In 1988, Tom Hanks starred in Big, a film about a 13-year-old who receives his wish and wakes up one morning in the body of a grown man. In recent years, the story has morphed into a musical, currently being revived by Greasepaint Scottsdale Youtheatre. Within the confines of this talented troupe, performers ages 12 to 19 share their passion for the stage with those who might not normally be exposed to live theater -- an endeavor they've pursued to great acclaim in Arizona and beyond. See tomorrow's stars today when Greasepaint Scottsdale Youtheatre presents Big, the Musical, Friday, December 26, through Sunday, December 28, at the Stagebrush Theater, 7020 East Second Street in Scottsdale. Showtimes are 7 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for children/students, with group discounts available. Call 480-990-7405 to purchase. See www.greasepaint.org for more information. - Craig Wallach
It's a football fiesta in Tempe
Combine a penchant for aggression with a little raw athleticism and quality coaching, and you've got a recipe for gridiron glory. For youngsters ages 9 to 14, the opportunity to gain that coaching -- courtesy of former NFL greats, local high school coaches and participants in this year's Fiesta Bowl -- commences at the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl Youth Football Clinic. Sessions take place at 10 a.m. Monday, December 29, at the Salvation Army South Mountain Youth Center, 1351 East Broadway, and 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, December 30, at the ASU Practice Facility, Sixth Street and Rural in Tempe. For details call 480-736-3915 or visit www.tostitos fiestabowl.com. - Craig Wallach
Toys on display downtown
It's a small world after all -- especially at the Arizona Doll and Toy Museum. Experience the real "toy story" through an exhibition portraying an authentic schoolroom, circa 1912, with antique dolls as the students and teacher. Constantly changing scenarios of doll arms, legs, eyes and mouths echo the lives of the living, and toys from the past and familiar modern playthings are on view. Whether a child, or just one at heart, there is something for everyone to marvel over, and what better way to celebrate the holiday that's all about toys?
It's a world of laughter and a world of hope at the Arizona Doll and Toy Museum, located at the corner of Seventh Street and Monroe in Heritage and Science Park. Admission is $3 for adults, $1 for children. For more information, call 602-253-9337. - Eric Schandel