Thursday, August 31, 2017

Urgent Casting Notice - African American Male needed for the role of Seaweed in HAIRSPRAY at Desert Stages Theatre

SEEKING AFRICAN-AMERICAN MALE

TO PLAY:
Seaweed J. Stubbs

Tracy's classmate and friend, who is discriminated against due to his skin color. He is cocky but surprisingly lovable. Talented in song and dance. He falls for Penny.

Gender: Male
Age: 15 to 20
Vocal range top: D5
Vocal range bottom: F3

Strong singer and dancer.

Contact Damon J. Bolling at
djbinaz@gmail.com

review - THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME - Actor's Youth Theatre

Noah Delgado (far left), Colton Stuart (seated center), Bailey Gorman (far right), and Cast
Photo by Shanley Burk
highlights from local critics reviews - (click link at bottom of each review to read complete review)

Click here for more information on this production that runs through September 2nd.

"Victor Hugo's classic 1831 dark, brooding, gothic romantic thriller "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" became a colorful, mostly upbeat Walt Disney animated cartoon in 1996 with a tuneful score from composer Alan Menken and lyricist Stephen Schwartz. In 2014 the duo joined forces with bookwriter Peter Parnell for a theatrical version of the story, which fortunately jettisoned most of the cutesy, cartoony aspects of the film for a show with a more somber tone that aligns more with Hugo's original work. ...Actor's Youth Theatre presents the Arizona premiere of the musical with a teenage cast for a two-week run which will then be followed by an adult cast production for another two weeks. The teen cast does a fairly good job in portraying the romance, intrigue and melodrama of this well-known story of a deformed man who falls in love with the gypsy girl Esmerelda, though the show itself leaves a little to be desired....the plot follows the deformed Quasimodo who lives in the cathedral's bell tower, held captive by the deacon Dom Claude Frollo. ...He is made fun of ..yet finds himself helped by Esmeralda and the dashing Captain Phoebus. Frollo, like Quasimodo and Phoebus, finds himself drawn to the gypsy girl. When she doesn't return his affections, he is conflicted by his feelings and makes it his mission to destroy her, her fellow gypsies, and anyone who gets in his way. Can the deformed bell ringer save Esmeralda and himself from Frollo's evil plan? The...score ...is very operatic in nature...yet, oddly, the majority of the new stage music is for everyone but Quasimodo. It just seems strange to deprive the title character of at least one additional soaring tune besides the film score's "Out There." ...The book, while completely serious, is still very melodramatic in nature with a bittersweet ending that, while in line with, though not completely consistent with, Hugo's original ending, detracts somewhat from the novel's main theme of the true nature of beauty.
While not everyone in AYT's cast is able to fully deliver the soaring vocals the score requires, and there is a major issue with the audio levels where just about the entire un-mic'd cast clearly needs to project more in order to be heard, the four leads do a decent job in bringing the main characters vibrantly to life. With a continually downturned gaze, Bailey Gorman is good as the lonely and obedient Quasimodo...while Noah Delgado has the right amount of serious gravitas, with a hint of lustiness underneath, for the troubled Frollo. Benny Cowans brings a perfect fiery yet romantic tone, with a beautiful voice, as the feisty Esmeralda, and Colton Stuart is appropriately strong and charming, with a clear singing voice, as the confident Phoebus. ..Director Dane Burk does well balancing the melodrama with the few moments of humor in the piece...Burk's set design...is beautifully designed and executed, making the small space seem much larger than it is. Choreographer Corrinne Mann provides some lively dances...The costumes from Stephanie Wright are filled with rich, earth tones, while Skye Bradsher's lighting washes the stage in blues and reds to evoke the cool nighttime scenes and the hot "hell fire" moments when Frollo is conflicted, though there were several times at the performance I attended when the cast was in the dark...The stage version of The Hunchback of Notre Dame is a bit of an oddity when compared to other Disney theatrical adaptations....there are many adult themes and situations that weren't in the film, including a much more downbeat ending, which makes it unlike other Disney films that became Broadway hits ...which followed the same plot, and family friendly tone, as their movie counterparts. That may be why this musical never made it to Broadway after two prominent pre-Broadway productions.. " -Gil Benbrook, Talkin' Broadway (click here to read the complete review)

'Home' Like None Other

Kate Shindle and Robert Petkoff in the national tour of Fun Home
photo by Joan Marcus 
by Jennifer Haaland

Home.  ASU Gammage opens the Broadway tour season next week with 2015's Best Musical Tony winner from New York, Fun Home. Acclaimed actor Robert Petkoff plays Bruce, head of his family's 'Fun Home.' Petkoff visited with PHX Stages about the emotional ride in store nightly at the 'house on Maple Avenue.' He offered some unexpected ideas to our traditional understanding of musicals and of home.

"We dig down to the roots of this very real, human drama," Petkoff said. " It would be easy to see Bruce as this simple, two dimensional villain. My job [however] is to make him as real as possible... He's a guy who's exterior is everything. The façade needs to be perfect because of the huge interior that he's been made to feel must always remain hidden."

