Sunday, November 28, 2021

DISNEY'S FROZEN JR. - Scottsdale Desert Stages Theatre - January 7-16, 2022

 
Music and Lyrics by KRISTEN ANDERSON–LOPEX & ROBERT LOPEZ
Book By JENNIFER LEE
Based on the Disney film written by Jennifer Lee and directed by Chris Buck & Jennifer Lee
The original Broadway production of Frozen was directed by Michael Grandage and produced by Disney Theatrical Productions
Original Broadway Orchestrations by Dave Metzger
Original Broadway Music Supervision and Arrangements by Stephen Oremusl
Additional Broadway Dance Arrangements by David Chase
Frozen JR. Music and Orchestrations Adapted and Arranged by Madeline Smith
Frozen Jr. Script Adapted by Sara Wordsworth

The enchanting modern classic from Disney is ready for your Broadway Junior stars! FROZEN JR. is based on the 2018 Broadway musical, and brings Elsa, Anna, and the magical land of Arendelle to life, onstage. The show features all of the memorable songs from the animated film, with music and lyrics by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, plus five new songs written for the Broadway production. A story of true love and acceptance between sisters, FROZEN JR. expands upon the emotional relationship and journey between Princesses Anna and Elsa. When faced with danger, the two discover their hidden potential and the powerful bond of sisterhood. With a cast of beloved characters and loaded with magic, adventure, and plenty of humor, Frozen JR. is sure to thaw even the coldest heart!

Friday & Saturday at 7:30pm
Saturday & Sunday at 3:00pm

Appropriate for All ages

Directed by Nicole Thompson

DISNEY’S FROZEN JR. is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.MTIShows.com


Cast:
Anna: Emily Anton
Elsa: Alaina Lish
Kristoff: Xander Zeeb
Olaf: Natalie Arko
Sven: Finley Hartstein
Hans: Cash LeVine
Young Anna: Jacquelyn Fuchs
Young Elsa: Avaani Lallian
Middle Anna: Brianna O’Brien
Middle Elsa: Zara Pearce
King Agnar: Ellie Anderson
Queen Iduna: Skyler Bennett
Westleton: Lucas Moran
Oaken: Eva Pombo
Bulba: Freya Karve
Pabbie: Riley Rendelman
   
Understudies:  
Understudy Anna: Scarlette Shapiro
Understudy Elsa: Ellie Anderson
Understudy Young Anna: Ava Seidensticker
Understudy Young Elsa: Laney Hoekstra
Understudy Middle Anna: Bella Chan
Understudy Middle Elsa: Sydney Stoneberg
(Understudies will be featured in an understudy performance on Saturday, January 15, at 3:00pm!)  
   
Townspeople: Levi Crosser, Emmie Zeeb, Ava Seidensticker, Michelle Schwartz (Dance Captain), Bella Chan, Sydney Stoneberg

Townsperson Ensemble: Ellie Anderson, Skyler Bennett, Brianna O’Brien, Ava Cone, Ryann Cone, Charlie Czyz, Jacquelyn Fuchs, Mia Grgic, Lizzy Hendrickson, Avaani Lallian, Amelia Marsh, Lucas Moran, Zara Pearce, Eva Pombo, Viviene Raley
   
Summer Choir Ensemble: Ava Cone, Ryann Cone, Jacquelyn Fuchs (Dance Captain), Mia Grgic, Laney Hoekstra, Amelia Marsh, Charlotte Mikalsky, Ava Seidensticker, Emmie Zeeb
   
Snow Choir Ensemble: Sophie Bell, Ivana Grgic (Dance Captain), Alexis Reitler, Scarlette Shapiro, Jamison Walker
   
Castle Staff Ensemble:  
Anna’s Handmaiden: Laney Hoekstra
Elsa’s Handmaiden: Charlotte Mikalsky
The Bishop: Braedon Bennett
The Cook: Danika Bussey
Butler: Ranbir Lallian
Housekeeper: Bridget Hartstein
Steward: Abigail Baumbach
   
Oaken’s Family:
Vivienne Raley (Dance Captain),
Michelle Schwartz, Bella Chan, Skyler Bennett
Oaken’s Family Ensemble: Ellie Anderson, Danika Bussey, Levi Crosser, Bridget Hartstein, Freya Karve, Riley Rendelman, Michelle Schwartz, Sydney Stoneberg, Zara Pearce
   
Hidden Folk:
Danika Bussey (Dance Captain), Sydney Stoneberg, Emmie Zeeb, Ava Seidensticker
Hidden Folk Ensemble: Abigail Baumbach, Braedon Bennett, Charlie Czyz, Jacquelyn Fuchs, Lizzy Hendrickson, Laney Hoekstra, Ranbir Lallian, Lucas Moran, Brianna O’Brien, Eva Pombo

Saturday, November 27, 2021

Ghostlight Theatre Announces their 2022/2023 Season! Get 20% off Season Tickets through Sunday!


