July 29, 2004
The Ecology Theater will open its doors to the community this month with its first auditions.
Based at Ecotech Agriculture Charter School in Chandler, the theater group will focus on themes that stress the same philosophies of the school, including the effects humans have on the planet, conservation, stewardship and alternative environmental solutions.
Productions will entertain while emphasizing social issues such as recycling, pollution, protection of endangered species, global warming and acid rain. The plays will be light, upbeat and family-oriented.
"It might be idealistic, but I hope it can serve as a positive, informative part of the community," said Jameela Pugh, director and founder of Ecotech, at McQueen and Pecos roads.
Pugh also said that theater productions about social causes are a thing of the past.
"It would be entertainment, but with a message involved," said Pugh, adding that performances will be free. "This will get people thinking about the future and not just the here and now."
The first production, "Prescription for Earth" by Joyce Merman, is a musical focusing on human interactions with the Earth. The show is expected to open in November, and the group will also consider original plays for future productions.
Mary Kelly, a Tempe resident and director of the Ecology Theater, believes productions will help inform and remind people about the impact of Mother Earth.
"If we don’t take care of our land, it won’t take care of us," Kelly said.
Kelly has an extensive background in theater and is looking for people interested in performing or joining a production crew. The group also seeks sponsors, a performing venue and a choreographer.
Pugh hopes the productions and their concepts connect with the community and encourage audience members to react.
"We’re just trying to wake people up as to what the possibilities are," she said. "It’s like a fly on your nose — it’s there but you might be ignoring it."
Auditions, which begin Saturday by appointment, are open to all adults and children in the Valley and will continue on Saturdays through August.
Find out more
Ecology Theater auditions begin Saturday and will continue on Saturdays through August. To schedule an audition or for more information, call Jameela Pugh at (480) 814-9007.
- STEPHANIE MONTGOMERY