Monday, October 31, 2016

WEEK AT A GLANCE: October 31 - November 6

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Starlight Community Theatre
November 04, 2016 – November 05, 2016

ASU Lyric Opera Theatre
November 6, 2016


Brelby Theatre Company
November 4 - November 6, 2016

Zao Theatre
November 4 - 19, 2016

Mesa Community College Act 1 Musical Productions
November 4 - 12, 2016

Youth Works at Theater Works
November 4 - November 20, 2016

Theater Works
November 4 - November 20, 2016

Mesa Encore Theatre
November 4 - 20, 2016

Fountain Hills Theater
November 4 – 20, 2016



ANTHONY RAPP IN CONCERT - Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts - November 19

Anthony Rapp in Concert: Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of RENT

Virginia G. Piper Theater
Sat, Nov 19, 2016
8:00 pm

The iconic Pulitzer Prize-winning musical RENT went on to become an international phenomenon from its Off-Broadway beginnings. Fans everywhere relate to the show’s powerful themes and stories, and have connected with the characters and the actors who portrayed them.

As fans and theatergoers celebrate 20 years of RENT, the original “Mark Cohen” brings his hit solo concert to Scottsdale for one night only!

Anthony Rapp in Concert is a brand-new show featuring this star of RENT, If/Then and many more Broadway hits and films. With full band, including original RENT musicians, Anthony performs both original tunes and songs that have influenced their lives, from the rock world to Broadway hits. The concert also features RENT songs that brought Anthony to international fame.

Most recently, Anthony returned from the national tour of If/Then, repeating the role he originated on Broadway opposite RENT-mate Idina Menzel. In addition, Anthony has toured the country in concert and in his autobiographical musical, Without You, based on his book of the same name.

“For anyone who has ever listened to the RENT soundtrack it’s a joy to hear Rapps’ vocals in the flesh as he sings some of the biggest RENT hits. He places those songs from RENT along with a few of his into an emotionally charged context which reminds you just quite how incredible Larsons’ music and lyrics are.” – Huffington Post

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cast announcement - TWIST YOUR DICKENS - Phoenix Theatre

CLICK HERE for more information on this production, which runs November 30th to December 24th

David Dickinson: Man 2

Cathy Dresbach*: Woman 1

Gene Ganssle*: Man 3

Kate Haas: Woman 3

Robert Kolby Harper*:  Scrooge

Maren Maclean*:  Woman 2

Kyle Sorrell: Man 1

*Member of Actors' Equity Association

Matthew Wiener: Director

Chris Neumeyer: Sound Designer

Daniel Davisson: Lighting Designer

Douglas Clarke: Scenic Designer

Gail Wolfenden-Steib: Costume Designer

Tyler Welden: Props Designer

Pasha Yamotahari: Resident Dramaturge/Dialect Coach

Mark Reynolds: Director of Production

audition notice - JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT - Fountain Hills Theater - November 13 & 15

Andrew Lloyd Weber’s musical re-telling of Joseph’s biblical story is a little bit country, a little bit rock n’ roll! The Biblical saga of Joseph and his coat of many colors comes to vibrant life in this delightful musical parable. Joseph, his father’s favorite son, is a boy blessed with prophetic dreams. When he is sold into slavery by his jealous brothers and taken to Egypt, Joseph endures a series of adventures in which his spirit and humanity are continually challenged. He is purchased by Potiphar where thwarting advances from Potiphar’s wife lands him in jail.

When news of Joseph’s gift to interpret dreams reaches the Pharaoh (wryly and riotously depicted as Elvis), Joseph is well on his way to becoming second in command. Eventually his brothers, having suffered greatly, unknowingly find themselves groveling at the feet of the brother they betrayed but no longer recognize. After testing their integrity, Joseph reveals himself leading to a heartfelt reconciliation of the sons of Israel. Set to an engaging cornucopia of musical styles, from country-western and calypso to bubble-gum pop and rock ‘n’ roll, this Old Testament tale emerges both timely and timeless.

Audition Dates: 
Sunday, November 13th at 6pm and Tuesday, November 15th at 7pm
Callbacks: Wednesday, November 16th if needed

Production dates: Friday, January 20th - Sunday, February 5th
Possible extension through Sunday, February 12th
Performances: Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, and Sundays at 2pm

**Click Here To Register for an Appointment**

or call (480) 837-9661 x3

Auditioners should prepare:
- 16 to 32 bars of a song that best shows off their voice
- Bring sheet music in appropriate key. No CD’s
- Dress to move for dance audition.
- Headshot and resume if available
- List of possible rehearsal conflicts (Tentative schedule available here)

Narrator (Stage age 18+): The Narrator is a storyteller who is sharing a wonderful tale with the children, their families and the wider audience. She needs to be a strong singer who can draw the audience into the saga of Joseph and his brothers, showing what shapes them into the men they were destined to become. (Vocal Range – Low F# to High G)

Mrs. Potiphar (Stage age 30+): Mrs. Potiphar is an indulgent woman who likes to get her own way, and thinks first and foremost about her own personal gratification. She needs to be a confident mover/dancer, who is comfortable moving in a seductive manner. She will also be a part of the women’s chorus.

