Saturday, March 17, 2018

WEEK AT A GLANCE: March 12 - March 18

video preview - ANYTHING GOES - Grand Canyon University

CLICK HERE for more information on this production, which runs through March 25

Arizona Theater Company is seeking interns for their Summer on Stage Program

ATC is seeking interns for our Summer on Stage Program. We would greatly appreciate any postings to your website/social media platforms. Thanks so much!

INTERNSHIPS: Arizona Theatre Company's Learning & Education Team is looking for interns for this year's Summer On Stage/Summer Backstage program. We offer internships in Stage Management, Lighting Design/Electrics, Technical Direction/Carpentry, Paints and Props, Costumes, Directing, and Education/Theater Arts Admin. Summer on Stage is a five-week intensive training program in performance and technical theatre that culminates in two fully realized productions performed on the main stage at the Temple of Music and Art, in Tucson, AZ. This year's theme is "Summer of Youth Unheard" with "American Idiot" as the musical and "Polaroid Stories" as the play. Please share with interested parties in your networks. Questions? Email Holly Garner at

Link to application & more details below:

Fountain Hills Theater Announces New Single-Ticket Pricing and New ShowHopper Flex Passes

from our friends at Fountain Hills:

With the upcoming 2018-19 Season (beginning in August), Fountain Hills Theater announces attractive new ticket pricing and structure. Adult tickets for plays and musicals in the Mainstage and Mainstage Too! Theaters are $30; youth 17 and under and college students with ID are $12 (formerly $23-35). Youth, student and adult tickets for Youth Productions are $12 (formerly $15/$18). A senior discount of $5 per ticket is offered for Thursday shows. For other discounts and offers including Military and Group Sales, call 480.837.9661 x3.

With excitement, Fountain Hills Theater introduces ShowHopper Flex Passes. Unlike our former Season Tickets, ShowHopper Flex Passes enable the Theater to offer group rate pricing to individuals, without need to commit to seeing specific shows on specific dates. ShowHopper Flex Passes, enable the Theater to offer group rate pricing to individuals. This is a discounted ticket package with two options: 5 tickets for $135 (a savings of $15); or 10 tickets for $250 (a savings of $50). Much like Season Tickets, these packages allow theater-goers to reserve seats ahead of time; but offers the flexibility of using the individual tickets for any combination of shows during the season. Use all of the tickets for one show…or spread them throughout the 2018-19 Season. Purchase more ShowHopper Flex Passes throughout the season as needed! The purchase of ShowHopper Flex Passes also provides eligibility to receive invitations to “members-only” events and advance seat reservations. ShowHopper Flex Passes will be soon be available for purchase online and by phone. For more info, call 480.837.9661 x3 or visit

Fountain Hills Theater is located at 11445 N. Saguaro Blvd., Fountain Hills AZ 85268. Box Office hours: Tues.-Fri. 12pm-5pm; Sat. 10am-5pm. Closed Sun. & Mon. Phone: 480.837.9661 x3.

Ticket prices cover only 42% of our operating costs. As a non-profit organization, Fountain Hills Theater is hopeful that the universalization of ticket pricing makes our theater more affordable for families and encourages attendance and participation in the performing arts.

photos - 6 RMS RIV VU - Scottsdale Desert Stages Theatre

CLICK HERE for more information on this production, which runs through April 8

photos by Renee Ashlock

Friday, March 16, 2018

audition notice - SINGIN' IN THE RAIN - Pinnacle Creative Arts Studio - March 27 & 28

Auditions: March 27 & 28, 2018
Callbacks: March 31, 2018
Ages 10 – 19

Performing June 6 – 10, 2018

For more info and to sign up to audition CLICK HERE

Singin’ in the Rain has all the makings of a Tinseltown tabloid headline – the starlet, the leading man and a love affair that could change lives and make or break careers! In silent movies, Don Lockwood and Lina Lamont are a hot item but, behind the scenes, things aren’t always as they appear on the big screen! Meanwhile, Lina’s squeaky voice might be the end of her career in “talking pictures” without the help of a talented young actress to do the talking and singing for her.

Cast of Characters:
Zelda Zanders
A flapper socialite and actress on her ninth marriage, she is Lina’s friend and informant.

R.f. Simpson
A successful, magnanimous, film producer. He leads the other characters in creating a new movie musical.

Roscoe Dexter
A famous film director with theatrical mannerisms and tendencies. Frequently frazzled and works with Lina and Don.

Cosmo Brown
A wacky and playful on-set pianist for silent films. Don’s best friend and former dance partner.

Lina Lamont
A slow-witted silent film diva with a big personality and a harshly unpleasant voice. She is Don’s regular co-star.

Don Lockwood
A suave Hollywood actor and dancer. Cosmo’s best friend and Lina’s regular co-star.

An excitable film agent bordering on manic. He works for Simpson.

Kathy Selden
An earnest, talented actress with whit and charm. She falls in love with Don and performs as Lina’s speaking and singing voice.

Production Singer
The lead tenor in Monumental Pictures’ first movie musical.

Miss Dinsmore
Lina’s vocal coach. She is the “mother hen” type with caring affection for the younger performers.

