Friday, May 31, 2024

ANASTASIA - Center Stage Academy - June 7-8, 2024

Fri, Jun 7th, 2024
7:00 PM

Sat, Jun 8th, 2024
1:00 PM

Sat, Jun 8th, 2024
7:00 PM

Your first look at ANASTASIA at Center Stage Academy

CLICK HERE for more information on this production, which runs through June 1

Review Highlights: THE HAIRY APE - Ronin Theatre Company

Logan Watters (center) and Cast
Photo courtesy of Ronin Theatre Company

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 June 2

"Eugene O'Neill's powerful drama The Hairy Ape is a scathing portrait of the conflict among the classes and a searing depiction of the reality of how the working class can never rise to the top because they aren't in power. It centers around Yank, a macho coal stoker working on a transatlantic ocean liner who has a run-in with a rich socialite. With a passionate cast, Ronin Theatre Company's production is as raw, angry, rebellious and aggressive as Yank....director Skip Emerson has wisely chosen to use an ensemble of seven actors to play all of the parts. This gives a fantastic energy and raw feeling to the play as well as a connectivity between the classes in how the ensemble members morph between playing members of both the upper and working classes as well as a group of caged apes that Yank encounters at the zoo. Emerson's staging on the minimal set is also fresh and engaging, with the ensemble moving around the audience as well as leaping around the stage and the audience at times in a manner resembling the title animal." - Gil Benbrook, (click here to read the complete review)

Thursday, May 30, 2024

Auditions for THE BOOK OF WILL at Theatrikos Theatre Company announced for July 28 & 29

Book of Will
Auditions:  July 28—29, 2024

All Roles Open
* 10 adults
* Ages 18—80
* All genders
* All ethnicities

Theatrikos Theatre Company
Flagstaff, Arizona

Theatrikos seeks experienced and new actors for the historical Shakespearean comedy Book of Will.  Theatrikos is always looking for experienced actors as well as new actors.  We love discovering new talent.  All roles are open and everyone is welcome to come to the audition.  Actors from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to audition.  

Book of Will
By Lauren Gunderson
Directed by Stan Sutherland

Audition Format
For Book of Will, actors will be asked to read select scenes from the script.  No need to prepare monologue.  All levels of experience are welcome. We love discovering new talent!

* Audition Dates: Sunday and Monday, July 28 and 29, 2024
* 6:30 pm
* Callbacks Wednesday, July 31
* Performances: October 4—20

Book of Will
Inspired by the true story, in this generous-hearted comedy, set three years after Shakespeare's death, the Bard's hapless friends set out to save his literary, masterpieces so they are not lost forever.

Audition Location
Theatrikos Theatre Company, 11 W Cherry, Flagstaff
Audition Info

Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Arizona Theatre Company brings Tony Award-winning Composers and Broadway Stars to Arizona for New Musical Workshop of My Man Godfrey

Arizona Theatre Company (ATC) has begun workshopping the first-ever musical adaptation of the 1930s classic novel My Man Godfrey. The new musical will feature a book by Tony Award winner Rupert Holmes and music & lyrics by Tony Award-winning composer Mark Hollmann, with Broadway Director and ATC’s Kasser Family Artistic Director Matt August at the helm of the workshop. The cast is headed by Broadway stars Kevin Earley and Stephanie Styles and is supported by more than two dozen of Arizona’s finest performers. The workshop marks the initial phase in bringing this beloved story to life. 

“My Man Godfrey is a genuinely romantic love story set to a Golden-Age style score as interpreted through the hilarious lens that only Hollmann and Holmes possess,” August says. “It’s a story that occupies that special moment of American history when the Roaring 1920s and ‘30s collided with the Great Depression, causing a complete reframing of the ideas of wealth, poverty and the American Dream. This new musical comedy leans into those social distinctions with bright, loveable characters who all learn that privilege and purpose go hand in hand. And, oh my god! The music!! It’s astonishing!!”

