Desert Foothills Theater announces upcoming ‘Seussical’ performances, summer camps

SCOTTSDALE – The Desert Foothills Theater (DFT) will present entertainment for the whole family in May and June.

“Seussical, Jr.” opens on Friday, May 10. Horton the Elephant, the Cat in the Hat, and all of your favorite Dr. Seuss characters spring to life onstage in “Seussical, JR.,” a fantastical musical extravaganza.

Transporting audience from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus, the Cat in the Hat narrates the story of Horton the Elephant, who discovers a speck of dust containing tiny people called the Whos. Horton must protect the Whos from a world of naysayers and dangers, all while protecting an abandoned egg.

Although Horton faced ridicule, danger, and a trial, ultimately the powers of friendship, loyalty, family and community emerge triumphant!

Seussical performances are at 7 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, May 10, 11, 17 and 18, and at 2 p.m. on Sundays, May 12 and 19. Performances take place in the Cactus Shadows Theater, 33606 N. 60th Street in Scottsdale.

Tickets are $19 and may be purchased at DFTheater.org.

Jojo’s Jolly Tea Party will take place in the Cactus Shadows Theater on one day, Sunday, May 19 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15, and may be purchased online.

DFT Summer Camps start in June and offer creative classes for kids of all ages.

Pictured: Kids participating in DFT's summer camps, which start this June. Photo courtesy of DFT
Pictured: Kids participating in DFT’s summer camps, which start this June. Photo courtesy of DFT

“We teach teamwork,” explains Tia Wooley, managing director of the DFT. “Learning to be a team player will build skills in collaboration, problem solving, focus, creativity, confidence, accountability, dedication, non-verbal communication, how to receive constructive feedback, perseverance and more.

Dates and camps include:

  • June 3-14: Creative Kids Camp, 9 a.m. – noon, ages 5-7. Kids will take a book called “Bad Kitty does not like candy,” write a script and rehearse their play. They will also design and create masks for the characters. Final day of camp will include a performance of their play.
  • June 17-28: Act One Camp, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., ages 5-7. Kids write a play, rehearse, create the set, costumes and perform on the final day of camp.
  • June 17-28: Rock Bottom, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., ages 8-14. Full Musical Theater camp where kids learn all aspects of musical theater, participate in auditions, rehearsals, designing, creating and complete the week with a performance.

“Bring your ‘shining star’ to Desert Foothills Theater to learn how process meets performance,” Wooley said. “Your child will learn the ins and outs of theater life, make new friends and build confidence to be in front of a crowd.”

The award-winning DFT has been presenting live performances in the far north Valley since 1975. For tickets and more information about upcoming events, visit www.DFTheater.org or call 480-488-1081.