Friday, September 29, 2023

Phoenix College's 2023-2024 Season!

Esa Nena Rie, Esa Nena Llora, Esa Nena No Hace Nada
Public Performances: 
Friday, October 6 @ 7:30 pm
Saturday, October 7 @ 7:30 pm
Sunday, October 8 @ 2:00 pm

Exit, Pursued by a Bear
Public Performances: 
Thursday, November 16 @ 7:30 pm
Friday, November 17 @ 7:30 pm
Saturday, November 18 @ 7:30 pm
Sunday, November 19 @ 2:00 pm

Thank You, 10! Student Director Showcase
Public Performances: 
Thursday, February 8 @ 7:30 pm
Friday, February 9 @ 7:30 pm
Saturday, February 10 @ 7:30 pm
Sunday, February 11 @ 2:00 pm

Public Performances: 
Thursday, April 18 @ 7:30 pm
Friday, April 19 @ 7:30 pm
Saturday, April 20 @ 7:30 pm
Sunday, April 21 @ 2:00 pm

Fot tickets and information,

Thursday, September 28, 2023

Auditions for a staged reading of MOTHERS-IN-LAW AND OTHER NATURAL DISASTERS announced for October 21

Casting 3 male and 3 female actors for a staged reading of the new play “Mothers-In-Law and
Other Natural Disasters” Written by Frank Nelson. Directed by Barbara Surloff.

Date: October 21, 2023 at 2:00 pm and 3:00 pm

Location: Womack Recital Hall 1875 N Central Ave. Phoenix AZ, 85004. On the Central United
Methodist Church Campus.

Register for an audition time slot at:

Date: January 20, 2024
Location: Womack Recital Hall 1875 N Central Ave. Phoenix AZ, 85004. On the Central United
Methodist Church Campus

Lucas Stevens. 30’s male
Kyle Houston. 30’s male
Gertrude Vandemere. 50s-60s female
Melissa Talbot. 30’s female
Roger Talbot. 30’s male
Margaret Spencer 50’s-60’s female

Sides will be provided via email

For more information, contact Frank Nelson at 760-831-2850 or


Lucas Stevens and Kyle Houston are hosting their first dinner at their new apartment.
Unfortunately, it’s the same night that a huge storm has reached New York. Melissa and Roger
Talbot, friends that live in the building, are attending, as well as their next door neighbor,
Gertrude Vandermere. An unexpected guest arrives right before dinner, Margaret Spencer,
Lucas’ mother and Kyle’s biggest life critic. Between the storm, interpersonal drama, and a
surprise related to the guys adopting a baby and starting a family, it’s a tense evening that
leads to unexpected conversations and consequences.

Character Descriptions

Lucas Stevens. 30’s male: Lucas is a dentist in Manhattan. He and his husband have recently
purchased apartment 37 D They’ve been married about a year, and have been dating for the past 3.
Lucas grew up in Manhattan and attended prep school on the upper east side, before attending
Columbia. He works in a midtown practice, close to their apartment. Lucas’s mother is a central figure in his life, especially as his father passed away when he was a teenager. He feels a responsibility to look
out for his mother, and at times overlooks some of her overbearing behavior. Lucas can be the cynic in
the relationship, partly due to his upbringing, and partly because of some self doubt about who he is as
a person, and whether he’s “good enough” at whatever task he takes on. He and Kyle are looking to
adopt a baby, but Lucas still has some apprehension about becoming a parent.

Kyle Houston grew up in a small town in Iowa. After getting accepted to Columbia, he moved to New
York and fell in love with the city. But he’s never left behind his midwestern upbringing. Down to earth
and unpretentious, at times he’s at loggerheads with many in New York, especially his mother in law.
Kyle created a tech startup, took it public, and quickly realized he did not enjoy the superficiality of Wall Street backers and high finance so he sold out to pursue his true passion, designing and building
furniture, eventually opening up his own shop in New York. Kyle comes from a large family and his family has always been important to him. He’s always wanted a large family of his own and is leading the charge to adopt a baby with Lucas.

