Sunday, September 21, 2014

Barnstorm Players present Goodbye, Summer! Musical Revue

The Red Barn Theater

Home of the Red Barn Children's Drama Group and the Barnstorm Players

948 N. Main, Tucson AZ  85705 (1 block south of Speedway)

(520) 622-6973

 

Saturday, September 27, 2pm

Goodbye, Summer! Musical Revue

A nostalgic musical tour of all the joys of summer performed by the Barnstorm Players, in song, piano, trombone, fiddle, and sing-a-longs, plus jokes and refreshments.

$5 - cash or check only, please.

Or Order Online: http://redbarn-theater.angelfire.com/OrderForm.html

 

 

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SATURDAY SERIES

 

EVERY 1st Saturday: 2-3:30pm - Jam Session: All types of music, instruments and all ages! Donations accepted.

 

EVERY 3rd Saturday: 2-3:30pm - Rosemary in Concert: Classical and Pops. Fiddle, piano, vocals, jokes and yodeling. Donations accepted.

 

EVERY 4th Saturday: 2-3:30pm - Musical Revue: Chorus and Children's Drama Group: song, sing-a-longs, dance and jokes. $5.

 

- - Please pay in cash or check or Order Online.

EVERY 5th Saturday: Tucson Improv Movement -- Call 520 622-6973 for exact time

 

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Speak The Speech Theatre Company presents The Zoo Story and Pillow Talk

 

From: Ken Beider [mailto:kenbeider@gmail.com]
Sent: Saturday, September 20, 2014 5:37 PM
Subject: Ken Beider & his latest goings on...

 

SPEAK THE SPEECH THEATRE COMPANY

Presents:

An Evening of One Act Plays centering on the theme: "to understand and possibly to be understood"

 

Welcome to Speak The Speech Theatre Company! "SPEAK THE SPEECH", STS, is a non-profit theater company in Tucson, AZ. Speak The Speech Theatre Company's first offering of the season is: An Evening of One Act Plays centering on the theme: "to understand and possibly to be understood" directed by Dan Reichel. The evening will begin with famed American playwright Edward Albee's classic one act, The Zoo Story. Combining both realistic and absurd elements, Albee has constructed a short but multi-leveled play dealing with issues of human isolation, loneliness, class differences, and the dangers of inaction within American society. The evening continues with Television writer and producer's ("Murphy Brown" and "Rescue Me") play Pillow Talk. The play deals with the same issues as Zoo Story but with a more comic treatment. The plays perform weekends starting October 10, 2014 – October 26, 2014. The performances will be held at our new Theatre: The Community Playhouse, 1881 N Oracle Rd. Tucson, AZ, Fri. and Sat. Performances at 7:30pm, Sun. at 2pm. Ticket prices are as follows: $18 Adult Advance Ticket (purchase before opening night though website STStheatre.org.) $20 Adult, $15 Sr./Mil./Stu. $10 Group sales of 10 or more, $10 industry discount to all working Tucson performers. Tickets will be available September 10th through our web site: STSTheatre.org or call (520)-904-8054 or click Buy Tickets Here: http://ststheatre.org/?page_id=260

 

http://ststheatre.org/

 

 

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AUDITION NOTICE - WORKING, The Musical (Revised)

 

From: Sue [mailto:smbishop11@gmail.com]
Sent: Saturday, September 20, 2014 3:12 PM
Subject: AUDITION NOTICE - WORKING, The Musical (Revised)

 

​Auditions - WORKING, The Musical (revised)

The Perfect Musical for Everyone who has ever worked a day in their lives!

Directed by Robert Encila

Musical Direction by David Craig

Saturday, October 4 and Sunday, October 5, 1-4 pm

St. Francis Theatre, 4625 E. River Rd. (at Swan Rd), Rm 30/31

Show runs three weekends, February 20-March 8, 2015 at St. Francis Theatre

A delightfully funny and thoroughly touching musical of what goes through the mind of employed (or not) Americans. Based on Studs Terkel's book and his interviews with real working people--construction workers, waitresses, firemen, secretaries and cleaning women, WORKING is both an exploration of the individuals' occupations and a lament for lost hopes and dreams - taking the average worker's viewpoint and showing that he or she is anything but average.

