Wednesday, February 24, 2021

cast announced for TARZAN at CYT Phoenix



Cast, in order of appearance:
Father - Naison Vaught
Mother - Audrianna Certalic
Kala - Brianna Morelock
Kerchak - Dillon Fifield
Leopard - Elise Carpenter
Young Tarzan - Tolan Cottrell
Young Terk - Hannah Lindblade
Terk - Ayla Grieser
Tarzan - Jacob Currie
Jane - Ariana Latvaaho
Porter - John S. Terpin
Clayton - Josh Swedler
Snipes - Zariah Garcia

Featured Dance Troupe
Audrianna Certalic
Bria Lindblade
Elise Carpenter
Eva Britton
Hannah Cilliers
Madeline Sage
Megan Messmer
Nicole Kramer

Ensemble Soloists
Aleksandra Currie
Bria Lindblade
Eva Britton
Lexi Smith

Expedition Crew
Beckett Cottrell
Faith MacGregor
Lexi Smith
Lillian Heinlein
Naison Vaught
Shekinah Coughlin
Tolan Cottrell

Flowers
Beckett Cottrell
Bria Gubernick
Carlee Howard
Elaina Doran-Bakayoko
Ella Cupo
Katelyn Fifield
Mackenzie Silva
Marley Johnson-Ordonez
McKenzie Lopezlira
Nicole Cook

Featured "Creature"
Annaliese Saunders

"Creatures" Group
Aleksandra Currie
Aubrey Fox
Audra Schrock
Bella Hayward
Faith MacGregor
Lacaya Medina
Lexi Smith
Lillian Heinlein
Lily nicolay
Madison Silva
Marissa Wineinger
Naison Vaught
Shekinah Coughlin

Apes
Aleksandra Currie
Annaliese Saunders
Aubrey Fox
Audra Schrock
Audrianna Certalic
Beckett Cottrell
Bella Hayward
Bria Gubernick
Bria Lindblade
Carlee Howard
Elaina Doran-Bakayoko
Elise Carpenter
Ella Cupo
Eva Britton
Faith MacGregor
Hannah Cilliers
Hannah Lindblade
Katelyn Fifield
Lacaya Medina
Lexi Smith
Lillian Heinlein
Lily nicolay
Mackenzie Silva
Madeline Sage
Madison Silva
Marissa Wineinger
Marley Johnson-Ordonez
McKenzie Lopezlira
Megan Messmer
Nicole Cook
Nicole Kramer
Shekinah Coughlin
Zariah Garcia

Arizona Musicfest announces Schedule for their MUSICFEST OUTDOORS, which runs between March and May 2021

 

Tickets are now on sale for Arizona Musicfest’s special ‘Musicfest Outdoors’ concert series.  Performances take place in North Scottsdale between March and May 2021.   

While Musicfest had planned to celebrate this year’s momentous 30th anniversary season by presenting 30 memorable indoor concert performances from November through April, due to COVID-19, the organization canceled its previously-announced concert season and has pivoted to a new outdoor performance format.   “With our reimagined outdoor series, we’re excited to safely reunite our audiences as we celebrate the return of live music to the Musicfest stage,” Allan Naplan, Arizona Musicfest’s executive and producing director, said.  Naplan continued “We’re grateful for the extraordinary and steadfast support of our generous donors which has allowed Musicfest to move forward with this season’s exciting alternative plans. Through these concerts, Musicfest will continue its important efforts to ‘Bring the Joy of Music to All”.  

Musicfest concerts will run from March 27 to May 1, a departure from its usual seven-month season.  Performances in March and April will take place at the newly-created Musicfest Performance Pavilion on the campus of Highlands Church in N. Scottsdale. 
               
The special 2021 ‘Musicfest Outdoors’ series features a line-up of exceptional artists; some making their Musicfest debuts, while others returning due to popular demand.  Featured artists include The Everly Brothers Experience (3/27), celebrating the music and history of the iconic duo; popular jazz quintet The Black Market Trust (4/12); folk legends The Kingston Trio (4/17); and Musicfest audience favorites Ann Hampton Callaway (4/20) and Tony DeSare (4/24).  The series concludes with the Festival Orchestra Chamber Players (5/1), comprised of musicians from some of the nation’s finest orchestras. Maestro Robert Moody leads the ensemble with acclaimed guest piano soloist Cathal Breslin.  For its outdoor concert series, Arizona Musicfest will adhere to COVID-19 safety and mitigation protocols. More details about Musicfest’s COVID-19 safety plans and can be found on the organization’s website.  For Tickets: (480) 422-8449 / azmusicfest.org.

