Arizona Theatre Company (David Ivers, Artistic Director; Billy Russo, Managing Director) brings the iconic musical The Music Man to the Herberger Theater Center in Phoenix from Jan. 5-27, 2019.

            Directed by ATC Artistic Director David Ivers, The Music Man is based on a story by Meredith Willson and Franklin Lacey with music and lyrics by Willson. The plot revolves around con man Harold Hill, who poses as a boys’ band organizer and leader and sells band instruments and uniforms to naïve townfolk living in the River City Iowa in 2012.  Promising to train members of the band, Hill’s plan is to leave town without giving any lessons.  When librarian and piano teacher Marian Paroo figures out the scam, her attention and affections turn upside when Harold helps her younger brother, Winthrop overcome his lisp and social awkwardness.

            Broadway’s Bill English (Anything Goes, 20th Century) stars as Harold Hill.  Manna Nichols (Allegiance and national tour of The King and I) is Marian Paroo and Tucson native Nathaniel Wiley, who is making his professional acting debut at age 9 in the show, is featured as Winthrop.

            The Music Man won five Tony Awards®, including Best Musical, in 1957 and ran for 1,375 performances.  The cast album won the first Grammy Award® for Best Musical Theater Album and spent 245 weeks on the Billboard Magazine charts. Among the memorable songs from the show are (Ya Got) Trouble, Seventy-Six Trombones, Till There Was You, Goodnight, Ladies and Gary, Indiana.

            Ivers promises surprises and “a wonderfully renewed experience of a show that is wicked, funny, warm, romantic and touching. It is American musical theatre at its best.”

            The New York Times agrees, writing that“even if you’re seeing it for the umpteenth time, you can be surprised by the musical’s vigor, warmth, uplift and virtually faultless construction. Here is both popular art and a model of musical theater craft.” 

            As part of ATC’s Arizona Artist Initiative celebrating Arizona artists, the cast of 30 includes 15 Arizonans and three of Broadway’s most renowned designers, scenic design Tony Award-winner Scott Pask* (The Pillowman, The Coast of Utopia, The Book of Mormon); Tucson native and pioneering sound designer Abe Jacob*, whose achievements include the groundbreaking rock-and-roll sound system for the 1969 Broadway hit Hair; and fellow Tucson native lighting designer Philip Rosenberg* (Pretty Woman: The Musical, The Elephant Man, Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder) are part of an illustrious creative team.  (Artists included in the Arizona Artists Initiative are noted with an asterisk.)

            They will join costume designer Margaret Neville (American Conservatory Theater, The Guthrie Theater, Berkeley Repertory Theater, The Public Theater, Oregon Shakespeare Festival), MusicalDirector Gregg Coffin (Arizona Theatre Company, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Shakespeare Santa Cruz) and choreographer Jaclyn Miller, (Reagle Music Theatre of Greater Boston, the Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Gammage). Tanya Searle is the Stage Manager.

            The full cast of The Music Man includes: Leslie Alexander, Adia Bell*, Chanel Bragg*, Amy Button, Kyle Coffman, Armen Dirtadian*, Ej Dohriing, Bill English, Brenda Jean Foley, Jay Garcia, Jules Grantham*, Carly Natalia Grossman*, John Hutton, Allison Jennings*, Damon Martinez*, Gabriella Martinez*, Jacob Martinez*, Kara Mikula, Conner Morley*, Manna Nichols, Peggy O’Connell, John Plumpis, Davvy Schiele, George Slotin, Lawrence E. Street, Cydney Trent*, Shaun-Avery Williams, Nathaniel Wiley*, Tatumn Zale and James Zannelli*.

            Tickets for The Music Man are now on sale at or at the Herberger Theater Center box office.  

The Music Man will be followed by Two Trains Running, by August Wilson, directed by Lou Bellamy (Tucson: Jan. 19-Feb. 9; Phoenix: Feb. 14-March 3); American Mariachi, by José Cruz González (Tucson: March 9-30; Phoenix: April 4-21) and Things I Know to be True, by Andrew Bovell, directed by Mark Clements (Tucson: April 20-May 11; Phoenix: May 16-June 2).

The 2018/2019 season is dedicated to Geri Silvi, ATC’s long-time Box Office Manager in Phoenix. The season is sponsored by I. Michael and Beth Kasser. 

ATC has standardized curtain times in Tucson and Phoenix. Performance times will be: Tuesdays through Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m., Sunday evenings at 7:00 p.m. and all matinees will be held at 2:00 p.m. 

For more information about season-ticket subscription, go to or call the box office in Tucson at (520) 622-2823 or in Phoenix at (602) 256-6995. 


Meredith Willson (Book, Music, Lyrics) was born in 1902 in Mason City, Iowa. He learned to play the flute as a child and began playing semi-professionally while still in high school. After high school he left Iowa to study at the Damrosch Institute of Musical Art (later the Julliard School), receiving flute instruction from Georges Barrere, the world-renown flutist. While still attending the Institute, he was hired as principle flutist and piccolo player for the John Philip Sousa Band. He later joined the New York Philharmonic Orchestra where he was 1st flutist. He became musical director for various radio programs throughout the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s, including Tallulah Bankhead's program, The Big Show," for which he wrote the hit song "May The Lord Bless and Keep You." He composed the scores for the movies The Great Dictator and The Little Foxes, as well as symphonic, band, and choral works, including The Jervis Bay: Symphonic Variations on an American Theme and Anthem of the Atomic Age. Willson wrote three Broadway musicals: The Music Man, his first and most successful;The Unsinkable Molly Brown (music and lyrics), and Here's Love (book, music and lyrics). As an author he has published two autobiographical works (And There I Stood with My Piccolo and Eggs I Have Laid), one novel (Who Did What to Fedalia) and a memoir about the making of The Music Man (But He Doesn't Know the Territory). "


Franklin Lacey (Playwright) was an American playwright and screenwriter. He is best known for co-authoring the story for The Music Man (1957) together with collaborator Meredith Willson and later collaborating on the screenplay with Marion Hargeove for the 1962 film version. One of his first major works was the play Pagan in the Parlor in 1949. He also wrote the screenplay for the film Rain for a Dusty Summer (1971), which starred Ernest Borgnine. He worked closely with the author Aldous Huxley on a musical version of his novel Brave New World, but the project was eventually shelved.

