Friday, May 25, 2018

WEEK AT A GLANCE: May 21 - May 27

review - FLY BY NIGHT - Brelby Theatre Company

the cast
photo by Shelby Maticic
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 June 2nd.

"The whimsical musical Fly by Night is slightly quirky yet also entirely charming and, refreshingly, also very unpredictable. While the second act is a bit long and the ending a little unfocused, Brelby Theatre Company's production features a talented cast who infuse their characters with both wit and wisdom....the fun use of flashbacks and repeated scenes that are replayed after we learn other plot details adds to the uniqueness and originality of the piece. ...Brian and Shelby Maticic are to be commended both for selecting to produce this somewhat ambitious musical and for their fluid direction of the production. This is one of their best directed shows, and their work is assured and clean. They also have found a cast who all deliver bright and charming performances...While I wish the second act and the ending of Fly by Night were a little tighter, and you can't fault Brelby for those shortcomings in the show, it is still a fairly successful musical that focuses on love and fate. It's also an unpredictable and intriguing show full of romance and sweet and endearing characters which Brelby's cast do a very good job in bringing beautifully to life........ " -Gil Benbrook, Talkin' Broadway (click here to read the complete review)

photos - JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR - Spotlight Youth Theatre

CLICK HERE for more information on this production, which runs through June 10th

photos by Josh Globke

cast announcement - SINGIN' IN THE RAIN - Pinnacle Creative Arts Studio

Don Lockwood – Cameron Swindler

Cosmo Brown – Josiah Herfurth

Kathy Selden – Octavia Chudnow

Lina Lamont – Jacqueline Anderson

R.F. Simpson – Zach Horak

Rosa Dexter – Gabriella Ruiz

Rod- True Wian

Character Ensemble:

Dora Bailey – McKenna Roberts

Zelda Zanders – Izzy Essler

Olga Mara – Alexia Wussow

Mary Margaret – Allie Miller

Young Don – Peyton Jones

Young Cosmo – Morgan James

Villain – Jonathan Cagle

Lady-in-Waiting – Olivia D’Ortenzio

Police Officer – Haley Roussin

Butler/Sam – Natalie Scrivo

1st Assistant – Mia Dybvig-Pawelko

2nd Assistant – Adrian Bahnerth

3rd Assistant – Allison Belsan

Wardrobe Mistress – Elliott Fisk

Hairdresser – Chloe Roussin

Production Singer – David Bove

Sid Phillips – Owen Fisk

Miss Dinsmore – Sara Virolainen

Diction Teacher – Breah Liles

Sound Engineer – Jaeden Nagai

Fan – Britta Veenema

Ensemble Dance Team:

Alexia Wussow

McKenna Roberts

Sara Virolainen

Izzy Essler

Elliott Fisk

CLICK HERE for more information on this production, which runs June 6-10

Thursday, May 24, 2018

reviews - BIG FISH - Hale Centre Theatre

Chad Campbell, Laura Anne Kenney, and Nicholas Gunnell
Photo by Nick Woodward-Shaw / Hale Centre 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 June 30th.

"The charming and whimsical musical Big Fish...has a score with several catchy tunes, a warm and witty book, and both comical and heartwarming characters which the talented cast in Hale Centre Theatre's production beautifully bring to life....features a trio of leads who excel in their parts. Chad Campbell is sweet and compassionate and effectively walks the fine line between fact and fiction as Edward. ...Nicholas Gunnell beautifully portrays the uptight, pessimistic Will, injecting his portrayal with much conflicted emotion, while Laura Anne Kenney is radiant as Sandra Bloom,...Campbell's warm voice does well on his songs. Gunnell's soaring solo "Stranger" and Kenney's performance of "I Don't Need a Roof" are two highlights in how they are infused with love and emotion but so simply and perfectly staged by director Cambrian James that you can instantly identify with the lyrics and the feelings of these characters...a comical yet emotionally rich musical that focuses on the important message of realizing that every person you meet is unique and that everyone can be the hero of their own story. That's a message that all of us can take to heart........ " -Gil Benbrook, Talkin' Broadway (click here to read the complete review)

COMING SOON -David Appleford, Valley Screen and Stage (click here to read the complete review)

" inspiring and soulful production...Chad Campbell...delivers a superb performance as Edward Bloom, imbuing his character with the requisite blend of bravado, gentility, and vulnerability....Nicholas Gunnell delivers an equally strong and persuasive performance as Will, inspiring and soulful production..."Herbert Paine, Broadway World (click here to read the complete review)

Scottsdale Desert Stages Theatre's 2018 / 2019 Season!

