Monday, July 31, 2017

WEEK AT A GLANCE: July 31 - August 6

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reviews - NEVERMORE: THE IMAGINARY LIFE AND MYSTERIOUS DEATH OF EDGAR ALLAN POE - Greasepaint Youth Theatre

Jacob Shore, Bennet Wood, Johnna Watson, and Taylor Penn
photo by Laura Durant
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 August 5th.

"...Edgar Allan Poe had an incredibly tortured short life...While Poe's prose is well known, much about him is unknown, including the exact cause of his death. Jonathan Christenson's musical Nevermore, the Imaginary Life and Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe combines fact with fiction to fill in some of the ambiguous parts of his life in an intriguing and interesting musical. It focuses mainly on Poe's troubled childhood and the influences his life experiences had on the macabre, perverse, and incredibly memorable literary characters and tales he created. Greasepaint Youth Theatre presents the local premiere, with a superb cast composed of high school and college aged kids who throw themselves into the material with sheer abandonment. The end result is intriguing, provoking, and highly entertaining....Atmospherically spooky and haunting, though never truly terrifying or scary, Nevermore is weird and mesmerizing, and incredibly operatic in nature. Christenson's script includes intricate rhymes in the dialogue and lyrics, much in the style of Poe's works, with a score consisting of dreamy, trance-like music. ...However, as entertaining as the piece is, the ending seems a bit drawn out and doesn't quite wrap up everything that came before in a truly satisfying way. With a superb cast, stunning creative elements, and an assured use of the entire Greasepaint stage, Peter Bish is making an auspicious directorial debut. As there is great depth to the story and almost the entire show is sung, I have to imagine this isn't an easy piece to direct, but based on the terrific opening night performance, Bish manages to make it seem like he's been directing for years. Christenson's script paints the famous author as agonized, mournful and melancholy, and Bennet Wood beautifully portrays Poe with a poignant sense of purity and grace as well as a deep, tormented sadness that immediately creates an immensely sympathetic character. ...There isn't a weak member in the cast. Paige Corbin is excellent in several parts, including the woman who seeks to adopt Poe, his younger sister, and his child bride. As the girl whom Poe becomes enamored with, Johnna Watson creates a beautiful portrait of strength, mystery, and a hint of pained regret. Grant Roberts excels as Poe's estranged surrogate father, while Savannah Thompson does well as Poe's self-absorbed mother. Jacob Shore, Mark Munoz, and Taylor Penn serve as the main narrators. All three have exceptional singing voices that shine and instill a deep sense of theatricality to the poetic cadence and tone of the sung recitative. ..The production's design elements are highly stylized in a stunning combination of Goth and steampunk elements and the visual style of a Tim Burton film. ...As dramatized in Nevermore, Poe's life proves to be as fascinating as the many memorable characters and stories he wrote. High on style and full of substance, the only downside to the musical is a lack of a truly big message to pull everything together at the end. Still, with an excellent cast, imaginative creative elements, and sure-footed direction, Greasepaint's production is highly effective, a deep, dark, somewhat humorous and fairly satisfying presentation of this new musical. " -Gil Benbrook, Talkin' Broadway (click here to read the complete review)

"...Jonathan Christenson's ingenious musical...is the perfect opiate for those who thrill over the edgy, the weird, and even the macabre.... a gold mine of talented teens, led by Bennett Wood's mesmerizing performance as Poe, is delivering an exhilarating and riveting presentation of this theatrical gem....
In every respect, from April Rozier's brilliant choreography and Curtis Moeller's vivid musical direction to the ominous tones of Chase Budden, Erick Beeck, and Peter Bish's set design, the production benefits from the keen and discerning eye of its director, Peter Bish. For a work of such intricacy, that this is Bish's directorial debut is a remarkable feat worthy of special mention.
..an exceptional must-see show. " - Herbert Paine, Broadway World (click here to read the complete review)

cast announcement - ALL SHOOK UP! - Actor's Youth Theatre


Chad - Logan Eberhard
Natalie - Olivia Woodward-Shaw
Dennis - Aaron McCaskill
Lorraine - Gisele Galbasini
Dean - Austin Watts
Earl - Grant Miner
Silvia - Ava Aagaard
Sandra - Sierra Hanson
Matilda - Mia McFarland

All cast Featured after this point will also be included in the Ensemble.

