Monday, June 26, 2017

WEEK AT A GLANCE: June 26 - July 2

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Friday, June 23, 2017

cast announcement - CHICAGO - Fountain Hills Theater

VELMA KELLY: Gina Tomkus
ROXIE HART: Victoria Fairclough
MAMA MORTON: Morgan Ottersbach
AMOS HART: Michael Paul Wallot
MARY SUNSHINE: Patrick Russo
Womens Ensemble: Ryan Jordan, Summer Beckman, Haylee Klein, Anna Sell, Lisa Barnes
Mens Ensemble: Chad Cambell, JT Turner, TBD

CLICK HERE for more information on this production, which runs September 1st to September 17th

Thursday, June 22, 2017

audition notice - MURDER AT THE PIE AUCTION - Act One Youth Theatre - June 24

Written by: Michael Druce

The audience becomes part of the pie auction in this hysterical comedy. After years of trying unsuccessfully, the small town of Mynute, Alaska, finally lands the famous Mother Mabel’s Pie Baking Competition — but it was all due to a typo mistaking Mynute for Minot! The contest looks to be a disaster with no media or publicity. To add to the tension, one of the contestants is writing a tell-all book about the seamy side of competitive pie baking. Making matters even worse, just hours before the competition begins, the pie judge goes missing. When he turns up dead while the audience is bidding for the pies, the characters turn on each other as they try to figure out who committed the murder. With an ample serving of motive and all the right ingredients for murder, this is the perfect recipe for big laughs, outrageous characters, and audience participation.

You will have enough time to perform a 1 min monologue. You may be asked to perform a cold read with or without a partner.


4425 N Granite Reef Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

Date: 06/24/2017 (Sat.)
Location: 4425 N Granite Reef Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

sign up for auditions at

Saturday, August 5, 2017 at 1:30
Scottsdale Congregational Church in Bond Hall:
4425 N Granite Reef Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

a conversation with James May and Kelli James, the musical director and star of the one night only concert GREAT SONGS FROM BOMB SHOWS at Theater Works

by Gil Benbrook

I’m proud to admit that I'm a huge fan of flop musicals. I saw one of the most notorious flop shows of all time, Carrie, on Broadway in previews back in 1988 and ever since then have been fascinated by musicals like Carrie that have some great songs in their scores yet the show bombed and quickly folded. Over the years I had the treat to sit through such famous Broadway flops as Nick & Nora, Starmites, Cyrano, Rags, Metro, The Red Shoes, Big, Steel Pier, Side Show, Lestat and Spiderman

It turns out I'm not the only one who is intrigued by these shows that either folded quickly on Broadway, or had a decent run but were hardly ever seen again. James May and Kelli James have both worked on Broadway, tours and regional theatres. Kelli was the first American "Eponine" in the original Broadway production of Les Misérables and James has served as a musician and musical director for such shows as Sunset Boulevard. They are both intrigued by shows like Carrie, The Baker's Wife, Chess, and Merrily We Roll Along, that are notorious bombs, and even Tony winning musicals such as Kiss of the Spider Woman that had healthy NY runs but are rarely produced. 

Both James and Kelli now call the Phoenix area their home and worked together at Theater Works last Fall on their superior youth production of Les Misérables. When the idea for an evening of songs from flop musicals, entitled Great Songs from Bomb Shows, was being put together at Theater Works it turned out to be a perfect follow up for this duo, as well as a way to feature other performers who are regulars on the Theater Works Peoria stage.

I had the chance to ask May, who is the musical director and narrator for the concert, and James some questions about this concert, their fascination with flop shows, as well as ask Kelli about her upcoming plans to play Mama Rose in Gypsy at Theater Works in September.

"James, how exactly did this concert come together? I know when we spoke in the past you mentioned that you used to host theme parties in your home, was that the impetus? "

James May - "While living in Los Angeles, I had a wide circle of friends who were theater people. And we always loved getting together, so I had an idea to do what I called "soirees"! These were wine and finger food parties culminating in a show done BY us FOR us right there in my living room. They would be themed parties. Our first one was celebrating Stephen Sondheim. The second one was Jerry Herman. Many others followed. They became very popular but were always limited in size due to doing them in my living room. So when Chris Hamby approached me about doing a cabaret, I thought it would be great to do a "soiree" but in a bigger venue. So here we are, at Theaterworks!!"

James May
"Why do you think flop shows are so fascinating?"

