Wednesday, April 26, 2017

"LET'S LIVE A LITTLE" MAKES US ALL ONE FAMILY

By Chuck Graham, TucsonStage.com

 

photo by Tim Fuller

 

Sam Scarborough (Jack Neubeck) tries to give his granddaughter Lily (Lucille Petty) a more positive outlook on life.

Although the plot and the relationships of some characters get a little blurry, the message of “Let's Live A Little” at Invisible Theatre is clear – this journey through life will depend on what you make of it.

Sure, we all sort of know that, but playwright Kathleen Clark has also written this folksy play to remind us it is never to late to have one more adventure.

Susan Claassen and IT have been helping Clark develop this homespun chronicle for about a year, watching as the production became a format with six parts presented without intermission by 12 actors in 90 minutes.

There isn't a main personality to follow around but a series of highlights from the lives of several friends and neighbors whose daily doings weave the lengthy fabric of Mine Hill, New Jersey, a community founded in 1715.

Claassen proudly says this is the largest cast ever in the 46 year history of IT. With so many people coming and going there are sure to be times when you think “I know someone just like that.”

“Let's Live A Little” chronicles any recent year from July 4 to July 4, going through all the seasons but postmarked by Jack Neubeck's touching performance as Sam Scarborough. He has been the town florist for half-a-century and loves fireworks. His descriptions of those blossoming flowers in the sky put the poetry into Mine Hill's annual celebration of the historic holiday.

Lucille Petty plays Sam's petulant granddaughter Lily, a college freshman who already feels like a failed writer with nothing more to say since she stopped keeping her daily diary in high school. She's ready to forget about college before she even gets started.

But most of the people we meet are older, their children grown and gone. Being a few steps beyond the tail end of middle age and finding oneself single again can feel a lot like accidentally stepping into the deep end of the swimming pool.

Sam and his wife Hadley (Roxanne Harley) have always had each other, but now she can't see very well and he can't hear very well. Both of them hobble around with one foot in a support boot, yet they refuse to hire a nurse to help clean their house, go get groceries, that sort of thing.

One of the play's closing scenes develops empathy and some laughs as their daughter Daisy (Susan Kovitz) insists the couple interview a trio of home care nurses.

In a completely different scene, Molly McKasson is delightful as the forgetful and somewhat eccentric neighbor Vivien. Getting new glasses and a new outfit inspire her to have a whole new personality.

What we in the audience receive is a warm feeling of looking through a photo album of family emotions, their worries and triumphs. We don't really know any of the family members but we do feel a connection with their special moments.

It's this shared striving that reminds us how we are always lots more alike than different. A shuffled deck of family experiences, able to stand alone but better off when we are in the game together.

“Let's Live A Little” runs through April 30 with performances at 7:30 p.m Wednesdays through Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays, at Invisible Theatre, 1400 N. First Ave. Tickets are $32, with discounts available. For details and reservations, 882-9721, or visit www.invisibletheatre.com

 

ABSOLUTE MUST-SEE ATC WITH "HOLMES & WATSON"

By Chuck Graham, TucsonStage.com

 

photo by Tim Fuller

Dr. John Watson (R. Hamilton Wright), at far right, questions a trio of criminals all claiming to be Sherlock Holmes. Each makes a convincing case he is The Man.

Wow! Arizona Theatre Company has outdone itself with the world premiere production of “Holmes & Watson” by Jeffrey Hatcher to close its historic 50th anniversary season.

Stretching Sherlock Holmes' own history beyond what his creator Arthur Conan Doyle originally provided, Hatcher has devised a deucedly clever plot full of more surprises than a Las Vegas show room.

David Ira Goldstein's final production as the company's departing artistic director will have the city talking at least until ATC starts next season with a new artistic director (still to be announced).

As much to be admired as the actors and director is the fanciful stagecraft of projection designer Jeffrey Elias Teeter. Combining massive rear-screen projection techniques using computer-precise blending combined with John Ezell's scenic design, onstage cinematic effects are created that look as three-dimensional as the actors themselves.