Warden - Tyler Bersano
Busdriver - Carter Giannetti
Bus People - Houston Goodman, Matthew McCaskill, Tyler Bersano
Alex - Quincy Cowans
Prisoner #47 - Hayden Hurley
Prisoner #3 - Alyssa Avery
Devilettes - Matthew McCaskill, Houston Goodman, Bryce Vehrs, Quincy Cowans
Angelettes - Danika Kussy, Ava Saba, Laura Flood, Alexandra Marin, Amy Dubin
Townsperson 1 - Isabella Lisinski
Townsperson 2 - Laurali Edmunds
Statues - Danika Kussy, Amy Dubin, Ava Saba

Ensemble:
Isabella Barone
Catherine Curtis
Kaylee Fowler
Jodi Heistuman
Liliana Isaacson
Ellie Nordquist
Piper Provot
Lucy Scanlan
Brooklyn Tallman

CLICK HERE for more information on this production, which plays September 21 - 30

audition notice - DISNEY'S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Mesa Community College PAC - August 23


from our friends at MCC PAC:

Join us for MCC’s Fall Production of Beauty and the Beast

Auditions:Wednesday, August 23, 2017 from 3:30pm-7:00pm

For audition time email lucius@mesacc.edu.

Please prepare a 32 bar cutting of your best musical theatre piece.

Callbacks: Friday, August 25, 2017 starting at 3:30pm

Performances: November 3-11, 2017.

Rehearsals are MWF 3:30ish-6:00.

CLICK HERE to check our website for Additional Information

Music Department (480) 461-7575 • www.mesacc.edu/music

Please contact the Box Office for Season Tickets & Performance Times (480) 461-7172 • www.mesacc.edu

THE PHANTOM TOLLBOOTH - Childsplay - September 17 - October 15, 2017


By Susan Nanus, Based on the book by Norton Juster
AGES 6 AND UP

Weekends, Sept. 17 - Oct. 15, 2017: Saturdays (1 & 4pm), Sundays (1pm)

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts Theater

Even surrounded by dozens of toys, Milo is bored. Nothing interests him at all. The Phantom Tollbooth comes to the rescue! Transported to the Land of Wisdom, Milo is thrust into adventure when told Princesses Rhyme and Reason need rescuing to bring peace between two kings. They are divided over which is more important: words or numbers. Knee-deep in danger, language and math along the way, Milo learns everything has a purpose. Upon his return home, he realizes there is never a reason to be bored in a world full of so many things to discover.

Estimated Run Time:  60 minutes + 10 min. Q&A

CLICK HERE for more information, to purchase FLEX tickets, Backstage Tour Tickets, and Individual tickets when available

TOMÁS AND THE LIBRARY LADY - Childsplay - October 21 - November 12, 2017



By José Cruz González, Music and Lyrics by José Cruz González, Music Arranged and Performed by Adam Jacobson, Adapted from the book by Pat Mora
AGES 5 AND UP

Weekends, Oct. 21 - Nov. 12, 2017: Saturdays (1 & 4pm), Sundays (1pm)

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts Studio

Tomás loves stories! Papa Grande tells them to him todas las noches but soon Tomás knows all of them by heart. One day while his family is in Iowa picking crops, Tomás meets the Library Lady and nothing is ever the same again. Based on the true story of Tomás Rivera and the book by Pat Mora, this play is a celebration of reading, imagination and creativity.

Estimated Run Time:  45 mins + 10 min. Q&A

CLICK HERE for more information, to purchase FLEX tickets, Backstage Tour Tickets, and Individual tickets when available

GO, DOG. GO! - Childsplay - November 25 - December 23, 2017



By Allison Gregory and Steven Dietz, Based on the book by P.D. Eastman, Music by Michael Koerner
AGES 3 AND UP

Weekends, Nov. 25 - Dec. 23, 2017: Saturdays (1 & 4pm), Sundays (1pm) + various holiday performances

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts Theater

Go, Dog. Go! brings the adventures of P.D. Eastman’s book to life in a frolicking musical dog party. The cast of this beloved preschool favorite has gone to the dogs—with cars, hats, a moonlit boat ride, and even a wild game of ball—as this hilarious visual spectacle manages to sneak in some important lessons about life between innings. Go, Dog. Go! is a musical romp full of surprises, color, clowning, vaudeville, singing/barking, and of course, six lovable dogs!

