Thursday, September 20, 2018

WEEK AT A GLANCE: September 17 - September 23

Limelight Performing Arts seeks a Receptionist/Director of First Impressions



Nothing makes you happier than greeting people with a smile, getting to know them personally, and delivering outstanding customer service. You're detail oriented, organized, and have a bubbly and outgoing personality. You have experience with customer service, management, or other communication roles. You're looking for a long term job in a fast paced environment with a strong community of people.

Prefer someone with an arts, theatre, or dance background. Knowledge of the reward of a performing arts education will help you to connect with our amazing studio community!

Duties include:

  • answering phone calls and emails
  • greeting customers, talking to them about our services, and getting them to register.
  • getting people excited about what we do
  • clarifying various programs and pricing, requires knowing a LOT of information!
  • giving facility tours and welcoming new families


If you're reading this and it fits you to a T, you might be our next Director of First Impressions!

Schedule is Monday through Thursday evenings from about 5-9pm

If you are interested, send a short video 30 seconds or less letting us know why you should be the face of Studio 3 to studio3desk@gmail.com  We look forward to meeting you!

Job Type: Part-time

photos - FIRST DATE - Mesa Community College PAC

CLICK HERE for more information on this production, which runs through September 22nd










photos by Nick Woodward-Shaw

reviews - WHITE GUY ON THE BUS - iTheatre Collaborative

Victoria Stokes and Matthew Cary
Photo Courtesy of Christopher Haines / iTheatre Collaborative
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 September 22nd.

"... iTheatre Collaborative's well-directed production of Graham's challenging and intriguing play features a gifted cast who allow the audience to see that racism is most likely something we will never solve and that almost everyone has both positive and negative aspects...Director Christopher Haines has found a talented cast to breathe life into these three-dimensional characters....Matthew Cary instills Ray with a deep sense of conviction, while Victoria Stokes makes her Valley debut in a powerhouse performance as Shatique. Kim LaVelle is a firecracker as Roz...You may be somewhat offended by what Graham has to say, or feel uncomfortable in possibly seeing aspects of yourselves in the characters he has written, but you'll also most likely be forced to really think about the modern reality of racism.... " -Gil Benbrook, Talkin' Broadway (click here to read the complete review)


"..While all five actors are well cast to ability and extremely well played, it’s ultimately the three adults, Matthew Cary’s Ray, Kim LaVelle’s Roz and Victoria Stokes’ Shatique that holds attention, particularly Stokes who truly shines in her valley acting debut. Once secrets and motives are fully revealed, the scenes between Ray and Shatique develop into something practically combustible...... " -David Appleford, Valley Screen and Stage (click here to read the complete review)

"...Bruce Graham pulls no punches in WHITE GUY ON THE BUS, his stinging broadside at the underbelly (the hypocrisies and contradictions) of racism that contaminates the American soul.....The power of Graham's punch is sustained in iTheatre Collaborative's riveting production of WHITE GUY ON THE BUS, superbly directed by the company's artistic director, Christopher Haines and featuring a first-rate cast.....Because Graham's play is unsettling and brutally honest, it demands to be seen, to be absorbed, and to be contemplated. There can be no better opportunity to bear the sting of this gut punch than to step into the ring with Haines's heavy hitters..... " Herbert Paine, Broadway World (click here to read the complete review)

cast announcement - THE ADDAMS FAMILY YOUNG@PART - Musical Theatre of Anthem



CLICK HERE for more information on this production, which runs from September 27-30

