Archive for Performing Arts Center


Twenty-six programs shown on large screen   on the Prescott Campus

Yavapai Community College has lined up 26 outstanding cultural programs to be shown on the large screen “live” at the Performing Arts Center on the Prescott Campus in the coming months.  The programs, which are apparently aimed primarily at Prescott/Prescott Valley residents, are listed below.

Tickets $24 | Senior $20 | Youth $10



Hearing disabilities advocate Jack Clevenger asked the Governing Board to look into the hearing disabilities issue (captioning) at the Performing Arts Center eight months ago, yet there has been no public response from the Board to his concern

Deb McCasland’s complaint that she couldn’t hear the comments of the Governing Board because of her hearing disability at the September 11 retreat is not the first time in the last few months that a hearing disabilities complaint has been brought to the attention of the Board.  (See McCasland story below.)

Disabilities Advocate Jack Clevenger told the Board at its February 2017 meeting that the Americans for Disability Act requires improved (or possibly new) facilities be installed at the Performing Arts Center for the hearing impaired. From his perspective, the current hearing disability facilities provided at the PAC were not adequate because of a lack of captioning. He noted that the 11,000 residents of Prescott with hearing impairment might begin considering attending concerts and other events if the Center fully complied with ADA.

In response to Mr. Clevenger’s comments about the hearing disability issue at the PAC, the Board said nothing.  It was silent and has not placed the issue on any Board Agenda after eight months. Furthermore, the Blog cannot recall the College President responding in her subsequent monthly reports to the Board about any changes at the PAC.  Consequently, Yavapai County citizens have no way of knowing whether the PAC issue was addressed or ignored.

Query:  Is the College in violation of the ADA?  Why isn’t the College more receptive to persons with hearing disabilities like Jack Clevenger and Deb McCasland?

The Blog believes that President Penelope Wills should specifically address those concerns on the record at a Board meeting and assure the public that the College is responding to these important issues.  

You may view Mr. Clevenger’s three- minute presentation below.


Dinner before show costs $32

The Performing Arts Center on the Prescott campus has lined up several outstanding events for Prescott residents during the month of September. RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED for dinner. Alcoholic beverages and gratuity is not included in your pre-show dinner ticket price. Tickets for show admission are purchased separately. Vegetarian option available.

Pre-Show Dinners offered at the following performances:

The Beach Boys | Cilantro Lime Marinated Grilled Flank Steak with Olive Relish

Chris Botti | Ginger Soy Glazed Salmon with Lemon & Scallions

Scotty McCreery | Chicken Saltimbocca

The Texas Tenors | Grilled Petit Filet

Garrison Keillor | BBQ Boneless Chicken Breast

The Pirates of Penzance | Baked Stuffed Pork Chops

Michael Londra and the Celtic Fire | Traditional Slow-Cooked Corned Beef

Catherine Russell | Roasted Rosemary Rack of Lamb



Programs wow appreciative Prescott residents; Yavapai student attendance appears sparse

The Performing Arts Center on the Prescott campus was built and significantly upgraded with the help of Verde Valley property tax revenue. Although some persons from the Verde Valley attend the events at the Center,  the overwhelming audiences appear to consist of appreciative Prescott area folks.  It also appears to the Blog that a very small number, at best, of Yavapai Community College students attend the events.

The following is a list of a few of the outstanding programs over the next few months at the Center on the Prescott Campus. (Note the one program scheduled for Camp Verde.)

  • National Theater Live, Hamlet, July 6, 2017 6 PM.
  • Prescott Pops Symphony, Pops and Patriots, Sunday, July 9, 2017.
  • Prescott POPS Symphony 2017-2018 Sunday, July 30, 2017 3 PM The Music of Rodgers & Hammerstein and Andrew Lloyd Webber.
  • National Theater Live, Peter Pan, August 3, 2017 6 PM.
  • 30th Annual Arizona Cowboy Poets Gathering, featuring Dave Stamey, August 10, 2017, 7 PM.
  • 30th Annual Arizona Cowboy Poets Gathering, featuring Trinity Seeley, August 11, 2017 7 PM.
  • 30th Annual Arizona Cowboy Poets Gathering, featuring Don Edwards,  August 12, 2017 7 PM.
  • Prescott Jazz Summit, Prescott Jazz Summit all-star big-band, August 26, 2017, 7:30 PM.
  • The off-Broadway hit comedy “Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus,” performed live September 8, 2017 at 7:30 PM.
  • BILL BLAGG’S THE SCIENCE OF MAGIC, Wednesday, September 20, 2017 | 9:30 am & 11:30 am Camp Verde, AZ .
  •  Thursday, September 21, 2017 | 9:30 am & 11:00 a.m. at  Performing Arts Center.
  • MOON MOUSE, A SPACE ODYSSEY, Wednesday, October 18, 2017 | 9:30 am & 11:30 am. Best for grades K-4.
  • THE OKEE DOKEE BROTHERS, Thursday, November 2, 2017 | 9:30 am & 11:30 am. Performing arts Center.
  • Other future concerts include:  The Beach Boys, The Texas  Tenors, The Price is Right Alive! Scotty McCreery, Garrison Keillor and much more.


Property taxes and tuition pay for about $500,000 in expense gap for various public service programs

Second District Representative Deb McCasland asked the Governing Board to reflect on expending $1.1 million dollars on public service projects, especially if the budget became “tight.”  She also asked that in light of the mandate to the Board that spending money on public service projects be “reasonable” that in the future it consider whether such a large expenditure that must be subsidized is reasonable.

