Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Arizona Broadway Theatre's 2018 Broadway Ball

From our friends at ABT:

Arizona Broadway Theatre (ABT) will host the Fifth Annual Broadway Ball on Saturday, March 3, to raise funds for the nonprofit performing arts organization.

The formal event will be attended by arts-minded donors and supporters and has been generously sponsored by leading names in the West Valley philanthropic community including “Tony Award” sponsors Arizona Coyotes Foundation, Arrowhead Cadillac, and TC Schuttler. Other sponsors include Arrowhead Dermatology, the Honorable Cathy Carlat, Mayor, City of Peoria, and others.

“ABT is very grateful to all of the community partners who support us and sponsor this important event. It is more important than ever that we continue to raise awareness about why arts funding, especially at Arizona Broadway Theatre, is so crucial. Professional arts programs benefit artists, patrons, children, and everyone in the community,” said Kiel Klaphake, CEO and Executive Producer at Arizona Broadway Theatre. “We are extremely grateful to our community partners who stepped up this year to sponsor such an important event in support of the arts at ABT.”

Guests at the Ball will enjoy a cocktail hour in the theatre’s lobby followed by a three-course meal created by ABT Executive Chef Erik Angelo. More than 100 items will be offered in silent and live auction, the popular “Gift Card Frenzy,” a Raffle, and the Broadway Ball Wine Pull. The live auction will feature unique experiences, including an “Honorary Firefighter for a Day” experience, cooking classes in the ABT kitchen, a Mary Poppins birthday party for 12, and a week’s stay in Carlsbad, CA. Members of the all-volunteer Broadway Ball committee, led by co-chairs Sharon Jarnagin and Lisa Platt, will be on hand to welcome guests and oversee the elegant event.

Broadway Ball attendees will enjoy live entertainment representative of ABT’s Mainstage and children’s programming. One of the purposes of the evening is to bring attention to the impact ABT has had on residents and visitors to the Valley of the Sun for nearly 13 years as one of Arizona’s premiere performing arts destinations. The evening will conclude with dancing to the Big Band sounds of Len King and the AZ Swing Kings.

Tickets are available at the ABT Box Office. Call (623) 776-8400 or visit

audition notice - SOME LIKE IT HOT - Don Bluth Front Row Theatre - March 12

Some Like it Hot
After witnessing a Mafia murder, slick saxophone player Joe and his long-suffering buddy, Jerry, improvise a quick plan to escape from Chicago with their lives. Disguising themselves as women, they join an all-female jazz band and hop a train bound for sunny Florida. While Joe pretends to be a millionaire to win the band's sexy singer, Sugar, Jerry finds himself pursued by a real millionaire as things heat up and the mobsters close in.

Cast of Characters:
Sugar Kane Kowalczky 20’s – Lead -  needs to be able to sing and play the ukulele
Joe/Josephine/Shell Oil Junior (male Lead)
Jerry/Daphne 30-45 (male Lead)
Spats Columbo 45+ - (male)
Detective Mulligan 45+ (male)
Osgood Fielding III 45+ (male)
Little Bonapart 45+ (male)
Sweet Sue 45+ (female)
Bienstock 40+ (male)
Sig Poliakoff 45+ (male)
Toothpick Charlie 40+ (male)
Dolores, Olga, Rosella, Nellie and Mary Lou 20+ (female) all girl band/dancer
Mozarella 45+ (male)
Bellhops/ Henchman/Police officers/ Convention officials/Hotel Guests

Audition dates: March 12th 5:30 to 9:30
8670 E. Shea Blvd Suite 103 Scottsdale 85260

Rehearsal Begins March 26th

Show dates: May 10th to June 30 Thursday Friday Saturday
Directed by Cheryl Schaar

Contact info: Email Cheryl at or call her at 480-707-8273 to schedule an audition time

Auditions will consists of cold reads from the script.

Head shot and resume required.

SPIN - Brelby Theatre Company - March 23 - April 14, 2018

By Shelby Elise Maticic
Directed by Brian Maticic

March 23-24, 30-31, April 6-7, 13-14 @ 7:30pm
March 25, April 1, 8 @ 2pm

Spin tells the story of the Derby Dames, a hot shot team in the fast paced world of roller derby. When their star jammer is laid up with a 9 month injury, the Dames reluctantly agree to bring on the team captain’s sister Dahlia. Dahlia, a high school physics teacher, is drawn to the science of the sport…but will she be able to handle the cutthroat competition?

