Saturday, September 24, 2016



Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016

12noon - 2:30pm

ZUZI! Theater

in the Historic Y

738 N. 5th Ave

Tucson, AZ 85705




a ZUZI! Solstice Celebration

co-directed by Billbob Brown in

collaboration with ZUZI! Dance

DEC. 17, 18, & 20, 2016



Seeking committed contemporary dancers with great stage presence and strong core/technique/ creativity. Especially encouraging to men, women, and other gender expressions; people of color, and people with a diverse background in style, form, and points of view.


For more information: (413) 265-4975



Billbob Brown (choreographer) has served as the Chair of the School of Dance in Hong Kong, and as director of Dance at UMass Amherst. Co-founder of Desert Dance Theatre in Phoenix in the 1980s, he has performed and taught across the globe, including tours in Japan, Thailand, Great Britain, and Mexico; created shows for the Utah Shakespearean Festival, and choreographed and performed in TV work and commercials for the Chicago Cubs, Molson Canadian Beer, Disney Studios, and ABC-TV. He has toured internationally with the Bill Evans Dance Company, and was director of Buen Viaje Dancers, a group of people with disabilities. His Emmy-award winning video, “Opening Doors,” with Buen Viaje, has been seen on PBS stations across the country.




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Christian Youth Theater (CYT) presents "Bye Bye Birdie" October 28 - 30 at PCC


From: Frieders, Ray (CMI-Southwest) <>
Sent: Saturday, September 24, 2016 2:38 PM
Subject: Press Release - Christian Youth Theater (CYT) "Bye Bye Birdie" October 28 - 30 at PCC


CYT Tucson presents
“Bye Bye Birdie”

October 28 - 30

At Pima Community College Center for the Arts Proscenium Theatre


(Tucson) Christian Youth Theater returns to the stage with the hit musical comedy “Bye Bye Birdie” October 28th – 30th at the Pima Community College Center for the Arts Proscenium Theatre.


“Bye Bye Birdie” is one of the most captivating musicals of our time. It is a satire crafted with the fondest affection telling the story of a rock and roll singer who is about to be inducted into the Army.


“Bye Bye Birdie” is full of memorable hit songs by Charles Strouse and Lee Adams including “Put On A Happy Face” and “A Lot of Livin’ to Do.”


"CYT is thrilled to bring the energetic musical theater classic “Bye Bye Birdie” to Tucson.  This is the first time CYT Tucson has performed this production, and we are sure it will be a hit for all ages.  It is our hope that theater goers will enjoy traveling back to the upbeat era of the 60's," says CYT artistic director Heather Kerr.


“It's a timeless story, and one that will be repeated as we hand down our hopes and ideals to young people, and observe how those are interpreted and re-interpreted throughout time. But most of's just a big, flashy, fun, exciting evening of theater...not far from what it feels like to be young again,” says “Bye Bye Birdie” director Luke Young.



CYT’s “Bye Bye Birdie” will have four public performances October 28th 30th at Pima Community College Center for the Arts Proscenium Theatre.


Tickets are just $15 and are available at


Showtimes are the following:

Friday October 28th – 7:00pm
Saturday, October 29th – 2:00pm
Saturday, October 29th – 7:00pm
Sunday, October 30th – 2pm


CYT Tucson is a local non-profit theater arts organization providing instructional classes and live musical performance opportunities for Tucson youth ages 5 - 21.

CYT’s past performances have included “Les Miserables” and “Willy Wonka” at the Fox Theatre, “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,” “It’s A Bird! It’s A Plane! It’s Superman!” and “The Music Man” at Pima Community College, and “The Little Mermaid” and “Mary Poppins” at Crowder Hall.

For more information on Christian Youth Theater and “Bye Bye Birdie” contact Ray Frieders at 370-4000.



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Friday, September 23, 2016

COMEDY PLAYHOUSE presents “The Tarnished Toad” - OPENING TONIGHT


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Subject: Tarnished Toad





3620 N. 1st Avenue (at Prince)

"Come for the fun of it!"


Join us as we tune in to the days of radio theatre!

"The Tarnished Toad"

A Reginald Rake Mystery Adventure

By Dave Sewell

September 23rd – October 2nd

Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday Matinees at 3:00 p.m.


The Setting: Los Angeles, California, 1946

It was a small ceramic figure in the shape of a toad; ordinary, unremarkable, and yet it contained the stuff dreams are made of…

…or did it?

