Wednesday, June 29, 2016

cast announcement - LES MISÉRABLES: School Edition - Youth Works at Theater Works

for more information on this production, which runs September 9th to September 25th, CLICK HERE

Jean Valjean: Julian Mendoza
Javert: Trey DeGroodt
Fantine: Addison Bowman
Young Cosette: Gwendolyn Craw
Madame Thenardier: Quincey Janisse
Thenardier: Sam Primack
Young Eponine: Sydney Wolfert
Gavroche: Kylan Chait
Eponine: Sarah Pansing
Enjorlas: Griffin LeBlanc
Marius: Vincent Pugliese
Cosette: Katie Rodin

Ensemble Ladies:
Amy Alley
Jasmine Bassham
Allison Belsan
Sophia Chavez
Ali Giordano
Morgan Goldberg
Kendra Goodenberger
Carly Jacobs
Phoebe Koyabe
Olivia LaPorte
Samantha Locklear
Abigail Prusinski
Terese Sanchez
Trinity Tate
Camden Wawro
Ryley Youngs

Ensemble Men:
Evan Arganbright
Jeremy Bassham
Sam Brown
Emilio Cress
Drake Current
John Miller
Justine Moore
AJ Palubinskas
Josh Pike
Dylan Rinehart
Michael Strang

AVENUE Q at Phoenix Theatre has been extended through July 17th!

audition notice - THE DROWSY CHAPERONE - Starlight Community Theater - July 16

Ages 16+ be prepared to sing 32 bars of a musical theater show tune with recorded accompaniment (bring CD or mp3 player) and do some reading and movement/choreography.

Saturday, July 16 at 9 AM - 12 PM

Show runs September 9th to September 18th

Starlight Community theater
1611 W Whispering Wind Way #9
Phoenix, AZ 85085

For More Information contact Starlight Community Theater at:

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

audition notice -YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU - Hale Centre Theatre - July 11

Hale Centre Theatre will hold auditions for You Can’t Take It With You, playing September 13, 2016 – November 15, 2016. The show is produced by David and Corrin Dietlein, directed by Cambrian James and casting directors David and Corrin Dietlein.

Performances are Monday and Tuesday nights and possibly some Wednesdays.

All ethnicities are encouraged to audition.

The Sycamores for all appearances were an average family. However, when you throw in the Vanderhofs, the Carmichaels, the IRS and the FBI, the fireworks really go off! This classic comedy is the only play to win both the Pulitzer Prize for Best Play and the Academy Award for Best Picture! Perfect for the whole family, this hysterical comedy is one you won’t want to miss!

Audition Information: Monday, July 11th 
The audition will consist of side readings. Sides will be provided. Please prepare 1 side to read.
Please be familiar with the play.
Read the breakdowns and bring your best characters to the audition.
Dance or singing will not be required at the audition.
The casting directors use Casting Manager during the casting process. Please post your head shot and resume to your Casting Manager profile.

Call Backs
Call backs for You Can’t Take It With You will be held Monday, July 18th at 6:00 PM with the first read through scheduled for Saturday, July 23rd at 1:00 PM.

Audition Location 
Auditions will be held at the theater located at 50 West Page Avenue in Gilbert.

How to make an appointment
CLICK HERE to can sign up for an appointment

Each adult actor 16 years of age and older will receive a payment of $25.00 per performance.

Other Notes
Runtime: Approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes. Auditions are by appointment only. Any questions may be emailed to


MARTIN VANDEROF: (50-?) Referred to mostly as Grandpa in the play. Father-in-law to Paul, father of Penny, grandfather of Alice and Essie. He is an eccentric happy old man who has never paid his income tax because he doesn't believe in it, as he feels that the government wouldn't know what to do with the money if he paid it. He lives his life by the philosophy 'don't do anything that you're not going to enjoy doing'. He goes to circuses, commencements, throws darts, and collects stamps.

PENELOPE SYCAMORE: (40-50) Usually goes by Penny, Penelope is the mother of Essie and Alice, wife of Paul, and daughter of Martin. She writes plays and paints as hobbies because it makes her happy, but is terrible at both. Penny is a loving mother and wife who is constantly concerned with the welfare of her family. Her main goal is to make sure everyone is happy, particularly her daughter Alice. She is a main character.

PAUL SYCAMORE: (40-50) Father of Essie and Alice, husband of Penny, Son-in-law of Martin. He is a tinkerer who manufactures fireworks in the basement with the help of his assistant Mr. De Pinna. His hobby is playing with erector sets.

ALICE SYCAMORE: (30-40) Fiancée of Tony Kirby, daughter of Paul and Penny, Granddaughter of Martin, sister of Essie. She is the only "normal" family member. She has an office job, and is rather embarrassed by the eccentricities of her family when she has Tony and his parents at her house, yet she still loves them. She tends to be a pessimist.

