CASA GRANDE — Pinal County is home to several theaters, acting groups, musical venues and various events and activities that bring audiences a variety of live shows and entertainment.

Below is a quick guide to the thriving arts and entertainment scene in the community and some of their upcoming events.

Theaters

Paramount Theater, 412 N. Florence St. in historic downtown Casa Grande. The Paramount Theater is Casa Grande’s oldest theater, built in 1920. It serves as a venue for shows, concerts and various events. Shows are posted online at tripleRRRproduction.com. Among some of its upcoming shows this season are:

  • The Mellow B Stand-up Comedy Show, Saturday, Jan. 22, at 8 p.m. The show features entertainment by Eric Harris and comedians Jas Clay, Joel Cooper, T.Dot Kingsby and Ray Love Carter. It’s hosted by Mellow B.
  • Motown review band NFocus featuring Tracy Sanders as Diana Ross, Eric Harris as Stevie Wonder and Kandice Mayo as Aretha Franklin, Jan. 29 at 2 p.m.

Pence Center for the Performing Arts. Located on the Central Arizona College Signal Peak Campus, 8470 N. Overfield Road. The theater hosts dozens of community events throughout the year. Scheduled events are posted online at www.eventsatcac.com. Some upcoming events include:

  • The Freshmen Four, a tight-knit vocal group known for their harmony, Saturday, Feb. 19, at 2 p.m. The group’s sound is inspired by the Beach Boys, the Mamas & Papas and Franki Valli.
  • Rocktacular student show, March 8. The free show includes performances by students in the school’s Entertainment Industry Technology program, performing as part of their overall class grade.
  • CAC Community Band and Central Arizona Symphony spring concert, April 19.
  • Handbell Ensemble and Community Choir spring concert, April 23.

The Events Center at Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino, 15406 N. Maricopa Road. The Events Center is a 2,000-seat theater that hosts a variety of musical events and shows throughout the year. Scheduled shows are posted online at www.caesars.com/harrahs-ak-chin/shows and include:

  • Theresa Caputo Live the Experience, Saturday, Jan. 22

BlackBox Foundation Woman’s Club Theater, 407 N. Sacaton St. in Casa Grande. Home to the BlackBox theater groups, the historic building was originally built for the Woman’s Club of Casa Grande. In 2018, the BlackBox Foundation transformed the building into a multipurpose theater that hosts plays and various entertainment events throughout the year. Shows are posted online at www.blackboxaz.org. Some upcoming shows include:

  • “Plan 9 From Outer Space,” a teen play based on the 1950s Ed Wood movie, Jan. 21, 22, 28 and 29.
  • “Treasure Island,” featuring actors between the ages of 8 and 13. Feb. 19, 20, 26 and 27

Oracle Center for the Arts, 700 E. Kingston St., Oracle. Home to the Oracle Piano Society, the theater hosts various classical concerts, festivals and cultural opportunities for students and members of the community. Upcoming events include watercolor classes in January and classical music concerts throughout the season. For a list of upcoming shows, visit www.oraclepianosociety.org. Some upcoming shows include:

  • Music for 2 Pianos: Eteri Andjaparidze, Inga Kashakashvili, George Oakley, Stephen Cook, Jan. 23.
  • Jazz and classical pianist and composer Jeremy Ajani Jordan, Feb. 13.
  • Pianist Alex Tuchman, March 6.

Theater groups

BlackBox Foundation, 407 N. Sacaton St. Founded in 2012, the BlackBox Foundation is a community theater group with several shows throughout the year, including adult and children and teen productions. Shows are usually held in the BlackBox Woman’s Club theater, but some, produced in conjunction with Central Arizona College, are held in the Pence Center. Upcoming shows are listed on the organization’s Facebook page, Blackbox Foundation.

Murder Mystery Players of Casa Grande, formed in 2019, has several murder mystery dinner theater shows throughout the year. For more information, visit the acting troupe’s page on Facebook, under The Murder Mystery Players of Casa Grande.

Arizona Community Theatre, a community theater group based in Coolidge. For more information, visit the group’s website at azcommunitytheatre.com.

Maricopa Community Theatre is home to Mainstage Company, Children’s Theatre and Teen Conservatory Theatre. Upcoming shows are listed on its website, maricopacommunitytheatre.org.

Art

Casa Grande Art Museum, 319 W. Third St. With rotating exhibits, the art museum offers people the opportunity to enjoy a diverse range of art set in a beautiful historic building. Admission is free. For more information, visit the website at casagrandeartmuseum.org. Some upcoming events include:

  • Permanent collection and fence dedication, Jan. 8 to 22
  • LWren Walraven exhibit, Feb. 4-26
  • Anthony Keyes exhibit, March 4-26
  • Student art show, April 8

Museums/historical activities

The Museum of Casa Grande, 110 W. Florence Blvd. The award-winning, nonprofit museum features historic artifacts, archives, an extensive photograph collection and historic properties that show the development of mining, agriculture, railroad expansion, settlement and technology in the region. More information is available online at www.tmocg.org.

  • History Speaks, a monthly speaker series featuring authors, historians, archaeologists and storytellers sharing the history of the Southwest. Upcoming History Speaks events are at the Dorothy Powell Senior Center, 405 E. Sixth St., on Jan. 20, Feb. 17, March 17 and April 21.

Pinal County Historical Society, 715 S. Main St., Florence. Founded in 1958, it is the oldest historical organization in Pinal County and is tasked with preserving the history of Pinal County with exhibitions and educational program. The museum houses a large research collection. Its website is pinalcountyhistoricalmuseum.org. Some upcoming events are:

  • Historical walking tour, Jan. 12, Feb. 9 and March 9.
  • Cemetery walking tour, Jan 12 and March 19
  • Author presentation and book club meeting, Jan. 23 and Feb. 27

Recreation

The Casa Grande Roller Derby team, the Big House Bombers, takes on various teams from around the state during action-packed, hard-hitting bouts held at their facility, 798 N. Picacho Ave. Some upcoming bouts are scheduled for Jan. 15, Feb. 12, March 12 and April 23.

Casa Grande Main Street, 110 W. Second St. The organization supports historic downtown Casa Grande with various events and activities. As well as the annual street fair in January, some upcoming activities hosted by Casa Grande Main Street include:

  • Downtown After Dark, in the Neon Sign Park, Friday, Jan. 14, at 5 p.m., featuring a Neon Sign Park fashion show.
  • Downtown After Dark, Neon Run, Friday, Feb. 11, 5 p.m.
  • Day Out

Downtown, Thursday, Feb. 17, includes a tour of Casa Grande highlighting its history. q

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Melissa St. Aude is the Arts & Entertainment editor at PinalCentral. She can be reached at mstaude@pinalcentral.com.

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