Friday, August 26, 2016

ticket discount - 3C - Nearly Naked Theatre


Tickets are now on sale for 3C at Nearly Naked Theatre and they have a special Advance Ticket Discounts available if you LIKE their Facebook page!

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WEEK AT A GLANCE: August 22 - August 28

Fiscus on the Deep Blue of Hale's 'Drowsy Chaperone'

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Tim Fiscus 
by Jennifer Haaland

"Man in the Chair is a lot like me in the ways we both obsess about trivialities," says Tim Fiscus who opens tonight in Hale Centre Theatre's  "fun" musical comedy The Drowsy Chaperone.

The obsessive tendencies have served Fiscus well in his acting career.  Having returned to the States about a year ago from Germany where he was performing for military audiences stationed overseas, he has dozens of shows and accompanying awards under his robe.  Currently nominated for a Best Actor Zoni in a comedy last year, he has also won the equivalent of a Military Tony with the U.S. Army for his skill.

 "I research and absorb all that I can," he notes in comparison, "and like Man in the Chair, I'm also a talker."

With gregarious wit in easy conversation, he further demonstrates he's not an introverted shut-in like the self-described "blue" narrator he plays.

 "Man in the Chair doesn't like people much, but he has a vivid imagination.  As Man in the Chair starts to imagine his favorite musical as a whole staged show, it comes to life in my [his] apartment.  I can pause the action and comment, but all the characters in the show are oblivious to my existence."

Hale's 2016-17 season opener won the Best Musical Tony in 2006, and Fiscus guesses about a couple reasons the show-within-a show format that's set in the 1920's may have made such a big impression.

"It's a musical that targets lovers of musicals," he laughs.  "There's nods and winks about overplayed characters, familiar tropes... and lots of puns" that allude to and spoof many familiar Broadway shows.

Another draw is the larger¬ than¬ life characters of his imagination. They materialize in his living room in glitzy costumes exchanging clever repartee and singing flapper-era songs with sparkly music and clever lyrics.

This is actually Fiscus' second time sitting in the Drowsy narrator's chair.   He played a "much more risqué version" in Germany and says the "family friendli-ized" Hale production provides him a new way of looking at the role.

"They really know what they're doing at Hale," says Fiscus about his cast-mates and the creative team.

Fiscus received an ariZoni nomination for last year's Rumors
 at Desert Stages Theatre
photo: Wade Moran
From where he sits, Fiscus thinks Man in the Chair seems pretty unhappy about how life turned out, remarking, "He definitely uses the broad, overstated 'fun' characters as a contrast to his own drab existence."

Following that characterization, Fiscus leaves the conversation hanging as a lure of an invitation. Calling Drowsy Chaperone an homage to musical theatre, he says a "good production" as he describes Hale's, sells a deeper aspect.  He says the musical allows us to appreciate theatre and what its value can be.

"The audience will be taken on a silly journey filled with catchy tunes,"  Fiscus concludes.  Betting the depth will be evident, he adds,  "but it ends with a bittersweet melancholy. We've left it intentionally vague."


The Drowsy Chaperone runs August 26 through October 8 at Hale Centre Theatre in downtown Gilbert. CLICK HERE for more information

Theater Works Announces Youth Works Fall 2016 Academy Classes

Theater Works announces the Fall YouthWorks Academy classes for acting and musical theater begin September 14. This semester’s classes will incorporate themes into the musical theater options. Classes are based on grade level with options for grades 1 – 12. Acting 101 will teach the fundamentals every actor needs to know. A must for any aspiring actor. Kids in fourth grade through sixth grade can also work with a choreographer and musical director to learn the fundamentals of Musical Theater while exploring the popular musical WICKED. First through third grade musical theater class will study under the Broadway hit BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. Our youngest performers (ages 4-6) are able to use their creative minds to bring fun characters to life through dramatic play, art, and music In Imagination Theatre. Academy classes are taught by Theater Works distinguished teaching artists. Classes begin September 14. Registration deadline September 12.

Theater Works Youth Works Academy is especially geared towards fostering young actors to develop and hone their acting and stage presence skills. Focus is on building confidence through individual and group achievements offering a wide range of programs for aspiring actors with varying degrees of skill and experience. Academy classes culminate with a classroom sharing or performance of understanding for friends and family to attend.


Youth Works Academy Classes:

ACTING 101
Acting 101 will teach the fundamentals every actors needs to know. Theatre games and exercises will explore the actor’s tool box to stretch the voice, body and imagination. Performers learn to embody a character, identify obstacles and work to achieve an objective through a variety of tactics, open scene work and improvisation. Acting classes focus on essential physical, vocal and improvisational skills.
Grades 7-12, $175
Wednesdays (10 weeks) September 14-November 16 from 4:00PM-5:00PM
Grades 4-6, $175
Wednesdays (10 weeks) September 14-November 16 from 5:00PM-6:00PM
Grades 1-3 $175
Thursdays (10 weeks) September 15-November 17 from 5:30PM-6:30PM

MUSICAL THEATER
A choreographer and musical director will introduce you to essential dancing, singing and acting skills while you rehearse and perform several ensemble numbers. In each session of Musical Theatre we learn how to use dance and well-crafted songs to develop strong characters and engaging acting scenes.

