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Welcome to David M. Player Center for the Arts Online

   Our goal with this website is to give you the latest information on upcoming shows and events. Below, you can find a list of all of our upcoming events. You are able to purchase tickets online and pay for them from the comfort of your own home. Gift Certificates are also available. Our site will include valuable information to help our friends, as well as potential events that are wanting to rent our facility.

    Thank you to this year's Sponsors: Freeport McMoRan Copper & Gold, Quality Inn & Suites, CKC Construction & Materials, Majik 100.7 KJIK, Eastern Arizona Courier, Napa Mack's Auto Parts, CMI Quick Copy, Kat Kountry 94.5, Basha's, Johnson Motors, E.A. Glass, Vining Funeral Home, Casa Manana, Country Financial, Bushman Dental, Velocity Builders, Eastern Arizona Ag Center, Trophies 'N Tees, Brand SourceSmith & Taylor AutomotiveSodalicious, Mann Mortgage, Sparks HomeStore, and Firing Pin Gun and Pawn.

Safford Laughs Presents: Elias Caress
Saturday February 10th, 2 pm   
$10 per Person, $30 per Family @ the Door

Elias Caress is truly the hilarious showman. Don't miss this entertaining show!

Award Winning Magician and Variety Entertainer is sure to please our audience. Winner of magician awards and competitions, Elias has an excellent stage show that everyone will love! Amazing magic, thrilling stunts,  a lot of hilarious jokes, and a lot of audience participation. Sophisticated enough for the discerning spectator yet fun enough for younger audience!

What will he do for our clean comedy lovers? Who knows? We don't. Every show is different depending on his mood and that of the audience: He might...Contact juggle, Spin a lasso, Spin a Gun, Juggle knives and torches, Perform expert bullwhip tricks, Eat fire, Breath fire, Crack a fire whip, Fire real pistols/ trick shooting, Show mysterious illusions and tricks, Read someone's mind, Perform an extreme stunt, such as, Walking barefoot in broken glass, Laying on a bed of nails, Human blockhead stunt (hammering nails up the nose), and of course, throw a lot of comedy into the show!

It isn't very often that the entire show is left to one individual. We trust Elias will entertain you with an amazing time of fun and laughter.

Italian Saxophone Quartet

Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at 7:00 PM

Adult Pricing: $10, $15
Student Pricing: $5, $5

The Italian Saxophone Quartet was founded in 1982 by four saxophone soloists, close friends determined to join together to perform chamber music for saxophone at the very highest artistic level. Since then, they have played to wide acclaim in more than 500 concerts in Italy (including the most important concert institutions), France, Germany, Spain, Greece, Japan, USA, Sweden, Lebanon, Bermuda and Russia. 

The quartet’s concerts have been recorded and broadcast by the Italian RAI-Radio 1 and RAI-Radio 3 as well as by Swedish, German, Japanese and American national radios. Among their important projects, in 1999 the quartet performed Berio’s work “Outis” with the Symphony Orchestra of Milan’s Teatro alla Scala. They appeared as soloists with the Malipiero Symphony Orchestra in works by Piazzolla and Dubois, and collaborated with the Fonè String Quartet on the creation a new arrangement of the Art of the Fugue by J.S. Bach for string and saxophone quartets, which was premiered at the XXII International Chamber Music Festival in Asolo.

2nd Annual Dancing with the Graham County Stars

Saturday, March 3, 2018 at 7:00 PM

Reserved Pricing: $25
General Pricing: $15

Six of our local celebrities are partnered with a professional dancer to learn a 90-second ballroom dance routine. Over the course of a week our celebrities will refine their skills as they prepare to compete onstage in front of a live audience. At the end of the week, we add in costumes, video highlights and a hilarious local judging panel for a show that our community will absolutely love. 

During this interactive show, you will laugh, cheer, sing, and laugh some more. The best part is the AUDIENCE votes for who will win and take home the coveted mirror ball trophy. With the surge in popularity of ballroom dance in pop culture, Mark Lowes and Marlayna Sheeran, founders of the Utah Ballroom Dance Company (UBDC), set out to create a touring show that would capitalize on this popularity. Reality dance competition shows are drawing in audience members to not only watch their favorite stars dance but also get to vote for them and determine their fate.