ESSIE CARMICHAEL: (25-35) Wife of Ed, daughter of Penny and Paul Sycamore, Granddaughter of Martin, sister of Alice. She is childish. As a hobby she makes candy that Ed sells. Essie dreams of being a ballerina. She has spent 8 years studying with Boris Kolenkhov, but is a terrible dancer.

ED CARMICHAEL: (25-35) Husband of Essie, son-in-law of Paul and Penny. He is a xylophone player, and distributes Essie's candies. Ed is an amateur printer who prints anything that sounds good to him. He prints up dinner menus for his family and little quotes that he places in the boxes of Essie's candy. He also likes to make masks.

TONY KIRBY: (25-40) Fiancé of Alice, Son of Mr. and Mrs. Kirby. He sees how, even though the Sycamores appear odd, they are really the perfect family because they love and care about each other. His own family is very proper and has many issues none of them will admit. He is vice president of Kirby and Co.

ANTHONY W. KIRBY: (40-50) Husband of Mrs. Kirby, father of Tony. He is a very proper man who is president of Kirby and Co. and secretly despises his job. His hobby is raising expensive orchids. He is also a member of the Harvard Society, the Union Club, the National Geographic Society, and the Racquet Club.

MIRIAM KIRBY: (40-50) Wife of Mr. Kirby, mother of Tony. She is an extremely prim and proper woman and is horrified by the goings-on in the Sycamore household. Her hobby is spiritualism.

BORIS KOLENKOV: (30-50) A Russian who escaped to America shortly before the Russian Revolution. He is very concerned with world politics, and the deterioration of Russia. He is the ballet instructor of Essie, aware that she is untalented at dancing, but knows that she enjoys dancing so he keeps working with her. He likes the Greeks and the Romans, questions society, and is interested in world affairs.

RHEBA: (20-30) The maid and cook to the Sycamore family. She is treated almost like a part of the family. She is dating Donald. In the words of Mrs. Sycamore, "The two of them are really cute together, something like Porgy and Bess."

DONALD: (20-30) The boyfriend of Rheba, who seems to serve as volunteer handyman for the Sycamores.

MR. De PINNA: (30-40) The ice man who came inside to speak to Paul eight years before, and never left. He helps Mr. Sycamore build fireworks, and moonlights as a model in Mrs. Sycamore's paintings.

WILBUR C. HENDERSON: (20-40) An employee of the IRS. He comes to collect the tax money owed by Grandpa, and can't understand why the latter won't pay income tax.

GAY WELLINGTON: (25-40) An actress whom Mrs. Sycamore meets on a bus and invites home to read one of her plays. She is an alcoholic, gets very drunk and passes out shortly after arriving at the Sycamore's home.

GRAND DUCHESS OLGA KATRINA: (40-60) She was one of the Grand Duchesses of Russia before the Revolution, another being her sister, the Grand Duchess Natasha. Since then she has been forced to flee to America where she has found work as a waitress in Childs Restaurant. The rest of her family has had a similar fate, such as her Uncle Sergei, the Grand Duke, who is now an elevator man. She loves to cook as a hobby.

G-MAN 1, G-MAN 2 & G-MAN 3: (20-30) Three agents who come to investigate Ed because of the communist quotes he prints up and places in Essie's candy boxes, such as "God is the State – the State is God".

Cambrian James is well-known for his versatile staging throughout the Valley and nationally. He is a multi-award winning director and choreographer for Tarzan, The Wizard of Oz, Footloose, Damn Yankees and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Cambrian has enjoyed a long career as an actor and dancer in Annie (Daddy Warbucks), Crazy For You (Bobby Child), The King and I (the King) and Hairspray (Edna Turnblad).

reviews - AMERICAN IDIOT - Stray Cat Theatre

Nicholas John Gearing and Cast
Photo by John Groseclose
highlights from local critics reviews - (click link at bottom of each review to read complete review)

Click here for more information on this production that runs through July 16th.

"...Depending on age, attitude and, more importantly, musical taste, not all rock and roll fans warm to Green Day, and that’s a major hurdle to climb when it comes to enjoying the show...As for inspiring a musical, the album was probably the last thing you’d expect to hear playing on Broadway...The band’s simple though raucous anthem to angst, frustration and the sense of being trapped in a media-induced hell hit its target....this isn’t Broadway, not in the traditional sense.  It’s more like strapping into your seat for a ninety-minute, uninterrupted rock ‘n roller coaster ride where frustration and Green Day’s temper come at you with the full velocity of an out-of-control tornado, and little concern for those who don’t like it; they need to just get out of the way. An issue with American Idiot, particularly those fresh to the music with little prior knowledge, is one of coherence.  Without knowing much about the show ahead of seeing it, there’s an inherent problem of trying to figure out what’s going on.  Lyricist Billie Joe Armstrong may write some great songs, but he doesn’t tell a good story...Stray Cat’s presentation becomes thrilling early into the show once you realize that Ron May isn’t simply recreating what was seen before – both the Broadway production and the following tour left many dazzled with ears ringing and no clue of what had just unfolded – but with several directorial flourishes and inventions of his own, plus outstanding work from Lisa Starry’s high-energy choreography, much of that needed narrative clarity falls into place.  There are still moments when you may not know why certain things are occurring or where the characters are in relation to each other, but the general flow of events and their reasons for being are considerably clearer.  With a book such as American Idiot, that’s an achievement...Alan Khoutakoun’s androgynous drug-dealing character St. Jimmy grabs your attention by appearance alone....The show is not as profound as it may appear and its superficial political message of a media-induced society creating a generation of idiots won’t ring true for everyone ...It’s a musical with a visceral punch; it attacks the senses, not engages, and that’s what audiences seem to respond to the most.  The end result, even if Stray Cat’s overall design is somewhat scaled down, is a production far more enjoyable, and certainly more coherent, than the professional tour. " -David Appleford, Valley Screen and Stage (click here to read the complete review)