My Man Godfrey is a new musical about a zany 1930s New York socialite who enlists a homeless man to be the family butler and then falls in love with him. All the while, his true identity has yet to be revealed. Considered one of the best Screwball Comedies of all time, this musical adaptation follows one of Manhattan’s craziest society families through a comedic romp as they learn the true value of their money and themselves.

The journey to adapt My Man Godfrey into a musical began in the early 2000s, with a collaboration between Holmes, who is known for his Tony Award-winning musical The Mystery of Edwin Drood and hits like “Escape (The Pina Colada Song),” and Tony Award-winning composer and lyricist Hollmann, renowned for his score for Urinetown. With their combined expertise, Holmes and Hollmann built upon the foundation of Eric S. Hatch’s novel My Man Godfrey to create a new musical adaptation.  

August, My Man Godfrey’s original director, has been a driving force behind the project since its inception. After a stalled production at Los Angeles’s 2,000-seat Ahmanson Theatre, August brought the project to ATC. Now as the Artistic Director in charge of programing ATC’s seasons, August is intending to use this workshop to launch the world premiere of My Man Godfrey into a full production for Arizona audiences. 

The addition of actors Earley and Styles to head the cast adds to the star-studded team being built for this production. Earley has appeared on Broadway in two separate runs of Les Miserables, Thoroughly Modern Millie and A Tale of Two Cities. Styles made her Broadway debut in the 2019 production of Kiss Me Kate and has gone on to star in television series such as Loot with Maya Rudolph and Curb Your Enthusiasm with Larry David. Arizona musical theatre veterans Toby Yatso, Katie McFadzen, D. Scott Withers, Seth Tucker, Brenda Jean Foley, Rusty Ferracane, Trisha Ditsworth, Matravius Avent, Lucas Coatney-Murrieta, Amy Jo Halliday, Debby Rosenthal, John Knispel, Wesley Bradstreet, Cassie Chilton and Alexandria Joy along with a team of musical theatre interns from ASU join the main company. 

Review Highlights: FIDDLER ON THE ROOF - The Phoenix Theatre Company

Scott Davidson and Jodie Weiss
Photo by Billy Hardiman

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 July 7

"Staś Kmieć earned acclaim with his musical staging of the hit 2018 Off-Broadway revival of Fiddler on the Roof that was performed entirely in Yiddish. After performing in two national tours of this classic musical and directing and choreographing many other productions of Fiddler, Kmieć has brought his familiarity with the beloved show to town for a fantastic production at The Phoenix Theatre Company. Featuring two gifted local actors, Scott Davidson and Jodie Weiss, as the iconic character Tevye and his suffering wife Golde, and a talented cast who bring energy and passion to their roles, it's a well-directed and excellent production of this beloved and timeless musical....Director/choreographer Staś Kmieć brings the story's heart to the forefront. He introduces new, original touches to the staging, ensuring it feels fresh for audiences who've seen the show before, while honoring Jerome Robbins' original production. ...Scott Davidson and Jodie Weiss excel as Tevye and his wife Golde, delivering two of the best portrayals I've seen in countless productions of the musical and convincingly portraying a couple married for twenty-five years who had not met before their wedding day. ...The large ensemble...all contribute beautiful portrayals....With its talented cast, strong direction, and wonderful creative elements, Phoenix Theatre Company's production of this powerful and enduring piece of musical theatre is exceptional." - Gil Benbrook, (click here to read the complete review)

"In this exemplary and jewel-like TPTC production, it is a treasure for those already familiar with it to revisit the musical and it is stupendous for those who haven’t previously experienced its magic to witness the show in such a winsome production.  The musical speaks to those in Ukraine and other places where war plagues citizen’s rights to remember their history. Director/choreographer Stas′ Kmiec′ has staged the show many times and he employs many of Robbins’ brilliant staging techniques. " -Chris Curcio, Curtain Up Phoenix (click here to read the complete review) 

