Flagstaff Arts Council is pleased to co-present the 34th Flagstaff Foundry on April 21. The show will take place at the Coconino Center for the Arts. Doors open at 7:30 and the show starts at 8pm. Tickets are available at the door only, so come early to reserve your seat!
The Flagstaff Foundry is a monthly variety show produced by Garrison Garcia and a team of volunteers. Previously hosted at the Circus Arts Studio, and now traveling throughout Flagstaff to take place in a different community performance spaces in Flagstaff, the Foundry is a monthly opportunity for artists and performing arts organizations to share their passions with a warm and welcoming audience. Because anyone and everyone can sign up each month to perform anything and everything, each month is exciting and different. The featured performers as well as the crew, director, sound person, etc. are all locals who want to be part of this community effort.
In addition to the variety acts that sign up, there are also two standing acts in every show. The first is a serial “radio show” (all performers stand at microphones with script in hand) about some Flagstaff – er “Flagstone” – superheros. The series is written by Garcia as well, and often incorporates current events into the (mostly) fictional story line. The radio performers are volunteers from all walks of Flagstaff life – lawyers, visual artists, engineers, bike mechanics, you name it. They see the script for the first time a few hours before the show. The second staple is long form improvisation by the Foundry’s house improv team, Tiny Punches. This group of skilled players turns audience suggestions into unexpected and hilarious narratives. They often weave in themes previously seen in the Foundry and make everything up on the spot.
The variety content in the show is not curated and acts are not reviewed or changed prior to the performance, so each artist brings what they will to the show. All they need to do is sign up ahead of time. The result is a show featuring a range of talent from across Flagstaff. Acts that support other arts projects are welcomed and encouraged. Garcia and the Foundry volunteers are passionate about bringing a monthly opportunity to perform in a professional and supportive environment to the people of Flagstaff. “This show is for YOU, because YOU are the show,” says Garcia.
New acts sign up each month and the Foundry is STILL only 5 bucks! Do you want to be in the show? You can sign up anytime to perform pretty much any act! Just visit tinyurl.com/flagstafffoundry