Monday, September 30, 2019

WEEK AT A GLANCE: September 30-October 6

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THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME 
The Phoenix Theatre Company 
October 9-November 10, 2019

THE WIZARD OF OZ 
Don Bluth Front Row Theatre 
October 10 - November 16, 2019

HELLO, DOLLY! 
Hale Centre Theatre 
October 10, 2019-November 23, 2019

THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK 
Stage Left Productions 
October 11-20, 2019

DISNEY'S FROZEN, JR 
Greasepaint Youth Theatre 
October 11-20, 2019

THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE 
MCC Theatre & Film Arts 
October 11-October 19, 2019

THE CRUCIBLE 
TheaterWorks 
October 11-27, 2019

THEY CHOSE ME 
Valley Youth Theatre 
October 11-27, 2019

SWEENEY TODD 
Arizona Broadway Theatre 
October 11-November 9, 2019

OLEANNA 
Scottsdale Desert Stages Theatre 
October 11-November 17, 2019

Oh Solo Wainwright: An Evening with Rufus 
Scottsdale Center For The Performing Arts 
October 12, 2019

BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON 

ASU Cast to Record Official Cast Album of the New Musical, THE ANXIETY PROJECT



Musical Theatre Writers RACHEL DEAN and DAVID BRUSH and Arizona State University Music Theatre and Opera are excited to announce the official cast album to be recorded and released for the new musical, The Anxiety Project. In a partnership that began with a staged concert reading with ASU students in 2018 and again as part of the Phoenix Theatre Company’s New Works Festival, the journey comes full circle with a cast of ASU students and musicians originating the roles for the official cast album of the piece to be available for purchase and streaming in 2020.

THE ANXIETY PROJECT official description: “Grad student Avery is in her final graduate semester and in just a few short weeks, she will earn her doctorate in psychology and open her own practice. That’s assuming she finishes her thesis – a study of the mechanics of mental illness and how science can change lives. Case after case, Avery becomes immersed in the lives of these patients – the day-to-day struggles with anxiety, depression, suicide and medication. When one of the cases hits very close to home, Avery realizes that numbers only tell part of the story of mental illness. Based on TRUE stories of REAL survivors and sufferers, The Anxiety Project is a deeply honest and hard-hitting look at mental health in America and the ways in which we are called to engage in an epidemic age.”
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“Powerful. Painful. Beautiful. [The Anxiety Project] is an exploration of mental illness that we all need to experience” – Rebecca Rudnyk, Yab-Yum Music and Arts, Phoenix

“The book, music, lyrics and overall storytelling [Dean and Brush] create are superb and everything I think this artform can accomplish” – Kevin David Thomas (Broadway’s A Little Night Music and Les Miserables; Behind The Curtain podcast)

THE WRITERS:
DAVID BRUSH (Book and Lyrics) As producer: Off-Broadway - Hot Mess In Manhattan; Regional - Pump Up The Volume, The Consequences, Spring Awakening, 20Something. As director: Regional premieres of Next Thing You Know, Rent, 35mm: A Musical Exhibition, The Last Five Years, Tick Tick Boom. As writer: Summer of My German Soldier (American Harmony Prize 2014, Chicago Stages Finalist, London Concert Premiere) and The Big Picture (Music by Jim Farley), The Anxiety
Project, Amelia, and The Freaking Out of Emily Preston (Music by Rachel Dean). David
graduated from Regent University with an MA in Theatre as well as having assisted in
the development of over 15 new musicals including the development residency of Hot
Mess in Manhattan and work with many contemporary musical theatre writers. Most
recently, David served as director/musical director/conductor for award-winning regional
productions of Joseph…, Once On This Island, Children Of Eden, Aida, Big Fish, The
Drowsy Chaperone, Reasons To Be Pretty, Freaky Friday and over 30 others. David is
a member of The Dramatists Guild, theatre critic for the League of Cincinnati Theatres
(LCT), and faculty member in musical theatre at several universities.

RACHEL DEAN is a New York City-based composer, pianist, and music director. She is
a pianist for Hamilton and Moulin Rouge on Broadway, and has collaborated alongside
the likes of Luis Salgado, Brandon Uranowitz, Alysha Umphress, and Jennifer
Jancuska. An ASCAP award recipient, Rachel’s work has been performed in New York,
Tokyo, Miami, Ohio, Arizona, and New Jersey. Other musicals in development include
Amelia (with Brush), Medusa (with Wes Braver), and The Ballad of Janis Matthews and
the Dodo Scouts (with Giancarlo Rodaz). Rachel is a member of ASCAP and AFM
Local 802.