Gertrude Vandermere lives next door to Kyle and Lucas. Known affectionately as Mrs. V by Kyle, but
rather formally as Mrs. Vandermere by everyone else, she is an aging socialite who’s memory and
common sense were left somewhere behind her. Gertrude is a widow, with at least one son who lives in
Florida with his new wife. Never one to turn down a drink, most people see her as eccentric because of
her background and bank account, or crazy because of her behavior. Gertrude lives her life by a few
rules, mainly be kind to those close to her, and never turn down a new adventure.

Margaret Spencer is one of the reigning queens of New York society, a position she’s inherited from her
mother, grand mother, great grandmother, all the way back to when New York was called New
Amsterdam. Margaret grew up believing that setting a standard of taste and elegance is her
responsibility. Raised by nannies, and raising her son with nannies, she’s always been a hands off
mother, but still has high hopes for his future. Perception is truth to Margaret and how people see her is
intrinsic in how she sees herself. Gertrude is one of her oldest friends While Gertrude’s behavior on it’s
own would preclude the friendship, Gertrude’s family history my as well as her wealth have cemented
their bond.

Melissa Talbot is an old college friend of Kyle’s. An interior designer, she is the one that helped Kyle
realize that he should leave tech behind and start building furniture as a career. Melissa is a member of a large New Jersey family, and she’s always thought her role in her family is to be the peacekeeper.
Between various aunts, uncles and cousins, Melissa is the one that everyone turns to for advice and
analysis. That role has spilled over to her friendships as well, and she thinks her personal mission in life, besides her daughter, husband and family, is to make sure that she solves everyone’s conflicts for them.Unfortunately, Melissa tends to open up more cans of worms than she closes.

Roger Talbot is a former college athlete who lasted one season in the pros. After an injury ended his
career, he did what many former athletes do, and went into broadcasting. Roger doesn’t tend to look
past the surface of most issues, and looks forward to life being interesting and fun. The exceptions are
his wife Melissa and their daughter, Victoria, who are the highlights of his life. While he tends to be
Lucas’s nemesis, he actually likes Lucas and would like to be a better friend. But on his own terms, and
not through his wife’s efforts.

The 2023 ariZoni Theatre Awards of Excellence Performance Numbers!

The ariZoni Theatre Association Board of Directors has just announced the 2023 ariZoni Awards Performance Numbers!

Youth Ceremony

The Lightning Thief** - CYT Phoenix

Disney's The Lion King JR* - East Valley Children's Theatre

Once* - Spotlight Youth Theatre

Adult Ceremony:

The Music Man* - Queen Creek Performing Arts

La Ruta - Stray Cat Theatre

9 to 5* - Mesa Encore Theatre

Tickets for this years ariZoni Ceremonies, which take place at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts on Monday, October 2nd, can be purchased HERE

*Performed with permission of Music Theatre International and Concord Theatricals
**Performed with permission from Concord Theatricals

Auditions for A WINNIE-THE-POOH CHRISTMAS TAIL at Valley Youth Theatre announced for October 17 & 18

Auditions for Valley Youth Theatre’s production of A Winnie-The-Pooh Christmas Tail

Book, music and lyrics by James W. Rodgers

Inspired by A.A. Milne's Winnie-the-Pooh

In-Person Auditions: October 17th and 18th @ 4pm at Valley Youth Theatre, 525 N 1st Street, Phoenix AZ. (doors open at 3:30pm)

Tentative Callbacks: October 19th and 23rd @ 4pm at Valley Youth Theatre,  525 N 1st Street, Phoenix AZ. (doors open at 3:30pm)

To pre-register for your audition (preferred, but not required), and for more details please go to:


A very special Friend-and-Relation tells Christopher Robin a story of a Christmas Eve very long ago (about last year) when Eeyore, the old gray donkey who lives by himself in the thistle corner of Hundred-Acre Wood, was absolutely miserable. It seems that he lost his tail and Winnie-the-Pooh and Piglet got all of their friends and a search was organized. There is a great deal of fun and excitement, plus delightful songs, in the adventure that follows. Its theme, which concerns caring, sharing and the importance of cultivating friends, makes this a very special and enchanting musical suitable for all ages.

