Tuesday, May 4, 2021

TheaterWorks opens CURIOUSER & CURIOUSER TOO, an original immersive theater production, on Thursday, June 3, 2021

Photo by Josiah Duka Photography

from our friends at TheaterWorks:
TheaterWorks opens CURIOUSER & CURIOUSER TOO, an original immersive theater production, on Thursday, June 3, 2021. This new theatrical production builds on the world created by TheaterWorks in the fall of 2020, where audiences experienced an innovative way to experience live theater.

CURIOUSER & CURIOUSER TOO takes audiences to the world of Wonderland where a Madness has been cast over the realm. As the minds of the residents begin to unravel, “Alice” must decide who is friend and who is foe in order to defeat the Queen before the fearsome Jabberwocky is unleashed. Audiences take on the role of “Alice” while gathering clues from one room to the next in a 6,500 sq ft intimate, multi-sensory theatrical experience. This new production features multi-media design, music, puppetry, dance, theater and visual art, preserving the elements most enjoyed by audiences with an all-new story, new elements, more magic and even more darkness.

Multiple performances take place Thursday - Sunday beginning June 3 and running through July 25. Tickets go on sale at noon May 4. Advance ticket purchases are required for this one-of-a-kind adventure. CURIOUSER & CURIOUSER TOO is recommended for ages 16 and older.

“With the demand that we saw with the first CURIOUSER & CURIOUSER production, we knew there was a space for this kind of theater production in the Valley. We want to continue to fulfill our mission and provide the community with theatrical experiences until we are ready to go back to the more typical theater model. This immersive theater production will allow us to do that safely,” said TheaterWorks Managing Director Cate Hinkle. “We want people to have the opportunity to try something revolutionary and different.”

Theater Works devised CURIOUSER & CURIOUSER in the fall of 2020 as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This immersive theater production was the first of its kind in Arizona and opened to sold out performances and national attention for its innovative response to the challenges presented to theaters by the pandemic.

In order to create a safe space for both audience members and actors, audience members are required to wear face masks, temperatures will be taken upon arrival, all touch points will be sanitized between groups and a thorough deep clean will take place each evening, in addition to other safety protocols put in place.

This production is supported by the Constance W. McMillin Trust, Thom and Shelley Gyder, FirstBank, GCON and the West Valley Art Museum.

Tickets to CURIOUSER & CURIOUSER range from $48 - $36. Ticket price includes one drink. The production takes place at the Peoria Center for the Performing Arts (10580 N. 83rd Drive Peoria, AZ 85345) June 3 – July 25. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact the Box Office at (623) 815-7930 or visit curiousertheater.org.

ASU Gammage announces On Sale Date of May 10 for Season Subscriptions plus update to their 2021/2022 Season!

from our friends at ASU Gammage:

Now that there’s light at the end of the tunnel – we can open up sales again for season subscriptions on Monday, May 10 - which is the best way to secure your seat/s to HAMILTON and the other 7 shows.   At this time - only season subs go on sale, Monday, May 10 @  asugammage.com

In 2017 as we prepared for our premier of HAMILTON - we sold out of 2017-2018 Broadway season subscriptions.

HAMILTON – September 8–October 3, 2021. Subscriber week is September 8–14, 2021.

MEAN GIRLS – November 2–7, 2021

MY FAIR LADY – December 7–12, 2021

THE BAND’S VISIT – February 8–13, 2022

TOOTSIE – March 15–20, 2022

HADESTOWN – April 19–24, 2022

COME FROM AWAY – June 14–19, 2022

*Disney’s THE LION KING – July 7–31, 2022

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s OKLAHOMA! – October 18–23, 2022

*Note – THE LION KING IS A SPECIAL OPTION – it’s not part of the season subscription – BUT – we now have dates  – and we’ll announce the on-sale for that later this year. Subscribers have the first option to purchase when they do go on sale.  

review - ORSON WELLES - Don Bluth Front Row Theatre

Keath Hall
photo courtesy Don Bluth Front Row 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 May 22

"...This intimate 80-minute dive into the life and times of Welles, set in his later years as he looks back and reflects on his past, follows the brilliant highs and spectacular lows of Welles' life. The play is the first production at Don Bluth Front Row Theatre's beautiful new venue in Scottsdale, and it stars Keath Hall in an exceptional and commanding performance as Welles...the success of Hall's performance goes beyond an uncanny impersonation. He draws the audience in to Welles' plight and makes them care for him and the many unfortunate circumstances he suffered, which is incredibly impressive considering how pompous, conceited, and hot-heated a man Welles was and how he's depicted exactly that way in Druxman's script...."  -Gil Benbrook, Talkin' Broadway (click here to read the complete review)

WEEK AT A GLANCE: May 3-May 9, 2021

 Click on any show title to get more information on that production


Monday, May 3, 2021

ASU Music Theatre and Opera’s Virtual and Free Senior Showcase is tonight!

