Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Actor's Youth Theatre's 2017 / 2018 Season!

Hunchback of Notre Dame
Auditions: June 24, Show dates: Aug 24-26, 31-Sept 2

Actor’s Youth Theatre is thrilled to present the Arizona Premier of the Hunchback of Notre Dame. Based on the Victor Hugo novel and songs from the Disney animated feature, The Hunchback of Notre Dame showcases the film’s Academy Award-nominated score, as well as new songs by Menken and Schwartz. A sweeping score and powerful story make The Hunchback of Notre Dame an instant classic. Audiences will be swept away by the magic of this truly unforgettable musical.

All Shook Up JR.
Auditions: July 29 Show Dates: Sept 21-23, 28-30

Built around the songs made famous by Elvis Presley, All Shook Up tells the story of a small town girl with big dreams and the motorcycle-riding stud she falls for!

INSANITY: Four Murderous Tales of Edgar Allen Poe
by Mitchell Glass
Auditions: Aug 26 Show Dates: Oct 19-21, 26-28

A retelling of some of Edgar Allen Poe’s darkest works, INSANITY tells the stories of four seemingly normal, intelligent people…who become murderers. See their individual journeys as they slip into insanity and murderous rage. You’ll see how a black cat, an annoying friend, a portrait, and an eye can lead them to murder.

Annie, Jr.
Auditions: Sept 23 Show Dates: Nov 9-11, 16-18

Based on the popular comic strip and adapted from the Tony Award-winning Best Musical, Annie, Jr. features everyone’s favorite little redhead in her very first adventure.
With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie charms everyone's hearts despite a next-to-nothing start.

A Christmas Story, The Musical
Auditions: Oct 21 Show Dates: Dec 7-9, 14-16, 22-23

This musical, which received rave reviews on its Broadway run, is based on the movie classic that runs round-the-clock on television every Christmas. The delightfully versatile score ranges from gentle ballads to show-stopping full-ensemble numbers. A Christmas Story, The Musical brings an exciting new dimension to those who love the movie and will certainly stand on its own for those who haven't.

The Incredible Maggie Marshall
by Kristen Malarkey
Auditions: Nov 18 Show Dates: Feb 1-3, 8-10

Maggie Marshall is a Medical Research Doctor that has discovered a potential treatment for mood disorders. When interviewed, adult Maggie reflects on her life as a young child who did not meet her dad until she was 10 years old. This coming of age story follows young Maggie as her life changes due to the relationship with her father and the discovery that she is actually a very bright girl. Adult Maggie conducts the medical trials for the drug she has found and discovers that there is much more to being Maggie Marshall than she ever knew.

Sincerely, Robyn Hood 
by Rebekah Avlia
Auditions: Dec 9 Show Dates: Feb 22-24, March 1-3

Sincerely, Robyn Hood tells the story of one little girl who embarks on the mission of a lifetime - to rid the world of all bad things. When her English class gets an assignment to read Robin Hood, our young heroine is suddenly struck with the realization that what the world needs now, more than ever, is their very own Robin Hood. Armed with pencil and paper, and with the help of her 'merry friends,' she sets out to rid the world of all bad things, one letter at a time. One thing is for certain, Sherwood Elementary will never be the same again.

Ghost The Musical
Auditions: Jan 27 Show Dates: March 22-24, 29-31, April 5-7

Adapted from the hit film by its Academy Award-winning screenwriter, Bruce Joel Rubin, GHOST THE MUSICAL follows Sam and Molly, a young couple whose connection takes a shocking turn after Sam’s untimely death. Trapped between two worlds, Sam refuses to leave Molly when he learns she is in grave danger. Desperate to communicate with her, he turns to a storefront psychic, Oda Mae Brown, who helps him protect Molly and avenge his death.

Bugsy Malone, Jr.
Auditions: Feb 24 Show Dates: April 19-21, 26-28
Based on the hit 1976 film, and featuring a catchy, swinging score by the composer of The Muppet Movie, Bugsy Malone JR. is good, clean, comedic fun!
Premier Musical TBA
Auditions: March 24 Show Dates: May 10-12, 17-19, 24-26

Monty Python’s Spamalot
Auditions: May 19 Show Dates: June 21-23, 28-30

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. Did we mention the bevy of beautiful show girls? The 2005 Broadway production won three Tony Awards, including “Best Musical,” and received 14 Tony Award nominations.