HISTORY: The Anxiety Project was created through a blog series on Ryan Scott
Oliver’s Crazytown: An Artist’s Asylum in which sufferers of anxiety/depression were
asked to anonymously submit their stories for Rachel Dean and David Brush to develop
into songs/scenes. Of the large amount of material presented, these real stories were
crafted down to a roughly 90-minute thematic concept musical. The songs were first
presented through Growing Pains – a developmental concert through Area Stage
Company in Miami, Florida (May 2015). After the concert, a full book was developed for
the show and was presented in a 10-day lab and staged reading with Queen City Queer
Theatre Collective in Cincinnati, Ohio under the direction of Lindsey Mercer (June
2016). Ms. Mercer directed a second staged reading with QCQTC with new changes in
October 2016. In February 2017, New York Film Academy in Manhattan presented a
more developed staged presentation under the direction of Robert Schneider (Memphis,
regional premiere) with musical direction by Kevin David Thomas (A Little Night Music,
Les Miserables, Broadway). In 2018, the show received further development with
Gotta2 Productions in Tokyo, Japan, Rubber City Theatre (Akron, Ohio) and as an
official selection of the Phoenix Theatre Festival of New American Theatre.

PERSONNEL: Directed by Kate Leonard; Orchestrations by Benedict Braxton-Smith.
The Anxiety Project features performances by Kade Bailey, Hahnna Christianson,
Griffin Leblanc Sara Louise, Gretta Perlmutter, Nellie Shuford, Gigi Sierra and
Cade Trotter; to be recorded at Tempest Recording Studios, engineered by Clarke
Rigsby. Produced by ASU Music Theatre and Opera - Brian DeMaris, Artistic
Director.

THE ANXIETY PROJECT
Book and lyrics by David Brush
Music by Rachel Dean

For more information:
www.deanandbrush.com
https://music.asu.edu/music-theatre-and-opera

ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY MUSIC THEATRE AND OPERA….
The Music Theatre and Opera program in the School of Music at Arizona State
University’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts is committed to preparing
outstanding music theatre and opera artists for professional careers in the 21st century.
Through expert individual and classroom instruction, the production of operas and
musicals, student-led workshops, new work development, research opportunities,
dynamic community engagement, and multiple professional collaborations, we foster a
creative, student-centered environment that enables students to discover who they are
as individuals and artists, at their own pace, in their own unique way, at the highest
level.

reviews - RATHMINES ROAD - Theatre Artists Studio

Larah Pawlowski, Benjamin Rojek, Anne Vogel, Tom Koelbel and Lidia Lei Koelbel
Photo by Mark Gluckman
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 October 20th 

"With the rise of the #metoo movement over the past few years, many women have come forward to speak out about how they were victims of sexual harassment, assault and rape. While their stories are emotionally heartbreaking, there are also some people who question their motives or how truthful their memories are and also wonder why they didn't speak out right after the incident happened instead of waiting years or even decades later to bring up the horrific incidents of their past. Deirdre Kinahan's 2018 play Rathmines Road, is a painful reminder of the reality of these situations and why so many women choose not to speak out about these events right after they happen. The piece makes its American premiere at Theatre Artists Studio in a moving production with an emotionally fraught, believable, and heart-wrenching performance by Larah Pawlowski as a woman confronted by memories from her past...." -Gil Benbrook, Talkin' Broadway (click here to read the complete review)

"Larah Pawlowski seethes in a pressure-cooker of a performance as Sandra, a woman whose long-suppressed memory of one night's ordeal is unlocked during an evening of explosive confrontations.
However, in Deirdre Kinahan's cathartic play, RATHMINES ROAD (at Theatre Artists Studio through October 20th), no character is left untouched by Sandra's torment, nor are the salient issues of rape, gender discrimination, and accountability left unaddressed. The Dublin-based playwright, acclaimed for her intense personal dramas, has guaranteed an evening of high stakes encounters ~ and the cast of The Studio delivers on that guarantee.... - Herbert Paine, Broadway World (click here to read the complete review)

photos - EVIL DEAD, THE MUSICAL - Brelby Theatre Company

CLICK HERE for more information on this production, which runs through October 13







photos by Sarah Bary

promo photos - DISNEY'S FROZEN, JR - Greasepaint Youth Theatre

CLICK HERE for more information on this production, which runs October 11-20



photos by Laura Durant

Arizona Equity Actors Form Coalition


Theatre community struggles to secure proper sustaining capital to operate after the Great Recession of 2008.

