Saturday, February 16, 2019

WEEK AT A GLANCE: February 11-February 17

cast announcement - LET THE RIGHT ONE IN - Stray Cat Theatre

ELI: Brittney Watson
OSKAR: Jacob Selvidge
HAKAN: Duane Daniels
JONNY: Brandon Caraco
MICKE: Chase Zeiner
KURT / JOCKE / NILS / DAD / STEFAN: Cliff Williams
OSKAR'S MUM: Kathleen Berger

*Fight Choreographer

CLICK HERE for more information on this production, which runs April 12-May 4

audition notice - BROADWAY BOUND - Scottsdale Desert Stages Theatre - February 24

Directed by KatiBelle Collins

Sunday Feb 24th at 7pm, sign in begins at 6pm
Callbacks Sunday March 3rd at 7pm

Cold Reads from the script
Bring headshot and resume

CLICK HERE to Register

Rehearsals begin on March 18th

Show Performance Dates:
April 26 – June 9, 2019

Part three of Neil Simon’s acclaimed autobiographical trilogy finds Eugene and his older brother Stanley trying to break into the world of show business as professional comedy writers while coping with their parents break-up and eventual divorce. When their material is broadcast on the radio for the first time, the family is upset to hear a thinly-veiled portrait of themselves played for laughs.

CASTING (All roles open):
KATE F 30-50
BEN M 60+
EUGENE M 20-30
STAN M 20-30
JACK M 40-50

Friday, February 15, 2019

audition notice - DISNEY BEAUTY AND THE BEAST - CYT Phoenix - February 22 & 23

Audition for Disney's Beauty and the Beast at CYT Phoenix are are February 22nd and 23rd, 2019

CLICK HERE for more information, and to schedule your audition time

If you have any questions, please email

cast announcement - YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU - Pinnacle Creative Arts

CLICK HERE to purchase tickets for this production, which runs February 22-24

Grandpa Vanderhoff - Ethan Grosso
Penny Sycamore - Alexia Wussow
Paul Sycamore - Jonathan Cagle
Essie Carmichael - Morgan Casselbury
Ed Carmichael - Josiah Herfurth
Alice Sycamore - Octavia Chudnow
Tony Kirby - Zach Horak
Mr. Kirby - Cameron Swindler
Mrs. Kirby - McKenna Roberts
Rheba - Cailen Mullen
Donald - Nicholas Cagle
Mr. De Pinna - Trevor Benoit
Mr. Kolenkhov - Tyler Snell
Wilma C. Henderson - Sydney Bentley
Grand Duchess Olga Katrina - McKenna Roberts
Gay Wellington - India Chudnow
G-Man 1 (The Woman) - Quinn Mullen

cast announcement & photos - TIGERS BE STILL - ASU’s School of Film, Dance and Theatre

Grace              Bayne Froney
Joseph             Blake Anthony Edwards
Sherry              Angelica Cabral         
Zack                 Diego Sutcliffe

photos by Tim Trumble, courtesy of ASU’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts.

For more information and to purchase tickets for this production, which runs through February 24th:

cast announcement - TUCK EVERLASTING - Valley Youth Theatre

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

Male Ensemble 2: Michael Ayala
Hugo: Resse Cantu
Angus: Noah Delgado
Mother: Jessica Fink
Male Ensemble 3: Alex Flores
Constable Joe: Parker Gates
Thomas / Little Boy: Luca Grasso
Female Ensemble 4: Tatum Grell
Winnie: Lainey Kenly
Male Ensemble 6: Graham McLemore
Male Ensemble 1: Noah McNeil
Female Ensemble 5: Kylie Merrill
Female Ensemble 3: Anna Mettes
Female Ensemble 1: Brooke Nielsen
Female Ensemble 2: Erin Schumacher
Man in the Yellow Suit: Hayden Skaggs
Male Ensemble 5: Prescott Smidt
Jesse: Riley Thornton
Nana: Taylor Underwood
Male Ensemble 4: Justin  Vaught
Mae Tuck: Jessica Wastchak
Miles: Andy Wissink
Female Ensemble 6: Ryley Grace Youngs

audition notice - PIPPIN - Fountain Hills Theater - March 9 & 10

Fountain Hills Theater is proud to announce auditions for Pippin.

Saturday, March 9 @ 4:00pm & Sunday, March 10 @ 6:00pm
Callbacks (If required) Tuesday, March 12 @ 7:00pm

Fountain Hills Theater,11445 N Saguaro Blvd., Fountain Hills, AZ

With an infectiously unforgettable score from four-time Grammy winner, three-time Oscar winner and musical theatre giant, Stephen Schwartz, (Wicked) Pippin is the story of one young man's journey to be extraordinary. Winner of four 2013 Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival, Pippin continues to captivate and appeal to the young at heart throughout the world.

