Saturday, May 25, 2019

WEEK AT A GLANCE: May 20-May 26

$25 Digital Lottery Announced for National Tour of RENT at ASU Gammage

A digital ticket lottery for a limited number of seats will be held for RENT, which is returning to ASU Gammage on its 20th Anniversary Tour with performances from May 28-June 2.

Entries for the lottery for each performance will be accepted until 11:00 a.m. local time the day before the performance. Enter here for your chance to purchase up to two (tickets) at $25 each;

Notifications will be sent to fans who are selected to purchase lottery tickets and those who are not via-email at approximately 12:00 p.m. local time the day prior to the performance. Fans selected to purchase will also receive a text SMS message (if mobile number is furnished).

Tickets must be purchased online with a credit card by 4:00 p.m. local time the day prior to the performance using the purchase link in the notification email.

Entrants must be 18 years or older.

Orchestra seat locations awarded by the lottery are subject to availability.

audition notice - JOHN LOVES MARY - Hale Centre Theatre - June 17

Hale Centre Theatre will hold auditions for John Loves Mary, playing September 24, 2019 – November 19, 2019. The show is produced by David and Corrin Dietlein, directed by Diedra Celeste and casting directors David and Corrin Dietlein. Performances are Monday and Tuesday nights, with select Monday and Tuesday matinees at 4pm. All ethnicities are encouraged to audition.

Mary McKinley, John Lawrence, and Fred Taylor - Lead: $75 per performance / $150-$225 a week*
All other roles: $50 per performance / $100-$150 a week*

Actors in lead roles will receive an estimated payment of $1575.00 All other adult actors will receive
an estimated payment of $1050.00 for the run of the show. Actors will receive a free meals between
matinee and evening performances and six complimentary tickets.
*Estimated payment may differ if performances are added or removed.

One of the most charming and romantic 1940’s era comedies of all time. The story revolves around
Mary, who has waited faithfully two years for her fiancé John to return home from the war, only to
discover that John has taken a wartime bride...or has he? This show has delightful twist after hilarious
turn to keep you guessing until someone finally tells the truth! This hit Broadway comedy was made
into a big Hollywood movie starring none other than Ronald Reagan and Patricia Neal.

Audition Information
● Monday, June 17th at 6:00 PM
● Auditions will be held at the theater located at 175 South Hamilton Place, Suite 112, Gilbert,
AZ 85233.

What to Prepare
● The audition will consist of side readings. Sides will be provided. Please prepare 1 side to read.
● Please be familiar with the play.
● Read the breakdowns and bring your best characters to the audition.
● Dancing or singing will not be required at the audition.
● The casting directors use Casting Manager during the casting process. Please post your
headshot and resume to your Casting Manager profile.

Call Backs
Call backs for John Loves Mary will be held Saturday, June 22nd at 10:00 AM with the first read
through scheduled for Monday, August 5, 2019 at 7:00 PM .

How to make an appointment

Other Notes
Runtime: Approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes. Auditions are by appointment only. Any questions
may be emailed to

MARY McKINLEY : (LEAD; Female; 23-25) Intelligent. Pretty. Direct. Practical. Alert and Energetic.

JOHN LAWRENCE : (LEAD; Male; 25-30) Attractive/Handsome. Sincere. Personable. Lots of Vitality. Army Sergeant.

FRED TAYLOR : (LEAD; Male; 25-30) Husky built-big sized young man. Loyal. Good natured, Good humored. Comic skills a plus!

OSCAR DUGAN : (Supporting; Male; 45-55) Elevator man. Big Irish character. Kind hearted and
genuine. Irish accent a must.

SENATOR JAMES McKINLEY : (Supporting; Male; 54-56) Broad shouldered man. Confident. Use to having his own way. Likes being in control.

MRS. PHYLLIS McKINLEY : (Supporting; Female; 50-55) Very Smart and Good. Humored. Kindly
nature. Loves her husband dearly!

LT. VICTOR O’LEARY : (Supporting; Male; 25-30) Very good looking – Handsome. Over Confident. Bit of a Braggart. Very Self Assured.

GEORGE BEECHWOOD : (Supporting; Male; 40-50) 40-50. Friendly and Competent. Works for the
Red Cross. Efficient and Particular. Precise.

LILY HERBISH : (Supporting; Female; 24-26) Showgirl. A little defiant. A little Proud. Brazen but
likable. Slight Cockney accent.

HARWOOD BIDDLE : (Supporting; Male; 50-60) Regular Army guy all the way! Assertive. Likes to exercise his position of power. Short tempered.

Diedra Miranda Celeste (Director) Diedra is very happy to return to the Hale Centre Theatre. Her last
show directed here was The Miracle Worker . Originally from Los Angeles, she directed numerous
shows including her favorite, To Kill a Mockingbird . In Utah, The Rainmaker and an original, The
Bookbinder’s Tale . As an Actress, she has performed a multitude of Lead roles on stage. Her favorite
being Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desire . Thank you Dave and Corrin for welcoming me

Arizona Musicfest's 2019-20 Festival Headliners Announced!