Christopher Robin
Woodland Creatures (Ensemble)

For auditions please bring:

1.) A song that will show off your voice and is appropriate for you and the character you are auditioning for. Please bring sheet music -- accompanist will be provided.

2.) A headshot. It doesn't have to be professional. Just a good photo that looks like you!

3.) An acting/performance resume.

Rehearsals: Approximate rehearsal dates are October 23 through November 30th, Monday through Thursday evenings and Saturdays. Before tech, evening rehearsals are expected to be 5pm - 9pm; tech rehearsals will potentially go until 11pm. We understand that some students may have conflicts where they may miss rehearsals, must arrive late or leave early. However, cast members will not be able to miss rehearsals during tech week or the run of the show.

Performances: December 1-23rd, 2023 at Valley Youth Theatre, with several weekday matinees for schools in addition to the traditional evening and weekend performances.

Tentative rehearsal/performance schedule available on our auditions page:

If you still have questions, please check out the Frequently Asked Questions section at the bottom of our auditions page at

Valley Youth Theatre is a professional quality theatre where young people take center stage. There are no fees to audition and our performers do not pay to be in shows. There are no costume or script deposits, ticket quotas or ad sales. We ask for nothing but commitment, hard work and fun! Valley Youth Theatre’s mission is to inspire young people to be the best they can be through a variety of performing arts opportunities. Along with their mainstage performances, VYT offers Eight-week Fall, Winter and Spring performing arts classes, as well as Spring Break and Summer Camps. VYT’s ongoing community programs include Literacy and the Arts, Sponsor-a-Seat and The Nigel Ross Scholarship Fund as well as their annual fundraising event, the VYTal (Valley Youth Theatre Applauds Leadership) Affair, in August.

For more information on Valley Youth Theatre, visit  

Cast announced for THE SECRET GARDEN at Inspire Theatre

Call for Applicants for A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC at Arizona Musical Theatre Orchestra

Saturday, October 28th, 7:00 PM

Central United Methodist Church Sanctuary
1875 N. Central Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85004
(adjacent to Phoenix Theatre)

Conducted by Dr. Sharon Hansen (AZ Musicfest)
Chorus Direction by Steve Hilderbrand

Pay-What-You-Wish ($30 suggested; scholarships are available on an individual basis)
General Admission


September 30 is the deadline for principal roles & orchestra chairs.
October 14 is the deadline for chorus.

Suggested Participant Donation: $40 (due upon casting, any amount confirms your place; scholarships are available on an individual basis)

Musicians from across Arizona unite in this ONE NIGHT ONLY symphonic presentation of A Little Night Music!

Actors, singers, and instrumentalists ages 14+ with a passion for theatre & the arts can apply!

Shows are assembled over one full day, with minimal scheduled rehearsal. You’ve never heard A Little Night Music like this before!

Showcase Schedule:

Tuesday, October 24, 5:00-10:00 PM (principal characters only)
Friday, October 27, 6:00-10:00 PM (Orchestra)
Saturday, October 28
            9:00-12:45 (Chorus)
            11:00-12:45 (Orchestra, if necessary)
            2:00-5:30 Dress Rehearsal (ALL)
            7:00 Performance (ALL, with audience)

Enjoy some of the most beloved music from the theatre legend Stephen Sondheim, including “A Weekend in the Country”, “Every Day a Little Death”, and the exquisitely haunting “Send in the Clowns.”

AZMTO is Theatre Beyond Measure. We present full shows in symphonic style, on-book, with full orchestra, actors, and SATB chorus.

AZMTO is committed to authentically-inclusive storytelling. BIPOC and LGBTQ+ artists are encouraged to apply.

Applications take 5 minutes. No formal audition is required, but a link to your singing/playing is required for orchestra & principal role applicants.

Music is available immediately. Practice is on your own until Showcase week, using recordings and conductor guides as reference.