Each year the graduating class of music theatre majors participate in a three-day industry intensive event in New York City, which includes a showcase performance for major agents and casting directors from Broadway, television and film, and an opportunity to meet and network with the incredible ASU alumni working in the theatre industry. This integral educational opportunity is viewed as an essential component of their training.

This year’s showcase is taking place online. Join us for this year’s public showcase:

Monday May 3, 7 p.m. MST

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM - Spotlight Youth Theatre - May 21–23, 2021

Shakespeare’s popular comedy, to be performed and livestreamed May 21–23, 2021.

Written by William Shakespeare
Adapted by Kenny Grossman

Dates / Show Times:
Friday, May 21 at 7 p.m.
Saturday, May 22 at 7 p.m.
Sunday, May 23 at 2 p.m.

Four mismatched lovers, a goofy theatre troupe, and a band of fairies cross paths in a night of magic spells and mischief in an enchanted wood.

Timeless comedy, fantastic entertainment, and unforgettable characters make A Midsummer Night’s Dream one of William Shakespeare’s most popular and frequently performed plays. As with 2018’s Romeo and Juiet, the Bard’s original words will come to life with exciting new vision on the Spotlight stage.

Oberon/Theseus: Dean Kelldorf
Titania/Hippolyta: Alexis Archer
Puck/Egeus: Emma Woolstenhulme
Bottom: Alec Pursell
Quince: Zoey Waller
Flute: Cadence Talley
Starveling/Philostrate: Evan Culbertson
Snout: Julia Murphy
Snug: Amanda McCormick
Hermia: Callista Walker
Helena: Rachel Nathan
Lysander: Zachary Snyders
Demetrius: Max Mendoza
Fairies: Kinlee Adams
Dagny Knoell
Zara Sego
Augusta Stanley

Production Team:
Director: Kenny Grossman
Assistant Director: Josie Wright
Video Production / Lighting & Sound Design: Josh Hontz
Scenic Design: Bobby Sample
Costume Design: Samantha Utpadel
Hair & Makeup Design: Ali Giordano
Properties Design: Kenny Grossman & Vicki Grossman
Projection Design: Bobby Sample & Josh Hontz

AGATHA CRISTIE’S SPIDER’S WEB - Scottsdale Desert Stages Theatre - June 25 – July 11, 2021


Come be part of the fun as the Queen of Mystery, Agatha Christie, pokes fun at the genre that made her famous.  Mixing equal parts of tension and dark humor, Clarissa, a diplomat’s spouse, finds her normally entertaining and unflappable self smack dab in the middle of a drawing room murder. Desperate to dispose of the body, she enlists the help of her guests. Hilarity ensues when they are interrupted by the arrival of wry detective, Inspector Lord.  In this conscious parody of the detective thriller, Christie delivers a unique blend of suspense and humor.

Directed by Dan Ashlock, Jr.

June 25 – July 11, 2021
Friday & Saturday at 7:30pm
Saturday & Sunday at 3:00pm

Sunday, May 2, 2021

Arizona Broadway Theatre announces auditions for GILLIGAN'S ISLAND, LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS and THE SPITFIRE GRILL on May 10

Arizona Broadway Theatre is holding auditions for LOCAL NON-UNION performers interested and available in the last three shows of the current season. Performers should be 18 and older. Members of Actors’ Equity Association will not be considered at this time.  These auditions will be in person and will be held on May 10, 2021, starting at 5:00 pm. 

If interested in auditioning, please send the following information to auditions@azbroadway.org by Friday, May 7, 2021.  Emails received after Friday, May 7, 2021, will not be considered.

Gilligan’s Island – (Rehearsals begin on or around May 31, 2021, and the production runs through July 11, 2021.)

All roles are open and will be considered based on the characters from the nationally acclaimed television show; Gilligan, The Skipper, The Professor, Mary Ann, Ginger, Thurston (The Millionaire), Lovey (His Wife), and a character of The Alien, are all roles available.  All roles must be strong comedic actors, strong vocalists, and must be able to move.

