Thursday, February 23, 2017

UA's Arizona Repertory Theatre presents: TWELFTH NIGHT - A Goth Production of Shakespeare


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Subject: A Goth Production of Shakespeare


F O R    I M M E D I A T E     R E L E A S E

CONTACT: Lisa Pierce, Dir. of Marketing & Development w 520.626.2686 w

The University of Arizona School of Theatre, Film & Television


Approx Run Time: 113 minutes w 15-minute Intermission w Brent Gibbs, Director w (520) 621.9402w

Visit > Press Room > Media Photos for TWELFTH NIGHT media photos


February 24, 2017


UA’s Arizona Repertory Theatre presents TWELFTH NIGHT

by William Shakespeare | directed by Brent Gibbs



TUCSON, AZ - Washed ashore after a shipwreck, Viola disguises herself as a boy and finds employment in the service of Orsino, the Duke of Ilyria. Charged with wooing Lady Olivia, the object of the Duke’s infatuation, Viola finds herself in the middle of the strangest love triangle ever formed.  Lady Olivia falls for Viola, while Viola falls for the Duke.  The course of true love never did run smooth, and in this classic Shakespeare story, we are treated to a romance unlike anything that we have experienced before. Mayhem, mix-ups and foolery abound in this delightful comedy.


Dates & Times:

Previews:  Mar 5 at 1:30pm, Mar 6 at 7:30pm

Evenings:  Mar 8 - 11, Mar 23 - 25, Mar 31 – Apr 1 at 7:30pm

Matinees:  Mar 11, Mar 25 - 26, Apr 2 at 1:30pm


Place: Marroney Theatre on the UA campus located near the SE

corner of Park Avenue and Speedway Boulevard.


Cost/Admission: Regular $28, Senior/UA Employee/Military $26, Student $15, Preview $17, Alumni discount $6 off qualifying rate | Deeper discounts apply to groups (other than students) numbering 10+


Ticket Information: UA Fine Arts Box Office, (520) 621-1162

12p-4p | M-F | or


Parking:  Park Avenue Garage, located on Park Avenue just north of Speedway Blvd. Pre-paid parking is available for weekday evening performances. Saturday and Sunday there is no charge to park.  If you have special needs for parking, please call UA Parking & Transportation Services at (520) 621-3550.


Media Contact: Lisa Pierce, (520) 626-2686,



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Live Theatre Workshop's Family Series presents its 2017-2018 Season of original Musical Adventures


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Our family series presents its 2017-2018 Season of original Musical Adventures


You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown

Based on The Comic Strip "Peanuts" by Charles M. Schulz

Book, Music and Lyrics by Clark Gesner

Additional Dialogue by Michael Mayer

Additional Music and Lyrics by Andrew Lippa

June 15 – July 1, 2017              Thurs/Fri nights at 7pm and Sat/Sun afternoons at 3pm

Celebrating its 50th year since Charlie Brown first stepped foot onto the stage; we will take you back to the fun memories of the whole "PEANUTS" gang.  Throughout this musical adventure, you will peak into the life of some of your favorite iconic characters like Lucy, Schroeder, Snoopy, and of course Charlie Brown!  Some memorable songs include "My New Philosophy" and "Happiness". Come play along with us as we help Charlie get the courage to talk to the Little Red Headed Girl, play baseball, see Snoopy's imagination as he flies through the air, and see if Lucy will ever be nice to Charlie.  Fun for audiences of any age, this is a show your family won't want to miss.


The Rootin' Tootin' Tale of Little Red Riding Boots

An original adaption by Stephen Frankenfield

With original music and lyrics by David Ragland

July 23 – September 17, 2017           no show August 20, 2017                  Sunday afternoons at 12:30 PM

Once upon a time in the old west, lived a girl named Little Red Riding Boots. One day her father asks her to take some of his famous spicy-hot beef jerky to her Gran, because she's stuck in bed with a terrible head cold. So, she puts on her red cowboy boots, grabs hold of her trusty slingshot, and heads out into the Wild West, towards Gran's house. Along the way she meets critters and varmints and an outlaw or two. Can they help Red get to Gran's house safely, or will she run into unexpected trouble? Because hiding behind the prickly pear and the tumbleweeds, along the dusty dirt roads is Big Bad Coyote Jack, and he has other plans for Red, Gran and that delicious bag of spicy-hot jerky.


