Tuesday, September 25, 2018

WEEK AT A GLANCE: September 24 - September 30

review - 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA - TheaterWorks' Youth Works

Jessica Kupillas
Photo by Josiah Duka

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 October 7th.

"The sense of imagination that Jules Verne brought almost 150 years ago to his popular 1870 novel "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" connected with readers who were swept up in the adventure of the story. It also proved inspiring for scientists and intellects who considered the scientific inventions in the book...to be ahead of their time. TheaterWorks' Youth Works presents a new adaptation of the classic novel in a production that is as imaginative and full of wonder as Verne's original story....Kyle Olson has successfully crafted a condensed version of Verne's original novel. The one act, 90-minute play touches upon the major plot points in the book, though with a couple of major changes. The first is that the main character of Captain Nemo is played by a woman, as is most of the crew of the Nautilus. This modern update adds a spirited jolt of female empowerment to the piece. ...the creative aspects for this production are some of the best I've ever seen in a Valley youth production. Michael Armstrong's exquisite set design gives the appearance of a fully fleshed out interior of a submarine with dozens of blinking lights, levers, and gauges along with a periscope, portholes and second story walkway. The simple, but inventive, use of videos screens for two exterior portholes provides richly detailed video elements that give the sense of the ship diving under water or ascending to the water's surface as well glimpses of occasional sea life just outside the ship. Combined with the stellar lighting design by Nathaniel White and Josh Hontz's sound design, which includes realistic sound effects and a musical underscore, this is a realistic and immersive theatrical experience like none I can ever remember. ...Jessica Kupillas is sensational as Nemo. ...With a good cast and an abundance of detailed creative elements that are a feast for the senses, TheaterWorks' Youth Works production of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea is a memorable, rich and imaginative theatrical experience......... " -Gil Benbrook, Talkin' Broadway (click here to read the complete review)

cast announcement - FUN HOME - Phoenix Theatre

CLICK HERE for more information on this production, which runs from October 10-December 2

Alison: Becca Ayers* 
Young Alison: Olivia Fearey   
Bruce: Rusty Ferracane* 
Christian: Gianni Gonzalez
Christian: Ian Gray
John: Henry Hunsaker
Joan: Lauren McKay
John: Griffin Raia 
Medium Alison: Kaitlyn Russell   
Roy/Mark/Pete: Drake Sherman*   
Young Alison: Sydney Vance   
Helen: Elyse Wolf*

* Member, Actors' Equity Association 

audition notice - THE 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS - Fountain Hills Theater - October 13 & 14

Fountain Hills Theater is excited to announce auditions for “The 12 Days of Christmas,” a new musical created by FHT’s Artistic Director, Peter J. Hill with Musical Arrangements by Jay Melberg

WHERE: Fountain Hills Theater
11445 N Saguaro Blvd., Fountain Hills, AZ 85268

WHEN: Oct. 13, 2018 at 4pm and Oct. 14, 2018 at 6pm
Callbacks (if required) Oct 16, 2018 at 7pm

HOW: To sign up, visit www.fhtaz.org/auditions/ or call 480-837-9661 x3.

“The 12 Days of Christmas” is a delightful new musical comedy by the author of Ashes to Ashes, The Three Musketeers, The Big Radio Broadcast of 1941, as well as the stage adaptation of A Christmas Carol – The Musical. “The 12 Days of Christmas” is an enchanting advent calendar of a musical, with 12 playlets about the joys, stresses, and downright terrors of the Holiday season. Hilarious segments cover the season with ‘Is That You Santa?’ (or is that the cat burglar?), ‘The Department Store Satan’ (Oh, what a simple typo can cause!), ‘How to Purchase Lingerie’(It ain’t as easy as it looks!), and 9 other funny, touching and delightful tales, are woven into a mix of traditional and unique Holiday songs.

Auditionees must prepare 24-32 bars of a song that best shows off their voice. Please bring sheet music in the correct key. An accompanist is provided. Please no pre-recorded accompaniment. Dress to move for dance audition.

Auditions for “The 12 Days of Christmas” will be held Oct. 13, 2018 at 4pm and Oct. 14, 2018 at 6pm. Callbacks (if required) Oct. 16, 2018 at 7pm. Auditions are at the Theater, located at 11445 N. Saguaro Blvd. (The Corner of Saguaro and Rand). To sign up, visit www.fhtaz.org/auditions/ or call 480-837-9661 x3.

“The 12 Days of Christmas” will play Dec. 7 -23, 2018. Performances are Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm and Sundays at 2pm. All performances and rehearsals are at Fountain Hills Theater on its Mainstage.