  • Several prominent professional theatre companies in the Valley close their doors.
  • Producers struggle to find the financing to pay union actors a living wage with health and pension benefits.
  • Arizona members of the union of professional actors (Actors’ Equity Association) form a grassroots movement to find a positive solution to these challenges.
  • Arizona Equity Member Coalition (AZEMC)is comprised of Arizona Equity members who are united to increase awareness, promote, expand, nurture and help sustain Arizona theatre companies that provide union contracts, thereby increasing opportunities for local Equity artists.

Actors’ Equity artists make a vital contribution to the arts scene in Arizona. Theatre companies contract with Actors Equity Association in order to provide artists a living wage, contribute to their health insurance and pension plans as well as provide a safe, comfortable, working environment with fair and equitable working conditions. These theatre companies understand that the very product they present to the public is the result of the craft, training, experience, and hard work of the artists they employ. They are not only contributing to the artistic landscape of our community, but the economic engine of our city as well.

We are experiencing a time of renewed dedication by many theatre companies across our state to commit to finding ways to begin using Equity contracts in their productions or increase the number of contracts they currently use. However, these companies need support in order to keep up the momentum. That is where AZEMC comes in. We will work to find creative ways to promote the work of local Equity artists to the general public and celebrate, support and encourage those theatre companies that provide those artists Equity contracts.

This is not prepared or endorsed by Actors’ Equity Association and the views and positions expressed herein do not necessarily reflect those of AEA.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON AZEMC:

Join our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/azequitycoalition/

Instagram: @azequitycoalition

Neon Cactus Playhouse presents Big Shows....small box


Neon Cactus Playhouse, a new theater in Phoenix, Arizona, will be presenting a musical cabaret called Big Shows...small box on Friday, October 11 and Saturday, October 12. This production will be Neon Cactus's debut show and will act as a fundraiser for future productions. The two performances will take place outside at the Alwun House Foundation in Downtown Phoenix.

Big shows...small box will act as an event that is both social and entertaining. With doors opening at 6 PM, the first hour will include hor d'oeuvres, pre-show entertainment and a cash bar. The cabaret will begin at 7 PM and showcase the biggest production numbers from the most elaborate musical productions from around the world. With a diverse, unique and talented cast, this show will amaze audiences while the cast entertains on a tiny stage.

"This cabaret is not a traditional musical and we're really trying to change the way theater is being done in Phoenix by being fearless." says George Canady, DIrector of Big Shows...small box, "We want to invite everyone in town to this cabaret to let them know Neon Cactus Playhouse is new theater aiming to celebrate the arts, local talent and diversity that Phoenix has to offer."

The long-term goal of Neon Cactus is to grow to become a major force in the local community theater venue, and as a regional theater that serves audiences throughout the Valley and beyond. There will be a year-round season of productions and they will be constantly looking for opportunities to grow. Neon Cactus Playhouse contributions will be a new, exciting and magical contribution to Phoenician Community Theater.

Neon Cactus mission will strive to develop an inclusive environment for artists while creating immersive performances for theatergoers to deepen and enrich the theatrical experience.

For more information about Big Shows...small box or Neon Cactus Playhouse, please visit https://www.neoncactusphx.com.

OPENING NIGHT: -Friday, October 11 at 6 p.m.

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE: -Friday (10/11) & Saturday (10/12) at 7 p.m.

WHERE: -Alwun House Foundation: -1204 E Roosevelt St, Phoenix, AZ 8500606, USA

TICKETS: -$50 at admission.

cast features:

Joshua Michel

Jackie Horm

Luz Navarro

Elizabeth Bridgewater

Nicholas Gearing

Ryan Malikowski

Adam Gobeski

Benjamin Mosedale

Brenna Jackson

Alex Hansen

Kelly Swope

Christine Young

Sarai Phillips-Dunlap

Jackie Shantie

Alicia Ferrin

Dawn Rendell

Brianne Gobeskie

April Rideout



DUTCHMAN - Tempe Center for the Arts - October 4-19, 2019


Tempe Center for the Arts kicks off its 2019-20 TCA Presents season with the regional premiere of DUTCHMAN, an emotionally fraught and incendiary play, by LeRoi Jones / Amiri Baraka, Oct. 4–19, 2019.