This musical adaptation was first conceived by Stephen Schwartz (GODSPELL, PIPPIN, WICKED) and first staged on Broadway in 1978. Schwartz has revised (2012) this musical for today's audience with new songs and new characters.

Actors

To schedule an audition or for more information, please email Sue at WorkingatSFT@gmail.com with preference for day and time. 15 minute slots will be assigned.

Please bring a bio, head shot and prepare a song of the Broadway contemporary variety. An accompanist will be available.

Thank you!!!

 

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Saturday, September 20, 2014

COMPELLING "AWAKE AND SING" AT THE ROGUE

By Chuck Graham, TucsonStage.com

 

Employing its most expansive stage set in quite awhile, the Rogue Theatre has mounted a compelling production of Clifford Odets' remarkably timely “Awake and Sing.” Filled with somber brown tones and textures that somehow suggest tints of gold, director Bryan Falcon catches that same spirit with his actors.

The year is 1935 in a New York City winter filled with discontent, to be sure. Even here in Tucson you can feel the scratchy wet wool of those times. Odets wanted to capture the plain talk of working class people, using simple literary tools to create artistry filled with longing and frustration.

What would this family be posting on Facebook, one wonders, if Facebook had been available? The grandfather is a dedicated communist, the uncle a gloating opportunist, the daughter a dreamer depressed that life has dealt her such a sorry hand, and the son bitten by the bug to be in show business.

Minding after this mental garden of chaotic brambles is the mother, determined her family will survive but angry it keeps taking so long. The father, meanwhile, wonders why they can't all just get along.

Doesn't that mix of emotions sound pretty much like anybody's newsfeed on Facebook?

This ensemble of actors is perfectly balanced, believably implying a thick layer of depression that keeps them all from changing much of anything. It's enough to make you want to jump on stage shouting “Snap out of it!”

But that line isn't in the play. That sort of optimism is so 1950s. And today's movie tales of working class resentment always include lots of hand guns, illicit drugs, high-velocity car chases and massive explosions. You can see what 80 years of American “progress” has brought to our society.

Which is what makes Odets' dialogue and the Rogue production so poignant. We watch these people and feel their pain. And because they seem so real, we feel their helplessness.

There isn't a central character, exactly, who dominates the action. This play is more of a family photo. But the most sympathetic to me was Matt Bowdren's portrayal of the son, Ralph. He admires Eddie Cantor and wants to take up tap dancing. How can you not like a guy like that?

From an acting standpoint, Terry Erbe in a smaller role as the financially more successful Uncle Morty captures that smug and smarmy attitude of the rich uncle everyone would like to hack off their family tree.

David Greenwood plays the grandfather Jacob as an idealistic communist, a true believer not a goofy one. Starkly different from the propagandized Cold War communist we've been taught to believe in.

The wild card in this lot is the war veteran with a game leg, Moe Axelrod, portrayed by Ryan Parker Knox as a guy using false bravado for his life jacket. To this family, Moe is the outsider. He's in their house, but he's not really of their house.

The Rogue's regulars will enjoy seeing Marissa Garcia creating a completely different kind of personality in the 26-year-old daughter Hennie. She is the tense one, determined not to let the limitations of her family define her – and especially determined not to marry the wrong guy.

“What Henny wants,” said Moe sarcastically, “is an Arrow collar guy.”

Steve McKee is also cast against type as the milquetoast schlub, Sam Feinschreiber, who has a little money and is willing to marry Henny. He makes the role work without using any stereotypes.

“Awake and Sing” wants all of us to wake up from our dreams and sing of the truth. To believe in ourselves, instead of believing what we are told. The Rogue Theatre wants that, too, bringing us this deeply moving production like a sad-eyed kick in the pants!

It's the kick you will feel, while walking out of the theater.