Actors Café:

Boeing Boeing
Aug 24 - Oct 5, 2018
Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm, Saturdays and Sundays at 2:00pm

by Marc Camoletti, Beverley Cross, Francis Evans
Directed by Rick Davis

This 1960’s French farce adapted for the English-speaking stage features self-styled Parisian lothario Bernard, who has Italian, German, and American fiancées, each a beautiful airline hostess with frequent “layovers.” He keeps “one up, one down, and one pending” until unexpected schedule changes bring all three to Paris, and Bernard’s apartment, at the same time.

Boeing Boeing is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC

The Bad Seed
Oct 19 - Nov 18, 2018
Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm, Saturdays and Sundays at 2:00pm

By Maxwell Anderson, from William March's novel
Directed by Diane Senffner

The scene is a small Southern town where Colonel and Christine Penmark live with their daughter, Rhoda. Little Rhoda Penmark is the evil queen of the story. On the surface she is sweet, charming, full of old-fashioned graces, loved by her parents, admired by all her elders. But Rhoda's mother has an uneasy feeling about her. When one of Rhoda's schoolmates is mysteriously drowned at a picnic,
Mrs. Penmark is alarmed. For the boy who was drowned was the one who had won the penmanship medal that Rhoda felt she deserved.

Bad Seed is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.

A Christmas Story The Play
Nov 30 - Dec 23, 2018
Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm, Saturdays and Sundays at 2:00pm

By Philip Grecian. Based on the motion picture A Christmas Story, © 1983
Turner Entertainment Co., distributed by Warner Bros., written by Jean
Shepherd, Leigh Brown and Bob Clark; and on the book In God We Trust, All
Others Pay Cash by Jean Shepherd.
Directed by Rick Davis

Humorist Jean Shepherd's memoir of growing up in the midwest in the 1940s follows 9-year-old Ralphie Parker in his quest to get a genuine Red Ryder BB gun under the tree for Christmas. Ralphie pleads his case before his mother, his teacher and even Santa Claus himself, at Higbee's Department Store. The consistent response: "You'll shoot your eye out!" All the elements from the beloved motion picture are here, including the family's temperamental exploding furnace; Scut Farkas, the school bully; the boys' experiment with a wet tongue on a cold lamppost; the Little Orphan Annie decoder pin; Ralphie's father winning a lamp shaped like a woman's leg in a net stocking; Ralphie's fantasy scenarios and more. A Christmas Story is destined to become a theatrical holiday perennial.

Six Dance Lessons In Six Weeks
Jan 18 - Feb 24, 2019
Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm, Saturdays and Sundays at 2:00pm

by Richard Alfieri
Directed by Joy Bingham Strimple

Lily, an aging but formidable retiree, hires Michael, an acerbic dance instructor, to give her dance lessons in her condo in St. Petersburg Beach, Florida. Antagonism between a gay man and the wife of a Southern Baptist minister gives way to profound compatibility as they swing dance, tango, foxtrot, and cha-cha while sharing barbs and intimacies along with the dance steps. During the sixth lesson, Lily reveals a closely guarded secret -- she is terminally ill -- and Michael shares his greatest gifts -- loyalty and compassion. As Michael takes Lily in his arms on their final meeting, they both transcend fear and mortality while the sun sets on their last dance.

Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC

Death of a Salesman
Mar 15 - April 14, 2019
Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm, Saturdays and Sundays at 2:00pm

By Arthur Miller
Directed by Virginia Olivieri

The story revolves around the last days of Willy Loman, a failing salesman, who cannot understand how he failed to win success and happiness. Through a series of tragic soul-searching revelations of the life he has lived with his wife, his sons, and his business associates, we discover how his quest for the "American Dream" kept him blind to the people who truly loved him. A thrilling work of deep and revealing beauty that remains one of the most profound classic dramas of the American theatre.

Winner of the 1949 Pulitzer Prize and the Tony Award for Best Play.

Death Of A Salesman is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.

Broadway Bound
April 26 - June 9, 2019
Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm, Saturdays and Sundays at 2:00pm

By Neil Simon
Directed by KatiBelle Collins

Part three of Neil Simon's acclaimed autobiographical trilogy finds Eugene and his older brother Stanley trying to break into the world of show business as professional comedy writers while coping with their parents break-up and eventual divorce. When their material is broadcast on the radio for the first time, the family is upset to hear a thinly-veiled portrait of themselves played for laughs.

Broadway Bound is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC

The Dixie Swim Club
June 21 - August 4, 2019
Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm, Saturdays and Sundays at 2:00pm

By Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope, Jamie Wooten
Directed by KatiBelle Collins

Five Southern women, whose friendships began many years ago on their college swim team, set aside a long weekend every August to recharge those relationships. Free from husbands, kids and jobs, they meet at the same beach cottage on North Carolina's Outer Banks to catch up, laugh and meddle in each other's lives.

Dixie Swim Club is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.