Set on a New York subway, DUTCHMAN, centers on an encounter between a politically moderate, middle-class black man and a liberal white woman who match wits in a sexualized game of cat and mouse that leads them into a violent conclusion. The searing confrontation amplifies the dimensions of racial conflict in America.

The play, “a 1964 one-act whose flinty racial dialogue can still be counted on to produce sparks, is about white rubbing against black, hope against reality, and languid desire against fervent ambition.” – The Washington Post

DUTCHMAN features Shae Kennedy Leonard as “Lula,” Calvin Worthen as “Clay,” and Cornelius Williams as “Conductor.” Ralph Remington, TCA Producing Artistic Director, will direct.

“It’s an honor to bring this work to Arizona audiences,” Remington says. “I hope that it will inspire thoughtful and spirited conversations leading to decisive action.”

The production runs Oct. 4–19, 2019 at Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy, Tempe, AZ  85281. Tickets are $25 ($10 for Preview performances Oct. 4-10) and are on sale at tempecenterforthearts.com, the TCA Box Office or by calling (480) 350-2822.

DUTCHMAN CAST

Shae Kennedy Leonard, "Lula"
Calvin Worthen, "Clay"
Cornelius Williams, “Conductor”

DUTCHMAN PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE:
Fri., Oct. 4, 2019 at 7:30 pm (preview)
Sat., Oct. 5, 2019 at 7:30 pm (preview)
Thurs., Oct. 10, 2019 at 7:30 pm (preview)
Fri., Oct. 11, 2019 at 7:30 pm – OPENING NIGHT
Sat., Oct. 12, 2019 at 7:30 pm
Thurs., Oct. 17, 2019 at 7:30 pm
Fri., Oct. 18, 2019 at 7:30 pm
Sat., Oct. 19, 2019 at 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm

Saturday, September 28, 2019

cast announcement - THE ROYALE - Arizona Theatre Company

CLICK HERE for more information on this production, which runs October 3-20

Jay: Bechir Sylvain*
Wynton: Edwin Lee Gibson*
Nina: Erica Chamblee*
Fish: Roberto Antonio Martin*
Max: Peter Howard*

Michael John Garc├ęs^: Director
Dom Ruggiero*: Stage Manager
Misha Kachman♦: Scenic Designer
Sarita Fellows♦: Costume Designer
Allen Willner: Lighting Designer
Brian Jerome Peterson: Sound Designer
Judy Bowman, CSA: Casting Director
Michael Gutierrez: Boxing Consultant
Marco Ramirez: Playwright

*Denotes members of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

OLD JEWS TELLING JOKES - Herberger Theater Center - December 25-January 19, 2020


“OLD JEWS TELLING JOKES,” AN EVENING IN THE CATSKILLS WITH JOKES, SKITS, SONG AND DANCE; NATIONAL TOURING PRODUCTION

December 25-January 19, 2020 at Herberger Theater Center

Philip Roger Roy and Playhouse Productions, Inc. announce a limited engagement of the off Broadway hit Old Jews Telling Jokes at the Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe in Phoenix. The national touring production will open on Christmas Day, Wed., Dec. 25 at 7 pm and continue through Sun., January 19, 2020.

Old Jews Telling Jokes, created by Peter Gethers and Daniel Okrent and directed by Jeremy Quinn, has been called a “pickle-barrel full of giggles” and showcases five actors in a revue-type production that pays tribute to and reinvents classic jokes of the past and present.

It celebrates the rich tradition of Jewish humor and “all the rabbis, complaining wives, fed-up husbands, patience-challenged physicians, gossiping ladies, and competitive men’ populating it,” said Producer Philip Roger Roy.

The humor is suggestive and even raunchy as the ‘Old Jews’ make fun of themselves as well as followers of every other religion.

“Think Catskills comedy with jokes, songs, stories, skits, and routines,” Roy added. “The humor is reminiscent of the great Jewish comedians from Buddy Hackett and Alan King to Tom Lehrer, and more.”

Warning: Adult (Bawdy) Humor. Not for audiences under 21.

