The University of Arizona

[College of Fine Arts]
The Arizona Radio Hour

  • Jan 21

Saturday, January 21, 2012
7:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Location: Tucson Scottish Rite Cathedral
160 S. Scott Avenue
Tucson, Arizona

To celebrate Arizona’s 100th year of statehood, the School of Theatre, Film and Television’s musical theatre touring company, Encore!, takes audiences on a poignant journey through Arizona history. The journey features songs from the Wild West, the World War II years and, of course, songs of love and romance in tribute to Arizona’s admission to the Union on Valentine’s Day 1912. The songs are performed against a nostalgic radio hour backdrop, interwoven with vintage commercials and facts about Arizona and its people. Set in a world where a fictitious radio station faces the looming danger of permanent closure, the hour unfolds with music and song, comedy and drama, inviting audience members to commemorate Arizona’s history.

The Arizona Radio Hour takes place in the Tucson Scottish Rite Cathedral whose design and construction began sometime before Arizona Statehood and whose cornerstone was laid December 8, 1915. The building was officially dedicated in 1916 and has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the U.S. Department of the Interior.

Tickets:  Free general admission tickets available at Fine Arts Box Office, 520-621-1162

Directions:  From Speedway Blvd., turn south onto Stone Ave., turn left onto E. Broadway Blvd., take the first right onto S. Scott Ave.

Parking: On-site parking, additional parking at back of the building plus ample street parking.


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Arizona premiered in Tucson in 1940 with a week-long celebration. Tucsonans reveled in pageantry as Hollywood stars arrived to join the festivities. From Old Tucson Studios by Paul Lawton. Courtesy of the University of Arizona Library Special Collections.