Heir to the Frankish throne, the young prince Pippin is in search of the secret to true happiness and fulfillment. He seeks it in the glories of the battlefield, the temptations of the flesh and the intrigues of political power (after disposing of his father, King Charlemagne the Great). In the end, though, Pippin finds that happiness lies not in extraordinary endeavors, but rather in the unextraordinary moments that happen every day.
Auditions for Pippin will be Saturday, March 9 @ 4:00pm & Sunday, March 10 @ 6:00pm
Callbacks (If required) Tuesday, March 12 @ 7:00pm

Auditioners should visit or call 480-837-9661 X 3 for an audition appointment time.

Auditioners are asked to please 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.

The theater is located at 11445 N. Saguaro Blvd., Fountain Hills.

Pippin will be directed by Peter J. Hill, choreographed by Jenny Iverson and musically directed by Jay Melberg

Pippin will play April 19 – May 5 with an expected extension through May 12.  Performances are Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm and Sundays at 2pm.   All rehearsals will be held at the theater.

Casting for:

Leading Player: Male or Female: The director and lead performer of an traveling theater troupe and the musical's narrator, The Leading Player is the commentator, critic, and enabler all at once, but the big question is what is his/her true interest in Pippin? Masterfully charming and manipulative, the Leading Player is a chameleon, guiding Pippin through his own story and offering him all life's choices, except the one that matters. A paradox, he/she looks like light but is ultimately darkness. A charismatic performer of power, either male or female. Must be able to guide us to dark side without revealing his/her intention. Vocal Range: Db3 - Ab4

The Players: A group of 6 men and 6 women who are a fantastical ensemble of actors, singers, dancers that play multiple characters to tell Pippin's story including troubadours, warriors, farmers, lovers, and demonic presence. Heavily featured throughout. They represent the influences and voices in Pippin’s head. Must be comfortable on stage stripped down to undergarments or dance attire. Male and Female, Age: 16+, Vocal Range: Musical Theater SATB, Dance: Required.

Pippin: The eldest son of Charlemagne and the musical's protagonist. Despite the privilege he enjoys as heir to the throne, Pippin is unfulfilled by what life at court has to offer. He is longing to find his purpose and the meaning of his life. Naive, innocent, and discontented, Pippin eventually explores possibilities and temptations, and ultimately finds meaning in love, and the love of having a family with Catherine and Theo. Actor must be a lead who can carry the story and gain the audience's trust and interest in following him on his journey. Must be comfortable on stage stripped down to undergarments. Male, Age: 20s, Vocal Range: G2 - Ab4,

Charlemagne (Charles): The emperor of the Holy Roman Empire. Pippin and Lewis’s demanding father, and Fastrada’s husband. He is an adherent that, to maintain and run society, war is a part of everyday life and a skill that one should master. He wears his years with great pride. An older character actor of power. May be part of The Players as well. Male, Age: 40s-60s, Vocal Range: G2 - E4,

Lewis: The youngest son of Emperor Charlemagne and Pippin’s half-brother. A strong, brash and dim-witted soldier, Lewis loves his mother almost as much as he loves himself. He is next in line (after Pippin) to inherit the throne. Addicted to the physical, Lewis loves weight lifting, Lewis loves wrestling, but most of all, Lewis loves Lewis. Requires good physicality. A young character actor who plays the antagonist. May be part of The Players as well. Male, Age: 20-30.

Berthe: Pippin’s saucy grandmother and Charlemagne’s mother. Berthe was exiled to the countryside after disagreeing with her daughter-in-law, Fastrada. A brassy woman full of wisdom, grace, sass and presence, Berthe advises Pippin to live his life to the fullest by seeking fulfillment through sensuality. Demands a character actress of musical theater presence. Has the musical theater “It” factor. Female, 50’s to 70s, Vocal Range: E3 - C5,

Catherine: A widow who has been left with a large estate, which she can hardly manage on her own. She meets Pippin at a low point in his journey and welcomes him into her home. They ultimately fall in love. Theo is her son. She is a beautiful and a hopeless romantic and one who possesses graceful elegance. A classic musical theater leading lady. Must be comfortable on stage in under garments. May be part of The Players as well. Female, Age: 20s - 30s, Range: F#3 - Db5,

Fastrada: Lewis’s mother and Pippin’s stepmother, Fastrada is entirely devoted to Lewis’s happiness and her own power. She wants to put Lewis on the throne at all costs, even if it means defying her husband, Charlemagne. She is beautiful, devious, crafty, cunning, and untrustworthy.  A character actress of power who plays the antagonist. May be part of The Players as well. Female, Age: 30-50, Vocal Range: A3 - F5

Theo: Catherine’s son. A kind boy whose best friend is a pet duck. Theo awakens Pippin's sense of self, responsibility, sacrifice, and love. A strong male actor of youth who sings. Must be comfortable on stage stripped down to undergarments. Male, Age: 6-12 yrs,

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Thursday, February 14, 2019

Broadway at the Orpheum's 2019 / 2020 Season!