Estimated Run Time:  60 mins. + 10 min. Q&A

CLICK HERE for more information, to purchase FLEX tickets, Backstage Tour Tickets, and Individual tickets when available

A CHRISTMAS CAROL - Childsplay - December 1 - December 24, 2017


WITH KATIE MCFADZEN
AGES 9 AND UP

Weekends Dec. 1 - Dec. 24, 2017: Fridays (7pm) + various holiday performances

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts Theater

Don’t miss one of the Valley’s most celebrated comedic actresses, Katie McFadzen, as she brings to vivid life Charles Dickens’s famous A Christmas Carol – all by herself. Using Dickens’s own immortal words, this one-woman tour-de-force will bring you the heartwarming story like you’ve never seen or heard it before. Dickens’s famous Christmas message is sure to be just the sugarplum your family is looking for this holiday season.

Approximate Run Time:  80 mins.

CLICK HERE for more information, to purchase FLEX tickets, Backstage Tour Tickets, and Individual tickets when available

THE SNOWY DAY AND OTHER STORIES BY EZRA JACK KEATS - Childsplay - January 21 - March 11, 2018


By Jerome Hairston, Based on the book by Ezra Jack Keats
AGES 3 AND UP

Weekends, Jan. 21 - March 11, 2018: Saturdays (1 & 4pm), Sundays (1pm)

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts Studio

The Snowy Day celebrates the magic and boundless possibilities of the first snowfall! Follow Peter and his friends as they romp and play, starting snow ball fights and making snow angels in this imaginative play about childhood joys and the challenges of growing up. Using innnovative shadow puppetry, Keats’ treasured characters come to life in this humourous and fun adaptation of Whistle for Willie, Goggles!, A Letter to Amy, and The Snowy Day.

Approximate Runtime:  60 min. + 10 min. Q&A

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MADDI'S FRIDGE - Childsplay - March 31 - April 8, 2018


By Ann Negri, Based on the book by Lois Brandt
AGES 5 AND UP

Weekends, March 31 - April 8, 2018: Saturdays (1 & 4pm), Sundays (1pm)

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts Studio

Best friends Sofia and Maddi live in the same neighborhood, go to the same school, and play in the same park. But when Sofia learns a secret about Maddi’s fridge, she’s faced with a difficult decision:  to keep her promise or tell her parents about Maddi’s empty fridge. Based on the book by Lois Brandt, this heartwarming and hilarious play is a story about honesty, sensitivity and instilling important lessons in friendship, empathy and helping others!

Approximate Runtime:  45 min. + 10 min. Q&A

CLICK HERE for more information, to purchase FLEX tickets, Backstage Tour Tickets, and Individual tickets when available

FLORA & ULYSSES - Childsplay - April 22 - May 20, 2018


By John Glore, Adapted from the book by Kate DiCamillo
AGES 6 AND UP

Weekends, April 22 - May 20, 2018: Saturdays (1 & 4pm), Sundays (1pm)

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts Studio

Holy Baguma! After getting sucked up by a vacuum cleaner, a (now hairless) squirrel is rescued by Flora Belle Buckman, a 10-year-old self-proclaimed cynic. She names him Ulysses and discovers he has been reborn with powers of strength, flight and misspelled poetry. Together they embark on an adventure full of quirky characters and bursting with heart.

Approximate Runtime:  80 min. + 10 min. Q&A

*Please note:  Play titles and performance dates are subject to change.

CLICK HERE for more information, to purchase FLEX tickets, Backstage Tour Tickets, and Individual tickets when available

Sunday, July 30, 2017

IN THERE SOMEWHERE - Starlight Community Theater - August 17 - 20, 2017


Directed by Jim Gradillas
Written by Michelle Marie and Jim Gradillas

In There Somewhere is a story of 4 central characters, ranging in age of teenager to young adult  Each character is confronted with their past, their younger selves.  Based on what the past has brought to them, they are all forced to either choose to move on and create their own future or forever surrender themselves to their memories and pain.

Auditions: 9 am July 8
Youth (Ages 7 – 19) be prepared to do some cold reading and group interaction.
Please bring your personal calendar, audition form, theater resume (optional) & headshot (optional).
Audition Entrance is through Stage Door in back.  Possible Callbacks 1 pm July 9.
Production Fee per Cast Member: $150, SCT Membership must be current upon role acceptance.