Little Shop of Horrors – (Rehearsals begin on or around June 28, 2021, and the production runs through August 8, 2021.)

Seymour (male-identifying; age range 25-35; vocal range: A2-G4; all races/ethnicities considered) an insecure, put-upon, florists’ clerk who becomes the hero of the story; above all, he is a sweet, genuine well-meaning man who is taken for granted because of his clumsy ways and poor social skills.

Audrey (female-identifying; age range 25-35; vocal range: G#3-D5; all races/ethnicities considered) the bleached-blond secret love of Seymour’s life, also employed at the shop; she has a damaged sense of self-worth and no education; she is vulnerable to a fault

Crystal, Chiffon, Ronnette (female-identifying; age range 18-35; vocal range: three-part tight harmony, Ab3-F5; black women of color only will be considered) strong harmony singers with good movement skills to perform tight choreographed movement; these three female “street urchins” function as participants in the action (when they have dialogue) and a Greek chorus commenting and narrating the action (when they sing); they’re young, hip, smart, and the only people in the cast who really know what’s going on, with a “we know something you don’t” attitude.

Mr. Mushnik (male-identifying; age range 45-55; vocal range: G2-G4; all races/ethnicities considered) middle-aged, old enough to “adopt” Seymour as his son; strong character actor with some singing; Seymour’s boss and father figure; he owns a failure of a run-down East Side florist shop; under a gruff and blustery exterior he cares about Audrey and Seymour; a good man at heart, but overcome by the temptations of wealth.

Orin (The Dentist) (male-identifying; age range 25-35; vocal range: G2-G4; all races/ethnicities considered) Audrey’s handsome, dentist boyfriend, he is narcissistic, arrogant, and abusive to Audrey; in spite of all this, he is a charmer in a “bad boy” kind of way; must have a comic edge without going to caricature. This actor may also play other minor roles such as Radio Announcer, Mr. Bernstein, Mrs. Luce, Skip Snip, and Patrick Martin.

Audrey II – The Plant (18 and older; all races/ethnicities considered) a non-speaking puppeteer (experience a plus but not mandatory) who manipulates various stages of the plant as it gets bigger; the role requires someone with physical acting skills to portray character and emotion purely through movement, and stamina to operate the large, heavy final puppet.

Audrey II – The Voice (male-identifying; open age; strong character singer; vocal range: G2-G4; all races/ethnicities considered) rock, rhythm and blues style; a sweet-talking, street-smart, rhythm and blues version of the devil; provided by an actor on an offstage microphone, lip-syncing to the movements of the puppets; his voice is a cross between Otis Redding, Barry White, and Wolfman Jack.

The Spitfire Grill – (Rehearsals begin on or around July 26, 2021, and the production runs through September 5, 2021)

Percy Talbott (female-identifying; mezzo-soprano; all races/ethnicities considered) Percy is pretty, if a bit rough-edged. Her face declares the strength of her youth and a sadness beyond her years. She carries a terrible secret.

Hannah Ferguson (female-identifying; alto; all races/ethnicities considered) About seventy years old, Hannah is the owner of the Spitfire Grill. She is a tough-skinned and flinty old bird with a short, no-nonsense manner bordering on the bitter. She can also be very tender-hearted and fiercely loyal. She has a secret of her own to protect.

Shelby Thorpe (female-identifying; soprano; all races/ethnicities considered) In her mid-thirties, Shelby is a plain, soft-faced creature with a shy, almost ethereal manner. She is the wife of Caleb Thorpe. Once her trust is gained, she also is a very loyal friend.

Caleb Thorpe (male-identifying; baritone; all races/ethnicities considered) In his early forties and the out-of-work foreman of the now-defunct stone quarry, Caleb is a frustrated man clinging to the past and the authority he once had. He bitterly opposes change.

Sheriff Joe Sutter (male-identifying; tenor; all races/ethnicities considered) In his mid to late twenties, Joe is a young, small-town policeman with a restless nature and a genuine desire to escape Gilead.

Effy Crayneck (female-identifying; alto; all races/ethnicities considered) In her fifties, Effy is the postmistress and the town busybody. She is a woman with narrow eyes and a sour tongue. There’s little to gossip about in a town so small, but when there is, she is the source.