The Broadway At The Orpheum Theatre Series announces the stellar 2019–20 Broadway season line up. Headlined by FINDING NEVERLAND the series also features the Tony® Award-winning Musical BANDSTAND, the Boldly Theatrical (Variety) THE SPONGEBOB MUSICAL, and the jaw-dropping magic spectacular THE ILLUSIONISTS – Live from Broadway.

Season renewals and priority orders are available at or by calling 800.776.7469.

The 2019-20 Broadway At The Orpheum Theatre Series includes the following national touring productions:


December 6 - 8, 2019

Music  by Richard Oberacker
Book and Lyrics by Rob Taylor and Richard Oberacker

From Andy Blankenbuehler, winner of the 2017 Tony Award® for Best Choreography and the 2016 Tony Award® for HAMILTON, comes BANDSTAND—the new musical that explodes with the most high-octane, heart-stopping and best dancing on stage today.

1945: As America’s soldiers come home to ticker-tape parades and overjoyed families, Private First Class Donny Novitski, singer and songwriter, returns to rebuild his life with only the shirt on his back and a dream in his heart. When NBC announces a national competition to find the nation’s next great musical superstars, inspiration strikes! Donny joins forces with a motley group of fellow veterans, each an astonishing musician. Together, they form a band unlike any the nation has ever seen. Along the way, they discover the power of music to face the impossible, find their voice and finally feel like they have a place to call home.


January 10 - 12, 2020

Book by James Graham
Music and Lyrics by Gary Barlow and Eliot Kennedy
Based on the Miramax motion picture written by David Magee
Based on the play The Man Who Was Peter Pan by Allan Knee

The winner of’s Audience Choice Award for Best Musical, this breathtaking smash “captures the kid-at-heart,” says TIME Magazine. Vogue cheers, “It’s a must-see you’ll remember for years to come!” Diane Paulus’ FINDING NEVERLAND with direction recreated by Tour Director Mia Walker, is based on the critically acclaimed Academy® Award-winning film, FINDING NEVERLAND, which tells the incredible story behind one of the world’s most beloved characters: Peter Pan.

Playwright J.M. Barrie struggles to find inspiration until he meets four young brothers and their beautiful, widowed mother. Spellbound by the boys’ enchanting make-believe adventures, he sets out to write a play that will astound London theatergoers. With a little bit of pixie dust and a lot of faith, Barrie takes this monumental leap, leaving his old world behind for Neverland, where nothing is impossible and the wonder of childhood lasts forever. The magic of Barrie’s classic tale springs spectacularly to life in this heartwarming theatrical event. 

FINDING NEVERLAND is “far and away the best musical of the year!” (NPR).


January 31 - February 2, 2020

Based on the series by Stephen Hillenburg
Concept by Tina Landau
Book by Kyle Jarrow

A legendary roster of Grammy® Award winners. A visionary director and a Tony Award® Award-
winning design team. One of the world’s most beloved characters. Turn them loose on stage and what do you get? The musical The New York Times declares, “BRILLIANT!”

Explore the depths of theatrical innovation in THE SPONGEBOB MUSICAL, 2018 Best Musical winner of the Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards, where the power of optimism really can save the world.

“Wonders pour from the stage in a ravishing stream of color and invention” (Time Out New York) as Broadway’s best creative minds reimagine and bring to life the beloved Nickelodeon series with humor, heart and pure theatricality in a neon-sparkly “party for the eyes and ears” (Daily Beast). Be there when SpongeBob and all of Bikini Bottom face catastrophe—until a most unexpected hero rises to take center stage. This “creative explosion” ( is “nothing short of genius” says Theatermania, so bring the entire family to celebrate friendship and cooperation, and learn the power of unity and inclusion.

Get ready to enjoy the “Broadway Extravaganza” (The New Yorker) that New York Magazine calls “effervescent candy-for-the-spirit.” Explore the depths of theatrical innovation in THE SPONGEBOB MUSICAL, 2018 Best Musical winner of the Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards, where the power of optimism really can save the world.

THE ILLUSIONISTS - Live From Broadway

March 27 - 29, 2020

Direct from Broadway, the world’s best selling magic show is coming to Phoenix. This mind blowing spectacular showcases the jaw dropping talents of five of the most incredible Illusionists on earth. THE ILLUSIONISTS – LIVE FROM BROADWAY has shattered box office records across the globe and dazzles audiences of all ages with a powerful mix of the most outrageous and astonishing acts ever to be seen on stage. This non-stop show is packed with thrilling and sophisticated magic of unprecedented proportions.


Season tickets start at $165 for all four shows. Only Season Members receive the best seats at locked-in prices before tickets go on sale to the public, as well as priority access to tickets, free parking, premium seating, easy exchanges, lost ticket insurance and dining discounts. New season members should order early for the best seats to all four Broadway hits by going to or by calling 800.776.7469.

Please Note:, and the Phoenix Convention Center Box Office-West Building are the only official sources for tickets to all shows in the 2018-19 Broadway At The Orpheum Theatre Series. If you purchase tickets through another source, you may pay over-inflated prices and your tickets will not be guaranteed.