10 Women: varying age, size, and ethnicity for the roles of wives, mothers, handmaidens, featured dancers, and chorus.

Joseph: (Stage age – 18+) Joseph is the male lead. He needs to be able to mature from ~18 to 40ish over the course of the show. Joseph begins as a cocky teenager who, through dealing with life’s adversities, becomes a humble man and a true leader. He needs to be a strong singer and actor. (Vocal Range – Low A to High G)

Jacob: (Stage age – 50+) Jacob is the father of Joseph and his 11 brothers. He clearly favors Joseph as the first son of his favorite wife, unwittingly causing the friction that exists between Joseph and his brothers. Jacob needs to be a good actor, who can sing and move reasonably well. He may also be a part of the men’s chorus. (Vocal Range – Low A to C)

11 brothers: Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Napthali, Issachar, Asher, Dan, Zebulon, Gad, Benjamin & Judah (Stage ages 16 – 30s)
Joseph’s 11 brothers, who were born of 4 different mothers (two wives and two handmaidens), are jealous of Joseph and the fact that he is clearly their father’s favorite son. As brothers they band together and gang up on Joseph to get rid of him thinking it will make their lives better. Some brothers may double as other male roles, depending on need. All need to be strong singers, as well as good dancers and actors.

Reuben: sings “One More Angel in Heaven” – (Vocal Range – Low B to High F)

Simeon: sings “Those Canaan Days” – (Vocal Range – C to High Eb)

Judah: sings “Benjamin Calypso” – (Vocal Range – F to High F)

Pharaoh: (Stage age 30s/40s) Pharaoh is the leader of Egypt and a very self-important man. He sings an Elvis-style song, “Song of the King” and is very comfortable having adoring fans. He needs to be a strong singer and actor and a good dancer/mover. (Vocal Range – Low B to High G#)

Potiphar: (Stage age 40+) Potiphar is a wealthy, self-indulgent man. He needs to be a strong actor as well as a good singer. (Vocal Range – D to B)

Butler & Baker: (Stage Age 25+) The Butler and the Baker both work for the Pharaoh. They need be good singers and will also be part of the chorus.

Children’s Roles: 20–25 Chorus roles for boys and girls (stage ages 8-15) The chorus will be on stage for the majority of the show.

promo photos - IN THE VILLAGE OF THE BROTHERS GRIMM - Theater Works

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photos: Moran Imaging

THE HOUSE OF ILLUSIO - November 11 - November 20, 2016

THE HOUSE OF ILLUSIO is an original musical featuring a book by Paco Madden and Javier Stefano De Vita with Lyrics also by De Vita and music by James Melberg.

This modern and experimental piece tells the story of a man who is lost in his own imagination. He is tormented by the “the voices” inside his head and pursues his freedom from agony. The audience will experience a magical journey through a compilation of eight different characters performed by one actor. The piece, creatively staged in and presented at a private residence, incorporates the use of masks, puppetry, live music and media in its design.

Javier Stefano De Vita is a Venezuelan actor, director, and producer. As an ASU MFA student he has been seen in such plays as, She Kills Monsters (2016), The Hour we Knew Nothing of Each Other [DE/AS]cending (2015); also in the capstone films, Nun Cop (2015) and Receiver (2016). He participated in the IMDB film Witch Child (2016), and played the role of Che in the musical EVITA with the Tuscany Theatre Company (2015), Soldier Felix Rodriguez in El Che by Marcelino Quinonez, and he was also part of the cast of MET’s production of Sweeney Todd (both in 2016). His work in Venezuela has included recognition as a director, producer and designer for many plays, important international theater festivals and several academic artistic projects focused on J. Grotowski's legacy.

7:30PM November 11, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20
5:30PM November 12, 13, 19



This is a free event, but contributions are appreciated.

Seating is limited. Confirmations one day before the performance will be required to secure a seat. Early Reservations do not guarantee a ticket to the show.

Theater Works Welcomes Jim Henson Award-Winning Puppeteer for Performance and Master Class

from our friends at Theater Works:

Theater Works Welcomes Jim Henson Award-Winning
Puppeteer David Stephens

David Stephens offers Special Puppet Performance and Puppet Manipulation Master Class

Former Sesame Street Puppeteer and Jim Henson Award-winner David Stephens returns to Theater Works for a special performance and a Master Class. On Saturday, November 19, 2016 at 10:30am all ages are invited to enjoy “The Adventures of the Gingerbread Man”, the telling of the classic tale with puppets. The following day, Sunday, November 20, 2016 from 1:00 until 4:00 pm, Stephens presents a Master Class on Puppet Construction and Manipulation. Both take place at the Peoria Center for the Performing Arts (8355 W. Peoria Avenue, Peoria, AZ 85345).

