Saturday, December 14, 2019

WEEK AT A GLANCE: December 9-December 15

cast announcement - DISNEY'S NEWSIES - Scottsdale Desert Stages Theatre

CLICK HERE for more information on this production, which runs January 31-February 16

Finch: Jacob Argano
Nun/Newsie: Katherine Baier
Joseph Pulitzer/Newsie: Zolton Bonnenfant
Les: Carter Bradbury
Jojo: Rylie Clore
Nunzio/Guard/Policeman/Roosevelt: Noah Culbertson
Bunsen/Newsie: Gianni Gonzalez
Mush: Brynn Granger
Wiesel/Stage Manager/Mr. Jacobi/Mayor: Cameron Grove
Bowery Beauty 2/Newsie: Olivia Jurkovich
Bowery Beauty 1/Newsie: Sophia Jurkovich
Buttons: Ryelie Kaye
Davey: Connor Klein
Spot Conlin/Splasher: Jacob Krotonsky
Katherine Plumber: Sadie  Krotonsky
Morris Delancy/Newsie: Sam Markson
Snyder/Newsie: Caitlyn Miller
Albert: Tabitha (Tabi) Momeyer
Tommy Boy: Marissa Myers
Henry: Kylee Novack
Race: Christopher Poulios
Romeo: Brielle  Quintana
Nun/Newsie: Abbey Raye Richmond
Mike: Allie Rose
Medda Larkin/Newsie: Anne  Schermerhorn
Specs: Paige Schmella
Oscar Delancy/Newsie: Noah Simmons
Hannah/Nun: Nina Smith
Crutchie: Noah Sucato
Elmer: Jamie Villarreal
Nun/Newsie: Olivia Wesson
Seitz/Newsie: Xander Zeeb
Jack Kelly: Jack Yampolsky

audition notice - CARRIE THE MUSICAL - Brelby Theatre Company - December 28 & 29

Directed by Shelby Elise Maticic
Music Direction by Helen Morris
December 28th & 29th (10am-1pm)

Callbacks will be held by invitation only on Saturday Jan 4th from 10am-1pm.
Video submissions will be accepted through Dec 29th.

To secure an audition spot, email with full name, resume, headshot (no weblinks) and specify if you need a specific audition window.


Auditioners should prepare 32 bars of a contemporary rock musical song with a backing track, and 1 contemporary monologue (keep it truly contemporary...something from the past 20-30 years please).

18+ only.


Show Rehearses: Jan 5-Feb 13 (Sundays-Thursdays 6-10PM, some Sundays from 2-8 pm)

Show Performs: Feb 14-15, 20-22, 27-29 @ 7:30pm/ Feb 15-16, 22-23, 29 & March 1 @ 2:00pm


Synopsis: Carrie White is a misfit. At school, she's an outcast who's bullied by the popular crowd, and virtually invisible to everyone else. At home, she's at the mercy of her loving but cruelly over-protective mother. But Carrie's just discovered she's got a special power, and if pushed too far, she's not afraid to use it…


Character Breakdown:

Carrie White: (Must be able to play 17 years old) A painfully shy outsider who, in spite of her best efforts to belong, has been a victim of her classmate’s cruel jokes since childhood, as well as her mother’s strict, biblically-ordained control at home. She transforms from ugly duckling into graceful, and then vengeful, swan. Vocally, she must be capable of lyrical sweetness as well as fierce power.

Margaret White: (Must be able to play Mid 30s to Mid 40s.) A woman of visceral extremes, she balances her fervent religious convictions with equally sincere true-believer spirituality and tender, maternal love for Carrie. In the end, she proves to be a religious extremist. Like Carrie, with whom she shares several duets, her voice must range from expressive and melodic to ferocious and frightening. Seeking a fantastic actress with a great voice.

Sue Snell: (Must be able to play 17 years old) Sue acts as a narrator to events of the past in which she was a participant. Sweet, straight-A smart and well-liked good girl who has been popular her whole life. She finds herself participating in an unthinking act of cruelty that changes everything, and a moment of conscience causes her to embark on a different path that sets her apart from her peers and tests her. Vocally, she has a great pop ballad voice that delivers sweet sincerity and strength.

Tommy Ross: ( Must be able to play 17 years old) Tommy is the most popular senior, varsity star athlete, valedictorian, and all-around handsome good-guy. Yet within this icon, also sweetly self-effacing and blessed with the quirky sensitivity of a poet who is not afraid to stand up to peer pressure and do the right thing. His voice should have an effortless pop quality.

Chris Hargensen: (Must be able to play 17 years old). Chris is a rich, spoiled-rotten, popular beauty who radiates a natural ringleader and a bully. She is arrogant, and has a sense of entitlement that makes her think she deserves to get her own way ... and God help you if you cross her. She has serious daddy and anger management issues. Actress must have a powerful, rhythmic rock/belt voice.

Billy Nolan: (Must be able to play 18-20 years old) Now in his 6th year of high school, he is stupid-like-afox bad boy whose wise mouth troublemaking has led him to spend more time in detention than in class. Chris manipulates him to do her bidding. His voice is a wailing rocker.