Based on Alison Bechdel's 2006 graphic memoir, dubbed a "Family Tragicomic," Fun Home is the telling of Bechdel's real life drama that existed in and around her father Bruce's unexpected death during her first year at college.  Now might be a good time to mention that Fun Home could well be an abbreviation for funeral home, which the real life Bechdel residence was.  For all the great puns and excellent jokes we can derive from that double-edged title, how can we hope to escape the inevitable skeletons surely lurking in such a home's closet?

"[Director] Sam Gold made sure to impress on me that I should never feel 'I've got this," Petkoff said about the role that revolves around the discomforts caused by Bruce's secrets. "It should have a literal dis-ease that results, an UNsatisfying taint to it. That is the rabbit I chase every night."

Carly Gold, with Kate Shindle and Robert Petkoff
in the national tour of Fun Home
photo by Joan Marcus 
About the musical elements, however, Petkoff finds great comfort, saying, "First and foremost I would call this a play with music. Even now that we are playing in bigger houses [on tour], we've packed up the wonderful intimacy... The very first moment I start singing demonstrates it perfectly.  Bruce's discovery of beauty in a box of crap takes him to joy that words alone won't express. It's SEAMLESS. Is he singing or speaking?"

It's the messy, coloring-outside-the-lines world that makes life unbeautiful for Bruce,--and as a result, for his young family--leading to sadness and closeted confusion. Petkoff said it breaks his heart that Bruce felt he couldn't be himself, was made to feel such shame, during his life.

"He finally gets that last opportunity to be honest with his daughter. The truth has already come out, yet even then he can't bring himself to have a conversation with her.  He's standing in that moment, but knows he's been a liar all his life and doesn't know how to fix or get past the lies."

"It's hard to be ugly to the kids. I mean, even though they are actors it has to be hard for another human, especially a young human, to process my [on stage] rage," Petkoff added regarding how his character's family copes. "There's such a weird disconnect in Bruce.

Audiences also seem surprised by the effect, in Petkoff's experience.  His advice for the Gammage audience is to come understanding we might open more than we expect.

"The uninitiated... come expecting not to be impacted and leave an emotional wreck. Fun Home has a tricky way of creating an emotional connection," Petkoff said.

We all live daily with our own version of home influencing our every move.  That place that wraps us in untold comfort and nostalgia nonetheless hides stories of our deepest scars and secrets. Maybe that's why Fun Home strikes such a poignant, timely chord.  The art and gift of this play with music, the one Petkoff and his cast-mates present for us all next week at ASU Gammage, lets us experience the terror and joy from the warm safety of our well-shadowed, soft-cushioned chair.  The brave vulnerability exposed in their story gives us strength and hope to feel at home in our own.

CLICK HERE for more information on Fun Home at ASU Gammage, playing Tuesday September 5th to Sunday September 10th

urgent casting request - Bass/Baritone needed for the part of Major Holmes in THE SECRET GARDEN at Musical Theatre of Anthem


from our friends at the Musical Theatre of Anthem:

We need a bass/baritone for The Secret Garden at Musical Theatre of Anthem. We need Major Holmes, one of the dreamers who help narrate the story through song, to start rehearsals as soon as possible!

Performances are last weekend of September and first weekend of October.

Any leads would be greatly appreciated. Adult age please.

contact Jackie Hammond at musicaltheatreofanthem@gmail.com

promo photos - MAMMA MIA! - Phoenix Theatre

CLICK HERE for more information on this production, which runs September 6th to October 15th




photos courtesy Phoenix Theatre

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

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


Music and Lyrics by Irving Berlin; Book by David Ives and Paul Blake
Based upon the Screenplay by Norman Krasna, Norman Panama and Melvin Frank

Auditions Sept 7 & 8,2017
Ages 13 – 19
(special auditions for ages 8-12 with possible cuts)

Based on the beloved, timeless film, this heartwarming musical adaptation features seventeen Irving Berlin songs and a book by David Ives and Paul Blake.

Veterans Bob Wallace and Phil Davis have a successful song-and-dance act after World War II. With romance in mind, the two follow a duo of beautiful singing sisters en route to their Christmas show at a Vermont lodge, which just happens to be owned by Bob and Phil’s former army commander. The dazzling score features well known standards including Blue Skies, I Love A Piano, How Deep Is the Ocean and the perennial favorite, White Christmas. WHITE CHRISTMAS is an uplifting musical worthy of year-round productions.

