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The forecast says differently but fall is fast approaching and along with the arrival of football nothing says fall like a new season at Herberger Theater Center (222 E. Monroe). Here’s a dynamic list of shows coming soon to one of Downtown’s most cherished cultural attractions, which shares the unique experience of performing arts with 175,000 patrons each year, including 30,000 school-aged children.
Hairspray (thru Aug. 28)
Valley Youth Theatre tells the story of a pleasantly plump teen who turns 1962 Baltimore on its head. Buy Tickets Here
Don’t Say the P Word / Aug. 27
In “Don’t Say the ‘P’ Word,” Jessica Holter expands into the fullness of herself as a producer, writer and gifted orator in a performance that will touch all of your senses. Passionate  and powerful, the show is laced with elements of comedy, poetry and theatrics and full of riveting scenes that will not only entertain audiences but will also make them think. Buy Tickets Here
Into the Blue with Bessie Coleman / Sept. 6-15
Back by popular demand, Larissa Brewington returns to the Lunch Time Theater stage as Bessie Coleman, the first African American female pilot. Buy Tickets Here
edith_headA Conversation with Edith Head / Sept. 16-Oct. 2
A feast of delicious behind-the-scenes stories about Hollywood’s greatest stars that provides an intimate portrait of Hollywood’s legendary costume designer (played by Susan Claassen, left). Buy Tickets Here
An Instant History of Classical Music / Sept. 20-29
Music professor Phillip Simon is challenged by the Greek muse Euterpe to summarize the history of classical music in a single sitting. The result: a slam-bam look at Bach, Handel, Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert and the rest oif the gang, complete with live and recorded musical examples — and more than a few laughs. Buy Tickets Here
Second Annual Festival of the Arts / Oct. 1
This all-day indoor/outdoor family event features performances in all three theaters, live music, food, interactive activities for kids, film festival shorts, wine tasting and more! Tickets are $5 with kids 12-under getting in free. For more information call (602) 254-7399 x105.

Cinderella / Oct. 8
The Ballet Academy of Arizona, in collaboration with United Cerebral Palsy of Central Arizona, brings you this incredible, life-changing experience where company members dance, act, and sing side-by-side with typical children and special needs children. Buy Tickets Here
There Is a Time To Dance / Oct. 13-16
The powerful and poignant The Attic based on “The Diary of Anne Frank” headlines a program that also includes performances by guest companies. Buy Tickets Here
sherlock holmesSherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Suicide Club / Oct. 13-30
In the heart of London, behind the impassive facade of a windowless house, some of Europe’s most powerful men gather to play a game.  The game is murder and this is The Suicide Club. Tickets on sale Sept. 6.
Next Fall / Oct. 28-Nov. 13
Luke loves Adam.  Luke believes in God.  Adam believes in everything else.  When an accident changes everything, Adam must turn to Luke’s family for support. And answers. Buy Tickets Here
Also new to the Herberger in 2011 is its new concessionaire, Put A Fork In It Catering. Grab a snack and a beverage before the show or during intermission or order a lunch when you purchase tickets to Lunch Time Theater.
For Herberger Theater Center’s full 2011/12 season visit their web site or call (602) 254-7399.