Movie Stars, Film Crew, Actors

audition notice - SEASON GENERAL AUDITIONS - Arizona Theatre Company - April 9 & 10

Arizona Theatre Company is holding general season auditions for Equity and non-Equity actors for the 2018//2019 season in Phoenix on April 9 and 10, 2018.

Auditions for Phoenix Equity actors will take place on Monday, April 9 from 1 - 4:30 p.m. and 6 - 9 p.m. Phoenix auditions for Equity and non-Equity actors will take place on Tuesday April 10 from 2 – 5 p.m. and 6 - 9 p.m. Phoenix auditions will be in the Kax (black –box Theatre) of the Herberger Theatre Center in downtown Phoenix, 222 East Monroe, (Entrance at the Stage Door on the North side of the building off of Van Buren).

NOTE: There will be two voluntary general meetings for all local Phoenix actors with Artistic Director David Ivers on Monday, April 9 prior to the audition sessions of that day. The first will be at 12:30 p.m. and the second at 5:30 p.m. This will be an opportunity for local performers to meet the new Artistic Director and have a dialogue and Q & A session concerning ATC plans and activities in the upcoming season and beyond.

Auditions in for Equity and non-Equity actors are limited to actors above the age of 18. If actors under the age of 18 are required for a production, those auditions will be held at a later date.

Appointments are required to audition. To schedule an audition appointment in Phoenix, please call Anna Jennings at 520-884-8210 ext. 7508. If you leave a voice message, Ms. Jennings will return your call within 24 hours.

Actors must bring a recent headshot and current resume to the audition. Each actor is required to prepare two contrasting monologues totaling no more than four minutes combined. Actors may substitute a song for one of the two pieces. A piano accompanist will be provided if sheet music is presented. A CD player will also be available. There will also be an auxiliary hook-up available to the CD player for those who have their recorded music track on their cell phones. The total length of the audition must not exceed four minutes.

Callbacks for specific productions will be held at later dates throughout the season. It is anticipated that there will be local auditions for “The Music Man” and “American Mariachi” and perhaps other titles.

Arizona Theatre Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to non-traditional and multi-cultural casting. Artists of color are encouraged to audition.

In an effort to keep current files of Arizona actors, ATC requests that local actors who are unable to attend the auditions send a headshot and resume to the following address: Casting, ATC, P.O. Box 1631, Tucson, AZ 85702-1631. Attention: Tim Toothman.

In celebration of ATC’s 52nd Anniversary Season, the following is the performance schedule and contract dates for the season: Native Gardens (August 14 – October 21, 2018); Erma Bombeck: At Wit’s End (September 25 – December 2, 2018); The Music Man (October 30, 2018 – January 27, 2019); Two Trains Running (December 26, 2018 – March 3, 2019); American Mariachi (February 12 – April 21, 2019); Things I Know to be True (March 26 – June 2, 2019).

cast announcement - CHURCH & STATE - iTheatre Collaborative

CLICK HERE for more information on this production, which runs from May 4 - May 19

Cast (in order of appearance):

Tom/Marshall/Others: Eric Bond
Senator Charles Williams: Scott Hyder
Alex Klein: Lindsey Marlin*
Sara Whitmore: Marlene Galan-Woods

*Member, Actors' Equity Association

Thursday, March 15, 2018

photos - A CHORUS LINE - National Tour: Broadway at the Orpheum Theatre

CLICK HERE for more information on this production, which runs March 16 - 18

photos by Clint Tuccio

Musical Theatre of Anthem's 2018 / 2019 Season!

Musical Theatre of Anthem (MTA) is proud to announce their 2018-2019 Exciting 11th Season, bringing back some popular favorites from over the years.  MTA will produce 10 shows offering tremendous opportunities for performers of all ages, including no-cut productions for performers ages 6-19, as well as opportunities for adult performers. Said Artistic Producing Director, Jackie Hammond, “There is something for everyone in this incredible season that is sure to delight audience members and provide cast members learning experiences that they will never forget!”

MTA’s 2018-2019 SEASON:

(no-cut production for ages 10-adult)

Auditions July 9
Performances July 20-22

Music by Tom Snow, Lyrics by Dean Pitchford
Stage Adaptation by Dean Pitchford and Walter Bobbie
Based on the original screenplay by Dean Pitchford
Additional Music by Eric Carmen, Sammy Hagar, Kenny Loggins and Jim Steinman

One of the most explosive movie musicals in recent memory, FOOTLOOSE bursts onto the live stage with exhilarating results. To the rockin' rhythm of its Oscar and Tony-nominated top 40 score and augmented with dynamic new songs for the stage musical, FOOTLOOSE celebrates the wisdom of listening to young people, guiding them with a warm heart and an open mind.

Footloose is being presented by special arrangement with RnH Theatricals.

A Year with Frog and Toad KIDS
(no-cut production for ages 6-11)

Auditions August 11-12
Performances September 20-23, 2018

Book and Lyrics by Willie Reale
Music by Robert Reale
Based on the books by Arnold Lobel

The treasured characters from the children’s books and the beautiful Broadway musical hop from page to stage in this story of friendship and adventure.  Based on Arnold Lobel's well-loved books, A Year with Frog and Toad KIDS tells the story of a friendship that endures throughout the seasons. Waking from hibernation, Frog and Toad plant gardens, swim, rake leaves, go sledding and learn life lessons along the way. Throughout the year, two best friends celebrate and rejoice in the differences that make them unique and special.