Dahlia- April Rideout
Iris- Melody Chrispen
Joey- Jon Gradilla
Scarlett- Shelby Huston
Gwen- Elle Broeder
Bella- Sarah Bary
Veronica- Analyssa Sanchez
Alice- Rebecca Ulbrich
Tempest- Shanna Griffin
Lexi- Nina Eleanya
Julia- Marina Sharpe
Hudson- Tyler Miller

CLICK HERE for more information, and to purchase tickets

audition notice - COUNTRY BLUE SALOON - Space 55 - March 3

Who: Country singers and musicians
When: Saturday, March 3rd 1-5 pm.
Where: Space 55, 1524 N. 18th Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85007

Country Blue Saloon is a new musical by Duane and Randy Daniels. Songs include "I'd Rather Drink Beer," "Lack-o-Dough" and "Her Way or the Highway."

Fountain Hills Theater's Spring Break Camp & Spring Workshops

Spring Break Camp & Spring Workshops
Registration Information
Thanks to the Town of Fountain Hills and their support of our youth programs, receive 10% off when enrolling more than one child in a workshop, or for more than one workshop.
Discount not valid on Break Camp tuition.

No refunds once class begins. Fees withheld if withdrawing before start of workshops. Payment plan available, please inquire. Tuition must be paid in full before class begins, unless other arrangements have been made. Limited full and partial scholarships are available.

Register Online or by calling 480-837-9661 x3 or visit our website to download a printable flyer

B3 Productions' 2018 line up!

B3 Productions recently announced its 2018 line-up.

Full of fresh new works and unusual voices, B3 will be celebrating playwrights -- local to international, and contemporary works -- unpublished to infamous.

First up, in March, is A Woman on Stage, written by Ilana Lydia. A madcap comedy, this work calls for the audience to be shepherded around to different small playing areas in the building, in addition to a traditional audience/performer set up. It is strongly feminist and advocates for live theater, with the villain being a Man on TV. According to the playwright, "A Woman on Stage uses radical and unprecedented levels of metatheater to make the audience question the nature of scripted-ness, and reality in general."

In May, B3 will be starting the annual tradition of A Night of Shorts. Playwrights around the world competed for an entry to this evening, which will be judged by the audience every night and a small cash prize will be given to the winning author. Two factors were judged in picking these gems: the writing (of course), and its experimental nature, or the level of provocativeness the work displays.

July brings us local favorite actor and playwright Alex Tuchi’s work, Polyphemus. Truth is a power: no one understands that more than the five teenage residents of the mental healing facility that Polyphemus surrounds. Polyphemus is a slow burn about coping with the reality that, in the end, no one knows what normal really is; it tortuously blossoms into moments of true, unbridled honesty that we all give up too soon.

August heats things up with Mac Wellman’s Sincerity Forever. Two profane aliens -- literally, furballs -- have landed in the Southern town of Hillsbottom. Is God watching? Does he care? Is God a He? Mac Wellman addresses these and other questions in this Obie Award-winning play that skewers the social malignancy of ignorance, sexism, and racism.

November ushers out the year with Sarah Ruhl’s The Vibrator Play (or In the Next Room). A  play about sexuality, being intimate, and the balance of power between the sexes, The Vibrator Play is set in the 1880s, when all eyes were on the electric light bulb and its promise for the future that ushered in a new instrument to treat female hysteria. Both comic and wistful, Ruhl is in her element with this off-kilter tale.

Visit B3’s website for details and more information. 

B3 Productions is a resident company at The SIC Sense Theatre, 1902-9 E. McDowell in Phoenix.

cast announcement - WEST SIDE STORY IN CONCERT - Phoenix Symphony Orchestra

“I feel pretty, Oh, so pretty!” In 1957, Leonard Bernstein partnered with choreographer Jerome Robbins, writer Arthur Laurents, and lyricist Stephen Sondheim to create one of the most cherished musicals in American theater. Be there as Tito Muñoz and The Phoenix Symphony celebrate the 60th Anniversary of West Side Story with a full performance of the concert version Bernstein’s legendary smash hit.

