Saturday, April 22, 2017

WEEK AT A GLANCE: April 17 - April 23

audition notice - MIDSUMMER DREAMIN' - Fountain Hills Theater - May 13 & May 16

Midsummer Dreamin’ is a joyous and funny 1970's musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ featuring top 40 hits of the era including "Crocodile Rock", "The Lion Sleeps Tonight", and "YMCA".

Audition Dates: 
Saturday, May 13th at 2pm & Tuesday, May 16th at 7pm
Callbacks: Wednesday, May 17th if needed

Production dates: June 30th - July 30th
Performances: Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm,
and Sundays at 2pm

Call (480) 837-9661 x3 to register for an appointment
or register online at www.fhtaz.org/audition-form

Auditioners should prepare:
- 16 to 32 bars of a song that best shows off their voice
- Bring sheet music in appropriate key. No CD’s
- Dress to move for dance audition.
- Headshot and resume if available
- List of possible rehearsal conflicts

CASTING:

Theo – The Governor. A hen-pecked meek man.
Polly – His Fiancée She is strong a domineering.
Edward - Mia’s father He is quick to anger and expects to be obeyed
Andy – A handsome young man. He is innocent, naïve and a bit of a hippie.
Denny – A handsome young man. He is very conservative and thinks himself quite a ‘catch’.
Helen – A pretty, but tall girl. She is a sweet valley girl type.
Snug – A worker. The most shy member of the group, very quiet.
Francis – A worker. He is the toughest of the group.
Tom – A worker. The bravest of the group, but is stern and quiet.
Robin – A worker. The most enthusiastic of the group, always eager to please.
Oberon – King of the Fairies. He is very sure of himself, but likes a little fun.
Titania – Queen of the Fairies. She is very regal and powerful.
Peaseblossom – A Fairy-
Cobweb – A Fairy
Mustardseed – A Fairy –
Moth – A Fairy-
Phil – A Servant to the Governor The most proper, butler-like attendant
Attendants to the Governor

Mesa Community College Theatre & Film Arts Presents National Theatre Live At The MCC Theatre

Mesa Community College Theatre & Film Arts Presents National Theatre Live At The MCC Theatre

National Theatre Live is the National Theatre’s ground-breaking project to broadcast world-class theatre to cinemas in the UK and internationally. National Theatre Live launched in June 2009 with a broadcast of the National Theatre production of Phèdre with Helen Mirren. They’ve since broadcast more than forty other productions live, from both the National Theatre and from other theatres in the UK. Their broadcasts have now been experienced by over 5.5 million people in over 2,000 venues around the world, including over 650 venues in the UK alone.
Though each broadcast is filmed in front of a live audience in the theatre, cameras are carefully positioned throughout the auditorium to ensure that cinema audiences get the ‘best seat in the house’ view of each production. Where these cameras are placed is different for each broadcast, to make sure that cinema audiences enjoy the best possible experience every time.

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
7:30PM on Friday August 18th 2017
At The MCC Theatre

Sonia Friedman Productions present Imelda Staunton (Gypsy, Vera Drake, the Harry Potter films), Conleth Hill (Game Of Thrones, The Producers), Luke Treadaway (A Street Cat Named Bob, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, The Hollow Crown) and Imogen Poots (A Long Way Down, Jane Eyre) in James Macdonald’s critically acclaimed, 5 star production of Edward Albee’s landmark play, performed at the Harold Pinter Theatre, London.
In the early hours of the morning on the campus of an American college, Martha, much to her husband George’s displeasure, has invited the new professor and his wife to their home for some after-party drinks. As the alcohol flows and dawn approaches, the young couple are drawn into George and Martha’s toxic games until the evening reaches its climax in a moment of devastating truth-telling.
★★★★★  ‘Imelda Staunton is at her magnificent best. A first-rate revival of an astonishing play.’ The Guardian
★★★★★  ‘Conleth Hill is superb. Exquisite.’ Evening Standard
★★★★★  ‘Luke Treadaway and Imogen Poots are terrific.’ Metro
★★★★★  ‘James Macdonald’s blistering production. Intoxicatingly good.’ Financial Times

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Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead
7:30PM on Friday August 25th 2017
At The MCC Theatre

Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter, The Woman in Black), Joshua McGuire (The Hour) and David Haig (Four Weddings and a Funeral, The Witness for the Prosecution) star in Tom Stoppard’s brilliantly funny situation comedy, broadcast live from The Old Vic theatre in London.

David Leveaux’s new production marks the 50th anniversary of the play that made a young Tom Stoppard’s name overnight.

Against the backdrop of Hamlet, two hapless minor characters, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, take centre stage.  As the young double act stumble their way in and out of the action of Shakespeare’s iconic drama, they become increasingly out of their depth as their version of the story unfolds.

