Friday, August 18, 2017

THE CEMETERY CLUB - Theatre Artists Studio - August 25 – September 17, 2017


by Ivan Menchell

Three Jewish women meet once a month for tea before going to visit their husband's graves. Ida is sweet tempered and ready to begin a new life, Lucille is a feisty embodiment of the girl who just wants to have fun, and Doris is priggish and judgmental, particularly when Sam the butcher enters the scene. A heartwarming and sometimes humorous look at life and the testaments of true friendship.

Show times are Friday & Saturday nights at 7:30 pm and Sundays at 2:00 pm for all productions.

Tickets are $25 for General Admission; $20 each for Groups of 10 or More, Seniors age 65 and over and members of the military (active and retired) and $15 for Students age 25 and under.

For tickets and other information, please visit www.thestudiophx.org.

Theatre Artists Studio, 4848 E. Cactus Rd, #406, Scottsdale, AZ 85254

Box Office: 602-765-0120; or online at www.thestudiophx.org

SWITZERLAND - Theatre Artists Studio - October 13 – November 5, 2017


by Joanna Murray-Smith

Somewhere in the Swiss Alps, grande dame of crime literature Patricia Highsmith lives with an impressive collection of books, and a somewhat sinister collection of guns and knives. But when a mysterious international visitor arrives at her perfectly secluded home, the boundaries of fiction and reality are tested in this psychological thriller.

Show times are Friday & Saturday nights at 7:30 pm and Sundays at 2:00 pm for all productions.

Tickets are $25 for General Admission; $20 each for Groups of 10 or More, Seniors age 65 and over and members of the military (active and retired) and $15 for Students age 25 and under.

For tickets and other information, please visit www.thestudiophx.org.

Theatre Artists Studio, 4848 E. Cactus Rd, #406, Scottsdale, AZ 85254

Box Office: 602-765-0120; or online at www.thestudiophx.org

FATHER CHRISTMAS AND THE SNOW QUEEN - Theatre Artists Studio - December 1 – December 17, 2017


by Alan Austin

A fun-filled interactive holiday show in the traditional style of The British Panto (audience participation is essential to the action and resolution of the play). Join the children, Richard and Juliet, as they venture through the magic cupboard to help save Father Christmas from the clutches of the wicked Snow Queen and her crafty servant, Modo. Their adventures with an assortment of vibrant and imaginative characters make for a joyous and entertaining time for the whole family.

Performances are Friday night at 7pm and Saturday & Sunday at 2pm.

Tickets are $25 for General Admission; $20 each for Groups of 10 or More, Seniors age 65 and over and members of the military (active and retired) and $15 for Students age 25 and under.

For tickets and other information, please visit www.thestudiophx.org.

Theatre Artists Studio, 4848 E. Cactus Rd, #406, Scottsdale, AZ 85254

Box Office: 602-765-0120; or online at www.thestudiophx.org

TRYING - Theatre Artists Studio - January 12 – February 4, 2018


by Joanna McClelland Glass

A compelling play based on the author's experience during the late 1960’s while working for Francis Biddle, Attorney General of the United States during WWII and Chief Judge of the American Military Tribunal at Nuremberg. This two-character play is about a young Canadian girl and an old, Philadelphia aristocrat, "trying" to understand each other in what Biddle knows is the final year of his life.

Show times are Friday & Saturday nights at 7:30 pm and Sundays at 2:00 pm for all productions.

Tickets are $25 for General Admission; $20 each for Groups of 10 or More, Seniors age 65 and over and members of the military (active and retired) and $15 for Students age 25 and under.

For tickets and other information, please visit www.thestudiophx.org.

Theatre Artists Studio, 4848 E. Cactus Rd, #406, Scottsdale, AZ 85254

Box Office: 602-765-0120; or online at www.thestudiophx.org

RED - Theatre Artists Studio - March 2 – March 25, 2018


by John Logan

Master abstract expressionist Mark Rothko has just landed the biggest commission in the history of modern art. In the two fascinating years that follow, Rothko works feverishly with his young assistant, Ken, in his studio on the Bowery. But when Ken gains the confidence to challenge him, Rothko faces the agonizing possibility that his crowning achievement could also become his undoing.

Show times are Friday & Saturday nights at 7:30 pm and Sundays at 2:00 pm for all productions.

Tickets are $25 for General Admission; $20 each for Groups of 10 or More, Seniors age 65 and over and members of the military (active and retired) and $15 for Students age 25 and under.

For tickets and other information, please visit www.thestudiophx.org.

Theatre Artists Studio, 4848 E. Cactus Rd, #406, Scottsdale, AZ 85254

Box Office: 602-765-0120; or online at www.thestudiophx.org

I NEVER SANG FOR MY FATHER - Theatre Artists Studio - April 20 – May 13, 2018


by Robert Anderson

An American classic that exposes the painful truths of the relationship between a gentle mother, a dutiful son, an alienated daughter, and their harsh, detached father. Family dynamics unravel as they are forced to face the past and present in this beautifully crafted drama.

Show times are Friday & Saturday nights at 7:30 pm and Sundays at 2:00 pm for all productions.

Tickets are $25 for General Admission; $20 each for Groups of 10 or More, Seniors age 65 and over and members of the military (active and retired) and $15 for Students age 25 and under.

For tickets and other information, please visit www.thestudiophx.org.

Theatre Artists Studio, 4848 E. Cactus Rd, #406, Scottsdale, AZ 85254

Box Office: 602-765-0120; or online at www.thestudiophx.org

2018 NEW SUMMER SHORTS - Theatre Artists Studio - June 7 – June 17, 2018


Our summer festival of short plays penned by Studio playwrights is an annual audience favorite. Some comical, some dramatic, some completely absurd, they all add up to 90 minutes of unique theatre you won’t experience anywhere else. Note: This show is two weekends only. Performances are Thursday, Friday, & Saturday nights at 7:30pm, and Sundays at 2pm.

Show times are Friday & Saturday nights at 7:30 pm and Sundays at 2:00 pm for all productions.

Tickets are $25 for General Admission; $20 each for Groups of 10 or More, Seniors age 65 and over and members of the military (active and retired) and $15 for Students age 25 and under.

For tickets and other information, please visit www.thestudiophx.org.

Theatre Artists Studio, 4848 E. Cactus Rd, #406, Scottsdale, AZ 85254

Box Office: 602-765-0120; or online at www.thestudiophx.org

photos - Gerry Cullity's CINDERELLA: A RAGTIME MUSICAL - Scottsdale Desert Stages Theatre

CLICK HERE for more information on this production, which runs through September 17th





photos by Jen Wilbur of Blue Stitch Photography

EAR - Space 55 - September 8 - September 24, 2017

Space 55 kicks off its TWELFTH season with "Ear", a theatrical world premiere! Written by local author and Space 55 ensemble member Ashley Naftule, "Ear" is a surreal love story inspired by Vincent Van Gogh. After giving his girlfriend his ear as an anniversary gift, a troubled man ends up in a mental hospital. Surrounded by patients and doctors that are even crazier than he is, he also has to struggle with the strange voices ringing in his head. As for his girlfriend: she forgot to get rid of his ear. And now she's starting to hear crazy things too...