Through - Sunday November 28 ONLY

Gift the gift that keeps on giving all year long! 

Season Tickets for Ghostlight Theatre's 2022/2023 season are on sale this weekend only for 20% off the regular season price. 

CLICK HERE to take advantage of this special pricing and enjoy a full year of live entertainment!

Theater Works Back to Live Theater With New Programs and Series for Early 2022


Theater Works is back to live theater, debuting new and re-invented programs and series for early 2022. Theater Works will return to the stage in early 2022 with a new “grown-up” theater series, After Dark, and a reorganized youth education program, Theater Alive.

Following the success of “grown-up” theater offerings in 2020-2021 including the daring immersive CURIOUSER series created in response to the pandemic restrictions of last season, Theater Works will debut its new After Darkseries for audiences 16 and older on March 18, 2022 with “The Superhero Ultraferno.” 

The play by Don Zolidis developed specifically for Theater Works, features a team of nerds and a crack team of over 50 characters as they race through the hilarious world of tights-wearing crimefighters. From the 1960s TV Batman to the soap opera insanity of the Fantastic Four to a bizarre, German opera of Spiderman and with thoughts on sexism, sex and pop culture, this production will take place in the McMillin Theater.

“We’re coming back and can’t wait to turn the spotlight on live theater and our revitalized educational programming,” said Theater Works Managing Director Cate Hinkle. “It will be great to be back again!”

Auditions for “The Superhero Ultraferno” will take place the first week of December. Tickets go on sale in mid-December 2021 and will be $40.

Theater Works also has reorganized youth education programs serving young actors under the new names, Theater Alive Kids (formerly KidsAlive Jr.), for ages 6-11 and Theater Alive Teen (formerly KidsAlive Teen) for ages 12-17.

Theater Alive teaches a wide variety of disciplines including acting, voice, movement, and stage presence. This program is open to students at all levels of their musical training. All students who attend and pay tuition have roles in the final production taking place in late spring 2022. Space will be limited to 35 students per session; registration will open in December online at the Theater Works website.

Main Stage theater productions (formerly MasterWorks) in the Gyder Theater will launch in Summer 2022. 

“We have been able to innovate and to start again only because of the commitment of so many, and their belief in the importance of the arts,” Hinkle said. “We look forward to announcing additional productions in early 2022.”

In order to create a safe space for both audience members and actors and to keep our stages bright, wearing a mask is a requirement for audience members attending Theater Works productions and for students attending educational programs. 
Temperatures will be taken upon arrival.

Theater Works productions take place at the Peoria Center for the Performing Arts (10580 N. 83rd Drive Peoria, AZ 85345). For more information about Theater Works, visit www.theaterworks.org. 

WEEK AT A GLANCE: November 22-28, 2021

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Wednesday, November 24, 2021

photos - JUNIE B. IN JINGLE BELLS, BATMAN SPELLS - Fountain Hills Theater





photos by Patty Torrilhon

Cast Announced for MISS BENNET: CHRISTMAS AT PEMBERLEY at Arizona Theatre Company


Mary Bennet: Jessica Jain
Arthur de Bourgh: Seth Tucker
Elizabeth Darcy: Alexis Bronkovic
Fitzwilliam Darcy: John Patrick Hayden
Jane Bingley: Shonda Royall
Charles Bingley: John Gregorio
Lydia Wickham: Elena Lucia Quach
Anne de Bourgh: Veronika Duerr


Written by Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon
Director: Sean Daniels
Scenic Designer: Apollo Mark Weaver
Costume Designer: Lux Haac
Lighting Designer: Elizabeth Harper
Sound Designer: Kiara Johnson

Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Auditions for A PERFECT ARRANGEMENT at Paradise Valley Community College announced for December 7


AUDITIONS FOR: A Perfect Arrangement
by Topher Payne
Directed by Joe Flowers

In Person December 7th 4:30pm - 6:30pm

Callbacks: December 9th 5pm—9pm
(Be prepared to Cold Read)

Play Synopsis: It’s 1950, and new colors are being added to the Red Scare. Two U.S. State Department
employees, Bob and Norma, have been tasked with identifying sexual deviants within their ranks. There’s just one problem: Both Bob and Norma are gay, and have married each other’s partners as a carefully constructed cover. Inspired by the true story of the earliest stirrings of the American gay rights movement, madcap classic sitcom-style laughs give way to provocative drama as two “All-American” couples are forced to stare down the closet door.

