‘Curtains Up’ special goes behind Herberger Theater’s six-day ‘Arizona’s Got Talent’ event

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“Curtains Up” is a new Arizona PBS special that will offer a backstage look at Herberger Theater Center’s annual six-day Arizona Young Artists’ Competition – an event sometimes dubbed “Arizona’s Got Talent.” The special follows over 100 local performers as they compete for scholarship money and other prizes.

“Curtains Up: Young Artists’ Competition” will premiere on Arizona PBS on Tuesday, May 1, at 11:30 p.m., and it will be shown again on Arizona PBS World on Wednesday, May 2, at 6 p.m.

TED SIMONS: EVERY YEAR THE HERBERGER THEATRE HOSTS ITS VERY OWN
"ARIZONA'S GOT TALENT" COMPETITION. THE SIX-DAY EVENT PITS SINGERS,
DANCERS AND ACTORS AGAINST EACH OTHER. PRODUCER ALLYSA ADAMS GOT A
BACKSTAGE VIEW OF THE COMPETITION, AND YOU’RE GOING TO HAVE A THIRTY MINUTE SPECIAL ON THIS TOMORROW, CORRECT?


ALLYSA ADAMS: THAT’S RIGHT. PHOTOGRAPHER SAM MENA AND I SPENT SIX DAYS, ONE WEEK, WE FOLLOWED 100 YOUNG ACTORS, SINGERS AND DANCERS THROUGH THE PROCESS OF AUDITIONS. REHEARSALS AND THEN OF COURSE THE GRAND FINALE. IT'S CALLED "CURTAINS UP." THE YOUNG ACTORS ARTISTS COMPETITION. IT'S A LOOK AT ALL THE BACKSTAGE FUN, THE NERVES, THE CRAZINESS. HERE'S A QUICK LOOK.


VIDEO: CURTAINS UP PREVIEW


ALLYSA ADAMS: THE ARTISTS ARE COMPETING FOR SCHOLARSHIP MONEY AND OTHER
PRIZES INCLUDING, TED, A CHANCE TO PERFORM WITH ONE OF THE VALLEY’S PROFESSIONAL THEATRE COMPANIES. SO IT’S A PRETTY GOOD GIG.


TED SIMONS: ALL RIGHT, IT SOUNDS PRETTY GOOD. AND YOU CAN FIND OUT WHO WON, ALL THE WINNERS TOMORROW NIGHT, MAY 1ST, AS "CURTAINS UP: YOUNG ARTISTS COMPETITION" AIRS RIGHT HERE ON CHANNEL 8 AT 11:30 AND THEN AGAIN WEDNESDAY AT SIX PM ON EIGHT POINT THREE. TUESDAY ON ARIZONA HORIZON: WE'LL HEAR FROM A TEACHER ON WHY THE WALKOUT CONTINUES AND WHERE IT GOES FROM HERE, AND WE'LL
LEARN HOW HIGHER TARIFFS MIGHT AFFECT ARIZONA FARMERS. THAT'S TUESDAY ON ARIZONA HORIZON. THAT'S IT FOR NOW. I'M TED SIMONS. THANKS FOR JOINING US. YOU HAVE A GREAT EVENING.

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