Performances:
7 pm Thu, Aug 17
7 pm Fri, Aug 18
2 pm Sat, Aug 19
7 pm Sat, Aug 19
2 pm Sun, Aug 20

Theater Venue Location:
1611 W Whispering Wind Dr #9, Phoenix, AZ 85085
(1 block SW of Happy Valley & 16th Ave., W of I-17)


CLICK HERE for more information and to purchase tickets when available

DISNEY'S ALADDIN JR. - Starlight Community Theater - September 8 - 23, 2017


Directed by Nathalie Velasquez
Music by Alan Menken, Lyrics by Howard Ashman &Time Rice, Bookadapted & Additional Lyrics by Jim Luigs, Music adapted and arranged by Bryan Louiselle, Based on the Screenplay by Ron Clements, John Musker, Ted Elliott, and Terry Rossio
Presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).

When the street urchin, Aladdin, vies for the attention of the beautiful princess, Jasmine, he uses a genie's magic power to become a prince in order to marry her. Iago, Jafar, the Genie, townspeople, shop owners, harem girls and princes, and more are in Disney’s Aladdin JR., a musical adventure filled with magic, mayhem and the power of love.

Auditions: 9 am July 15
Youth (Ages 7-18) be prepared to sing 32 bars of a musical theater show tune with recorded accompaniment (bring CD or mp3 player) and to do some reading and movement/choreography.
Please bring your personal calendar, audition form, theater resume (optional) & headshot (optional).
Audition Entrance is through Stage Door in back.  Callbacks 1 pm Sun, July 16.
Production Fee per Cast Member: $150, SCT Membership must be current upon role acceptance.

Performances:
7 pm Fri, Sept 8
2 pm Sat, Sept 9
7 pm Sat, Sept 9
7 pm Fri, Sept 15
2 pm Sat, Sept 16
7 pm Sat, Sept 16
7 pm Fri, Sept 22
2 pm Sat, Sept 23
7 pm Sat, Sept 23

Theater Venue Location:
1611 W Whispering Wind Dr #9, Phoenix, AZ 85085
(1 block SW of Happy Valley & 16th Ave., W of I-17)

CLICK HERE for more information and to purchase tickets when available

YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU - Starlight Community Theater - October 13 - 22, 2017


Directed by Van Rockwell
By Moss Hart & George S. Kaufman
Presented through special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc..

A portrait of tax-dodging, rule-defying, work-evading, good-hearted folk who live only to please themselves and suffer no serious consequences

Auditions: 9 am Aug 12
Adults (16+) be prepared to do some cold reading and group interaction.
Please bring your personal calendar, audition form, theater resume (optional) & headshot (optional).
Audition Entrance is through Stage Door in back.  Possible Callbacks 1 pm Aug 13.
Production Fee per Adult Cast Member: $75, SCT Membership must be current upon role acceptance.

Performances:
7 pm Fri, Oct 13
2 pm Sat, Oct 14
7 pm Sat, Oct 14
2 pm Sun, Oct 15
7 pm Fri, Oct 20
2 pm Sat, Oct 21
7 pm Sat, Oct 21
2 pm Sun, Oct 22

Theater Venue Location:
1611 W Whispering Wind Dr #9, Phoenix, AZ 85085
(1 block SW of Happy Valley & 16th Ave., W of I-17)

CLICK HERE for more information and to purchase tickets when available

TOTALLY RED! - Starlight Community Theater - November 3 & 4, 2017


Directed by Nena Rippenkroeger
Written by Dinah Toups
Presented through special arrangement with Dramatic Publishing

This is a unique and fun retelling of the classic battle of wit and deception as told in the beloved fairy tale of Little Red Riding Hood.

Youth Educational Workshop for ages 7 – 17
Educational Workshop Fee per Student: $150, SCT Membership must be current upon participation.
Commences: Mon, Aug 21
Performances:
7 pm Fri, Nov 3
2 pm Sat, Nov 4
7 pm Sat, Nov 4

Theater Venue Location:
1611 W Whispering Wind Dr #9, Phoenix, AZ 85085
(1 block SW of Happy Valley & 16th Ave., W of I-17)

CLICK HERE for more information and to purchase tickets when available

WHILE THE LIGHTS WERE OUT - Starlight Community Theater - November 9 - 12, 2017




Directed by Eric Gibson & Nena Rippenkroeger – A Rising Star Teen Youth Production
By Jack Sharkey
Presented through special arrangement with Samuel French.