Young Frankenstein
Oct 5 - Nov 4, 2018
Fridays & Saturdays 7:30pm, Sundays 6pm

Music and Lyrics by Mel Brooks
Original Direction & Choreography by Susan Stroman
Directed, Musical Direction, and Choreography by Lynzee and Mark 4man

Grandson of the infamous Victor Frankenstein, Frederick Frankenstein (pronounced "Fronk-en-steen") inherits his family's estate in Transylvania. With the help of a hunchbacked sidekick, Igor (pronounced "Eye-gore"), and a leggy lab assistant, Inga (pronounced normally), Frederick finds himself in the mad scientist shoes of his ancestors. "It's alive!" he exclaims as he brings to life a creature to rival his grandfather's. Eventually, of course, the monster escapes and hilarity continuously abounds.

Young Frankenstein Is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.

Jan 11 - Feb 10, 2019
Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30pm, Sundays at 6pm

Concept created by Seth Rudetsky and Drew Geraci

It's 1979, and New York's hottest A-listers are lining up for the opening of a floating casino and discotheque. Also attending is a faded disco star, a sexy nightclub singer with her eleven-year-old twins, a disaster expert, a feminist reporter, an older couple with a secret, a pair of young guys who are looking for ladies, an untrustworthy businessman and a nun with a gambling addiction. What begins as a night of boogie fever quickly changes to panic as the ship succumbs to multiple disasters, such as earthquakes, tidal waves and infernos. As the night turns into day, everyone struggles to survive and, quite possibly, repair the love that they've lost... or at least escape the killer rats.

Disaster! Is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).
All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.

April 5 - May 5, 2019
Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm, Saturdays and Sundays at 2:00pm

Book, Music and Lyrics by LIONEL BART
Directed by Dan Ashlock

The streets of Victorian England come to life as Oliver, a malnourished orphan in a workhouse, becomes the neglected apprentice of an undertaker. Oliver escapes to London and finds acceptance amongst a group of petty thieves and pickpockets led by the elderly Fagin. When Oliver is captured for a theft that he did not commit, the benevolent victim, Mr. Brownlow takes him in. Fearing the safety of his hideout, Fagin employs the sinister Bill Sikes and the sympathetic Nancy to kidnap him back, threatening Oliver’s chances of discovering the true love of a family.

Oliver! Is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.


Bye Bye Birdie
Youth Cast
Aug 17 - Sept 16, 2018
Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm, Saturdays and Sundays at 2:00pm

Book by Michael Stewart
Music by Charles Strouse
Lyrics by Lee Adams
Originally Produced by Edward Padula
Directed by Lisa Barton Figueroa

Rock star Conrad Birdie is the biggest thing to top the charts. Women love him, men want to be him and teenage girls around the country scream with glee at the mere mention of his name. But when the United States Army drafts Birdie, manager Albert Peterson sees his meal ticket preparing to fly the coop (much to the delight of longtime love Rose Alvarez, who can’t wait for Albert to ditch the
music biz and become something respectable, like an English teacher). Desperate for a publicity stunt big enough to help them survive Birdie’s departure, Albert and Rose hatch a plan: send Conrad to small-town America to plant his goodbye kiss on one lucky fan for the entire world to see. Their selection of super fan Kim Macafee sends the wholesome enclave of Sweet Apple, Ohio into chaos. Kim’s boyfriend, Hugo, can’t take the humiliation of his lady love’s televised lip-lock. Rose can’t take another minute of Albert’s distracted ways. And Sweet Apple can’t take its teens' riotous rebellion, inspired by the arrival of bad-boy Birdie. Will Sweet Apple ever be the same?

BYE BYE BIRDIE is presented by arrangement with TAMS-WITMARK MUSIC LIBRARY, INC.

The Butterfly’s Day
Youth Cast
Oct 20-Nov 4, 2018
Saturdays & Sundays at 1pm and 3pm

By Gerry Cullity
Directed by TBD

This Gerry Cullity original musical story adaptation of the Emily Dickinson poem imparts an inspiring magical garden tale about a Butterfly given one day to find its purpose and in the process overcomes the evil Gypsy Moth Queen and accomplices Sneaky, Sleazy, Slimy and Sluggy. Fighting the attempt to banish butterflies from nature forever, an endearing bevy of friends – from the spunky Katy-Did and Katy-Didn't to the comical Bumble and Fumble Bees – come to the aid of our Butterfly. Among lessons learned is the value friendship, and that every promise made truly matters.

