Friday, April 28, 2017

WEEK AT A GLANCE: April 24 - April 30

audition notice - ensemble, swing and understudy parts - BARE - Nearly Naked Theatre - April 28

NEARLY NAKED THEATRE   will be holding supplemental auditions for
by Damon Intrabarrolo & Jon Hartmere  
directed by Damon Dering  
music direction by Curtis Moeller  

A group of high school seniors at a Catholic boarding school faces issues of sexuality and personal identity. As they struggle to come to terms with who they are, and who the world thinks they should be, they seek answers from their Church, their friends, and ultimately, from within themselves. Its rich, vibrant score draws on many styles of contemporary music.    

1 WOMAN  aged 17-25 (plays 17-18) with strong vocal, acting and movement abilities, for the role of
TANYA (female 17-25, plays 17/18, MEZZO/ALTO) Lucas’s girlfriend, into the party scene and not the most “responsible” girl in the group.  BECAUSE THIS ACTRESS WILL UNDERSTUDY THE ROLE OF “IVY”, she must have strong acting and vocal abilities, must have a strong “belt”, must have a “convential high school All-American pretty” look, and be comfortable showing her midriff and being in her bra.   We prefer an actress 18+, but must be at least 17.
Tanya is a choral role that performs in the show everynight, she has a lot of solo lines and stuff to do!

1 AFRICAN-AMERICAN WOMAN aged 35+ (MEZZO/SOPRANO/GOSPEL BELT) to UNDERSTUDY the role of  SISTER CHANTELLE  A nun; wise but no-nonsense , with an almost “too street to be a nun” attitude.

1 MAN aged 18-25 to UNDERSTUDY the role of
JASON (male 18-25, plays 17-18, TENOR with strong male “belt” top note G) Handsome, athletic, basketball-type; he’s the golden child of St. Cecilia’s senior class. THIS ROLE REQUIRES PARTIAL NUDITY.

will be held on am indiviudally scheduled basis ASAP. Please email us you afternoon and evening availability the the rest of this week (4/28) and ALL of NEXT WEEK (4/30 - 5/6)

We will send you sides from the score, and you will come in and sing them, ss well as read sides from the script.

The show is currently in rehearsal. Must be available to start immediately.
The show runs 5/26 - 6/17    

are made by emailing your headshot and resume (or photo and brief summary of experience/training) to Please include your FULL NAME and PHONE NUMBER and AVAILABITITY (see above) in the body of the email, NOT just on your attached resume. (Volunteers monitoring email account do not open attachments and thus cannot see your name and phone if you do not put it in the email). RESUMES are not required, but a HEADSHOT or ANY PICTURE OF YOURSELF is REQUIRED. Even a candid.    


Thursday, April 27, 2017

promo photos - URINETOWN - Mesa Encore Theatre

CLICK HERE for more information on this production, which runs from May 19th to May 28th

Photos by: Pam Pershing
Poster design by: David Chorley
Actors: Nicholas Gunnell, as Bobby - Taylor Moskowitz, as Hope

cast announcement - SEUSSICAL, JR. - Musical Theatre of Anthem

CLICK HERE for more information on this production, which runs May 11th to May 14th

Bird Girl 1: Mary Davis

Bird Girl 2: Hannah Baldwin

Bird Girl 3: Ashley Bragg

Circus Animals: McKenna Carlson, Jack McHatton, Ava Mitchell, Jadyn Momeyer, Stewart Neal, Tor Christian Tjorhom

Citizens of Whoville: Abby Chazan, Cate Finn, Rosalia French, Isabelle Johnson-Heston, Megan McCrory, Emily Severson

Fish: Abby Chazan, Cate Finn, Rosalia French, Isabelle Johnson-Heston, Megan McCrory, Emily Severson

Gertrude McFuzz: Grace Davis

Horton: J.R. Momeyer

Hunters: McKenna Carlson, Jack McHatton, Ava Mitchell, Stewart Neal, Emily Severson, Tor Christian Tjorhom

Jojo/Boy: Julia Hughes

Jungle Citizens: Ava Mitchell, McKenna Carlson, Jadyn Momeyer, Jack McHatton, Stewart Neal, Tor Christian Tjorhom

Mayzie LaBird: Alexis Rosenbaum

Mr. Mayor: Jack Maplethorpe

Mrs. Mayor: Emma Suttell

Sour Kangaroo: KyLeigh Montgomery

Young Kangaroo: Kennedy Weitekamp

The Cat in the Hat: Savannah Foy

The Grinch: Emily Severson

Vlad Vladikoff: Ava Mitchell

Wickersham Brother 1: Stewart Neal

Wickersham Brother 2: Jack McHatton

Wickersham Brother 3: Tor Christian Tjorhom

Yertle the Turtle: McKenna Carlson

reviews - NO TIME FOR SERGEANTS - Hale Centre Theatre

Tom Endicott, Eric Mitchell, and Josh Hunt
Photo by Emily Woodward-Shaw / Lighting by Jeff A. Davis
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 May 13th.