Sheet music reading skills are required for principal roles and orchestra members, and highly recommended for chorus.


Wednesday, September 27, 2023

Ticket Discounts for A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER at TheaterWorks

Check out these ticket discounts for A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, exclusively for PHX Stages' followers!

You can get Buy Oone, Get One tickets for Thursday performances and $8 off tickets for any performance during the Opening weekend!


Auditions for EXIT PURSUED BY A BEAR at Phoenix College announced for October 10

Your first look at THESE SHINING LIVES at Limelight Performing Arts

Childsplay seeks a Patron Experience Representative

Childsplay, a professional theatre for young audiences in Tempe, Arizona, seeks an energetic, creative and detail oriented individual to join our marketing team as the Patron Experience Representative.

The Patron Experience Representative is a member of an ensemble that celebrates learning and creativity, encourages innovation, and provides opportunities for professional growth. This position supports the mission of Childsplay by helping to create dynamic patron moments for families and groups before, during, and after our public and school matinee performances to provide a full 360-degree experience.

 This is a part-time non-exempt position working a variable schedule of 20-35 (twenty to thirty-five) hours per week. Pay rate is between $18.00-$20.00 (Eighteen and Twenty Dollars) per hour depending on experience. Working hours are Tuesday – Sunday while at the theater and Monday-Friday for non-performance weeks.

Duties and Responsibilities

·    Serve as the Childsplay representative during all public and school performances at the Herberger Theater Center (Nov/Dec 2023) and Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts (Jan 2024) by welcoming patrons, managing and/or running interactive activities, working with volunteers, and providing excellent customer service to enhance and support the patron experience.

·     Foster a productive and collaborative relationship with venue front of house team.

·     Responsible for patron lobby engagement as part of our 360 Programming. This includes setting up, refreshing supplies, helping patrons participate in craft activities, taking photos, resetting between performances/cleaning up at end of day.

·     Create seating charts and attendance lists for each field trip show.

·     Complete performance reports for each performance.

·     Promote and administer group sales program.

·     Participate in engagement activities across electronic platforms.

·     Support as needed weekly email marketing campaigns.

·     Manage playbill content for design and print submission for each production.

·     Duties will also include some basic clerical and administrative activities such as attending meetings, general correspondence, customer relations, creating and updating media and community contact lists, assistance in promotional events and writing assignments for programs and other communications.  

·     Perform miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

·   Some customer service and social media experience.

·   Physical presence is required at the Herberger Theater Center in downtown Phoenix and at the Campus for Imagination and Wonder near central Tempe. 

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities Required

·         Strong customer service skills.

·         Strong written and verbal communication skills.

·         Works well in a collaborative team environment.

·         Ability to think creatively and with vision to help develop and implement plans that will increase awareness and improve public perception of Childsplay’s brand within the community.

·         Ability to handle and prioritize multiple projects and adjust to inevitable changes in timelines, deadlines, and project goals.

·         Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite.

·         Ability to read, understand, follow, and enforce safety procedures.

·         Proficiency in reading, writing, and/or speaking Spanish is a plus.  

Conditions of Employment

·         Must pass a pre-employment criminal background check.

·         Must have or obtain an Arizona Fingerprint Clearance Card


Working Conditions and Physical Effort

·         Limited physical activity. Requires limited physical work; limited lifting, pushing, or pulling required of objects up to 20 pounds, and standing for moderate amounts of time up to two hours. Physical work is not a primary part (more than 70%) of the job, however, bending, lifting, and carting boxes, tables and chairs may be required.

Applicants should apply with cover letter and resume via email with the subject line Patron Experience Representative Application to No phone calls please. We will contact candidates whose qualifications meet the requirements for the job.

Childsplay values equity, diversity, and inclusion throughout our organization, programs and audiences. We are committed to giving underrepresented artists a safe space to create art and community. By welcoming people with differences in religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, class, gender identity, ability, and age we are better able to celebrate that which brings humankind together: imagination and wonder.

Childsplay, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer, and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of age, race, color, religion, national origin, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, or marital status. 

Founded in 1977, Childsplay’s mission is “to create theatre so strikingly original in form, content or both, that it instills in young people an enduring awe, love, and respect for the medium, thus preserving imagination and wonder, those hallmarks of childhood, that are the keys to the future.”

Please visit our website at for additional information about the company, our programs, and our work in the community.

Review Highlights: MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS - Grand Canyon University

David Loewen, Jasmine Coxey, and Cooper Townley
Photo by Ralph Freso

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 December 1

"Playwright Ken Ludwig is probably best known for his Tony-winning farce Lend Me a Tenor and his Tony-winning book for Crazy for You. Since he is known mostly for comedies, it was interesting to hear that the estate of Agatha Christie approached him to write the stage adaptation of Christie's 1934 novel, "Murder on the Orient Express." It turns out the decision to hire Ludwig was wise as the end result, which premiered in 2017, is one that Christie fans and lovers of stage thrillers will most likely find thrilling, humorous, and entirely enjoyable. Grand Canyon University's production is marvelous. The cast of young adults deliver rich performances, including excellent accent work, portraying this international cast of potential suspects, accompanied by sharp direction and gorgeous creative aspects....
The fun in any thriller is trying to figure out who the murderer is, and Ludwig ensures his adaptation doesn't get in the way of the taut mystery that Christie crafted by adding any unnecessary business. ...
Director Michael Kary's pacing is brisk, with a wonderful range of clear and precise accents from his cast and a great musical underscore that keeps the tension high during the scene changes..."  - Gil Benbrook, (click here to read the complete review)

Tuesday, September 26, 2023

The 2023 ariZoni Theatre Awards of Excellence Special Award Recipients

Carol MacLeod, E.E. Moe and Jeff Thomson (top row, left to right)
Maria Cruz and Hannah Hensley (bottom row, left to right)
The ariZoni Theatre Association Board of Directors has just announced the recipients of this year's Special ariZoni Awards.

Carol MacLeod and E.E. Moe will both be honored with Lifetime Achievement Awards

Jeff Thomson will receive the Kyle Lawson Outstanding Contribution Award

The Excellence in Stage Management Awards will be awarded to Maria Cruz and Hannah Hensley.

Tickets for this years ariZoni Ceremonies, which take place at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts on Monday, October 2nd, can be purchased HERE

THE TWO NOBLE KINSMEN - Flagstaff Shakespeare Festival - October 6-15, 2023

Flagstaff Shakespeare Festival presents…

The Two Noble Kinsmen
By William Shakespeare

October 6-15, 2023
Coconino Center for the Arts

Nothing could come between them…or could it? Join the Flagstaff Shakespeare Festival for our fall production of The Two Noble Kinsmen by William Shakespeare! One of Shakespeare’s least produced plays, Kinsmen follows two cousins, Palamon and Arcite, who swear allegiance to each other, a bond of friendship that nothing could break. Until, of course, a pretty girl named Emilia walks by! Sometimes considered a comedy, sometimes a romance, and other times still a tragedy, The Two Noble Kinsmen will have you crossing off a play from your Shakespeare bucket list!

Directed by the incredible Christine Schimdle, one of the leading text and Shakespeare scholars of our generation, the show will be a favorite for both Shakespeare lovers and novices alike. The show will run Fridays through Sundays at the Coconino Center for the Arts. Evening shows at 7 pm on Fridays and Saturdays, and matinees at 2 pm on Saturdays and Sundays. There will also be a Pay-What-You-Will Preview the night before opening night at 7 pm! There are only 8 chances to see this show, so catch it while you can!

