Wednesday, October 18, 2017

WEEK AT A GLANCE: October 16 - October 22

Stage Left Production's 2018 Season!

The Last Romance
A Romantic Comedy
by Joe DiPietro

January 26th-28th 2018

A crush can make anyone feel young again—even a widower named Ralph. On an ordinary day in a routine life, Ralph decides to take a different path on his daily walk—one that leads him to an unexpected second chance at love.

Cat On A Hot Tin Roof
A Drama
by Tennessee Williams

March 24th-31st 2018

In a plantation house, a family celebrates the sixty-fifth birthday of Big Daddy, as they sentimentally dub him. The mood is somber, despite the festivities, because a number of evils poison the gaiety: greed, sins of the past and desperate, clawing hopes for the future spar with one another as the knowledge that Big Daddy is dying slowly makes the rounds.

Things My Mother Taught Me
A Comedy
by Katherine DiSavino

May 11th-20th 2018

Olivia and Gabe are moving into their first apartment together, halfway across the country from their parents, so imagine their surprise when everyone shows up to help them. Funny and touching, this one will make you laugh out loud and fall in love all over again.

Five Women Wearing The Same Dress
A Comedy
by Alan Ball

August 17th-26th 2018

During an ostentatious wedding reception at a Knoxville, Tennessee, estate, five reluctant, identically clad bridesmaids hide out in an upstairs bedroom, each with her own reason to avoid the proceedings below. As the afternoon wears on, these five very different women joyously discover a common bond in this wickedly funny, irreverent, and touching celebration of the women's spirit.

The Great Gatsby
A Drama
by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Adapted for the stage by Simon Levy

September 28th-October 7th 2018

Jay Gatsby, a self-made millionaire, passionately pursues the elusive Daisy Buchanan. Nick Carraway, a young newcomer to Long Island, is drawn into their world of obsession, greed and danger. The breathtaking glamour and decadent excess of the Jazz Age come to the stage in F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel.

Miracle on 34th Street
A Comedy-Drama
Based upon the 20th Century Fox motion picture
"Miracle on 34th Street"
Adapted for the stage by Mountain Community Theater from the novel by Valentine Davies

December 14th-16th 2018

By chance, Kris Kringle, an old man , gets a job working as Santa for Macy's. Is he just a man with a holiday complex? Or is he the real deal?

audition notice - VERDICT - Desert Stages Theatre - November 19

Directed by Virginia Olivieri

Karl Hendryk, a brilliant professor who, with his wife and her cousin, have fled persecution in their homeland to find themselves ensconced in London. The play concerns itself with the relationships the professor has with the women in his life. His wife, Anya, who is suffering from a progressively debilitating disease, her cousin and caregiver, Lisa, and Helen Rollander, a spoiled student who takes up private lessons with the professor.

Audition Date & Time:
Sunday, November 19, 2017 at 7:00pm

Monday November 20th, 2017 at 7:00pm

Cold reads from the script. Please be familiar with the play.
Head shot and resume required.

Register at

Lester Cole/Sergeant Pearce: M 20's-30's
Mrs. Roper: F 40's-60's
Lisa Koletzky: F 30's-40's (think Marion Crane)
Professor Karl Hendryk: M 40's-60's
Dr. Stoner: M 50's-60's
Anya Hendryk: F 40's-50's
Helen Rollander: F 20's
Sir William Rollander/Inspector Ogden: 40's-60's

Holly meets Esther at Hale Theatre

Lily Nelson and Holly Payne
photo courtesy Hale Centre Theatre
by Jennifer Haaland

While actor Holly Payne was busy reinventing Judy Garland's 1944 MGM role of Esther from the sweetly sentimental Meet Me in St. Louis musical at Hale Centre Theatre, it seems Esther was surreptitiously reinventing Holly.  Payne shared her leading lady experiences with PHX Stages on the dawn of the production's charmingly successful opening night.

"Esther has truly been a little challenge for me because I myself am an introvert. I don't really get out much," Payne said, "but Esther is a huge extrovert, really active. She loves parties. She wants to make sure everyone is having a good time."