Performances continue through Sept. 28, at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, plus a 2 p.m. matinee Saturday, Sept. 27, at the Rogue Theatre, 300 E. University Blvd.

Tickets are $32, student rush 15 minutes before curtain, $15. For details and reservations, 520-551-2053, www.theroguetheatre.org

 

Auditions for The Weir - Something Something Theatre

 

From: Something Something Theatre [mailto:info@somethingsomethingtheatre.com]
Sent: Friday, September 19, 2014 2:57 PM
Subject: Auditions for The Weir

 

We are currently auditioning for four male actors for our January 9th through 25th production of The Weir, by Conor McPherson.  Auditions consist of readings from the script. 

PLACE:
Zuzi's
738 N. 5th Avenue.

TIMES: 
Saturday, October 4 from 2:30 – 4:30 PM. 
and
Sunday, October 5 from 6 – 8 PM. 

THE PLAY: 
Into the small country pub comes a young woman, a transplant from Dublin.  The four regulars, perhaps awed by her cosmopolitan background, begin straight away to vie for her attention, each with his own local story of ghosts or fairies.  But in the end her tale will prove the most dreadful one of all.

THE ROLES:
Jack, 50s
Brendan, 30s
Jim, 40s
Finbar, late 40s 

Read-through is Tuesday, October 7.  Rehearsals begin Monday, October 20.

info@somethingsomethingtheatre.com

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Friday, September 19, 2014

7th Annual Arizona Underground Film Festival starts today

7th Annual Arizona Underground Film Festival - Sept. 19th to 27th.

 

 

Tickets and info: http://azuff.org/

 

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Unscrewed Theater - A Little Off The Top Fundraiser Performances

 

 

From: Musical Mayhem Cabaret [mailto:musicalmayhemcabaret@gmail.com]
Sent: Thursday, September 18, 2014 2:30 PM
Subject: A Little Off The Top Fundraiser Performances

 

Unscrewed Theater (3244 East Speedway) plays host to two enormous variety shows on Saturday, September 20th at 9:30pm and Sunday, September 21st at 7:00pm starring an eclectic group of Tucson's brightest stars and entertainers.

 

A Little Off The Top is a fundraiser for Musical Mayhem Cabaret's Artistic Director and creator of improv troupe Not Burnt Out Just Unscrewed, Donnie Cianciotto, to help with the costs of an upcoming, life changing surgery. 

 

Performances by:

- Musical Mayhem Cabaret 

- Belly dancing troupe HipNautique

- Not Burnt Out Just Unscrewed

- Martie van der Voort, performing pieces from her one woman show "TransFormations"

- Comedy improv duo from Phoenix, The Wedding Party (Sat only)

- Stand up comedienne Bridgitte Thum (Sun only)

- Male Illusionist Gabe King (Sat only)

- Special guest performer from Denver, Jillian Mitchell (Sun only)

- Ina Shivack, Tyler Gastellum, Shaina DePascal, Jordan Siebert, Nicolette Shaffer Filippi, Sarah Granados-Deal, Dea Young-Smith, China Young, Jesus Limon, Michael Woodward, Elliot Scott, Katie Bruender, Kia Elise & more

 

Raffle prizes by:

Live Theater Workshop

Bookman's

Casa Video

Sparkroot Coffee

Antigone Books

Wirges Photography

Gabriel Parker Photography

Cristobal Candelario Photography

Musical Mayhem Cabaret

Unscrewed Theater

plus original artwork, jewelry and more.

 

Tickets are $20 (suggested donation) and are available at the door or at www.unscrewedtheater.org. For more information please visit www.musicalmayhemcabaret.weebly.com or email musicalmayhemcabaret@gmail.com.

