Friday, April 20, 2018

WEEK AT A GLANCE: April 16 - April 22

audition notice - male actor needed for SISTER ACT - Hale Centre Theatre - May 5

The Hale Centre Theatre is looking for a male singer/actor for the part of Eddie Souther for their production of Sister Act.

They will be holding an audition on Saturday, May 5th at 2:00 pm at 175 South Hamilton Place Suite 111 & 112 (building 5) in Gilbert, Arizona, 85233.

Sister Act plays July 6, 2018 – August 18, 2018 with rehearsals starting on May 19th. The shows are produced by David and Corrin Dietlein, directed by Cambrian James, and music directed by Lincoln Wright (Sister Act). Performances are Wednesday – Saturday nights with Saturday matinees (possible Monday and Tuesday evenings and Friday Matinees may be added).

All ethnicities are encouraged to audition.


If you have any questions please email Jessica Ottley at

photos - GODSPELL - Phoenix Theatre

CLICK HERE for more information on this production, which runs through May 20th





photos by Reg Madison Photography 

photos - PLAZA SUITE - Scottsdale Desert Stages Theatre

CLICK HERE for more information on this production, which runs through June 3rd

photos by Renee Ashlock

cast announcement - THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME - Zao Theatre

CLICK HERE for more information on this production, which runs from November 2-17

Quasimodo – Nicholas Hambruch
Frollo – Andrew McKee
Esmeralda – Taryn Cantrell
Clopin – Bryan Stewart
Phoebus – Zac Bushman
Florika – Amanda Rahaman
Jehan/St Aphrodesius – Robert Andrews
Father Dupin – Bill Bennett
Lt. Fredric Charlus – Jeff Montgomery, Jr.
King Louis XI – David Herbert
Madam - Libby Mueller

Principal Ensemble/Solo Narrators/
Gargoyles/Statues (10)-
Rebecca Bryce
Alicia Ferrin
Shelby Daeffler
Kayla Cook
Brianne Gobeski
Asher Sheppard
Scott Sims
Gabriel Escudero
Daniel Miga
Robert Andrews

Soldiers/Gypsies/ Citizens of Paris-
Emily-Rae Abang
Tamara Benahm
Joshua Boenzi
Elizabeth Bridgewater
Kassandra Bronaugh
Jonathan Brown
Raelyn Burkhart
Rachel Cole
Jennifer Donato
Kelly Fulcher
Rachel Gardiner
Adam Gobeski
Alex Hansen
Isabella Harvey
Jennifer Herron-Ulmer
Megan Holcomb
Ameilia Huot
Meaghan Katz
Matthew Lambert
Michael LeSueur
Nicholas Magel
Shayla Montgomery
Steve Morgan
Sergio Noriega
Sarai Phillips
Abbeney Preston
Calli Rasmussen
Matt Snell
Tyler Snell
Joseph Stith
Alyssa Walsh
Emily Walter
Daniel Zemeida

Mesa Community College Theatre & Film Arts' 2018 / 2019 season

The Tragical History of Dr Faustus 
by Christopher Marlowe
October 12, 2018 - October 20, 2018

One of the most durable myths in Western culture, the story of Faust tells of a learned German doctor who sells his soul to the devil in exchange for knowledge and power. There are florid visions of an enraged Lucifer, dueling angels, the Seven Deadly Sins, Faustus tormenting the Pope, and his summoning of the spirit of Alexander the Great. Marlowe created in Dr. Faustus one of the first true tragedies in English. Vividly dramatic, rich in poetic grandeur, this classic play is a robust and lively exemplar of the glories of Elizabethan drama.

The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow
by Rolin Jones
November 30, 2018 - December 8, 2018

Jennifer is just an average girl who re-engineers obsolete missile components for the U.S. Army
from her bedroom. When she decides to meet her birth mother in China, she uses her technological
genius to devise a new form of human contact. Rolin Jones' irreverent "techno-comedy" chronicles
one brilliant woman's quest to determine her heritage and face her fears with the help of a
Mormon missionary, a pizza delivery guy, and her astounding creation called Jenny Chow.