A thunderstorm! The lights go out! An agonized voice! A pistol shot! The lights come up! A blonde in black lace stands over the dead man holding a bloody dagger! The detective examines the body and announces, "He's been strangled!" This delightful evening of mayhem gallops madly about the stage and will leave your audience breathless with surprise and laughter.

Auditions: 9 am Sept 16
Teens (Ages 13 – 19) be prepared to do some cold reading and group interaction.
Please bring your personal calendar, audition form, theater resume (optional) & headshot (optional).
Audition Entrance is through Stage Door in back.  Possible Callbacks 1 pm Sept 17.
Production Fee per Cast Member: $150, SCT Membership must be current upon role acceptance.

Performances:
7 pm Thu, Nov 9
7 pm Fri, Nov 10
2 pm Sat, Nov 11
7 pm Sat, Nov 11
2 pm Sun, Nov 12

Theater Venue Location:
1611 W Whispering Wind Dr #9, Phoenix, AZ 85085
(1 block SW of Happy Valley & 16th Ave., W of I-17)

CLICK HERE for more information and to purchase tickets when available

A CHRISTMAS STORY - Starlight Community Theater - December 1 - 10, 2017



Directed by Dan Ashlock, Jr.
Book by Philip Grecian
Presented through special arrangement with Dramatic Publishing.

Set in the 1940s in the fictional town of Hohman, Indiana, the musical follows 9-year-old Ralphie Parker and his quest for the Holy Grail of Christmas gifts—an Official Red Ryder carbine-action 200-shot Range Model air rifle.  Rebuffed at every turn with a similar echoing response, Ralphie plots numerous schemes to achieve his desperate desire for the coveted BB gun.

Auditions: 9 am Sat, Sept 23
All ages be prepared to do some cold reading and group interaction.
Please bring your personal calendar, audition form, theater resume (optional) & headshot (optional).
Audition Entrance is through Stage Door in back.  Possible Callbacks 1 pm Sept 24.
Production Fee per Cast Member: $150, SCT Membership must be current upon role acceptance.
Cast needed:  2 adult men, 2 adult women, 4 boys (9-12 range), 2 girls (9-12 range), 1 boy (5-7 range)

Performances:
7 pm Fri, Dec 1
2 pm Sat, Dec 2
7 pm Sat, Dec 2
2 pm Sun, Dec 3
7 pm Fri, Dec 8
2 pm Sat, Dec 9
7 pm Sat, Dec 9
2 pm Sun, Dec 10

Theater Venue Location:
1611 W Whispering Wind Dr #9, Phoenix, AZ 85085
(1 block SW of Happy Valley & 16th Ave., W of I-17)

CLICK HERE for more information and to purchase tickets when available

LEGALLY BLONDE THE MUSICAL - Starlight Community Theater - January 26 - February 4, 2018



Directed by Susna Gibson & Victoria Fricker
Book by Heather Hach, Music & Lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe & Neil Benjamin
Presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).

Legally Blonde The Musical, follows the transformation of Elle Woods as she tackles stereotypes, snobbery and scandal in pursuit of her dreams.

Auditions: 9 am Nov 18 (Teens)
Teens (Ages 13-18) be prepared to sing 32 bars of a musical theater show tune with recorded accompaniment (bring CD or mp3 player) and to do some reading and movement/choreography.
Please bring your personal calendar, audition form, theater resume (optional) & headshot (optional).
Audition Entrance is through Stage Door in back.  Callbacks 1 pm Sun, Nov 19.

Production Fee per Cast Member: $150, SCT Membership must be current upon role acceptance.

Performances:
7 pm Fri, Jan 26
2 pm Sat, Jan 27
7 pm Sat, Jan 27
2 pm Sun, Jan 28
7 pm Fri, Feb 2
2 pm Sat, Feb 3
7 pm Sat, Feb 3
2 pm Sun, Feb 4

Theater Venue Location:
1611 W Whispering Wind Dr #9, Phoenix, AZ 85085
(1 block SW of Happy Valley & 16th Ave., W of I-17)

CLICK HERE for more information and to purchase tickets when available

A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM - Starlight Community Theater - March 2 - 11, 2018



Directed by Barbara L Surloff
Book by Burt Shevelove & Larry Gelbart, Music & Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim.
Presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum is a nonstop laughfest in which Pseudolus, a crafty slave, struggles to win the hand of a beautiful, but slow-witted, courtesan named Philia for his young master, Hero, in exchange for freedom. The plot twists and turns with cases of mistaken identity, slamming doors and a showgirl or two.