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Angels in America – Part 1, Millennium Approaches
7:30PM on Friday September 1st 2017
At The MCC Theatre

America in the mid-1980s. In the midst of the AIDS crisis and a conservative Reagan administration, New Yorkers grapple with life and death, love and sex, heaven and hell.
Andrew Garfield (Silence, Hacksaw Ridge) plays Prior Walter along with a cast including Denise Gough (People, Places and Things), Nathan Lane (The Producers), James McArdle (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) and Russell Tovey (The Pass).
This new staging of Tony Kushner’s multi-award winning two-part play is directed by Olivier and Tony award winning director Marianne Elliott (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and War Horse).

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Angels in America – Part 2, Perestroika
7:30PM on Friday September 8th 2017
At The MCC Theatre

America in the mid-1980s. In the midst of the AIDS crisis and a conservative Reagan administration, New Yorkers grapple with life and death, love and sex, heaven and hell.
Andrew Garfield (Silence, Hacksaw Ridge) plays Prior Walter along with a cast including Denise Gough (People, Places and Things), Nathan Lane (The Producers), James McArdle (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) and Russell Tovey (The Pass).
This new staging of Tony Kushner’s multi-award winning two-part play is directed by Olivier and Tony award winning director Marianne Elliott (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and War Horse).

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Obsession
7:30PM on Friday October 20th 2017
At The MCC Theatre

Jude Law (The Young Pope, Closer, The Talented Mr Ripley) stars in the stage production of Obsession, broadcast live from the Barbican Theatre in London. Ivo van Hove (NT Live: A View from the Bridge, Hedda Gabler) directs this new stage adaptation of Luchino Visconti’s 1943 film.
Gino is a drifter, down-at-heel and magnetically handsome. At a road side restaurant he encounters husband and wife, Giuseppe and Giovanna. Irresistibly attracted to each other, Gino and Giovanna begin a fiery affair and plot to murder her husband. But, in this chilling tale of passion and destruction, the crime only serves to tear them apart.

The stage production of Obsession is produced by Barbican Theatre Productions Limited, London and Toneelgroep Amsterdam; co-commissioned by Wiener Festwochen and Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg; co-produced by Holland Festival and David Binder Productions; and supported by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

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Twelfth Night
7:30PM on Friday October 27th 2017
At The MCC Theatre

Tamsin Greig is Malvolia in a new twist on Shakespeare’s classic comedy of mistaken identity.
A ship is wrecked on the rocks. Viola is washed ashore but her twin brother Sebastian is lost. Determined to survive on her own, she steps out to explore a new land. So begins a whirlwind of mistaken identity and unrequited love.
The nearby households of Olivia and Orsino are overrun with passion. Even Olivia's upright housekeeper Malvolia is swept up in the madness. Where music is the food of love, and nobody is quite what they seem, anything proves possible.
Simon Godwin (NT Live: Man and Superman, NT Live: The Beaux’ Stratagem) directs this joyous new production with Tamsin Greig (Friday Night Dinner, Black Books, Episodes) as a transformed Malvolia. an ensemble cast that includes Daniel Rigby (Flowers, Jericho), Tamara Lawrence (Undercover), Doon Mackichan (Smack the Pony) and Daniel Ezra (The Missing, Undercover).

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Salomé
7:30PM on Friday November 3rd 2017
At The MCC Theatre

The story has been told before, but never like this.
An occupied desert nation. A radical from the wilderness on hunger strike. A girl whose mysterious dance will change the course of the world.
This charged retelling turns the infamous biblical tale on its head, placing the girl we call Salomé at the centre of a revolution.
Internationally acclaimed theatre director Yaël Farber (Les Blancs) draws on multiple accounts to create her urgent, hypnotic production on the stage of the National Theatre.
‘Epic. A near-perfect production.’ Guardian (on Les Blancs)

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Peter Pan
7:30PM on Friday December 15th 2017
At The MCC Theatre

All children, except one, grow up…
Captured live at the National Theatre, a recorded performance of JM Barrie’s much-loved tale screens in cinemas.
When Peter Pan, leader of the Lost Boys, loses his shadow, headstrong Wendy helps him to reattach it. In return, she is invited to Neverland, where Tinker Bell the fairy, Tiger Lily and the vengeful Captain Hook await. A riot of magic, music and make-believe ensues.
A delight for children and adults alike, Sally Cookson (NT Live: Jane Eyre) directs this wondrously inventive production, a co-production with Bristol Old Vic theatre.
★★★★★
‘Spellbindingly imaginative. A dazzling production.’
Radio Times

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Stay Tuned for Future Screenings
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photos - URINETOWN - Phoenix College

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photos courtesy Phoenix College

Friday, April 21, 2017

Mesa Community College Theatre and Film Arts' 2017 / 2018 Season


STORY THEATRE
Adapted for the stage by Paul Sills from stories in the Grimm Brothers’ Collection and Aesop’s Fables
Directed by Kevin Dressler

Auditions: August 23rd and 24th 2017
Performances: October 6th, 7th 12th, 13th 2017 at 7pm / October 7th and 14th 2017 at 2pm in the MCC Theatre

Friday tours to Mesa Public Schools locations from October 20th  – November 17th
Genre: Children's Comedy

An exciting, unconventional, dramatic romp through the Grimm Brothers Fairytales and Aesop’s Fables.