“A non-stop laugh fest.” – The Huffington Post

“Hilarious ... magnificent, enduring rhythm of Jewish humor!” – The New York Times


Wed. at 7 pm; Thurs. at 2 pm and 7 pm, Fri. at 8 pm, Sat. at 2 pm and 8 pm, and Sun. at 2 pm. 
Added show on Tues., Dec. 31st (New Year's Eve) at 8 pm. 
There is no performance on Wed. Jan. 1st.

Ticket prices range from $45-65 and may be purchased online at www.PlayhouseInfo.com, by phone at 602-252-8497 or at the Herberger Theater box office.

For group sales information, for groups of 12+ call (888) 264-1788.

Friday, September 27, 2019

cast announcement - PICASSO AT THE LAPIN AGILE - Phoenix College


CLICK HERE for more information on this production, which runs September 26-29

Tony Potts                          Freddy

Alex Horta                          Gaston

Gracie Gabriella Ruiz      Germaine

Elliott McVeigh                  Albert Einstein

Leah Reid                           Suzanne

Karime Mar Chavez         Sagot

Hamblet Lemus               Pablo Picasso

Kris Ludlow                      Charles Dabernow Schmendiman

Sterling Wade                  The Countess/A Female Admirer

Michael Esparza             A Visitor

East Valley Children's Theatre presents East Valley Kids Got Talent, October 1, 2019


East Valley Children's Theatre presents East Valley Kids Got Talent

October 1, 2019, 6pm
Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa

Applications are now being accepted for the first annual East Valley Kids Got Talent contest, hosted by East Valley Children's Theatre. This is a competition open to all kids in the valley ages 5-18. Show off your skills dancing, singing, acting, comedy, magic and more! Contests will be judged by a panel of artists. 

COST: $10 for 1-2 performers, $25 for 3-more performers

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Call Katie at 480-756-3828 or go register at https://evct.org/store/east-valley-kids-got-talent-.html

cast announcement - MAN OF LA MANCHA - Fountain Hills Theater


CLICK HERE for more information on this production, which runs November 8-24

Don Quixote: Peter Hill
Sancho: Roy Hunt
Padre: Michael Wallot
Barber: Henry Male
Governor/Innkeeper: Clayton Peterson
Aldonza: Kathleen Berger
Antonia: Kori Stearns
Housekeeper: Cynthia Elek
The Duke/Dr. Carassco: Roger Prenger
Pedro/Head Muleteer: Alex N Gonzalez
Anselmo/Muleteer: Tom Mangum
(Understudy-Duke/Carassco): Tom Mangum
Maria-the Innkeepers Wife: Meghan Ramos


promo photos - DISNEY'S FROZEN, JR. - East Valley Children's Theatre

CLICK HERE for more information on this production, which runs September 26-October 6




photos by Penrod Photography

audition notice - A WINNIE-THE-POOH CHRISTMAS TAIL - Valley Youth Theatre - October 15 & 16


Auditions: October 15 & 16, 2019
Callbacks: TBD
Rehearsals begin as early as October 21, 2019
Tech: November 30 – December 5, 2019
HopeKids: December 5, 2019

Public Performances:
Friday, December 6, 2019 at 7:00pm
Saturdays & Sundays December 7, 8, 14, 15, 22, 2019 at 12:30p & 3:00pm
Saturday, December 21, 2019 at 11am, 1:30pm, & 4:00pm
Monday, December 23, 2019 at 10am and 12:30pm

TBA:
Friday, December 13, 2019 at 7pm
Friday, December 20, 2019 at 7pm

School Shows:
Thursdays, December 12 & 19, 2019 @ 9:30AM & 11:30AM


Synopsis

A very special Friend-and-Relation tells Christopher Robin a story of a Christmas Eve very long ago (about last year) when Eeyore, the old gray donkey who lives by himself in the thistle corner of Hundred-Acre Wood, was absolutely miserable. It seems that he lost his tail and Winnie-the-Pooh and Piglet got all of their friends and a search was organized. There is a great deal of fun and excitement, plus delightful songs, in the adventure that follows. Its theme, which concerns caring, sharing and the importance of cultivating friends, makes this a very special and enchanting musical suitable for any occasion. Book, music and lyrics by James W. Rodgers. Inspired by A.A. Milne's Winnie-the-Pooh.