Mary Poppins Jr
Youth Cast
Nov 16 - Dec 23, 2018
Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm, Saturdays and Sundays at 2:00pm

Original Music and Lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman
Book by Julian Fellowes
New Songs and Additional Music and Lyrics by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe
Co-Created by Cameron Mackintosh
A Musical based on the stories of P.L. Travers and the Walt Disney film
Directed by Lisa Barton Figueroa

The jack-of-all trades, Bert, introduces us to England in 1910 and the troubled Banks family. Young Jane and Michael have sent many a nanny packing before Mary Poppins arrives on their doorstep. Using a combination of magic and common sense, she must teach the family members how to value each other again. Mary Poppins takes the children on many magical and memorable adventures, but Jane and Michael aren't the only ones upon whom she has a profound effect. Even grown-ups can learn a lesson or two from the nanny who advises that "Anything can happen if you let it."

Disney and Cameron Mackintosh's Mary Poppins JR. Is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Jan 19-Feb 10, 2019
Teen Cast
Saturdays and Sundays at 1pm and 3pm

Conceived by Rebecca Feldman
Additional Material by Jay Reiss
Music and Lyrics by William Finn
Book by Rachel Sheinkin
Directed by Lisa Barton Figueroa

An eclectic group of six mid-pubescents vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home lives, the tweens spell their way through a series of (potentially made-up) words, hoping never to hear the soul-crushing, pout-inducing, life un-affirming "ding" of the bell that signals a spelling mistake. Six spellers enter; one speller leaves! At least the losers get a juice box.

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.

Legally Blonde The Musical
May 17 - June 16, 2019
Teen Cast
Friday and Saturdays 7:30pm, Saturdays 4pm, Sundays 6:00pm

Book by Heather Hach
Music and Lyrics by Laurence O'Keefe and Nell Benjamin
Based on the novel by Amanda Brown and the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer motion picture
Directed by Lisa Barton Figueroa

Elle Woods appears to have it all. Her life is turned upside down when her boyfriend Warner dumps her so he can attend Harvard Law. Determined to get him back, Elle geniously charms her into the prestigious law school. While there, she struggles with peers, professors and her ex. With the support of some new friends, though, Elle quickly realizes her potential and sets out to prove herself to
the world.

Legally Blonde is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.

Gerry Cullity’s Alice In Wonderland
June 1-16, 2019
Youth Cast
Saturdays 11am and 1pm, Sundays 1pm and 3pm

By Gerry Cullity
Director TBD

Join the adventures of young Alice as she explores a zany wonderland in this children’s classic by Lewis Carroll. On an idle afternoon, by chance, following a White Rabbit who disappears into its burrow, Alice herself stumbles into the rabbit hole and soon is immersed in a colorfully and exciting Wonderland. Whimsical songs and discoveries surround her as she encounters a crew of madcap characters including the Queen of Hearts and, yes, an army of playing cards.

All Shook Up
June 28 - July 28, 2019
Teen Cast
Fridays and Saturdays 7:30pm, Saturdays and Sundays 2:00pm

Book: Joe DiPietro
Directed, Musical Direction, and Choreography by Lynzee and Mark 4man

Inspired by and featuring the songs of Elvis Presley. It’s 1955, and into a square little town in a square little state rides a guitar-playing young man who changes everything and everyone he meets in this hip-swiveling, lip-curling musical fantasy that’ll have you jumpin’ out of your blue suede shoes with such classics as “Heartbreak Hotel,” “Jailhouse Rock,” and “Don’t Be Cruel.”

ALL SHOOK UP Inspired by and featuring the songs of ELVIS PRESLEY ® Book by JOE DIPIETRO Originally Produced on Broadway by Jonathan Pollard, Bernie Kukoff, Clear Channel Entertainment, Harbor Entertainment, Miramax Films, Bob & Harvey Weinstein, Stanley Buchthal, Eric Falkenstein, Nina Essman/Nancy Nagel Gibbs, Jean Cheever, Margaret Cotter, in association with Barney Rosenzweig, Meri Krassner, FGRW Investments, Karen Jason, Phil Ciasullo Conard. Originally produced for Goodspeed Musicals, Michael P. Price, Executive Producer, Sue Frost, Associate Producer.


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

cast announcement - MARY POPPINS - Arizona Broadway Theatre

CLICK HERE for more information on this production, which runs June 1 - June 30 at ABT in Peoria, and July 6-22 at the Herberger Theater Center in downtown Phoenix

Cast (in order of appearance):

Bert: Chris McNiff *^
George Banks: Jamie Parnell
Winifred Banks: Beatrice Crosbie^+
Jane Banks: Gracie Palmer^/Julianne Creed^+
Michael Banks: Wyatt Chamoff^/Aaron McCaskill^
Katie Nanna / Miss Smythe: Emily Rhein
Policeman: Stephen Hohendorf
Miss Lark: Melissa Mitchell
Admiral Boom: Greg Kalafatas
Mrs. Brill / Bird Woman: Chae Clearwood
Robertson Ay: Conner Morley
Mary Poppins: Renée Kathleen Koher
Park Keeper / Northbrook / Valentine: Connor Hubbard^
Neleus: Phillip Giandiletti^
Bank Chairman: Greg Kalafatas
Von Hussler: Eric Waters^
Mrs. Corry / Miss Andrew: Kathleen Berger
Fannie:Hannah Fairman
Annie: Allison Blanchard^
Additional Ensemble: Alex Crossland, Evan Dolan, Samantha Gardner^, Kara Ziringer