“Run, run, run as fast as you can,” says the star of The Adventures of the Gingerbread Man. In this 40 minute show, you’ll follow this little troublemaker as he makes narrow escapes from unsuspecting cookie lovers. You’ll also meet Redina, a little red hen who learns how to follow directions in a retelling of the classic story, The Little Red Hen. Friend Gripe and Bicker learn the value of working together when they are granted three wishes in a new version of The Three Wishes. Lots of characters to meet in this wacky, fun-filled show. Intended for all ages. Tickets are $12 (includes a $2 ticket fee).

During the Puppet Construction and Manipulation Master Class, instructor David Stephens will guide students through the basics of foam puppet construction and manipulation. Each student will create a simple Muppet-style hand-and-rod puppet and then learn the basic fundamentals of performance including lip-sync, eye focus, and character development. Cost is $125.00 and includes materials to make your own puppet. Master Class intended for ages 16-Adult.

Stephens, a professional puppeteer for over 20 years, has created and performed characters for his own Atlanta-based company, All Hands Productions. He has also been a Muppet performer on Sesame Street and The Jim Henson Company. Some of his past work is now part of the Center for Puppetry Arts’ Global Collection. Stephens’ one-man show, “Billy Goats Gruff and Other Stuff,” which toured libraries in his home state of Alabama, was awarded a 2004 UNIMA-USA (Union Internationale de la Marionette) Citation of Excellence. Created by Jim Henson, founder of the US chapter of UNIMA, the Citations honor outstanding works in the art of puppetry. With this award, Stephens joined the ranks with some of puppetry's most exceptional practitioners.  He also worked as a puppet assistant for several Sesame Street Home Video productions (Abby Caddabby In Wonderland and Think Green 2008) and became a day-player on season 39 of Sesame Street, performing Anything Muppets.

Tickets for “The Adventures of the Gingerbread Man” and Master Class registration can be found at or through our Box Office at (623) 815.7930.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

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IRVING BERLIN'S WHITE CHRISTMAS - Actor's Youth Theatre - December 8 - 17, 2016

Music and Lyrics by Irving Berlin | Based Upon the Paramount Pictures Film Written For the Screen by Norman Krasna, Norman Panama and Melvin Frank | Book by David Ives and Paul Blake

Based on the beloved, timeless film, this heartwarming musical adaptation features seventeen Irving Berlin songs and a book by David Ives and Paul Blake.

Veterans Bob Wallace and Phil Davis have a successful song-and-dance act after World War II. With romance in mind, the two follow a duo of beautiful singing sisters en route to their Christmas show at a Vermont lodge, which just happens to be owned by Bob and Phil's former army commander. The dazzling score features well known standards including Blue Skies, I Love A Piano, How Deep Is the Ocean and the perennial favorite, White Christmas. WHITE CHRISTMAS is an uplifting musical worthy of year-round productions.

Ages 8 -18
Directed by Tracie Jones

Performances: Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 7pm and Saturday at 3pm

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Bob Wallace – Bailey Gorman
Phil Davis – Jake Bonar
Betty Haynes – Audrey Coleman
Judy Haynes – Miranda Smith
General Henry Waverly – Bryce Dilullo
Martha Watson – Isabelle Wisdom
Susan Waverly – Taylor Merrill/Taylor Peel*
Ralph Sheldrake – Noah Delgado
Rita – Kate Nienstedt
Rhoda – Olivia Nienstedt
Ezekiel Foster – Carter Palumbo
Mike – Sam Cottle
Tessie – Aurelie Wisdom
Jimmy – Tyler Bersano
Cigarette Girl – Layla Fahrbach
Snoring Man – AJ Hale
Mrs. Snoring Man – Kassady Ruiz
Train Conductor – Aceson Hale
Dance Captain – Hailey Seidl
Seamstress – Hailey Boiarsky
Assistant Seamstress – Hannah Hale
Sheldrake’s Secretary (Ethel) – Kylie Merrill
Quintet – Tyler Bersano, Ben Guffey/Joel Brooks*, Sam Cottle, Kalei Cotecson/Cheyenne Smith*, Hailey Seidl

Chorus Kids
Gloria - Kristiana Corona
Debbie - Cara Onofryton
Ann - Devorah Coon
Marie - Caitlyn Miller
Mary - Laura Flood
Jane - Ava Aagaard
Esther – Gianna Owens
Loretta - Tamara Benham
Ruth - Grace Schwenn
Lucille - Katrina Sapakie
Jim - Tyler Snell
Sarah - Frankie McNellis
Elizabeth - Sierra Hanson
Connie - Isabella Jones
Gale - Remington Rathbun
Scooter - Logan Eberhard
Marty – Michael Mulvena
Mark – Aroet Hale

