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Mesa Encore Theatre (MET) is Arizona's oldest community theatre and is based in Mesa, Arizona. They are an original resident theatre of the Mesa Arts Center where there currently perform a 6 show season[1]. The theatre also has a BlackBox space where they hold rehearsals, performances, classes & workshops, and host a variety of events each year.


History[edit]

Mesa Encore Theatre was founded in 1937 as Mesa Little Theatre by Joseph S. Jarvis. Jarvis was the head of Mesa, Arizona's Parks and Recreation Department when he often declared he wanted "to make Mesa a beautiful place for all to live" and one of his first orders of business as the Director of Parks and Recreation was to start the theatre. [2] When the theatre was in infancy, it performed on a school stage and over the years has performed in a variety of settings and venues.

List of Performances [3][edit]

Mid Twentieth Century (1937 - 1967)[edit]

1937 - "Fresh Fields"

·       Mesa Little Theatre officially begins - performances at Irving School

1937-38 Season

·       The Enchanted April

·       Night Must Fall

·       The Importance of Being Earnest

·       The Petrified Forest

1938-39 Season

·       Night Over Taos

·       Tovarich

·       Three Men on a Horse

·       Spring Song

1939-40 Season

·       Room Service

·       The Fool

·       Ethan Frome

·       Button Button

1940-41 Season

·       Among the Stars

·       Broken Dishes

·       Nick of the Woods

·       The Cat and the Canary

1941-42 Season

·       Lena Rivers

·       Billy Greybeard

·       Three Cornered Moon

1942-43 Season

·       The Man Who Came to Dinner

·       Daisies on the Cartracks

1945 Season

(under Parks and Recreation)

·       Pleased Ta Meetcha

·       Loves in Lavendar

·       My Man Godfrey

·       Mamma's Baby Boy

1946-47 Season

(Mesa Little Theatre name returns)

·       Claudia

·       Don't Take My Penny

1950 - One Play

·       Angel Street

1950-51 Season

(became the Pepper Street Players)

·       One Act Play Festival

o   Indian Summer

o   Goodbye to the Lazy K

o   Rehearsal

o   Champagne

·       Bolts and Nuts

·       The Whole Town's Talking

·       Kind Lady

·       Squaring the Circle

·       One Act Play Festival

o   The Red Lamp

o   Lost Victory

1951-52 Season

·       Rebecca

·       Andy Hardy/Skiddings

·       Arsenic and Old Lace

1952-53 Season

·       On Borrowed Time

·       The Curious Savage

·       One Act Play Festival

o   The Third Plate

o   Two Many Hands on the Clock

o   Escape by Moonlight

o   Ghost of Green Mansion

1953-54 Season

·       Jumpin' Jupiter

·       The Heiress

·       John Loves Mary

1954-55 Season

·       (name returns to Mesa Little Theatre)

·       Dover Road

1955-56 Season

·       Bell, Book and Candle

·       Lo and Behold

1956-57 Season

·       Be Your Age

·       Separate Rooms

·       Nothing But The Truth

·       Night Must Fall (Arizona Repertory guest production)

1958-59 Season

·       The Tender Trap

·       Janus

·       Caught in a Villain’s Web

1959-60 Season

·       Laura

·       Holiday for Lovers

·       The Wide Open Heart

1960-61 Season

·       Dirty Work at the Crossroads

·       One Act Play Festival

o   The Monkey's Paw

o   The Bathroom

o   Under Angry Stars

1961-62 Season

·       The House on the Cliff

·       A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court

1965-66 Season

(under aegis of Mesa Fine Arts Association)

·       Goodbye, My Fancy

·       My Three Angels

·       Peter and The Wolf

·       Cheaper by the Dozen

·       Two Blind Mice

1966-67 Season

(Reorganized Mesa Parks and Recreation as Mesa Community Players)

·       Night Must Fall

·       The Bad Children

·       The Skin of our Teeth

Late Twentieth Century (1967 - 1999)[edit]

1967-68 Season

·       Room for One More

·       All My Sons

·       Many Moons

1968-69 Season

·       The Odd Couple

·       Charlie's Aunt

·       The Tender Trap

·       The Dark at the Top of the Stairs

1969-70 Season

·       The Night of January 16th

·       Greensleeves Magic

·       The Star Spangled Girl

·       A Thousand Clowns

·       Cactus Flower

·       The Best Man (Guest production by SCP)

·       The Drunkard

·       The Crucible

·       LUV

1970-71 Season

·       Barefoot in the Park

·       The Lion in Winter (Nick Nolte in cast)

·       Snow White

·       Love Rides the Rails

1972-73 Season

·       The Four Poster Bed

·       Comedy Tonight (original play)

·       Come Blow Your Horn

1973-1974 – One Play

·       Mary, Mary

1974-75 Season

·       The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

·       Ready When You Are, C.B.