A Year with Frog and Toad KIDS is being presented by special arrangement with MTI.

Addams Family Young@Part
 (no-cut production for ages 12-18)

Auditions August 11-12
Performances September 27-30, 2018

Book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice
Music and Lyrics by Andrew Lippa
Based on characters created by Charles Addams

THE ADDAMS FAMILY features an original story, and it’s every father’s nightmare. Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family – a man her parents have never met. And if that weren’t upsetting enough, Wednesday confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s ‘normal’ boyfriend and his parents.

The Addams Family Young@Part is being presented by special arrangement with Theatrical Rights Worldwide.

The Giver 
(no-cut production for ages 12-adult)

Auditions October 12-13
Performances November 29-December 2

Adapted by Eric Coble from the Newbery Award-winning book by Lois Lowry

Jonas' world is perfect. Everything is under control and safe. There is no war or fear or pain. There are also no choices. Every person is assigned a role in the community. But when Jonas turns 12, he is chosen for special training from The Giver—to receive and keep the memories of the community. The Giver is the only person who holds the memories of real pain and real joy. Now Jonas will learn the truth about life—and the hypocrisy of his utopian world. Through this astonishing and moving adaptation, discover what it means to grow up, to grow wise, and to take control of your own destiny.

The Giver is being presented by special arrangement with Dramatic Publishing.

You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown
 (no-cut production for ages 11-15)

Auditions October 12-13
Performances December 6-9, 2018

Based on The Comic Strip “Peanuts” by Charles M. Schulz
Book, Music and Lyrics by Clark Gesner
Additional Dialogue by Michael Mayer
Additional Music and Lyrics by Andrew Lippa

Currently celebrating its 50th Anniversary! YOU’RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN (Revised) is a fresh approach to the all-time 1967 classic, based on the beloved comic strip by Charles Schultz. Sally Brown joins Charlie Brown, Linus, Lucy, Schroeder, and Snoopy in this charming revue of vignettes and songs.

YOU’RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN (Revised) is being presented by special arrangement with Tams-Witmark.

Daddy Long Legs
 (ages 16-adult; 4 roles available due to double casting)

Auditions January 12-13
Performances February 21-24, 2019

Music and Lyrics by Paul Gordon
Book by John Caird

A heartwarming Cinderella story about a witty and winsome young woman and her mysterious benefactor, based on the treasured novel that inspired the classic 1955 film. Based on the classic novel, which inspired the 1955 movie starring Fred Astaire, Daddy Long Legs is a beloved tale in the spirit of Jane Austen, The Brontë Sisters and “Downton Abbey.”

Jerusha Abbott is the “Oldest Orphan in the John Grier Home” until a mysterious benefactor decides to send her to college to be educated as a writer. Required to write him a letter once a month, she is never to know the benefactor’s identity – so she invents one for him: Daddy Long Legs. Although she knows that he will never respond to her letters, she grows more and more fond of this elusive and kindly “old” gentleman. But another relationship soon begins to develop in Jerusha’s life. Jervis Pendleton is the well-do-do, “youngish” uncle of one of Jerusha’s roommates, who introduces her to a world of literature, travel and adventure. Through her correspondence with Daddy Long Legs and her growing intimacy with Jervis, Jerusha’s letters chronicle her emergence as a delightfully independent “New American Woman.” Yet, there is one startling fact that Jerusha has yet to uncover – a fact that will change her life forever.

Daddy Long Legs is being presented by special arrangement with MTI.

The Music Man Jr. 
(no-cut production for ages 6-18)

Auditions January 12-13
Performances February 28-March 3, 2019

Book, Music and Lyrics by Meredith Willson
Based on a story by Meredith Willson and Franklin Lacey

There's trouble in River City when a fast-talking salesman gets his heart stolen by the town librarian in this adaptation of the Tony Award-winning Broadway classic. Based on Meredith Willson's six-time-Tony-Award-winning musical comedy, The Music Man JR. is a story filled with wit, warmth and good old-fashioned romance.

Master showman Harold Hill is in town and he’s got “seventy-six trombones” in tow. Can upright, uptight Marian, the town librarian, resist his powerful allure?  The story follows fast-talking traveling salesman, Harold Hill, as he cons the people of River City, Iowa, into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys' band he vows to organize. The catch? He doesn't know a trombone from a treble clef. His plans to skip town with the cash are foiled when he falls for Marian, whose belief in Harold’s power just might help him succeed in the end in spite of himself.

The Music Man. Jr. is being presented by special arrangement with MTI.

James and the Giant Peach Jr.
 (no-cut production for ages 6-18)

Auditions March 9-10
Performances April 25-28, 2019

Book by Timothy Allen McDonald
Music and Lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul
Based on the book, "James and the Giant Peach" by Roald Dahl.

A delightful adaptation of the classic Roald Dahl adventure, a boy and his insect friends take an amazing journey across the ocean. Based on one of Roald Dahl’s most poignantly quirky stories, Roald Dahl's James and the Giant Peach JR. is a brand new take on this "masterpeach" of a tale.  Featuring a wickedly tuneful score by the writing team of Dear Evan Hansen and The Greatest Showman, and a witty and charming book, this adventurous musical about courage and self-discovery is destined to be a classic.