David Ivers (Director)* is in his second season as Artistic Director for Arizona Theatre Company. In partnership with the inimitable and insightful Managing Director Billy Russo, they have been hard at work creating community-based initiatives (some of which you’ll see in this very production!), advanced-planning procedures, and staff-focused partnerships aimed at fostering institutional stability. Ivers previously served as Artistic Director for Tony Award-Winning Utah Shakespeare Festival for seven seasons, having acted in or directed over 55 productions over 20 seasons. As Artistic Director, he helped usher in a $40 million expansion of facilities including two new theatres, a new rehearsal hall, costume shop, and administrative offices. His tenure is marked by a significant re-brand of the organization and several key initiatives including the launch of WORDS (cubed) new play program, which last season featured the World Premiere of Neil LaBute’s How to Fight Loneliness

Earlier in his career, Mr. Ivers was the Associate Artistic Director of Portland Repertory Theatre while continuing to collaborate with Portland Center Stage, the Oregon, Alabama and Idaho Shakespeare Festivals, and others. He also spent ten years as a resident artist involved with over 40 productions at the acclaimed Denver Center Theatre Company. He has acting credits in Seattle, Portland, Utah, Denver, Chicago, Massachusetts, Alabama, California, including: Salieri in Amadeus, a nightly “audience choice” rotation of Oscar and Felix in The Odd Couple, Scapin in Scapin, Truffaldino in A Servant of Two Masters, Richard in Richard II, Tony Wendice in Dial M for Murder, Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing, Jake in Stones in His Pockets, Gary in Noises Off, Jonathan in A Prayer for Owen Meany, and has been involved with over 100 other productions at LORT A, B+, and B institutions. In the last several seasons, his directing work has been seen with e Utah Shakespeare Festival, The Guthrie Theatre (where he directed Blithe Spirit this past November), Berkeley Repertory Theatre (Hand to God, One Man Two Guvnors), The Oregon Shakespeare Festival (The Coconuts, Taming of the Shrew), South Coast Repertory Theatre, Pioneer Theatre Company, here at Arizona Theatre Company with Outside Mullingar, and more. In addition, Ivers has taught at several colleges and universities and gave his first TEDx talk in 2015. 

Greg Coffin (Music Director) has composed, directed, arranged, or orchestrated the music for productions in theaters throughout the U.S., Canada, China, and South Korea; including the Minetta Lane Theatre, the Duke on 42nd Street (NYC), ChungMu Art Hall (Seoul), The Stratford Festival of Canada, The Canadian Stage, The Tarragon Theatre, The National Arts Centre, Manitoba Theater Center, Theatre New Brunswick (Canada), Alley Theatre, American Players Theatre, Arena Stage, Asolo Repertory Theatre, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Geva Theatre Center, The Guthrie Theatre, The Human Race Theatre, Indiana Repertory Theatre, PCPA Theatrefest, Pioneer Theatre Company, South Coast Rep, Unicorn Theatre, and the Oregon, Utah, Santa Cruz, California, Alabama, Santa Fe, Georgia, Great River, and St. Louis Shakespeare Festivals. He is a member of Actors Equity Association, the American Federation of Musicians, the Dramatists Guild of America, and the American Society of Composers and Lyricists. 

Jaclyn Miller (Choreographer) ATCDebut. Regional & Other Theatre Oregon Shakespeare Festival: Book of WillSense and Sensibility, Roe, Shakespeare in Love, Twelfth Night, The Yeomen of the Guard, Much Ado about Nothing, Fingersmith, The Cocoanuts, My Fair Lady, The Taming of the Shrew, Oklahoma! (associate choreographer), The Pirates of Penzance, She Loves Me (assistant choreographer). Idaho Shakespeare Festival and Great Lakes Theater: Mamma Mia!Pride & PrejudiceHunchback of Notre Dame. Guthrie Theater: The Cocoanuts; Portland Opera: Pirates of Penzance (assistant director). Acting: National tour: Happy Days: The Musical (Swing/Dance captain). 

Scott Pask (Scenic Design)* has designed over 50 Broadway productions, and has been awarded Tony Awards® for his designs of The Book of Mormon, The Coast of Utopia, and The Pillowman. Scott was raised in Yuma and received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Arizona and a Master of Fine Arts from the Yale School of Drama. In 2014, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the U of A. Selected Broadway credits include: The Band’s Visit (Tony® nomination), Mean Girls (Tony® nomination), Waitress, The Prom, Oh Hello!, The Little Foxes, Blackbird, Something Rotten!, An Act of God, Finding Neverland, Pippin (Tony®  nomination) Nine, I’ll Eat You Last with Bette Midler, A Steady Rain with Hugh Jackman and Daniel Craig, Promises Promises, Hair, Pal Joey (Tony® Nom), Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Tony® nomination, Drama Desk Award), Urinetown. Peter Grimes (Met Opera), Cirque Du Soleil’s Amaluna, and John Mulaney Kid Gorgeous for Netflix and Radio City Music Hall. 

