Wednesday, July 31, 2019

audition notice - I'LL EAT YOU LAST: A CHAT WITH SUE MENGERS - iTheatre Collaborative - August 10

Playwright: John Logan
Director: Rosemary Close
Compensation: Non-Union Only (250)
Rehearsals Begin: March 1, 2020
Performance Dates: March 27, 2020 – April 11, 2020

Audition Dates/Times
Aug. 10 @ 11:30a-2:p

Callback Dates/Times
Aug. 18 @ 12p-2p

Audition Venue
Kax Stage, Herberger Theater Center
222 East Monroe Street, Phoenix, AZ, USA
Enter at Stage Door located on the Van Buren Street side of the building.

Show Synopsis
For more than 20 years, Sue Mengers' clients were the biggest names in show business: Barbra Streisand, Faye Dunaway, Burt Reynolds, Ali MacGraw, Gene Hackman, Cher, Candice Bergen, Ryan O'Neal, Nick Nolte, Mike Nichols, Gore Vidal, Bob Fosse…If her clients were the talk of the town, she was the town, and her dinner parties were the envy of Hollywood. Now, you're invited into her glamorous Beverly Hills home for an evening of dish, dirty secrets and all the inside showbiz details only Sue can tell you.

Character Breakdown
Sue Mengers: white female, 50’s.

What To Prepare
Please prepare one monologue at least 2 minutes in length. Time permitting, a second monologue of a contrasting style, also no longer than 2 minutes. Please bring at least one hard copy of your headshot/resume to the audition.

Additional Info
iTheatre Collaborative is a resident company of the Herberger Theater Center. All of our productions are performed on the intimate Kax Stage. Please use the signup genius link to sign up for a 10 minute slot. We do not normally schedule audition appointments over the phone or via email, unless there is an issue. Email is preferable for questions/concerns or if you need to cancel or change appointment time. Please bring your headshot/resume to the audition. It is not feasible for us to rely solely on an emailed headshot.

Headshot & Resume Required
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 Auditions By Appointment
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Audition Contact
Christopher Haines

audition notice - JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH - TheaterWorks' Youth Works - September 21 & 22

Director & Choreographer-Paul Pedersen

Music Director-Jennifer Adams

Stage Manager-Chloe Blinn

WHEN: Auditions are Sepetmber 21st & 22nd. Callbacks are September 24th & 25th

WHERE: TheaterWorks 10580 North 83rd Drive Peoria, AZ 85345

WHO: Open to actors ages 8-19 years old. No prior experience necessary.

WHAT: Please prepare 16 bars of a popular Broadway song. An accompanist will be provided. If using a backing track an aux cord, dongel and speaker will be available. NO A CAPPELLA SINGING WILL BE ALLOWED.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: If cast there is a $150.00 production fee. Please attend your audition appointment with your audition form complete. An audition form and draft reherasal calendar are attached. Please note there are some school day performances planned. No tech week or performance conflicts will be allowed.


Roald Dahl's James and the Giant Peach features a wickedly tuneful score by the Tony Award-nominated team of Pasek and Paul (Dear Evan Hansen, Dogfight and A Christmas Story the Musical) and a curiously quirky book by Timothy Allen McDonald (Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka, The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley).

When James is sent by his conniving aunts to chop down their old fruit tree, he discovers a magic potion that results in a tremendous peach... and launches a journey of enormous proportions. Suddenly, James finds himself in the center of the gigantic peach, among human-sized insects with equally oversized personalities, but after it falls from the tree and rolls into the ocean, the group faces hunger, sharks and plenty of disagreements. Thanks to James' quick wit and creative thinking, the residents learn to live and work together as a family. The dangerous voyage is a success, but the adventure takes a whole new twist once they land on the Empire State Building.



A strange, magical storyteller. Often inserts himself into the story, in disguise, to help push the action forward.


A lonely young boy who lacks confidence. Having lost both his parents in a freak accident, he feels he belongs nowhere in the world. However, when given the right encouragement he becomes resourceful and innovative. A good friend.


James' mean aunt. A thief and a scoundrel. Shrewd and opportunistic. Very tall and thin.


James' other mean aunt. Also a thief and a scoundrel, but not nearly as bright as her sister. Very corpulent, she often has her mind on food.


A normal spider who has become human-sized after eating a crocodile tongue. Her husband was killed and eaten by Spiker and Sponge. She is warm and friendly to James..

Green Grasshopper

A wizened grasshopper who has become human-sized after eating a crocodile tongue. An excellent musician. Has his eye on Ladybug.