 

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Casting Call: Tucson AZ TV Pilot

 

From: RosieZwaduk@gmail.com
Sent: Thursday, September 18, 2014 11:30 AM
Subject: Casting Call: Tucson AZ TV Pilot

 

TELEVISION PILOT

 

Produced by:  Rosie Zwaduk
Directed by: Sarah Sher

Production:  Television Pilot – Travel Show   
Filming in :  Tucson, AZ
Union Status / Budget:  Non-Union
Compensation:  Deferred
Production TimeLine:  Casting:  Sept. 18 st  to Sept. 25thFilming:  October 8th – 14th, 2014

 

Production Description:  Travel Television Pilot being filmed in beautiful Tucson, AZ.  While there are many travel shows on air right now (and they are popular!), we are putting together one that has its own marketable twist.  Pay is deferred upon sale of the Pilot, but small and reasonable expenses can be paid.  Sorry for the discretion—we want to make sure we're the first on the market with it.  But this will be a beautifully (and professionally) done pilot, and will be a great addition to your reel.

 

Roles Casting:

SINGLE TRAVELER:  Female, 30-50, Any Race:  Our single traveler hails from Manhattan and loves to get away to the country to decompress.  An avid photographer, she's spending the night at a lovely ranch, enjoying and photographing the sights.  There is one short scene with her being pampered in a spa with a "massage", but no nudity.  (She'll be covered at all times—this is a PG rated show.)

FAMILY:  Dad, Mom and 2-3 kids.  Any Race:  Need a family who enjoys doing fun things together.  Prefer the kids to be from ages 7 to 14, but will consider other ages.  They're a get-up-and-go type of family on vacation, eating the local treats, heading up Mt. Lemmon, and various other fun things here in town.

Audition Format:  Please send a headshot and resume for the Single Traveler role.  For the Family roles, please include a family portrait and contact information, as well as a short blurb on if you have ever done in-front-of-camera things before.   

Please email the above information to Producer, Rosie Z. at RosieZwaduk@gmail.com


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LaughingStock Announces Two Benefit Performances in October 2014

From: Dean Steeves [mailto:propaganda@laughing.com]
Sent: Thursday, September 18, 2014 10:48 AM
Subject: LaughingStock Announces Two Benefit Performances in October 2014

 

Contact: Dean Steeves

Cell: 520-271-2069

Email: lol@laughing.com

 

August 8, 2014

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

PLEASE NOTE: THE OCTOBER 4TH PERFORMANCE HAS BEEN CANCELLED

 

LaughingStock Comedy Company Announces

Two Benefit Performances in October 2014

Proceeds to benefit Tanque Verde High School Theatre Department

and St John on the Desert Presbyterian Church (USA).

 

Tucson, Arizona – LaughingStock Comedy Company brings home their unique brand of improvisational comedy to two Tucson venues on October 3 and 4, 2014. LaughingStock performs at 6 PM on Friday, October 3 at Tanque Verde High School, 4201 N. Melpomene Way, Tucson. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students and are available at the door. More information is available by calling 520-760-0801 x 1207. Proceeds will benefit the TVHS Theatre Department in their efforts to purchase new curtains. The second performance is Saturday, October 4 at 7:30 PM at St John on the Desert Presbyterian Church (USA), 2695 N. Houghton Road, Tucson. The show is open to the public and donations will be accepted. More information is available by calling 520-749-3615. Proceeds will benefit the church’s missions and outreach.

 

Improvisational comedy shows are made up of fresh, original scenes based on audience input. The audience fills in the details of LaughingStock’s distinctive comedy by volunteering a variety of suggestions (emotions, objects, activities, occupations, locations) throughout the performance. “Improv” is immediate and exciting. The audience is in on the fun as they see their ideas mushroom into comedy mayhem.

 

LaughingStock Comedy Company was founded as a touring troupe in 1993 by performing partners Lesley Abrams and Dean Steeves. LaughingStock has performed over 1500 public appearances and at corporate and association special events in the US, Canada and Mexico. Abrams is a highly regarded actress on the Tucson theatre scene and is Pastor at St John Presbyterian Church (USA). Steeves manages the troupe’s travel and business and provides communications consultancy to a variety of clients. LaughingStock located to Tucson in 1998.