Emma Nielsen/Zoey Miller*
Shaylee Flanagan/Erin Garner*
Soleil Woodward/Shaye Duncan*
Adam Miller/Austin Watts*
Harrison Miller/Hayden Hurley*
Houston Goodman/Liam Delgado*
Lucy Walker/Kelly Garner*
Mckayla Mannor/Camylle Palmer*
Morgan MacCosham/Lilli Riedel*
Cheyenne Smith/Kalei Cotecson*
Mikol Zanardo/Lauren Coleman*
Ben Guffey/Joel Brooks*
Jordan Gingell

*Denotes double cast pair

ASU Gammage recognized by the Downtown Tempe Authority

ASU Gammage has been recognized by The Downtown Tempe Authority during it’s State of Downtown & Impact Awards

Gammage was honored with the Economic Impact Award.

The award is given to businesses, corporations, or individuals that make great contributions to Downtown Tempe.

 The ASU Gammage 2015-2016 Desert Schools Broadway Across America/ Arizona season that wrapped up this summer resulted in an estimated $100 million of economic impact for the Valley of the Sun during its fiscal year that ended June 30, 2016.

The magic of Broadway and the arts not only enrich the community culturally but also play a critical
role in the economic vitality of the region. Every year, more than 400,000 people flock to Tempe’s
Frank Lloyd Wright designed ASU Gammage to see Broadway. The majority of theater-goers are
Valley residents but also includes ticket buyers in every county in Arizona, as well as out-of-state and
patrons coming up from Mexico to see Broadway at ASU Gammage.

Based on research by The Broadway League, since 2006 ASU Gammage has created more than
$550 million of economic impact for Arizona.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

OperAntics II, The Sequel – Lunch Time Theater - November 7 - 17, 2016

Join Madcap Opera for the sequel to OperAntics, the smash hit from last season, with more gorgeous arias, duets and comedic spoofs about opera and its incomparable divas.

Dorothy Gaynor, soprano, writer
Cassandra Cárdenas, mezzo-soprano  (
Joe Bousard, baritone, pianist
Brian Runbeck, stage director  (

*additional fees apply when ordering online

Monday, November 7, 7pm
Tuesday, November 8, 12:10pm
Wednesday, November 9, 12:10pm
Thursday, November 10, 12:10pm
Tuesday, November 15, 12:10pm
Wednesday, November 16, 12:10pm
Thursday, November 17, 12:10pm

audition notice - ALICE IN WONDERLAND - Valley Youth Theatre - November 14 & 15

Audition dates:  November 14 & 15, 2016
(Doors open for audition registration at approximately 3:30pm)

Show dates:   February 10 - 26, 2017
Rehearsals begin: December 7, 2016 (tentative)
Rehearsals  (tentative dates) will be Monday - Thursday & Saturdays
December 7 - 22, 2016 | January 3 - February 2, 2017
Tech Week daily rehearsals will be February 4 - 9, 2017

Auditions will take place at
Valley Youth Theatre
525 North First Street
Phoenix, Arizona 85004
(Downtown Phoenix on the S/E corner of First Street & Fillmore)

CLICK HERE for more information and to download the audition form

SYLVIA - Compass Players - January 12 - 29, 2017

Compass Players unleashes its next theatrical production with A.R. Gurney’s delightful comedy SYLVIA.  Gurney writes about a dog who totally seduces the attention and affection of a hard working middle class husband much to the chagrin of his wife.

Following Compass Players’ success with Neil Simon’s CHAPTER TWO and having just completed A.R. Gurney’s LOVE LETTERS the company begins 2017 with this howlingly funny comedy.  

SYLVIA runs January 12 thru 29 at Theater Works, 8355 West Peoria Avenue, Peoria, AZ.

Tickets go on sale Friday, November 4th at or the box office (623) 815-7930.

Tickets are $27 for general admission and $24 for Seniors and Students plus a $3 handling fee.    

Thursday, October 27, 2016

promo photos - 1776 - Zao Theatre

CLICK HERE for more information on this production, which runs November 4th to November 19th

photos courtesy Zao Theatre

promo photo - ASSASSINS - Fountain Hills Theater

CLICK HERE for more information on this production, which runs November 4th to November 20th 

(left to right) Chris Chavez, Don Crosby, Ryan Jordan, Nicklaus Hambruch, Casey Karapetian,
Michael Stewart, Sky Donovan and Libby Mueller
photo: Patty Torrilhon

review - PIPPIN - Greasepaint Youth Theatre

Johnna Watson, Hayden Skaggs, Liam Thibeault and Nathan Sheppard
photo: Laura Durant
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 October 30th.