Junior Musical TBA
Audition June 16 Show Dates: July 26-28, Aug 2-4

CLICK HERE for more information on this production, audition details, and to order tickets when available

cast and play announcement - NEW SUMMER SHORTS - Theatre Artists Studio

Theatre Artists Studio presents their 11th annual "New Summer Shorts" festival of 10-minute plays which features a sizzling selection of shorts penned by Studio members.

This year's line-up includes:

The Phoenix Coffin Club by Marney and Alan Austin
Rose Colored Spectacles by Debra Rich Gettleman
Sun (When You Least Expect It) by Michael Fleck
The Emperor’s New Nose by Andrea Markowitz
Evolution Fast Track  by Micki Shelton
Lost and Found by Kirt Shineman
Road Warriors by Michael Fleck
Look Up by Joe Bardin

Theatre Artists Studio, 4848 E. Cactus Rd, #406, Scottsdale, AZ  85254

June 15-25, 2017
Thursdays-Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.; Sundays at 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: $25 General Admission; $15 Students 25 & Under
                $20 Groups of 10 or More, Seniors 65 & Over & Members of the Military

Box Office:           602-765-0120 or online at

The Phoenix Coffin Club 
by Marney and Alan Austin
Director: Marney Austin; Cast: Tom Koelbel, Roy Wilson, Ann Vogel
A mysterious and seemingly dangerous stranger expresses interest in joining a local D.I.Y. club for coffin building.

Rose Colored Spectacles 
by Debra Rich Gettleman
Director: Nina Koch; Cast: Karen Burns
When a perpetually optimistic woman starts to question her perspectives on life, she turns to her husband for support and insight.

Sun (When You Least Expect It) 
by Michael Fleck
Director: Barbara Acker; Cast: Michael Fleck, Ann Vogel
A man’s journey to find hope and connection with the help of his therapist takes an unexpected turn.

The Emperor’s New Nose
by Andrea Markowitz
Director: Andrea Markowitz; Cast: Jason Isaak, David Heap, Patti Hurtado, Dolores Goldsmith
The royal son’s reputation is in peril and must be guarded at all costs. When does protection become deception, and how does information shape reality?

Evolution Fast Track
by Micki Shelton
Director: Pamela Sterling; Cast: Susan Sindelar, Carol Gibson, Sarah Houghtelin Koerner
Three women navigate the absurd and sometimes paradoxical progression of women’s roles and perceptions throughout evolution.

Lost and Found
by Kirt Shineman
Director: Christina Martin; Cast: Jason Isaak, Bill Straus, Isabelle Ali
A man struggles to reconcile his past and reconnect with the present finding unexpected acceptance and wisdom in the words of a young girl.

Road Warriors
by Michael Fleck
Director: Richard Powers-Hardt; Cast: Amy Garland, Carol Gibson
Comradery collides with competition when two road weary travelling business women vie for the approval of their boss.

Look Up
by Joe Bardin
Director: Richard Powers-Hardt; Cast: Noah Clark
A teenager seeks solace in an unlikely place as he contemplates the universe’s bigger questions about life, lettuce, and anthills.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

A Conversation with Johanna Carlisle about her upcoming cabaret show "I Hate Musicals"

by Gil Benbrook

Johanna Carlisle is a well-known staple on stages in Phoenix. She's appeared in dozens of shows across the Valley - musicals, comedies and dramas - including last season delivering a stellar portrayal of Diane in Nearly Naked Theatre's Next to Normal. She's won accolades, awards and glowing notices and just finished appearing as the Widow Corney in Oliver! at Arizona Broadway Theatre.

But this coming Friday she is doing something she's never done before, headlining her first every one woman cabaret show entitled "I Hate Musicals - an Evening of Song with Johanna Carlisle," with Jeff Kennedy as her musical director and accompanist.