Abe Jacob (Sound Design)* returns to ATC where he was Sound Designer for Man of La Mancha, Fiddler on the Roof, Snapshots, Xanadu, Next to Normal, Backwards in High Heels, [title of show], Hair, The Pajama Game, The Pirates of Penzance, The Fantasticks, The Gershwins’ Fascinating Rhythm, and Five Guys Named Moe, among others. His original designs for musical theatre include the Broadway productions of Hair, Jesus Christ Superstar, Pippin, Chicago, A Chorus Line, The Act, Evita, Cats, Dancin’, Big Deal, Black and Blue, and RAIN: A Tribute to the Beatles. A native of Tucson, his initial contribution to the performing arts was the creation of the concert sound for such legendary artists as Jimi Hendrix; The Mamas and the Papas; Peter, Paul, and Mary; and the historic rock celebration, The Monterey Pop Festival. He is the recipient of the LDI Award for Lifetime Achievement in Theatre Sound Design. Abe also teaches sound design master classes and has mentored generations of Broadway’s top theatrical sound designers.

Philip Rosenberg (Lighting Design)* Broadway credits include Pretty Woman: The Musical, The Elephant Man, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder and It’s Only a Play. Off-Broadway credits include The Ruins of CivilizationThe Explorer’s Club and Cactus Flower. Regional credits include productions with: Kennedy Center, La Jolla Playhouse, Ford’s Theatre, e Guthrie Theater, The Old Globe, Theatre-Works, Hartford Stage, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Dallas Theatre Center, The Alley Theatre, Arena Stage, The McCarter Theatre, Manhattan School of Music, Portland Stage Company, TACT, Barrington Stage Company, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Dorset Theatre Festival, Bay Street Theatre, Goodspeed Opera, Two River Theatre Company, George Street Playhouse, and Westport Country Playhouse. 

Margaret Neville (Costume Design) is a Bay Area based costume designer. Previous productions with David Ivers include: The Cocoanuts at OSF, Berkeley Rep and The Guthrie, Blithe Spirit at The Guthrie, One Man, Two Guvnors at Berkeley Rep and South Coast Rep, Hand to God at Berkeley Rep, and Taming of the Shrew at OSF. Recent and upcoming productions include e Great Leap Forward and Heisenberg at American Conservatory Theater, Reel to Reel at The Magic Theatre, and Imaginary Comforts at Berkeley Rep. Meg has designed costumes for many productions at Berkeley Rep and California Shakespeare Theater, as well as at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, The Magic Theatre, South Coast Rep, Yale Rep, Center Stage, BAM, The Public, Atlantic Theater Company, Chicago Opera Theater, Dallas Theater Center, Joe Goode Dance Co, and others. She is a graduate of e Yale School of Drama and Brown University. Meg resides in Mill Valley, CA with her husband and three children.


Bill English (Harold Hill) is delighted to come to River City for his ATC debut. Broadway: Anything Goes, On The Twentieth Century (Roundabout); NYC/ Regional: The Full Monty, A Christmas Carol (NSMT), The Shaggs (NYMF), The Times (Sonnet Rep), Dracula (Triad Stage); TV: The Good Wife, Elementary, Person of Interest, Outnumbered, Cavemen, Melrose Place. Training: University of North Carolina School of Arts. 

Manna Nichols (Marion Paroo) Broadway/National Tour: AllegianceThe King & I (Tuptim); Off-Broadway: Tokio Confidential (Sachiko), Death for Five Voices (Maria); Regional: Arena Stage (My Fair Lady - Eliza Doolittle), Goodspeed (Guys & Dolls - Sarah Brown), The Guthrie (South Pacific - Liat), Kansas City Starlight/Walnut St/Fulton (Miss Saigon - Kim), Pioneer/Maine State (Les Miserables - Eponine), Geva (Hair - Crissy); Film: Disney’s Live Action Beauty & the Beast (background vocals), Hard Powder (2019/Minya).

Nathaniel Wiley (Winthrop Paroo): This is Nate’s professional acting debut. He is thrilled to be performing in his first Arizona Theatre Company production in one of his favorite musicals. Nate has performed in youth theater productions with Live Theatre Workshop in Tucson and Childsplay in Tempe. He is a Tucson native. 


Director: David Ivers

Music Director:Gregg Coffin

Choreographer: Jaclyn Miller

Scenic Designer: Scott Pask

Costume Designer: Margaret Neville 

Lighting Designer: Philip Rosenberg

Sound Designer: Abe Jacob

Stage Manager: Tanya Searle


Tickets for The Music Man start at just $25 and are subject to change depending on time, date and section, and are available at or by calling the box office at (520) 622-2823 in Tucson. Discounts are available for seniors and active military. A $10 student ticket pricing is now available for all performances. Half-price rush tickets are available for balcony seating for all performances one hour prior to curtain at the ATC box office (subject to availability). $10 Community Night performance in Tucson is Tuesday, Dec. 4 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 6 at 7 p.m. (Tickets must be purchased at the Temple of Music and Art or the Herberger Theater Center starting one hour prior to curtain. Tickets are first-come, first served. Cash preferred. Two tickets maximum per person.) For discounts for groups of 10 or more, call (520) 622-2823 in Tucson or (602) 256-6995 in Phoenix.


