Wednesday, August 4, 2021


HELLO, DOLLY! - Zao Theatre - October 29 - November 20, 2021

Music and Lyrics by Jerry Herman
Book by Michael Stewart
Bases on The Matchmaker by Thornton Wilder

Jerry Herman’s energetic Hello, Dolly! is a musical filled with charisma and with heart. Set in New York City at the turn of the century, Hello Dolly! is boisterous and charming from start to finish. 

Friday and Saturday at 7:30PM
Saturday at 2PM

Zao Theatre, 550 S Ironwood Dr, Apache Jct, AZ 85120
(480) 924-5122

FROST/NIXON - Zao Theatre - January 21 - February 5, 2022

by Peter Morgan

This fictionalized Tony Award winning British play by screenwriter and dramatist Peter Morgan is based on the famous television interviews by David Frost with disgraced U.S. President Richard Nixon. The interviews, conducted in 1977 as part of Nixon's efforts to improve his image, were did not produce the results Nixon expected. 

British talk-show host David Frost has become a lowbrow laughingstock. Richard M. Nixon has just resigned the United States presidency in total disgrace over Vietnam and the Watergate scandal. Determined to resurrect his career, Frost risks everything on a series of in-depth interviews in order to extract an apology from Nixon. The cagey Nixon, however, is equally bent on redeeming himself in his nation’s eyes. In the television age, image is king, and both men are desperate to out-talk and upstage each other as the cameras roll. The result is the interview that sealed a president’s legacy.

 What the Press had to say... 
“Structured as a prize fight between two starkly ambitious men in professional crisis, FROST/NIXON makes it clear that the competitor who controls the camera reaps the spoils.” —NY Times. 

“…a thoroughly modern Shakespearean tragedy…Peter Morgan has given us a behind the scenes look at a well-publicized event, and used his imagination to create a riveting entertainment… —CurtainUp. 

“…ripe entertainment…The cheerily oblivious limey lightweight and the brooding, mortally wounded political animal: Austin Powers vs. Macbeth.” —Washington Post. 

“…nails the political, media and cultural fever of that era…” —

Friday and Saturday at 7:30PM
Saturday at 2PM

Zao Theatre, 550 S Ironwood Dr, Apache Jct, AZ 85120
(480) 924-5122

OLIVER! - Zao Theatre - March 25 - April 16, 2022

Music, Lyrics and Book by Lionel Bart
Based on Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens

The streets of Victorian England come to life as Oliver, Artful Dodger, Fagin, and all the orphans bring us the musical version of Dickens classic tale.

Friday and Saturday at 7:30PM
Saturday at 2PM

Zao Theatre, 550 S Ironwood Dr, Apache Jct, AZ 85120
(480) 924-5122

FUN HOME - Spotlight Youth Theatre - September 17 – October 3, 2021

Ages 8-19

The acclaimed musical reflecting on coming out and dark family secrets, to be performed Sep. 17–Oct. 3, 2021.

Book & Lyrics by Lisa Kron
Music by Jeanine Tesori
Based on the graphic novel by Alison Bechdel

Graphic novelist Alison dives deep into her past to tell the story of her volatile, brilliant, and one-of-a-kind father whose temperament and secrets defined her family and her life. Alison relives her unique childhood of playing at the family’s Bechdel Funeral Home, her growing understanding of her own sexuality, and the looming, unanswerable questions about her father’s hidden desires.

Parental guidance suggested for language and intense themes.

Fun Home is a refreshingly honest, wholly original musical about seeing your parents through grown-up eyes. This musical is also a critical smash, having won numerous awards and accolades including the 2015 Tony for Best New Musical.

Dates & Show Times:
Sep. 17–Oct. 3, 2021:
Fridays & Saturdays at 7:00 p.m.
Sundays at 2:00 p.m.
Sep. 25 & Oct. 2 at 2:00 p.m.

