Friday, March 23, 2018

WEEK AT A GLANCE: March 19 - March 25

review - Christine Ebersole with Seth Rudetsky - Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

highlights from local critics reviews - (click link at bottom of each review to read complete review)

"Early in her career, two-time Tony winner Christine Ebersole served as both an understudy and a last minute replacement for the female lead of two big Broadway musicals. Last week, Ebersole found herself back in this position when she took over for Laura Benanti, who had to bow out due to a family emergency, for a concert with Seth Rudetsky at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts....Even after enduring a nightmarish 12-hour journey to get to Arizona from New York due to having to change to a later flight after mechanical problems on their first flight, Ebersole was in spectacular voice and entertained the audience with stories of her past, both comical and serious.. " -Gil Benbrook, Talkin' Broadway (click here to read the complete review)

Thursday, March 22, 2018

reviews - THE KING AND I - National Tour: ASU Gammage

Jose Llana
photo by Matthew Murphy

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 25th.

"The classic musicals of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II offer rich characters, intriguing storylines and an abundance of well written and beautiful songs. Their 1951 musical The King and I, which focuses on the relationship between the King of Siam and an English schoolteacher in the 1860s, is full of intrigue and rewarding characters as well as an abundance of classic show tunes. The National Tour of the recent award-winning Lincoln Center production comes to Tempe for a week-long run in a production that is as rich and rewarding as Rodgers and Hammerstein's beloved show. " -Gil Benbrook, Talkin' Broadway (click here to read the complete review)

"...Jose superb — ...brings a poignancy to his odd-couple interplay with Anna (Elena Shaddow), the English schoolteacher .... Llana and Shaddow sing beautifully, and the national tour brings all the theatrical razzle-dazzle that any fan of classical musicals could’s great to see Asian-American actors represented in a show with Asian characters...At the same time, many of the cultural assumptions underlying the story are, at the very least, dated...." Kerry Lengel, Arizona Republic (click here to read the complete review)

" last evening’s... opening night performance...was the first time actor Elena Shaddow took to the stage as the English schoolteacher, Anna Leonowens. ...Looking and sounding practically perfect, ...the clarity of Shaddow’s voice is...a pleasure to hear....Jose Llana has the unenviable task of following in the footsteps of...Yul Brynner...Llana...has successfully broke the mold and made the character his own....while there is splendor in the visual design, and in the performances of both Shaddow and Llana whose chemistry works well, it’s the Rodgers and Hammerstein score that remains nothing short of magnificent " -David Appleford, Valley Screen and Stage (click here to read the complete review)

photos - SPIN - Brelby Theatre Company

CLICK HERE for more information on this production, which runs through April 14th

photos by Shelby Maticic

audition notice - ANNIE & NEWSIES - Valley Youth Theatre - April 10 & 11

Auditions for VYT's production of Annie will be April 10 & 11 at 3:45pm

VYT is also encouraging anyone interested in auditioning for our August show, Newsies, to come “Audition 2-for-1” at Annie auditions for both shows.

Little orphan Annie charms everyone's hearts despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. She is determined to find the parents who abandoned her on the doorstep of a New York City Orphanage that is run by the cruel, Miss Hannigan.  With the help of the other girls in the orphanage, Annie escapes to the wondrous world of NYC. In adventure after fun-filled adventure, Annie foils Miss Hannigan's evil conspiracies, adopts a lovable mutt named Sandy, befriends President Franklin D. Roosevelt and finds a new home and family with billionaire, Oliver Warbucks.

Auditions will be held: April 10th and 11th

Annie is not just a show for young girls!! There is an incredible Ensemble in addition to the orphans.
Registration begins at ~3:30pm, auditions generally begin at 4:15pm after a brief welcome speech that parents are requested to stay for.

Please make sure to have a prepared song. We will have a pianist available as well as a boom box that can play CDs, as well as anything requiring an AUX cord.