Characters

Christopher Robin
Pooh
Piglet
Kanga
Roo
Rabbit
Owl
Tigger
Eeyore
Woodland Friends

For more information about auditions: https://www.vyt.com/auditions/audition-and-casting-faq/ and https://www.vyt.com/auditions/upcoming-auditions/ or email our Production Stage Manager at stagemanager@vyt.com

promo photos - FOUR WEDDINGS AND AN ELVIS - Starlight Community Theatre






photos courtesy Starlight Community Theatre

audition notice - Singers, Musicians, Dancers and Specialty performers - Brock Pro Entertainment - October 4


Brock Pro Entertainment is Phoenix, Az's newest concert and event company. Bringing fresh new energy and talent to concerts, cabarets and customized events throughout the valley and the world! Seeking submissions from singers, musicians, dancers, specialty performers (ie: jugglers, magicians, pupetters, ect) ages 18+

LOCATION: Scottsdale Desert Stages Theatre

DATE: October 4th 2019

TIME: 5pm-8pm

VOCALISTS- Please prepare TWO (2) 16-32 bar selctions that show of your very best vocal performace.

DANCERS- Please prepare a 1 minute selection that shows of your best style of dance.

MUSICIANS- Please email Lynzee@BrockPro.org for submission materials ( Do not Sign up for an Audition time)

ALL- Please come with an updated headshot and resume.

PLEASE EMAIL LYNZEE@BROCKPRO.ORG to receive your audition time.

Thursday, September 26, 2019

review - MISS SAIGON - National Tour: ASU Gammage

Anthony Festa and Emily Bautista
Photo by Matthew Murphy
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 29.

"..While Miss Saigon plays somewhat into stereotypical portrayals, it has a score rich with soaring ballads and a simple yet heartbreaking story about a young Asian woman and a white American soldier who find each other toward the end of the Vietnam War. With a fantastic cast and visually stunning creative aspects, the touring production is quite impressive...Emily Bautista is powerful and emotionally thrilling as Kim. Her singing voice is rich and bright and soars with emotion fused into every lyric...As The Engineer, Red Concepcion is full of energy and charisma...Chris is haunted by the events of his past, and Anthony Festa does a very good job in providing some layers to the character. His singing voice is exceptional ...Seeing Miss Saigon today, the plot seems somewhat more predictable and melodramatic from when I first saw it almost thirty years ago. I also wonder if the fact that the Vietnam War is now 30 years further behind us and that Vietnam is now a vacation destination has softened some of the emotional relevance of the time period and the feeling an audience now has concerning the impact the war had on the Vietnamese people. Fortunately, the musical is still moving, especially in the arc of Kim's character and the intense hope she has that Chris will return, and there is a stirring theatrical sense about the show in the way the structure of the plot uses shifts in time and flashbacks to advance the narrative and how many scenes explode into elaborate production numbers. Also, while it's an epic romance of two young people set against the historical event of the end of the Vietnam War and the fall of Saigon in 1975, the issues and topics it focuses on, from the plight of the immigrants trying to find a better future for themselves to America's involvement in other country's wars, and the subjugation of women, are still incredibly relevant today. " -Gil Benbrook, Talkin' Broadway (click here to read the complete review)

audition notice - HOPE FOR THE HOLIDAYS: A VERY USO CHRISTMAS - Pinnacle Creative Arts - October 11


Pinnacle Creative Arts is excited to announce an all new PCA original production!

Introducing Hope for the Holidays: A Very USO Christmas!

This swingin' show will be a reminiscent flashback to the WWII era and the performances put on by Hollywood's top talent for our men fighting over seas.

Featuring hits like "Boogie-Woogie Bugle Boy", originally sung by the Andrews Sisters and "Thanks for the Memory" by Bob Hope, it's sure to be a boppin' good time!

Join us for auditions (ages 8-19) on October 11th!

Sign up and info at www.pinnaclecreativearts.com/pca/

promo photo - RATHMINES ROAD - Theatre Artists Studio

CLICK HERE for more information on this production, which runs September 27-October 20

Larah Pawlowski, Benjamin Rojek, Anne Vogel, Tom Koelbel and Lidia Lei Koelbel
Photo by Mark Gluckman

male actor needed to play George Bailey in IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE at Don Bluth Front Row Theatre


Male actor (25-50) needed to play George Bailey in Don Bluth Front Row Theatre's production of It's a Wonderful Life.

It’s A Wonderful Life runs November 28th– December 30th.  Performances are Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights at 7:00pm. There are 2:00pm matinees on Saturdays.

A stipend of $200 will be provided. Dispersal will be discussed during the first rehearsal.