As St. Louis buzzes with preparations for the 1904 World's Fair, Esther is one of the Smith family's four sisters in the romantic comedy.  The plot bounces forward primarily by way of Esther being "head over heels for the boy next door," John, according to Payne.  The musical birthed unforgettable tunes into America's psyche, including "The Trolley Song" and "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas."

"Now I hear that song a little differently," said Payne of the unforgettable Christmas carol. "It's more beautiful, has more meaning, because Esther is using the words to try and comfort her sister...and herself. [She's assuring them both that] as long as they are together, they can be happy anywhere."

Movie fans might be interested to know that, while all of the wonderful Garland tunes are present in Hale's production, the spotlight shines more evenly on the entire cast. Payne said that each of the primary characters have musical numbers of their own.

"In the stage play the story just makes so much more sense, and you get to fall in love with all of the characters," Payne said.

She described how welcoming Meet Me in St Louis is in the way that it "takes you back to a simpler time."  The simpler time included stunning fashions that yield absolutely "gorgeous costumes" on Hale's theatre-in-the-round stage. By Payne's descriptions, it's a lot to fall in love with.

"I fell in love with my character because she has a lot of confidence, and" it turns out, Payne said, "she's made me a lot more confident. Esther has changed me because I've just grown right along with the character."

cast announcement - NUNCRACKERS: THE NUNSENSE CHRISTMAS MUSICAL - Desert Stages Theatre

CLICK HERE for more information on this production, which runs from December 1st to December 24th

Sister Mary Regina (Reverend Mother) - Lynn Golden
Sister Mary Hubert - Sydney Davis
Sister Robert Anne - Sarah Golden
Sister Mary Paul (aka Amnesia) - Emma Nowicki
Sister Mary Leo - Grace Darling
Father Virgil Manly Trott - Rob Dominguez

The kids:
Brielle Quintana
Constanca Langer
Petra Milan Danek
Kennedy Frakes
Bridget Zatarga-Fronstin

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

audition notice - JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH - CYT Phoenix - November 3 & 4

cast announcement - DISNEY'S NEWSIES - Phoenix Theatre

CLICK HERE for more information on this production, which runs from November 15th to December 31st

Cast: (in alphabetical order)
Core Dance Ensemble 8: Aidan Lutton
Core Dance Ensemble 9: Alexander Richardson
Core Dance Ensemble 5: Anthony Gabriel
CRUTCHIE: Brandon Brown
CHORUS 1/ DANCE CAPTAIN : Brant Michaels
CHORUS (NUN 3): Caelan Creaser
METTA: Chanel Bragg
Core Dance Ensemble 10 FEATURED DANCER: Cole Newburg
DAVEY : Cooper Halstrom
Core Dance Ensemble 2: Danny Hammond
Core Dance Ensemble 4: Darren McArthur
Core Dance Ensemble 3: Eddie Olmo II
KATHERINE: Emilie Doering
JACK: James Gish
Core Dance Ensemble 11: John Batchan
CHORUS 2 : Logan Scott Mitchell
Core Dance Ensemble 7: Matthew Dean
UTILITY 2: Phillip Neil Arran
CHORUS (NUN 2): Riley Glick
PULITZER: Rusty Ferracane
Delaney Brother 1 /Newsie: Sam Primack
Delaney Brother 2/ Newsie: Skyler Bean
UTILITY 1: Terry Lee Gadaire
Core Dance Ensemble 1: Wesley Barnes

cast announcement - SEE HOW THEY RUN - Hale Centre Theatre

CLICK HERE for more information on this production, which runs from December 30th to February 10th

Reverend Lionel Toop: Jacob Goodman
Penelope Toop: Alexis Harris
Corporal Clive Winton: Vinny Chavez
Ida, the Maid: Lindsay Hope
Miss Skillon: Ami Porter
The Intruder: Matthew Harris
The Bishop of Lax: Darryl Poenisch
Reverend Arthur Humphrey: Justin Howell
Sergeant Towers: Eric Mitchell

promo photos - BUILDING THE WALL - iTheatre Collaborative

 CLICK HERE for more information on this production, which runs October 20th to November 4th