This performance celebrates the music of West Side Story featuring acclaimed Broadway vocalists along with your Phoenix Symphony.

Matt Doyle, Tony
Morgan Hernandez, Maria
Gabrielle McClinton, Anita
Toby Yatso, Riff
Skylar Bean, Action
Edward Maldonado, Bernardo
Lourde Childs, Boy Soprano

ASU Ensemble
- Brielle Amrein
- John Batchan
- Elyssa Blonder
- Anissa Griego
- Julian Mendoza
- Vaibu Mohan
- Drake Sherman
- Vaughn Sherman

Tito Muñoz, conductor
Darren Katz, Director
Brian DeMaris, Associate Professor and Artistic Director of Lyric Opera Theatre
Jacqueline Bernard, Costume Designer

Fri 3/2/18 7:30PM
Sat 3/3/18 2:00PM
Sat 3/3/18 7:30PM
Sun 3/4/18 2:00PM

LIVE FROM HERE WITH CHRIS THILE - ASU Gammage - March 10, 2018

Chris Thile announced that Live from Here, (formerly A Prairie Home Companion), will hit the road for a live broadcast from the ASU Gammage in Tempe, AZ on Saturday, March 10, 2018 with musical guests The Wood Brothers, Phoebe Bridgers, and comedian Bobcat Goldthwait.

Tickets are on sale now for the live national broadcast, which will also feature duet partner Madison Cunningham, The Royal Academy of Radio Actors—Tim Russell (man of a thousand voices), Serena Brook and sound effects wizard Fred Newman as well as the hardest working band in Public Radio—The First-Call Radio Players.  The Tempe broadcast will also feature fan favorites such as: the Instant Song Request, and a weekly birthday salute to musicians.  Plus, Chris is currently composing, and will perform a brand-new song for the live Tempe broadcast.

Chris Thile was hand selected by Garrison Keillor to take over as host of the famed and long-running live radio variety show in the fall of 2016.  Chris—a multiple Grammy Award-winner and MacArthur Fellow and a member of Punch Brothers and Nickel Creek—is a mandolin virtuoso, composer and vocalist. With his broad outlook that encompasses classical, rock, jazz, and bluegrass, Thile transcends the borders of conventionally circumscribed genres, creating a distinctly American canon and a new musical aesthetic for performers and audiences alike. Thile's latest album, Thanks for Listening, (Nonesuch Records) containing 10 studio “re-imaginings” of “Songs of the Week” from Chris’ inaugural season in 2016-17.

Live from Here with Chris Thile is produced by American Public Media—and the local media sponsor for the Live from Here Tempe broadcast is KJZZ.

WHAT: Live from Here with Chris Thile in Tempe!
WHO: Guests: The Wood Brothers, Phoebe Bridgers, Bobcat Goldthwait

WHEN: Saturday, March 10, 2018 at 3:45 pm

WHERE: ASU Gammage – 1200 South Forest Avenue, Tempe, AZ 85287 on the Tempe Campus of ASU at Mill Avenue & Apache Blvd

TICKETS: Tickets On-Sale Now!  $45, $55, $65 (Plus $4.50 facility fee.  Additional ticketing fees apply)

$20 Rush Tickets will be available in person, and on-line beginning on Monday, March 5

Tickets and further information available online and at

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

audition notice - ANYTHING GOES - Actor's Youth Theatre - March 3

Director: Julie Clement
Music Director: Tracie Jones
Choreographer: Bruce Goolsby

Playing Dates
May 3, 2018 - May 26, 2018

Anything Goes is set aboard the ocean liner S. S. American, where nightclub singer/evangelist Reno Sweeney is en route from New York to England. Her pal Billy Crocker has stowed away to be near his love, Hope Harcourt, but the problem is Hope is engaged to the wealthy Lord Evelyn Oakleigh. Joining this love triangle on board the luxury liner are Public Enemy #13, Moonface Martin and his sidekick-in-crime Erma. With the help of some elaborate disguises, tap-dancing sailors and good old-fashioned blackmail, Reno and Martin join forces to help Billy in his quest to win Hope’s heart.

Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter, Original Book by P.G. Wodehouse & Guy Bolton and Howard Lindsay & Russel Crouse, New Book by Timothy Crouse & John Weidman

Audition Requirements
Wear comfy clothes that you can move in
Be sure you’ve checked the calendar/schedule and listed ALL conflicts
Upload bio and head shot to Casting Manager profile
Bring a 32 bar cutting of a musical theatre style song that best fits your voice

CLICK HERE for more information, and to sign up for an audition time

Contact Information
Actors Youth Theatre
480 907-7050

audition notice - SILENCE! THE MUSICAL - Stray Cat Theatre - March 11

book by Hunter Bell
music & lyrics by John & Al Kaplan
directed by Louis Farber

Sunday, March 11th, 11am-4pm
Callbacks will be on Monday, March 12th in the evening.
Rehearsals will begin on or around Sunday, March 25th.

Childsplay Campus of Imagination and Wonder
900 S. Mitchell Dr. Tempe, Arizona 85281
Please enter on the Mitchell side.


5 M 3 F

Note: Actors are not necessarily required to mimic the film directly, but they should strive to capture the nuanced essence of the original performances combined with a strong comedic take.

Clarice Starling - 25-35, Caucasian female. She is a mix of tough and sexy. West Virginian accent. Belt/mix to C (optional to E-flat). Alto/Mezzo-soprano.

Dr. Hannibal Lecter - 40s-50s, Caucasian male. An intelligent, psychiatrist with a taste for all things of class and high society, not to mention all things human. Tenor/Baritenor, to A-flat with a strong lower register. Think Evil Gilbert & Sullivan.

Buffalo Bill - 30s to early 40s, Caucasian male. Must be an extremely strong comedic actor who can do a Mid-Western accent. Baritone to G (opt. to A) with a strong lower register.

Catherine/Senator Martin/Lamb - 20s-30s, Caucasian female. Strong comedic actress. Larger physical build a plus, but not necessary. High belter with strong soprano to A/B.

Crawford/Papa Starling/Lamb - 40-50, Caucasian male. Head of FBI. Baritone/Bass to Eflat.

Dr. Chilton/Cop/Lamb - 30s-50s. Male, any ethnicity, to play the smarmy Dr. Chilton and multiple roles. Baritone to E-flat, with strong upper register.

Ardelia/Lamb - 20s-40s, African-American female, to play multiple roles. Mezzosoprano/Alto.

Pembry/Lamb - 20s-40s. Male, any ethnicity, to play multiple roles. Tenor to A.


32 bars of a song (please bring a CD with instrumental accompaniment in correct key if necessary).
Up tempo contemporary modern pop/rock or pop musical theatre.





3. GENERAL TIME YOU WOULD LIKE TO SCHEDULE YOUR AUDITION. (We will do our best to accommodate these requests.)




There is a stipend for all actors cast.


May 4, 2018 to May 19, 2018

Directed by Louis Farber

Do NOT touch the glass

You probably know the story: Rookie FBI agent Clarice Starling matches wits with the brilliant but insane cannibal, Dr. Hannibal Lecter, in order to catch the serial killer known as Buffalo Bill. Fueled by a rabid cult following since the songs debuted online in 2002, SILENCE! has been expanded into a live stage show. Winner of the NYCFringe’s Best Musical Award, SILENCE! THE MUSICAL combines whip-smart dialogue and shocking songs to make a raunchy, vulgar, subversive musical parody of The Silence of the Lambs that serves up just the kind of tuneful delirium you’d expect from the kitties as a season closer. “…as irreverent, filthy, and funny as BOOK OF MORMON!” – NY Post


the cast
photo courtesy Cavalia

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 March 18th.