Musical Theater-WICKED
Grades 4-6 $200.00
Thursdays (10 weeks) September 15-November 17 from 4:00PM-5:30PM

Musical Theater-Beauty & the Beast
Grades 1-3 $200.00
Saturdays (10 weeks) September 10-November 12 from 10:00AM-11:30AM

Imagination Theatre
In Imagination Theatre our youngest performers are able to use their creative minds to bring fun characters to life through dramatic play, art, and music. Exciting adventures will carry us to new discoveries that will inspire a story that builds and grows week after week. Through the creative process and theater games we will create a brand new play to share with friends and family during our final session. This creative class is ideal for both boys and girls. Taught by teaching artist Elizabeth Peterson.
Ages 4-6 $145.00
SATURDAYS (8 weeks) September 24-November 12 from 9:00AM-10:00AM

Classes will be held at Peoria Center for the Performing Arts (8355 West Peoria Avenue, Peoria, AZ). Academy classes require a minimum of 8 students for a class to take place. If registered for a class that is cancelled all monies will be fully refunded.

To register for a YouthWorks Academy class, contact the Box Office at (623) 815-7930 or visit http://theaterworks.org/youth-works-academy/.

photos - PAGEANT - Arizona Broadway Theatre

for more information on this production, which runs through September 18th, CLICK HERE












photos: Kat Barnes / Arizona Broadway Theatre

cast announcement - LOST IN YONKERS - Desert Stages Theatre

for more information on this production, which runs October 7th to November 11th, CLICK HERE

Jay: George Piccininni-Avery
Arty: Christian Bader
Eddie: Timothy Pittman
Bella: Heidi Carpenter
Grandma: KatiBelle Collins
Louie: Ryan Hood
Gertrude: Michele Richmond

Brelby Theatre Company Announces Fall Educational Offerings

The Brelby Theatre Company located in Historic Downtown Glendale is pleased to announce their Fall line-up of classes available to the community.

With offerings from musical theatre to improv, there are options for every skill level.

Musical Theatre Intensive (1st 6 week session)
Teaching Artists: Shelby Maticic, C.J. O’Hara
Date/Time: Saturdays beginning September 17, ending on October 22; 9AM to 11AM
Cost: $75

Do you love musicals? Do you find yourself bursting randomly into song? Do you belt your heart out while driving to show tunes? Let us introduce you to Brelby’s newest intensive: musical theatre! Participants will explore solos, duets, and ensemble numbers from a range of different musicals. This is the perfect opportunity to develop musical theatre skills, increase your knowledge of musical theatre, and to prepare materials for future auditions. Teaching Artists Shelby Maticic and C.J. O’Hara bring a wealth of knowledge, coaching, compassion, and energy to their musical theatre work. Expect to learn, challenge yourself, and have fun!

Introduction to Improv Workshop (1st 6 week session)
Teaching Artist: Devon Mahon
Date/Time: Sundays beginning September 18, ending on October 23; 9AM to 11AM
Cost: $75
Think fast! Learn the basic skills and techniques of improv to improve your ability to think on your feet and perform with confidence. This workshop introduces students to a variety of styles of improv, including improv games, scene work, and long form. Lead by one of Brelby’s top improv performers, Teaching Artist Devon Mahon provides students with creative, challenging, and fun opportunities for growth.

Introduction to Acting Workshop (2nd 6 week session)
Teaching Artist: Jenny Gantwerker
Date/Time: Saturdays beginning November 5, ending on December 17; 9AM to 11AM (No class on Saturday, 11/26)
Cost: $75
Whether you’re just getting into acting, have an initial interest, or would like to brush up on your skills, Brelby’s Introduction to Acting Workshop has much to offer. Under the skilled instruction of Teaching Artist Jenny Gantwerker, students will explore and develop various areas of acting skills through monologues and scene study exercises from a wide range of plays. Participants can expect to learn and grow as performers while preparing future audition materials. No prior acting experience is necessary.

Advanced Improv Workshop (2nd 6 week session)
Teaching Artist: David Magadan
Date/Time: Sundays beginning November 6, ending on December 18; 9AM to 11AM (No class on Sunday, 11/27)
Cost: $75
So, you’ve developed your improv skills and you’re looking to grow even further. The Advanced Improv Workshop will coach you through creative challenges to increase your spontaneity and to discover deeper imaginative choices…all while having fun with fellow improvisers. Instructed by one of Brelby’s top improv performers, Teaching Artist David Magadan offers students an exciting and challenging learning environment.

Play Reading Group (Sept. through Dec.)
Teaching Artist: John Perovich
Date/Time: The following Saturdays, 9AM to 12PM: 9/3, 10/1, 11/5, 12/3
Cost: $100.00
Join us once a month for Brelby’s Fall Play Reading Group! Participants will meet once a month in September, October, November, and December, to read four plays aloud, covering a wide-range of styles. Plays include: Our Town by Thornton Wilder, Doubt by John Patrick Shanley, Machinal by Sophie Treadwell, and Rumors by Neil Simon. Participants will receive a copy of each play with the cost of signing up for the group.

BOX OFFICE: Class descriptions and enrollment options are available by visiting www.Brelby.com/learn. The Brelby Studio is located at 6835 N 58th Ave Glendale, AZ 85301

audition notice - THREE NO TRUMP - Theater Works - September 21


from our friends at Theater Works:

Three No Trump by Cathy Dresbach
Director: Debra K Stevens

Auditions Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Auditions by Appointment CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP NOW
Callbacks Monday, September 26, 2016

Rehearsals tentatively begin December 5th with breaks for the holidays.
Performances are January 13-29th. Rehearsals begin December 5th with breaks for holidays. A full performance calendar will be posted at the audition.
Stipend: $300.00 flat for rehearsal s and performances
No AEA contracts available.