An ornery centipede who becomes human-sized after eating a crocodile tongue. Hates humans, in part because Spiker and Sponge fumigated his family. Prickly and rude, everyone thinks he is a pest.


A motherly ladybug who has become human-sized after eating a crocodile tongue. Respectable and classy, she has a warm, caring heart. Has her eye on Grasshopper.


An earthworm who has become human-sized after eating a crocodile tongue. A bit of a scaredy-cat. He is neurotic and worried about everything, but is very friendly and brave when called upon.



Karl Kreatour



Garden Guild


Willy Wonka

Oompa Loompas

Hollywood Agents


New Yorkers.

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THE BURN - BLK BOX PHX - October 25-November 10, 2019

by Philip Dawkins

Arizona Premiere!

When a high school production of THE CRUCIBLE forces students together, tensions escalate into acts of bullying—both online and in real life. THE BURN explores what happens to a teacher and his students when a classroom conflict turns into an online witch hunt. Featuring snippets from the Arthur Miller classic THE CRUCIBLE (1953), THE BURN is about bullying, but so much more than that. The demonization of the 'Other', which is increasing in our society as well as around the world. The play was originally presented at Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago (2018).

Oct 25 - 8:00 PM PREVIEW
Oct 26 - 8:00 PM OPENING NIGHT
Oct 27 - 2:00 PM
Oct 31 - 8:00 PM
Nov 1 - 8:00 PM
Nov 2 - 2:00 PM
Nov 2 - 8:00 PM
Nov 3 - 2:00 PM
Nov 7 - 8:00 PM
Nov 8 - 8:00 PM
Nov 9 - 2:00 PM
Nov 9 - 8:00 PM
Nov 10 - 2:00 PM

1825 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004

Want to speak to our Box Office? Give us a call at 602.734.5734 Monday-Friday 12:00 - 5:00 p.m.

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BAUER - BLK BOX PHX - November 22-December 8, 2019

by Lauren Gunderson

Love. Art. Defiance. The visceral and visual true story of forgotten modern artist Rudolf Bauer, struggling with his fading place in the history of art. It’s a story of an artist as a broken man. Set in 1953 at the New Jersey mansion, BAUER imagines a meeting between the painter and his one time close friend, champion & the curator of the Guggenheim Museum, Hilla von Rebay. Bauer hasn’t painted in more than a dozen years, but watch as passion and vengence become front and center in this story.

Nov 22 - 8:00 PM PREVIEW
Nov 23 - 8:00 PM OPENING NIGHT
Nov 24 - 2:00 PM
Nov 29 - 8:00 PM
Nov 30 - 2:00 PM
Nov 30 - 8:00 PM
Dec 1 - 2:00 AM
Dec 5 - 8:00 PM
Dec 6 - 8:00 PM
Dec 7 - 2:00 PM
Dec 7 - 8:00 PM
Dec 8 - 2:00 PM

1825 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004

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by Greg Kotis

Santa Claus is tired of the lies. Like the gods of old, he, too, has his mortal mistresses. This Christmas Eve he will bring Mary, his favorite earthly consort, and Luke and Freya, their illegitimate, semi-divine children, back to his North Pole compound to live with him—forever! Not surprisingly, Mrs. Claus resists. Many people think they know the truth about Santa, but they are wrong. Santa has some shocking unadvertised powers, a couple of half-mortal offspring his wife hasn’t found out about yet, and a lot on his mind. He’s tired of those singing elves. He’s tired of the lies. This is the Christmas Santa will reveal his true self. And it's definitely not for kids who believe in Santa.

Dec 20 - 8:00 PM OPENING NIGHT
Dec 21 - 2:00 PM
Dec 21 - 8:00 PM
Dec 22 - 2:00 PM
Dec 23 - 8:00 PM

1825 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004

Want to speak to our Box Office? Give us a call at 602.734.5734 Monday-Friday 12:00 - 5:00 p.m.

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RED - BLK BOX PHX - May 1-May 17, 2020

by John Logan

It is the late 1950s and Mark Rothko, the Master Abstract Expressionist painter, is at a crossroads in his career. Rothko has just landed the biggest commission in the history of modern art, a series of murals for New York’s famed Four Seasons Restaurant inside the Seagram’s Building. The play takes place in Rothko’s studio on the Bowery, where he works feverishly with the help of a smart, young assistant Ken. But when Ken gains the confidence to challenge him, Rothko faces the agonizing possibility that his biggest achievement could also become his undoing. Will his paintings survive in a place that represents everything—greed, commercialism, bourgeois comfort—he detests?

