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Archive for December, 2011

Behind the scenes of Zoppé: An Italian Family Circus

This morning it was our treat to have Jayme King, meterologist from Fox 10, come out and experience the Zoppé Circus first hand.  We even got him involved in the tricks that you may see over the course of the circus’ run.


Why juggle balls and batons when you can juggle people?


Here’s a wonderful preview of what you may find at the Circus


What do Jayme and the Old Spice guy have in common? They are both on a horse.


No show is ever the same, so if you come more than once, you’ll see a different show each time. If you still haven’t gotten your tickets, you can get them here, but be aware that some shows are sold out.

Auditions for the off-Broadway Interactive Dance Party: Awesome 80’s Prom

Be the star of your own prom when Chandler Center for the Arts presents, “Awesome ’80s Prom,” a popular off-Broadway production in which the audience is invited to dance, don blue eye shadow and flaunt teased hair do’s alongside the cast.  Performances will be taking place nightly March 19-24, 2012.

Casting for the show has just been announced, and the search is on for local talent! Awesome 80’s Prom is looking for actors to portray the variety of characters in the show, reminiscent of the classic archetypes from all the beloved 80’s films, including: the jock, bad boy, class president, mean school principal, nerds, foreign exchange students, cheerleaders and more. Dancers with energetic and sociable personalities and impersonators of celebrities from the 1980’s are also needed.

Lastly, for those who have been bit by the comedy bug rather than the dancing bug, the show is also seeking a performer to play the part of the DJ. It’s the perfect role for karaoke hosts, stand-up comedians or other lively individuals who can keep the crowd engaged and experiencing an awesome 80’s night!

Actors cast in the Prom will be given $100 stipend (per actor) and ticket vouchers.

Audition Information:

Auditions will be held Saturday, January 28, 2012 at the Chandler Center for the Arts, located at 250 North Arizona Avenue Chandler, AZ 85225.  Call-backs will be on the same day.  The national touring director for “Awesome ’80s Prom” will be present.  Interested actors should prepare a brief monologue, preferably from an ’80s movie (ex: Say Anything, The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles) and bring a headshot and resume.  To schedule an audition, please email: YOUR NAME, AGE, E-MAIL ADDRESS and CONTACT PHONE NUMBER to the Chandler Center for the Arts Marketing Assistant, Caitie Quick: caitie.quick@chandleraz.gov or fill out this form.  A confirmation of an audition appointment will be sent via email. 

Artsy Fartsy Foodies: AJ’s Cafe

Downtown Chandler isn’t what it used to be, and if you ask Darlene, VP of Sales & Marketing for AJ’s at the San Marcos Golf Resort, that’s a wonderful thing.

Downtown Chandler isn’t what it used to be, and if you ask Darlene, VP of Sales & Marketing for AJ’s at the San Marcos Golf Resort, that’s a wonderful thing. Since Downtown Chandler’s (The DC’s) revival, the hotel and AJ’s Café has been and continues to be a great draw for The DC.

“We have the arts, restaurants and a variety of entertainment all within walking distance of the hotel,” said Darlene. “Guests are able to combine several activities and make their Downtown experience last for the whole evening or even the weekend.”

San Marcos has been working on connecting the arts and the hotel by bringing in artists to perform at the hotel and by sponsoring CCA’s national performing artists by giving them a wonderful place to stay and relax before and after their performances.

For Jim Aikin ( Executive Director of Catering and Conference Services ), joining food and art together is a natural fit. “Food is art, the meal service is a performance itself. We want to please and entertain our guests just like the arts center,” said Jim.

We couldn’t agree more. Nothing beats a great dinner and a show for a night out on the town.

At AJ’s Cafe, the doors are open and everyone is welcome, even if they aren’t a guest at the hotel. They invite anyone looking for a great food experience in a relaxed atmosphere to try AJ’s new menu, which is a reflection of both the new approach AJ’s has taken, and the new identity that can be found in Downtown Chandler. Eat Your Art Out diners are encouraged to make reservations at AJ’s Cafe from 6:00am to 9:00pm on February 28th. 2012. To make a reservation for Eat Your Art Out, please call 480-812-0900 or visit their restaurant page.