2021 'MUSICFEST OUTDOORS' CONCERT LISTINGS: 
(click show titles or pictures below to be redirected to concert webpages)
THE EVERLY BROTHERS EXPERIENCE             
Sat. Mar 27 at 1pm and 4:30pm
Musicfest Performance Pavilion at Highlands Church
$45 ∙ $30
              

Celebrate the pivotal music and legendary history of The Everly Brothers with a concert that pays tribute to the Brothers’ iconic sound and reminds us of the important role that Don and Phil Everly played in pioneering the rock n' roll movement.  Hit tunes including Wake Up Little Susie, All I Have To Do Is DreamCathy’s Clown and Bye Bye Love come to life when brothers Zachary and Dylan Zmed honor the band’s legacy with The Everly Brothers Experience.


THE BLACK MARKET TRUST 
Mon. Apr 12 at 2pm and 5:30pm
Musicfest Performance Pavilion at Highlands Church
$45 ∙ $30


Self-described as a “Smithsonian of American music” The Black Market Trust ensemble performs an eclectic and familiar mix of jazz, swing, rock, and blues standards, all infused with a fresh European gypsy sound. Featuring acoustic instruments, intricate five-part vocal harmonies and a dash of Rat Pack-style comedy, the Black Market Trust is an innovative and entertaining musical throwback to a bygone era.
This band reminds you just how right music can be ” NPR

THE KINGSTON TRIO 
Sat. Apr 17 at 2pm and 5:30pm
Musicfest Performance Pavilion at Highlands Church
$45 ∙ $30
       

From popular hits Tom Dooley and Where Have All the Flowers Gone, to Five Hundred Miles and MTA, join the legendary trio for an entertaining afternoon of nostalgia and beloved favorites.  All three current members, Mike Marvin, Tim Gorelangton and Don Marovich, have intrinsic links to and experience with the original ensemble.  Their personal memories recall the iconic trio’s performances and journey as folk music made its extraordinary ascent to the pinnacle of popular culture – and the top of the music charts.

ANN HAMPTON CALLAWAY 
Sat. Apr 17 at 2pm and 5:30pm
Musicfest Performance Pavilion at Highlands Church
$45 ∙ $30

Celebrated cabaret star Ann Hampton Callaway is joined by her quartet for a special performance featuring hits by some of the great female divas of all time.  A Musicfest audience favorite, Callaway is one of the leading champions of the Great American Songbook, having made her mark as a singer, pianist, 
 songwriter, lyricist, arranger, actress, educator, TV host and producer.  An award winning composer and Tony award nominee, Callaway is best known for writing and singing the theme song to the hit TV series The Nanny and for composing multiple songs made popular by Barbra Streisand.
TONY DESARE
Sat. Apr 24 at 2pm and 5:30pm
Musicfest Performance Pavilion at Highlands Church
$45 ∙ $30

Contemporary crooner and pianist extraordinaire Tony DeSare performs an exhilarating concert featuring music of the American Songbook, rock and roll, Tin Pan Alley and more!  A quintessential performer with a warm and humorous stage presence, DeSare has won critical and popular acclaim from Las Vegas to Carnegie Hall and from his appearances with major symphony orchestras to his performances on the CBS Early Show and The Today Show.               


FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA CHAMBER PLAYERS
May 1, 2021 at 2pm and 5:30pm          
Pinnacle Presbyterian Church Sanctuary Patio           
$45
Maestro Robert Moody leads the Festival Orchestra Chamber Players, a select group of the nation’s finest orchestral musicians, in a special intimate concert experience.  Featured works include Elgar’s virtuosic Introduction and Allegro for Strings, Aaron Copland’s beloved Appalachian Spring and Beethoven’s elegant and heroic Piano Concerto No. 3, in a unique chamber setting featuring acclaimed soloist Cathal Breslin.
PRESS/PATRON ALERT:
Due to uncertainties related to COVID-19, all artists, performance dates and other announced elements of Arizona Musicfest’s outdoor concert season are subject to change. Please consult azmusicfest.org for the most current concert season information.