"this edition of FIDDLER is good and quite entertaining. In its own right, it follows the tradition of the Broadway musical ~ brisk, easy to consume, emotionally uplifting, and endowed with a highly talented ensemble....The staging is a celebration of artistic collaboration. The orchestra, under the baton of Kevin Robert White, is amazing...what is undeniable is the quality of this particular production as entertainment. It is ultimately left to the discerning audience to deliver a verdict on its merits."  - Herbert Paine, Broadway World (click here to read the complete review)

Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Your first look at THE HAIRY APE at Ronin Theatre Company

CLICK HERE for more information on this production, which runs May 29-June 2

photos courtesy Ronin Theatre Company

Auditions for CATS at TheaterWorks announced for June 17 & 18

Monday June 17, 2024 from 5:30PM-9:30PM
Tuesday June 18, 2024 from 5:30PM-9:30PM

Callbacks will be held on:
Saturday June 29, 2024 from 5-9:00PM
Sunday June 30, 2024 from 11:00am-3:00pm
(All callbacks materials will provided in advance.)

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

Cast announced for THE PROM at Starlight Community Theater

Cast announced for ROALD DAHL'S WILLY WONKA at Valley Youth Theatre

WILLY WONKA | Davin Williams*
CANDY MAN | Jaden Sparkman
CHARLIE BUCKET | Hudson Hubbell
MR BUCKET | Dash Deusterman*
MRS BUCKET | Kathlyn Grimwood
GRANDPA GEORGE | Donovan Denny
AUGUSTUS GLOOP | Jacob Hammond*
MRS. GLOOP | Lucy Glow
VERUCA SALT | Grier Donnally*
MR. SALT | James Nesbitt
MIKE TEAVEE | Santiago Lacey*
MS. TEAVEE | Paige Schmella
OOMPA LOOMPAS: Mahagani Carter, Zoey Davidson*, Riley Gerkin*, Kamden Hooper*, Azra Kearns*, Quinn Kindy*, Kaylah Magee, Colton Wilcher*
CANDY KIDS: London Cairney, Alfie Christie, Ellie Evans, Taylor Kunich*,Avaani Lallian, Va’Nessa Madden*, Kyler Tilley
ENSEMBLE: Dance Ensemble, Cooks, Shop Workers, Squirrels:: Ruby Crogan, Janaysha Garcia, Maddie Sue Miller, Aeryn Pew*, Sierra Ricks, Lauren Strick

*Actors making their VYT Mainstage Debut

Monday, May 27, 2024

Greasepaint Youth Theatre's 2024/2025 Season!

Auditions for CASH ON DELIVERY at Hale Centre Theatre announced for July 27

Hale Centre Theatre will hold auditions for Cash on Delivery on Saturday, July 27th, playing December 31st, 2024 - February 8th, 2025. The show is directed by Tim Dietlein. Performances are Wednesday through Saturday evenings with select matinee performances. Call backs for Cash on Delivery will be held Saturday, August 3rd with the first read through scheduled for Monday, November 11th, 2024 at 7:00 PM.

Auditions Open to All
Auditions are open to all and we extend an invitation for all races and ethnicities to submit. Posted ages are guidelines only.

This fast paced British farce concerns a con artist who has duped the welfare authorities for years by claiming every type of benefit for the innumerable people he claims live at his address. He's sent scrambling when welfare investigators show up and he is forced to prove all of his boarders are in fact real. A hilarious comedy full of mistaken identities, slamming doors, and a con that spirals out of control.