Arizona Theatre Company offers accessibility services for patrons with disabilities for select performances. Audio Description provides patrons with vision loss a running audio description of the movement and activities onstage through an infrared broadcast system. An Audio-Described performance is offered in Tucson on Thursday, Dec. 20 at 2 p.m. and in Phoenix on Wednesday, Dec. 16 at 7:30 p.m. Interested patrons with vision loss may request a tactile tour one hour prior to curtain. American Sign Language Interpretation is presented by professional, theatrically trained ASL-interpreters for people who have deafness or hearing impairment. An ASL-interpreted performance is offered in Tucson on Thursday Dec. 20 at 7:30 p.m. and in Phoenix on Saturday, Jan. 19 at 2 p.m. Open captioning allows patrons to read the play's dialogue on an LED screen as the play progresses. An open captioned performance is offered in Tucson on Thursday, Thursday, Dec. 20 at 2 p.m. and in Phoenix on Sunday, Jan. 13 at 7 p.m. For open-captioned or ASL-interpreted performances, patrons should request seats best suited to ASL interpretation or captioning when purchasing tickets. Large print and Braille playbills and infrared listening amplification devices are also available at every ATC performance with reservation. TTY access for the box office is available in Tucson at (520) 884-9723, or (602) 256-6995 in Phoenix. or via Arizona Relay at (800) 367-8939 (TTY/ASCII).


Fact Sheet:
The Music Man

Book, Music and Lyrics by Meredith Willson

Story by Meredith Willson and Franklin Lacey

Directed by David Ivers

Phoenix Venue:

Herberger Theater Center

222 E. Monroe St.

Phoenix, Ariz. 

Previews Begin: Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.

Opening Night: Tuesday, Jan. 8 at 7:30 p.m.

Closing Performance: Sunday, Jan. 27 at 2 p.m.

Ticket prices are $25-$90 and are available in-person at the Herberger Theater Center box office or by calling (602) 256-6995 in Phoenix. Tickets also can be purchased online at


Steve Carr, The Kur Carr Group, Inc., (602) 317-3040

About Arizona Theatre Company:

Arizona Theatre Company (ATC) is the preeminent fully professional theatre in the state of Arizona committed to inspiring, engaging, and entertaining - one moment, one production, and one audience at a time. Boasting the largest seasonal subscriber base in the performing arts in Arizona, ATC is the only resident company in the U.S. that is fully based in two cities providing its wide array of programming and community outreach across the region. Now in its 52ndseason, more than 130,000 people a year attend our performances at the historic Temple of Music and Art in Tucson, and the elegant Herberger Theater Center in downtown Phoenix. Each season of home-grown productions reflects the rich variety of world drama—from classics to contemporary plays, from musicals to new works—along with a wide array of community outreach programs, educational opportunities, access initiatives and new play programs. Designated The State Theatre of Arizona, ATC is led by Artistic Director David Ivers, Managing Director Billy Russo and a dedicated Board of Trustees. 

55 Reasons to Attend The 55th annual Phoenix Scottish Games

Steele Indian School Park, Phoenix – March 2-3, 2019

2019 marks the 55th anniversary of the Phoenix Scottish Games produced by the Caledonian Society of Arizona, to be held March 2-3, 2019 at Steele Indian School

Park in Phoenix. If you like “all things Scottish”, dust off that kilt and come on out.

There are at least 55 reasons to attend:


1. Witness exciting competitions for men and women all day both days

2. See competitors test their strength in the “Caber Toss”

3. Hark back to earlier days while you watch the “Sheaf Toss”

4. Be amazed at the strength of the competitors in the “Stone Put”

5. Be glad you are not the target of the “Scottish Hammer Throw”

6. Get out your measuring stick while you watch “Weight over Bar”

7. Marvel at the ability of the competitors in “Weight for distance”

8. Watch over 140 athletes coming from all over the country participate in the

IHGF 2019 All American Highland Games series

9. Cheer them on; the winners will go to the world amateur Highland Games



10.Come out early and be there for the Opening Ceremony on Saturday at noon

11.Don’t miss the Bagpipe Competition with over ??? pipe bands

12.Enjoy the dancers in the Highland Dancing championship competition

13.Join us in the big tent for entertainment on the Ghilli Dhu Pub Main Stage

14.Sing along with the Wicked Tinkers

15.Enjoy the Celtic American songs of Cleghorn

16.Get up and dance to the tunes of Scott Jeffers

17.Clap along with the lively tunes from Stoney Bank

18.Sit for a bit and enjoy folklore and music at the Learners Arm Stage

19.Transport yourself back to the old world with Story Telling

20.Sip on a Kiltlifter and be entertained at the Kiltlifter Tap Room Stage

21.Walk around the grounds and see Pipe Bands performing at every turn

22.Be surprised by spontaneous Parades through the festival site

23.Practice your line dancing (yes really) and enjoy Country dancing on stage

Food & Beverage

24.Bring your appetite for Meat Pies like you’ll find nowhere else in town

25.Savor the best Fish n’ Chips in the valley

26.Quench your thirst in any of the four beer gardens

27.Stop by the Whisky Tasting tent for a taste of something special

28.Enjoy Scotch and Chocolate; what a pleasant pair

29.Taste some local wines at the Wine Tasting booth

30.Relax for a bit and take the weight off in the Cigar Lounge

Family Activities

31.Trace your family’s lineage and identify your clan at the Genealogy tent

32.Meet your clan: there will be representatives on hand from over 55 clans

33.Take a fun family photo wearing “Highland” apparel at the Photo booth

34.Watch as re-enactors show us how battles were once fought

35.Reminisce as you see all the old cars in the British vintage car show

36.Purchase authentic Scottish Items at the Highland Boutique!!

37.Plan your trip to Scotland! Get hints and tips at the Travel booth.

38.Do some shopping at the vendor booths; buy a kilt or Highland apparel

Kid’s Activities

39.Visit Nessie, the Loch Ness Monster

40.Try your hand at Mini caber toss.