Kelli James – "Well, It's an age old question isn't it? What is talent? Who and what has the IT or X factor? Is it just for audiences to decide? Critics? Is it the perfect combination of book and score? Timing? I think we are fascinated because it can happen to the best of writers, directors and actors. Why do shows flop? Many writers and directors that I have spoken to over the years say it's about the book. No matter how great the music is, if the audience doesn't care for the story it just won't work."

James May - "I am often interested in what makes a show a flop....bad book, too long, incorrect casting. But usually, in each show there are at least a few great songs that can stand on their own. So this cabaret celebrates that."

"What are some of the songs concert goers can expect to hear?"

James May - "We are doing many great songs, all from shows that did not enjoy a successful run, or what we may call BOMBS! A few of the titles are "Meadowlark" from The Baker's Wife, "In Love with You" from First Date, "And Eve Was Weak" from Carrie, "Pretty Lady" from Pacific Overtures and 18 more!!"

"Kelli, while this concert is headlined by you, you also share the stage with a lot of talented individuals, many of whom you worked with on Follies. What can you tell us about them and what songs that they sing in this show that you enjoy listening to the most?"

Kelli James – "Yes, Joshua Vern, Jacqui Notorio,Tony Blosser and I all did Follies together and when Jim May moved to Scottsdale we met for coffee and he asked about singers for his soiree'. I had just finished Follies and recommended all my friends from that show.That show was so special for me. It came at a time when I was ready to give up. Follies started a string of wonderful relationships and friendships including Phillip Fazio and Steve Hilderbrand, two of my favorite directors in town and also my new director for Gypsy, Rusty Ferracane. Jesse and Laura Berger came to us through my dear friends and Follies co-stars, Kathleen Berger and Marty Berger. I have worked with Jesse only once in concert and I've never worked with Laura but I'm so excited to do so! Our first sing through was inspiring. One great song and voice after the next! I had friends in First Date, Kiss Of The Spider Woman and Bridges Of Madison County but never got to see any of those shows so was delighted to hear the songs come to life. I don't think I can choose favorites, they all are wonderful and so special to me because I have either worked with the composers, directors, had friends in the shows or just love the songs themselves. I do have to say that there are 3 songs in our cabaret that I have NEVER heard sung live. It's thrilling!"

"James, I know you worked on Teddy and Alice, which flopped on Broadway.  You guys both have a lot of experience working on both Broadway shows, tours, and regional productions, were there any shows you were a part of that you thought would flop but ended up being hits?"

James - "Teddy and Alice on Broadway opened in 1987. At that time in American life, people were not extremely patriotic. So a show celebrating Americana (Teddy Roosevelt) and flag waving, was not wildly accepted with open arms. We only lasted 4 months. But, a bit later, in 1991, Miss Saigon opened on Broadway. So did Will Rogers Follies. It was the year of the first Iraq/mideast war, so patriotism was in vogue. So even though Miss Saigon was the show that would be an eventual huge hit, Will Rogers Follies won the Tony for Best Musical. So my point is that, sometimes, world events can control the eventual success of a show, possibly explaining one reason for the failure of Teddy and Alice.

Kelli James
Kelli - "Yes. Strangely enough our directors for Les Misérables were not convinced that Les Mis would be a hit. The reviews were mixed in England and Trevor Nunn was quite worried about the show and how American audiences would take to it. Hard to believe but true. I have been so fortunate over the years to be in one hit after the other. I can't really say I was ever in a flop, however, I was in a tour that was rewritten, redirected and remounted by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Robin Phillips for a Canadian production that toured the US for 2 years. That show was Aspects Of Love and bombed on Broadway. I was quite surprised it did so well on tour or had any success at all after hearing how badly it did in New York.

"I know you guys worked together previously on the Les Misérables Youth production at Theater Works last Fall, but is that the only time the two of you have worked together?"

James - "Les Misérables at Theaterworks was the first time that Kelli and I have worked together. We missed each other on Les Miz on Broadway by only a matter of a few months! When I moved to Phoenix two years ago, I was introduced to Kelli. We have so much and so many friends in common!"

"Kelli, it was also just recently announced that you’ll be starring in Gypsy at Theater Works. After your success at Theater Works in both Follies and Les Misérables, Gypsy seems like a perfect follow up. Why do you think playing Mama Rose is such an iconic part that every actress wants to tackle?"