What was it about the mysterious green toad that inflamed people with a desire so great that they would lie, cheat, steal, or kill just to possess it? Was it truly an ancient artifact possessed of great mystic power, or just an elaborate hoax? One thing is for sure: the day the Toad arrived, the streets of Tinsel Town were soon covered in blood, bodies, and bad guys.

Join intrepid private eye Reginald Rake as he investigates the caper of The Tarnished Toad, along with Toots MacKenzie, his trusted secretary and all-around sharp cookie. In this radio-style mystery adventure, Reg and Toots run into a host of seedy characters and wise-guys the likes of which the City of Angels has rarely seen!

This Reginald Rake mystery adventure is brought to you by…VI-TREE-ALL! Now in delicious cherry color, America's favorite health tonic and household miracle is available at fine fictitious drug stores from coast-to-coast!


Tickets for our reader's theater productions are

$16 for general admission

$14 for students, seniors, and military. 

For reservations, call (520) 270-9310 or email





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From: Katherine Tesch []
Sent: Friday, September 23, 2016 1:15 PM
Subject: "Fall" Into Circus!!!


Our fall session is in full swing!!! We are settling into our full fall schedule, but it is never too late to join and there is no time like the present! 


As winter approaches (I know, it seems impossible because its so hot right now!) we are looking for some space heaters and if anyone has any extra laying around that they would be willing to donate, we'd greatly appreciate it. Thanks!


There is still space in all our classes and I want to highlight a few of them.


In addition to all the most popular classes like Silks and Youth Circus, check out:


Balance- Fridays at 4:00. This class allows students to focus on training in Stilts, Tightwire, Globe Walking and Rola Bola. We also include ballet technique and tumbling in preparation for dancing and doing acrobatics on our apparatus, especially introducing acrobatics on stilts. Its a great way for youth and adults to spend Friday afternoons!


Men's Aerial- Thursdays at 7:00. This class (open to all genders of course:)) is a great class for people who are interested in advancing in conditioning and high strength skills, but don't necessarily need aerial experience. It is a fun and challenging class for those who enjoy a great workout and want to learn skills like meat hooks, front and back levers and iron cross roll ups. 


Kinder Circus- Saturday Mornings. We have a great group of 5 and 6 year olds, but did you know we offer class for 3 and 4 year olds? It is a great chance for young children to get an intro in circus arts, movement skills, coordination, flexibility, theater and more! 


Juggling- Thursdays 5:30. Our awesome juggling teachers Ryan and Pierre can help you learn pretty much any prop skill you wish. Between them they specialize in Juggling balls and clubs, spinning plates, poi and diabolo and have a background in many other skills as well. A great class for kids and adults to explore and advance their juggling skills!


Our next Family Circus will be Oct. 15th at 5:00. Always a really fun event and can't wait to see all our circus families at the next one!


Our Winter Show Application in now open and is due Oct. 22nd. This year, our Winter Show will be an advanced showcase open to any student in an advanced or focused class (not general beginning class.) We won't be organizing group class pieces. Anyone (youth or adult) wishing to perform should grab an application from me. Students are welcome to organize group pieces or apply to do solos. Please feel free to contact me with any questions!


Thanks so much for all your support! Can't wait to see everyone in classes and events!!!


More info:

(928) 814 -9637



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TOMORROW! Improv Sampler Workshop at Unscrewed Theater - a few open spots left


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Sent: Friday, September 23, 2016 12:43 PM
Subject: TOMORROW! Improv Sampler Workshop at Unscrewed Theater



Improv Sampler Workshop 


$15 - Includes a ticket to see an Unscrewed Theater House Team!


Purchase your spot at:


Have you or anyone you know thought about taking an improv class, but weren't sure if it was right for you? Well, now's your chance to get a sample of what our classes are like, and have some fun!

On Saturday, September 24 from 1pm to 4pm we will be having an"Improv Sampler" workshop for people 18 years of age or older at Unscrewed Theater. Each workshop fee of $15 includes a free ticket to ANY 7:30pm family-friendly improv show featuring Not Burnt Out Just Unscrewed or From The Top! (Ticket admission expires October 31.)

We'll start with some warm-up exercises, learn the basic rules of improv and play some really fun games! You'll be able to get a great feel for what and how we teach.