41.Pick up a bow and learn the basics of Archery

42.Capture prizes in the “Duck Pond”

43.Play a bit of Golf; a sport originating in Scotland

44.Check out the costumes and be a prince or princess

45.Sit down for a bit and do an Arts & Crafts project

Fun Outing

46.Bring the family; there’s lots to do for every age

47.Don’t leave FIDO at home; we are Pet friendly

48.Bring money, but don’t spend it on Parking – that’s Free

49.Leave the car at home; come on the light rail

50.Save money and buy a two day pass; you won’t want to miss anything

51.Take advantage of Military and seniors discounts

52.Bring a lawn chair or blanket; Indian Steele Park is lovely!

53.Come prepared to enjoy the lovely March weather

54.Visit with some of the over 150 volunteers who make this event possible

55.Support a good cause; scholarships for Highland athletes, musicians and




The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) seeking nominations of exceptional metro Phoenix high school students

for annual service leadership and scholarship program


PHOENIX -- Oct. 19, 2018 – Nominations are now open for the 2019 Greater Phoenix Students of the Year program, The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) annual service leadership and scholarship initiative for Valley high school students, that offers students the opportunity to participate in a seven-week campaign to raise funds to help beat cancer while learning about the spirit of philanthropy and community involvement from established community leaders.


The fourth annual competition kicks off Jan. 11, 2019 and culminates in a Grand Finale celebration on March 2, 2019 at the Phoenix Zoo. The student(s) who raises the most funds within those seven weeks earn the title of Student of the Year and a $2,500 scholarship to the college/university of their choice.  The campaign also provides recognition in local media, as well as letters of recommendation for the students. Students also meet local LLS volunteers and board members who mentor them during their campaigns and help conduct workshops on skills like letter-writing, social media and developing an ‘elevator pitch.’


Candidates must be students enrolled in an Arizona public or private high school, grades 9 - 12.  Candidates are nominated, typically by a parent, family friend, teacher or their principal or guidance counselor, however, they can also self-nominate. The deadline to apply is Nov. 30, 2018. Click here to nominate or apply.


“When I first learned that I was going to be a part of the 2018 Student of the Year campaign, I was ecstatic,” said 2018 Student of the Year Paige Dompier of Phoenix Pinnacle High School. “Ever since my older sister ran and won back in 2016, I knew that I wanted to follow in her footsteps and run myself.  Our inspiration for running was our family friend Taylor Souza who was diagnosed at a young age with leukemia.  I knew that being a part of the campaign would mean getting to raise money for families just like Taylor’s and help fund new research, so joining LLS on their mission was a no brainer. The entire experience was truly incredible and very eye opening.  I would do it all over again in a heartbeat.”

Student candidates do not need a connection to blood cancer to participate, they raise money in honor of a local patient hero – and for life-saving research and patient support.  Leukemia is the number one cancer killer of children under the age of 20. For information about our 2019 Honored Hero, 5-year-old “Princess” Raven, please visit: HERE


How do teenagers raise such an amazing amount of funds? Candidates work with LLS staff to develop action plans designed to meet their fundraising goals. They are encouraged to build teams of adult friends and peers and to rally their family, friends, schools and networks to support their fundraising efforts online, through letters, at events and by sponsorships at the Grand Finale.  LLS provides fundraising materials and support at every step.


For additional information or to nominate or apply, visit:

About The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society: The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is the world's largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer. The LLS mission: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. LLS funds lifesaving blood cancer research around the world and provides free information and support services. For more information about LLS, please visit

Contact: Joshua Sheehan,, 602-567-7590  

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Bipartisan Coalition Taps Williams
to Serve as Phoenix’s Mayor Pro Tempore

Will Serve Until Voters Select New Mayor in Special Election

PHOENIX – A bipartisan coalition of the City Council today unanimously selected District 1 Councilwoman Thelda Williams to serve as the City’s mayor pro tempore until voters choose a new mayor through the special election process.

The election to choose a new mayor was required by the City Charter following the resignation of Mayor Greg Stanton last month. Williams will serve the dual-role as mayor and District 1 councilwoman.

“It is a tremendous honor to earn the support of my colleagues to serve as mayor,” said Williams. “I look forward to working with the entire City Council in a cooperative way to meet the needs of the people we serve.”

Williams said her highest priorities over the next few months will be public safety as well as streets and water infrastructure.

This is Williams’ third time serving as Phoenix mayor. She was elected by her colleagues as interim mayor in 1994 following Paul Johnson’s resignation, and ascended from vice mayor to mayor for a brief period in 2012 following the resignation of Phil Gordon.

Williams has served as the Council’s District 1 representative since 2008, and previously served on the Council from 1989 to 1996. Williams is currently the City’s representative on the boards of Arizona Municipal Water Users Association, Valley Metro RPTA, Valley Metro Rail, Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport, and the Luke Air Force Base West Valley Council.

The special election for voters to choose a new mayor will be held on Nov. 6. If there is a need for a run-off election, it will be held on March 12, 2019, and Williams will remain in the role until a new mayor is sworn in.

Learn more about the process here.

Southwest Behavioral & Health Services Wins Big at 2018 Healthcare Leadership Awards

(PHOENIX – June 6, 2018) –Southwest Behavioral & Health Services (SB&H) has won Outstanding Achievement in Behavioral Health Management or Treatment at the 2018 Healthcare Leadership Awards presented by AZBigMedia. 

SB&H was honored with this award due to their work combating the opioid crisis. When Gov. Doug Ducey declared a health emergency over the number of people dying from opioid addiction, SB&H helped provide the framework for the governor’s executive order. SB&H is working tirelessly to stay abreast of the national trends to improve the outcomes for opioid addicts, to save lives and to help alleviate the opioid crisis through its four statewide opioid replacement clinics. 

“We are extremely proud to be recognized for our work to shed light on this nationwide crisis,” said Lauren Lauder, senior vice president of northern Arizona.  “There is still a lot of work to be done in this area, but we are excited to be at the forefront and helping save countless lives.” 

