Sunday, December 31, 2017

audition notice - MADDI'S FRIDGE & ERIC AND ELLIOT - Childsplay

Childsplay is currently accepting submissions for the following roles:

MADDI’S FRIDGE by Anne Negri (world premiere production)
Based on the book by Lois Brandt, this heartwarming and hilarious play is a story about honesty, sensitivity and instilling important lessons in friendship, empathy and helping others! On tour throughout the state of Arizona.

Contract dates are January 22nd – May 20th, 2018. This is a full-time job during school hours.

ERIC AND ELLIOT by Dwayne Hartford
Eric and Elliot is the story of a family's journey toward healing following a devastating suicide. This show is a school tour that will be presented at middle and high schools throughout the state of Arizona.

Contract dates are January 22nd – March 4th, 2018. This is a full-time job during school hours.

Character Breakdown

Role available in Maddi’s Fridge:

LUIS, Maddi’s little brother. Latino.

Roles Available in Eric and Elliot:

ELLIOT, the older brother of ERIC.
WILLOUGHBY, always looking to the future, non-specific gender/age/ethnicity, must be comfortable walking on stilts.
MISS HADDEN, weighed down by the past, non-specific gender/age/ethnicity

What To Prepare
TO SUBMIT: Please send headshot and resume to Anthony Runfola, Director of Production, Please indicate what show you are interested in submitting for.

We will be scheduling times for cold reads as soon as possible.You will be contacted to make an appointment to read. Sides will be sent in advance.

Additional Info
When submitting your headshot and resume, please note which play you are interested in. Please note contract dates in the show descriptions.

Childsplay values equity, diversity, and inclusion throughout our organization, programs, and audiences. We are committed to giving underrepresented artists a safe space to create art and community.

By welcoming people with differences in religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, class, gender, ability, and age we are better able to celebrate that which brings humankind together: imagination and wonder.

Auditions are for non-Equity actors only.

PLEASE NOTE: Childsplay serves families and schools. Rehearsals and performances are held during daytime hours. School tours will include overnight trips outside of the metro Phoenix area.

audition notice - MONTY PYTHON'S SPAMALOT - Scottsdale Community College - January 12

Director: Polly Chapman
Music Director: Beth Livingston-Hakes
Choreographer : Lauren Killeen

Rehearsals Begin: January 16, 2018
Performance Dates: April 5, 2018 – April 14, 2018

Audition Dates/Times
January 12, 2018 3:45 to 7:00PM

Callback Dates/Times
January 13, 2018 9:00 AM to 1:30 PM

Auditions By Appointment
Audition Contact
Polly Chapman
480 703-4793

The Tony® Award Winning Best Musical, Spamalot! Lovingly ripped off from the classic film comedy Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Spamalot retells the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table, and features a bevy of beautiful show girls, not to mention cows, killer rabbits, and French people.  The 2005 Broadway production won three Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and was followed by two successful West End runs.

Character Breakdown
Six Male leads including King Arthur, Patsy, Sir Galahad and Lancelot.

Lady of the Lake – strong female diva lead

6 male and 6 female chorus that will play multiple roles. Singing and dancing a lot!

What To Prepare
Please come with 1 minute monologue and 1 minute song cutting. Bring sheet music, an accompanist will be provided. Call backs will be Saturday, Jan. 13 from 9:00 to 1:30. Cold readings and dance at that time.

Additional Info
Any one cast must enroll for MUP270 or THP270 ( 2 credits) Some scholarships are available

Audition Venue:
Music Building - MUS room 115
Scottsdale Community College, 9000 East Chaparral Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85256-2626

Saturday, December 30, 2017

THE LAST ROMANCE - Stage Left Productions - January 26 - 28, 2018

A Romantic Comedy
by Joe DiPietro

A crush can make anyone feel young again—even a widower named Ralph. On an ordinary day in a routine life, Ralph decides to take a different path on his daily walk—one that leads him to an unexpected second chance at love.

The Young Man.............Charlie Gray

Ralph...................................John Sipple

Rose.............Cathy Corbin-Mannino

Carol.............................Susan Webster

CLICK HERE for more information, and to purchase tickets when available

audition notice - THE ELEPHANT MAN - Zao Theatre - February 26

Zao Theatre is holding auditions for the play, THE ELEPHANT MAN.