“The 12 Days of Christmas” will be directed by Peter J. Hill, musically directed by Jay Melberg, and choreographed by Noel Irick.

Available roles include:
Adult ensemble: 6-8 Adult performers, all ages, all ethnicities. Singer, dancer, comedians with personality to spare.

Youth ensemble: 4-6 Youth performers meeting the same criteria.

promo photos - THE ADDAMS FAMILY YOUNG@PART - Musical Theatre of Anthem

CLICK HERE for more information on this production, which runs September 27-30

Gomez Addams - Jack Maplethorpe
Morticia Addams - Gace Davis
Uncle Fester - Christopher Poulios
Grandma - Mary Davis
Wednesday Addams - Savannah Foy
Pugsley Addams - Lennon Hammond
Lurch - Zane Sharp

photos by: Michele Celentano, Portrait Photographer

review - KISS ME KATE - ASU Music Theatre and Opera

Julia Davis and David Nelson (center) and Cast
photo by Tim Trumble
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 September 30th.

"About to celebrate its 70th anniversary of opening on Broadway, and with an infectious score from Cole Porter that features close to a dozen well known tunes, Kiss Me, Kate is clearly a classic American musical comedy. Arizona State University Music Theatre and Opera is presenting a solid production of this comical backstage story, with impressive leads, upbeat choreography, and fun creative elements....It features a fun and witty, though slightly bloated, book by Sam and Bella Spewack ...Porter's songs do an exceptional job of both complementing and commenting on the off-stage shenanigans and feature such well known gems as "Another Op'nin, Another Show," "So in Love," "I Hate Men," "Too Darn Hot," and "Always True to You (In My Fashion)." ...Under Molly Lajoie's impressive direction, ASU's cast features excellent performances from Julia Davis and David Nelson as Lilli and Fred. They have strong and exceptional singing voices and solid stage presence. ...Caelan Creaser is simply adorable as Lois...With humorous accents, facial expressions, and line deliveries that get big laughs, Teddy Ladley and Thomas Smith are hilarious as the two thugs trying to collect on the IOU...Kiss Me, Kate is a crowd-pleasing musical comedy classic. While I think some of the play within the play scenes are a bit long, the joy of hearing so many exceptional Porter tunes sung by an excellent cast makes for a highly entertaining evening. ASU Music Theatre and Opera's production has a great cast, spirited direction, and fun creative elements, resulting in an engaging, dynamic and lively affair." -Gil Benbrook, Talkin' Broadway (click here to read the complete review)

audition notice - THE GIVER - Musical Theatre of Anthem - October 13

Musical Theatre of Anthem (MTA) announces auditions for The Giver, a theatrical play for ages 12-adult (no-cut for ages 12-19) 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.

GENERAL AUDITIONS will be held Saturday, October 13 at 12 p.m. (11 a.m. for workshop participants) with callbacks on Sunday, October 14, at MTA in Anthem. Those auditioning should prepare a monologue one minute in length. Please have your registration materials (available on MTA’s website) completed prior to coming to the audition. If you are unable to make the scheduled audition time, please contact musicaltheatreofanthem@gmail.com for an alternate appointment time. Auditions, callbacks, and rehearsals take place at MTA’s NEW theatre performance space at 42201 N. 41st Drive, Suite B100, Anthem, AZ 85086.

TUITION and costume fee for this production is $325, with a 10% sibling discount. Scholarships are available for participants who might otherwise not be able to participate. Please visit our website musicaltheatreofanthem.org for more information.

AUDITION PREP WORKSHOP: Audition prep workshops will be held on October 12 from 4:30-6 p.m. and 6-7:30 p.m. During these 90-minute sessions, participants will be instructed on cold reads, acting technique, characterization and more. Participants of the workshop will get to audition prior to the general audition time. Cost is just $35 per participant and space is limited. For more information and to reserve your spot, visit musicaltheatreofanthem.org.

PERFORMANCES for this production take place Nov. 29 – Dec. 2, 2018.