Please make sure to bring a head shot and resume along with your audition form that you can download and fill out at

Calendars with specific dates and times will be available to view at auditions.
Rehearsals may begin as early as April 23, 2018

Performances are June 15th - July 1st

Cast of Characters:

**Please Note vocal ranges & character ages listed are guidelines, not set in stone**

Annie is a complex, tough, streetwise urchin who is surprisingly vulnerable when she thinks she might lose what has become most important to her: her newfound "family."
Gender: Female
Vocal range top: D5
Vocal range bottom: A3

The Orphans are gritty girls that are neglected and vulnerable, yet basically honest and lovable. Molly is the littlest orphan.
Gender: Female
Vocal range top: B4
Vocal range bottom: A3

The Orphans are gritty girls that are neglected and vulnerable, yet basically honest and lovable. Kate is the next-to-youngest.
Gender: Female
Vocal range top: C5
Vocal range bottom: C4

The Orphans are gritty girls that are neglected and vulnerable, yet basically honest and lovable. Tessie is the cry baby at age 11.
Vocal range top: C5
Vocal range bottom: A3

The Orphans are gritty girls that are neglected and vulnerable, yet basically honest and lovable. Pepper is the toughest at age 12.
Gender: Female
Vocal range top: Bb4
Vocal range bottom: C4

The Orphans are gritty girls that are neglected and vulnerable, yet basically honest and lovable. July is the quietest at age 13.
Gender: Female
Vocal range top: D5
Vocal range bottom: C4

The Orphans are gritty girls that are neglected and vulnerable, yet basically honest and lovable. Duffy is the oldest at age 13.
Gender: Female
Vocal range top: D5
Vocal range bottom: C4

Grace Farrell
Grace Farrell is Oliver Warbucks's calm, cool and classy secretary. She appears businesslike when dealing with Miss Hannigan and Warbucks, yet maternal toward Annie. She has a small solo at the beginning of "N.Y.C."
Gender: Female
Vocal range top: C5
Vocal range bottom: D4

Rooster Hannigan
Rooster Hannigan and Lily St. Regis are the comic team who claim to be Annie's parents but are revealed to be Miss Hannigan's swindling brother and his sleazy girlfriend in disguise. These characters play off each other constantly.
Gender: Male
Vocal range top: Bb4
Vocal range bottom: G3

Lily St. Regis
Rooster Hannigan and Lily St. Regis are the comic team who claim to be Annie's parents but are revealed to be Miss Hannigan's swindling brother and his sleazy girlfriend in disguise. These characters play off each other constantly.
Gender: Female
Vocal range top: Bb4
Vocal range bottom: Bb3

Drake And Servants
Drake and the Servants are the loyal domestic help of Oliver Warbucks. This group of performers sings with the ensemble and can be double cast as New Yorkers in "N.Y.C."
Gender: Both

Apple Seller
The Apple Seller opens Scene 2 speaking to Annie and giving her an apple.
Gender: Both

Lt. Ward
Lt. Ward is the policeman who questions Annie about Sandy, the stray dog.
Gender: Male

Bert Healy
Bert Healy is the classic announcer on a radio show of the era. This is a non-singing role and is perfect for someone who is naturally funny with a big voice.
Gender: Male

Bundles is the laundryman for the orphanage.
Gender: Male

President Franklin D. Roosevelt
President Franklin D. Roosevelt is enlisted by Oliver Warbucks to help locate Annie's parents. He will be pushed onstage in a wheelchair and delivers a momentous line about "A New Deal!"
Gender: Male

Louis Howe
Louis Howe is President Roosevelt's trustworthy aide.
Gender: Male

Star(s)-To-Be is a glamorous diva in the number "N.Y.C.".
Gender: Female
Vocal range top: D5
Vocal range bottom: Ab3

The Usherette ushers Warbucks, Annie and Grace to their seats in the Roxy at the end of "N.Y.C." She has one line and then sings with the ensemble.

New Yorkers
The New Yorkers are comprised of a wonderfully colorful collection of characters, usually identified by their occupation.
Gender: Both

The roles of Daddy Warbucks and Miss Hannigan will be played by adults and have been cast.