Roles Available: 3 Men, 4 Women
Norma Baxter
Millie Martindale
Jim Baxter
Barbara Grant
Bob Martindale
Kitty Sunderson
Theodore Sunderson

Where: Studio Theater Building M-East
18401 North 32nd Street, Phoenix, AZ 85032

Contact: 602.787.6580


Casting Protocol:
Email andrea.robertson@paradisevalley.edu to sign up for a 5 minute audition time slot on December 7th 4:30pm - 6:30pm or visit

Resume: Preferred but not required

Prepare: Be prepared to cold read

Rehearsals Begin: January 18, 2022 (Dates and Times TBD)

Performance Dates: February 18-27, 2022

Performance Times: February 18, 19, 25, 26 @ 7:30pand February 20, 27 @ 2pm

Additional Info: All performers cast in the production are required to register
for the THP 201AA Theatre Production Class (1 credit). Scholarships Available!

ELF, THE MUSICAL, JR - Actor's Youth Theatre - December 2-11, 2021


Elf The Musical JR. Based on the beloved holiday film, this hilarious fish-out-of-water comedy follows Buddy the Elf in his quest to find his true identity. ... The would-be elf is raised, unaware that he is actually a human, until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth.


Thu, Dec 2nd, 2021 at 7:00 pm
Fri, Dec 3rd, 2021 at 7:00 pm
Sat, Dec 4th, 2021 at 3:00 pm
Sat, Dec 4th, 2021 at 7:00 pm
Thu, Dec 9th, 2021 at 7:00 pm
Fri, Dec 10th, 2021 at 7:00 pm
Sat, Dec 11th, 2021 at 3:00 pm
Sat, Dec 11th, 2021 at 7:00 pm


Twinkle Cast

Buddy: Rachel Haugan 
Jovie: Hope Kalin 
Walter Hobbs: Zach Thompson
Michael Hobbs:Saniya Sapakie
Emily Hobbs: Alex Marin
Deb: Lauren Martineau
Manager: Jaelyn Harden
Santa: Zac Nelson

Jingle Cast

Buddy: Tristan Foushee
Jovie: Abbi Spector
Walter Hobbs: Zach Thompson
Michael Hobbs: Sadie Holdeman
Emily Hobbs: Emily Freedman
Deb: Joanna Mungovan
Manager: Maddi Sue Miller
Santa: Zac Nelson

Ensembles

Abby Morgan, Charly-Belle Ramirez, DJ Hammond, Harlow Miller, Jack Burke, Jenna Bruder, Lexi Tidwell, Lola Howard, Madison Reilly, Miles VanSlyke, Sabryna Thompson, Sapphire Johari, Tiana Barnum

ELF, THE MUSICAL, JR - Desert Foothills Theater - December 10-19, 2021


Book by Thomas Meehan and Bob Martin
Music by Matthew Sklar
Lyrics by Chad Beguelin
Based on the New Line Cinema Film
Written by David Berenbaum

Buddy, a young orphan, mistakenly crawls into Santa's bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole.  This would-be elf is raised, unaware that he is actually a human, until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth.  With Santa's permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father and discover his true identity.  Faced with the harsh reality that his father is on the naughty list and that his half-brother doesn't even believe in Santa, Buddy is determined to win over his new family and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas.

This modern-day holiday classic is sure to make every young performer embrace his or her "inner elf" with plenty of large ensemble numbers featuring elves of every type.