This special event is a fundraiser for Light Walker Theatrical, a live event services company founded last year by Justyn Walker and Colin Carter. These two Phoenix based theatre technicians decided to combine their skills, and years of experience between them, in order to better partner with local artists and theatre companies to bring new works and provocative content to the stage. Light Walker has worked with several companies in town and will be back on stage in September, designing  a show around a previously derogatory word.

Carlisle was thrilled to help Light Walker with their fund raising event and she sat down to answer some questions about her concert and her career.

First let’s get the facts straight on the title of your upcoming cabaret. “I Hate Musicals” is a comic song from the musical Ruthless and clearly not the way you feel, right?  I know you sang that song when you appeared in that show at Phoenix Theatre but what made you go with such an ironic title for your solo cabaret show?

"Clearly I love Musicals, and yes that is Lita Encore's song from Ruthless.  I got to play her in 2013 when Ruthless was the grand opening show for Phoenix Theatre's Hormel Theatre! The beauty of that song is the irony in it.  The last thing I hate are musicals!  As for the naming of the show, the actual messenger conversation between Justyn and I went like this:

Justyn -
What about "I got Rhythm"
Oh wait I've got it, " let me sing and I'm happy"

Johanna -
Still not quite right.

Justyn -

Johanna -
"I Hate Musicals an evening of song with Johanna Carlisle"

Justyn -

Johanna -
It just hit me

Justyn -
lol I like it

How did this cabaret come about? 

"Justyn and Colin approached me to see if I would be interested in helping them raise money for their new theatre.  I was so happy to help out!  They know I am working with Michael Barnard and Jeff Kennedy on an Ethel Merman cabaret.  I told them that was not ready yet but I could put something together just for them and here we are!"

I know this show is a kick off for the new theatre company, Light Walker Theatrical, have you worked with Justyn Walker, the co-founder of the company, before?  

Justyn and I worked together at Phoenix Theatre when he was an intern there.

Is this concert more a review of songs you’ve performed in shows in the past, sorta a journey through the roles you’ve played in your career, or songs from shows you’d like to appear in? 

It's a small look at my past and a glimpse at what my next cabaret will feature.  I have had an amazing career over the past 40+ years so do to a full journey would be far too long of a show.  Ha!  I would have loved to have done songs I would like to sing in the future but since I was putting this together while also performing in two shows, Oliver! and Cinderella Cinderella (both at ABT), I felt it was better to not try and learn too much new stuff.

as Miss Hannigan with Gabby Vatistas
in Annie
photo courtesy Arizona Broadway Theatre
What are some of the songs we can expect to hear you sing?

I have a nice mix of what I call my "hits" from Annie, In The HeightsToxic Avenger, etc and then great tunes from Gershwin, Porter and Berlin.  I don't want to give away the songs. <wink>  Sorry the Toxic song is not my Act 1 finale.  Too hard to do without costumes and set!

What do you like most about performing this sort of music in front of a live audience, where you are basically playing yourself, and not a character?

This is my first time doing a full cabaret.  I'll be able to answer this better after the show!  I do think the characters still shine through when I sing.  It's hard to not let them come through.

A year ago at this time you were playing Diane in Next to Normal at Nearly Naked Theatre. You’d go on to win an ariZoni award for your performance. Earlier in that season you played the dual role of the wicked Mayor and the lovable mom in The Toxic Avenger at Phoenix Theatre, which also won you a Zoni. Those are very different women which you played expertly, which shows how adept you are in playing both comic and dramatic parts. How difficult is it to go from comedy to drama and back again, and do you prefer one over the other? 

 I do not prefer one over the other although I am mostly cast in comedy roles. Robrt Pela has often referred to me as a young Kaye Ballard, although I bet now he might not use the word young.  Comedy roles are more common in musical theatre for character actors like me however when I am given the opportunity to do drama, I am all over it.  Some of my favourite roles have been dramatic ones.  I also flip flop between musicals and plays because I love both so much!!

in In The Heights - Phoenix Theatre
photo by Reg Madison Photography
You’ve appeared in dozens of shows across the Valley, regularly working at both Phoenix Theatre and Arizona Broadway Theatre, in both lead roles and supporting parts. What were some of your favorite roles you’ve played? 