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cast announcement - RENT - Scottsdale Community Players

CLICK HERE for more information on this production, which runs August 2-10th 

MIMI: NOA GAUTHIER             

Baker Performing Arts' Summer Plays and Musicals


Please sign-up for Wizard of Oz - Musical (Ages 8-18), Aladdin - The Play (Ages 8 - 18) and/or Seussical Kids - Musical (Ages 5 - 12) NOW!  It’s summertime full of musicals & play!

As always, registration is on a first come, first serve basis until we fill up! We accept ALL CHILDREN!  For further information or to sign-up, please click here:

Baker Performing Arts, 2035 S. Alma School Rd., Mesa. (Centrally located by Loop 101 & U.S. 60)

Limelight Performing Arts Seeks Directors and Designers for their 2019-2020 Season

Limelight Performing Arts is excited to expand its directing and design team for our 2019-2020 11th season!

We are looking to fill the following roles for our upcoming season June 2019 through June 2020:

  • Directors
  • Music Directors
  • Choreographers
  • Lighting Designers
  • Technical Directors
  • Short Term Workshop Instructors

Limelight Performing Arts is a non-profit youth theatre, well-known for its high quality productions and attention to detail. We are proud to involve students from all areas of the community in both main-stage and junior level productions.We pride ourselves on building a community that feels like family. We are inclusive to all types of performers and hope you will consider being a part of it.

If you are interested in joining our Limelight family, please send an updated resume to

Friday, May 24, 2019

photos - ONCE - The Phoenix Theatre Company

CLICK HERE for more information on this production, which runs through June 16


photos by Reg Madison Photography

audition notice - HY REV Performance Troupe - Arizona Broadway Theatre - June 23

What is HyRev?

HyRev is specifically for young performers ages 13-19 with some previous music theatre / dance / show choir experience. The program includes two performance troupes: HyperToneZ (advanced troupe) and Sonic Revolution (elite troupe) – both build upon and improve participants’ performance strengths and include Valley-wide performances (with future out-of-area performances as time and scheduling allow).

We are looking to help young performers become the best performer they can be – True Triple Threats!

CLICK HERE to sign up for an audition

reviews - THINGS I KNOW TO BE TRUE - Arizona Theatre Company

Kevin Kantor, Bill Geisslinger, Jordan Baker, and Aubyn Heglie
Photo by Michael Brosilow
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 June 2nd.

" insightful, moving, and heartbreaking drama that focuses on the strong connection and love between parents and children and how the high expectations some parents have of their children can never truly be fulfilled, having a negative impact on both parent and child. Arizona Theatre Company presents the American premiere of the play in a beautifully designed co-production with the Milwaukee Repertory Theater, where the play ran in March, that features a talented cast who superbly embody their characters, warts and all. It is a deeply meaningful and modern study of the ups and downs of a more than 30-year long marriage and the struggles a family goes through. Most likely, everyone will see some reflection of themselves in the play's fractured characters......Clements' direction is faultless. The cast of six have been living and breathing these parts for more than two months now, and they clearly know them inside and out. Each actor is superb, with Jordan Baker simply sensational as the rough, "no holds barred" and argumentative mother who thinks she has all the answers and can solve all of her family's problems. Fran is a woman you will most likely hate, but from Baker's excellent portrayal, and Bovell's expert writing, you won't ever question her actions or her motives.... a thought-provoking, poignant, poetic, and powerful play that beautifully demonstrates that, no matter how much you prepare for the future and guide your children, you can never truly be prepared for what life has planned. Also, while the characters may not all be likable, as there are plenty of nasty confrontations and hurtful words they say, they are all individuals you can't look away from. That shows just how well written, acted and directed this production is." -Gil Benbrook, Talkin' Broadway (click here to read the complete review)

"... a smart, searing dissection of one family’s particular unhappiness by Australian playwright Andrew Bovell. The American-premiere production, currently running at the Herberger Theater Center in Phoenix, is world-class and unforgettable, matching the script’s literary depth with an elegant, evocative staging....The actors are stellar...builds inexorably to a devastating climax. Every tear is earned." Kerry Lengel, Arizona Republic (click here to read the complete review)

"...With a running time of two hours and ten minutes, including a fifteen-minute intermission, Bovell’s play doesn’t simply pull you in, it forcibly yanks, keeping a firm grip on your attention as conflict after conflict is confronted... It’s difficult to remember a play that resonates in such a way to the point where your mind has an inability to think of anything else hours after having left the theater..." -David Appleford, Valley Screen and Stage (click here to read the complete review)

photos - NEWSIES - Hale Centre Theatre

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

photos by Nick Woodward-Shaw