A black comedy about missed connections, mental illnesses, and supernatural phenomena, "Ear" is another bold step forward in Space 55's commitment to producing experimental, cutting edge theater in the Valley.

"Ear" will be directed by Dennis Frederick ("Remote Control"). The show runs:

September 8th-September 24 (please note the original end date of October 1 has been changed)
Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm
Sundays at 2pm

Tickets can be bought in advance at space55.org

What:   EAR written by Ashley Naftule
Where: Space 55, 636 E. Pierce St., Phoenix AZ  85004
When:  Weekends, September 8 - October 1
Fridays & Saturdays at 8:00 pm; Sundays at 2:00 pm

Tickets are $15.

Info:  www.space55.org

Who Tells Gammage's 2017-18 Story? A conversation with Colleen Jennings-Roggensack

Colleen Jennings-Roggensack
photo by Tim Trumble
by Jennifer Haaland

What will forever be remembered as the HAMILTON season at ASU Gammage begins next month.  The iconic musical's closing number begs the question, "Who tells your story?" It's long-time ASU Gammage Executive Director Colleen Jennings-Roggensack who tells a lively, inside story of the rockstar 2017-18 Broadway tour season to PHX Stages.

"We WILL have some single seats available for HAMILTON.  The exact details are still in the works," Jennings-Roggensack said first and foremost, being all 22,000 season subscription packages sold out in May within ninety minutes.

Arizona State University is the first college campus stop on the fresh-from-New-York, debut national tour of HAMILTON, which plays January 30 to February 25, 2018. It's a chance for ASU to fan the flames of important stories surrounding the hottest show ever.

"We have the ability to add context around content. Faculty in constitutional law, in history, in immigration are raring to participate. We have authors involved, too," Jennings-Roggensack said. "It's also a huge opportunity for our supporters to again know that we are the strongest and first in so many ways. It opens more pathways like the potential for underwriting, so that more kids can attend."

Even other single-show tickets, which go on sale September 11, will be especially hot commodities because of the huge subscription leap to 22,000. By comparison, in recent previous years, the Gammage subscription base has held steady around 15,000 members. Single seats for the season opener, FUN HOME, are already available.

Kate Shindle and Robert Petkoff in the national tour of Fun Home
photo by Joan Marcus
Lin Manuel Miranda's HAMILTON has been that game changing rarity that gets an entire population thoroughly immersed in an art form. Like the nation's desire to read was rekindled by Harry Potter, live theatre has been ignited by HAMILTON. By association, the other shows in the Gammage 2017-18 season provide red hot exposure to expand and grow more fans.

Jennings-Roggensack, who holds the distinction of being Arizona's sole Tony Awards voter,  shared memorable sparks within each of the other eight shows. She's a lady who's made a career of being 'in the room where it happens,' especially these productions' theatres of origin--on Broadway and on London's West End:

FUN HOME - September 5-10, 2017 – A play with music about finding out who you are, who your family is, and loving even the bumps and bruises. It's moving, funny, filled with pathos.
Bright spark: Alison's signature song with that "ring of keys," the moment she discovers who she is.

SOMETHING ROTTEN!  - October 31, 2017 - November 5, 2017 – So ribald! A huge musical with puns about every musical you've ever seen. We are looking for fun right now. This is it.
Bright spark: When the old sage, Shakespeare style, divulges this brand new concept called a musical.

BODYGUARD - November 28, 2017 - December 3, 2017– The film with a tiny different twist. This is not the first time we've taken a showstopper on the road when it's come over from London before, or instead of, its stop on Broadway. Heather Headley won the Olivier award for her jaw-dropping role.
Bright spark: That beautiful Dolly Parton song ['I Will Always Love You'].

CINDERELLA - December 19-24, 2017– We got so many calls confirming tickets for CINDERELLA were in the subscription package.  It's the perfect rags to riches show we all know, right during the Christmas season.
Bright spark: This production is defined by the breathless, magical costumes.

HAMILTON – January 30 - February 25, 2018

THE KING AND I - March 20-25, 2018 – Such beautiful new light on the old story. Asians weren't originally cast in their own roles like they are here. Two loves never get to happen while people struggle to be themselves, holding onto important pasts as a clashing future arrives.
Bright spark: You'll be so stunned by the opening moment.

THE COLOR PURPLE - April 17-22, 2018 – Director John Doyle a is an essentialist. The uni-set, direction, every element is reduced to the bare essentials.
Bright sparks: When the chairs become shovels in the 'Big Dog' scene, the men are unforgettable. I've also yet to see an audience that isn't moved to stand up when Celie finishes singing 'I'm Here.'

LES MISERABLES - May 15-20, 2018 – There are two definite camps of musical theatre lovers: Phantom and Les Mis. Les Miserables is a tougher book and a tougher score. In this production the barricade has more of an emotional presence than ever before.
Bright spark: 'Master of the House' will be more real than we've ever seen and very bawdy.

THE HUMANS - May 29 - June 3, 2018 – My firm belief is that a season isn't a season without a play. Four Tonys, and such a young playwright!  I fought very hard for this amazing show to be part of our touring season.
Bright spark: If you've ever been at a Thanksgiving dinner with family, this is your play.

SCHOOL OF ROCK - June 19-24, 2018 – We end with such fun and a show that ties into our Camp Broadway. It's a great film repeat that just feels so good when the underdog wins.
Bright spark: The remarkable thing is that all those little children who are in the roles actually play those instruments. They are exceptional, the true quadruple threats.
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As Jennings-Roggensack looks ahead to the future of theatre while she chuckles about the HAMILTON-Harry Potter analogy, she says under her breath, "Let me tell you, the next juggernaut to crash our shores from London will be HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD.  It's still the toughest ticket to come by on the West End."

'Who lives? Who dies? Who tells your story?'  Joyfully immersed in this historic HAMILTON Season, Colleen Jennings-Roggensack tells a vibrant, enticing ASU Gammage story.

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audition notice - ANNIE - Desert Foothills Theater - September 9 & 10


AUDITION SLOTS NOW AVAILABLE

Desert Foothills Theater
Presents

ANNIE
Book by Thomas Meehan
Music By Charles Strouse
Lyrics By Martin Charnin            

Directed by: Andrea McFeely
Choreography by: Kat Bailes
Music Direction by: Karli Giles Kemper

One of the most beloved classics of all time...
Join everyone's favorite orphan, Annie on her adventures as she escapes the miserable orphanage and the evil Mrs. Hannigan with the help of billionaire Oliver Warbucks. As they explore the wonders of New York City, Annie melts his heart he ends up changing her life forever.   With great songs like "Tomorrow", "It's a Hard Knock Life," "Together at Last", a collection of memorable characters, and a story that will melt your heart, it's no wonder Annie has become a favorite of families everywhere.