GOMEZ – Jack Maplethorpe
MORTICIA – Grace Davis
FESTER – Christopher Poulios
WEDNESDAY – Savannah Foy
PUGSLEY – +Lennon Hammond
LUCAS – Tor Christian Tjorhom
MAL – J.R. Momeyer
ALICE – Claire Dolan
LURCH – Zane Sharp
GRANDMA – Mary Davis
ANCESTORS:
CAVE WOMAN - Lizzie Bonifasi
FLAPPER - Anna Bradford
SALOON GIRL - Ashley Bragg - *CORNER, ANCESTOR QUARTET, *CRAZIER
RENAISSANCE - Abigail Chazan - *NIGHT, *CRAZIER
MEDIEVAL KNIGHT (CONQUISTADOR) - Jacob Deal - *CRAZIER
80’S GIRL - Christiana DePiazza - *CRAZIER
NURSE - Bailey Hall - *NIGHT
FLAPPER - Julia Hughes - *OPENING, *CORNER, ANCESTOR QUARTET
NATIVE AMERICAN - Libby Ikesaki - *OPENING
PIRATE/DANCE CAPTAIN** - Davin Kallevig - *CORNER, ANCESTOR QUARTET
HIPPIE - Piper Keagle - *NIGHT
BALLERINA/MOON DANCER - Katheryn Kidd
COLONIAL - Grace Martinez - *OPENING
LADY SAILORSUIT - Ava Mitchell
JESTER - Jadyn Momeyer - *CRAZIER
BRIDE - KyLeigh Montgomery - *OPENING, *NIGHT, *CORNER, ANCESTOR QUARTET,
*CRAZIER, *BRIDE
PRAIRIE GIRL - Allison Pahnke
CHEERLEADER - Sydnee Pelchat
LADY BASEBALL PLAYER - Gwen Scott
50’S TEENYBOPPER - Emily Severson - *CRAZIER
COWGIRL - Tatum Sosnowski - *NIGHT
FLIGHT ATTENDANT - Kaitlyn Temple
50’S HOUSEWIFE - Jenna Trautman
SCHOOL GIRL - Cierra Witham
*Indicates Soloist in the respective musical numbers
**Indicates Dance Captain
+Appearing courtesy of Actors' Equity Association

Brelby Theatre Company's 11th Season Reveal - Saturday September 22nd



from our friends at Brelby Theatre Company:

The Brelby Theatre Company located in Historic Downtown Glendale, in partnership with The Brelby Foundation, is preparing to give you a glimpse into the future of Brelby by revealing their 11th Season on September 22nd at 7:30pm.

Michael Moramarco of The Brelby Foundation had this to say: “The artists at Brelby Theatre Company have shown me time and time again that they’re capable of producing high-quality art while steadfastly holding to a mission and vision that embraces diversity and inclusion. I cannot wait to see how they will continue to push the envelope for Valley theatre in their 11th season. No matter what they produce, I know that a group of artists of every ethnicity, body type, faith, age, orientation, and ability will be welcomed warmly and supported fully in their craft.”

Join us for a night of swag, food, and drink, while enjoying teaser performances from Brelby artists, including:

Jenny Gantwerker, Bertha Cortes, Sarah Bary, Falin Ossipinsky, Jack Taylor, Devon Mahon, Anabel Olguin, Thea Eigo, James Beneze, CJ O’Hara, Marina Sharpe, Danny Hernandez, Jon Gradilla, Brian Maticic, Shelby Maticic, Sophie Chavez, Kevin Fenderson, Clayton Caufman, and Melody Chrispen.

In addition to learning about Season 11 at Brelby, the folks at The Brelby Foundation are announcing their new BFF program! Want to learn more about it? Make sure you get tickets!

BOX OFFICE: September 22 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 leading up to the event and will be available for $25 at the door. The Brelby Playhouse is located at 7154 N 58th Dr, Glendale, AZ 85301 www.brelby.com/tickets

promo photos - KISS ME KATE - ASU Music Theatre and Opera

CLICK HERE for more information on this production, which runs September 21-30

David Nelson as Fred and Julia Davis as Lilli 


Photos by Tim Trumble

Desert Stages Theatre's NAIL YOUR AUDITION class runs October 15-December 3


Need to refresh your audition technique? Valley actor, and star of last seasons Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jacob Herrera has got you!

Join him every Monday starting October 15th and learn some tricks and tools to help make your next audition a winner!

Register here: https://www.tix4.centerstageticketing.com/sites/desertstages/selecttix_nochart.php?s_id=393&p_id=3386

NATIVE GARDENS - Arizona Theatre Company - October 4-October 21, 2018




BY KAREN ZACARÍAS

A HIILARIOUS NEW COMEDY THAT’S ANYTHING BUT NEIGHBORLY!

High-powered lawyer Pablo and his wife Tania, a doctoral candidate, are working toward the American Dream.They move into a well-to-do, mostly white  neighborhood in our nation’s capital. The neighbors are an old-school, well-established D.C. couple with a prize-worthy English garden. A delicate disagreement over a long-standing fence line soon spirals into an all-out ludicrously comic border dispute, exposing both couples’ notions of race, taste, class, and cultural privilege. This brilliant new comedy looks at the fast-receding ideal that we should all be able to live next door to each other, whatever our background, age, and politics – even as the play rightly observes that such harmony cannot exist without some willingness for self-examination, especially on the side of the fence where historical privilege has resided.

