Old Town will soon be alive with the sound of live musical theater.
After nearly a decade, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts is producing its first live musical, “The World Goes ‘Round.”
Scottsdale Arts last put on a musical theater production in 2009 with “Girls Night: The Musical.”
“There’s really no live theater in this area at all,” said Michael Wallot, director of “The World Goes ‘Round.” “So maybe this will start a little revolution here and get people interested in producing.”
The musical will be located at Stage 2, a cabaret space that went largely unused at SCPA.
“It hasn’t been totally unused for awhile, but it has not been as available and as used as it could be,” said Meribeth Reeves, managing director of SCPA.
Reeves said “The World Goes ‘Round” – an intimate, award-winning cabaret-style performance – works perfectly on a smaller space like Stage 2.
“This type of show is pretty flexible in how you stage it and what you do with it because there’s not a story throughout, so the artistic team can be really creative in how they present it,” Reeves said.
For the production of “World,” cabaret tables will be set up at the front of the theater, allowing the artists to more closely connect with the audience.
“That’s one of the fun things about a cabaret-style performance is artists do often mingle with the crowd, and it’s a great way to really get up-close and personal with some of the actors,” Reeves said.
This intimate setting not only allows audience members to feel like they’re part of the show, but Wallot hopes it will also give them a chance to escape and reflect.
“Musical theater has always been a great escape for the world,” he said. “It makes you think about your life, and the songs in this show are very reflective. We thought it would be a great way to bring some cheer to the area.”
“World” features an all-local cast of professional actors, singers, musicians and technical staff.
Sourcing local talent was important to both Wallot and Reeves.
“They’re not as appreciated as they should be,” Reeves said. “We want to be able to make sure that all of our audience is seeing the local artists and the level of quality of what is produced here.”
It’s also important to SCPA to provide a space the community can use.
Reeves said a big need for the local arts community is performing space and rehearsal space.
“[Stage 2] is a wonderful space for that,” she said. “When we continue to hear that finding performance space is a challenge or finding opportunities for paid work for theater artists is a challenge, we know that’s a need we can meet.”
“The World Goes ‘Round” runs Oct. 11-27. Tickets range from $38 to $45. For dates, prices and more information, visit scottsdaleperformingarts.org.