THE ADDAMS FAMILY YOUNG@PART - Spotlight Youth Theatre - October 22 - November 7, 2021

Book by Marshall Brickman & Rick Elice
Music and Lyrics by Andrew Lippa
Based on characters created by Charles Addams

Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family whom her parents have never met. She confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Now, Gomez Addams must do something he’s never done before—keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s “normal” boyfriend and his parents.

The Addams Family young@part® is a new edition of the hit musical that brought cartoonist Charles Addams’ characters to Broadway, now especially geared for younger performers.

Dates & Show Times:
Oct. 22–Nov. 7, 2021:
Fridays & Saturdays at 7:00 p.m.
Sundays at 2:00 p.m.
Oct. 30 & Nov. 6 at 2:00 p.m.

Ages: 10–15

Auditions: Sep. 7 & 8 at 6:00 p.m.
Callbacks: Sep. 9 at 5:00 p.m.

PEACE, LOVE AND CUPCAKES - Spotlight Youth Theatre - December. 3 - 19, 2021

An anti-bullying musical about “socially invisible” girls who find empowerment in a cupcake club, to be performed Dec. 3–19, 2021.

Book, Music, & Lyrics by Rick Hip-Flores
Based on the book by Sheryl Berk & Carrie Berk

Ages: 8–13

Kylie Carson has a big problem: she’s different. And different isn’t necessarily a good thing in seventh grade. Kylie loves vampires, zombies, and all things pertaining to monster movies—one of the many reasons why kids at her new school avoid her like the Creature from the Black Lagoon. To sweeten up her image—and find a place where she belongs—Kylie organizes the club “Peace, Love & Cupcakes,” attended by three other socially invisible girls. But, they have to face up to Meredith Mitchell, Blakely Middle School’s resident Queen Bee, who tries to sabotage their efforts!

This is a musical that celebrates kid power, friendship, and standing up for who you are and what you believe in.

Dates & Show Times:
Dec. 3–19, 2021:
Fridays & Saturdays at 7:00 p.m.
Sundays at 2:00 p.m.
Dec. 11 & 18 at 2:00 p.m.

Auditions: Oct. 10 & 11 at 6:00 p.m.
Callbacks: Oct. 12 at 5:00 p.m.
Dec 3 to Dec 19

CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MUSICALS - Spotlight Youth Theatre - December 31, 2021 - January 1, 2022

Book, Music, & Lyrics by Kenny Grossman and Various Artists

Ages 8-16

An all-new short musical performed and livestreamed Dec. 31, 2021 and Jan. 1, 2022.

This is a new musical by Kenny Grossman, with a little help from his friends. A magical rain cloud finds its way to troubled towns. When it rains on the town, the people break out into song and dance about their troubles, fears, hopes and dreams — and magical, musical stories come to life.

The cast will rehearse the whole show in the setting of a daytime theatre camp during holiday break, and then perform the show for both live and livestreaming audiences. More information to come about registration for this unique experience!

Dates & Show Times:
Holiday Camp: Dec. 20–31, 2021
Performances: Dec. 31. 2021 and Jan. 1, 2022 (times TBA)

Video submissions only by Oct 25

TBA - Spotlight Youth Theatre - January 14 - January 30, 2022

We can’t officially announce this show just yet. Until we do… just don’t cut your hair.

Jan 14 to Jan 30th

Ages 15-19

Nov 15, Nov 16
Callbacks: Nov 17

CHARLOTTE’S WEB THE MUSICAL - Spotlight Youth Theatre - February 25 - March 13, 2022

Feb 25 to March 13

Ages 8-19

The musical of E.B. White’s classic tale of a lifesaving friendship, performed Feb. 25–Mar. 13, 2022.

Adapted by Joseph Robinette
Music & Lyrics by Charles Strouse
Based on the Book by E.B. White

This exciting musical version of Charlotte’s Web brings a new dimension to E.B. White’s beloved classic. Wilbur, the pig, is saved from the chopping block as the runt of his litter, but awaits slaughter as he grows to adulthood. Only his unlikely friendship with Charlotte, the spider, can convince the rest of the world that he is no ordinary pig.