The Phoenix Business Journal also recently recognized SB&H as one of Phoenix’s Healthiest Employers, in the mid-sized companies category, and the nonprofit was also named a Healthy AZ Worksite from the Arizona Department of Health Services and Maricopa County Public Health.


About Southwest Behavioral & Health Services: 

Incorporated in 1974 as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, Southwest Behavioral & Health Services provides services in the greater Phoenix metropolitan area, rural Maricopa County, Gila, Mohave, Coconino, and Yavapai counties. Our Mission: “We inspire people to feel better and reach their potential. Through helping people discover their strengths, we improve our communities.” SB&H is a leader in development and delivery of services in the areas of housing, residential care, prevention services, outpatient services to children, incarcerated persons and dually diagnosed adults (SMI/SA). An innovative leader in behavioral health, services are client directed-outcome informed, evidence-based and include treatment of co-occurring disorders, the FAST model in prevention services, the Arizona Treatment Initiative for children and families, and the Recovery Model for persons with serious mental illness. For more information on SB&H, please visit

Board of Supervisors to Vote on Final Budget on June 25

Tax Rate Will Be Set in August

The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors will vote on final approval of its FY 2019 budget during a public hearing on Monday, June 25.  The Board, which also governs the Flood Control, Library, and Stadium districts, adopted a tentative budget of $2.45 billion last month.

Truth in Taxation Hearing

Before the final budget vote, the public will have the opportunity to comment on the FY 2019 budget which keeps the tax rate the same.  The Board does not control property values, but as the economy grows, property values increase and some property owners may pay more in taxes as a result.

The “Truth in Taxation” hearing is required by law and provides Maricopa County taxpayers the opportunity to voice their opinion about the following proposed levies:

  • Primary property tax increase of $18,438,418 or 3.4%, which would raise primary property taxes on a $100,000 home from $135.43 to $140.09.

  • Secondary property tax increase of $3,134,816 or 5.0%, which would increase secondary property taxes on a $100,000 home from $17.06 to $17.92. (Flood Control District)

  • Secondary property tax increase of $712,214 or 3.4%, which would increase secondary property taxes on a $100,000 home from $5.38 to $5.56. (Library District)

A public hearing will be held on Monday, June 25 in the Board of Supervisors’ Conference Room (10th floor) at 301 W. Jefferson, Phoenix, Arizona 85003, starting at 10:00 a.m.

In accordance with State statute, the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors will meet at a future date to vote on the final tax levy proposal.  That meeting will be held on August 20, 2018.

About Maricopa County Taxes

Historically, Maricopa County receives 11 cents of every dollar paid in property taxes.  The county’s tax levy in FY 2019 is $146.6 million below the maximum amount allowed by state law, meaning the county collects less in taxes than it could.

Truth in Taxation Hearing

County (primary tax)

In compliance with section 42-17107, Arizona Revised Statutes, Maricopa County is notifying its property taxpayers of Maricopa County's intention to raise its primary property taxes over last year's level. Maricopa County is proposing an increase in primary property taxes of $18,438,418 or 3.4%.  For example, the proposed tax increase will cause Maricopa County's primary property taxes on a $100,000 home to be $140.09. Without the proposed tax increase, the total taxes that would be owed on a $100,000 home would have been $135.43.  This proposed increase is exclusive of increased primary property taxes received from new construction. The increase is also exclusive of any changes that may occur from property tax levies for voter approved bonded indebtedness or budget and tax overrides.

Flood Control District (secondary tax)

In compliance with section 48-254, Arizona Revised Statutes, Maricopa County Flood Control District is notifying its property taxpayers of Maricopa County Flood Control District's intention to raise its secondary property taxes over last year's level. Maricopa County Flood Control District is proposing an increase in secondary property taxes of $3,134,816 or 5.0%.  For example, the proposed tax increase will cause Maricopa County Flood Control District's secondary property taxes on a $100,000 home to be $17.92.  Without the proposed tax increase, the total taxes that would be owed on a $100,000 home would have been $17.06.  This proposed increase is exclusive of increased secondary property taxes received from new construction. The increase is also exclusive of any changes that may occur from property tax levies for voter-approved bonded indebtedness.

Library District (secondary tax)

In compliance with section 48-254, Arizona Revised Statutes, Maricopa County Library District is notifying its property taxpayers of Maricopa County Library District's intention to raise its secondary property taxes over last year's level. Maricopa County Library District is proposing an increase in secondary property taxes of $712,214 or 3.4%.  For example, the proposed tax increase will cause Maricopa County Library District's secondary property taxes on a $100,000 home to be $5.56. Without the proposed tax increase, the total taxes that would be owed on a $100,000 home would have been $5.38.  This proposed increase is exclusive of increased secondary property taxes received from new construction. The increase is also exclusive of any changes that may occur from property tax levies for voter-approved bonded indebtedness.

All interested citizens are invited to attend the public “Truth in Taxation” hearing that is scheduled to be held June 25, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at the Board of Supervisors’ Conference Room, 301 W. Jefferson, 10th Floor, Phoenix, Arizona 85003.


PHOENIX, Ariz. – May 31, 2018 – Maricopa County officials are encouraging residents – especially young readers – to include the County’s annual Summer Reading Program in their summer plans. More than 60 libraries across the county participate in the program, which runs from June 1 – August 1. 


“Summer is the perfect time to read for fun,” said Steve Chucri, Chairman of the County Board of Supervisors. “There is something for everyone at our public libraries and dozens of community experiences throughout the summer.”


