Thanks To The Haars, Phoenix Children’s Hospital Families Attend ‘Elf The Musical’

By Maddy Dowler

❄️Elf The Musical is made possible through the generous support of Dr. Keith & Kim Haar of Epiphany Dermatology.

Dr. Keith Haar and his wife Kim are long-time Peoria residents, business owners, and friends of Arizona Broadway Theatre. The couple moved out of the snowy winters of Scott Air Force Base in O’Fallon, Illinois in 1996 to the beautiful weather of Arizona where Keith finished his military career in the Air National Guard and Reserves. He opened his dermatology practice, Arrowhead Dermatology, in 1999 and sold it to Epiphany just last year. Keith and Kim have three sons and two grandchildren.

The Haars have been coming to ABT for 12 years. Initially, their oldest son was interested in theatre so they got season tickets to ASU Gammage. They then discovered ABT in the West Valley and immediately loved not having to drive the long distance with traffic to and from Tempe, find a place to
eat dinner quickly, and then look for paid parking.

“ABT was perfect,” said Kim. “Nearby location, easy free parking, top-notch Broadway-quality performance in a small venue and fantastic food!”

Keith and Kim had attended a dinner theatre in the Minneapolis area which was known for being a fun evening of entertainment but had a mediocre buffet-style dinner. “ABT far surpasses in the quality of production and food! Keith has told everyone that we’ve never had a bad meal at ABT,” admits Kim.

Keith and Kim took their relationship with ABT to the next level when they started going on the “ABT Takes Manhattan” trip and got to know ABT Founders Kiel and Cassandra Klaphake and other staff better. After spending time with them and seeing a real live dance audition, they grew to appreciate the value of what ABT brings to our own backyard!

“What talent we have at ABT! Yet everyone makes you feel like family,” says Kim.

As regular donors to ABT, the couple has taken generosity a step further by sponsoring the run of Elf The Musical with a substantial donation that will benefit Phoenix Children’s Hospital, another organization for which they are passionate. When asked why they give, they responded that they love to give people who may not be aware of ABT the opportunity to experience quality performances and delicious meals in their own community. Especially in today’s world, they believe few young people have the opportunity to see live theatre and are pleased to partner with ABT and Phoenix Children’s Hospital to bring quality family entertainment to the Valley, hopefully inspiring some future musicians and actors to the beauty and art of theatre-going.

Kim says the quote “Buddy is exposed to the realities of human nature, but is able to keep Christmas cheer alive, foster meaningful relationships, and eventually save Christmas,” is a good reminder for us all, not just at Christmas, but all year.

Why Madison Cichon (Jovie in ‘Elf The Musical’) Loves ABT!


When Madison Cichon was 8 years old, her grandparents brought her to see H.M.S. Pinafore at Arizona Broadway Theatre (ABT), and to say she was awestruck would be an understatement. “I had never experienced a show that was so beautiful at a venue that was so unique,” she said.


Recognizing Madison’s interest in theatre, her parents soon enrolled her in ABT’s Summer Academy for Young Performers and its production of Disney’s The Jungle Book. From acting classes with ABT’s Teaching Artists to prop workshops with Mary Rooney, ABT’s Props Master, Madison got to experience an entirely new side of theatre that she had never seen before.


The first Mainstage production Madison was cast in was A Christmas Carol in 2008 when she was just 10 years old. In the eleven years since, she has been on ABT’s Mainstage in productions of Sound of Music, Shrek, Hands on a Hardbody, Titanic, and this Christmas she will have the wonderful opportunity to portray Jovie in ELF the Musical. In addition to performing, Madison has worked various other jobs at ABT, and she says they “have helped me to understand just how much hard work and love is put into every production here.”


The impact of ABT, and the family it creates, has been monumental in Madison’s growth into the person she is today.

“ABT taught me how to be a professional (always arriving early, knowing my materials beforehand, doing my homework to come prepared the next day, etc.),” she says.

