Recovered from a back injury that caused two cancellations of his Payson performance for the Tonto Community Concert Association, Robert Post brings his one-man theater show, "The POSTman Delivers," to town this weekend.
Post presents a laugh-out-loud evening of skits. With remarkable physical dexterity, playful satire and wit, Post creates an unforgettable host of character changes. He is witty and wise, verbal and visual, humorous and hysterical.
Post studied his craft with the visionary theatre artist, Tony Montanaro.
This began the foundation of Post's unique creative style, and his artistic collaboration with Montanaro continues to this day.
Over the past 26 years, Post has performed in nearly every conceivable setting, including street corners, dinner theaters, prisons, factories, schools, TV commercials, homeless shelters, festivals, riverboats, and with symphony orchestras. He has created more than 30 works since 1973, for which he has received numerous awards and fellowships.
Ticket holders for the originally scheduled April 24 show with Post can use them at the May 15 performance, or stop by the subscription desk in the lobby of the auditorium. Single tickets are available at the door for $20.
At this last regular performance of the TCCA's 2004-2005 season there will be an opportunity to learn about the 2005-2006 season.
The 27th season begins Aug. 21 with a performance by the acclaimed men's chorus, Spirit of Phoenix. Future guest artists will be singer Susan Egan, known as The Belle of Broadway, Oct. 14; guitarist Edgar Cruz, Nov. 3; pianist Cristiana Pegoraro, Nov. 22; the review, Country Tonight, Jan. 28; singers Nathan Granner and Lisa Williamson, who present both opera and musical theater pieces, Feb. 11; The Coats vocal band, March 6; and the Manhattan Rhythm Kings, who will have the joint jumping with popular music from the 20s, 30s and 40s, April 3.
- Spirit of Phoenix performs at 2 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 21. The afternoon's show is, "Let's Celebrate -- A Celebration of Life, Love and the American Way." The men's chorus is said to be among the best sounds ever to come out of the Phoenix area. The program mixes love songs, old standards, Broadway tunes, gospel music and a tribute to the Armed Forces.
- Susan Egan performs at 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 14. She has appeared in a wide range of roles on Broadway and in Disney animation. Egan has made numerous recordings and lent her musical talents to television and feature films.
- Edgar Cruz appears at 7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 3. This "Guitarist Extraordinaire" will present The Greatest Hits of the Guitar with precision, speed and complexity.
- Cristiana Pegoraro performs at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 22. A pianist, Pegoraro is acclaimed as one of the most gifted musicians of her generation. The Italian-born artist has performed at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall, in Europe, South America and Australia.
- Country Tonight comes to Payson at 7 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 28. Expect the PHS auditorium to buzz with this exciting country music review. The group includes 21 entertainers presenting songs, comedy, dance and instrumental music.
- Nathan Granner and Lisa Williamson are the TCCA's treat for Rim country hearts with a performance at 7 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 11. The couple will bring beautiful music and comedy to Payson through both opera and show tunes.
- The Coats bring more variety of music and comedy to the TCCA at 7 p.m., Monday, March 6. The group presents a high-energy stage show with both improvisational comedy and a multiple range of vocal stylings.
- Manhattan Rhythm Kings bring musical memories alive at 7 p.m., Monday, April 3. The group sings the American popular music of the 20s, 30s and 40s in lush, three-part harmonies, play an impressive array of instruments and top it off with their own Broadway-inspired tap dancing.
Season tickets -- available at the May 15 program -- are $60, plus the TCCA has a variety of contribution plans in which to participate and provide additional financial support for its programs.
For further information about season or individual tickets, call Marilyn Wolfe, (928) 474-6115 or Eloise Jones, (928) 478-4363 or check out their website at www.tccarim.org.