 

Tanque Verde High School (www.tanqueverdeschools.org) is a comprehensive public high school located in the suburban community of Tanque Verde northeast of Tucson, Arizona. Tanque Verde is the only high school in the Tanque Verde Unified School District. Tanque Verde was established in 2005 under the Twenty First Century School model designed by Bill Gates and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The school's first graduating class had their commencement May 21, 2008 with 20 students, all receiving various honors and scholarships for college.

 

St John on the Desert Presbyterian Church (www.stjohnonthedesert.org) is part of the Presbyterian Church (USA) and is one of twenty-nine churches within the Presbytery de Cristo encompassing Southern Arizona and the western edge of New Mexico.

 

 

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Seed&Spark - a site that supports all things moving-picture related

 

Crowdfunding on Seed&Spark

FIRST THINGS FIRST: We are a site that supports all things moving-picture related. Films (shorts, features, docs, experimental), webseries, film festivals, and even (and almost especially) independent cinemas and screening venues who need to build audiences. And let's face it, we ALL need to build audiences. 

Below are the steps a project owner should take in order to submit his or her project and successfully crowdfund in the STUDIO.

Please remember, though, that we are a SELECTIVE CROWDFUNDING PLATFORM. That means before approving a project, we need to see that you've assembled the necessary components for a successful campaign: A strong team (WHO); the seed of a great film (WHAT); and a compelling purpose behind your proposed film (WHY).

Plus, you're going to need a whole lot of passion and dedication, because crowdfunding is nothing short of a full-time job!

Learn more: http://www.seedandspark.com/content/how-seedspark-0

CROWDFUNDING TO BUILD INDEPENDENCE

The only proven path to independence as an artist is a direct connection to your audience. Crowdfunding is becoming a fundamental piece of most financing plans for independent film. However, many filmmakers miss the opportunity to turn their film funding campaigns into audience-building opportunities that can last an entire career — and provide the groundwork for theatrical distribution that you control. Seed&Spark and Tugg are combining forces to invest in the future of independent film by offering a comprehensive Crowdfunding to Build Independence seminar. This class for film-related projects will provide the crowdfunding action plan most likely to create a lasting, flourishing, direct relationship with your audience.

Demand this class in your city! Email hello@seedandspark.com

 

OUR COURSE WILL COVER:

L FINDING YOUR AUDIENU

2. SUCCESSFUL MESSAGING

3. ELEMENTS OF A GREAT PLAN

                        Pitch Video

                        Partners and Outreach

                        Organization

4. EXECUTING A GREAT PLAN

                        Day-to-Day Campaigning

                        New Outreach Materials

                        Pro-tips

5. AFTER CAMPAIGN AUDIENCE GROWTH

6. FESTIVALS & DISTRIBUTION

ABOUT SEED&SPARK

Seed&Spark is a truly independent film community where filmmakers and audiences join forces to fund, promote and watch the best new independent films. Seed&Spark's film-specific crowdfunding tool — the "WishList" — allows supporters to buy or loan specific items to a production. Our fees are the lowest in the business, and our success rate is the highest (70%!). Every time an audience member supports the making of a film, they earn rewards points called "Sparks" which they can spend to watch films on the streaming platform. Supporting films gives audiences greater access to watch them. Filmmakers who stream their films on Seed&Spark keep 80% of the transactional revenue, and 100% of the rights. It's your film! Build your audience and earn your money.

ABOUT TUGG

Tugg is a web platform that enables you to bring your film to your fans' local theaters or community venues. Through Tugg, individuals are empowered to select a film, time, and nearby theater, and then spread the word to their imme­diate and online community. Once a necessary amount of people commit to attending, the event will be confirmed; and Tugg will reserve the theater, manage ticketing, and ensure delivery of the film, allowing the audience to sit back and enjoy the show. Tugg has partnered with over 85% of the screens in the country and has a growing library of hundreds of studio and independent films.

