Wednesday, April 26, 2017

WEEK AT A GLANCE: April 24 - April 30

photos - WILLY WONKA, JR - Musical Theatre of Anthem

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photos by Michele Celentano

REASONS TO BE PRETTY - Mesa Encore Theatre - June 2­ - 18, 2017


By Neil LaBute
Directed by Layne Racowsky

A love story about the impossibility of love, Reasons to be Pretty introduces us to Greg, who
really, truly adores his girlfriend, Steph. Unfortunately, he also thinks she has a few physical
imperfections, and when he casually mentions them, all hell breaks loose. A hopelessly romantic
drama about the hopelessness of romance, Reasons to be Pretty is a gorgeous play.

Mitch Tellez as Greg
Brandi Bigley as Steph
Phillip Herrington as Kent
Jillian Walker as Carly

Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30, Sundays at 2:30

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

audition notice - SEUSSICAL - Theater Works - May 16 & May 17


Auditions: Tuesday, May 16 & Wednesday, May 17
Callbacks: Thursday, May 18

Director: Chris Hamby
Music Director: James May
Choreographer: Katrina Sanders

We will be casting a very large ensemble for this production.

Please prepare 32 bars (a verse and chorus) of a song in the style of the show. No a capella numbers, please. Auditioners are encouraged to audition with sheet music. An accompanist will be provided. MP3 tracks can be accommodated if necessary.

Please come with any potential conflicts for rehearsal you might have between May 22nd and July 14th. No performance conflicts will be honored.

Performances are July 14-30 2017.

Character Descriptions and Casting Requirements

YOUTH AUDITIONS:
Download Youth Audition Form
Please sign up for an audition time below:
http://www.signupgenius.com/go/409044ea9aa28a46-youth


ADULT AUDITIONS:
Download Adult Audition Form
Please sign up for an audition time below
http://www.signupgenius.com/go/409044ea9aa28a46-adult

photos - THE DROWSY CHAPERONE - Limelight Performing Arts

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The lonely beauty at MCC's Of Mice & Men

Tom J. McCoy and Jared Kitch
photo by Angela Salazar
by Jennifer Haaland

"I see it!  I see it, George!" says Lennie moments before the final blackout in the stage adaptation of John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men currently playing at Mesa Community College (MCC).  The play's heartbeat relies on the characters' and audience's ability to see and believe in dreams that never materialize.  Because MCC's production paints several elements of the dream so vividly, it succeeds.

Set on a California cattle ranch in the bleak Great Depression, the well-known story chronicles a 'rocky'---both stone-solid and precarious--friendship of two drifting ranch hands, George (Tom J McCoy) and Lennie (Jared Kitch).  George is the caretaker of slow-witted Lennie; Lennie is as physically strong and imposing as he is simple-minded.  Every single character's through line and each subplot all belabor how lonely and desolate real life is without a companion with whom to share dreams .

George is the chief downtrodden dreamer, and McCoy understood how to lift burdens of the Depression and the challenges Lennie inflicted.  Though the opening scene began somewhat understated and dimly lit, McCoy and the lighting elements improved steadily.  The connections McCoy forged, in fact, created an almost combustible emotional final exchange between George and Lennie.  The closing moments of the scene rivaled and in some ways surpassed recent professional productions.

Along with McCoy's well-played role, MCC's set contributed perfectly to the stark, struggling, daring-to-hope feel of the show. Rough-cut, gnarled interlocking pine rotated to create a forest's edge that became a bunkhouse that turned into a barn.  The pieces were intentionally broken and bent but, in beautiful metaphor, continued to create the bare minimum necessary for the dreams to persist.

Jared Kitch as Lennie carried a pure-hearted preschool boy's thoughts in a towering man's frame.  His vulnerable, continued belief in cuddly puppies  and soft rabbits, even if the face of angry men and several deceased pets  helped the audience support his fragile dreams with empathy.  His strongest scene was shared with Curley's Wife (Gina Holt).  In a well-staged and impeccably paced exchange, the two seemed to converse.  Though each disclosed very private truths, neither truly heard the other.... a theme that had been present and rose to a climax when the two reached the epitome of their dysfunctional communication.