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RAPUNZEL! RAPUNZEL! - Pinnacle Creative Arts Studio - March 8 – 11, 2018


A Very Hairy Fairy Tale
Please join us for the WINTER SHOW for our younger actors

Auditions January 4, 2018
Ages 7 – 12

Visit an enchanted fairy tale land with dragons, a handsome prince, an evil would-be Queen, a really great hair stylist, and that famous princess with the long, long, long hair! Hold on to your hair and prepare for a brand new magical musical re-telling of the classic fairy tale! On the edge of glory, the evil Lady Za Za determines to rule the kingdom by keeping the beautiful Princess Rapunzel – with the long, long, long hair – trapped in a tower in the deep, dark, dank, dismal, dreary forest. It’ll be up to Sir Roderick and his hair stylist friend Edgar (who is on a quest to find the perfect head of hair) to rescue Princess Rapunzel and restore the kingdom – with the help of a slightly neurotic Gypsy Woman – isn’t there one in every fairy tale? and a tired, yet witty, old dragon named Socrates – who has lost his poof!

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HAMLET - Pinnacle Creative Arts Studio - March 1 – 4, 2018



A Tragedy in Three Rings
A Special Opportunity Play

Auditions Dec 14 & 15 with callbacks on the 16th
Ages 13 – 19

Run away and join the circus! Inspired by Shakespeare’s mad tale of murder and betrayal, our Hamlet takes place in a 1920s circus where tarnished glamour and murderous power struggles meld into a dark, seething tragedy.

Adapted and Directed by Andrea McFeely

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SINGIN' IN THE RAIN - Pinnacle Creative Arts Studio - June 7 - 10, 2018



Screenplay by Betty Comden and Adolph Green
Songs by Arthur Freed Nacio and Herb Brown
Based on the film by special arrangement with Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures, Inc.

Thurs/Fri at 7pm; Sat at 2pm & 7pm; Sun at 3pm

Auditions March 16, 2018
Ages 10 – 19

Singin’ in the Rain has all the makings of a Tinseltown tabloid headline – the starlet, the leading man and a love affair that could change lives and make or break careers! In silent movies, Don Lockwood and Lina Lamont are a hot item but, behind the scenes, things aren’t always as they appear on the big screen! Meanwhile, Lina’s squeaky voice might be the end of her career in “talking pictures” without the help of a talented young actress to do the talking and singing for her.

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CAROLINE, OR CHANGE - Black Theatre Troupe - September 15 - October 1, 2017


Book and Lyrics by Tony Kushner
Music by Jeanine Tesori

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.

Fri, Sep 15th, 2017 at 8:00 pm
Sat, Sep 16th, 2017 at 8:00 pm
Sun, Sep 17th, 2017 at 3:00 pm
Thu, Sep 21st, 2017 at 2:00 pm
Fri, Sep 22nd, 2017 at 8:00 pm
Sat, Sep 23rd, 2017 at 2:00 pm
Sat, Sep 23rd, 2017 at 8:00 pm
Sun, Sep 24th, 2017 at 3:00 pm
Fri, Sep 29th, 2017 at 8:00 pm
Sat, Sep 30th, 2017 at 2:00 pm
Sat, Sep 30th, 2017 at 8:00 pm
Sun, Oct 1st, 2017 at 3:00 pm

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SEVEN GUITARS - Black Theatre Troupe - October 27 - November 12, 2017


by August Wilson

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.

Fri, Oct 27th, 2017 at 8:00 pm
Sat, Oct 28th, 2017 at 8:00 pm 
Sun, Oct 29th, 2017 at 3:00 pm
Thu, Nov 2nd, 2017 at 2:00 pm
Fri, Nov 3rd, 2017 at 8:00 pm
Sat, Nov 4th, 2017 at 2:00 pm
Sat, Nov 4th, 2017 at 8:00 pm
Sun, Nov 5th, 2017 at 3:00 pm
Fri, Nov 10th, 2017 at 8:00 pm
Sat, Nov 11th, 2017 at 2:00 pm
Sat, Nov 11th, 2017 at 8:00 pm
Sun, Nov 12th, 2017 at 3:00 pm

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BLACK NATIVITY - Black Theatre Troupe - December 1 -17, 2017


by Langston Hughes

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.

Fri, Dec 1st, 2017 at 8:00 pm
Sat, Dec 2nd, 2017 at 2:00 pm
Sat, Dec 2nd, 2017 at 8:00 pm
Sun, Dec 3rd, 2017 at 3:00 pm 
Sun, Dec 3rd, 2017 at 7:00 pm
Thu, Dec 7th, 2017 at 2:00 pm
Thu, Dec 7th, 2017 at 7:00 pm
Fri, Dec 8th, 2017 at 8:00 pm
Sat, Dec 9th, 2017 at 2:00 pm
Sat, Dec 9th, 2017 at 8:00 pm
Sun, Dec 10th, 2017 at 3:00 pm
Sun, Dec 10th, 2017 at 7:00 pm
Fri, Dec 15, 2017 at 8:00 pm
Sat, Dec 16, 2017 at 2:00 pm
Sat, Dec 16, 2017 at 8:00 pm
Sun, Dec 17, 2017 at 3:00 pm

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LINES IN THE DUST - Black Theatre Troupe - February 9 - 25, 2018


by Nikkole Salter

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.