Thursday, October 4 at 7:30 PM
Friday, October 5 at 7:30 PM
Saturday, October 6 at 7:30 PM
Sunday, October 7 at 2:00 PM
Sunday, October 7 at 7:00 PM
Wednesday, October 10 at 7:30 PM
Thursday, October 11 at 7:30 PM
Friday, October 12 at 7:30 PM
Saturday, October 13 at 2:00 PM
Saturday, October 13 at 7:30 PM
Sunday, October 14 at 2:00 PM
Sunday, October 14 at 7:00 PM
Wednesday, October 17 at 7:30 PM
Thursday, October 18 at 2:00 PM
Thursday, October 18 at 7:30 PM
Friday, October 19 at 7:30 PM
Saturday, October 20 at 2:00 PM
Saturday, October 20 at 7:30 PM
Sunday, October 21 at 2:00 PM

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

ERMA BOMBECK: AT WIT'S END - Arizona Theatre Company - November 15-December 2, 2018



BY MARGARET ENGEL AND ALLISON ENGEL


WE’VE COME A LONG WAY, BABY

A loving tribute to the Ohio wife and mother turned longtime Arizona resident who made herself into a national superstar as a best-selling author and syndicated journalist lauded for opening up the secret world of the mother and housewife. A comic look at one of our country’s most beloved voices – a voice that reassures us that yes, the world is sometimes crazy, but if we look at it and laugh, we have most of it covered. A voice who captured the frustrations of her generation by asking, “If life is a bowl of cherries, what am I doing in the pits?” Chock full of the wit and wisdom of the woman herself, this one-woman tour-de-force allows Erma to tell her own story, leading us through her years lampooning life in the suburbs in her nationally syndicated newspaper column called “At Wit’s End.” From her troubled childhood, where she found comfort in the words of Dorothy Parker and Robert Benchley, through her rise to fame as a journalist and public figure, discover the story behind America’s beloved humorist who championed women’s lives with wit that sprang from the most unexpected place of all – the truth.

Thursday, November 15 at 7:30 PM
Friday, November 16 at 7:30 PM
Saturday, November 17 at 7:30 PM
Sunday, November 18 at 2:00 PM
Sunday, November 18 at 7:00 PM
Tuesday, November 20 at 7:30 PM
Friday, November 23 at 7:30 PM
Saturday, November 24 at 2:00 PM
Saturday, November 24 at 7:30 PM
Sunday, November 25 at 2:00 PM
Sunday, November 25 at 7:00 PM
Wednesday, November 28 at 7:30 PM
Thursday, November 29 at 2:00 PM
Thursday, November 29 at 7:30 PM
Friday, November 30 at 7:30 PM
Saturday, December 1 at 2:00 PM
Saturday, December 1 at 7:30 PM
Sunday, December 2 at 2:00 PM

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

THE MUSIC MAN - Arizona Theatre Company - January 5-27, 2019




MUSIC AND LYRICS BY MEREDITH WILLSON

BOOK BY MEREDITH WILLSON AND FRANKLIN LACEY

TROUBLE’S COMIN'

The irresistible musical tribute to the power of make-believe marches onto the ATC stages – and into your heart – with trumpets blaring next season! Meredith Willson’s six-time Tony Award®-winning musical comedy has been entertaining audiences since 1957, regaling them with the story of Harold Hill – the double-shuffle, two-bit, thimble-rigger con artist who rolls into River City station one hot Iowa summer. Hill is intent on swindling the small-town simpletons by turning them against the new pool table at the local billiard hall – a problem that can, of course, only be solved by forming a boys’ band with a wagon full of horns supplied by the swindling salesman himself. Along the way, Hill must seduce the only person in River City smart enough to see through his scam – librarian and music teacher Marian Paroo. By turns wicked, funny, warm, romantic, and touching, The Music Man is American musical theatre at its best.

Saturday, January 5 at 7:30 PM
Sunday, January 6 at 7:00 PM
Tuesday, January 8 at 7:30 PM
Wednesday, January 9 at 7:30 PM
Thursday, January 10 at 7:30 PM
Friday, January 11 at 7:30 PM
Saturday, January 12 at 2:00 PM
Saturday, January 12 at 7:30 PM
Sunday, January 13 at 2:00 PM
Sunday, January 13 at 7:00 PM
Wednesday, January 16 at 7:30 PM
Thursday, January 17 at 2:00 PM
Thursday, January 17 at 7:30 PM
Friday, January 18 at 7:30 PM
Saturday, January 19 at 2:00 PM
Saturday, January 19 at 7:30 PM
Sunday, January 20 at 2:00 PM
Tuesday, January 22 at 7:30 PM
Wednesday, January 23 at 7:30 PM
Thursday, January 24 at 7:30 PM
Friday, January 25 at 7:30 PM
Saturday, January 26 at 2:00 PM
Saturday, January 26 at 7:30 PM
Sunday, January 27 at 2:00 PM

TWO TRAINS RUNNING - Arizona Theatre Company - February 14-March 3, 2019


BY AUGUST WILSON

THE CROSSROADS OF A REVOLUTION.

