Saturday, May 27, 2017

WEEK AT A GLANCE: May 22 - May 28

cast announcement - HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING - Mesa Community College Act One Productions

CLICK HERE for more information on this production, which runs July 13th to July 22nd

Josh Egbert: J. Pierrepont Finch
Jessica Sinodis: Rosemary Pilkington
Darl Jones: J.B. Biggley
Rob Dominguez: Bud Frump
Paige Stabley: Hedy LaRue
Xelha Castrejon: Miss Jones
Thomas Wilson: Bert Bratt
Christopher Corn: Mr. Twimble/Womper
Emily Noxon: Smitty
Austin Stuart: Milton Gatch
Jennifer Deye: Miss Krumholtz
Griffin Siroky: Daniel Ovington/Ensemble
Alex Stabley: Jenkins/Ensemble
Anthony Procopio: Tackaberry/Ensemble
Nathan Cox: Johnson/Ensemble
Phillip Lunt: Toynbee/TV Announcer
Joey Egbert: Davis/Ensemble
Bennett Wood: Peterson/Ensemble
Daniel Tanner: Matthews/Ensemble
Carson Robles: Office Boy/Mailroom
W. Blake Thompson: Cop/Ensemble
Adam Robles: Mailroom/Ensemble
Britney Burns: Ensemble
Caitlin Smith: Ensemble
Charity Thruston: Ensemble
Cheyenne Royer: Ensemble
Emma Hooper: Ensemble
Finch Alexander Molina: Mailroom/Ensemble
Huy Ly: Mailroom/Ensemble
Jordan Suarez: Ensemble
Joseph Timothy: Mailroom/Ensemble
Joy Pizorno: Ensemble
Macy Wood: Ensemble
Meg Farnsworth: Ensemble
Megan Codling: Ensemble
Nikayla Johnson: Ensemble
Rachael Lunt: Ensemble
Stephanie Clark: Ensemble
Stephanie Cox: Ensemble
Tracy Schofield: Ensemble

ticket discount - DOGFIGHT - Brelby Theatre Company

our friends at Brelby Theatre Company are offering a special ticket offer for the Arizona Premiere of DOGFIGHT!

Enter online code EARLYBIRD before 6/15 for $5 off of general admission tickets

CLICK HERE to order your EARLYBIRD tickets for DOGFIGHT now!

Friday, May 26, 2017

photos - LEGALLY BLONDE - Spotlight Youth Theatre

CLICK HERE for more information on this production, which runs through June 11th

photos by Joanne Wastchak

photos - AIDA - Hale Centre Theatre

CLICK HERE for more information on this production, which runs through July 1st

photos by Nick Woodward-Shaw; Lighting by Jeff A. Davis

cast announcement - OZ! - East Valley Children's Theatre

CLICK HERE for more information on this production, which runs from June 15th to June 25th

Dorothy: Abby Potts
Toto: Christian Armanti
Cowardly Lion: Mikey Cornejo
Tin Woodsman: L J Deacon
Scarecrow: Elizabeth Schaible
Glinda: Suzy Olson
Wicked Witch of the West: McKenzie Elias
Aunt Em: Emilee Golonka
OZ!: Tre Moore
Guardians of the Gate: Jaden Schneider, Owen Wrather
Munchkins: Elin Burger, Ryder Gailmard, Moranda Smith, Anna Heiken, Blythe Brown, Analisa de la Rosa, Araceli de la Rosa, Olivia VanSlyke, Iris VanSlyke, Logan Schomer
Monkey Queen: Jewel Bradford
Monkeys: Keira Duggan, Tallon Jones, Andres Herrera, Annabel Ohman, Genevieve Saylor
Poppies/Ozians: Emma Kobza, Jenna Officer, Riley Burger, Noelle O'Reilly, Mackenzie Perry, Ellie Lagergren, Alexis Archer, Jaden Webb
Fighting Trees/Ozians: Zachary Cacciacarro, Reese Ramsey, Eric O'Dell, Larissa Oliver, Vincent Farley, Joshua Boenzi

photos - UNEXPECTED - Brelby Theatre Company

CLICK HERE for more information on this production, which runs through June 10th

photos by Shelby Maticic

audition notice - Murder and a Meal Comedy Dinner Theatre - June 10

auditions for Murder and a Meal Comedy Dinner Theatre's shows: “Get a Clue….”, “It’s Murder at Miss Mary’s”, and “Murder on the Movie Set”

“Get a Clue” is a spoof of the board game with a twist.
“It’s Murder at Miss Mary’s” is a murder-plot-and-séance-gone-wrong.
“Murder on the Movie Set” is a 1940’s Hollywood film lot murder mystery comedy.