Michael Cooney

Playing Dates
Dec 31, 2024 - Feb 8, 2025

Hale Centre Theatre - Arizona
50 W Page Avenue, Gilbert, AZ 85233

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Review Highlights: MACK AND MABEL - Fountain Hills Theater

Rob Stuart and Rochelle Barton
Photo by Patty Torrilhon

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 June 2

"Focusing on interesting historical characters and featuring a gorgeous score, the musical Mack and Mabel is a humorous and heartfelt homage to the golden age of silent film. Fountain Hills Theater is presenting a fairly solid production of this rarely produced show that captures the magic and tragedy of early Hollywood... While (Jerry) while Herman's score is fantastic and the book weaves a poignant story of love, ambition, and the fleeting nature of fame, the characters aren't entirely likable and the book never truly shows why Mabel is drawn to Mack or why he constantly pushes her away...Fortunately, Herman's score is a joy, with many superb songs, and it's great to see Fountain Hills presenting this rarely produced show and to hear those lovely songs ...Mack and Mabel honors the legacy of early Hollywood while telling a poignant story of love, ambition, and the price of fame. It's just a shame, with that wonderful score, that it's not a better musical than it could have been."   - Gil Benbrook, (click here to read the complete review)

WEEK AT A GLANCE: May 27-June 2, 2024

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Sunday, May 26, 2024

NUNSENSE - Zao Theatre - September 6-21, 2024

Get ready to witness heavenly hilarity like never before! Join us at Zao Theatre for a holy riot of laughter with ‘Nunsense’ – a divine comedy extravaganza that’s habit-forming! These nuns are trading prayers for punchlines and turning the convent upside down in a sidesplitting spectacle that’s sure to have you rolling in the aisles. With singing, dancing, and more misadventures than you can shake a rosary at, ‘Nunsense’ guarantees holy laughter for everyone! 

NUNSENSE begins when the Little Sisters of Hoboken discover that their cook, Sister Julia, Child of God, has accidentally poisoned 52 of the sisters, and they are in dire need of funds for the burials. The sisters decide that the best way to raise the money is to put on a variety show, so they take over the school auditorium, which is currently set up for the eighth grade production of “Grease.”

Here we meet Reverend Mother Regina, a former circus performer; Sister Mary Hubert, the Mistress of Novices; a streetwise nun from Brooklyn named Sister Robert Anne; Sister Mary Leo, a novice who is a wannabe ballerina; and the delightfully wacky Sister Mary Amnesia, the nun who lost her memory when a crucifix fell on her head. Featuring star turns,tap and ballet dancing, an audience quiz, and comic surprises, this show, written by Dan Goggin, has become an international phenomenon.

Don’t miss the heavenly hilarity – it’s going to be NUN-stop fun at the Zao Theatre!

Fri, Sep 6th, 2024 at 7:30 pm
Sat, Sep 7th, 2024 at 2:00 pm
Sat, Sep 7th, 2024 at 7:30 pm
Fri, Sep 13th, 2024 at 7:30 pm
Sat, Sep 14th, 2024 at 2:00 pm
Sat, Sep 14th, 2024 at 7:30 pm
Fri, Sep 20th, 2024 at 7:30 pm
Sat, Sep 21st, 2024 at 2:00 pm
Sat, Sep 21st, 2024 at 7:30 pm
Adult (13+)  $35

Child (6-12)  $20  
No children under 6 years admitted including babes in arms. 

Group (10+)  $30
Group discount is automatically applied when ordering 10 or more tickets online. May not be combined with other discounts.