Performances include:
Thursday, October 5 @ 7 pm (Pay-What-You-Will Preview)
Friday, October 6 @ 7 pm (Opening Night)
Saturday, October 7 @ 2 pm
Saturday, October 7 @ 7 pm
Sunday, October 8 @ 2 pm

Friday, October 13 @ 7 pm
Saturday, October 14 @ 2 pm
Saturday, October 14 @ 7 pm
Sunday, October 15 @ 2 pm (Closing Night)

Monday, September 25, 2023

Cast announced for LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS at Mesa Encore Theatre

Mesa Encore Theatre presents the cast of Little Shop of Horrors performing at the Mesa Arts Center in the Nesbit/Elliott Playhouse November 3-19, 2023.

Danté X Johnson - Seymour 
Michala Montaño - Audrey 
Jacob Litt  - Mushnik/ Vocal Captain
Rudy Bogojevich- Orin the Dentist
BreAwna Harpe - Crystal 
Britney Montgomery - Ronette 
Shaylee Flanagan - Chiffon 
Jared Kitch - Audrey 2 
Justus Popken - Radio Announcer/Audrey 2 U/S 
Zack Pepe - Customer #1/ Ensemble
Heaven Blaker - Customer #2/Featured Ensemble Dancer
Lydia Glasgow - Mrs. Luce/Radio Trio/ Ensemble
Erin Natseway - Radio Trio/ Ensemble
Breckyn Hall - Dentist Patient/Ensemble
Joseph Cook - Bernstein/Ensemble
Gage Vaughn - Skip Snip/Martin/Seymour U/S 
Marleigh Ungor - Alarm Soloist/Radio Trio/ Ensemble
Trinity Muniz - Featured Ensemble Dancer/Audrey U/S 
Colette Davis - Featured Ensemble Dancer
Grace Calderon - Featured Ensemble Dancer
Celeste Hompstead - Audrey 2 Puppeteer 

Producing Artistic Director: Taylor Moschetti
Shop Manager and Technical Director: Cheryl Briley
Director: Kieara Kurtz-Williams
Assistant Director: Randallyn Curry
Music Director: Amanda Bagley
Choreographer: Gianluca Russo
Assistant Choreographer: Sophie Weech
Stage Manager: Alexandra Kallis
Scenic Designer: Mike Esparza
Costume Designer: Kieara Kurtz-Williams & Gianluca Russo
Lighting Designer: Matt Stetler
Sound Designer: Austin Madrid
Props Designer: Kelly Jones
Scenic Painter: Gracie Ruiz

Technical Crew and Supertitles Operator needed for US premiere of HIS GIRL LAUGHS, THIS GIRL CRIES, THIS GIRL DOES NOTHING (ESA NENA RIE, ESA NENA LLORA, ESA NENA NO HACE NADA) at Phoenix College


The US premiere Spanish language production of Finegan Kruckemeyer’s play, THIS GIRL LAUGHS, THIS GIRL CRIES, THIS GIRL DOES NOTHING (ESA NENA RIE, ESA NENA LLORA, ESA NENA NO HACE NADA) will be staged at the JOHN PAUL THEATRE at Phoenix College, 1202 W. Thomas Road, Phoenix, October 5-8, 2023.

We are looking for these non-paid positions: 

Supertitles Operator: A bilingual native Spanish-speaking assistant who will run English Supertitles, which will be projected.  


See the schedule below.

Cue to Cue will take place from 12 pm – 7 pm on Saturday, September 30th.  

Dress Rehearsals – 6:30 pm call – 9:30 pm Monday-Wednesday 10/2-10/4.


10:30 am (- 12:30 pm) Thursday 10/5 (Call time 9:30 am)

11:00 am (- 1 pm) Friday 10/6 (Call time 10:00 am)

7:30 pm (-9:30 pm) Friday and Saturday 10/6-10/7 (Call time 6:30 pm)

2:00 pm (-6:00 pm) Sunday, 10/8 – Performance and Strike (Call time 1:00 pm)

If you are interested in being a part of this extraordinary production, please call or text Rick Herman, Production Stage Manager at 201-970-9897.  Please review the schedule and confirm you have no conflicts.