Kelli -" Oh Mama Rose. I think it's an incredible challenge for any actress of any age but being able to play such a colorful,outspoken and powerful woman who is not young, not beautiful and not sweet, is something we all want to do when we get up in years.We are all ready to play her when the time comes. In my last 15 years of teaching and meeting so many "Mama Rose type parents", I feel that I've got an interesting inside track to her! I relate to her struggles, her dreams and I too have been married 3 times! In all seriousness, it has a great deal to do with having a true respect for the Golden Age musical, the writers, composers and the actors that came before us. My God, the women who have played her.....astonishing! What a lineup! If I didn't say it was a bit overwhelming and that I didn't feel the pressure, I'd be a liar."

While Great Songs from Flop Shows is Sold Out with an extensive waiting list already, Theater Works does hope to present this show again in the future, because of the response, but hasn't made any plans with James & Kelli yet.  CLICK HERE for information on upcoming shows at Theater Works


Adam Langdon
photo by Joan Marcus
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 June 25th.

"...The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time tells of young Christopher Boone (Adam Langdon). He’s a fifteen-year-old English boy from Swindon with a series of conditions...his behavioral difficulties range from Asperger’s and high-functioning autism, plus he’s a mathematical savant. There’s also another issue: he can’t be touched....Christopher takes on the role of Sherlock Holmes after the discovery of his own curious incident concerning a dog...His neighbor’s pet, Wellington, is found murdered...Based on the Mark Haddon novel of the same name,....we’re inside Christopher’s mind – we tend to see the same things in the way that Christopher does.....the play’s original London director Marianne Elliot, incorporates the aid of choreographers Scott Graham and Steven Hoggett to supply the ever-continuing graceful movement of the cast as they assume grouped positions and characterize everyday objects that Christopher encounters. ...However, during a lengthy, heart-breaking moment when the boy’s mother (Felicity Jones Latta) has to explain things to her son, things seem to come to a temporary halt. Narratively, what she’s saying is of great importance, but because of the play’s lightning speed pace, it feels as though brakes were suddenly applied. With a broken rhythm, the result may be a wandering mind for just a few moments...Presented in an electronic variation of a black-box theatre, its floor and walls project a dazzling array of sonic effects. ...Occasionally there’s a danger of the light show, with its all-encompassing visual effects, suffocating the moment, often with an accompanying, overly abrasive soundtrack that pierces the senses and continues longer than you want, particularly when it’s not altogether clear why the effects with its shower of ever-flowing red dots are occurring in the way they are. ...the play examines routine, customs, separation, honesty, the playing with language and most importantly, the confusion that comes with miscommunication in everyday speech. If everyone was as clear and as direct as Christopher when speaking, there would never be a failure to communicate. The play expresses that with both warmth and humor, along with the drama...While Wellington the dog did nothing to deserve its fate, it’s the catalyst that sets a young boy off on a journey of self-discovery, his position in the world, and an awareness of what his future holds. A curious incident indeed, Watson, but a singular one that you should treat yourself to enjoying while it remains in town." -David Appleford, Valley Screen and Stage (click here to read the complete review)

"..,the theatrical adaptation of Mark Haddon's bestselling book The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time ...demonstrates the inner workings of the brain of a 15-year-old boy with issues that resemble autism through a combination of visual and aural designs and the use of imaginatively choreographed movement..,, a play unlike just about anything I've ever seen and a show not to be missed. The plot focuses on Christopher Boone and begins when his neighbor's dog is found viciously murdered. Christopher sets about trying to solve the murder of the animal while also dealing with understanding and navigating through the wide range of human emotions and family dynamics that his unique situation entails. Christopher, who always tells the truth, soon discovers that what he learns from his investigation reveals several secrets and lies that involve his family and the life he thought he knew. ..,The concise and straightforward language and the well-defined characters are delivered and portrayed exceptionally by a talented touring cast. Yet it is through the explosion of sight and sound that the book is truly brought to life by immersing the audience in non-stop visual elements that take us inside Christopher's mind. The combination of the gifted cast and the creative designs gives a unique glimpse into how a person's inability to understand human emotion might affect the people who love them.Marianne Elliott won a Tony for her direction and it's easy to see why. Elliott's ability to guide her cast—especially Adam Langdon, who is nothing short of brilliant—as Christopher, to deliver performances that are real, interesting, and full of emotion, and then surround it all with the immersive, creative and accomplished Tony and Olivier Award winning work of set designer Bunny Christie, video designer Finn Ross, and lighting designer Paule Constable, is both inspired and brilliant.... This is a truly engaging, rich and rewarding play with a thought-provoking insight into what an individual with such challenges might go through on a daily basis and what the impact on those who love them might be. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time lets you step into this world and see the beauty and wonder that lives inside.-Gil Benbrook, Talkin' Broadway (click here to read the complete review)