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

WEEK AT A GLANCE: February 21-February 28

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







CONCERTS / LIMITED RUNS:

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reviews - MURDER FOR TWO - The Phoenix Theatre Company

 
Toby Yatso and Seth Tucker
photo by Reg Madison Photography

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 February 28

"...Local actress and musician Michelle Chin...makes an auspicious directorial debut. With smart staging choices and wise character decisions that add moments of humor to the already hilarious script, Chin's direction is perfect....With just the addition of a simple costume piece or small prop, while also changing his body posture and adding an accent, Toby Yatso delivers a tour de force performance as he seamlessly and effortlessly portrays close to a dozen crazy characters...Seth Tucker is equally good as Marcus, the determined, by-the-numbers policeman... this production gives three local Phoenix actors the chance to show off their skills in a charming, wacky, and highly theatrical production."   -Gil Benbrook, Talkin' Broadway (click here to read the complete review)

"... It’s refreshing to have a nicely staged and expertly performed show with two top-notch actors, local favorite Toby Yatso and Seth Tucker....It’s not the show, with music by Joe Kinosian, lyrics by Kellen Blair, and book by the pair, that makes an entertaining show.  It is the sharp production cleverly and brightly staged by Michelle Chin with visually suggestive Robert Kovach’s set pieces and Kristen Peterson’s cute video projections that help ensure success...." -Chris Curcio, Curtain Up Phoenix (click here to read the complete review)

"...In her directorial debut, Michelle Chin created the perfect amount of staging and choreography and mostly just let Tucker and Yatso explore their characters, calling upon the talent and training that makes them among the most sought-after Arizona-based talent....an actor's vehicle and light entertainment perfect for these times. It is not likely to end up in the Library of Congress as great American musical theater, but it is fun and definitely a great way to venture back into a safe place to see live theatre at its best...."  Broadway World (click here to read the complete review)

Video Auditions (ages 15-25) being accepted through March 8 for TICK TICK BOOM! at Scottsdale Desert Stages Theatre



TICK, TICK...BOOM! by Jonathon Larson, creator of RENT.  

Directed by Award-winning directors MARK and LYNZEE 4MAN.

Ages 15-25

ACCEPTING VIDEO AUDITIONS NOW THRU MONDAY, MARCH 8, 6pm

- IN-PERSON CALLBACKS will be Saturday, March 20, 6–10pm
- 2nd Callbacks, if necessary, will be Sunday, March 21

- REHEARSALS begin Tuesday, MARCH 23
- NO MONDAY NIGHT REHEARSALS

- SHOW DATES: MAY 7 - 16, 2021

Video auditions will be accepted now through Monday, March 8, 6pm. Please prepare two 16-bar cuttings in the style of 90’s Contemporary or a similar genre.

Submit your AUDITION VIDEO and REGISTRATION FORM HERE or email it to auditions@desertstages.org

Callbacks will consist of cold readings and songs from the TTB score. Songs and sides will be posted on Monday, March 15. Please be prepared for everything, but we may make cuts throughout the night.

You will need to have a COVID TEST with a negative result 3 days prior to your in-person audition. Do your best to quarantine once you have the test. Safety will be priority #1 as we continue to bring MUSIC back to the DST stage!

SUPER HEROES - Stage Left Productions - March 11-21, 2021


For superheroes, saving the world is tough, but the time spent away from work is tougher. The Hulk has to do taxes, a crime-fighting sidekick joins a support group, and Batman goes stir-crazy without enough criminals to take down. SUPERHEROES is a funny, fast-paced series of vignettes that explores how the caped crusaders deal with life in street clothes.

review - CHARLEY'S AUNT - Hale Centre Theatre

Emily Noxon, Ben Emerick, Jeff Deglow and Brandon Caraco
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 March 27

"... Hale Centre Theatre's production is a charmer, with a cast who throw themselves into the shenanigans on stage, gorgeous creative elements, and sure-footed direction that keeps the audience laughing throughout....Under Jere Van Patten's practically perfect direction, the cast is appropriately silly without ever veering too close to being over-the-top with their portrayals or adding any unnecessary indulgences which could result in a slowing down of the breakneck pace of the play. Also, Van Patten's staging makes good use of the various backstage and lobby entrances, and he lets the comic moments build naturally. Jeff Deglow delivers a winning performance...With a cast who beautifully embrace the comedy in the script, perfect direction, and excellent creative aspects, Hale's production of Charley's Aunt is a fun, lighthearted farce with an abundance of charm and wit."   -Gil Benbrook, Talkin' Broadway (click here to read the complete review)

Almost Famous Theatre Company announces Teen & Youth Audition Video Submission Date of February 26 for their upcoming production of BIG FISH



Almost Famous Theatre Company is making a splash and jumping back into spotlight with a production of Big Fish the Small Cast Edition!  

You are invited to audition! All roles are open to teens and youth ages 8-18. 

Small group rehearsals will be at the Hotel Adeline in Scottsdale beginning March 4. 

Live performances will be April 30-May 2.  (Venue to be announced)

We adhere to masks and all CDC guidelines.

Video Audition information: Please submit your audition video via phone recording to jan@almostfamoustheater.com

Submissions are due by Friday, February 26, 5:00 pm. There may be callbacks on Zoom on Sunday.