IRVING BERLIN'S WHITE CHRISTMAS - Zao Theatre - November 22-December 21, 2024

Veterans Bob Wallace and Phil Davis have a successful song-and-dance act after World War II. With romance in mind, the two follow a duo of beautiful singing sisters en route to their Christmas show at a Vermont lodge, which just happens to be owned by Bob and Phil's former army commander. With a dazzling score featuring well-known standards including “Blue Skies,” “I Love A Piano,” “How Deep Is the Ocean” and the perennial title song, White Christmas is an uplifting, wholesome musical that will delight audiences of all ages.
Fri, Nov 22nd, 2024 at 7:30 pm
Sat, Nov 23rd, 2024 at 2:00 pm
Sat, Nov 23rd, 2024 at 7:30 pm
Fri, Nov 29th, 2024 at 7:30 pm
Sat, Nov 30th, 2024 at 2:00 pm
Sat, Nov 30th, 2024 at 7:30 pm
Fri, Dec 6th, 2024 at 7:30 pm
Sat, Dec 7th, 2024 at 2:00 pm
Sat, Dec 7th, 2024 at 7:30 pm
Fri, Dec 13th, 2024 at 7:30 pm
Sat, Dec 14th, 2024 at 2:00 pm
Sat, Dec 14th, 2024 at 7:30 pm
Fri, Dec 20th, 2024 at 7:30 pm
Sat, Dec 21st, 2024 at 2:00 pm
Sat, Dec 21st, 2024 at 7:30 pm

Adult (13+)  $35

Child (6-12)  $20  
No children under 6 years admitted including babes in arms. 

Group (10+)  $30
Group discount is automatically applied when ordering 10 or more tickets online. May not be combined with other discounts.

DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS - Zao Theatre - March 7-29, 2025

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, based on the popular 1988 MGM film, takes us to the French Riviera for high jinks and hilarity. Sophisticated, suave with a good dash of mischief, this hysterical comedy features a delightfully jazzy score by David Yazbek (The Full Monty) and was nominated for a staggering eleven Tony Awards.

Lawrence Jameson makes his lavish living by talking rich ladies out of their money. Freddy Benson more humbly swindles women by waking their compassion with fabricated stories about his grandmother's failing health. After meeting on a train, they attempt to work together, only to find that this small French town isn't big enough for the two of them. They agree on a settlement: the first one to extract $50,000 from a young female target, heiress, Christine Colgate, wins, and the other must leave town. A hilarious battle of cons ensues that will keep audiences laughing, humming and guessing to the end!

A musical comedy, with music and lyrics by David Yazbek and a book by Jeffrey Lane.

Fri, Mar 7th, 2025 at 7:30 pm
Sat, Mar 8th, 2025 at 2:00 pm
Sat, Mar 8th, 2025 at 7:30 pm
Fri, Mar 14th, 2025 at 7:30 pm
Sat, Mar 15th, 2025 at 2:00 pm
Sat, Mar 15th, 2025 at 7:30 pm
Fri, Mar 21st, 2025 at 7:30 pm
Sat, Mar 22nd, 2025 at 2:00 pm
Sat, Mar 22nd, 2025 at 7:30 pm
Fri, Mar 28th, 2025 at 7:30 pm
Sat, Mar 29th, 2025 at 2:00 pm
Sat, Mar 29th, 2025 at 7:30 pm

Adult (13+)  $35

Child (6-12)  $20  
No children under 6 years admitted including babes in arms. 

Group (10+)  $30
Group discount is automatically applied when ordering 10 or more tickets online. May not be combined with other discounts.

Two valley teens head to Broadway to compete in national high school musical theatre awards

Nora Palermo, Colleen Jennings-Roggensack, and Max Perez
photo by Tim Trumble Photography

Two valley high school students will be headed to New York to compete in the National High School Musical Theatre Awards – known as the Jimmy Awards.

Last night ASU Gammage celebrated it’s 10th anniversary of holding the annual ASU Gammage High School Musical Theatre Awards. Many winners – in many categories; costumes, lighting, vocals, hair/makeup, etc.

The male and female lead winners get to compete with hundreds of other students in the national event.


Benjamin Franklin High School - Les Misérables School Edition
photos by Tim Trumble Photography

Benjamin Franklin High School for Les Misérables School Edition

Max and Nora will head to New York mid-June and spend a week in New York rehearsing and preparing for the big show and competition / The Jimmy Awards on Monday June 24 at Broadway’s Minskoff Theatre.