Top Girls
by Caryl Churchill
March 1, 2019 - March 9, 2019

Marlene has been promoted to managing director of a London employment agency and is celebrating. The symbolic luncheon is attended by women in legend or history who offer perspectives on maternity  and ambition. In a time warp, these ladies are also her co-workers, clients, and relatives. Marlene, like her famous guests, has had to pay a price to ascend from proletarian roots to the executive suite: she has become, figuratively speaking, a male oppressor, and even coaches female clients on adopting odious male traits. Marlene has also abandoned her illegitimate and dull-witted daughter. Her emotional and sexual life has become as barren as Lady Macbeth's.

Noises Off 
by Michael Frayn
April 19, 2019 - April 27, 2019

Called “the funniest farce ever written,” Noises Off presents a manic menagerie of itinerant actors rehearsing a flop called Nothing’s On. Doors slamming, on and offstage intrigue, and an errant herring all figure in the plot of this  hilarious and classically comic play.

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audition notice - GOD OF CARNAGE - Ghostlight Theatre - April 21

April 21st from 10-2

Come to auditions prepared to do cold reads.  Monologues are optional

Veronica Vallon - 40s- overly judgmental nature, attempts to maintain her crumbling facade of civility.
Michael Vallon - 40s- Working man, rough around the edges, racist
Annette Reille - 40s- Low self confidence, Annette feels abandoned by her husband
Alan Reille - 40s- Lawyer, always on phone, condescending

Thursday, April 19, 2018

The Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts is looking for part time Box Office Reps

The Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts is looking for Box Office Reps who have customer service experience and a passion for the arts.

Day, evening and weekend shifts available.

$12/hr, part-time.

If you're interested apply here:

reviews - THE COLOR PURPLE - National Tour: ASU Gammage

highlights from local critics reviews - (click link at bottom of each review to read complete review)

Click here for more information on this production that runs through April 22nd.

"Based on Alice Walker's novel, The Color Purple is a moving and beautiful, yet also slightly sad, musical journey of one African-American woman and the people in her life, set over a forty-year period. While the show is somewhat disjointed, and the score isn't entirely memorable, the national tour of the musical, which plays at ASU Gammage through April 22nd, features several individuals who understudied or played their roles in the recent Tony-winning revival of the show and, with their stellar contributions, is a rich and emotional experience.... However, the score, which is a mostly forgettable combination of gospel, blues and jazz, and the book, which includes very little dialogue and isn't much more than a series of strung together scenes that hit the major plot points of the novel, leave much to be desired in giving clarity to both the changing time periods and some of the development of the people in Celie's life...The lack of set doesn't help at all in determining the location or period of the scenes...fortunately, Doyle has ensured his actors excel in their portrayals with performances that are rich, nuanced and full of fire.." -Gil Benbrook, Talkin' Broadway (click here to read the complete review)

COMING SOON - Kerry Lengel, Arizona Republic (click here to read the complete review)

"...With its revamped, scaled-back look, the focus is entirely on the actors, and the improvements are startling... The songs of the ensemble are serviceable and suit the individual moments, but are hardly memorable... but it's Celie's empowering 'I'm Here' that brings the big applause... -David Appleford, Valley Screen and Stage (click here to read the complete review)

"...a narrative about love, forgiveness, reconciliation, and roots...The production is, at once, inspiring, exhilarating, and provocative..with a cast that is, to put it mildly, electrifying.... John Doyle's vision and direction... is a masterpiece...The women of the cast ~ led by the amazing Adrianna Hicks (Celie), and featuring vivid, moving, and muscular performances by Carla Stewart (Shug), Carrie Compere (Sofia), and N'Jameh Camara (Nettie) ~ are a vocal powerhouse of African-American self-affirmation, giving voice to the travails and aspirations of a generation of women who paved freedom's way for their sisters to come... " - Herbert Paine, Broadway World (click here to read the complete review)

video preview - THAT IRVING BERLIN THING - Scottsdale Musical Theater Company

CLICK HERE for more information on this production, which runs April 19 & 20

Ghostlight Theatre's 2018 / 2019 Season!