There’s a new president in the White House. Racial tensions are on the rise. But no, it’s not 2018. It’s 1969 – and the Civil Rights Movement is sending tremors through Pittsburgh’s Hill District. At the center of the community is Memphis Lee’s diner, slated to be demolished – a casualty of the city’s renovation project, where urban planning is rapidly eating away at Memphis’ beloved neighborhood. Now he must decide if he should allow the government to take over his building or sell the property to a ruthless businessman, while the diner regulars fight to hang on to their solidarity and sense of community. For it is this diner – which seems to always be out of what’s promised on the menu – where they gather daily to gossip about the neighborhood, dream about their futures, and confront the brutal realities of the present. The seventh in his decade-by-decade saga of ordinary African Americans in the turbulent twentieth century, Two Trains Running explores a time of extraordinary change and the ordinary people who get left behind.

Thursday, February 14 at 7:30 PM
Friday, February 15 at 7:30 PM
Saturday, February 16 at 7:30 PM
Sunday, February 17 at 2:00 PM
Sunday, February 17 at 7:00 PM
Wednesday, February 20 at 7:30 PM
Thursday, February 21 at 7:30 PM
Friday, February 22 at 7:30 PM
Saturday, February 23 at 2:00 PM
Saturday, February 23 at 7:30 PM
Sunday, February 24 at 2:00 PM
Sunday, February 24 at 7:00 PM
Wednesday, February 27 at 7:30 PM
Thursday, February 28 at 2:00 PM
Thursday, February 28 at 7:30 PM
Friday, March 1 at 7:30 PM
Saturday, March 2 at 2:00 PM
Saturday, March 2 at 7:30 PM
Sunday, March 3 at 2:00 PM


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

AMERICAN MARIACHI - Arizona Theatre Company - April 4-21, 2019


BY JOSÉ CRUZ GONZÁLEZ


A VIBRANT NEW COMEDY from the mind of former Childsplay (Tempe, AZ) playwright-in-residence José Cruz González. Spending her days caring for her ailing mother, Lucha yearns to break her monotonous routine. Here’s a wild idea: an all-girl mariachi band! But it’s the 1970s, and girls can’t be mariachis … or can they? As Lucha and her spunky cousin hunt for bandmates, dodge disapproving relatives, and bring mom along for the ride, they wonder: Will the band actually come together? As they practice, perform, and break with tradition, their music sparks a tranformation in the lives of those around them – especially Lucha’s parents. American Mariachi is a heartwarming and hilarious new comedy about music’s power to heal and connect, and the freedom to dream big. It features gorgeous live mariachi music that will send your heart soaring and put a bounce in your step. Share this show with the ones you love and let its vibrant music transform your lives too.

Thursday, April 4 at 7:30 PM
Friday, April 5 at 7:30 PM
Saturday, April 6 at 7:30 PM
Sunday, April 7 at 2:00 PM
Sunday, April 7 at 7:00 PM
Wednesday, April 10 at 7:30 PM
Thursday, April 11 at 7:30 PM
Friday, April 12 at 7:30 PM
Saturday, April 13 at 2:00 PM
Saturday, April 13 at 7:30 PM
Sunday, April 14 at 2:00 PM
Sunday, April 14 at 7:00 PM
Wednesday, April 17 at 7:30 PM
Thursday, April 18 at 2:00 PM
Thursday, April 18 at 7:30 PM
Friday, April 19 at 7:30 PM
Saturday, April 20 at 2:00 PM
Saturday, April 20 at 7:30 PM
Sunday, April 21 at 2:00 PM

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

THINGS I KNOW TO BE TRUE - Arizona Theatre Company - May 16-June 2, 2019



BY ANDREW BOVELL

AN AMERICAN PREMIERE!

An American Premiere produced by Arizona Theatre Company and the Milwaukee Repertory Theater.

