Friday, July 31, 2015

cast announcement - THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE ABRIDGED - Desert Foothills Theater

Desert Foothills Theater just announced the cast for their upcoming production of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, Abridged -

Ari DeVriend as Adam
Bradley Beamon as Daniel
Ryan Wentzel as Jess.

This production runs September 10 – 20, 2015. Click here to order tickets

Arizona Theatre Company's New Logo and Updated Website

from our friends at Arizona Theatre Company:

Arizona Theatre Company has a brand new look, with a new logo and a completely re-designed website!

The launch of the new look and website coincides with ATC’s recent announcement of the lineup for the 2015-16 season.

            Productions and dates for the 2015-16 season are: Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin (Tucson: Sept. 16-Oct. 4; Phoenix: Oct. 8-25); Disgraced (Tucson: Oct. 17-Nov. 7; Phoenix: Nov. 12-29); Snapshots (Tucson: Nov. 11-Dec. 19; Phoenix: Dec. 30-Jan. 17, 2016); Fences (Tucson: Jan. 16-Feb. 6, 2016; Phoenix: Feb. 11-28); Of Mice and Men (Tucson: March 5-26; Phoenix: March 31-April 17); The Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens & Count Leo Tolstoy: Discord (Tucson: April 9-30; Phoenix: May 5-29); Sex With Strangers (Phoenix: Sept. 24-Oct. 11; Tucson: Feb. 11-21). A special seventh show, Sex With Strangers, a collaboration with Stray Cat Theatre, one of the state’s most creative indie theatre companies, will be staged in Phoenix from Sept. 24-Oct. 11 and in Tucson from Feb. 11-21, 2016.

Single tickets for all Arizona Theatre Company productions during the 2015-16 season are on sale. Season-ticket packages also are available.

To purchase tickets season or individual tickets, for more information about all of ATC’s 2015-16 season or to make a donation go to

audition notice - PLAY ON - Starlight Community Theater - August 22

from our friends at Starlight Community Theater:

 Starlight Community Theater announces Teen Casting Call at 9 am on Saturday, August 22 for “Play On!”  All teens must be prepared to do a cold reading and group interaction.  All who audition may bring an optional headshot and theater resume.

For more information go to

Ric Alpers will direct “Play On!”

Performances will be 7 pm on Fridays, 2 pm and 7 pm on Saturdays, 2 pm on Sundays, October 16 - 25, 2015.

The hilarious story of a theater group trying desperately to put on a play in spite of maddening interference from a haughty author who keeps revising the script. Act I is a rehearsal of the dreadful show, Act II is the near disastrous dress rehearsal, and the final act is the actual performance in which anything that can go wrong does. When the author decides to give a speech on the state of the modern theatre during the curtain calls, the audience is treated to a madcap climax to a thoroughly hilarious romp. Even the sound effects reap their share of laughter!

Thursday, July 30, 2015

casting notice - THE WIZ - Mesa Encore Theatre

For more information on this production, that runs September 11 to 20, click here

DOROTHY ~ Jacqueline Rushing
AUNT EM ~ Felicia Penza
UNCLE HENRY ~ Michael Leeth
SCARE CROW ~ Shawn Wong
TINMAN ~ Matravius Avent
LION ~ Nathaniel Tenenbaum
WIZ ~ Ivan Thompson
EVILLENE ~ Savannah Alfred
GLINDA ~ Anne-Lise Koyabe
Danny Trujillo
Nathan Alfred
John Bachan
Gabrielle Martinez
Nathan Lynn
Camryn Haughton
Taylor Tracy
Brionne Courtney
Aniessa Wong
Michael Leeth
Nancy Crooms
Danny Trujillo
Finch Molina
Janae Mcfarland
Johanna Hughes
Phoebe Kobaye

MET could still use a few good munchkins to join this incredibly talented cast ~ contact Debra Jo Davey at

Fountain Hills Theater's 2015 Season Subscriptions are on sale now

Never Miss A Show! Season Tickets Still Available!


FHT is very excited about our 2015-2016 season, and tickets are going fast, so don't miss it!

