Tuesday, January 31, 2023

2 For 1 Ticket offer for THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME at TheaterWorks!

Check out this 2 for 1 (BOGO) offer for The Hunchback of Notre Dame at TheaterWorks, exclusively for PHX Stages' followers! 

For more information about this production, visit:  https://theaterworks.org/events/hnd/

Offer expires February 20th

Auditions for HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL 2 at Limelight Performing Arts announced for February 3

Auditions for High School Musical 2

Auditions this Friday, February 3 from 5-8pm *select a time slot.
Callbacks Saturday, February 4

Video auditions and callbacks available. 

Performances Fridays and Saturdays May 5-20
*No Sunday rehearsals or performances.

ESA funds accepted.

Your first look at CHICAGO: TEEN EDITION at Actor's Youth Theatre

photos by Noelle Parent 

Monday, January 30, 2023

Review Highlights: MAME - Arizona Broadway Theatre

 Renée Kathleen Koher and Cast
Photo by Alexxis Grant, Timeless Present Photos

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 Feburary 26

"Just like its title character who lives life to the fullest, Arizona Broadway Theatre's production of the musical Mame is bold, brassy, colorful, and full of life. With a wonderful performance by Renée Kathleen Koher as the lovable Mame, bright creative elements, and excellent choreography, this is a smart, solid, and winning production of the 1966 musical....Renée Kathleen Koher has appeared in dozens of shows at Arizona Broadway Theatre and her portrayal of Mame is wonderful. She looks glamorous and radiant and is appropriately eccentric and larger than life, yet she never pushes so far as to become unbelievable. Her connection with her fellow cast members is authentic and her clear singing voice soars on her many songs, including a heartfelt and moving "If He Walked into My Life." It is another winning performance from Koher." - Gil Benbrook, TalkinBroadway.com (click here to read the complete review)

TREASURE ISLAND - Stage Left Productions - Feburary 3-11, 2023

A Fantasy

Adapted for the stage by Cody Dull
Based on the book by Robert Louis Stevenson

Directed by Rachel Cummings

Join the piratety crew of Treasure Island and follow the story of Jim Hawkins and his journey to self-discovery. Based on the wonderful classic novel by Robert Louis Stevenson.

Tickets are $15.00 Reserved Seating

(Stage Left seats are elevated if you have trouble with steps we recommend purchasing seats in Row A or B.)

Friday February 3 7:00pm
Saturday February 4 2:00pm
Saturday February 4 7:00pm
Friday February 10 7:00pm
Saturday February 11 2:00pm
Saturday February 11 7:00pm

Jim Hawkins- Colson Kennedy
Mrs. Hawkins/Baby Face O’Brien- Mariah Pennington
Sally Hawkins- Brie Russo
Capt. Billy Bones/ Ben Gunn- Aiden Davidson 
Dr. Livesey- Ryan Crispino 
Captain Smollett- Chance Ashing
Morgan/ Squire Trelawney- Alexandra Teposan
Barkeep- Daniel Parra
Long John Silver- Jaxon Cade
Old Kate- Madelyn Russo
Pew- Aliyah Pennington
Black Dog- Keegan Flaherty
Dirty Dirk- Leona Gaedert
Parrot- Lily Alt
Squirrel- Addy Dammeyer 
Townsperson/Pirate- Lucy Alt 

Auditions for THE SECRET GARDEN at Desert Foothills Theater announced for February 9 & 10


(We will consider actors ages 11+ for the roles of Mary and Colin)

Auditions: February 9-10 
Callbacks will be held on
Monday, February 13th at 6:30p
Holland Community Center 34250 N 60th St., Scottsdale, AZ 85266.

Producing Artistic Director, Sandi Carll
Director, Sandi Carll
Music Direction, Ken Goodenberger
Choreographed by Nathalie Velasquez

This show will be performed at 
101 Easy St. Carefree, AZ 85377
Rehearsals will be held at 
The Holland Center
34250 N. 60th St. Scottsdale, AZ 85266

More info and to sign up for auditions

About the showMarsha Norman and Lucy Simon's THE SECRET GARDEN is widely renowned as one of the great page to stage musicals of the last century. The winner of three 1991 Tony Awards, the classic tale of young Mary Lennox's journey is compelling for audiences of all ages. 

Based on the 1911 novel of the same name by Frances Hodgson Burnett, THE SECRET GARDEN follows Mary as she survives a deadly plague in India that kills her parents and forces her to live with her grief-stricken Uncle Archibald in England. As both Mary and Archibald struggle to be a new family, they eventually find the light and the "bit of earth" they've been missing in the garden and each other.

The novel comes to life with a touching mix of loss, humor, and heart. With a sweeping score and a thrilling story, THE SECRET GARDEN is a masterpiece that families and musical lovers will be able to cherish long after they leave the theater.

The perception of this musical is that it’s solely a kid’s show. It certainly is about kids, but it also has some serious and grown-up themes that will leave adults inspired and spark conversations of hope and family.

Questions? Call 480-488-1981

WEEK AT A GLANCE: January 30-February 5, 2023

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






Thursday, January 26, 2023

Auditions for BIG FISH at Actor's Youth Theatre announced for January 28

from our friends at Actor's Youth Theatre:

This Saturday, January 28th, we will be holding auditions for our next premiere show

Directed/Choreographed by Stephen Hohendorf-Parnell and Music Directed by Elise Stoffer and Tyler Thompson You won’t want to miss out on this larger than life musical 

Sign up for auditions today!