Some Sweet Day
By Flip Kobler and Cindy Marcus
Sept 13 - Sept 23, 2018

Ever wish you could go back in time and fix your mistakes? Some Sweet Day is a full-throttle romantic comedy where one man is given that chance. Ken still regrets losing the girl of his dreams 24 years ago.  But when the time machine he has been obsessively building finally works, he gets a second chance to try to make things right. 

God of Carnage
by Yasmina Reza, translated by Christopher Hampton
Oct 25th - Nov 4th, 2018

A playground altercation between eleven-year-old boys brings together two sets of Brooklyn parents for a meeting to resolve the matter. At first, diplomatic niceties are observed, but as the meeting progresses tensions emerge and the gloves come off.  This comedy was the winner of the 2009 Tony Award.

Much Ado About Nothing
by William Shakespeare
Jan 17 - Jan 27, 2019

This classic Shakespeare comedy gets new life as this adaptation sets its action in the roaring '20's. Shakespeare's most famous comedy takes a jazzy turn! Set in a 1920's speakeasy, two pairs of lovers deal with mistaken identity, jealousy, and their own pride to try and find their happy ending! Full of twists, turns, and laughs, this love story is one for the ages!

I Hate Shakespeare!
by Steph DeFerie
Feb 28th - March 10th, 2019

Think Shakespeare is snooze?  Well, you've never seen it like this.  With zombies, talking cows, and an infamous daytime talk show host, I Hate Shakespeare! is a hilarious and fast-paced skewering of the greatest classics of all time -- with a modern twist. Plus, someone gets a pie in the face.

The Glass Menagerie
by Tennessee Williams
April 11th - April 21th, 2019

Young Tom begrudgingly supports his genteel mother and lame shy sister while yearning for freedom. This award winning play is largely autobiographical and launched the career of one of America's greatest playwrights, Tennessee Williams.

You're a Good Man Charlie Brown: The Musical
Based on the Comic Strip  by Charles M. Schulz
Book, Music and Lyrics by Clark Gesner
May 23rd - June 2nd, 2019

Based on the beloved Comic Strip, You're a good man Charlie Brown: The Musical follows Charlie Brown and his friends from Valentine’s Day to the baseball season, from wild optimism to utter despair, all strung together on the string of a single day, from bright uncertain morning to hopeful starlit evening.

CLICK HERE for more information, and to purchase season tickets, and single tickets when available

cast announcement - I NEVER SANG FOR MY FATHER - Theatre Artists Studio

CLICK HERE for more information on this production, which runs from April 20th to May 13th

Gene Garrison: Tom Koelbel
Tom Garrison: Charles Sowder
Margaret Garrison: Judy Lebeau
Alice: Carol Gibson
Porter/Marvin Scott: Al Benneian
Mary/Nurse: Patti Hurtado
Reverend Pell: Bill Mosley
Doctor Mayberry: David Heap

reviews - THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY - Arizona Broadway Theatre

Cassandra Klaphake and Bryant Martin
Photo by Scott Samplin
highlights from local critics reviews - (click link at bottom of each review to read complete review)

Click here for more information on this production that runs through May 13th.

"... a simple yet compelling story of two lost souls who form a deep connection over just a few short days in rural Iowa. While I have some issues with the show itself...the musical adaptation works very well in a rewarding and intimate production at Arizona Broadway Theatre...While the score is great, and includes a wide range of musical styles, there are a lot of romantic ballads and, with the simple plot, even though it is portrayed realistically, it still feels a bit long...With a voice that easily maneuvers its way through the challenging score and a natural acting style that excellently portrays the motherly compassionate traits of this woman, while also beautifully demonstrating the challenges that Francesca faces, this is the best performance I've seen from (Cassandra) Klaphake...As Robert...Bryant Martin injects an element of quiet mystery and a beautiful singing voice that is polished and pure...The plot does require the two leads fall for each other almost immediately, which Klaphake and Martin maneuver through admirably, though the change from strangers to lovers is a bit too dramatic. I have to believe the connection and progression will be more realistic after they have a few more performances under their belts...may not be a perfect show, but with a beautiful score and a very good cast, the intimate production that Arizona Broadway Theatre is presenting does well to deliver on the emotional choices and decisions that Francesca and Robert make... " -Gil Benbrook, Talkin' Broadway (click here to read the complete review)