The Visitor/Eli (male-identifying; all races/ethnicities considered) In his mid-forties and a mysterious figure who never speaks, the visitor has powerful eyes and a very strong sense of his body.


Saturday, May 1, 2021

Paradise Valley Community College and Arizona Theatre Company present CORONALOGS, streaming through May

PVCC students with the mentorship of Arizona Theatre Company, wrote, directed, acted, filmed and edited their theatre pieces to share with our audiences.  The pieces are heartwarming, touching, real, and sometimes even comedic.

Auditions for HELLO DOLLY! at Zao Theatre, announced for June 21


June 21, 2021 signup with Casting Manager

Audition Overview
MUSIC - The music for HELLO, DOLLY is classic Broadway-style singing......big, bold, brassy and high!! The ensemble is very busy, singing and dancing in many wonderful production numbers.

We are looking for an ensemble of ALL ages (high school to mature).
A quote from Music Director, Michael Snyder – “The choral work in Hello Dolly is fun and challenging. I will definitely need “singers”! There is much division within each vocal part. The vocal range is often high. If you are auditioning for the ensemble, I need to hear you sing full out and need to hear something that shows off your range! I can’t wait to hear all of you.

DANCE - Choreography for Hello Dolly is classic musical theatre dance, with a strong focus on ballet and jazz. We are seeking dancers with lots of personality who can execute this high energy and very technical choreography. Dancers from all backgrounds and training are encouraged to attend. There will be multiple dance features in the show.

Call Backs and Dance Audition will be held on Tuesday, June 22, 2021, beginning at 7:00 pm.

Performance dates are October 29, 30, November 5, 6,12,13,19, 20, 2021. 

Friday shows at 7:30 pm. Saturday shows 2:00 pm and 7:30 p.m. with a meal provided between shows.

Rehearsals are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 6:30-9:30 pm and Saturday 10:00 am - 1:00 pm.

Audition Roles:
Role Title: Dolly Levi
Gender: Female
Age Range: Open - Open
Description: Matchmaker, widow, meddler, opportunist, life-loving, commanding, strong stage presence. Stage age: 35-50. Vocal range: alto-soprano. Dance ability: some.

Role Title: Horace Vandergelder
Gender: Male
Age Range: Open - Open
Description: Well-known half-a-millionaire, widower, owns the Feed Store, gruff, set in his ways, authoritative. Stage age: 40-60. Vocal range: baritone. Dance ability: some.

Role Title: Cornelius Hackl
Gender: Male
Age Range: Open - Open
Description: Head clerk at the Feed Store, energetic, enthusiastic, and adventurous. Stage age: 30-35. Vocal range: baritone. Dance ability: strong.

Role Title: Barnaby Tucker
Gender: Male
Age Range: Open - Open
Description: Assistant to Cornelius at the Feed Store, naïve, energized, follower. Stage age:17-20. Vocal range: baritone. Dance ability: strong.

Role Title: Irene Malloy
Gender: Female
Age Range: Open - Open
Description: Owns the Hat Shop, widow, beautiful, smart, fun-loving. Stage age: 30-35. Vocal range: soprano. Dance ability: strong.

Role Title: Miinnie Fay
Gender: Female
Age Range: Open - Open
Description: Irene’s assistant, naïve, straight-laced, fresh, follower. Stage age: 17-20. Vocal range: mezzo-soprano. Dance ability: strong.

Role Title: Ambrose Kemper
Gender: Male
Age Range: Open - Open
Description: Struggling artist, good-natured, accommodating, wants to marry Ermengarde. Stage age: 19-23. Vocal range: tenor. Dance ability: strong.

Role Title: Ermengarde
Gender: Female
Age Range: Open - Open
Description: Horace’s niece, whining, high-strung, wants to marry Ambrose. Stage age: 17-20. Vocal range: any. Dance ability: strong.

Role Title: Ensemble
Gender: Any
Age Range: Open - Open
Description: The dance couples and miscellaneous character parts will be cast from the Ensemble. Dance ability: none to strong.

Zao Theatre, 550 S Ironwood Dr, Apache Jct, AZ 85120

Friday, April 30, 2021

United Colours of Arizona Theatre announce Auditions for their upcoming production of THE LAST FIVE YEARS

UCAT is are looking for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) performers for their first summer show: The Last Five Years/Los Últimos Cinco Años. They will be producing an English and Spanish version of this musical. Performances will be in person.