We strongly encourage everyone interested in auditioning for our 30th Anniversary kickoff production of Disney's Newsies to also audition for Annie. Please bring 2 separate audition forms to the Annie auditions if interested in Newsies as well.

ASU Gammage Honors Those Helping to Shape Young Artists

Honorees Susan E. Lee, Bill Ahearn, and Susan Ahearn
photo by Haute Photography & Videography 
from our friends at ASU Gammage:

ASU Gammage recognized The Ahearn Family and Camp Broadway at the 2018 Gammy and Jerry Awards

The stars at ASU Gammage aren’t just on the stage. Every year, ASU Gammage awards two honors for the people and organizations that go above and beyond to connect the arts to the Arizona community and support ASU Gammage in making that mission possible.

More than 150 guests packed the stage for the dinner and awards event. ASU Gammage presented the 2018 Gammy Award to Camp Broadway and the 2018 Jerry Award to Susan and Bill Ahearn.

Susan and Bill have been long-time supporters of ASU Gammage from their first dates at the venue in their twenties to their volunteer work connecting disadvantaged youth to the arts, spearheading the historic theater’s restoration and spending countless hours volunteering at ASU Gammage events such as the 2004 presidential debate, Homecoming Block Party and more.

Camp Broadway is an immersive week long experience where high school students put on a full length musical with assistance and mentoring from professionals in the musical theater industry.

“When Camp Broadway was thinking about taking their incredible program on the road, we jumped at the chance to be the first city to partner with them,” said Colleen Jennings-Roggensack, Executive Director ASU Gammage and Associate Vice President of Cultural Affairs ASU. “Camp Broadway has really taken our mission of Connecting Communities and really accomplished it from the ground up by creating opportunities for the stars and patrons of tomorrow.”

Accepting the award on behalf of Camp Broadway was Susan E. Lee who founded Camp Broadway in 1995 in a small studio space in New York City. She is currently the CEO of the organization.

review - Rob Kapilow: What Makes It Great? Finishing the Hat: The Songs of Stephen Sondheim - Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

Rob Kapilow

highlights from local critics reviews - (click link at bottom of each review to read complete review)

"I believe that Stephen Sondheim is the most influential Broadway composer of the past 50 years. He is a writer who is frequently praised for his intricate, complex and succinct lyrics that perfectly state what his characters feel and want to say. But what about his music?
Last week Rob Kapilow, a composer and teacher who for over 20 years has presented his "What Makes It Great?" series of concerts, was in Scottsdale to explore the musical structure of Sondheim's work in an evening that delved deep inside four of Sondheim's songs. Kapilow's concerts deconstruct and explore the music of famous composers, both classical and contemporary. This one was an eye-opening view into the mind of a brilliant musician..." -Gil Benbrook, Talkin' Broadway (click here to read the complete review)

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

video preview -SPIN - Brelby Theatre Company

PHX Stages intern from ASU, Monica Sampson, stopped by Brelby Theatre Company to take a sneak peek inside their world premiere of SPIN...

the No Audition Required LAW & ORDER FAIRY TALE UNIT at Limelight Performing Arts starts this Saturday!

No audition required for the next play at Limelight Performing Arts. This is a great show with a lot of fun characters!

First rehearsal/auditions March 24, 2018

Rehearsals Saturdays 10am-12pm

Performances May 12, 2018
*Casting ages 6 and up

This show has no required ticket sales, no parent volunteer hours, and rehearsals are always Saturdays 10am-12pm for 8 weeks.

Plays are a great way for kids to get an experience with having lines and playing outstanding characters, so this is a great way to get some training for future shows!

Register at

The Company We Keep: Spotlight on the Men of Southwest Shakespeare's HENRY IV, PART I

by Gil Benbrook

William Shakespeare's Henry IV, Part I features several larger than life characters.