 

For more information go to www.seedandspark.com or follow us on Twitter @seedandspark For more information on how Tugg works, visit www.tugg.com/school

 

 

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Audition Technique Course at The Studio for Actors

 

From: The Studio for Actors [mailto:acting-courses@the-studio-for-actors.com]
Sent: Wednesday, September 17, 2014 7:05 PM
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 and insightful advice 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
6:30pm-8:30pm
Start on any Monday (but you must 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 make-up session outside of the evening class - The make-up would be a private session scheduled Monday through Saturday at 11:30, 12:00, 12:30, 1:00, or 1:30 for $55.  Or you can take the entire course in private sessions at $55 per 1-hour session or $80 per 1½-hour session.


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 http://www.the-studio-for-actors.com , or call her at (520) 881-2363 to sign up.

 

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

October 2014 Radio/TV Voiceover Seminar at The Studio for Actors

 

From: The Studio for Actors [mailto:acting-courses@the-studio-for-actors.com]
Sent: Wednesday, September 17, 2014 5:28 PM
Subject: Announcement: October 2014 Radio/TV Voiceover Seminar at The Studio for Actors

 

Radio and TV Voiceover Seminar

There is a lot of voice work here in Arizona, and if you're interested in how to get it and how this end of the business works - then this is the seminar for you.  We'll work with scripts and you'll receive a great deal of personal attention.

Choose from one of the following dates:

  • Thursday October 2, 6:30pm-8:00pm
    - OR -
  • Saturday October 4, 1:00pm-2:30pm
    - OR -
  • Thursday October 9, 6:30pm-8:00pm
    - OR -
  • Saturday October 11, 1:00pm-2:30pm
    - OR -
  • Thursday October 16, 6:30pm-8:00pm
    - OR -
  • Saturday October 18, 1:00pm-2:30pm
    - OR -
  • Thursday October 23, 6:30pm-8:00pm
    - OR -
  • Saturday October 25, 1:00pm-2:30pm
    - OR -
  • Thursday October 30, 6:30pm-8:00pm

The cost is $65 per person for the seminar.  Class size is limited to six.  To attend this seminar, you must sign up by calling Anna Risley at (520) 881-2363. 

Also being offered at The Studio for Actors:
Comedy Improv
Audition Technique

Each of these classes is taught by Anna Risley, B.A. 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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Mister Bing's presents the sassy and classic voice of Sarah Vanek with comedian Tom Potter

From: Tom Potter [mailto:tompotter@cox.net]
Sent: Wednesday, September 17, 2014 4:00 PM
Subject: Mister Bing's Performing Arts Lounge Sept 20

 

Mister Bing's Performing Arts Lounge revives the ambiance of the 1930′s and 1940′s supper club, showcasing the most talented artists in the city.  Transporting you to a time reflecting the culture and hospitality of Old Hollywood, the electricity of music, dance, and fashion ignite in an intimate space. Everyone is welcomed like family to enjoy a night of engaging and comfortable company, whilst we celebrate and support a passion we all share.

This Saturday, Sept 20, Mister Bing's presents the the sassy and classic voice of Sarah Vanek with comedian Tom Potter as the Master of Ceremonies. The NO COVER show begins at 8:30 PM in the main lounge at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort. A special room rate is being offered to those patrons who wish to make it a weekend escape. Just contact Loews Ventana Resort and sked for the Mister Bing's Rate!

 

Dr. Tom Potter

Humorist/Bluesman/Author/Actor

doctp.com   "… been to the crossroads, still can't play guitar."

  

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TADA! Fest 2014 - presenting 2013/14 Playwriting Contest FINALISTS

 

TADA! Fest 2014

 

Finalists of TADA!'s 2013/14 Playwriting Contest!

 

SEPTEMBER 18, 20 & 21, 2014

AT THE CABARET THEATRE

330 S Scott Ave

 

More info: http://www.thedrektor.com/Upcoming-Events---Productions.html

 

We will present staged readings of the four finalists (of 254 submissions) and you, the audience, will vote on each presentation that evening. The winning script will be presented in a full production as a World Premiere, JANUARY 10 thru 25, 2015.

 

SEPTEMBER 18, 2014, 7:00 P.M.