Dia de los Muertos The Musical

An original story and music by Michael Martinez

October 1 – November 5, 2017                        Sunday afternoons at 12:30 PM

The Day of the Dead comes to life in a new children's musical. Daniel travels between two magical worlds learning to conquer his greatest fears and discovering that those greatest fears lead him to his greatest strengths. Traditional music, dance, and storytelling bring Daniel face to face with a Goddess who swallows the stars and watches over the dead and teaches the whole audience that things are not always what they seem to be.  


Jingle Bell Rock

An original story by Richard Gremel

With live music by Michael Martinez

November 26 – December 17,2017                 Sunday afternoons at 12:30 PM

The Christmas Cheer Squad is back at it again, trying to raise the cheer for Christmas.  Only this year, J.B. Coalson head of the coal industry, has other plans in mind.  Watch as he attempts to ruin Christmas cheer and get everyone on the naughty list so they can have coal in their stockings.  Sing, dance, and rock n' roll along to some of your favorite Christmas songs as you help the cheer squad bring down J.B. Coalson and help Santa get ready for Christmas.




An original adaption by Richard Gremel

With original music and lyrics by Richard Gremel and Connor Griffin

January 14 – March 18, 2018           No show February 11, 2018                              Sunday afternoons at 12:30 PM

It's the typical story of boy meets girl.  Only this girl was kidnapped as an infant, locked away in a tall tower, and forced to grow her hair long so her evil step-mother can climb in and out of the tower. Love blossoms when a prince stumbles across Rapunzel in her tower.  But if the evil step-mother has anything to say about it, this love will not succeed.  Come see this classic story of Rapunzel reimagined as a hip-hop musical.  



Spaceman Zero

An original story by Kristian Kissel

With original music by David Ragland

April 8 – June 3, 2018        No show May 6, 2018                        Sunday afternoons at 12:30 PM

Casper has always been fascinated with space, and he's one of the smartest kids in his 6th grade class. So when he announces that he intends to build a rocket ship for this year's science fair, everyone thinks it's a great idea. Until, of course, he actually succeeds and ends up in space! While his parents and the military are busy trying to figure out how to get him back home, Casper is having the adventure of a lifetime! He even meets a new friend from an unknown planet! The General is convinced that Casper's new friend is dangerous, the reporters all want the story of a lifetime, that cute girl he likes is finally thinking about letting him take her to the dance, the science fair committee is ready to give him first place, and his parents just want him back. Can Casper make it home, save his friend, get his ribbon, and get to the dance on time? Come and find out in this truly out-of-this-world story!


Titles and dates subject to change.

For more information call (520) 327-0160 or check us out online at


Contact: Amanda Gremel, Director of Children's Programming at Live Theatre Workshop (520) 327-0160



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By Chuck Graham,


Allison Semmes and Chester Gregory as Diana Ross and Berry Gordy.

"Motown the Musical” is all about the spectacle. The music is good, but the dazzling costumes, sweep of strong voices and an amazing digital backdrop of ever-changing panels filled with bright colors trumps the songs and the story of Berrry Gordy's tumultuous success in the music business during America's civil rights conflicts and cultural revolution.

Everybody probably already knows this, but it is worth noting that “Motown the Musical” is not a showcase of Motown's greatest hits. We hear some full songs but mostly snippets, whether it is the Supremes early favorites, a little bit of Marvin Gaye and Smokey Robinson or some knock-out vocal gymnastics from the Jackson 5.

However, there is lots of music -- 61 song titles listed in alphabetical order on the program -- and an excellent pit orchestra playing the score. There just aren't many moments of heart-stopping nostalgia hearing such favorites as “I Hear A Symphony,” “I Heard It Through the Grapevine,” “My Guy,” “Stop in the Name of Love” or “Signed, Sealed Delivered I'm Yours.”

Of the four lead players – Berry Gordy (Chester Gregory), Diana Ross (Allison Semmes), Marvin Gaye (Jarran Muse), Smokey Robinson (David Kaverman) – Semmes interpretation of Ross stood above the others.

But the most magical music was sung by diminutive CJ Wright as the exuberant young Michael Jackson backed by his four older brothers.

“Motown the Musical” runs nearly three hours, with Act One beginning in 1938 when the youngster Berry Gordy heard the radio broadcast of Joe Louis knocking out Max Schmeling (a white man) that filled Gordy with black pride.

As postwar pop music became a market place battle for record sales in dime stores and such, Gordy borrowed $800 from his family and plunged into the record business. In the early 1950s he was making “race records” and spent most of the first act trying to get his records played on white radio stations.