"Green Day's punk rock album "American Idiot" exploded on the music scene in 2004 and struck a chord with the disillusioned youth of America who were coming of age in the dawn of the post-9/11 haze. ...While I have a few reservations about the show itself and its slightly confusing plot, Stray Cat's production has a talented cast, excellent choreography, and solid direction that fills in some of the plot holes and frames the piece with video segments that are timely in their friends Johnny, Will and Tunny who are all frustrated at life and the world they live in, so each goes on a journey of self-discovery...Johnny chooses drugs and Tunny chooses the military while Will finds his future chosen for him....While the score for this show is stellar, I have some issues...due to the fact that it is a largely sung-through musical with a very minimal book...The lack of dialogue makes the plot extremely basic while also somewhat convoluted.....Stray Cat can't be faulted for the shortcomings in the book, and director Ron May does his best to fill in some of the gaps....his direction clear and concise which helps to not overpower the plot....choreographer Lisa Starry delivers an abundance of superb and engaging movement that adds to and play off of May's active and dynamic direction. The cast that May has found help make this a truthful and believable tale, with no pretension or false moves made throughout, led by the three male leads, Nicholas John Gearing, David Samson and Eric Boudreau, as Johnny, Tunny and Will. All three characters are forced into adulthood and struggle with their own inner demons and these three actors all effectively portray the vulnerability their characters feel at times through expressive facial gestures, body movement and raw, emotional filled singing...Alan Khoutakoun achieves a rich, seductive, calculated and winning portrayal of Johnny's drug dealing alter-ego St. Jimmy...Creative elements are sublime with the combination of Eric Beeck's simple yet clear scenic design, Dallas Nichols' stellar media design, and Daniel Davisson's stunning lighting providing a constantly changing environment with imagery that transports the production through time and space. ...American Idiot...will most likely have a different outcome depending on how you approach it...for those who know all too well the hardship of dealing with broken dreams and fighting your own inner demons, American Idiot will most likely prove a raw, emotional experience. While I can't say I'm exactly in, I do believe the experience of hearing these songs performed live by a talented cast and with clear direction and winning creative elements helps to overcome some of the shortfalls in the show's narrative. In that respect this Stray Cat production delivers exceptionally well." -Gil Benbrook, Talkin' Broadway (click here to read the complete review)

"...“American Idiot,” based on Green Day’s 2004 phenomenal now having its local premiere at Stray Cat Theatre...a dynamically presented production staged brilliantly by Ron May and performed exquisitely by an impressive cast....presented here in the perfect space....May uses the space to let his actors run wild but this is the best way to stage today’s off-beat shows....“American Idiot” looks at the way today’s younger generation treats traditional values and how differently they rise to the challenges....In some respects, “American Idiot” is passé but it captures an era and explains it.....The throbbing score tell the story with a theatrical flair.  An excellent band captures Green Day’s style.  The cluttered stage and split second scene shifts create new locales smoothly for the flawless cast....the only problem is that occasional lyrics are lost due to amplification issues....“American Idiot” is not a typical musical but if you yearn for something stylistically unique, rush to Stray Cat Theatre’s “American Idiot” that continues through July 16." --Chris Curcio, KBAQ (click here to read the complete review)

"...surprise is what director Ron May and his cast — abetted by some strikingly expressionistic choreography by Lisa Starry of Scorpius Dance Theatre — deliver in a propulsive and poignant production... a vibrantly original interpretation....“American Idiot” is a punk-rock opera about 20-something angst and alienation in the post-9/11 era. ... the characters are thumbnail sketches rather than detailed portraits, which presents both a challenge and an opportunity to the actors charged with bringing them to life. Nicholas John Johnny.... makes for an endearingly nihilistic rabble-rouser...his performance feels utterly sincere....The most thrilling the young Alan Khoutakoun as St. Jimmy, Johnny’s charismatic drug dealer... Khoutakoun’s high-heeled Jimmy is androgynous and feline, a mesmerizing Grace Jones figure who sings like a fever dream....Starry’s choreography is frenetic and emotive, turning the ensemble into a sort of kinetic Greek chorus. And May’s inventive staging is packed with evocative moments..." - Kerry Lengel, Arizona Republic (click here to read the complete review)