The Elephant Man will be directed by Mickey Bryce.

Auditions are by appointment and will be held on Monday night, February 26th, 2018 from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM.

Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script.

Call-backs are scheduled for Tuesday, February 27th, at 6:30 PM.

CLICK HERE to sign up for any open audition time. 

Auditions will be held at the Zao Theatre at Centerstage Church, 550 S. Ironwood Dr., Apache Junction, AZ 85120.  (Broadway and Ironwood)

The production dates are Friday, August 24th, 2018 - Saturday, September 8th, 2018.  Shows run on Friday nights at 7:30 PM, and Saturdays at 2:00 PM and 7:30 PM.

Rehearsals will begin Monday, June 4th, at 6:30 PM, and will be held on Monday -Thursday nights, 6:30 PM- 9:30 PM.  Tech week begins Monday August 20th.

Conflicts will be an important consideration in casting.


Character Breakdown

John Merrick : The part has been cast.

Frederick Treves : Based on Sir Frederick Treves (1853-1923), who performed England’s first appendectomy; this prominent London Hospital surgeon forges a friendship with Merrick after housing him in the hospital. Though he is an uncompromising Victorian gentleman, Treves softens toward Merrick and even draws parallels between Merrick’s life and his own, grappling with the difficult emotions this realizeation causes.

Mrs. Kendal : The part has been cast.

Carr Gomm : The administrator of London Hospital, where Merrick lived for the last years of his life under the care of Treves. He often acts as a mentor to Treves and protector of Merrick.

Ross : A showman and manager of Merrick as “The Elephant Man” in a freak show, who first sees him as a money-maker and then as a liability.

Bishop Waltham How : A fervent believer, he wants Merrick to receive religious instruction above all.

Actors cast in the following roles will play multiple roles:

THREE PINHEADS - three women freaks whose heads are pointed
MAN - at a fairground in Brussels
CONDUCTOR - of Ostend-London boat train
PORTER - at the London Hospital
SNORK - also a porter

Friday, December 29, 2017

cast announcement - A CHORUS LINE - TheaterWorks

Cassie Ferguson: Kat Bailes
Diana Morales: Shani Barrett
Judy Turner: Hanna Christianson
Paul San Marco: Trey DeGroot
Don Kerr: Topher George
Kristine Urich (DeLuca): Malerie Jo
Bebe Benzenheimer, (US Kristine): Alexia Lorch
Bobby Mills: Charlie Rabago
Maggie Winslow: Katie Rodin
Val Clark, (US Cassie): Sara Sanderson
Richie Walters: Kendrick Stallings
Al DeLuca: Joshua Vern
Sheila Bryant: Sarah Wiechman
Connie Wong: Vicky Yao
Mark Anthony: Chris Rhea
Larry: Deserae McCall
Zach: Rob Watson
Mike Costa: Michael Swenke
Tricia, (US Maggie and Val): Isabella Connor
Lois, (US Diana): Hannah Wehner
Roy, (US Mark): Daniel Bargen
Frank, (US Zach): Todd Corbeil
Cut Dancer, (US Bebe): Brenna Jackson
Cut Dancer, (US Connie): Sophie Loeb
Cut Dancer, (US Larry): Arona Spader

CLICK HERE for more information on this production which runs February 16th to March 4th

cast announcement - 13, THE MUSICAL - Scottsdale Desert Stages Theatre

CLICK HERE for more information on this production, which runs from February 23 to March 25