Working in live theatre gave Madison many important skills, including the ability to think quickly and problem solve. Whether it was a rip in a dress or a flubbed line on stage, Madison learned how to handle all possibilities with self-confidence and grace. She is now a better manager and faster thinker, and those are talents she can use in every situation.

Madison’s experiences with ABT came full circle when she started teaching at the Academy for Young Performers. She is now able to impact new performers in a positive way, just as the Academy’s Teaching Artists did when she was a kid.


Madison has created relationships and learned skills that she will carry throughout her life.

“I am forever grateful to everyone who has made my dreams come true for the past 15 years, and I hold them very near and dear to my heart,” she said.

ABT is grateful for Madison, too!

A Word From The Director Of ABT’s ‘Elf The Musical’

By Michael Whitney, Director, Elf The Musical at Arizona Broadway Theatre

“For inside every drop of water, if you look close enough, you will find an ocean.”

To me any theatre production, film, or piece of fine art allows the viewer to look at their own situation from a third person perspective to allow for analysis. If you take a moment to look at something that one would deem mundane, I bet you would be able to extrapolate plenty of beauty and or important thoughts from that idea once you take the time to examine it. At the start of designing ELF, I looked closely at the source material and asked myself, “What story did the film capture that allowed ELF to become such a modern classic?” After examination I landed on a myriad of themes, but the two that I felt would be most inclusive for our audience was the “Scrooge” element in the story, and the “fish out of water” theme that we all know. These human condition stories that have spanned literature became my key into creating not just a fun production with beautiful sets and costumes, but more importantly, a piece that audiences could relate to with characters to have empathy for right from the start.

In discussing all of this with my design team, and in creating a world in which the show would function, it was necessary to build a large and familiar juxtaposition between how Christmas is portrayed in Buddy’s home at the North Pole and that of Christmas in New York City. I ask you what is Christmas really about, and how does “Corporate Christmas” effect the holiday season? This question will help support Walter’s “Scrooge” element and make us re-think what is import about the holidays.

To help tell Buddy’s “fish out of water” story, it was very important to make New York City feel as real and gritty as possible, the exact opposite of our protagonist’s “Christmas Town.” This would also allow on a technical level for the humor to be heightened as the happy go lucky Buddy tries to navigate the mean streets of New York.

ELF truly has become a modern classic, and I wanted to support this. So in regards to the staging of the production, we designed our world to be as malleable and cinematic as possible. My hope was to create as many locations and moments that we all love and cherish from the film. We do this
by using rolling units that can literally dance on and off stage that allow for us to easily tip our hat to the film and create the splashy Broadway show that ELF truly is. My hope is that everyone leaving the theatre will not only enjoy the magic and Christmas spirit that was created onstage, but also feel as though they saw themselves within the characters, and have a bit more clarity or insight to what is truly important to them during the holiday season!

We3 Trio Comes to Sunday Brunch at the ENCORE

We3 performed their very first concert together on October 1st, 2016 at the Nash in downtown Phoenix. An undeniable chemistry was recognized, and the group continued to perform sold out shows at the MIM and Phoenix Theatre along with recording their first full length CD – “We’ll Meet Again” – now available on Amazon, Spotify, CD
Baby and Itunes. These ladies are a powerhouse of talents combined; featuring vocalist Renee Grant Patrick (daughter to the late George Grant of the world famous Ink Spots), violinist Suzanne Lansford and pianist Nicole Pesce. They have appeared on AZTV’s Channel 7 as the “Best of the Daily Mix” and made special appearances at the Chandler Jazz Festival and AZ Classic Jazz Festival; paying tribute to timeless tunes with new and familiar interpretations of popular, jazz, swing, blues standards and so much more.

Coming up…

We3 are currently in the studio recording their 2nd full length CD featuring holiday favorites and will be returning to headline at the AZ Classic Jazz Festival in November. Exciting endeavors are on the horizon for 2020, including a 35th anniversary cruise to the Hawaiian Islands – Presented by Jazzdagen tours onboard the Ms. Eurodam from
March 18th – April 5th, 2020.