Monday, September 24, 2018

WEEK AT A GLANCE: September 24-September 30

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


October 2-7, 2018 
ASU Gammage

Arizona Broadway Theatre 
October 4-7, 2018

Arizona Theatre Company 
October 4-October 21, 2018

Titanic Scores: The Music of James Horner
Phoenix Symphony Orchestra
October 5, 2018 - October 7, 2018

Mesa Encore Theatre 
October 5-21, 2018

Brelby Theatre Company
October 5-27, 2018

All Puppet Players 
October 5-27, 2018

Scottsdale Desert Stages Theatre 
October 5 - November 4, 2018

Phoenix Theatre
October 10-December 2, 2018

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts 
October 11–27, 2018

Hale Centre Theatre 
October 11-November 24, 2018

Mesa Community College Theatre & Film Arts 
October 12, 2018 - October 20, 2018

Grand Canyon University 
October 12-21, 2018

Fountain Hills Theater 
October 12-28, 2018

Valley Youth Theatre 
October 12-October 28, 2018

Starlight Community Theater 
October 12-28 2018

October 12-28, 2018

Arizona Broadway Theatre 
October 12-November 10, 2018

Don Bluth Front Row Theatre 
October 12-November 24, 2018

Scottsdale Desert Stages Theatre 
October 13-October 28, 2018

ticket discount - REASONS TO BE PRETTY - Laughing Pig Theatre

Laughing Pig Theatre’s biggest show yet, reasons to be pretty by Neil Labute, opens this Friday at the Mesa Arts Center’s Acting Studio!

Shows are September 28, 29, and October 6 at 7:30 PM, and September 30 at 2:00 PM.

With only four performances and limited seating, it’s important to get your tickets to this exciting and intimate show today!

Go to laughingpigtheatre.ticketleap.com and use the promo code REGULAR to get $5 off.

And check out laughingpigtheatre.com for more info.

A conversation with JEKYLL AND HYDE's Matravius Avent

Matravius Avent, top with Elizabeth Grace and Jackie Brecker
photo courtesy Glynn / Sheperd / JALT Media  
by Haddi Meyer

The title characters from Robert Louis Stevenson's novel "Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde," which was turned into the hit musical Jekyll and Hyde, are the kind of dark, complex and rigorous roles that actors who invite challenge leap at the chance to play. The fact that, in this musical, both characters are portrayed by the same individual requires the kind of incredible talent, drive, and stage presence that allows Matravius Avent to easily slip into the role, like Dr. Jekyll slips into Mr. Hyde.

It's clear from sitting down and speaking with Avent that the amount of emotion and enthusiasm with which he speaks about the role shows an undeniable love of and passion for theater. An accomplished actor and singer who works continually at theatres across the Valley, Avent says he was inspired from a young age after seeing a performance of Ragtime as a child.

“That was the first time I had ever seen somebody on stage who looked like me. A black man, performing a lead role and just, destroying it,” Avent stated, “I was like, holy crap, I could do that! I would love to do that. It was the first time I had ever felt that I could make a career out of theater and performing.”

As for Jekyll and Hyde, Avent is full of enthusiasm and elegance when speaking about the show which is the first production from Arizona Regional Theatre, the brand new company co-founded by Kayla Etheridge and Kimberly Sheperd. Avent, a prolific performer who has worked around the globe sang nothing but praise about the show's cast and production team.

“We have such a good cast and I am so excited for this show,” Avent laughed, “The entire team is pretty much all women. That never happens, ever. So I don’t think there’s anywhere in the state where you’re going to find that, so I think that’s really cool. Both Kayla and Kim are very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about their show, and it’s been a lot of fun to work with them.”

In regards to his co-leads, Jackie Brecker who plays the complex and kind courtesan Lucy, and  Elizabeth Grace who plays Dr. Jekyll’s loyal and supportive fiancĂ©e Emma, Avent not only said that they were “both fantastic actresses” and that it was easy to work alongside them, but also that they were instrumental in his characterization of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

“I sat down with Kayla and Kim, and Jackie just sitting around discussing what the characters are and how they interact with each other. What makes Jekyll’s interactions with Lucy, different with Hyde’s interactions with Lucy. Then I did the same thing with Liz. Having that kind of table discussion about what these characters are, helped a lot in preparing for each side.”

Avent described the roles of Jekyll and Hyde as “tough, but fun,” and touched on coming to the revelation that he was definitely more Jekyll than Hyde.

Matravius Avent
“Doing things in the way Jekyll would do, is much more easy for me. So, the way I would sit, or the way I would walk around come easy. I didn’t have to spend as much time focusing on Jekyll in that way, but for Hyde, everything is so much more unnatural. The way he would slouch in a chair,”
Avent grinned as he slid down his chair back, splaying his legs out before popping back up, “or the way he would grab something is just very different. He has complete disregard for feelings and space, whereas Jekyll is very, kind of, type A. Everything belongs in its spot. That’s kind of how I am as well, but Hyde just doesn’t care. Everything is kind of his way or the highway.”