Mary Poppins: Kara Ziringer
Bert: Connor Hubbard
Mrs. Banks: Melissa Mitchell

Understudies never substitute for listed players unless a specific announcement is made at the time of the performance

*Actor appears courtesy of Actor’s Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers

^ denotes ABT Stage Debut

+ denotes shared role

ticket discount - BIG RIVER - Prescott Center for the Arts / TheaterWorks

Our friends at TheaterWorks are offering a special discount for PHX Stages followers for the Tony Winning Best Musical BIG RIVER!

If you use the code "phxstages" you can get tickets for just $25!

Performances are:

 Saturday, June 2 at 3:00pm
Saturday, June 2 at 7:30pm
Sunday, June 3 at 2:00pm

CLICK HERE for more information, and to purchase tickets

audition notice - AND IN THIS CORNER: CASSUIS CLAY - Childsplay / Black Theatre Troupe - May 29

Childsplay & Black Theatre Troupe will be holding auditions for their co-production of AND IN THIS CORNER: CASSUIS CLAY by Idris Goodwin on Tuesday, May 29th beginning at 4:00 PM at Childsplay’s Campus for Imagination and Wonder, 900 S Mitchell Drive in Tempe. If you plan to attend, please RSVP to

The play is the childhood story of Cassius Clay (Muhammed Ali). It takes place primarily around Louisville, Kentucky in the 1950s. The play ends at the start of Cassius Clay’s professional boxing career.

The contract dates are December 31st, 2018 – March 3rd, 2019. Rehearsals will be held in Tempe at Childsplay’s campus. Performances will be at the Helen K. Mason Performing Arts Center, the home of Black Theatre Troupe.

This is a full-time job, with a salary of $385.00 per week.

Auditions are for non-Equity adult actors only.


CASSIUS/NARRATOR CASSIUS:  Adult male actor that plays Cassius from 11 years old to young adulthood.  Should have athletic abilities, boxing training is a plus.

EDDIE/ENSEMBLE:  Adult male actor that plays Eddie, Cassius’ boyhood friend, from 11 years old to young adulthood.

JOE MARTIN:  Adult middle-aged male.  A police officer and Cassius’ boxing trainer.

CASH/FRED STONER/ENSEMBLE:  Cash is Cassius’ father.  Fred is a boxing training.

ODESSA/ENSEMBLE:  Cassius’ mother.

RUDY/ENSEMBLE:  Cassius’ younger brother by one year, played by an adult male actor.

RINGSIDE ANNOUNCER/ENSEMBLE:  This role has been cast.

CORKY/SUGAR RAY ROBINSON/ENSEMBLE:  Corky is the neighborhood bully.  Sugar Ray is a middle-weight boxing champ.


Actors will be asked to do cold reads from the script. The sides are available for download HERE.

PLEASE NOTE: Childsplay serves families and schools. Rehearsals and performances will be held during daytime hours, Tuesdays through Sundays. AND IN THIS CORNER: CASSIUS CLAY, will rehearse at Childsplay’s campus in Tempe and will perform at The Helen K. Mason Performing Arts Center, the home of Black Theatre Troupe, in Downtown Phoenix.

Childsplay values equity, diversity, and inclusion throughout our organization, programs and audiences. We are committed to giving underrepresented artists a safe space to create art and community. By welcoming people with differences in religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, class, gender identity, ability, and age we are better able to celebrate that which brings humankind together: imagination and wonder.

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Pinnacle Creative Arts 2018 Summer Camps!

PCA Summer Camps 2018!

Kids Camp – Jungle Book Kids

June 18 – 29 / 2 Weeks / M-F
Click Here: Ages 5-7 / 9am–12pm / Cost: $220
Click Here: Ages 6-14 / 9am-3pm / Cost: $360
Performance: June 29 @ 6:30pm

Teen Camp – Musical Revue

July 16 – 27 / 2 weeks / M-F / 9am-4pm
Click Here: Ages 13-18 / Cost: $435

Performance – July 27 @ 6:30pm
Multi-class format including dance, acting, improv, voice and guest teachers for specialty skills.

