Dave Thompson


In the late ’70s, most of the theater in the Valley was produced by community troupes. There were community theaters in Glendale, Mesa, Scottsdale, Tempe, Cave Creek/Carefree and North Phoenix. Soon, Fountain Hills would have one. There were a group of actors, many of them with professional training, who worked for these companies. One of the best was Dave Thompson, whom I interviewed for the Scottsdale Progress.


Clipping from the Nov. 11, 1977 edition of The Scottsdale Daily Progress.

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MAY 1976: “1776″. Phoenix Little Theatre. Directors: Larry Liff, Robert Davis. Musical Staging: E. Carolyn Liff. Musical Direction: John Clegg. Cast: Ron Duffy, Sheldon Simon, Dick Totman, Bob Johnson, John C. Dahl, Richard E. Wentz, Dave Thompson, Rick Grove, Marlene Saens, Virginia Lee, Cecilia Allen, John Clegg, Marc Roma, Debora Allen, Jon David, Tom Bell, Ricci Alpers.

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JANUARY 1977. “South Pacific.” French Quarter Dinner Theatre at the Safari Hotel, Scottsdale. Director: Larry Liff. Choreography: E. Carolyn Liff. Cast: John Clegg, Cecilia Allen, Sylvia Godfrey, Noel Irick, John C. Dahl, Chuck Walker, David Thompson, Margie Ghigo, Carol Ann Sattenspiel, Randy Post.