As Avent described the physicalities of Jekyll and Hyde, he was incredibly joyful as he stomped, slouched and pantomimed to demonstrate his take on Hyde. Avent shows a clear love for the roles he is in, something which the audience will immediately pick up on in the form of a passionate and captivating performance.

Specifically, he mentioned, without giving anything away, of course, that at the end of the show, there is a scene which truly captures the duality and depravity of Jekyll and Hyde, saying “Hyde has done a lot of terrible things up until this point in the show and Jekyll has really had just as much as he could. At that moment there is a lot of back and forth between Jekyll and Hyde. I think that’s going to be the moment that shows their duality the most in the quickest amount of time.”

Avent also stated that despite Jekyll and Hyde’s themes of danger and depravity, as depicted in the actions of Hyde in the show, that he hopes the audience leaves contemplating “how they think about things. It would be cool if people would notice those crazy thoughts every once in a while and really try to figure out why they are having them. A little bit of self reflection, I guess.”

Jekyll and Hyde might be a story of depravity, lust and danger, but the time I spent speaking with Avent was truly delightful. Avent is a charming, talented, and passionate actor and speaking with him makes you excited to see the wonderful work that he and the rest of the Jekyll and Hyde cast and crew are putting so much time and effort into creating.

CLICK HERE for more information on this production, which runs from September 28th to October 7th

audition notice - BIG RIVER and NEWSIES - Hale Centre Theatre - October 13

Hale Centre Theatre will hold auditions for Big River, playing April 4, 2019 – May 11, 2019 and Newsies, playing May 16, 2019 – June 29, 2019. The shows are produced by David and Corrin Dietlein. Big River is directed by Tim Dietlein, music directed by Elizabeth Spencer, choreographed by Cambrian James. Newsies is directed and choreographed by Cambrian James and music directed by Elizabeth Spencer. The casting directors are David and Corrin Dietlein. Performances are Wednesday through Saturday nights, with Saturday matinees and some Friday matinees at 3pm. All ethnicities are encouraged to audition.

Actor Pay
2019 Actor Pay Scale Beginning Jan 1, 2019

Huckleberry Finn, Jim, Jack Kelly, Katherine Plumber  - Leads: $75 per performance / $375-$450 a week*

All other roles: $50 per performance / $250-$300 a week*

Big River:

Actors in lead roles will receive an estimated payment of $2400.00, all other adult actors will receive a an estimated payment of $1600.00 for the run of the show.


Actors in lead roles will receive an estimated payment of $2925.00, all other adult actors will receive a an estimated payment of $1950.00 for the run of the show. All children under the age of 14 will receive a $300.00 stipend for the entire production.

Actors will receive free meals between matinee and evening performances and six complimentary tickets.

*Estimated payment may differ if performances are added or removed.

BIG RIVER SYNOPSIS: Join the irrepressible Huck Finn on a musical journey as he helps his friend Jim, a slave, escape to freedom. Big River is a hilarious, suspenseful and heartwarming celebration of pure Americana, with a jubilant score of cajun, gospel, folk, country and blues by country music legend Roger Miller. Bring your family, bring your friends. We guarantee you a great night at the theatre!

NEWSIES SYNOPSIS: Extra! Extra! Newsies is a hit! Disney’s buoyant and uplifting tale of a ragged band of teenaged ‘newsies’ bursts onto our stage with all the fervor and excitement you’ve come to expect at HCT. Our production full of rousing songs, high-energy dance, and amazing performances will make “Headlines!” Come see them in the making!

William Hauptman & Harvey Fierstein

Playing Dates
Apr 4, 2019 - Jun 29, 2019

Hale Centre Theatre
50 West Page Avenue, Gilbert, AZ 85233

Sign up: https://castingmanager.com/audition/info/407

promo photos - RABBIT HOLE - Theatre Artists Studio

CLICK HERE for more information on this production, which runs from September 28th to October 1st

Larah Pawlowski, Ben Rojek and Nathaniel Smith

Patti Davis Suarez and Larah Pawlowski

photos by Mark Gluckman

THE REVOLUTIONISTS - The Bridge Initiative and Tempe Center for the Arts - December 7-15, 2018

Written by Lauren Gunderson

Literally anything can happen when you put the infamous French Queen Marie Antoinette, assassin Charlotte Corday, playwright Olympe de Gouge, and Caribbean spy Marianne Angelle in a room together. This irreverent comedy set during the French Revolution’s Reign of Terror propels itself into modern times while standing up for one’s beliefs and who runs the world. Heads will roll when the women take the stage this December.