Directors: Jori Mosier, Jarryd Chick

Character Breakdown

Get a Clue:
Mr Boddee(pronounced ‘body’)- the host/Stoo- a lovable security guard (dual role)
Dunnit- Mr Boddee’s butler
Mrs Peacock-  her late husband use to be Mr Boddee’s business partner
Col Mustard- an absent minded secret agent

It’s Murder at Miss Mary’s:
Mary- the host; frail and naive
Jeeves- Mary’s butler
Teddy- Mary’s sneaky husband
Terry- Mary’s best friend

Murder on the Movie Set:
Jean Louis Batarde- the flamboyant, sharp-tongued wardrobe/props master

Audition / Performance Venue
Orange Tree Golf Resort
10601 N 56th St, Scottsdale, AZ 85254-4807

Audition Dates and Times
June, 10th @ 11am-4pm

By Appointment
Callback Dates and Times By appointment.
Headshots / Resume Required

Auditions will be cold reads from the script. You may prepare a 1-2 min comedic monologue if desired. Please bring a copy of your resume with you as well. Headshot is optional but always appreciated.

Primary Contact: Jori Mosier

Pay Rate $25 base + tips (tips vary per show)

Thursday, May 25, 2017

cast announcement - CATCH ME IF YOU CAN - Desert Stages Theatre

CLICK HERE for more information on this production, which runs June 30th to July 30th

Frank Abagnale Jr.-
Hayden Skaggs
Jake Bonar

Carl Hanratty-
Jeremy Yampolsky
Brandon Wyatt

Frank Abagnale Sr.
Anand Khalsa

Paula Abagnale
Ali Giordano

Brenda Strong
Katherine Baier
Maya Weber

Roger Strong
Hudson Wilcox

Carol Strong
Cate Carlino

Cheryl Ann
Erin Tarkington

Agent Branton
Ryan James

Agent Cod
Colin Mower

Agent Dollar
Jeremy Yampolsky
Brandon Wyatt

Female Ensemble-
Kellyn Broerman
Brielle Quintana
Bridget Rhee
Allison Rhee
Grace Helenic
Jamie Villarreal
Sadie Krotonsky
Ashley Rhoads
Peyton Woolf

Male Ensemble-
Style Ranger
Jaxon Wilcox
Jack Yampolsky

photos - BARE - Nearly Naked Theatre

CLICK HERE for more information on this production, which runs May 26th to June 17th

photos by Laura Durant


Nevermore The Imaginary Life and Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe

Director: Peter Bish
Music Director: Curtis Moeller

Rehearsals Begin: June 12, 2017
Performance Datest: July 21, 2017 – July 30, 2017


Dark and dazzling, bizarre and beautiful, Nevermore – The Imaginary Life and Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe is a unique opera-like musical play about one of the world’s most famous and fascinating writers.

Through its use of stunning stagecraft, underscored verse, and haunting music, Nevermore blends fact and fiction to create a fascinating and moving theatrical experience that is difficult to describe, but impossible to forget.

"Achieves the atmosphere of a vivid, unsettling dream" London Telegraph.

Character Breakdown

cast of 13 only

ages HS seniors or HS Graduates/college students to age 22

Actor 1: Player 1

Actor 2: Player 2

Actor 3: Player 3

Actor 4: Player 4

Actor 5: Player 5

Actor 6: Player 6

Actor 7: Edgar Allan Poe

Actor 8: Man at Bar     Undertaker (1)    Metzengerstein’s Horse    Asylum Attendent    The Imp    College Student    Raven (2)    Alexander Shelton    Rufus Griswold

Actor 9: David Poe    Jock Allan    Raven (1)    Mister Bliss

Actor 10: Man at Bar    Undertaker (2)    William Henry Leonard Poe    Mister Lee    Ancient Rotting Corpse    College Student    Raven (3)    Mister Burton    Arthur Gordon Pym

Actor 11: The Dresser    Stage Manager    Rosalie Poe    Fanny Allan    Ann Carter Lee    Sissy Clemm

Actor 12: Eliza Poe    Miss Duval (1)    Ghost of Ann Carter Lee    Louise Gabriella    Muddy Clemm    Writer    Mrs. Whitman

Actor 13: Miss Duval (2)    Asylum Attendent (1)    Elmira Royster    Miss Fuller

What To Prepare

32 bars of music / this is a rock opera score

Headshot & Resume Required
Send as Email Attachment or Links

Auditions By Appointment

Audition Contact
Maureen Watson

Audition Dates/Times

June 3rd 10 am - 4 pm

Callback Dates/Times

June 6, 5:30-9:30

Audition Location

7020 E 2nd St, Scottsdale, AZ, United Sta

Additional Info


Wednesday, May 24, 2017

audition notice - SEASON GENERALS - Southwest Shakespeare Company - June 3 & 4

General Auditions for Southwest Shakespeare 2017-2018 Season

Season is The Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged), Three Musketeers, Romeo and Juliet, Sense and Sensibility, Henry Four-Part One, and Twelfth Night
Please visit for more information on our season.