"...Pippin...tells the simple and often-told tale of someone searching for their place in life. Schwartz's score includes many memorable tunes, and Greasepaint Youth Theatre's production features an exceptional group of talented youth actors that bring plenty of magic to the show. ...The plot ... tells the tale of naive young prince Pippin who has just returned home after getting his education. ...not sure how he can prove himself, believes that going to battle will do just that, and so begins the first of many quests for Pippin to find his way in life. ...Pippin still believes he is simply an "extra ordinary" man with an unfulfilled life. It is an interesting story about a young man on the search for his purpose in life—a life in which living in a castle and being wealthy may not be what is best, with Pippin instead preferring a life of modesty and "simple joys." While the plot is intriguing, the book by Roger O. Hirson leaves a little to be desired. It bogs down a bit in the second act and has an ending that, while interesting, still feels a bit unfinished, especially in how the Leading Player keeps promising us a spectacular ending that isn't really that spectacular. Fortunately, the pop-rock score by Stephen Schwartz is wonderful, with several showstoppers including "Corner of the Sky," "Simple Joys," and "Morning Glow." Nathan Sheppard makes an exceptional Pippin who is full of charm, awkwardness, and a sweet naivetĂ©. ...Sheppard's pure, strong voice excels on Pippin's many songs. Shawn Wong is equally good as the playful and taunting Leading Player. The cast also includes Liam Thibeault and Johnna Watson as Charlemagne and Fastrada. Both are very good, with Thibeault instilling a regal and forceful tone to the fun King and Watson a joy as his conniving second wife. ...All of the cast have exceptional singing voices which show off both the depth and wit in Schwartz's lyrics.Director Beth Reynolds does a very good job of keeping the pace moving steadily forward and she uses the large ensemble cast quite effectively. Choreographer April Rozier's energetic steps are basic enough for the ensemble to navigate, and she includes specialized dances for the more talented dancers, with Ally Chisenski and Hallie Reggio delivering some exceptional Fosse moves....Pippin isn't a perfect show, but it does have an excellent score by Schwartz that helps flesh out this musical into an upbeat and thrilling story of self-discovery. With a talented cast featuring some of the Valley's most gifted young actors, Greasepaint Youth Theatre's production is a joyful experience with many magical and memorable moments."  -Gil Benbrook, Talkin' Broadway (click here to read the complete review)

promo photos - THE MUSIC MAN - Mesa Encore Theatre

CLICK HERE for more information on this production which runs November 4th to November 20th


photos: Christina Brackbill - Geeky Chic Photography

DISNEY'S THE LION KING, JR. - Actor's Youth Theatre - November 10 - November 19, 2016

Disney's The Lion King has captivated the imagination of audiences around the world and now, for the first time ever, you have the opportunity to produce this one-of-a-kind musical in your your school. The African savannah comes to life on your stage with Simba, Rafiki and an unforgettable cast of characters as they journey from Pride Rock to the jungle... and back again, in this inspiring, coming-of-age tale.

Showing November 10-19th (shows Thursday-Saturday 7pm with 3pm matinee on Saturday)
Director.. Julie Clement

Music Director....Marcus Ellsworth

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ticket discount - ALIEN: A PUPPET SHOW - All Puppet Players

Calling All Actors! TONIGHT All Puppet Players is offering $10 tickets to active actors in the Phoenix community!

Just bring a recent program that you appear in to the box office and receive a ticket for ONLY $10 to tonight's production of Alien: A Puppet Show.

Think that sounds like an awesome deal? Well, it can be yours for the REST OF THE SEASON as well!

STUDENTS, ACTORS & MILITARY! We are pleased to announce our exclusive APP ArtCard.
Simply bring your current military/student I.D. or a CURRENT program of a show you have performed in recently and you can get our APP ArtCard.

This gets you a nice little discount ($10 tickets!!!) for protecting our country, educating your mind, or entertaining our souls. This discount lasts for our entire Season 7!

This deal is not available online. You must be present with proper identification for us to sign you up. So come on out to Alien: A Puppet Show to get your Art Card NOW!

cast announcement - THE VELVETEEN RABBIT - Desert Stages Theatre

CLICK HERE for more information on this production, which runs November 25th to December 23rd

Voice 1/Mouse/Bunny 2: Ausette Anderies
Voice 2/Skin Horse/Bunny 1: J Kevin Tallent
Voice 3/Nana: Donna Kaufman
Voice 4/Train/Magic: Macy Morgan
Boy: Isaac Speyer (Nov 25th-Dec 18th)/ Emma DelGhiaccio (Dec 19th-Dec 23rd)
The Velveteen Rabbit: Keaton Honaker

Directed by Rick Davis

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

audition notice for the role of Sylvia in SYLVIA - Compass Players

SYLVIA - CASTING CALL for principal role of Sylvia

Looking to cast a FEMALE, Age Range anywhere from 18 – 30, Petite to Small in size and stature…
Sylvia is a mixed breed dog, but think hyper puppies, Jack Russell Terrier, beagles, etc.
AUDITIONS for the title role of SYLVIA to be held at Theater Works in Peoria AZ on Tuesday, Nov 1st from 11 - 2pm, Wednesday, Nov 2nd from 12 - 3 pm, and Thursday, Nov 4th from 4 - 7 pm.