Miss Gardner: Actress, (Must be able to play Mid 20s to Mid 30s) The girls Physical Education teacher. Can be disciplinarian when the situation calls for it, but also a warm fairy godmother figure to Carrie. Goes from angrily wanting to take Carrie and shake her in the shower to protective and encouraging Carrie to dream only to find herself in a situation thats way over her head. Actress must have a warm voice with a solid mezzo belt.

Mr. Stephens: (Must be able to play Mid 20s to Mid 30s) A well intentioned English teacher and guidance counselor who struggles to help students realize their potential. He can also double as other parts vocally, offstage (i.e. Detective, Pastor). Good singer.

Norma: (Must be able to play 17 years old) Gossipy and suck-up to authority, Norma is second in command to Chris' queen bee. Fantastic pop/rock and contemporary musical theatre voice.

Frieda: Actress (Must be able to play 17 years old) Sue's brainy pal, she's an easy going, get-along follower and a tireless extracurricular committee volunteer. Fantastic pop/rock and contemporary musical theatre voice.

Helen: Actress (Must be able to play 17 years old) Giggly and easily shocked, her immaturity and need to belong make her the perfect example of the herd mentality. Fantastic pop/rock and contemporary musical theatre voice.

George: Actor (Must be able to play 17 years old) Tommy's jock wingman since childhood. George idolizes him. Perhaps a little too much... Fantastic pop/rock and contemporary musical theatre voice.

Stokes: Actor (Must be able to play 17 years old) A bit of a nerd, he's happy to be included as one of Tommy's posse. Fantastic pop/rock and contemporary musical theatre voice.

Freddy: Actor (Must be able to play 17 years old). The wise-cracking class clown and official yearbook photographer, he can't believe any girl would give him the time of day. Fantastic pop/rock and contemporary musical theatre voice.

cast announcement - SPRING AWAKENING - Greasepaint Youth Theatre

CLICK HERE for more information on this production, which runs January 24-February 2

Wendla: Ainsley Orozco
Martha: Liv Boscardin
Thea: Kori Schwarz
Anna: Elle Feinstein
Ilsa: Tatum Grell
Melchior: Riley Thornton
Moritz: George Nassar
Hanschen/Rupert: Kevin Wang
Ernst/Reinhold: Alex Flores
Georg/Dieter: Grady Svetly
Otto/Ulbrecht: TBA
Adult Women: Dani Obergh, Amanda Fischer, Lex Cobb
Adult Men: TBA

Thursday, December 12, 2019

cast announcement - A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER - Fountain Hills Theater

CLICK HERE for more information on this production, which runs January 24-February 9

Montague “Monty” Navarro: Nicholas Gunnel
Miss Shingle: Rita Liegl
Sibella Hallward: Erica Glenn
Phoebe D’Ysquith: Irma Gloria
The D’Ysquith Family: Hector Coris

Kathleen Berger
Maggie Berry
Valerie Tanner
Kimberly Mumford
Daniel Tanner
Patrick Russo
Jonathon Debs

Musical Direction by Erica Glenn
Stage Management by Patty Torrilhon & Linda Ferington
Directed by Peter Hill
Choreographed by Savannah Grottenthaler
Produced by Meghan Ramos

IN THE HEIGHTS Movie Trailer!

Brelby Theatre Company presents a Musical Theatre Audition Workshop on Monday, December 16

Musical Theatre Audition Workshop

Monday December 16

Perfect your next musical theatre audition pieces under the guidance of Brelby ensemble members, Shelby Maticic and Helen Morris.

Participants will come prepared with 32 bars of music and received focused coaching on musicality, dynamics, and performative storytelling.

Whether you're preparing for our upcoming Carrie the Musical auditions, or finetuning your piece for the next musical you have your eye set on, our team will help you prepare to dazzle the directing panel at your next audition.

Space is limited in order to ensure each student receives attention and coaching.

Shelby Maticic, Brelby's Artistic Director, has been directing and choregraphing for musical theatre for over a decade. She received her BS in Theatre Performance from NAU, and her MFA from ASU.  Select directing credits include: You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, Godspell, Little Shop of Horrors, Through the Mist (world premiere), Oh, the Humanity! (world premiere), Little Women the Musical, Ghost the Musical (AZ Premiere), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Dogfight (AZ Premiere), Heathers the Musical, Big Fish, Jasper in Deadland (AZ Premiere) and Fly by Night (AZ Premiere).

She is a zoni award winning playwright, and half of the writing team behind Brelby's Season 12 world premiere musical, Echoes.

Helen Morris, a music education student, musician, vocalist and composer, has music directed several local productions including Evil Dead the Musical, the Arizona premiere of Jasper in Deadland, and Children's Letters to God.

Original composition credits include music for the world premiere of Luna & Solis, as well as the original score & lyrics for the upcoming world premiere musical, Echoes, in 2020. Additionally, Helen is a private piano, vocals and theory instructor, a musical theatre workshop instructor for the Arizona Thespian Society, and volunteers as an Experience Gallery Guide & Educational Intern at the Musical Instrument Museum.