This show with music and lyrics by Charles Strouse (Annie, Bye Bye Birdie) and book by award-winning playwright Joseph Robinette, won the Charlotte B. Chorpenning Playwright Award and has been a huge favorite of theatres nationwide for decades.

Dates / Show Times:
Feb. 25–Mar. 13, 2022:
Fridays & Saturdays at 7:00 p.m.
Sundays at 2:00 p.m.
Mar. 5 & 12 at 2:00 p.m.

Auditions: Jan. 2 & 3 at 6:00 p.m.
Callbacks: Jan. 4 at 5:00 p.m.


PLAYFEST 2021 - 2022 YOUNG PLAYWRIGHTS' COMPETITION - Spotlight Youth Theatre - April 1 - April 10, 2022

Ages 8-19

A showcase of winning short plays by young playwrights, performed and livestreamed Apr. 1–10, 2022.

Spotlight continues its annual showcase of new one-act plays by the winners of its summer contest for young playwrights. The first Spotlight Playfest in spring of 2021 combined drama, hilarious comedy, and even a spooky period piece all in one entertaining night of theatre. Three young writers and three college-aged directors added produced plays to their résumés, and the casts of the plays experienced the tour de force of playing multiple roles.

Descriptions of the plays for Playfest 2021-’22 will be posted here after winners of the young playwrights’ competition are announced on Aug. 14. 

Writers to be announced Aug. 14.

Dates & Show Times:
Apr. 1–10, 2022:
Fridays & Saturdays at 7:00 p.m.
Saturdays & Sundays at 2:00 p.m.

Auditions: Feb. 13 & 14 at 6:00 p.m.
Callbacks: Feb. 15 at 5:00 p.m.


THE LIGHTNING THIEF: THE PERCY JACKSON MUSICAL - Spotlight Youth Theatre - May 13 - May 29, 2022

Ages 13-19

A rocking update of the myth of Perseus, to be performed May 13–29, 2022.

Book by Joe Tracz
Music & Lyrics by Rob Rokicki
Based on the novel by Rick Riordan

This dynamic musical adaptation of Rick Riordan’s bestselling book opened on Broadway in 2019. When teenager Percy Jackson discovers he’s a demigod, he and his friends embark on an epic journey in search of Zeus’ stolen lightning bolt to prevent a war among the gods.
Myths and monsters take the stage in a hilarious and spectacular rock show not to be missed!

Dates & Show Times:
May 13–29, 2022:
Fridays & Saturdays at 7:00 p.m.
Sundays at 2:00 p.m.
May. 21 & 28 at 2:00 p.m.

Auditions: Mar. 20 & 21 at 6:00 p.m.
Callbacks: Mar. 22 at 5:00 p.m.


B3 Theater announces auditions for SAINT JOAN on August 14 & 15

by George Bernard Shaw (Adapted with additional scenes by Chelsea Marcantel)

August 14th & August 15th from 1:00-3:00 PM. Callbacks (if needed) on August 15th from 4:00-6:00 PM. 

1) Sign up for an audition time HERE

2) Fill out the audition form HERE 

3) Email your headshot and resume to 

Auditioners should be prepared to participate in cold readings from the script. 

A French country girl finds herself on trial for her life after the nation’s rulers are threatened by her influence and popularity. With mysterious visions of saints inspiring her to help recover France from English domination, she paves the way for victory. This epic, transcendent story brings renewed life to one of history's greatest heroines as she pushes the boundaries of a society dominated by political and religious forces.


ACTRESS 1 - (20s) A serious, passionate young peasant girl driven by divine inspiration to lead an army against the British occupiers of France; also wrestles with moments of deep self-doubt and fear; 
plays JOAN, our protagonist. 

ACTRESS 2 – (40s-60s) Sharp, calculating, self-serving; plays HOUSEKEEPER, BARONESS, ABBESS, LADY WARWICK. 

