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ArtsFEST MARICOPA reconvenes with “Stage and Story”

Post Date:01/16/2020

ArtFEST FlyerArtsFEST Maricopa is preparing for its second event on February 1, 2020 at Maricopa High School Performing Arts Center. The theme, “Stage and Story,” comes to life in presentations by a variety of arts groups.


ArtsFEST, developed as a result of the collaboration of the City of Maricopa, Maricopa Unified School District and the Maricopa Arts Council, includes presentations of local arts organizations and individual visual artists’ work.


“We have a blossoming art scene in the City of Maricopa, and we are excited to partner with the ARTS Council and MUSD to bring ArtsFEST to our community! Whether you like plays, films, choral music, performed poetry or traditional art, there will be something for everyone to enjoy at this event,” said City of Maricopa Mayor Christian Price.


The evening begins with selections from a recent production by Maricopa Community Theater on the main stage.  During the intermission, both Maricopa Slam Poets and Maricopa Chorus will perform. To cap the event, a selection of films from all three years of Copa Shorts Film Fest’s collection will be shown as well as a “table read” of an award-winning script. Local artists’ works will be displayed in the lobby throughout the evening.


Maricopa Community Theater, now celebrating its eleventh year under the direction of founder Carrie Vargas, is performing a selection from “The Importance of Being Earnest,” an Oscar Wilde play. Originally performed in 1895, the controversial, comic play satirizes the conventions of that period. Christopher Goodrum directs with a cast of talented local actors.


Copa Shorts Film Fest offers favorite short films from the festival’s three years, led by founders Shelley and Roger Gillespie. The films include comedies, an animation, and dramas.  Each film provides engaging and entertaining complete stories in under 20 minutes. Phoenix screenwriter Sheri Davenport’s award-winning short screenplay will be given a table read by local high school actors. The short film, “Swept Away,” created from the screenplay in France, will be shown directly after the table read.


During the intermission, in the lobby, the Maricopa Chorus will offer choral pieces including modern standards, like Rodgers and Hart’s “Blue Moon,” as well as a folk hymn, a humorous choral piece on social media, and contemporary arrangements that include rich, four-part harmonies. Don Raflik conducts, accompanied by Roberta Madden.


A short Poetry Slam, presented by Slam Master “The Klute” and three other poets, will also be presented in the lobby during intermission. Some of the best Poetry Slam competitors in Arizona will perform in a dramatic, curated presentation of original works performed by the creators themselves. 

Paintings, drawings, serigraphs and sculpture by Maricopa Artists and Artisans from high-school age and up will be exhibited throughout the lobby in a gallery designed by well-known Maricopa painter Susan Cameron. 

Doors open at 6:00 pm to view the artwork. Ticket sales also begin at 6:00 PM. Performances begin at 7:00 pm. Tickets are available online in advance at or at the door with cash. Affordable new pricing is $10 for adults; $5 for students of all ages.


Join us as we continue “Energizing our city with ARTS!”




ArtsFEST presentations are collaborations by Maricopa performing groups and artists sponsored through a partnership by the City of Maricopa, Maricopa Unified School District and the Maricopa Arts Council.






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