About the Artists…

Renee Grant Patrick

Renee has connected with individuals and crowds with her voice and music over the past 12 years in the Valley. Her music is shockingly honest and emotionally charged. Listeners find Renee’s sound somehow familiar, but one that is refreshingly original and inviting. Singing a variety of genres from Jazz Standards, to classic R&B, Renee’s music will capture you with her powerful voice combined with a passionate delivery. Born in Philadelphia PA, to now 31 years in Arizona, music has been a way of life for Renee. Her father was a member of the world-renowned Ink Spots, inducted in the Doo Wop Hall of Fame in 1997. Renee’s mother Teresa is a local legend, having recorded duets with Terry Johnson of the Flamingos in Detroit’s Motown Studios alongside greats such as Smokey Robinson & Marvin Gaye. It is safe to say that music runs in her family.

Suzanne Lansford

Suzanne’s Mom & Dad taught her all kinds of music before she could even walk. They also say it took a very long time before she begin to walk! Beginning with classical lessons and quitting them at 13 to play jazz at the Arizona Biltmore and other venues and radio shows across Phoenix and Scottsdale, Suzanne has always kept music high on the list. In Chicago, she was with Chicago’s eclectic classical/jazz/Latin group, the 3rd Coast String Quartet, and even today when visiting Chicago, she makes time to visit with and play Gypsy Jazz with Alfonso Ponticelli and Swing Gitan at the Green Mill. In rural Florida, she was immersed in bluegrass, twice winning the Yee-Haw Junction Bluegrass Fiddle Championship. Back home in Phoenix since 2011, she doesn’t have to pick a favorite genre, because everything gets cameos of Latin, Jazz, Classical… even Blues, Greek & Scottish flavors. It’s all fair play. During the day, Suzanne is a registered professional engineer (PE- electrical) for nuclear power & public infrastructure projects through her firm, REDD Inc.

Nicole Pesce

Nicole’s “Happy Birthday Variations” video has over five million views on YouTube and over seven million shares on Facebook. Recognized by the Arizona Republic as one of the “top ten musicians to hear in Phoenix”, Nicole has performed for Muhammad Ali, Ricky Martin, George Benson, Waylon Jennings, Shaquille O’Neal, Jimmy Carter, The Gypsy Kings, and Brian Setzer. Nicole enjoyed a residency as the house pianist at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Phoenix, AZ for over a decade…entertaining audiences with everything from Bach to Lady Gaga. With additional performances at such venues as the Tempe Center for the Arts, Herberger Theater, Desert Ridge Marriott, ASU Kerr
Cultural Center, Mesa Arts Center, Phoenician Resort, Wrigley Mansion, & The Princess Hotel. At age 14, Nicole played for Debbie Reynolds at Debbie’s Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. That same year, Nicole appeared on the Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon (which aired to over 65 million viewers) – and toured the USA with Jerry. Additional
appearances include performances with American Idol contestant David Hernandez, The Moscow Ballet, Zowie Bowie, The Cast of Mary Poppins, Young Frankenstein, Mamma Mia, and White Christmas.

Purchase tickets by CLICKING HERE.

Our Teen Troupe Is Revving Up For The Holidays

HyRev, Arizona Broadway Theatre’s advanced and elite performance troupes, is specifically for young performers ages 13-19 with some previous music theatre/dance/show choir experience. The program includes two performance troupes: HyperToneZ (advanced troupe) and Sonic Revolution (elite troupe) – both build upon and improve participants’ performance strengths and include Valley-wide performances (with future out-of-area performances as time and scheduling allow).
This time of year is very busy for the troupe with a performance at the annual ABT community tree lighting, special fundraising performances during dinner service at Elf The Musical, the big Winter Jam concert, as well as auditions for next year’s troupe.