Please fill out this Google Form:  https://forms.gle/Gc86FdYUaK6e4w9ZA

and abide by the following video submission requirements to submit an audition. You will be uploading your video submission in the Google Form as well.

Video Submission Requirements

Video Submission should be no longer than 4 minutes. Please include:

16 bars of an uptempo song

16 bars of a downtempo song

1 monologue (comedic or dramatic)

Please record in landscape not portrait mode


An emotionally powerful and intimate musical about two New Yorkers in their twenties who fall in and out of love over the course of five years, the show's unconventional structure consists of Cathy, the woman, telling her story backward while Jamie, the man, tells his story chronologically; the two characters only meet once, at their wedding in the middle of the show.

Breakdown of Roles:

Catherine Hiatt (2 performers)

Character arcs from an ambitious, fresh-faced girl in a new relationship to a woman stunned by a betrayal and a divorce that she is only beginning to understand.

Gender: Female

Age: 25 to 35

Jamie Wellerstein (2 performers)

Character arcs from an ambitious guy on a promising first date with a dazzling career to someone who is blinded by success and ego. He is very lovable, yet makes unintentional choices that sabotages his own happiness.

Gender: Male

Age: 25 to 35

There will be compensation Provided.

Preliminary Rehearsal Schedule:

May 7th to June 31st: Monday thru Friday  5pm to 10pm

Sat & Sun  All Day Availability


July 1st to July 15

Monday thru Friday - 5pm to possibility of staying later for tech

We will have both ZOOM and in-person rehearsals. Please list all conflicts in the Google Form.

Performance Dates:

Friday evening July 16th and 23rd

Saturday evening with possible matinees for July 17th and 24th

Sunday matinee July 18 and 25th

Location of Performances:

Scottsdale Center for Performing Arts, Stage 2
7380 East Second Street
Scottsdale, AZ 85251

If you have any questions please email unitedcoloursaztheatre@gmail.com

photos - URINETOWN - Mesa Community College Musical Productions

 CLICK HERE for more information on this production, which streams May 6-9

photos courtesy Mesa Community College

Thursday, April 29, 2021

review - BONNIE & CLYDE - Limelight Performing Arts


Rachel Nathan and Vance Wolf Cook
photo by Elaine Kessler

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 May 2

"Bonnie & Clyde (has) a score that has many standout songs and a book that has three-dimensional characters and period perfect dialogue...Limelight Performing Arts' production features a talented cast, rich creative elements, and direction that ensures the heavily dramatic dialogue scenes are realistically delivered....Limelight's cast is very good, with exceptional performances by the show's two main female actresses, Rachel Nathan as Bonnie and Paige Shanks as Blanche, and powerful portrayals by Vance Wolf Cook and Vincent Farley as Clyde and Buck, respectively. All four are very believable as these real people, with natural line delivery and passionate performances that allow us to see the desperation they all feel, which helps to explain how they each ended up in the life they have chosen. Nathan and Cook convey a palpable passion and plenty of heat in their connection with each other and in their constant desire to find a life filled with excitement. Nathan does a beautiful job of showing the conflicted nature Bonnie sometimes feels in her desire for Clyde, even as she realizes that what they are doing is illegal. And Nathan's singing voice is superb. Cook often delivers his lines and lyrics with a growl that elicits the fierceness and unease he feels.  With an excellent accent and spot-on line delivery, Shanks is excellent as Blanche...Directors Van Rockwell and Emma England have done a great job of ensuring the entire cast deliver committed, fleshed-out performances, with every dialogue scene ringing true....With a talented cast, including two superb main female performances, Limelight's production is a winner."   -Gil Benbrook, Talkin' Broadway (click here to read the complete review)

Video Audition submission date announced for Agatha Christie's SPIDER'S WEB at Scottsdale Desert Stages Theatre


Agatha Christie's SPIDER'S WEB 🕸

Directed by Dan Ashlock, Jr.

- IN-PERSON CALLBACKS will be Monday, May 10
- REHEARSALS begin Monday, May 17
- SHOW DATES: June 25 - July 11, 2021

Submit your AUDITION VIDEO (2 contrasting monologues, max 3 minutes total) to auditions@desertstages.org and complete REGISTRATION FORM at http://bit.ly/DSTSpidersWebAuditions

Please plan to have a COVID TEST with a negative result 3 days prior to your in-person audition. Do your best to quarantine once you have the test. Safety will be priority #1 as we continue to bring LIVE THEATRE back to the DST stage!