Please Prepare: 2 contrasting comedic/dramatic, 60 second monologues.

We are casting for the following roles:

SARA: The true historian of the group, Sara is most likely to include the good news and the bad news in her journal entries. She doesn’t shy away from an argument, but is quick to forgive and supports all her friends without judgment. Happily married and casually elegant, she likes to entertain and be entertained by “the ladies of the club” and all their quirks.

SHIRLEY: The hostess. Shirley is divorced and the only member of the group in the dating game. She is a reader and a perpetual student who loves to improve the others’ lives with newly discovered information. Frugal to a fault and straight-laced, her attire is very conservative and somewhat out of fashion because she never throws anything away.

MARGE Married and a devout Catholic, Marge is the peacemaker. She doesn’t particularly care who wins or loses – except when it comes to her beloved Phoenix Suns. She is a rabid fan and wears the mantle proudly. Her other passions include music and dogs. She dresses for Bohemian comfort rather than style.

PHYLLIS: The unsentimental wise-cracker. Phyllis appears tough, but has a deep affection for her dear friends. She is the most competitive Bridge player and wants the others to take the game as seriously as she does. She is divorced and somewhat of a crazy cat lady. Her attire is thrift-store chic with a flair for the unusual or re-purposed accessory.

BOBBY JO: The substitute. A novice player compared to the others, Bobby Jo is a world traveler and the only one without a job. She is extremely well-off, but also down-to-earth and comes by her charming personality naturally – she is a Southerner, after all. She is tastefully well dressed and wears equally tasteful, expensive jewelry. She may be the youngest of the group, or perhaps, just looks youngest because she’s had a little work done.

Auditions will be held at: Peoria Center for the Performing Arts (8355 W Peoria Ave., Peoria, AZ 85345)

Thursday, August 25, 2016

3C - Nearly Naked Theatre - September 2 - 24, 2016


COME & KNOCK ON OUR (BACK) DOOR

Brad ends up in Connie & Linda’s kitchen after the Vietnam war and the three strike up an odd living arrangement (for the 70s) that has hilarious and devastating consequences... for EVERYONE. Inspired by “A Certain 70s Sitcom,” 1950s existential comedy, Chekov and even Disco anthems, 3C is a terrifying yet amusing look at a culture that likes to amuse itself, even as it teeters on the brink of ruin. It’s like Three’s Company if it were produced by HBO. On Acid. With PTSD.

~intended for mature audiences with very immature tastes! This VERY DARK satire contains strong language, mature themes, sexual situations, ridiculous sitcom moments where people confuse one thing for something else, 70s disco music and nudity~

Linda..... Tallie Hartley
Connie... Alexia Lorch
Brad....... Clayton Westbrook
Terry...... Aaron Blanco
Mrs. Wicker... Janis Ash Webb
Mr. Wicker..... Pat Russel

Friday, September 2 - 8pm
Saturday, September 3 - 8pm
Sunday, September 4 - 6pm
Thursday, September 8 - 8pm
Friday, September 9 - 8pm
Saturday, September 10 - 8pm
Sunday, September 11 - 2:30pm
Thursday, September 15 - 8pm
Friday, September 16 - 8pm
Saturday, September 17 - 8pm
Sunday, September 18 - 6pm
Thursday, September 22 - 8pm
Friday, September 23 - 8pm
Saturday, September 24 - 8pm

audition notice - THE GLASS MENAGERIE - Fountain Hills Theater - September 6 & 7


Amanda Wingfield is a faded, tragic remnant of Southern gentility, who lives in poverty in a dingy St. Louis apartment with her son, Tom, and her daughter, Laura. Amanda strives to give meaning and direction to her life and the lives of her children, though her methods are ineffective and irritating. Tom is driven nearly to distraction by his mother's nagging and seeks escape in alcohol and the world of the movies. Laura also lives in her illusions. She is crippled, and this defect, intensified by her mother's anxiety to see her married, has driven her more and more into herself. The crux of the action comes when Tom invites a young man of his acquaintance to take dinner with the family.

Directed by Ben Tyler

Audition Dates:
Tuesday, September 6th at 7pm and Wednesday September 7th at 7pm

Production dates: Friday, October 14th - Sunday, October 30th
Performances: Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, and Sundays at 2pm

**Click Here To Register for an Appointment**

or call (480) 837-9661 x3

Auditioners should prepare:
- To read cold from the script
- Headshot and resume if available
- List of possible rehearsal conflicts


CASTING:
Amanda Wingfield -  Laura and Tom’s mother. A proud, vivacious woman, Amanda clings fervently to memories of a vanished, genteel past. She is simultaneously admirable, charming, pitiable, and laughable.

Laura Wingfield -  Amanda’s daughter and Tom’s older sister. Laura has a bad leg, on which she has to wear a brace, and walks with a limp. Twenty-three years old and painfully shy, she has largely withdrawn from the outside world and devotes herself to old records and her collection of glass figurines.

Tom Wingfield -  Amanda’s son and Laura’s younger brother. An aspiring poet, Tom works at a shoe warehouse to support the family. He is frustrated by the numbing routine of his job and escapes from it through movies, literature, and alcohol.

Jim O’Connor -  An old acquaintance of Tom and Laura. Jim was a popular athlete in high school and is now a shipping clerk at the shoe warehouse in which Tom works. He is unwaveringly devoted to goals of professional achievement and ideals of personal success.