May 1 - 8:00 PM PREVIEW
May 3 - 2:00 PM
May 7 - 8:00 PM
May 8 - 8:00 PM
May 9 - 2:00 PM
May 9 - 8:00 PM
May 10 - 2:00 PM
May 14 - 8:00 PM
May 15 - 2:00 PM
May 16 - 2:00 PM
May 16 - 8:00 PM
May 17 - 2:00 PM

1825 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004

Want to speak to our Box Office? Give us a call at 602.734.5734 Monday-Friday 12:00 - 5:00 p.m.

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After you purchase a season ticket subscription, a BLK BOX PHX sales representative will contact you to assist in booking your performances.

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reviews - SISTER ACT - Arizona Broadway Theatre

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 August 24th.

"There have been dozens of popular movies adapted into Broadway musicals, though not all have met with success. With rich, comical characters and a soundtrack full of musical moments, the 1992 hit comedy film Sister Act, which starred Whoopi Goldberg and Maggie Smith, proved ripe for a musical comedy stage adaptation. The theatrical version includes an upbeat score, a book full of big laughs, and an even bigger heart. Arizona Broadway Theatre's production features talented leads and impressive creative aspects, resulting in a joyous and joyful time...Director and choreographer Stephen Casey keeps the show moving along at a brisk pace and ensures his gifted cast land every joke in the script....ABT's cast features two exceptional leads, with Khadijah Rolle as Deloris and Lisa Franklin as the Mother Superior. Rolle is a firecracker of energy and exuberance as the headstrong Deloris..Rolle has a singing voice that soars, especially on her big ballads...Franklin's expressive facial and hand gestures and perfectly paced pauses get big laughs and beautifully display the character's stern disposition and disapproval of Deloris. Her singing voice is rich and lovely and infuses her solos with depth and meaning....makes for a rewarding, rousing and crowd-pleasing good time. " -Gil Benbrook, Talkin' Broadway (click here to read the complete review)

"...Khadijah Rolle is the class act around which SISTER ACT revolves. (The musical, based on the popular 1992 film featuring Whoopi Goldberg, is Arizona Broadway Theatre's current production, directed by Stephen Casey.) Full of verve with a powerhouse voice to match, Rolle brings a more balanced and less flamboyant interpretation to her role than audiences may be used to...and it's just right...." Herbert Paine, Broadway World (click here to read the complete review)

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

SPRING AWAKENING - Mesa Community College PAC Productions - September 19-21, 2019

Music by Duncan Sheik,  Book and Lyrics by Steven Sater

Based on the play by Frank Wedekind

Spring Awakening is a timeless tale of teen angst, rebellion, love, loss and confusion. As Melchior and Wendla discover their feelings for each other, Moritz struggles to understand the changes to his body and Martha deals with demons living in her own home. With their friends, they navigate the ups and downs of growing up and discovering that not everything is as their parents and teachers have taught them. They must learn for themselves how to survive in a society that is trying to hold them down.

*This production contains adult content, adult language, and partial nudity.

Performances Thursday 9/19/19 and Friday 9/20/19 at 7:30 PM and Saturday 9/21/19 at 2:00 PM and 7:30 PM

Spring Awakening Cast List
Melchior - Nick Williams
Wendla - Samantha Maxwell
Moritz - Carson Robles
Martha - Samantha Ryan
Ilse - Suzy Olson
Hanschen - Aidan Vincent
Ernst - Payten McLeod
Georg - Cody Johnston
Otto - Jack Walton
Anna - Alexa Stuart
Thea - Allyson Harding
Adult Female - TaNayiah Bryels
Adult Male - Jere Van Patten
Ensemble - Nicholas Magel, Olivia Woodward-Shaw

Producer - Sue Anne Lucius
Director - Darl Jones
Music Director - Jenn Crandall
Choreographer - Ashley Harkey

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

Scottsdale Desert Stages Theatre's Main Stage 2019 / 2020 Shows!

Show Dates: Nov 22nd-Dec 22, 2019
Book by Thomas Meehan, Music by Charles Strouse, Lyrics by Martin Charnin
Based on Little Orphan Annie by permission of The Media Tribune Services, Inc.