"Each generation responds in its own distinctive way to the excesses and profligacies of its society. ...
In 2004, in the aftermath of the World Trade Center bombings and in the wake of America's invasion of Iraq...GREEN DAY's AMERICAN IDIOT entered the fray, and Billie Joe Armstrong's canon of lyrics...resonated with fans who were fed up with political deception and the commercialization of everything. ...Ron May ...has further propelled his arc of artistic excellence with a stunning staging of AMERICAN IDIOT, and, in turn, reveals the work's continued relevance. The production is a triumph in every sense of the word. May can lay claim to a trifecta of oomphs, oomphatically!...
...The choreography of Scorpius Dance Theatre's Lisa Starry is compelling, vital, and muscular....The ensemble of fifteen is terrific, a dynamic display of the treasure of talent in the Phoenix area. The performances are electrifying. ...AMERICAN IDIOT may also be an anthem about the nihilism, narcissism, and self-indulgence of a specific cohort of alienated and despondent youth. ...The cultural toxicity to which the music refers is vividly revealed in the backdrop of streaming vidclips displaying the crude antics of reality TV, the commercialization of the body and beauty, the bloviating of politicians, and the malicious dumbing down of America. However one ultimately Ron May's staging of GREEN DAY's AMERICAN IDIOT is a cause for celebration. It is an affirmation of the power of the theatre not only to entertain but also to provoke contemplation.  For certain, the show is a blast and a resounding success"  -Herbert Paine, Broadway World (click here to read the complete review)

additional casting notice for the part of Sky Masterson in GUYS AND DOLLS at Don Bluth Front Row Theatre

Don Bluth Front Row Theatre is looking for a Sky Masterson to complete their cast of Guys and Dolls.

Contact Cheryl Schaar for an audition time at 480-707-8273.

The show runs August 11th to September 17th and pays a stipend.

Monday, June 27, 2016

JUNIE B. JONES IS NOT A CROOK - Childsplay - September 11 - October 16, 2016

By Allison Gregory, Adapted from the book series by Barbara Park

Weekends, Sept. 11 - Oct. 16, 2016: Saturdays (1 & 4pm), Sundays (1pm)

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts Theater

Price: $12 - $26

Junie B. Jones is back on stage at Childsplay in a brand new adventure. This time, something terrible has happened! And it's called—someone took Junie B.’s new black furry mittens! And they kept them! So when Junie B. finds a wonderful pen of many colors, she should be allowed to keep it, right? Because Finders Keepers, Losers Weepers. And guess what? There's a new boy in kindergarten! So why does he think Junie B. is a nutball?! With the help of her friends and a whole lot of laughter, Junie B. learns important lessons about being yourself and doing the right thing.

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ROCK THE PRESIDENTS - Childsplay - October 22 - November 13, 2016

Book and Lyrics by Dwayne Hartford, Music by Sarah Roberts

Weekends, Oct. 22 - Nov. 13, 2016: Saturdays (1 & 4pm), Sundays (1pm)

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts Studio

Price: $12 - $26

Are you ready to rock out with Millard Fillmore? Just in time for the election, Childsplay’s original high-octane rock and pop musical tribute to the 44 presidents of the United States is back by popular demand! With rock concert music, and a super fun history lesson, this non-partisan musical explores what it really takes to be our nation’s president. You’ll be clapping and cheering as you ponder the question, “Are you are president-to-be?”

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A VERY HAIRY JAVELINA HOLIDAY - Childsplay - November 19 - December 24, 2016

Book and Lyrics by Jenny Millinger, Music by Todd Hulet, Based on the books by Susan Lowell

Weekends, Nov. 19 - Dec. 24, 2016: Saturdays (1 & 4pm), Sundays (1pm) + various holiday performances

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts Theater

Price: $12 - $26

It’s Christmastime and the three little javelinas are full of holiday cheer! Inside their cozy home, they bake gingerbread cookies, string lights and set their boots out for Santa. But when Cousin Angelina plans a holiday surprise, they get more than they bargained for, including one very tricky coyote! Will these bristly creatures get away by the hairs of their chinny-chin-chins this time? Will Josephina finally get to dance in The Nutcracker?  This new musical from the team that brought you The Three Javelinas is sure to become a holiday classic!

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DR. SEUSS' THE CAT IN THE HAT - Childsplay - January 14 – February 19, 2017

By Katie Mitchell, Adapted from the Book by Dr. Seuss


Weekends Jan. 14 – Feb. 19, 2017: Saturdays (1 & 4pm), Sundays (1pm)

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts Studio

Price: $12 - $26

From the moment his tall, red-and-white-striped hat appears at their door, Sally and her brother know that the Cat in the Hat is the most mischievous cat they will ever meet. Suddenly the rainy afternoon is transformed by the Cat and his antics. Will their house ever be the same? Can the kids clean up before mom comes home? With some tricks (and a fish) and Thing Two and Thing One, with the Cat in The Hat, the fun’s never done!

