Suze's Prescott Center for the Arts Is Providing Service to Community, Entertainment, and Resources for Everything Art Related.

Dear Valued Supporters of Suze’s Prescott Center for the Arts,

We're thrilled to report progress on multiple fronts! Since our recent outreach about financial challenges, our community has begun to rally behind us:
Volunteers are temporarily covering many tasks previously handled by contractors and full-time and part-time staff laid off due to budget constraints.
Weekly volunteer meetings and trainings have begun to address critical tasks.
Weekly development meetings are focusing on specific fundraising projects.
We've welcomed back five outstanding board members.
Donations have increased, but a substantial budget gap still exists.

What About the $3 Million Dollars?
Many of you have asked us about the anonymous 3-million-dollar donation we received during the summer of 2020. What happened to that money? The donor specifically directed that money toward stabilizing operations during the shutdown and moving forward with our capital campaign (the new building, facility restorations, and deferred maintenance). By breaking ground in 2021, we were able to secure some of our early bids that were significantly different from 2018 to 2021 showing a 33% increase. Our updated, expanded campus is a testament to that donation, community support, and strong stewardship during the pandemic. What we are facing now reflects a nationwide downturn in arts funding since the pandemic, a 40% decrease in donations on average.

How Can You Help Right Now?
We still need your participation to stabilize operations and continue services. Here are some immediate ways you can help Suze’s PCA:
Become a monthly sustaining donor. An ongoing donation provides consistency for operations.
Make a one-time donation. Any size is appreciated!
Buy tickets to a show and enjoy high-quality productions in your only local community theater.
Volunteer. Usher, costume, gallery sit, teach an art class – we’ll match your passion to a need.
Help to organize, support, and attend upcoming fundraising events – and bring your friends!

What is Our Long-Term Plan?
Our long-term sustainability strategy continues to include individual donations, grants, foundation support, and philanthropic outreach. We will soon be announcing a sustained monthly giving program for individual donors and businesses to ensure we can meet our operational needs. We are also exploring new fundraising avenues, such as events held throughout the community and expanded collaborations with local businesses and cultural organizations. We intend to bring with this outreach our mission that emphasizes the positive outcomes and benefits of both engaging in and supporting the arts.
The outpouring of support we’ve received during this moment fills us with love, joy, and hope for our future. Serving Prescott for over 50 years, we've witnessed the profound impact of our fine and performing arts programs across generations. From high-quality productions and “pay-what-you-can” nights to gallery spaces, children’s theater, camps, scholarships, and community partnerships, our programming has become an indispensable component of Prescott’s culture.
Please JOIN US by donating, volunteering, attending shows, taking a class, engaging with us on social media, and advocating for Suze’s Prescott Center for the Arts to your friends, neighbors, and business networks.
Thank you for standing with us at this critical time.

Sincerely,
Suze’s Prescott Center for the Arts

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Crimes of the Heart

Feb 22, 23, 24, 29, Mar 1, 2, 3 at 7:30pm
Feb 25, Mar 3 at 2:00pm
In the PCA Cabaret

Written by Beth Henley
Directed by Jean Lippincott

The scene is Hazlehurst, Mississippi, where the three Magrath sisters have gathered to await news of the family patriarch, their grandfather, who is living out his last hours in the local hospital. Their troubles, grave and yet, somehow, hilarious, are highlighted by their priggish cousin, Chick, and by the awkward young lawyer who tries to keep Babe out of jail while helpless not to fall in love with her. Winner of the 1981 Pulitzer Prize and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award. “From time to time a play comes along that restores one’s faith in our theatre…” —NY Magazine.

Other Desert Cities

Mar 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23 at 7:30pm
Mar 17, 24 at 2:00pm
In the Studio Theater

Written by Jon Robin Baitz
Directed by Parker Anderson

Brooke Wyeth returns home to Palm Springs after a six-year absence to celebrate Christmas with her parents, her brother, and her aunt. Brooke announces that she is about to publish a memoir dredging up a pivotal and tragic event in the family’s history—a wound they don’t want reopened. In effect, she draws a line in the sand and dares them all to cross it. “Astutely drawn…juicy and surprising.” —NY Daily News. “Power, passion, and superbly crafted palaver stippled with blow darts of wit—this is what Baitz does best.” —NY Magazine.

This show contains content and language which may not be suitable for all ages.