"AMERICAN FARCE," by Michael Reimann (Orlando, FL) - Americans have a history of making bets.  Placing a wager on a baseball or football game is a common occurrence, but it doesn’t start and end with sporting events.  We bet on the sex of a new born, as well, being right or wrong.  The phrase ‘rugged individualism’ stems from those betting on themselves to better their lives when this country was just starting to expand.  In most cases there is a winner and loser.  Profit or loss.  Benefit or sacrifice.  American Farce examines the one bet in life that always pays off.  From the perspective of a self-centered manipulator struggling to put his life back on a positive track, C.W. Maxwell has fallen behind in his alimony payments and his gambling debts are coming due.  All his remaining funds and recent efforts have been invested in an untested system to handicap horse races.  It’s not long before the system is proven a complete bust.  But, all is not lost.  It appears Max’s luck has turned a corner when he learns he has an estranged ten year old son with an uncanny ability to pick winners.  With little experience as a parent and even less desire to be one, Max uses his naive son’s talent to rectify his financial obligations, however, he’s caught totally unaware of the family dynamics which result. Directed by Eva Tessler.

 

SEPTEMBER 20, 2:30 P.M.

"MOCHA" by Eleanor Burgess (New York, NY) - Mocha concerns the complicated, thorny topics of adoption and celebrity. When a film star, Eliot Henessey, arrives in Indonesia with her assistant to adopt a child, she attracts the interest of a journalist who questions her motivations, a bureaucrat who hopes to use her to publicize the islands, and a foster father who believes that Eliot’s personal life leaves her little room for a child. Meanwhile Ted and Carol, an infertile couple in the American suburbs, initiate a more normal adoption process, but find that the expense, uncertainty, and invasive examinations reveal rifts in their desires to have a family. Directed by Mary Davis.

 

SEPTEMBER 20, 7:00 P.M.

"DIRECTING HAMLET,' by Michael Perlmutter (Port Hueneme, CA) - BRIAN, a nineteen year old actor, is busy being verbally attacked, prodded, cajoled and anything but coddled by the director, LEE, an old seasoned theatre veteran. Using varying techniques masked in humor and discontent Lee reaches out to Brian by pushing him away, simultaneously back the layers of Brian’s portrayal of the Bard’s famous Dane to reveal both the boy inside the prince and the humanity inside the artist while Lee holds fast to his own reasons for burying himself into the daunting task.

 

Through the progress of their rehearsing one of theatre's most intriguing characters both men explore their own potentials and limitations, what it is to be a alone in the world and in need of a family, and why each of them have chosen this career path of artistic expression. Why is art, after all?  What are we celebrating, what are we looking for, and what are we hiding from? Directed by Sheldon Metz.

 

SEPTEMBER 21, 2:30 P.M.

"WOMEN and GUNS," by Steve Gold (Jamestown, NJ)Women in combat - This play details the life of a female Marine MP, Tiffany Hansen, who is sent to Baghdad during the Iraq war, leaving behind her civilian boyfriend in Southern California. The play follows the Marine from her first day in Basic training to her subsequent deployment in Iraq. Along the way, she meets Bobby, a car mechanic who will become her companion. The psychological effect of her deployment both on her and Bobby is examined, as is her reaction to her subsequent accidental killing of an Iraqi girl.

 

Tiffany actually serves in combat, even though women are officially barred from doing so by act of congress. Indeed, this play could not have been written before the Iraq war because the social conditions did not exist: Iraq is the first American conflict in which women serve in combat on a large scale. To date, almost five hundred women have been killed in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan. Directed by Michael Sultzbach.

 

 

Admission to each reading is $10, $8 seniors and students. Active military, free. A pass for all four shows is $30, $25 for seniors (62+) and students.  There will be an audience talk-back following each performance. Each audience will vote 1-10 (ten being best), on five categories. The winning script will be given a World Premiere performance at the Cabaret Theatre, January 10 thru 25, 2015, and a small cash prize.

