Payson Youngster Makes A Buzz In Butterfly Play

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Four-year-old Gunner Nanty just went along for the ride when his parents took his baby brother to an audition with The Young Talent Agency. He is the son of Hubert Jr. and Laura Nanty of Payson; his younger brother, Tristan is 1.

Something about the boy caught the eye of the agency staff and it was Gunner was signed up for representation.

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A butterfly searches for a way to make her life special in the inspiring original musical "The Butterfly's Day"-- on stage at Scottsdale Desert Stages Children's Theatre. Payson resident Gunner Nanty, age 4, is a Hornet in this enchanting garden tale.

Now the tot is in the Scottsdale Desert Stages Children's Theatre presentation of "The Butterfly's Day."

Gunner plays a hornet in the play, which is about the differences choices in life can make.

The play is an original musical by Gerry Cullity. Cullity created a tale about a butterfly, given just one day to find a purpose for her life and break a Gypsy Moth spell that banishes butterflies from nature forever.

In this uplifting story, the butterfly finds a way to make her life meaningful and in the process discovers that her choices in life make a difference.

"Children identify with the butterfly's dilemma that you must look for your life's purpose and that every decision, every friendship, every promise you make, matters," Cullity said. He is also directing the production, which features more than 130 children and teens from throughout Arizona.

"The Butterfly's Day" will be presented at Scottsdale Desert Stages Theatre, 4720 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, Feb. 25 through March 20 at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

Tickets are $12 in advance for all; and $12 children, $15 adults on day of show. Reservations are recommended.

For more information, call the box office at (480) 483-1664 or visit www.desertstages.com.

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