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It’s Baaaack! Mel Brooks “The Producers” Return Engagement June 17-July 3 In Fountain Hills

Jun 16

filed under: Community Events, Living In Fountain Hills, Local Gems

You have all been given another chance to go and see “The Producers” at the Fountain Hills Community Theater in Fountain Hills. They have brought it back for a summertime performance opening this Friday June 17th running through July 3rd. Please, please, please go see this, you will not be disappointed. Howard and I saw it back in February and here was my review from an earlier post.

We arrived about about ten minutes before curtain time. We were seated in seats B11 and B12 in the second row. Pretty good seats I thought for $25 a seat, although you should know there are no bad seats in the theater. Right away I saw there was a full house, not surprising as I knew they extended the performance schedule an extra week because of the great reviews the production was receiving.

Soon the lights dimmed and the recognizable background music “Springtime for Hitler” began and within minutes the curtain rose. From that moment, with the exception of the short intermission I was mesmerized by the talent, the stage settings, and the entire theatrical production. If I didn’t know that I was seated in this small intimate theater in Fountain Hills, I would have thought I was in a Broadway theater in New York. Of course the major difference would have been the price of the ticket, probably $150 – $200 or more a ticket in the big apple.

Although I am not a theater critic, I must call out the performances of Scott Hyder (Max Bialystock), Michael Stewart (Leo Bloom), Morgan Ottersbach (Ulla Inga Hansen Benson), Terry Gadaire (Roger DeBris), Patrick Russo (Carmen Ghia) and Matt McDonald (Franz Liebkind). OMG they were awesome. You had me” tears in the eyes” laughing over and over again. And the ensemble, the great vocalists, the dancers, you were all wonderful. A standing ovation by everyone showed our jubilation.

Of course, as is so true, the cast cannot put on a great performance without the actual producers, directors, choreographers, music directors, stage hands, hair and makeup, lighting, set, sound and costume designers. Kudos to all of you, you did a great job.

In conclusion I want to say, I was a proud resident of Fountain Hills last night. The Fountain Hills Community Theater made me proud. How fortunate we are to have you in our community. Thank you for your time and your commitment to bring us great theater like “The Producers”. You are all to be commended.

Summer engagement performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 2 pm. Tickets are $25 for adults and $20 for seniors and youths under 17.  The theater is located at 11445 N. Saguaro. Tickets are available through the theater box office at 837-9661, ext. 3 and box office hours are 10-5 pm Tuesday through Saturday. You can also visit their website at www.fhtaz.org

Written by Howard Harris