Tuesday, November 21, 2017

WEEK AT A GLANCE: November 20 - November 26

it's our 3RD BIRTHDAY!


cast announcement - THE GRADUATE - Mesa Encore Theatre


CLICK HERE for more information on this production, which runs January 12th to January 28th

CAST
Benjamin: Christian Boden
Mrs. Robinson: Kim Lavelle
Elaine:  Cheyanne Ballou
Stripper/Receptionist: Lynea Adams
Mr. Robinson:  Cliff Williams
Desk Clerk/Priest/Psychiatrist: Vincent Lefland
Mrs. Braddock:  Corin Grimm
Mr. Braddock:  Brady Anderson

PRODUCTION AND DESIGN TEAM
Director:  Ilana Lydia
Producer:  Daniel Marburger
Stage Manager:  Frankie Cerne
Costume and Makeup Designer: Sara Wheatcroft
Sound Designer:  Juliet Rachel Wilkins
Set Designer: Paul Filan
Lighting Designer: Harrison Hayes
Props Designer: Ric Alpers

audition notice - THE HOBBIT - Valley Youth Theatre - December 5 & 6


Performances: February 9 – 25, 2018 including 2 Thursday matinee school shows

Auditions: December 5th and 6th
Registration begins at 3:30pm, auditions generally begin at 4:15pm.

Calendars with specific dates and times will be available to view at auditions.
Ages 7-19

Please make sure to bring a head shot and resume along with your audition form that you can download from our website- http://www.vyt.com/auditions/how-to-audition/

Rehearsals begin as early as 12/12/17; NO rehearsals 12/22/17 through 1/2/18

Synopsis:
Bilbo, one of the most conservative of all Hobbits, is asked to leave his large, roomy and very dry home in the ground in order to set off as chief robber in an attempt to recover an important treasure. It's the last thing that any sensitive Hobbit would want to do, but great benefit eventually results—not only for Bilbo but for all of the Hobbits who inhabit Middle Earth—and the hearts of those children and adults who continue to enjoy this kind of magic. 

Cast of Characters:
Bilbo Baggins (Hobbit): the protagonist of the story. Often torn between his love of the comforts of home and his desire for adventure. He is respectable, loyal, cautious, old-fashioned, somewhat formal in his speech and often nervous. The story reveals his personal discoveries of bravery and friendship.

Gandalf (Wizard): teacher, mentor, and protector of Bilbo; directs the dwarves' expedition to reclaim their treasure from Smaug.

Thorin (Dwarf): The leader of the dwarves; strong, ambitious, courageous, a warrior.

Balin, Dwalin, Bifur, Bofur, Bombur, Dori, Nori, Ori, Fili, Kili, Oin, Gloin (Dwarves): the other twelve dwarves who go with Thorin, Gandalf, and Bilbo on the long journey. Some are brothers, some are younger, some older. All are passionate about the journey, ready to fight and are loyal to each other.

Bert, Tom, and Essie (Trolls): Crude and rude, they capture the dwarves to roast and eat them.

Great Goblin and the Goblin Warriors: Ugly, wicked creatures who live in a cave in the Misty Mountains. They capture Bilbo and the dwarves. They engage in a losing battle with Gandalf and Thorin.

Gollum: The slimy creature who guards the mouth of the cave. He talks to himself and challenges Bilbo to twisted game of word puzzles in exchange for information and freedom.

Elf Queen and her Attendants: Queen of the elves who imprisons Thorin and the other dwarves in her dungeon, from which they are rescued by Bilbo. Beautiful, strong and ready for battle.

Smaug (Dragon): lives underground in the Lonely Mountain, where he keeps watch over the treasure hoard that rightfully belongs to Thorin. Big voice, huge presence, scary and threatening.

Any questions can be submitted to Production Stage Manager Joycelin Jacobs at stagemanager@vyt.com

photos - ANNIE, JR - Actor's Youth Theatre













photos by Melissa Brassow / Second Star Productions

Monday, November 20, 2017

WEEK AT A GLANCE: November 20 - November 26

Click on any show title to get more information on that production

CLOSING:

THE BODYGUARD 
ASU Gammage 
November 28-December 3, 2017

IRVING BERLIN'S WHITE CHRISTMAS 
Pinnacle Creative Arts Studio 
Nov 30 – Dec 3, 2017

THE MIRACULOUS JOURNEY OF EDWARD TULANE 
Musical Theatre of Anthem 
November 30-December 3, 2017

YES, VIRGINIA, THERE IS A SANTA CLAUS
East Valley Children's Theatre 
November 30 – December 10, 2017