Early Cast - Performing Friday Nights and Saturday Afternoons

Cassie (O)/Ensemble (C): Kiara Adams
Ensemble: Grace Allen
Molly (C)/Ensemble (O): Jennifer ArangoMacias
Lucy (O)/Ensemble (C): Kellyn Broerman
Ensemble: Tori Collins
Richie: Quincy Cowans
Evan: Bennett Curran
Ensemble: Emma Delghiaccio
Archie: Owen Donsker
Patrice (C)/Ensemble (O): Elle Feinstein
Ensemble: Eva Gauthier
Kendra (O)/Ensemble (C): Sage Godzich
Simon (C)/Ensemble (O): Isaac Greenland
Malcolm (C)/Ensemble (O): Zak Habul
Ensemble: Austin Kaye
Ensemble: Laine Kenly
Eddie (O)/Ensemble (C): Sam Kessler
Patrice (O)/Ensemble (C): Sabrina Kiepke
Ensemble: Lauren Kort
Eddie (C)/Ensemble (O): Nathaniel McNamara
Ensemble: Marissa Myers
Lucy (C)/Ensemble (O): Rachel Nathan
Brett (O)/Ensemble (C): Pierce Nielsen
Charlotte (O)/Ensemble (C): Brooke Nielsen
Cassie (C)/Ensemble (O): Danielle Obergh
Kendra (C)/Ensemble (O): Ainsley Orozco
Ensemble: Sophie Perlstein
Ensemble: Matthew Steward
Ensemble: Alexa Stuart
Brett (C)/Ensemble (O): Noah Sucato
Malcolm (O)/Ensemble (C): Nathan Sullivan
Molly (O)/Ensemble (C): Sydney Vance
Charlotte (C)/Ensemble (O): Zoey Waller
Simon (O)/Ensemble (C): Xander Zeeb

Late Cast - Performing Saturday Nights and Sunday Afternoons

Patrice (O)/Ensemble (C): Ava Chaffee
Ensemble: Lylah Defibaugh
Kendra (O)/Ensemble (C): MarySue Dickens
Evan: Ethan Drew
Ensemble: Samantha Gibbons
Richie (C)/Ensemble (O): Cameron Grove
Simon (C)/Ensemble (O): Walter Hall Jr
Ensemble: Grace Helenic
Archie (C)/Ensemble (O): Kyle Hoffmaster
Simon (O)/Ensemble (C): Landon Kalinowski
Patrice (C)/Ensemble (O): Anna Koth
Ensemble: Sadie Krotonsky
Ensemble: Jake Krotonsky
Lucy (C)/Ensemble (O): Olivia La Porte
Malcolm (C)/Ensemble (O): Sam Markson
Ensemble: Tabitha Momeyer
Eddie (C)/Ensemble (O): Patrick Mullen
Archie (O)/Ensemble (C): Ross Nemeth
Molly (O)/Ensemble (C): Talia Novack
Ensemble: Kylee Novack
Eddie (O)/Ensemble (C): Kai Nunziato-Cruz
Charlotte (C)/Ensemble (O): Nora Palermo
Cassie (O)/Ensemble (C): Chloe Pierson
Richie (O)/Ensemble (C): Christopher Poulios
Charlotte (O)/Ensemble (C): Bridget Rhee
Ensemble: Lauren Reilly
Ensemble: Allison Rhee
Ensemble: Allie Rose
Malcolm (O)/Ensemble (C): Declan Skaggs
Lucy (O)/Ensemble (C): Delaney Spanko
Molly (C)/Ensemble (O): Bella Swope
Kendra (C)/Ensemble (O): Katie Tuchi
Ensemble: Jamie Villarreal
Ensemble: Annabel Wentworth
Brett (C)/Ensemble (O): Hudson Wilcox
Brett (O)/Ensemble (C): Jack Yampolsky
Cassie (C)/Ensemble (O): Ryley Youngs

audition notice - HAMLET - Pinnacle Creative Arts - December 30

Did you miss out on auditions for Hamlet: A Tragedy in Three Rings, before Christmas?  Santa left a gift under the tree – one more chance to audition Saturday from 10:00-11:00 am.  This adaptation of Hamlet is written in modern English and is set in a Russian Circus traveling in the US in the 1920’s.  Many great roles still available.  Auditions held at 3427 E Bell Rd, Phoenix.  Click for more information or to sign up.

