20 Years and Counting

The Ajo Council of the Fine Arts — which includes the Ajo Community Players and the Desert Artist Guild — has a long and colorful history. Plays, musicals, fine arts — these and more have added to life in Ajo for many years.

This month some of that history is being featured at the Ajo library. The display kicked off Monday with an opening reception. Guests got to browse through photo albums and scrap books that captured some of the fun from past performances. Several costumed actors were also on hand to meet visitors.

The show continues through the end of March.

1-Acts Behind the Scenes

The recent 1 Acts series of three plays presented by the Ajo Community Players were a great hit. A few weeks ago producer Sherri O’Hare shared some thoughts and photos as the plays were in rehearsal. Here are some more behind-the-scenes shots.

The stage is set at the Dicus Auditorium in Ajo, Arizona. It was a great night attended by more than 190 patrons and more students than we’ve ever had.

Click on a photo to see a larger view or to start the slide show.

ACT 1

Murder by Midnight, written by Jeff Goode and directed by Marla Von Ettenberg. Dick Piston, hotel detective, has his hands full untangling this noir mystery.

ACT 2

A Growing Problem, written by Jeanette Farr-Harkins and directed by Donna Owen. Helen and Frank have started a relationship and their love has been growing but so has one of Helen’s plants — and this may present some problems.

ACT 3

A Night Among the Dead — Or Are They? Directed by Jim Reiman. Two grave diggers reminisce about the days gone by but are soon interrupted …

The Curtain’s Going Up

Just a few more days and the curtain will go up on a great evening of three 1-act plays — performed by the talented members of the Ajo Community Players.

Want to know what plays are being performed? Check here.

You’ll find dates, times and ticket prices here.

Here are some of the preparations for opening night. Hope to see you there! 🙂

Vaudeville is Coming to Town

If you’re of a certain age you may remember vaudeville. And if you’re of another age, you might well ask, What the heck is that?

Vaudeville was very popular in the United States and Canada from the early 1880s to the early 1930s. It was what people enjoyed before movies, television, DVDs, Netflix and iPhones. It was live entertainment. It was fun. It was screwy. It was downright silly. Most of all it was entertaining

Vaudeville was the whole enchilada — comedians, dancers, magicians, trained animals, acrobats, singer, jugglers — anything and everything might appear on the theater stage right before your eyes.

And guess what? Vaudeville is alive and well in Ajo!

Even more amazing you could be part of this special and crazy evening. Do you recite poetry? Play an instrument? Sing? Act? Have a dog that does neat tricks? Well, drop down to the bottom of this post, fill out the form and join our very own Vaudeville 2014 show!

Vaudeville call for acts

An Evening at the Theater

How’s this for a deal? Three plays for the price of one — and all on the same night!

The Ajo Community Players are busy getting ready for the upcoming performances of their one-act plays on January 17th & 18th at the Dicus Auditorium.

The actors are rehearsing, sets are being painted, props and costumes are being collected, sound and lights are being arranged, and posters and tickets are ready to go. It will be a fun evening with three one-act plays and refreshments at intermission. We are hoping to have some original art work to raffle off as well. All in all, a big event, and we’re hoping for a big turnout.

We could really use your help as well. Please encourage as many other people as you can to come to these shows. We will have tickets available to sell, too, and we hope many of you will help us sell them.

The tickets go on sale December 27th, and will be priced at $8 in advance or $10 at the door. If you are interested in selling advance tickets, contact us and we’ll set you up. Tickets will also be available at the ACFA potluck this Sunday, along with posters to distribute.

3-in-1

Submitted by Sherri O’Hare

An Evening of Theatrical Intrigue

The Ajo Community Players are at it again! This time they’re producing three plays at once. This collection of one-act plays will hit the stage for two nights — January 17 and 18 — at the Dicus Auditorium in Ajo, AZ.

Murder By Midnight LogoMurder by Midnight
Hotel detective Dick Piston has his hands full with the clientele. “No man in his right mind would be alone in a room with a woman with a towel without at least a bottle of champagne and a half-order of oysters on the way.”

Growing Problem LogoA Growing Problem
Helen and Frank have started a relationship and their love has been growing for some time now. But so has one of Helen’s plants — and this may present some problems for their budding relationship. The thing is, Frank is a retired cop and Helen’s plant may be slightly illegal.

A Night Among the Dead — Or Are They?A Night Among The Dead Logo
A couple of old grave diggers, one retired and one soon to be,  share memories in the cemetery on a cool fall evening.  Until the not-quite-dead start arriving and interrupting the evening’s chit-chat.  Everyone has their hands full after that – including the audience!

Mark the dates on your calendar  and join us for an evening of murderously good fun!