A Children’s Theatre of the Mesilla Valley
A Children's Theatre (ACT) is a local non-profit dedicated to providing year-round theatre and film training to all area youth, as performers, technicians and audience members. Open to ages 3 to 18. It is located at 304 W. Bell St. (575) 571-1413.
American Southwest Theatre Company
The Company puts on polished professional performances between September and May, including Shakespeare, musical theater and dramas. It is located on the New Mexico State University campus. Call for show times. 505-646-4515.
Black Box Theatre
This theater is the home of the No Strings Theatre Company, presenting six different plays a year, mostly by contemporary, little-known or local playwrights. The Theatre is located at 430 N. Downtown Mall. Call for show times. (575) 523-1223. www.no-strings.org
The theater performs children's plays throughout the year.
Doņa Ana Lyric Opera
The opera presents four shows a year, including a Broadway musical using high school students in the summer. There are two traditional operas performed each fall, spring and summer, using New Mexico State University students and visiting professionals. Shows are at the NMSU Music Center Recital Hall located on the NMSU horseshoe off Espina. Call for times. (575) 646-1993. www.nmsu.edu/~music
The historic Fountain Theatre is New Mexico's oldest movie house. Built in 1905, the Theatre originally featured vaudeville performances and silent films. It has been the home of the non-profit Mesilla Valley Film Society since 1989, showcasing the best independent, foreign, documentary and other alternative art films. Screenings are nightly with Sunday matinees. The theater is located at 2469 Calle de Guadalupe. Call for times. (575) 524-8287. www.fountaintheatre.org. Click here for Mapit location
Las Cruces Community Theater
A theater providing local talent with a place to perform year-round in a variety of plays and musicals. Theater located at 313 N. Downtown Mall. Call for times. (575) 523-1200. http://lcctnm.org/
Las Cruces Chamber Ballet
The ballet puts on two major performances a year, including the traditional holiday version of The Nutcracker Ballet. Call for show times. (575) 523-1654.
Las Cruces Civic Concert
The Civic Concert performs four or five times a year between September and April. Call for show times.
Las Cruces Symphony
The symphony presents nationally-known guest artists with six pairs of classics concerts, one pair of pops concerts and one chamber orchestra concert between October and May. The symphony also performs a family concert and provides educational outreach programs to area elementary schools. Call for show times. (575) 646-3709.
Mesilla Valley Concert Band
The band performs six concerts a year between October and May. Call for times.
(575) 646-1920. www.nmsu.edu/~music
New Mexico State University Choral Department
The choral department puts on concerts and recitals throughout the year at the University's Music Recital Hall located on the NMSU campus. Call for show times. (575) 646-1306. www.nmsu.edu/~music
New Mexico State University Concert Choir
The NMSU Concert Choir is a cross section of NMSU students with various musical backgrounds. They perform in at least one concert per semester. (575) 646-1895.
Rio Grande Theatre
Built in 1926 on Main Street, the Rio Grande Theatre has just been renovated as a state-of-the-art performing arts center that will serve as a site for collaborative arts programs and a learning site for university and public school students. It is located at 211 N. Downtown Mall. (575)523-6403. www.riograndetheatre.com
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