Prince Harry, or Hal as his friends call him, is the son of King Henry IV. He has a very strained relationship with his father who doesn't approve of his son's behavior which isn't exactly becoming of a royal, with Harry spending a lot of his time drinking at bars with his closest friend Falstaff.

Falstaff is a funny, large, quick witted older man who instructs Harry in the finer ways of the world, which include alcohol, women and thievery.

Hotspur is a member of the powerful Percy family which helped put Henry on the throne but don't believe they ever got repaid for their efforts. That lack of gratitude spurs the obsessive and impatient Hotspur on to plot to overthrow the King and along the way spurs Harry to grow up.

Our friends at Southwest Shakespeare Company, which presents Henry IV, Part I from March 23rd to April 7th, recently asked the actors who play these three colorful characters some questions about their roles and the impact Shakespeare has on their lives.

Keath Hall as Sir John Falstaff


Who is your character and what part do they play in the story of Henry 4? What is your favorite
thing about them?

My character is Sir John Falstaff, the hilariously boisterous, morally bankrupt, lover of life who will sink to any action that benefits him. His love for his friend Hal is his saving grace and curse.

What does William Shakespeare mean to you? What impact has he made on your life?

A good chunk of my life has been spent performing the works of The Bard. When you read enough of an author there is an intimate connection the reader feels and some understanding of how the writer's mind works. The works of William Shakespeare expose universal threads of thought and feeling that have helped me to be a whole person.

Would you bring Falstaff to a family reunion?

Fortunately and unfortunately my family reunion is already full of Falstaffs. Humor and storytelling abound throughout my friends and family.

Tony Latham as Prince Hal

Who is your character and what part do they play in the story of Henry 4? What is your favorite
thing about them?

My character is Prince Henry of Wales, future King of England. I am the heir apparent, but have been
spending far too much time with Falstaff, a drunkard, at the tavern. My favorite thing about Hal (Harry, Henry) is how lonely he is. If Hal were a social media site, he'd be Twitter; thousands of followers, no DMs.

What does William Shakespeare mean to you? What impact has he made on your life?

Shakespeare is like the theatre bible. He's quoted in so many different mediums, people know him though they hardly know theatre. The reason is that not only are the stories well written, iambic pentameter is not the easiest way to write, but they are also funny, touching, timeless, and often times bloody. Shakespeare has played a big part in my life. It helped me to focus my craft as an actor. Each character, no matter how small, is complex and gives any actor lots to play with.

Who do you think is a better kisser: Hal or Hotspur?

Consensus was Hotspur.

Josh Murphy as Harry Percy (Hotspur)

Who is your character and what part do they play in the story of Henry 4? What is your favorite
thing about them?

I play Hotspur, one of Shakespeare's great antagonists, and a driving force in the play's action. He is a rebellious subject, but his indignation is righteous and he lives for a glorious death. My favorite thing about Hotspur are the words that Shakespeare has given him to speak: topsy-turvey, skimble-skamble, nimble-footed madcap - the words are just so much fun, filled with passion and fire!

What does William Shakespeare mean to you? What impact has he made on your life?

I remember thinking in school, like most of us probably did, 'Why do I have to read 400 year old plays?' But, thankfully, I remember also going to Chicago Shakespeare and seeing a professional production of Troilus & Cressida, and not only was I blown away by the technical elements, but, more importantly, for the first time, I totally understood the language! That was when I realized that it was the actors and director who held the key to making Shakespeare alive and accessible to a modern audience; I wanted to be able to do that, too. So, for me, Shakespeare is an opportunity to demystify something that people, all too often, dismiss as too difficult.

Who do you think is a better kisser: Hal or Hotspur?

Without question, Hotspur is the better kisser.

CLICK HERE for for more information on this production, which runs March 23rd to April 7th

photos by Laura Durant

Fountain Hills to reveal their 2018 / 2019 season at The Review Preview Revue, this Sunday, March 25

REVIEW highlights from shows of seasons past, and be among the first to PREVIEW snippets from the upcoming season as Fountain Hills Theater performs a REVUE!