Zach Fagan as Candy handled his role and 'The Dog' extremely well, while Seamus McSherry created a solid stereotype of the hardened migrant ranch worker in Carlson's character, too.  Steinbeck's story is woven into a nearly perfect tragic script and director James Rio coached and blocked his cast on how to keep the flagging almost defeated dreams just ever-so-barely alive.

Certainly there's heart-wrenching tragedy throughout the play as jobs are upended and lives are snuffed out.  The most awful, tragic element, however, is the lights that crash to black in the play's last second. Neither Lennie, nor George... nor the devastated audience at MCC could see it any longer.  The dream was extinguished.

promo photos - ONCE UPON A MATTRESS - Theater Works

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photos by Wade Moran

Monday, April 24, 2017

WEEK AT A GLANCE: April 24 - April 30

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MIDSUMMER DREAMIN' - Fountain Hills Theater - June 30 - July 30, 2017

Midsummer Dreamin’ tells of the adventures of four young lovers, a group of amateur actors, and the fairies who inhabit a moonlit forest. When Mia, who is in love with Andy, is told she must marry Denny or face life in a convent or death, she and her friend Helen run away into the Forest of Arden. They are followed by their loves Denny and Andy. There, through the machinations of a rather stoned fairy named Puck and with the help of an ‘herbal concoction’ that Puck and his king Oberon create, they fall in and out of love with each other with hilarious results. Meanwhile, a group of workman turned actors, of questionable talents, come under the spell of the Queen of the Fairies, Titania. The Queen, once again with the help of the ‘herbal remedy’, falls helplessly in love with one of the performers.



Friday, June 30, 2017 7:30pm
Saturday, July 1, 2017 7:30pm
Sunday, July 2, 2017 2:00pm
Friday, July 7, 2017 7:30pm
Saturday, July 8, 2017 7:30pm
Sunday, July 9, 2017 2:00pm
Friday, July 14, 2017 7:30pm
Saturday, July 15, 2017 7:30pm
Sunday, July 16, 2017 2:00pm
Friday, July 21, 2017 7:30pm
Saturday, July 22, 2017 7:30pm
Sunday, July 23, 2017 2:00pm
Friday, July 28, 2017 7:30pm
Saturday, July 29, 2017 7:30pm
Sunday, July 30, 2017 2:00pm

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photos- LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS - Actor's Youth Theatre

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photos by Lisa Webb / Southwest Shots Photography

Saturday, April 22, 2017

audition notice - MIDSUMMER DREAMIN' - Fountain Hills Theater - May 13 & May 16

Midsummer Dreamin’ is a joyous and funny 1970's musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ featuring top 40 hits of the era including "Crocodile Rock", "The Lion Sleeps Tonight", and "YMCA".

Audition Dates: 
Saturday, May 13th at 2pm & Tuesday, May 16th at 7pm
Callbacks: Wednesday, May 17th if needed

Production dates: June 30th - July 30th
Performances: Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm,
and Sundays at 2pm

Call (480) 837-9661 x3 to register for an appointment
or register online at www.fhtaz.org/audition-form

Auditioners should prepare:
- 16 to 32 bars of a song that best shows off their voice
- Bring sheet music in appropriate key. No CD’s
- Dress to move for dance audition.
- Headshot and resume if available
- List of possible rehearsal conflicts

CASTING:

