Nutcracker 2012 lands at CAC's renovated Pence Center Nov. 29 & 30

PINAL COUNTY, Ariz. - A Casa Grande holiday tradition two decades in the making will grace the Don P. Pence Center for Visual & Performing Arts Nov. 29 and 30 when Nutcracker 2012 lands center stage at Central Arizona College's Signal Peak Campus.

CAC, in partnership with The Casa Grande Drama Booster Club, Inc., is bringing the production of the ballet to the newly remodeled Pence Center for two nights.

The curtain opens at 7 p.m. each evening. Tickets for adults and children are $12 per person. All guests will require a ticket to enter the facility.

This show typically sells out and patrons are strongly encouraged to purchase their tickets online in advance at Online ticket sales close two hours prior to the show. There is a limit of 630 tickets per show and ticket sales are brisk.

If tickets are available, cash sales will begin at 6 p.m. each night of the show. The CAC Box Office will open at 6 p.m. and doors will open at 6:20 p.m. each night.

Nutcracker 2012 is being produced by Manuel Leybas and directed by Tiffany Price. Jerry Deall, CAC's performing arts technical manager, is serving as the scenic and lighting designer/technical director for the show.

For Deall, the Nutcracker means his career has come full circle. Hosting it in the newly remodeled Pence Center means the stars have aligned for him.

"I see this as a natural evolution of the show," he said. "It started at the high schools in Casa Grande and now has naturally progressed to our beautiful campus and wonderful facilities."

Nutcracker was one of Deall's first gigs when he was beginning his career 20 years ago. He served in the same role then as he will this year, and his signature Christmas tree is a hallmark of the show.

"Let's just say the audience will be wowed by the tree," he said.

Deall built the original Christmas tree two decades ago and then was flown in from Findlay University in Ohio near the turn of the millennium to construct a new tree from scratch.

When Deall flew in from Ohio in January of 2010, it was without a return ticket since he decided to come home to Central Arizona College. Nutcracker last appeared in the Pence Center in 2010 prior to the renovation of the facility.

"Working on the Nutcracker again is like coming home," he explained. "It is as if it were meant to be."

For more information on Nutcracker 2012 and group discount tickets, please contact the CAC Box Office at 520-477-SHOW (7469).

Central Arizona College's Signal Peak Campus, home of the Pence Center, is located at 8470 N. Overfield Road between the cities of Coolidge and Casa Grande. The campus is located just a few miles east of I-10 midway between Tucson and Phoenix.

Central Arizona College - District Office 8470 N. Overfield Road, Coolidge, AZ 85128 Phone: 800-237-9814