Our History. Founded in 1997, Canyon Moon Theatre Company, then known as Oak Creek Theatre Company, was housed in uptown Sedona in the Sedona Arts Center for its first three years with plays presented in the Charles W. Raison Theatre. Many memorable shows were performed there, including the inaugural Forever Plaid, Sylvia, and the amazing musical Always... Patsy Cline.
Times changed and for a myriad of reasons the theatre relocated to a small, intimate space in the Old Marketplace on 89A. Here, theatre lovers enjoyed more great hits, including Talley's Folly and the hilarious and irreverent Nunsense. After four years in this location, the space was converted into offices and our lease was not renewed leaving Mary and Canyon Moon Theatre once more in search of a permanent home.
For the next year — one entire theatre season — Canyon Moon was a 'traveling theatre,' performing at any available venue and searching for a place to sink roots. In spite of it all, loyal patrons enjoyed triumphs like Someone Who'll Watch Over Me and Nunsense II, the follow-up to the previous season's hit.
During this stressful and exhausting period, Mary investigated numerous possible sites, spoke with an endless list of people regarding the theatre's needs, and hoped and prayed that something suitable would appear.
Unsure if the theatre could survive another 'mobile' season, she finally... finally... found a space that would work: the old Dansk building in the Oak Creek Factory Outlets in the Village of Oak Creek. In the late summer of 2006, Canyon Moon Theatre Company signed a two-year lease with two one-year options to renew, meaning that Canyon Moon had a home for the next four years.
Newly energized, Mary began planning Season IX with care..