Wednesday, July 20, 2011



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Forty-four high school students to appear in Chicago and A Midsummer Night's Dream



Forty-four high school students from all over Tucson and beyond will be starring in two productions as part of the Summer On Stage program on Arizona Theatre Company's mainstage at the Temple of Music and Art. This summer's productions will be the Tony and Grammy Award-winning musical Chicago from the powerhouse team of John Kander, Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse and one of William Shakespeare's most beloved comedies, A Midsummer Night's Dream. Performances will be on July 27 - July 30, 2011 with a $5 admission fee that supports ATC's Summer On Stage program.

Chicago is the vaudevillian song-and-dance fest that tells the story of Roxie Hart, the ordinary housewife turned femme fatale, whose moment in the spotlight burns bright for one second, before being given the hook for the next sacrificial lamb turned international celebrity.

Jenny Bazzell (Director - Chicago) is the Literary Manager of Arizona Theatre Company. Over eight seasons with ATC, she has provided dramaturgical expertise for many shows including the world premieres of Ten Chimneys by Jeffrey Hatcher, Somebody/Nobody by Jane Martin, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher, and Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure by Steven Dietz. She has directed Underneath the Lintel and Fiction for Beowulf Alley, and directed/adapted Voices From the Struggle for Primavera's 25th Anniversary celebration. As an educator, she served as advisor for UA Honors College playwriting program and has been a visiting instructor at UA School of Theatre Arts and Arizona Opera. Ms. Bazzell was a participant in the Director's Lab West in Pasadena and has worked as assistant director on A Moon for the Misbegotten, A Streetcar Named Desire, Copenhagen and Macbeth. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Dramatic Theory and an MA in Theatre Studies both from the University of Arizona.

Elizabeth Spencer (Music Director)has accompanied many Summer On Stage productions in the past, and she also served as accompanist for ATC's Actors' Lab and local auditions. She has her BS in music education from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and has played for many Tucson high schools and organizations, including SALOC, Catalina Foothills Summer Theatre, and Arizona Onstage Productions. She also traveled as the accompanist for the Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus for 7 years, and is currently the pianist at St. Pius X Church. She has been playing for shows for the University of Arizona School of Theatre Arts since 1996.

Dan Uroff (choreographer) - is the Business Manager for Arizona Theatre Company. Mr. Uroff has directed and/or choreographed Urinetown, The Will Rogers Follies, Brigadoon, Follies, Dames at Sea, Oklahoma, Anything Goes, Sweet Charity, Fiddler on the Roof, Little Shop of Horrors, Cats , Mack and Mabel and How to Succeed. Mr. Uroff has appeared in Thoroughly Modern Millie, A Chorus Line, Sweet Charity, Carousel, Mame, No, No, Nanette and Little Me, was a member of New Urban Dance Company as well as a guest performer with the Contra Costa Ballet, Laureen Fender's Ballet Joyeux and the California Symphony. He directed/choreographed the Celebration for Life benefit in Northern California which gathered Bay Area performers together to raise funds for the Contra Costa Aids Task Force.

A Midsummer Night's Dream is Shakespeare's story of a Fairy King and Queen wreaking havoc with the hearts of two sets of Athenian lovers, not to mention a group of local tradesman rehearsing a play to perform for the Duke on his wedding night, before setting the world to rights again.

Cale Epps (Director - A Midsummer Night's Dream) is the Phoenix Education Manager for Arizona Theatre Company. Mr. Epps is also a writer, director and an actor who has directed for ATC's Summer On Stage program for the past three summers. Recent acting credits include "Henry Hill" in the Discovery Channel's Locked Up Abroad series, productions with Arizona Theatre Company, Actors Theatre of Phoenix, Southwest Shakespeare Company and Stray Cat Theatre. He was trained at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and A Noise Within Classical Repertory Theatre in Los Angeles.

Jeana Whitaker (Program Director) is the Tucson Education Manager for Arizona Theatre Company. She was the creator and Artistic Director of the North Valley Playhouse in Phoenix and has worked at a variety of theatre companies around the globe including; Rocky Mountain Theatre for Kids, Children's Theatre of Winston-Salem and Vicenza Soldier's Theatre in Italy. In video and film production she has worked independently as a writer, producer, director, stage manager and production assistant and location scout for Granada Films, Century Productions, HBO, Showtime, ESPN and Fox Sports. She has a Master's Degree in Theatre Education from Prescott College.

The creative team for Summer On Stage 2011 includes Clint Bryson (Scenic Designer); Brian Jerome Peterson (Sound Designer); Derek Warrick (Lighting Designer); Ava Post (Costume Designer - Chicago); Adam Espinoza (Costume Designer - A Midsummer Night's Dream); Colter Ogden (Stage Manager - Chicago) and Brittany Nelson (Stage Manager - A Midsummer Night's Dream. Ashley Simon is the Stage Manager for Summer On Stage 2011.

The cast for Summer On Stage 2011 includes Christopher Fernandez from Agave Distance Learning; Shira Maas from Amerischools Prep Academy; Danielle Brockman from Basis Oro Valley High School; Adrien Tateno from Basis Tucson; Abigail Harms from Buena High School; Citlali Aguilar-Canamar, Jesse Boone and Annaliese Grant from Canyon Del Oro High School; Aurica Komie and Alexandra Wood from Catalina Foothills High School;  Maria Flores from Colegio Anglo Espanol in Mexico; Caylee Robischaud from Cooper High School in Texas; Kya Rose Coletta and Colin Evans from Greenfields Country Day School;   Kristina Arnold and Carolyn Box from Ironwood Ridge High School;  Joe Lee, Gabriela Urias, and Alyssa Whatton from Marana High School; Andee Solis from Rincon High School; Anaii Lopez from Sabino High School; Aurora Herrington, Mary Klein and Katie Singleton from Saguaro High School;      Melissa Lundholm and Samantha Pesqueira from St. Augustine Catholic High School; Will Bostwick and Therese Screen from Salpointe High School; Reilly Bello and Allison Hrabar from Sonoran Science Academy; Jeremy Lenington from Tanque Verde High School; Nora Alexander, James Dumel, Joshua Furtado, Tyler Gastelum, Savannah Hubbard and Megan Soto, Emily Godfrey from Tucson High School;  Allegra Breedlove, Natalie Robbins, Anastastia Wrenn and Audrey Young from University High School;   Sarah Ottley and Sean Parsons.

All Summer On Stage performances take place at the Temple of Music and Art, located at 330 S. Scott Avenue in downtown Tucson. Doors open at 6:30PM and all Summer On Stage performances begin at 7PM. Performances are $5 for general admission and are open to the public.

Performances for Chicago are Thursday, July 28 and Saturday, July 30, at 1PM and 7PM.

Performances for A Midsummer Night's Dream are Wednesday, July 27 and Friday, July 29, at 7PM.

Summer On Stage is a five week actor training program produced by Arizona Theatre Company, the state's leading professional theatre company, and the nationally recognized University of Arizona School of Theatre Arts. Participants learn a variety of acting techniques including character development, voice for the actor, scene and monologue study, movement and dance. Students are educated through classroom work and an intensive rehearsal process leads to two fully mounted productions.

For more information about Summer On Stage 2011 or Arizona Theatre Company's other education and community programs, please contact Tucson Education Manager Jeana Whitaker at (520) 884-8210 Ext. 8506, via e-mail at or visit







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