WHERE:
FCF-Holland Center
34250 N. 60th Street
Scottsdale, AZ 85266

WHEN:
September 9th & 10th
September 11th (Callbacks)

WHAT TO PREPARE:
Please prepare 32 bars each of an upbeat song and a ballad.

CLICK HERE to sign up for your slot!

CHARACTERS:

Annie
Gender: Female
Age: 10 to 12
Vocal range top: G5
Vocal range bottom: A3

Warbucks
Gender: Male
Age: 40 to 55
Vocal range top: Gb5
Vocal range bottom: B3

Grace Farrell
Gender: Female
Age: 20 to 35
Vocal range top: G5
Vocal range bottom: Bb3

Orphans
Gender: Female
Age: 6 to 13

Miss Hannigan
Gender: Female
Age: 30 to 45
Vocal range top: F5
Vocal range bottom: A3

Rooster
Gender: Male
Age: 25 to 35
Vocal range top: G5
Vocal range bottom: B3

Lily
Gender: Female
Age: 20 to 30
Vocal range top: G5
Vocal range bottom: B3

Bert Healy
Gender: Male
Age: 30 to 45
Vocal range top: G5
Vocal range bottom: E4

Roosevelt
Gender: Male
Age: 40 to 60
Vocal range top: F4
Vocal range bottom: Eb3

Ensemble
Gender: Both
All Vocal Ranges
Servants, Boylan Sisters, Cabinet Mambers, Hooverville

Performances Dates:
Fri. 11/10, 11/17, 7:30PM
Sat., 11/11, 11/18, 7:30PM
Sun., 11/12, 11/19, 2PM

Thursday, August 17, 2017

2016 - 2017 Twelfth Annual National Youth Arts Awards (Peoria)!

The nominees and winners for the 2016 - 2017 Twelfth Annual National Youth Arts Awards for Arizona - Peoria have just been announced!

The Awards Ceremony will take place on Sunday, August 27. Go to www.nationalyouththeatre.com for more information

2016 - 2017 Twelfth Annual National Youth Arts Awards (Peoria)!

And the Winners are ...
Outstanding Production:
Legally Blonde (Spotlight Youth Theatre)
Les Miserables (Theater Works)

Artist of the Year:
* Addison Bowman (Elle Woods in Spotlight’s Legally Blonde, Rosalie Mullins in Spotlight’s School of Rock, Fantine in Theater Works’ Les Mis, Miss Sandra in DFT’s All Shook Up)
* Lily Castle (Natalie in DFT’s All Shook Up, Paulette in Spotlight’s Legally Blonde, Various Roles in Brophy-Xavier’s The Laramie Project, Miss Jones in Brophy-Xavier’s How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying)
* Sarah Pansing (Eponine in Theater Works’ Les Mis, Vivienne in Spotlight’s Legally Blonde, Whatshername in Spotlight’s American Idiot, Martha in VYT’s The Secret Garden)
* Sam Primack (Frank Abignale, Jr. in Chaparral’s Catch Me If You Can, Johnny in Spotlight’s American Idiot, Emmett in Spotlight’s Legally Blonde, Thenardier in Theater Works’ Les Mis)
* Tiana Marks (Ensign Nellie Forbush in Spotlight’s South Pacific, Louisa in MET’s The Fantasticks, Marty in VYT’s Grease, Glinda in VYT’s The Wizard of Oz)

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical:
Jacob Herrera as Chad in All Shook Up (Desert Foothills Theater)
Julian Mendoza as Jean Valjean in Les Miserables (Theater Works)
Marcus Russell as The Man in the Chair in The Drowsy Chaperone (Liberty High School)

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical:
Lauren Coe as Princess Winnifred in Once Upon a Mattress (Sandra Day O’Connor High School)
Savannah Foy as The Cat in the Hat in Seussical (Musical Theatre of Anthem)
Amanda Pace as Janet van de Graaff in The Drowsy Chaperone (Liberty High School)

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play:
Sarah Jedlowski as Mrs. Hobbs in Mr. Hobbs' Vacation (Sandra Day O'Connor High School)
Emily Spets as Jean Louise Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird (Musical Theatre of Anthem)
Lauren Vialva as Madge in Picnic (Sandra Day O'Connor High School)

Outstanding Lead Actor (Junior Division):
Foster Hilding as Willy Wonka in Willy Wonka Jr. (Spotlight Youth Theatre)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Musical:
Jeremy Bassham as Professor Callahan in Legally Blonde (Spotlight Youth Theatre)
Samuel Brown as Jack in Into the Woods (Valley Vista High School)
Spencer Claus as St. Jimmy in American Idiot (Spotlight Youth Theatre)
Trey DeGroodt as Javert in Les Miserables (Theater Works)
Devon Policci as Luther Billis in South Pacific (Spotlight Youth Theatre)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Musical:
Mackenzie Fugatt as Queen Aggravain in Once Upon a Mattress (Sandra Day O’Connor High School)
Savoy Graca as Witch in Into the Woods (Starlight Community Theater)
Savoy Graca as Kitty in The Drowsy Chaperone (Starlight Community Theater)
Quincy Janisse as Madame Thenardier in Les Miserables (Theater Works)
Katie Rodin as Cosette in Les Miserables (Theater Works)
Alexis Rosenbaum as Mayzie LaBird in Seussical (Musical Theatre of Anthem)
Brecka Watson as Lady of the Lake in Spamalot (Valley Vista High School)

Outstanding Supporting Actor (Junior Division):
Garrett Hale as Grandpa Joe in Willy Wonka Jr. (Musical Theatre of Anthem)
Brody Wurr as Archie in 13 (Musical Theatre of Anthem)

Outstanding Supporting Actress (Junior Division):
Mary Davis as Mrs. Gloop in Willy Wonka Jr. (Musical Theatre of Anthem)
Julia Hughes as Jojo/Boy in Seussical (Musical Theatre of Anthem)
Kialani Mills as Tomika in School of Rock (Spotlight Youth Theatre)
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Play:Riley Clark as Martin Turner in Mr. Hobbs' Vacation (Sandra Day O'Connor High School)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Play:
Makenna Cain as Emily Turner in Mr. Hobbs' Vacation (Sandra Day O'Connor High School)
Isabelle Hunsaker as Christmas Present in A Christmas Carol (Valley Vista High School)
Kaylee Kasper as Teagan in The Love and the Hate (Starlight Community Theater)
Zoe Tanton as Mayella Ewell in To Kill a Mockingbird (Musical Theatre of Anthem)
Outstanding Supporting Actor (College Division):
Skyler Washburn as Jack in Into the Woods (Starlight Community Theater)