This company features some of nation’s top ballroom dance athletes who have performed nationally and internationally receiving numerous accolades and awards such as the coveted U.S. National Formation Championships. Utah Ballroom Dance Company please visit

Gila Valley Idol 2018
Thursday March 22nd, 7 pm   
$7 Per Person, Sold at Richards Music 

Season 13 of Gila Valley Idol kicked off January 25th at Pollock’s Western Outfitters in downtown Safford, with 6 additional preliminaries to follow.  For times and locations go to the Kat Kountry 94.5 Facebook Page. For video of the preliminary performances go to and click on the Gila Idol link. 

This local singing competition is the largest competition of its kind in this area.  The winner receives $1,000 in prize money.The Finals will be held at the David M. Player Center For The Arts on Thursday, March 22nd at 7pm. 

Tickets are priced at $7.00 and are available at Richards Music in downtown Safford.
Gila Valley Idol is sponsored by Freeport McMoRan,5 Star Home Center, Tyson Richins with Edward Jones Investments, Trophies and Tees and Richards Music Company.  With preliminary competitions at Pollocks Western Outfitters, The Double-R Grill at the Mount Graham Golf Course, Safford Bowl, The Morenci Club, OneAZ Credit Union, The Bull Pen and the Plank Resturant.  With additional support from the Valley Telecom Group and the Qualitiy Inn and Suites.  Gila Valley Idol 2018 is produced by the Double-R Communications radio stations:  Kat Kountry 94.5, Sunny 102.3 and KATO-1230AM.

Cavani String Quartet

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at 7:00 PM

Adult Pricing: $10, $15
Student Pricing: $5, $5

It has been over 10 years since Gila Valley Arts Council presented the Cavani String Quartet, but we are very happy to have them back as their last residency here was one of the best we"ve had for working with the local string students in workshops and performance. Hailed as brilliant and passionate performers, as well as ambassadors for chamber music, the Cavani String Quartet succeeds like few others in communicating the sheer joy of music making. 

The quartet has the honor of being a winner of the Naumburg Chamber Music Award, the prestigious Fischoff, Banff, and Coleman competitions as well as being chosen for The Cleveland Quartet Award at The Eastman School. Described by the Washington Post as “completely engrossing, powerful and elegant" the quartet's impressive thirty year legacy has garnered significant recognition including the Ohio Governors Award for the Arts, Musical America Magazine's Young Artists of the Year and the Guarneri String Quartet Award for Artistic Excellence, in both 2005 and 2011, from Chamber Music America. 

The Cavani Quartet has received an ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming and has currently commissioned, premiered and performed the music of more than thirty living composers. Nationally recognized for their superlative and unique approach as both performers and teaching -artists, they have received more than ten Chamber Music America Residency Partnership Awards to engage audiences of all ages in communities across the country.

BYU's Noteworthy

Friday, April 13, 2018 at 7:00 PM

Reserved Pricing: $5, $10, $15

The newest official performing ensemble at BYU, Noteworthy is composed of nine female singers who deliver a power-packed concert that combines vocal percussion, humor, and a tight harmonic style that’s all their own. Noteworthy appeared on the first season of NBC’s television show The Sing-Off, won first place in the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella in 2007, and has been featured in stories by NBC Sports and BYU Magazine. 

The group’s most popular music video and single—“Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)”—has received more than 17 million views on YouTube since its release in 2015. Noteworthy originates in the office of BYU Performing Arts Management.

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Friday, April 20, 2018 at 7:00 PM

Reserved Pricing: $15, $25

Having played to sold-out crowds across the U.S. and abroad, ABBAFAB is a stunning tribute to the music of ABBA featuring the sensational talents of some of TAD’s most talented and loved artists and musicians! This multimedia production is a tribute to some of the greatest music produced in the 70s and 80s including monster hits such as Waterloo, Fernando, Honey Honey, Dancing Queen and countless others. From ABBA’s earliest hits to Mamma Mia, ABBAFAB will take you on a technicolor journey that is unmatched. Our vocalists and musicians have toured the world as solo artists and band members and have come together to create the most entertaining ABBA tribute on the market today! 

ABBA’s record breaking string of hits has stood the test of time and continues to thrill audiences of all ages. With vocals and musicianship the are second to none, the ABBAFAB vibe is infectious! ABBA fans love it and new ABBA fans are created at every show. There’s no generation gap here, so let’s ALL party like it’s 1979!

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