Debra K. Stevens directs the company of four actors: Lucy Atkins, Shae Kennedy Leonard, Maren Mascarelli, and Sasha Wordlaw. The offstage team includes stage manager Sarah Chanis, production manager Kathleen Dooner, scenic designer Kara Thomson, costume designer Adle Smithson, hair/makeup designer Lindsey Gardner-Penner, lighting designer Kara Ramlow, sound designer Christopher Neumeyer, props designer Natalie Ward, and technical director Kristen Peterson.

Friday, December 7, 2018 7:30 PM
Saturday, December 8, 2018 2:00 PM
Saturday, December 8, 2018 7:30 PM
Thursday, December 13, 2018 7:30 PM
Friday, December 14, 2018 7:30 PM
Saturday, December 15, 2018 7:30 PM

Tempe Center for the Arts

Sunday, September 23, 2018

photos - KISS ME KATE - ASU Music Theatre and Opera

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

photos by Tim Trumble

promo photos - REAL WOMEN HAVE CURVES - Mesa Encore Theatre

CLICK HERE for more information on this production, which runs from October 5-21

photos by Stephanie 'Tippi' Hart-Dragonfly Studio Photography

audition notice - A CHRISTMAS CAROL - Silver Star Theater - October 5 & 6

The Silver Star Theater announces auditions for A Christmas Carol playing November 30–December 24, 2018.

This is a stage adaptation of the classic Charles Dickens’ novel. This is a musical play with some singing, movement, and dancing. This uplifting Christmas story teaches the lessons of redemption, change, and forgiveness and brings hope to all as we follow Scrooge through his reclamation. This is a family-friendly story is well-loved throughout generations.

The play is produced by The Silver Star Theater, is adapted from Charles Dickens’ book, and stars award-winning actor Mark Kleinman in his familiar role of Ebenezer Scrooge.

There will be 17 performances with most performances occurring on Monday; and Thursday-Saturday. There is one Sunday evening performance on December 23 and a matinee on Christmas Eve, December 24. Evening shows start at 7:30pm and matinees at 1:30pm.

Rehearsals will begin October 29th and continue until Opening Night and will mostly be evening times with some days depending upon availability.

All performers will be paid.

Audition Dates & Times: Children: Friday, October 5, from 6:00pm - 9:00pm (No Appointments Necessary--Coming as Group at 6:00pm then dismissed as necessary) • Children will be asked to sing at the audition.

Children will also read short scenes from the show provided at the audition.

Adults: Saturday, October 6, from 10:00am - 2:00pm 

Adults will read sides from the play which will be provided at the audition.

Adults will also be asked to sing 16 bars of music. Bring your own sheet music, an accompanist will be provided. Callbacks: TBD (as Necessary) Audition Location Auditions will be held at the theater located at 5247 E. Brown Road, Mesa, AZ 85205 How to make an appointment—Adults Only

Please follow the link below to sign up for a time slot. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0d4faaa82fa0fe3-achristmas

For further questions, please contact: Silver Star Box Office at 480-288-0300, or Email: mkleinman@silverstartheater.com

RHINOCEROS - Now and Then Creative Company - November 2-18, 2018

by Eugene Ionesco

Timely, absurd and classic. Rhinoceros by Eugene Ionesco is the unforgettable story of one manic citizen transforming into a rhinoceros and smashing the social order. Soon, others undergo the bizarre metamorphosis to join in the rampage. All that remains is Berenger — unable to change.

Its another day- another simple day- until a rhinoceros charges through a sleep community...waking it up to a dark reality. In this absurd comedy, playwright Eugene Ionesco demands that we question what is true, who to believe, and who to follow when the world is falling gaper. A critical view at the habits and practices of the Western world, RHINOCEROS is unapologetic in its humor and its exploration of how humanity succumbs to dangerous ideals, When you think about it, what does one rhinoceros truly mean anyway?

Friday, Saturday - 7:30 PM
Sunday - 2:00 PM

BERENGER - Devon Mahon
JEAN - Christine Conger
DAISY - Erika Lee Garcia


Director - Cody Goulder
Stage Manager - Shyla Bonham
Asst. Stage Manager - Kristina Metz
Costume Design - Liz Schluter
Make-up/Hair Design - Melody Knudson
Lighting Design - Josh Brickhouse
Sound Design - Clayton Caufman
Scenic/Props Design - Jaren Navenma

CLICK HERE for more information, and to purchase tickets when available

Saturday, September 22, 2018

FROGWOMAN - B3 Productions - November 9 - December 15, 2018

by Chris Danowski
Directed by RC Contreras
Stage Manager - Caitlin Mayr

FrogWoman is the story of a starlet who has surgically turned herself into a frog. She has a manservant named Burley who is as good as three men put together, but side by side and not on top of each other like her circus friends. In a world controlled by an unseen Voice of Authority, will FrogWoman ever break free from the confines of her fame and find her true froggish nature? Will she ever find true love? And most curiously, will she ever find out who’s spending her money?