Outstanding Ensemble:
All Shook Up (Desert Foothills Theater)
American Idiot (Spotlight Youth Theatre)
The Love and the Hate (Starlight Community Theater)
Picnic (Sandra Day O’Connor High School)
Seussical (Musical Theatre of Anthem)

Outstanding Ensemble (Junior Division):
Willy Wonka Jr. (Musical Theatre of Anthem)

Outstanding Costume Design:
Tamara Treat for Les Miserables (Theater Works)

Outstanding Lighting Design:
Josh Hontz for American Idiot (Spotlight Youth Theatre)

Outstanding Set Design:
Brett Aiken for Les Miserables (Theater Works)

Outstanding Choreography:
Lynzee 4man for Legally Blonde (Spotlight Youth Theatre)

Outstanding Hair/Makeup Design:
Michelle Johnston for The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (Starlight Community Theater)

Outstanding Musical Direction:
James May for Les Miserables (Theater Works)

Outstanding Direction:
Mark and Lynzee 4man for Legally Blonde (Spotlight Youth Theatre)
Kelli James for Les Miserables (Theater Works)

* ...And the additional Nominees are ... *
Outstanding Production:
All Shook Up (Desert Foothills Theater)
American Idiot (Spotlight Youth Theatre)
The Pauper Princess (Theater Works)
South Pacific (Spotlight Youth Theatre)

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical:
Steven Enriquez as Emile De Becque in South Pacific (Spotlight Youth Theatre)
Quinton Jenkins as King Arthur in Spamalot (Valley Vista High School)
KJ Kluge as Baker in Into the Woods (Valley Vista High School)
Jack Maplethorpe as Evan in 13 (Musical Theatre of Anthem)
J.R. Momeyer as Horton in Seussical (Musical Theatre of Anthem)
Devon Policci as Dewey Finn in School of Rock (Spotlight Youth Theatre)
Vincent Pugliese as Will in American Idiot (Spotlight Youth Theatre)
Jacob Shaffer as Dauntless in Once Upon a Mattress (Sandra Day O’Connor High School)

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical:
Allison Belsan as Baker’s Wife in Into the Woods (Valley Vista High School)
Savannah Foy as Patrice in 13 (Musical Theatre of Anthem)
Tara Prager as Belle in Beauty and the Beast (Desert Foothills Theater)
Ruby Price as Danielle in Bring It On (Shadow Ridge High School)
Macie Thompson as Campbell in Bring It On (Shadow Ridge High School)
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Play:Nick Leach as Mr. Hobbs in Mr. Hobbs' Vacation (Sandra Day O'Connor High School)

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play:
Nicole Hedges as Elizabeth Tuder in The Pauper Princess (Theater Works)
Harleigh Irizarry as White Witch in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (Starlight Community Theater)
Jayla Quartullo as Theresa Canty in The Pauper Princess (Theater Works)
Lauryn Steitz as Ernestine Gilbreth in Cheaper by the Dozen (Starlight Community Theater)
Lauryn Steitz as Aslan in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (Starlight Community Theater)

Outstanding Lead Actor (Junior Division):
Corban Adams as Charlie Bucket in Willy Wonka Jr. (Spotlight Youth Theatre)
Caden Johnston as Frank Gilbreth in Cheaper by the Dozen (Starlight Community Theater)
Ian McHatton as Charlie Bucket in Willy Wonka Jr. (Musical Theatre of Anthem)
Christopher Poulios as Aladdin Aladdin KIDS (Musical Theatre of Anthem)
Zachary Snyders as Stanley in The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley Jr. (Desert Foothills Youth Theater)

Outstanding Lead Actress (Junior Division):
Ashley Bragg as Edwina in Dear Edwina (Musical Theatre of Anthem)
McKenna Carlson as Jasmine in Aladdin KIDS (Musical Theatre of Anthem)
Katelynn Hoppus as Ariel in The Little Mermaid (Starlight Community Theater)

Outstanding Lead Actor (College Division):
Joshua Michel as Baker in Into the Woods (Starlight Community Theater)
William Rippenkroeger as Man in the Chair in The Drowsy Chaperone (Starlight Community Theater)

Outstanding Lead Actress (College Division):
Evelyn Michaud as Janet Van de Graff in The Drowsy Chaperone (Starlight Community Theater)

Outstanding Supporting Actor (College Division):
Grant Gibson as Aldolpho in The Drowsy Chaperone (Starlight Community Theater)
Thomas F. Graca as Milton in The Love and the Hate (Starlight Community Theater)
William Rippenkroeger as Juror #8 in Twelve Angry Jurors (Starlight Community Theater)
Skyler Washburn as Jester in Once Upon a Mattress (Theater Works)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Musical:
Sam Chartier as Gaston in Beauty and the Beast (Desert Foothills Theater)
Riley Clark as Wizard in Once Upon a Mattress (Sandra Day O’Connor High School)
Joey Grado as Tunny in American Idiot (Spotlight Youth Theatre)
One Griffin as Jester in Once Upon a Mattress (Sandra Day O’Connor High School)
Jacob Herrera as Warner Huntington III in Legally Blonde (Spotlight Youth Theatre)
Matthew Nathan as Dennis in All Shook Up (Desert Foothills Theater)
Gavynn Perey as Sir Galahad in Spamalot (Valley Vista High School)
Vinny Pugliese as Lt. Joseph Cable U.S.M.C. in South Pacific (Spotlight Youth Theatre)
Vinny Pugliese as Marius in Les Miserables (Theater Works)
Tristan Richards as LaCienega in Bring It On (Shadow Ridge High School)
Tor Christian Tjorhom as Brett in 13 (Musical Theatre of Anthem)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Musical:
Julia Burks as Mrs. Gloop in Willy Wonka Jr. (Spotlight Youth Theatre)
Lindsey Cillis as Nautica in Bring It On (Shadow Ridge High School)
Phoenix Cyphert as Summer Hathaway in School of Rock (Spotlight Youth Theatre)
Grace Davis as Queenie in HONK! (Musical Theatre of Anthem)
Julia Horner as Lorraine in All Shook Up (Desert Foothills Theater)
Isabelle Hunsaker as Cinderella in Into the Woods (Valley Vista High School)
Quincy Janisse as Sylvia in All Shook Up (Desert Foothills Theater)
Nikki Martin as Patsy in Spamalot (Valley Vista High School)
Issie Ocampo as Bloody Mary in South Pacific (Spotlight Youth Theatre)
Estee Oglesbee as Ursula in The Little Mermaid (Starlight Community Theater)
Kathlynn Rodin as Lady Larken in Once Upon a Mattress (Theater Works)
Alexis Rosenbaum as Cat in HONK! (Musical Theatre of Anthem)
Alexis Rosenbaum as Lucy in 13 (Musical Theatre of Anthem)
Tatum Sosnowski as Bullfrog in HONK! (Musical Theatre of Anthem)
Emma Suttell as Jovie in Elf Jr. (Musical Theatre of Anthem)
Ava Tyson as Extraordinary Girl in American Idiot (Spotlight Youth Theatre)