Directors: Patrick Walsh, Kent Burnham, Jesse James Kamps, and TBD
Compensation: Pay (All actors are paid a salary depending on role and play)
Rehearsals Begin: August 8, 2017
Performance Dates: September 8, 2017 – April 7, 2018

Character Breakdown

All Roles Are Open For Casting

Audition Dates/Times

June 3rd and 4th, from 10 am to 5 pm
Open Call

Callback Dates/Times

To be determined

Audition Location

Southwest Shakespeare Company Office and Rehearsal Space
55 E Main St, Mesa, AZ, United States
Located on Main Street in Mesa, next to the Mesa Arts Center

What To Prepare

Please prepare one Shakespeare monologue, one to two minutes in length. If time permits, you may be asked for a second piece.

Headshot & Resume Required
Send as Email Attachment or Links

Audition Contact
Patrick Walsh

Additional Info

Southwest Shakespeare Company was co-founded in 1994 by educators who always emphasized education and making Shakespeare understandable, dynamic, engaging, and entertaining. This is our 24th season and our 12th year as a resident company at the Mesa Arts Center.
Associate Artistic Directors are: Patrick Walsh, Kent Burnham, and Daniel Davisson

Valley Youth Theatre seeks 18+ year olds to work behind the scenes on their production of THE WIZARD OF OZ

Valley Youth Theatre is looking for 18+ year olds to work on their upcoming show of Wizard of Oz at the Herberger Theatre Center.

Job duties include, but are not limited to spot operator, rail, and moving set pieces around.

Tech week is June 1st – June 8th with opening night being June 9th.

Show runs from June 9th – 25th.

Please contact for exact calendar and with interest.

a conversation with Mason Reeves about his FINDING THE REAL cabaret show

by Gil Benbrook

Mason Reeves may be just 19 but like so many of the talented young actors in the Valley he's been seen constantly on numerous stages across Phoenix, from lead parts to ensemble roles, since before he was a teenager.

He's been nominated for two ariZoni Awards and just completed his freshman year at the University of Michigan in the Musical Theatre Department within the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance.

This coming Sunday he appears in Finding the Real, a cabaret show at Desert Foothills Theater. In between rehearsing for this show, taking voice lessons and working his summer job, Mason sat down to answer some questions about his past, his present and his upcoming concert.

Thanks for taking time in your incredibly busy schedule to talk about your upcoming show. How did this cabaret show come about?

"My mother, Meribeth Reeves, who is the managing director of Desert Foothills Theater, reached out to me after discovering their vacancy for cabaret performers. This is the first year that I’ve had the time and capability to partake, and I couldn’t be happier that I’ve been asked."

The show is titled Finding the Real, what is the meaning of that?

"It’s a reference to one of my favorite musicals of all time, Passing Strange. In the musical, the main character, Youth, leaves home in search of something better for himself through his music and life that he was being denied at home, what he referred to as 'the real.' Everywhere that he travels to he finds that his experiences are still not enough to satisfy his search and continues moving on, leaving behind his relationships and attempting to ignore his past. After a long period of time without returning and ignoring his single mother, whom he left at home alone, he receives word that she has passed away. He then resigns himself to creating art to honor her memory and finally recognizes that 'the real' has always been around him. Had he only stopped to understand and be thankful for the people around him, he would’ve realized that. In a way, I find that me returning home from school to do this cabaret and support DFT, the theater that I came from, is 'Finding the Real' for myself, and giving back what little I can to the place that has given me so much."

Mason Reeves
What are some of the songs we can expect to hear?

"There’s a wide variety of old Broadway songs, new Broadway songs, songs from films, and even a few standards from the likes of Irving Berlin, Richard Rodgers, and George Gershwin. Highlights will include: “No One is Alone”from Into the Woods, “I Wish I Could Go Back to College”from Avenue Q, “Audition (The Fools Who Dream)” from La La Land and “Send in the Clowns”from A Little Night Music plus Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart's “Very Glad to Be Unhappy” and
“Go Back Home”from The Scottsboro Boys.

I actually saw the video clip of you singing "Go Back Home" at an Arizona Broadway Theatre cabaret and you were fantastic on that.


Did you get a chance to see Scottsboro Boys when it played at Phoenix Theatre earlier this year or were you still in Michigan at that time?

"I did get a chance when I was back home. The production at Phoenix Theatre was absolutely incredible and left me drained in the best possible way. The cast was stellar and nailed the emotional heart of the piece, capturing perfectly the power of such a story.