Sign up for a time by CLICKING HERE

A delightful comedy about a married couple and man's best friend.

Director - Jeanna Michaels

Please bring a picture and resume.  Or you may submit a picture and resume to

Please prepare only a comedy monologue no longer than 2 minutes.  Be prepared to improv as a dog... you pick the breed.  Please come in comfortable clothes and be prepared to roll around on the floor.... like a dog.  Sides will be available at the audition for cold reading.

Video submissions are acceptable.  Please submit to

Stipend pay of $200 for the production

Production runs January 12 - January 29th, 2017

Rehearsals begin November 7th.  Time will be taken off for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s.

cast announcement - ELF THE MUSICAL. JR. - Musical Theatre of Anthem

CLICK HERE for more information on this production, which runs December 8th to December 18th 

Santa Claus: Parker Gates
Buddy JR: Momeyer
Elf 1/Set Elf: Chloe Connor
Elf 2/Set Elf: Libby Ikesaki
Elf 3/Set Elf: Lexirose Blanzy
Elf 4/Set Elf: Joslyn Momeyer
Elf 5/Set Elf: Tyler Blanzy
Elf Solo #1/Set Elf: Jayden Hawley
Elf Solo #2/Set Elf: Vanessa Hughes
Charlie/Set Elf: Julia Hughes
Shawanda/Set Elf: Mary Davis
Business woman: Dakota Agurcia
Flyer guy 1: Charlie Watters
Flyer guy 2: Zachary Smith
Comforting New Yorker (soloist): Grace Martinez
Two New Yorkers (duet): Allie Hall & Tanis Clizer
Jogger: Parker Gates
Teenager: Renee DeVivo
Sam: Travis Smith
Walter Hobbs: Tor Tjorhom
Deb: Grace Davis/KyLeigh Montgomery***
Emily Hobbs: Savannah Foy
Michael Hobbs: Christopher Poulios
Security Guard 1: Nick Yarema
Security Guard 2: Miranda Monterrubio
Sales Woman: Katia Ponce
Manager: Adrianna Cioffi
Jovie: Emma Suttell
Santa’s Helper: Sydnee Pelchat
Fake Santa: Garrett Hale
Police Man 1: Sienna Armstrong
Police Man 2: Casen Halpin
Sarah: Mackenzie Morgan
Mr. Greenway: Sam Baldwin
Chadwick: Derion Morgan
Matthews: Zane Sharp
Charlotte Dennon: Jadyn Momeyer
Darlene Lambert: Iyla Feist
Emma Van Brocklin: Regan Sheffield
Passerby: Caley Benson
Finale Soloist 1: Sydnee Pelchat
Finale Soloist 2: Piper Keagle
Finale Soloist 3: Regan Sheffield
Finale Soloist 4: Katia Ponce
Elves: Jett Hale, Addison Purvis, Sophia Bobbie, Max DeVivo, Nick Yarema, Kaili Maloney- Devere, Casen Halpin, Kendall Conner, Zachary Smith, Sadie Weiss, Charlie Watters
Alan Ponce, Kate Crampton, Hannah Kring, Sofia Doneski, Sienna Armstrong, Anna Bradford,
Ryan Quirk, Marlee Trent, Tanis Clizer, Kylee Pelchat
Macy’s Parents (Shoppers): Caley Benson, Samantha Brown, Allie Hall
Macy’s Parent (Speaking Line): Haylee Long
Macy’s Children (Shoppers): Abbey Davis, Hagen Harris, Ryan Widhalm, Ava Rackley
Macy’s Child (Speaking Line): Ryan Quirk
Macy’s Employees: Grace Martinez, Katia Ponce, Piper Keagle
Macy’s Employee #1: Piper Keagle
New Yorkers Group A (World Greatest Dad): Caley Benson, Grace Martinez. Zachary Smith, Charlie Watters, Tanis Clizer, Allie Hall, Regan Sheffield, Iyla Feist, Jadyn Momeyer, Renee DeVivo, Dakota Agurcia
Rockefeller Crowd: Sydnee Pelchat, Grace Martinez, Katia Ponce, Piper Keagle, Abbey Davis,
Hagen Harris, Adrianna Cioffi, Ryan Widhalm, Haylee Long, Miranda Monterrubio, Ava Rackley,
Sadie Weiss, Kaili Maloney-Devere, Sophia Bobbie, Kendall Conner, Sofia Doneski, Anna Bradford, Marlee Trent, Kylee Pelchat, Garrett Hale
Rockefeller Ice Skaters: Hagen Harris, Samantha Brown
Office staff: Derion Morgan, Zane Sharp, Travis Smith, Mackenzie Morgan, KyLeigh Montgomery/Grace Davis***
Carolers: Mary Davis, Julia Hughes, Vanessa Hughes, Jayden Hawley, Tyler Blanzy, Lexirose Blanzy, Joslyn Momeyer, Libby Ikesaki, Chloe Conner, Jett Hale, Hannah Kring, Kate Crampton, Alan Ponce, Addison Purvis, Max DeVivo
New Yorkers Group B (There is a Santa Claus): Caley Benson, Grace Martinez, Allie Hall, Regan Sheffield, Iyla Feist, Jadyn Momeyer, Renee DeVivo, Dakota Agurcia, Garrett Hale