Outstanding Supporting Actor (Junior Division):
Evan Culbertson as Grandpa Joe in Willy Wonka Jr. (Spotlight Youth Theatre)
Ian Gray as Billy Sanford in School of Rock (Spotlight Youth Theatre)
Matt Huisman as Freddy Hamilton in School of Rock (Spotlight Youth Theatre)
Kai Jinn as Zack in School of Rock (Spotlight Youth Theatre)
Ian McHatton as Dill in To Kill a Mockingbird (Musical Theatre of Anthem)
Christopher Poulios as Jem in To Kill a Mockingbird (Musical Theatre of Anthem)
Alec Pursell as Joringel, Simpleton in In the Village of the Brothers Grimm (Theater Works)
Nick Yarema as Scott in Dear Edwina (Musical Theatre of Anthem)

Outstanding Supporting Actress (Junior Division):
Anora Biggs as Iago in Aladdin KIDS (Musical Theatre of Anthem)
Anora Biggs as Eeyore in Winnie-the-Pooh KIDS (Musical Theatre of Anthem)
Katie Caldrone as Katie in School of Rock (Spotlight Youth Theatre)
Kiera Crouch as Lauren in School of Rock (Spotlight Youth Theatre)
Mary Davis as Genie in Aladdin KIDS (Musical Theatre of Anthem)
Mia Dybvig-Pawelko as Sophie in The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley Jr. (Desert Foothills Youth Theater)
Emma Gass as Little Red Riding Hood in Into the Woods (Starlight Community Theater)
Noelle Hammond as Veruca Salt in Willy Wonka Jr. (Musical Theatre of Anthem)
Noelle Hammond as Scout in To Kill a Mockingbird (Musical Theatre of Anthem)
Davin Kallevig as Kelli in Dear Edwina (Musical Theatre of Anthem)
Brooke Kilgore as Bulletin Board in The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley Jr. (Desert Foothills Youth Theater)
Anna Koth as Phineous Trout in Willy Wonka Jr. (Spotlight Youth Theatre)
Ellie Kunnari as Becky in Dear Edwina (Musical Theatre of Anthem)
Ellie Kunnari as Violet Beauregarde in Willy Wonka Jr. (Musical Theatre of Anthem)
Maya Lai as Sebastian in The Little Mermaid (Starlight Community Theater)
Gracie Grace Anne Palmer as Lucy in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (Starlight Community Theater)
Kayla Trevino as Veruca Salt in Willy Wonka Jr. (Spotlight Youth Theatre)
Ryley Grace Youngs as Lady Bess in The Pauper Princess (Theater Works)
Ryley Grace Youngs as Jorinda, Brunhilda, Odd Person in In the Village of the Brothers Grimm (Theater Works)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Play:
Christian Bader as Brady in The Love and the Hate (Starlight Community Theater)
Eric Chavet as Seth in The Love and the Hate (Starlight Community Theater)
Emilio Cress as Abel, Woody, Parson Braun in In the Village of the Brothers Grimm (Theater Works)
Emilio Cress as Senor Ferdinand in The Pauper Princess (Theater Works)
Caleb Ormord as Juror #4 in Twelve Angry Jurors (Starlight Community Theater)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Play:
Emily Burns as Jane Hobbs in Mr. Hobbs' Vacation (Sandra Day O'Connor High School)
Harleigh Irizarry as Gwen in The Love and the Hate (Starlight Community Theater)
Cate Labas as Cat in Thumbelina (Spotlight Youth Theatre)
Cambria Cascio Maynard as Juror #7 in Twelve Angry Jurors (Starlight Community Theater)
Mandy Moisoff as Mrs. Gabrielson in Mr. Hobbs' Vacation (Sandra Day O'Connor High School)
Falin Ossipinsky as Juror #9 in Twelve Angry Jurors (Starlight Community Theater)
Amanda Pace as Polly Benish in Play On! (Liberty High School)
Hannah Pohlmeyer as Ellie in The Love and the Hate (Starlight Community Theater)
Bhavana Somayaji as Rosemary in Picnic (Sandra Day O'Connor High School)
Lily Swope as Simon Bowler in The Pauper Princess (Theater Works)
Maddie Worley as Kate Hobbs in Mr. Hobbs' Vacation (Sandra Day O'Connor High School)

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical:
Steven Enriquez as Joshua/Favorite Son in American Idiot (Spotlight Youth Theatre)
Joey J. Grado as Kyle/Chad in Legally Blonde (Spotlight Youth Theatre)
Griffin LeBlanc as Enjolras in Les Miserables (Theater Works)
Charlie Rabago as Commander Harbison in South Pacific (Spotlight Youth Theatre)
Hep Witzel as Chef Louis/Featured Dancer in The Little Mermaid (Starlight Community Theater)

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical:
Alyssa Armstrong as Pilar in Legally Blonde (Spotlight Youth Theatre)
Jasmine Bassham as Brooke Wyndham in Legally Blonde (Spotlight Youth Theatre)
Erin Burgard as Cassie in 13 (Musical Theatre of Anthem)
Cate Carlino as Enid Hoopes in Legally Blonde (Spotlight Youth Theatre)
Emma Suttell as Mrs. Mayor in Seussical (Musical Theatre of Anthem)
Ava Tyson as Margo in Legally Blonde (Spotlight Youth Theatre)
Maya Weber as Serena in Legally Blonde (Spotlight Youth Theatre)

Outstanding Featured Actress (Junior Division):
Vanessa Hughes as Pooh’s Tummy in Winnie-the-Pooh KIDS (Musical Theatre of Anthem)
Vanessa Hughes as Avis (Magic Carpet) in Aladdin KIDS (Musical Theatre of Anthem)

Outstanding Featured Actor (Junior Division):
Kylan Chait as Gavroche in Les Miserables (Theater Works)

Outstanding Ensemble:
The Drowsy Chaperone (Liberty High School)
In the Village of the Brothers Grimm (Theater Works)
Into the Woods (Starlight Community Theater)
Legally Blonde (Spotlight Youth Theatre)
Les Miserables (Theater Works)
Once Upon a Mattress (Sandra Day O’Connor High School)
School of Rock (Spotlight Youth Theatre)
South Pacific (Spotlight Youth Theatre)
Spamalot (Valley Vista High School)

Outstanding Ensemble (Junior Division):
Dear Edwina (Musical Theatre of Anthem)
Winnie-the-Pooh KIDS (Musical Theatre of Anthem)
Willy Wonka Jr. (Spotlight Youth Theatre)

Outstanding Costume Design:
Aurelie Flores for The Pauper Princess (Theater Works)
Thomas F. Graca for Into the Woods (Starlight Community Theater)
Karin Ikesaki for Winnie-the-Pooh KIDS (Musical Theatre of Anthem)
Samantha Utpadel for American Idiot (Spotlight Youth Theatre)

Outstanding Lighting Design:
Jeff Davis for Les Miserables (Theater Works)
Jeff Davis for The Pauper Princess (Theater Works)
Josh Hontz for Willy Wonka Jr. (Spotlight Youth Theatre)
Brian Sosnowski for HONK! (Musical Theatre of Anthem)

Outstanding Set Design:
Brett Aiken for The Pauper Princess (Theater Works)
Mike Armstrong and Bobby Sample for American Idiot (Spotlight Youth Theatre)
Michelle Johnston, Mike Rippenkroeger for Into the Woods (Starlight Community Theater)
Bobby Sample for School of Rock (Spotlight Youth Theatre)
Bobby Sample for South Pacific (Spotlight Youth Theatre)
Bobby Sample for Willy Wonka Jr. (Spotlight Youth Theatre)
Jason Washburn for In the Village of the Brothers Grimm (Theater Works)

Outstanding Sound Design:
Matt Eldridge for In the Village of the Brothers Grimm (Theater Works)
Josh Hontz for American Idiot (Spotlight Youth Theatre)
Matt Sanders for Les Miserables (Theater Works)

Outstanding Choreography:
Lynzee 4man for American Idiot (Spotlight Youth Theatre)
Sarah Brayer for Seussical (Musical Theatre of Anthem)
Lyndsie Clymer for 13 (Musical Theatre of Anthem)
Lyndsie Clymer for Willy Wonka Jr. (Musical Theatre of Anthem)
Jessica Holt for The Drowsy Chaperone (Liberty High School)
Paul Pedersen for All Shook Up (Desert Foothills Theater)
Cydney Trent for Aladdin KIDS (Musical Theatre of Anthem)

Outstanding Hair/Makeup Design:
Trey DeGroodt for American Idiot (Spotlight Youth Theatre)
Trey DeGroodt for Legally Blonde (Spotlight Youth Theatre)
Jacqui Notorio for Les Miserables (Theater Works)

Outstanding Musical Direction:
Mark 4Man for American Idiot (Spotlight Youth Theatre)
Mark 4Man for Legally Blonde (Spotlight Youth Theatre)
Mark 4Man for South Pacific (Spotlight Youth Theatre)
Daniel Kurek for All Shook Up (Desert Foothills Theater)

Outstanding Direction:
Ric Alpers for The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (Starlight Community Theater)
Mikaella Belsan for The Pauper Princess (Theater Works)
Sara Bernstein for All Shook Up (Desert Foothills Theater)
Sarah Brayer for Seussical (Musical Theatre of Anthem)
Sarah Brayer and Jessica Kishbaugh for Winnie-the-Pooh KIDS (Musical Theatre of Anthem)
Toni Fioramonti for Picnic (Sandra Day O’Connor High School)
Christian Graca for Into the Woods (Starlight Community Theater)
Jim Gradillas for The Love and the Hate (Starlight Community Theater)
Kenny Grossman for School of Rock (Spotlight Youth Theatre)
Kenny Grossman for South Pacific (Spotlight Youth Theatre)
Jackie Hammond and Cyndey Trent for Willy Wonka Jr. (Musical Theatre of Anthem)
Dr. Jacqueline Ryan-Rojas for Spamalot (Valley Vista High School)
Bobby Sample for American Idiot (Spotlight Youth Theatre)

audition notice - A CHORUS LINE - Theater Works - September 10


Molly-Lajoie-Director & Choreographer

Steve Hilderbrand-Music Director

ALL ROLES ARE AVAILABLE

Please prepare 16 bars of a musical theatre selection that best illustrates your voice. A accompanist will be provided. Please be prepared to sing from the score. No a capella.

If you wish to be considered for the following roles, be prepared to sing from the score:

Cassie - The Music and the Mirror
Sheila, Bebe, Maggie - At the Ballet
Val - Dance 10; Looks 3
Diana - Nothing
Mike - I Can Do That
Richie - Montage: Gimme the Ball
Paul - Resume

Please come with any potential conflicts.  No performance conflicts will be honored. A generic rehearsal calendar is attached. Please come with a completed audition form as well. Headshots and resumes will be accepted if you have them available. Photos cannot be returned.

Auditions are open to performers ages 16-adult

Dance call will be held on Monday, September 11th at 6:00pm

Performances are February 16-March 4, 2017. There is a weekday matinee on Wednesday February, 21, 2017

There is no fee to audition. There will be a $100.00 stipend available to all adult performers.

CLICK HERE to sign up for your audition slot!

cast announcement - THE ADDAMS FAMILY - Desert Foothills Theater


CLICK HERE for more information on this production, which runs October 7th to October 15th

Gomez Addams............................................................................... Samuel Chartier
Morticia Addams.................................................................................. Alek Rahman
Wednesday Addams.............................................................................. Kayla Dobbs
Uncle Fester........................................................................................ Grant Roberts
Pugsley Addams.............................................................................. Zachary Snyders
Grandmama......................................................................................... Olivia Palmer
Lurch......................................................................................................... Finn Smith
Cousin It.............................................................................................. Audrey Phipps
Lucas Beineke........................................................................................... Benji Gerst
Alice Beineke................................................................................ Grace Napoletano
Mal Beineke.................................................................................................. KJ Kluge

Ancestors
Faith E. Brown
Kenzie Brown
Amy Fishencord
Makayla Kovac
Bella Swope
Lily Swope
Katherine Rosinski
Kelsey Brown
Allison Belsan
Chloe Otstot
Mackenzie Morgan
Sabrina Kiepke
Derion Morgan
Gabe Ozaki
Emily Knape
Anna Waller
Paige Rinkes
McKenzie Jessen

audition notice - A CHRISTMAS CAROL - Hale Centre Theatre - September 15 & 16

Hale Centre Theatre will hold auditions for Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol playing November 30th – December 23rd. The show is produced by David and Corrin Dietlein, directed by David Dietlein, music directed by Lincoln Wright and choreographed by Cambrian James. Performances are Monday – Saturday nights at 5 pm and 8pm with matinees at 11am and 2pm.

SYNOPSIS
This is Hale’s adaptation of the classic Charles Dickens’ novel. This is a play with music including a few production numbers. This optimistic Christmas message shows us that the human spirit is capable of renewal. It’s hopeful message has earned a place of honor in the hearts of generations.