Fri, Feb 9th, 2018 at 8:00 pm 
Sat, Feb 10th, 2018 at 8:00 pm
Sun, Feb 11th, 2018 at 3:00 pm
Thu, Feb 15th, 2018 at 2:00 pm
Fri, Feb 16th, 2018 at 8:00 pm
Sat, Feb 17th, 2018 at 2:00 pm
Sat, Feb 17th, 2018 at 8:00 pm
Sun, Feb 18th, 2018 at 3:00 pm
Fri, Feb 23rd, 2018 at 8:00 pm
Sat, Feb 24th, 2018 at 2:00 pm
Sat, Feb 24th, 2018 at 8:00 pm
Sun, Feb 25th, 2018 at 3:00 pm

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BLACKBERRY DAZE - Black Theatre Troupe - April 6 - 22, 2018


by Ruth P. Watson & Thomas W. Jones II
Original Music by William Knowles

It is the end of "The Great War," and a small Virginia town is rocked by secrets, seductions and murder. The lives of three unsuspecting women are inextricably intertwined as they each succumb to a force that sweeps through their town and weaves magic on their already mysterious lives. Thrilling music propels this powerful romantic mystery in the key of the blues.

Fri, Apr 6th, 2018 at 8:00 pm
Sat, Apr 7th, 2018 at 8:00 pm
Sun, Apr 8th, 2018 at 3:00 pm
Thu, Apr 12th, 2018 at 2:00 pm
Fri, Apr 13th, 2018 at 8:00 pm
Sat, Apr 14th, 2018 at 2:00 pm
Sat, Apr 14th, 2018 at 8:00 pm
Sun, Apr 15th, 2018 at 3:00 pm
Fri, Apr 20th, 2018 at 8:00 pm
Sat, Apr 21st, 2018 at 2:00 pm
Sat, Apr 21st, 2018 at 8:00 pm
Sun, Apr 22nd, 2018 at 3:00 pm

blacktheatretroupe.org

the ariZoni Theatre Awards of Excellence seeks names and bios of individuals in the artistic community that passed away this season



From our friends at the ariZoni awards:

As we prepare for this year's events, we ask for help from our community in recognizing the individuals that have passed away this season in our artistic community.

Please send names and brief bios to arizonihelp@gmail.com, to help us recognize the impact of those who we have lost.


promo photos - CHICAGO - Fountain Hills Theater

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








photos by Clayton Corey

cast announcement - THE PHANTOM TOLLBOOTH - Childsplay


CLICK HERE for more information on this production, which runs from September 17th to October 15th

Rudy Ramirez as Milo
Kate Haas as Ensemble Member
Debra K. Stevens as Ensemble Member
Tony Latham as Ensemble Member
Micah DeShazer as Ensemble Member.

Director:  Dwayne Hartford
Costume & Puppet Design:  Rebecca Akin
Scenic Design:  Jeff Thomson
Lighting Design:  Tim Monson
Sound Design:  Christopher Neumeyer
Projection Design:  Daniel Cariño
Stage Manager: Sarah G. Chanis

audition notice - SEE HOW THEY RUN - Hale Centre Theatre - September 30


Hale Centre Theatre will hold auditions for See How They Run, playing December 30, 2017 – February 10, 2018 on September 30th. 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 and Saturday matinees. All ethnicities are encouraged to audition.

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.

Audition Information: Saturday, September 30th
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 See How They Run will be held Saturday, October 7th at 10:00 AM with the first read through scheduled for Friday, November 3rd 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
You can sign up for appointments at http://castingmanager.com/audition/info/c9QiL5dKhYcNqLj

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

REVEREND LIONEL TOOP: (25-35) Pleasant, rather handsome, but not “drop dead” gorgeous. Must be physically agile – will need to run, jump, etc. British accent.

PENELOPE TOOP: (20-30) American wife of Reverend Toop. Vivacious, charming, attractive. She lights up a room. Moves, speaks, and reacts quickly.

CORPORAL CLIVE WINTON: (20-35) American. Rather dashing, with a devil-may-care attitude. Also must have agility.

IDA, the MAID: (20-30)  Does not suffer fools lightly but is loyal and playful enough to join in on the schemes. Must have a Cockney accent, although an Irish one could work. Must be strong enough to catch/drag/move Miss Skillon.

MISS SKILLON: (25-40) About the same age as Rev. Lionel Toop or older. Miss Skillon is the town busybody and arbitrator of all that is “correct.” Very, very British. Must be adept at physical comedy, falling, staggering, getting “slapped” etc.

THE INTRUDER: (35-60) Russian (East European) accent. He is a Russian spy and is very mysterious.

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.

THE REVEREND ARTHUR HUMPHREY: (40-60) British. A sweet man, he is slightly (and not so slightly) befuddled most of the time.

SERGEANT TOWERS: (25-35) A loud, blustery kind of man, he’s a take charge kinda guy. Must have a Cockney (or Yorkshire) type accent.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

FRANKENSTEIN HAS NO LEGS - All Puppet Players - October 6 - 28, 2017

Mary Shelly's Gothic horror story is brought to life by APP to create a theater going experience unlike anything you've seen before.

