Thursday, April 19, 2018

Ghostlight Theatre's 2018 / 2019 Season!

Some Sweet Day
By Flip Kobler and Cindy Marcus

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

God of Carnage
by Yasmina Reza, translated by Christopher Hampton

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

Much Ado About Nothing
by William Shakespeare

This classic Shakespeare comedy gets new life as this adaptation sets its action in the roaring '20's

I Hate Shakespeare!
by Steph DeFerie

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

The Glass Menagerie
by Tennessee Williams

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

You're a Good Man Charlie Brown: The Musical
Based on the Comic Strip  by Charles M. Schulz
Book, Music and Lyrics by Clark Gesner

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

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

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

reviews - THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY - Arizona Broadway Theatre

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

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

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

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

WEEK AT A GLANCE: April 16 - April 22

review - 12 ANGRY JURORS - Zao Theatre

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

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

promo photo - WE WILL ROCK YOU - Fountain Hills Theater

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

review - LEGALLY BLONDE - ASU Lyric Opera Theatre

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

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

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

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

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

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

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

photos - ROMEO AND JULIET - Spotlight Youth Theatre

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photos by Ryan Cyphert

photos - LEGALLY BLONDE - ASU Lyric Opera Theatre

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photos by Tim Trumble

THINGS MY MOTHER TAUGHT ME - Stage Left Productions - May 11-19, 2018

Olivia and Gabe are moving into their first apartment together, halfway across the country from their parents, so imagine their surprise when everyone shows up to help them. Funny and touching, this one will make you laugh out loud and fall in love all over again.

Cindy Miesse as Karen
George Peterson-Karlan as Carter
Helen Mitchell as Olivia
Caroline Butler as Max
Wendi Grezlak as Lydia
Dan Meiller as Wyatt
John Rose as Gabe

"Things My Mother Taught Me" is performing at the Paradise RV Resort Ballroom
10950 West Union Hills Drive Sun City AZ 85373

Friday May 11th @ 7:00pm
Saturday May 12th @ 2:00pm
Saturday May 12th @ 7:00pm
Sunday May 13th @ 4:00pm
Friday May 18th @ 7:00pm
Saturday May 19th @ 2:00pm
Saturday May 19th @ 7:00pm

Tickets are $16-20 Reserved Seating

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Monday, April 16, 2018

WEEK AT A GLANCE: April 16 - April 22

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


Spotlight Youth Theatre
April 13 - April 22, 2018

Limelight Performing Arts 
April 11-22, 2018

Paradise Valley Community College 
April 13 - April 22, 2018

Southwest Shakespeare Company 
April 13 – April 22, 2018

Arizona Theatre Company 
April 5 – April 22, 2018

April 6 - April 22, 2018

April 6 - 22, 2018


ASU Gammage 
April 17-22, 2018

Scottsdale Musical Theater Company
April 19 & 20, 2018

Starlight Community Theater 
April 21 & 22, 2018


Phoenix Theatre 
April 18, 2018 - May 13, 2018

Space 55

Stray Cat Theatre
May 4 – May 19, 2018

iTheatre Collaborative
May 4 - 19, 2018

Theater Works 
May 4 - 20, 2018

Stage Left Productions 
May 11-19, 2018

Hale Centre Theare
May 17, 2018 - June 30, 2018

Mesa Encore Theatre 
May 18 - May 27, 2018

A/C Theatre Company 
May 18 - June 3, 2018

Scottsdale Desert Stages Theatre 
May 18 - June 17, 2018