ACTRESS 3 – (20s) Comforting, brilliant, a scholar, historically Egyptian, plays SAINT CATHERINE of  Alexandria. 

ACTRESS 4 – (20s) Quiet but fierce, ancient, historically Mediterranean/Greek; plays SAINT MARGARET of Antioch. 

ACTOR 1 – (20s-40s) Spineless, fickle, sometimes ridiculous, but smart; plays CHARLES THE DAUPHIN, CHAPLAIN STOGUMBER, PROSECUTOR D’ESTIVET. 

ACTOR 2 – (40s-60s) Wise, careful, and cold; plays ARCHBISHOP OF RHEIMS, LEMAÎTRE THE 
INQUISITOR, a MESSENGER from the future. 

ACTOR 3 – (20s-40s) Dashing and loyal, but plays “by the book” to a fault; plays BERTRAND DE 
POULENGEY, a PAGE, DUNOIS Bastard of Orléans, Brother LADVENU a Dominican monk. 

ACTOR 4 – (20s-40s) Outrageous, comic, and cruel; plays ROBERT DE BAUDRICOURT, BLUEBEARD, a French LIEUTENANT, BISHOP CAUCHON. 

Juliet Wilkins

PRODUCTION TYPE: Livestreamed and rehearsed via Zoom

PRODUCTION DATES 9/17/2021-9/25/2021


B3 Theater concentrates on new and underperformed works. We believe it is the journey which makes a project worth doing.
Our casting seeks to be as inclusive as possible and we invite gender non-conforming, genderqueer, transgender, non-binary actors as well as performers of all races/ethnicities, ages and sizes. Please be assured that no matter who you are, you will be treated as a full human being and honored in this production.

image courtesy Emily Cosson/Dragonfly Vagabond Studio, used with permission

DISNEY'S DESCENDANTS, THE MUSICAL - Greasepaint Youth Theatre - September 10 - September 18, 2021

Book and Additional lyrics by Nick Blaemire
Music Adaptation, Vocal and Incidental Arrangements by Madeline Smith
Orchestrations and Music Produced by Matthew Tischler

Based on the popular Disney Channel Original Movies, Disney’s Descendants: The Musical is a brand-new musical comedy featuring the beloved characters and hit songs from the films!

It is present-day, and in the kingdom of Auradon, all of Disney’s beloved heroes and royalty are living happily ever after, safe from the terrifying villains and troublesome sidekicks they have banished to the magic-free Isle of the Lost. That is until Ben, the benevolent teenage son of Belle and King Adam (The Beast), offers a chance of redemption for the troublemaking offspring of the evilest villains. Mal, Evie, Jay and Carlos – the children of Maleficent, the Evil Queen, Cruella De Vil, and Jafar – are welcomed to Auradon Prep to attend school with the children of their parents’ sworn enemies. Now entering a completely foreign world and way of life, the four Villain Kids have a difficult choice to make: should they follow in their parents’ wicked footsteps or learn to be good?

Performances will be outdoors on the courtyard stage
Friday and Saturday - 7PM

Tickets $20


Tuesday, August 3, 2021

INTO THE WOODS - Scottsdale Desert Stages Theatre - September 10 - 19, 2021

Music and Lyrics by STEPHEN SONDHEIM


James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim take everyone's favorite storybook characters and bring them together for a timeless, yet relevant, piece... and a rare modern classic. The Tony Award-winning book and score are both enchanting and touching.

The story follows a Baker and his wife, who wish to have a child; Cinderella, who wishes to attend the King's Festival; and Jack, who wishes his cow would give milk. When the Baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a child because of a Witch's curse, the two set off on a journey to break the curse. Everyone's wish is granted, but the consequences of their actions return to haunt them later with disastrous results.

INTO THE WOODS is presented by special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.