By purchasing season tickets, season ticket holders can save up to 25% compared to the cost of purchasing single tickets, have the option of using their tickets flexibly, and those who are also JMS Members get even more perks! 

Contact the Box Office at 480-837-9661 to get your season subscription now.

audition notice - THE ADDAMS FAMILY - Desert Stages Theatre - August 16

from our friends at DST:

We are looking for creepy, kooky, mysterious, spooky and all together ooky actors for our upcoming Main Stage show- The Addams Family!

Directed by: Jere Van Patten
Musical Direction: Liz Spencer

Audition Date:
Sunday, August 16th, 2015


What to prepare:
One 16-32 bar cutting of a song (about a minute) in the style of the show. You may also sing from the show if you wish. There will be no movement/dance/readings at the auditions. Please bring clearly marked sheet music. An accompanist will be provided. No tracks or acapella singing!

Please bring head shot and resume
Preregister at

Callbacks will consist of singing and reading from the show - no movement/dance.

Gomez Addams
Morticia Addams
Uncle Fester
Wednesday Addams
Pugsley Addams
Mal Beineke
Alice Beinke
Lucas Beinke
The Addams Ancestors- approx 5M and 5W

Break a leg!

audition notice - SHREK, JR - Musical Theatre of Anthem - August 15 & 16

Auditions: August 15-16, 2015
Performances: Sep. 24 - Oct. 4, 2015
(No-Cut for ages 6-18)

Cydney Trent - Director
Karen Blanzy - Vocal Director
Shawna Weirekamp - Choreographer
Lyndsie Clymer - Assistant Choreographer

It's a "big bright beautiful world" for everyone's favorite ogre in Shrek The Musical JR., based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film. Adapted for young performers and featuring a host of over-the-top roles for an expandable cast, there's a part for everyone in this dazzling adventure story. In a faraway kingdom, the green ogre Shrek finds his swamp invaded by banished fairytale misfits, runaways who've been cast off by Lord Farquaad, a tiny terror with big ambitions. When Shrek sets off with a wise-cracking donkey to confront Farquaad, he's handed a task - if he rescues feisty Princess Fiona from the Dragon-guarded tower, his swamp will be returned to him. But, a fairy tale wouldn't be complete without unexpected twists and turns along the way. Part romance and part twisted fairy tale, Shrek JR. is an irreverently fun show for the whole family.

The tuition and costume fee for this production is $275. 10% sibling discount.

Scholarships are available for participants who might otherwise not be able to participate. Click here for more information. 

Shrek the Musical Jr. Audition Prep Workshop
Thursday, August 13th 4:30-6:00
Thursday, August 13th 6:00-7:30
Friday, August 14th 4:30-6:00
Friday, August 14th 6:00-7:30

Get a leg up on your audition by working with the production staff of Shrek the Musical Jr. through character and scene study, cold readings from the script, and more.

Workshop cost is only $35 and space is limited to just 18 participants per session. 10% sibling discount.

Click here for more information and to register for an Audition Prep Workshop and/or to register for the audition.

Actor's Youth Theatre Academy classes start on Monday, August 3rd

Classes run August 3, 2015 - May 28, 2016

We follow the scholastic calendar of the Gilbert School District. We will not have class during Thanksgiving Break, Christmas Break or Spring Break. As for other holidays (Labor Day and Memorial Day) classes will be in session.

(We also have Homeschool classes - click HERE for more information)

