Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Tucson: The Comedy Playhouse announces performance date changes for "The Matinee Show"

From: Nathan Christensen []
Sent: Tuesday, June 14, 2011 4:07 PM
Subject: The Matinee Show: Schedule Changes


Seven Lively Arts presents

The MatinĂ©e Show

Things are changing over at The Matinee Show!

Due to a casting change, our performances on June 16 and 23 have been cancelled, as we bring a new performer into the show. We’ll start back up on June 30 with our special guest, Arizona Daily Star’s resident political cartoonist – David Fitzsimmons.

While we’re on hiatus, we are also adding new comedy material – so if you’ve seen the show before, you now have more reason to come see us again!

Also, by public demand, we are be adding a Saturday performance on July 23 at 2:00 p.m.


We are proud to welcome to the stage our very able director, MEGAN MIODUSKI. Megan graduated with her Masters in Acting from the Actors Studio Drama School in New York. During her time in school, she was featured on two episodes of Inside the Actors Studio and had the opportunity to study with prominent Equity actors. She learned techniques in Stanislavski, Meisner, Stella Adler, and many more. After graduation, she spent a year performing in New York until she was signed by the Los Angeles agency Avalon Artists. Megan has been directing theater in NY and LA for the past five years and is excited to bring her knowledge and expertise back to Tucson.

Seven Lively Arts presents

The MatinĂ©e Show

Script by Nathan Christensen

Directed by Megan Mioduski

Featuring Anthony Keech, Megan Mioduski and Rebecca Sweet



2:00 p.m., Thursdays through July 28, and Saturday, July 23

$24 General, $20 Seniors & Military, with discounts available

The Comedy Playhouse, 3620 N. 1st Ave (at Prince), Tucson, AZ


For reservations, call (520) 844-2135

For more information, go to

Running time is two hours with one intermission.



Remember those wonderfully cheesy, TV variety shows of yesteryear? Whether it was the music on The Ed Sullivan Show, comedy sketches on The Carol Burnett Show, down-home knee-slappers on Hee Haw, or the zany antics of Laugh-In or The Muppet Show, you never knew what to expect next – but it was sure to be entertaining!

Now a new performing arts company called Seven Lively Arts is bringing back the fun with THE MATINEE SHOW, a brand new, old-fashioned, live variety show. The show features comedy sketches by a young, professional cast, live music, door prizes, and a special guest each week.

Special guests include Kristi Loera from Live Theatre Workshop (May 19); Marilyn Cresci from The Red Hat Society (May 26); Sheila Foraker from Perimeter Bicycling Association of America (June 2); Ben Collinsworth from Tucson Botanical Garden (June 9); David Fitzsimmons, political cartoonist from Arizona Daily Star (June 30); and Bruce Bieszki from The Comedy Playhouse (July 7); and James Reel from KUAT Classical Radio.

Anyone is welcome to suggest future guests on our website,  If we bring them on the show, you’ll receive two free tickets to come see them!



Seven Lively Arts (producer) is a new performing arts company created by nationally award-winning writer and former Tucson Weekly theater critic, Nathan Christensen. Its mission is to create unique theatrical events that focus on the aspects of live performance that film and TV cannot imitate: interacting with the viewer, engaging the imagination, and creating authentic, personal experiences. Upcoming projects include interactive plays designed to be performed in living rooms and private gatherings, and audio-based plays where the spectators become the performers.

Nathan Christensen (writer) received his MFA in musical theater writing from New York University, and has studied under such writers as William Finn (Spelling Bee, Elegies), Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (Ragtime, Seussical), and Michael John LaChiusa (Hello Again, The Wild Party). With his writing partner, Scott Murphy, he has received a Richard Rodgers Award and a Jonathan Larson Award, and was named to the Dramatists Guild’s “50 to Watch” list. Their musical adaptation of Lois Lowry’s novel The Giver was showcased in New York last fall, starring Broadway legend Terrence Man in the title role, and will be seen this summer in festivals at Theatreworks (Palo Alto, CA) and The Village Theatre (Seattle, WA).



ANTHONY KEECH is a comedic actor who has been acting not only around Tucson, but also has taken his talents to most recently New York City for International Model and Talent (IMTA), where he won Best Actor for Theatre, Sitcom, and Commercial Print. Anthony's production experience includes performing in The Glass Menagerie, The Taming of the Shrew, and Arsenic and Old Lace, and was voted Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor by his peers in those productions. Anthony is currently attending the theater program at Pima Community College, and is currently with talent agency Tucson Model Group.

REBECCA SWEET’s favorite credits include Zombies from the Beyond (Zombina), The Music Man (Marian), 42nd Street (Chorus Girl), and various principal roles in musical theatre and opera showcases, including scenes from Phantom of the Opera, Chess, and Oklahoma! Rebecca has also worked as a stuntwoman and gunfighter with the Pinnacle Peak Pistoleros, and has performed with several ballet companies, both as a soloist and corps de ballet member. She recently joined the non-profit dance company Dance For A Cause and its affiliated show choir, Notes For A Change. She is currently finishing her bachelor’s degree in psychology at University of Phoenix and continuing her acting and dance training throughout Tucson.


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