When James is sent by his conniving aunts to chop down their old fruit tree, he discovers a magic potion that grows a tremendous peach, rolls into the ocean and launches a journey of enormous proportions. James befriends a collection of singing insects that ride the giant piece of fruit across the ocean, facing hunger, sharks and plenty of disagreements along the way.

James and the Giant Peach Jr. is being presented by special arrangement with MTI.

Sweeney Todd 
(ages 17-adult, one youth boy role ages 14-17)
Auditions March 9-10
Performances May 2-5, 2019

Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by Hugh Wheeler
Based on an adaptation by Christopher Bond

Attend the dark, witty and Tony Award-winning tale of love, murder and revenge set against the backdrop of 19th century London. Sweeney Todd has become a worldwide success since being awarded eight Tonys, (including Best Musical), for its Broadway premiere. Stephen Sondheim's and Hugh Wheeler's (A Little Night Music, Pacific Overtures) tasty, thrilling, theatrical treat has simultaneously shocked, awed and delighted audiences across the world.

An infamous tale, Sweeney Todd, an unjustly exiled barber, returns to nineteenth century London, seeking vengeance against the lecherous judge who framed him and ravaged his young wife. The road to revenge leads Todd to Mrs. Lovett, a resourceful proprietress of a failing pie shop, above which, he opens a new barber practice. Mrs. Lovett's luck sharply shifts when Todd's thirst for blood inspires the integration of an ingredient into her meat pies that has the people of London lining up... and the carnage has only just begun!

Sweeney Todd is effective as an intimate chamber musical. Featuring two unforgettable star turns and some of the most chilling music ever written for the stage, this masterpiece is sure both to thrill and delight audiences.

Sweeney Todd is being presented by special arrangement with MTI.

Freckleface Strawberry 
(no-cut production for ages 8-14)
Auditions July 10
Performances July 20-22, 2019

Music and Lyrics by Gary Kupper
Book by Gary Kupper and Rose Caiola
Based on the Books written by Julianne Moore and Illustrated by LeUyen Pham
Conceived for the Stage by Rose Caiola

Freckleface Strawberry The Musical (Expanded Version), based on the beloved New York Times best-selling book by celebrated actress, Julianne Moore, is a fun and touching family musical. Specifically created to perform for young audiences, families can step inside of the book's pages with Freckleface and friends as they learn to "love the skin they're in." With the help of her loveable schoolmates, including an amazingly talented ballerina, a cutie jock, a charming ditz and a totally kooky teacher, Freckleface learns that everyone is different – and that's what makes everyone special.

Freckleface Strawberry is being presented by special arrangement with MTI.

cast announcement - THE KING AND I - National Tour: ASU Gammage

CLICK HERE for more information on this production, which runs from March 20 to March 25

Anna Leonowens: Elena Shaddow
The King of Siam: Jose Llana
Lady Thiang: Joan Almedilla
Prince Chulalongkorn: Charlie Oh
Louis Leonowens: Rhyees Stump
Tuptim: Q Lim
Lun Tha: Kavin Panmeechao
The Kralahome: Brian Rivera
Captain Orton/Sir Edward Ramsey: Baylen Thomas
Ensemble: Madeline Trumble, LaMae Caparas, Andrew Cheng, Kristen Choi, Max B. Ehrlich, Marie Gutierrez, Rie Hatanaka, Marina Kondo, Darren Lee, Stephanie Lo, Michael Lomeka, Saki Masuda, Nobutaka Mochimaru, Yuki Ozeki, Kevin Schuering, Julius Sermonia, Marcus Shane, Alicia Shumway, Ryan Stout, Michiko Takemasa and Jeoffrey Watson, with Kayla Paige Amistad, Jaden D. Amistad, Sydney Chan, Spencer Donovan Jones, Noah Toledo, CJ Uy and Keira Belle Young as the Royal Children

cast announcement - ANYTHING GOES - Grand Canyon University

CLICK HERE for more information on this production, which runs from March 16 to March 25

 Reno Sweeny: Abbi Cavanaugh
 Billy: Brandon Brown
 Hope Harcourt: Grace Henderson
Mrs. Harcourt: Mandy Tompkins
Evelyn Oakleigh: Gavin Michael Harris
Mr. Whitney: Isaac O'Farrell
Moonface Martin: Ryan Ardelt
 Erma: Tarnim Bybee
John: Ruben E. Renteria
 Luke: Tyler Sorrels
Captain: Chris Bradford
Purser: Ben Tietz
Henry T. Dobson: Alexander Dubois
Old Lady in a Wheelchair: Jeanette Evins
Sailor: Spencer McCay
Sailor / FBI #1: Bowen Moreno
Sailor / Photographer: Ryan Brennan
 Sailor: Kaleb Burris
Sailor / Luke: Tyler Sorrels
FBI #2/ Passenger: Christina McSheffrey
Reporter: McKenna Kollman
Passenger: Marija Petovic
Passenger: Keeli Rodriguez
Passenger: Christine Ward
Angel #1: Rachel Hegg
Angel #2: Sadie Bramlett
Angel #3: Abigail Neighbors
Angel #4: Hannah Croft
Angel #5: Samantha Cooning
Angel #6: Kara Newman
Ensemble: Chandler Blueberg, Emily Sheppard, Isabella Roessle, Emily Vaeth

COUNTRY BLUE SALOON - Space 55 - April 6 - 29, 2018

Book by Duane Daniels; music and lyrics by Randy Daniels

A World Premiere. This country-blues musical is set in a saloon where the beer is cold, the hearts are lonely and the harmonies are tight.