“It’s easy to participate: read 20 minutes a day, log your time and enter into a weekly drawing to win prizes,” said Cindy Kolaczynski, MCLD Director and County Librarian. “Our libraries do so much more than lend books. They provide early learning programs to children and their families and are centers of community engagement, especially in the hot summer months.”


This year’s theme is “Libraries Rock,” which encourages discovering ways in which music influences our lives and brings people together along with challenging participants to exercise their minds by reading at least 20 minutes a day. Participants can highlight their activities on social media by using the hashtag #read20az on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. 


Beginning June 1, participants can start logging their summer reading activities for food rewards at Peter Piper Pizza and Rubio’s Coastal Grill. Additionally, people who log 1,000 points can choose a free book from an online marketplace, while supplies last. Participants can earn points just for reading (1 minute = 1 point), but also for attending library events, completing online challenges and participating in community experiences.


They can also earn badges for these activities and keep a healthy competition with family and friends to see who can log the most time this summer.


“Our summer reading program is certainly fun but it is also one of the county’s major contributions to community literacy efforts,” Kolaczynski continued. “We love helping kids maintain their literacy skills during the summer while challenging them with games and experiences that create excitement around reading.”


The program runs through Aug. 1 in more than 60 public libraries throughout Maricopa County.

For more information about the program, events to attend and to register, visit


About Maricopa County Reads

The Maricopa County Reads online summer reading program began in 2013. It has continued to grow, and hosts all 62 public libraries within Maricopa County. More than 80,000 children, teens, and adults participate in the program annually. Participating library systems include: Avondale, Buckeye, Chandler, Desert Foothills, Fort McDowell Tribal, Glendale, Maricopa County, Mesa, Morristown Volunteer, Peoria, Phoenix, Salt River Tribal, Scottsdale, Tempe, Tolleson, Wickenburg, and Youngtown.


The software used in the summer reading program was developed by the Maricopa County Library District with support from the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records, a division of the Secretary of State, and federal funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The software is an open source project that is available at no cost to libraries.



Winning Donuts Will Be Offered in Bashas’ Bakeries Across the State Starting TODAY (National Donut Day)


ARIZONA (May 29, 2018) – From a Pepperoni Pizza Donut to a Baklava Donut (and everything in between), Arizona residents of all ages submitted a variety of new donut flavor inventions for Bashas’ third annual Donut Flavor Craze Contest. However, it was a nine-year-old girl named Aliyah from Phoenix who earned top prize in the sweet category with her Creamy Horchata Donut, and a grown-up from Glendale named Cinthia who took home the top honors in the savory category with her Italian Panini Donut. Aliyah and Cinthia will each receive one dozen donuts every month for a year, and a Bashas’ gift card.


A panel of celebrity judges helped to select the winning donut in each category. The winning Creamy Horchata Donut is loaded with a semi-sweet, horchata-flavored filling, and then covered with a velvety cinnamon topping, while the winning Italian Panini Donut features pesto and diced sun-dried tomatoes folded into the batter, with a generous topping of shredded mozzarella, diced bacon, and freshly-chopped basil.


Both donuts will be featured in Bashas’ bakery cases across the state during the month of June, starting today (National Donut Day). Ten percent of all Bashas’ donut sales on National Donut Day will go directly to The Salvation Army.


A sweet Piña Mango Donut from 10-year-old Lanaya of Phoenix, and a savory White Pizza Grilled Cheese Donut submitted by Liz of Phoenix were named the “People’s Choice” donut winners through a separate online poll on Bashas’ Supermarkets’ Facebook page, which drew nearly 5,000 votes. 


The following kids were named finalists for their flavor submissions in the sweet category of donuts:


Banana Cream Pie Donut: A donut filled with banana custard, with white icing on top, sprinkled in toasted coconut, and topped with a banana chip. (Vivianna, age 10, Surprise)


Baklava Donut: Sweet, gooey baklava with a donut-flavored twist. (Ivy, age 8, Tucson)


Donut Joy: A long john with chocolate frosting topped with coconut shavings, with some almond slivers sprinkled on top. (Chloe, age 12, Litchfield Park)


Elvis Donut: A banana-cream-filled donut with peanut butter icing and crunchy peanuts on top. (Azurae, age 16, Surprise)


The following grown-ups were named finalists for their flavor submissions in the savory category of donuts:


The Addy Donut: An apple and sharp cheddar fritter with a rosemary glaze on top, and both apple and cheddar inside. (Alyssa, Scottsdale)


Pepperoni Pizza Donut: A donut cut in half and stuffed with pizza sauce, pepperoni and fresh, grated mozzarella cheese, then baked and topped with diced onion and black olives. (Pamela, Buckeye)


Savory Spinach Quiche Donut: French crueller with spinach in the dough, topped with a Parmesan glaze and fresh Parmesan curls. (Amanda, Snowflake)


Each finalist will receive a Bashas’ gift card. 


About Bashas’ Family of Stores

Bashas' Family of Stores - the family-owned grocer that operates Food City, AJ's Fine Foods, Eddie's Country Store, and both Bashas' and Bashas' Diné supermarkets - is an Arizona-based company founded by brothers Ike and Eddie Basha, Sr. With more than 100 grocery stores, it is one of the largest employers in the state and one of the Best Places to Work in Arizona. Since the company's inception in 1932, Bashas' has given back more than $100 million to the communities it serves. For more information, visit

Phoenix Center for the Arts Receives Record Number of Nominations for the Seventh Annual Mayor’s Arts Awards 

PHOENIX, Ariz. – (May 31, 2018) Phoenix Center for the Arts is proud to present the Seventh Annual Mayor’s Arts Awards, on Thursday, October 11, 2018, in the Margaret T. Hance Park Urban Plaza. Nominations for this year’s awards were collected from a public web form from April 4 to May 4. A record number of 220 nominations were received.