" If you could walk a mile in the mind of an autistic teenager, visualize the earth and the heavens with crystal clarity, reduce reality to fundamental truths and solve complex algebraic problems, convulse to a simple touch or sound, and charm the daylights out of those you meet with your intelligence and defiant logic ~ you might begin to get inside the skin of Christopher John Francis Boone, the enigmatic and endearing central character of THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME (the 2015 recipient of five Tonys including Best Play, now appearing at ASU Gammage in Tempe, AZ).....a landmark piece of theatre, melding acting and technology with a result that is astonishing and riveting. The special visual and auditory effects are cinematic in scale...What starts out like a tale from Conan Doyle or J.K. Rowlings ends up far more Homeric, an odyssey into the heart of truth and revelations that are life-changing. Adam Langdon's performance as Christopher is a tour de force ~ magnetic, jaw-dropping and inspiring.....The supporting performances in this production are crisp and engaging. Gene Gillette cuts a sympathetic figure as Christopher's overbearing and protective father, desperately seeking to connect with his son...FeliciTy Jones Latta is gripping as the mother whose frustration and guilt tear at her heart. Maria Elena Ramirez is perfect and relatable as Christopher's teacher who understands him better than anyone, provides moral support, and, as a play within a play, narrates the book he's written about his journey. As an intricately designed whole, the play, based on Mark Haddon's novel and adapted by Simon Stephens, is a work of astonishing magnitude and supreme relevance to our appreciation of the human condition." Herbert Paine, Broadway World (click here to read the complete review)

CYT Phoenix's 2017 / 2018 Season!

Oct 20 - Oct 29

Thirteen-year-old problem solver, Edwina, dishes out advice with the help of her friends and a little song and dance.

Dear Edwina JR. is a heartwarming musical about the joys of growing up, from the creators of Junie B. Jones, The Musical. Written in a “show-within-a-show” format, Dear Edwina JR. is the perfect “girl power” musical for a new generation.

Phoenix Center for the Arts:
1202 N 3rd St
Phoenix, AZ 85004

Feb 2 - Feb 11

Roald Dahl's fantastical tale of a boy, his insect friends, and their amazing journey across the ocean on a giant piece of fruit.

Roald Dahl's James and the Giant Peach is now a musical for the whole family to enjoy! Featuring a wickedly tuneful score by the Tony Award-nominated team of Pasek and Paul (Dogfight and A Christmas Story the Musical) and a curiously quirky book by Timothy Allen McDonald (Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka, The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley), critics rave: James and the Giant Peach is a "masterpeach!"

Mesa Arts Center - Nesbitt/Elliott Playhouse:
One East Main Street
Mesa, AZ 85201

May 4 - May 13

Everyone's favorite ogre is back in the hilarious stage spectacle based on the Oscar-winning, smash hit film.

Based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film, Shrek The Musical is a Tony Award-winning fairy tale adventure, featuring all new songs from Jeanine Tesori (Thoroughly Modern Millie; Caroline, or Change) and a sidesplitting book by David Lindsay-Abaire. Shrek brings all the beloved characters you know from the film to life on stage and proves there's more to the story than meets the ears.

Mesa Arts Center - Nesbitt/Elliott Playhouse:
One East Main Street
Mesa, AZ 85201

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

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

audition notice - THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME - Actor's Youth Theatre - June 24

Actors Youth Theatre is holding auditions for the Regional Premier of The Hunchback of Notre Dame (ages 10-18) on June 24th

Rehearsals begin July 6th

Performances Thur/Fri/Sat August 24th-September 17th

Auditions and most rehearsals will take place at the Tuscany Theatre. Performances will be split between Tuscany Theatre and Higley Center for the Performing Arts.

CLICK HERE to schedule your audition time

Auditions for Hunchback will run in 60 minute increments. Each actor must bring and be prepared to perform the following:

Bring a 32 bar musical theatre selection that demonstrates vocal range, musicianship, and performance skills. Sheet music or karaoke tracks are acceptable, no CDs please. Solo material only. (If no singing material is brought to the audition, actor will be required to perform a small musical selection as a substitute.)

Be prepared for cold reads from the sides that will be provided at the audition

There will be a dance call. Please wear clothes you are comfortable moving/dancing in.

You need to arrive 15 minutes before your audition. DO NOT BE LATE!