It will be a really fun afternoon taught by at least one of our amazing instructors (and Not Burnt Out Just Unscrewed players!) You can even purchase this workshop as a gift for someone who loves to laugh!

Unscrewed Theater is located at 3244 E. Speedway Blvd. Tucson, AZ 85716 (across from The Loft Cinema, next to Fronomo's). Parking and entrance are located in the rear of the building. Turn in to the Walgreen's parking lot and go to the left around the building.

Online sales close September 24 at Noon.

Unscrewed Theater is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to teaching, performing, and producing all forms of live improvisational theater in Tucson, AZ.



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Animal Farm
265 South Church Avenue

Thursday, October 6, 7:30pm

Friday, October 7, 7:30pm

Saturday, October 8, 7:30pm

Sunday, October 9, 2:00pm
Concert length: approximately 1 hour with no intermission

Artifact Dance Project opens the season with an innovative and unique adaptation of George Orwell’s famous short novel, Animal Farm. Performed inside MOCA (Tucson’s Museum of Contemporary Art), Animal Farm is an art installation of movement and music portraying one of society’s most famous and controversial narratives. Musician and art historian Kevin Justus adapts the story especially for dance, working alongside Artistic Director, Ashley Bowman. Claire Hancock, Logan Moon Penisten, and Ryan Lawrence choreograph a fusion of ballet and modern mixed with animalistic qualities. The movement, performed by eleven professional dancers, depicts the distinctive characters in the story. The performance takes place inside a set piece - a 30’x20’ box filled with dirt, mimicking a pig pen - with the audience seated in the round. Lighting by Daniel Kersh will emphasize the dark and dramatic nature of the story. Set designer, David Alexander Johnston creates the famous windmill. The powerful voice of mezzo-soprano Korby Myrick along with the celebrated Tucson Girls Chorus, directed by Marcela Molina, will sing works by composers from early Renaissance to modern day. Pianist Mary Turcotte will play selections from composers including Johann Sebastian Bach, joined by Robert Marshall on cello and Grace Kawamura on violin. Artifact Dance Project’s premiere of Animal Farm will be unlike any version of the story yet produced. (photo by Ed Flores featuring Ryan Lawrence and Logan Penisten) / Design by Ashley Bowman


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By Chuck Graham,


The Kit Kat Girls are lively entertainers.

Broadway in Tucson opens its season with the sleazy, tawdry version of “Cabaret.” No matter how many times you've seen this perennial evergreen before, you will enjoy this one.

BT's production is crisply performed debauchery for adults of all ages.

Well, actually, it's not that sleazy and tawdry. Especially for people who watch a lot of cable television. All the suggestively dressed girls working at Berlin's frisky Kit Kat Klub in 1930 do keep their clothes on. So do the boys.

Sure, the choreography is filled with lots of wide open arms and legs, bawdy moves and slinky suggestiveness. And yes, there is enough pelvic thrusting and eager crotch grabbing to satisfy all three sexes, and more humps than a caravan of camels.

But hey, “Cabaret” does take place in a time when sex was easy and everything else was dangerous.

The irrepressibly pansexual Emcee is portrayed by Randy Harrison, best known for his ongoing TV role in “Queer As Folk.” As skin boss of the Kit Kat Klub, Harrison's Emcee begins Act One with a disarming boyishness that reminds one, really, of the desperation sure to come when reminders of the Nazi oppression outside this Temple of Decadence begin to appear.

Tiny little Andrea Goss portrays the English tart Sally Bowles, lately of Mayfair but now hoping for a show business break among Berlin's lesser competition at the Klub.

Goss is so good at presenting the shiny side of Sally with her soaring voice, Sally's personality dedicated to the Dark Side isn't that obvious.

Goss does match up well with Benjamin Eakeley as Clifford Bradshaw, the would-be American writer with a portable typewriter.

But once again, the real heart of “Cabaret” is the dedicated romance of Fraulein Schneider (Mary Gordon Murray) and Herr Schultz (Scott Robertson). Their acting is excellent at catching the scary future of November love.

All of these leading voices are strong and vibrant, making every song come alive. As for their acting, the Emcee could be a little more sinister and Sally could feel a little more reckless.

But so many other parts of the show are just right, particularly the hard-working ensemble of six Kit Kat Girls and four Kit Kat Boys. The band is equally good.

