Wednesday, January 23, 2019

WEEK AT A GLANCE: January 21 - January 27

BIG FISH - Brelby Theatre Company - February 22-March 10, 2019



Music and Lyrics by Andrew Lippa
Book by John August

Feb 22-23, March 1-2, 8-9 @ 7:30pm
Feb 23-24, March 2-3, 9-10 @ 2:00pm

Based on the celebrated novel by Daniel Wallace and the acclaimed film directed by Tim Burton, BIG FISH tells the story of Edward Bloom, a traveling salesman who lives life to its fullest… and then some! Edward’s incredible, larger-than-life stories thrill everyone around him – most of all, his devoted wife Sandra. But their son Will, about to have a child of his own, is determined to find the truth behind his father’s epic tales.

Overflowing with heart, humor and spectacular stagecraft, BIG FISH is an extraordinary new Broadway musical that reminds us why we love going to the theatre – for an experience that’s richer, funnier and BIGGER than life itself.

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AS YOU LIKE IT - Brelby Theatre Company - April 5-13, 2019



by William Shakespeare
April 5-7, 12-13 @ 7:00PM
Performing in Murphy Park at the E. Lowell Rogers Amphitheatre
FREE to the Public

“As You Like It” is a play of passion, transformation, and deceit. Shakespeare’s famous comedy, finds the inhabitants of the turbulent court thrust into the tranquil forest of Arden where a tale is spun of usurping Dukes, a cross-dressing heroine, and a young man’s journey to win the heart of a beautiful princess. Along the way you’ll meet the likes of a headstrong luchador wrestler, a melancholy philosopher, and a lustful jester of the court. Join us in discovering how this fairytale, which examines the many faces of love, turns out.

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photos - LEGALLY BLONDE - Broadway at the Orpheum Theatre









Photos by Clint Tuccio. Photos Courtesy of the National Tour of Legally Blonde The Musical.

Limelight Performing Arts seeks an Assistant Choreographer and Stage Manager for their production of DISNEY'S THE LITTLE MERMAID


Assistant Choreographer
Limelight Performing Arts is looking for an assistant choreographer for the upcoming production of Disney's the Little Mermaid. Rehearsals begin February 8. We meet on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. Assistant Choreographer will assist the Choreographer with various choreography duties, keeping logs of formations and notation, and running rehearsals to polish routines.

Performances are April 10-14 at the Mesa Arts Center

Please send a resume to Jamie Bauer-Spano at limelightartsaz@gmail.com

Stage Manager

Limelight Performing Arts is looking for a stage manager for the upcoming production of Disney's the Little Mermaid. Rehearsals begin February 8. We meet on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturday, though a flexible schedule could be agreed upon if one of those days is not feasible.

Performances are April 10-14 at the Mesa Arts Center

Please send a resume to Jamie Bauer-Spano at limelightartsaz@gmail.com

MATT & BEN - B3 Productions - March 1-9, 2019


by Mindy Kaling and Brenda Withers

Matt & Ben is the irreverent story of how Matt Damon and Ben Affleck “wrote” Good Will Hunting.  Friends since childhood, Matt and Ben have always had a competitive relationship.  Now, when the completed script of Good Will Hunting falls from their ceiling, the would-be writers must decide what to do with it.  The main area of contention is who will play the lead.  Will Matt, the serious and studious one, be able to convince Ben, who is normally fun-loving but no less determined to have the role, that he is destined for the part, due to his ability to interpret the role?  With the main characters written to be, and played by, women, Matt & Ben is a farcical look at friendship and stepping into greatness.

with Megan Holcomb as Matt Damon and RC Contreras as Ben Affleck. 

