Monday, September 26, 2016

Desert Stages Theatre's SEUSSICAL Barnes & Noble Storytime - October 8

DST announces their next Story Time Event for Seussical at Barnes & Noble on Saturday Oct 8th at 11am.

Featured cast members will be dressed up and that famous Cat in The Hat will be reading his story. The cast members will also perform a musical number as well as do a meet and greet with the kids!

There will also be a chance to win 2 free tickets to see a performance of Seussical!

No purchase necessary!

CLICK HERE for more information on Seussical, the Musical, at Desert Stages from September 30th to October 30th

WEEK AT A GLANCE: September 26 to October 2

Click on any show title to get more information on that production

And Click Here for a complete day by day calendar of what shows are playing.

CLOSING:

JOHN
Stray Cat Theatre
September 16 - October 1, 2016


CONCERTS/ LIMITED RUN:

BRAVO BROADWAY: MUSIC OF THE NIGHT
Phoenix Symphony Orchestra
September 30 - October 1, 2016

H.M.S. PINAFORE
ASU Lyric Opera Theatre

PINOCCHIO
Limelight Performing Arts
October 1

OPENING:

13 THE MUSICAL
Musical Theatre of Anthem
September 29 - October 9, 2016


A LITTLE PRINCESS
East Valley Children's Theatre
September 29 - October 9, 2016


STILL PLAYING:


OPENING SOON:

KING CHARLES III
Arizona Theatre Company
October 6 - October 23, 2016

TWELVE ANGRY JURORS
Starlight Community Theatre
October 06, 2016 – October 09, 2016

CHARLOTTE'S WEB, THE MUSICAL
Valley Youth Theatre
October 7 - 23, 2016

LOST IN YONKERS
Scottsdale Desert Stages Theatre
October 7 - November 13, 2016

RASHEEDA SPEAKING
Black Theatre Troupe
October 7 – 23, 2016

NOISES OFF
Theater Works
October 7 - October 23, 2016

THE MUSICAL ADVENTURES OF FLAT STANLEY, JR
Desert Foothills Theater
October 7 - 16, 2016

ALIEN: A PUPPET SHOW
All Puppet Players
October 7 - 29, 2016

ALL IN THE TIMING
Mesa Community College Theatre & Film Arts
October 7 - 15, 2016


NOISES OFF - PC Players Community Theater / Estrella Mountain Community College Theater Department - October 18 - 22, 2016

The PC Players Community Theater and the Estrella Mountain Community College Theater Department present

NOISES OFF
by Michael Frayn

Runs from Tuesday Oct 18 to Saturday Oct 22; 7 p.m.
Location:  Estrella Mountain Community College Performing Arts Center, 3000 N Dysart Road, Avondale 85392
Tickets:  $15 for reserved seats

Noises Off is a hilarious farce about a second-rate theatre troupe trying to put on the silly British sex farce, Nothing On.  From the dress rehearsal before opening night to the final performance three months later, the audience watches the chaos surrounding the inept actors. There are lines missed, doors slamming and plates of sardines flying, as they deal with mediocre material on stage and dysfunctional relationships behind the scenes.

Tickets are available at www.pc-players.org

urgent casting notice - African American Actors sought for TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD - Musical Theatre of Anthem

Musical Theatre of Anthem is looking for some African-American actors for their upcoming production of To Kill a Mockingbird, most importantly the roles of Tom Robinson and Calpurnia.

Looking for individuals between the ages of 18 - 40.

Interested actors can contact Jackie Hammond directly via text or voicemail at 602-743-9892 or email at musicaltheatreofanthem@gmail.com

Stipend available

review - CHURCH BASEMENT LADIES - Arizona Broadway Theatre

Tim Shawver, Carolyn McPhee, Kat Bailes, Ali Whitwell, and Barbara McBain
Photo by Kat Barnes / Arizona Broadway Theatre
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 October 2nd.