A CHRISTMAS CAROL
Hale Centre Theatre
November 30, 2017 - December 23, 2017

A CHRISTMAS CAROL
Fountain Hills Theater
November 30 - December 24, 2017

TWELFTH NIGHT
Southwest Shakespeare Company
December 01 – December 03, 2017

THE MUSIC MAN IN CONCERT 
Broadway at the Orpheum Theatre 
December 1 - 3, 2017

BLACK NATIVITY 
Black Theatre Troupe  
December 1 -10, 2017

A CHRISTMAS STORY 
Starlight Community Theater 
December 1 - 10, 2017

FATHER CHRISTMAS AND THE SNOW QUEEN
Theatre Artists Studio
December 1 – December 17, 2017

THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER
Spotlight Youth Theatre
December 1 - December 17, 2017

JUNIE B. IN JINGLE BELLS BATMAN SMELLS
Fountain Hills Youth Theater
December 1 - 17, 2017

INSPECTING CAROL
Fountain Hills Theater
December 1 - 23, 2017

ELF ACADEMY
Brelby Theatre Company
December 1 - December 23, 2017

SCROOGE IN ROUGE 
Mesa Encore Theatre 
December 1 - December 24, 2017
EURYDICE
Mesa Community College Theatre and Film Arts
December 1 - December 9, 2017

Disney Channel & Broadway Star Anneliese Van Der Pol to join the cast in Scottsdale Musical Theater Company's ANNIE

from our friends at Scottsdale Musical Theater Company:

Disney Channel and Broadway star Anneliese Van der Pol (“That’s So Raven”, “Raven’s Home”, Broadway’s Beauty and the Beast and the original cast of Vanities) will replace Heather Morris as Lily St. Regis in SMTC’s upcoming production of Annie January 3 - 7, 2018. Morris had to back out of the production due to changes in the shooting schedule of an upcoming film project she’s involved with.

Anneliese joins TV, Film and Broadway star Bronson Pinchot (“Perfect Strangers,” Beverly Hills Cop, Broadway’s Putting It Together and Sly Fox) and Broadway star and Drama Desk Award nominee Kaitlin Hopkins (Bat Boy: The Musical, Anything Goes, Noises Off) in Scottsdale Musical Theater Company’s limited one week engagement of the classic musical Annie, January 3 - 7, 2018 at Tempe Center for the Arts. Pinchot will portray Daddy Warbucks opposite Hopkins’s Miss Hannigan.                   

With memorable songs by Charles Strouse and Lee Adams like “Tomorrow”, “Little Girls”, “Easy Street” and “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile”, Annie is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser that follows the adventures of everyone’s favorite little comic-strip orphan. SMTC’s production is not to be missed - especially with these stellar guest stars portraying these classic characters like you’ve never seen them before!

Tickets are now on sale ranging from $32 - $58, with Senior and Student discounts available, and can be purchased at www.ScottsdaleMusicalTheater.com or by calling (602) 909-4215. Group rates are also available. Tempe Center for the Arts is located at 700 W. Rio Salado Parkway Tempe, AZ 85281.

reviews - NEWSIES - Phoenix Theatre

the cast
photo by Reg Madison Photography
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 December 31st.

"... Newsies...makes its local regional premiere at Phoenix Theatre in a rousing production with a cast of exceptional talent, almost all locals, who instill it with an abundance of glee and a big dose of fun.
Inspired by the real-life newsboys' strike of 1899, the musical tells the story of a group of mostly orphan newsboys...publisher Joseph Pulitzer raises the price they must pay for their supply of papers...The group...led by Jack Kelly.. is inspired by the ongoing trolley workers' strike and their ability to organize themselves, along with Davey, the older of two brothers who are selling papers due to their father being out of work. However, the boys quickly discover that trying to get a group of kids to go against the adult-run city is harder than they thought....The Phoenix cast is led by James Gish, as Jack, who instills the role with charm, strength and an abundance of street smarts and swagger, which works well for this natural born leader of the newsboy gang...Emilie Doering is appropriately feisty and spunky as Katherine, the headstrong reporter out to prove herself..Rusty Ferracane does well providing some humanity to Pulitzer, the villain of the show, while Cooper Hallstrom and Joey Dean make a winning twosome as brothers Davey and Les ..Brandon Brown is perfect as Crutchie, Jack's friend who has a bum leg. ..Brown's exceptional performance makes you care for his character as deeply as Gish's Jack does. Chanel Bragg is fun, feisty, and full of fire as Medda, the owner of a club and friend of Jack. Director Michael Barnard keeps the show moving at a brisk pace and ensures his actors bring both realism and care to their characters. Choreographer James Kinney's dances are the perfect combination of ballet and athletics...Every member of the cast brings an infectious joy to the variety of movement and changing styles of dance....Not only does this production have beautiful creative elements that perfectly establish the time, place and feel of the show, but there is nonstop, thrilling and exuberant dancing. The talented cast deliver on both the rousing and engaging turn of the century story and the numerous poignant moments that resonate, due to Michael Barnard's excellent and concise direction. Newsies at Phoenix Theatre scores in every category; it is an infectious jolt of pure energy and a crowd pleaser in the truest sense. " -Gil Benbrook, Talkin' Broadway (click here to read the complete review)

photos - THE LITTLE DOG LAUGHED - Nearly Naked Theatre

CLICK HERE for more information on this production, which runs through December 2nd





photos by Laura Durant

Sunday, November 19, 2017

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audition notice - THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST - Hale Centre Theatre - January 6