CLICK HERE to sign up!

cast announcement - ERMA BOMBECK: AT WIT'S END - Fountain Hills Theater

Cathy Dresbach as Erma Bombeck

CLICK HERE for more information on this production, which runs from January 5 to January 21

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Starlight Community Theatre's Youth Educational Workshop - HOW TO EAT LIKE A CHILD

How To Eat Like A Child
Youth Educational Workshop for ages 7 – 17

Educational Workshop Fee per Student: $150, SCT Membership must be current upon participation.
Commences: Mon, Jan 29 4:30 – 6:30 pm, meets weekly; Dress Tech rehearsals 5:30 – 8:30 pm Wed, Apr 18 & Thus Apr 19

7 pm Fri, Apr 21
2 pm Sat, Apr 22
7 pm Sat, Apr 22

Book by Delia Ephron, John Forster, & Judith Kahan, Music & Lyrics by John Forster.
Presented through special arrangement with Samuel French.
Directed by Victoria Fricker

How To Eat Like A Child is a hilarious, musical romp through the joys and sorrows of being a child. Children give twenty-three lessons in such subjects as how to beg for a dog, how to torture your sister, how to act after being sent to your room, and how to laugh hysterically.

CLICK HERE for more information and to register!

Last chance to purchase Childsplay's Flex Tickets!

HARVEY - Don Bluth Front Row Theatre - January 11 - February 24, 2018

by Mary Chase

Harvey, is the story of a perfect gentleman, Elwood P. Dowd, and his best friend, Harvey -- a pooka, who is a six-foot tall, invisible rabbit. When Elwood begins introducing Harvey around town, his embarrassed sister, Veta Louise, and her daughter, Myrtle Mae, determine to commit Elwood to a sanitarium.

Myrtle Mae: Emily McAtee Bowlby
Veta: Petey Swartz
Elwood: Lee Cooley
Mrs. Chauvenet: Joy Strimple
Nurse Kelly: Hillary Low
Wilson: Frank Aaron
Dr. Sanderson: Jeff Jones
Dr. Chumley: Don Crosby
Mrs. Chumley: KatiBelle Collins
Judge Gaffney: Hal Bliss
Lofgren: Malcolm Hooper

CLICK HERE for more information, and to purchase tickets

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

ticket discount - MONTY PYTHON'S SPAMALOT & AGATHA CHRISTIE'S VERDICT - Desert Stages Theatre

from our friends at DST:

Kick off 2018 with a great Pre-Opening Special!

Purchase your tickets for Monty Python’s Spamalot by Jan. 11th and for Agatha Christie’s Verdict by Jan. 18th and get $5 off the full ticket price!

Seats are going fast for both shows so secure yours and save money now!

Box office is open~ stop by or call 480-483-1664 or visit

audition notice - ONCE ON THIS ISLAND, JR - Musical Theatre of Anthem - January 13 & 14

Musical Theatre of Anthem announces auditions for Once on This Island Jr., a highly original theatrical adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's popular fairy tale, The Little Mermaid, and the Tony-nominated Broadway musical by the legendary writing team, Ahrens and Flaherty.

Auditions for this no-cut production for ages 6-18 will be held January13-14, 2018 at MTA in Anthem.

Through almost non-stop song and dance, this full-hearted musical tells the story of Ti Moune, a peasant girl who rescues and falls in love with Daniel, a wealthy boy from the other side of her island. When Daniel is returned to his people, the fantastical gods who rule the island guide Ti Moune on a quest that will test the strength of her love against the powerful forces of prejudice, hatred and even death.

The award-winning production staff includes Co-Directors/Co-Choreographers, Sarah Brayer and Lyndsie Clymer, Vocal Director, Jackie Hammond and Stage Manager, Sarah Brayer.

Rehearsals begin January 18, with performances taking place February 22-25, 2018.

General vocal auditions will be held Saturday, January 13 at 11 a.m. with callbacks on Sunday, January 14.  Those auditioning should prepare a musical theatre song, 16-32 bars or one minute in length.  Bring an accompaniment CD or iPod to sing with; you may also sing a capella if needed.  Please have your registration materials (available on the website) completed prior to coming to the audition.  If you are unable to make the scheduled audition time, please contact for an alternate appointment time. Auditions, callbacks, and rehearsals are held at MTA’s theatre performance space at 42323 N. Vision Way, Anthem, AZ  85086. 

Tuition and costume fee for this production is $275, with a 10% sibling discount.  Scholarships are available through the Lyle Kishbaugh Scholarship Fund for participants who might otherwise not be able to participate.  Please visit our website for more information.