"...Whether it's seeing the vast hill filled with dozens of sleeping and resting horses that suddenly come to life to start the second act, or a series of riders, dressed in nomadic robes, off in the distance as they majestically enter over the crest of the giant hill, or even a group of free horses prancing, cantering and playfully splashing and running through the water, there are numerous segments in the show that evoke thrilling and memorable images. Cavalia's Odysseo is a show unlike any I've ever seen and a celebration of the innocence and magnificent beauty of these beautiful horses and the sheer strength of the relationship between animal and man. " -Gil Benbrook, Talkin' Broadway (click here to read the complete review)

"Cavalia’s “Odysseo,” the Cirque du Soleil-style touring show with horses...ravishingly romantic, with highly skilled performers in exotic flowing capes parading on horseback through an artificial landscape that evokes the natural beauty of every corner of the Earth....The acrobatics may be somewhat second fiddle here, but that’s because everyone knows what the main attraction is, and “Odysseo” delivers equine magic magnificently....Even if you can’t tell a trot from a canter, it’s hard to resist the breathtaking charms of Cavalia’s 70 four-legged superstars. " Kerry Lengel, Arizona Republic (click here to read the complete review)

Mesa Community College Theatre & Film Arts presents National Theatre Live’s Spring 2018 broadcasts!

Friday, March 2

Academy Award® nominee Benedict Cumberbatch takes on the title role of Shakespeare’s great tragedy.

As a country arms itself for war, a family tears itself apart. Forced to avenge his father’s death but paralysed by the task ahead, Hamlet rages against the impossibility of his predicament, threatening both his sanity and the security of the state. Directed by Lyndsey Turner (Posh, Chimerica) and produced by Sonia Friedman Productions.

CLICK HERE to purchase tickets for HAMLET

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Friday, March 8

On a steamy night in Mississippi, a Southern family gather at their cotton plantation to celebrate Big Daddy’s birthday. The scorching heat is almost as oppressive as the lies they tell. Brick and Maggie dance round the secrets and sexual tensions that threaten to destroy their marriage. With the future of the family at stake, which version of the truth is real – and which will win out?

Tennessee Williams’ twentieth century masterpiece Cat on a Hot Tin Roof played a strictly limited season in London’s West End in 2017. Following his smash hit production of A Streetcar Named Desire, Benedict Andrews’ ‘thrilling revival’ (New York Times) stars Sienna Miller alongside, Jack O’Connell and Colm Meaney.

CLICK HERE to purchase tickets for CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF

Thursday, March 22nd at 3:00pm
Friday, March 23 at 7:30pm

Stephen Sondheim’s legendary musical is staged for the first time at the National Theatre and broadcast to cinemas.

New York, 1971. There’s a party on the stage of the Weismann Theatre. Tomorrow the iconic building will be demolished. Thirty years after their final performance, the Follies girls gather to have a few drinks, sing a few songs and lie about themselves.

Tracie Bennett, Janie Dee and Imelda Staunton play the magnificent Follies in this dazzling new production. Featuring a cast of 37 and an orchestra of 21, it’s directed by Dominic Cooke (The Comedy of Errors).

Winner of Academy, Tony, Grammy and Olivier awards, Sondheim’s previous work includes A Little Night Music, Sweeney Todd and Sunday in the Park with George.

CLICK HERE to purchase tickets for FOLLIES

Monday, February 26, 2018

reviews - LUNA GALE - Space 55

DeAnna Robbins and Lindsey Gemme
Photo by Amy Carpenter
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 March 4th.

"...a rewarding social drama that poses intriguing questions about who is best to care for a child of teenage drug addict parents. Space 55's production features an excellent cast, including several skilled youth actors, and does well in exploring the sensitive and stark social issues in Gilman's play....Director Duane Daniels does an expert job at making sure the realism of the story and characters is well played by his talented cast. As Caroline, Lindsey Gemme is exceptional in getting across this frenzied, frazzled, overwhelmed and overworked social worker...From portraying the range of side effects of their drug habit to exhibiting a heartfelt abundance of care for each other and their daughter, both Cheyanne Ballou and Xavier Jacob Morris realistically and beautifully exhibit both offensive behavior, when we first meet them, and empathy, as Karlie and Peter. ...DeAnna Robbins is great as the opinionated Cindy, who thinks her daughter doesn't take responsibility and believes that her religious views outweigh the rights of her daughter. ...a well-crafted play that shows how knee-jerk reactions, gut feelings, religious views and bureaucracy are pitted against each other in the tug of war over a child. ... " -Gil Benbrook, Talkin' Broadway (click here to read the complete review)