"In no particular order:
Abuela Claudia in In The Heights (Phoenix Theatre)
Mary in The Whale (Stray Cat Theatre)
Mrs Johnstone in Blood Brothers (Nearly Naked Theatre)
Madam Thernardier in Les Miserables (Az Broadway Theatre)
Sarraghina in Nine (PT)
Diana in Next To Normal (NNT)
Mary/Calcetina in Learn to be Latina (SCT)
Miss Hannigan in Annie (ABT)
Miss Andrew in Mary Poppins (PT)
I need to stop before I list most of my resume!  HAHA!"

And dream roles you still wish to play one day? 

I would love to be Audrey II, Mrs Lovett, Margaret White, Dolly Levi, The Duchess in Nice Work, oh and would someone produce American Psycho so I can be Patrick's mom?  Please and Thank you!

"I Hate Musicals" plays on Friday, June 2, 2017, 7:30 pm at the Tempe Center for the Arts Studio, CLICK HERE to order tickets now!

Phoenix Theatre's Summer Music Series

Experience the sounds of summer at Phoenix Theatre!

Phoenix Theatre is thrilled to launch the all-new Summer Music Series to keep audiences entertained during the Valley’s warmer months.

The theatre will be partnering with several local musicians for four cabaret-style performances in the Mainstage Theatre.

Friday, July 21 features music from American folk and rock musician, Brian Chartrand. (

Saturday, July 22 features the blues tunes of Leon J. (

Friday, July 28 brings reggae and the music of the 60’s and 70’s from Walt Richardson and friends. (

Saturday, July 29 features We3, bringing piano, percussion and bass stylings of Jazz, Swing, Blues, Pop and R&B favorites. (

Phoenix Theatre’s Summer Music Series celebrates community--from local musicians to Valley residents who brave the summer sun. Bring a friend, grab a drink, and get your groove on. The ArtBar + Bistro will be open before every performance, serving delicious eats, refreshing cocktails and ice cold beer.

The Summer Music Series opens July 21 and runs Fridays and Saturdays through July 29. Tickets are $25 and are available for purchase by phone at 602-254-2151 or by visiting

promo photos - OZ! - East Valley Children's Theatre

CLICK HERE for more information on this production, which runs from June 15th to June 25th

McKenzie Elias of Mesa as the Wicked Witch of the West
Christian Armanti of Mesa as Toto
Abby Potts of Mesa as Dorothy

Monday, May 29, 2017

WEEK AT A GLANCE: May 29 - June 3

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


June 9 - 25, 2017

Musical Theatre of Anthem
June 15 - 18, 2017

Theatre Artists Studio
June 15 - June 25, 2017

East Valley Children's Theatre
June 15 - 25, 2017

Paradise Valley Community College
June 16 - June 25, 2017

Scottsdale Desert Stages Theatre
June 16 - July 23, 2017

Brelby Theatre Company
June 16 - July 1, 2017

Space 55
June 17

ASU Gammage
June 20-25, 2017

Actor's Youth Theatre
June 23, 2017 - July 1, 2017

New Carpa Theater Co
June 23 - July 9, 2017

Scottsdale Desert Stages Theatre
June 30 - July 30, 2017

Samairtan Theatre
June 30 - July 2, 2017

reviews - AIDA - Hale Centre Theatre

Ashley Jackson
photo by Nick Woodward-Shaw
highlights from local critics reviews - (click link at bottom of each review to read complete review)

Click here for more information on this production that runs through July 1st.

"Entering the theatre-in-the-round for the new production of the musical Aida at Gilbert’s Hale Centre Theatre is like being seated within the walls of a museum exhibit. Hieroglyphics of Ancient Egypt, or the words of gods, surround the house walls against a backdrop of painted stone. ..The statues standing there...are meant to be that of Aida, Princess of Nubia, and Radames, Captain of the Egyptian army, and it is their love story, introduced in song by the third member of the tragic love affair, Amneris, Princess of Egypt, that takes us and everyone else in the museum, back in time, when Pharaohs ruled.....a nicely directed, well-blocked production from M.Seth Raines who uses all areas of the house in order to tell the story...while the show can be admired for its invention and its in-the-round adaptation, it lacks in excitement, and that has a lot more to do with Elton John’s score with lyrics from Tim Rice than Hale’s production. ...Ben Mason’s Captain Radames conveys an effective sense of personal torment and conflict when torn between his duty and his love for two women, even if his singing voice lacks that extra punch required for these power ballads to come alive, while Victoria Fairclough’s spoiled daughter of Pharaoh injects much needed humor in the proceedings, describing herself as a princess with fabulous hair. But it’s with the show’s Aida, the princess taken into slavery, where the producers and casting directors, David and Corrin Dietlin, have hit the jackpot. ...making her Hale Centre debut, Ashley Jackson is simply glorious. She shines, with or without a spotlight....." -David Appleford, Valley Screen and Stage (click here to read the complete review)