"...good enough to leave you satisfied enough by the powerful vocals of Cassandra Klaphake as Francesca and Bryant Martin as Robert, but wanting more... They move on cue into love but without the emotion that makes you believe they are falling in love...Yet, the music and stagecraft are strong enough to create the necessary mood to envelop you into the flow of the story...In the end, Mr. Gorman's Bridges waxes rhapsodic the tear-stained Bridges that cross the streams of Madison County, Iowa and provide haven for two star-crossed lovers. Good enough." Herbert Paine, Broadway World (click here to read the complete review)

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

review - 12 ANGRY JURORS - Zao Theatre

the cast
photo by Mickey Bryce
highlights from local critics reviews - (click link at bottom of each review to read complete review)

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"12 Angry Jurors is a superb, dramatic ensemble play where each of the twelve actors who play jurors deliberating a murder trial gets a moment in the spotlight. Zao Theatre's production of this popular, well-written play features a good cast and sharp direction which results in a passionate and intense presentation of this classic drama.... Zao's cast is led by Matthew Cary as the lone "not guilty" voting juror, who quietly and slowly works his concerns on the rest of the jurors. ..Cary so simply but naturally and effectively portrays this man who provides the one constant glimmer of hope throughout the play...Janis Webb and Robert Peters are the two obstinate and highly vocal antagonists of the piece. ..They both do well in portraying the opposite side of view from the one that Cary's juror is on...Director Mickey Bryce can be commended for his superb, taut direction...a thought-provoking production of this classic drama with a good cast and firm direction that immediately pull you into the action. " -Gil Benbrook, Talkin' Broadway (click here to read the complete review)

promo photo - WE WILL ROCK YOU - Fountain Hills Theater

CLICK HERE for more information on this production, which runs from April 20th to May 6th

From left to right: Jacqui Notorio as Scaramouche; Nicholas Gearing as Galileo;
Alex Gonzalez as Khashoggi; Debra Qualtire as Killer Queen
Photo by Carly Weekley

review - LEGALLY BLONDE - ASU Lyric Opera Theatre

Caelan Creaser, Drake Sherman, and Cast
photo by Tim Trumble
highlights from local critics reviews - (click link at bottom of each review to read complete review)

Click here for more information on this production that runs through April 22nd.

"The sleeper 2001 film Legally Blonde, which starred Reese Witherspoon, was adapted into the 2007 Broadway musical that has become a frequent choice of regional theatres across the country. With a fun, infectious score and likable characters, it's easy to see why so many theatres present this musical. Along with the fun, warm and rewarding story, ASU Lyric Opera Theatre's production also has a perfect cast, top notch direction, and inspired choreography. The end result is both joyful and joyous...Caelan Creaser is excellent as Elle. She injects the character with the right combination of spunk, compassion, a big heart, good comic timing, and also a sure-footed serious side to bring Elle vibrantly to life while also letting us see that she has her flaws... Director/choreographer Roy Lightner keeps the pace of the show lively, with swift direction, seamless scene changes, and superb choreography that is infused with humor and always-changing steps and moves..." -Gil Benbrook, Talkin' Broadway (click here to read the complete review)

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

supplemental auditions - A MURDER IS ANNOUNCED - Desert Stages Theatre - April 22

Additional casting is needed, especially women ages 20's-60's, for DST's upcoming production of A Murder is Announced

The cast for this show has 7 female parts, with ages of mid 20s for three roles and ages of 50s to 60s for four other parts.

The next audition is Sunday, April 22 at 6pm at Desert Stages. There will also be call backs that night for people who came to the initial audition.

photos - ROMEO AND JULIET - Spotlight Youth Theatre

CLICK HERE for more information on this production, which runs through April 22nd

photos by Ryan Cyphert