Director:  Ilana Lydia

Showtimes:
Friday, 3/1 @ 7:30 PM
Saturday, 3/2 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, 3/3 @ 2:00 PM
Friday, 3/8 @ 7:30 PM
Saturday, 3/9 @ 7:30 PM

Ticket Prices:  $20
Box Office:  www.asidetheatre.com (520) 261-0288
Venue:  Aside Theatre, 3508 N 7th Street suite 130B, Phoenix, AZ 85014

photos - BRILLIANT TRACES - Theatre Artists Studio

CLICK HERE for more information on this production, which runs January 25-February 17



photos by Mark Gluckman

audition notice - DISASTER! - Desert Foothills Theater - January 25 & 26


Come Audition for Disaster! by Seth Rudetsky and Jack Plotnick

Directed by Damon Bolling

Auditions: January 25th from 6-9pm
Auditions: January 26th from 1-4pm
Callbacks: January 27 from 6-9 pm

Location: Holland Community Center (Orion Building)
34250 N. 60th St. Bldg. B, Scottsdale AZ 85266

Prepare:  1 minute comedic [or overly dramatic] monologue AND 16-32 measures of a 1970's pop song

Production Run Dates: March 29 - April 14
Fri-Sat 7:30 pm / Sun 2 pm

Performance Location: Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center

Roles:
Chad: [Male 25-40
Scott: [Male 25-40]
Ted: [Male 35-50]
Marianne: [Female 25-40]
Tony: [Male 35-50]
Jackie: [Female 32-42]
Ben/Lisa: [Male looks 11 whose voice has not changed]
Sister Mary Downy: [Female 30-50]
Shirley: [Female 50-65]
Maury: [Male 50-65]
Levora Verona: [Female 30-50]
Jake: [Male]
Wealthy Man: [Male 35+]

There is a singing/dancing ensemble of various survivors and victims and other featured roles including: Chef, Taxi Driver, Tracy, Wealthy Woman, Blind Woman and various others.The entire ensemble should have great comedy chops!

Link to Sign up for Auditions:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0f4baeaf2d6-disaster1

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

audition notice - DISNEY'S THE LITTLE MERMAID - Limelight Performing Arts - January 26


Limelight Performing Arts announces Auditions for Disney's The Little Mermaid (the full version, not the JR. version)

Auditions are Saturday, January 26 from 9-11am.
Callbacks will be held Saturday, February 2 from 2pm-6pm.

We are also accepting video auditions for those who cannot make it in person.

The Little Mermaid will be performed at the Mesa Arts Center April 10 – 14.

Rehearsals will begin Friday, February 8th!

For audition information visit: http://limelightyouththeater.org/theater/auditions/

cast announcement - XERXES - ASU Music Theatre and Opera



CLICK HERE for more information on this production, which runs February 14-17, 2019

XERXES (double cast)                                                   
Emily Cottam 
Molly Cox 
 
AMASTRE 
Isabel Yun
Stephanie Sadownik (cover) 
 
ARSAMENE
Ariana Warren 

ARIODATE   
Michael Tallino 
 
ROMILDA (double cast) 
Banlingyu Ban 
Julia Laird 
 
ATALANTA (double cast) 
Jenny Madruga 
Sarah Welden 
 
ELVIRO 
David Nelson 

CHORUS 
 
Soprano 
Ellie Barrett 
Acadia Caupp 
Tymia Peterson 
Michaela Rebb 
 
Alto 
Emily Benoit 
Annie Heartney 
Anna Sera 
Liuyi Jiang 
 
Tenor 
Daniel Bargen 
Wesley Bradstreet (servant)
Victor Mercado (guard, waiter) 
 
Bass
Mario Manzo (guard) 
Greg Paladino (Amastre’s Servant) 
Xingyu Wang (servant)
Mario Yniguez 
 

reviews - TWO MILE HOLLOW - Stray Cat Theatre

Erin Kong, Vinny Chavez, and Dolores Mendoza
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 February 2nd.