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THE YELLOW BOAT - Childsplay - February 26 - March 12, 2017

By David Saar


Weekends, Feb. 26 - March 12, 2017: Saturdays (1 & 4pm), Sundays (1pm)

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts Studio

Price: $12 - $26

A Scandinavian folksong tells of three little boats: "One was blue, one was red and one was yellow as the sun. They sailed far out to sea. The blue one returned to the harbor. The red one sailed home, too. But the yellow boat sailed up to the sun." Based on a true story, The Yellow Boat tells the story of a young artist named Benjamin. Born with hemophilia, Benjamin died of AIDS-related complications in 1987 at the age of 8. The play celebrates the creative spirit of all children. Through his art, Benjamin is able to express his joys and his fears. In doing so, he navigates his journey, leading his family, friends, doctors, and the audience through this amazing, sometimes funny, sometimes sad, always heartfelt experience. This iconic, multi-award-winning play was first produced by Childsplay in 1992 and changed the face of children’s theatre across America. In honor of the company’s 40th anniversary season, we celebrate Benjamin’s remarkable voyage by sharing it with today’s audiences.

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INTERRUPTING VANESSA - Childsplay - March 25 - April 2, 2017

By Colleen Neuman


Weekends, March 25 - April 2, 2017: Saturdays (1 & 4pm), Sundays (1pm)

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts Studio

Price: $12 - $26

Nobody understands Vanessa. She is happiest alone in her room creating inventions out of interesting objects she finds. When her mother does the unthinkable, and invites Timmy Fibbins over to play, she has to step out of her comfort zone and maybe—just maybe—make a friend. This moving and surprisingly funny play introduces audiences to a young girl struggling to come to terms with the loss of her father. In a world where imaginary friends seem real, and real friends are scarce, Vanessa discovers both.

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THE GRUMPIEST BOY IN THE WORLD - Childsplay - April 8 - April 16, 2017

By Finegan Kruckemeyer


Weekends, April 8 - April 16, 2017: Saturdays (1 & 4pm), Sundays (1pm)

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts Studio

Price: $12 - $26

Zachary Briddling is unbearably normal. His height is exactly the height of an average boy of an average age. His hair lies exactly the way of an average boy on an average day. And when he dreams at night, he dreams the most average dreams. Zachary wants to be different – someone who stands out and is special. He sets off on a magical adventure to find a place where he might feel special, and in doing so, he finally finds his own place in the world. This hilarious and imaginative adventure is for anyone who has ever struggled to discover and embrace all that makes them unique and special.

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WONDERLAND: ALICE’S ROCK ’N ROLL ADVENTURE - Childsplay - April 23 - May 21, 2017

Book and Lyrics by Rachel Rockwell, Music by Michael Mahler, Based on Lewis Carroll’s books "Alice in Wonderland" and "Through the Lookingglass"


Weekends, April 23 - May 21, 2017: Saturdays (1 & 4pm), Sundays (1pm)

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts Theater

Price: $12 - $26

It’s Alice like you’ve never seen her before! Stumble down the rabbit hole into a rock ‘n roll adventure where old favorites like The Mad Hatter and The Queen of Hearts appear with a brand new twist. The actors telling the story are also the band! The eclectic rock sound track underscores a fantastically fun story about a girl learning how to march to the beat of her own drum – literally! Don’t be late to this new musical version of a classic story!

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cast announcement - THE DROWSY CHAPERONE - Hale Centre Theatre

for more information on this production, which runs August 26th to October 8th, CLICK HERE

Timothy Fiscus: Man in the Chair
Brandy Reed: Janet Van de Graaff
Drake Sherman: Robert Martin
Kathi Osborne: The Drowsy Chaperone
Jacob Goodman: Adolpho
Jodie Weiss: Mrs. Tottendale
Tedd Glazebrook: Underling
Mark Kleinman: Mr. Feldzieg
Kim Rodriguez: Kitty
Jonathan Holdsworth: George
Raymond Barcelo: Gangster
Julian Peña: Gangster
Melissa VanSlyke: Trix the Aviatrix
Sarah Wiechman: Female Ensemble
Alex Partida: Male Ensemble
Nathan Dutson: Male Ensemble

audition notice - MACBETH & THE SUN GOD'S COIN - Brelby Theatre Company

Auditions for Brelby's fall productions:

Macbeth by William Shakespeare
The Sun God's Coin by Melissa Kamel

June 28 from 6pm-8pm
Callbacks for Macbeth will be by invitation only on July 9th from 9am-12pm
Callbacks for The Sun God's Coin will be by invitation only on July 10th from 9am-12pm.

Please prepare two CONTRASTING monologues:
1 Shakespeare monologue (dramatic is preferred)
1 contemporary
Totaling no more than 2 minutes total.

Email to secure an audition slot.