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

review - WHO WILL CARRY THE WORD? - Grand Canyon University

the 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 February 17th.

"The horrific events of the Holocaust have been documented in countless films, novels, documentaries and plays, and just about everyone is aware of the barbaric deaths of six million European Jews were killed in Auschwitz and the other concentration camps during the early 1940s. However, not everyone knows that other people died and were imprisoned in the camps, including homosexuals, gypsies, communists, and many others who opposed the Nazi regime. Who Will Carry the Word?, written by Charlotte Delbo who was a French Resistance fighter sent to Auschwitz-Birkenau in 1943, is a factual story that focuses on a group of female French Resistance fighters who found themselves fighting for their lives in the concentration camps. Grand Canyon University's production of Delbo's play has an incredibly gifted cast who deliver rich and harrowing portrayals under Claude Pensis' precise but never too heavy-handed direction. While Delbo's personal story and the stories of the other women in the camps is heartbreaking and wrenching to hear, the play has several shortcomings that stop it from being a truly moving and emotional experience. Delbo is a good storyteller but not a good playwright....Fortunately, GCU's cast and creative aspects are superb. ..Pensis' direction is subtle but always effective...William Symington's stark and bleak set features several large fence posts and strings of barbed wire which makes the audience feel as if they are a witness to the emotional strife and stress the women endure through the electric fence, yet are unable to do anything to help..I only wish Who Will Carry the Word? were a better play in order for it to serve as a testament to the millions of people who were killed in the Holocaust and to the strength of the human spirit in those who survived who had the desire to not only live but also ensure their story was told." -Gil Benbrook, Talkin' Broadway (click here to read the complete review)

Tragedy Tomorrow, Comedy Tonight! - a conversation with A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM's Hector Coris

Hector Coris
by Julia Bashaw

Hector Coris is a man that can do it all. Not only is he an award winning director, but he also acts, writes songs and performs in cabaret shows in town.

Born in Queens, New York, Coris was heavily involved in the cabaret scene in New York and has had a successful career, acting in dozens of plays, musicals, revues, concerts and comedies throughout his time in NYC as well as in Phoenix, where he moved in 2011.

Hector has been nominated for several ariZoni Theatre Awards and he won a Zoni for directing Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at Hale Centre Theatre. He has been seen in productions at many theatres in Arizona, including at Hale, Mesa Encore Theatre, and Scottsdale Musical Theater Company.

He recently appeared in Mary Poppins at Mesa Encore Theatre, A Christmas Carol the Musical at Scottsdale Musical Theater Company and also co-starred in All Shook Up at TheatreWorks last fall.

Coris is back at TheatreWorks acting in the classic musical comedy A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, which opens this Friday and runs through March 3rd, reprising the same role he played a few years ago in the Scottsdale Musical Theater Company's production of the Stephen Sondheim, Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart comedy.

Even though he was busy with final rehearsals for this show, Hector sat down to answer some questions about his past, this musical, and why he thinks this production needs to be seen.

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum is a classic musical comedy, but for someone who's never seen this show, or heard of it, what would you tell them it's about?

"...Forum is the story of a Roman slave who creates a series of hilarious complications while trying to obtain his freedom. It's a classic ancient theater plot - that of a crafty servant trying to best their masters, based on the works of  the Roman playwright Plautus. It has elements of farce, vaudeville and slapstick. It's also the first show Stephen Sondheim wrote both the lyrics and music for with a very clever script written by Larry Gelbart (of "M*A*S*H*" fame) with lots of low-brow humor and high-brow wordplay."

What can you tell us about the character you play, Pseudolus?

"Pseudolus is a unique musical comedy protagonist in that he only cares about one thing: his freedom. He's not trying to get the girl (though he will take any girl...) or save the town. He has no loftier goals than being free. And he'll literally do anything - to anyone - in order to get what he wants. "

Coris (center) and the cast of TheaterWorks's
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
photo courtesy TheaterWorks
This show is based ages ago! How do you relate to a person from so long ago?

"It's not that hard to recognize a character with such base needs and desires. It doesn't matter the time period or the setting. But it's fun to play that in the world of a classic Roman play. I'm not anywhere near as ruthless and hedonistic as Pseudolus, but if ever I had the opportunity to play out a 'self' that runs rampant over everyone around him, this is that moment. I'm a pretty fast problem-solver, but Pseudolus is a quicker problem-maker."

What is the point of this show in your eyes? Why should people go and see it?

"It's pure entertainment. Nothing more, nothing less. There is not one moment in the show that is a 'lesson' or a moral for the audience to take home with them. It's just 2 hours of check your politics and problems at the door and laugh. Live in this very un-PC world for a little while. I think it will be cathartic for people to let themselves be indulgent with these characters and situations. I long for the days - not too long ago - when we didn't have to be so insanely sensitive about every little thing. It feels like someday all comedy will be outlawed. I think, secretly, everyone wants to giggle at a sexual innuendo, a boob joke, an ageist remark, a gay joke. It's OK. We give you that 2-hour Purge. I'm sure someone will get offended by something. We already got their money, so who cares?"

