Thursday, December 31, 2009

Tucson: OPP's auditions - 19th Annual New Play Festival


From: Kelly Hardesty []
Sent: Thursday, December 31, 2009 1:13 PM
Subject: OPP's auditions Jan 25


Old Pueblo Playwrights’ 19th Annual New Play Festival
Monday, January 25
6:00 p.m. 
Temple of Music & Art,  upstairs Rehearsal Hall
330 S. Scott Avenue
Please bring a one-minute monolog.
Actors of all ages and types are encouraged to audition.

Pre-registration encouraged:  Contact Jerry at (520) 318 - 0559




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-----Original Message-----
From: THE WATER PROJECT: Tucson's Synergistic Water Festival []
Sent: Thursday, December 31, 2009 2:50 AM
Subject: CALL FOR PARTICIPATION AND SUPPORT + Community Brainstorm Gatherings


Want to make a difference in the new decade? Your PARTICIPATION and
SUPPORT is needed for "THE WATER PROJECT: Tucson's Synergistic Water
Festival" and its goal to achieve proactive and creative solutions for

• Community Brainstorm Gatherings
• Spectacular Performance
• Art Happenings
• Sponsor / Vendor
• Volunteer

READ ON... sign up... and forward the info to friends and colleagues...


2nd THURSDAYS: JAN 14, FEB 11, MAR 11 (Save the Dates)
Doors Open / Sign-In: 6pm | Discussions / Activities: 6:30-8:30pm
Armory Park Center, 220 S. 5th Avenue (On 5th Ave, S. of 12th St)

You, your friends and colleagues are invited to the monthly Water
Festival Community Brainstorm Gatherings and participate in THE 
WATER PROJECT, March 26-28, a festival that celebrates, educates and
facilitates creative problem-solving for our most intrinsicly precious
and endangered natural resource–water–and features a performance,
art happenings, films, info/vending tables, panel discussion and water
ritual. The Festival is developed through cross-sector collaborations,
the Community Brainstorm Gatherings are opportunities to learn more
about the Festival, collaboratively map ideas and partake in a
proactively creative experience. The next one on Jan. 14th will focus
on synthesizing the information into creative expressions and
participation throughout the Festival.

Go to to review the
notes from the previous 2 sessions.

• SPECTACULAR PERFORMANCE: From beginner to professional dancers,
actors, puppeteers, stilters, costumers, prop makers, etc. of all ages
and abilities, be part of the Festival highlight through creative
expression by and for the community. Weekly rehearsals- GROUP 1
(Sat. 4:30-6:30pm, starts Jan. 23rd) and/or GROUP 2 (Mon. 6-8pm,
starts Jan. 25th) @ Rhythm Industry, 1013 S. Tyndall Ave. Production
times to make props and costumes TBA. NOTE: Can be in one or both
reheasal groups, which will create different scenes to be put together
closer to the Festival dates.

• ART HAPPENINGS: Sideshows, painting, sculpture, poetry, live
music, etc.

• VOLUNTEER: There are many fun aspects of the Festival that need
your assistance and enthusiasm.

• SPONSOR / VENDOR: Provide info, products, wares, food, etc. while
also financially supporting (tax-deductible) the Festival as a non-
profit, business or artisan. Your generous support and participation
is very valuable to the Festival experience. Go to
to view the various sponsorship opportunities, donation page, and
vendor form and information.


For more information, email announcements, creative participation,
vending and super sponsorship opportunities:
• Go to the WEBSITE:
• Download the FESTIVAL PACKET:
• Or reply to this email (See website first: sign-up forms are
available online).

SIGN UP and forward this email to friends and colleagues!

Happy 2010 and thank you for your PARTICIPATION and SUPPORT!

All the best,
jodi netzer
Festival Director/Producer

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THE WATER PROJECT: Tucson's Synergistic Water Festival
March 26-28, 2010
520.791.9359 (office)
267.334.7857 (mobile)
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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Tucson: Auditions for female singer/dancers at Old Tucson Sun 1/3


From: Scott Madsen []
Sent: Thursday, December 17, 2009 12:51 PM
Subject: Submitted for Theater list - Auditions for female singer/dancers at Old Tucson Sun 1/3






Auditions take place on Sunday, January 3rd, at 4:00pm. 

201 S Kinney Rd, Tucson AZ 85735

Old Tucson Studios – Employee/Delivery Entrance

Check in with Security – bring a completed Old Tucson employment application if possible

(applications are available at )

We will also need to know your HOURS OF AVAILABILITY


Wear clothing you can MOVE in and shoes you can DANCE in!


Please prepare a song to sing.  (No pianist is available.  You may sing a cappella, or may bring  an accompanying track on CD, in .mp3 or .wav formats on CD-rom or thumb-drive.  No iPod connections will be available.) 