Can a parent love their children too much? Is it possible to not love them enough? These are questions that hover over Things I Know To Be True – a beautiful and painfully perceptive portrait of a family and the frictions that arise when grown-up children try to push beyond the confines of their loving parents’ expectations. Behind these apparently ordinary lives lie a million extraordinary details. Working-class parents Bob and Fran have scrimped and saved all their lives to give their four children the things that they never had. Those children are finally grown and ready to fly the nest. It might finally be time to relax and smell the roses. But the changing seasons bring home some shattering truths. Over the course of a year, regrets are exposed, missed opportunities are longed for, and small emotional cracks become chasms. A complex and intense study of the mechanics of a family and the dangers of unarticulated emotions, this gripping new play is both profoundly moving and brutally frank.

Thursday, May 16 at 7:30 PM
Friday, May 17 at 7:30 PM
Saturday, May 18 at 7:30 PM
Sunday, May 19 at 2:00 PM
Sunday, May 19 at 7:00 PM
Wednesday, May 22 at 7:30 PM
Thursday, May 23 at 7:30 PM
Friday, May 24 at 7:30 PM
Saturday, May 25 at 2:00 PM
Saturday, May 25 at 7:30 PM
Sunday, May 26 at 2:00 PM
Sunday, May 26 at 7:00 PM
Wednesday, May 29 at 7:30 PM
Thursday, May 30 at 2:00 PM
Thursday, May 30 at 7:30 PM
Friday, May 31 at 7:30 PM
Saturday, June 1 at 2:00 PM
Saturday, June 1 at 7:30 PM
Sunday, June 2 at 2:00 PM


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

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

audition notice - THE BEAUX' STRATEGEM - Paradise Valley Community College - September 20 &21



When:  September 20 & 21, 2018;
         6:00pm-9:00pm

Callbacks:  September 22, 2018; 12pm– 3pm
             (Be prepared to Cold Read)

Where:    Center for the Performing Arts
            18401 North 32nd Street, Phoenix, AZ 85032

Contact:   602.787.6595
Web:      www.paradisevalley.edu/~finearts

Additional Info:   All performers cast in the production are required to register for                   
                   the THP 201AA Theatre Production Class  (1 credit).

 Directed by Gary Zaro

Casting Protocol:  Call 602-787-6595 to sign up for a 5 minute audition time slot.


Headshot and Resume:  Preferred but not required


Prepare:   Auditions will be by cold readings from the script.

Rehearsals Begin:     October 8th  (Monday through Friday from 6:30p-9:30p)

Performance Dates:   November 9 — November 18

Performance Times:   November 9, 10, 16, 17 @ 7:30p, November 11, 18 @ 2pm

Play Synopsis: The play tells the story of two young bucks who, having spent all their money by living too well, leave London and roam from town to town in search of love and fortune. In order to find a wealthy heiress for at least one of them, they pose as master and servant – exchanging roles from one town to the next.  English Restoration Comedy.

Roles Available:   11 Men, 6 Women (with doubling)
BONIFACE - landlord of an inn
CHERRY - the landlord’s daughter
DANIEL - the landlord’s servant
A LADY - set upon by robbers and disconcerted by it
JACK ARCHER - a gentleman of broken fortune, acting as a servant
TOM AIMWELL - a gentleman of broken fortune, acting as his master
GLOSS - a man of two professions, highwayman and clergyman
MRS. KATE SULLEN - Lady Bountiful’s daughter-in-law
DORINDA - Lady Bountiful’s daughter
LADY BOUNTIFUL - a country gentlewoman, foolishly fond of her son
SCRUB - servant to Sullen
A COUNTRY WOMAN - seeking medical advice
SULLEN - Lady Bountiful’s son, brutal to his wife
HOUNSLOW - a highwayman
BAGSHOT - a highwayman
SIR CHARLES FREEMAN - Mrs. Sullen’s brother
FOIGARD - a French parson anxious to perform a wedding

PERICLES: PRINCE OF TYRE - Southwest Shakespeare Company - October 26-November 10, 2018




A deadly riddle, a shipwreck, a tournament of Knights, an evil Queen, Gods and
Goddesses, murder, betrayal, redemption, another shipwreck! Shakespeare’s
epic-romantic adventure Pericles, The Prince of Tyre was one of the most popular of his
time but is rarely produced in ours. It’s the story of a man who has it all, loses
everything, and fights his way back to life for love and family.