Mr. Wingfield -  Amanda’s husband and Laura and Tom’s father. Mr. Wingfield was a handsome man who worked for a telephone company. He abandoned his family years before the action of the play and never appears onstage. His picture, however, is prominently displayed in the Wingfields’ living room.
   

PINOCCHIO - Limelight Performing Arts - October 1


Adapted from the Carlo Collidi Classic. Script by John Baldwin, Jr.

No Audition Required.
Rehearsals begin August 13
Performances October 1 at 12:30 & 2pm at the Studio 3 Artspace Theatre

Casting ages 5-13 for this production.
Pinocchio is an Actor’s Conservatory Show presented by Studio 3 Performing Arts. For this show, no audition is required – everyone who registers receives a role. Roles will be assigned the first day of rehearsals.

From the moment Pinocchio wrecks Mastroni’s puppet show until he becomes a real boy for rescuing his father from the great fish, the excitement never abates in this charming adaptation.  The Blue Fairy and her three wood elves introduce the story, set the scenes and work the magic as Pinocchio travels his road of misadventures.  Pinocchio’s ’growing’ nose, Pleasure Isle, the Great Fish are all handled with fascinating simplicity.

Pinocchio is presented by special arrangement with Pioneer Drama Service, www.pioneerdrama.com

CLICK HERE for more information on this show, auditions, and to order tickets when available


RADIUM GIRLS - Limelight Performing Arts - October 21 - 30, 2016


By D.W. Gregory

Auditions August 17
Callbacks August 24
Rehearsals begin August 31
Performances October 21-30 at the Studio 3 Artspace Theatre
Oct 21st at 7pm
Oct 22nd at 3:30 & 7pm
Oct 23rd at 2:30pm
Oct 28th at 7pm
Oct 29th at 3:30 & 7pm
Oct 30th at 2:30pm

We are casting ages 13 and up for this production. (Select 11 & 12 year olds may audition with permission)

In 1926, radium was a miracle cure, Madame Curie an international celebrity, and luminous watches the latest rage—until the girls who painted them began to fall ill with a mysterious disease. Inspired by a true story, Radium Girlstraces the efforts of Grace Fryer, a dial painter, as she fights for her day in court. Her chief adversary is her former employer, Arthur Roeder, an idealistic man who cannot bring himself to believe that the same element that shrinks tumors could have anything to do with the terrifying rash of illnesses among his employees. As the case goes on, however, Grace finds herself battling not just with the U.S. Radium Corporation, but with her own family and friends, who fear that her campaign for justice will backfire. Written with warmth and humor, Radium Girls is a fast-moving, highly theatrical ensemble piece for a small group of actors, who play more than 30 parts—friends, co-workers, lovers, relatives, attorneys, scientists, consumer advocates, and myriad interested bystanders. Called a “powerful” and “engrossing” drama by critics,Radium Girls offers a wry, unflinching look at the peculiarly American obsessions with health, wealth, and the commercialization of science.

Radium Girls is presented by special arrangement with Dramatic Publishing, www. Dramaticpublishing.com

CLICK HERE for more information on this show, auditions, and to order tickets when available


DISNEY'S 101 DALMATIONS KIDS - Limelight Performing Arts - December 3, 2016


Based on the Disney Screenplay by Bill Peet and the novel, "The Hundred and One Dalmatians" by Dodie Smith

No Audition Required
Rehearsals begin October 8
Performances December 3 at 12:30 & 2:00 at the Studio 3 Artspace Theatre

Casting ages 5-13 for this production.
101 Dalmations Kids is an Actor’s Conservatory Show presented by Studio 3 Performing Arts. For this show, no audition is required – everyone who registers receives a role. Roles will be assigned the first day of rehearsals.

Based on the classic animated film, Disney's 101 Dalmatians KIDS is a fur-raising adventure featuring Cruella De Vil, Disney's most outrageous villain, and 101 of the most adorable heroes to set their paws onstage. With a high-spirited score and lovable characters, this stage adaptation is certain to charm and delight all audiences. Pet owners, Roger and Anita, live happily in London with their Dalmatians, Pongo and Perdita, stalwart dogs devoted to raising their puppies. Everything is quiet until Anita's former classmate, the monstrous Cruella De Vil, plots to steal the puppies for her new fur coat. The Dalmatians rally all the dogs of London for a daring rescue of the puppies from Cruella and her bumbling henchmen.

For more information, visit www.studio3arts.com/actors-conservatory

101 Dalmations Kids is presented by special arrangement with Music Theatre International. www.mtishows.com

CLICK HERE for more information on this show, auditions, and to order tickets when available

ANNIE JR. - Limelight Performing Arts - - December 14 - 21, 2016


Music by Charles Strouse. Lyrics by Martin Charnin, Book by Thomas Meehan. Based on “Little Orphan Annie” by permission of the Media Tribune Services, Inc.

Auditions September 24
Callbacks October 1
Rehearsals begin October 5
Performances December 14-21 at the Mesa Arts Center
Dec 14, 15 at 6:30pm
Dec 16 at 7pm
Dec 17 at 12:30, 3:30, & 6:30pm
Dec 18 at 2:30 & 6:30pm
Dec 19, 20, 21 at 6:30pm

We are casting ages 5-19 for this production. This show will be double cast.