Audition Preparation Workshops will be held on Thursday, January 11 from 4:30 – 6 p.m. and 6 – 7:30.p.m, During these 90-minute sessions, participants will be instructed on cold reads, acting technique, characterization and more.  Participants of the workshops will get to audition prior to the general audition time.  Cost is just $35 and space is limited to just 18 participants per session.  There is a 10% sibling discount.  For more information and to reserve your spot, visit

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Don Bluth Front Row Theatre's 2018 Season

From our friends at Don Bluth Front Row Theatre:

Announcing Our 2018 Season:

2018 Season Tickets Now Available  (Pre-Sale Only)                                 
Call 480-314-0841, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to purchase your season tickets now
Season Tickets - Only $120 for six shows!
($140 if you wish to include our summer youth production, Seussical Jr.)

CLICK HERE for more information

 January 11th - February 24th


   A Frank Capra Classic

  March 8th - April 28th


May 10th - June 30th


July 26th - August 4th
(Youth Production)


August 16th - September 29th


October 11th - November 24th


Our Holiday Production
To Be Announced
November 29th - December 29th

TYING KNOTS - Now & Then Creative Company - January 6, 2018

from our friends at Now & Then Creative Company:

FREE - Play Reading

TYING KNOTS by Allison Bauer

Join us on Saturday, January 6 from 12PM to 1:30PM for a reading of Allison Bauer's newest play, TYING KNOTS. Currently in development, Bauer's play premieres this April at Now & Then Creative Company. The reading will be followed by a discussion with the cast and playwright.

Featuring performances by...

KNOTS - Shandi Ilyse
HANGERS - Devon Mahon


Knots and Hangers have a very clear job—tie dreams and hang them in the sky. Created in an image that doesn’t believe in dreaming, Hangers starts to wonder what it’s like to move beyond...and finally dream.

Saturday, December 23, 2017

audition notice - A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM - Starlight Community Theater - January 6

Auditions: 9 am Jan 6
Adults (16+) be prepared to sing 32 bars of a musical theater show tune with recorded accompaniment (bring CD or mp3 player) and to do some reading and movement/choreography.
Please bring your personal calendar, audition form, theater resume (optional) & headshot (optional).
Audition Entrance is through Stage Door in back. Callbacks 1 pm Sun, Jan 7.
Production Fee per Adult Cast Member: $75, SCT Membership must be current upon role acceptance.

7 pm Fri, Mar 2
2 pm Sat, Mar 3
7 pm Sat, Mar 3
2 pm Sun, Mar 4
7 pm Fri, Mar 9
2 pm Sat, Mar 10
7 pm Sat, Mar 10
2 pm Sun, Mar 11

Book by Burt Shevelove & Larry Gelbart, Music & Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim.
Presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).
Directed by Barbara L Surloff

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum is a nonstop laughfest in which Pseudolus, a crafty slave, struggles to win the hand of a beautiful, but slow-witted, courtesan named Philia for his young master, Hero, in exchange for freedom. The plot twists and turns with cases of mistaken identity, slamming doors and a showgirl or two.

CLICK HERE for more information

Friday, December 22, 2017

Fountain Hills Theater's Winter Break Camps

December 26-29
Comedy, Improv, Musical Theater
Learn all sorts of improv, create characters of your own, and perfect your comedic timing. Plus, lean how to use the skills both in theatre and in the outside world. It'll be four days of activities that are both fun AND funny. Return from winter break the funniest person in school!

9:00am - 12:00pm Half Day , 9:00am - 3:00pm Full Day    Ages 7-13

Tuition: Full Day $225  |  Half-day $150
Call 480-837-9661 x3 to register

Instructor: Katie Male
katiestandup 2Katie is a stand-up comedian and Assistant Director of “Farce Side Comedy Hour,” ASU’s 32-year old sketch comedy group. Katie has won multiple National Youth Arts awards and is an ariZoni-nominated actress.

Jan 1-6, 2018
Harry Potter Christmas Musical
Join us at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry for a fun, campy musical version of Harry Potter with a Christmas theme!
Learn acting, singing and dancing while portraying your favorite wizarding friends.  You can even bring your own wand and Harry Potter costume. Final performance on the last day!