***Kyleigh Montgomery will be playing the role of Deb 12/8-12/11 (1:00 & 3:00 on Sunday)
***Grace Davis will be playing the role of Deb 12/11 (5:00 show on Sunday)- 12/18

audition notice - ON GOLDEN POND - Ghostlight Theatre - November 12

Auditions for On Golden Pond will take place on Sat. Nov 12th at 3pm at Ghostlight Theatre.

Come prepared to perform cold reads.  You can bring a monologue to present if you would like.


Norman Thayer - Norman is a retired college professor, who describes himself as being "older than dirt."  He is set in his ways, and hard to get along with.  He has a dry wit, and he enjoys having fun at others' expense.  He also uses his wit and intellect to mask his growing infirmities.

Ethel Thayer - Ethel is Norman's wife, and is several years younger than Norman.  She is happy, outgoing, and content.   Intelligent and well grounded, she has been content to defer to Norman on many issues without losing her own identity

Chelsea Thayer Wayne - The only daughter of Norman and Ethel, she has a difficult relationship with her parents. She has never gotten along with Norman, and she feels that Ethel always takes Norman's side of things.

Billy Ray - The dentist to whom Chelsea is engaged.  Bill has a thirteen year old son, Billy.  Prior to becoming a teenager, Billy has spent more time with his mother than with Bill.  Billy will now be living with his father, who is becoming very satisfied with new-found changes in his life, both on personal and professional fronts.

Charlie Martin - A native of Golden Pond, Maine.  He is close in age to Chelsea, and has always liked her.  Growing up, he saw Chelsea as a pretty, mysterious city girl, and he was fascinated with her. He is the mailman for Golden Pond, having taken over those duties from his uncle.

Bill Ray Jr.  - Thirteen years old, but precocious and worldly for his age.  Billy is intelligent, but suspicious and guarded.  At this point in his life, he has not spent a lot of time with his father, or any male role model.  Billy recognizes that he has been passed back and forth between his parents out of necessity, but has not really been "raised" by either of them.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

cast announcement - BILLY ELLIOT - Phoenix Theatre

CLICK HERE for more information on this production, which runs November 18th to December 23rd

Maria Amorocho*                                                      Grandma
Skyler Bean                                                               Ensemble
Katie Brown                                                              Ballet Girl
Alex Crossland                                                         Ensemble
Matthew Dean                                                           Billy Elliot
Marley Degroot                                                         Ballet Girl
Chris Eriksen                                                            Dad
Jonathan Furedy*                                                     Ensemble/Utility Roles
James Gish                                                               Ensemble
Riley Glick                                                                 Ballet Girl/Debbie Wilkinson
Katie Hart                                                                   Dead Mum/Clipboard Woman/Lesley
Sam Hay*                                                                   Ensemble/Dance Captain/Older Billy Elliot
Jenny Hintze                                                             Mrs. Wilkinson
Hilary Hirsch                                                             Ensemble/Mrs. Wilkinson Understudy
Seth Judice                                                                Billy Elliot
Alex Kunz                                                                  Tony
Kayla Mcclemore                                                      Ensemble
Noah Mcneil                                                              Small Boy/Posh Boy
Brant Michaels*                                                         Ensemble
Jeffrey Middleton                                                      Utility Man
Ross Nemeth                                                             Michael Caffrey
Alex Nordin*                                                              Ensemble
Jessie Jo Pauley                                                          Ballet Girl/Debbie Wilkinson
Johnny Ramirez                                                        Ensemble
Jennie Rhiner                                                            Ensemble Understudy
Katie Shein                                                                Ballet Girl
Laurie Trygg                                                              Ensemble
Katherine V. Tuchi                                                    Ballet Girl
Brandon Zale                                                             Ensemble/Utility Tracks

Michael Barnard+                                                      Director
Sam Hay*                                                                  Choreographer
Alan Ruch                                                                  Musical Director
Mark Reynolds                                                          Director of Production
Pasha Yamotahari                                                      Fight Choreography/Dialect Coach
Allison McGrath and Greg Purnell                           Projection Design
Dave Temby                                                              Sound Designer
Michael J. Eddy                                                         Lighting Designer
Cari Sue Smith                                                          Costume Designer
Tyler Weldon                                                             Resident Properties Designer
Kelly Yurko                                                                Wig Designer

+Member of Society of Directors and Choreographers

*Member of Actors' Equity Association

audition notice THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER - East Valley Children's Theatre - October 25 & 26

Auditions for East Valley Children's Theatre The Best Christmas Pageant Ever:

Tuesday, October 25 and Wednesday, October 26
5:00pm: Ages 8-11
7:00pm: 12-18

Callbacks: Thursday, October 27 at 6:00pm. Rehearsals begin Saturday, Oct. 29 and continue through Nov. 30. Performances are Dec. 1-11, Thursdays thru Sundays, at the Mesa Arts Center. Directed by Joel Cranson.