The BT production comes with a bit of lineage. It is “inspired by” the refocused staging of Sam Mendes and Rob Marshall which opened in 1998 at New York's Roundabout Theatre. That show ran on Broadway until 2004.

Memories of their “Cabaret” remained so vivid, the Roundabout company put together a revival of that revival 10 years later. This is the resulting national tour.

“Cabaret” presented by Broadway in Tucson runs through Sunday, Sept. 25, with performances at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday, at Centennial Hall, 1020 E. University Blvd.

Tickets are $29-$90, with discounts available. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Centennial Hall box office, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. For details and online reservations which have an additional fee, visit or call 800-745-3000.



By Chuck Graham,


photo by Tim Fuller


Mama's ghost looms over the shoulder of King Charles III (Peter Van Norden) and Camilla (Cathy Dresbach

Anglophiles of Tucson, “King Charles III” is your kind of play. A solid knowledge of the British royal family is definitely helpful in appreciating the satire and unspoken humor in Arizona Theatre Company's season-opening production.

English playwright Mike Bartlett has also taken this somewhat futuristic fantasy for a trip into the past, as well, by writing the dialogue in blank verse using mostly iambic pentameter.

This tactic does create a kind of Shakespearean atmosphere that makes it seem like the Bard has returned to modern London, where he discovers those beloved kings and queens of yore are now mere paper cutouts of their once powerful selves.

A lovely quality of paper, to be sure, but completely limp, lacking any fiber whatsoever. Can you say “brooding figureheads?”

Unfortunately, taking the stuffy manners of today's royals and presenting them with the artificiality of Shakespearean language – spoken by actors using a British accent, often facing the audience to deliver their lines – does not make for an easy accessibility into this theatrical experience.

Particularly for we commoners over here in the colonies.

If you are wanting an amusing evening of light-hearted fare, “King Charles III” is not the play for you.

However, should you feel the need for a heavier cultural pursuit steeped in centuries-old tradition with Shakespearean heft, then you will be mightily pleased.

Matt August the director brings deep flavor to Bartlett's vision of how Shakespeare might imagine what would go on inside Buckingham Palace immediately after Queen Elizabeth II has passed away.

Charles (Peter Van Norden), the patiently waiting eldest son of the Queen, is married to Camilla (Cathy Dresbach). Next in line after Charles is William (Adam Hass Hunter), married to the ambitious Kate (Kate Maher Hyland).

Red-haired Harry (Dylan Saunders), seated fifth in this kingly succession, is in love with the free-thinking commoner artist Jess (Jeanne Syquia). Harry is happy to relinquish any claim he has to the throne, just so he and Jess can live happily ever after.

So, OK, the Queen dies suddenly of unexplained causes and Charles is King. An elaborate protocol kicks in.

Charles takes an immediate liking to his upgrade in prestige and power after so many years. He is finally “The Guy.”

Parliament, meanwhile, possibly sensing an opportunity passes a law limiting press freedom. In a rush of righteous indignation, King Charles refuses to sign off on it.

Parliament pushes back and so King Charles (in a move that can't help but bring Donald Trump to mind) abolishes Parliament. Camilla, the common sense one, is beside herself.

Always calculating the odds is stately William. Constantly tugging at William's sleeve is his ever-calculating wife Kate. But her mind is not complicated by conflicts of propriety. She is going for the power.

By this time, Harry is totally disgusted with the whole business. Romantic idealism, and Jess herself, have Harry tightly in its grasp.

Bartlett does have more in mind than a satirical depiction of royalty as meaningless hierarchy. Symbolically, it is important to the Brits that their royal ruler stays powerless. But it is also important that their ruler remains on the throne to tacitly approve whatever Parliament passes.

August as director has added to the play's metaphorical layers by employing scenic designer G.M. Mercier's towering floor-to-ceiling slabs of sliding panels that imply monolithic power without providing any details.

Van Norden's King Charles is tormented, a la the best of Shakespeare's kings. He has waited sooo long to feel the weight of that crown on his head, only to discover nobody really cares anymore. Abolishing Parliament doesn't bring him more power. It only makes things worse.

“King Charles III” runs through Sept. 30 with performances Tuesdays through Sundays at various times in the Temple of Music and Art, 330 S. Scott Ave. Tickets are $25-$63, with special discounts available. For details and reservations, 622-2823, or visit Running time is 2 ½ hours.