Morning Session 9:00am - 12:00pm  Ages 5-10 
Afternoon Session 12:30pm - 3:30pm  Ages 11 +
Full day available with instructor approval

Tuition: $175, $25 off if register by Dec 25

​Call 480-837-9661 x3 to register

Instructor: Miss Paige
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Paige Beckman is an ariZoni winning music director who teaches improv, musical theater and acting and is a private voice and acting coach in Fountain Hills.

cast announcement - THE SNOWY DAY - Childsplay

CLICK HERE for more information on this production, which runs from January 21st to March 11th

Woman: Savannah Alfred
Man 1: Andre Johnson
Man 2: Micah DeShazer

Adapted by Jerome Hairston, from the books by Ezra Jack Keats.
Director:  Katie McFadzen
Costume Design:  Gail Wolfenden-Steib
Scenic Design:  Douglas Clarke
Lighting Design:  John D. Alexander
Music Director: Thomas Strawser
Puppet Design:  Liz Ihlenfeld
Sound Design:  Christopher Neumeyer
Stage Manager:  Sarah G. Chanis

audition notice - LITTLE WOMEN - Mesa Community College PAC - January 9

MCC’s PAC MUSICAL PRODUCTIONS is holding AUDITIONS for our Spring show Louisa May Alcott’s immortal LITTLE WOMEN, January 9, 2018 from 3:30-6:30 with Callbacks on January 10th at the same time.

The show rehearses MWF from 3:30-6:00.
Performance dates are March 30-April 7th.

Please prepare a 32 bar selection which shows your best voice and acting. We will have cold readings and dancing at Callbacks.

An accompanist will be provided.

Email for an audition time.

Desert Stages Theatre's WINTER BREAK CAMPS

from our friends at DST:

Desert Stages Theatre to hold weeklong theatrical camps in December and January

Scottsdale Desert Stages Theatre (DST) announces acting camps for children ages four to twelve Dec. 26 through 29 and Jan. 2 through 5 at their new location at Scottsdale Fashion Square Mall.

DST's acting camps offer young actors a hands-on-theatrical experience in a non-competitive and engaging environment. Each session covers all aspects of a musical production including auditions, staging and choreography. A typical day includes voice, dance and acting instruction, in addition to games and arts and crafts. Each theatrical camp concludes with a free performance for family and friends.

Winter break camps are priced at $200 per camper. A special discount applies for “Friends of Desert Stages” members. For more information on the benefits of being a “Friend of Desert Stages” and instructions on how to join, email

To register for winter break acting camps, please visit or call the box office at 480-483-1664.

Scottsdale Desert Stages Theatre is located at 7014 East Camelback Road, Suite 0586, Scottsdale, AZ, 85251.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

cast announcement - THE WEDDING SINGER - Greasepaint Youth Theatre

CLICK HERE for more information on this production, which runs from February 9th to 18th





reviews - RODGERS + HAMMERSTEIN'S CINDERELLA - National Tour: ASU Gammage

Leslie Jackson and Tatyana Lubov
Photo by Carol Rosegg
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 December 24th.

"The musicals of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II include some of the most recognizable and romantic songs in the history of musical theatre. of their beloved creations, Cinderella, started out as a TV musical and..took over a half of a century to become a full-fledged Broadway musical, it is a lush and romantic show filled with many modern touches. The touring production is at ASU Gammage for a week and features a talented cast and lush production elements. It makes for one tasty holiday theatrical treat...this stage adaptation drops some of the small screen characters, adds others, and also incorporates a few songs that Rodgers and Hammerstein wrote for other musicals and movies, most of which were eventually cut from those works. ...also features an updated book by Douglas Carter Beane that fleshes out the original mostly stereotypical characters...These additions help transform the show from a simple fairy tale into a richer piece full of characters that have more dimension and a story that incorporates social injustice to portray the battle of cruelty verses kindness. Beane also incorporates many bits of humor and, while not all of the jokes land, they at least make the overall show more contemporary....Tatyana Lubov projects an air of simplicity, a deep sense of caring for her fellow members of the Kingdom, and natural elegance as Cinderella with a singing voice that shines. As Prince Topher, Louis Griffin is both quirky and noble as the young man who doesn't quite know what to do with his life. Like Lubov, his vocals are lush and layered and soar on his many solos and duos. Both Lubov and Griffin have a natural ease in delivering Hammerstein's lyrics with a clear understanding of the romance they derive, and the duo create a couple you instantly root to see succeed. As the fairy godmother Marie, Leslie Jackson is equally humorous and commanding with a magnificently sung "There's Music in You....Gina Rattan's tour direction, modeled on Mark Brokaw's original direction, is quite good. However...there are a few jokes that are rushed or not delivered appropriately enough to get the laughs they should. Josh Rhodes' original choreography, staged for the tour by Lee Wilkins, is simply beautiful and delivered expertly by the large cast. Anna Louizos' set design is rich and layered with an abundance of effective elements. ...William Ivey Long's Tony winning costumes, which include several that transform before our eyes, truly spectacular. Ken Posner's lighting is rich and expressive.... Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella has a lush, romantic score as well as an updated book that adds a fresh spin on this famous fairy tale. With a cast who embody these beloved characters with ease and an abundance of magical moments that deliver both gasps and rounds of applause from the audience, the national tour of this well-known story is a beautiful and magical crowd pleaser." -Gil Benbrook, Talkin' Broadway (click here to read the complete review)