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Gerald Thomson
(This piece will be performed in the Murphy Park Amphitheatre)
Rehearses: Sept 11 - Oct 27 (Sun-Thurs, 6:30-10pm...some Sundays from 2-8pm)
Performs: Oct 28, 29, 31, Nov 4, 5 @ 7:30pm/ Oct. 30 @ 2pm

Synopsis: The witches prophesy that Macbeth will be made thane (a rank of Scottish nobility) of Cawdor and eventually King of Scotland. They also prophesy that Macbeth’s companion, Banquo, will beget a line of Scottish kings, although Banquo will never be king himself. Join us for this epic tale of desire, betrayal, and the struggle for power next Halloween.
Character Breakdown/Tracks:
Malcolm/Lord – Relatively young compared to Duncan
Attendant 1/Macduff
Banquo/Messenger 2
Duncan/Ghost King/Siward – Relatively old compared to Malcolm, Donalbain and Young Siward
Servant 5/Ghost King/Doctor
Angus/Second Murderer/Soldier 2
Servant 3/First Murderer
Sergeant/Ghost King/Young Siward – Relatively young compared to Siward (Role has 7 lines only)
Donalbain/Ghost King/Servant 4/Servant 6 – Relatively young compared to Duncan (Role has 6 lines only)

Lady Macbeth/First Apparition
Servant 2/Hecate/Gentlewoman – Relatively older compared to three witches
First Witch
Second Witch
Third Witch
Attendant 3/Lady Macduff/Soldier 1 (Role has 8 lines only)
Servant 1/Lady Ross/Third Apparition/Seyton (Role has 8 lines only)
Attendant 2/Second Apparition/Menteith (Role has 7 lines only)
Lady Lennox/Messenger 1/Caithness/Soldier 3 (Role has 5 lines only)

By Melissa Kamel
Directed by Jessica Holt
Rehearses: Aug 21-Sept 21 (Sun-Thurs, 6:30-10pm...some Sundays from 2-8pm)
Performs: Sep 22, 23, 30, Oct 7, 14, 21, 28 @ 5pm/ Oct 8 @ 2pm

Synopsis: Inspired by Peruvian folklore, myths and culture, The Sun God’s Coin follows a young girl, Tamaya living an average life in the countryside near Cusco, nestled in the Andes mountains of Peru. Cusco was ruled by an evil king, obsessed with riches and glory, who mistreated the animals of the forest that the people of Cusco loved dearly. When the king decides to destroy their homes to build a golden city, the sun god seeks out Tamaya’s aid.

Arizona Theatre Company Hits Critical Point in Effort to Raise $2 Million by Friday; 2016-17 Season At Risk

from our friends at ATC:

The Arizona Theatre Company (ATC) fund-raising campaign launched in early 2016 to raise $2 million by Friday, July 1 to continue operations and produce the 2016-17 season has reached a critical juncture.

ATC Board of Trustees Chair Cameron C. Artigue said that if the necessary funds are not secured, the company “will be forced step back and consider all of our options which include going on a temporary hiatus to restructure the business model to ensure its long-term sustainability or permanently shutting down.”

“Ironically, despite the past two seasons being our most successful, both in terms of artistic acclaim and ticket sales, we experienced a disappointing year in our ability to attract the necessary level of contributed income to continue that progress,” he said.  “We remain hopeful, but have to address the situation realistically.”

As a nonprofit 501c3 arts organization, ATC generates 40 percent of its annual operating budget from contributed revenue through grants, sponsors and individual donations that underwrite ATC productions and support statewide youth education outreach initiatives which include the Student Matinee Series, Summer on Stage and Theatre on the Go – Shakespeare Residencies. Ticket sales represent about 60 percent of ATC’s overall revenue.

The Summer on Stage program is fully funded and will complete the current session that begins June 27 and runs through July 29.

“While considerable progress has been made toward long-term financial sustainability, the ongoing effort to attract contributed income to ensure continued artistic and financial success has fallen short of expectations,” Artigue said.

ATC Artistic Director David Ira Goldstein said that he is “incredibly grateful for the support we have received from the community who appreciate the artistic excellence and quality performances we have consistently produced in both Tucson and Phoenix.  I am extremely hopeful that we will benefit from that support at this very troubling time.”

To make a contribution or for more information, visit

WEEK AT A GLANCE - June 27 - July 3

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Sunday, June 26, 2016

photos - AMERICAN IDIOT - Stray Cat Theatre

for more information on this production, which runs through July 16th, CLICK HERE


photos: John Groseclose

cast announcement - THE ODD COUPLE (Female Version) - Stage Left Productions

for more information on this production, which runs August 19th to August 21st, CLICK HERE

FOOTLOOSE - Mesa Encore Theatre - September 9 - 25, 2016

Music by Tom Snow, Lyrics by Dean Pitchford (with additional lyrics by Kenny Loggins), Book by Dean Pitchford and Walter Bobbie

One of the most explosive movie musicals in recent memory bursts onto the live stage with exhilarating results. When Ren and his mother move from Chicago to a small farming town, Ren is prepared for the inevitable adjustment period at his new high school. What he isn't prepared for are the rigorous local edicts, including a ban on dancing instituted by the local preacher, determined to exercise the control over the town's youth that he cannot command in his own home. The heartfelt story that emerges is of a father longing for the son he lost and of a young man aching for the father who walked out on him. To the rockin' rhythm of its Oscar and Tony-nominated top 40 score (the soundtrack album reached number one on the Billboard charts and has sold over 15 million copies!) FOOTLOOSE celebrates the wisdom of listening to young people, guiding them with a warm heart and an open mind.