Audition times are as follows:

Children: Friday, September 15, from 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
       Children will not be asked to dance or sing at the audition.
       Children will read one short scene (Little Fan & Boy Scrooge). You can download the sides under the roles tab.
       A head shot and resume are required to be posted on CastingManager.com before auditions.

Adults: Saturday, September 16, from, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
       Adults will read one scene from the play. You can download the sides for the role you wish to read for under the roles tab.
       Adults will also sing 16 bars of music. Bring your own sheet music, an accompanist will be provided.
       Dance will not be required at the audition.
       A head shot and resume are required to be posted on CastingManager.com before auditions.

Adult vs. Child Auditions
Sign up for only 1 audition slot regardless of if you are interested in both "Child" and "Adult" Roles. Choose the Audition that has the role you are most interested in. Casting will be based on how old/young you appear & act and not your actual age. You may note additional roles that you would like to be considered for in the box that says "Enter Other Conflict Notes for the Theater" when you sign up for an audition.

Callbacks
Will be held Friday, September 22nd and Saturday, September 23rd with rehearsals beginning Saturday, October 14th.

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

How to make an appointment
You can sign up for appointments by clicking the links below:
Any questions may be emailed to auditions@haletheatrearizona.com.

Payment
Each adult actor 16 years of age and older will receive a payment of $25 per performance. Adults will receive $45 for shows at 2 pm and 5 pm on weekdays. Child actors will be paid $12.50 for each performance regardless of time.

Rehearsal Pay
Actors will be given a flat rate rehearsal pay of $150.00.

Double Cast
This show will have two separate casts (Red and Green) which accounts for approximately 25 performances for each cast. Mark Kleinman will be returning as Ebenezer Scrooge in the Green cast and Cory McCloskey will be returning as Scrooge in the Red cast.

Other notes
This show is an energetic musical adaptation which has great choral work, dance and acting. Each actor will be very busy throughout the show as there are 22 scenes within 1 hour and 55 minutes.

CASTING

BOB CRATCHIT: (35 - 45) Gentle, loving father and husband. Scrooge's overworked underpaid clerk. A hard working clerk in Scrooge’s employment. Dedicated to his family, especially his young son Tiny Tim. Cratchit maintains a kind heart, even in the face of Scrooge’s mean-spiritedness.

FRED: (25 - 35) Warm and compassionate, Scrooge’s nephew, feels sorry for the old man, yet still obligated to him, being family. He is full of Christmas cheer, energetic. Must sing.

FRED’S WIFE: (28 - 35) Tired of the thought of inviting "Uncle Scrooge" over for Christmas dinner each year.

MARLEY’S GHOST: (30 - 55) Scrooge's deceased business partner. Tormented, enslaved sinner. Returned from the grave to warn Scrooge of the consequences of living the life of a miser.

MRS. CRATCHIT: (30 - 40) Strong, kind, Tiny Tim's mother. A wonderful wife and mother, hopeful and generous.

THE CRATCHIT CHILDREN

MARTHA CRATCHIT: Oldest daughter in the Cratchit family. A mature and happy young woman.

PETER CRATCHIT: The oldest son. Fun loving proper English boy who has heart.

BELINDA CRATCHIT: The second oldest daughter, happy, sweet, loving, energetic.

CAROL CRATCHIT: The third oldest daughter, happy, sweet, loving, energetic.

DOUG CRATCHIT: The second oldest boy, happy, sweet, loving, energetic.

TINY TIM: (6 - 9) Optimistic and gentle spirited. Weak and crippled, but full of true goodness and hope. More than anyone Tiny Tim embodies the Christmas Spirit.

GHOST OF CHRISTMAS PAST: (20-35) Female, ethereal, whimsical and sensitive. Full of the Christmas spirit.

GHOST OF CHRISTMAS PRESENT: (30 - 60) A large jovial man who wears a long cape and has a wreath on his head.

MR. FEZZIWIG: (35 - 55) Robust, optimistic, full of the Christmas spirit. , a portly, jolly man.

MRS. FEZZIWIG: (30 - 50) Robust, loving, energetic wife. the cheerful wife of Mr. Fezziwig the banker. Happy to reach out and help her fellow man. Later, become poor and can't understand why Scrooge won't help her husband.

DICK WILKINS: (17 - 22) Young Scrooge's best friend. Energetic. Stage fight combat a plus.

OLD JOE: (40 - 60) Crooked pawnshop owner.

CHARWOMEN: (30 - 50) Character roles, energetic.

BOY SCROOGE: (7 - 12) Lonely, quiet and sensitive. He desperately misses his parents and wants to find a home of his own.

YOUNG SCROOGE: (20-30) Ambitious, selfish.

BELLE: (18-30) Young Scrooge's Fiancé. Beautiful, kind, sensitive and goodhearted. Truly in love with young Ebenezer. Happy with the simple things in life - friends, family, and the joy that comes from loving someone and being loved in return.

LITTLE FAN: (10 -14) Happy, sweet. Boy Scrooge's little sister.

NARRATORS: (20 - 50) Male and female. Strong, resonant voices.


CHORUS: (16-45) Male and female singers, actors and dancers. Some character roles will be cast from the chorus. 

Actor's Youth Theatre seeks Orchestra and Choir members for their upcoming production of THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME


Spotlight Youth Theatre presents "Let Me Tayla" Friday, August 18


cast announcement - THE SAVANNAH SIPPING SOCIETY - Theater Works


Marlafaye: Tina Khalil
Jinx: Susan Sindelar
Dot: Barbara McBain
Randa: Elizabeth Peterson

CLICK HERE for more information on this production, which runs from October 27th to November 12th

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

SIDESHOW - Limelight Performing Arts - October 20-29, 2017



Mainstage Musical at Studio 3 Artspace Theatre
Auditions: August 22, 2017
Callbacks: August 30, 2017


Based on the true story of Siamese twins Violet and Daisy Hilton, who became stars during the Depression, SIDE SHOW is a moving portrait of two women joined at the hip, whose extraordinary bond brings them fame but denies them love. Told almost entirely in song, the show follows their progression from England to America, around the vaudeville circuit, and to Hollywood on the eve of their appearance in the 1932 movie FREAKS. With musical styles ranging from the vaudevillian "We Share Everything" to the sweepingly emotional "Who Will Love Me as I Am," this gorgeous musical from the composer of DREAMGIRLS will touch your heart and tickle your funny bone.

