Friday, September 30, 2022

2022 ariZoni Awards Souvenir Programs Now Available

While every attendee of the 2022 ariZoni Theatre Awards of Excellence ceremonies will have access to a digital ceremony program, for a small fee you can get your own hard copy of the program, which includes a list of every 2022 Zoni nominee!  

2022 ariZoni Special Award Recipients Announced

For the past forty years, Claude Pensis has served as a professor of theatre, stage director, lighting designer and Dean of the College of Fine Arts and Production at Grand Canyon University and he'll be awarded with the Kyle Lawson Outstanding Achievement ariZoni Award 

Karen Rolston headed up East Valley Children's Theatre for over 25 years and she'll be awarded with the Lifetime Achievement ariZoni Award next Monday. 

Your first look at ROALD DAHL'S MATILDA THE MUSICAL at TheaterWorks!

photos by by Michael Sigmon

Thursday, September 29, 2022

Video Audition Submissions for THE DROWSY CHAPERONE at Limelight Performing Arts due by October 7, and Supplemental Auditions for DISNEY'S ALADDIN, JR also being held


Get excited for Drowsy Chaperone auditions with Limelight Performing Arts! 
Video auditions due by October 7.
Limited in person auditions available October 7-8. Email for an appointment.
Rehearsals begin October 12
Performances December 9-18

Limelight is holding supplementary auditions for the following speaking roles (would also sing/dance in the ensemble.)
- Guards & performing understudy roles for Jafar, Iago, and Rajah..

To schedule an audition, please email

Rehearsals are Wednesdays, Fridays, & Saturdays.
Performances are November 11-20.

INTO THE WOODS - Inspire Theatre Company - October 20- 29, 2022

East Valley High School
7420 E Main St
Mesa, AZ 85207

Kevin Woodman -  Narrator
Stephen Thomas -  Cinderella’s Father, Mysterious man
Elizabeth Bridgewater -  Witch
Noah Manumaleuga -  Baker
Danica Hill -  Baker’s Wife
Grace Davis - Little Red Ridinghood
Landon Kalin - Jack
Jane Thomas - Jack’s Mother
Karissa Anderson - Cinderella
Daniel Gallacher -  Cinderella’s Prince, Wolf
Bear Jordan -  Rapunzel’s Prince, Journeyman
Britt Powell -  Cinderella’s Stepmother
Megan Gardner - Lucinda
Alexis Totty - Florinda 
EJ Freed - Journeyman, Cinderella’s Mother
TBA - Granny, Giant
Tyler Saccoman - Steward, Journeyman
Alisha Niec - Journeyman, Mily-white (puppet)
Arden Good - Journeyman, Snow White
Brenna Keck - Journeyman, Cinderella US
Emiy Bingham - Journeyman, Sleeping Beauty

Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Cast announced for DISNEY'S 101 DALMATIONS, KIDS at Desert Foothills Theater

Cruella De Vil - Jacquelyn Fuchs
Roger - Josiah Elliott
Anita - Lucy Delamater
Jasper - Emily Novicki
Horace - Rylan Ginsberg
Pongo - Owen Stryker
Perdita - Mia Moore
Nanny, Dog of London - Ava Huntley
Penny - Whitney Kleinheinz
Lucky - Beckett Buelna
Pepper - Ellie Takawaki
Patch - Cora Hancock
Spotty/Dog of London - Avery Morse
Freckles/Dog of London - Alessandra Merino
Boxer Narrator - Maddie Heck
Chihuahua Narrator - Kalei Valdez
Poodle Narrator - Alannah Scott
Scottie Narrator - Sophia Konopka
Sgt. Tibbs - Bryce Viavattene
Police Officer/Dog of London - Ethan Elliott
Dog Catcher/Dog of London - Kaitlyn Shellabarger
Ensemble Puppy/Dog of London - Sedona Ray
Ensemble Puppy/Dog of London - Callie Theodore
Ensemble Puppy/Dog of London - Gio Terranova
Dog of London - Adah Kempton
Dog of London - Vito Terranova

Directed by Nathalie Velasquez
Susan Washburn, Music Director
Wendy Pike, Assistant Director

Disney’s 101 Dalmatians Kids, Musical
Shows: September 30-October 9, 2022
The Holland Center

WEEK AT A GLANCE: September 26-October 2, 2022

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



HAMLET, A TRAGEDY IN THREE ACTS - State 48 Theatre Company - September 29-October 8, 2022

Hamlet, A Tragedy in Three Rings
Thu Sep 29, 2022 - Sat Oct 8, 2022

Early in the 1920s, the Imperial Circus has just returned to its winter home at Elsinore, Florida. Their recent tour has been marked by tragedy. Old Hamlet, the owner and leader (and Ringmaster) passed away midway through the tour. His wife, Gertrude, shockingly married Old Hamlet’s brother – Claudius – before the circus had even finished the tour. Her son, Hamlet, named after his father, is devastated. Upon their return, Claudius uses Hamlet’s grief to usurp his inheritance and become the new leader and Ringmaster. Hamlet, deeply depressed, has all but destroyed his relationship with another performer, the trapeze artist Ophelia. Ophelia’s mother (Pollonia) and brother (Laertes), both advise her to abandon her love for Hamlet. One night, Hamlet’s friend Horatio and several of the laborers tell him his father’s ghost has been haunting the Big Top. Hamlet meets his father’s ghost who tells him that his brother Claudius murdered him to get control of the circus and to claim Gertrude. He demands that Hamlet avenge his murder. What follows is Hamlet’s descent into madness (or is he faking it?), more murder, plots within plots, a play within a play, and a disastrous fight that ends with four bodies littering the stage.

Cast Announced for BARBECUE at Black Theatre Troupe



James T

Louis Farber

James T

Michael Thompson

Lillie Anne

Katie McFadzen

Lillie Anne

Ryan L. Jenkins


Debra K. Stevens


Lydia Corbin


Debra Lyman


Dayna Donovan


Megan Holcomb


Shonda Royall

A knock-out cast of the Valley's top actors come to Black Theatre Troupe for the comedy BARBECUE. Written by Robert O'Hara, BARBECUE tells the story of the O'Mallery family with one twist: the first act is portrayed by White characters, yet for the second act, the characters are changed to Black. 

Directed by Ron May, BARBECUE features Louis Farber and Michael Thompson as "James T," Katie McFadden and Ryan L. Jenkins as "Lillie Anne," Debra K. Stevens and Lydia Corbin as "Marie," Debra Lyman and Danya Donovan as "Adlean," and Megan Holcomb and Shonda Royall as "Barbara."

Performances of BARBECUE are October 21 - November 6 at Black Theatre Troupe, 1333 E. Washington.

Tickets are $50 and are on sale at or by calling 602-258-8128.

Your first look at BANDSTAND at The Phoenix Theatre Company

photos by Reg Madison Photography