Essential to being sucked into the mystery which Hatcher has devised is the audience's commitment to belief in the location's desperate isolation. A body-shaking clap of thunder announces the play's dark beginning on a stormy hard rock island of isolation in a perpetually angry and storm tossed Scottish sea on which some tortured mastermind has built an unforgiving stone edifice which, by 1894, had become an asylum dedicated to confining criminals with particularly twisted minds.

Gloom is the dominant atmosphere, yet Teeter makes it seem even deeper, more mysterious and suffocating, as the intrepid Dr. John Watson (R. Hamilton Wright) applies his own brand of scientific rigor to a particularly ingenious situation.

We are informed that for several years Holmes has been presumed dead, tragically swept away in Switzerland's torrential Reichenbach Falls while in dogged pursuit of his arch-nemesis Professor Moriarty.

Yet, Dr. Watson has recently received word from Dr. Evans (Philip Goodwin) that his asylum contains three prisoners absolutely convinced each is Sherlock Holmes and the other two are imposters.

As there were no late 19th-century photographs of the notoriously camera-shy Sherlock Holmes, no one but Dr. Watson himself can be trusted to positively identify the renowned detective.

The tale will be told in 90 minutes without an intermission, so once this train of conflicting facts and conjecture starts to roll, there's nothing left to do but hang on.

Identified only as Patient 1 (James Michael Reilly), Patient 2 (Noah Racey) and Patient 3 (Remi Sandri), each has a distinctly different personalty.

One has Holmes' keen eye for discerning detail, one is in a straitjacket and the third one can no longer hear or speak.

Dr. Watson's questioning takes some devious twists as all prisoners use their own traits to keep the tension mounting.

Of course you can take part in the mental gymnastics, racing ahead to spot all the red herrings and antcipate every kink in the trail. But really, why not leave that to the professionals?

Trust me, in the end you are still going to be completely surprised anyway.

And only a true devotee of Professor Moriarty would be mean enough to reveal the ending and ruin the surprise for everyone else.

"Holmes and Watson" runs through May 5 with performances at various times Tuesdays through Sundays in the downtown Temple of Music and Art, 330 S. Scott Ave.

Tickets are $25-$64. For details and reservations, 622-2823 or arizonatheatre.org.

 

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

The Rogue Theatre presents Macbeth by William Shakespeare

 

From: The Rogue Theatre [mailto:rogue@theroguetheatre.org]
Sent: Tuesday, April 25, 2017 5:01 AM
Subject: Something wicked this way comes . . .

 

The Rogue Theatre

 

300 East University Boulevard, Tucson, AZ - 520-551-2053 - www.TheRogueTheatre.org 

 

 

 

 

"By the pricking of my thumbs
Something wicked this way comes" 

--Second Witch in Shakespeare's MACBETH

 

Dear Rogues,

What a lush, mysterious world is being created at The Rogue right now with lights, sound, swords, masks, puppets, bells, blood, ropes, crowns, Celtic symbols, yards of swirling linen, and, of course, a cauldron.

Add to this some of Shakespeare's most imaginative poetry, as well as fourteen of Tucson's most dedicated actors, all in the intimacy of The Rogue Theatre, and you have quite an adventure awaiting you.

The first performance is this Thursday! Join us!   

Gratefully yours, 

Cynthia Meier 

Co-Founder of The Rogue Theatre 

 

P.S. To listen to a podcast of Director Matt Bowdren discussing the play, click here. 