Dec. 10 @ 7pm
Dec. 11 @ 2pm & 7pm
Dec. 12 @ 2pm
Dec. 17 @ 7pm
Dec. 18 @ 2pm & 7pm
Dec. 19 @ 2pm

Directed by Sandi Carll
Music Director, Ken Goodenberger
Choreography, Nathalie Velasquez

Produced with licensing from Musical Theatre International​



 

reviews - MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET CHRISTMAS - The Phoenix Theatre Company

Daniel Durston, Sam Sherwood, Gregg Hammer, and JP Coletta
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 January 2

"... the fact that this sequel is basically Million Dollar Quartet with holiday songs and other hits the four made famous that weren't featured in the first musical is a bit of a disappointment, especially since the characters of Sam Phillips and the cocky Jerry Lee Lewis aren't really given any new material and many of the same issues the quintet faced are repeated here. But, on the other hand, the sequel does provide more insight into the other characters, including fleshing out Elvis' relationship with his girlfriend Dyanne and providing some awareness into Cash's relationship with June Carter, whom he'd just recently met (he would divorce his wife and marry Carter 12 years later). And, most importantly, it's about the music, with more than 20 well-known songs and holiday classics exceptionally played and sung by the cast, which turn this show into a driving and energetic concert...."   -Gil Benbrook, Talkin' Broadway (click here to read the complete review)

"...The holiday show isn’t destined to mirror the success of the earlier tribute.  It is short on new insights into the performers and it is a single act affair with so little to explore that after the initial curtain call several more holiday tunes are added to send audiences off happily entertained...." -Chris Curcio, Curtain Up Phoenix (click here to read the complete review)

"...In addition to the classic fifties chart-toppers of the day, the rock 'n roll played this time around leans heavily towards the yuletide season in which the impromptu jamming session occurred. And just like the original Phoenix 2018 production, MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET CHRISTMAS is a genuine rock 'n roll musical theatre thrill ride...."  - David Appleford, Broadway World (click here to read the complete review)

Monday, November 22, 2021

photos - RUDOLPH, THE RED NOSED REINDEER - Childsplay











photos by Tim Trumble

The Jewish Ensemble Theatre Announces Non-Equity Auditions for THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK on December 3


Audition Notice: The Diary of Anne Frank
Who: The Jewish Ensemble Theatre, Actors Equity Association SPT1 theatre working under a
TYA per performance contract.

Where: Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
When: December 3, 2021 12pm to 5pm

How: Call 248-788-2900 to reserve a time. www.jettheatre.org

What to prepare: 2 one-minute contrasting monologues.

Performance Dates: January 31st through February 11th, 2022. All performances are 10am matinees

Rehearsal Begins: Tentatively January 6th , 2022

Character Descriptions
Anne Frank- (Early Teens) energetic, imaginative, friendly, curious, and bold.
Otto Frank– (Mid 40’s to Early 50’s) patient, understanding, reasonable and generous.
Edith Frank– (Late 30’s to Early 40’s) worried, loving, stern, nervous, smart and practical.
Margot Frank– (Late Teens) soft-spoken, dutiful, demure, loving and diffident.
Peter Van Daan– (Early to Late Teens) shy, awkward, angst ridden, brave and attractive.
Mrs. Van Daan– (Late 30’s to Early 40’s) flirtatious, gregarious, entitled, loving and worried.
Mr. Van Daan– (Early-Mid 40’s) gregarious, boisterous, jovial, practical, stern, narcissistic.
Mr. Dussel -(50’s) anxious, kind, yearning, shy, touchy, dour and grateful
Mr. Kraler– (20’s to 40’s) loyal, caring, clever, smart and astute man.
Miep Gies– (Late 20’s to Mid 30’s) loyal, brave, friendly, giving, shrewd and determined.
Thief/Soldier (Early 20’s to Mid 40’s) silent part

THE WINTER WONDERETTES - Scottsdale Desert Stages Theatre - December 3-19, 2021


This seasonal celebration finds the girls entertaining at the annual Harper’s Hardware Holiday Party. When Santa turns up missing, the girls use their talent and creative ingenuity to save the holiday party! Sarah Cleeland, Sara Sanderson, Sarah Davidson, and Isabel Julazadeh will be back to reprise their roles as BJ, Cindy Lou, Suzy, and Missy in DST's 2021 production of THE WINTER WONDERETTES!  Featuring great ’60s versions of holiday classics such as “Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town,” “Jingle Bell Rock,” “Run, Rudolph, Run,” and “Winter Wonderland,” the result is, of course, marvelous! This show is a glittering holiday package, guaranteed to delight audiences of all ages!  

Friday & Saturday at 7:30pm
Saturday & Sunday at 3:00pm
Appropriate for all ages

Directed and choreographed by Molly Lajoie
Music-directed by John Luke Osorio

Cindy Lou: Sara Sanderson
Missy: Isabel Julazadeh
Betty Jean: Sarah Cleeland
Suzy: Sarah Davidson