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Sponsor the Atrium Mobile

Have you seen the mobile created by artist Paul Landis in the Studio Building atrium? Did you realize you can be an arts benefactor by sponsoring and naming this unique piece of art AND receive the 1/3 scale model for display in your home or business? (Pictured left with Paul Landis)

Click the link below to find out how you can support PCA and the visual arts on our campus!

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Audition: The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas

March 18 & 19
6:00-9:00 PM

MULTIPURPOSE ROOM
Downstairs in the new studio building, come down through the elevator or around the back parking lot.

AUDITION INFO

ROLES:

Mona Stangley – Female Lead. Alto. Any age to play. Madam of the house.

Sheriff Ed Earl Dodd – Male Lead. Baritone. Any age to play. Has had a long-standing relationship with the Chicken Ranch and Miss Mona.

Melvin P. Thorpe – Male Lead. Baritone. The media “watchdog” who brings trouble to the Chicken Ranch.

Angel – Female Supporting. Mezzo-Soprano. Any age to play 25. Presents herself as an experienced working girl.

Shy – Female Supporting. Mezzo-Soprano. Any age to play 16–25. Young, inexperienced, running away from something.

Jewel – Female Supporting. Mezzo-Soprano. Any age to play 30 – 45. Housekeeper of the Chicken Ranch and MissMona’s right hand. Sings a show-stopping featured number.

Doatsy Mae – Female Featured. Alto. Any age to play 25 – 40. Sweet, shy, plain waitress. Sings a featured number.

Governor – Male Featured. Baritone/Bass. Any age to play age 50 – 60. Must be able to dance a little. Texasgovernor who orders the closure of the Chicken Ranch.

Linda Lou, Dawn, Ginger, Beatrice, Taddy Jo, Ruby Rae, Eloise, Durla -- Girls who work for Miss Mona. Eight(8) female dancer/singers. All different looks. Any age to play 18 – 30. Must sing and dance.

Aggies – Eight (8) male singers/dancers who look like they could be athletes, can be on stage with their shirts off and can move/dance a little.

Band Leader – Male. Featured. Does not need to play an instrument but should sing.

Ensemble – looking for male and female ensemble members to play many different roles. Must be able to sing and move a little.

6:00 PM Male and Female dancers and singers for all featured and ensemble roles. Be prepared to dance first.
7:00 PM Principal performers for the roles of Miss Mona, Sheriff, Melvin P. Thorpe, Jewel, Governor. Will sing first.

Please bring an audition song from any Broadway musical. You will also be taught a vocal selection from the show. Accompanist will be provided. Bring a picture/resume (if you have one). Callbacks TBD.

ABOUT THE SHOW

This happy-go-lucky view of small-town vice and statewide political side-stepping recounts the good times and the demise of the Chicken Ranch, known since the 1850s as one of the better pleasure palaces in all of Texas. Governors, senators, mayors, and even victorious college football teams frequent Miss Mona’s cozy bordello, until that Puritan nemesis Watchdog focuses his television cameras and his righteous indignation on the institution.

“A font of fun and friendliness, engagingly rich in regional nostalgia and spiced with delicate bawdry. The country and western score is a delight.” – Time

Appropriate for audiences aged 16 and up; strong language and adult situations.

PERFORMANCES

7:30pm   |   Thursday, Friday, Saturday evenings   |   May 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25, 30, 31, Jun 1

2:00pm   |   Sundays   |   May 19, 26, June 2

More info and online audition form on the auditions page!

New Works Festival

A festival featuring 5 brand new plays, submitted by local playwrights, presented as readers theaters. This festival highlights new scripts, playwrights, directors, and actors. Snag a pass to the entire festival to see every show and get a discount with our New Works Festival flex pass.

This year, the line up will also be showcasing our winner from last year's Festival.

Keep an eye on this spot or the New Works Festival page linked below for more info on this year's festival line up!

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Summer Youth Programming 2023

Creative Learning in all areas of the Arts!

We have something for all ages at Suze's PCA, and our summer programming is no exception!

Suze’s PCA believes that all youth should have equitable access to quality arts experiences, which was one of the major drivers of our campus expansion. Now that the new facilities are open, we are poised to fully meet the Suze’s PCA mission as a full-service arts center by providing youth arts experiences in theater, and ceramics.

Sign Up Today!