Friday & Saturday at 7:30pm
Saturday & Sunday at 2:00pm

CLUE: ON STAGE - Scottsdale Desert Stages Theatre - October 1 - 10, 2021

Based on the screenplay by JONATHAN LYNN
Additional Material by HUNTER FOSTER and ERIC PRICE
Based on the Hasbro board game CLUE
Original Music by MICHAEL HOLLAND


Based on the iconic 1985 Paramount movie which was inspired by the classic Hasbro board game, Clue is a hilarious farce-meets-murder mystery. The tale begins at a remote mansion, where six mysterious guests assemble for an unusual dinner party where murder and blackmail are on the menu. When their host turns up dead, they all become suspects. Led by Wadsworth – the butler, Miss Scarlett, Professor Plum, Mrs. White, Mr. Green, Mrs. Peacock and Colonel Mustard race to find the killer as the body count stacks up.

Produced by special arrangement with Broadway Licensing.

Friday & Saturday at 7:30pm
Saturday & Sunday at 2:00pm

The Actors Choice, in partnership with Actor's Youth Theatre, announced Auditions for a staged reading of A MURDER IS ANNOUNCED on August 9


A Murder is Announced (Staged Reading) Youth and Adults (Monday, August 9th).

THE ACTORS CHOICE (in partnership with AYT) will be holding auditions for
A MURDER IS ANNOUNCED by Agatha Christie

Directed by Diedra Celeste Miranda

Open to actors age 16 and up

This will be a fully Blocked and Directed Staged Reading at performance level.

Four Presentations: October 7th and 8th at 7:00pm, 9th  at 2:00pm & 7:00pm

The Tuscany Theatre in Gilbert, AZ

Auditions:  August 9th 7:00-10pm.  Open Call

Callbacks TBA

Sides will be provided at the theatre.

Rehearsals: All Sundays in September 3:00-6:00

September  27th, 28th, 29th 6:00-9:00pm

October 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th

Character Breakdown

JULIA SIMMONS  25        Attractive, Confident, a bit Edgy with Attitude.
LETITIA BLACKLOCK   50   Attractive, Good figure, Classy, Sweet, Intelligent.
DORA BUNNER    55     Absent minded, Bit of Dementia,  Kind, Sincere,
PATRICK SIMMONS  26   Julia’s brother.  Handsome, Sarcastic, Intelligent.
MITZI  26  European.  Petite, Dark,  Accent, Explosive Character.
PHILIPA HAYMES  26  Tall, Elegant Blonde.  Serious minded, Classy, Sincere.
EDMAND SWETTENHAM  28  Serious minded.  A bit Pretentious.
MRS. SWETTENHAM  55-60  Busy Body, Nosey, Local Gossip
INSPECTOR CRADOCK  60  Very Earthy,  Dry Sense of humor, Very English
SERGANT MELLORS   35  Very Opinionated.  Confident.
RUDI SHEREZ  35  Will double as Sergeant Mellors  

All information can be found here:

cast announced for BELL, BOOK and CANDLE at Don Bluth Front Row Theatre

Gillian Holroyd: Vivienne Davis
Shepherd Henderson: Eric Schoen
Nicky Holroyd: Paul Hartwell
Sidney Redlitch: J Kevin Tallent
Aunt Queenie Holroyd: Martha Welty

Directed by Rick Davis.

Actor's Youth Theatre hosting a Master Class with Trisha Ditsworth - "Tell the Story" on August 6

AYT is hosting a Masterclass with Trisha Ditsworth, "Tell the Story".  

Friday August 6th from 5:00-7:00pm Tuscany Theatre

Ages: 12 and up

Tuition $40

Learning specific acting skills through song. Each student will be able to share one mucical theatre audition song, and if time permits, possibly 2 pieces. Keep your material between 16-32 bars.

For more info, and to sign up for this master class:

Musical Theatre of Anthem is hiring a Lighting Designer for their upcoming shows

MTA is looking to hire a motivated, creative, and dedicated Lighting Designer for immediate upcoming shows. 