"...On one hand, Two Mile Hollow is a succinct parody of familiar white, wealthy dramatic characters and says a lot about how they have dominated literary and dramatic works for years. On the other, it's a mildly amusing comedy with some big laughs. Stray Cat's production has a talented cast who embody their characters with glee. I only wish that (Leah) Nanako Winkler's play were less cluttered, with a message that was clearer. " -Gil Benbrook, Talkin' Broadway (click here to read the complete review)

"......writer Winkler isn’t just skewering the conventions of ‘wealthy whites by the lake’ dramas...she’s setting it on fire. ..The humor is hardly subtle; characters are underlined in extremely exaggerated, heavily executed over-the-top strokes. Winkler is swatting a fly with a mallet. As a result, the play’s message, obvious from the beginning, never develops into what you hope will become a multi-layered satire..." -David Appleford, Valley Screen and Stage (click here to read the complete review)

"...a kind of controlled chaos imbued with moments of farce and sensitivity, clever allusions to literature, and homages to gender solidarity..." Herbert Paine, Broadway World (click here to read the complete review)

Fountain Hills Theater's 2019 Broadway in the Hills Fundraiser

February 16, 2019 at 5:30pm

at We-Ko-Pa Resort & Conference Center
ALL PROCEEDS BENEFIT FOUNTAIN HILLS THEATER

Please join us for our annual gala fundraiser, “Broadway in the Hills: A Night of Bollywood,” at We-Ko-Pa Resort & Conference Center. More than 200 Theater supporters will gather to raise funds to support the programs and Mission of Fountain Hills Theater. Be wowed with a sultry evening of entertainment from a Bollywood dance performance troupe, and dance to music from DJ Issac. This event will feature exotic Asian cuisine with American influences, and a cash bar.  We invite you to dress in Bollywood-style, or casual evening dress attire. There will be a silent auction with nearly 100 items, including golf and stays at local resorts, spa treatments, experiences, jewelry, Fountain Hills Theater tickets, and more. A highlight of the evening will be the announcement of the 2019-20 Season!

This special event fundraiser is being held at
We-Ko-Pa Resort & Conference Center
10438 N. Fort McDowell Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85264


CLICK HERE for more information and to PURCHASE TICKETS

Monday, January 21, 2019

WEEK AT A GLANCE: January 21-January 27

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

CLOSING:


MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING 
Ghostlight Theatre 
January 17-January 27, 2019

ORDINARY DAYS 
Zao Theatre 
January 18-26, 2019

January 5-27, 2019

ROBIN HOOD 
January 11-27, 2019

January 11-27, 2019

CONCERTS / LIMITED RUNS:

LEGALLY BLONDE THE MUSICAL 
Broadway at the Orpheum Theatre 
January 25 - 27, 2019

DISNEY PETER PAN, JR. 
Pinnacle Creative Arts Studio 
January 25-27, 2019

OPENING:








STILL PLAYING:




ON GOING:

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February 2-16, 2019


















Special offer from Desert Stages Theatre for government employees


from our friends at DST:

We understand these are trying and difficult times. Let us brighten your day with some wonderful theater.

We are extending 2 free tickets* to any one of our current shows to all government employees. Simply show your government ID at the box office and take some time away from stress.

*Subject to seat availability.

audition notice - THE TOXIC AVENGER - Mesa Encore Theatre - February 16


Mesa Encore Theatre announces auditions for their upcoming production of the Broadway musical,  The Toxic Avenger, directed by Louis Farber. 

Production dates are April 5-21, 2019 in the Farnsworth Studio Theatre at the Mesa Arts Center

Audition Dates are Saturday, February 16 from 10:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Callbacks are Sunday, February 17 from 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

For more information and to sign up for an audition appointment, go to Casting Manager at
http://www.castingmanager.com/audition/info/Iaw1eLrKF1OWW5u

Contact person
Becky Martinez - Producer
dramamomsr@gmail.com

cast announcement - BRILLIANT TRACES - Theatre Artists Studio


Rosannah DeLuce: Heidi Haggerty
Henry Harry: Kent Welborn

Director: Carol MacLeod

CLICK HERE for more information on this production, which runs January 25-February 17

Friday, January 18, 2019

review - BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON - Spotlight Youth Theatre

Brody Wurr and cast
photo by Joanne Wastchak
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 January 27th.