Friday, Sep 9, 2016 7:30 PM
Saturday, Sep 10, 2016 7:30 PM
Sunday, Sep 11, 2016 2:30 PM
Thursday, Sep 15, 2016 7:30 PM
Friday, Sep 16, 2016 7:30 PM
Saturday, Sep 17, 2016 2:30 PM
Saturday, Sep 17, 2016 7:30 PM
Sunday, Sep 18, 2016 2:30 PM
Thursday, Sep 22, 2016 7:30 PM
Friday, Sep 23, 2016 7:30 PM
Saturday, Sep 24, 2016 2:30 PM
Saturday, Sep 24, 2016 7:30 PM
Sunday, Sep 25, 2016 2:30 PM

Performances at the Mesa Arts Center

THE MUSIC MAN - Mesa Encore Theatre - November 4 - 20, 2016

Book, Music, and Lyrics by Meredith Willson, Based on a Story by Meredith Willson and Franklin Lacey

There's trouble in River City when a fast-talking salesman comes to town. By turns wicked, funny, warm, romantic and touching, THE MUSIC MAN is family entertainment at its best. Meredith Wilson's six-time, Tony Award winning musical comedy has been entertaining audiences since 1957 and is a family-friendly story to be shared with every generation.

THE MUSIC MAN follows con man and traveling salesman Harold Hill as he cons the people of River City, Iowa, into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys' band he vows to organize - this despite the fact he doesn't know a trombone from a treble clef. This award-winning, critically acclaimed Broadway classic is an all-American institution, thanks to is quirky characters, charmingly predictable dramatic situations, and one-of-a-kind, nostalgic score of rousing marches, a hilarious gaggle of townswomen, barbershop quartets and sentimental ballads which have become popular standards. THE MUSIC MAN is one of American Musical Theatre's treasures proudly brought back to the MET stage by popular demand for our 80th Anniversary Season!

Friday, Nov 4, 2016 7:30 PM
Saturday, Nov 5, 2016 7:30 PM
Sunday, Nov 6, 2016 2:30 PM
Thursday, Nov 10, 2016 7:30 PM
Friday, Nov 11, 2016 7:30 PM
Saturday, Nov 12, 2016 2:30 PM
Saturday, Nov 12, 2016 7:30 PM
Sunday, Nov 13, 2016 2:30 PM
Thursday, Nov 17, 2016 7:30 PM
Friday, Nov 18, 2016 7:30 PM
Saturday, Nov 19, 2016 2:30 PM
Saturday, Nov 19, 2016 7:30 PM
Sunday, Nov 20, 2016 2:30 PM

Performances at the Mesa Arts Center

THE FOX ON THE FAIRWAY - Mesa Encore Theatre - January 6 - January 22, 2017

by Ken Ludwig

A tribute from Ken Ludwig (Lend Me a Tenor, Moon Over Buffalo) to the great English farces of the 1930s and 1940s, THE FOX ON THE FAIRWAY takes audiences on a hilarious romp which pulls the rug out from underneath the stuffy denizens of a private country club. Filled with mistaken identities, slamming doors, and over-the-top romantic shenanigans, it’s a furiously paced comedy that recalls the Marx Brothers’ classics. A charmingly madcap adventure about love, life, and man’s eternal love affair with… golf. Just in time for the world renowned Phoenix Open!

"A grand slam...a joy to behold!" -Washington City Paper
"The Fox on the Fairway is phenomenally funny!" -NJ Star Ledger

Friday, Jan 6, 2017 7:30 PM
Saturday, Jan 7, 2017 7:30 PM
Sunday, Jan 8, 2017 2:30 PM
Thursday, Jan 12, 2017 7:30 PM
Friday, Jan 13, 2017 7:30 PM
Saturday, Jan 14, 2017 2:30 PM
Saturday, Jan 14, 2017 7:30 PM
Sunday, Jan 15, 2017 2:30 PM
Thursday, Jan 19, 2017 7:30 PM
Friday, Jan 20, 2017 7:30 PM
Saturday, Jan 21, 2017 2:30 PM
Saturday, Jan 21, 2017 7:30 PM
Sunday, Jan 22, 2017 2:30 PM

Performances at the Mesa Arts Center

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BILLY ELLIOT, THE MUSICAL - Mesa Encore Theatre - March 10 - March 19, 2017

Music by Elton John, Book and Lyrics by Lee Hall,

Millions of fans…Thousands of standing ovations…Ten Tony Awards including Best Musical…this is BILLY ELLIOT THE MUSICAL, the spectacular show with the heart, humor and passion to be named Time Magazine's "Best Musical of the Decade!" Based on the international smash-hit film and featuring a score by music legend Elton John, Billy Elliot is an astonishing theatrical experience that will stay with you forever.