Theo – The Governor. A hen-pecked meek man.
Polly – His Fiancée She is strong a domineering.
Edward - Mia’s father He is quick to anger and expects to be obeyed
Andy – A handsome young man. He is innocent, naïve and a bit of a hippie.
Denny – A handsome young man. He is very conservative and thinks himself quite a ‘catch’.
Helen – A pretty, but tall girl. She is a sweet valley girl type.
Snug – A worker. The most shy member of the group, very quiet.
Francis – A worker. He is the toughest of the group.
Tom – A worker. The bravest of the group, but is stern and quiet.
Robin – A worker. The most enthusiastic of the group, always eager to please.
Oberon – King of the Fairies. He is very sure of himself, but likes a little fun.
Titania – Queen of the Fairies. She is very regal and powerful.
Peaseblossom – A Fairy-
Cobweb – A Fairy
Mustardseed – A Fairy –
Moth – A Fairy-
Phil – A Servant to the Governor The most proper, butler-like attendant
Attendants to the Governor

Mesa Community College Theatre & Film Arts Presents National Theatre Live At The MCC Theatre

Mesa Community College Theatre & Film Arts Presents National Theatre Live At The MCC Theatre

National Theatre Live is the National Theatre’s ground-breaking project to broadcast world-class theatre to cinemas in the UK and internationally. National Theatre Live launched in June 2009 with a broadcast of the National Theatre production of Phèdre with Helen Mirren. They’ve since broadcast more than forty other productions live, from both the National Theatre and from other theatres in the UK. Their broadcasts have now been experienced by over 5.5 million people in over 2,000 venues around the world, including over 650 venues in the UK alone.
Though each broadcast is filmed in front of a live audience in the theatre, cameras are carefully positioned throughout the auditorium to ensure that cinema audiences get the ‘best seat in the house’ view of each production. Where these cameras are placed is different for each broadcast, to make sure that cinema audiences enjoy the best possible experience every time.

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
7:30PM on Friday August 18th 2017
At The MCC Theatre

Sonia Friedman Productions present Imelda Staunton (Gypsy, Vera Drake, the Harry Potter films), Conleth Hill (Game Of Thrones, The Producers), Luke Treadaway (A Street Cat Named Bob, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, The Hollow Crown) and Imogen Poots (A Long Way Down, Jane Eyre) in James Macdonald’s critically acclaimed, 5 star production of Edward Albee’s landmark play, performed at the Harold Pinter Theatre, London.
In the early hours of the morning on the campus of an American college, Martha, much to her husband George’s displeasure, has invited the new professor and his wife to their home for some after-party drinks. As the alcohol flows and dawn approaches, the young couple are drawn into George and Martha’s toxic games until the evening reaches its climax in a moment of devastating truth-telling.
★★★★★  ‘Imelda Staunton is at her magnificent best. A first-rate revival of an astonishing play.’ The Guardian
★★★★★  ‘Conleth Hill is superb. Exquisite.’ Evening Standard
★★★★★  ‘Luke Treadaway and Imogen Poots are terrific.’ Metro
★★★★★  ‘James Macdonald’s blistering production. Intoxicatingly good.’ Financial Times

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Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead
7:30PM on Friday August 25th 2017
At The MCC Theatre

Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter, The Woman in Black), Joshua McGuire (The Hour) and David Haig (Four Weddings and a Funeral, The Witness for the Prosecution) star in Tom Stoppard’s brilliantly funny situation comedy, broadcast live from The Old Vic theatre in London.

David Leveaux’s new production marks the 50th anniversary of the play that made a young Tom Stoppard’s name overnight.

Against the backdrop of Hamlet, two hapless minor characters, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, take centre stage.  As the young double act stumble their way in and out of the action of Shakespeare’s iconic drama, they become increasingly out of their depth as their version of the story unfolds.

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Angels in America – Part 1, Millennium Approaches
7:30PM on Friday September 1st 2017
At The MCC Theatre

America in the mid-1980s. In the midst of the AIDS crisis and a conservative Reagan administration, New Yorkers grapple with life and death, love and sex, heaven and hell.
Andrew Garfield (Silence, Hacksaw Ridge) plays Prior Walter along with a cast including Denise Gough (People, Places and Things), Nathan Lane (The Producers), James McArdle (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) and Russell Tovey (The Pass).
This new staging of Tony Kushner’s multi-award winning two-part play is directed by Olivier and Tony award winning director Marianne Elliott (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and War Horse).