Photos and bios (required) & Resumes (not required) can be uploaded on this website

The rehearsal/performance schedule is available below. Please look over the rehearsal schedule carefully and note any and all conflicts. These are taken into consideration when casting. The breakout schedule is made with actors conflicts in mind. You MAY NOT add conflicts after casting.

Audition results are typically posted on the website by 9:00pm the Sunday after auditions, and an email will be sent to those who are cast.

Based on the Victor Hugo novel and songs from the Disney animated feature, The Hunchback of Notre Dame showcases the film’s Academy Award-nominated score, as well as new songs by Menken and Schwartz. Peter Parnell’s new book embraces story theatre and features verbatim passages from Hugo’s gothic novel. The musical begins as the bells of Notre Dame sound through the famed cathedral in fifteenth-century Paris. Quasimodo, the deformed bell-ringer who longs to be "Out There," observes all of Paris reveling in the Feast of Fools. Held captive by his devious caretaker, the archdeacon Dom Claude Frollo, he escapes for the day and joins the boisterous crowd, only to be treated cruelly by all but the beautiful gypsy, Esmeralda. Quasimodo isn’t the only one captivated by her free spirit, though – the handsome Captain Phoebus and Frollo are equally enthralled. As the three vie for her attention, Frollo embarks on a mission to destroy the gypsies – and it’s up to Quasimodo to save them all.

Music by Alan Menken, Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, Book by Peter Parnell

Actor's Youth Theatre
861 N Higley Rd. Suite 105, Gilbert, AZ, 85020

[SIC] - Mesa Encore Theatre - August 4 - August 20, 2017

by Melissa James Gibson
Directed by Cody Goulder

In adjacent apartments that resemble nothing so much as broom closets with windows, the three young, ambitious neighbors of Melissa James Gibson’s [SIC] come together to discuss, flirt, argue, share their dreams, and plan their futures with unequal degrees of deep hopefulness and abject despair, all the while pushing the limits of their friendship to the max and demonstrating that language can be both an instrument of intimacy and a weapon of defense. Theo is a composer trying to create a heroic theme for an amusement park ride called the Thrill-o-Rama; Babette is a writer trying to finish—or even start—a book theorizing that temper tantrums are the major motivating force behind historical events; and Frank is a would-be auctioneer preparing for his future career by constantly practicing tongue twisters as “Sally sought some seeds to sow but sadly soon it snowed.” By exploring these questing lives in language that alternates between exhilarating structural inventiveness and loony comedy, poignant soul-searching and incisive analysis of the life that may actually exist beyond one’s four walls, Melissa James Gibson has created a unique play that is as witty and wise as it is stylistically groundbreaking and unexpected.

David Magadan- as Theo
Melody Knudson- as Babette
Chavez Benally- as Frank
Van Rockwell- as Airshaft man
Antoinette Martin-Hanson- as Airshaft woman

Friday and Saturday at 7:30
Sunday at 2:30

CLICK HERE for more information and to purchase tickets

Southwest Shakespeare Company's Fire Rebuild Go Fund Me Drive

from our friends at Southwest Shakespeare Company:

On Saturday, June 17, a devastating fire ravaged Southwest Shakespeare Company 's production warehouse.

Mercifully, no one was injured and our eternal thanks goes out to the Mesa Fire Department for their swift response.

23 years of materials and memories were lost. The following is a list of just a few of the thousands of dollars worth of items that were destroyed.

Hundreds of costumes and accessories from every century; everything from Anthony and Cleopatra to Blythe Spirit were lost.

Power tools, staple guns, screw drivers, power drills, electric saws, band saw, table saw, welding accessories and tank, ladders, stepstools, wrenches and hand tools, building materials, and rigging, lighting and sound systems.

Set pieces and props like books, glasses, tea sets, crowns, lamps, foliage, etc.,

All types of furniture: chaise lounges, love seats, sofas, chairs, benches, upholstered pieces, tables, cocktail tables, side tables, end tables...

Donations of any amount are greatly appreciated. Every cent will help us rebuild and come back stronger than ever this season.

We want to thank everyone who has expressed concern and reached out the hand of friendship during this unexpected tragedy.  

Please continue to visit our website, for updates and find out about more ways you can help us rebuild.

Like a phoenix, SSC will rise bigger and better than ever! #shakespearerising

CLICK HERE to support SSC's Fire Rebuild Fund

Black Theatre Troupe's 2017 / 2018 Season!

Black Theatre Troupe's 2017-2018 Season opens on September 15, 2017!

Get discounted subscriptions before they go on sale to the general public. These prices only available by calling the Black Theatre Troupe Box Office — 602-258-8129 — before July 1, 2017. .