Layla: Jennifer Jones Nesbit
Lisa: DeAnna Robbins
Lee: Ron Foligno
Angie: Marcella Grassa
Ensemble: Duane Daniels

CLICK HERE for more information on this production, which runs April 6 - April 29

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

cast announcement - SILENCE! THE MUSICAL - Stray Cat Theatre

CLICK HERE for more information on this production, which runs May 4 - May 19

Brandi Bigley as Clarice Starling
Scott Schmelder as Dr. Hannibal Lecter
Cassie Chilton as Catherine/Senator Martin/Lamb
Vinny Chavez as Crawford/Papa Starling/Lamb
Hector Coris as Chilton/Cop/Lamb
Ayanna Le Adre as Ardelia/Lamb
Devon Mahon as Pembry/Lamb
and David Chorley as Buffalo Bill

TIL DEATH: A NEW MUSICAL - ASU Lyric Opera Theatre - March 25, 2018

New Work Reading: Til Death - A New Musical
Join us for our popular New Work Reading series and see what the hype is all about!

As the uncertainty of the Great War gives way to the progress of the 1920s, Liza Bloomfield wishes the times would just stop changing, always wishing to be one of the great ladies she serves in the millinery in which she works. Alongside Irene Kaye, a quick-thinking actress, Liza takes her fate into her own hands and risks it all to sail for England, eventually conning her way up the social ladder. “Til Death” is a darkly comic musical about friendship, crime, romance and the allure and danger of longing for the past. Some mature content.

Book and lyric by Amanda Prahl, Master of Fine Arts in playwriting candidate; music by Alexander Tom, Arizona State University alumnus.

March 25, 6 p.m.
ASU Kerr Cultural Center

$8 General Admission

For information or tickets, call ASU Kerr Center Box Office at 480-596-2660 or CLICK HERE

THE FAIRY QUEEN - ASU Lyric Opera Theatre - March 23 & 24, 2018

Student Lab Production: The Fairy Queen

Shakespeare’s beloved comedy “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” takes a musical twist in Purcell’s adaptation, "The Fairy Queen."

The stories of the fairies that inhabit the forest come to life through this production in the Diane and Bruce Halle Skyspace Garden on Arizona State University’s Tempe campus. Upon entering the garden, the audience will be surrounded by the fairies’ sylvan lair, and will enjoy an evening of singing, dancing and scenes from the original play, featuring artists from the various schools within the Herberger Institute.

Music by Henry Purcell, after "A Midsummer Night's Dream" by William Shakespeare; stage direction by Stephanie Sadownik, music direction by Kamna Gupta.

March 23 and 24, 6 p.m.
Biodesign Institute
Sky Space Garden

$8 General Admission  CLICK HERE to purchase tickets

audition notice - FESTIVAL OF SHORTS - B3 Productions - April 7

B3 Productions announces open auditions for its Festival of Shorts, performing in May.


Beatrix in the Shadows by D. Lee Miller, directed by Juliet Rachel Wilkins. 

Fish From Heaven by Rosemary Frisino Toohey, directed by Bertha Cortes.  Rehearsals are TBA, falling between April 9-May 6.

Raghead by Tom Coash, directed by Jessica Holt.  This will rehearse Wednesday evenings, April 11-May 2.

The Brotherhood by Renee’ Flemings, directed by RC Contreras.  This will rehearse Tuesday evenings, April 10-May 1.

The Connection by Robin Doupe, directed by Jessica Holt.  This will rehearse Wednesday evenings.

The Trouble with Cashews by David MacGregor, directed by Bertha Cortes, Rehearsals are TBA, falling between April 9-May 6.

These, Our Mindless Hearts by Dale Light, directed by RC Contreras. 

What Everyone Wants by John Perovich, directed by Juliet Rachel Wilkins.  This will rehearse Thursday evenings, April 12-April 26.

For all shows, Tech Week is Monday May 7-Thurs May 10, from 6 to 10 PM.  Performances are Fridays and Saturdays, May 11, 12, 18, and 19 at 8 PM.

Some roles have been precast.  Open roles, and their show descriptions, are listed below.

Fish from Haven: A drama set in Honduras where a couple waits for the rain to bring them fish to eat. Husband and wife have different views about if this miracle will happen again.

Lucia (Wife) f. Ideally Latina 20s to 40s.

Esteban ( poor farmer) m. Ideally Latino 20s to 40s.

Raghead: A drama about the prejudices and problems that abound in our modern world where there are no easy answers.

Sarah: 25-35 modern Italian-American woman, method actor, strong, smart.

Nick: 25-35 Italian-American man, firefighter.

The Brotherhood:  Two brothers cope with the death of their younger brother the morning of his funeral.

Eric: black male 35-40.

Stefan: black male 35-45.

