Broadway is Back with rich cultural opportunities and DSUSD is no different

Our desert home is known for many things. One of them is the many cultural opportunities offered from one end of the valley to the other. For some, however, ticket prices can be a deterrent to enjoying amazing theatre and musical performances.

That’s where youth talent comes in. In addition to a number of outstanding youth groups, the schools of Desert Sands provide excellent opportunities to see outstanding theatre and concerts. Student performances are not only outstanding, they are affordable. Those on a budget can see some well-known and lesser known plays as well as listen to very talented musicians and singers. Families with young children may not feel comfortable in a theatre or concert setting but they are welcome at our schools as they introduce their young children to the mystery and laughter presented in these plays. Come join us!

Lights of Broadway are Back, so are DSUSD Lights

“All I Really Need to Know I Learned from Being a Zombie”

Opening this evening, Friday, November 5, and continuing through tomorrow, Saturday, November 6 is the Shadow Hills High School Starry Knights presentation of “All I Really Need to Know I Learned from Being a Zombie” by Jason Pizzarello. Learn what zombies can teach us about life, death, and everything in between! Tonight’s performance is at 7:00 pm. Saturday matinee is at 3:00 pm and the evening performance is at 7:00 pm. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $8 for seniors, military members with ID, and students with an ASB card. The theater is located at the school at 39-225 Jefferson Street in Indio.

Next weekend’s theatrical performance takes place at Palm Desert High School with the Aztec Arts Academy presentation of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Evening performances will be held on November 10, 12, and 13 at 7:00 pm with a matinee on Sunday, November 14 at 2:00 pm. All tickets are $10. The PDHS Theater is located at 74-910 Aztec Road in Palm Desert.

The play is centered on 15-year-old Christopher who has an extraordinary brain. He is exceptionally intelligent but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. When he falls under suspicion for killing his neighbor’s dog, he sets out to identify the true culprit in this production of the Tony-Award winning play.

Indio High School will present Trap by Stephen Gregg. Performances will be held on December 2, 3, and 4 at the Indio High School Performing Arts Center, 81-750 Avenue 46, Indio. All performances begin at 7:p.m., tickets are $5 for students and $8 for adults.

A recent review calls the play unnerving, exhilarating, and wildly inventive…you’ve never walked into anything quite like TRAP! Every person in the audience of a high school play falls unconscious…every person but one. Using interviews with witnesses, loved ones, first responders, and the investigators pursuing the case, a theatre ensemble brings the story of the strange event to life, documentary-style. But as the strands weave together into an increasingly dangerous web, it becomes clear that this phenomenon might not be entirely in the past.

La Quinta High School will be presenting a series of one-act plays in December on December 8, 9, 10, 11; all beginning at 6:30 pm. Tickets will be $10 general admission; $8 for students and seniors. Among the featured plays will be Ghosts in the Machine by Eric Coble and The 146 Point Flame by Matt Thompson. Ghosts in the Machines about eight very different high school students who receive bizarre texts from numbers that they don’t recognize. What’s going on? What if it’s not people connecting with other people but phones trying to connect to other phones? The story of the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in New York City is told in The 146 Point Flame. Four young women share their stories in a story of human courage.

A reminder that masks are required at all indoor DSUSD events. Tickets for all events can be purchased at the door.

The high schools will also be presenting concerts in November and December. For information on musical performances, reach out to the individual schools for more information.


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  • Curious Incident Dog: DSUSD