Performances at the Mesa Arts Center

 Friday, Oct 26, 2018 7:30 PM
Thursday, Nov 1, 2018 7:30 PM
Saturday, Nov 3, 2018 2:00 PM
Sunday, Nov 4, 2018 2:00 PM
Thursday, Nov 8, 2018 7:30 PM
Saturday, Nov 10, 2018 7:30 PM

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

FRANKENSTEIN - Southwest Shakespeare Company - October 27-November 10, 2018




Just in time for Halloween and on its 200th birthday, we bring to life a new adaptation of Mary Shelley’s classic horror novel about how Victor Frankenstein, in his obsessive quest to overcome death, destroys his own life. This theatrically unique staging employs 13 actors to reanimate the infamous gothic tale of the man who makes a monster in a world that makes monsters of men.

Performances at the Mesa Arts Center

Saturday, Oct 27, 2018 7:30 PM
Sunday, Oct 28, 2018 2:00 PM
Friday, Nov 2, 2018 7:30 PM
Saturday, Nov 3, 2018 7:30 PM
Friday, Nov 9, 2018 7:30 PM
Saturday, Nov 10, 2018 2:00 PM

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

JULIUS CAESAR - Southwest Shakespeare Company - November 16, December 14, 2018 & January 18, 2019





As part of our continuing mission of bringing classical theatre to the community through education, Southwest Shakespeare Company is taking one of the Bard’s most enduring tragedies, Julius Caesar , right out from the headlines and into the schools. This timeless cautionary tale of political intrigue and violent societal upheaval is, like its author, “not of an age but for all time.” A highly condensed, fast-paced, roller-coaster through Rome’s crumbling Democracy, Julius Caesar warns us all about what can happen to a people, when their nation falls into the wrong hands.

Performances at Taliesin West

Fri. 11/16/2018 7:30PM
Fri. 12/14/2018 7:30PM
Fri. 01/18/2019 7:30PM

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

THE HOLIDAY SHOW - Southwest Shakespeare Company - November 30-December 2, 2018





A fun, funny musical revue and variety show featuring Holiday classics, celebrity guests,
mediocre eggnog, and a radio play version of “A Christmas Carol To Be Read By
Children (As Read By Adults).”

Performances at Taliesin West

Friday 11/30/2018 @7:30PM
Saturday 12/01/2018 @7:30PM

Sunday 12/02/2018 @5:00PM

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

AS YOU LIKE IT - Southwest Shakespeare Company - February 23-March 9, 2019





One of Shakespeare’s most famous comedies, As You Like It bursts at the seams with life and music as the great heroine of the story, Rosalind, leads a cavalcade of comic characters into the Forest of Arden. Shepherds, Clowns, Lovers, and Fools people Shakespeare’s romantic landscape and fill it with wit, joy, and lots of laughter!

Performances at the Mesa Arts Center

Saturday, Feb 23, 2019 7:30 PM
Sunday, Feb 24, 2019 2:00 PM
Friday, Mar 1, 2019 7:30 PM
Saturday, Mar 2, 2019 2:00 PM
Friday, Mar 8, 2019 7:30 PM
Saturday, Mar 9, 2019 2:00 PM

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

THE TAMING OF THE SHREW - Southwest Shakespeare Company - February 22-March 9, 2019





Shakespeare’s hilarious and challenging comedy about two opposites who attract, pits
Katherine “the Shrew” against her would-be husband, the swaggering swain, Petruchio
in this ultimate battle of the sexes! He wants her money, she wants nothing to do with
him, neither expected to fall in love. Our new vision of this classic work will star
Southwest Shakespeare Co’s real-life husband-and-wife artistic directors, Quinn and
Betsy, in the lead roles!

Performances at the Mesa Arts Center

Friday, Feb 22, 2019 7:30 PM
STOP-ACTION  Thursday, Feb 28, 2019 7:30 PM
Saturday, Mar 2, 2019 7:30 PM
Sunday, Mar 3, 2019 2:00 PM
Thursday, Mar 7, 2019 7:30 PM
Saturday, Mar 9, 2019 7:30 PM

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

DEATH OF THE KINGS: SEIZE THE CROWN - Southwest Shakespeare Company - March 22-31, 2019






This adaptation of 8 of Shakespeare's history plays concentrates the bloody civil war between the houses of Lancaster and York, both vying the English throne, into one evening of thrilling, theatrical battle.

Adapter and Director, Irwin Appel and his troupe of actors from UC Santa Barbara bring new life and a new vision of these classic plays to the Southwest Shakespeare Company.

Performances at Taliesin West

Friday 03/22/2019 - 7:30PM
Saturday 03/23/2019 - 7:30PM
Sunday 03/24/2019  -6:00PM
Friday 03/29/2019 - 7:30PM
Saturday 03/30/2019 - 7:30PM
Sunday 03/31/2019 - 6:00PM

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

HARLEM SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL'S ALL FEMALE OTHELLO - Southwest Shakespeare Company - April 19-28, 2019




Debra Ann Byrd, the founder and Artistic Director of the Harlem Shakespeare Festival leads and all female cast as the title role in Othello, the Moor of Venice .