Directed by Gary Crumm

With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie charms everyone's hearts despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. She is determined to find the parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of a New York City Orphanage that is run by the cruel, embittered Miss Hannigan. With the help of the other girls in the Orphanage, Annie escapes to the wondrous world of NYC. In adventure after fun-filled adventure, Annie foils Miss Hannigan's evil machinations... and even befriends President Franklin Delano Roosevelt! She finds a new home and family in billionaire, Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary, Grace Farrell, and a lovable mutt named Sandy.

Annie is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.

Show dates Feb 28th-Mar 29, 2020
Book by Blake Edwards, Music by Henry Mancini, Lyrics by Leslie Bricusse.
Additional Music by Frank Wildhorn
Based on the theatrical motion picture owned and distributed by Turner Entertainment Co.

Directed by Gary Crumm

Hilarious, brassy, and surprisingly touching, VICTOR/VICTORIA is a sophisticated musical comedy based on the acclaimed movie from director Blake Edwards. In jazz-age Paris, singer Victoria Grant struggles to make ends meet. With some help from her flamboyant friend Toddy, Victoria ultimately achieves stardom by masquerading as a man, “Count Victor Grazinski,” who performs as a female impersonator. When macho businessman King Marchan develops feelings for “Victor” and Victoria reciprocates, comic hijinks ensue.

Victor/Victoria is presented by arrangement with Tams-Witmark, A Concord Theatricals Company


Show dates July 10-Aug 2, 2020

Book, Music, Lyrics, and Directed by Dennis T. Giacino

Poisoned apples…glass slippers…Prince Charming. Who needs ’em? In this Disney-Princesses-Bridesmaids, hysterical and very direct musical, Snow White and her possé of sassy princesses prove that everyone has a dark side when they toss off their tiaras in an absurdly cheeky (and definitely NOT for the kiddies!) theatrical romp that’s anything but Grimm. Cinderella is kind of a nitwit; Snow White can be a little mean, and Sleeping Beauty? Apparently, she’s narcoleptic… and all three are “disenchanted.” When it comes to fairy-tale princesses, those are the “Big Three,” but they’re not the way Disney, let alone the Brothers Grimm, created them!

Adult Languages and Themes. Recommended for PG-13 and up

DISENCHANTED! is produced through special arrangement with Dennis T. Giancino (

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audition notice - AMERICAN PASTORELA: THE ROAD TO IMPEACHMENT - New Carpa Theater Company - July 31

Bato Hernandez gets a Tweet while sitting on his porch in Altar, Sonora. Congress is launching impeachment hearings in D.C. This reminds him that he met a guy named Sergei at a bar months earlier who handed him a flash drive, saying only, "Study this. It’s about our cray cray friend in America," before disappearing into the crowd. Bato pops the flash drive into his laptop and discovers smoking-gun evidence implicating Trump in a slew of crimes, none of which involve pee pee in Russia. “Familia Hernandez,” Bato shouts, “we’re going to Washington!” Comedy ensues. We’re not kidding. En serio.

Name of Playwright/Director: James E. Garcia

Rehearsals Begin: October 5, 2019

Performance Dates: November 14 thru  November 24, 2019

Compensation Information: No Pay

Participation Fees: None

Casting by Appointment/Adult & Child Actors Needed

Character Breakdown: This will be a multicultural (that includes white people), male, female and everything in between ensemble cast  featuring 15 to 20 actors, young and old alike. Some actors play more than one role. Because this is a new play inspired by current events it is being written as we speak and we have not yet settled on a full cast of characters.

Headshots/Resume: Optional

Audition Prep: Monologues and/or song and dance numbers welcome but not required.

Call for Crew/Designers: Stage manager, choreographer, music director, light designer, set designer, costume designer,  graphic designer and digital marketing coordinator. Call us.

Appointment Details: Contact James at or 623-252-2772

Audition Dates/Times: July 31, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. (The sooner you audition the better.) Callbacks: TBD

Audition Venue: Wells Fargo Arena, Room 116, 600 East Veterans Way, Tempe, AZ 85281, USA

Parking Info: Free parking available for auditions in the lot east of the arena starting at 7 p.m.

About New Carpa: Founded in 2002, New Carpa Theater Co. is dedicated to producing Latino and multicultural works featuring diverse casts and production crews.

Additional Details: This play is performed in English with some Spanish words and phrases sprinkled throughout. Actors need not be bilingual, even if you’re Latino.

Past productions by playwright/director James E. Garcia: "Miranda's Curse (KAX); "My Beloved World" (KAX); "1070" (Stage West); "Lost Boys Found" (AZ Opera Black Box); "The Mighty Vandals" (Peoria Center for the Performing Arts); "Voices of Valor (ASU Gammage) and many more.