I believe you've played this character before, right? Any major changes you've made to the part since the last time you played Pseudolus?

"Yes, it was in 2013, I think, with Scottsdale Musical Theater Company. The first time I did it, I was just trying to get a handle on the enormity of the role and do justice to the spirit of the show. Now, I'm getting to revel more in the specific moments and take the antics further than I did in six years ago. "

Coris (left) and the cast of Scottsdale Musical Theater Company's
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
photo courtesy Scottsdale Musical Theater Company
Why did you want to play this part again?

"I would play this part forever if I could. It's very rare when you get to play in a show where you have permission to break all the rules. The history of this role from the start with Zero Mostel in the 60's, to Phil Silvers, Nathan Lane and Whoopi Goldberg (yes, Whoopi...) has one unifying characteristic: some very funny, spontaneous comedians in the part. My background is in long-form improvisation and in rehearsal - for any show I do - I try and find different approaches to each moment. I'm so lucky to work with directors who give me the creative space to do what I do. I love to play in rehearsal - and even in performance. It's painfully boring to lock into one way of doing something from the get-go. Of course, once you find the "right thing", you lock that in, but continue to play within that beat. It's a nice Russian nesting doll of discovery. This is one of the very few roles where I can do and say anything - outside of the original script - if the moment calls for it. That's an important distinction. There is a danger of an actor indulgently going off the rails. It has to be in service of the show. Rehearsals are a blast because I can try new things all the time. Sometimes they work gangbusters, sometimes they don't. But that's the point of rehearsal.

The other side of it, too, is getting to work with a whole new bunch of actors and see what they are bringing to their parts, which also gives me new and surprising things to react to. I feel that Peter (Hill, director) and I share some of the same comedy DNA. We're both "old-school" so I know exactly what he's after when he suggests I try something. This is a funny bunch of people. I don't usually break-up in rehearsals, but a few of them caught me pretty good."

What's your favorite moment in the show?

"There's not a particular moment in the show, per se, but I most look forward to every moment with the audience. We have no idea what they will react to or how, so there's 10% of my performer brain that remains free of the constraints of the show to be able to recognize how to ride that wave and when to move on to the next. We can't predict which moments will 'kill'. The audience will laugh at things we never thought they would and vice-versa. My character is the only one who gets to break the fourth wall and address the audience and include them in the lunacy so we have a very symbiotic relationship."

Do you think that some of the subject matter, such as buying and selling of women, is smart to showcase today in this era?

"This question would never have come up five or six years ago, but I can see where some might have an issue especially these days. Historically, it's the milieu of the play. Slavery was a thing back then. But it's all used here in fun. Any good spoof or farce plays up the silliness of the very thing that's supposed to offend you. The brilliant thing Peter Hill has done is not to back away from possibly cringe-worthy elements but rather lean into them - embrace them, even celebrate the ridiculousness of them. If you want to be careful, stay home and watch 'Ellen'. But if you want to have a rollicking good time, come see Forum. No refunds if we become a ranty hashtag in your Facebook feed."

Do you think this show can captivate all audiences?

"Yes - well, maybe not the kiddos, but, hey, if you can't find a babysitter, you may have some explaining to do. The joy of this show is just to have FUN. Does anyone remember that word anymore? There's so much to enjoy: A LIVE ORCHESTRA conducted beautifully by Steve Hilderbrand, a gorgeous colorful production, a delightful and game cast. There's even a rubber chicken. What more do you need?!"

What do you hope audiences take away from seeing this production?

Wet pants.

CLICK HERE for more information on this production, which runs February 15-March 3

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cast announcement - DETROIT '67 - Tempe Center for the Arts / Black Theatre Troupe

Chelle: Lillie Richardson
Lank: Calvin Worthen
Caroline: Alison Campbell
Bunny: Ashley Jackson
Sly: Cornelius Williams

Mesa Encore Theatre announces Dance Workshop for their upcoming production of IN THE HEIGHTS on February 23

In the Heights Dance Workshop
Saturday, February 23
Mesa Encore Theatre's Black Box  Stage (933 E Main St, Mesa)

¡Wepa!  Interested in auditioning for Mesa Encore Theatre’s production of In the Heights?  Come join us for a workshop in Latin and hip-hop dance styles to get yourself ready to tear up the floor during auditions.  You’ll also get the chance to meet Marcos D. Voss (Director) and Nick Flores (Choreographer) to show them your moves!  Open to ages 15+, all abilities welcome.

RSVP here:

MET’s In the Heights important dates:
Auditions are March 2-3, 2019 from 9:30am-2pm
Callbacks are March 10, 2019 (afternoon/evening TBD)

Rehearsals begin March 31, 2019 (typically 5 days/week; some Saturdays and Sundays)

Performance dates are May 17-June 2, 2019 at Mesa Arts Center 

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

photos & promo video - XERXES - ASU Music Theatre and Opera

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

photos by Tim Trumble

Behind the Scenes: Xerxes from ASU School of Music on Vimeo.

