MTA Presents “Wizard of Oz”

2015-04-20 | ImagesAZ | Youth

Follow the yellow brick road with a cast of 6-13 year olds as they discover what lies over the rainbow in this adaptation of one of the most popular stories of all time. Check website for times and ticket prices. Musical Theatre of Anthem, 42323 N. Vision Way, 602-743-9892, More

Starlight Community Theater Presents “Peter Pan and Wendy”

2015-04-17 | ImagesAZ | Youth

Rediscover the magic of Peter Pan and his enduring friendship with Wendy in this faithful adaptation. 7 p.m., Fridays; 2 and 7 p.m., Saturdays. Starlight Community Theater, 1611 Whispering Wind Dr., Ste. 160, More

NDP Student Art Showcase

2015-04-13 | ImagesAZ | Youth

Notre Dame Preparatory’s artistic students showcase their best work in photography, computer graphics, ceramics, painting, drawing and mixed media. 3:30-5:30 p.m. Free. Vi at Silverstone, 23005 N. 74th St., 480-634-8200, More

New Italian Youth Opera Makes American Debut

2015-04-01 | ImagesAZ | Youth

Writer Rebecca Zaner   “The Toy Factory,” a children’s opera composed and premiered in Italy, makes its American debut in Anthem this April. Based on the children’s book, “The Sword and the Stone,” “The Toy Factory” portrays an updated version of the classic tale through music and theatrical arts.   To debut the opera, Joan Yakkey, composer and librettist of “The Toy Factory,” will travel to Phoenix along with six of her young madrigal singers from the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole. The North American premiere takes place on April 23 and will run through April 25 at Boulder Creek High School.   In partnership with Boulder Creek High School choir students and director, Kirk Douglas, this performance features international as well as local young talent. Students from Canyon Springs Elementary School will also be featured in the program. Generously supported by Arts Council of the North Valley and its president, Mary Sue Hyatt, “The Toy Factory” is a highly... More

Tower To Casey - You are Cleared for Takeoff

2015-04-01 | ImagesAZ | Youth

Photo Credit: Mike Harvey
Writer Tom Scanlon     He’s not quite at the “Top Gun” level yet, but Casey Cooper is well on his way. The future is up in the air, literally, for this North Scottsdale resident who attends Notre Dame Preparatory.   At a time when many teenagers are playing video games that simulate flying, Casey is actually doing it; he made his first solo flight last year and in mid-February was promoted to the rank of second lieutenant in the Civil Air Patrol. He began flying when he was just 14 years old.   “My parents, John and Christy, knew that I wanted to fly and they purchased me an explorer flight for my 14th birthday to see if I enjoyed it,” he said. “I currently have nearly 30 hours of flight time. I need to get up to a minimum of 40 hours before I can receive my private pilot’s license.”   His passion for flying goes back to an even younger age, when he was around 8 years old.   “My grandfather flew Cessnas before I was born and I had heard some of his stories about... More

Big Upside - Star Freshman Leads Lady Falcons to Playoffs

2015-04-01 | ImagesAZ | Youth

Photo Credit: Mike Harvey
Writer Tom Scanlon     Attention basketball fans: You may want to reserve seats for the next three Cactus Shadows High School girls’ basketball seasons to catch a rising star named Caitlin Bickle. She is coming off a freshman year that suggests she might be the next big thing, literally and figuratively.   After three consecutive losing seasons, Cactus Shadows girls’ basketball was at best an unknown entity at the beginning of the 2014-15 season. Then Bickle went and turned that question mark into an exclamation point, averaging 13 points and 6 rebounds per game and leading the Lady Falcons to a powerful 22-8 season.   With the tall, athletic freshman leading the way, Cactus Shadows finished second in the section tournament, earning the team a home game to start the playoffs. Though the crowd was behind them, the Lady Falcons came up short; three questionable technical fouls in the final minutes played a factor in a close loss that ended an unexpectedly exciting... More

Stirling Swims for Gold

2015-04-01 | ImagesAZ | Youth

Writer Tom Scanlon     After two narrow losses in the state swimming meet finals last year, Connor Stirling swam a blazing sub-44 second pace in the final of the 100-yard freestyle in November, only to be edged by rising superstar Ryan Hoffer, who clocked in at a state record 43.20 seconds.   In the preliminary of the 200-yard freestyle, Cactus Shadows High School star Stirling touched the wall at 1:41 — very fast, but more than a half second slower than another rising star, Brophy High School sophomore Jack Blake.   Much of what happens in swimming takes place outside high school competitions,, however, and Stirling had already made his mark on the national scene. He was ranked as the fourth fastest sprinter in his age group and scored an Olympic-trial qualifying time in the 50-yard freestyle. He was ranked as the top high school senior in Arizona and 23rd nationally.   Even so, the prospect of Connor Stirling leaving the Cactus Shadows trophy case with four second-place... More

Wild West Shootout. Notre Dame Prep Girls' Soccer Wins State Title

2015-04-01 | ImagesAZ | Youth

Photo Credit: Mike Harvey
Writer Tom Scanlon     It wasn’t a massacre, but thanks to an intrepid goalkeeper, the girls’ soccer Division 2 state championship may be remembered in Notre Dame Preparatory history as the “St. Valentine’s Day Shootout.”   Following minute after minute of tense, scoreless play, the NDP girls’ soccer team’s season came down to penalty kicks against Campo Verde High School. Each side would take four kicks, with the kickers taking turns trying to blast the ball into the goal from short range. In this penalty kick scenario, no defenders are allowed other than the goalkeeper.   For Meredith Reinhardt, that meant continuing to keep Campo Verde shots out of the NDP goal. The game was played at Campo Verde, making this an even more difficult task for the Lady Saints. But led by the extraordinarily stubborn Reinhardt, NDP had won three previous playoff matches, twice by shootouts.   Indeed, NDP, which won a state title in 2009 and finished second two years later — both... More