Auditions: 9 am Jan 6
Adults (16+) be prepared to sing 32 bars of a musical theater show tune with recorded accompaniment (bring CD or mp3 player) and to do some reading and movement/choreography.
Please bring your personal calendar, audition form, theater resume (optional) & headshot (optional).
Audition Entrance is through Stage Door in back.  Callbacks 1 pm Sun, Jan 7.
Production Fee per Adult Cast Member: $75, SCT Membership must be current upon role acceptance.

Performances:
7 pm Fri, Mar 2
2 pm Sat, Mar 3
7 pm Sat, Mar 3
2 pm Sun, Mar 4
7 pm Fri, Mar 9
2 pm Sat, Mar 10
7 pm Sat, Mar 10
2 pm Sun, Mar 11

Theater Venue Location:
1611 W Whispering Wind Dr #9, Phoenix, AZ 85085
(1 block SW of Happy Valley & 16th Ave., W of I-17)


CLICK HERE for more information and to purchase tickets when available

THE REVENGE OF THE SPACE PANDAS - Starlight Community Theater - April 6 - 14, 2018


Directed by Ric Alpers
By David Marmet & Alaric Jans
Presented through special arrangement with Samuel French.

Binky Rudich, his friend Viv, and his almost human sheep Bob tinker with a two-speed clock with the idea that, as Binky says, "Time on Earth moves at the same speed all the time, but there is another speed, a slower speed, and if we could find it, everything would stand still on Earth and we would spin off." And they do! To Crestview, Fourth World in the Goolagong System, ruled by George Topax and guarded by the Great Space Pandas. The excitement really begins when the Supreme Ruler commands that Bob be brought to him, never again to leave Goolagong, and he steals the two-speed clock just to make sure

Auditions: 9 am Feb 3
Youth (Ages 7 – 19) be prepared to do some cold reading and group interaction.
Please bring your personal calendar, audition form, theater resume (optional) & headshot (optional).
Audition Entrance is through Stage Door in back.  Possible Callbacks 1 pm Feb 4.
Production Fee per Cast Member: $150, SCT Membership must be current upon role acceptance.
Performances:
7 pm Fri, Apr 6
2 pm Sat, Apr 7
7 pm Sat, Apr 7
7 pm Fri, Apr 13
2 pm Sat, Apr 1
7 pm Sat, Apr 14

Theater Venue Location:
1611 W Whispering Wind Dr #9, Phoenix, AZ 85085
(1 block SW of Happy Valley & 16th Ave., W of I-17)

CLICK HERE for more information and to purchase tickets when available

HOW TO EAT LIKE A CHILD - Starlight Community Theater - April 21 & 22, 2018



Directed by Victoria Fricker
Book by Delia Ephron, John Forster, & Judith Kahan, Music & Lyrics by John Forster.
Presented through special arrangement with Samuel French.

How To Eat Like A Child is a hilarious, musical romp through the joys and sorrows of being a child. Children give twenty-three lessons in such subjects as how to beg for a dog, how to torture your sister, how to act after being sent to your room, and how to laugh hysterically.
Youth Educational Workshop for ages 7 – 17

Educational Workshop Fee per Student: $150, SCT Membership must be current upon participation.
Commences: Mon, Jan 29

Performances:
7 pm Fri, Apr 21
2 pm Sat, Apr 22
7 pm Sat, Apr 22

Theater Venue Location:
1611 W Whispering Wind Dr #9, Phoenix, AZ 85085
(1 block SW of Happy Valley & 16th Ave., W of I-17)

CLICK HERE for more information and to purchase tickets when available

THE MUSIC MAN - Starlight Community Theater - May 4 - May 13, 2018


Directed by Christian Graca
By Meredith Willson
The Music Man follows fast-talking traveling salesman, Harold Hill, as he cons the people of River City, Iowa, into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys' band that he vows to organize – this, despite the fact that he doesn't know a trombone from a treble clef. His plans to skip town with the cash are foiled when he falls for Marian, the librarian, who transforms him into a respectable citizen

Auditions: 9 am Feb 17
All ages be prepared to sing 32 bars of a musical theater show tune with recorded accompaniment (bring CD or mp3 player) and to do some reading and movement/choreography.
Please bring your personal calendar, audition form, theater resume (optional) & headshot (optional).
Audition Entrance is through Stage Door in back.  Callbacks 1 pm Sun, July 16.
Production Fee per Cast Member: $150, SCT Membership must be current upon role acceptance.

