the writing, fundraising and workshopping for the play. The live production comprises the second phase, while phase three will be finalization and distribution of the teaching package that includes lesson plans, script, music and instructions on the creation of masks, costumes and sets.
"At Home in the Desert" partners include the Cave Creek Unified School District, Cave Creek Museum, Foothills Community Foundation, Desert Foothills Library, the Desert Awareness Committee, Desert Foothills Theater, Kiwanis Club of Carefree and Partners in Education.