Book and Lyrics by Tony Kushner
Music by Jeanine Tesori
September 15 – October 1, 2017

The time is 1963 in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Caroline Thibodeaux,, an African-American mother of three works for a Southern Jewish family. She and their eight-year old son Noah, find themselves in the middle of a family conflict during the Christmas and Chanukah holidays.
Combining gospel and the sounds of Motown with operatic stylings, this sparkling gem of a musical illuminates the changing times of the Civil Rights era while examining the social and family issues with which our diverse culture still struggles with today.

by August Wilson
October 27 – November 12, 2017

With the performance of Seven Guitars The Black Theatre Troupe becomes one of the few companies in the country to have produced the complete ten play cycle of August Wilson’s decade by decade exploration of the black experience in America. Seven Guitars, the 5th in the cycle, is set in 1948 as friends gather to mourn for Floyd “Schoolboy” Barton a blues guitarist and singer, who died just as his career was on the verge of taking off. August Wilson’s epic vision power and poetic sense lifts their stories to strange and compelling heights ending in a stunning conclusion..

by Langston Hughes
December 1 – 10, 2017

Last season’s sold out, legendary holiday event by Harlem Renaissance poet Langston Hughes, returns to the BTT stage for a limited two week special engagement. This stunning new production of Black Nativity is without a doubt a theatrical wonderment. A joyous company of singers, actors, dancers and musicians delivers its powerful message of joy, hope, victory and liberation. This song-play touches a special chord in the hearts of all at a very special time of the year.(PLEASE NOTE –Black Nativity is not included in subscription packages)

by Nikkole Salter
February 9 – 25, 2018

When Denitra loses the charter school lottery for her daughter, she must find another way to escape from their underperforming neighbourhood school. The answer seems like a risk well worth taking but may end up requiring a bigger sacrifice than she ever could have imagined. It’s been exactly 60 years since Brown Versus the Board of Education. Lines in The Dust questions how far we’ve come and more importantly, where we go from here.

by George Brant
April 6 – 22, 2018

Bringing fierce guitar playing and swing to gospel music, Sister Rosetta Tharpe was a legend in her time and a huge influence on Ray Charles Jimi Hendrix, Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash among others who all knew “you don’t have to be religious to know when you’re in the presence of glory” Marie and Rosetta chronicles her first rehearsal with a young protégée, Marie Knight, as they prepare to embark on a tour that would establish them as one of the great duos in musical history. Theirs is the rare story that centers on the intimacy of the inner lives of black women and not world politics or degradation.

Call 602-258-8129 or visit for more information

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Arizona Magic of Music & Dance's Summer Camp Performance, this Friday, June 23rd

Arizona Magic of Music & Dance is a nonprofit theater program for youth and adults with disabilities. Our annual summer camp is taking place this week in Fountain Hills, and we would like to invite you all to their performance.

The performance will take place on Friday, June 23 at noon at Christ’s Church of Fountain Hills (15555 E. Bainbridge Ave.). The performance is free, but donations are greatly appreciated.

Join us for an entertaining show that is sure to melt your hearts.

For more information about our program, visit our website, follow us on Facebook, as well as both Twitter & Instagram (@az_magic2007)

audition notice - Supplemental Auditions - Childsplay - June 26

Childsplay will be holding supplemental auditions for adult actors for roles in the upcoming 17/18 season. The open call will be this Monday, June 26th from 4 -7 PM, with callbacks on Wednesday and Thursday June 28th at 29th beginning at 4PM. All calls will be at the Childsplay Campus located at 900 S Mitchell Drive in Tempe.

We are casting for the following shows:

GO, DOG. GO! – Contract dates August 28th, 2017 – April 25th, 2018. This show will tour to theatres across the United States as well as have an extended sit down run at the Tempe Center for the Arts in November and December. Driving is a requirement of the job. To be considered, you must have a clean driving record. If under 23 years old, must have least a five year driving history.

Casting: “Blue Dog” Male, any ethnicity, strong singer and mover.

MADDI’S FRIDGE: Contract dates January 15th – May 20th, 2018. The world premiere of a new play by Anne Negri, based on the book by Lois Brandt. This is an in-state school tour with a sit down performance run at the Tempe Center for the Arts. Driving is a requirement of the job. To be considered, you must have a clean driving record. If under 23 years old, must have least a five year driving history.

Casting: Two Latinx actors to play brother and sister.

