Friday, October 30, 2020
Thursday, October 29, 2020
The Virtual Theatre of Arizona presents VTAZ Monster Monologues, a collaboration of 30+ local playwrights, performers, directors and designers, creating monster-themed monologues for your spooky season.
Starlight Community Theater announces Auditions for THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE on November 6 & 7
Wednesday, October 28, 2020
The Herberger Theater Center (HTC) is excited to announce its new outdoor stage, The Pavilion at the Herberger Theater. Built on the recently cleared land on the east side on the theater, The Pavilion will host performances November 2020 through April 2021, including the 11th annual Festival of the Arts on Saturday, November 14, which will be the opening performance for the new space.
“The opening of The Pavilion outdoor stage is about hope and giving an opportunity for companies to meet their audiences in a new way,” said Mark Mettes, President and CEO of the Herberger Theater. “We have heard from our guests that digital offerings are just not the same. We want to answer the call and provide a live arts experience for the community. These outdoor performances are about being together, yet safely apart, in order to experience performances in a safe and socially distanced way.”
The collection of performances scheduled on The Pavilion are part of The Art of Celebration series, which focuses on celebrating community and creativity in the space. From festivals and concerts to fully staged productions and performances, The Art of Celebration will unite artists and audiences through diverse experiences that ignite emotion, stimulate conversation and inspire connections - all while following safe and healthy protocols related to physical distancing, face coverings and cleanliness. The Art of Celebration kicks off with a re-imagined 11th annual Festival of the Arts, followed by Arizona Opera, who will present a new collaboration with The Metropolitan Opera on an outdoor opera film festival staged on The Pavilion in late-November, adding another family-friendly program to its Reimagined 2020/21 Season. In December, the sights and sounds of the holidays will fill The Pavilion as one of the Valley’s most celebrated actresses, Katie McFadzen, brings to life Charles Dickens’ holiday classic A Christmas Carol presented by Childsplay under the stars, lights, and chandeliers. The Herberger Theater will also host Lunch Time Theater, a concert series and Performance Discoveries by local performers and organizations.
A generous donation from Arizona Artificial Lawns will allow HTC to install turf to prepare a more welcoming outdoor space for guests. At its current capacity, the stage will seat approximately 160 guests, who will follow social distancing guidelines. As restrictions loosen, the space could accommodate more than 300 guests.
Spanning 36 feet wide and 20 feet deep, the stage will be the largest ever constructed on the Herberger Theater plaza and will provide a space for performing companies to once again welcome guests to enjoy live arts experiences at the Herberger Theater.
With generous donations from the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust, Billie Jo and Judd Herberger, Perkins Coie, the Arizona Community Foundation and Downtown Phoenix Partnership, HTC can focus on bringing audiences and art back together at the Herberger Theater, where audience meets art.
The continued health and well-being of guests, artists, volunteers, and staff is of the upmost priority. Cleaning procedures will be in line with CDC guidelines for gatherings, as well as state and local ordinances. All surfaces will be completely sanitized between performances and high contact surfaces will be cleaned frequently. Face coverings will be required at all times within the venue for guests, volunteers, and staff. At the outdoor performances, guests will be seated six feet apart from other patrons, as well as space to socially distance throughout the venue. Signage will be posted throughout the outdoor space to remind guests to socially distance and follow safety procedures. More information about enhanced safety procedures can be found at HerbergerTheater.org.
To find more information on The Pavilion, visit HerbergerTheater.org/The-Pavilion/
|Jere Van Patten, David Michael Paul, Alaina Beauloye, and Rob Stuart|
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 November 21
"A few theatres in the Phoenix area have started to resume live theatrical productions after being shut down since March due to COVID. Hale Centre Theatre, which was set to premiere The 39 Steps last April, decided to use this four-person cast show to resume their operations, which makes sense as the smaller cast size along with reduced seating capacity provides plenty of social distance between the cast and the audience. With two separate casts, a long list of safety measurements in place, and the added addition of a foley artist who provides live sound effects throughout the show, Hale's production allows for safety, but is also fast and fun and results in a joyous feeling of having live theatre back in town.
Tuesday, October 27, 2020
Monday, October 26, 2020
Friday, October 23, 2020
Singer/songwriter Benjamin Scheuer and Arizona Theatre Company's artistic director Sean Daniels are friends who have also worked together; Daniels directed Scheuer in his one man show The Lion, which Scheuer wrote. That show has been performed across the country and in the UK and won a Drama Desk Award for “Outstanding Solo Performance” for its 2014 0ff Broadway production.
Talking to Arizona native BEN CRAWFORD about playing the Phantom on Broadway and about his upcoming BROADWAY FRIGHT NIGHT concert next Friday at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
"Well it was very sudden I’ll be honest. We had a Thursday matinee and as I was sitting in a make up chair I was getting all the sports notifications of certain colleges not participating in the NCAA tournament, then suddenly it was all divisions of schools, and of course the night before the NBA had canceled games so it was a whirlwind to go into work that morning and then within five hours you don’t have a job for now what’s going on over six months and will be over a year and a half once we get back to work.