Little Triples - ages 4-7
This class is an introduction for students that want to be triple threats.  They will sing, dance and act.
Ballet 1 - ages 6-12 
This class is an introduction to classical ballet. Students will learn the basics of ballet, timing and musicality, and proper stretching technique. Ballet is a basis of all other dance forms. 
Stretch and Conditioning - ages 10+
Students will learn and use proper and healthy stretching technique to improve flexibility and prevent injury.  They will also condition their bodies to help improve movement and dance technique. 
Ballet 1/2 - ages 12+
This class combines levels 1 and 2 in fast pace ballet class to help students learn ballet basics and progress to higher levels when the individual is ready. Students will learn beginning ballet technique, flexibility, musicality, and timing. 
Ballet 3/4 - ages 10+ - Teacher approval required
This class is high level ballet class that builds off of basic ballet technique. Students will focus on using proper and healthy body alignment and adding artistry to movement. 
Broadway Rep  - ages 12+
Students will learn dance combinations weekly to help students pick up choreography more quickly, learn different styles of dance, and develop strong performance skills.   Must have 1-2 years of prior ballet/jazz dance training. This class works at a quicker pace!
Leaps and Turns - ages 10+
Focusing solely on improving and perfecting different kinds of leaps and turns. Must have knowledge of basic turns and leaps, and have 1-2 years prior ballet/jazz dance training.
Acting 1 - ages 8-12
Students will learn basics of acting. They will focus on learning and applying stage directions, proper and healthy vocal projection and articulation, beginning improvisation skills, and learning and identifying structure of a play. 
Acting 2 - ages 10+
In this class students will continue to build on basic acting technique. Students will continue working on implementing stage directions into their work. Students will work on healthy and proper vocal projection. Students will learn about play structure and write their own plays. 
Acting 3 - ages 12+ 
Students will continue to work on proper vocal technique, stage directions, improvisation and play structure. Students will learn how break down a scene, develop a character and apply it to a scene. Students will learn the beginning of beat work. 
Acting 4 - Teacher approval Required
Students will continue to build off of basic acting principles. Students will review beat work and continue applying it. In this class students will perform scenes regularly doing character and play research and implementing beat work.   
Acting for Boys - ages 8+
This will be a combined level 1 and 2 class for boys. The will learn all of the basic acting techniques in a class full of guys. 
Boys Core - ages 8+
This dance class is focused on giving male students the core basics of dance in one class. Students will learn aspects of musical theatre, jazz, tap and strength and conditioning.  It will help them build on their strengths individually but also to help them be more prepared for choreography for productions they are part of.
Combo Ballet/Tap - ages 3-7
This class is a beginning introductory class for young dancers. This class is a combination of ballet, jazz and tap. Students will also focus on flexibility and musicality.   
Jazz - All Levels  - ages 8+
Jazz classes will focus on learning proper dance technique such as isolations of the body, improving performance quality and developing complex rhythms and patterns. Students will be exposed to various styles of jazz such as Broadway, Street and Contemporary to help develop a well rounded dancer. Class curriculum is based on ballet technique layered with traditional jazz movement and includes proper warm-up, stretches, isolations, across-the-floor progressions, and combinations. As students progress through each level, curriculum will become increasingly more complex and intricate.
Tap - All Levels - ages 8+
Tap classes are designed to develop rhythm, style and sound. Students will learn a variety of tap styles from Broadway to Rhythm Tap. Exercises focus on building flexibility of the knee and ankles, coordination, and speed of movement. The class emphasis is on developing proper tap technique, producing clear tap sounds, and having fun. As students progress through each level, curriculum will become increasingly more complex and intricate.
Voice Tech 1 - ages 8-13
Vocal Technique I- Introduction to the fundamentals of vocal production with an emphasis on breathing techniques, tone production, diction and performance through group/solo singing. Also including elements of theory to build their knowledge of notes, rhythms, dynamics and introduce them to recognizing pitches and intervals by sound.
Voice Tech 2 - ages 10+
Voice Tech 3 - ages 12+
Vocal Technique II and III - this class will include elements of stage presence and part singing.  During this course they will not only work on group technique and learn to balance and blend, but will also work on their individual solos. These classes will also focus on learning music theory to assist in reading sheet music. As well will also focus on Aural Perception (training the ear). Music is both auditory and visual and by combining both of these, it takes your musicianship to the next level!

Ages are just a guideline, please ask if you have any questions or concerns!  Our goal is to provide classes that everyone can learn and improve and build their technique and skills for beginning through advanced students!  

Click HERE for more information 
(registration form, fee schedule, etc.)
Click HERE to pay the registration fee

photos - HAIR - Desert Stages Theatre

For more information on this prodution, that runs through August 9th, click here

photos: Wade Moran

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Actor's Youth Theatre's SHREK, JR Fundraising dinner - Friday, July 31st

CYT Phoenix's 2015 / 2016 Season:

NOVEMBER 6-15, 2015

"Oh, the thinks you can think" when Dr. Seuss's best-loved characters collide and cavort in an unforgettable musical caper!