ABT Community Tree Lighting

At 5 pm on November 22, the community is invited to participate in the annual lighting of the tree in the lobby of Arizona Broadway Theatre before doors open for Elf The Musical. Sonic Revolution will be performing “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch,” HyperTonez will be performing “Little Drummer Boy,” and both groups together will do “Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays.” Come on out!

Tree of Dreams

After you finish your meal and are waiting to enjoy Elf The Musical, you can relax and take in some more holiday magic as four to five HyRev members perform holiday tunes at the HyRev Tree of Dreams on various nights prior to showtimeThis is a fundraiser for the group for their annual California performance trip to Universal Studios and Disneyland.

Winter Jam

Twice a year, HyRev showcases their talents at a big concert open to the public. This year, the Winter Jam concert will be held on Monday, December 9, at 7 pm. Tickets are $20 for the general public and $15 for students. You will have a night of song and dance and holiday celebration! Ticket proceeds for this event are a HUGE help in getting the kids to California, so be sure to purchase tickets and help support our kids!



Auditions for HyRev happen twice a year and now’s the time. Auditions will be taking place on Monday, December 16, at Arizona Broadway Theatre beginning at 5 pm. Dance callbacks (invitation only) will happen at 7 pm. Those who audition need to be between the ages of 13 & 19 and must prepare two contrasting sections of 16 bars each (does NOT have to be music theatre).


Happy Holidays from HyRev!

Blue Man Adam Zuick talks about the good ol’ days at Arizona Broadway Theatre

Over 35 million people on our blue planet have experienced the exciting and spectacular show that is BLUE MAN GROUP. And now, the Blue Men return with a new touring show — BLUE MAN GROUP SPEECHLESS TOUR. SPEECHLESS will feature new and original compositions, acts, and instruments alongside iconic Blue Man Group moments based in joy, art, music, comedy, social commentary, and profound absurdity.

Adam Zuick, one of the Blue Men, went to high school and college in Arizona as well as the Arizona Conservatory for Arts and Academics and Paradise Valley Community College, and his first professional job was in GREASE at Arizona Broadway Theatre. He has been living the dream of being a Blue Man since 2013!

We were able to talk to Adam during his very busy schedule.

Arizona Broadway Theatre: What’s your fondest memory of performing at Arizona Broadway Theatre?

Adam Zuick: It’s hard for me to pick a fondest one because of the five years of memories I have at ABT. The show I think about the most that I performed in was Forever Plaid. Since the show was only four guys, we grew very close. I remember singing with those guys and creating the harmonies of the music was such a treat. You could see the audience light up as they recognized the song we were about to sing. It was priceless. I am just thankful to have met so many great people at ABT. I have so many close friends that I met 10+ years ago at ABT. I am forever grateful!

ABT: How has Arizona and your time in local theatre here shaped your career?

AZ: The knowledge that I gained at ABT is the foundation of my career as a professional actor. I learned so much from working there, not only as an actor, but also working backstage, building sets, and playing in the orchestra. I was able to see every aspect of the theatre first-hand to help really understand how the whole thing works. By watching others perform I could improve my own performance. By being involved in every aspect of the theatre, I became a more well-rounded actor. If I didn’t have that variety of experience at ABT, I know I would not be where I am today.

ABT: How did you land The Blue Man Group gig?

AZ: Blue Man Group was auditioning in New York very shortly after I had moved there. Luckily, I fit the requirements that were stated on their website for people to audition. I had a music background (piano) from my high school (ACAA) that also continued to ABT where I played second keyboard in the orchestra for three main stage productions. They were also looking for people who could express emotion with no words, only your face/eyes. The variety of character acting work that I did at ABT helped a lot in this. The audition was an invited call. We were not only in front of the Blue Man directors, but we were also in front of the other people auditioning during that time slot. I went through 4 days of callbacks. The final day we got to get into costume (bald and blue is what they call it) and perform a number from the show. Afterwards, they called me into their office and said they would like me to join their training class to become a Blue Man. After 9 weeks of training in NYC and Chicago, I got signed off as a Blue Man and I have been doing it since then.