"BEYOND THERAPY" IS COMEDY FROM BI (before the internet)

By Chuck Graham,


Who doesn't love a little nostalgic time travel, even when you go so far back in time nobody has a cell phone or any idea about the internet?

That's where we are in “Beyond Therapy,” now getting a lively presentation by the Roadrunner Theatre Company at the northeastside APCOT Theater.

This absurdist comedy by Christopher Durang opened in 1981, flaunting its timeliness with chockablock dialogue references to Gary Gilmore, Joan Didion, Jill Clayburgh, the play “Equus,” Bell Telephone's encouragement to “Reach out and touch someone,” Shaun Cassidy, David Berkowitz, Rice-A-Roni, “Three's Company,” Kate Millet and many others.

The theme, if you will, details the struggles of young adults from that pre-AIDS era to win the Dating Game of real life. There was a lot of premarital sex (as they called it in polite company) for all genders and a lot of confusion about what to do next.

Everyone's personal standards seemed to be changing so quickly. Every morning when you woke up it could feel like someone had come in over night to change all the rules.

Lawrence Fuller as director has his cast of six play all the humor straight, as if they are completely unaware of any of the crushing cultural mash-ups we've had in the intervening decades.

Cynicism comes so naturally to everyone these days, it is kind of cute to see people willing to act confused by that book covering the new rules for men talking to women, women feeling proud of being sexually active, therapists trying to act professional when everybody knew nobody knows what the heck is going on.

Mayela Morales as Prudence does most of the heavy lifting, fending off the advances of her wannabe boyfriend Bruce (Benjamin Acosta) and her overly eager therapist Stuart (Christopher Younggren), who is also her former lover.

Bruce has similar challenges with his therapist, Charlotte (Robin Carson), who is even more confused (if not sexually involved with him) and often talks to patients through her stuffed dog Snoopy.

In the spirit of the times, Bruce is a proudly bi-sexual guy who just wants to have it all. Charlotte is equally spirited about her work, insisting that all her patients will be fine if they just break out of their old conformist personalities and express their true, natural selves.

“Beyond Therapy” runs through Oct. 2 with performances at 7:30 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, in the APCOT Theatre, 8892 E. Tanque Verde Road.

Tickets are $20 general admission, $18 seniors and students, $15 groups of 10 or more. For details and reservations, 520-834-7884,



Gaslight Theatre: Magic with John Shryock- 9/26 @ 7PM


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Sent: Thursday, September 22, 2016 3:20 PM
Subject: Gaslight Theatre: Magic with John Shryock- 9/26 @ 7PM



The Gaslight Theatre

7010 E Broadway Blvd

Tucson, Arizona 85710


Don't miss!

John Shryock


Mari Lynn


Monday September 26th

at 7:00 PM





Energetic & Exciting, Mesmerizing & Mysterious, Fascinating & Fun, their world renowned repertoire has it all!


From the 2001 Presidential Inauguration to Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, audiences in more than 100 cities across four continents have been swept away by the Spellbinding Magic and Illusion of John Shryock & Mari Lynn









Click here to see more info.


  • Magic with John Shryock - 9/26/16 at 7pm
  • Heartbreak Hotel - 10/3/16 at 7PM
  • Strait Country - 10/10/16 at 7pm




Thursday, September 22, 2016

VaudVil presents The VaudVil Variety Show


The VaudVil Variety Show

September 25


We have a phenomenal cast of characters for your entertainment.  The show begins at 7pm on Sunday, September 25, 2016 located at The Screening Room,127 E Congress St, Tucson, AZ 85701.  Doors open at 6:30pm, tickets for the show are $5 and tickets for the show and the Meet & Greet right after the show are $8.  There will be beer and wine available as well as pizza and other delicious food.


The evening will be hosted by the man who’s usually behind the curtain, Mr. James Pack, who will be performing a rope escape among other things.  Along with James will be several random strangers we pulled off the street to be in the show, Ms. Amberlee Harrington will be singing her way into your hearts, Mr. Nick Cerami will having you laughing until your drink comes out your nose, Ms. Jenna DuMay will impress you with her gender bending skills, and Mr. Ryan Amstutz and friends will offer up some laughs with scripted scenes and improvisation.  It will be an evening filled with misadventures and shenanigans, so come on out and support your local performance artists!