Seussical is a fantastical, magical, musical extravaganza where our favorite Dr. Seuss characters transport us from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus to the invisible world of the Whos. This story of the powers of friendship, loyalty, family, and community will touch your heart and make you believe “anything’s possible.”

Seussical is fun for the whole family! Performers of all ages will be excited to portray the characters from the familiar Dr. Seuss stories!

Performances at the Phoenix Center for the Arts- 3rd Street Theater, 1202 N. Third St. 
Phoenix, AZ 85004 

FEBRUARY 12-21, 2016

Bye Bye Birdie is one of the most captivating musicals of our time. It is a satire crafted with the fondest affection telling the story of rock and roll singer Conrad Birdie, an Elvis Presley type, who is about to be inducted into the army. Before he leaves Conrad will bid a typical American teen-age girl goodbye with an all-American kiss. You won’t want to miss what happens when the rock and roll star makes his way to small town America.

Get ready to Put on a Happy Face with good old-fashioned fun that will be enjoyed by the cast as much as the audience.  Lots of fun roles available for all ages of students!

Performances at the Phoenix Center for the Arts- 3rd Street Theater, 1202 N. Third St. 
Phoenix, AZ 85004 

MAY 6-15, 2016

Based on one of Hans Christian Anderson's most beloved stories The Little Mermaid is a hauntingly beautiful love story for the ages.

In a magical world under the sea, a beautiful mermaid dreams of a life on the shore. The Little Mermaid is a story of love, friendship and sacrifice. Joined by a wonderful cast of friends to help her on her way and several not-so-friendly creatures involved in her journey, this mermaid will swim and sing her way into your heart.  (CYT cannot yet announce the exact version they will be licensing.)

Performances at the Mesa Arts Center, One East Main Street, Mesa, AZ 85201


Auditions for Seussical are August 21-22.


For more information - or call 480-310-0366

photos - BEYOND MUSKETEERS: UTOPIA LOST - Brelby Theatre Company

for more information on this production, that runs through August 1st, click here

Photos: Fernando Perez of Media Sheep Productions

Children's Auditions for Arizona Broadway Theatre's A CHRISTMAS CAROL, CAROUSEL and FIDDLER ON THE ROOF - August 20th, 2015

On August 20, 2015 from 4:00 - 8:00 PM ABT is holding auditions for children's roles in three of their upcoming 2015/2016 season productions.

Seeking boys* between 4'0" and 5'0" tall and girls* between 3'5" and 5'1" for the following roles:

A Christmas Carol: Tiny Tim, Peter Cratchit, Scrooge age 12, Fan age 10, Scrooge age 8, Fan age 6
Carousel: The Snow children
Fiddler on the Roof: Bielke, Sprintze

*Height measurements will be taken at the auditions

The auditions will start promptly at 4:00 PM. Please enter through the Lobby Doors in the front of the building. No preparation necessary. We will be teaching music to the children at the audition. Parents should bring a picture or headshot of their child and a resume (if you have one) that will be kept by the theatre.

Rehearsals and Performance Dates:
A Christmas Carol
Performance Dates: November 27 - December 27, 2015
Rehearsal Dates: November 6 - November 19, 2015
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 4:00 - 6:00 PM
Saturdays & Sundays, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Tech Week: November 20-25, 2015

Performance Dates: January 15 - February 14, 2016
Rehearsal Dates: December 26, 2015 - January 8, 2016
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 4:00 - 6:00 PM
Saturdays & Sundays, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Tech Week: January 9 - January 14, 2016

Fiddler on the Roof
Performance Dates: February 26 - April 3, 2016
Rehearsal Dates: February 8 - February 18, 2016
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 4:00 - 6:00 PM
Saturdays & Sundays, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Tech Week: February 19 - 25, 2016

If you are interested in auditioning, please send an email to to sign up.