THE SNOWY DAY AND OTHER STORIES: Contract dates December 26th, 2017 – March 11th, 2018. A musical adaption of the classic stories by Jack Ezra Keats, told through song and shadow puppetry. Performances will be at the Tempe Center for the Arts Studio.

Casting: One black male actor, one black female actor, both sing.

Please prepare a one-minute monologue. If you would like to be considered for GO DOG GO or THE SNOWY DAY, please come prepared with 16 bars of an up-tempo song in addition to a monologue.

To schedule an audition appointment for June 26th, please e-mail your headshot, resume, and preferred audition time to Anthony Runfola at

Childsplay values equity, diversity, and inclusion throughout our organization, programs, and audiences. We are committed to giving underrepresented artists a safe space to create art and community.

By welcoming people with differences in religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, class, gender, ability, and age we are better able to celebrate that which brings humankind together: imagination and wonder.


CLICK HERE for more information on this production, which runs through June 25th

photos by Joan Marcus

Monday, June 19, 2017

WEEK AT A GLANCE: June 19 - June 25

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


photos - THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST - Desert Stages Theatre

CLICK HERE for more information on this production, which runs through July 23rd

photos by Renee Ashlock

job openings - Audio Visual Supervisor & Communications Manager - Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

Audio Visual Supervisor

The Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts seeks a full time Audio Visual Supervisor who will be responsible for the planning, preparation, implementation and execution of audio and video needs for events and functions taking place at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts’ and certain Scottsdale Arts’ managed facilities, including the supervision and management of all audio/visual and stage functions for outdoor events and activities.

To apply send resume and salary requirements to or visit our website at for more information. EOE

Communications Manager

Scottsdale Arts seeks a full time Communications Manager who will be responsible for the planning, development and implementation of organizational communication strategies and content for internal and external audiences. Bachelor’s degree in related field plus experience working in a performing arts center or similar environment.

To apply send resume and salary requirements to or visit our website at for more information. EOE

review - NEW SUMMER SHORTS - Theatre Artists Studio

highlights from local critics reviews - (click link at bottom of each review to read complete review)

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"At the end of every Season, the members of the creative collective known as Theatre Artists Studio put their muses to work and author, produce, direct, and act in a series of playlets. This year's installment...includes a mix of eight 10-15 minute plays, each of which has something to satisfy one's theatrical palate. Some amusing, some inspiring, some provocative, some whimsical ~ all together, a satisfying potpourri. Contemplation of one's place in time and space is at the heart of Joe Bardin's Look Up and Michael Fleck's Sun (When You Least Expect It). In Bardin's work, Noah Clark delivers a compelling performance as Terrence, an anxious teenager burdened by the apparent trifles that cause discord in his dysfunctional family. Gazing at the expansive universe, he seeks perspective and perhaps some solace as to what are matters of importance and what are not. For Michael Fleck's Daniel, life has happened and perspective is hard to come by. He has suffered the wounds of lost opportunities and a broken marriage. ...Terrence and Daniel occupy spots at polar ends of life's continuum. Debra Rich Gettleman is a keen observer of the human condition and social habits. Rose Colored Spectacles is her contribution to the festival. Karen Burns lights a fire to the playwright's script...Susan Sindelar, Carol Gibson, and Sarah Houghtelin Koerner take their turn at burning up the stage in Micki Shelton's offbeat Evolution Fast Track. ...A more somber tone prevails in Kirt Shineman's Lost and Found as a veteran of the war in Afghanistan (Jason Isaak) carries the weight of the troubles he's seen on his shoulders and in his mind. ...Silliness come wrapped in two volleys. Marney and Alan Austin's The Phoenix Coffin Club features Tom Koelbel as The Manager of a fully equipped do-it-yourself coffin-making club. A novel enterprise, no doubt! ...Andrea Markowitz takes a stab at political satire in The Emperor's New Nose. ...." - Herbert Paine, Broadway World (click here to read the complete review)

THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE, JR. - Actor's Youth Theatre - July 27 - August 5, 2017

Music by Jeanine Tesori, Lyrics by Dick Scanlan
Book by Richard Morris and Dick Scanlan
Based on the 1967 film

The winner of six Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Thoroughly Modern Millie was the 2002 season's most awarded new show on Broadway! Based on the 1967 Academy Award-winning film, Thoroughly Modern Millie takes you back to the height of the Jazz Age in New York City, when "moderns," including a flapper named Millie Dillmount, were bobbing their hair, raising their hemlines, entering the workforce and rewriting the rules of love. This high-spirited musical romp is a delightful valentine to the long-standing spirit of New York City and the people who seek to discover themselves there.