About VaudVil:


Tucson’s source for variety entertainment!  We specialize in live variety performance.  We produce a weekly variety open mic and a film noir film series called Downtown Noir.  We have a couple other projects in development and if you would like to help out; with volunteering, financial assistance, equipment donations, please send us an email or give us a call.




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Laughtivism Takes over the TIM Stage


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Sent: Thursday, September 22, 2016 10:57 AM
Subject: Funny on 4th: Laughtivism


TIM Comedy Theater


Laughtivism Takes over the TIM Stage

TIM loves connecting you to the best national comedy acts.  Saturday night we are proud to bring in a great out of town comedy guest to perform on our stage.  LaughtivismLA brings you sketch, song parody, personal story, and improv comedy about lighthearted topics such as racial tension, homelessness, and sexism! We've got some Laughtivism classics mixed in with some brand new material! Be the laugh you wish to see in the world! Laughtivism LA: Seriously funny!

Warning: We're bipartisan. Please silently judge us accordingly.

Started in January 2015, Laughtivism LA focuses on initiating conversation about social issues through comedy. After performing 10 original shows at iO West in Los Angeles in the past year, this fall they're hitting the road to perform in San Fransisco, Sacramento, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Tucson, and San Diego. Comedic influences: Key & Peele, Amy Schumer, The Daily Show.

Be there Saturday at 9 PM so see them perform with the Traveling Thornberrys.  All tickets are just $5.

Laughtivism is Produced/Directed by: Michael J. Sielaff & Catherine Kaine

Written by: Justin Berkobien, John Corrigan, Sam Gasch, Catherine Kaine, Max Kleine, Logan Ritchey, Michael J. Sielaff, Monica Vasandani, Matt Ware, Daniel Will-Harris, Kevin Yuen

Cast: Sam Gasch, Paul Green, Jessica Jones, Catherine Kaine, Kausar Mohammed, Caryn Ruby, Michael J. Sielaff, Jake Matthews, Stanley Wong





This Week's Show Schedule

Friday Night
7 PM - Student Showcase (featuring Improv 101 & House Harold Team UVC)
9 PM - The Soap Box
10:30 PM - FREE Comedy with PROPaganda

Saturday Night
7 PM - Improv Throwdown
9 PM - Traveling Thronberrys & Laughtivism from Los Angeles 




Who doesn't love FREE Comedy!  This Friday at 10:30 PM see special guest PROPaganda perform. A runner up in our August 3V3 Improv Tournament, they use props to inspire the funny!





Improv 101 Starts Saturday, October 22nd


Improv 101 starts on Sunday, October 22nd and runs 3-5:30 PM.  Students in our Improv classes learn confidence on stage in a fun, collaborative environment.  Meet new people from around #Tucson and start your week with fun and laughs!

Veronica Simon brings a positive energy and excitement to her improv classes.  Veronica coaches Improv Collective, TIM's house short form team, and performs with Improv Throwdown and where she also serves as a show MC. On the everyday she works at Tucson Village Farms, so if you also want to talk about local produce, this is the improv class for you! #LaughLocal 

Register here as seats are going fast!

Tucson Improv Movement

329 E 7th Street

Tucson, AZ 85705


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Audition Technique Course at The Studio for Actors


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Sent: Thursday, September 22, 2016 9:09 AM
Subject: Announcement: Audition Technique Course at The Studio for Actors


Audition Technique

Script Breakdown

This is the foundation course for learning the important building blocks to great performance.  You'll learn how to break down the script, how to analyze the character, how to play him/her, and most importantly how to mark the script in order to give a really great audition.  Throughout the course, you'll have two or three auditions, and you'll be given lots of information about how to handle the important few minutes before each audition.  This course is not just about auditioning - it's also a great acting class.

6 consecutive Monday nights
Start on any Monday (but you should call first to sign up).
$50 per week

Call Anna Risley at (520) 881-2363 for more information or to sign up.

Don't worry if you have to miss one or even two classes during the series of six. We can easily book a private make-up session outside of the evening class, scheduled Monday through Saturday at 12:00 or 1:00.  This course can also be taken as a series of private sessions, offered during the daytime, evenings, or on Saturdays, usually taken one session per week.