ABT: If you could share any words of wisdom to aspiring actors, what would they be?

AZ: Test your boundaries. Audition for and do things that stretch your comfort zone. Get involved in the different elements of theatre — seeing it from different perspectives is eye-opening. Most importantly, BE YOURSELF!

You may remember Adam from his appearances in the following ABT shows:

Grease, Ensemble
The Music Man, Olin Britt
A Christmas Carol, Old Joe
Forever Plaid, Smudge
My Fair Lady, Servant
Miracle on 34th Street, Mr Sawyer/Whitey
Sunset Boulevard, Ensemble
Tarzan, Snipes
Oklahoma, Ensemble

Who Are The Boys Of D63 And What Are They Doing At Arizona Broadway Theatre?

The Boys of D63 started life 4 years ago as “December ’63” ~ A Tribute to the Original Jersey Boys.” Over the success of the past three years, the band and show has evolved into “The Boys Of D63 ~ Music That Defined A Generation.” Now, The Boys of D63 have their very own Christmas show full of the Christmas classics and interspersed with D63’s special brand of harmonies and unique humor.  Think Frankie Valli meets Earth, Wind and Fire, combined with a lot of Christmas bling, and you have The Boys of D63 Christmas Show! And it’s coming to The Mainstage at Arizona Broadway Theatre on Monday, December 2, 2019. Buy tickets HERE.

Nick Davies

Nick was born into a musical family in Liverpool, England. He moved to Arizona at the age of 6, and through the years, he has learned about all aspects of music. His first love was the drum set, which led to a 4-year position on his high school drumline. Since then, he has learned how to play many more instruments including the guitar, the harmonica, and the Keytar. His main instrument now is piano, which he has been playing for 15 years. Nick has been fortunate enough to play the roles of Jean Valjean in Les Miserables and Henry Jekyll and Edward Hyde in Jekyll and Hyde, for which he won a national award for best actor. He also writes, records, and produces his own music, and is releasing his first album, My Generation, later this year.

Nick Gallardo

Born and raised in Tucson, AZ, Nick is elated to once again grace the stage with the gentlemen of December ’63. Nick was most recently featured in TAD’s Tribute to Christmas and can also be seen in TAD’s Teen Idols, Cory McCloskey’s Love Boat, and a few more on the way! Select credits include performances with Linda Ronstadt, Andrea McCardle, Richard Kline and Shirley Jones. Favorite roles include: Jinx in Forever Plaid, Leaf Coneybear in Spelling Bee, Jesus in Godspell and Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors. Nick is also an accomplished trick rodeo roper and guitarist. So much love and thanks to friends, family and God.

Michael B. Williams

Michael B. Williams was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma. With his Mother being a rock n’ roll radio personality and Father with a 1,000+ CD collection, he was quickly exposed to every genre of music. Michael found his voice when he joined the choir and theatre programs in high school. After winning Best Actor in Dallas for portraying the role of “Phantom” in Phantom of the Opera, he competed at the national level in the 3-part PBS special, “Broadway or Bust” and performed at the Minskoff Theatre on Broadway, home of the Lion King. Michael is thrilled to be singing alongside the talented boys of December 63′. Huge thank you to his family for supporting him every step of the way!

Miguel Jackson

Miguel Jackson is a Canadian who has loved living in the Valley of the Sun for the past 8 years! After working at Channel 12 (KPNX-NBC) for 6 years as a director, Miguel has continued to appear on stages throughout Arizona! A twice nominated “Zoni” (Arizona’s “Tony”) actor and singer, Miguel is thankful for the opportunity to be a part of the great company known as TAD Management! You’re going to love the music we have for you today!
Other credits include: Benny (Understudy)/ Pit singer – In The Heights (Phoenix Theater); Stew – Passing Strange (iTheater Collaborative); Curtis Taylor Jr – Dreamgirls (Desert Foothills Theater); Tom – MurderBallad (A/C theater company); Gator – Memphis (Phoenix Theater); Soul of Broadway Act 2! (Fountain Hills Theater); Coalhouse Walker Jr. – Ragtime (Theaterworks); Jinx – Forever Plaid (Mesa Encore Theater).