Please use the contact form through the MTA website to submit your resume.

WEEK AT A GLANCE: August 2 - August 8

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Black Theatre Troupe's 2021 / 2022 Season


After a year-long hiatus with the pandemic hitting just before Black Theatre Troupe's 50th Anniversary Season, the renowned company announces it will resume its annual schedule of performances with its 2021-22 Season.

Founded in 1970 and recognized as one of the longest continuously operating Black theatre companies in the United States, Black Theatre Troupe announces its 50th Season of producing plays that reflect the African-American experience.

The 50th Anniversary Season will feature 5 productions. Among them will be two musicals, a Pulitzer-prize winning drama, the company's annual holiday production by Langston Hughes and a thought provoking work by MacArthur Fellow Dominque Morisseau.

Black Theatre Troupe's 2021-22 Season includes SISTAS! THE MUSICAL (September 10 - 26), SUNSET BABY (October 22 - November 7), BLACK NATIVITY (December 3 - 19), A SOLDIER'S PLAY (February 4 - 20), and AIN'T MISBEHAVIN' (March 25 - April 10). All performances will be at the Helen K. Mason Performing Arts Center, 1333 E Washington, Phoenix, AZ 85034  

Season Flex tickets are on sale for packages of 2, 3, and 4 plays for $83-153.

Early bird pricing of $73-143 for Flex packages is available now until August 20th

Flex tickets can be used in any combination for any performance, excluding Black Nativity. Season ticket holders receive priority seating and a significant discount over single ticket prices.

Tickets are on sale at

By Dorothy Marcic
September 10 - 26, 2021

Currently running off Broadway, Sistas is a nonstop celebration of African-American women told through Top-40 music, from Bessie Smith to Beyoncé. The story follows five women as they prepare to bury the matriarch of their family. As they clean Grandma’s attic the women discuss their family history and the history of African-American women and find love and old memories packed away, as well as hit tunes that trace the history of Black women, from the trials of the 1930s through the Girl Groups of the 60s to the empowerment of the 90s. Songs include “Oh, Happy Day,” “Mama Said,” “I Will Survive,” “Tyrone,” “I am Not My Hair” and “A Woman’s Worth.”
By Dominique Morisseau
October 22 - November 7, 2021

Kenyatta Shakur is alone. His wife has died and this former Black Revolutionary and political prisoner is desperate to reconnect with his estranged daughter, Nina. If Kenyatta truly wants to reconcile his past, he must first conquer his most challenging revolution of all – fatherhood.

By Langston Hughes
December 3 - 19, 2021

Since 1975, BTT audiences have enjoyed this annual sold out, legendary holiday event by Harlem Renaissance poet Langston Hughes. It again returns to the BTT stage for a special engagement. This stunning new production of Black Nativity is without a doubt a theatrical wonderment. A joyous company of singers, actors, dancers and musicians delivers its powerful message of joy, hope, victory and liberation. This song-play touches a special chord in the hearts of all at a very special time of the year.
By Charles Fuller
February 4 - 20, 2022

This Pulitzer Prize winning drama by Charles Fuller examines and evaluates the causes of oppression of African Americans and the obstacles to their advancement. It realistically describes the complex social issues and systemic racism in the U.S. Army during World War II.  At the heart of the story is the complexity of race relations and the search for the meaning and definition of blackness in America. What is the role of Black Americans in the meaning of democracy and their place in democracy in a racially biased society?
By Murray Horwitz
and Richard Maltby Jr. 

March 25 - April 10, 2022

The inimitable Thomas "Fats" Waller rose to international fame during the Golden Age of the Cotton Club and that jumpin' new beat, swing music. Ain't Misbehavin' evokes the delightful humor and infectious energy of this American original and his musical gift to the world. His career ranged from uptown clubs to downtown Tin Pan Alley to Hollywood and concert stages in the U.S., Canada and Europe. Ain't Misbehavin' will delight and energize audiences and give a glimpse into a vibrant time in American history and music.