Also being offered:
Comedy Improv
Radio/TV Voiceover Seminar

Each of these classes is taught by Anna Risley at her Studio (The Studio for Actors), located on 6th Street, just off 4th Avenue.  Anna has 30 years of experience in film, television, voiceover, and stage acting.  To check out her resume, please visit , or call her at (520) 881-2363 to sign up.



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October 2016 Discount on Comedy Improv at The Studio for Actors


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Sent: Thursday, September 22, 2016 5:55 AM
Subject: Announcement: October 2016 Discount on Comedy Improv at The Studio for Actors


Taste of Improv Class

The Studio for Actors is now offering a "Taste of Improv Class." Here's how it works. Just come on one Wednesday night from 6:30pm-8:00pm for only $30. This class is normally $40, but for the evenings of October 12 and October 26, you can attend for $30 for one class only, and see how much you love studying improv at The Studio. So, if you've always wondered (or if you've never wondered) if you would enjoy comedy improv, this is your chance to check it out.

Call (520) 881-2363 to sign up.  To qualify for the discounted price, you must say the words "Taste of Improv Class" when you call.

* Limit one $30 class per person.

Comedy Improvisation

You don't have to be a funny person to love and get a lot out of a comedy improv class. I can make you funny. Because you have to focus in this class, you can end up taking a vacation from the stuff that goes on in your life, and there's a lot of healing with laughter. Your coach is a former Saturday Night Live cast member, and will give you the accents and the formats you can use as a "safety net." Improv is a great stress reliever and really encourages the ability to verbally communicate. So, come, play, have a ball, and enjoy releasing your own special creativity.

Also, for students of acting, improv enhances your auditions, loosens up the body, helps you think fast on your feet, introduces dialects, and sharpens your timing.4 consecutive Wednesday nights

Start on any Wednesday (but you should call first to sign up).
$40 per week
Don't worry if you have to miss one or even two of the four classes. You simply pay for the class you have to miss and then take class #5 free.  It's even possible to pay $160 at your first class, and then take your last three classes whenever you can make it. (I keep great records.)

To find out more or to sign up, please call Anna Risley at (520) 881-2363.

Also being offered at The Studio for Actors:
Radio/TV Voiceover Seminar
Audition Technique

Each of these classes is taught by Anna Risley at her Studio (The Studio for Actors), located on 6th Street, just off 4th Avenue.  Anna has 30 years of experience in film, television, voiceover, and stage acting.   To check out her resume, please visit The Studio for Actors website , or call her at (520) 881-2363 to sign up.



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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

CORRECTION: Casting Call UA Student Short Film: Pizza


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Sent: Wednesday, September 21, 2016 1:13 PM
Subject: Casting Call: Pizza for Tucson Stage Blog


Casting Call for a University of Arizona Short Film: Pizza

September 30th @ 1pm - 5pm

Harvill Bldg. Room 104 -The  University of Arizona


Logline: When Mr. Sherman, an elementary school English teacher suspects his students of cheating, he goes to extreme lengths to uncover a scandal interwoven with passion and pizza.

Filmmakers are seeking to fill the following roles:

Jane: Lead Female (Early 20s)

Description: A self-assured go-getter, Jane is an incredibly loyal teacher's assistant who slowly acquires deceptive motivations as the story progresses.


October 1st @ 11am - 5pm

Harvill Bldg. Room 104 - The  University of Arizona

Filmmakers are seeking  to fill the following roles:

Principal: Supporting Male, Antagonist (50s)

Description: Carries himself very authoritatively and reinforces Mr. Sherman to take control of his students. Has zero tolerance for cheating.

Ivan: Supporting Male (40s-50s)

Description: An empathetic, Russian masseuse whose war experience work as guidance in Mr. Sherman's quest for answers.

Mr. Block: Supporting Male (40s-50s)

Description: A goofy math teacher who's always just outside of the inside joke. His passionate and accommodating nature is always helpful in times of need.

Chef: Supporting Male (40s-50s)

Description: A robust Italian man with an intimidating presence who's not afraid to tell things how they are in a blunt fashion.

Actors will be required to read scenes for the part(s) they wish to read for, which will be provided at the audition. Resumes and prepared monologues are optional.

This film is written/directed by Evan Colten, a senior in BFA Film program at the University of Arizona. For scheduling specific audition times or questions, please contact him or his producer/assistant director, Max Cunningham, at:

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Max Cunningham (



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