Puppets create a mood and a style that draws you in to the story of Victor and his crusade to defeat death. Along the way, he will abandon morals, values and his ethics to create a monster that will become his greatest enemy.

All Puppet Players meld their audience interaction, comedy and especially drama to bring an experience that is immersive, hilarious and beautiful.

Performance held at Playhouse on the Park at Central Arts Plaza
1850 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Phone: 602-254-2151
Box Office Hours: M-F 12pm-6pm

Show Dates: October, 2017- 6,7,13,14,20,21,26,27,28

CLICK HERE for more information and to purchase tickets when available

THE NETHER - ASU School of Film, Dance and Theatre - October 13 - 22, 2017


Written by Jennifer Haley
Directed by William Partlan

7:30 p.m., Oct. 13–14, 19–21; 2 p.m., Oct. 15, 22

Lyceum Theatre

Welcome to the Nether – a network of virtual reality realms. Plug in. Choose an identity. Indulge your every whim. In this near-future, sci-fi thriller, a young detective faces off against the creator of a virtual world that offers a disturbing brand of entertainment. “The Nether” is a tense interrogation of the darkest corners of the human imagination. (Contains unsettling content and mature themes.)

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THE COMPASS - ASU School of Film, Dance and Theatre - November 11 - 19, 2017


Written and Directed by Michael Rohd
7:30 p.m., Nov. 11, 16–18; 2 p.m., Nov. 12, 19

Paul V. Galvin Playhouse

A teenager finds herself in serious trouble after she consults a decision-making app that tells users what they would do in any situation. Should she be held responsible? Did the app make her do it? Do her motivations matter? You’re the jury in this inventive, near-future work of science fiction.

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SIX STORIES TALL - ASU School of Film, Dance and Theatre - February 9 - 18, 2018



Written by Marco Ramirez
Directed by Chris Weise
Choreographed by Melissa Britt

7:30 p.m., Feb. 9–10, 15–17; 2 p.m., Feb. 11, 18

Paul V. Galvin Playhouse

“Six Stories Tall” is a vibrant collection of hip-hop fairy tales, from mermaids and monsters to Batman and a world painted purple. This production celebrates urban culture through dance, music and storytelling.

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THE FLICK - ASU School of Film, Dance and Theatre - February 16 - 25, 2018


Written by Annie Baker
7:30 p.m., Feb. 16–17, 22–24; 2 p.m., Feb. 18, 25

Nelson Fine Arts Center 133

Winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, “The Flick” peers behind the scenes of a rundown Massachusetts movie theatre where three employees struggle with friendship, heartbreak and betrayal. “The Flick” is a hilarious and moving parable for our times.

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BY THE WAY, MEET VERA STARK - ASU School of Film, Dance and Theatre - April 13 - April 22, 2018


Written by Lynn Nottage
7:30 p.m., April 13–14, 19–21; 2 p.m., April 15, 22
Lyceum Theatre

Vera Stark, an African American maid and aspiring actress in 1930s Hollywood, sets out to land a role in a southern epic alongside her white starlet employer. Several years and several films later, Stark disappears, leaving scholars to debate her legacy, mine old interview footage for clues and examine her tangled relationships behind-the-scenes of the film that made her famous. Discover Stark’s story in this comedy that takes an irreverent look at race in Hollywood.

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Moon Mouse: A Space Odyssey - Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts - October 21, 2017

presented by Lightwire Theater

Virginia G. Piper Theater
Sat, Oct 21, 2017
11:00 am

A unique combination of art, theater and technology, Lightwire Theater is internationally recognized for its signature brand of electroluminescent artistry, poignant storytelling and creative music scores. Each Lightwire production is a marvel of innovation, utilizing custom costumes made of glowing neon wire controlled by the performer in complete darkness.

An inspiring experience that will delight audiences of all ages, Lightwire’s Moon Mouse is a cosmic adventure about celebrating differences. Marvin the Mouse wants to be popular. Constantly bullied and picked on by the “cool” rats, he is labeled as a loser and a geek. As respite from the continuous badgering, Marvin retreats into his science books and a world of fantasy. He longs to have adventures and to be the hero. Join Marvin on the space adventure of a lifetime: a trip to the surface of the moon on his homemade rocket, where he meets a strange cast of misfit creatures, learns of infinite peril, and views awesome beauty. Will Marvin make his dreams come true and experience the glory and acceptance he craves?

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David Sedaris - Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts - November 18, 2017


Orpheum Theatre
Sat, Nov 18, 2017
8:00 pm

OFFSITE EVENT: Please note that this event takes place offsite at the Orpheum Theatre in downtown Phoenix.

