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Teacher Preview Night

Teacher Preview Night is an opportunity for educators to preview a production before their school group attends the Student Matinee performance. Teacher Preview Nights are scheduled on the first preview for each show (Saturday evening) in Tucson and the second preview for each show (Friday evening) in Phoenix.

Educators who have already booked Student Matinee tickets will be given priority. Each invitation must be RSVP’d by filling out the associated online form. Remaining tickets will be limited and are on a first-come, first-served basis. When tickets have run out, educators can request to be added to a wait list.

Educators must meet the following requirements to receive the Teacher Preview Night invitation:

  • Currently teaching for an Arizona public, private, charter or homeschool group
  • On our email list for all education programming
  • Zero previous “no shows” for the last 2 Teacher Preview Nights

One week prior the Preview Night, you will receive an email with a code for two free tickets to see the show. Dates for each Preview night are below.

2023/2024 Teacher Preview Nights

True West

By Sam Shepard

Tucson: Saturday, April 27 – 7:30 PM
Tempe/Phoenix: Friday, May 24 – 7:30 PM

Sam Shepard’s Pulitzer-finalist and Tony-nominated play True West is a Cain and Abel story of brotherly love and sibling rivalry set against the Dreams of the American West. Successful screenwriter Austin settles in to housesit his mother’s desert home to write his next screenplay, while his brother Lee, an alcoholic drifter, arrives to rob the neighborhood. A hysterically twisted story unfolds as the estranged brothers torment each other until they are forced to collaborate on a screenplay for Austin’s producer with the promise of a huge Hollywood payday. Ultimately reversing roles and finding themselves in each other’s shoes, the two brothers discover that this town ‘aint big enough for the both of them.

2024/2025 Teacher Preview Nights

Dial M for Murder

Adapted By Jeffrey Hatcher
From the Original By Frederick Knott

Tucson: Sunday, September 22 – 7 PM
Tempe/Phoenix: Saturday, October 19 – 12 PM

Passion runs high in this classic revenge thriller, newly adapted for a modern audience by ATC favorite playwright Jeffrey Hatcher (Wait Until Dark, Holmes and Watson, Tuesdays with Morrie, Jekyll and Hyde). Frederick Knott’s nail-biting 1952 play was later adapted by Alfred Hitchcock into the 1954 film. This clever, fast-paced adaptation, which has had box office-busting runs at theatres across the country, adds extra layers of intrigue and emotion to the iconic cat-and-mouse story. Filled with vivid characters, sharp dialogue, and lethal amounts of intrigue, Dial M will keep you on the edge of your seat.


Book, Music and Lyrics by Leslie Bricusse 
Directed By Matt August

Tucson: Sunday, November 3 – 7 PM
Tempe/Phoenix: Saturday, December 7 – 12 PM

Returning from its blockbuster first season for an encore, ATC’s holiday musical extravaganza Scrooge! celebrates the season with the beloved story of Ebenezer Scrooge joined by a distinguished cast of more than 24 actors, live musicians, and an all-star creative team. With songs by the illustrious Oscar- and Grammy-winning and Tony-nominated composer Leslie Bricusse (Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory), this unique rendition exclusively brought to life by ATC is quickly becoming a cherished holiday tradition to share with your entire family.

Blues in the Night

Conceived & Originally Directed By Sheldon Epps
Original Vocal Arrangements & Musical Direction by Chapman Roberts
Orchestrations & Additional Vocal Arrangements by Sy Johnson

Tucson: Sunday, January 26 – 7 PM
Tempe/Phoenix: Saturday, February 22 – 12 PM

A musical celebration of the blues and its influence on American music, this toe-tapping revue weaves the stories of three women and one man as they navigate love, heartbreak, and rebirth. Set in a swanky 1930s Chicago hotel, this emotionally uplifting story features 26 of the hottest torch numbers by blues and jazz icons like Bessie Smith, Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen, Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn, Ida Cox, and Benny Goodman, to name a few. Come and celebrate a uniquely American music genre on this powerful and uplifting journey through the hearts of four of the country’s best crooners and a dozen of America’s best composers.

Bob & Jean: A Love Story

By Robert Schenkkan

Tucson: Sunday, March 23 – 7 PM
Tempe/Phoenix: Saturday, April 19 – 12 PM

Lightning strikes and sparks fly when Bob and Jean meet in New York City, 1941. But their instant attraction is cut short as World War II drives the pair thousands of miles apart. While Bob is off to the Pacific as a bomb disposal officer, Jean is headed to boost troop morale as a USO actress. Is their connection strong enough to withstand the winds of war? Travel through their passionate, funny, sometimes desperate correspondence as they navigate battle, Broadway, and the complexities of the human heart. A new play written by Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning and Emmy-nominated playwright Robert Schenkkan, Bob & Jean: A Love Story is a stirring and romantic world premiere that tells the remarkable story of an exhilarating courtship.

Ms. Holmes & Ms. Watson – Apt. 2B

By Kate Hamill

Tucson: Sunday, May 18 – 7 PM
Tempe/Phoenix: Saturday, June 14 – 12 PM

Modern-day adventure awaits with the most iconic detective duo of all time reimagined as a gal-pal comedy in Ms. Holmes & Ms. Watson – Apt. 2B. Set in present-day London, depressed American divorcee Dr. Joan Watson moves in with the carefree and eccentric Shirley Holmes, only to find themselves entangled in a series of mysteries, all related to a cunning supervillain who remains one step ahead of them. This twist on Doyle’s cherished Sherlock Holmes characters delivers non-stop laughter inside a rollicking murder mystery that promises fun for everyone.

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