"’s quite the glittering spectacle, nowhere more appropriate for family audiences with young princesses of their own than the week leading to Christmas...In truth, the show possesses a split personality among its magic, hovering somewhere between the old-fashioned and the new. ...the changes that writer Beane has made to boost the original 76 minutes into a two hour plus presentation may have some younger audience members adjusting uncomfortably in their seats, wondering why the show introduces the prince as some kind of slayer of monsters and dragons. ...But new content aside, none of that will matter once you surrender to the look and sound of the show, which is breathtaking... There’s real theatrical magic to be enjoyed....." -David Appleford, Valley Screen and Stage (click here to read the complete review)

James D. Gish - "So In Love" - Scottsdale Desert Stages Theatre - January 5, 2018

Desert Stages Theatre is proud to present, for one night only, the valley's own "Modern-Day Bocelli"~ James D. Gish live in concert!

Date & Time:
Friday January 5th at 7:30pm

Desert Stages Theatre inside Scottsdale Fashion Square Mall

$20 per person

To Purchase:
Call box office at 480-483-1664 or CLICK HERE

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

audition notice - HEATHERS - Brelby Theatre Company

Submit your video auditions to by 12/29 for consideration.

Show us 32 bars of music and a short contemporary monologue (no more than 1 minute).

Heathers callbacks will be held by invitation only on Dec 30th from 12pm-3pm.

Book, Music and Lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe & Kevin Murphy
Directed by Shelby Maticic
Music Direction by CJ O’Hara

Based on the classic 1989 film, Westerberg High is ruled by a shoulder-padded, scrunchie-wearing junta: Heather, Heather, and Heather, the hottest and cruelest girls in all of Ohio. But misfit Veronica Sawyer rejects their evil regime for a new boyfriend, the dark and sexy stranger J.D., who plans to put the Heathers in their place – six feet under.

Performs: Feb 9-10, 16-17, 23-24, March 2-3 @ 7:30pm
Feb 11, 18, 25 @ 2pm
Rehearses: 1/8-2/8 (Sun-Thurs from 6:30-10PM, some Sundays from 2-8)


VERONICA SAWYER: 17. She burns to be both cool and kind, but doesn’t know yet how to be both at the same time. Fierce sense of right and wrong, keen sense of ironic humor. Thinks she’s an old soul, but she’s still innocent enough to be blindsided by love/hormones (or shocked by cruelty). Voice: High belting required, up to high G, High Ab preferable. Must have dynamic and stylistic range.

JD: 17. He is darkly charismatic, compelling, attractive, charming on the outside yet very damaged on the inside. Keen smarts and strong inventive comedy. Voice: Strong, confident belt to at least an Ab, A preferable; wide emotional range.

HEATHER CHANDLER: 17. Richest, hottest, most magnetic, cruelest girl in town. Relishes power and wields it like a scalpel – no fear, no patience, no mercy. Voice: Strong belt to D, Eb preferred.

HEATHER McNAMARA: 17. Beautiful, innocent, stupid, can be mean on command if Heather Chandler orders it, but actually quite vulnerable and fearful. Voice: Strong belt to D, Eb preferred.