Rehearsals: Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays
Shows: March 30-April 15!

Auditions for SCAPIN at Fountain Hills Theater announced for February 4 & 5


WHAT:          Auditions for SCAPIN 
By Bill Irwin & Mark O’Donnell
WHERE:       Fountain Hills Theater
11445 N Saguaro Blvd., Fountain Hills, AZ 85268
WHEN:         Saturday, Feb. 4 @ 12pm and Sunday, Feb. 5 @ 6pm
Callbacks (If required) Tuesday, Feb. 7 @ 7:00pm.
HOW: Audition sign up 480-837-9661 X 3 or fhtaz.org/auditions

Fountain Hills Theater announces the auditions for the hilarious comedy Scapin.

In this wild physical comedy, the crafty servant Scapin, jumps into the story as he first promises to help in affairs of his neighbor's son, Octave, then to aid in those of his own charge, Leander. Both young men have fallen in love with unlikely, and penniless beauties, and both need money to help solve their dilemmas. Scapin knows a good ruse will always win the day and he drafts Sylvestre, Octave's servant, into his schemes. Brimming with zany characters and improvisation, this play is an uproarious romp of hugely theatrical proportions.

Scapin is directed by Peter J. Hill
Scapin will play Mar. 24 – Apr. 9, 2023.  

Auditions will be held Saturday, Feb. 4 @ 12:00pm and Sunday, Feb. 5 @ 6:00pm.  Callbacks (If required) Tuesday, Feb. 7 @ 7:00pm. Auditioners will be asked to present a short monologue and should be prepared to read cold from the script.  Early video auditions - which must be submitted prior to Feb. 4 – may be submitted and can substitute for appearing at the Saturday or Sunday auditions.  However, if chosen from a video audition, candidates will be required to appear in person at the callbacks.  Video auditions should be sent to peter@fhtaz.org.  FHT prefers and encourages auditioners to be vaccinated.

Actors of all ethnicities should consider roles if they feel they can represent the age ranges and genders listed.  

Casting for: 

OCTAVE (Argante’s son) “Rich Young Man Hopelessly in Love”, not too bright. Gullible. Age: Late teens thru 20’s
LEANDER (Geronte’s son) “Rich Young Man Hopelessly in Love”, not too bright. Hotheaded. Age: Late teens thru 20’s
ARGANTE (father of Octave) Stingy, prone to blustering and bullying. Age: “Fatherly”- must look older than their sons.
GERONTE (father of Leander) Stingy, prone to blustering and bullying.  Geronte has some very physical business. Age: “Fatherly”- must look older than their sons.
SCAPIN: Leander/Geronte’s servant. Wily, imaginative, resourceful. A physical role and star turn. Age: 25-45
SYLVESTRE: Octave/Argante’s servant. Gullible, easily manipulated by Scapin. Physical role. Age: flexible.
HYACINTH (beloved of Octave) “Poor Young Women Hopelessly in Love”. Hyacinth cries a lot. Small but colorful role. Age: Late teens through 20’s
ZERBINETTE (beloved of Leander) “Poor Young Women Hopelessly in Love”. Zerbinette is a laugher. Small but colorful role. Age: Late teens through 20’s.
NERINE: Hyacinth’s nurse. A savvy woman, she thinks all these people are fools. Few lines. 25-45? (Corresponds to Scapin's.)
GEORGE or GEORGETTE – an onstage keyboard player (organ or piano) who provides musical accompaniment, interacts with cast. No lines. Any age.
TWO MESSENGERS/GENDARMES/PORTERS – Multi-purpose characters who function in several scenes and interact with the cast. No spoken lines. Age: flexible, but must carry an actor on a stretcher, do pratfalls.

Scapin is presented by special arrangement with Broadway Licensing, LLC servicing the Dramatists Play Service Collection. www.dramatists.com

Your first look at MAME at Arizona Broadway Theatre

photos courtesy Arizona Broadway Theatre

Review Highlights: ONCE - Spotlight Youth Theatre

Braiden Lee and Zoey Waller
Photo by Robert Waller

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 February 5

"The musical Once, which is based on the Oscar-winning film of the same name, is an unconventional love story about a guy and a girl who meet on the streets of Dublin. It's a simple show with a simple plot; with a talented cast of teens and a few adults who play the older characters, Spotlight Youth Theatre's production proves to be an inspiring and extremely moving theatrical experience as all of the cast members not only act and sing but also proficiently play an assortment of musical instruments....Director Kenny Grossman incorporates the same theatrical device used on Broadway, where the cast of 12 also play instruments to form the musical accompaniment for the songs in the show...The fact that eight of the 12 cast members are teenagers who, in addition to creating believable characters with expert line deliveries and facial expressions, also are excellent musicians elevates this production above others I've seen, making it more emotional rewarding. The intimate Spotlight venue provides a deep connection between the audience, the cast and the characters they play and the story they tell, even more so then when I saw this on Broadway....Braiden Lee and Zoey Waller are excellent as Guy and Girl...moved me even more than the other times I've seen this show. It's a beautiful production of a beautiful musical." - Gil Benbrook, TalkinBroadway.com (click here to read the complete review)