"The dramatic stakes are high in “Luna Gale,” Rebecca Gilman’s ...taut, thought-provoking issue play...Directed by Duane Daniels, Space 55 Ensemble’s production is compelling even when it’s a bit rough around the edges.... Cheyanne Ballou as Karlie and Sarah Pansing ...imbue their troubled characters with convincing intensity, while Lindsey Gemme’s world-weary Caroline gives the audience an intriguingly complex heroine to identify with....a little more thought invested in the visual elements would be appreciated. There is no scenic designer listed in the program, and it shows ...a timely drama that contends with difficult social issues, performed with a lot of sincerity and somewhat less polish. " Kerry Lengel, Arizona Republic (click here to read the complete review)

WEEK AT A GLANCE: February 26 - March 4

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


Late Nite Catechism
Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
January 5 - March 23, 2018

Late Nite Catechism III: ’Til Death Do Us Part
Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
January 6 - March 24, 2018

cast announcement - IN THE HEIGHTS - Desert Foothills Theater

CLICK HERE for more information on this production, which runs from March 30th to April 15th

Usnavi: Jonny Ramirez
Abuela Claudia: Sonia Rodriguez Wood
Vanessa: Amanda Glenn
Benny: Reginald Graham
Nina Rosario: Issie Ocampo
Kevin Rosario: Damon J. Bolling*
Camila Rosario: Ashley Kerin Martinez
Daniela: Monica Hernandez Bollt
Carla: Bethany Baca
Sonny: Eric Williams
Graffiti Pete: Saul Angulo
Piragua: Perry Chacon
Ensemble: Megan Farinella, Ronda Felton, Kate Maniuszko, Joshua Michel, Megan Montoya, Luz Navarro, Charlie Rabgao, Jacob Ramirez, Adan Medrano

*Member, Actors’ Equity Association

promo photos - FOOLS - Fountain Hills Theater

CLICK HERE for more information on this production, which runs from March 9 to March 25

Carla Casanova as Lenya Zubritsky, Kayla Etheridge as Sophia Zubritsky, Dan Marburger as Dr. Zubritsky, Patrick Russo as Leon Tolchinsky, 

photos by Carly Weekley

Childsplay's Spring Break Theatre Academy

Trilogy Players seeks Sound Technicians

Trilogy Players ( is a community theater group who performs at Liberty High School in Peoria, AZ.

They are in need of 1-2 sound technicians to run the sound board for their upcoming shows. The need would be for Sunday, March 18 for tech rehearsal, 12-9 pm or so; March 19 and 20, same place, 5-8 pm for dress rehearsal; and then for evening shows, March 21-24, curtain is at 6:30 pm; the show runs about 2.5 hours. The show is a musical revue with a live band.

This is a paid gig. Interested people should contact Vicki Ullery at 623-262-3419

Sunday, February 25, 2018

audition notice - Laughing Pig Theatre - March 7

Laughing Pig Theatre has collected monologues, essays, and stories from across the community dealing with power and sexual dynamics. Some are from victims. Some from aggressors. Some from somewhere in-between. These pieces will be performed in an intimate evening of humor, heartbreak, and shared experience.

We are looking for performers of all types to act as proxies for those of our writers who are unable to perform themselves. These are real stories with difficult subject matter, but which may be very rewarding to share.

You would be expected to memorize an assigned piece and for the two evening dress rehearsals (3/21-3/22) and be ready to perform for two evening shows (3/23-3/24).

Auditions will be held March 7 at 7:00PM and slots will be in 15-minute increments. The location will be the Mesa Arts Center's Drama Studio. The Mesa Arts Center is located at 1 E Main St in Mesa, and the Drama Studio is on the second floor of the Studios South building, above the Ceramic Studio. It can be reached by going up the stairs by the Registration office, across the bridge to the left.

Email for questions and to reserve a slot. Please include a resume/headshot if available.

Prepare a 1-2 minute memorized monologue for the audition. You may also be asked to cold-read excerpts from pieces.

video preview - A CHORUS LINE - TheaterWorks

CLICK HERE for more information on this production, which runs through March 4th