In the course of this rags-to-riches story we learn a few things. All of Motown's sales staff were white guys. After the Supremes became popular, Gordy insisted they sing “a standard,” that is, a white song, because he knew they wouldn't be booked into the Copacabana and Las Vegas if they could only sing black music.

But as the confrontations over civil rights turned into race riots, Gordy refused to get involved. He insisted his singers get respect, but he would not join any black activist groups.

Then the second act is about the success of Motown and Ross, the Motown move from Detroit to Los Angeles, the success of the Supremes in Las Vegas and on the Ed Sullivan show. And of course, the break-up of the Supremes because Ross wanted to be bigger all by herself.

It is a story we all know to some degree. And the telling of it seems to take forever. But in the meantime, there is still lots of spectacle to enjoy as the gowns become more elegant, the back-up singers more snappy...and that amazing stage set more dazzling.

“Motown the Musical” runs through Sunday in Centennial Hall, 1020 E. University Blvd., presented by Broadway in Tucson. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 22-23; 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24; 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25; 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26.

Tickets are $19-$100, with discounts available. For details and reservations,, or 1-800-745-3000. Or in person at the Centennial Hall box office, with free parking




Casting Call, U of A short film


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Sent: Wednesday, February 22, 2017 9:27 PM
Subject: Tucson Stage submission - U of A short film



------- All There Is -------

A short film about a writer who sits down with one of his characters, creating her story through conversation, but he comes to the realization that she represents more than just a work of fiction. It is an original script that looks to explore the creative process visually, while getting the audience to reflect on their own personal history.



            The Writer, 30 to 50 years of age. He is reserved but in control, as his creation     takes shape before him.

            The Woman, 30 to 40 years of age. She is nostalgic of her past but optimistic for the future.


The production is scheduled to film around the end of March, across two 5-6 hour days, most likely on the weekend. These are volunteer roles but you will be surrounded by students who are passionate to learn more about the medium, as we all join together to create something that hopefully leaves an impact.


If you are interested in auditioning or have any questions, please contact Dan Crowley:



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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

PCC Performing Arts presents IN THE HEIGHTS


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Sent: Wednesday, February 22, 2017 2:46 PM
Subject: About home, family and finding where you belong... Pima Community College Center for the Arts


PCC performing arts presents

Lin-Manuel Miranda
Feb. 23-March 5, 2017
Thu. - Sat. at 7:30 p.m., Sat. - Sun. at 2 p.m.
Center for the Arts, West Campus

Tickets $18 with several discounts available.

"Every second generation immigrant struggles with what is home—the community one's parents came from, or the community one was raised in. IN THE HEIGHTS is a two-hour celebration of home, family and finding where you belong; filled with wonderful music and energetic dancing."  - director Todd Poelstra

The story is set in a vibrant New York City neighborhood of Washington Heights in the shadow of the Brooklyn Bridge. The tightly knit neighborhood is a place where the coffee from the corner bodega is light and sweet, the windows are always open and the breeze carries the rhythm of three generations of immigrants from mostly Latin countries. But, it's also a community on the brink of change, full of hopes, dreams and pressures, where the biggest struggles can be deciding which traditions you take with you, and which ones you leave behind.

IN THE HEIGHTS won the 2008 Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Original Score, Best Choreography and Best Orchestration.

Pima Community College Center For The Arts - 2202 W Anklam Rd, Tucson, AZ, 85709, (520) 206-6986

Tickets $18 with several discounts available.



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2017 Finalists Named for Arizona Governor's Arts Awards








            PHOENIX, Ariz. (Feb. 22, 2017): Twenty-one finalists have been named in seven categories for 2017 Governor's Arts Awards, which will be presented at the 36th annual Governor's Arts Awards dinner and celebration, May 4 at the Phoenician Resort, 6000 E. Camelback Road in Scottsdale.

The Governor's Arts Awards are presented by Arizona Citizens for the Arts in partnership with the Office of the Governor.

An independent panel of judges also selected Mary Way of Paradise Valley as the recipient of the inaugural Philanthropy Award to recognize extraordinary philanthropic leadership through the contribution of financial resources to non-profit arts and culture organizations, and by encouraging the philanthropic support of others.

The winner of the 12th annual Shelley Award will be announced this spring.

Finalists for 2017 Governor's Arts Awards, which were announced at a special event at Phoenix Theatre this week, are:

• Artist: Liliana Gomez, Phoenix; Katherine Josten, Tucson; Dennis Rowland, Phoenix.