This unique vision of one of Shakespeare’s most famous plays about jealousy, intrigue, and betrayal is brought to the stages of Scottsdale as you’ve never seen it before. Do not miss this once-in-a-lifetime production, straight from New York City.

Performances at Taliesin West

Fri. 04/19/2019 - 7:30PM
Sat. 04/20/2019 - 7:30PM
Sun. 04/21/2019 - 6:00PM
Fri. 04/26/2019 - 7:30PM
Sat. 04/27/2019 - 7:30PM
Sun. 04/28/2019 - 6:00PM

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

promo photos / cast list - A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD, KIDS - Musical Theatre of Anthem

CLICK HERE for more information on this production, which runs from September 20th to September 23d

Austin Kring and Jayden Hawley


Conor Maloney-Devere and Ben Fletcher

photos by Michele Celentano, Portrait Photographer


A Year With Frog and Toad KIDS Cast List

**Frog: Conor Maloney-Devere, Austin Kring
**Toad: Ben Fletcher, Jayden Hawley
Bird 1: Hayden Hall
Bird 2: Noelle Larson
Bird 3: Hannah Kring
Bird 4: Rileigh McDonough
Snail 1: Joslyn Momeyer
Snail 2: Addison Purvis
Snail 3: Madelyn Westerlind
***Turtles: Sofia Doneski, Vanessa McLean
Mouse: Vanessa Hughes
Lizard: Beckett Stewart
Squirrel 1: Isaac Ternes
Squirrel 2: Jacob Toren
Mole 1: Payton McCarthy
Mole 2: Sienna Stewart
Mole 3: Madeline Stanley
Mole 4: Piper Cotton
Mole 5: Kaden Kowalski
Mole 6: Madisyn Larson
Mole 7: Kellan Fletcher
Mole 8: Marisa Viso
Mice: Emily Courtemanche, Leah Doneski, Brookelyn Fesmire, Laci Noice, Sofia Severson
Mama Bear: McKenna Staab
Baby Bear: Presley Kunnari
Rabbits: Allie Hawley, Savine Olson, Emma Viso
Owls: McKinsie Enriquez, Hannah Ferguson
Raccoons: Taylor McKenzie, Kinley Oberbroeckling

**Spring Cast— Conor Maloney Devere, Ben Fletcher, and Vanessa McLean:
Thursday at 7:00pm, Saturday at 3:00pm, Sunday at 12:00pm

**Fall Cast— Austin Kring, Jayden Hawley, Sofia Doneski:
Friday at 7:00pm, Saturday at 7:00pm, Sunday at 2:00pm

***Turtles (Sofia Doneski and Vanessa McLean) will perform at all 6 shows. During the shows not mentioned

above, they will double as an ensemble member.

reviews - THE ANTIPODES - Stray Cat Theatre

the cast
photo by John Groseclose
highlights from local critics reviews - (click link at bottom of each review to read complete review)

Click here for more information on this production that runs through September 22nd.

"...one of Pulitzer Prize winner Annie Baker's latest plays, The Antipodes...may be a drama with a somewhat vague and meandering plot, it makes for an intriguing study into the current status of storytelling and also how the drive to have a finished work be as successful as possible can impact the creative process in not exactly positive ways. Stray Cat Theatre presents the Arizona premiere of Baker's play in a thought-provoking production with an excellent cast and pinpoint direction....Is The Antipodes an absurd satire, or a cautionary tale on how corporate think tank worlds have taken over the Hollywood creative process? Is it a reality check on how there are no original stories left to tell, or how the stories we've been told in our past can take on a life of their own to the point where, over time, we embellish them with unrealistic details but retell them with such conviction that we believe they are factual? Or, does it show that one single writer can still come up with a story that is entirely original and completely engaging? I believe it's all of the above.... " -Gil Benbrook, Talkin' Broadway (click here to read the complete review)

"..a brilliant piece of writing...The setting is a conference room where a team of writers has been assembled to create ... something. ..The writers tell stories, some crude, some sweet, some of dubious veracity. They wax absurdly philosophical and fawn anxiously over their charismatic but autocratic leader. ...but there’s just so much happening between the lines. ...through all the complicated social subtext, and even with little to no backstory, each character emerges as an idiosyncratic individual, either brash or guarded or head-in-the-clouds, all with subtle notes to add to the broader theme. This is a credit to director Ron May and his excellent cast...a production worthy of one of the most challenging (some would say frustrating) playwrights of her generation...." - Kerry Lengel, Arizona Republic (click here to read the complete review)

