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Posted: Wednesday, November 16, 2011 4:00 am

Green Fields students to perform Neil Simon play

Neil Simon meets Anton Chekov in “The Good Doctor,” a comic play set in Victorian Russia and presented this weekend by the advanced drama students of Green Fields Country Day School.

Simon’s wry script revolves around the imaginings of the main character – clearly drawn from Chekov himself – who writes

vignettes about various 19th century Russian characters.

Each comes to life in a series of 10 comedic scenes. This production, co-directed by Green Fields senior Cora Becker and drama instructor Joe Romanov, will be presented at 7 p.m. on Nov. 17-19.

Tickets are $7 and can be reserved by calling the school at 297-2288 or purchased at the door. The show will be presented in the Center for Performing Arts on the historic 22-acre Green Fields campus at 6000 N. Camino de la Tierra, near Shannon and Orange Grove Roads.

On opening night – Friday, Nov. 17 – there also will be a Russian Tea Party at 5:30 p.m. with an array of sweet and savory Russian-inspired appetizers, tsar cake and tea.

This fundraiser is presented by the Green Fields Fine Arts Boosters. Tickets are $20, which includes admission to the show.

Founded in 1933 as a boarding school for boys, Green Fields is Southern Arizona’s oldest independent college preparatory school. The K-12 curriculum includes core classes in English, social studies, science and math, plus foreign languages, the visual and performing arts, technology, publications and athletics. 

For more information, call 297-2288 or visit www.greenfields.org.

Tours return to historic Temple of Music and Art

Arizona Theatre Company will once again offer free tours of the historic Temple of Music and Art, 330 S. Scott Ave. in downtown Tucson.

The tours will be conducted at 11:30 a.m. on Dec. 3 and 17, Jan. 21, Feb. 4 and 18, March 3 and 17, and April 14.

The Temple of Music and Art was dedicated on Oct. 21, 1927. Virtuoso violinist Jascha Heifetz performed at its grand opening ceremony.

Throughout its seven decades, the Temple passed through many hands and served various functions before finally being historically renovated and rededicated in October in 1990.

At that time, through an agreement with the City of Tucson, ATC became the managing tenant of the facility.

Tours begin in the courtyard, and are guided by ATC docents. Tours are typically one-hour in length.

Docents will discuss the history of the building, its restoration and renovation, and take visitors on a backstage tour for a behind-the-scenes look at the theater. All tours are open to the public and are free of charge, though space is limited.

Following the tour, patrons will receive a voucher good for discounted tickets to the current Arizona Theatre Company production.

For tour information and reservations, contact Don Gest at 884-8210, ext. 8610. Reservations must be made to attend the tour.

For more information about the Temple of Music and Art and Arizona Theatre Company, visit www.arizonatheatre.org.

Local girl to star in holiday production

Samara Attridge, 14, will help save the holidays when she appears in “A Cactus Christmas” Dec. 10-24 at the Beowulf Alley Theatre, 11 S. 6th Ave. in downtown Tucson.

The former Cross Middle School student starred as Belle in the school’s musical production of “Beauty and the Beast” during the last school year.

The cast also includes Jon Benda, Sydney Flynn, Jared Stokes, Meagan Jones and Joseph Sanchez. It is directed by Pat Timm.

This original script was written for Beowulf Alley as a family-friendly tale for the holidays by Tucson’s own John Vornholt. 

The story takes place in the ghost town of Wishbone, AZ., home of the Yellow Dog Saloon. It’s a broken-down place that hasn’t been used in a century or so except as a home for two “desert rats” named Pete and Alice, who have declared squatters’ rights. In reality, they’re searching for the “treasure trove of the Lost Turk.”

Their solitude is broken when visitors from the East Coast arrive unexpectedly. The group’s father, Jeffrey, got to select the family’s vacation destination and he wanted to tour ghost towns. His family members prefer the resort life.

Old Pete drums up a plan to take advantage of the situation, but the town’s darned ghost keeps interfering.

Tickets are now on sale and cost $8-$19.

To order tickets, or for more information, visit www.beowulfalley.org.

View the fine art of rug weaving at Tohono Chul

Alex Martinez, a Zapotec rug weaver from Teotitlan del Valle, Oaxaca, will be demonstrating his weaving skills, dyeing techniques and answering questions daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Nov. 17-19 at Tohono Chul Park, 7366 N. Paseo del Norte in northwest Tucson.

He and his family follow a tradition of more than 100 years of rug weaving. The Martinez family employs ancient methods using natural and vegetable dyes to infuse a wide array of colors and tones into rugs and tapestries.  

Martinez will be selling his and his family’s rugs at the event.  

The demonstration is included with park admission.

Park admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors, $5 for active military, and $4 for students with school ID. Children ages 5-12 are admitted free.

For more information, call: 742-6455.

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