Location for auditions and rehearsals:
EVCT Rehearsal Studio, 4501 E. Main St., Mesa (SE corner of Greenfield and Main)

No previous experience or preparation required. Audition will consist of singing and reading from the script. Bring a photo that doesn't need to be returned and come dressed for movement. To see a cast list and download an audition card, go to

Charlotte's Web extended through October 30th!

THE HERD - Theatre Artists Studio - November 25 - December 11, 2016

by Rory Kinnear
Directed by Judy Rollings

The Herd is a witty and heartfelt look at family life when it doesn’t turn out quite the way you imagined. It's Andy's 21st birthday and preparations for the party are under way. But Andy and his caregiver are running late. As his family gathers, two unexpected guests appear, straining the delicate family dynamic. A regional premiere!

Maureen Dias Watson - Carol  (Andy’s Mother)

Amanda Melby - Claire (Carol’s Daughter - Andy’s sister)

Patti Davis Suarez- Patricia (Carol’s Mother- Andy’s grandmother)

Michael Fleck- Brian (Carol’s Father - Andy’s grandfather)

Al Benneian - Ian (Carol’s x husband - Andy’s father)

Brady Weber - Mark (Claire’s boyfriend)

Dates: November 25 – December 11, 2016
Times: Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.; Sundays at 2:00 p.m.

CLICK HERE for more information on this production and to order tickets

The Bridge Initiative Announces Playwright Semifinalists

From our friends at the Bridge Initiative:

With a total submission tally of close to 170 plays and musicals, The Bridge Initiative has announced 40 plays as semifinalists for this year's new work contest. The semifinalists hail from as far away as Australia, as well as more than ten states, with four playwrights local to Arizona.

The next step for the semifinalists will be another judging round. Finalists will be announced by December 1st,  with the winner announcement in January 2017. Readers are theatre practitioners from both Arizona and nationwide who judge the plays on criteria such as originality, voice, character complexity, and X factor.

The winning playwright will be in residence at Mesa Community College to workshop her play with a New York-based director and local Arizona dramaturg and actors February 21-26. Details on auditions and other information about the workshop to be announced in January.

The full list of semifinalists is: Portrait of the Widow Kinski by Sarah Jean Accuardi, Embers of Tent City by Tita Anntares, Out of Time by Rachel Atkins, Don't Kill the Angels by Claudia Barnett, Two Men Walk Into a Bar by Monica Bauer, Honor Killing by Sarah Bierstock, The Captives by Barbara Blumenthal-Erlich, Welcome Home, Roberta DuCant by Larissa Brewington, When Colossus Falls by Eugenie Carabatsos, Last Nights of Sheherezade by Paula Cizmar, Tribe by Judith Collins, Sunset Artists of the American West by Shualee Cook, Los Samaritanos by Sandra Daley, Terra Incognita by Lauren Ferebee, Gertrude by Susan Ferrara, W.A.S.P. by Zanne Hall, Annie Jump and the Library of Heaven by Reina Hardy, Pacific Northwest Play by RN Healey, Second Skin by Kristin Idaszak, White Pearl by Anchuli King, Porch Play by Kate Kremer, September and Her Sisters by Jennifer Lane, Nothing but the Truth by Eve Lederman, Skeletons by Amy da Luz,Abortion Road Trip by Rachel Lynnett, The Flora and the Fauna by Alyson Mead, Pope Joan II by Pat Montley, City of Ladies by Amanda Prahl, Modern Slave by Elaine Romero, Circular by Laura Shamas, Sex and Other Disturbances by Marisa Smith, We, the Invisibles by Susan Stanton, Reflections in a D'Backs Eye by Deanne Stillman, Falling Slanted, Sad & Crazy by Chelsea Sutton, What Actually Happened Was by Stephanie Swirsky, Naming True by Natalie Symons, The Women of 4G by Amy Tofte, 72 Objects by Lolly Ward, Death Wings by Bess Welden, and Horse Thief by Christine Whitley.

Monday, October 24, 2016

WEEK AT A GLANCE: October 24 - October 30

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And Click Here for a complete day by day calendar of what shows are playing.





ASU School of Film, Dance and Theatre 
October 28 - November 6, 2016

Stray Cat Theatre
October 28 - November 6, 2016