This special event performance will be an hour of entertainment featuring some of the Valley’s most talented actors from FHT’s past shows including Cabaret, Chicago and more. There will also be surprise youth performances. The highlight of the evening will be the much anticipated unveiling of Fountain Hills Theater’s 2018-19 Season.

There will be a post-show celebratory reception with hors d'oeuvres and beverages, and Season ShowHopper Flex Passes will be available for purchase and advance seat reservations.

The Review Preview Revue is written and directed by Peter J. Hill.

The Review Preview Revue will feature performances starring Victoria Fairclough, Scott Hyder, Noel Irick, Stefan Linder, Kathi Osborne, Debra Qualtire, Robin Peterson at the piano, and more.

Tickets to the Review Preview Revue are free, but are limited to theater capacity. Free tickets are available, by phone only, at 480.837.9661 x3. Tickets won’t last, so act fast!

Childsplay's General Auditions for their 2018 / 2019 Season - March 26

Childsplay will be holding general season auditions for the 2018/2019 season on Monday March 26th from 4pm – 7pm at the Campus for Imagination and Wonder, 900 S Mitchell Drive in Tempe.

Auditions are for non-Equity adult actors only.

Actors should prepare 1 monologue and, optionally, 16 bars of an up-tempo song. 

The monologue and song should not exceed 2 minutes in total combined length.

There will be an accompanist available to play your music. An AUX connection will be available for recorded accompaniment.

Note that neither the song nor monologue have to be “appropriate” for theatre for young audiences.

To schedule an appointment please email headshot and resume to

PLEASE NOTE: Childsplay serves families and schools. Rehearsals and performances are held during daytime hours. School tours will include overnight trips outside of the metro Phoenix area.

The shows and contract dates for the 18/19 season are:
• CHARLOTTE’S WEB August 6th – October 12th, 2018
• SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK LIVE! (School Tour and In-House) September 17th, 2018 – May 26th, 2019
• TOMAS AND THE LIBRARY LADY (National Tour) September 3rd – December 16th, 2018
• ELLA ENCHANTED November 12th – December 30th, 2018
• AND IN THIS CORNER: CASSIUS CLAY (a co-production with Black Theatre Troupe) December 31st, 2018 – March 3rd, 2019
• MADDI’S FRIDGE (School Tour) December 31, 2019 – May 26th, 2019
• ERIC AND ELLIOT (School Tour) January 7th, 2019 – May 10th, 2019
• THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR SHOW February 18th – April 21st, 2019
• SELENA SINGS (World Premiere) April 1st – May 27th, 2019
• CHATO’S KITCHEN (World Premiere) May 6th – June 16th, 2019

Beginning in the fall of 2018, all of Childsplay's in-house productions will perform at the Herberger Theatre Center with the exception of AND IN THIS CORNER, which will perform at The Helen K. Mason Performing Arts Center, home of Black Theatre Troupe.

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.

Mesa Encore Theatre Invites Directors for Play Submittals for their 2018/2019 Black Box Director’s Season

An Invitation to Directors for Play Submittals:

MET Black Box Productions at 933 2018/19 Season

"Have you MET Us at 933 for a great theatre experience?"

Mesa Encore Theatre is ready to begin programming the 2018 – 2019 Black Box Season.

Directors, please submit one or more shows that YOU would like to direct. This is an excellent chance for you to propose a show you have always wanted to direct! All submissions will be considered, with preference given to dramas, dark comedies, newer plays, and edgy works that don’t play well in larger theatres.

NO ORIGINAL WORKS – we are looking for works by recognized playwrights only. Directors must have a clear vision for their show. Musicals and variety shows with inexpensive rights fees will be considered this year but please keep in mind when submitting that the M.E.T. Black Box is a small and intimate space that cannot accommodate major or complex set changes and numerous props.

Any show you submit must have a cast size of 6 or less.

We will not consider shows that have been produced in the valley in the last 5 years and will not consider shows that are already a part of another theatre’s upcoming season.