Arts in Education, Individual: David Andres, Tucson; Dr. Mary Erickson, Tempe; Dennis Ott, Sedona.

Arts in Education, Organization: Children's Museum of Phoenix; Osborn School District, Phoenix; University of Arizona Museum of Art.

Individual: Lin Ling Lee, Phoenix; Hope H. Ozer, Paradise Valley; Dr. Ruth Tan Lim, Mesa.

Community: Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts, Wickenburg; Mesa Arts Center, Mesa; Phoenix Center for the Arts, Phoenix.

Small Business: Arizona Copper Art Museum, Clarkdale; Galiano's Café, Douglas; Partridge and Associates, CPAs, Scottsdale.

Large Business: Alliance Bank of Arizona, Phoenix; Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona, Phoenix; Casino Del Sol Resort, Tucson.

All 70 nominees for the 2017 Governor's Arts Awards were recognized at a special Nominee Event on Feb. 20 when the three finalists in each category and the Philanthropy Honoree were announced.

            Since 1981, more than 200 artists, individuals, arts and cultural organizations, educators and businesses have received Governor's Arts Awards.

For registration information and to purchase tickets, visit



Catherine "Rusty" Foley, Executive Director, Arizona Citizens for the Arts, (602) 253-6535

Steve Carr, The Kur Carr Group, Inc., (602) 317-3040


Arizona Citizens for the Arts, a 35-year-old 501 c3 organization, acts as the eyes, ears and voice of the nonprofit arts and culture sector in Arizona at the State Legislature, in local city halls and partnerships with business and community leaders involved in building and supporting quality of life in Arizona. 


Fox Tucson Theatre presents TAJ EXPRESS, The Bollywood Musical Revue


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Subject: THIS WEEK:Michael Feinstein, Texas Tenors, and Elvis Lives



Fox Tucson Theatre

17 W. Congress Street, Tucson, AZ 85701




The Bollywood Musical Revue

APRIL 17, 2017


The Bollywood musical spectacular,

Taj Express, is coming the Fox Tucson Theatre! With over 2,000 dazzling costumes, 1,500 pieces of jewelry, a high-energy electronic soundtrack accompanied with live musicians, this two hour live show will transport you out of Tucson and travel across to exotic India, where romance and enchantment await! 







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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Tucson Women's Comedy Festival


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TIM Comedy Theater


Tucson Women's Comedy Festival

Who run the (comedy) world? GIRLS!

Join the Tucson Improv Movement for the inaugural Tucson Women's Comedy Festival featuring storytelling, improv comedy, and standup comedy with some of the funniest local & out-of-town comedians and storytellers. 

All shows are $5! -




Tucson Women's Comedy Festival Show Schedule

Thursday February 23rd 
7:30 p.m. FST! Female StoryTellers
9:00 p.m. Improv Comedy Featuring: 

Friday February 24th
6:00 p.m. Improv Comedy Featuring improv comedians from the Tucson Improv Movement

  • Killer Cathys
  • Espanglish
  • Cat Chat
  • TIM Company Montage

7:30 p.m. The MissFits: All Female Stand-up comedy hosted by Mo Urban:

9:00 p.m. The Ladies Who Lead Soap Box With Guest Monologists:

10:30 p.m. All Gender Jam - join the party all genders welcome!

Saturday February 25th
7:30 p.m. Improv Throwdown 
9:00 p.m. Best Show, Period!

  • Storyteller Molly McCloy
  • Stand Up Comedian Mo Urban
  • The Riveters: Tucson's longest running all female improv comedy team

10:30 p.m. Female Finale featuring 







Festival Workshops

Saturday, February 25th 9AM-11AM
Storytelling Workshop

In this workshop, storyteller Molly McCloy will teach participants how to write and perform nonfiction stories from their lives. Students will view storytelling videos and listen to podcasts, to learn to outline and tell their own stories using the traditional three-act structure.

Saturday, February 25th 1-2PM
Allies Workshop

Want to be a better ally in you comedy and in every day life?  Join us for an hour discussion on the topic of comedy and how to manage that interesting line.

Saturday, February 25th 3PM-5PM
Silencing the Judge Improv Workshop
We all have that inner judge, telling us that our ideas aren't good enough, or that someone else's idea is wrong. But when we silence that judge, we free ourselves to create interesting and fully developed characters; and we are able to develop deep relationships between those interesting characters when we stop judging the choices made by our stage partner. 