What have you been doing to stay creative since the shutdown in March?
When I went to the University of Arizona to get my degree in musical theater I was very fortunate to have a lot of opportunities on stage there, and that experience I’m sure helped translate into the career that I’ve had today."
|Ben Crawford and Meghan Picerno in The Phantom of the Opera|
photo by Matthew Murphy
I moved to Phoenix in September of 2013, after living and working in NYC for over 25 years, and Big Fish was the last Broadway show I saw before heading west and I thought you were very memorable in that show as the antagonist of the main character. Unfortunately, that show didn’t last long on Broadway but it has been a staple in regional theatres. I’ve seen three productions in Phoenix and there were also other productions in town I missed. I have to imagine the fact it didn’t have a longer run was devastating since it was the first time you created a role on Broadway. Why do you think the show didn’t find an audience and why do you think it has found a following after the Broadway run?
"You know Broadway is so weird. You can think you have all the pieces and then something happens in the translation and it just doesn’t work out the way you wanted. Big Fish was one of those examples for me where you don’t know what people like; it’s really hard to predict it. I was attached to that show for a little over two years and everyone had such an emotional connection to it- so it was really heartbreaking when I didn’t have that life on Broadway that we all wanted.
"I mean my first night as the Phantom is of course very memorable. But I have some other ones too; the ones where you get asked to do something crazy, like go on for someone with no time to spare and you do and you’re (thankfully) wonderful and you feel good because you worked hard and you showed everyone that you cared because the show wasn’t fractured because you were ready to go on-those are fun, loving moments in theater."
What are your dream roles?
"Two big ones right now are Emile de Becque in South Pacific and Don Quixote in Man of La Mancha. And then of course there’s that elusive new musical that hasn’t been written yet where there’s a lead or supporting leading character written for me; that’s of course my dream role."
What can concert goers expect from the upcoming "Broadway Fright Night" Halloween concert at Scottsdale Center for the Arts?
Will this be the first time you’ll be singing a song from Phantom since you last appeared in the show at the Majestic Theatre last March?
Thursday, October 22, 2020
Tony Award Winner Trezana Beverley and Grammy Award Winner Patrick Page Headline Southwest Shakespeare Company’s Fall 2020 Season
Southwest Shakespeare Company announces an exciting and diverse virtual and limited in-person Theatrical Season, featuring Hadestown star Patrick Page, and TONY Award winner Trezana Beverley, among others.
Wednesday, October 21, 2020
|Tyler Sorrels as "The White Rabbit"|
Photo by Kristy Velesko Photography
TheaterWorks Creates Holiday Immersive Theater Production A CURIOUSER NUTCRACKER Following Sold-Out Extended Run of Curiouser & Curiouser
Monday, October 19, 2020
Ghostlight is a collection of theatre ghost stories told from the perspective of different theatre professionals from an actress to a stage manager. "It should be known that each of the stories told this evening comes from personal experiences. Each incident is based on an actual event that happened to me in different theatres throughout my career. And so, with that said.... picture yourself, it is late on a windswept Autumn night, a storm of rain or snow has you gathered around the warm glow of a fireplace, you are safe and comfy and a trusted friend speaks into the quiet and says: "I’m going to tell you a story, you probably won’t believe it. In fact if you told me this selfsame story- I wouldn’t believe you either, but I know it to be true... because I was there...” Michael R Duran
CPA Show Dates: Streaming October 29-November 1 Click here for streaming information
Friday, October 16, 2020
Starlight Community Theater announces November 20 deadline for their 2020 Starlight Community Theater Playwriting Contest
Starlight Community Theater is now accepting entries in our 2020 Starlight Community Theater Playwriting Contest until November 20!
The purpose of this contest is to encourage new works for the stage by providing an opportunity to engage in the playwriting process. Starlight Community Theater values the time and talent needed to write a play. The winner of the Starlight Community Theater Playwriting Contest will receive a staged reading and given consideration for a full production in subsequent seasons. The 2019 winning play, HOLY MATRIMONY! by Dan Marburger, will receive a full production November 13-15 at Starlight. For complete rules, visit:
Wednesday, October 14, 2020
Auditions are on November 14th at 1:00pm (with callbacks at 5:00pm that day)
We are hard at work preparing an exciting season of online and physically distanced performances for the 2020-21 season. Each project will be announced 6-8 weeks in advance. Please follow us on social media or signup for our newsletter for regular updates!
Oct 17, 7:30 p.m.
Free Admission on ASU Music Theatre and Opera Vimeo
Music and libretto by Michael Ching
Based on a concept by Dean Anthony
Ticketed event, online only
Nov. 6 and 7, 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 8, 7:30 p.m. rain date
Details and location to be announced.
Nov. 8, 2 p.m. (MST)
Free Admission on ASU Music Theatre and Opera YouTube Channel
Music, book and lyrics by Elizabeth Swados
Dates and location to be announced
Ticketed online event - subject to change
Nov 30, 7:30 p.m. (MST)
Ticketed online event - subject to change
Check Music Theatre and Opera Upcoming Events for the most up-to-date information.
Tuesday, October 13, 2020
Monday, October 12, 2020