"...With a Tony winning score by Elton John and Tim Rice, and a hip updated book by Linda Woolverton, Robert Falls and David Harry Hwang, Aida focuses on a love triangle full of intrigue and romance. Hale Centre Theatre's production features three exceptional leads, sharp direction, and exquisite creative elements....While the musical is quite good, there are a few shortcomings in the score and book. Elton John's music is varied but it is also pop-rock ballad heavy and features two songs for Radames' father Zoser that are incredibly weak in their music style and the hip hop orchestrations that are vastly at odds with the rest of the score. ...the score sometimes interjects yet another ballad where dialogue could suffice. Fortunately, those ballads are all quite good. Also, the modern-day museum scenes that begin and end the show give the story an uplifting message that proves that love truly is eternal. While Hale can't do much to fix the few small drawbacks in the score and book, their three leads are superb, with Ashley Jackson making a sensational debut in her first performance at Hale. ..Jackson is simply exquisite as this fierce and forceful yet entirely passionate woman. As Radames, Ben Mason's ability to portray the character's infatuation and intrigue of Aida through his keen facial expressions and subtle gestures is exceptional. ...Victoria Fairclough's singing voice, with earthy, gutsy tones and a strong clarity, is equally adept in ensuring that Amneris' songs soar. ...Director M. Seth Reines, choreographer Cambrian James, and music director JR McAlexander form a dynamic trio who deliver nonstop and striking vocals and visuals throughout. ...The combination of a gifted cast who deliver stunning vocals, crisp staging, and Hale's always impressive creative elements manage to offset most of the small issues I have with the score and book, which makes Hale's Aida a powerful and emotionally rich musical journey. " -Gil Benbrook, Talkin' Broadway (click here to read the complete review)

"... Sir Elton John and Tim Rice's AIDA, their blockbuster adaptation of Giuseppe Verdi's opera, now pulling heart strings at Hale Centre Theatre...Ashley Jackson, Victoria Fairclough, and Ben Mason deliver towering, indeEd Royal, performances that imbue this production with sustained warmth, integrity, and vitality and their characters with distinctive and relatable authenticity....In the end, true love is affirmed. What is also affirmed is the intelligent direction of M. Seth Reines and the extraordinary talent of his gifted cast. " Herbert Paine, Broadway World (click here to read the complete review)

audition notice - SEASON GENERAL AUDITIONS - Theater Works - July 1 & 2

Theater Works will be holding season general auditions for actors wishing to audition for both plays and musicals on July 1, 2017. If you wish to audition for plays only, please attend the July 2nd audition.

Auditions are open to non-union performers age 18+. If performers under 18 are needed a separate audition will be held later in the season.

All available roles pay a $100 stipend.

Please prepare 2 contrasting songs and 1 dramatic monologue if auditioning for plays and musicals. If auditioning for plays only please prepare two contrasting 1 minute monologues. An accompanist will be provided, no a cappella auditions, please.

For more information about the shows this season and performance dates, etc, please visit:

CLICK HERE to download the audition form and sign up for your audition slot


Lea Salonga
highlights from local critics reviews - (click link at bottom of each review to read complete review)