This workshop, with 
The Torch Theatre's Marisol Chavez and Sara Palmer works towards telling that judge to shut it so that you can create magic on stage together.

 Register Today!


Tucson Improv Movement

329 E 7th Street

Tucson, AZ 85705


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Borderlands Theater: Open House Friendraiser


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Subject: Open House Friendraiser

Come take part!


Borderlands Theater

Open House Friendraiser


Tuesday, February 28 from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM


151 S Granada Ave, Tucson, AZ 85701


Friends new and old come find out how you can be a part of supporting this historic return to the barrio. The move is a big step in the right direction. More than ever Borderlands needs stakeholders like you to move the company forward. Join us!

Tuesday February 28, 5:30-7:30pm,
brief program 6:00-6:30pm

Beer, wine and light hors d'oeuvres


Parking in Lot C off Granada, mention that you are going to the Sosa Carillo Fremont House.


Please RSVP by calling the Borderlands office at
(520) 882-8607
or email by  

Friday February 25 at 5pm 




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The Rogue Theatre: Free Open Talk for PENELOPE!


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Subject: Join us for a Free Open Talk for PENELOPE!


Enjoy a sneak preview of the play

The Rogue Theatre


300 East University Boulevard, Tucson, AZ - 520-551-2053 - 


This isn't your typical Greek tragedy.


Enda Walsh's Penelope was written for a challenge from a German theater to playwrights to respond to Homer's Odyssey. Walsh was immediately captivated by the degenerate bunch of suitors who hang around Odysseus' wife Penelope in the vain hope of marrying her.


In an interview with The Scotsman, Walsh said, "I'm fascinated by those figures in the book. You look at that book and you look at the travels, the geography, the adventure and the extraordinary scale of it and then you go back to these men waiting and there's nothing. Their life has gone."

It is these suitors, self-absorbed, competitive and impotent, we find squabbling in an empty swimming pool, dressed in Speedos.
As always, we can't wait to share this fascinating play with you!


With best wishes, 

Cynthia Meier 





A Free Open Talk 

The Mystery of Waking Up   




This Saturday, February 25

2:00-3:00 p.m.

Free, no reservation required


Director Christopher Johnson will talk about Enda Walsh and Penelope, and the Rogue actors will share a sneak preview of the play!

Sponsors for the Open Talk are Pat & John Hemann







March 2 - 19, 2017



Buy tickets online at   

 or call 520-551-2053 


Production Sponsors: Pat & John Hemann    


For complete information on the production, click here.





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Auditions for The Dinner Detective - paid


From: Marc Lessman []
Sent: Monday, February 20, 2017 5:53 PM
Subject: Dinner Detective Open Auditions!



We are holding auditions THIS Saturday for the newest show in Tucson, AZ! Details below....



- Hilton Tucson East 7600 E Broadway Blvd Tucson, AZ 85710
- Please check in at the front desk to confirm and get directions to banquet room.

- Those auditioning will be seen in groups on Saturday, 02/25 from 11am-1pm.
- Do your best to be on time, but if you are running late please still stop in. 

- Actors 21-50, for hire as company cast members.
- Shows are ongoing, most Saturday nights; only 9 company members are needed for one show.
- Actors are scheduled according to their availability, collected each month.
- Actors with improv experience are a plus.

- Interactive, Improv Murder Mystery Dinner Show set in modern day with no costumes and no serving required.
- Show performs Saturday nights and some weekdays subject to actor availability. 
- Time commitment for regular shows is 4-6 hours including a pre-show rehearsal.
- No weekly rehearsals required, you rehearse only when you are scheduled to work.
- Weekly show location is at the Hilton Tucson East
- Private shows booked all over the Tucson area; travel stipends are often added.
- Casting rotates depending on actor availability, collected & scheduled on a 1 month basis. 

2 hours max, audition consisting of improv games. 

Project Start Date: 
- Please come to the audition prepared to give availability for February/March, so bring your booking calendar!

- Hard copy of headshot or recent picture, quality is not a concern provided we have something to remember you by.
- Resumes are also needed no matter your level of experience; all levels are welcome to audition.

Pay ranges from $40-$100 plus meal and tips, pending role. Roles rotate each show.

Please submit headshot via email to 
Please make subject line:
"DD-Tucson 02/25"


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Monday, February 20, 2017

Audition Technique Course at The Studio for Actors


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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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