"Several years before Alexander Hamilton got his shot at having his life turned into an award-winning Broadway musical, the story of another historical political figure, Andrew Jackson, was musicalized in the satirical rock musical Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson. While this show didn't have much of a Broadway run in 2010, it is a high-energy musical that mixes history with satire and a punk rock score to depict the controversial life of the seventh president of the United States. Spotlight Youth Theatre's production has an exceptional cast, spirited direction, and a smoking band....blends political incorrectness with fact and fiction to tell the complex and provocative story of Jackson. ..satirically presents Jackson as a rock star with a steady stream of fans, which ties perfectly into the fact that Jackson was the first populist United States president...even though it takes a couple of scenes for the musical to fully jell, it has some upbeat and inventive songs, a poignant ending, and creates a complex portrayal of Jackson's strengths and weaknesses. It also proves to be especially relevant to our current political climate. Spotlight's production, under Kenny Grossman's spotless direction, hits all the right marks with the perfect blend of sarcastic humor and social significance. With an abundance of charism and the perfect swagger of an egotistical rocker, Brody Wurr is superb as Jackson. ..Savoy Antoinette plays Jackson's wife Rachel and she brings passion to the part....The unconventional musical may not be exactly perfect, and it presents a lot of information and asks a lot of difficult questions. However, by doing so, it makes for a rich, rocking blend of history and humor. " -Gil Benbrook, Talkin' Broadway (click here to read the complete review)

An inside look to an Ordinary Day. Zao's cast discusses why ORDINARY DAYS is a special musical

Amelia Huot, Karson Cook, Zac Bushman, and Emily Walter
photo courtesy Zao Theatre
by Julia Bashaw

Zao Theatre’s production of Ordinary Days opens tonight. The cast is very excited to be putting on this unique musical, which has virtually no dialogue, just music.

Ordinary Days is about four people living in the city that never sleeps and how they struggle and encounter everyday things. This musical is a great reminder for audiences to recognize and appreciate the little things in everyday life.

The cast is ready to share a bit of comedy, pain, and joy with audiences on stage tonight. But before they do, this small cast of four was asked some questions about why this show is so special to them.

Zac Bushman

What do you find special or unique about the musical Ordinary Days and the experience of performing in this production? 

"Ordinary Days is such a beautiful musical because there is something for everyone to relate to. Everyone has felt like they are “moving fast but going nowhere” or that they don’t know how to realize their dreams. Getting the chance to play this role has been very special to me because I relate to Jason on almost every front."

Tell us about the character you play.and how they factor into the storyline?

"I play the role of Jason in the show. He is an architect who loves Claire with all his heart and just wants them to take on the “hundred story city” hand in hand. He is constantly going out of his comfort zone and trying new things with Claire but she isn’t quite reciprocating. He’s stubborn though, and very in love, it would take a lot to push him away. "

Do you have a favorite scene, song, line of dialogue, or moment in the show? And why is it special to you?

"I personally like the song “Big Picture.” Deb and Warren are sitting in Starbucks having an actual conversation for the first time and it’s such a wonderful clashing of opposite minds. Warren is so focused on loving and appreciating life in its current state and Deb always has her sights set 5 years down the road. I first listened to this show at a time in my life when I felt like I was stuck in a rut that I was going to be in for a very long time. This show, this song in particular, helped me take a step back and realize that just because my “picture’s not quite clear” doesn’t mean that there isn’t a beautiful life in store for me. "

Since it is such a small cast show, how has this experience been different for you from other shows you've been in and how has it challenged you?

"Luckily, I have worked with my three cast mates in other shows prior to Ordinary Days so we already all had chemistry with each other. And since we all have such a deep love for the show, we were able to help each other dive deeper into our characters and find more beautiful moments. "

What do you hope audiences will take away from seeing this show?

"The final song in the show says “things aren’t beautiful all on their own, beautiful comes from reflection.” I hope that as people drive home from the theater, they take a step outside themselves and reflect on the life they have and see that any rough days or sad moments they have are just shading in a beautiful work of art that is their 'life story.' "

Karson Cook and Amelia Huot
photo courtesy Zao Theatre

Karson Cook

What do you find special or unique about the musical Ordinary Days and the experience of performing in this production? 

