Desert Foothills Theater has new managing director, new productions

SCOTTSDALE  – The Desert Foothills Theater (DFT) announces the hiring of a new managing director and several productions for January/February 2020.

Terry Temple has been named the new managing director. His roots in the Valley are deep. He is an  Arizona native, Arizona State University alum and local business owner of Tempe Music and Performing Arts in Scottsdale.

“Temple’s previous 25-year career as a professional music and liturgy director for a large church gives him experience and a deep understanding of the workings of non-profit organizations, specifically in volunteer management, community building and fundraising,” said Jennifer Rosvall, executive director of Foothills Community Foundation.

Temple served as the national director of Survival School, an organization that trained leaders of large non-profit organizations whose primary workforce were volunteers. He is a strong advocate of creating a safe, creative learning environment for children and was one of the original trainers of the country’s first Safe Environment training programs.

As a musician and theater director, Temple has directed more than 40 shows over the last decade, most recently directing the very successful “Pirates of Penzance Jr.” at the DFT.

In other theater news, Agatha Christie’s “And Then There Were None” is opening January 17. Christie published the world’s best-selling mystery novel in 1939. “And Then There Were None” tells the story of 10 people who were lured onto Indian Island by a man named U. N. Owen. Once all 10 people were in the house on the island, the story picks up when someone is poisoned. Will they discover who it is or will everybody die before they can figure it out?

“And Then There Were None” plays at 7 p.m. on January 17 to 18 and January 24 to 25, and at 2 p.m. on January 19 and 26. Performances will be held in the Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center Blackbox Theater, 33606 N. 60th St., Scottsdale, 85266. Tickets are $25.

In February, DFT will run “Honk! Jr.,” which is based on Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Ugly Duckling.” The production tells the story of an odd-looking baby duck, Ugly, and his quest to find his mother. Soon after Ugly is born, he is seduced away by a wily Cat who wants to eat Ugly for dinner.

Performances of “Honk! Jr.” are at 7 p.m. February 14 to 15 and February 21 to 22 and at 2 p.m. February 16 and 23 in the Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center Blackbox Theater.

“We are grateful to Phyllis and Peter Strupp, our season sponsors, and to Carefree Kiwanis as show sponsor for ‘Honk, Jr.’,” Rosvall said.

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 or call (480) 488-1981.