Guitar Camp

Focus on beginning guitar ◊ Must provide own guitar
Ages 8-18 ◊ Mon-Fri ◊ 1:00 – 4:00pm
June 11-14 Sign Up Here
July 9-13  Sign Up Here
$190 per week or $340 for both!
Teacher: Christian Hall
Private lessons also available:
contact for more info on private lessons

Dance Camp

Ages 6-10 / June 27July 6+11 / 4-6pm
Cost: $90 Sign Up Here
Ages 11+ / June 28July 5+12 / 4-7pm
Cost $110 Sign Up Here
Drop in Dance / July 2,3,5,6 / 4-6pm
Cost $30 per class
To sign up for each drop in class, click on the corresponding date:
July 2 / July 3 / July 5 / July 6
Teacher: Meagan Jeffries
Drop in Dance requires 5 students per day – signed up by 6/30.

Go to for more information!

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

cast announcement - SISTER ACT - Hale Centre Theatre

CLICK HERE for more information on this production, which runs from July 6 - August 18

Delores Van Cartier: Ashley Jackson
Mother Superior: Kathleen Richards
Sister Mary Robert: Greta Perlmutter
Sister Mary Patrick: Kinsey Peotter
Sister Mary Lazarus: Heather Fallon
Monsignor O'Hara: Matthew Harris
Eddie Souther: Nicholas Hambruch
Curtis: Mac Hawbaker
TJ: Raymond Barcelo
Joey: Kyle Webb
Pablo: Ricco Machado-Torres
Ernie/Ensemble: Michael Schwenke
Sister Mary Martin-of-Tours: Bonnie Romney
Sister Mary Theresa: Sydney Davis
Tina: Savannah Alfred
Michelle: Ayanna Le Andre
Ensemble: Nathan Alfred
Ensemble: Audrey Coleman
Ensemble: Danielle Hale
Ensemble: Ariana Lucius
Ensemble: Emily Noxon
Ensemble: Emily Woodward-Shaw

Theatre Artists Studio announces plays and casts for their 2018 NEW SUMMER SHORTS

During Intermission, a couple dances the Jitterbug and discovers they may have An OLFJKJJJLJTY Issue, so they take The Rental Car to see The Good Doctor in Room 217, who says Call Me Vinnie! and prescribes A Life Assembled to beat the heat. Nonsensical non-sequitur? No! It’s time for The Studio’s annual 10-minute play festival featuring new works written and directed by Studio members! This year’s selections:

A Life Assembled
by Kirt Shineman

Director: Barbara Acker
Cast: Marcia Weinberg, Laura Munoz Bottini

Hidden in a museum basement rests Louise Nevelson’s abstract expressionist art piece, Royal Tide V, and included in the sculpture, like a lost soul, resides Martha Jackson. When Louise visits her sculpture, she and Martha assemble their lives, and loves together. The stories embodied within Nevelson’s work help them build what was their life together.

by Debra Gettleman

Director: Richard Powers-Hardt
Cast: Judith Eisenberg, Rob Evans (guest artist)

Finding the perfect partner can be a challenge. Especially when you take into account garlic, kimchi and curry.

Call Me Vinnie! 
by Kathleen Buckstaff

Director: Martha Welty
Cast: Susan Sindelar, Barbara Acker

Anna, a sad and anxious doodler, attends a church committee meeting. During the closing meditation, Anna is visited by her allegedly long-deceased Great Grandmother. What follows is a story of redemption, faith, beauty and a good old-fashioned kick in the pants.

by Joe Bardin

Director: Patti Suarez
Cast: Kimberley Phelps and Jason Isaak

Should they stay or should they go? A middle-aged couple in a theater lobby struggle over whether or not to stay for the second act of a play, and their life together.

by Micki Shelton

Director: Hilary Hirsch
Cast: Marcia Weinberg, Tatum Grell (guest artist)

A life-long New Yorker reminisces about a time when things were different, when a Jewish girl and an Irish boy couldn't ... well, they just couldn't.

Room 217
by Tim Ashby

Director: Tim Ashby
Cast: Julie Lee, Patti Hurtado, Judith Eisenberg

Marvin Handler interviews Marianne Booker on a talk show with no audience in Room 217, located on Nurse Tarameyer's floor in a psychiatric hospital.

The Good Doctor
by Les Leiter

Director: Donna DeCarl
Cast: Patti Hurtado, Kirt Shineman

Walter and Melanie, an older, unmarried couple, struggle to put aside their differences and honor the man who first brought them together three years before.

The Rental Car 
by Alan Austin

Director: Deborah Hall
Cast: Jason Isaak and Julie Lee

After a flight delay, a married couple endeavor to get to their daughter’s wedding on time in a rental car. Unfortunately, the best laid driving plans often go wrong - particularly when the passengers learned to drive in different countries and do not care for each other’s driving habits.