"In every company or organization there is usually one place that represents its heart or life center. In the musical Church Basement Ladies that heart is the basement of a Lutheran church where a group of ladies prepare meals for church functions. ...Arizona Broadway Theatre serves up a solid production of this charming musical that is filled with a huge helping of heart....the musical is set during the mid-1960s and takes place completely in the underground level of a rural Minnesota church as the women get ready for holidays and events both happy and sad. ...some of the regionally, specific jokes might go over audiences' heads, and the material is a little thin for a two act musical. Also, Drew Jansen's score, which has some fun rhyme schemes, isn't that memorable but it does include a wide range of songs including some rousing group numbers and a few touching ballads.
Rob Watson's clear direction and fun choreography elevate the material. ...Barbara McBain does well in making Vivian, the prejudiced and judgmental elder leader of the group, believable and human. ...Kat Bailes is an absolute hoot as Mavis, the handy and good-hearted farmer's wife...Carolyn McPhee as Karin and Ali Whitwell as Karin's daughter Signe create sympathetic characters ...Whitwell is compassionate and empathetic ...All four women give strong performances of these strong women and have beautiful voices that excel on their songs. Tim Shawver is quite good as Pastor Gunderson. His character has the most moving moment of the show when he is preparing the eulogy for Willie, the church janitor...Full of old-fashioned Minnesota charm, Church Basement Ladies may be a slight show but it is a warmhearted musical and, while the characters may not be that deep and the outcome may be predictable, it does portray a realistic setting and results in a delightful musical. " -Gil Benbrook, Talkin' Broadway (click here to read the complete review)

Sunday, September 25, 2016

WEEK AT A GLANCE: September 19 - September 25

photos - JUNIE B. JONES IS NOT A CROOK - Childsplay

CLICK HERE for more information on this production which runs through October 16th





photos: Tim Trumble

audition notice - THE WAITING ROOM - Mesa Encore Theatre - November 7


MESA ENCORE THEATRE
Presents
The Waiting Room
by Lisa Loomer
Directed By Ilana Lydia

The Waiting Room is a dark comedy with characters ranging in emotion from giddy hysteria to abject despair.  The writing is sharp and witty, with a wry sense of indignation at the horrors women have undergone in the name of beauty and trying to be found attractive by men, as well as the failings of modern medical care.

LOOKING FOR: (Must be 18 years or older) – Please see below for character Descriptions
5 Women
6 Men

All ethnicities are encouraged to audition. However, the script does specifically call for, among others, 1 Asian-American man, 1 Asian-American woman, 1 African-American man, and 1 African-American woman.  If you fall into one of these groups, we reach out to you with a special invitation to audition.

WHERE:
MESA ENCORE THEATRE’S
933 at MET
933 E. Main Street
Mesa, AZ 85203

WHEN:
Monday, November 7th**
Doors open at 6:30pm, auditions start at 7pm
**If you are unable to audition on this date but would still like to audition, please contact the director at: ilana_lydia@hotmail.com

PRODUCTION DATES:
February 3rd – 19th
(Friday and Saturday nights, Sunday matinees)

REHEARSAL SCHEDULE:
Actors must be available for sporadic rehearsals throughout November (14th , 15th ,16th , 28th , 29th ) and December (28th , 29th , 30th ), and must be available for regular weeknight rehearsals the entire month of January.

AUDITION PROCESS:
Auditions will consist of introductions, discussion, light movement/improv, and reading from the script.  Doors will open at 6:30pm on Monday, November 7th, and will begin promptly at 7pm.  Callbacks, if needed, will be by invitation only and will also begin at 7pm on the following day, Tuesday, November 8th.

CHARACTERS: (WOMEN)
Victoria—A tightly corseted English Victorian woman, early 30s.  Curious, intelligent and wily.  Needs excellent comic timing.  (Please note, this role is involved in a rape scene.)

Forgiveness From Heaven—A wealthy eighteenth-century Chinese woman with bound feet.  Late 40s, sensual and dutiful, with an enduring smile.  Must be comfortable with bold movement choices.

Brenda—A Jamaican nurse in her 30s.  Bright, no-nonsense, with the keen insight and irony of the outsider.  The actress who plays her also plays five other characters.

Bridget—A paranoid, pregnant Irish maid.

Businesswoman—HATES MEN and is not heard.

CHARACTERS: (MEN)

Douglas—A surgeon.  Over 45.  Excellent with bodies, and rather bewildered by the people who inhabit them.  An awfully decent man in an impossible situation.

Larry—A vice president of a major drug company.  Also on the board of a major cancer center.  A big boisterous joker, but an even better businessman.

Ken—A scientist turned bureaucrat.  Beat late on the uptake, indecisive and dying to be liked.

