Community Theatre at CAC


Scene from Lucky Stiff play.

Michaela Korges, Cactus Writer

There is a world of theatre waiting to be discovered at CAC. You won’t find it in the class schedule, but almost every aspect of an education in theatre that one could want is lurking in the Pence Center.

Welcome to the Black Box Foundation, a local non-profit organization that has partnered with CAC to bring the performing arts to Pinal County. Their mission, according to their website, is “to enhance the quality of life of people of our community by providing them with opportunities to experience the arts through performance and education”.

Stacey Seaman, director of the Black Box Foundation, talked about some of the productions that Black Box will be hosting at CAC. She mentioned a comedy called “Lucky Stiff” that will be at the Pence Center from October 27th through the 29th. Seaman also revealed that CAC will be hosting a production of Thornton Wilder’s “Our Townin the spring.

More information regarding these plays and other workshops can be found in CAC’s community events brochure. According to the brochure, Black Box is offering dance workshops for $84 covering Jazz, Ballet, and Musical Theatre dance until December 4. There are also Theatre and Introduction to Acting workshops that run until November 28th and cost $50. These prices are for the members of the community – the workshops are absolutely free to CAC students.

These plays, along with a myriad of workshops, are available for students to get some experience in the preforming arts. Seaman said that her favorite part of the job is watching people “do and try things that maybe they never thought that they could do”. Seaman mentioned that workshops can be as short as one day. This might suit people who just want to dabble in an art form that has been around as long as humans.

According to Lori Towne, Community Events Coordinator here at CAC, Black Box Foundation and Central Arizona College are in an agreement for the rest of the 2017-2018 season. She said, “We are evaluating the success of the workshops and productions to determine what to offer in the spring and in the future”.