Monday, May 16, 2022

photos - ASSASSINS - Stray Cat Theatre

photos by John Groseclose

Reviews - JUSTICE - Arizona Theatre Company

Joan Ryan, Chanel Bragg, and Nancy Opel
Photo by Tim Fuller

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 May 22

"...a new musical that focuses on the Arizona hero, former Supreme Court justice Sandra Day O'Connor. However, O'Connor isn't the only focus in this musical, as Justice is fashioned as a way to connect the present to the past by linking an African American female judge going through her Supreme Court Senate confirmation hearing in present times to the groundbreaking work that O'Connor did as the first woman on the highest court in America, as well as the contributions of the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg. This Arizona Theatre Company production (which had its world premiere at their Tucson location last month before moving to their Phoenix venue) has a wonderful cast and spirited songs, and while it could still use some polishing it makes for a crowd-pleasing production...."   -Gil Benbrook, Talkin' Broadway (click here to read the complete review)

"...paints an insightful picture of the first two female Supreme Court justices, Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, as narrated by what playwright Lauren Gunderson sees as the first Black woman justice, a prophesy that has come true with the confirmation of Ketanji Brown Jackson. “Justice” is receiving its world premiere by the Arizona Theatre Company.  It provides fascinating awareness not only to the political differences between the women but how they became great friends even though their variances should have kept them apart...." -Chris Curcio, Curtain Up Phoenix (click here to read the complete review)

"...This is not the first time the O'Connor-Ginsburg story has been staged (SISTERS IN LAW) but it's the best so far. Nancy Open (O'Connor), Joan Ryan (Ginsburg) and (Chanel) Bragg (fictitious black justice nominee Hon. Vera J. Douglas) give it their all in a "concert style" musical...sans through May 22 at the Herberger Theater Center...."  - Lee Cooley, Broadway World (click here to read the complete review)

WEEK AT A GLANCE: May 16-May 22, 2022

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Saturday, May 14, 2022

Save $20 off tickets to SOMETHING ROTTEN! at the Phoenix Theatre Company!

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Friday, May 13, 2022

TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE - Scottsdale Desert Stages Theatre - June 11-July 2, 2022

TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE is the autobiographical story of Mitch Albom, an accomplished journalist driven solely by his career, and Morrie Schwartz, his former college professor. Sixteen years after graduation, Mitch happens to catch Morrie’s appearance on a television news program and learns that his old professor is battling Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Mitch is reunited with Morrie, and what starts as a simple visit turns into a weekly pilgrimage and a last class in the meaning of life.

Morrie Schwartz - Bobby Havens
Mitch Albom - Cliff Williams

TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE, directed by Eric Schoen, opens at Desert Stages Theatre on Saturday, June 11, and runs through Saturday, July 2.  (Saturday matinee and evening performances only)  

Tickets are $25 per person, on sale NOW at!

Valley Youth Theatre seeks someone to play Coach Bolton in their production of DISNEY'S HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL

Valley Youth Theatre is in need of someone to play Coach Bolton in their upcoming production of Disney's High School Musical. 

Looking for an adult actor 35+ or someone who looks around that age

Tech starts June 4
Opening June 10; Closes June 26. 

Thursday through Saturday 7pm performances +Saturday & Sunday 2pm matinees + some weekday matinees June 15, 21, 23 & 24

If you or anyone you know is interested, please contact our PSM, Morgan, at

Brock Pro Entertainment is accepting audition submission from singers, dancers, and musicians through June 15!

Brock Pro Entertainment wants to see what you’ve got! 

Email any submissions to from now all the way until June 15th. Brock Pro Entertainment is looking for more amazing vocalists and musicians in the valley. 

All ages - all ethnicities- singers- dancers- musicians 

Thursday, May 12, 2022

photos - SINGIN' IN THE RAIN - CYT Phoenix

photos courtesy CYT Phoenix

Auditions for PRIVATE LIVES at Don Bluth Front Row Theatre announced for May 22

by Noel Coward

Director: Don Bluth
Assistant Director: Julia Moore

In Private Lives, passion, laughter, romance, anger, and love set the stage for a battle of the sexes as divorced couple, Amanda and Elyot, find themselves unwittingly thrown together in Coward’s classic comedy of manners. Unknowingly booking adjoining rooms while on honeymoon with their respective spouses, Victor and Sybil, Amanda and Elyot are forced to face their true feelings for each other. Realizing they have made a pair of mistaken marriages, the divorcees attempt to escape their mismatched partners. With haste, and under the cover of darkness, they flee their honeymoon hotel and unsuspecting spouses in search of privacy at Amanda’s secluded Paris flat. Despite their passion for each other, Amanda and Elyot begin to bicker violently, just as they had done during their marriage. It is clear that the couple cannot live with each other, but cannot live without each other either. When they are discovered several days later by their jilted spouses, all four lovers must finally acknowledge just who is really suited to whom. Fast-paced, witty, and passionate, Noel Coward’s comedy is a delightful romp.

Date: Sunday, May 22, 2022
Time:  2 pm to 6 pm
Use Signup Genius link below to reserve your time slot.