If you want to see The Boys of D63 Christmas Show, tickets are on sale now by CLICKING HERE or visit or call the ABT Box Office at 623.776.8400.

New Year’s Eve 2019 at Arizona Broadway Theatre: Viva Las Vegas!

Don’t let another year go by to find yourself sitting on the couch at 10:30pm on New Year’s Eve trying to stay awake just another hour and half. Just have to see. That. Ball. Drop. Let’s change all that now! Come out to Arizona Broadway Theatre and spend your New Year’s Eve with us, Vegas style!

Viva Las Vegas: A New Year’s Eve Celebration stars Vegas “Legends in Concert” favorites Chance Tinder and Sherie Rae Parker with tributes to Elvis Presley and Bette Midler! The evening’s entertainment will also include a special guest appearance by Arizona’s own comic magician, the incomparable Michael Finney!



Recognized as one of the top Elvis Presley tribute artists in history, Chance Tinder presents his hugely popular and unprecedented mash-up concert ROCK THE KING: A Hard Rock Tribute the Elvis Presley! Filled with the looks, sounds and the excitement of the ‘80s, ROCK THE KING is a leather studded performance of The King’s all-time rockers, power ballads and other up-tempo hits mixed with unrestrained enthusiasm of the ‘80s Hard Rock era! A nostalgia filled concert for both the good old days of Rock & Roll, and that of today’s generation!



Sherie Rae Parker is the #1 Bette Midler tribute artist in the world with performances from Las Vegas to cities and countries around the world! Major production shows include Legends in ConcertAmerican SuperstarsStars in Concert (in Berlin), Serendipity (a musical comedy), A Really Big Show and Tribute the Concert have made Sherie their best Bette ever. With a voice that literally jumps out of the microphone, Sherie Rae bears an uncanny resemblance to the vivacious Divine Miss M and reproduces her bawdy sense of humor as well as her vocal acrobatics to perfection!



Michael Finney is a comic’s magician and a magician’s comic. From comedy clubs, corporate events and world class cruise ships, Michael’s act has taken him all around the world, entertaining millions. His straight stand-up comedy entertains patrons of all ages combining comedy with amazing magic and audience participation creating memories that will last a lifetime.

Price includes a freshly prepared three-course meal presented by ABT’s own creative culinary team, concert, party-favors, and midnight 2020 countdown and champagne toast!

What’s for dinner? Here’s the menu:

Chef’s assorted selections – individually plated at table


Winter Greens Salad
Winter greens, sliced English cucumber, baby heirloom tomatoes, mandarin orange segments, and crumbled gorgonzola cheese, served with a champagne vinaigrette


Cream of Cauliflower Soup
with Gruyère Cheese

(choice of)

Pan Seared Apple, Bacon, and Blue Cheese Stuffed Pork Chops
Topped with an herb butter, served with loaded mashed Yukon Gold potatoes and roasted tri-colored top-on baby carrots

Braised Short Rib
French short rib braised in a rich red wine and tomato broth reduction, served over a parsnip-potato purée, served with roasted yellow and green patty pan squash

Pan Seared Jumbo Sea Scallops
Served over red wine coated pasta, blistered baby heirloom tomatoes, asparagus tips, toasted walnuts, micro basil, fresh graded parmesan cheese, and pomegranate seeds

Butternut Squash Ravioli
Served with wild mushrooms and asparagus tips in a brown butter sage sauce with parmesan cheese

Chef’s assorted selections



ABT Partners with VetTix and Helping Hands for Freedom to Support our Troops

With Veteran’s Day coming up, we wanted to let our community know that because of the sacrifice and service of our veterans, ABT offers a select number of tickets through VetTix as our thank you to those who have served our country as members of our armed services, and to the families of those who have given the ultimate sacrifice to protect our freedoms at home and abroad. To date, ABT has given over $150,000 worth of tickets to the organization.