There is no need to prepare a dance routine. 


Contact: Rob Jensen, Entertainment Manager

(520) 883 0100 ext. 370, FAX (520) 578 1269, e-mail

Old Tucson Studios is an EOE/Drug-Free Workplace


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Tucson: The Rogue Theatre Presents OUR TOWN


From: The Rogue Theatre []
Sent: Wednesday, December 30, 2009 8:50 AM
Subject: The Rogue Theatre Presents OUR TOWN




December 29, 2009


For Immediate Release

Contact: Cynthia Meier,





The Rogue Theatre
presents Thornton Wilder's classic


In 1937, Thornton Wilder wrote a play that was revolutionary, yet theatrical; profound, yet simple; and heartwarming, while dealing with issues such as mortality and death.  That play, Our Town, has become one of the best-loved scripts of the American Theatre and an important snapshot of life at the beginning of the 20th century.  It follows the lives of the citizens of a small New Hampshire town painting an intimate portrait of a community as it strives to create lives that are stable, solid and honest and to better themselves and the world around them.  Spanning a 15-year period of time, we see the folks of Grover's Corners, growing up, falling in love, dreaming of far horizons and facing death and what's beyond.  Adding dimension to the story is the fact that all of this is played out on a virtually empty stage, allowing the viewer's imagination to paint the picture of Grover's Corners before them and to participate in creating this story with the actors.  A masterpiece of simplicity and grace, Our Town is a brilliant creation where life, in all its brutality and wonder, is laid bare for our examination and appreciation.


In reflecting on the scope of the play, Director Joe McGrath says, "Wilder's point of view in Our Town is singular.  It is not just reflections on life in a New England small town, but those reflections from the perspective of eternity.  We are encouraged to see our lives from greater and greater distance, until finally--far from detaching us--life's value and delicacy is made painfully clear--a jewel in a vast universe."


  • Our Town previews on Thursday, January 7, 2010 at 7:30P.M.  Tickets for the preview performance are $18.
  • Opening Night is on Friday, January 8, 2010 at 7:30 P.M.
  • Regular performances of Our Town continue on Saturday, January 9 through Sunday, January 24, 2010.
  • Curtain times are Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 P.M. and Sundays at 2:00P.M
  • Tickets are $24 and can be purchased online at or by calling our ticket and information line at 520-551-2053.
  • Thursday, January 14 and January 21 are pay-what-you-will performances. Reservations are encouraged.
  • Half-price student rush tickets are available 15 minutes before curtain, with student ID.


The production sponsor for Our Town is Nancy Reeder.


Our Town will be directed by Joseph McGrath, who is the Artistic Director for The Rogue Theatre where he has performed in The Fever, The Dead, Endymion, The Good Woman of Setzuan, The Cherry Orchard, The Goat, Happy Days, Red Noses, Six Characters in Search of an Author, Orlando, Animal Farm and A Delicate Balance and has directed The Balcony, Endymion, The Maids (winner of the Arizona Daily Star 2007 Mac Award for Best Play), Red Noses and Immortal Longings, which he also authored.  Joe is a graduate of the Juilliard School of Drama. He has toured with John Houseman's Acting Company and performed with the Utah Shakespearean Festival. In Tucson, he has been a frequent performer with Ballet Tucson appearing in The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Cinderella, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Dracula and The Nutcracker. He has also performed with Arizona Theatre Company, Arizona Opera, Tucson Art Theatre, Arizona OnStage, Green Thursday, Damesrocket Theatre, and Old Pueblo Playwrights in such plays as The Seagull, Assassins, Oleanna, Threepenny Opera and Anger Box.


The cast of Our Town includes:


  • Paul Barby (Simon Stimson) studied acting at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York.  That was followed by classes with Lee Strasberg of Actors Studio fame.  During the late 1960's, he appeared professionally in musicals with the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, the St. Louis Muny Opera and Houston's Sharps Town Music Theatre.  While living in Albuquerque during the 1970's, he appeared in numerous plays and musicals, among them the lead roles in Boys in the Band and Promises, Promises.
  • Daria Berg (Rebecca Gibbs) is remembered by Tucson theatre-goers as Amaryllis in the Arizona Repertory Theatre's Music Man and as one of the "no-neck monsters" in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.  An avid softball player, Daria is an 8th-grader at Pusch Ridge Christian Academy.
  • Dylan Connelly (Joe/Si Crowell) is a 6th grader at Orange Grove Middle School with interests in history and science. Our Town is Dylan's first production.
  • Bill Epstein (Professor Willard) is a Professor of English at the University of Arizona. He has played leads in mummers' plays, commedia dell'arte, musicals (West Side Story, Bells Are Ringing), comedies (Plaza Suite, Light Up the Sky, I Hate Hamlet), and dramas (Old Times, Antigone, Educating Rita). In Tucson, he has acted with, among others, Arizona Repertory Theatre, Beowulf Alley Theatre Company, Borderlands Theatre, Live Theatre Workshop and Quintessential Productions. This is his second appearance with The Rogue Theatre.
  • Terry Erbe (Stage Manager) returns to The Rogue Theatre after a long absence, having appeared previously in The Balcony. Terry is in his tenth year teaching and directing theatre at Catalina Foothills High School, and he can be seen occasionally around town in various productions. Recent acting credits include Leaving Iowa and The Exonerated at The Invisible Theatre and Of Mice and Men at Beowulf Alley Theatre Company.
  • Todd Fitzpatrick (Howie Newsome) most recently appeared as Leslie in Beowulf Alley Theatre Company's production of Seascape. He previously performed with The Rogue Theatre in The Cherry Orchard, Red Noses and Six Characters in Search of an Author. Other roles he has performed include Linus in You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown; Scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz and Jesus in Godspell. Todd appeared as Lon in the HBO film El Diablo and has studied at American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco.
  • Alexandra Franklin (Emily Webb) recently moved to Tucson after earning a BFA in Acting from Illinois Wesleyan University. Prior to coming to Tucson, Ali toured the state of Tennessee with the National Theatre for Children. Ali also enjoys long form improv, which she studied at Brave New Workshop in Minneapolis for a number of years.
  • Roberto Guajardo (Dr. Gibbs) has frequently appeared with Arizona Theatre Company, Borderlands Theatre, Invisible Theatre, Beowulf Alley Theatre Company and Arizona Repertory Theatre. Roberto has also worked extensively in theatres throughout the state, including Arizona Jewish Theatre, Actor's Theatre of Phoenix, Phoenix Theatre and four seasons with the Flagstaff Festival of the Arts. Regional credits include appearances at Seattle Repertory Theatre, San José Repertory Theatre, Kansas City Repertory Theatre and The Pasadena Playhouse. In 2008, Roberto was honored to receive TPAC's Lumie Award for Lifetime Achievement for outstanding contribution to the arts in Pima County.
  • Janet Lynn Henderson (Louella Soames) is acting with The Rogue Theatre for the first time.  She has been seen  in The Full Monty and Jewtopia  with Arizona Onstage Productions;  Noche de los Muertos for Beowulf Alley Theatre Company; Rags: The New American Musical for Borderlands Theatre; Pippin, Man of La Mancha and A Secret Garden with UMC Fine Arts; and  All in the Timing  and The Laramie Project  for Pima Community College Theatre Arts.
  • Art Jacobson (Constable Warren) is appearing in his sixth Rogue Theatre production. Rogue audiences saw him first as the Envoy in The Balcony and most recently as Firs in The Cherry Orchard. He has also appeared in productions by Borderlands Theatre, Old Pueblo Playwrights, and Beowulf Alley Theatre Company.
  • Celia Madeoy (Mrs. Webb) is in her third year on faculty at the School of Theatre Arts' Professional BFA Training Program and a company artist/vocal coach with Arizona Repertory Theatre.  Past ART credits include Joanne in Company, Grace in Bus Stop, Nurse in Medea, Mrs. Paroo in The Music Man and Josephine Strong in Urinetown.  Professionally, she has performed with numerous regional theatres including the Shakespeare Theatre Company, Folger Theatre, Shakespeare & Company, Marin Shakespeare Company, Child's Play Touring Theatre, and with Maryland, North Carolina and Virginia Shakespeare Festivals.  She also played Kate opposite two-time OBIE award-winner Rocco Sisto in The Taming of the Shrew at Shakespeare & Company and was named most outstanding actress of the Berkshires that season.
  • Jesse McCain (Sam Craig) is a sophomore at the University of Arizona. He was recently seen as part of Debut through the University of Arizona School of Theatre Arts, as well as Detective George Blumberg in the murder mystery Dedicated To The End for the U of A family weekend. Previously, Jesse was seen in Dracula, The Crucible and A Midsummer Night's Dream at Sabino High School.
  • Cynthia Meier (Mrs. Gibbs) is the Managing and Associate Artistic Director for The Rogue Theatre for which she has adapted and directed James Joyce's The Dead, directed Animal Farm, Orlando, Happy Days, The Good Woman of Setzuan, The Fever and The Cherry Orchard, and performed in A Delicate Balance, Immortal Longings, Six Characters in Search of an Author, Red Noses, The Goat (Best Actress, Arizona Daily Star 2008 Mac Award), The Maids, Endymion and The Balcony. She also directed The Seagull (featuring Ken Ruta) for Tucson Art Theatre. Cynthia has also performed in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Arizona Repertory Theatre), A Streetcar Named Desire (Arizona Theatre Company), Blithe Spirit and A Midsummer Night's Dream (Michigan Repertory Theatre), Romeo and Juliet and Chicago Milagro (Borderlands Theatre), A Namib Spring (1999 National Play Award winner) and Smirnova's Birthday, The Midnight Caller and The Ballad of the Sad Cafe (Tucson Art Theatre).
  • David Morden (Mr. Webb) has directed The Rogue Theatre's productions of A Delicate Balance, The Goat (2008 Arizona Daily Star Mac Award) and Six Characters in Search of an Author. David has appeared with The Rogue Theatre in Animal Farm, Orlando, Six Characters in Search of an Author, Red Noses, The Cherry Orchard, the preshow to The Maids and in Endymion. As a singer, he has performed in the chorus of Arizona Opera's production of The Threepenny Opera, Die Fledermaus, The Flying Dutchman, Susannah and The Mikado. He has acted locally with Arizona Onstage Productions (Assassins), Actors Theatre (The Bible: The Complete Word of God (Abridged)) and Green Thursday Theatre Project (Anger Box, Rain).
  • Robert Anthony Peters (George Gibbs) completed his BS at the University of Arizona in Marketing and Entrepreneurship, was subsequently a Koch Fellow in Washington, DC, and went on to train at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute in New York City. A few of his films that are available to the purchasing public are The Pursuit of Happyness, Revolution Summer, The Village Barbershop, Wasted, and many more that have yet to see the light of day. He is the president of Laissez Faire Media ( and a member of SAG, AFTRA, and Theatre Bay Area.
  • Dylan Stringer (Wally Webb) is currently a theatre student at Catalina Foothills High School. Dylan has played the saxophone, the piano and other instruments for several years, and has been an active member of his school's jazz program and others around town.
  • Brian Taraz (Joe Stoddard) makes his debut with The Rogue with this production. Previously, Brian performed the role of Harold in Black Comedy at Beowulf Alley Theatre Company. The bulk of Brian's theatrical acting has taken place in San Diego, performing in numerous Shakespeare plays like Macbeth, Twelfth Night and A Midsummer Night's Dream, as well as Marat/Sade, Book of Days, The Trial and I Hate Hamlet.
  • Harlan Hokin (Musical Director) has performed extensively as a singer in Europe and the United States, including a stint with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. He earned a doctorate in historical performance practice from Stanford, and has taught at Stanford and UC Santa Cruz. Harlan is an active workshop teacher and writer on topics of interest to singers and early music performers. Recent theatrical involvement has been with The Rogue Theatre as Musical Director for A Delicate Balance, Animal Farm, Immortal Longings, Orlando, Six Characters in Search of an Author, Red Noses, The Goat, The Cherry Orchard, The Good Woman of Setzuan, The Maids, Endymion, The Dead and The Balcony, and Arizona Onstage Productions as Vocal Director for their production of Assassins. Harlan has also served as Music Director for Arizona Theatre Company's Summer On Stage program. He is currently serving as Artistic Director for the Arizona Early Music Society and is the father of two nearly perfect children.


The Rogue Theatre's mission is to create the highest quality theatre possible;
challenging, stretching, and invigorating our community.

We emphasize

LANGUAGE by placing primary value on quality language and literature;
ENSEMBLE by developing performers who seek continuous improvement and creating an academy for training ourselves and emerging theatre artists;
CHALLENGING IDEAS by presenting plays which offer complex and provocative points of view
related to important social, political, and personal issues.


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Tuesday, December 29, 2009



From: Arizona Theatre Company []
Sent: Tuesday, December 29, 2009 10:21 AM






Broadway's quirky hit makes its regional debut in Arizona...

 and, yes, [title of show] is the title of the show!



In 2004, two out-of-work actors in New York decided to write a musical.  The problem was, they didn't know what to write about.  So they simply wrote about writing the musical and the result was the hilarious and tuneful Broadway hit [title of show], a startlingly hilarious and tuneful musical about musicals.  The witty story follows the two writers, and their best friends, as they create a Cinderella tale set to music about the journey from the unemployment line to the Great White Way. Arizona Theatre Company is proud to be the first regional company in the west to produce this offbeat musical that has been hailed as "hilarious" by the New York Times, "sly, sassy and inspired" by Entertainment Weekly, and "irresistible" by the NY Sun[title of show] plays in Tucson at the Temple of Music and Art from January 23 through February 13.  It continues its run in Phoenix at the Herberger Theater Center from February 18 through March 7.  Arizona Theatre Company's season sponsors are I. Michael and Beth Kasser and the Arizona Commission on the Arts.  The Phoenix production sponsors of [title of show] are Ann C. and Frederick A. Lynn.


[title of show] is a dizzy, unpredictable, and uproarious tongue-in-cheek musical about show business and making one's dreams come true. Follow Jeff, Hunter, Heidi and Susan as they negotiate a musical theatre obstacle course of finding backers, casting singers, and making it to Broadway. This hit musicalwill be staged for Arizona audiences by the same team of artists that created ATC's hit productions of Hair and The Pajama Game.  [title of show] contains mature language and content. also warns, "I wouldn't recommend it to two groups: toddlers and stupid people."


JEFF BOWEN (Music and Lyrics) wrote the music and lyrics and co-starred in the Broadway production of [title of show]. He was awarded an OBIE for his work on [title of show], and has composed music for several shows at PS 122, including Avant Garde-a-Rama in Sparklevision and Hello, My Name Is Avant Garde-a-Rama. Also, Sparklefest 2000 at Dixon Place, The A Train Plays and the film Boat Mime. His onstage credits include The Who's Tommy, The Diviners, The Doctor in Spite of Himself, Of Thee I Sing, The Sandbox and On the Twentieth Century, among others.


HUNTER BELL (Book) wrote the book and co-starred in the Broadway production of [title of show]. He received an OBIE Award and Tony Award and Drama League nominations for [title of show]. Writing credits include, Silence! The Musical (book writer/Overall Excellence Award-Outstanding Musical, 2005 New York Fringe Festival), Stuck by Epcot (playwright/Manhattan Theatre Source), A Train Plays (lyricist/Neighborhood Playhouse), Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus (writer/2007 Circus). He has developed new works at the Dramatist Guild, Irish Repertory Theatre, PS 122, Goodspeed Musicals/Chester, CanStage, Manhattan Theatre Club, Ars Nova and The Eugene O'Neill Theater Center.


"When I first saw [title of show] in its off-Broadway incarnation, I was exhilarated by its wit, honesty and joyful message about daring to dream big," said director David Ira Goldstein. "It's a true 'insider's insider's' view of what it takes to make something brand new and what fun it is express your voice passionately. Everyone creates something in this world that is uniquely theirs, and [title of show] celebrates with stylish glee the perspiration and the inspiration of creation. It's also about friendship of the deepest kind, friendship between people who put themselves on the line to create, to sing their songs and to share their vision. That this little show made it all the way to Broadway - and now beyond - is a wonderful case of life mirroring art."


[title of show] will be directed by David Ira Goldstein, Artistic Director of Arizona Theatre Company. He has directed over 35 mainstage productions ranging from classics to new plays to musicals including the world premieres of The Kite Runner earlier this season; Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure, Inventing van Gogh, Rocket Man, Private Eyes, Over The Moon and Dracula, all by Steven Dietz;and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Jeffrey Hatcher. He has been a guest director at theatres across the country including Seattle Repertory Theatre, San Jose Repertory Theatre, Florida Stage, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Pasadena Playhouse, Northlight Theatre, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Geva Theatre Center, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Laguna Playhouse, Mixed Blood Theatre, and the Children's Theatre Company of Minneapolis. Before moving to Arizona, Mr. Goldstein was Associate Artistic Director of ACT Theatre in Seattle. His musical A Marvelous Party: The Nöel Coward Celebration, has played at theatres around the United States winning four Joseph Jefferson Awards in Chicago, including one for Best Director; The Elliot Norton Award in Boston; and the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Production.


The cast of [title of show] includes Stanley Bahorek (Hunter), who appeared on Broadway as Leaf Coneybear in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.  Off-Broadway, he has been seen in Inventing Avi.  He performed Tom Sawyer in the national tour of the DeafWest revival of Big River. Other New York theatre credits include Rent, See Rock City and Wood. Regionally, he has appeared in the world premieres of Ordinary Days and Up In The Air; as well as in Happy Days, Jim Henson's Emmet Otter, and A Little Night Music.  On television, he has been seen in Law & Order: CI. Lauren Lebowitz (Susan) returns to Arizona Theatre Company after appearing as Jeanie in last season's production of Hair.  She has performed in the national tours of Footloose and Godspell, and has toured with the USO. Last year, she was seen Off-Broadway in the world premiere of To Paint the Earth as part of the New York Musical Theatre Festival. Other theatrical credits include Tzeitel in Fiddler on the Roof, Grace in Annie, Rosa in Wallenberg and the Vagina Monologues. Kelly McCormick (Heidi) is returning to ATC, where she last appeared as Babe in The Pajama Game. She comes directly from playing the role of Truly Scrumptious on the 1st National Tour of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Ms. McCormick appeared nightly as the Factory Girl (and occasionally as Fantine) on the final National Tour of Les Misérables. Regionally, she has played Martha Jefferson in 1776, Linda in Pal Joey, Aysha in Children of Eden and Fantine in the regional premiere of Les Misérables at Pioneer Theatre Company. Other credits include the NYC workshop of Zhivago and soloist with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Sal Sabella (Jeff) returns to Arizona Theatre Company where he appeared in Hair. Most recently, he was in the concert version of Kristina at Carnegie Hall. He performed in the Broadway national tour of Phantom of the Opera, as well as in the national tours of Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Godspell (cast recording). His other theatrical credits include performancesat Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center Theater.


The creative team for [title of show] includes Patricia Wilcox (Choreographer), who returns to ATC where her work has been seen in Hair, The Pajama Game, The Pirates of Penzance and My Fair Lady, among many others. Other credits include Bowfire (national tour and PBS special), A Marvelous Party (Co-Conceiver, Jeff Award and LA Drama Critics Circle Award), the New York revival-as well as the national and international companies and Thames Television production-of Blues in the Night (DramaLogue Award), Seussical (national tour), Hit Me with a Hot Note (national tour), A Swell Party (The Kennedy Center) and Broadway Under the Stars (New York). She has also created numbers for ice skating gold medalists Viktor Petrenko, Ilia Kulik, and Katya Gordeeva. Christopher McGovern (Musical Director) returns to ATC where he conducted and performed in Hair and The Pajama Game. He has worked Off-Broadway on That's Life (Outer Critics Circle nomination), The Jazz Singer, Sheba, The Fishkin Touch and Totie, among others. His national tours include Fame and The Presidents with Rich Little. He is the Author/Composer of Lizzie Borden, Backwards in High Heels, A Visit to Roswell and many original songs. He has worked as Producer/Arranger/Orchestrator and Songwriter on recordings by Tony-nominees Rebecca Luker, Susan Egan and Alison Fraser. Mr. McGovern has performed in concert with Susan Egan (national tour including Carnegie Hall), Karen Mason, Liz Callaway, Roslyn Kind and many others.


The design team for [title of show] includes John Ezell (Scenic Designer), who designed the scenery for last season's production of Hair at ATC. He has designed for Broadway, New York Shakespeare Festival and The Public Theater, as well as Roundabout Theatre Company, Crossroads Theatre Company and Shakespeare Theatre Company, among many others. His work has received the Award for Experimental Television Art in Milan, two Corporation for Public Broadcasting Awards for Excellence and eleven Critics' Circle Awards. Kish Finnegan (Costume Design) has designed many shows for ATC,  including The Kite Runner, Hair, Touch the Names, Molly's Delicious, Tuesdays with Morrie, Copenhagen, and 2 Pianos 4 Hands, among many others. She has also designed for Childsplay, the Burbank Repertory Theatre and the Chamber Theatre, where she won the Los Angeles DramaLogue award for Costume Design. Her most unique designs have been for aquacades and aquatic costumes for the US national synchronized swimming team. Michael Gilliam (Lighting Designer) returns to Arizona Theatre Company where he designed Hair, George Gershwin Alone, The Fantasticks, Play On!, The Mystery of Irma Vep andBlue.He has designed lighting on Broadway, The West End, Off-Broadway and regionally at such theatres as Arena Stage, The Old Globe, La Jolla Playhouse and Mark Taper Forum, among many others. Among the awards he has garnered are Los Angeles Ovation Awards, Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award, DramaLogue Awards, Garland Awards, Robby Awards and the 1999 Career Achievement Award from the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle.  Abe Jacob (Sound Designer) returns to ATC where he was Sound Designer for Hair, The Pajama Game, The Pirates of Penzance and My Fair Lady, among others. He pioneered and introduced the field of sound design in Broadway theatre. His original designs for musical theatre include the Broadway productions of Hair, Jesus Christ Superstar, Pippin, Chicago, Sgt. Pepper, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, A Chorus Line, Gilda Radner Live, Dancin', Beatlemania, Evita, Cats, Big Deal and Black and Blue. A native of Tucson, his initial contribution to the performing arts was the creation of the concert sound for such legendary artists as Jimi Hendrix; The Mamas and the Papas; Peter, Paul and Mary; and the historic rock celebration, The Monterey Pop Festival. Jeffrey Cady (Projections Designer) returns to Arizona Theatre Company where he designed projections for Love, Janis. Nationally, he has designed lighting and projections for Columbia Artists Theatricals' tours of Love, Janis and lighting for Theatre Leagues' production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Recently, Mr. Cady served as the Head Projection Programmer for Berkeley Repertory Theatre's production of Green Day's American Idiot. Glenn Bruner is the Production Stage Manager. Casting is by Telsey + Company.



Accessibility Options


Arizona Theatre Company offers accessibility services for patrons with disabilities for select performances. Audio Description provides patrons with vision loss a running audio description of the movement and activities onstage through an infrared broadcast system. An audio-described performance is offered on February 11 at 2 PM. Interested patrons may request a tactile tour one hour prior to curtain. American Sign Language interpretation is presented by professional, theatrically-trained ASL-interpreters for people who have deafness or hearing impairment. An ASL-interpreted performance is offered on February 11 at 7:30 PM. Open-Captioning allows patrons to read the play's dialogue on an LED screen as the play progresses. An open-captioned performance is offered on February 11 at 2 PM. For open-captioned or ASL-interpreted performances, patrons should request seats best suited to ASL interpretation or captioning when purchasing tickets. Large print and Braille playbills and infrared listening amplificationdevices are also available at every ATC performance with reservation. TTY access for the box office is available in Tucson at (520) 884-9723 or via Arizona Relay at (800) 367-8939 (TTY/ASCII).


Ticket Information


Tickets start at $31, depending on date and section choice and are available at or by calling the box office at (520) 622-2823. Discounts are available for students, seniors and active military on specific performance days. Half-price rush tickets are available for balcony seating for all performances one hour prior to curtain at the ATC box office (subject to availability).

Ten Dollar Tuesday for [title of show] is January 26. Balcony seats for this preview performance are available for a suggested $10 donation. (Tickets must be purchased at the ATC Box Office starting at 11 AM on January 26. Seating is 'first-come, first served' and is not guaranteed. Cash only, please. Two tickets per person maximum.) For discounts on groups of eight or more, call (520) 884-8210 x 8204 or






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Tucson: CYT Tucson looking for class and rehearsal accompanists - paid


From: Kathy Thuerbach []
Sent: Tuesday, December 29, 2009 10:02 AM
Subject: Please Post


CYT Tucson now looking for class and rehearsal accompanists.  Must have experience working with children in live musical theater and must be an excellent sight-reader and must be of extremely high character and moral fiber!


This is a paid gig!  Please send resumes to:   For more information about our organization, see our website at


Kathy Thuerbach
Executive Director, CYT Tucson
520-751-7510 (office)
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Tucson: Live Theatre Workshop Spring Theatre Classes

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Sent: Monday, December 28, 2009 4:27 PM
Subject: Live Theatre Workshop Spring Theatre Classes

Live Theatre Workshop OnStage! Education will be starting our Spring
classes the week of January 4th.
Musical Theatre and Acting Classes are for ages 3 - adult. All levels
welcome! After school and weekend classes available.
For details and registration forms visit or
call 520-327-0160

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Tucson: January IFASA Meeting is this Monday, 4 January


Sent: Monday, December 28, 2009 1:01 PM
Subject: [IFASA] January IFASA Meeting is this Monday, 4 January



The January IFASA meeting will be held on Monday, January 4, at 6:00 PM.  The location is the Main Library, 2nd Floor Meeting Room, 101 N. Stone.  Parking in the underground garage is free after 5:00 PM.


The meeting will feature our annual open forum on what our members want from IFASA in the next year.  This is a chance for all filmmakers to give their input on how IFASA can best serve the local film community.  Everyone is invited to share their opinions and suggestions and help guide YOUR organization in the upcoming year.  See you there.


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Monday, December 28, 2009

Tucson: TJS Embraces the New Year with Great Jazz, Great Food, Great Dancing and more


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Sent: Monday, December 28, 2009 9:02 AM
Subject: TJS Embraces the New Year with Great Jazz, Great Food, Great Dancing and more


JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa — Thursday, December 31, 7pm


There’s more to the Tucson Jazz Society’s New Year’s Eve All-Stars Gala than extraordinary music by a stage full of Grammy winners and nominees. That $189 ticket also includes an elegant four-course dinner served in a grand ball room with two dance floors (providing more room to really get down) so you can more fully appreciate two complete jazz concerts followed by more dancing after midnight to hit recordings requested by the audience. To give a rousing welcome to the New Year everyone will receive a complimentary champagne toast and party favors.

Want more? Having a ticket to the Gala also qualifies you to stay overnight at Starr Pass with a special room rate of $119. That’s much less than a traffic ticket for overly enthusiastic driving to get back home.

Buy your tickets early for prime seat selection at

Tucson jazz artists don’t take a back seat to anyone!

by Chuck Graham

Hey, wait a minute. This New Year’s Eve bash to greet a new decade isn’t just about letting ourselves be wowed by a bunch of out-of-towners. Tucson has some pretty good talent that can play really big onstage, yielding no quarter to our visiting guest artists. 

This year’s gala features not only two dance floors but also two concerts. The second concert will feature the Jazz All-Stars, but the first concert is a showcase for Tucson's Triple Threat Divas and vocalist Joe Bourne. Musical director and pianist Jeff Haskell will provide the accompaniment, working with Matt Mitchell, guitar, Rick Peron, trumpet, Jack Wood, bass, and Pete Swan, drums. 

In the Triple Threat Divas – Julie Anne, Crystal Stark, and Katherine Byrnes – you actually get four-shows-in- one. Each of these ladies is a unique soloist in her own right. When they start singing together, particularly on arrangements reminiscent of the Andrews Sisters, the magic blossoms.

Julie Anne sings for her love of classic jazz, paying tribute to the contributions of Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn, Julie London and Peggy Lee. Her resume includes gigs at Ventana Canyon Resort, McMahon’s Steak House, Starr Pass Resort, Westward Look Resort and the DesertView Performing Arts Center at SaddleBrook. As a recording artist, the statuesque singer’s 2007 CD, “Hey, Daddy!” was chosen one of the top 25 independent label releases of the year by On the academic side she has a degree in music education from the UA. 

Crystal Stark, with her bright eyes and magnetic smile, found fame as one of 44 finalists in the fifth season of TV’s popular “American Idol.” The high finish led to appearances on shows hosted by Jay Leno, Regis and Kelly, Jimmy Kimmel and Ellen Degeneres. Stark graduated from the University of Arizona with a degree in vocal music education. She stays busy working with Pete Swan’s Trio and a jazz/funk/soul quintet. She also believes in using her talent for a Christian ministry in music, serving as music director for her church, as well as teaching voice and piano lessons in her home studio. 

Katherine Byrnes was the second vocalist to be signed to Park Avenue Records at the UA. She also has a music degree from the university. Not content just to sing, Byrnes stretches out her acting chops, as well, taking roles in the musicals at Gaslight Theatre. Most recently she appeared in a production staged by Chamber Music Plus Southwest presenting the music of George and Ira Gershwin. 

Joe Bourne is a one-man show, literally. After enjoying a lengthy singing career in Europe, opening for such touring American acts as Natalie Cole, the Manhattans, the Pointer Sisters and Dionne Warwick, Bourne retired to Tucson with his wife Flory. Here in the Old Pueblo, Bourne works with all sizes of combos, big bands and symphony orchestras. Appearing frequently in concert at the area’s resorts, Bourne is well- known for his tribute shows celebrating the music of Nat King Cole, Lou Rawls and Sammy Davis Jr. Basically, this stylish entertainer can fit into any kind of musical setting that calls for a classy crooner. 

Proof that today’s jazz will have an audience tomorrow is provided by the Tucson Jazz Institute, a private school with more than 250 students learning to play America’s most original music. The institute’s leading big band will open the New Year’s Eve Jazz All-Stars Gala. In past performances opening TJS concerts, the TJI gang was genuinely smokin’. These players may be young but they are used to winning awards in student jazz band competitions at festivals in Fullerton, California, and northern Arizona.


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Thursday, December 24, 2009

This week on

Merry Christmas to all!

This week on

New articles and reviews in Chuck Graham’s “Let The Show Begin”:



·         MORE GREAT THEATER OPENS AT BEOWULF ALLEY on Jan. 16, "Fool For Love" by Sam Shepard

·         LYNN REDGRAVE opens the new year with performances Jan. 16-17 in the Berger Performing Arts Center, presented by Invisible Theatre





·         “An Affair To Remember”: The Tucson Jazz Society New Year’s Eve Gala






·         Eat to the Beat of a Different drummer or The crème brulee is worth singing for your supper…

… and much more.

New auditions, casting calls and announcements on the TTA List:

·  Tucson: casting call for a short film

·  Tucson: The Red Barn Theater proudly presents "Big...

·  Tucson: Invisible Theatre presents RACHEL AND JULI...

·  Tucson: short student film in need of child actors...

·  Tucson: Auditions for "Whisper To A Scream" traile...

·  Tucson: Actor needed - educational video - Arizona...


·  Tucson: Casting Call, Child Actor for Short Film

·  Tucson: LTW's All Together Theatre Spring Schedule...

·  Tucson: Kwanzaa Show - Last weekend in Tucson, the...

·  Tucson: Casting Call, Female Actress for Short Fil...

·  Tucson: Casting Call short/music video - PAID


·  Tucson: Tonight, Holiday Songs at the New Ventana ...

·  Tucson: Santa Cruz Shoestring Players presents "Bl...

·  Tucson: Auditions for female singer/dancers at Old...

·  Tucson: LTW's ETCETERA presents THE ROCKY HORROR S...

What everyone’s talking about on the TTA Discussion Board…, stage and screen, tell us who you are. professional courtesies something Getting serious actors for your casting calls 

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