Paul Sill’s Story Theatre is a rousing, fun‐filled presentation of oft‐told children’s tales taken from the Grimm Brothers Fairytales and Aesop’s Fables such as The Golden Goose, Henny Penny, The Bremen Town Musicians, The Fisherman & his Wife and The Master Thief. This creatively staged series of brief vignettes will engage the young and spark the joyful memories of the young‐at‐heart. Paul Sills is the founding mind behind Chicago’s famous Second City Improv and the son of the founder of modern improvisational theatre, Viola Spolin.

Cast Size: 5m, 3f – Roles will be doubled TBD
Characters: THE BREMEN TOWN MUSICIANS: Ass, Hound, Cat, Cock, Chief, Messenger HENNY PENNY: Henny
Penny, Cocky Locky, Ducky Daddles, Goosey Poosey, Turkey  Lurkey, Foxy Woxy THE MASTER THIEF: Old Man, Wife,
Master Thief, Count, 1st  Soldier, 2nd  Soldier, 3rd Soldier, Countess, Parson, Clerk
THE FISHERMAN AND HIS WIFE: Narrator, Fisherman, Flounder, Wife
THE GOLDEN GOOSE: Mother, Eldest Son, 2nd Son, Simpleton, Little Grey Man, 1stDaughter, 2nd Daughter, Parson,
Sexton, Peasant, King, Princess

Appropriate for all audiences

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EURYDICE
by Sarah Ruhl
Directed by David Barker

Auditions: October 10th and 11th 2017
Performances: December 1st, 2nd, 7th, 8th,  2017 at 7:30pm / December 2nd and 9th 2017 at 2pm in the MCC Theatre
Genre: Tragedy

Don't look back.

In Eurydice, Sarah Ruhl reimagines the classic myth of Orpheus through the eyes of its heroine. Dying too young on her wedding day, Eurydice must journey to the underworld, where she reunites with her father and struggles to remember her lost love. With contemporary characters, ingenious plot twists, and breathtaking visual effects, the play is a fresh look at a timeless love story.

Cast Size: 5m, 2f
Characters: Eurydice, Her Father, Orpheus, A Nasty Interesting Man/The Lord of the Underworld A Chorus of
Stones: Big Stone, Little Stone, Loud Stone
Target Audience: Adult, Senior, Teen (Age 14 ‐ 18)

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MR BURNS
A POST ELECTRIC PLAY 
by Anne Washburn
Directed by Ron May

Auditions: March 5th and 6th 2018
Performances: April 20th, 21st, 26th, 27th 2018 at 7:30pm / April 21st and 28th 2018 at 2pm in the MCC Theatre

Genre: Dark Comedy

What will endure when the cataclysm arrives—when the grid fails, society crumbles, and we’re faced
with the task of rebuilding?


Anne Washburn’s imaginative dark comedy propels us forward nearly a century, following a new
civilization stumbling into its future. After the collapse of civilization, a group of survivors share a campfire and begin to piece together the plot of "The Simpsons" episode "Cape Feare" entirely from memory. 7 years later, this and other snippets of pop culture (sitcom plots, commercials, jingles, and pop songs) have become the live entertainment of a post‐apocalyptic society, sincerely trying to hold onto its past. 75 years later, these are the myths and legends from which new forms of performance are created. A paean to live theater, and the resilience of Bart Simpson through the ages, Mr. Burns is an animated exploration of how the pop culture of one era might evolve into the mythology of another.

Cast Size: 3m, 5f – Roles are doubled and tripled
Characters: MATT ‐ Homer/Scratchy, JENNY ‐ Marge/Marge, SUSANNAH ‐ Lisa & Second FBI Agent/Itchy, SAM ‐
Bart/Mr. Burns, COLLEEN ‐ First FBI Agent/Lisa, GIBSON ‐ Loving Husband &  Sideshow Bob/Homer, QUINCY ‐
Businesswoman/Bart, NEDRA ‐ Edna Krabappel
Cautions: Gun Shots, Mild Adult Themes
Target Audience: Appropriate for all audiences, Adult

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ticket discount and photos - WITTENBERG - Southwest Shakespeare Company

Tickets are selling fast for Southwest Shakespeare Company's return engagement of Wittenberg! Less than 100 tickets remain and the show is sold out for both Saturdays of the run, so act now!

Tickets at swshakespeare.org

Use code: Hamlet to pay just $20 a ticket!




photos courtesy Southwest Shakespeare Company

cast announcement - BEEHIVE - Phoenix Theatre


CLICK HERE for more information on this production, which runs from May 10th to June 4th
 
cast:
Chanel Bragg
Alyssa Chiarello
Katie Hart
Brittney Mack
Ashley Stults
Teshomech Olenja

Directed by Michael Jenkinson

photos - GRAND HOTEL - Fountain Hills Theater

CLICK HERE for more information on this production, which runs through May 7

















photos by Patty Torrilhon

photos - OF MICE AND MEN - Mesa Community College

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






above photos by Angela Salazar


above photo courtesy Mesa Community College