What to Prepare:
Cold reads from sides provided. – Sides available online on Sign Up Genius for download and at the theatre at time of audition. Select one side for each character that you wish to be considered for. 
Bring current headshot and resume.

Date: Sunday, May 22, 2022
Time: 7 pm to 8 pm

Where: Don Bluth Front Row Theatre 8989 E. Via Linda Suite 118 Scottsdale, 85258

COVID Protocols: All actors must be vaccinated in order to participate; unvaccinated actors will not be considered. 


Rehearsals: Rehearsal begins week of June 6th.
Rehearsals are held at the theatre on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings from 6 pm to 9:30 pm and on Saturday mornings from 9:30am to Noon. Tech Week July 18-20  - expect longer rehearsals for tech week.

Performance Run Dates: July 21st to August 27th (24 performances)
All shows are 7pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings and 2pm on Saturday matinees. Please do not audition if you cannot be at every performance. There is a possibility of additional performances on Wednesday evenings at 7 pm and/or Friday matinees at 4 pm with prior notice.

Pay: All Actors will receive a stipend. 

All Parts are available.

Elyot Chase: Sibyl’s rich and handsome new husband who was formerly married to Amanda. He has a quick and cutting wit that he wields throughout the play. Age: 35-50

Amanda Prynne: A beautiful second-time bride (she was formerly married to Elyot, and is now married to Victor) with a fiery temper and a tendency toward impulsive behavior. Age 35-45

Sibyl Chase: An attractive, twenty-three year-old, first-time bride who feels very threatened by her new husband’s first wife, Amanda. Age 20-30

Victor Prynne: Amanda’s second husband, who is a few years older than Elyot, is very pleased to describe himself as “normal.” Age: 30-40

Louise: A French maid. Must be able to speak French convincingly. Any Age.

Email assistant director Julia Moore with questions:


photos - JUSTICE - Arizona Theatre Company

photos by Tim Fuller

Auditions for BONNIE & CLYDE at Chandler Youth Theatre announced for May 17 & 19

Chandler Youth Theatre presents BONNIE & CLYDE

Ages 14+
CALLBACKS: MAY 21st 2p-4p

Please sign up for an audition time slot HERE
*Young Bonnie & Young Clyde open for ages 12-13

32 bars to 1 minute of a song of your choice 
30 second-1 minute monologue of your choice
Audition Forms (3) & headshot


Clyde Barrow - A charming small-town boy who craves notoriety. Bonnie's reckless, bold, daring lover. (A2-C5)

Young Clyde (B3-A4) - Young Bonnie & Young Clyde open for ages 12-13

Bonnie Parker - A beautiful girl torn between love and fame. Clyde's ambitious, stubborn lover. (G3-F5)

Young Bonnie (C#4-C5) - Young Bonnie & Young Clyde open for ages 12-13

Marvin "Buck" Barrow - Clyde's brother and an outlaw troubled by his wife's distaste for his lifestyle. Adventurous and loyal. (B2-G4)

Blanche Barrow - A religious woman who disapproves of the criminal lifestyle. Honorable and righteous. Married to Buck Barrow. (G3-Eb5)

Ted Hinton - A police officer struggling to separate his feelings from his duties. Kind and honest. Madly in love with Bonnie. (C3-A4)

Preacher - The town's evangelist. Loud, passionate, boisterous. (A2-C5)

Cumie Barrow - A kind woman among those suffering in the Depression. Loyal and selfless. Mother to Clyde and Buck.

Emma Parker - Bonnie's widowed mother. Fragile, caring, sensitive.

Henry Barrow - A hard-working man, struggling to survive. Humble and quiet. Father of Clyde and Buck.

Governor Miriam Ferguson - An enforcer of the law and Governor of Texas. Tough and harsh.

Captain Frank Hamer - A retired Texas Ranger who joins the hunt for Bonnie and Clyde. Recruited by Governor Ferguson.

Bob Alcorn - The best sharpshooter in Texas. Recruited by Frank Hamer, he helps hunt down Bonnie and Clyde.

Sheriff Schmid

Ensemble - Store Clerks; Cops/Guards; Bank Customers; Choir; Bread Line Folks

Find audition forms and more info at

review - AND THEN THERE WERE NONE - Hale Centre Theatre

the Cast
photo by Nick Woodward-Shaw

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 21

"...(Agatha Christie's) stage adaptation of And Then There Were None is a tightly crafted thriller that introduces us to ten strangers who arrive on a remote island for a weekend getaway unaware that there is a murderer on the loose. With a superb cast, wonderful creative elements, and taut direction, Hale Centre Theatre presents an excellent production of this spine-tingling thriller....Director Tim Dietlein has done a fantastic job with his expert cast to create realistic, nuanced personae that provide depth to the somewhat stereotypical characters Christie has written, and his pacing keeps the tension taut and the suspense high.,,,There isn't a weak link in the 10-member cast...perfect direction, and superb creative elements that make for a suspenseful thriller that will keep you guessing as to just who the killer is."   -Gil Benbrook, Talkin' Broadway (click here to read the complete review)

photos - BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, JR - Actor's Youth Theatre

photos courtesy Actor's Youth Theatre