The Quest for a Different Take on a Classic Tale: Playwright Stacey Lane talks about CAMELOT AND CAMELITTLE

Stacey Lane
by Julia Bashaw

The story of Camelot and the Knights of the Round Table is a beloved fairytale full of magic and adventure. But how come all the Knights are men? Stacey Lane pondered this thought as she began changing that concept.

“I have always loved in Camelot the wizards and dragons and how it's a magical place where anything can happen, but what I haven’t liked about the story is that it has so few girls. That was my idea on how to start this, how can I approach Camelot and make a female lead? And so I came up with the idea, well maybe this little girl would also be frustrated on how few girls there are in power in Camelot. And it just took off from there.”

Stacey Lane is the playwright who wrote Camelot and Camelittle which is having its world premiere at the East Valley Children’s Theatre Company in Mesa. It is about a little girl who wants to become a knight of the round table in Camelot. But when she goes to show she is worthy, all of her heroes King Arthur, Queen Guinevere, and Sir Lancelot laugh at her. So she decides to prove them wrong and start her own, as Stacey puts it, “Queendom”.

Camelot and Camelittle won the East Valley Children’s Theatre’s playwrighting contest. Playwrights submit original work plays or musicals that are unpublished and if they win, EVCT will perform it in their upcoming season. It is the debut of the story and a worldwide premiere.

Stacey expressed how it felt when she won. “I was excited and happy,” she said. “They provide the playwright resources to come out and see the play and that way the play can become better. I have a chance to see it multiple times fully in production and can do rewrites before I send it off to my publisher. This process ends up making it a stronger script. It’s very exciting and it is out of my hands now,” she laughed. “I get to sit back and get to watch the hard work that everyone else has done at this point and I will be taking notes and figuring out ways that I can make the script better. My part is finished for now and I get to enjoy what they've worked so hard on.”

Stacey will be in Phoenix for the opening weekend of her show. She has won this award before back in 2015 for another original work called Sixty-Seven Cinderellas.

Stacey had a wonderful perspective describing the process of being able to see your own work come to life. “It’s really exciting when you see something that is completely different than what you expected. It is exciting when there is a character or a scene that is completely different than how I imagined it in my head, and usually, it’s better. Theatre is such a collaborative art to see, I just gave a blueprint of what the production can be and then all of these other artists have put their ideas into it and made is something much bigger and better than I could possibly come up with on my own.”

Stacey started out as an actress in the theatre world when she was 10 years old. But before that, she always knew she wanted to be a children’s writer. When she was introduced to theatre she fell in love and combined all of her passions together.

“I have worked in a lot of different aspects in theatre; director, actor, stage manager, costume designer, backstage. And I found that being a playwright I was able to encompass all of the things that I loved about the theatre. Because when you are creating the world you are kind of imagining what the costumes look like and how it would be acted. You have to have an understanding of all aspects of the theatre. And since I already had a passion for writing, it was sort of the perfect marriage of all the things that I loved.”

Stacey still wanted to write for kids but with a different purpose. She wanted to provide children with experiences like the ones she had growing up that made her find her passion. But also give opportunities in her plays to all children. “I always come back to that place of remembering what made me fall in love with the arts and trying to give that experience to children. I don't like to write a play where a kid has to play 'Tree #3', have no lines, and feel unimportant,” Stacey explained. “So I try to approach all the plays that I write thinking about my experience when I was a child actor and the things that made me excited and things that made me frustrated in theatre. And one of the things that made me frustrated was that there were always so many roles for boys in the plays but then so many girls would audition. So only a few girls would get parts but everybody's brother, cousin and neighbor that was a boy would get cast to fill all the roles. When I started writing theatre for adults and children, I want to have female leads and roles that are gender-neutral so that the best actor can get the role instead of just trying to find a bunch of boys to fill the parts.”

When asked what she hopes audiences will take away after seeing her play, she said, “I hope there will be a lot of laughter. I believe that there is a humorous element to most things in life and that humor has the great power to heal and to educate. What I would really hope is that audiences just get lost in the story, that they are with these characters on their journey believing that that’s the world they are in. And that they are enjoying themselves, that's more important to me than someone necessarily learning a great lesson because I think that happens anyway if you are invested in the world.”

Find out more info on Stacey Lane and her plays at

CLICK HERE for more information on Camelot and Camelittle at the East Valley Children's Theater Company which runs through February 24th with performances February 14-17 and 21-24 - Thurs - Sat at 7 pm Sat also at 4 pm , Sun at 2 pm at the Mesa Arts Center, 1 East Main Street in downtown Mesa.  All ticket $15 - available at the box office at 480-644-6500 or on line at

For more information on East Valley Children's Theatre's annual playwrighting contest, which has a submission deadline of March 1st, visit their website at

audition notice - CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG - Hale Centre Theatre - March 15 & 16

Hale Centre Theatre will hold auditions for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, playing July 5, 2019 – August 17, 2019. The show is produced by David and Corrin Dietlein, directed and choreographed by Cambrian James and music directed by Lincoln Wright. The casting directors are David and Corrin Dietlein.

Performances are Wednesday through Saturday nights, with Friday and Saturday matinees at 3pm.

All ethnicities are encouraged to audition.

Actor Pay
Caratacus Potts & Truly Scrumptious - Leads: $75 per performance / $375-$450 a week*
All other roles: $50 per performance / $250-$300 a week*

Actors in lead roles will receive an estimated payment of $2925.00 , all other adult actors ages 14 and
older 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 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.

An eccentric inventor, Caractacus Potts sets about restoring an old race car from a scrap heap with
the help of his children, Jeremy and Jemima. They soon discover the car has magical properties,
including the ability to float and take flight. Trouble occurs when the evil Baron Bomburst desires the
magic car for himself. The family joins forces with Truly Scrumptious and batty Grandpa Potts to
outwit the dastardly Baron and Baroness and their villainous henchman, the Child Catcher.

Audition Information
● Children: Friday, March 15th at 4:00 PM
● Adults: Saturday, March 16th at 10:00 AM

What to Prepare
● Be prepared to sing 16 bars of music.
● Bring your own sheet music; an accompanist will be provided.
● The casting directors use Casting Manager during the casting process. Please post your head
shot and resume to your Casting Manager profile.
● Please review the Conflict Calendar found under the "Registration Form" tab and mark your
conflicts on Casting Manager accordingly. Hale Theatre does not use understudies. Actors with
show conflicts will not be considered.

Call Backs
Call backs for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang will be held Saturday, March 23rd at 10:00 AM (at the Hale
Shop) with the first read through scheduled for Monday, May 20th at 7:00 PM .

Audition Location
Auditions will be held at the Hale Storage located at 175 South Hamilton Place, Suite 112, Gilbert, AZ 85233 .

How to make an appointment
You can sign up an appointments by going to . Walk-ins are also

Other Notes
Runtime: Approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes. Any questions may be emailed to Jessica Ottley at .


CARACTACUS POTTS : (LEAD; 40-50; Male; A3-G5) An eccentric, brilliant, English inventor and loving father and son. His inventions and children are his life. Must dance.

TRULY SCRUMPTIOUS : (LEAD; 20-30; Female; A3-E5) Daughter of the famous candy maker, Lord Scrumptious. Strong and independent, but gentle. Falls in love with Caractacus.

GRANDPA POTTS : (65-75; Male; C4-E5) Caractacus Potts's father, who is a former war hero. He
loves to tell old War stories. A sort of second father to Jeremy and Jemima.

BARON BOMBURST : (35-45; Male; E4-E5) Tyrannical ruler of Vulgaria and a lover of toys. A
man-child, he is very immature, needy, and whiney. Will play multiple roles.

BARONESS BOMBURST : (30-45; Female; G3-G5) Head of the Vulgarian Parliament and a hater of children. Tyrannical and dramatic. Will play multiple roles.

THE CHILDCATCHER : (45-60; Male) He makes sure that Vulgaria is child-free. Evil and
manipulative. Hates children almost as much as the Baroness.Will play multiple roles.

THE TOYMAKER : (45-60; Male; C4-E5 ) With all children outlawed in Vulgaria, this toy-making
genius only works for the child-like Baron. Smart but frightened. Will play multiple roles.

JEREMY POTTS : (10-13; Male; C4-E5) Caractacus's son. An adventurous boy with a vivid
imagination. A total child at heart who loves his family.

JEMIMA POTTS : (10-13; Female; C4-E5) Caractacus's daughter. She is an adventurous girl with a
vivid imagination. A total child at heart who loves her family.

BORIS : (35-45; Male; C4-G5 ) A member of the two-person Vulgarian gang that works for the Baron and Baroness. Though he is not very smart, he is the leader.

GORAN : (35-45; Male; D4-G5) One member of the two-person Vulgarian gang that works for the
baron and Baroness. A dumb oaf.

ENSEMBLE : (16-30; All Must sing and Dance) Inventors; Soldiers; Townspeople; English Crowd.

CHILDREN ENSEMBLE : (10-13; All Must sing and Dance) Ensemble members, etc.

cast announcement - TWO TRAINS RUNNING - Arizona Theatre Company

CLICK HERE for more information on this production, which runs from February 14th through March 3rd

Memphis: James Craven
Risa: Erika LaVonn
Sterling: Cedric Mays
Wolf: Lester Purry
Holloway: Alan Bomar Jones
West: Dennis Spears
Hambone: Ahanti Young

Director: Lou Bellamy
Scenic Designer: Vicki Smith
Costume Designer: Mathew LeFebvre
Lighting Designer: Don Darnutzer
Sound Designer: Brian Jerome Peterson
Stage Manager: Glenn Bruner

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

SEUSSICAL, JR - Almost Famous Theatre Company - March 30-31, 2019

Transporting audiences from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus, the Cat in the Hat narrates the story of Horton the Elephant, who discovers a speck of dust containing tiny people called the Whos. Horton must protect the Whos from a world of naysayers and dangers, and he must also guard an abandoned egg that’s been left in his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird.  Although Horton faces ridicule, danger and a trial, the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz never loses faith in him.  Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family and community are challenged and emerge triumphant!