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Angels in America – Part 2, Perestroika
7:30PM on Friday September 8th 2017
At The MCC Theatre

America in the mid-1980s. In the midst of the AIDS crisis and a conservative Reagan administration, New Yorkers grapple with life and death, love and sex, heaven and hell.
Andrew Garfield (Silence, Hacksaw Ridge) plays Prior Walter along with a cast including Denise Gough (People, Places and Things), Nathan Lane (The Producers), James McArdle (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) and Russell Tovey (The Pass).
This new staging of Tony Kushner’s multi-award winning two-part play is directed by Olivier and Tony award winning director Marianne Elliott (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and War Horse).

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Obsession
7:30PM on Friday October 20th 2017
At The MCC Theatre

Jude Law (The Young Pope, Closer, The Talented Mr Ripley) stars in the stage production of Obsession, broadcast live from the Barbican Theatre in London. Ivo van Hove (NT Live: A View from the Bridge, Hedda Gabler) directs this new stage adaptation of Luchino Visconti’s 1943 film.
Gino is a drifter, down-at-heel and magnetically handsome. At a road side restaurant he encounters husband and wife, Giuseppe and Giovanna. Irresistibly attracted to each other, Gino and Giovanna begin a fiery affair and plot to murder her husband. But, in this chilling tale of passion and destruction, the crime only serves to tear them apart.

The stage production of Obsession is produced by Barbican Theatre Productions Limited, London and Toneelgroep Amsterdam; co-commissioned by Wiener Festwochen and Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg; co-produced by Holland Festival and David Binder Productions; and supported by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

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Twelfth Night
7:30PM on Friday October 27th 2017
At The MCC Theatre

Tamsin Greig is Malvolia in a new twist on Shakespeare’s classic comedy of mistaken identity.
A ship is wrecked on the rocks. Viola is washed ashore but her twin brother Sebastian is lost. Determined to survive on her own, she steps out to explore a new land. So begins a whirlwind of mistaken identity and unrequited love.
The nearby households of Olivia and Orsino are overrun with passion. Even Olivia's upright housekeeper Malvolia is swept up in the madness. Where music is the food of love, and nobody is quite what they seem, anything proves possible.
Simon Godwin (NT Live: Man and Superman, NT Live: The Beaux’ Stratagem) directs this joyous new production with Tamsin Greig (Friday Night Dinner, Black Books, Episodes) as a transformed Malvolia. an ensemble cast that includes Daniel Rigby (Flowers, Jericho), Tamara Lawrence (Undercover), Doon Mackichan (Smack the Pony) and Daniel Ezra (The Missing, Undercover).

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Salomé
7:30PM on Friday November 3rd 2017
At The MCC Theatre

The story has been told before, but never like this.
An occupied desert nation. A radical from the wilderness on hunger strike. A girl whose mysterious dance will change the course of the world.
This charged retelling turns the infamous biblical tale on its head, placing the girl we call Salomé at the centre of a revolution.
Internationally acclaimed theatre director Yaël Farber (Les Blancs) draws on multiple accounts to create her urgent, hypnotic production on the stage of the National Theatre.
‘Epic. A near-perfect production.’ Guardian (on Les Blancs)

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Peter Pan
7:30PM on Friday December 15th 2017
At The MCC Theatre

All children, except one, grow up…
Captured live at the National Theatre, a recorded performance of JM Barrie’s much-loved tale screens in cinemas.
When Peter Pan, leader of the Lost Boys, loses his shadow, headstrong Wendy helps him to reattach it. In return, she is invited to Neverland, where Tinker Bell the fairy, Tiger Lily and the vengeful Captain Hook await. A riot of magic, music and make-believe ensues.
A delight for children and adults alike, Sally Cookson (NT Live: Jane Eyre) directs this wondrously inventive production, a co-production with Bristol Old Vic theatre.
★★★★★
‘Spellbindingly imaginative. A dazzling production.’
Radio Times

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