In 1986 Terry and Cynthia Howell founded the Arizona Rose Theatre Company. The Howells wanted to create a company that would be a training ground for new talent as well as an outlet to create and produce new, original works and nurture theater in our community. When the Rose was founded, the mission statement read that the Arizona Rose Theatre was committed to a philosophy of only producing musical properties that were in some way positive. Since it opened in 1986, the Arizona Rose Theatre Company has produced and developed dozens of original musicals and since its formation, the Rose has continued to “Grow in the Desert”.
For the first 20 years the Rose only produced originals, but 10 years ago more familiar pieces were added to each season. The Rose has produced shows like “The Rainmaker”, “Steel Magnolias”, “Lost In Yonkers”, “25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”, “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” and most recently “Jesus Christ Superstar”. Although more familiar pieces began to work their way into the season “line-up”, the initial philosophy of producing properties that were in some way positive has remained at the heart of the Arizona Rose mission.
Throughout the past 30 years the Arizona Rose Theatre Company has been very fortunate to work with a wide variety of talented performers and artists including vocalists, dancers, magicians, jugglers, comedians, and various instrumentalists to name a few. These artists have helped shape and mold the diverseness of the Arizona Rose.
Inspired by the various artists that have worked with the Rose over the years, the theater company took another step in it’s growth this year. As part of the 30 year anniversary, the Arizona Rose Theatre Company has decided to expand it’s vision and mission and form the Arizona Rose Arts Organization. The Arizona Rose Arts Organization’s mission is produce, develop, educate and support all art forms. The Arizona Rose Arts Organization is now the parent company of the Arizona Rose Theatre, and the newly formed Arizona Rose Opera Company and Arizona Rose Youth Theatre with hopes to form new branches in the future.
The newly formed Arizona Rose Arts Organization is a non-profit, 501c3, organization. Being a young organization with many plans and projects in the works there is a great need for support. Please spread the word about this brand new organization . If you might be interested in supporting this mission to nurture the arts in our community please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (520)888-0509
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