Mesa Encore presents this long-awaited masterpiece, during the first season it has become available for licensing. Set in a northern English mining town, against the background of the 1984 miners' strike, BILLY ELLIOT is the inspirational story of a young boy's struggle against the odds to make his dream come true. Follow Billy's journey as he stumbles out of the boxing ring and into a ballet class where he discovers a passion for dance that inspires his family and community and changes his life forever. With a powerful storyline, rousing songs and sensational choreography, BILLY ELLIOT features a large cast of children, terrific adult characters, and MET’s beloved house band!

Friday, Mar 10, 2017 7:30 PM
Saturday, Mar 11, 2017 7:30 PM
Sunday, Mar 12, 2017 2:30 PM
Thursday, Mar 16, 2017 7:30 PM
Friday, Mar 17, 2017 7:30 PM
Saturday, Mar 18, 2017 2:30 PM
Saturday, Mar 18, 2017 7:30 PM
Sunday, Mar 19, 2017 2:30 PM

Performances at the Mesa Arts Center

THE FANTASTICKS - Mesa Encore Theatre - April 7 - April 23, 2017

"Try to Remember" a time when this romantic charmer wasn't enchanting audiences around the world. THE FANTASTICKS is the longest-running musical in the world—a natural choice for the longest-running Community Theatre in Arizona!—and with good reason. At the heart of its breathtaking poetry and subtle theatrical sophistication is a purity and simplicity that transcends cultural barriers. The result is a timeless fable of love that manages to be nostalgic and universal at the same time.

Music by Harvey Schmidt, Book and Lyrics by Tom Jones

THE FANTASTICKS is a funny and romantic musical about a boy, a girl, and their two fathers who try to keep them apart. The narrator, El Gallo, asks the audience to use their imagination and follow him into a world of moonlight and magic. The boy and the girl fall in love, grow apart, and finally find their way back to each other after realizing the truth in El Gallo's words that "without a hurt, the heart is hollow". This moving tale of young lovers who become disillusioned, only to discover a more mature, meaningful love is punctuated by a bountiful series of catchy, memorable songs, many of which have become classics.

Friday, Apr 7, 2017 7:30 PM
Saturday, Apr 8, 2017 7:30 PM
Sunday, Apr 9, 2017 2:30 PM
Thursday, Apr 13, 2017 7:30 PM
Friday, Apr 14, 2017 7:30 PM
Saturday, Apr 15, 2017 2:30 PM
Saturday, Apr 15, 2017 7:30 PM
Sunday, Apr 16, 2017 2:30 PM
Thursday, Apr 20, 2017 7:30 PM
Friday, Apr 21, 2017 7:30 PM
Saturday, Apr 22, 2017 2:30 PM
Saturday, Apr 22, 2017 7:30 PM
Sunday, Apr 23, 2017 2:30 PM

Performances at the Mesa Arts Center

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URINETOWN - Mesa Encore Theatre - May 19 - May 28, 2017

Book by Greg Kotis, Music by Mark Hollmann,  Lyrics by Mark Hollman and Greg Kotis

Winner of three Tony Awards, three Outer Critic's Circle Awards, two Lucille Lortel Awards, and two Obie Awards, URINETOWN is a hilarious musical satire of the legal system, capitalism, social irresponsibility, populism, bureaucracy, corporate mismanagement, municipal politics and musical theatre itself! Hysterically funny and touchingly honest, URINETOWN provides a fresh perspective of one of America's greatest art forms.

In a Gotham-like city, a terrible water shortage, caused by a 20-year drought, has led to a government-enforced ban on private toilets. The citizens must use public amenities, regulated by a single malevolent company that profits by charging admission for one of humanity's most basic needs. Amid the people, a hero decides he's had enough, and plans a revolution to lead them all to freedom!

Inspired by the works of Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill, URINETOWN is an irreverently humorous satire in which no one is safe from scrutiny. Praised for reinvigorating the very notion of what a musical could be, URINETOWN catapults the "comedic romp" into the new millennium with its outrageous perspective, wickedly modern wit, and sustained ability to produce gales of unbridled laughter. Don’t let the unfortunate title scare you away! URINETOWN is a favorite of anyone who has experienced its story, characters, music, and hilarity!

Friday, May 19, 2017 7:30 PM
Saturday, May 20, 2017 7:30 PM
Sunday, May 21, 2017 2:30 PM
Thursday, May 25, 2017 7:30 PM
Friday, May 26, 2017 7:30 PM
Saturday, May 27, 2017 2:30 PM
Saturday, May 27, 2017 7:30 PM
Sunday, May 28, 2017 2:30 PM

Performances at the Mesa Arts Center

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