The Connection: A dramedy about life, the afterlife and the people we lose.

Ava: Young woman teens to late 20's, hopeful yet a skeptic, needs to be able to play hopeful and distraught.

Brittany: Ava's best friend, humorous, heartfelt and strong.

Skye: an eccentric medium, any age.

Marta: Ava's feeble yet spunk aunt, preferred over 50.

George: Ava's aging father, flamboyant entertainer.

Auditions will be on Saturday, April 7th, from 1 to 4 PM and will be held at B3, The SIC Sense Theatre, 1902-9 E McDowell Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85006. 

Auditioners will be expected to do movement, voice improv, energy and focus games, and be interviewed briefly.  Additional activities include cold readings from the scripts.    Please be prepared to stay the full 3 hours. 

We are also looking for design help.  Please contact the Producer if you are interested in Costume/Makeup/Mask Design, Prop Design, or Sound Design.  Board op and backstage positions are also available.

Questions may be addressed to the Producer, Ilana Lydia, at

cast announcement - THE MIRACLE WORKER - Fountain Hills Youth Theater

CLICK HERE for more information on this production, which runs from March 30th to April 15th

Blind Girl/Chorus, Allison Avery
Kate Keller, Carly Cairns
Jimmy/Chorus, Ben Campbell
Blind Girl/Chorus, Elizabeth Campbell
Blind Girl/Chorus, Emily Campbell
Annie Sullivan, Hunter DiGrazia
Percy, Sebastian Girodroux
Blind Girl/Chorus, Lachlan Henderson
James, Connor Klein
Blind Girl/Chorus, Iris Lochner
Martha, Makayla Lopez
Aunt Ev, Macy Morgan
Captain Keller, Mike Romano
Helen Keller, Chloe Rozalsky
Viney, Nadiya Szczepkowski
Blind Girl/Chorus, Jaclyn Stone
Blind Girl/Chorus, Natalie Thornton
Blind Girl/Chorus, Isabella Valdivieso

Produced by Anne Kelleher
Directed by Ross Collins

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

WAITRESS - October 2-7, 2018 - ASU Gammage

Book by Jessie Nelson; Music by Sara Bareilles; Lyrics by Sara Bareilles; Based upon the motion picture written by Adrienne Shelly

Brought to life by a groundbreaking all-female creative team, this irresistible new hit features original music and lyrics by 6-time Grammy® nominee Sara Bareilles("Brave," "Love Song"), a book by acclaimed screenwriter Jessie Nelson (I Am Sam), choreography by Lorin Latarro (Les Dangereuse Liasons, Waiting for Godot) and direction by Tony Award® winner Diane Paulus (HAIR, PIPPIN, FINDING NEVERLAND).

Inspired by Adrienne Shelly's beloved film, WAITRESS tells the story of Jenna –a waitress and expert pie maker, Jenna dreams of a way out of her small town and loveless marriage. A baking contest in a nearby county and the town's new doctor may offer her a chance at a fresh start, while her fellow waitresses offer their own recipes for happiness. But Jenna must summon the strength and courage to rebuild her own life.

"WAITRESS is a little slice of heaven!" says Entertainment Weekly and "a monumental contribution to Broadway!" according to Marie Claire. Don't miss this uplifting musical celebrating friendship, motherhood, and the magic of a well-made pie.

"It's an empowering musical of the highest order!" raves the Chicago Tribune.

ON YOUR FEET! - November 6-11, 2018 - ASU Gammage

From their humble beginnings in Cuba, Emilio and Gloria Estefan came to America and
broke through all barriers to become a crossover sensation at the very top of the pop music
world. But just when they thought they had it all, they almost lost everything.

ON YOUR FEET! takes you behind the music and inside the real story of this record-making and groundbreaking couple who, in the face of adversity, found a way to end up on their feet.

Directed by two-time Tony Award® winner Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots), with choreography
by Olivier Award winner Sergio Trujillo (Jersey Boys) and an original book by Academy
Award® winner Alexander Dinelaris (Birdman), ON YOUR FEET! features some of the most
iconic songs of the past quarter-century - and one of the most inspiring stories in music

DEAR EVAN HANSEN - November 27–December 2, 2018 - ASU Gammage

Book by Steven Levenson; Music and Lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul


A letter that was never meant to be seen, a lie that was never meant to be told, a life he never dreamed he could have. Evan Hansen is about to get the one thing he’s always wanted: a chance to finally fit in. DEAR EVAN HANSEN is the deeply personal and profoundly contemporary musical about life and the way we live it.

“One of the most remarkable shows in musical theater history,” says The Washington Post. Rolling Stone calls DEAR EVAN HANSEN, “a game-changer that hits you like a shot in the heart͟” and NBC News raves “An inspiring anthem resonating on Broadway and beyond.”

DEAR EVAN HANSEN features a book by Tony Award® winner Steven Levenson, a score by Academy Award® and Tony Award® winners Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, and direction by four-time Tony Award® nominee Michael Greif.

The Washington Post calls DEAR EVAN HANSEN one of the most remarkable shows in musical theater history.