25th Annual ariZoni Awards sets ceremony date - September 21, 2015

Reading of the Nominations
Monday, August 3 @ 7pm
Phoenix Center for the Arts ~ 1202 N 3rd Street, Phoenix 85004

ariZoni Theatre Awards of Excellence Ceremonies
Monday, September 21
Tempe Center for the Arts ~ 700 Rio Salado Pkwy, Tempe 85281

5:30pm (tentative) ~ Youth Ceremony
8:00pm (tentative) ~ Adult Ceremony

Details regarding ticket purchases will be announced soon

CLICK HERE for more information 

audition notice - THE TASTE TEST - Black Theatre Troupe - August 3, 2015

Director: Anthony Runfola

Compensation: Stipend Pay
Rehearsals Begin: 09/08/2015
Performance Dates: 10/09/2015 – 10/25/2015


What happens when a “tell-it-like-it-is” African-American woman thinks she can be the next Angela Davis by working from the inside? She struggles to stay true to herself while working for a wild tiger of an aging leader who has spent her life hiding her Jewishness and who is determined to shock the world and show she’s still a genius. A cut-to-the-heart study of the age-old question: “Who am I?”

Character Breakdown

Cast– 3 women. (1 African-American, 1Cast– 3 women. (1 African-American, 1 Caucasian, 1 Asian-American)

Jewel–African-American. 30-40 years old. An Account Executive for an ad agency. Outspoken and strong. Should be able to sing some accapella spirituals

Mary– Asian-American. 30-40 years old. The Deputy C.E.O of King Cola. Smart and ambitious. Has been friends with Jewel since they were roommates in college

Clair—Caucasian 50-60 years old. .The C.E.O. of King Cola. Strong and powerful. Has never come to terms with being Jewish

What To Prepare

Rehearsed dramatic monologue
Cold reads from script
Those auditioning for the role of Jewel should be prepared to sing 16 bars of a spiritual unaccompanied

Audition Details

Black Theatre Troupe
1333 East Washington Street
Phoenix, Arizona 85034

Building is located on Washington- Just west of 14th Street-Stay on Southside of light rail tracks

Appointment Contact

Audition Dates and Times:
8/3 6-8pm
Callback Dates and Times:

Primary Contact:
Layne Racowsky

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

audition notice - PASSING STRANGE - iTheatre Collaborative - August 14 & 15, 2015

Director: Jeff Kennedy

Compensation: Stipend Pay
Rehearsals Begin: 01/04/2016
Performance Dates: 02/05/2016 – 03/05/2016

A daring musical by Stew & Heidi Rodewald that takes you on a journey across boundaries of place, identity and theatrical convention. Stew brings us the story of a young bohemian who charts a course for “the real” through sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll. Loaded with soulful lyrics and overflowing with passion, the show takes us from black middle-class America to Amsterdam, Berlin and beyond on a journey towards personal and artistic authenticity. Winner of the 2008 Tony Award for Best Book.

Character Breakdown

Narrator, Narrator. Incredibly strong musician/actor/singer. Charismatic, funny and strong.
Youth,18-35. Exciting, an artist at heart.
Mother, 35-60. Strong, vulnerable, warm, maternal.
Edwina / Marianna / Sudabey, Multi-character role, female, 20-45. Sexy, irresistible, dangerous.
Mr. Franklin / Joop / Mr. Venus, Multi-character role, male, 20-45. Energetic, with an edge.
Terry / Christophe / Hugo, Multi-character role, male, 20-40. Younger, a sense of naïveté and sense of humor.
Sherry / Renata / Desi, Multi-character role, female, 20-35. Young, sexy, edgy, vibrant with a vulnerability and strength.
All must be strong singers and actors.

