Thursday, September 28

Pima Theatre to present family-friendly ‘Ballet & Bagels’ in October

Director Milta Ortiz directs cast members during rehearsals of Ballet & Bagels (Photo courtesy Pima Theatre)

Pima Theatre presents
'Ballet & Bagels'

Pima West Campus, Black Box Theatre,
2202 W, Anklam Rd. 85709

October 6 – 16
Thursday – Saturday at 7 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m., 

General Admission: $10
Students/Seniors/Military/Groups: $5

Advanced reservations are recommended. Pima Community College students can receive one free ticket to each performing arts production as part of their tuition. Tickets can be purchased at The box office is open Tuesday – Friday from 12-5 p.m., and one hour prior to each performance.

520-206-6986 | [email protected]

Tucson, Arizona — Pima Theatre starts off its season with family-friendly ‘Ballet & Bagels’, directed by Milta Ortiz. Original work written by Pima Theatre students, with lead writers Missy Fowler and Milta Ortiz. This play features a diverse cast that centers on a young Latina who struggles to make friends and wants to dance at the ballet studio next to Nana’s Bagel Shop. Frequent customers, The Bagel Bros and The Bagel Boys share a love of bagels much like the girls’ love of ballet but will they all become friends?

This play was conceived and developed in Milta Ortiz’s class, Principles of Dramatic Structure in the Spring 2022 semester. By the end of the semester, the entire class had contributed and were finished with a revised first draft. Ortiz says, “ Over the summer Pima student, Missy Fowler, worked on rewrites under my guidance toward a final draft. I then completed the final rewrites. It has truly been a collaborative experience, incorporating the ideas and voices of all involved. It has been a fun and rewarding experience.” 

Some characters were even added following auditions. “We added a couple of characters because the students who auditioned for the Bagel Boys worked together during the callback and that’s what the play is all about, so we ran with it, I realize that we have created a world of characters that can function as a series of plays, modeled after a series of books, like The Baby Sitters’ Club, where each play focuses on a different character. We already have the idea for the next play that I’ll pitch to the class, much like I did last semester. It’s a joy to work with the students in writing and directing ‘Ballet & Bagels’. Get ready to dance in your seat! “ Milta Ortiz. 

PCC Theatre Arts program is housed in the Center for the Arts, a state-of-the-art facility, at West Campus. The program provides extensive experience and training in performance and all aspects of theatre production. Students can earn an Associate of Fine Arts degree with a concentration in theatre that can transfer to a four-year college or university, leading to a bachelor’s degree in theatre production, theatre education, or theatre theory. PCC Theatre Arts has a reputation for quality training, education, and production work.