I know you've mentioned before how important that musical is to you, what can you tell us about that? 

The Scottsboro Boys means so much to me because, in my opinion, it is one of the most powerful shows representing the black experience ever written. It's stylized as a minstrel show revolving around the main nine wrongly-convicted African-American men and depicts their dealings with a racist judicial system and their treatment by racist individuals. By using this methodology of story-telling, the show prevents the audience from shrugging off the severity of the subject matter and ensures that they truly understand the underlying pain of what such performance techniques are indicative of and how terrifying discrimination can be if left allowed to thrive. The song "Go Back Home," represents the Scottsboro Boys' desperate hopes that someone will at last come along and tell them to "hop a freight and go back home," finally treating them as human beings and not just as their skin colors. This is something that has become incredibly core to my belief system as an African-American in modern America: the desire that we all be treated with humanity regardless of our skin tone, while still understanding and embracing that our different ethnicities influence our identities in their own ways. The hope for understanding, acceptance, sensitivity, true listening to one another, and communication."

Ali Whitwell
You've also got some special guests for this show. They are all people who you are very close to. What can you tell us about them and what will you be singing with them?

"Yes, they are all very dear friends of mine. I’ll begin with Mark 4Man. He’ll be joining me on the keys and I’ve know him for the past three years now. The first time we worked together was in All Shook Up at Spotlight Youth Theater, for which he was the director and music director. Since then, I’ve worked with him in a variety of different shows and was a part of his performing troupe, Pitches and Tones, until the end of last year.

Next is Ali Whitwell. She’ll be joining me for a duet, a pair of her own solos and some group numbers. We first met during a production of Shrek at Valley Youth Theater a very long time ago. We then worked together in the aforementioned production of All Shook Up and have gone on to do a number of productions together, including Smokey Joe's Cafe at Desert Foothills Theater. She just finished a run of Oliver at Arizona Broadway Theatre and will be travelling with the production to the Fort Peck Summer Theater in Fort Peck, Montana. After this summer, she is headed off to get her Musical Theatre BFA from Syracuse University.

Last but certainly not least, Zach Zupke. Zach and I first met in our high school choir and became fast friends. Eventually, Zach got into theatre and him and I worked together on our first production at Desert Foothills Theater in Little Shop of Horrors. He then went on to do shows at his high school as well as Desert Foothills Theater, including The Wizard of Oz, in which he played the Cowardly Lion. Currently, he is studying to get his Musical Theatre BFA from the University of Arizona where he has been a part of other productions, most notably Epic Proportions."

Zach Zupke
You've just completed your first year of college. What were the high points and low points of you first year at Michigan?

"It’s been a wonderful first year, so this is going to be hard, but I’ll try to keep this short! For high points, I’ll just keep it to two. One of my favorite experiences that I got to partake in was a student directed, choreographed, and staged cabaret that used songs from Thirteen the Musical, but rather than use the libretto of the show, we motivated the songs with stories from our own lives when we were 13. My second high point was when I got to be a part of a production of a contemporary play, We are Proud to Present a Presentation about the Herero of Namibia Formerly Known as Southwest Africa from the German Sudwestafrika between the Years 1884-1915, a mouthful, I know. It was an incredibly influential piece and gave me an opportunity to explore aspects of my identity that I hadn’t experienced before. As for any arts major, there were low points, as well. They were usually revolving around self-doubt and a fear that I wasn’t capable of doing what I’ve always dreamed of doing. Though those times were certainly not fun, they’ve provided me with valuable knowledge of how to overcome those situations in the future and continue to work hard to achieve positive growth and get closer to reaching my dreams."

Looking back at all the shows you did in Phoenix before you went away to college, what were the ones that meant the most to you, and why?

"The shows that meant the most to me back home were A Raisin in the Sun at Desert Stages Actors’ Café and Hairspray at Desert Foothills Theatre. These shows meant a lot to me because they provided me with not only performance growth, but personal growth, as well. A Raisin in the Sun introduced me to a group of performers and individuals that I had never had the joy of working with before who formed a community for me that has continued to affect me and encourage me as a performer to this day. Hairspray means a ton to me because it was just one of the most enjoyable performance experiences I’d had and was also an opportunity to perform at my home theater and spend quality time with the people I’d been raised by and had grown up with."

What are your plans for the summer after your cabaret show?

"After my cabaret show, I’ll be spending my summer performing at the Bucks County Playhouse in New Hope, Pennsylvania. I’ll be in a production of Guys and Dolls directed by Hunter Foster, as well as a series of original cabarets that they will be putting together to advertise for the theater, itself around the area."

CLICK HERE for more information on Finding The Real, which plays Sunday, May 28th at 7:30pm. and to purchase tickets