Phillip Herrington (l) & DeAngelus Grisby

photos courtesy iTheatre Collaborative

THE HALLOWEEN TREE - ASU Lyric Opera Theatre - October 29th

Join us for a reading of a work in progress, aptly timed for Halloween. Traveling across space and time, from Egypt to Mexico, from prehistory to modern day, a group of children undertake an epic journey to find their friend Pipkin, who has mysteriously disappeared on Halloween night. Through their search, the children learn about the cultural and historical traditions that have led to the celebration of Halloween today. In collaboration with the ASU Chamber Singers. Appropriate for ages 12 and up.

Music by Theo Popov; libretto by Tony Asaro; based on the novel by Ray Bradbury, commission by American Lyric Theater; Lawrence Edelson, producing artistic director; developed under the auspices of the Composer Librettist Development Program.

Sun 10/29 - 6pm
ASU Kerr Cultural Center, Scottsdale, AZ

For information or tickets call ASU Kerr Center Box Office at 480-596-2660

CLICK HERE for more information on this production, and to purchase tickets

Monday, October 16, 2017

WEEK AT A GLANCE - October 16 - October 22

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





Ghostlight Theatre 
October 26 - November 5, 2017

Zao Theatre
October 27 - November 11, 2017

Black Theatre Troupe 
October 27 - November 12, 2017

Theater Works 
October 27 - November 12, 2017

Valley Youth Theatre
October 28 - November 19, 2017

ASU Gammage 
October 31-November 5, 2017

Davisson Entertainment 
October 31 – November 5, 2017

Starlight Community Theater 
November 3 & 4, 2017

Brelby Theatre Company
November 3 - November 11, 2017

Mesa Community College 
November 3 - 11, 2017

Paradise Valley Community College 
November 3 - 12, 2017

Mesa Encore Theatre 
November 3 - November 19, 2017

Fountain Hills Theater
November 3 - 19, 2017

Westbrook Village Players
November 4 - 12, 2017

audition notice - additional actors needed for A CHRISTMAS CAROL & INSPECTING CAROL - Fountain Hills Theater


There are still some audition slots left for our upcoming productions of A Christmas Carol and Inspecting Carol.

If you are interested in spending part of your holiday season playing in the hills, please email director Peter J. Hill at

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The Music Man in Concert 
Dec. 1-3, 2017
By turns wicked, funny, warm, romantic and touching, THE MUSIC MAN is family entertainment at its best. Meredith Willson’s six-time, Tony Award® winning musical comedy has been entertaining audiences since 1957. THE MUSIC MAN in Concert stays true to the original. With a full cast of 24, a 22 piece orchestra and an ensemble choir of 50, this will be a version of the classic no one should miss.

Jersey Boys
January 23-28, 2018
Winner of the 2006 Tony Award® for Best Musical, JERSEY BOYS tells the story of how Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons went from being unknown New Jersey kids to international pop superstars. The show features over 30 beautifully sung tunes, including “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You.”

Kinky Boots 
February 16-18, 2018
Charlie Price has suddenly inherited his father’s shoe factory, which is on the verge of bankruptcy. Trying to live up to his father’s legacy and save the family business, Charlie finds inspiration in the form of Lola. A fabulous entertainer in need of some sturdy stilettos, Lola turns out to be the one person who can help Charlie become the man he’s meant to be. As they work to turn the factory around, this unlikely pair finds that they have more in common than they ever dreamed possible… and discover that when you change your mind about someone, you can change your whole world.

A Chorus Line
March 16-18, 2018
A CHORUS LINE is a stunning musical-vérité about a chorus audition for a Broadway musical. It tells of the achingly poignant ambitions of professional Broadway gypsies to land a job in the show, and is a powerful metaphor for all human aspiration. Memorable musical numbers include “I Can Do That,” “At the Ballet” and “Dance: Ten; Looks: Three.”

photos - FRANKENSTEIN - Theater Works

CLICK HERE for more information on this production, which runs through October 29th

photos by John Groseclose