VetTix provides tickets to events which reduce stress, strengthen family bonds, build life-long memories and encourage service members and veterans to stay engaged with local communities and American life. They support our troops by honoring their service and providing positive family and life experiences, during and after their years of service to our country. VetTix provides tickets to all branches of currently-serving Military and Veterans, including immediate family of troops KIA.

Recently, several military families came to a performance of Sweeney Todd. Here’s what they had to say:

“Thank you for your generous donation. We have wanted to see this show live for many years but were never able to until now. Thank you for giving us a wonderful date night.” — Gregory, United States Coast Guard Veteran, 2000 – 2011

“We had a fantastic time at Arizona Broadway Theatre’s production of Sweeney Todd! The play was excellent and the seats were in the fourth row. The staff was very pleasant and accommodating! Thanks Arizona Broadway Theatre and Vettix for this amazing night with my wife!” — Ralph, United States Army Veteran, 1968 – 1970

“Thank you Arizona Broadway Theater for the Sweeney Todd tickets! The show was amazing and the actors were so talented. I’m so thankful for the tickets. My friend and I had so much fun!” — Stacy, United States Army Veteran, 1997 – 2003

For more information about VetTix, CLICK HERE.

Executive Producer and ABT co-founder, Kiel Klaphake, was a member of the U.S. Navy Reserve from 1990-1994. He wants the theatre to be a veteran-friendly, supportive organization, which is why this holiday season our annual toy drive will be conducted in partnership with Helping Hands For Freedom, a 501(c)(3) dedicated to supporting the families of the fallen, wounded and deployed.

ABT’s annual toy drive kicks off on November 22 and will run through December 29, 2019. New, unwrapped toys are welcome and can be brought to the ABT lobby whenever the theatre is open.

For more information about Helping Hands For Freedom, CLICK HERE.

So, please join us in thanking our military and their families for their sacrifice this Veteran’s Day weekend.

Arizona Broadway Theatre Welcomes Donor Relations and Events Manager, Sally Jane Kerschen-Sheppard

Originally from Texas, Sally Jane Kerschen-Sheppard comes most recently to us from Stillwater, Oklahoma. She will be taking on the role of Donor Relations and Events Manager at Arizona Broadway Theatre. Sally Jane received a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College, M.F.A. from Southampton College, and M.A. from Oklahoma State University.  She has extensive experience in the world of the arts in both donor relations and as a playwright.

Sally Jane has worked writing grant proposals for non-profit organizations to submit to corporate donors, city, state, and federal agencies as well as developing linkage agreements with other community organizations at Alley Theatre in Houston, TX, Keren Or, Inc. in New York City and at the Association to Benefit Children, also in New York.

She is the author of Lunch Date and Last Inning (both published by Heuer Publishing, LLC), East HarlemThe Crazy Side of NormalIt’ll DoSubsistence, and several other short plays.  Sally Jane is a member of The Dramatists Guild of America, Inc.

As ABT’s roots continue to grow deeper in our community, we invite you to help us set the stage for future artistic growth. With your donation, ABT can produce exceptional work with our signature high-quality production values, bring the arts to children, honor our seniors, ensure our programming is available and accessible to all, and have an artistic, economic, and educational impact in the Valley of The Sun.

As we begin our fifteenth season, Arizona Broadway Theatre remains rooted in our continued commitment to and investment in you – our community and our neighbors. With the expansion of our existing Encore Room, we have a new gathering space for community engagement and collaboration, a creative workspace for aspiring young artists, and a place to present diverse and varied programming to complement our Mainstage offerings.

If you have questions about donating to Arizona Broadway Theatre, please contact Sally Jane at You can also always donate online by CLICKING HERE.

You – our donors, patrons, volunteers, and fans – are responsible for our success. Thank you for investing in our work and in our community.