Video-Slate: Say your name and any rehearsal conflicts you may have for March and April. Film a medium head shot from your waist to the top of your head.   Perform a 1 -minute comedic monologue.

Sing: 1-minute up-tempo song that shows your range. 

Please send via wetransfer.com to jan@almostfamoustheater.com

Deadline: Friday, February 26, 5:00 pm.

CAST: 6M 5F 1 boy

Edward Bloom
Will Bloom
Sandra Bloom
Young Will
Josephine Bloom
Karl the Giant
Amos Calloway/Dr. Bennett
Don Price
The Witch
Jenny Hill
Girl in the Water
Zacky Price/Mayor

Monday, February 22, 2021

photos - MURDER FOR TWO - The Phoenix Theatre Company









photos by Reg Madison Photography

ASU Gammage presents, COWBOY, streaming for free on Thursday, February 25


ASU Gammage presents, COWBOY, a stage play about Bass Reeves, a Black deputy marshal, written and directed by Layon Gray. 

COWBOY was presented at the 2019 National Black Theatre Festival.

Set In 1888, twenty-three years after the abolishment of slavery, U.S. Deputy Marshal Bass Reeves and his companion Grant Johnson find themselves stuck in a saloon with two wanted criminals.

ASU Gammage will be streaming the free digital performance on its YouTube channel on February 25, Thursday at 6:00 p.m.

Starlight Community Theater Announces the Winners of their 2020 Theater Playwriting Contest

 
Eric Bond and Matthew Eads

Starlight Community Theater is pleased to announce THE PRESENT TENSE written by local playwright Eric Bond as the winner of the 2020 Starlight Community Theater Playwriting Contest.  As the winner, Mr. Bond’s play will receive a virtual production this spring and given consideration for a full production in subsequent seasons.  At the conclusion of the staged reading, the audience will be able to participate in a talk back session with the playwright, director and actors.

THE PRESENT TENSE is a family drama with a sci-fi twist. The story follows the familial struggles of Captain Belle Crozier; an astronaut seeking a balance between her earthly ties and her passionate longing for the stars.  Mr. Bond, the playwright, is thrilled to see his playwrighting debut at Starlight Community Theater. Eric has been an aspiring playwright for several years, and an actor for much longer.  From stage to screen to audiobooks, you can keep up with his career on 
EricChristopherBond.com. Mr. Bond said, (I am) “deeply thankful to have this opportunity with such a wonderful company.  (I am) indebted to my family and friends for their continued support and love.”

Starlight is also pleased to honor the runner-up in this year’s contest.  SIMPLY, I LOVE YOU, written by Matthew Eads, is a personal journey of love, passion, heartbreak and friendship.  This show is about two young men who find one another at just the right moment in time. But of course, perfection is impossible and every relationship has its trials and tribulations! There is no doubt these two men belong in each other’s orbit, but their relationship may not end up like they expect. “This is the second full length show I have written, that will be staged by Starlight Community Theatre, and I feel so blessed!” said Mr. Eads.  SIMPLY, I LOVE YOU will also receive a virtual production this spring.

The purpose of Starlight’s annual Playwrighting Contest is to encourage new works for the stage by providing an opportunity for Arizona residents to engage in the playwriting process.  Starlight Community Theater values the time and talent needed to write a play.   Submissions were collected in the early fall and an anonymous committee read and scored all the entries to determine a winner.

Last year’s winner was Holy Matrimony! Written by Dan Marburger.  Holy Matrimony! Enjoyed a full stage production at Starlight Community Theater November 13-15, 2020.  The 2018 winner was The Lost Girl, a D.H. Lawrence classic re-imagined by Germaine Shames.  The Lost Girl received a staged reading on April 27, 2019.

Look for an announcement in late spring about the 2021 Playwriting Contest.  Inquiries about the contest to info@starlightcommunitytheater.com.

CRAZY FOR GERSHWIN - Arizona Broadway Theatre - February 26-March 21


With the first low trill of the solo clarinet and its spine-tingling run up the scale, Rhapsody In Blue by George and Ira Gershwin caught the public’s fancy and opened a new era in American music. Now, ABT fan-favorite Kurtis Overby has created a musical spectacular that will transport you back to the days when Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers danced across the silver screen to these classic Gershwin hits. 

