Prominent Artists in Residency Summer Program

Performances held at Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center

For more than 25 years, one of the most unique summer programs in the Valley has offered students the chance to participate in the development and production of an original work of art. The C. Nicholas Johnson’s Performing Arts Residency is a creative performing arts program that brings students into the heart of a production, while learning or refining theatrical movement, dance, acting, mime, lighting, props, wardrobe and make-up.

This year, the Residency is divided into age-appropriate theatrical workshops:
June 4-15: Carnival of the Animals (Grades K- 3 and Grades 4-6) $150
June 4-15: Advanced Performing Arts Residency (Grades 6-12) $300

Performances of Carnival of the Animals take place on the Main Stage of the Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center on Saturday, June 16 at 3pm and 7pm. The Stagecraft Workshop is for students who are interested in the backstage business of the theatrical world. The Workshop provides hands-on instruction in the creation of masks, costuming, props and sets for Carnival of Animals and the works created by the Advanced Performing Arts Residency ensemble. Technical internships are available. The Advanced ensemble will be working on theatrical movement pieces from Johnson’s prestigious portfolio of masterful vignettes, such as Forward Momentum, Splat, Old West Saloon, and The Boat. Performances will take place at the Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center on June 16.

Why settle for the ordinary, when you can participate in the exceptional? Times, fees, details and internships vary for the individual programs. Visit or the Community Education page at for information. For more information, call Desert Foothills Community Education at 480.488.1090 or 480.575.2070.

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