December 21, 2023 / Modified dec 21, 2023 6:02 p.m.

Dickens for Christmas? Listen to Rogue Theatre's adaptation of "The Story of the Goblins Who Stole a Sexton"!

Also on Arizona Spotlight: Family & friends hold a unique memorial for a loved one; and the musical bond shared by Emma & Martha Peterson.

goblins unsized VIEW LARGER Art inspired by "The Story of the Goblins who Stole a Sexton", written by Charles Dickens in 1836.

Arizona Spotlight

December 21, 2023

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Featured on the November 23rd, 2023 edition of ARIZONA SPOTLIGHT with host Mark McLemore:

  • This year marks the tenth anniversary of former University of Arizona Track and Field student-athlete, Lezo Urreiztieta’s passing. Since then, his loved ones gather for an annual camping trip to commemorate his memory. This week, Katya Mendoza spoke with those closest to Urreiztieta, to talk about the hurdler’s passion for life and how they "Live Like Lezo". This story is in progress as a future episode of Arizona Illustrated.
Lezo Urreiztieta Lezo Urreiztieta.
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Lezo Urreiztieta Race VIEW LARGER UA track athlete and hurdler, Lezo Urreiztieta preparing to race. In 2012, Urreiztieta clocked a personal-best time of 14:62 in the 110 meter hurdle event at the Pac-12 Championships, taking ninth place in the preliminary round.
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Urreiztieta Family VIEW LARGER From left to right: Gaizka, Melissa, Izaro and Lezo Urreizteita.
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Lezo and Gaizka Urreiztieta VIEW LARGER Lezo and Gaizka Urreiztieta. The two brothers attended Canyon Del Oro High School.
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Lezo Camp 10year Anniv. VIEW LARGER Family and friends gather to commemorate the passing of Lezo Urreiztieta outside of Catalina State Park on Tuesday, Dec. 19.
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  • Tucson natives Emma and Martha Petersen are a mother and daughter duo that share a unique bond over music. Hannah Cree sat down with them to talk about Emma’s return to the desert this Christmas, and their love of opera’s unique and passionate way of storytelling.
emma petersen headshot VIEW LARGER Opera singer Emma Petersen.
Emma Petersen
  • And, listen to an obscure work by Charles Dickens that first appeared as part of Charles Dickens’ “Pickwick Papers” in 1836, seven years before “A Christmas Carol”. The Rogue Theater's Rogue Radio troupe presents a radio drama adaptation of “The Story of the Goblins Who Stole a Sexton”, a holiday story with a frightening twist!

Rogue Radio presents Goblins Rogue Theater has been presenting rich theatrical experiences on stage (and radio) in Tucson for more than 19 years.

The Rogue Radio cast (in order of appearance):

Joseph McGrath

Carley Elizabeth Preston

Ryan Parker Knox

Hunter Hnat

Original music composed and performed by Russell Ronnebaum

Adapted for radio by Cynthia Meier

Directed by Christopher Johnson

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