FrogWoman - Ilana Lydia
Producer - Ashley Naftule
Amphibianologist /FrogWomanhead1 - Marcella Grassa
Fan /Burley1/ SueBobFrog1 -  Sky Donovan
FrogWomanhead2 /Burley2/ SueBobFrog2 - Lindsey Gemme
FrogWomanhead3 /Burley3/ SueBobFrog3 - Dayna Donovan
Wizened FrogWoman - Amy Carpenter
Voice of Authority - Juliet Rachel Wilkins
Set Design - RC Contreras
Sound Design - Emma Walz
Costume Design, Make-up, Hair - Sara Wheatcroft
Lighting Design - Austin Welles
Props Design - Juliet Rachel Wilkins

FrogWoman has a split performance schedule. It plays 11/9, 11/10, 11/16, and 11/17 at 8PM at The Sic Sense Theatre, 19th Street and McDowell in Phoenix.

Then it plays
12/7, 12/8, 12/14, and 12/15 at 8PM at Aside Theatre Company, 7th Street and just north
of Osborn in Phoenix. There is a matinee on 12/9 at 2PM, also at Aside Theatre Company.

Tickets can be found at www.thesicsense.com

MERRY CASHMAS - Ghostlight Youth Theatre - December 13-December 16, 2018

A comedic youth holiday show

Written and presented by The Holly Theatre- Derek Davenport and Helene Benigno

That’s it! The top holiday icons can’t take it anymore. The latest technology and commercialization of the holidays is ruining everything. Folks like Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, Uncle Sam and others have no idea how to stay relevant let alone stop new icons like the Arbor Day Aardvark and the Black Friday Baboons from taking over. Could one unbelieving family finally be the answer to their problems?

Show dates- Thurs Dec 13-Sun Dec 16 (6 performances)

CLICK HERE for more information, and to purchase tickets

Fountain Hills Theater Announces “Narnia Costume Day!" every Saturday during the run of their Youth Production of NARNIA

Left to right: Zolton Bonnenfant, Brooklyn Avery, Allison Avery, Adam Oberg
Photo by Kristina Chartier
Fountain Hills Theater is excited to announce the premier production of their 2018-19 season—their 17th season as a full-time youth theater—“Narnia,” Sept. 29–Oct. 7, 2018—with special “Narnia Costume Days” on Sept. 22, 29 & Oct. 6.

WHAT: “Narnia,” and “Narnia Costume Day”
Book by Jules Tasca, Music by Thomas Tierney, Lyrics by Ted Drachman

WHERE: Fountain Hills Theater
In the Youth Theater
11445 N Saguaro Blvd., Fountain Hills, AZ 85268

WHEN: SHOW RUN: Fri., Sept. 21–Sun., Oct. 7, 2018 (Fri., Sat at 7:00pm; Sun. at 2:00pm)
COSTUME DAY: Every Saturday of the run! (Sept. 22, 29, Oct. 6, 2018 at 7:00pm)

HOW: Dress up as a lion, a witch, even a faun! Who would you be if you lived in Narnia?
Ages 15 and under, viewers in costume will receive tickets for prize drawings!
There will be photo ops for everyone!

For tickets and more info visit
www.fhtaz.org or call 480-837-9661 x3

Narnia wants to sing, and from the excitement of the opening song, “Doors and Windows,” to the joy of “Narnia (You Can't Imagine”), your spirits will soar. “Narnia” is the musical adaptation of C.S. Lewis’ wonderful tale, “The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe,” the first and most famous story of The Chronicles of Narnia. This musical follows four young children as they step into an apparently plain clothing wardrobe; when they are plucked from our world and emerge into a unique, magical world, filled with animals and creatures of both Myth and Fable that who are ruled by the great lion king of Narnia, Aslan.

SPECIAL: Every Saturday is “Narnia Costume Day!” Fountain Hills Theater invites all “Narnia” attendees ages 15 and under to dress up as their favorite fantastical Narnian creature! Come in costume to a Saturday night performance and receive 2 drawing tickets — one drawing to be held this day at intermission, with prize of one ticket good for any youth show (only for those that come in costume); and a drawing ticket to that will enter them in the raffle for a Narnian-style gift basket (drawing to be held at intermission at final performance on Sept. 21. Winner need not be present to win).