Oliver—A Victorian doctor.  Decorous and jolly, with a tightly buttoned down dark side.  (Please note, this role is involved in a rape scene.)

Blessing From Heaven—An eighteenth-century Chinese businessman.  A loving husband, with too many secrets.  Sexy.  But above all, proud.

Bruce—An African-American gay nurse.  Been there, done that.

SIGN UP:
Sign up at: http://mesaencoretheatre.com/waiting-room-auditions/
Please submit your headshot and resume electronically, or bring it with you to the audition.
You will receive a confirmation email upon completion of your signup. Please read this email carefully and download the audition sides.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

cast announcement - GUYS AND DOLLS - ASU Lyric Opera Theatre

for more information on this production, which runs November 17th to November 20th, CLICK HERE

SKY MASTERSON Lane Northcutt

SARAH BROWN Sara Sanderson

NATHAN DETROIT Adam Sowards

MISS ADELAIDE Brynn Lewallen

ARVIDE ABERNATHY Michael Devery

GENERAL CARTWRIGHT Nellie Shuford

BIG JULE Erin Kong

HARRY THE HORSE Eric Williams

NICELY NICELY JOHNSON Drake Sherman

BENNY SOUTHSTREET Chris Meisner

LIEUTENANT BRANNIGAN Ricco Machado-Torres

CALVIN Austin Delp

AGATHA Analise Rosario

MARTHA Brielle Amrein

MIMI Elyssa Blonder

ALLISON Caelan Creaser

FERGUSON Jordan Zemp

VERNON Madison Ottinger

RUSTY CHARLIE Vaughn Sherman

THE GREEK Tim Powers

BRANDY BOTTLE BATES Ben Massouras

SCRANTON SLIM John Batchan

SOCIETY MAX / JOEY BILTMORE Bryan Hanlon

ANGIE THE OX Boston Scott

LIVER LIPS LOUIE David Hopkins

Friday, September 23, 2016

photos - LIBERACE! - Phoenix Theatre

for more information on this production, which runs through October 9th, CLICK HERE

Jeff Kennedy as Liberace








photos by Reg Madison Photography

promo photos - THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST - Stage Left Productions

for more information on this production, which runs October 14th to October 16th, CLICK HERE






Photos by Charlie Mannino

audition notice - THE 9TH ANNUAL PANDORA FESTIVAL - September 26

Auditions for The 9th Annual Pandora Festival 2016-www.azwtc.org

Open Auditions will be held at the Civic Center Library in downtown Scottsdale: 3839 N. Drinkwater Blvd, Scottsdale, 85251 downstairs in the Silver Room

September 26th from 6:50 pm to 8:30 pm.

15 plays are being presented and casts are needed!  Please prepare a memorized 1 minute monologue only. The assigned directors will be present and may ask for a private reading from their assigned script, all new plays done as staged reading in November...

This is an open call - first come, first served...

Thursday, September 22, 2016

photos - CHURCH BASEMENT LADIES - Arizona Broadway Theatre

CLICK HERE for more information on this production which runs through October 2nd
















photos courtesy Arizona Broadway Theatre


student rush ticket discount - FOOTLOOSE - Mesa Encore Theatre

MET is offering $15 Student Rush Tickets for tonight and tomorrow night's performances of Footloose!

Student Rush Tickets will be available 10 minutes prior to show time TONIGHT and FRIDAY! Simply show your ID at the box office and see this AMAZING show for a great price! (Limit 1 per ID – Processing fees apply.)

REMAINING PERFORMANCES:
September 22, 23, 24 @7:30PM
September 24, 25 @ 2:30PM
Mesa Arts Center’s Nesbitt/Elliot Playhouse
One East Main St. Mesa, AZ 85201.:
(480) 644-6500

Tickets:
Adults: $31
Seniors / Students (with valid ID) $28

Almost Famous Theatre Company's 2016 / 2017 season

CLICK HERE for more information and to purchase tickets when available


promo video - A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM - Southwest Shakespeare Company

Check out this great promo video for Southwest Shakespeare Company's touring production of A Midwinter Night's Dream.

This show will be touring to over 30 schools throughout Arizona. They will also be performing at the Kerr Center, December 9th to 11th and at Taliesin West December 16th to 18th.

