Friday, December 2, 2022

Cast announced for BLACK NATIVITY at Black Theatre Troupe

Audition for SLEEPING BEAUTY at Valley Youth Theatre announced for December 7 & 8

Written By: Blanche Marvin, Set to Tchaikovsky’s Classic Ballet
Directed and Choreographed by: Nathalie Velasquez

For all roles: Dance Training Helpful -- while not a full ballet, there will be numerous ballet sequences. All levels welcome!


Prince – Male, age 16. Charming, charismatic, and goofy. The hero, and storyteller of the show; speaks directly with the audience (especially the children).

Ladies, Lords, Soldiers, Page– a variety of comical characters that make up the royal court.

Princess - Female, age 16. The heroine of our story.  Falls under Barbel’s evil spell, making her sleep for 100 years until a handsome prince comes to wake her up.

Emilia- The Princess’s lady-in-waiting.

King and Queen - The Princess’s kind and loving mother and father.

Cook - A bossy, impatient individual, responsible for preparing all the royal meals. Physical comedy required.

Boy – The Cook’s (rather unhelpful) young assistant. Physical comedy required.

Fairy Queen, First Fairy, Second Fairy – The good fairies who protect the infant Princess from Barbel’s evil curse.

Barbel (The Wicked Fairy) – The villain of our story. Casts an evil curse on the Princess and the kingdom.

Jester – The entertainer of the royal court. Physical comedy and dance required.


Valley Youth Theatre’s production of Sleeping Beauty is a restoration comedy, based on the play by famed children’s author Blanche Marvin (New York City’s Merri Mimes), and set to Tchaikovsky’s classic ballet. 


Auditions are in person on December 7th and 8th. Doors open at 3:30pm for registration. The audition will begin at 4:00 with a dance audition and then actors will be asked to read sides before being released. Please bring dance shoes if you have them and wear something you are comfortable moving in. You may pre-register on our website.

Approximate rehearsal dates are December 19 – December 23, 2022 and January 2-February 9, 2023, Monday through Thursday evenings and Saturdays. Before tech, evening rehearsals will be 5p - 9p; tech rehearsals will be potentially until 10pm. We understand that some students may have conflicts where they may miss rehearsals, must arrive late or leave early. However, cast members will not be able to miss rehearsals during tech week or the run of the show. Tech rehearsals start February 4, opening night is February 10, 2023 and runs through February 26, 2022 with several weekday matinees for schools in addition to the traditional evening and weekend performances.

For more information, a full schedule, and pre-registration, please visit

Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Video Audition Submissions due by December 2 for THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG at Limelight Performing Arts

The Play that Goes Wrong! 

Audition Videos Due December 2
Callbacks December 4

Rehearsals Begin January 11

Performances February 25-March 5. 2023

The Phoenix Theatre Company debuts a new concert series with THE MERRIEST with Trisha Ditsworth and Matravius Avent this December

The Phoenix Theatre Company Launches Concert Series with Jazzy Holiday Experience

The Phoenix Theatre Company debuts a new concert series this December with The Merriest. Valley favorites Trisha Ditsworth and Matravius Avent take to the stage for an enchanting evening of show tunes, standards, and holiday surprises. The Merriest limited engagement runs Dec. 15, 2022 - Dec. 18, 2022 and Dec. 20, 2022 - Dec. 23, 2022 at the Hormel Theatre for 8 shows only. 

The Merriest includes timeless favorites such as "It Had To Be You," " My Favorite Things," "The Man With The Bag," and "Cool Yule." Phoenix audiences will be charmed by this one-of-a-kind jazzy holiday showcase. "We absolutely love performing together and we hope audiences will leave humming and tapping their toes," said Trisha. "We have added dance elements into our show for a splash of fun, some tapping, and Fred and Ginger style movement that we choreograph ourselves."

Married couple Matravius Avent and Trisha Ditsworth are Phoenix-based artists and veterans of The Phoenix Theatre Company stage with over 20 shows between them. Favorites include Memphis, where the couple met for the first time, Something Rotten, My Way, Mary Poppins, Rent, Camelot, The Toxic Avenger, and The Sound of Music. Both artists have been lucky to travel the US and abroad performing in places such as Japan, Singapore, Europe and the Caribbean via cruise ships, tours and concerts. 

When not performing, Trisha enjoys teaching private voice and acting lessons, directing, and painting. 

This year has been incredibly special for the couple as they welcomed their son Lennox into the world.

Tickets for The Merriest limited engagement are on sale now. To purchase, call (602) 254-2151 or visit

This is the first of four scheduled concert performances with the rest scheduled throughout 2023.

*Denotes members of Actors’ Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers