Saturday, January 31, 2015



From: Arizona Stage Coach []
Sent: Saturday, January 31, 2015 8:31 AM




Be a part of an elite group of vocalists in Tucson!

AYCE is auditioning for all voice parts

Thursday, February 12th at 7pm

Auditions will be held at Arizona Stage Coach

5040 N Oracle Road

Call 520-441-9035


This fine ensemble of young singers is accepting new members into their touring company. ACYE performances, held throughout Southern Arizona, exhibit a broad range of styles and languages as well as a variety of different musical genres.

Be a part of a unique chorus, improve your singing skills and learn how to be a great sight reader.

We accept singers ages 12 – 24 based on an audition and interview. 

Call today to schedule your audition!  520-441-9035



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Friday, January 30, 2015

Ancient Greek Theatre Comes Alive, A Study Tour of Greek Theatrical Spaces and Performances


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From: Dr. Bella Vivante []
Sent: Friday, January 30, 2015 3:42 PM
Subject: announcement for Tucson Stage


Ancient Greek Theatre Comes Alive, A Study Tour of Greek Theatrical Spaces and Performances, July 13 – 28, 2015. We'll visit ancient theatres, read ancient plays, view performances, meet theatre professionals, and more.

Offered by ARIELA, LLC, Educational Travel, Performance, Consultancy,





July 13 – 28, 2015

Offered by ARIELA, LLC


Tour Director: Dr. BELLA VIVANTE
Classics Professor Emerita        

¨      Give our own reading/performance in an ancient theatre.

¨      Have time to relax, experience Greek culture, and savor scrumptious Greek food and drink!



This Greek theatrical tour, in English, will explore in place the physical and dramatic origins of theatre in Ancient Greece. We will:

¨      Visit ancient theatre sites and learn the principles of their construction.

¨      Read select ancient Greek plays in English and explore ancient theatrical production.

¨      View performances of ancient Greek plays, some in ancient theatres such as Epidauros, and discuss the elements of their modern productions.

¨      Meet with contemporary Greek dramatists to discuss stagings of ancient Greek plays.


We will visit sites and museums and view performances in and around our 2 bases of Athens and Nauplion.

THE TOUR INCLUDES IN GREECE: Services of HERC (Hellenic Educational & Research Center)

Lodging: quality hotels w/ breakfasts In-country travel: private, luxury buses Museum & site entry fees

Performance tickets

Study Trip Director Dr. Vivante

& Associate, Prof. Emeritus of Theatre Arts, Bill Burnett

More Info:; Contact:




Dr. Bella Vivante

Professor Emerita of Classics

President, ARIELA, LLC

Educational Travel, Performance, Consultancy

1800 E. Ft. Lowell Rd. Ste. 126-152

Tucson, AZ 85719



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Gaslight Theatre: 2 for 1 Rush Sale! Sunday, The Ballad of Two Gun McGraw.


From: The Gaslight Family []
Sent: Friday, January 30, 2015 2:50 PM
Subject: Gaslight: 2 for 1 Rush Sale! Sunday The Ballad of Two Gun McGraw.


2 for 1 Rush sale!

(while supplies last)

Sunday - 2/1/15 @ 12:00PM & 3:00PM

(Does not apply to previously purchased tickets)

Gaslight Fans, we are running a 2 for 1 Rush sale!!


(520) 886-9428



 Don't miss this wacky Western adventure!

The Gaslight Theatre - Come Laugh with us!

Our address: 7010 E Broadway Blvd
Tucson, Arizona 85710



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Diane & Lisa on Valentine's Day!

on Valentine's Day! 


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Sat., Feb. 14, 5:30-8:30pm
6910 E. Tanque Verde, 722.4302

Sun., Feb. 15, 6-9pm
505 W. Miracle Mile, 207.2429

Hi everyone,

Let's celebrate our love of food this Valentine's weekend at two of our favorite restaurants and live music clubs, The Hog Pit Smokehouse (Sat., Feb. 14) and Monterey Court (Sun., Feb. 15). The Hog Pit is famous for meat that is hand-rubbed then slow-smoked over pecan wood for 16 hours (ribs, brisket, pulled pork, sausage), as well as rib-eye steak, chicken, and salmon; the Monterey Court Cafe features gourmet dishes like bacon-wrapped dates stuffed with house-made chorizo and chicken picatta over fettucine with lemons and capers, not to mention their amazing burgers, sandwiches and salads. Both restaurants have a full bar. The Hog Pit and Monterey Court are great supporters of live music. Let's show them our love this Valentine's weekend!

We have been invited back to St. Mark's UMC (1431 W. Magee) to sing for their Spring Festival on Sat., March 7, 5:30-8:30pm. Proceeds from this fundraiser and silent auction go to the Fisher House and St. Mark's Children's Ministries. The Fisher House, which will be located at the VA Hospital in Tucson, provides lodging for military families while veterans are receiving medical treatment. Tickets for St. Mark's Spring Festival are $25 (or $175 for a table of 8), if purchased before Feb. 15 ($30 or $215/8 after Feb. 15). This includes a full dinner (Spinach & Strawberry Salad with Almonds, Chicken Francaise with Jasmine Rice and Honey-Glazed Carrots, Assorted Breads, Viennese Dessert, and Coffee) and entertainment by violinists Rose Todaro & Lauren Carrasco during dinner and, for dessert, Diane Van Deurzen & Lisa Otey!

Our March 6 benefit for Blankets, Babies & Borders in Sahuarita has been postponed until next year. You all contributed so much to their campaign last year, they won't need to do another fundraiser until then. Thank you!

Your turnout at our Lisa Otey and the Desert Divas "Diva Las Vegas" concert was tremendous! The Gaslight Theatre has invited us back to do it again on Monday, May 4 at 7pm. Tickets for "Diva Las Vegas" are $20, available at the box office (7010 E. Broadway) or by phone, 886.9428. May the Fourth be with us!

Thank you again for supporting live and local music. See you soon!

-Diane & Lisa 




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Broadway in Tucson and UA Presents present Guys and Dolls


Broadway in Tucson presents Guys and Dolls

at Centennial Hall

1020 East University Boulevard,  Tucson,  AZ  85724


February 24-March 1, 2015


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Ballet Tucson presents “Dance and Dessert”


Buy Tickets Online


Our mailing address is:

Ballet Tucson

200 S. Tucson Blvd.

Tucson, AZ 85716

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Winding Road Theater Ensemble auditions for "Rough Magic"

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Winding Road Theater Ensemble will hold auditions for Men/Women 20-30 in "Rough Magic" - a contemporary take on "The Tempest."

Readings from the script.

Tuesday, Feb 10 at the Cabaret Theatre, 330 S. Scott.

Call 401-3626 or 882-5502 to schedule a time (starting at 6:30PM).

Show runs April 16 - May 3, directed by Susan Arnold.

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Borderlands Theatre presents Absence / El Ausente!

AbsenceBorderlands Theatre presents

Absence / El Ausente!

In Absence/El Ausente, Pablo migrates from Mexico City to the USA leaving his elderly parents to care for his wife and two children. El Ausente / Absence uses subtle humor, a genre seldom used in plays about migration, to explore the question of what happens to those left behind.

A Universal Story of "Staying"  El Ausente / Absence rings with an urgency to be told now. While stories of deportation and the consequent break up of families fill today's headlines, less consideration goes to the other side of that equation - the broken family structure left behind when migrants leave home. The ancient ritual of the "hero's journey," an outward journey of the physical world, is a familiar one. Rascón-Banda's depiction of the interior, psychological journey of those who stay is well worth telling.... and watching.


Presented in Caridad Svich's captivating English translation along with four special performances in Rascón-Banda's original Spanish text, this production marks the third play by Victor Hugo Rascón Banda that Borderlands has produced.    


February 12th- February 28th 2015

Performances are in English except for 2/14, 2/22   

and Student Matinee on 2/19. 


En Español 2/14, 2/22 y para los estudiantes el 2/19. 

ZUZI'S Theater, 738 N. 5th Ave.

2/12- Preview- 7:30 pm (HALF OFF! All tickets $12)
2/13- Opening Night Celebration. With postres plus meet and greet the actors. 7:30 pm
2/14- Spanish performance. 7:30 pm
2/15- Matinee. 2 pm
2/19- Student Matinee. 10am Spanish Performance
2/19- Regular Performance. 7:30 pm
2/20- Regular Performance. 7:30 pm
2/21- Regular Performance. 7:30 pm
2/22- Spanish performance. 2 pm


Opening Night $24, General $20, Senior $17, Student $14 (group rates and various discounts available) 


Please call the Borderlands Box Office (520)-882-7406 to make your reservations.


Donations Accepted / Donaciones Aceptadas.





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for Tucson's 2015 Cesar Chavez March and Rally 

Borderlands Theater invites the Tucson community to help make eight giant puppets that will be used during the march and rally to honor Cesar Chavez this March.

Giant puppets, sometimes called "cabezudos" are a tradition in popular theatre that goes back centuries in Latin America and Europe. In the USA, the Bread and Puppet Theatre has made giant puppet spectacles since the 1960s. Giant puppets are fun and awe inspiring, just the thing to inject a sense of pride at this year's Chavez celebration.

Borderlands will host four weekends of giant puppet making sessions open to families, youth, student groups, seniors, school clubs, and anyone interested in helping out. A great family activity! Appropriate for ages 8-100! 

Sessions will take place at 

Borderlands Theater Courtyard:

40 W. Broadway in downtown Tucson

11am to 3pm, Saturdays and Sundays on the following dates:

February 21 & 22

February 28 & March 1
March 7 & 8
March 14 & 15 


To reserve a space call: 520-882-8607 or email







Auditions will take place as follows:

At the Arizona Opera Center, 1636 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix:
Thursday, March 19, 6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Wednesday, April 1, 6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 11, 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

At Dove of Peace Church, 665 W Roller Coaster Rd, Tucson, AZ 85704
Thursday, April 16, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 18, 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Each auditioner is to prepare 2 arias or art songs, one in French, and one in Italian, and you will be asked to sight-read a couple of short passages. Each auditioner will be scheduled for a 5 minute slot. A pianist will be provided, or you may bring one with you.

To sign up for an audition time please call Keri Muir at (602) 819-9291, or by e-mail at




Supernumerary roles are brief, non-singing roles which feature prominently in fully staged operatic performances that Arizona Opera presents at Phoenix Symphony Hall and the Tucson Convention Center. Supernumeraries this season will share the stage with world-class international classical artists and will be fully costumed and made up for their stage appearances portraying priests, nuns, henchmen, ghosts, royalty, swordsmen, townspeople, and women of the night.

Attend rehearsals with Stage Director, Fight Choreographer, Choreographer, and others as required.
Rehearsals generally occur on weekends, but occasionally on weeknights. Performers generally participate in 8-10 rehearsals and all five performances.

If you wish to apply for a supernumerary position, please send resume and headshot to Zackery Hayhurst, Director of Artistic Administration.

Reports To: 

Production Stage Manager

Job Category: 

On-stage talent. Actors/Models of all ages and sizes


·         Education Level: High School preferred

·         Special Abilities/Characteristics Preferred but not required: Fencing, Fitness, Dance, Ability to take instruction/direction


Arizona Opera provides all supernumeraries with a modest honorarium for participation.
Non-singing talent is acknowledged in the programs for each production.
Travel and double-occupancy hotel housing is provided for in Tucson when the production travels to our sister city.



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Arizona Opera 2015-2016 Season




October 16-18, 2015


October 10-11, 2015




November 13-15. 2015


November 21-22, 2015




February 5-7, 2016


January 30-31, 2016



February 26-28, 2016


March 5-6, 2016




April 1-3, 2016


April 9-10, 2016



By Chuck Graham,


photo by Tim Fuller

George H.W. Bush (Mark Jacoby), left, and Ronald Reagan (Steve Sheridan) share a presidential moment in the Nixon Library. 

The word is out. Arizona Theatre Company's world premiere of “Five Presidents” has won Tucson's vote. Standing ovations are a nightly occurrence for this 90-minute production performed without intermission.

After an unfortunate opening week at ATC when one of the cast members had to drop out because of a death in the family, Jeffrey Steitzer (an old friend of the company) stepped in and had his role up to speed in just a few days. That's when crowds began pouring into the downtown Temple of Music and Art, 330 S. Scott Ave., where “Five Presidents” will run through Feb. 1.

As entertaining as it is brilliantly glib, this look at an imagined conversation among five men who have served as President of the United States is set in real time as they wait together to attend Richard Nixon's funeral in Yorba Linda, California.

The delightful script written by Rick Cleveland (television's “The West Wing,” “Six Feet Under,” “Mad Men” and “House of Cards”) plays on the idea that revealing moments of real personality would pop up as this quintet of massive political egos go bobbing around, bouncing off each other in unassuming small talk.

In a way, “Five Presidents” is built of the same ingredients as Cleveland's successful TV shows. But with direction by Mark Clements, we can quickly accept the feeling of eavesdroppers hiding behind an unseen sofa in the Nixon Library.

Waiting to see what each of these men looks like as he steps on stage is a part of the fun.

First we meet broad-shouldered Gerald Ford (Steitzer), pacing about, determined to hold his own in this august group. Much lighter is Jimmy Carter (Martin L'Herault), maintaining his perpetual optimism. George H. W. Bush (Mark Jacoby) follows right behind, eager to create the impression of still being a robust personality.

All of which sets up the entrances everyone is waiting for, the two ex-presidents with the highest pop culture profiles – Ronald Reagan (Steve Sheridan) and Bill Clinton (Brit Whittle).

Out of nowhere there is impromptu applause as Reagan pops in with a jar of jelly beans under his arm. He may have no idea where he is, but he is going to act presidential...with a casual manner, of course.

Of all the presidents, Reagan looks the most like a political caricature of himself. He's also the most adept at getting laughs with his befuddled body language.

Giving equal time to the other political party, Clinton gets no sympathy, either. They all wish Clinton would just stop talking, and resent how he was always so popular with everyone. Clinton's charismatic dalliances also get some attention.

But really, what we are left with is the sense that all these men were a blend of extraordinary talents and quite ordinary human qualities. We watch and are reminded being great at some things doesn't make you great at everything.

Which is particularly apt at a time when our country seems more polarized than ever. We need to keep remembering all-or-nothing answers will only guarantee continuing clashes between black and white forces.

“Five Presidents” plays at various times through Feb. 1 at the Temple of Music and Art, 330 S. Scott Ave. Tickets are $37-$67. For details and reservations, 622-2823, or visit


Tell the Senate to Support Arts Education



January 28, 2015

Dear Arts Advocate:

As the 114th Congress begins a new season of legislating, we are already deeply concerned about education legislation being considered. Two weeks ago, the new chairman of the Senate education committee released a "discussion draft" to consider changes to federal education policies. The last authorization, known as the No Child Left Behind Act, expired in 2007, so this legislation is long overdue.

However, the current draft bill contains a number of provisions that would be terrible for arts education should they become law. Among the problematic provisions, this bill:

1) Deletes the definition of "core academic subjects," which includes the arts!
2) Terminates the $1 billion 21st Century Community Learning Center after-school program, which supports arts education;
3) Terminates the small, but mighty, federal Arts In Education program which has supported over 200 model grant programs for over a decade;
4) Omits indicators of student access to the arts as part of annual state reporting (example is New Jersey's report) that help identify the equity gap.

One positive development so far is that there appears to be bipartisan consensus that there is an over-emphasis on student testing. This has been a growing concern in the education sector as arts education advocates have made the point for years that the class time spent on testing has pushed the arts out of the school day.

The Senate education committee has invited public comments and we have prepared a simple way to provide them with feedback from supporters of arts education. Please take two minutes and send a customizable message to the Senate education committee by the end of Monday, February 2nd.

Want to take further action? Plan to join Arts Advocacy Day on March 23-24 and bring your arts education advocacy directly to Capitol Hill! Learn more about this event here.

Click the link below to log in and send your message:






Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Deadline -- Please register for Arts Congress by Thursday, Jan. 29



Your Day at the Capitol


Now more than ever - we need your voice at the State Capitol for Arts Congress, Tuesday, February 3


This year your attendance at Arts Congress is particularly important.


As of now, the Governor's proposed Executive Budget for Fiscal Year 2016 does not include a General Fund appropriation for the Arizona Commission on the Arts and does not include a provision for allocating interest from the state Rainy Day Fund as was done in Fiscal Years 2014 and 2015.


If this budget is passed by the Arizona Legislature, the Arts Commission will see a $1 million reduction to its grantmaking budget for Fiscal Year 2016.


The Arizona Commission on the Arts, you will recall, lost all General Fund appropriations in the FY2012 budget after seeing the $20 million Arts Endowment fund swept at the depths of the recent recession.


The partial restoration of funds in the last two years has meant arts organizations have been able to restore programming that reaches more Arizonans, stimulates more local spending and generates more jobs and services in our local communities.


And while the Commission does retain a little less than $1.4 million in the Arizona Arts Trust (funds derived from corporate filing fees), the loss of the $1 million in FY2016 will be a giant step backwards at a time when the local economy is still in need of investments that drive growth.


You have a chance to deliver this message directly to your state legislators on February 3 during Arts Congress 2015. Please register by 5 pm, tomorrow, Thursday, Jan. 29.


Governor Ducey has expressed his personal support for the arts, and includes arts and culture among the assets he says he will use to attract business and investment in Arizona.


Key state senators and representatives also place a high value on investment in the arts and culture sector. Those legislators formed the coalition that obtained the Rainy Day Fund allocations of $1 million in FY2014 and FY2015.


But we must continue to make our case for the necessity of investing in arts and culture to support Arizona's economic recovery now, and Arts Congress, February 3, is the most immediate and important way you can help us do that.  


See you there!


To register online, CLICK HERE


Arizona Citizens for the Arts | 420 W. Roosevelt | Suite 208 | Phoenix | AZ | 85003




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Opera Guild of Southern Arizona PRESENTS Opera at Reel Arts 6 Theater

This from the Opera Guild and much more on the blog:



-----Original Message-----
From: Opera Guild of Southern Arizona []
Sent: Wednesday, January 28, 2015 11:15 AM
Subject: OGSA January Newsletter


Opera at Reel Arts 6 Theater

292-2430 4690 N. Oracle Rd, Tucson

Filmed performances

Admission: Adults $17 / Seniors & Students $15

Monday, January 26th

The Barber of Seville, Opera de Paris           10:30 a.m.

Wednesday, January 28th

L'elisir d'amore, Royal Opera House            11:00 a.m.

Saturday, February 7th

La Forza del Destino, Opera de Paris           10:30 a.m.

Wednesday, February 11th

La Forza del Destino, Opera de Paris           6:00 p.m.

Monday, February 23rd

La Forza del Destino, Opera de Paris           10:30 a.m.

Wednesday, April 1st

Der Fliegende Hollander, Royal Opera House 11:00 a.m.

Saturday, April 16th

Der Fliegende Hollander, Royal Opera House 11:00 a.m.



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