"...Lea Salonga's recent concerts with the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra featured exceptional singing from Salonga and skilled playing from the PSO on excellent renditions of many songs associated with Salonga as well as numerous other hits from the Broadway and pop songbooks.
Lea Salonga won the Tony and Olivier Awards for her role of Kim in Miss Saigon and also sang for two Disney princesses, in the films Aladdin and Mulan. The passion she brings to songs from the musicals and films she has appeared in is just as strong when she sings songs for roles she didn't originate. She also makes sure that the meaning of every word she is singing is delivered with clarity. ...she still instills each word of the song with "I'd Give My Life for You" from Miss Saigon, which is the passionate plea of a young mother that is also filled with pain and anger. "Reflection" from Mulan and "Burn" from Hamilton, while two very different songs, both focus on how a woman can become strong when faced with adversity and forced to stand alone without a man by her side. Three Stephen Sondheim songs, "Send in the Clowns" from A Little Night Music, "Another Hundred People" from Company, and "Something's Coming" from West Side Story (music by Leonard Bernstein), also were a testament to Salonga's ability to inflict nuance and complete understanding on lyrics that are filled with soul searching, desire, and personal inflection. On all of these songs, as well as the other songs she sang, her enunciation was flawless and her punctuated delivery of each lyric was filled with meaning....two numbers from Les Misérables...were simply exceptional. ...In addition to musical and film songs, Salonga also included a medley of numbers written by Michael Legrand and Alan and Marilyn Bergman featuring a lovely version of the Oscar-winning "The Windmills of Your Mind" and a soaring "A Piece of Sky" from the film Yentl...Salonga's stellar vocal control is full of power, precision and clarity. Her warm stage presence, clear connection with both the audience and the orchestra, personal stories, and spontaneous interjections made the whole affair genuine and refreshing..." -Gil Benbrook, Talkin' Broadway (click here to read the complete review)

cast announcement - KISS AND TELL - Hale Centre Theatre

CLICK HERE for more information on this production, which runs from September 12th to November 14th

Corliss Archer: Meg Farnsworth
Mildred Pringle: Lizzy Jensen
Harry Archer: Mark Kleinman
Janet Archer: Laura Soldan
Dexter Franklin: Allan DeWitt
Lieutenant Lenny Archer: Benjamin Harris
Private Jimmy Earhart: Kale Burr
Raymond Pringle: Jonah Romanoff
Louise: Mary Beth Hollmann
Bill Franklin: Justin Howell
Mary Franklin: Dilcia Yanez Rokusek
Uncle George: Tom Endicott
Mr. Willard/Robert Pringle: Matthew Cary
Dorothy Pringle: Ami Porter

Sunday, May 28, 2017

THE COLLAGE - Space 55 - June 17

The Collage uses a special guest's real-life stories & lifestyle to improvise 5 different forms of art within a 1 hour time span. Vickie Hall is the special guest for the June 17th performance


Sat, June 17, 2017
7:30 PM – 8:30 PM


Space 55 Theatre Ensemble
636 East Pierce Street
Phoenix, AZ 85004

TICKETS (Pay what you can donation)

Free Dance Class/Workshops for CHICAGO at Mesa Encore Theatre

CHICAGO Dance Class/Workshop

Join us Every Saturday in June

Join us for an informal Dance Class/CHICAGO Workshop lead by Co-Choreographer Roger Prenger on any of these dates/times:

Saturday June 3 @ 10:30am to noon
Saturday June 10 @ 10:30am to noon
Saturday June 17 @ 9:30am to 11am
Saturday June 24 @ 10:30am to noon

Take advantage of this great opportunity to meet the Director and Choreographers of the show. Begin with s simple class of Stretch and Warm Ups, some Technique, Cross the Floor Work and finish up with a short Dance Combination that will introduce you to the Style of Movement and Choreography that will be used in Mesa Encore Theatre’s production of CHICAGO.

Class/Workshop is FREE and all Levels of training/ability are welcome to participate.

CLICK HERE to sign up for the Workshop Date you want to attend

*Classes/Workshop will only be held only if there is a minimum of 10 people signed up for per class – but the more the merrier (20 max).