Each production will include approximately 5 weeks of rehearsal in our secondary rehearsal space, a full tech week on the stage, and at least 9 performances that will span three weekends: Friday night, Saturday night, and Sunday afternoon, with the potential for a Thursday evening and/or Saturday matinee. The shows will be produced with set, props, lighting, sound, and costumes, in our 55-seat Black Box Theatre with full technical support. Performance date at this time are TBD but you may submit a preferred time frame

If you are interested in directing at the M.E.T. Black Box please submit the following form – required fields are noted as such. You may submit up to three plays. You also must attach your resume to the form. There is no size limit on the “Statement of Concept/Themes” section for each show so the more detailed you are the better!

All applications will be reviewed by a selection committee; those that present the best opportunity for both M.E.T. and the Director will move forward.


Production dates being considered are as follows (All Dates are Subject to Change)

Production (I) August
Production (II) October
Production (IV) February
Production (V) April
Production (VI) June

This is a paid position – Stipend to be discussed upon selection.

Use Link Below to COMPLETE Submittal Form

audition notice - ALL SHOOK UP - Mesa Community College PAC Musical Productions - April 25

This summer, MCC PAC Musical Productions will be producing ALL SHOOK UP which will be directed by Jere van Patten. Here's what it's about...

Inspired by and featuring the songs of Elvis Presley. It’s 1955, and into a square little town in a square little state rides a guitar-playing young man who changes everything and everyone he meets in this hip-swiveling, lip-curling musical fantasy that’ll have you jumpin’ out of your blue suede shoes with such classics as “Heartbreak Hotel,” “Jailhouse Rock,” and “Don’t Be Cruel.”

Wednesday, April 25
5:00 - 9:00pm
MCC Music Building (MU43)
Room MU3

Thursday, April 26
7:00 - 9:00pm
MCC Music Building (MU43)
Room MU3

Rehearsal Outline:
Monday - Thursday, 6 - 10pm

July 19 - 28

Here are the roles that need to be cast...

NATALIE HALLER (Early 20’s): a mechanic.

CHAD: a great-lookin’, motorcycling, guitar-playing, leather-jacketed roustabout.

JIM HALLER (mid 40’s-50’s): Natalie’s widowed father.

SYLVIA (mid 40’s): the no-nonsense, African-American owner of SYLVIA’S HONKY-TONK.

LORRAINE: Sylvia’s 16 year-old daughter.

DENNIS: a young, awkward, aspiring dentist.

MISS SANDRA: the beautiful, intellectual caretaker of the town’s museum.

MAYOR MATILDA HYDE (mid 40’s-50’s): the town’s conservative mayor.

DEAN HYDE: Matilda’s 16 year-old son. He has grown up at a military boarding school.

SHERIFF EARL (mid 40’s-50’s): the law in town. A man of not many words.


CLICK HERE to sign up for an audition time

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

cast announcement - GODSPELL - Phoenix Theatre

CLICK HERE for more information on this production, which runs April 18th through May 20th

Wesley: Wesley Barnes*

Chanel: Chanel Bragg

Michelle: Michelle Chin

Lynzee: Lynzee Foreman

James: James Gish*

Molly: Molly Lajoie

Edgar: Edgar Lopez

John the Baptist/Judas: Eddie Maldonado

Chad: Chad McCluskey

Megan: Megan Moylan

Jesus: Michael Sample*

*Member, Actors’ Equity Association

photos - THE KING AND I - National Tour: ASU Gammage

CLICK HERE for more information on this production, which runs through March 25th

photos by Matthew Murphy

THAT IRVING BERLIN THING - Scottsdale Musical Theater Company - April 19 & 20, 2018

Scottsdale Musical Theater Company presents the return of their original, world-premiere musical, That Irving Berlin Thing - a two-act revue featuring over 40 of the legend’s most notable - and rarely-heard - songs.