March 30 & 31 at the Hardes Theatre, Phoenix Theatre

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


Horton the Elephant - Vance Monyer
JoJo the Boy - Christopher Devous
Mr. Mayor - Cash Davis
Mrs. Mayor - Stella Parsons
Cat in the Hat - Vylet Bertoncio
Maizie La Bird - Macy Bonnett
Gertrude McFuzz - Georgina Davis
Bird Girls - Hana Schmidt, Grace Nelson, Lillian Apostolou
Sour Kangaroo - Bella Azzi
Small Kangaroo - Max Staats
The Grinch - Rishibh Nampally
Yertle the Turtle - Evelyn Teasdale
Wickershams - Hannah Brown, Tessa Caplan, Caroline Schumann
Whos - Zoe Golston, Madi Miller, Robin Butler, Rishabh Nampally
Jungle of Nool - Parmis Keyhanzad, Athena O'Brien, Max Staats, Alexandra Teposan
Ensemble - Zoe Golston, Madi Miller, Robin Butler, Alexandra Teposan, Rishabh Nampally, Parmis Keyhanzad, Athena O'Brien, Max Staats

Director: Tristin Miller
Music Director: John Luke Osorio

THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE - Scottsdale Musical Theater Company - April 25-May 5, 2019

Book by Richard Morris and  Dick Scanlan

Lyrics & Music by Jeanine Tesori and  Dick Scanlan

Take yourself back to the height of the 1920s Jazz Age in New York City, when "moderns," including a flapper named Millie Dillmount, were bobbing their hair, raising their hemlines, entering the workforce and rewriting the rules of love. Winner of six 2002 Tony Awards including Best Musical, this high-spirited, tap dancing musical romp is a delightful valentine to the styles, music, dance and nostalgia of a long forgotten era.

Thursday, April 25, 2019 @ 7:30pm
Friday, April 26, 2019 @ 7:30pm
Saturday, April 27, 2019 @ 2:00pm
Saturday, April 27, 2019 @ 7:30pm
Sunday, April 28, 2019 @ 2:00pm
Thursday, May 2, 2019 @ 7:30pm
Friday, May 3, 2019 @ 7:30pm
Saturday, May 4, 2019 @ 2:00pm
Saturday, May 4, 2019 @ 7:30pm
Sunday, May 5, 2019 @ 2:00pm

Dawnn Lewis as Muzzy Van Hossmere
Marc Koeck as Jimmy Smith.
Karylin Veres as Millie Dillmount
Hector Coris as Mrs. Meers
Kate Maniuszko as Dorothy Brown
Matt Newhard as Trevor Graydon
Elizabeth Blair as Miss Flannery
Addam Donada as Ching Ho
Rudy Bogojevich as Bun Foo
Priscilla Girls: Stephanie Clark, Mackenzie Couch, Karis Eliese, Xandra Gunnell, Kendal Luther, Alexus Poulette, Oli Whited
Ensemble: Janine Amity, Riley Clark, Ryan Clark, Kameron Cochrane, Todd Corbeil, Kat Dahl, Dalton John, Patrick Lose, Devron Lovick, Keegan Luther, Ashley Nebeker, Melanie Nyland, Sophia Olson, Zack Pepe, Chelsea Sweaney, Cameron Swindler, Ashley White (Muzzy understudy).

CLICK HERE for more information on this production, which runs April 25-May 5, 2019

Monday, February 11, 2019

WEEK AT A GLANCE - February 11-February 17

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



Musical Theatre of Anthem 
February 21-24, 2019

Pinnacle Creative Arts Studio 
February 22–24, 2019

Brelby Theatre Company 
February 22-March 10, 2019

Space 55
February 22-March 17, 2019

Spotlight Youth Theatre 
February 22-March 10, 2019

Starlight Community Theater 
February 22-March 10, 2019

Southwest Shakespeare Company 
February 22-March 9, 2019

Southwest Shakespeare Company 
February 23-March 9, 2019

Baker Performing Arts 
February 25-March 2, 2019

Musical Theatre of Anthem 
February 28-March 3, 2019

Ghostlight Theatre 
February 28-March 10, 2019

Broadway at the Orpheum Theatre 
March 1 - 3, 2019

Mesa Community College Theatre & Film Arts 
March 1, 2019 - March 9, 2019

B3 Productions 
March 1-9, 2019

Mesa Encore Theatre 
March 1-17, 2019