Local Arts, Inside Out: 4 Performance Venues Offering Outdoor Entertainment

Lisa HonebrinkNovember 16, 2020
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Many have described the pandemic as turning the world “upside down.” In response to COVID-19, some once indoor-only performance venues are turning inside-out – to the great outdoors.

Herberger Theater Center
On the east side of the Herberger Theater Center is its new outdoor stage, the Pavilion at the Herberger Theater Center, hosting performances now through April 2021. “We have heard from our guests that digital offerings are just not the same,” says Mark Mettes, Herberger Theater president and CEO, explaining that these outdoor performances are about being together, yet safely apart, so patrons can enjoy live arts experiences again. Also at The Herberger, Arizona Theatre Company presents a series of digital content, virtual workshops and outdoor musical offerings. From hearing a new musical in an out-door concert hall to holiday music in a garden, ATC is partnering to provide events that audiences can enjoy throughout the fall.
222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix

Arizona Opera 
The Arizona Opera Company will also use the Herberger’s pavilion to present an Outdoor Film Fest of three Metropolitan Opera productions on the big screen: La Traviata, Hansel and Gretel, and The Barber of Seville, Friday, November 20-Sunday, November 22. Children and students with valid ID can enjoy each for just $7. Featuring members of Arizona Opera’s prestigious Marion Roose Pullin Opera Studio, the Arizona Opera also is featuring Studio Spotlight concerts in their own courtyard at the Arizona Opera Center, now known as the Shoshana B. and Robert S. Tancer Plaza. The final Studio Spotlight Series concerts of 2020 will take place on Friday, December 4 at 6 p.m.
1636 N. Central Ave., Phoenix

Celebrity Theatre
Celebrity Theatre is offering drive-in events in conjunction with El Toro Flicks, including movie screenings, touring concerts and family-friendly events every Thursday through Sunday.
440 N. 32nd St., Phoenix

Phoenix Theatre Company
The Phoenix Theatre Company has also built an outdoor stage with November shows, along with on-demand concerts. All performances in the 2020/2021 Outdoor Season are held next door in the courtyard gardens at Central United Methodist Church.
1825 N. Central Ave., Phoenix

Visit each respective website for performance schedules, public health guidelines, and to purchase tickets. Thanks to local arts organizations thinking outside the box by creating new, outside-the-venue seating areas – and our balmy fall and winter climate – you can enjoy the arts live again!

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