Join us for an Audition Preparation Workshop September 14 at 6pm & September 16 at 5pm

Based on the popular comic strip and adapted from the Tony Award-winning Best Musical, with a beloved book and score by Tony Award-winners, Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin, Annie JR. features everyone’s favorite little redhead in her very first adventure.
With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie charms everyone's hearts despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. Annie is determined to find the parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of an orphanage run by the cruel Miss Hannigan. Annie eventually foils Miss Hannigan's evil machinations, finding a new home and family in billionaire Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary, Grace Farrell, and a lovable mutt named Sandy.

For more information, visit www.limelightyouththeatre.org/auditions

Annie Jr is presented by special arrangement with Music Theatre International. www.mtishows.com

CLICK HERE for more information on this show, auditions, and to order tickets when available


SISTER ACT - Limelight Performing Arts - February 1 - 5, 2017


Music by Alan Menken. Lyrics by Glenn Slater. Book by Cheri Steinkellner & Bill Steinkellner. Additional Book Mateiral by Douglas Carter Beane. Based on the Touchstone Pictures Motion Piciure, Sister Act, written by Joseph Howard.

Auditions November 9
Callbacks November 12
Rehearsals begin November 20
Performances February 1-5 at the Mesa Arts Center
Feb 1-2 at 6:30pm
Feb 3 at 7pm
Feb 4 at 3:30 & 7pm
Feb 5 at 2:30pm

We are casting ages 13 and up for this production. With enough interest, we will also select a jr cast ages 9-12.

Sister Act is the feel-good musical comedy smash based on the hit 1992 film that has audiences jumping to their feet! Featuring original music by Tony- and eight-time Oscar winner, Alan Menken (Newsies, Beauty and the Beast, Little Shop of Horrors), this uplifting musical was nominated for five Tony Awards, including Best Musical. When disco diva, Deloris Van Cartier, witnesses a murder, she is put in protective custody in the one place the cops are sure she won't be a found: a convent! Disguised as a nun, she finds herself at odds with both the rigid lifestyle and uptight Mother Superior. Using her unique disco moves and singing talent to inspire the choir, Deloris breathes new life into the church and community but, in doing so, blows her cover. Soon, the gang is giving chase, only to find them up against Deloris and the power of her newly found sisterhood. Filled with powerful gospel music, outrageous dancing and a truly moving story, Sister Act will leave audiences breathless. A sparkling tribute to the universal power of friendship, Sister Act is reason to REJOICE!

For more information, visit www.limelightyouththeatre.org/auditions

Sister Act is presented by special arrangement with Music Theatre International. www.mtishows.com
CLICK HERE for more information on this show, auditions, and to order tickets when available


SIDEWAYS STORIES FROM WAYSIDE SCHOOL - Limelight Performing Arts - March 3 - 12, 2017


based on the book by Louis Sachar. Adaption by John Olive.

Auditions/Callbacks January 2
Rehearsals begin January 6
Performances March 3-12 at the Studio 3 Artspace Theatre
March 3 at 6:30pm
March 4 at 3:30 & 6:30pm
March 10 at 6:30pm
March 11 at 3:30 & 6:30pm
March 12 at 2:30pm

Join us for an Audition Preparation Workshop December 30

Twenty-eight kids, two teachers, a ghost, and a dead rat… Yup, sounds like a normal day at Wayside School. Each scene is an individual mini-story about a single one of these characters, usually trying to solve some kind of silly problem in the backwards world of Wayside. Through these thirty stories we get to know all the denizens of Wayside School and learn that even though their problems may be ridiculous, they're not all that different from "normal" kids after all.

For more information, visit www.limelightyouththeatre.org/auditions

CLICK HERE for more information on this show, auditions, and to order tickets when available


ALICE IN WONDERLAND - Limelight Performing Arts - March 4 - 5, 2017


Based on the classic story by Lewis Carroll. Adapted by Tim Kelly.

No Audition Required.
Rehearsals begin January 14
Performances March 4-5 at the Studio 3 Artspace Theatre
March 4 at 10am, 12pm & 1:30pm
March 5 at 5 & 7pm

Casting ages 5-12 and 13-19 in 2 separate casts for this production.
Alice in Wonderland is an Actor’s Conservatory Show presented by Studio 3 Performing Arts. For this show, no audition is required – everyone who registers receives a role. Roles will be assigned the first day of rehearsals.

Follow that rabbit to a delightful, entertaining world of childhood fantasies.  Alice journeys into a world of talking animals, comic royalty and races where the contestants run in circles!  There are also the Mad Hatter’s frantic tea party, the watch-carrying White Rabbit and talking flowers.  Along the way Alice must deal with a sneezing duchess and a baby that turns into a pig!  The finale has Alice watching a trial, but she suddenly finds herself the accused!  The play gives a modern view to an old classic, where nonsense makes quite good sense.