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A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD - Limelight Performing Arts - October 7, 2017


Actor’s Conservatory “no-cut” production at Studio 3 Artspace Theatre
First Rehearsal/auditions: August 19. 2017
Rehearsals on Saturdays from 10am-12pm
Performances
*Casting ages 6 and up

Plot Summary: Adapted from the three-time-Tony-nominated Broadway hit, the jazzy, upbeat score bubbles with melody. Part vaudeville, part make-believe, and all charm, A Year with Frog and Toad KIDS tells the story of a friendship that endures throughout the seasons. This whimsical show follows two great friends – the cheerful, popular Frog, and the rather grumpy Toad – through four fun-filled seasons. Waking from hibernation, Frog and Toad plant gardens, swim, rake leaves, go sledding and learn life lessons along the way. Throughout the year, two best friends celebrate and rejoice in the differences that make them unique and special.
Frog: Frog is a friendly, confidant, positive and caring character. This leading role requires a strong actor and singer. He should always seem comfortable solving Toad's problems and reacting to Toad's traumas. When auditioning, mix and match your Frog and Toad hopefuls into different pairs and determine the best chemistry. Gender: Male Vocal range top: D5 Vocal range bottom: B3

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ELF, JR. - Limelight Performing Arts - December 8-17, 2017



Mainstage Musical at Studio 3 Artspace Theatre
Auditions: September 23, 2017.
Callbacks: September 20, 2017

*Casting ages 6-18

Based on the cherished New Line Cinema hit, Buddy, a young orphan, mistakenly crawls into Santa's bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. The would-be elf is raised, unaware that he is actually a human, until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa's permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father and discover his true identity. Faced with the harsh reality that his father is on the naughty list and that his half-brother doesn't even believe in Santa, Buddy is determined to win over his new family and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas. This modern-day holiday classic is sure to make every young performer embrace his or her "inner elf" with plenty of large ensemble numbers featuring elves and New Yorkers of every type.

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TOY SCHOOL - Limelight Performing Arts - December 9, 2017


Actor’s Conservatory “no-cut” production at Studio 3 Artspace Theatre
First Rehearsal/auditions: October 21, 2017
Rehearsals on Saturdays from 10am-12pm

*Casting ages 6 and up


Plot Summary: Toys, you know, don’t automatically know how to be the perfect plaything for their future owners.  They have to learn how to do their thing at Toy School!  Jig and Saw, Ted E. Bear, Princess Ann, Glow Toy, and others have come to Toy School to hopefully graduate and receive their price tags so they can attain the privilege of being sold at toy stores.  Not graduating from Toy School means certain doom at the Toy Dump!  With the help of Cool Cat, the teacher’s assistant, these all-too-human toys learn about paying attention, practicing and persevering, developing self-confidence and overcoming both their fears and weaknesses...  but only after a charming and funny series of trial and error! They even have a frightening run-in with an imaginary witch when they let their fears get the best of them!  With gentle lessons about liking yourself, having confidence and not giving up, each toy finally realizes that it is good at something.  Before receiving their price tags, they all discover the value of believing in themselves as well as the importance of education and friendship!

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THE SPARROW - Limelight Performing Arts - February 23, 2018 - March 4, 2018


DISNEY'S THE LION KING, JR. - Limelight Performing Arts - January 24-28, 2018
Mainstage Production at the Mesa Arts Center
Auditions November 2, 2017
Callbacks November 11, 2017

*Casting ages 5 through 9th grade.

Plot Summary:
Disney's The Lion King has captivated the imagination of audiences around the world. The African savannah comes to life on your stage with Simba, Rafiki and an unforgettable cast of characters as they journey from Pride Rock to the jungle... and back again, in this inspiring, coming-of-age tale.

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Mainstage Production at Studio 3 Artspace Theatre
Auditions  December 13, 2017
Callbacks December 20, 2017

*Casting ages 13-19

Plot Summary: Ten years ago Emily Book, the lone survivor of a horrible school bus accident, was sent away from the tiny town of Spring Farm. Now, in her senior year, Emily must return in order to graduate from high school. When she arrives, shy and guarded, Emily is unwillingly thrust into the whirlwind of Spring Farm High. Guided by her biology teacher, Mr. Christopher, and befriended by head cheerleader, Jenny McGrath, Emily must learn to fit in with her classmates while yearning to stay out of the spotlight. Can this strange girl with even stranger powers be the hero that her town is longing for, or will her dark secret destroy them all? The Sparrow taps into the fundamental aching of adolescence—fearing that we're somehow different while hoping that we're somehow special.

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WILLY WONKA KIDS - Limelight Performing Arts - March 3, 2018


Actor’s Conservatory “no-cut” production at Studio 3 Artspace Theatre
First rehearsal/auditions – January 12-13, 2018
Rehearsals on Saturdays 10am-12pm OR Fridays 6-8pm

*Casting ages 5-19* There will be 2 casts for this production

The delicious adventures experienced by Charlie Bucket on his visit to Willy Wonka's mysterious chocolate factory light up the stage in this captivating adaptation of Roald Dahl's fantastical tale. Featuring the enchanting songs from the 1971 film starring Gene Wilder, in addition to a host of fun new songs, Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka KIDS is a scrumdidilyumptious musical guaranteed to delight everyone's sweet tooth. Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka KIDS follows enigmatic candy manufacturer Willy Wonka as he stages a contest by hiding golden tickets in five of his scrumptious candy bars. Whomever comes up with these tickets will win a free tour of the Wonka factory, as well as a lifetime supply of candy. Four of the five winning children are insufferable brats, but the fifth is a likeable young lad named Charlie Bucket, who takes the tour in the company of his equally amiable grandfather. The children must learn to follow Mr. Wonka's rules in the factory – or suffer the consequences.

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THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE - Limelight Performing Arts - April 11-22, 2018


Mainstage Production at the Mesa Arts Center
This show will be double cast (a jr and sr cast)
Auditions February 10, 2018
Callbacks February 17, 2018

*Casting ages 6 and up

Set in the early 1920s -- during the days of flappers, speak-easy joints, and Prohibition -- Thoroughly Modern Millie is the comedic tale of a young woman who moves from a small country town to New York City. Believing herself to be "thoroughly modern," she decides that instead of marrying for love she’s going to marry for money. Her plan starts off well enough; she is hired by an attractive albeit egotistical employer named Trevor Graydon … her first marriage prospect! However, surprise romance and thrills come into her life when she meets a devil-may-care playboy named Jimmy.
But wait -- there’s more! Millie and her new-found friend Miss Dorothy are staying at a cheap hotel run by a woman named Mrs. Meers. On the surface, she appears to be a kindly (yet strange) hotel manager from China. But underneath her Asian costume lurks a jilted New York actress who has turned to a life of crime. She and her henchmen have been kidnapping young women who arrive at the hotel and are "all alone in this world." What happens to ‘em? They are shipped to Hong Kong and sold into White Slavery! In keeping with the light hearted spirit of this show, the sub-plot gives us a touch of black comedy and is meant to be almost melodramatic -- as our heroine Millie, and her cohorts, come to the rescue of all these young girls -- even Miss Dorothy! Thoroughly Modern Millie is a fun-filled musical with lots of twists, turns, songs and dances that reflect the period of the Roaring ‘20s.

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