Nominees include:

Culinary Artist (NEW category):

Dustin Christofolo, Francisco Peralta, Nobuo Fukuda, Olivia Girard, Silvana Salcido Esparza


Dance Artist:

Angelina Ramirez, Asha Gopal, Bridgette Borzillo, Carlos Montufar, Frances Smith Cohen, Jose Soto, Lisa Starry, Liz Ann Hewett, Mary Fitzgerald, Miguel Lerma, Mrs. Asha Gopal, Shannon Phillips, Sonali Chatterjee, Taimy Miranda, Vaishalini Sitaraman, Wight Noise Professional Dance Company


Literary Artist:

Andrea Avery, Anna Flores, Brooke Brown, David Chorlton, Harold Branch, Jake Friedman, Joy Young, La Phoenikera, Matt Bell, Rashaad Thomas, Stacy Eden, Tom Leveen


Music Artist:

Arian Muhammad, Arian Nicole, Bianca Arce Ortiz, Brian Eisenberg, Camille Sledge, Dr. Kenny Miller, Eily Hallagan, Eleanor Johnson, Las Chollas Peligrosas, Mega Ran
Mike Pfister, PhD, The Phoenix Chorale, William Eaton


Theatre Artist:

Amanda Prahl, Amy Carpenter & Stacey Hanlon, Anwar Newton & Literally The Worst Show Ever, Felipa Lerma, Genevieve Rice, Katrina Donaldson, Lance Gharavi, Melanie Lee, Shelby Maticic, Taylor Moschetti, Tayo Talabi, Will Hightower, William Michael Wyss


Visual Artist:

Alex Leiphart, Alicia Plogman, Amber Wanielista, Ana Parker, Andy Brown, April Howland, Audra McGrew, Christina Carmel Hoyt, D. Roy Brubaker, Danielle Wood, Don Ridley, Donald Judd, Edna Dapo, Elizabeth Tavarez, Fortoul Brothers, Gabriel and Isaac Fortoul, Francisco Peralta, Giovana Aviles, Guillermo Olalde, Harley Griffin, Jabria, Jacki Cohen

Jeremie Bacpac Franko, Jooj (Julie) Hooker, Jordan Alexander, Jordan Thomas, Jose Benavides/Martin Moreno, Keith W Dallenbach, Kevin Caron, Killian Ruiz, Kristy Bullock, Laurel Shindell, Lauren Lee, Marcus Blunt, Marilyn Szabo, Melissa Waddell, Pamela Smith, Queen Muhammad Ali & Hakeem Khaaliq, Rembrandt Quiballo, Rowan Burkam, Samuel Mayo, Spencer Scher, Tara A Prescott, Tawny Margaret Gamboa


Young Artist (NEW category):

Abby Mintz, Alaiza Lopez, Annika Capulla, Antonio D. Green Jr., Anya Chaudhry, Cameron Henderson-Cole, Carlos Ricardo Munoz, Dayshawna Brown, Jacob Heinkel, Lilly Banks, Mariola Barrera, Nashby Olalde, Paula Alverado, Reva Chaudhry, Ruchi Ukhade, Samantha Cassity, Sophie Harris, Thameenah “Ty” Muhammad, Victoria Arora


Innovative Organization:

CALA Alliance, Aliento, Andrew Brown, Arizona Masters of Poetry, Camille Sledge, Detour Company Theatre, Elena & Jim Thornton, Four Seasons Orchestra, Japanese Friendship Garden, Laughing Pig Theatre, Restore Arts, One Step Beyond, Inc., Palabra Art Collective, Practical Art, Qosmic Qadence, Rick Fowler, Zeitlin Studios, The Garment League, The Nash, The Trunk Space, Tony Moschetti


In Phase Two nominees will be asked to complete a more in-depth application process, to collect additional information for panel review. Individuals may apply on behalf of themselves or someone else. Individuals who have not already been nominated may still apply. The due date for completed applications is June 30 at 11:59pm.Applications will be available beginning at 1:00am on Friday, June 1.


Only one application may be submitted per artist. All questions must be answered. 


What do “innovation,” “impact,” and “collaboration” mean??


Innovation: Creation of new work or reinventing old work. This might be working with new materials, new subject matter, or taking something old/published and re-working it.


Impact: This word is about audience – reaching audiences that may not be reached by traditional work. These might include audiences and/or communities that have been left out of, or not feel welcome in, mainstream arts & culture.


Collaboration: No fancy subtext here. As artists, more often than not, there is value working with other people, organizations, and/or communities in a unique way.


The Mayor’s Arts Awards serve to identify outstanding leaders in eight areas: Culinary Artist (new!), Dance Artist, Literary Artist, Music Artist, Theatre Artist, Visual Artist, Young Artist (age 12-17, also new!), and Innovative Arts Organization. Finalists will be chosen based on the criteria of innovation, impact, and collaboration.


Applications can be submitted online by visiting


“This year’s nomination form aims to be our simplest form yet,” says Benesh. “The two-part nomination/application process will help us not only cultivate a hearty pool of nominees, but will also allow the artists themselves to showcase relevant work.”


About Phoenix Center for the Arts and Central Arts Alliance

Phoenix Center for the Arts is a Central Arts Alliance facility located adjacent to Hance Park, at 1202 N Third Street in Downtown Phoenix. Central Arts Alliance is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, providing arts and culture opportunities for all through education, programming, and advocacy. Phoenix Center for the Arts is proud to be a facility of and supported by the City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department. Phoenix Center for the Arts is supported in part by an award from the Arizona Commission on the Arts, an agency of the State of Arizona. Partial funding provided by the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture through appropriations from the Phoenix City Council.