"Ordinary Days, to me, is so special and unique because it's such an intimate and personable show. The show is performed only by 4 actors, and the entire show is underscored and set to music; there's no true dialogue that isn't set to music. What's beautiful about it is that the piano becomes the fifth character of the show. It adds texture and personality to each characters story. Each character has a specific musical style, and motif, that accompanies them and in a show like this that's so important.

Performing in this production has truly been a whirlwind. I dreamed about being in this show since my Freshman year of high school when I discovered the cast album. Since then, I have looked up to Warren and Jared Gertner (the original Warren) in so many ways. To find a role that you connect with on an extremely personal level to the point of being a role model for you and a mentor, and then to get to PLAY that role, has been so euphoric for me. It adds a lot more pressure, and nerves, but it has been one of the most "Beautiful" theatrical experiences I've had so far. (Pun completely intended)."

Tell us about the character you play.and how they factor into the storyline?

"I play Warren. Warren is a young aspiring artist. He works for another rich artist that just so happens to be in jail when we first meet him. Warren is determined to keep the artists message with the people, and devotes his life to creating flyers to hand out so everyone can feel inspired and uplifted. But (in New York), no one ever truly wants to give you the time of day; especially when you bombard them on the street. He becomes frustrated, questions his life choices, and struggles to find his "Life Story" in a city that he feels will never pay attention to him.

He eventually meets Deb, a grad student that is also going through struggles in her life, too. Through his encounters with Deb, he adds to the storyline as their lives join forces. Jason and Claire get added into the mix here and there, and it makes for a truly remarkable portrayal of how the smallest encounters, and the littlest moments, can have the biggest impact on our lives. All four of them have hardships, all four of them are going through change, and this script shows us how you never know how your life could affect someone else's."

Do you have a favorite scene, song, line of dialogue, or moment in the show? And why is it special to you?

"This entire show is one of my all time favorite musicals, since it seamlessly weave's each characters stories, songs, and lives, together. But, If I had to pick one specific moment right now it would be a tie between "Rooftop Duet/Falling" and "Hundred Story City." I don't want to spoil too much from both. But, "Rooftop Duet/Falling" is the most remarkable part of the show as it's the climactic moment where we finally see all the storylines intersect in a way we hadn't before; this moment is incredible to watch and I can't wait for audiences to see it. "Hundred Story City" is beautifully sung and performed by Zac. I used to not appreciate the song until I heard him perform it with such power, emotion, and thought. There's a little beautiful moment in the song as well that I'm not gonna spoil, but it's brief but so beautiful and powerful. "

Since it is such a small cast show, how has this experience been different for you from other shows you've been in and how has it challenged you?

"This is by far the smallest cast I've been a part of. Before this show, the smallest cast I was in was Putnam at Brelby Theatre Company. Performing in a cast this small has been so inspiring, and equally terrifying. It's only the four of us telling these stories; I'm the only one that brings Warrens storyline to life. It's on each of us to make sure our storylines come across and show the power of their story. Which makes it remarkably empowering and scary all at the same time. This has been a different experience because the show and the cast are very personable; it's incredibly intimate. Instead of a large ensemble, it's just the four of us with CJ O'Hara on the piano. We've had a lot of time to talk through moments and dive into characters which you normally do not get as much time in larger casts. Every rehearsal we are talking through moments and diving in deeper, which has allowed for a lot of trust between all of us. Trust is so important and this cast/crew have been so amazing to work with because of it. Also, Amelia is my roommate so we definitely have a lot of trust in each other; I couldn't be happier to play alongside her in our roles! Whats remarkable is how similar all four of us are to our roles, too. Each of us, so perfectly relate to these characters and find power in their stories, and trust/acceptance of your character is just as important in a show like this."

What do you hope audiences will take away from seeing this show?

"I hope audiences are captivated by how beautifully simple this show is and how it's written. It truly does capture everyday life and how all of us don't know each others stories, but we have an important part to play in the stories of the people we interact with daily. You never know what every person is going through, and you never know how big a small moment could change a life forever. I truly hope audiences fall in love with this show as much as I have over the years. This is the first time it's been done in Arizona, and I can't wait to see more people fall in love with it, and perform it!"

Amelia Huot

What do you find special or unique about the musical Ordinary Days and the experience of performing in this production? 

"The music in this show is beautiful and highly underrated, it’s a show not a lot of people know  and I’m excited that we are putting on the AZ premiere of this production. Their will be at least one thing people will take with them after seeing this show."

Tell us about the character you play.and how they factor into the storyline?

"I play Deb, she is a cynical graduate student trying to find her place in life. She is constantly on the go, she is never really calm. She meets Warren, an artist who makes think about how she doesn’t need to have a 5 year plan. To not always be thinking ahead, to live in the now. "

Do you have a favorite scene, song, line of dialogue, or moment in the show? And why is it special to you? 

"My favorite song in the show is Rooftop Duet/Falling, I love how we all sound together as a quartet. But it’s special to me because it’s the only moment where Deb is her most vulnerable. I’ve been in her shoes of constantly on the go but still having that feeling of being stuck and wondering if things will ever change. If just hits home for me every time I sing it. "

Since it is such a small cast show, how has this experience been different for you from other shows you've been in and how has it challenged you?

"This is my first small cast show, and luckily with people I’ve all worked with before. Especially Karson who plays opposite of me because he’s my best friend AND roommate, so we got that chemistry down. Their wasn’t really any challenge because we all came in knowing the material. We all had the same love and passion for this project, and we even helped one another. So it’s been easy and refreshing to work with such a talented and driven group."

What do you hope audiences will take away from seeing this show?

"I hope audiences take away that life is going to be okay. It doesn’t matter if you’re in a rut, if your future isn’t quite clear. To live in the now, and everything else will fall into place. "

Zac Bushman, and Emily Walter
photo courtesy Zao Theatre
Emily Walter

What do you find special or unique about the musical Ordinary Days and the experience of performing in this production? 

"The main thing I find special about this production is just how much nuance and depth has been incorporated in this one act, 4-person cast show. There were so many small details we found throughout the rehearsal process that just opened up so many other layers to the characters and the way their stories intertwine. It really has been a remarkable experience."

Tell us about the character you play and how they factor into the storyline?

"I play the character of Claire, who is currently dating Jason. Claire is a 30 something woman who is really struggling to deal with some things in her past while trying very hard to move forward in her relationship with Jason. She's very much afraid that moving forward in her life story with Jason will erase the experiences of her past, and that's something that makes it really difficult for her to live in the moment."

Do you have a favorite scene, song, line of dialogue, or moment in the show? And why is it special to you?

"I think my favorite moments of the show, in general, are those where all four of us get to come together onstage. That being said, my favorite song/scene of the show is Rooftop Duet/Falling. Warren's struggle and passion, Deb's connection with Warren and her own life story, Jason's hope for the future, and Claire's internal struggle all are things that I really connect with. Pair that with the amazing vocals of my colleagues and the visual that's created for the audience in that scene, it really is just a joy to perform every time (even while working through Claire's struggle). "

Since it is such a small cast show, how has this experience been different for you from other shows you've been in and how has it challenged you?

"One of the main differences is just how quickly we've been able to move through the process. Having only 4 performers, who were already familiar with the show, meant that we got to spend a lot more time developing nuance and moments rather than learning the music, which has been a challenge for me, but also a real blessing. I am a singer first and a dancer second with actor bringing up the rear, so it really has been a challenge to perform in a show with so much work to do on the characterization and no choreography to learn. It has also been a very different thing to be in the spotlight rather than amongst a large ensemble, which is my usual place in a production. I just hope I make Mickey proud as he was so kind to take a chance on me for a lead role."

What do you hope audiences will take away from seeing this show?

"I hope that audiences will take away just that: hope. Every character in this show has a hope and by the end is moving forward with that. I also hope that they hear the message that there can be immense beauty found in the simplest of things."

CLICK HERE for more information on this production, which runs through January 26th