For more information, visit www.studio3arts.com/actors-conservatory

Alice in Wonderland is presented by special arrangement with Pioneer Drama Service. www.pioneerdrama.com

CLICK HERE for more information on this show, auditions, and to order tickets when available


THE DROWSY CHAPERONE - Limelight Performing Arts - April 21 - 30, 2017


Music and Lyrics by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison. Book by Bob Martin & Don McKellar

Auditions February 8
Callbacks February 10
Rehearsals begin March 1
Performances April 21-30 at the Studio 3 Artspace Theatre
*There will be a possible extension to May 7
Apr 21 at 7pm
Apr 22 at 3:30 & 7pm
Apr 24 at 2:30 & 6pm
Apr 26, 28 at 7pm
Apr 29 at 3:30 & 7pm
Apr 30 at 2:30pm

Join us for an Audition Preparation Workshop January 22 at 3pm

Winner of five Tony Awards, including Best Book and Best Original Score, The Drowsy Chaperone is a loving send-up of the Jazz Age musical, featuring one show-stopping song and dance number after another. With the houselights down, a man in a chair appears on stage and puts on his favorite record: the cast recording of a fictitious 1928 musical. The recording comes to life andThe Drowsy Chaperone begins as the man in the chair looks on. Mix in two lovers on the eve of their wedding, a bumbling best man, a desperate theatre producer, a not-so-bright hostess, two gangsters posing as pastry chefs, a misguided Don Juan and an intoxicated chaperone, and you have the ingredients for an evening of madcap delight. Hailed by New York Magazine as "The Perfect Broadway Musical," The Drowsy Chaperone is a masterful meta-musical, poking fun at all the tropes that characterize the musical theatre genre.

For more information, visit www.limelightyouththeatre.org/auditions

The Drowsy Chaperone is presented by special arrangement with Music Theatre International. www.mtishows.com

CLICK HERE for more information on this show, auditions, and to order tickets when available


TARZAN - Limelight Performing Arts - June 23 - July 1, 2017


Book by David Henry Hwang. Music and Lyrics by Phil Collins. Based on the story, Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs, and the Disney film, Tarzan.

Auditions May 17
Callbacks May 19
Rehearsals begin May 26
Performances June 23-July 1 at the Studio 3 Artspace Theatre
June 23 at 7pm
June 24 at 12, 3:30 & 7pm
June 28, 29, 30 at 7pm
July 1 at 12, 3:30 & 7pm

Join us for an Audition Preparation Workshop May 10

Based on Disney's epic animated musical adventure and Edgar Rice Burrough's Tarzan of the Apes, Tarzan features heart-pumping music by rock legend, Phil Collins, and a book by Tony Award-winning playwright, David Henry Hwang. High-flying excitement and hits, like the Academy Award winning "You'll Be in My Heart," as well as "Son of Man" and "Two Worlds," make Tarzan an unforgettable theatrical experience. Washed up on the shores of West Africa, an infant boy is taken in and raised by gorillas who name him Tarzan. Apart from striving for acceptance from his ape father, Tarzan's life is mostly monkey business until a human expedition treks into his tribe's territory, and he encounters creatures like himself for the first time. Tarzan struggles to navigate a jungle, thick with emotion, as he discovers his animal upbringing clashing with his human instincts.

For more information, visit www.limelightyouththeatre.org/auditions

Tarzan is presented by special arrangement with Music Theatre International. www.mtishows.com

CLICK HERE for more information on this show, auditions, and to order tickets when available

the ariZoni's award the first annual Excellence in Stage Management Award to Linda Ferington

from our friends at the ariZoni Awards for Theatre Excellence:

We are pleased to announce the recipient of the FIRST EVER, EXCELLENCE IN STAGE MANAGEMENT AWARD: Linda Ferington

Linda has been the anchor of Fountain Hills Theater productions for over 25 years. She is a calm and steadying influence both at rehearsals and performances. She stage manages virtually all Fountain Hills Theater musicals and always creates a welcoming atmosphere for directors designers and actors. She takes firm control when necessary, but allows enough free reign for artists to express themselves.

Congratulations Linda!

The 26th Annual ariZoni Awards for Excellence will take place on Monday, September 19th at the Tempe Center for the Arts.  CLICK HERE for more information.

PHX Stages Q/A: Heather Fallon

by Gil Benbrook

"Wonderful comic turns," "great singing," and "a standout" are just a few of the many positive comments that Kerry Lengel from the Arizona Republic has said about Heather Fallon.

Having appeared at numerous theatres across the Valley, in everything from cabaret shows, ensemble comedic roles to leads, Fallon is now rocking out with Megan Moylan, Lauren McKay and Cassie Chilton in A/C Theatre Company's production of Lizzie, which ends this weekend.

For this production, the Examiner's Jennifer Haaland commented "there's no stopping the sly fun Fallon dishes out" and I said "Fallon's double takes, questioning looks, spot-on comic delivery and lush vocals make this supporting character into a crowd pleaser."

Heather took some time in between her Lizzie performances to answer the PHX Stages Q/A:


Name:
Heather Fallon (Jurewicz is my married name, but I still use Fallon for the “biz”, easier to pronounce & spell

Where you were born and or raised:
Phoenix native, one of the few! Actually a member of Phoenix First Families, my Great-Grandparents house is a historical landmark on Roosevelt

What made you decide to stay in Arizona?
Momentum, I guess. Or lack thereof.  If I had to do it over again, I would have liked to have experienced living in a few different places while I was younger, but by the time I got out of school, my folks were dealing w/ health issues, & moving away wasn’t really an option.
 
What your parents did/do for a living:
Mom & Dad were both in education; by the time they retired, my Dad was a Principal. Mom was offered a spot as a Principal the year she found out I was coming along, so she turned it down to stay a teacher and have her summers off.  They were both very well-educated, kind, and passionate about teaching, and I remember everywhere we went, we would run into former students of theirs who just adored them.

Siblings:    
Only child of an only child

Family/Children:
As a late-in-life baby, I lost my own family much too soon, but I’m so blessed to not only have found my perfect partner in life, Tony, but also to share in his wonderful extended family, including my beautiful step-daughters and step-grandkids.
     
