Friday, March 31, 2023

Cast announced for THE ALCHEMIST at Southwest Shakespeare Company


Tim Shawver…Dapper
David Chorley…Ananias
Ron May…Surly
John Way…Abel Drugger
Beau Heckman…Subtle
Alison Agsten…Dame Pliant
Gustavo Flores…Face
Jim Coates…Sir Epicure Mammon
Debra Ann Byrd…Dol Common
Spencer Beckwith…Kastril

Auditions for THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE (abridged & revised) at Desert Stages Theatre announced for April 16


By: William Shakespeare
Director: Van Rockwell

Show Run: June 9 – July 2, 2023
Audition Date: Sunday, April 16, 2023 from 6 – 9 pm

Callbacks: April 25, 2023
Rehearsals: April 30 – June 9, 2023
* Rehearsals will be Tues. – Thurs. evenings from 6:30 – 10:00 pm with the addition of
Sat. morning/afternoon (10:00 am – 2:00 pm)

Looking for anywhere between (3-7) very funny performers who will parodically perform multiple characters from famous Shakespeare plays like Romeo and Juliet, Titus Andronicus, Othello, Julius Cesar, Macbeth and of course…. Hamlet.

The pace is VERY FAST, with performers running around; dying; falling; fighting, then recovering fast; changing characters and costume pieces; swapping props, etc. The fourth wall is non-existent, with the cast regularly speaking directly to, and interacting with, the audience. Due to the rapid-fire nature of the show with the possibility of improvisation and ad-libbing, we’re seeking performers who can form a close-knit group and play off of each other. The play is written for (3) actors. Therefore, your name will be used as the character's name. The show originally casts (3) men, but we are open to ANY/ALL performers who would like to audition. That’s right – any age, size, sex, and race are encouraged to audition. Each actor must bring themselves to the character, so we are not giving character descriptions. 
Please show us how YOU are funny. This show will require some level of improvisation and possible audience interaction.

No conflicts will be accepted during show dates or the week before opening. 

Please prepare a joke and a (one-minute long) Shakespeare monologue or sonnet. The auditions will also include cold readings from the script.

Callbacks will consist of cold scene reads from the script (provided in advance, but done in groups) and some improv games.

Masks are welcomed for your safety and concern.

Performers of all races, ethnicities, sizes, abilities, and genders (conforming and non-conforming) are encouraged to audition.  SHOW SYNOPSIS:

All 37 Plays in 97 Minutes!

Can (3) people really cover (37) Shakespeare plays in less than (2) hours? This fast-firing comedy does just that as it parodies all of the Shakespeare plays (plus the sonnets!) with only three performers in two acts. This play is full of energy as the characters run across the stage and keep you guessing how they will pull off the next play. Clever use of some interesting costumes also adds to the fun. The play starts with an eccentric version of Romeo and Juliet, followed by a parody of Titus Andronicus (which is portrayed as a cooking show). Next is Othello, which is done as a rap song (the infamous
“Othello Rap”). The members of the trio compete in a hilarious football game which summarizes the histories (King John, Richard II, Richard III, Henry IV, etc.), complete with commentary and details of each character’s rise and fall from power.

As the characters are about to come to the end of the first act, they realize they forgot to perform Hamlet. One of the actors becomes nervous and runs out of the theatre with another actor chasing him. The final actor is left to entertain the audience by himself, which he does by telling jokes and calling for the intermission.

After the intermission, the missing two actors return and save their companion from reciting all of the sonnets. All three actors then perform their very abbreviated version of Hamlet (with a little help from the audience), thus “completing” the canon in only an hour and a half!

Don Bluth Front Row Theatre seeks Choreographer for DAMN YANKEES

As part of artistic team collaboratively designs and directs the dance or stylized movement in musical production of DAMN YANKEES to realize the director’s vision.


·       Creates original choreography, teaches and notates dance steps and formations, cleans dance combinations, teaches techniques and dance steps,

·       Works collaboratively with the Director and Designers to fulfill the vision or concept of the production

·       Works with Director and Music Director to integrate choreography into the production

·       Empowers and motivates participants to perform to the best of their capabilities

·       Assists Director, Music Director, and Stage manager in creating weekly schedule. Assists with flow of communication to cast and crew.

·       Attend auditions, all scheduled rehearsals and production meetings

·       Conduct choreography brush-up rehearsals as needed through run of show

To apply submit resume and two to three video clips of dances choreographed for live musical theatre.  Send files via We Transfer or Dropbox link to: . Application deadline April 7, 2023. 

DAMN YANKEES production information:  Auditions Sunday, April 30 and Sunday, May 7.  Rehearsals July 30 through September 20.  Production run September 21 through October 28, 2023. Director Don Bluth. Choreographer stipend $600.

Finalist applicants will be invited to an in-person interview with director Don Bluth and production team; and will be asked to present/demonstrate example choreography from a number from the show.

Paige Productions announces details for their 2023 Summer Camps!

Summer Camp Excitement

Paige Productions Youth Theater
13001 N Fountain Hills Blvd
Fountain Hill, AZ 85268
Ph: 480-375-8058

May 30-June 9, 2023
All Dolled Up: A New Musical
An original musical featuring Barbie and all her friends!

June 12-23, 2023
Disney’s 101 Dalmations Kids
The Disney classic with great parts for all ages.

June 26-29, 2023
Stranger Wednesdays
An acting camp mash-up featuring our favorite Netflix shows.

July 10-13, 2023
Acting & Improv Camp
Great for shy kids, kids who want to act—not sing, and especially boys!

July 17-28, 2023
Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka Jr.
A magical 60-minute show for performers of all ages and experience levels.

July 31-August 3, 2023
The $500 Talent Show
This show features big cash prizes in a variety of categories. 

Cast announced for INTO THE WOODS at ASU Music Theatre and Opera

Cinderella: Saylem duPont
Baker: Liam Boyd
Baker’s Wife: Maggie Barry
Little Red: Jena Allen
Jack: Tre Moore
Jack’s Mother: Carlie Beckert
Witch: Jazmin Noel Moehring
Rapunzel: Bri Sieminski
Mysterious Man/Narrator: Desmond Woodward
Cinderella’s Prince/Wolf: Josh Pike
Rapunzel’s Prince: Matt Griesgraber
Cinderella’s Mother/Granny: Alicia Werner
Cinderella’s Stepmother: Aydan Bruce
Florinda: Lauren Carroll
Lucinda: Gabrielle Gernon
Cinderella’s Father: Shaul Leket-Mor
Snow White: Ericca Rose
Sleeping Beauty: Charlie Green
Steward: Matt Villar

Cinderella, Rapunzel: Charlie Green
Baker, Cinderella’s Prince/Wolf: Jose Guevara
Baker’s Wife, Stepmother: Molly Virtue
Little Red, Florinda, Lucinda: Ericca Rose
Jack, Steward: Isreal Rodriguez
Witch, Jack’s Mother, Cinderella’s
Mother/Granny: Sonia Rodriguez Wood
Mysterious Man/Narrator, Rapunzel’s Prince, Cinderella’s Father: Justin Carey

Thursday, March 30, 2023

Your first look at SOMETHING ROTTEN! at Mesa Community College Musical Theatre

Photos by Nick Woodward-Shaw

Your first look at RESPECT: THE MUSICAL at Black Theatre Troupe

photos by Laura Durant

Cast announced for SWEENEY TODD at Greasepaint Youth Theatre

Sweeney Todd…….. Noah Sucato

Mrs. Lovett……. Nora Palermo

Beggar Woman/ Lucy…… Sydney Vance

Judge Turpin…… Nathan Sullivan

Johanna……. Katie Stone

Anthony Hope….. Bennett Smith

Beadle…… Eli Franklin

Tobias Ragg….. Lucas Moran

Aldolfo Pirelli….. Olivia Feldman

Bird Seller…… Michael Beninato

Jonas Fogg….. Lincoln Hoekstra

Ensemble….. Paisley Cutter, Kennedy Czyz, Sydney Hassler, Makenzie Massey, Swae Miller-Estabrook, Keegan McAleece, Vivian Nichols, Zoe Sgouros, Katelyn Sullivan, Andrew Wildermuth, Harrison Whitfill

Review Highlights - BRIGHT STAR - Zao Theatre

Jordan Giannetti and Juli Buehrle
Photo by Kristy Velesko

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 April 15

"with exceptional leads and perfect direction, Zao Theatre's production of Bright Star, running through April 15, is extremely moving....set in small towns in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina in the mid-1940s with flashbacks to 1923. The plot focuses on two characters whose stories interweave....As Alice Murphy, Juli Buehrle is exceptional and doesn't make one false move. ...Scotty Hagen is wonderful as Billy Cane...As Jimmy Ray Dobbs...Jordan Giannetti is equally as good and does a great job showing the conflicted moments in the character's past....With a plot that will make you laugh and also make you cry as it covers a wide range of characters and emotions, Bright Star is a beautiful story about forgiveness, guilt, coming to terms with the past, and redemption. With exceptional performances, Zao Theatre's production is excellent."  - Gil Benbrook, (click here to read the complete review) 

your first look at THE SECRET GARDEN at Places Productions

photos by Lily Saba Photography