Vail Theatre of the Arts

This article authored by: Catherine Hallberg

vail-theatre-of-the-arts-2If you’d like to see a quality production of the Nutcracker Ballet, but don’t relish fighting the crowds downtown, consider viewing it at our very own Vail Theater of the Arts. Located next to Empire High School this theater offers a variety of entertainment, both amateur and professional.

Most performances come from the students of the Vail Unified School District. They include plays, graduations, awards ceremonies and other events subject to the approval of the Performing Arts Theatre Director, Richard Talley. There’s no charge for curriculum-related events scheduled Monday-Thursday nights.

Another type of usage is from Non – Profit organizations. An IRS Determination Letter is required for proof of 501(C) (3) status. Class II rental rates are charged and users may not charge admission greater than $10 per person Performances must support the organization’s purpose. During high season, May and December, this facility is not available to non-profits. Rental rates are charged at full Class IV rates.

The 3rd area of usage comes from the community. These include activities such as dance studio productions which primarily feature VUSD students, churches, youth organizations and events put on by other school districts. Class III rental rates apply. Once again admission is limited to $10 per person and is not available during the high season.

Finally, the Vail Theatre of the Arts is available for commercial rental for meetings, concerts, plays or other events. If you are looking for a venue which can seat up to 593 persons, this could be just the place for your group or organization.

This year’s Nutcracker Ballet will be presented by Ballet Rincon on Friday December 16 at 7:00 pm and Saturday December 17 at 2:00pm and 7:00pm. Directed by Jennifer Neuser, Ballet Rincon is Tucson’s Premier Classical Dance Academy which has produced dancers who have been accepted into the  American Ballet Theatre, Boston Ballet, Ballet Austin, Brigham Young University, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Indiana University, Interlochen Center for the Arts, Joffrey Ballet, Kansas City Ballet, Long Beach Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, The Rock School, State Street Ballet, The University of Utah, and Washington Ballet. Having personally attended past performances presented by this company, I can attest to the quality and professionalism they display.

If you’d like to attend, tickets are available at:

The Vail Theatre of the Arts is located at 10701 E. Mary Ann Cleveland Way, Tucson, AZ 85747. Contact Richard Talley at 520-879-3925:


I’ll be in the front row at the Saturday evening performance, so come say “hi”!   vail-theatre-of-the-arts-1

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