CASA GRANDE -- The Red Shield Theater hopes to bring joy and good times to audiences with its latest show, a concert featuring songs from “The Greatest Showman” and other movie musicals.
About 26 performers ranging in age from 8 to 65 will take to the stage during the show for a variety of solos and group numbers.
“It’s going to be a lot of fun,” said Capt. Mark Davey of the Salvation Army Casa Grande Corps, which oversees the Red Shield Theater. “I’m amazed at how awesome these folks are. Anyone who comes will be thrilled by the songs, including a few really new songs from recent musicals. There’s something for everyone.”
Unlike some of the Red Shield Theater’s previous productions, the show is a concert rather than a musical play.
“No scripts or story, but many songs fall along the theme of dreaming or imagining,” he said.
Davey and his wife, Lisa, saw the “Greatest Showman” movie when it first came out in theaters and loved the music. They purchased the soundtrack to the movie and say they listen to it constantly.
“We were amazed at the joy and catchiness of the songs and thought ‘wouldn’t it be fun to share those songs in our community?’” he said. “We’ve talked on and on about doing a concert show ever since. We love the messages of the songs and think they should be shared.”
With a gap in the show schedule, the couple thought a concert featuring their newfound favorite songs would be a hit with the community.
“We had to add in other songs because there just aren’t enough to fill a whole show and we want people to get their money’s worth,” Davey said. “So, we looked for songs from other movie musicals that follow the theme of imagining, dreaming or longing, which seems to be the main themes in the songs from ‘The Greatest Showman’ that would give our cast a chance to shine and show what they can do. I’m pretty proud of what my wife and I came up with. It’s going to be fun and memorable.”
“The Greatest Showman” concert is at The Salvation Army Little Theater, 1333 N. Center Ave., and begins at 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
Tickets are $5 and sold at the door. Some snacks will be sold at the show.
The Red Shield Theater is a local performing arts organization created as a fundraiser for the Salvation Army Casa Grande Corps. Funds raised through ticket sales help cover the costs of producing shows and are also used to fund various Salvation Army programs that assist the poor and those in need in the community.
Some other upcoming performances on the schedule for the Red Shield Theater are:
- Monster Mash concert, Oct. 25
- Christmas kickoff concert, Nov. 22 and 23
- “The Nutcracker,” Dec. 13 and 14.