IN THE KINGDOM OF CLOUDS - Scottsdale Desert Stages Theatre - August 2-11, 2019

Join us for our special production to commemorate our 25 years in Scottsdale! Gerry Cullity's In The Kingdom Of Clouds!

Directed by Matthew Villarreal

In a world where hope and creativity have been lost, those who live in the Kingdom of Clouds bring to life a lyrical rock opera about love, sacrifice, hope, and fate. This breathtaking musical takes you on an adventure unlike any other; one right above us the whole time. Cirrus tries to restore balance to the world, while going on his own journey finding love for himself and the people around him.

Performance Dates:
August 2 – 4 & 9 – 11, 2019
Fridays and Saturdays 7:30pm, Sundays 2:00pm 

Cumulus: Maggie Barton
Dolcus: Dani Topel
Thunderhead: Michael Brandt
Cirrus: Jack Yampolsky
Aurora: Erin Tarkington
Nimbus: Elsie Donsker
Stratus: Rylie Clore
Claire: Jamie Villarreal
Modem: Xander Zeeb
Axel: Jeremy Yampolsky
Wingnut: Madison Macdonald
Clouds: Brad Nicolaisen, Ciara Archer, Lilly Brandt, Tillea Baltzell, Brandon Drahos
Nomad Runners: Skylar Ryan, Sadie Krotonsky, Allie Rose, Ashley Rhoads, Kristan Alba, Jake Krotonsky
Steel Settlers: Avery Durbin, Tabi Momeyer, Kate Ringer, Jade Leblic, Ashleigh Herek, Isaac Gerstel, Cassidy Spencer
Elements: Skylar Ryan, Sadie Krotonsky, Allie Rose, Ashley Rhoads

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Monday, July 29, 2019

WEEK AT A GLANCE: July 29-August 4

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August 16-August 25, 2019

ticket discount - PARADE - Arizona Regional Theatre

As a show of Arizona Regional Theatre's appreciation to theatergoers in the Valley, they are pleased to offer a special discount to their opening production of the 2019/20 season, Jason Robert Brown and Alfred Uhry's PARADE.

For a limited time, audiences will receive the group discount rate on single tickets! Purchase yours today using discount code “PHXPARADE” and receive 25% off!

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DUET-ISH - Scottsdale Musical Theater Company - August 26, 2019

Hector Coris and Amy Faithe
photo courtesy Scottsdale Musical Theater Company
Scottsdale Musical Theater Company continues its Cabaret Series with Duet-ish, an evening of jazz, pop, theater and contemporary music performed by Hector Coris and Amy Faithe. Music direction and arrangements by Joni Van Rossum. With songs by Harold Arlen, Jacques Brel, The Seekers, Sara Bareilles, Jason Robert Brown and others, plus original tunes, Duet-ish is an intimate and eclectic evening of song, personal stories and soaring duets.

Hector Coris is a multi award-winning vocalist and performer originally from New York, now living in the Valley. In his native city, he appeared on nearly every cabaret stage in town. He was awarded the 2010 Manhattan Association of Cabaret & Clubs award for Outstanding Male Vocalist of the Year. He has appeared in countless musicals and plays in Arizona, most notably with Scottsdale Musical Theater Company.

Sultry recording artist and songwriter, Amy Faithe is emerging as one of the top vocalists in the southwest. Her compelling delivery and stunning vocal stylings are known to captivate the mind, body and spirit as she takes her audience on a mesmerizing journey through song. With musical influences such as Barbra Streisand, Whitney Houston and Aretha Franklin, Faithe has been afforded the opportunity to perform at notable venues in Las Vegas, New York City, Nashville, Los Angeles and Phoenix and has been nominated for several awards both domestically and internationally. Amy is currently in the studio preparing to release new music in the fall.

Duet-ish plays Monday, August 26th, 2019 @ 7:30PM at Tempe Center for the Arts (700 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe AZ 85281). Tickets are $20, available by calling (602) 909-4215 and online at

ticket discount - THE GREAT GATSBY - Zao Theatre

Early Bird Ticket Special for The Great Gatsby at Zao Theatre!

Get tickets for only $20 ($5 savings) using code DAISY!

Deal only good through August 8th. Purchase your tickets at or call 480-924-5122.

photos - SISTER ACT - Arizona Broadway Theatre

CLICK HERE for more information on this production, which runs through August 24th

photos by Shari Corbett