Press Release

May 6, 2021

Thursday, May 6, 2021

MEDIA CONTACT: Virginia McInnis | [email protected] | 480-874-4663

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts Presents Family-Friendly Performances

Group of performers on a stage surrounded by bubbles.
“B—The Underwater Bubble Show” will take the stage on Saturday, March 19, 2022, at 7 p.m.

SCOTTSDALE, Arizona — Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts introduces young children to performing arts in an interactive experiential way that encourages families to explore together. Scottsdale Arts ONE Members can get the best seats before tickets go on sale to the public on Friday, May 7, 2021.

Explore a morning or matinee performance with your small children, or bring the entire family along for an evening spectacle. This season’s family series reimagines the Center’s popular flamenco performances for school-aged children, invites two local musicians to shine a light on the musical storyteller in each of us, turns a beloved classic into an opera to be enjoyed by all ages, dives into a magical world under the sea with soap bubbles and presents an uplifting play that will have the audience giggling.

Below is the schedule for five upcoming family-friendly performances at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts (subject to change). Most events have a variety of times to choose from and occur in the Center’s intimate Stage 2 theater:

Julia Chacón Flamenco Theatre | Flamenco por la Familia
Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021, 1 p.m.
Stage 2

This event invites all ages to experience and learn the art of flamenco. Families can enjoy a 60-minute short story flamenco performance, dance lessons and art activities. Julia Chacón is the founder of Julia Chacón Flamenco Theatre and has more than 15 years of international performing and production experience. Her popular fall series Flamenco Intimo is a sellout hit with the adult crowd.

Arizona Opera Education Presents | Cinderella: A Classic Fairytale Opera
Friday, Jan. 21, 2022, 11 a.m.
Saturday, Jan. 22, 2022, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 23, 2022, 1 p.m.
Stage 2
Audiences will be transported to the magical world of “Cinderella” through this 40-minute adaptation designed for Pre-K to 6th grade students. With colorful characters and melodies, this classic fairy-tale story will teach young people the morals of kindness toward all, forgiving others and never letting a bad thing ruin your heart.

Cactus Flower Story Hour
With AJ Odneal and Jillian Bessett
Friday, March 18, 2022, 11 a.m.  
Saturday, March 19, 2022, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.  
Sunday, March 20, 2022, 1 p.m.
Stage 2
Local singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalists AJ Odneal and Jillian Bissett invite an all-ages audience to join them for an interactive musical story hour, where children will have the chance to be part of the story creation with instruments, a looping system, and the show’s two favorite tour guides. Explorers between the ages of 3–7 (however, all generations are welcome) can travel past the moon without even leaving the theater.

BThe Underwater Bubble Show
Saturday, March 19, 2022, 7 p.m.
Virginia G. Piper Theater

A modern fairy-tale for all ages, “B—The Underwater Bubble Show” blends drama, mime, dance, puppetry, juggling, contortionism, sand art and magic with the amazing beauty of soap bubbles for a visual spectacle. Inspired by Cirque du Soleil, “B” utilizes the laser technology, soap bubble tornadoes, theatrical fog, optical illusions and many other surprises. This is an evening length performance: 45 minutes, a brief intermission, 55 minutes.

Friday, April 29, 2022, 11 a.m.
Saturday, April 30, 2022, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Sunday, May 1, 2022, 1 p.m.
Stage 2
“Balloonacy” performed by Ricky Araiza and directed by Jose Casas is a tender, uplifting, laugh-out-loud comedy show. This family-friendly play explores the power of friendship and shows how, with a little imagination and acceptance, companionship is everywhere. This 50-minute play is non-verbal and recommended for ages 5–8. This performance is in collaboration with Teatro Bravo.

Through its partnership with the city of Scottsdale, the nonprofit Scottsdale Arts (formerly known as Scottsdale Cultural Council) creates diverse, inspired arts experiences and educational opportunities that foster active, lifelong community engagement with the arts. Since its founding in 1987, Scottsdale Arts has grown into a regionally and nationally significant, multi-disciplinary arts organization offering an exceptional variety of programs through four acclaimed branches — Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA), Scottsdale Public Art and Scottsdale Arts Learning & Innovation — serving more than 600,000 participants annually. In conjunction with the city of Scottsdale, we also host more than 200,000 people annually on our campus through a robust rentals program.

Since 1975, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts has provided a stage for a wide range of artists and genres, creating shared, inspiring experiences for the community that celebrate artistic excellence and cultural awareness. Today one of the premier performing arts halls in the western United States, the Center presents a diverse season of music, dance, theater, comedy and film from around the world.


Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts is located at 7380 E. 2nd St. in downtown Scottsdale. Free parking is available in the public parking garage located to the west of Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts on Wells Fargo Avenue. Additional free parking is available at the Old Town Parking Corral at East Second Street and Brown Avenue and at the Civic Center Library parking garage located on Drinkwater Boulevard at East Second Street.


Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts offers performance accommodations to enhance audience members’ experience, including: American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation or live audio description with two weeks advance notice. Assistive-listening devices and wheelchair seating are also available. Visit or contact the Member and Patron Services Box Office at 480-499-TKTS (8587) [TDD: 480-874-4694] for further details. Please inquire about services when ordering tickets.


Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts offers a variety of ticket discounts for Scottsdale Arts members at the Friends level and above, groups of 10 or more and those purchasing packages to four or more events in one order. The Center provides free tickets to selected events for eligible teachers and active-duty military and veterans. Visit or call 480-499-TKTS (8587) for more information.

The award-winning Store at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts supports the mission and diverse programs of the nonprofit Scottsdale Arts. The Store’s unique selection of merchandise includes artist-made jewelry, stylish furnishings for home and office, unique creations by Arizona artists, fair-trade and upcycled/recycled global crafts, music, books, greeting cards and imaginative toys. Purchases are tax free, and members receive a 15 percent discount. Gift wrapping and shipping are also available. The Store is open Wed. – Sat., 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sun., noon 5 p.m., and throughout most evening events. Phone: 480-874-4644.


Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

7380 E. 2nd St.

Scottsdale, AZ 85251

480-499-TKTS (8587)


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For interviews or additional information, please contact:

Virginia McInnis
Public Relations Specialist
Scottsdale Arts

Phone: 480-874-4663
Email: [email protected]