Saturday, May 25, 2024

Review Highlights: NEWSIES - Hale Centre Theatre

Truman Regard-Whipple and Reece Harris
Photo by Nick Woodward-Shaw

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 June 29

"With a never-ending stream of musical stage adaptations of hit films, it's a bit of a shock that the 1992 Disney film Newsies, which was a huge flop at movie theatres, not only went on to be a crowd-pleasing, Tony-winning show, but also one that continues to receive numerous productions across the country. Hale Centre Theatre presented the show in 2019 and has brought it back again in a production that features fantastic leads and a rousing ensemble, including a few members who played the same parts in the previous production. Newsies is full of showstopping dance numbers, toe-tapping tunes, memorable characters, and a whole lot of joy, so it's easy to see why Hale has brought the musical back so soon....Reece Harris leads the cast as Jack Kelly, delivering a performance filled with street smarts, charm and strength.... Brie Wadsworth-Gates shines as Katherine Plumber, a tenacious reporter seeking to make a name for herself. Her spunky and intelligent performance creates a believable and dynamic connection between Katherine and Harris' Jack,... both have wonderful chemistry and create believable characters you root to see succeed."  Gil Benbrook, (click here to read the complete review)

Arizona Theatre Matters Unveils Ambitious 5-Year Strategic Plan, Setting Sights on Global Leadership in Inclusive Theater

ATM Sign Language Team in Rehearsal, 3/24.
Photo by Ololade Adekanmi

Arizona Theatre Matters (ATM), a pioneering force in radically inclusive theater, today announced the launch of its comprehensive 5-year strategic plan. This ambitious roadmap outlines ATM's vision to become a global leader in the field, fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion through innovative stage-to-film productions, accessible programming, and international collaborations.

"We are thrilled to share our strategic plan with the world," said Jeanmarie Simpson, Founding Artistic Director of ATM. "This plan represents a bold vision for the future of ATM, and we are confident that it will guide us towards achieving our ambitious goals of expanding our reach, amplifying diverse voices, and making a lasting impact on the global theater landscape."

The strategic plan outlines five key priorities for ATM over the next five years:
  1. Artistic Leadership: Produce groundbreaking, diverse works that challenge conventions and inspire social change.
  2. Global Audience Development: Expand digital reach, diversify audiences, and foster engagement through innovative online platforms and culturally sensitive outreach strategies.
  3. International Partnerships and Collaborations: Establish strategic partnerships with theaters worldwide to facilitate cultural exchange and co-create inclusive productions.
  4. Advocacy and Thought Leadership: Conduct research, organize conferences, and engage in policy advocacy to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in the arts.
  5. Financial Sustainability: Secure diverse funding sources and explore innovative revenue streams to support ATM's mission of providing free, accessible theater content.
The strategic plan includes detailed action plans, timelines, and key performance indicators to ensure that ATM stays on track and achieves its goals. It also highlights the organization's commitment to ongoing evaluation and adaptive management to ensure the plan remains relevant and responsive to the changing needs of the theater industry.

"This is a pivotal moment for Arizona Theatre Matters," said John McCann, Music Supervisor and Vice-President of ATM's Board of Directors. "This strategic plan represents a collective commitment to our mission of radical inclusivity and our vision of a more equitable and diverse theater landscape. We invite our community to join us on this exciting journey as we strive to make a difference through the power of theater."

About Arizona Theatre Matters:

Arizona Theatre Matters (ATM) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to producing exceptional, universally accessible theater that reflects the diversity of human experiences. Through innovative stage-to-film productions, accessible programming, and educational initiatives, ATM empowers artists, engages audiences, and fosters a more inclusive and equitable society.

ESCAPE THE SIMULATION - Paradise Valley Community College - June 7-9, 2024

CLICK HERE for more information, and to reserve your free ticketsCLICK HERE for more information, and to reserve your free tickets

President- Wyoming
Caleb- Nova Farrell
Blythe- Hollie Anthony
Jud- Kiera Martin
Scott –Jayden Neil-Abe
Trent- Matthew Hebert
Brenna- Mallory Brown
Ned- Emily Stephans
Pamela- Addie Mattox