Day job/part time job (if not acting full time):
As well as being a licensed Realtor, I am using my Biology degree from ASU in the field of Blood Banking, wearing a lab coat and doing sexy nerd stuff.  Although, as my husband’s Home Inspection company (Smart Start Home Inspections-He’s fantastic! Shameless plug!) continues to grow, I’m hoping to get closer to my ultimate career goal of being a Trophy Wife.

First show you ever saw:  
My folks took me to see a beautiful touring production of “Man of La Mancha” at the Sundome back in the eighties.  There was a big name in the lead, but I don’t remember who.  I wasn’t more than ten years old, but I remember being so moved by the show that I wept all the way to the car! Anyone who remembers the Sundome knows that’s a really long way!  Totally hooked from then on.

Moment you knew you wanted to perform for a living:
Still waiting for that one to hit me.  Performing for a “living” requires an infinite number of sacrifices that I just don’t think I have in me at this age.  If I’d gotten started earlier in life, I would’ve loved to have seen where those 80 hour weeks might’ve gotten me, but at this point, I’m pretty content to perform for “life” rather than for a living.

The one performance you attended that you will never forget:
Seeing Carol Channing in “Hello, Dolly” for the grand re-opening of the newly renovated Orpheum Theater in Phoenix.  Not only was it an amazing experience to see, but it was one of the only shows that my husband (whom I had just started dating at the time) and my Mom and I all got to see together before she passed away.

First stage kiss:
It’s a little embarrassing, but it actually wasn’t that long ago!  I’ve just never been the ingénue type, so it really never came up!  I think my first stage kiss was when Lee Powers ambushed me unexpectedly onstage in Company at DFT, as Larry to my Joanne, I guess because he just really felt it was in character, ha ha!

Heather Fallon (center) with the cast of Lucky Stiff
Arizona Broadway Theatre - 2015
photo courtesy Arizona Broadway Theatre

Best stage experience you’ve had so far acting?
Being directed by a bona fide Broadway star! Last summer’s “Lucky Stiff” at ABT was Directed by Evan Pappas, the original Britt Craig in the Broadway cast of “Parade”.  I’m obsessed with that show, and it was an absolute dream to work with someone whose ovice I’d been listening to for years on the cast album! I warned him ahead of time I was a total Fangirl, and he was so gracious, kind, and fun! Besides being a great Director, he is just an all-around awesome human being.  I still can’t believe I got to sit around drinking with him at our cast parties while he told me all his Parade and Broadway stories!

What has been the most fun or fulfilling aspect of your current/ most recent show?  
“Lizzie” is giving me the chance to do things I’ve never done before on stage.  The rock score is just outstanding, and you can really feel the energy and excitement in rehearsals.  Every cast/crew member and the whole band is so pumped to be doing this show.  It’s such a different style from any other show I’ve done, and getting to rock out with the insanely talented musicians Alan Ruch has put together in our band is unreal!  After sitzprobe, my face literally hurt from grinning all night hearing them for the first time!

Most challenging role you have played onstage?
Not sure if it counts as a “role”, but being cast as one of the Angel City Six in this spring’s “City of Angels” at TW was definitely one of the most challenging, and incredibly rewarding, things I’ve gotten to do so far. Cy Coleman’s intricate jazz harmonies in the score were originally arranged by Yaron Gershovsky, longtime music director of The Manhattan Transfer, and we had to start our rehearsals a full month prior to the rest of the cast to master the songs.  Thanks to Steve Hildebrand’s leadership, I know every one of us still considers scatting those tight harmonies one of the highlights of our stage careers!
 
What was the first show you performed in and what did you learn from it that you still use today?
The summer after eighth grade, my Mom signed me up for Theater Works summer teen workshop. They were doing “Godspell” and I was given the role of Sonja (the “Turn Back O’ Man” character).  I had to go out in the audience and be all flirty and sit on men’s laps and stuff.  I was just terrible!  I was just way too embarrassed and self-conscious, basically your typical thirteen year old.  I always think about that whenever I get nervous about being vulnerable on stage in some way, because even though it was so long ago, it still pisses me off that I wasted that opportunity because I was shy.

Leading role you've been dying to play:
Miss Hannigan.  No, wait…Abigail Adams.  No, Mame! Victor/Victoria!! UGH! This is hard!
Leading role of the opposite sex you wish you could play:  
Well, as long as we’re playing “I wish”, give me a lot more dance ability, and I’d want to do the Leading Player in “Pippin”!

Guilty pleasure show you’d love to perform in:
Somebody PLEASE do a stage version of Grease 2!!

Pre-show rituals or warm-ups:
I like to get to the theater really early and do my hair/makeup slowly.  I tend to just get very quiet, which, as anyone who knows me will testify, is not my normal state.

Worst flubbed line/missed cue/onstage mishap:
I had a super fast quick change from maid to immigrant in “Ragtime”, right before “A shtetl is Amereke”, and one night I got it done so quickly I had time to spare.  I was really proud of myself until I realized the reason I had so much time was because I’d forgotten to go back onstage and strike this big planter box set piece where Mother finds the baby, so it was sitting there smack in the middle of Ellis Island for a while, until Brandi Bigley took it off for me.
       
Worst costume ever:
Ohhhhhh no.  You’re not getting that out of me!  

Heather Fallon (center) in Follies - Theater Works - 2104
Photo: Alastair Gamble

Best costume ever:
I’ve had a lot of awesome costumes that I’ve loved, but I think my flowy, colorful caftan in “Follies” has to be my favorite, because it was just so damned comfortable!  It was like wearing a nightgown, and I didn’t have to change costumes the whole show!    