What is that “thing” Irving Berlin had that made his songs so popular and accessible to the masses, conquering Tin Pan Alley, Broadway and the movies? More than just a biography of the legendary composer, That Irving Berlin Thing explores the cultural impact Berlin had not only during his time, but for decades to come - from his early association with the “Ziegfeld Follies” and Hollywood, his military service and undying patriotism to his unabashed celebration of the holidays.

That Irving Berlin Thing was conceived, written and directed by award-winning performer/director Hector Coris with musical arrangements by Curtis Moeller. The featured performers are Hector Coris, Melissa Kamel, Lauren Koeritzer, Michael Schauble, and Karylin Veres with narration by Bill Diekmann. The show will also feature a 4-piece band, led by musical director Joni Van Rossum.

“It is vital to preserve these classics of the ‘Great American Songbook’ which are in danger of becoming lost in the public consciousness. These songs are timeless and speak to a huge part of our cultural history,” states creator and long-time cabaret performer Hector Coris. “The musical arts are propelling so quickly into the future that we are in danger of forgetting the rich traditions on which Broadway, Hollywood and popular music were built. This is not just nostalgia for the old folks but a lesson for future generations to know where good songs came from. Plus, with the current tempestuous arguments against immigrants, Irving Berlin is a prime example of a wayward soul welcomed into this country’s fabric and his ever-lasting contributions therein.”

FOUR PERFORMANCES ONLY! Performance dates/times:
Thursday, April 19th, 2018 @ 2:00PM and 7:00PM
Friday, April 20th, 2018 @ 2:00PM and 7:00PM
at Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe, AZ 85281.

Tickets are $33 - 42. Tickets are available by calling 602-909-4215 or online at or at the TCA box office.

Valley Youth Theatre's Spring Classes start this weekend!

Spring Classes 
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Don't Miss Your Chance!

Classes Begin This Week!
ALL experience levels welcome!

Arizona Broadway Theatre to Host Tony-Winning Composer Jason Robert Brown Concert & Talk-Back May 7, 2018

 Arizona Broadway Theatre is excited to announce Tony Award-winning Broadway composer Jason Robert Brown will hold a concert and conversation talk-back on Monday, May 7, at 6pm in the Theatre’s newly removed 6,000 sq. ft. Encore Room.

Jason’s appearance at ABT will mark the inaugural event in the new space and will coincide with ABT’s production of his 2013 Tony Award-winning Broadway hit, The Bridges of Madison County, on stage at the Theatre April 13 – May 13, 2018.

The evening will include a performance of selections from Jason’s extensive repertoire, performances by members of ABT’s cast of The Bridges of Madison County, and a talk-back between the composer and audience, moderated by the host of ABC15’s Sonoran Living, Susan Casper. For information on tickets, contact ABT at 623-776-8400 or go online to

Laughing Pig Theatre's Monologue Cafe - March 23 & 24, 2018

Laughing Pig Theatre is pleased to present a collection of monologues written and performed by community members. All pieces revolve around the themes of privilege, power, and sexual dynamics. Some from victims. Some from oppressors. Some tragic. Some humorous. All honest and personal.

Performances will be Friday, March 23 and Saturday, March 24 at 7:30 PM. The location is the Acting Studio at the Mesa Arts Center (Second Floor, up the lit stairs above the Ceramic Studio).

Tickets are only $10 and can be purchased at or at the door.

For more information, visit or "like" them on Facebook at

Monday, March 19, 2018

WEEK AT A GLANCE: March 19 - March 25

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


B3 Productions 
March 16 - March 24, 2018

Fountain Hills Youth Theater
March 30 - April 15, 2018

March 31 - April 8, 2018

Hale Centre Theatre
April 5, 2018 - May 12, 2018

Starlight Community Theater 
April 6 - 14, 2018

Mesa Encore Theatre 
April 6 - April 22, 2018

Black Theatre Troupe
April 6 - 22, 2018

Mesa Encore Theatre 
April 6 - April 22, 2018

Scottsdale Desert Stages Theatre 
April 06 - May 06, 2018

Nearly Naked Theatre 
April 6-April 28, 2018

Vanessa Williams 
Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
April 7, 2018