Orpheum Theatre: 203 W Adams St, Phoenix, AZ 85003

With sardonic wit and incisive social critiques, David Sedaris has become one of America’s pre-eminent humor writers. The great skill with which he slices through cultural euphemisms and political correctness proves that Sedaris is a master of satire and one of the most observant writers addressing the human condition today. Sedaris is the author of Barrel Fever and Holidays on Ice, as well as collections of personal essays, Naked, Me Talk Pretty One Day, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, When You Are Engulfed in Flames and Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls, each of which became an immediate best-seller. Sedaris’ new book is a collection of his diaries titled Theft by Finding: Diaries (1977–2002). His next book is David Sedaris Diaries: A Visual Compendium (October 2017, Little, Brown and Company).

Sedaris’ essays have appeared in The New Yorker, and his original radio pieces have been heard on This American Life, distributed nationally by Public Radio International and produced by WBEZ in Chicago. Among his many honors are the Thurber Prize for American Humor, Time’s “Humorist of the Year” and Grammy nominations for “Best Spoken Word” and “Best Comedy” albums.

Returning to the historic Orpheum Theatre by popular demand, Sedaris reads some of his latest works and answers questions from the audience, followed by a book signing.

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The Capitol Steps - Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts - November 24 - 25, 2017



Virginia G. Piper Theater
Fri, Nov 24 - Sat, Nov 25, 2017
Fri, 8 pm | Sat 5 pm & 8 pm

Returning for their annual Thanksgiving pilgrimage to Scottsdale, The Capitol Steps plan to bring down the House … and Senate … with their unique blend of sharp political satire set to popular music. The irreverent D.C.-based troupe pokes fun at all sides of the issues, from left to right, with fresh, up-to-the-minute material inspired by the latest headlines, scandals and more. The Steps’ performances include songs from their latest album and possible “guest appearances” by many of your favorite (or least-favorite, as the case may be) celebrity politicians.


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Sister’s Christmas Catechism The Mystery of the Magi’s Gold - Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts - December 8 - 17, 2017


Starring Patti Hannon

Stage 2
Dec 8 - 17, 2017
Fri 8:00 pm | Sat 2:00 pm & 8:00 pm | Sun 2:00 pm

In an unusually jolly mood, Sister, the tart-tongued, ruler-wielding nun, teaches her students the story of the Nativity and asks for their help to solve the greatest Christmas caper ever – who swiped the gold that those three wise men gave to Baby Jesus? Using the latest forensic technology and her uncanny ability to detect guilt, Sister creates an unforgettable living Nativity with her students to expose the culprit.

Part of the Late Nite Catechism comedies, each performance is unique and will appeal to people of all ages and faiths.

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Late Nite Catechism - Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts - January 5 - March 23, 2018



Starring Patti Hannon
Written by Vicki Quade and Maripat Donovan

Stage 2
Jan 5 - Mar 23, 2018
Friday nights at 8:00 pm

Spontaneous, clever and outrageously fun, the record-breaking Late Nite Catechism has been running every season at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts since 2000! Ruling her classroom with a razor-sharp wit, Sister teaches her students – who happen to be the audience – everything she knows about sins and saints while doling out rewards and reprimands with lightning speed.

Each Late Nite performance is unique and will appeal to people of all ages and faiths.

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Late Nite Catechism III: ’Til Death Do Us Part - Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts - January 6 - March 24, 2018


Starring Patti Hannon
Written by Maripat Donovan With Marc Silvia

Stage 2
Jan 6 - Mar 24, 2018
Saturday nights at 8:00 pm

Arizona’s favorite ruler-wielding nun, Sister, is back in the habit! In this popular sequel to the Late Nite Catechism comedies, Sister offers up the latest dogma fresh off the Internet, some hilarious lessons about love and marriage, and her own outrageous version of The Newlywed Game.

Each Late Nite performance is unique and will appeal to people of all ages and faiths.

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You’re the Top: The Songs of Cole Porter - Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts - January 18, 2018


Rob Kapilow: What Makes It Great?®

Thu, Jan 18, 2018
7:30 pm

Through his entertaining concert presentations, commentaries on NPR’s Performance Today and PBS NewsHour, books and CDs, Rob Kapilow brings the joy and wonder of classical music – and unravels some of its mysteries – to audiences of all ages and backgrounds.

Staggeringly wealthy, prodigiously gifted, yet with a shadow side the public knew little about, Cole Porter pushed the envelope of respectability and morality in the music and lyrics of his iconic songs like “You’re the Top,” “All Through the Night,” “Begin the Beguine,” “Night and Day” and “From This Moment On.” Join Rob Kapilow and singers for a thrilling exploration, examination and performance of the music and lyrics of one of Broadway’s greatest and most tragic geniuses.

“[Rob Kapilow] leaps into the void dividing music analysis from appreciation and fills it with exhilarating details and sensations.” – The New York Times

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Kelli O’Hara - Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts - January 27, 2018


Mark Cortale Presents Broadway @ Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

Featuring Seth Rudetsky as Pianist and Host

Virginia G. Piper Theater
Sat, Jan 27, 2018
8:00 pm

Mark Cortale’s Broadway @ Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts series showcases some of Broadway’s brightest stars in the Center’s intimate Virginia G. Piper Theater. Hosted by multi-talented pianist and comedian Seth Rudetsky, these cabaret-style concerts mix popular song with candid showbiz stories.