Additional tickets for basket raffle are available for purchase at box office or at any show.

audition notice - DISNEY'S MARY POPPINS JR - Scottsdale Desert Stages Theatre - September 29, 30 & October 1

Come fly into London with us and audition for Disney's Mary Poppins Jr!

Directed by Lisa Barton Figueroa

AGES 3-19


Monday, Tuesday, & Thursday
September 24th, 25th, 27th, 2018

Choose one of 2 sessions:
4:00-5:30pm or 5:30pm-7:00pm

Tuition for 3-class session: $60

Tuition for 1-class session: $30


Sept 29th and 30th, 2018
9:00 – noon will be solos each day
12-1 will be groups

Ages: 10 and older for girl solos
8 and older for boy solos

Prepare 1-2 min of a song. Bring CD accompaniment or iPad, iPhone, phone to play it on.

No pianist provided.


Monday, October 1st, 2018

5pm (check in begins at 4pm)

Wear dance shoes or sneakers. Auditioners will be taught song and dance. Parents must sign forms for auditioners under 18.




MARY POPPINS [Female, Soprano G3-F5]

Jane and Michael Banks’s new nanny. She is extraordinary and strange, neat and tidy, delightfully vain yet very particular, and sometimes a little frightening, but she is always exciting. She is practically perfect in every way and always means what she says. The role calls for an excellent singer and actor who should be able to move well. Since she carries a majority of the show, precision and diction are key.

 BERT [Male, Tenor B2-F4]

The narrator of the story, is a good friend to Mary Poppins. An everyman, Bert is a chimney sweep and a sidewalk artist, among many other occupations. With a twinkle in his eye and a skip in his step, Bert watches over the children and the goings-on around Cherry Tree Lane. He is a song-and-dance man with oodles of charm who is wise beyond his years. This role requires strong acting, singing, dancing, and comedic instincts.

 GEORGE BANKS [Male, Tenor Bb2-F4]

Husband to Winifred and father to Jane and Michael, is a banker to the very fiber of his being. Demanding "precision and order" in his household, he is a pip-and-slippers man who doesn't have much to do with his children and believes that Miss Andrew, his cruel, strict childhood nanny, gave him the perfect upbringing. George's emotional armor, however off-putting, conceals a sensitive soul.

A baritone, George may speak-sing as necessary and should be among your strongest male actors and singers.

 WINNIFRED BANKS [Female, Mezzo-Soprano A3-Eb5]

George's wife and Jane and Michael's mother. She is a loving homemaker who is busy trying to live up to her husband's social aspirations while striving to be a model wife and mother. Cast an actor who can portray a great warmth and depth of feeling. Winifred should have a pure vocal tone and be one of your stronger actors and singers.

 JANE BANKS [Female, Mezzo-Soprano A3-Eb5]

The high-spirited daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Banks, bright and precocious but can be willful and inclined to snobbishness. Jane should be played by a wonderful actor and a strong singer who can take the audience on an emotional journey.

 MICHAEL BANKS [Male, Soprano/Mezzo-Soprano A3-E5]

The cheeky son of Mr. and Mrs. Banks. Excitable and naughty, he adores his father and longs desperately for his attention. Both he and Jane misbehave in order to get the attention of their parents. Michael should be a great actor and singer. Ideally, he reads onstage as younger than Jane.

 MRS. BRILL [Female, Any Voice Type]

The housekeeper and cook for the Banks family. Overworked, she’s always complaining that the house is understaffed. Her intimidating exterior is a cover for the warmth underneath. She should be a solid actor.

 ROBERTSON AY [Male, Any Voice Type]

The houseboy to the Banks family. Forgetful and clumsy, he often bungles simple tasks. He should be a good comedic actor. Note: his last name is pronounced like “eye.”

 KATIE NANNA [Female, Any Voice Type]

Katie Nanna is Jane and Michael’s nanny at the beginning of the show. Overwhelmed and upset, she has absolutely had her fill of the Banks children.

 NELEUS [Female or Male, Soprano or Tenor]

Neleus is a statue who, once brought to life by Mary Poppins, is very happy to befriend Jane and Michael. This role is a featured dancing role.

 BIRD WOMAN [Female, Alto G3-D5]

The Bird Woman is covered in a patchwork of old shawls, her pockets stuffed with bags of crumbs for the birds. She tries to sell the crumbs to Passersby, who ignore her as if she doesn’t exist. While she should be a good singer, there can be a gruff, folksy quality to her voice that reflects the difficulties of her situation.