CLICK HERE to Register for this workshop

photos - MERLIN & MORGANA: AN ARTHURIAN MUSICAL - State 48 Theatre Company

CLICK HERE for more information on this production, which runs through December 14

photos by Amy Smyth

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

cast announcement - THE ULTIMATE CHRISTMAS SHOW (ABRIDGED) - Southwest Shakespeare Company

CLICK HERE for more information on this production, which runs December 20-22

Reed Martin is a graduate of UC Berkeley, UC San Diego, The Bill Kinnamon School of Professional Umpire Training, and Clown College. He has performed in forty-six states and eleven foreign countries, including New Jersey. Prior to joining the RSC in 1989, he was a clown with Ringling Brothers/Barnum & Bailey Circus where he spent two years frightening children and smelling of elephants. He lives in Northern California with his wife and two sons, all three of whom are much funnier than he is. Reed feels strongly that toilet paper should be fed over the top of the roll.

Dan Saski has been helping RSC reduce expectations for years. He's performed internationally in The Complete Works…(abridged) and regionally in The Ultimate Christmas Show (abridged), The Complete History of Comedy (abridged), The Complete History of America (abridged), and Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Play (abridged), which he also helped workshop. He's been an actor in and around the SF Bay Area for the past 15 years and also teaches theater so he can pay rent. Dan is a proud alumni of The Meisner Technique Studio.

Austin Tichenor is co-artistic director of the Reduced Shakespeare Company and has performed with them around the world, off-Broadway, in London’s West End, in the PBS version of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged), and at such theaters as the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, American Repertory Theatre, the Folger Shakespeare Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Pittsburgh Public Theatre, Merrimack Repertory Theatre, and Repertory Theatre of St. Louis. He’s the co-author of ten stage comedies, the half-hour film The Ring Reduced for UK’s Channel 4, the half-hour pilot The Week Reduced for TBS, the six episode Reduced Shakespeare Radio Show for the BBC World Service, the comic memoir How The Bible Changed Our Lives (Mostly For The Better) for all e-book platforms, the irreverent reference book Reduced Shakespeare: The Complete Guide for the Attention-Impaired (abridged) for Hyperion Press, and Pop-Up Shakespeare (illustrated by Jennie Maizels), published by Candlewick Press in the US and Walker Books in the UK & Australia. He also produces and hosts the weekly Reduced Shakespeare Company Podcast, which was named one of Broadway World’s Top Ten Podcasts for Theatre Fans. He’s starred in the original productions of the ten RSC shows he co-wrote, performed with both the Oakland Symphony and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and acted in both the midwest premiere of Lauren Gunderson’s The Book of Will at Chicago’s Northlight Theatre and the world premiere of In The Garden: A Darwinian Love Story with the Tony Award-winning Lookingglass Theatre Company. On TV, Austin played recurring roles on 24, Alias, Felicity, Ally McBeal, and The Practice, and guest starred as Guys In Ties on The West Wing, The X-Files, ER, The Mentalist, Nip/Tuck, Gilmore Girls, and on many other hours of episodic television. He’s also performed his own material many times on NPR and the BBC. A lyricist and adaptor, Austin is an alumnus of the BMI Musical Theatre workshop and has written over a dozen plays and musicals for young audiences. His full-length one-act Dancing on the Ceiling (an adaptation of Kafka’s “The Metamorphosis”) and adaptation of Frankenstein are both published by Broadway Play Publishing. He directed the world premiere of his adaptation of The New York Times bestselling author Jasper Fforde’s The Eyre Affair in 2016, Much Ado About Nothing in 2017, and Twelfth Night for Cincinnati Shakespeare Company in 2018. He also contributes monthly essays to the Folger Shakespeare Library’s online journal, “Shakespeare & Beyond.” Austin is a fifth-generation Californian born on the 54th anniversary of the San Francisco Earthquake and the 185th anniversary of Paul Revere’s Ride, which makes him older than he looks but short for his weight. He’s a member of the Dramatists Guild, has a BA in History and Theatre from UC Berkeley and an MFA from Boston University. He currently lives in Chicago with his improviser and writer wife Dee Ryan, their two kids, and too many cats.

video interview - ELF, THE MUSICAL - Arizona Broadway Theatre

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

photos - ANNIE - Spotlight Youth Theatre

CLICK HERE for more information on this production, which runs through December 22

photos by Joanne Wastchak

audition notice - FRANKENSTEIN: AN ORIGINAL MUSICAL - State 48 Theatre Company - December 20 & 21

Ages 10-19.  State 48 Theatre Company’s original musical, Frankenstein, is a thrilling adaptation of Mary Shelley’s horror-filled tale of a scientist who dares to create life from death and tragically brings murder and terror down on those he loves.  The story of Victor Frankenstein and his brilliant but damaged Creature is one of arrogance, betrayal, reckless ambition, and romance.  The story has been adapted from Mary Shelley’s novel by Andrea McFeely, with original music by Karli Kemper and Bryson Giles.

Friday, December 20th, 2019
Saturday, December 21st, 2019
Youth Production
Ages 10 – 19

The Fuse Box
943 S. Gilbert Rd Suite 202
Mesa, AZ 85204

Sign up for an audition slot here: