Monday, August 20, 2018

GUYS AND DOLLS, JR. - Stage Left Productions - September 6-8, 2018


Join SLP's youth theatre SLPjr for this musical classic!

Set in Damon Runyon's New York City, Guys and Dolls JR. follows gambler, Nathan Detroit, as he tries to find the cash to set up the biggest crap game in town while the authorities breathe down his neck; meanwhile, his girlfriend and nightclub performer, Adelaide, laments that they've been engaged for fourteen years without ever getting married. Nathan turns to fellow gambler, Sky Masterson, for the dough, but Sky ends up chasing the straight-laced missionary, Sarah Brown. Guys and Dolls JR. takes us from the heart of Times Square to the cafes of Havana, but everyone eventually ends up right where they belong.

"Guys and Dolls Jr." is performing at the Paradise RV Resort Ballroom
10950 West Union Hills Drive Sun City AZ 85373

Tickets are $12 General Admission

3 performances only!
Thursday September 6th 7:00pm
Friday September 7th 7:00pm
Saturday September 8th 2:00pm

CLICK HERE for more information, and to purchase tickets

WEEK AT A GLANCE: August 20-August 26

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

CLOSING:


FIVE WOMEN WEARING THE SAME DRESS 
Stage Left Productions 
August 17-26 2018

SHADES OF GRAY 
Now & Then Creative Company 
August 17-August 26, 2018

NEWSIES
Valley Youth Theatre
August 10-August 26, 2018


RING OF FIRE
Fountain Hills Theater
August 10–26, 2018


CONCERTS / LIMITED RUNS:

N/A

OPENING:



WEST SIDE STORY
Phoenix Theatre
September 5-October 14, 2018

WHITE GUY ON THE BUS 
iTheatre Collaborative 
September 7-22, 2018

LEGALLY BLONDE, THE MUSICAL
Mesa Encore Theatre
September 7-23, 2018

ALL SHOOK UP 
TheaterWorks 
September 7-23, 2018

THE WILD PARTY 
A/C Theatre Company 
September 8-23, 2018

SOME SWEET DAY
Ghostlight Theatre
September 13-September 23, 2018

FOOTLOOSE 
Greasepaint Youth Theatre 
September 14-23, 2018

DEAR RUTH 
Hale Centre Theatre 
September 18-November 13, 2018

A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD KIDS 
Musical Theatre of Anthem 
September 20-23, 2018

FORBIDDEN BROADWAY'S GREATEST HITS! 
Arizona Broadway Theatre 
September 20-23, 2018

Sinatra and Friends
Phoenix Symphony Orchestra
September 21, 2018- September 23, 2018 
NARNIA 
Fountain Hills Youth Theater 
September 21-October 7, 2018

20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA 
TheaterWorks YouthWorks 
September 21-October 7, 2018

DISNEY'S HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL 
Desert Foothills Theater 
September 22-30, 2018

Sunday, August 19, 2018

cast announcement - NARNIA - Fountain Hills Youth Theater


CLICK HERE for more information on this production, which runs September 21-October 7

Allison Avery: Susan Pevensie
Brooklyn Avery: Lucy Pevensie
Zolton Bonnenfant: Peter Pevensie
Carolyn Brooker: Mrs. Macready
Ross Collins: Professor Digory Kirke
Sebastion Girodroux: Various Roles
Sinclair Galakatos: Various Roles
Shannon Gyger: White Stag
Lachlan Henderson: Mrs. Beaver
Sage Henderson: Various Roles
Drea Metzger: Various Roles
Ava Moffit: Various Roles
Brendan Mooney: Mr. Beaver
Adam Ober: Edmund Pevensie
Victoria Pond: White Witch
Chloe Rozalsky: Tumnus
Erin Schumacher: Aslan
Demitra Sideris: Father Christmas
Amelia Tomasello: Dwarf
Charlotte Tomasello: Various Roles
Isabella Valdivieso: Fenris Ulf
Jackson Washburn: Various Roles
Owen Washburn: Various Roles

Saturday, August 18, 2018

cast announcement - YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN - Scottsdale Desert Stages Theatre


CLICK HERE for more information on this production, which runs from October 5-November 4

Fredrick: Jeff Ogden
Igor: Jonathan Perry Brown
Inga: Fay Schneider
Elizabeth: Lindsay Puccetti
Frau Blucher: Kathi Osborne
The Monster: Daniel “Cheez” Johnon
Inspector Kemp: Patrick Vaillancourt
Victor/ Steward/ Mr. Holltop: Dan Ashlock
Hermit/ Quartet: Mark 4Man
Ziggy/ Telegraph Boy/ Mad Scientist/ Quartet: Jacob Herrera
Herald/ Student/ Bob/ Quartet: Kevin Fenderson
Mordecai/ Quartet / Frederick Swing: Isaiah Salazar
Villagers/ Students/ Mad Scientists/ Dance Captain: Alyssa Armstrong
Villagers/ Students/ Mad Scientists: Brittany Kinney
Villagers/ Students/ Mad Scientists: Tiffany Martinez
Villagers/ Students/ Mad Scientists: Alec Merrill
Villagers/ Students/ Mad Scientists: Alie Rose
Villagers/ Students/ Mad Scientists: Faden Shapiro
Villagers/ Students/ Mad Scientists: Erin Tarkington
Villagers/ Students/ Mad Scientists: Dani Topel
Villagers/ Students/ Mad Scientists: Jamie Villarreal
Villagers/ Students/ Mad Scientists: Macie Wilson

Friday, August 17, 2018

Thursday, August 16, 2018

cast announcement - BOEING, BOEING - Scottsdale Desert Stages Theatre



CLICK HERE for more information on this production, which runs August 24-October 7

Bernard- Paul Hartwell
Robert- Rick Davis
Berthe- Cat Hartmann
Gloria- Vanessa Benjamin
Gabriella- Gigi Sibilla
Gretchen- Jocelyn Smarr

a conversation with playwright Larissa Brewington whose play SHADES OF GRAY opens this week at Now & Then Creative Company

Larissa Brewington
by Gil Benbrook

Every theatre season in Phoenix, playwright Larissa Brewington seems to constantly churn out new works.

In addition to having her play Young at Heart in the upcoming Herberger Festival of the Arts in October, one of her latest pieces, Shades of Gray, opens this Friday at Now and Then Creative Company.

The prolific Brewington took a few moments in between final rehearsals for Shades of Gray
to answer some questions about the play, and how she became a playwright.

How would you describe the plot of Shades of Gray?

"I would say Shades of Gray is what most relationships between multiple siblings would be like, if they were able to sit back and watch themselves from the outside."

I know this piece had a prior reading at Phoenix Theatre as part of the Bridge Initiative, but what was your inspiration for writing the play and when did you start working on it?

"I was an only child. I came up with the idea to write the show many years ago, hanging out with a friend and her sister. My friend’s sister was getting married and the soon to be married sister said, 'I want the kind of marriage, like my parents had…with the white picket fence.' My friend turned to her and said, 'What are you talking about? That’s not the way it was!' Well they got into it a bit, because they completely disagreed with how they were raised! It made me wonder if this is how many siblings who grow up in families with more than one child believed their home life to be. After talking to a few people, I grew to understand that people who are raised in families with more than one child have separate and unique childhoods, growing up in the same family."

Were there any scenes in the piece that you found difficult to write, or any scenes that you continually found yourself rewriting when you were working on the play?

"Oddly enough, I don’t remember having a hard time writing this piece! I don’t have siblings, but once the piece came to light, I just wrote what I thought to be true from what little I knew. Of course there have been edits over the years, because that’s what development means… growing a piece and editing.

There’s a moment in the show where a board game is being played, and there’s a lot of silliness in that moment. I remember that scene being one of the first I wrote. Listening to it during rehearsals has made me giggle repeatedly! It does remind me of the few times I spent with my cousins. I’m the eldest cousin of the generation after my mother, and spent a lot of time with my three cousins born to my aunt who came after my mother. My 3 closest cousins were all siblings and for a while, I was one of the pack."

Sasha Wordlaw, Nadine Jackson, Iris Huey in Shades of Gray at Now & Then Creative Company
photo courtesy Larissa Brewington

At the center of the play is a trio of sisters who find that the death of their parents provides them an opportunity to reconnect after many years. Was there anything personal from your relationships with family, relatives or close friends that you brought to the piece?

"I used to watch soap operas with my grandmother at an early age. As soon as I began writing, probably around the age of 7, I immersed myself in family dramas. (I started off as a novelist.) I not only watched intensely, but studied soap operas. Most of what I write today is about interpersonal relationships.

I would think that every writer gleans elements of their life and inserts them into their writing. It’s not often that I recognize this in my work, but I’m certain that if my family would watch a piece they’d pick out moments I subconsciously missed."

It seems to me that you are one of the most prolific playwrights in town. Not only do you have this play opening this week but you are a regular contributor to the Herberger Lunch Time Theatre series, you're producing a piece at the Herberger Festival of the Arts this Fall, which you've contributed to in the past. How did you get started in writing plays?

"I started off as an actor.

When I was near the middle of my first professional acting contract, my acting co-star said, 'I think we need to do more, promote ourselves for the shows after this one.' She was a real professional actor, who’d gone to school. I was a local actor who’d done a bunch of community theatre and auditioned for shows in NY.

Our contract stated that we were to tour the children’s show (Out of The Net), and to do one of the main stage shows (Chaucer’s Tales). She wanted more. So she got permission from the theatre for us to 'show case' ourselves. She told me that I would write a show and she would write a show and we’d invite our friends and producers or managers or whomever. This would allow us to show that we had more to offer other than being just two actors who were contracted for a year and moving on. I remember asking her, 'Why would I do that? Write a show….? Who does that??' Well, I did, because he made me.

She changed my life.

After the show, she told me, 'Well, now you know, you can’t just do stuff for free after this. You have a show and now you should tour it.'

And the rest is…history."

In addition to writing, you're an actress, producer and director as well.  You wear a lot of theatrical hats - is playwrighting the one role you find most rewarding, and if it is why is it?

"I was always so embarrassed when people would ask me this question! I think it’s because I started off as an actor and I felt it was a betrayal to admit that playwrighting means more…but it does. Writing means more to me than anything I’ve known. Communication is so important on so many levels. I’ve seen the effect of my work on others. They come to me and cry or want to hug me or they get angry… This can happen with acting, but with writing, people now have a way to ‘check’ your work. Writing history for the stage has shown me that people will watch what is given to them, then they will go off and look it up. If you’re accurate they will become more invested in what you showed them. I have people who return to my shows, because they have learned things they never expected and they are moved or changed by these things. This is why I’m here."

What do you hope audiences will take away from seeing Shades of Gray?

"My cast is African American, but the themes and story are things that families deal with across the board universally. I want people to laugh at and be moved by Shades, but I also want them to recognize that they aren’t alone. Shades is hilarious in moments, but it’s also really heavy when it comes to material surrounding family secrets. There are themes that some families tend to avoid dealing with. I want people to walk away feeling entertained but that they can now talk about things they may not have wanted to talk about before."

CLICK HERE for more information on Shades of Gray at Now & Then Creative Company, which run August 17th through August 26th

photos - RING OF FIRE - Fountain Hills Theater

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







photos by Maddisen Toon

photos - BYE BYE BIRDIE - Scottsdale Desert Stages Theatre

CLICK HERE for more information on this production, which runs August 17-September 16



photos by Renee Ashlock

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

audition notice - CHICAGO: HIGH SCHOOL EDITION - Limelight Performing Arts - August 18



from our friends at Limelight:

Auditions for Chicago are this Saturday! We are casting ages 13+ for this production, which will perform from October 26-November 4, with a possible extension through November 11.

If you are auditioning, sign up on our website at http://limelightyouththeater.org/theater/auditions/

There is also a link to the audition dance so you can be prepared for your audition: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1ChFcgcVU2qSHAKx1Zv1wekxjEGw7K22E?usp=sharing

cast announcement - SWEENEY TODD - Arizona Broadway Theatre at the Herberger Theater Center


CLICK HERE for more information on this production, which runs September 4-16 at the Herberger Theater Center

Sweeney Todd – Tony Edgerton*
Mrs. Lovett – Cassandra Klaphake
Judge Turpin – Steve McCoy (ABT debut)
Pirelli – Ben Stasny
Tobias – Tristan Klaphake
The Beadle – Michael O’Brien
Anthony – Ryan Michael Crimmins
Johanna – Trisha Hart Ditsworth
Girl – Lila Shipley

The Company:
Geoff Belliston
Alex Crossland
Olin Davidson
Melissa Mitchell
Jonathan Nadolny
Liane Zielinski
Kara Ziringer

Teen Ensemble:
Addison Bowman (ABT debut)
Lily Castle (ABT debut)
Bethany Novotny (ABT debut)
Sarah Pansing
Nick Williams (ABT debut)
Brody Wurr

*Member, Actors' Equity Association

audition notice - DOCTOR FAUSTUS - Mesa Community College Theatre & Film Arts - August 22 & 23


August 22nd 4:00 - 8:00 P.M. Open Auditions
August 23rd 4:00-6:00 P.M. Open Auditions; and, 6:00 - 8:00 P.M. Callback

1833 W Southern Ave, Mesa, AZ 85202
MCC Theatre building, room TH-2
Check-in at the MCC Theatre Lobby

Cold reads from provided sides.
Actors may perform a one-minute, classical monologue if they have one prepared.

MCC Theatre & Film Arts practices color and gender blind casting.

Contact Kevin Dressler for more audition information: kevin.dressler@mesacc.edu

Script Available at THIS LINK