Miss Smythe is the bank Chairman’s humorless, no-nonsense secretary.


Chairman, the head of the bank where Mr. Banks is employed, is an Edwardian stuffed shirt. He should be a good actor with a great, commanding stage presence.


Von Hussler is a businessman seeking a loan from the bank for a shady business deal. This is a great character role for an actor who can command the stage with pomposity.

 JOHN NORTHBROOK [Male, Tenor/Baritone C3-D4]

John Northbrook is an honest businessman seeking a loan to build a factory for his community. This is a great role for a good actor and solid singer.

 MRS. CORRY [Female, Mezzo-Soprano]

Mrs. Corry owns a magical Talking Shop. She is a mysterious woman of indeterminate age, but has plenty of spirit and is sharp as a tack. She should be played by an excellent actor who’s not afraid to be over the top in this fun role.

 MISS ANDREW [Female, Soprano/Mezzo-Soprano G#3-D5]

Miss Andrew is George’s overbearing and scary childhood nanny. With her bottle of nasty- tasting brimstone and treacle to keep naughty children in line, she is a bully who only knows one way of doing things: her way. She should be a strong singer.

Ensemble Groups

All ensembles require group singing, and consist of all genders/voice types. Ensemble & Featured Characters include:


The Park Strollers are citizens of London who go from drab and dreary to bright and colorful as they get swept up in Mary Poppins’s adventures in the park.


The Statues are stone sculptures. Thanks to Mary Poppins, these works of art come alive and dance with Bert and the Park Strollers.


The Honeybees are conjured by Mary Poppins to help teach the children the benefits of “A Spoonful of Sugar.” These roles require good movers who can sing.


The Clerks, like George, are employees at the bank. These roles require actors who can sing.


Vagrants, Buskers, and Passerby are citizens of London passing by the cathedral during “Feed the Birds.” They can also be play the Park Strollers earlier in the show.


The Customers are bright, colorful British citizens visiting Mrs. Corry’s Talking Shop. This group can be the same Park Strollers and Passersby from before.


Kite Flyers consist of families flying kites in the park. They can also be comprised of the same ensemble members as the Park Strollers, the Passersby, and Mrs. Corry’s Customers.


Chimney Sweeps (including Sweep 1,� Sweep 2, Sweep 3, and Sweep 4) are Bert’s cheerful, friendly, and agile friends who keep London’s chimneys in working order. These actors should be great dancers and good singers, capable of bringing the show-stopping number “Step In Time” to life.

LOVE, LIES AND THE DOCTOR'S DILEMMA - Westbrook Village Players - November 2-11, 2018

Love, Lies, and the Doctor’s Dilemma
“Love, Lies and the Doctor’s Dilemma”
By Michael & Susan Parker

Synopsis:  “Joan Scheller lives with the … love of her life, Sandy. … To hide their relationship from her overbearing sister-in-law, … former movie star Olivia St. Claire, she introduces him as her psychiatrist. One … white lie leads to another. Before long, Vinny the Enforcer, a quintessential Italian mobster, masquerades as her security guard, while her [brother], Chris, is forced to wear a dress and become her daughter Christina. [Then] her new neighbor, Rachael, … creates chaos and confusion wherever she goes. … Everyone wants a session [with the “psychiatrist”]. Olivia wants to discuss her love life, Rachael wants to know why she’s such a disaster, and Vinny wants to discuss his work as an “Enforcer.” Sandy is forced to listen and give misguided advice, which, to everyone’s surprise, seems to work. But what about love? …There’s Joan and Sandy, if they can survive Joan’s …lies; then there’s Rachael, who is strongly attracted to Chris, if he can survive her mayhem. Finally, there’s Olivia, who hires Vinny away from the mob …” * Come see how it all works out!

Dates:  November 2, 3, 9, 10 @ 7 PM; BYOB @ 6:15 PM
    November 4, 11 @ 2 PM; BYOB @ 1:15 PM

Location:  Vistas Recreation Center Ballroom
  18825 N. Country Club Parkway
Peoria, AZ  85382

Tickets: $15; sold at Vistas Recreation Center or online @
www.WestbrookVillagePlayers.org in October

Sandy: Mike Sullivan
Joan : Rosa Leigh Sullivan
Vinnie:Jeff Strickman
Olivia: Nancy Larsen Chapin
Rachael: Debey Marti
Chris: Max Allen

Director: Francine Rose

Photo: (Sitting, L – R) – Nancy Larsen Chapin, Mike Sullivan; (Standing, L – R) – Rosa Leigh Sullivan, Jeff Strickman, Debey Marti, Max Allen