Theatre Artists Studio, 4848 E. Cactus Rd, #406, Scottsdale, AZ  85254 
June 14-24, 2018
Thursdays-Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.; Sundays at 2:00 p.m.

Tickets:  $25 General Admission; $15 Students 25 & Under
                $20 Groups of 10 or More, Seniors 65 & Over & Members of the Military

Box Office:     602-765-0120 or online at

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

cast announcement - DISNEY THE LITTLE MERMAID - TheaterWorks

CLICK HERE for more information on this production, which runs July 13-22

Amanda Glenn - Ariel
Nathan Sheppard - Prince Eric
JT Turner - Grimsby
Ava Newton - Flounder
Taylor Lawritson - Scuttle
Corey Gimlin - King Triton
Anson Romney - Sebastian
Delaney Spanko - Flotsam
Tatum Sosnowski - Jetsam
Shandi Ilyse - Ursula
Kira Kadel - Chef Louis
Charlie Rabago - Pilot/Ensemble
Kendra Goodenberger - Winward
Marlee Trent - Leeward

Alex Faber
Jonah Fried
Tyrel Milam
Jack Monson
Justin Moore
Caleb Ormord
Logan Swope
Jack Taylor

Lacey Dixon
Katie Engstrom
Madison Fagerlie
Amelia Huot
Ixy Utpadel
Allison Watson

Maids/Sea Creatures Ensemble:
Clara Bentz
Chloe Blinn
Falin Ossipinsky
Abbey Spanko

Gulls/Sea Creatures Ensemble:
Faith Blinn
Faith Brown
Kenzie Brown
Samantha Isely

Sea Creatures:
Abby Aguilar
Mia Hurley
Cole Kilgore
Nora Palermo

reviews - THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK - Arizona Theatre Company

Steve Hendrickson and Anna Lentz
photo by Tim Fuller
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 June 3rd.

"...The Diary of Anne Frank is a deeply engaging, taut, suspenseful and moving yet ultimately sad and depressing story of lost hope and the unspeakable consequences of Hitler's rise to power. While it may be heartwrenching, Arizona Theatre Company's production is an ultimately beautiful tribute to Anne, her family, and the millions of others that lost their lives in the Nazi death camps." -Gil Benbrook, Talkin' Broadway (click here to read the complete review)

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

"..Director David Ira Goldstein creates a sense of urgency throughout that, if memory serves, was largely absent on previous Anne Frank productions.  Part of this has to do with with Wendy Kesselman's update which appears to focus in on elements that stirs emotions previously untapped by the play's original adaptation, particularly at the conclusion...." -David Appleford, Valley Screen and Stage (click here to read the complete review)

"...the gripping Arizona Theatre Company production, staged artfully by artistic director emeritus David Ira Goldstein, pulls audiences into the story...Brilliant as Anne is Anna Lentz who captures the girl’s brilliance...a powerful but depressing testament to the evils that people project onto to others during stressful times.  It is an indictment of intolerance and the evils such thinking can have on others.  The artful ATC production does this brilliant play its due.    " --Chris Curcio, Curtain Up, Phoenix (click here to read the complete review)

"...David Ira Goldstein...put his distinctive signature on the play...endows the production with an intimacy and gaiety that is almost too much to bear. Because we know what's coming. ..In a remarkable feat of acting, (Anne) Lentz captures the soul and moods and energy of Anne Frank...a play to which adults should bring their children ~ for perspective. And, for remembering. "Herbert Paine, Broadway World (click here to read the complete review)

Desert Foothills Theater's 2018 / 2019 Season!

Disney's High School Musical

September 22 - 30, 2018

Songs by Matthew Gerrard and Robbie Nevil; Ray Cham, Greg Cham and Andrew Seeley; Randy Petersen and Kevin Quinn; Andy Dodd and Adam Watts; Bryan Louiselle; David N. Lawrence and Faye Greenberg; Jamie Houston
Music Adapted, Arranged and Produced by Bryan Louiselle
Based on a Disney Channel Original Movie Written by Peter Barsocchini

Cast ages 13-19

Disney’s smash hit movie musical...

When Disney's High School Musical was broadcast in 2006 it became a phenomenon.  With its subsequent sequals it holds a special place in the hearts of older teens who grew up on the music and fell in love with Troy and Gabriella!

Filled with high energy, unforgettable tunes like "Get Your Head in the Game," and "We're All in This Together," and memorable characters like Sharpay, the musical theater "Star" of East High School, Disney's High School Musical  is a feast for musical theater lovers of all ages.

Saturday, 9/22, 2PM, 7PM
Sunday, 9/23, 2PM
Friday 9/28, 7PM
Saturday, 9/29, 2PM, 7PM
Sunday, 9/30, 2PM

Bye Bye Birdie

November 9 -18

Book by Michael Stewart
Music by Charles Strouse
Lyrics by Lee Adams

Adult Cast with teens (14+)

A nostalgic return to bobby socks and teen heartthrobs...