Set in New York City in 1922, Thoroughly Modern Millie tells the story of young Millie Dillmount from Kansas, who comes to New York in search of a new life for herself. Her grand plan is to find a job as a secretary for a wealthy man and then marry him. However, her plan goes completely awry. The owner of her dingy hotel kidnaps young girls to sell to the Far East, her wealthy boss is slow in proposing marriage and the man she actually falls in love with doesn't have a dime to his name... or so he tells her.

THURSDAY, JULY 27 2017 - 7:00 PM
FRIDAY, JULY 28 2017 - 7:00 PM
SATURDAY, JULY 29 2017 - 3:00 PM
SATURDAY, JULY 29 2017 - 7:00 PM
THURSDAY, AUGUST 3 2017 - 7:00 PM
FRIDAY, AUGUST 4 2017 - 7:00 PM
SATURDAY, AUGUST 5 2017 - 3:00 PM
SATURDAY, AUGUST 5 2017 - 7:00 PM

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Millie Dillmount - Lily Nelson
Jimmy Smith - Cody Johnston
Mrs. Meers - Hailey Boiarsky
Miss Dorothy Brown - Emma Martin
Ching Ho - Aaron McCaskill
Bun Foo - Emily Jacoby
Miss Flannery - Aurelie Wisdom
Trevor Graydon - Quincy Cowans
Muzzy Van Hossmere - Kylie Merrill

Millie's Friends:
Maddie Sue Miller
Morgan Casselbury
Frankie McNellis
Karis Puckett
Paula Connors
Mileigh Allan
Laura Flood
Lindsay French
Taylor Merrill
Taylor Peel
DJ Coon

Macey Clausen
Shaye Duncan
Valerie Codling
Isabella Jones
Alexa Stuart
Olivia Wesson
Shaylee Flanagan
Lizzy Ricks
Ashlynn Casselbury
Isabella Lesinski
Sarah Brassow

Jonah Chesney
Jonah Wesson
Grant Rankin
Drayton Lantz

Avalon Ring
Alex Marin
Hope ShieldsLex Cobb

Saturday, June 17, 2017

JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT - Hale Centre Theatre - August 25, 2017 - October 7, 2017

Lyrics by Tim Rice
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber

Directed by Cambrian James
Music Directed by Lincoln Wright
Run Time: 2 hours and 30 minutes

The Biblical saga of Joseph and his coat of many colors comes to vibrant life in the delightful musical parable. Joseph is a boy blessed with prophetic dreams and being his father’s favorite son. But when his jealous brothers sell him into slavery and he is taken to Egypt, Joseph endures a series of terrific adventures. This Old Testament tale emerges both timely and timeless. One of the most popular shows we have ever produced. A must-see!

Fri Aug 25 2017 - 7:30 PM
Sat Aug 26 2017 - 3:00 PM
Sat Aug 26 2017 - 7:30 PM
Wed Aug 30 2017 - 7:00 PM
Thu Aug 31 2017 - 7:00 PM
Fri Sep 1 2017 - 7:30 PM
Sat Sep 2 2017 - 3:00 PM
Wed Sep 6 2017 - 7:00 PM
Thu Sep 7 2017 - 7:00 PM
Fri Sep 8 2017 - 7:30 PM
Sat Sep 9 2017 - 3:00 PM
Sat Sep 9 2017 - 7:30 PM
Wed Sep 13 2017 - 7:00 PM
Thu Sep 14 2017 - 7:00 PM
Fri Sep 15 2017 - 7:30 PM
Sat Sep 16 2017 - 3:00 PM
Sat Sep 16 2017 - 7:30 PM
Wed Sep 20 2017 - 7:00 PM
Thu Sep 21 2017 - 7:00 PM
Fri Sep 22 2017 - 7:30 PM
Sat Sep 23 2017 - 3:00 PM
Sat Sep 23 2017 - 7:30 PM
Wed Sep 27 2017 - 7:00 PM
Thu Sep 28 2017 - 7:00 PM
Fri Sep 29 2017 - 7:30 PM
Sat Sep 30 2017 - 3:00 PM
Sat Sep 30 2017 - 7:30 PM
Thu Oct 5 2017 - 7:00 PM
Fri Oct 6 2017 - 3:00 PM
Fri Oct 6 2017 - 7:30 PM
Sat Oct 7 2017 - 3:00 PM
Sat Oct 7 2017 - 7:30 PM

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