Send email to msktbelle@yahoo.com if you are interested in auditioning

cast announcement - THE WIZARD OF OZ - Scottsdale Desert Stages Theatre


CLICK HERE for more information on this production, which runs October 26-November 3

Munchkin/Emerald City Citizen/ Winkie: Alfonso Ava
Coroner/Emerald City Citizen/Winkie(Sunday)/Emerald City Citizen/Winkie(Saturday): Andersen Chase
Nikko/Munchkin/Jitterbug (Sunday)/ Munchkin/Jitterbug/Flying Monkey (Saturday): Anderson Ellie
Lion (Saturday)/ Zeke/Munchkin/Jitterbug/Flying Monkey (Sunday): Armstrong Kara
Apple Tree 3/ Munchkin/Emerald City Citizen/Winkie (Saturday)/Munchkin/Emerald City Citizen/Winkie (Sunday): Arriola Gabriela
City Father 1/Emerald City Citizen/Winkie(Saturday)/Munchkin/Emerald City Citizen/Winkie (Sunday): Bain Rebecca
Apple Tree 1/ Munchkin/Emerald City Citizen/Winkie (Sunday)/Munchkin/Emerald City Citizen/Winkie (Saturday): Balcells CiCi
Munchkin/Emerald City Citizen/ Winkie: Bates Bethany
Optimistic Voice/Munchkin/Crow/Flying Monkey: Bates Tayla
Tough Guys/Emerald City Citizen/ Winkie: Bates Levi
Uncle Henry/ Emerald City Citizen/ Winkie: Bates Tony
Winkie Guard Leader/Munchkin/Emerald City Citizen (Saturday)/Munchkin/Emerald City Citizen/Winkie (Sunday): Bowden Taylor
Optimistic Voice/Munchkin/Crow/Flying Monkey: Brandon Lyla
Doorman/Munchkin/Winkie Guard: Campos Sophia
Mayor of the Munchkins/Emerald City Citizen/Winkie(Sunday)/Emerald City Citizen/Winkie(Saturday): Cardenas Mary
Glinda (Saturday)/Munchkin/Jitterbug/Flying Monkey (Sunday): Clore Rylie
Miss Gulch/Emerald City Citizen/Winkie(Saturday)/Munchkin/Emerald City Citizen/Winkie(Sunday): Crown Sophia
Munchkin 1/ Emerald City Citizen/ Flying Monkey (Saturday)/Munchkin/Jitterbug/Flying Monkey (Sunday): Donnally Grier
City Father 2/Emerald City Citizen/Winkie(Sunday)Munchkin/Emerald City Citizen/Winkie (Saturday): Donsker Elsie
Aunt Em/Jitterbug (Saturday)/ Munchkin/Jitterbug/Flying Monkey (Sunday): Evans Allie
Coroner/Emerald City Citizen/Winkie(Saturday)/Emerald City Citizen/Winkie(Sunday): Falcusan Jude
Scarecrow (Saturday)/ Hunk/Munchkin/Jitterbug/Flying Monkey (Sunday): Feldman Olivia Rose
Apple Tree 1/ Munchkin/Emerald City Citizen/Winkie (Saturday)/Munchkin/Emerald City Citizen/Winkie (Sunday): Feliciano Grace
Miss Gulch/Emerald City Citizen/Winkie(Sunday)/Munchkin/Emerald City Citizen/Winkie(Saturday): Finder Megan
Optimistic Voice/Munchkin/Crow/Flying Monkey: Galakatos Sinclair
Mayor of the Munchkins/Emerald City Citizen/Winkie(Saturday)/Emerald City Citizen/Winkie(Sunday): Gottfredson Julia
Tot/Emerald City Citizen/ Winkie: Gottfredson Emily
Dorothy (Saturday)/ Munchkin/Jitterbug/Flying Monkey (Sunday): Granger Brynn
Nikko/Munchkin/Jitterbug (Saturday)/ Munchkin/Jitterbug/Flying Monkey (Sunday): Hartstein Bridget
Scarecrow (Sunday)/ Hunk/Munchkin/Jitterbug/Flying Monkey (Saturday): Hassler Sydney
Aunt Em/Jitterbug (Sunday)/ Munchkin/Jitterbug/Flying Monkey (Saturday): Hendricksen Alexa