"....TV icon Andy Griffith's successful career was launched...with the part of Will Stockdale, a simple-minded hillbilly who gets drafted into the Army. Griffith first played the character in the short TV movie No Time for Sergeants and later reprised the role in both an expanded Broadway version of the teleplay and a film adaptation. The play is receiving a bright and cheerful production from Hale Centre Theatre. While the simple nature of the light comedy and the dated humor of the piece don't exactly deliver an abundance of guffaws it is a charming show with fun characters and Hale's production features a sweet and winning performance from Josh Hunt as Stockdale....Will's clueless nature, lack of social skills, and need to continually say whatever is on his mind, even when it's not appropriate, get him, his fellow soldiers, and their sergeant into a neverending amount of trouble. ...While the piece is fun and lively it does have a bit of a repetitive nature, with Will's actions having a constant and continual outlandish impact on each new character he meets. Hunt doesn't play Stockdale as an ignorant caricature, just a man who is uninformed about the modern world. This makes him both realistic and entirely lovable. ...Hunt is entirely endearing in the role. As the Sergeant King, who often finds himself the victim of the chaos that Stockdale's actions create, Raymond Barcelo is appropriately frazzled and flustered. Eric Mitchell delivers a good, realistic mix of timidity and assuredness as Stockdale's army pal Ben and he also effectively shows Ben's hurt side when he feels his friend has betrayed him. ...The crackerjack ensemble play multiple parts, with Tom Endicott delivering varied portrayals as both Will's ignorant father and an army general; and Jason Hammond is a hoot as an agitated psychiatrist whom Stockdale turns the tables on. ...M. Seth Reines has directed his cast to deliver refined comic performances that aren't too over the top, which adds a nice hint of realism to the piece. ...It may be sentimental and hokey, and even a bit repetitive, but with a great cast and Hale's always excellent production elements, No Time for Sergeants is a fun show that is also filled with heart. " -Gil Benbrook, Talkin' Broadway (click here to read the complete review)

the ariZoni Awards of Theatre Excellence seek YOUTH Adjudicators for the 2017 / 2018 season

from our friends at the Zonis:

The ariZoni Awards of Theatre Excellence are specifically looking for YOUTH adjudicators for the upoming season.

The adjudicators are the unsung heroes of the ariZoni Awards of Theatre Excellence. Without them, none of the awards would be possible.  And we need a LOT of people to make it all work.

With over 25 theaters, and 13 youth theaters, there are more than 100 productions adjudicated each year that need five adjudicators each. We need qualified people, people who have worked in or studied theater, people who can solidly apply the rubrics to each production and performance they see.

If you are interested in adjudicating for Youth Productions, please fill out an application online. Adjudicator applications are due April 30. Once chosen, you will need to attend a mandatory adjudicator interview /  training session.

Adjudicating is a great way to experience the incredible variety of theater we have in the Valley of the Sun and help ensure the ariZoni's are the BEST they can be!

April 30 - Youth Adjudicator applications due

2017 Training/Interview Dates: (one meeting mandatory for EVERY adjudicator)
Monday, May 8, 7PM, location TBD
Monday, May 15, 7PM, location TBD
May 21, 5PM, location TBD

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

photos - WILLY WONKA, JR - Musical Theatre of Anthem

CLICK HERE for more information on this production, which runs through April 30th

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

CLICK HERE for more information on this production and to purchase tickets

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

Download Youth Audition Form
Please sign up for an audition time below:

Download Adult Audition Form
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photos - THE DROWSY CHAPERONE - Limelight Performing Arts

CLICK HERE for more information on this production, which runs through May 7th

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

CLICK HERE for more information on this production, which runs April 28th to May 14th

photos by Wade Moran

Monday, April 24, 2017

WEEK AT A GLANCE: April 24 - April 30

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


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

CLICK HERE for more information and to purchase tickets

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

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

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

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


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