This toe-tapping production will feature favorite tunes such as I’ve Got Rhythm, A Foggy Day, Let’s Call The Whole Thing Off, and S’Wonderful, coupled with never before heard musical mashups and tap dancing galore. Who could ask for anything more!

with:
Kurtis Overby 
Liz Fallon 
Carolyn McPhee
Jamie Parnell


 

Saturday, February 20, 2021

Limelight Performing Arts / Studio 3 announces No Cut Auditions for DISNEY'S THE LION KING KIDS, and Video Auditions Due Date of February 27th for THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE and BONNIE & CLYDE

 

The Lion King Kids 
(produced by Studio 3)

Rehearses Saturday mornings only from 9:30-11:30am. Open to grades K-8. 
Everyone who signs up get a role! Starts this Saturday! Performances May 1.


The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee 

Open to grades 6-12. Performances April 2-10.
Audition Videos due Feb 27. Callbacks March 3.
Rehearsals Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays.


Sign up to audition (video not required yet): https://forms.gle/EuegP8tMpds3RRBS6

Bonnie & Clyde 

Open to grades 8-12 with 2 roles for ages 10-12. Performances April 23-May 2.
Audition Videos due Feb 27. Callbacks March 5.
Rehearsals Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays. 


Sign up to audition (video not required yet): https://forms.gle/soMrgNxGtmuStrQS7 

Friday, February 19, 2021

cast announced for ROMEO AND JULIET at Greasepaint Youth Theatre

 

Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet 
March 25-27 at 7PM 

Very Limited Seating Outdoors in Greasepaint's Courtyard

A modern template adapted by Johnna Dias-Watson


Director: Johnna Dias-Watson

The cast:
Romeo: Bennett Curran
Juliet: Kendall Luther
Tybalt: Allison Avery
Mercutio: George Nassar
Benvolio: Oliva Feldman
Paris: Morgan Taylor
Friar Laurence: Evan Kaushesh
Nurse: Nora Palermo
Prince: Madeline Yearout
Sampson: Petra Danek
Balthasar: Elsa Reid
Gregory/Friar John: Bella Cucchetti
Abraham/Apothecary: Ryelie Kaye

Thursday, February 18, 2021

The ariZoni Awards seeks submissions from Graphic Designers for their DESIGN OUR DUDS contest



from our friends at the ariZoni Awards:

Calling all Graphic Designers!! DESIGN OUR DUDS! It's a New Year and the Zonis are looking for a fresh look for our swag. If you're an aspiring graphic designer, then this is the contest for you! The winning design will be seen on tote bags and t-shirts worn by theatre lovers across the Valley. 

Entries should embody the spirit of the AZ theatre community and must include the Zoni logo, our tagline "Many Stages, One Community" and be submitted in both color and black and white. 

The winner will receive a $100 upfront payment PLUS $100 for each additional year we continue to use the design for promotional items AND you’ll receive complimentary swag items, be featured in Zoni and PHX Stages' Facebook and Instagram posts and also be featured on the ariZoni website PLUS you will also receive a 1/4 page ad (for either your company or a non profit of your choosing) in either the 2021 or 2022 Celebration program. Entries are due to arizonihelp@gmail.com by March 15th*

*the winning design becomes the property of the ariZoni Theatre Awards and the ariZoni Board has the option to extend the deadline for this contest or end the contest if no designs are received that meet our requirements. Please contact arizonihelp@gmail.com if you have questions

The ASU Music Theatre and Opera Student Organization presents THE COLOR CABARET, free, online streaming event this weekend, February 20 & 21


THE COLOR CABARET - online this weekend

The ASU Music Theatre and Opera Student Organization presents: The Color Cabaret

Join current ASU students for the first fully-produced Color Cabaret! This online streamed event showcases music from standard musical theatre repertoire to Brazilian rock songs. This entirely student-led cabaret is an opportunity for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and people of color) students in the Music Theatre and Opera area to create in a safe space, without having to ask for permission. This cabaret also serves as a fundraiser for the BIPOC student scholarship fund, led by the ASU Music Theatre and Opera Student Organization. Together, we are celebrating and highlighting what makes us different, in a field that is constantly changing. Join us and see how BIPOC students can make our communities more colorful, stronger and hopeful through our passion for performing.

Feb. 20, 7 p.m.
Feb. 21, 2 p.m.
 
Free Online Streamed Event:
 
Pre-show virtual Q&A with cast members hosted by Erin Kong (‘19) at 6:30 p.m. prior to opening on ZOOM at https://asu.zoom.us/j/83080843547
 
Virtual stage door after opening performance on ZOOM at https://asu.zoom.us/j/83080843547
 
Led by Jonice Bernard and Reem Soliman
Music Director: Kiernan Steiner
 
This production adheres to all federal, state, local and university guidelines for safety and physical distancing. University COVID-19 information may be found at https://eoss.asu.edu/health/announcements/coronavirus