Auditions for SOMETHING ROTTEN! at TheaterWorks announced for November 4 & 5

Performances: February 2-February 18, 2024

Director: Rob Watson
Choreographer: Cydney Trent
Music Direction: Jon Landvick
Stage Manager: Courtney Stevens


TheaterWorks- 10580 N 83rd Drive Phoenix, AZ 85345


Saturday Nov 4, 5:00PM-9:00PM
Sunday Nov 5, 9:00AM-12:00PM


Callbacks will be held on:
Sunday Nov 19th from 5-10PM
Monday Nov 20th from 5-10PM
(All callbacks materials will provided in advance.)


Actors ages 16-Adult. (No AEA contracts are avaiable.)
All actors, 18+, who are cast will receive a stipend.


32 bars (or 30 seconds to 1 minute) of a song from a musical. Accompanist will NOT be provided. Please bring electronic accompaniment on a personal device. Electronic amplification will be available. Comedic options are highly encouraged.


An audition form and draft rehearsal calendar are attached. Please make sure all known conflicts are listed in relation to the calendar. Bring your audition form with you to your appointment. Do not email audition forms, headshots, etc ahead of time. If you need a special accommodation or have a conflict with the audition please reach out to Shelby Maticic.  Please email Shelby Maticic with any audition questions at: 


As a theater for, of, and in our community, Theater Works strives to practice inclusive casting. Inclusive casting for us means casting actors of color, actors with disabilities, trans and gender non-conforming actors, and other members of historically and currently marginalized communities. We invite actors of all races, ethnicities, body types, gender identities, and physical abilities to audition. Unless a role is specified by the playwright, we will keep character auditions open to all. However, we will make sure to never take opportunities away from underrepresented communities in established roles. When scheduling auditions, we offer accessibility accommodations and, if needed, more information on the process or role. As a community theater, Theater Works recognizes that the community is diverse and dynamic and aims to create art in a safe space for all.

Theater Works is working to create space to stop, listen and be receptive to the voices of the communities we serve. We acknowledge there have been and will be missteps along the way. We strive to learn, make changes, and do better to create a safe space for all artists to thrive. We encourage all of you to audition for us.


To create a safe environment for our patrons and our production team and cast, we have implemented comprehensive health and cleanliness protocols consistent with government recommendations. TheaterWorks will continue to follow guidelines recommended by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) to ensure the safety of our casts. If those guidelines change, TW reserves the right to adjust the requirements for actors while rehearsing or performing in our theatres.

Please email Shelby Maticic with any questions at


Set in the 1590s, brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom are desperate to write a hit play but are stuck in the shadow of that Renaissance rock star known as "The Bard." When a local soothsayer foretells that the future of theatre involves singing, dancing and acting at the same time, Nick and Nigel set out to write the world’s very first musical. But amidst the scandalous excitement of opening night, the Bottom Brothers realize that reaching the top means being true to thine own self, and all that jazz.



The Bard. Over the top with a huge ego.
Vocal range top: Ab4
Vocal range bottom: Ab2

Nick Bottom
A struggling writer who cannot stand Shakespeare. Nigel’s older brother.
Vocal range top: G4
Vocal range bottom: A2

Nigel Bottom
Nick’s sweet younger brother. A struggling writer who falls in love with Portia, a Puritan.
Vocal range top: A4
Vocal range bottom: Eb3

Nick’s wife. She loves Nick despite his past lack of success. She dresses up like a man to prove she can be an actor.
Vocal range top: D5
Vocal range bottom: D3

A Puritan woman who loves poetry, theater, and ultimately Nigel.
Vocal range top: F#5
Vocal range bottom: G3

A soothsayer
Age: 40 to 50

Brother Jeremiah
Portia's father. A Puritan who thinks Nick and Nigel's plays are sinful.
Vocal range top: G4
Vocal range bottom: G3

Lord Clapham
A posh patron of the theater.

An investor to whom Nick and Nigel are in debt.

Vocal range top: A4
Vocal range bottom: C#3

Roles include: Minstrel, Townspeople, Troupe, Lord Clapham, Shylock, Man Servants, Crowd, Chorus, and more

Your first look at MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS at Grand Canyon University

photos by Ralph Freso