A loving send-up of the early 1960s, small-town America, teenagers, and rock & roll, BYE BYE BIRDIE remains as fresh and vibrant as ever. Teen heartthrob Conrad Birdie has been drafted, so he chooses All-American girl Kim MacAfee for a very public farewell kiss. Featuring a tuneful high-energy score, plenty of great parts for teens, and a hilarious script, BIRDIE continues to thrill audiences around the world.

Hit songs include “Put on a Happy Face,” “One Last Kiss,” “One Boy,” “A Lot of Livin’ to Do,” “Kids!” and “Rosie.”

November 9-18
Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center

Fri.- 11/9, 11/16, 7:30PM
Sat.- 11/10, 11/17, 7:30PM
Sun.- 11/11,11/18, 2PM

Willy Wonka, Jr.

January 18-27, 2019

Words and Music by Leslie Bricussse and Anthony Newley
Adapted for the Stage by Leslie Bricusse and Timothy A. McDonald
Based on the book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

Cast ages 8-13

A scrumdidilyumptious musical guaranteed to delight…

The delicious adventures experienced by Charlie Bucket on his visit to Willy Wonka's mysterious chocolate factory light up the stage in this captivating adaptation of Roald Dahl's fantastical tale. Willy Wonka, Jr. features the enchanting songs from the 1971 film starring Gene Wilder in addition to a host of fun new songs.

Performance Days/Times:
Friday 1/11, 1/18, 7PM
Saturday 1/12, 1/19, 7PM
Sunday 1/13, 1/20, 2PM

Ken Ludwig's Leading Ladies

February 8 - 17, 2019

by Ken Ludwig

What could possibly go wrong?

Two down-on-their-luck Shakespearean actors find themselves relegated to performing "Shakespeare's Greatest Hits" at Mooselodge functions have hit rock bottom. When they hear about a woman in New York looking to leave her fortune to her long lost nephews, they figure they are good enough actors to pull off the roles and win the fortune.  But when they get there they find she is looking for neices, not nephews. Well... of course they could pull of those roles too.  They are Shakespearan actors, of course.  What could possibly go wrong?

"Ken Ludwig gives the audience something powerful and potent:
laughter and a guiltless evening of Theatre-going."
--Village News

Cactus Shadows Fine Ars Center Black Box Theater
February 8, 9, 15, 16, 7PM
February 10, 17, 2PM


March 29 - April 14

By Seth Rudetsky and Jack Plotnik
Concept created by Seth Rudetsky and Drew Geraci
Additional Material by Drew Geraci

A Side-Splitting homage to classic disaster films...

When Seth Rudetsky appeared at DFT in the fall of 2015 he let our DFT audience know that his Off-Broadway hit, Disaster! was making its Broadway debut!

Now it is coming to DFT!  Audiences and critics are wild for this hilarious homage to the era of bell-bottoms, platform shoes and the hustle. With larger-than-life characters, snappy dialogue and some of the most recognizable songs of the '70s, Disaster! will have you dancing in your seat and rolling in the aisle.


Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center
Black Box Theater

March 29, 30, April 5, 6, 12, 13, 7:30PM
March 13, April 7, 14, 2PM

Seussical, Jr.

May 10-19

Music by Stephen Flaherty     Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
Book by Lynn Ahrens & Stephen Flaherty
Co-Conceived by Lynn Ahrens , Stephen Flaherty and Eric Idle
Based on the works of Dr. Seuss
Music Supervised, Adapted and Produced by Bryan Louiselle

Cast ages 8 - 19

Oh! The Thinks You Can Think!

Horton the Elephant, the Cat in the Hat and all of your favorite Dr. Seuss characters spring to life onstage in Seussical JR., a fantastical musical extravaganza from Tony-winners, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty.

Transporting audiences from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus, the Cat in the Hat narrates the story of Horton the Elephant, who discovers a speck of dust containing tiny people called the Whos. Horton must protect the Whos from a world of naysayers and dangers, and he must also guard an abandoned egg that's been left in his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird.  Although Horton faces ridicule, danger and a trial, the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz never loses faith in him.  Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family and community are challenged and emerge triumphant.

Fri.- 5/10, 5/17, 7PM
Sat., 5/11, 518, 2PM & 7PM
Sun., 5/12 & 5/20, 2PM
Student matinees: 5/10, 9:30AM & 11:30AM, 5/11, 9:30AM*
Matinees for families with special needs: 5/18, 10AM*

In addition, DFT will be offering its popular Cabaret series (TBA) and DFT Presents will feature four one-night only performances (TBD).

Details at

Subscriptions on Sale June 15. Single tickets go on sale August 15.