Hale Centre Theatre will hold auditions for The Importance of Being Earnest, playing April 5, 2018 – May 12, 2018. The show is produced by David and Corrin Dietlein, directed by Cambrian James and casting directors David and Corrin Dietlein. Performances are Wednesday through Saturday nights, with 3:00 PM Friday and Saturday matinees. All ethnicities are encouraged to audition.

SYNOPSIS
It’s the story of two bachelors, John ‘Jack’ Worthing and Algernon ‘Algy’ Moncrieff, who create alter egos named Ernest to escape their tiresome lives. They attempt to win the hearts of two women who, conveniently, claim to only love men called Ernest. The pair struggle to keep up with their own stories and become tangled in a tale of deception, disguise and misadventure. With a few new twists, this funny, and at times absolutely hilarious comedy, will delight one and all!

Audition Information: Saturday, January 6th
       The audition will consist of side readings. Sides will be provided. Please prepare 1 side to read.
       Please be familiar with the play.
       Read the breakdowns and bring your best characters to the audition.
       Dance or singing will not be required at the audition.
       The casting directors use Casting Manager during the casting process. Please post your head shot and resume to your Casting Manager profile.

Call Backs
Call backs for The Importance of Being Earnest will be held Saturday, January 13th at 10:00 AM with the first read through scheduled for Monday, February 19th at 7:00 PM.

Audition Location
Auditions will be held at the theater located at 50 West Page Avenue in Gilbert.

How to make an appointment

Payment
Each adult actor 16 years of age and older will receive a payment of $25.00 per performance.

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

CHARACTER BREAKDOWN

JOHN WORTHING, J.P.: (25-35) The play’s protagonist. Jack Worthing is a seemingly responsible and respectable young man who leads a double life. In Hertfordshire, where he has a country estate, Jack is known as Jack. In London he is known as Ernest. As a baby, Jack was discovered in a handbag in the cloakroom of Victoria Station by an old man who adopted him and subsequently made Jack guardian to his granddaughter, Cecily Cardew. Jack is in love with his friend Algernon’s cousin, Gwendolen Fairfax. The initials after his name indicate that he is a Justice of the Peace.

ALGERNON MONCRIEFF: (25-35) The play’s secondary hero. Algernon is a charming, idle, decorative bachelor, nephew of Lady Bracknell, cousin of Gwendolen Fairfax, and best friend of Jack Worthing, whom he has known for years as Ernest. Algernon is brilliant, witty, selfish, amoral, and given to making delightful paradoxical and epigrammatic pronouncements. He has invented a fictional friend, “Bunbury,” an invalid whose frequent sudden relapses allow Algernon to wriggle out of unpleasant or dull social obligations.

REVEREND CANON CHASUBLE, D.D.: (30-45) The rector on Jack’s estate. Both Jack and Algernon approach Dr. Chasuble to request that they be christened “Ernest.” Dr. Chasuble entertains secret romantic feelings for Miss Prism. The initials after his name stand for “Doctor of Divinity.”

MERRIMAN (Butler): (25-40) The butler at the Manor House, Jack’s estate in the country. Merriman appears only in Acts II and III.

LANE (Manservant): (25-40) Algernon’s manservant. When the play opens, Lane is the only person who knows about Algernon’s practice of “Bunburying.” Lane appears only in Act I.

LADY BRACKWELL: (45-60) Algernon’s snobbish, mercenary, and domineering aunt and Gwendolen’s mother. Lady Bracknell married well, and her primary goal in life is to see her daughter do the same. She has a list of “eligible young men” and a prepared interview she gives to potential suitors. Like her nephew, Lady Bracknell is given to making hilarious pronouncements, but where Algernon means to be witty, the humor in Lady Bracknell’s speeches is unintentional. Through the figure of Lady Bracknell, Wilde manages to satirize the hypocrisy and stupidity of the British aristocracy. Lady Bracknell values ignorance, which she sees as “a delicate exotic fruit.” When she gives a dinner party, she prefers her husband to eat downstairs with the servants. She is cunning, narrow-minded, authoritarian, and possibly the most quotable character in the play.