"..The intentional ambiguous nature of what occurs and what is spoken may frustrate, particularly during those moments where the team are exhausted and remain silent...  it’s ultimately May’s staging of the script along with good, high-energy performances from all the cast that impresses the most...... " -David Appleford, Valley Screen and Stage (click here to read the complete review)

"THE ANTIPODES is Annie Baker's mind-bending exposure of the functions and frailties of the narratives we create to define and explain reality. Her focus on story telling ... is an ingenious cover for a foray into deeper and more aggravating questions of an existential nature......a cohort of seven brainstormers inside a sterile conference room... are tasked by their team leader to create (and here's the rub) we're not quite sure what. Whatever it is, they are directed to tell stories as the prescribed pathway to the desired result.....On and on it goes to an ending that simply ends. No answers. But lots of time to contemplate what it's all about....May has, as he usually does, a theatrical experience of the highest order....... " Herbert Paine, Broadway World (click here to read the complete review)

review - HARLOWE - Nearly Naked Theatre

David Nelson and Laura Anne Kenney
photo by Laura Durant
highlights from local critics reviews - (click link at bottom of each review to read complete review)

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"...Jennifer's Lane's fairly recent work Harlowe is a tightly written one that proves to be a fascinating look into how tragedy impacts one family and how the main character, Harlowe, who is bruised both physically and emotionally, is just trying to finally be able to feel something again. Nearly Naked Theatre's production is beautifully acted and directed with one of the best overall casts I've seen in a Nearly Naked show....beautifully written with no unnecessary scenes and a structure that slowly doles out information from the character's pasts to allow us to fully understand what they've experienced and how family and personal dynamics have impacted each and every member of the family of four. ...Director Damon Dering has assembled a stellar cast for this production. Laura Anne Kenney is simply spellbinding in her portrayal of Harlowe. ...As Reese, Harlowe's sister, Brianne Massa creates a matter-of-fact woman who has to act, somewhat, as the family caretaker...Duane Daniels is superb as their father Edwin... David Nelson delivers a genuine and sweet portrayal, and as Davis, Harlowe and Reese's younger brother, Logan X. Sargent is a complete natural. Dering's direction ...derives beautiful and natural performances from his entire cast. ...Harlowe effectively demonstrates that even a show that may seem at first to focus on traumatic events is really a statement about how recovery, though challenging, can also result in new understanding, a way for a family to come together to heal, and moments of true beauty.... " -Gil Benbrook, Talkin' Broadway (click here to read the complete review)

ticket discount - ALL SHOOK UP - TheaterWorks

photo by Josiah Duka
TheaterWorks' production of All Shook Up  ends this weekend!

See the show this weekend and save 25% by using reward code "PHXSTAGES."

CLICK HERE to get your discounted closing weekend tickets now!

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

cast announcement - KISS ME KATE - ASU Music Theatre and Opera


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Lilli: Julia Davis
Lois: Caelan Creaser
Hattie: Gigi Sierra
Fred: David Nelson
Pops/General Harrison: Griffin LeBlanc
Bill: Kade Bailey
Hortensio/Riley: David Larson
Gremio/Flynt: Wesley Bradstreet
Stagehand 1/Nathaniel: Victor Mercado
Stagehand 2/Padua Priest/Philip: Julian Mendoza
Stagehand 3/ Harry Trevor/Baptista: Vaughn Sherman
Paul: Cade Trotter
Stage Manager (Ruth): Mary Ott
Man 1: Teddy Ladley
Man 2: Thomas Smith
Wardrobe Lady: Alexandra Oliva
Driver/Haberdasher: Cam Oakes
Gregory: Daniel Bargen
Female Quartet (“Bianca”): Isabel Julazadeh
Sara Louise: Alexandra Oliva
Rachel Stilchen: Female Dancers
Hahnna Christianson: Greta Perlmutter- Dance Captain
Katie Rodin: Male Dancers
Daniel Bargen: Xingyu Wang
Lilli Cover/Female Quartet Swing: Brianna McClure
Lois Cover/Female Dancer Swing: Ellie Barrett
Fred Cover: Teddy Ladley
Bill Cover: Daniel Bargen
Man 1 & 2 Cover/ Male Swing: Robbie Nelson

Monday, September 17, 2018

WEEK AT A GLANCE: September 17-September 23

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