Your go to audition monologue/song:
I’m terrible with monologues; I still don’t have one that I actually like to this day.  I try to switch up my songs every year and based on the style of show, but one that I can pull out of my ass at any moment is “Can’t Help Lovin’ That Man”.

Worst audition experience:
I don’t know about “worst”, but my general audition for “Lizzie” was terrible!  I threw together a coupl of new-to-me songs that I thought would work for the rock genre, and I kept forgetting my words on one of them.  I had to start over twice and even went over to the piano and looked at the music to get back on track.  So embarrassing!

If you could go back in time and catch any performer or show, what would they/it be?
Original Broadway cast of “A Chorus Line” or Chita Rivera in anything    

Famous past stage or screen star(s) you would have loved to have performed with:
Elaine Stritch, although I’m not sure I want to have worked with her so much as partied with her

Heather Fallon in Company
Desert Foothills Theater - 2013
photo courtesy Desert Foothills Theater
Actor/actress in the Phoenix area you'd love to perform with:
I’ve been really lucky to have worked with a lot of amazing bucket-list Phoenix actors already over the past couple years (especially in “Follies”!), but I think I could die happy if I got to do a duet with Kristen Drathman on stage!

Your personal acting idols:
Rosalind Russell, Bette Davis, Meryl Streep, Angela Lansbury, Carol Burnett, Audra McDonald
               
Performer you would drop everything to go see:  
Barbra. Barbra. Barbra.

Current/recent show other than one of your own you have been recommending to friends:  
“Rock of Ages” at ABT was a blast, and “West Side Story” at Hale was absolutely beautiful!

Favorite play(s):
Peter and the Starcatcher
     
Favorite musical(s):  
West Side Story, A Chorus Line, Ragtime, Grey Gardens, Parade, Victor/Victoria (movie), Yentl (movie), Funny Girl (movie), Gypsy (don’t kill me, but the Bette Midler version), and basically every Sondheim show ever.
   
Some favorite modern plays/musicals:
Next to Normal, Hamilton (duh), Waitress, Book of Mormon

Favorite showtune(s) of all time:
Home, Being Alive, A Piece of Sky, Wheels of a Dream, Hold On

Most listened song/music on your iPod/Phone?
Right now it’s a toss up between Sara Bareilles “The Blessed Unrest” album and the “Lizzie” cast album

First CD/Tape/LP you owned:  
“Pete’s Dragon” soundtrack! I adored Helen Reddy!

Last good book you read:  
Re-reading Stephen King’s “It”, cant wait for the new movie!

Must-see TV show(s):
My Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, BoJack Horseman, Archer, Orange is the New Black, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.  I’m dying to watch Stranger Things, but we’re almost caught up on Game of Thrones, and I promised the hubby I’d wait so we could watch it together!

Guilty pleasure binge watching tv show:
Rewatching Buffy or Gilmore Girls for the thirtieth time

Last good movie you saw:
The Conjuring 2, that thing was so scary I refused to walk to my car by myself!

Favorite movie:
The Pirate Movie

Music/book/movie that makes you cry:
I still cry at the final airport scene in “Love, Actually”.  And when Celie finally meets her kids in “The Color Purple”!  And when Cole & his Mom are talking in the car about Grandma near the end of “The Sixth Sense”, ugh, Toni Collette kills me.  Add her to the “acting idols” question!

Favorite restaurant in the Valley:
Café Monarch in Scottsdale.  Too pricey to go very often but unnnnggghhhh it’s so good!

Heather Fallon and Megan Moylan in Lizzie
A/C Theatre Company - 2016
photo: Redline Designs
Favorite cities:  
Barcelona, Florence, London, Denver, San Francisco

Sports teams you root for:
Huh?

Something about you that might surprise people:
My husband and I met in Mensa.  We’ve both killed a few brain cells since then.

Special skills:    
I’m really good at pouring things from one container to another without spilling.

Career you would want if not a performer:      
Event planner.  Or anything where I spend other people’s money for them.

Worst non-theatre job you've had:
Call-center operator for America Online

Best non-theatre job you've had:
Realtor

Three things you can't live without:
Tony. Music. Wine.
   
Words of advice for aspiring performers:
Watch and listen when you’re not being used instead of looking at your phone.  There is something you can learn from every person you meet in this community.

What you love most about theatre in Phoenix:
The people; the sense of community

What you think needs to be changed/improved/different about theatre in Phoenix:
Maybe a little more professionalism/kindness on Facebook.  If you wouldn’t say something to someone’s face, why would you post it online?  And if you WOULD say it to their face , then GO SAY IT TO THEIR FACE! We don’t need to hear your business!!!

And, the “Inside the Actors Studio” 10 questions:

1. What is your favorite word?
Hooligans

2. What is your least favorite word?
Panties

3. What turns you on?
Making me laugh

4. What turns you off?
Bad breath

5. What sound do you love?
Rain

6. What sound do you hate?
The phone ringing.  It’s never something good.  Anybody I want to talk to knows to Vox me.

7. What is your favorite curse word?
Fuck.  Especially when I get to SING it on stage!

8. What profession other than yours would you like to attempt?
Empress of the World.  I mean, if nobody else wants it.

9. What profession would you not like to do?
Anything that requires standing all day and/or being out in the sun

10. If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates?
Wanna go again?

audition notice - SOUTH PACIFIC - Spotlight Youth Theatre - September 6 & 7