Performances:
7 pm Fri, May 4
2 pm Sat, May 5
7 pm Sat, May 5
2 pm Sun, May 6
7 pm Fri, May 11
2 pm Sat, May 12
7 pm Sat, May 12
2 pm Sun, May 13

Theater Venue Location:
1611 W Whispering Wind Dr #9, Phoenix, AZ 85085
(1 block SW of Happy Valley & 16th Ave., W of I-17)

CLICK HERE for more information and to purchase tickets when available

COMPANY - Starlight Community Theater - July 20 - 29, 2018



Directed by Thomas Graca
Book by George Furth, Music & Lyrics By Stephen Sondheim.

On the night of his 35th birthday, confirmed bachelor, Robert, contemplates his unmarried state. Over the course of a series of dinners, drinks and even a wedding, his friends – "those good and crazy people [his] married friends" – explain the pros and cons of taking on a spouse. The habitually single Robert is forced to question his adamant retention of bachelorhood during a hilarious array of interactions.

Auditions: TBD in May
Adults (16+) be prepared to sing 32 bars of a musical theater show tune with recorded accompaniment (bring CD or mp3 player) and to do some reading and movement/choreography.
Please bring your personal calendar, audition form, theater resume (optional) & headshot (optional).
Audition Entrance is through Stage Door in back.  Callbacks 1 pm Sun, July 16.

Production Fee per Adult Cast Member: $75, SCT Membership must be current upon role acceptance.

Performances:
7 pm Fri, Jul 20
2 pm Sat, Jul 21
7 pm Sat, Jul 21
2 pm Sun, Jul 22
7 pm Fri, Jul 27
2 pm Sat, Jul 28
7 pm Sat, Jul 28
2 pm Sun, Jul 29


Theater Venue Location:
1611 W Whispering Wind Dr #9, Phoenix, AZ 85085
(1 block SW of Happy Valley & 16th Ave., W of I-17)


CLICK HERE for more information and to purchase tickets when available

RAGTIME - Zao Theatre - October 27 - November 11, 2017


Book by Terrence McNally
Music by Stephen Flaherty, Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
Based on the novel by E.L. Doctorow

Director: Michael E. Bryce, Sr.

Music Director: C. J. O'Hara

At the dawn of a new century, everything is changing... and anything is possible. Set in the volatile melting pot of turn-of-the-century New York, three distinctly American tales are woven together – that of a stifled upper-class wife, a determined Jewish immigrant and a daring young Harlem musician – united by their courage, compassion and belief in the promise of the future. Together, they confront history's timeless contradictions of wealth and poverty, freedom and prejudice, hope and despair... and what it means to live in America.

The Tony-winning score is just as diverse as the melting pot of America itself, drawing upon many musical styles, from the ragtime rhythms of Harlem and Tin Pan Alley to the klezmer of the Lower East Side, from bold brass band marches to delicate waltzes, from up-tempo banjo tunes to period parlor songs and expansive anthems.

Written by the award-winning composer/lyricist team of Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens, noted playwright Terrence McNally, and based on E.L. Doctorow's distinguished novel, Ragtime is
filled with pageantry, emotion and hope, bursting onto the stage like no other musical.

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

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CURSES FOILED AGAIN - Zao Theatre - February 8 - 17, 2018




Entertainment for the entire family in the tradition of the earliest theater in America. Booing and hissing the villain, over acting, frequent asides by the characters to the audience, and interacting with the audience come together to create a side splitting comedy that will have you rolling in the aisles.  Audiences love to hate the villain, cheer the hero, and sigh over the heroine.


Thursday, Friday & Saturday at 7:30
Saturday at 2:00

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TWELVE ANGRY JURORS - Zao Theatre - April 13 - 28, 2018



by Reginald Rose

On a hot summer day after a long trial, a jury must decide whether a 19-year-old man is guilty of murdering his father. The jury votes 11-1 that the man is guilty of the crime, but laws in the United States require a unanimous vote by all twelve jurors in order to pass judgment. Tempers flare as the eleven jurors try their best to convince the one dissenter to come around to their side. As the evidence is re-examined, however, new uncertainties come to light, forcing everyone to truly question if there is in fact some measure of "reasonable doubt". Twelve Angry Jurors is a heightened courtroom thriller that puts you on the edge of your seat while powerfully exploring what it means to live in a democracy.

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

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