·       You Can’t Take it With You

1975-76 Season

·       Cheaper by the Dozen

·       Arsenic and Old Lace

·       Exit Laughing

·       George Washington Slept Here

1976-77 Season

·       Huckleberry Finn

·       Photo Finish

·       Only Yesterday

·       Enter Laughing

1977-78 Season

·       Our Town

·       Hansel and Gretel

·       Mrs. McThing

1978-79 Season

·       Last of the Red Hot Lovers

·       Breath of Spring

·       Cinderella

1979-80 Season

·       You Can’t Take it With You

·       The Desk Set

·       God’s Favorite

·       Arsenic and Old Lace

1980-81 Season

·       Forty Carats

·       Barefoot in the Park

·       Everybody Loves Opal

·       Once in a Lifetime

·       Run and Not Grow Weary

1981-82 Season

·       The Crucible

·       The Sunshine Boys

·       Accomodations

·       Ring Around the Moon

1982-83 Season

·       The Miracle Worker

·       The Pleasure of His Company

·       The Women

1983-84 Season

·       Summer and Smoke

·       Bus Stop

·       MacBeth Did IT

1984-85 Season

·       Butterflies Are Free

·       The Dresser

·       Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

1985-86 Season

·       Romeo and Juliet

·       Hay Fever

·       The Shadow Box

1986-87 Season

·       Two by Two

·       Alone Together

·       Artichoke

1987-88 Season

·       Catch Me if You Can

·       Sunrise at Campobello

·       H.M.S. Pinafore

1988-89 Season

·       Everybody Loves Opal

·       Taking My Turn

·       The Heiress

1989-90 Season

·       Middle of the Night

·       Pinchpenny Phantom of the Opera

·       The Desperate Hours

1990-91 Season

·       The Pleasure of His Company

·       FoxFire

·       The Real Inspector Hound

1991-92 Season

·       Royal Gambit

·       My Three Angels

·       Musical Comedy Murders of 1940

1992-93 Season

·       Black Comedy

·       Twelve Angry Men

·       Wait Until Dark

1993-94 Season

·       The Mousetrap

·       Steel Magnolias

·       The Rainmaker

1994-95 Season

·       Laura

·       Star Spangled Girl

·       Mary, Mary

1995-96 Season

·       The Subject Was Roses

·       Send Me No Flowers

·       Night Watch

1996-97 Season

·       Pinchpenny Phantom of the Opera

·       You Can’t Take it With You

·       Done to Death

·       Run for Your Wife

1997-98 Season

·       The Importance of Being Earnest

·       Exit the Body

·       Come Blow Your Horn

·       No Sex Please, We’re British

1998-99 Season

·       Play it Again, Sam

·       Visit to a Small Planet

·       Sabrina Fair

1999-2000 Season

·       Faulkner’s Bicycle

·       Snoopy!

·       Noises Off!

Twenty-First Century (2000 - Present)[edit]

2000-01 Season

(becomes Mesa Encore Theatre)

·       God’s Favorite

·       Carnival

·       Murder by Misadventure

2001-02 Season

·       The Cemetery Club

·       Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

·       Deathtrap

2002-03 Season

·       Rumors

·       Goodbye, Charlie

·       Bells are Ringing

2003-04 Season

·       Dear Ruth

·       All I Really Need to Know I Learned in     Kindergarten

·       Over the River and Through the Woods

2004-05 Season

·       It Runs in The Family

·       A Bench in The Sun

·       That Darn Plot!

2005-06 Season

(MET starts performing at new Mesa Arts Center)

·       Harvey

·       And Then There Were None

·       The Desk Set

·       Blithe Spirit

2006-07 Season

·       The Star Spangled Girl

·       I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change

·       I Hate Hamlet

·       The Last Five Years

2007-08 Season

·       Cabaret

·       I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change

·       Little Shop of Horrors

·       Breaking Legs

2008-09 Season

·       Lend Me a Tenor

·       Godspell

·       I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change

·       Footloose

2009-10 Season

·       Leading Ladies

·       RENT

·       I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change

·       Forbidden Broadway

·       Once on This Island

2010-11 Season

·       25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

·       Bye Bye Birdie

·       Over the River and Through the Woods

·       Ragtime

·       Man of La Mancha

·       The Music Man

2011-12 Season

·       Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

·       I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change

·       Proof

·       A Christmas Story

·       West Side Story

·       Ragtime

·       Hairspray

2012-13 Season

·       Seussical

·       Guys and Dolls

·       Forever Plaid

·       Hello Dolly!

·       Spring Awakening

·       Noises Off

2013-14 Season

·       Grease

·       Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

·       Oklahoma

·       August Osage County

·       Big River

·       The Full Monty

2014-15 Season

·       Godspell

·       Oliver!

·       39 Steps

·       Carousel

·       Avenue Q

·       A Chorus Line

2015-16 Season

·       The Wiz

·       Fiddler on the Roof

·       Deathtrap

·       Spamalot

·       Boeing Boeing

·       Sweeney Todd

2016-17 Season

(New Black Box space at 933 E. Main St.)

MAINSTAGE

·       Footloose

·       The Music Man

·       Fox on the Fairway

·       Billy Elliot

·       The Fantasticks

·       Urinetown

BLACK BOX

·       Scrooge in Rouge

·       Circle Mirror Transformation

·       Reasons to be Pretty

2017-18 Season

MAINSTAGE

·       Chicago

·       Annie

·       The Graduate

·       Beauty and the Beast

·       Forbidden Broadway

·       Rock of Ages

BLACK BOX

·       [sic]

·       Woman in Black

·       Scrooge in Rouge

·       Mad Gravity

·       A Kid Like Jake

·       Jesus Hopped the A Train

2018-19 Season

MAINSTAGE

·       Legally Blonde

·       Mary Poppins

·       Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

·       Hello Dolly!

·       Toxic Avenger

·       In the Heights

BLACK BOX

·       Lone Star/Laundry and Bourbon

·       Real Women Have Curves

·       Scrooge in Rouge

·       Lion in Winter

·       Boy Gets Girl

·       Summer of Tennessee Williams




References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mesa Arts Center", Wikipedia, 2018-01-26, retrieved 2019-07-02
  2. ^ "Mesa Little Theatre / Mesa Encore Theatre". Phoenix Theater: An Eccentric History. Retrieved 2019-07-02.
  3. ^ Lisonbee, Margaret. A History of Mesa Little Theatre, 1937 - 1997. Mesa Room, Mesa Public Library (Main Branch).

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