Wicked Witch (Saturday)/Munchkin/Emerald City Citizen/ Winkie(Sunday): Herek Ashleigh
Barrister/Emerald City Citizen/Winkie (Saturday)/MunchkinEmerald City Citizen/Winkie (Sunday): Hodgins Bailey
Ozian Guard/Munchkin/Winkie: Hoelzen Ava
Dorothy (Sunday)/ Munchkin/Jitterbug/Flying Monkey (Saturday): Horvath Baylee
Munchkin/Emerald City Citizen/ Winkie: Jaeggi Layla
Munchkin/Emerald City Citizen/ Winkie: Jaeggi Beckett
Optimistic Voice/Munchkin/Crow/Flying Monkey: Johnson Cate
Munchkin/Emerald City Citizen/ Winkie: Kalweit Marielena
Munchkin 2/ Emerald City Citizen/Winkie(Sunday)/Munchkin/Emerald City Citizen/Winkie (Saturday): LeVine Cash
Toto (Saturday)/Munchkin/Emerald City Citizen/ Winkie(Sunday): Lopezlira McKenzie
Wizard (Saturday)/Munchkin/Emerald City Citizen/ Winkie(Sunday): Luckey Isaac
Apple Tree 2/ Munchkin/Emerald City Citizen/Winkie (Saturday)/Munchkin/Emerald City Citizen/Winkie (Sunday): Mikalsky Grace
Tough Guys/Emerald City Citizen/ Winkie: Moran Lucas
Glinda (Sunday)/Munchkin/Jitterbug/Flying Monkey (Saturday): Morelli Ella
Munchkin/Emerald City Citizen/ Winkie: Neal Noelle
Munchkin/Emerald City Citizen/ Winkie: Neal Natalie
City Father 1/Emerald City Citizen/Winkie(Sunday)Munchkin/Emerald City Citizen/Winkie (Saturday): Nehmeh  Nora
Munchkin 1/ Emerald City Citizen/ Flying Monkey (Sunday)/Munchkin/Jitterbug/Flying Monkey (Saturday): Ngo Neila
Munchkin/Emerald City Citizen/ Winkie: Ngo Harlow
Tot/Emerald City Citizen/ Winkie: Ngo Simone
Munchkin 2/ Emerald City Citizen/Winkie(Saturday)/Munchkin/Emerald City Citizen/Winkie (Sunday): O'Brien Brianna
City Father 2/Emerald City Citizen/Winkie(Saturday)/Munchkin/Emerald City Citizen/Winkie (Sunday): O'Connor Cassidy
Wizard (Sunday)/Munchkin/Emerald City Citizen/ Winkie(Saturday): Patriquin Ash
Tough Guys/Emerald City Citizen/ Winkie: Phillips Kendall
Tinman(Saturday)/ Hickory/Munchkin/Jitterbug/Flying Monkey (Sunday): Price Jake
Tot/Emerald City Citizen/ Winkie: Rao Kimaya
Apple Tree 2/ Munchkin/Emerald City Citizen/Winkie (Sunday)/Munchkin/Emerald City Citizen/Winkie (Saturday): Ringer Kate
Tinman (Sunday)/ Hickory/Munchkin/Jitterbug/Flying Monkey (Saturday): Roga Ethan
Tough Guys/Emerald City Citizen/ Winkie: Schwartz Danica
Toto (Sunday)/Munchkin/Emerald City Citizen/ Winkie(Saturday): Seidensticker Ava
Optimistic Voice/Munchkin/Crow/Flying Monkey: Stevenson Marlow
Wicked Witch (Sunday)/Munchkin/Emerald City Citizen/ Winkie(Saturday): Stinnett Samantha
Optimistic Voice/Munchkin/Crow/Flying Monkey: Thomas Farrah
Apple Tree 3/ Munchkin/Emerald City Citizen/Winkie (Sunday)/Munchkin/Emerald City Citizen/Winkie (Saturday): Wallace Isabel
Barrister/Emerald City Citizen/Winkie (Sunday)/MunchkinEmerald City Citizen/Winkie (Saturday): Wong Bianca
Winkie Guard Leader/Munchkin/Emerald City Citizen (Sunday)/Munchkin/Emerald City Citizen/Winkie (Saturday): Wong Isabella
Lion (Sunday)/ Zeke/Munchkin/Jitterbug/Flying Monkey (Saturday): Zeeb Xander
Tot/Emerald City Citizen/ Winkie: Zeeb Emmie