Additional Info

Jeff Kennedy has worked on production staffs for Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine, and also has been as a music director for Broadway performers that include Pamela Myers, Carol Lawrence and Jubilant Sykes. An award-winning composer, arranger and producer, he has many recordings in gospel and choral music and traveled as a pianist for the Bill Gaither Trio and Gaither Vocal Band for a number of years, also accompanying vocal artists Sandi Patty, Larnelle Harris, and Michelle Pillar. While a teaching fellow at New York University, he was the founder/producer with Dr. Lowell Swortzell of the award-winning New Plays for Young Audiences reading series at the Provincetown Playhouse. As a performing artist, his recent productions include End of the Rainbow (actor and pianist, character of Anthony) at Phoenix Theatre; three years as the music director of the Phoenix Symphony/Phoenix Theatre concert productions of South Pacific, My Fair Lady and Oliver; and he received the 2014 AriZoni Award as Best Music Director for the Phoenix Theatre production of Avenue Q. He conducts for Oscar-winning actor Jamie Foxx in a tribute concert to Ray Charles that features a line-up of jazz all-stars. He has directed Arizona premiere productions that have included Floyd Collins and Myths and Hymns: Saturn Returns by Adam Guettel; James Joyce’s The Dead; the revue of music by John Bucchino It’s Only Life; the world premiere of Daniel Lentz’s Café Desire (also performed for the Other Minds Festival in San Francisco) and the world premiere live performance of Handel’s Messiah: A Soulful Celebration at Phoenix’s Orpheum Theatre.

What To Prepare

Accompanist will be provided, bring sheet music, no pre-recorded music.
All actors please prepare;
32 bars up-tempo
32 bars ballad
Monologue (not more than 2 minutes in length)

Audition Details

222 E. Monroe
Phoenix, Arizona 85004

Enter at Stage Door located on northside of building (Van Buren St).

Appointment Contact

Audition Dates and Times:
Aug 14 from 6p-9p and Aug 15 from 1p-4p
Callback Dates and Times:
Aug. 17, 18 or 19 from 6p-9p

Primary Contact:
Chris Haines

Call For Crew

Production Stage Manager
Sound Designer
Lighting Designer
Rehearsal pianist

audition notice - DISNEY ALADDIN, JR - Fountain Hills Youth Theatre - July 27, August 3, 4

Director: Ross Collins
Music Director: Jay Melberg
Choreographer: Noel Irick

Rehearsals Begin: 08/08/2015
Performance Dates: 09/25/2015 – 10/11/2015

Welcome to Agrabah, City of Enchantment, where every beggar has a story, every camel has a tail, and a street rat can become a prince! Come and be a part of a musical adventure filled with magic, mayhem, and flying carpet rides, all of your favorite characters from the hit Disney film, and an ensemble of townspeople, shop owners, harem girls, princes, and more!

Character Breakdown

Aladdin – Funny, slick prankster and street rat who becomes a prince
Genie (M/F) – Fast-talking, scene-stealing funny man, tries to make Aladdin’s wishes come true.
Jasmine – Feisty, rebellious, sweet, and somewhat naïve, a future leader with strong opinions
Iago (M/F) – Sarcastic and wise-cracking parrot, Jafar’s sidekick.
Jafar – Court Vizier, a villain.
Sultan – Jasmine’s father, a bit scattered, but loves and cares for his daughter.
Narrators (M/F) – Responsible for setting scenes and advancing the plot.
Razoul – Captain of the Guard, always making mistakes.
Guards (M/F) – Under Razoul’s command, also always making mistakes.
Ensemble (M/F) – Townspeople, Shop Owners, a Baker, a Matron, Harem Girls, Visiting Princes, etc. featured in all production numbers.
Magic Carpet (M/F) – Aladdin’s feisty companion! Miming skills a must!

What To Prepare

Auditioners should prepare:
– 1-2 minute monologue
– 16 bars (not to exceed 1 minute) of an upbeat song
(Bring sheet music. Edited karaoke tracks allowed for this audition. Must be in proper key and qued to desired start.)
– a headshot or school photo, and resume if available
– a list of all possible rehearsal conflicts
– Dress to move, NO short skirts or flip-flops

Call For Crew

Light Board Operator, Sound Board Operator, Stoplight Operator, Projections Operator, Backstage Crew

Fountain Hills Theater
11447 N Saguaro Blvd
Fountain Hills, Arizona 85268

Appointment Contact

Audition Dates and Times:
July 27th @ 5:45pm, August 3rd @5:45pm, August 4th @ 5:45pm
Callback Dates and Times:

Primary Contact:
Allison Hacker