Thursday, February 29, 2024

Cast announced for ROALD DAHL'S CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY at Arizona Broadway Theatre


Willy Wonka: Jamie Parnell 
Charlie Bucket: Lucas Moran and A.J. Riddle 
Grandpa Joe: James Rio 
Mrs. Bucket: Hannah Bentley 
Mrs. Gloop: Kat Gold 
Augustus Gloop: Brendan Nelson Finn 
Mr. Salt: Kyle Blair 
Veruca Salt: Hannah McGrath 
Mr. Beauregarde: Antony Terrell 
Violet Beauregarde: Deijah Faulkner 
Mike Teavee: Stephen Ropski 
Mrs. Teavee: Katie Snyder 
Grandma Josephine: Erin Burtchaell 
Grandma Georgina: Josey Terry 
Grandpa George: Tyler Gallaher 
Mrs. Green: Kiana Douglas 
Jerry: Collin O'Neill
Cherry: Alyssa Armstrong 

Christopher Andrew 
Charlie Hall
Mariel Harris
Nathan Moreno 
Henrique Sobrinho 

Your first look at THE MUSIC MAN at Zao Theatre

Photo credit Kristy Velasko

Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Auditions for SCHOOL GIRLS; OR THE AFRICAN MEAN GIRLS PLAY at Spotlight Youth Theatre announced for March 3 & 4

School Girls; Or the African Mean Girls Play is being directed by Chanel Bragg

Spotlight Youth Theatre is seeking eight African/Black and mixed race female presenting actresses

No roles have been pre-cast.

All abilities are encouraged to audition. 

Ages: 13-19

Auditions: Sunday, March 3, & Monday, March 4, 2024, at 6PM

Video Auditions: Please email by 9PM on Sunday, March 3, 2024. Include your name with the audition video linked or attached to the email.

Callbacks: Tuesday, March 5, 2024, at 6PM

Audition Requirements: Please come prepared with a contemporary one-and-a-half minute monologue of your choice.

Not knowing how to do a South African accent should not prohibit you from auditioning.

Dialect coaching will be provided.

Character Breakdowns (All characters are of West African descent):

PAULINA SARPONG (Paul-LEE-nah AAAR-pong). The most popular girl in school and knows it. She is beautiful, talented, vindictive, yet somehow lovable.

ERICKA BOAFO (BWAH-FOH). Light/fair skin. She is a transfer student and is new to school. She is enchanting, sweet, elusive.

AMA (Ahh-mah). The sensible, smart one of Paulina’s pack and has the honor of being her best friend. Her loyalty to Paulina is starting to fray, and she has to work up towards being the girl who is not afraid to say it like she means it.

NANA (Nah-nah). The quiet, simple and sensitive one of Paulina’s pack. She never means any harm and strives to do the right thing. She strutgles with her love of food and snacks.

MERCY. The witty sidekick to Gifty and will do and say anything to stay a member of Paulina’s pack.

GIFTY. The “Frick” to Mercy’s “Frack”; loves being part of Paulina’s pack and will do anything to be considered cool.

HEADMISTRESS FRANCIS. The Headmistress of Aburi Girls Boarding School; loves her students and will do whatever she can to both uplift and protect them.

ELOISE AMPONSAH (Ell-oh-eez Amm-pohn-saah). Extremely poised and well-mannered former Miss Ghana 1966. She is now a recruiter for the Miss Ghana pageant. She speaks with a slightly affected British accent and prides herself in always being a lady.

Monday, February 26, 2024

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WEEK AT A GLANCE: February 25- March 3, 2024

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Saturday, February 24, 2024

Cast announced for THE MUSIC MAN at Zao Theatre

Harold Hill: Bryan Stewart
Marian Paroo: Rebecca Bryce
Mrs. Paroo: Cindy Rhinesmith
Winthrop Paroo: Miles VanSlyke
Mayor Shinn: Eddie Kesner
Eulalie Shinn: Donnalynn Maggio
Zaneeta Shinn: Iris VanSlyke
Gracie Shinn: Jovie Rasmussen
Tommy Djilas: Gregor Hocknull
Marcellus Washburn: David Michael Paul
Amaryllis: Miabella Hiltbrand
Charlie Cowell: Adam Gobeski
Ewert Dunlop: Jeff Montgomery
Jacey Squires: Chris Fidler
Oliver Hix: Trent Rasmussen
Olin Britt: Jerry Maggio
Ethel Tofflemier: Mary Esther Braswell
Maud Dunlop: Brianne Gobeski
Alma Hix: Katie Babbitt
Mrs. Squires: Randi Jill
Ensemble: Laura Christian, Lynanne Cottle, Tanner Duncan, Sonya Etchamendy, Jared Ferolino, Michael Leeth, Grace McGeoch, Turner McKenzie, Conner McNutt, Calliandra Rasmussen, Matt Snell, Krys VanSlyke
Teen Ensemble: Charlotte Hover-Lashnits, Chloe Kesner, Molly Kesner, Olivia Kesner, Shayla Montgomery, Sarai Phillips-Dunlap, Emma Westberg, Elizabeth Williams
Youth Ensemble: Max Brown, Ian Montgomery

Production Team:
Producer/Director: Michael E. Bryce
Assistant Director: Tyler Galley
Music Director: Marcus Denton
Choreographer: Laura Christian

Review Highlights: UNTIL THE FLOOD - Stray Cat Theatre

Ryan L. Jenkins
Photo by John Groseclose

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 March 2

"Until the Flood by Dael Orlandersmith is a powerful and thought-provoking drama that uses actual conversations to delve into the complex issues of race, identity, and community in America. Set against the backdrop of the August 9, 2014, Ferguson, Missouri, killing of Michael Brown, a Black teenager, by white police officer Darren Wilson, the play weaves together the voices of various characters to explore the underlying tensions and systemic racial injustices that continue to plague society. Stray Cat Theatre is presenting the Arizona premiere of this intriguing and engaging work that features a remarkable performance by Ryan L. Jenkins as all of the characters in the piece."  - Gil Benbrook, (click here to read the complete review)

Friday, February 23, 2024

Review Highlights: MY FAIR LADY - Hale Centre Theatre

Amanda Valenzuela
Photo by Nick Woodward-Shaw /Hale Centre Theatre

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 March 30

"With its familiar tunes, charming characters, and elegant storytelling, My Fair Lady is a beloved musical from Broadway's Golden Age. With a superb cast and gorgeous creative elements, including sensational costumes, Hale Centre Theatre's production is a splendid tribute to this timeless classic musical...Anchoring this production are the stellar performances of Amanda Valenzuela and Rob Stuart as Eliza and Higgins, respectively. Valenzuela's exquisite voice and spirited portrayal capture the essence of Eliza's journey from humble beginnings to refined ladyhood, while Stuart's nuanced performance brings depth to Higgins' complex character. Their on-stage chemistry and wit add charm and charisma to the production, making them a truly winning twosome, even if the characters are almost constantly at odds with each other....Director and choreographer Cambrian James's staging is both lively and engaging, with dynamic movement and energetic choreography that infuse the production with an abundance of flair and vigor"  - Gil Benbrook, (click here to read the complete review)