Kelli O’Hara has unequivocally established herself as one of Broadway’s great leading ladies. Her portrayal of Anna Leonowens in the critically acclaimed revival of The King and I recently garnered her a Tony Award for “Best Leading Actress in a Musical.”

Seth Rudetsky is the afternoon host on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio’s On Broadway as well as the host of Seth Speaks on SiriusXM Stars. He has played piano for more than a dozen Broadway shows, including Ragtime, Les Misérables and Phantom of the Opera, among many others.

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From "On the Town" to "West Side Story": The Theater Music of Leonard Bernstein - Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts - February 22, 2018


Rob Kapilow: What Makes It Great?®

Virginia G. Piper Theater
Thu, Feb 22, 2018
7:30 pm

Leonard Bernstein was perhaps the greatest musical polymath of the 20th century and managed to achieve staggering success in both the classical music world as well as on Broadway. In On the Town (“I Can Cook Too”), Wonderful Town (“A Little Bit in Love”) and West Side Story (“Something’s Coming,” “Maria,” “Tonight”) Bernstein created three hit Broadway shows that opened new horizons and helped set a standard that redefined what was possible for musical theater. Join Rob Kapilow and singers for an illuminating evening of performance and discussion that looks at how a great classical composer transformed the world of the Broadway musical.

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Megan Hilty - Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts - February 24, 2018


Mark Cortale Presents Broadway @ Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

Featuring Seth Rudetsky as Pianist and Host

Virginia G. Piper Theater
Sat, Feb 24, 2018
8:00 pm

Mark Cortale’s Broadway @ Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts series showcases some of Broadway’s brightest stars in the Center’s intimate Virginia G. Piper Theater. Hosted by multi-talented pianist and comedian Seth Rudetsky, these cabaret-style concerts mix popular song with candid showbiz stories.

Actress and singer Megan Hilty has earned rave reviews for her performances spanning the stage, screen and concert hall. She is most recognizable for her portrayal of seasoned triple-threat Ivy Lynn in NBC’s musical drama Smash. Hilty made her Broadway debut as Glinda in Wicked, starred as Lorelei Lee in the Encores! production of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and received high praise for her portrayal of Doralee Rhodes in Broadway’s 9 to 5: The Musical. She earned a Tony Award nomination for her role as Brooke Ashton in Noises Off. Hilty has released two albums and her solo concerts continue to sell out and receive critical acclaim, from Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center to the Kennedy Center.

Seth Rudetsky is the afternoon host on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio’s On Broadway as well as the host of Seth Speaks on SiriusXM Stars. He has played piano for more than a dozen Broadway shows, including Ragtime, Les Misérables and Phantom of the Opera, among many others.

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The TEN Tenors: Wish You Were Here - Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts - Feb 28, 2018 – March 1, 2018



Virginia G. Piper Theater
Wed, Feb 28, 2018 – Thu, Mar 1, 2018
7:30 pm

The TEN Tenors are one of Australia’s most successful touring entertainment groups, with more than 90 million people worldwide witnessing their unmistakable charm, camaraderie and vocal power. Celebrated for their wonderfully vast repertoire, breathtaking arrangements and powerful live performances, The TEN Tenors respectfully tip their hats not only to the great classical tenors and composers, but also to contemporary music’s most popular artists.

Fresh off the success of their 20th Anniversary World Tour, The TEN Tenors return with their new show, Wish You Were Here, a celebration of musical legends lost before their time. In this heartfelt tribute, Australia’s “Vocal Wonder from Down Under” (Broadway World) takes you on a feel-good journey through some of the world’s greatest hits of all time, including some of the group’s own fan favorites: classic rock anthems, current chart toppers, even soaring arias of Verdi and other traditional favorites.

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Finishing the Hat: The Songs of Stephen Sondheim - Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts - March 15, 2018


Rob Kapilow: What Makes It Great?®

Virginia G. Piper Theater
Thu, Mar 15, 2018
7:30 pm

Only a handful of artists in the 20th century redefined their fields as completely as Stephen Sondheim redefined musical theater. Yet although nearly everyone would agree that Sondheim has been the most influential innovator of the musical of the last half century, both his basic temperament and compositional style are almost directly at odds with the Broadway musical itself, and as a result perhaps no great artist’s work has been more misunderstood than Sondheim’s. Join Rob Kapilow and singers for an evening of performance and discussion that takes you deeply inside some of the most extraordinary theater music ever written, including songs like “Send in the Clowns,” “Finishing the Hat,” “Too Many Mornings” and “Getting Married Today.”

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Broadway @ Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts - March 17, 2018


presented by Mark Cortale

Special Guest to Be Announced
Featuring Seth Rudetsky as Pianist and Host

Virginia G. Piper Theater
Sat, Mar 17, 2018
8:00 pm

Mark Cortale’s Broadway @ Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts series showcases some of Broadway’s brightest stars in the Center’s intimate Virginia G. Piper Theater. Hosted by multi-talented pianist and comedian Seth Rudetsky, these cabaret-style concerts mix popular song with candid showbiz stories.