HONORABLE GWENDOLEN FAIRFAX: (20-30) Algernon’s cousin and Lady Bracknell’s daughter. Gwendolen is in love with Jack, whom she knows as Ernest. A model and arbiter of high fashion and society, Gwendolen speaks with unassailable authority on matters of taste and morality. She is sophisticated, intellectual, cosmopolitan, and utterly pretentious. Gwendolen is fixated on the name Ernest and says she will not marry a man without that name.

CECILY CARDEW: (20-30) Jack’s ward, the granddaughter of the old gentlemen who found and adopted Jack when Jack was a baby. Cecily is probably the most realistically drawn character in the play. Like Gwendolen, she is obsessed with the name Ernest, but she is even more intrigued by the idea of wickedness. This idea, rather than the virtuous-sounding name, has prompted her to fall in love with Jack’s brother Ernest in her imagination and to invent an elaborate romance and courtship between them.

MISS PRISM (Governess): (45-55) Cecily’s governess. Miss Prism is an endless source of pedantic bromides and clichés. She highly approves of Jack’s presumed respectability and harshly criticizes his “unfortunate” brother. Puritan though she is, Miss Prism’s severe pronouncements have a way of going so far over the top that they inspire laughter. Despite her rigidity, Miss Prism seems to have a softer side. She speaks of having once written a novel whose manuscript was “lost” or “abandoned.” Also, she entertains romantic feelings for Dr. Chasuble.



DIRECTOR BIO

Cambrian James is well-known for his versatile staging throughout the Valley and nationally. He is a multi-award winning director and choreographer for Tarzan, The Wizard of Oz, Footloose, Damn Yankees and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Cambrian has enjoyed a long career as an actor and dancer in Annie (Daddy Warbucks), Crazy For You (Bobby Child), The King and I (the King) and Hairspray (Edna Turnblad).

cast announcement - A CHRISTMAS STORY - Starlight Community Theatre



CLICK HERE for more information on this production, which runs December 1 -10

Ralph/Santa.......................................................................................................... Thomas Graca

Ralphie................................................................................................... Wyatt Dvybig-Pawelko

Mother........................................................................................................ Ann Woolstenhulme

Old Man/Father........................................................................................................ Rick Tejera

Randy.................................................................................................................... Gabriel Hager

Miss Shields....................................................................................................... Patricia Drapac

Flick................................................................................................................................ Ian Gray

Schwartz................................................................................................................ Hunter Walsh

Esther Jane.............................................................................................................. Amaya Read

Helen....................................................................................................................... Katie Kirsch

Farkus......................................................................................................................... Nick Clark

Black Bart/Tree Salesman/Radio Voice.............................................................. Paul Hartwell

Cowboy/Delivery Man/Neighbor’s Voice............................................ Jason Dyvbig-Pawelko

Ensemble/Desperado/Farkus Gang Member......................................... Emma Woolstenhulme

Ensemble/Santa Kid............................................................................................. Kyla Northern

Ensemble/Mrs. Schwartz/PA Voice............................................................ Samantha Hartwell

Ensemble/Santa Kid................................................................................................ Emily Small

Ensemble/Santa Kid........................................................................... Mathieu Dvybig-Pawelko

Saturday, November 18, 2017

photos - ANNIE - Desert Foothills Theater

CLICK HERE for more information on this production, which runs through November 19th






photos by Tiffany Bollock

photos - THE RIVER BRIDE - Arizona Theatre Company

CLICK HERE for more information on this production, which runs November 16th through December 3rd








photos by Tim Fuller

urgent casting notice - male actor needed for SEE HOW THEY RUN - Hale Centre Theatre


Hale Centre Theatre seeking 1 male actor to fill the spot of The Bishop of Lax in See How They Run by Philip King, playing December 30, 2017 – February 10, 2018. The show is produced by David and Corrin Dietlein, directed by Cambrian James and casting directors David and Corrin Dietlein. Performances are Wednesday through Saturday evenings, as well as Friday and Saturday 3pm matinees. All ethnicities are encouraged to audition.

IMPORTANT NOTE:
We will not be holding an actual audition, but we ask that you sign up for an "appointment" to indicate your interest in being considered. The deadline for consideration is Tuesday, November 21st by 12:00 PM. Make sure to complete your profile on Casting Manager, including a head shot and resume. If you are able, uploading a video audition to your profile is encouraged.

Synopsis
In a hilarious case of mistaken identity, an American actor, an escaped convict, and two extremely punctual vicars find themselves dressed as clergymen dashing about the vicarage. With the arrival of the stately Bishop, one expects the shenanigans to cease - however, the confusion only mounts until the situation finally snowballs into an absolute laugh riot! Gossip, danger and mishap abound in one of the funniest wartime farces of the London stage.

Playing Dates
Dec 30, 2017 - Feb 10, 2018

Role Information
THE BISHOP OF LAX: (45-60) British. Imposing, dignified, accustomed to getting his own way. Must be somewhat agile, though not as much as the others.

For more information and to SIGN UP CLICK HERE