(*you will be notified via email every Friday confirming if class will be held or not – but who wouldn’t want to grab this golden opportunity – so, see you at Class)

Classes/Workshop will be held at:

Mesa Encore’s Black Box Theater Space
933 E. Main Street Mesa, Az 85203

THE SERVANT AND THE FOOL - Samaritan Theatre - June 30 - July 2, 2017

The Servant and the Fool a new comedy by Michael Kary

Cast: Kayana Hudson-Sweeney: Servant; Jason Hammon: Fool; Paul Townsend: Mr. Pants; Brenna Warren: Mrs. Gratzki; Devaune Bohall: Isabelle; Trevor Penzone: Hector; Natalie Ward: Clem; Caleb Heithoff: Zeke; Zane Wiles: The Officer, The Agent, The Robber, The Duke

June 30th 7 pm, July 1st 7 pm, and July 2 2 pm

Tickets: $10

They can be purchased at the door or on eventbrite at

location: Horizon High School Auditorium, 5601 East Greenway Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85254

This premier of Michael Kary's zany comedy is Samaritan Theatre's inaugural production. All proceeds from this performance will go to support the efforts of Zara Aina, a 501c3 organization based in New York City that ministers to the street children of Madagascar through performance, education, and medical care. More information about Zara Aina can be found at their website

Samaritan Theatre is dedicated to producing quality work that stirs a hunger for good. To do that, we will produce theatre for the purposes of blessing other organizations who recognize the dignity of all humans, especially those in need of education, food, or well-being.

1070 (WE WERE STRANGERS ONCE, TOO) - New Carpa Theater Co - June 23 - July 9, 2017

(We Were Strangers Once, Too)

About the Show

In this new full-length drama by veteran playwright James E. Garcia, Dulce Avila and her family face life after the passage of Senate Bill 1070. The play explores the fallout from the infamous law that upended the lives of hundreds of thousands of immigrants and put Arizona on the map around the world for all of the wrong reasons.

Dates & Times: June 23 - July 9  2017, Friday and Saturday night performances, 7:30 p.m., and Sunday afternoon matinee, 2 p.m.

Tickets: $25 and $20 for general admission; $15 for students and seniors 65 and up; and all NCLR registrants receive the discounted student/senior rate.

To buy tickets:

Location: Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix, AZ 85004

Presented by: New Carpa Theater Co. ( and Sociedad Activa ( in association with the Herberger Theater Center.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

cast announcement - HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING - Mesa Community College Act One Productions

CLICK HERE for more information on this production, which runs July 14th to July 22nd

Josh Egbert: J. Pierrepont Finch
Jessica Sinodis: Rosemary Pilkington
Darl Jones: J.B. Biggley
Rob Dominguez: Bud Frump
Paige Stabley: Hedy LaRue
Xelha Castrejon: Miss Jones
Thomas Wilson: Bert Bratt
Christopher Corn: Mr. Twimble/Womper
Emily Noxon: Smitty
Austin Stuart: Milton Gatch
Jennifer Deye: Miss Krumholtz
Griffin Siroky: Daniel Ovington/Ensemble
Alex Stabley: Jenkins/Ensemble
Anthony Procopio: Tackaberry/Ensemble
Nathan Cox: Johnson/Ensemble
Phillip Lunt: Toynbee/TV Announcer
Joey Egbert: Davis/Ensemble
Bennett Wood: Peterson/Ensemble
Daniel Tanner: Matthews/Ensemble
Carson Robles: Office Boy/Mailroom
W. Blake Thompson: Cop/Ensemble
Adam Robles: Mailroom/Ensemble
Britney Burns: Ensemble
Caitlin Smith: Ensemble
Charity Thruston: Ensemble
Cheyenne Royer: Ensemble
Emma Hooper: Ensemble
Finch Alexander Molina: Mailroom/Ensemble
Huy Ly: Mailroom/Ensemble
Jordan Suarez: Ensemble
Joseph Timothy: Mailroom/Ensemble
Joy Pizorno: Ensemble
Macy Wood: Ensemble
Meg Farnsworth: Ensemble
Megan Codling: Ensemble
Nikayla Johnson: Ensemble
Rachael Lunt: Ensemble
Stephanie Clark: Ensemble
Stephanie Cox: Ensemble
Tracy Schofield: Ensemble

ticket discount - DOGFIGHT - Brelby Theatre Company

our friends at Brelby Theatre Company are offering a special ticket offer for the Arizona Premiere of DOGFIGHT!

Enter online code EARLYBIRD before 6/15 for $5 off of general admission tickets

CLICK HERE to order your EARLYBIRD tickets for DOGFIGHT now!