Seth Rudetsky is the afternoon host on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio’s On Broadway as well as the host of Seth Speaks on SiriusXM Stars. He has played piano for more than a dozen Broadway shows, including Ragtime, Les Misérables and Phantom of the Opera, among many others.

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Broadway @ Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts - April 7, 2018


presented by Mark Cortale

Special Guest to Be Announced
Featuring Seth Rudetsky as Pianist and Host

Virginia G. Piper Theater
Sat, Apr 7, 2018
8:00 pm

Mark Cortale’s Broadway @ Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts series showcases some of Broadway’s brightest stars in the Center’s intimate Virginia G. Piper Theater. Hosted by multi-talented pianist and comedian Seth Rudetsky, these cabaret-style concerts mix popular song with candid showbiz stories.

Seth Rudetsky is the afternoon host on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio’s On Broadway as well as the host of Seth Speaks on SiriusXM Stars. He has played piano for more than a dozen Broadway shows, including Ragtime, Les Misérables and Phantom of the Opera, among many others.

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reviews - JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT - Hale Centre Theatre

Matt Krantz (center), Alanna Kalbfleisch (far left), and cast
photo by Nick Woodward- Shaw; Lighting by Jeff A. Davis
highlights from local critics reviews - (click link at bottom of each review to read complete review)

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"Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, one of the first collaborations between composer Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyricist Tim Rice, is receiving an energetic, crowd-pleasing production from Hale Centre Theatre...The plot may be fairly predictable and simple, with minimal character development, but the show is a lot of fun with an infectious score that features a wide range of musical styles from pop to country and even calypso. ...Hale's cast is led by Matt Krantz as Joseph and Alanna Kalbfleisch as the Narrator....both deliver performances full of charm and excitement along with stellar vocals. Krantz's soaring performances of his solo songs, especially "Close Every Door," are especially moving, while Kalbfleisch's rich, warm tones are simply ravishing.
...Stephen Serna is the Elvis-loving Pharaoh whom Joseph helps, and he has a blast in the part, while Titus Kautz, Nicholas Hambruch, and Aaron Ford as Joseph's brothers Simeon, Levi and Judah, respectively, make the most of their solo songs. ...There isn't a weak link in the cast. The entire ensemble delivers high energy performances in a non-stop parade of constantly changing colorful costumes, expertly coordinated by Mary Atkinson, while delivering spirited, fun, and constantly varied choreography from Cambrian James. ...Brian Daily's set and Jeff A. Davis' lighting provide an abundance of rich, warm and bright colors. ...Full of infectious melodies and an abundance of charm, Hale's excellent cast, superb choreography, humorous yet heartfelt direction, and stellar creative elements help to overcome most of the shortcomings of this piece, providing a funny, spirited, and exceptionally winning production of the beloved musical.. " -Gil Benbrook, Talkin' Broadway (click here to read the complete review)

"...While the show tells the story of Joseph (Matt Krantz) and his colorful coat, the bulk of the lyrics are sung by its narrator, Alanna Kalbfleisch, and she’s terrific to both listen to and watch. Some of those high Lloyd Webber notes are demanding to say the least, but Kalbfleisch hits them right out of the arena while injecting a lot of new, unwritten humor into the proceedings. As a story told in song, the Lloyd Webber/Rice book is really a libretto without direction, one that gives director Cambrian James an opportunity to invent and create new settings, tailor-made for an in-the-round experience. ...Krantz, with his boy-next door, healthy good looks...has... the ballad Close Every Door,...he delivers it with all the passion and clarity the song deserves....Krantz’s powerful vocal stops the show....Stephen Serna’s Pharaoh,,,brings the house down...Supported by the non-stop energy of an outstanding ensemble who appear to be forever changing into one costume after another, Hale’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is an unrestrained, infectious theatrical experience that is over all too quickly. And try not smiling during the concluding, disco-infused, hand-clapping mega-mix. It can’t be done." -David Appleford, Valley Screen and Stage (click here to read the complete review)

cast announcement - THE LITTLE PRINCE - Youth Works at Theater Works


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Little Prince: Scarlett Abernathy
Aviator: Noah Clarke
Fox: Olivia Pratt
Rose: Lindsay Gagnon
Snake: Noah Consalvo
Geographer: Maddy Mathews
King: AJ Palubinskas
Lamplighter: Abby Palubinskas
Businessman: Trevor Benoit
Conceited Man: Alec Pursell
Ensemble: Jayla Quartullo, Nicole Hedges, Hannah Kieffer, Jayden Rodriguez, Emily Diab, Ryley Grace Youngs, Maddy Mathews, AJ Palubinskas, Abby Palubinskas, Trevor Benoit, & Alec Pursell

photos - THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME - Actor's Youth Theatre

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photos by Shanley Burk