The tour of Southwest Shakespeare Company's A Midwinter Night's Dream begins this week!

Enjoy this fantastic promotional video designed and filmed by the wonderfully talented, Christopher Johnson


CLICK HERE for information on tickets

audition notice - ELF THE MUSICAL, JR - October 22

Elf The Musical Jr.
(No-Cut Production for Ages 6-18)
Auditions: October 22-23, 2016
Performances: December 8-18, 2016

Auditions:
Saturday, October 22, 2016
9:00am (Workshop Participants - Last names A-L)
10:00am (Workshop Participants - Last names M-Z)
11:00am General Auditions

Callbacks:
Sunday, October 23, 2016
9:00am Dance Call
10:30am Callbacks

For more info and all necessary audition paperwork, CLICK HERE

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Director/Stage Manager: Sarah Brayer
Vocal Director: Karen Blanzy
Choreographer: Lyndsie Clymer
Assistant Stage Manager: Jessica Kishbaugh

Based on the beloved holiday film, this hilarious fish-out-of-water comedy follows Buddy the Elf in his quest to find his true identity. Based on the cherished New Line Cinema hit, Elf JR. features songs by Tony Award nominees Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin, with a book by Tony Award winners Thomas Meehan and Bob Martin.

Buddy, a young orphan mistakenly crawls into Santa's bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. The would-be elf is raised unaware that he is actually a human, until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa's permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father and discover his true identity. Faced with the harsh reality that his father is on the naughty list, and his stepbrother doesn't even believe in Santa, Buddy is determined to win over his new family and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas.

Those auditioning should bring a musical theatre song (or any song they are comfortable with), 16-32 bars or one minute in length. Bring an accompaniment with CD or iPod to sing with. You may also sing acapella if needed.

cast announcement - H.M.S. PINAFORE - ASU Lyric Opera Theatre

CLICK HERE for more information on this production, which runs September 29th to October 2nd

The Rt. Hon. Sir Joseph Porter, KCB: Eric Flyte
Captain Corcoran: Elliott Wulff
Ralph Rackstraw: Adam Sowards
Dick Deadeye: Alex Crossland
Bill Bobstay (Boatswain): Boston Scott
Bob Becket (Carpenter): Nathan Haltiwanger
Josephine: Kyla McCarrel
Cousin Hebe: Chelsea Janzen
Mrs. Cripps (Little Buttercup): Kimberly Mumford

Chorus
Sopranos: 
Brielle Amrein
Julia Davis
Julia Laird
Alyssa Lucero
Alexandra Oliva
Sedona Urias-Ramonett

Altos:
Elyssa Blonder
Anissa Griego
Erin Kong
Angelica McGrew
Jennie Rhiner
Frankie Thompson

Tenors:
Perry Chacon
Aaron Jones
David Hopkins
Tim Powers
Boston Scott
Alex Spence

Baritones:
CodyRay Caho
Austin Delp
Nathan Haltiwanger
Derrik Hester
Isidro Melchor
Vaughn Sherman

Buttercup’s Assistants:
Chris Reah
Ethan Blake

Covers:
Sir Joseph – Aaron Jones
Captain - CodyRay Caho
Ralph - Timothy Powers
Deadeye – Perry Chacon
Boatswain - David Hopkins
Carpenter - Austin Delp
Josephine-Chelsea Janzen
Hebe - Julia Laird
Buttercup - Jennie Rhiner

ticket discount - THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST - Stage Left Productions

Buy your tickets by Monday September 26th and get $4.00 off per ticket!

Don't miss this delightfully witty Oscar Wilde classic

Buy your tickets by Monday September 26th and receive 4.00 off per ticket!

Use Promotional Code: EARNEST

CLICK HERE on join Stage Left Productions for this charming classic comedy!

Stage Left Productions is trying something new!

Opening night performance will include dinner and a show!
Friday October 14th
Dinner will be served at 5:30p and the show will begin at 6:30p with dessert served at intermission.
Tickets are $35
Tickets Sales For the Dinner Show Close Monday October 10th at 4:00pm
Seated is limited so buy your tickets today!

Don't like Dinner Theatre? No problem!

The remaining shows of The Importance of Being Earnest will be show only
Saturday October 15th 2:00p
Saturday October 15th 7:00p
Sunday October 16th 2:00p
Tickets are $15.00 General Admission