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The idea of a post-apocalyptic future run by children in a Mad Max-fashion is pretty terrifying, if we recall correctly the Futurama episode where Fry travels to the year 3000 and discovers the “society” of bratty Los Angeles kids. The musical In the Kingdom of Clouds has a similar premise: There's a war-ravaged world with no adults where children begin to lose hope. These kids can no longer see familiar images when they look at the clouds, so Cirrus, son of the Queen of the Clouds, is sent to earth to inspire youth in this musical romp. “It has upbeat dance songs that are Michael Jackson-esque and ballads with three-part harmonies that can bring tears to anyone’s eyes," says Justin Heffner, Desert Stages Theatre's business manager.

Get inspired on Sunday, August 18, at 2 p.m. at Desert Stages Theatre, 4720 North Scottsdale Road in Scottsdale. All-ages tickets are $18. Call 480-483-1664 or visit

Sun., July 28, 7 p.m.; Sat., Aug. 10, 1 & 3 p.m.; Sun., Aug. 11, 1 & 3 p.m.; Fri., Aug. 16, 7:30 p.m.; Sat., Aug. 17, 7:30 p.m.; Sun., Aug. 18, 2 p.m., 2013


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