 

The Tucson Alliance of Dramatic Artists (TADA!) is a 501(c)3 non-profit, professional-quality, repertory theatre company, dedicated to producing and presenting work that reaches out to our diverse community as it entertains, enriches and educates its audience on issues of social relevance.

 

 

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St. Francis Theater - A Midsummer Night's Dream - closing weekend

 

From: David Goguen [mailto:theplaysthethingdg@gmail.com]
Sent: Wednesday, September 17, 2014 1:13 PM
Subject: A Midsummer Night's Dream at St. Francis Theater

 

A Midsummer Night's Dream  at St. Francis Theatre

This beloved Shakespearian comedy is a delightful journey into a dazzling world of love, magic and merriment. The play depicts the events surrounding the marriage of the Duke of Athens, the madcap romantic escapades of four young lovers and the bumbling attempts of troupe of inept amateur actors to achieve recognition.  These characters are helped or hindered (or both) by a group of delightfully mischievous fairies from the forest. Considered one of Shakespeare's most inventive plays, the production is all the more intriguing for the updated staging by accomplished director Mike Wilkinson.  This highly entertaining production features local actors Mark Klugheit, Bree Boyd, Bob Evans, Nadia Fike, Robin Carson, Sara Jackson, Andrew Gray, Voyze Harris, Meagan Jones, Alex Greengaard, Sara Rohde, Katie Burke, Colleen Magee-Uhlik, Michaela Ivey, Kindle Vickers, Dave Sewell, and many, terrific talents.  A Midsummer Night's Dream is a brilliantly composed drama that thoroughly amuses while prodding us to examine the nature of love and the significance of our dreams.

A Midsummer Night's Dream will be performed Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm and Sundays at 3:00 pm on September 12th, 13th, 14th, 19th, 20th and 21st.  St. Francis Theatre is located at 4625 E. River Rd in Tucson (NW corner of River Rd. and Swan Rd). Admission is $12 to $20.

Tickets and more information available at BrownPaperTickets.com (enter "St. Francis Theatre" in the search box) or call 800-838-3006.  Tickets will be sold at the door as available.  Any questions can be emailed to: StFrancisTickets@gmail.com

 

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October 2014 Discount on Comedy Improv at The Studio for Actors

 

From: The Studio for Actors [mailto:acting-courses@the-studio-for-actors.com]
Sent: Wednesday, September 17, 2014 7:26 AM
Subject: Announcement: October 2014 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 1 or October 15, 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 both 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

6:30pm-8:00pm
Start on any Wednesday (but you must 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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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Casting Call, educational video - paid

 

From: Ryan, Kevin S - (kryan003) [mailto:kryan003@email.arizona.edu]
Sent: Tuesday, September 16, 2014 4:33 PM
Subject: Request for Call

 


Casting Call, educational video

 

The Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine is scheduling auditions for:

 

Actors and Actresses, ages 25-50.

 

This will be a short script to be memorized and delivered with a real (non-actor) health professional.

 

Objective: Educational demonstration of an interaction between patient and health coach.
Time: Shoot scheduled for Sept 30, between 9-1pm. If selected, we will place you in one of 2 timeslots (9-11, or 11-1).

Compensation is $75 for the day.
Location of shoot will be midtown at Campbell and Ft. Lowell office.

 

If you are interested please send your resume and headshot via email to Kevin Ryan:  kryan003@email.arizona.edu.

 

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Kevin Ryan

Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine
University of Arizona

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Feature "Big Red Friday" Filming in Tucson

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Feature "Big Red Friday" Filming in Tucson, Arizona 

Retired federal agent (and former University of Arizona student) Jay Dobyns is turning his experience from the undercover world into a big screen production. It's taking place here in AZ, with local Tucson talent. 

Jay Dobyns wrote, produced and is one of the actors in the film "Big Red Friday" by his company FoFig Films. My goal is to produce 'police dramas' on undercover work that go beyond the comfort zone of Hollywood. I don’t know a lot but, I know the world from which these stories are told and I am going to do my best to translate my knowledge and experiences to film. 



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