HEATHER DUKE: 17. Whipping-girl of the 3 Heathers. When she finally becomes Queen Bee she wields power like a bulldozer. Voice: Strong belt to C, D preferred.

MARTHA DUNSTOCK: 17. Nicknamed “Martha Dumptruck”, the opposite of hot, confident, or popular. Huge and beautiful soul, optimistic even in the face of rejection. Voice: Strong belt to E or F, wide vocal expression.

RAM SWEENEY: 17, Linebacker. Big, insensitive to the feelings of others, ruled by appetites. Voice: Strong Baritone, belt to F#, G preferred, some Falsetto useful.

KURT KELLY: 17. Quarterback and Captain. Big, chiseled, rude, entitled, cocky. Mean, thinks he’s the brains in the friendship with Ram. Voice: Tenor, strong belt to Ab or A, some Falsetto.

RAM’S DAD/BIG BUD DEAN: 40 to 45. Ram’s Dad: Former football player turned suburban Dad, has never outgrown his glory days in high school. Hates weakness, but capable of soul-searching when tragedy strikes. Also plays Big Bud

DEAN: JD’s single Dad. Big jolly personality that barely conceals the enormous rage bubbling just below the surface. Quite possibly a serial bomber. Voice: Baritone/Tenor – power Country/Gospel belt to Ab, higher welcome.

MS. FLEMING/VERONICA’S MOM: 40 to 45. Ms. Fleming: Aging hippie teacher, still yearning for the day the Age of
Aquarius reaches Ohio. Hungry for the spotlight, resentful of entitled youth. Also plays Veronica’s Mom: easygoing, distant, yet capable of laying down the law. Voice: Great belt up to C, higher always welcome.

KURT’S DAD / VERONICA’S DAD / PRINCIPAL GOWAN – 30 to 45. Kurt’s Dad: Straight-laced, very conservative, also former football player. A simple guy, not book smart, you’d be happy to share a beer with him. Also plays Veronica’s Dad: Easygoing and distant. Voice: Strong Baritone/Tenor — power Country/Gospel belt to G, even higher better. Also plays Principal Gowan: Rumpled, burned out, hates conflict. NOTE: Sometimes this actor has played Big Bud/Coach instead of Principal Gowan.

BOY 1 – Bitter Geek 16-18. A put-upon, bitter geek. Voice: Bari (up to F#) or Tenor (up to A).

BOY 2 – Blowdried Preppy 16-18. A blowdried 80’s preppy. Voice: Bass (up to E) or Bari (up to G#).

BOY 3 – Hipster Dork 16-18. Thinks he’s Ducky from ‘Pretty In Pink.’ Voice: Bari (up to F#) or Tenor (up to A).

GIRL 1 – Goth Girl 16-18. A sullen goth girl. Voice: Belt to at least C# (a Soprano up to high A/B is also a plus).

GIRL 2 – Stoner Chick 16-18. A fuzzyheaded stoner chick. Voice: Belt to at least C# (a Soprano up to high A/B is also a plus).

GIRL 3 – Young Republicanette 16-18. A tennis-playing, uptight Student Council type. Voice: Belt to at least C# (Soprano up to high A/B is also a plus).

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Grace Bush                            Elven Queen

Kate Daley                             Nori

Cameron Graeff                    Dori

Christian Graeff                    Fili

Zoe Hatsiandrou                  Bifur

Zandra Hill                           Bombur

Rylee Hoil                             Essie/Goblin Warrior

Zachary Holmes                   Gandalf

Kendall Hook                       Dwalin

Hampton Kohler                  Goblin Worrier

Tucker Luadtke                    Tom/Goblin Warrior

Luke Manock                        Bert/Goblin Warrior

Ethan Maxwell                     Great Goblin

Seth McGillis                         Ori

Jeremiah Montgomery        Goblin Warrior

Rozie Rafacz                         Bofur

Cara Rizzi Richman             Oin

Stephanie Santa Cruz          Balin

Caleb Smalley                       Kili

Matthew Syms                      Bilbo Baggins

Cree Thomas                         Gollum

Evan Vance                           Hobbit-Grocery Boy

Justin Vaught                        Thorin

Mary Virginia Vietor           Elven Attendent/Guard

Spencer Wareing                  Gloin

Madeleine Yearout              Elven Attendent/Guard