Vice President Clint Ewell explained that public service programs that are being subsidized include the Regional Economic Development project, the Performing Arts Center, and other external non-student related projects.

The Governing Board discussion regarding the subsidy for public service may be viewed below.






Hearing disability advocate questions absence of adequate facilities for deaf and hearing impaired

Hearing disabilities advocate Jack Clevenger asked the Governing Board to look into the situation at the Performance Hall for those with hearing disabilities.  Clevenger reminded the Board that the Americans for Disability Act requires facilities for the hearing impaired.  He also suggested that the 11,000 residents of Prescott with hearing impairment would begin considering attending concerts and other events if the facility fully complied with ADA.

The Board did not indicate it was going to put the issue on a future agenda. It was silent. (It might.)  Query:  Is the College in violation of the ADA?  Should the College be more receptive to persons with disabilities like Jack Clevenger? The Blog believes that President Penelope Wills should specifically address those concerns at the March Board meeting.

You may view Mr. Clevenger’s three minute presentation below.




Wynona Concert this coming Friday on Prescott Campus

Tickets $60 and $95 per seat; pre-dinner $32

Five-time Grammy winner Wynonna Judd brings The Big Noise to the Prescott Campus this Friday at 7:30 p.m.  In her advertisement, she says she is bringing “brand new music from their debut album and some of her greatest hits.” Tickets are $60 and $95 per seat for the concert.

Because it is also a dinner theater, the Community College says that there is no need to “rush to the Theater — because you’re already there and you can enjoy dinner before the concert at the concert hall itself.  The menu Entrée and Accompaniments: Chicken En Croute, Parmesan Roasted Potatoes, Grilled Asparagus with lemon.  Dessert: Strawberry Torte.  Dinner is $32 per person.

Pre-paid reservation only. Doors to the Performing Arts Center open at 5:30 pm, seating until 6:30 pm. Non-alcoholic beverages and coffee service included. Cash bar available. Vegetarian option available. For food-related concerns, contact the box office.

Click here for more information.



Program set for three nights at the Performing Arts Center (Here is Saturday’s 7 p.m. show)

Tickets range from $20 to $35 per night.  For ticket information, click here. 



College schedules 2 of 15 special cultural events in Verde Valley

So far, 1 in Sedona, 1 on Verde Campus, 13 on Prescott Campus

The schedule for sharing major cultural events throughout Yavapai County during the months of April and May has been released by the College.  So far, it appears that of the 15 events scheduled during those two months, only 2 are scheduled for the Verde Valley.

No others are scheduled for anywhere else in the County other than on the Prescott Campus.

The following is the summary published by the College of the forthcoming cultural events, which are subsidized by all the residents of Yavapai County. However, most or them are enjoyed by only a few who have reasonable access to them who live in Prescott/Prescott Valley at the 1,100 seat Community College dinner theatre on the Prescott Campus.


College Community Chorale, Women’s Chorale, and Symphonic band celebrate Veterans Day on Verde Campus

Outstanding concert; small but deeply appreciative audience

The Yavapai Community College Community Chorale, Women’s Chorale, and Symphonic band presented the “Homeland: Veterans Day Salute Concert,” Thursday evening, November 5 in the Community Room on the Verde Valley Campus. A small but very appreciative audience thoroughly enjoyed the concert.

The 57 member (40 for this concert) Community Chorale, directed by Dr. Judith E. Burns, sang a variety of patriotic songs including “A Tribute to the Arms Services,” “Shenandoah,” and “Give me Your Tired, Your Poor.”  The 15 member Women’s Chorale, directed by Arlene Hardy, charmed the audience with special renditions of “Johnny Aroo,” “I hear America Singing,” and the “Battle Hymn of the Republic.” 

The 22 member symphonic band, directed by Maurice Terrell, played a wide-range of music from the stirring “In Storm and Sunshine” march to the emotionally moving tribute to military veterans of the Vietnam War, “Mekong.”  The three groups joined in a number of other patriotic musical presentations.

The excellent narration for the program was provided by Dr. Craig Ralston, Yavapai College Dean for Arts and Humanities. Ralston, who joined the Yavapai faculty in July, 2014, is responsible for curricula in art, music, and humanities including art history, creative writing, history, humanities, philosophy, religion, Spanish, and theater. He obviously worked very hard to put together this program for the Verde Valley Campus.

Disappointing turnoutThe turnout of local residents for the program was disappointing, with an estimated 25-30 in attendance.  However, with around 60 singers and a 20 piece orchestra in the community room, there wasn’t room for many more concert goers.

Community Room completely inadequateThe need for a small 350 seat auditorium on the Verde Campus has never been more evident than it was at this concert.  The Community room is simply not equipped for a concert program of this magnitude and quality.  It does not have a stage that can accommodate such a program, seating is far from acceptable, and the ability to effectively utilize visuals such as lighting is almost nonexistent. It is not an attractive  or comfortable venue for performing arts programs. (The College recently invested about $5 million in the Prescott campus Performing Arts Center to upgrade seats, lighting, sound, stage, etc.)  

College administration ignores need since 2008. Verde residents have called for construction of an adequate small on-campus performance hall facility since 2008, when a comprehensive land-use study incorporating views from throughout the Verde Valley was presented to the College Governing Board.  As with other recommendations in that study, it has been ignored by the Wills’ administration.