Upcoming Productions


The spring show is ready, set, a GO! Directory Diana Nelinson is pleased to announce her upcoming mystery/thriller/comedy “Catch Me If You Can” to be performed Wednesday, April 27 thru Sunday, May 1, 2022. The shows will be in the San Tan Ballroom in Cottonwood. Showtimes are 7pm Wed. thru Sat. and Sunday’s matinee will be at 1pm.
Cast changes have occurred due to timing of the performances with Kate Turner playing the lead role of Elizabeth Corbin and Maria Blanding assuming the role of Mrs. Parker. Other cast members remain the same with LorinHicks ably acting as Daniel Corbin; Mario Carranza religiously playing Father Kelleher; Rich Paladino slyly being Detective Levine; Michael Carter portraying Sidney, the delicious deli owner and Dennis Dennehlowning the part of Mr. Parker, a rich car dealer and owner of the chalet in which the mystery unfolds.
This play, based on a couple on their honeymoon, starts off with the husband attempting to get the local authorities to look for his missing wife. When the town’s clergyman shows up with a woman claiming to be the missing wife, things get interesting. Is Mr. Corbin losing his marbles? Is Mrs. Corbin, in fact, planning the demise of her new husband? Can the Detective get to the bottom of this mystery? It’s a fast moving, spine-tingling story that you won’t want to miss.
Tickets will be available closer to showtime, on-line and in person sales to be announced in March. But mark those days now so you don’t miss out!


The ImproVables, Sun Lakes Community Theatre’s comedy improv troupe, will perform at Sun Lakes Country Club on Saturday, Feb. 5, 2022. Doors open at 5:00 pm. Tickets for the show and a buffet dinner are $25 and will be available for purchase at the Administrative Office of Sun Lakes Country Club in early January.

The ImproVables provide an evening’s worth of non-stop laughter. Improvisational comedy relies on suggestions and ideas from the audience. The performers then create scenes and sketches based on these suggestions and all off the top of their heads. There are no scripts and no rehearsal!

The ImproVables had a two year hiatus due to the pandemic. Now they are back and ready to entertain! The newly re-organized troupe of 20 performers is comprised of former members and members who are new to the art of improv. “We meet and practice every Monday morning,” states Phyllis Novy, one of the troupe’s founders. “It is a joy to begin each week with laughter.”


On December 3, 2021 lots of activities for Cottonwood Palo Verde Country Club were planned by the newly hired Recreation Manager Jean Jones. Many members from the Sun Lakes Community Theatre (SLCT) helped her bring it all together! ”I don’t know what I would have done without them,” said Jones.
From the golf cart parade to their community Christmas function, SLCT members dressed up, came out in full force and lent several helping hands to make each event special for attendees.
The SLCT members that graciously helped with the events were: John and Merrie Crawford as Mr. & Mrs Santa Claus (photo 1), Irma Bray as Rudolph, Sonya White as The Snowman and Diana Nelinson as the Grinch. Santa’s Elves were: Joyce Recupido, Mary Vandergriff and Kathy Tomasewski. Santa’s Helpers: Pat Wolfe, Nancy Patterson and Robin Murray (photo 2) guided the children in the audience when children were asked to be an active part of the some of the Christmas songs too!
SLCT member Jeanette Cline volunteered her keyboard class to entertain the audience with Jeanette as the MC. Our own Cindi Decker played one of the keyboards, Sally Holberg and Gene Cline entertained by performing holiday songs throughout the program. SLCT technical supports was given by Dave & MaryAnn Stevens, Dennis and Susan Conzatti & MJ Clement.
“Sun Lakes Community Theatre and Cottonwood Palo Verde Country Club have had a long-standing relationship and work very well together.” said SLCT board member MJ Clement. In addition to all of the help SLCT provided for her Dec. 3rd event, Recreation Manager, Jean Jones, wanted to let others know that homeowners are family and part of each others lives. She developed The 12 Days of Christmas Gifts program to help show that Cottonwood/Palo Verde community homeowners care about each other.
Twelve Cottonwood/ Palo Verde residents were chosen as recipients of what will now be an annual event. Sally Holberg and several past SLCT members donated their time to help wrap the Christmas presents for the program. Two of Santa’s Elves, (Irma Bray from SLCT and Jean Jones, Recreation Manager – Photo 3) helped deliver the gift bags in Irma’s Mustang convertible as SLCT member, MJ Clement, led the way in her Honda van!
Team work and cooperation made this holiday season a treat for both the Cottonwood/Palo Verde community and Sun Lakes Community Theatre. We can hardly wait to see what 2022 brings.

                      Photo 1

                         Photo 2

                         Photo 3

For specific questions or information, call 480-382-6290 and leave a message.