HELLO, DOLLY! - January 8-13, 2019 - ASU Gammage

Book by Michael Stewart; Music and Lyrics by Jerry Herman; Based on the play 'The Matchmaker' by Thornton Wilder

Tony Award®-winning Broadway legend Betty Buckley stars in HELLO, DOLLY! – the universally acclaimed smash that NPR calls “the best show of the year!” Winner of four Tony Awards® including Best Musical Revival, director Jerry Zaks’ “gorgeous” new production (Vogue) is “making people crazy happy!” (The Washington Post). Breaking box office records week after week and receiving thunderous raves on Broadway, this HELLO, DOLLY! pays tribute to the original work of legendary director/choreographer Gower Champion – hailed both then and now as one of the greatest stagings in musical theater history. Rolling Stone calls it “a must-see event. A musical comedy dream. If you’re lucky enough to score a ticket, you’ll be seeing something historic. Wow, wow, wow, indeed!”

ALADDIN - January 31- February 17, 2019 - ASU Gammage

Book by Chad Beguelin; Music by Alan Menken; Lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice; Additional lyrics by Chad Beguelin; Based on the Disney film written by Ron Clements, John Musker, Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio

Discover a whole new world at Disney’s ALADDIN, the hit Broadway musical.

From the producer of The Lion King comes the timeless story of ALADDIN, a thrilling new production filled with unforgettable beauty, magic, comedy and breathtaking spectacle. It’s an extraordinary theatrical event where one lamp and three wishes make the possibilities infinite.

Hailed by USA Today as “Pure Genie-Us,” ALADDINfeatures all your favorite songs from the film as well as new music written by Tony® and Academy Award® winner Alan Menken (NEWSIES) with lyrics penned by the legendary Howard Ashman (BEAUTY AND THE BEAST), Tony Award winner Tim Rice (THE LION KING, AIDA), and book writer Chad Beguelin (THE WEDDING SINGER).

Directed and choreographed by Tony Award® winner Casey Nicholaw (THE BOOK OF MORMON, SOMETHING ROTTEN!) this “Fabulous” and “Extravagant” (The New York Times) new musical boasts an incomparable design team, with sets, costumes and lighting from Tony Award® winners Bob Crowley (Mary Poppins), Gregg Barnes (KINKY BOOTS), and Natasha Katz (AN AMERICAN IN PARIS). See why audiences and critics agree, ALADDIN is “Exactly What You Wish For!" (NBC-TV).

THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG - March 19-24, 2019 - ASU Gammage

Written by Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields; Original Music by Rob Falconer

What would happen if Sherlock Holmes and Monty Python had an illegitimate Broadway baby? You’d get THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG, Broadway and London’s award-winning smash comedy! Called “A gut-busting hit” (The New York Times) and “The funniest play Broadway has ever seen” (HuffPost), this classic murder mystery is chock-full of mishaps and madcap mania delivering “a riotous explosion of comedy” (Daily Beast). Welcome to opening night of The Murder at Haversham Manor where things are quickly going from bad to utterly disastrous. With an unconscious leading lady, a corpse that can’t play dead, and actors who trip over everything (including their lines), it’s “tons of fun for all ages” (HuffPost) and “comic gold” (Variety) – sure to bring down the house!

WICKED - April 3-May 5, 2019 - ASU Gammage

Book by Winnie Holzman; Music and Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Based on the novel "Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West " by Gregory Maguire;

WICKED, the Broadway sensation, looks at what happened in the Land of Oz…but from a different angle.  Long before Dorothy arrives, there is another young woman, born with emerald-green skin—smart, fiery, misunderstood, and possessing an extraordinary talent. When she meets a bubbly blonde who is exceptionally popular, their initial rivalry turns into the unlikeliest of friendships…until the world decides to call one “good,” and the other one “wicked.”

From the first electrifying note to the final breathtaking moment, WICKED—the untold true story of the Witches of Oz—transfixes audiences with its wildly inventive story that USA Today cheers is “a complete triumph! An original musical that will make you laugh, cry, and think.”

RENT - May 28–June 2, 2019 - ASU Gammage

Book, Music and Lyrics by Jonathan Larson

In 1996, an original rock musical by a little-known composer opened on Broadway… and forever changed the landscape of American theatre. Two decades later, Jonathan Larson’s RENT continues to speak loudly and defiantly to audiences across generations and all over the world. And now, this Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award®-winning masterpiece returns to the stage in a vibrant 20th anniversary touring production. A re-imagining of Puccini's La Bohème, RENT follows an unforgettable year in the lives of seven artists struggling to follow their dreams without selling out. With its inspiring message of joy and hope in the face of fear, this timeless celebration of friendship and creativity reminds us to measure our lives with the only thing that truly matters—love.


Book by David Greig; Music by Marc Shaiman; Lyrics by Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman; Based on the novel by Roald Dahl; Songs from the Motion Picture by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley

Roald Dahl's amazing tale is now Tempe’s golden ticket! It's the perfect recipe for a delectable treat: songs from the original film, including "Pure Imagination," "The Candy Man," and "I've Got a Golden Ticket," alongside a toe-tapping and ear-tickling new score from the songwriters of HAIRSPRAY.

Willy Wonka is opening his marvelous and mysterious chocolate a lucky few. That includes Charlie Bucket, whose bland life is about to burst with color and confection beyond his wildest dreams. He and four other golden ticket winners will embark on a mesmerizing joyride through a world of pure imagination. Now's your chance to experience the wonders of Wonka like never before – get ready for Oompa-Loompas, incredible inventions, the great glass elevator, and more, more, more at this everlasting showstopper!

THE BOOK OF MORMON - August 6-11, 2019 - ASU Gammage

Book, Music and Lyrics by Robert Lopez, Matt Stone and Trey Parker

The New York Times calls it “the best musical of this century.” The Washington Post says, “It is the kind of evening that restores your faith in musicals.” And Entertainment Weekly says, “Grade A: the funniest musical of all time.” Jimmy Fallon of The Tonight Show calls it “Genius. Brilliant. Phenomenal.” It’s THE BOOK OF MORMON, the nine-time Tony Award®-winning Best Musical.

This outrageous musical comedy follows the misadventures of a mismatched pair of missionaries, sent halfway across the world to spread the Good Word. Now with standing room only productions in London, on Broadway, and across North America, THE BOOK OF MORMON has truly become an international sensation. Contains explicit language.

reviews - GIDION'S KNOT - Stray Cat Theatre

Alison Campbell and Shari Watts
photo by John Groseclose

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 March 24th.

".Something very bad has just happened in Johnna Adams' Gidion's Knot, an intriguing drama that pits two very different women in a room for 75 minutes while secrets and truths are revealed about what led up to this unfortunate, horrible event. The room where the play is set is a fifth-grade classroom and the two women are the teacher of the class and the mother of one of her students, who just committed suicide. Though not a perfect play, Stray Cat Theatre's co-production with Tempe Center for the Arts is well directed with two actresses who exquisitely deliver nuanced performances full of heightened, raw and deep emotions....The drawback to the play is that...the debate never feels truly fair...Also, for a 75-minute one act play, the facts take a very long time to be revealed... " -Gil Benbrook, Talkin' Broadway (click here to read the complete review)

"...the only thing that is really going on in the play is the slow revelation of the specifics of a violent tragedy. Any suspense is purely about the plot, because the dialogue, no matter how fiery, doesn’t engage with any deeper ideas and doesn’t really let its characters emerge as full human beings. It’s all information, no subtext..."  Kerry Lengel, Arizona Republic (click here to read the complete review)

"...Under Tracy Liz Miller’s taut direction, and told in real-time with a running length of seventy-five minutes, no intermission, Gidion’s Knot is an adversarial drama of a meeting that was arranged before a tragedy occurred. ...Like a murder mystery where the detective slowly peels back the layers of evidence..Gidion’s Knot unveils the events of the previous few days in small, conversational nuggets, slowly forming an overall picture...But despite the two outstanding performances, Gidion’s Knot is not an easy play to like. may not want to look, and you may not be enjoying what you’re seeing or hearing, but you can’t turn away." -David Appleford, Valley Screen and Stage (click here to read the complete review)

cast announcement - HENRY IV, PART I - Southwest Shakespeare Company

CLICK HERE for more information on this production, which runs March 23 to April 7

King Henry: Eric Schoen

Prince Hal: Tony Latham

Falstaff: Keath Hall

Hotspur: Joshua Murphy

Worcester / Mistress Quickly: Megan Lindsay

Northumberland / Westmorland / Sheriff: Libby Mueller

Douglas /Gadsill: Alexis Baigue

Glendower / Blunt /Bardolf: James Cougar Canfield

Lady Percy / Vernon / Traveler: Hilary Kelman

Princess Joan / Lady Mortimer / Traveler / Carrier: Bonnie Romney

Mortimer / Peto / Servant: Seth Scott

Poins / Messenger: Drew Leatham

reviews - MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET - Phoenix Theatre

Kavan Hashemian, Christopher Lash, Kurt Jenkins, Alyssa Chiarello, Bill Scott Sheets, and Austin Case
Photo by Reg Madison Photography
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 15.

"Based on an actual event, Million Dollar Quartet documents one famous night in the lives of Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Elvis Presley. Phoenix Theatre's area premiere of this upbeat jukebox musical features two dozen hit songs and four talented musicians who expertly embody these iconic rock and country legends. The end result is a crowd-pleasing, toe-tapping, thrilling and energetic fact-based musical journey to the past..." -Gil Benbrook, Talkin' Broadway (click here to read the complete review)

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

"...If you’re a rock ‘n roll fan, you’ll have the time of your life. And even if you only have a passing interest, it will still be one of the most fun nights at the theatre you’ll get to experience. Strap yourselves in; under Scott Weinstein’s Phoenix Theatre directorial debut, Million Dollar Quartet is a musical theatre thrill ride...." -David Appleford, Valley Screen and Stage (click here to read the complete review)

"Hearing Carl Perkins’ “Blue Suede Shoes,” Johnny Cash’s “Sixteen Tons,” Elvis Presley’s “Party,” and Jerry Lee Lewis’ “Great Balls of Fire” in a musical comedy is not traditional but in “Million Dollar Quartet” those rock ‘n’ roll legends are heard with more than 20 of their pop tune hits as this rollicking show pays a glorious tribute to these four singers...Phoenix Theatre mounts the first local production of this homage with great flourish because outstanding musical performers portray the four unique talents with realistic honesty....." --Chris Curcio, KBAQ (click here to read the complete review)