 

 

    

  

Macbeth

April 27 - May 14, 2017  


Directed by Matt Bowdren    

Musical Direction by Jake Sorgen

Buy tickets online at www.TheRogueTheatre.org  

 or call 520-551-2053 

  

  

For complete information on the production, click here. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Monday, April 24, 2017

Something Something Theatre presents "The Taming of the Shrew"

 

From: Something Something Theatre <info@somethingsomethingtheatre.com>
Sent: Monday, April 24, 2017 1:46 PM
Subject: Something Something Theatre presents "The Taming of the Shrew"

 

 

Something Something Theatre

 

 

 

THE TAMING OF THE SHREW
by William Shakespeare
adapted and directed by
Esther Almazán

 

 

Shakespeare's beloved play about the wooer and the wooed is turned on its ear in Esther Almazán's interpretation of The Taming of the Shrew.  Not only is it set in America's Roaring Twenties flapper era, this version is a tragedy - but with all its original poetry and comedy intact.
 

featuring Naїma Boushaki as Katherina
and Nick Watts as Petruchio

 



for three weeks from April 27 through May 14

first Thursday preview at 7:30
Fridays/Saturdays at 7:30
Sundays at 2:00




at the beautiful new art and performance space:

the Steinfeld Warehouse
101 W. 6th Street - downtown

(parking in the Franklin Street lot, NW corner of Stone)


 

General admission - $22
Seniors/students/teachers/military - $18
First Thursday preview - $15

 

 

 

 

Buy tickets now - click here!

 

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Gaslight Music Hall: This Weekend The Manhattan Dolls and a World Class Impersonator!

 

 

Sentimental Journey- The Manhattan Dolls

April 29 @ 7:00 PM

At

The Gaslight Music Hall!

with

special guest

Mike Yarema!

CLICK HERE TO BOOK SEATS

 

 

Sentimental Journey, Music from the 1930s/40s in the style of the Andrews Sisters

 

Hop aboard the *Chattanooga Choo Choo* and join The Manhattan Dolls on a *Sentimental Journey* through the great music of the 30s and 40s. Sit back and enjoy these timeless classics, or if you're *In the Mood* get up and dance! Sentimental Journey blends beautiful ballads with your favorite toe-tapping tunes, and of course, in classic USO fashion, takes some time to honor our brave men and women in the military.   From boogie woogie to the blues, Sentimental Journey celebrates the best the Great American Songbook has to offer.

CLICK HERE TO WATCH A PREVIEW OF THE SHOW!

 

 

 

 

 


This 

Sunday, April 30, 2017

@ 6:00 PM 

It's 

Brad Zinn

in

The Great Comedians!

 

Click here to Book Seats

 

Don't miss "The Great Comedians" with Brad Zinn!

You will laugh out loud as Brad impersonates 

Johnny Carson, Will Rogers, George Burns, Jack Benny, W.C. Fields, Groucho Marx, Red Skelton and

many more!

 

 


The Twist and Shout Dance Party!

Friday, April 28th

@ 7PM!

CLICK HERE TO BOOK SEATS

 

 

It's time to grease back your hair, put on your boogie shoes, and shake things up with our Twist & Shout Dance Party at the Gaslight Music Hall! Arizona's favorite dance band, the Retro Rockets, will play a mix of Rock and Roll hits from the 50's and 60's- guaranteed to have you twistin' the night away! We'll clear out the front seating section so there will be plenty of room for dancing, the kitchen and bar will be open for food and drinks, and the band will be rockin' and rollin'. Feel free to cut a rug or just sit back and enjoy the music, either way we'll work it on out!


 

COMING SOON! 

To The Gaslight Music Hall

 

Check out these events at the Gaslight Music Hall!

Book right away to reserve your favorite seats!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

April 29

Sentimental Journey- The Manhattan Dolls

7:00


April 30

THE GREAT COMEDIANS *BRAD ZINN* 

6:00


 

 

 

May 5

FIESTA PATRIA ! MARIACHI EXTRAVAGANZA 

7:00


 

 

 

May 6

Fathers of Soul / Billy Rock and Band News

7:00


 

 

May 7

FOUNDERS OF UP WITH PEOPLE*SONG FOR THE WORLD 

3:00 & 7:00


 

 

May 12

DANCE PARTY-ROCKIN' ME BABY FIVE WAY STREET 

7:00


 

 

May 13

BYE BYE LOVE / EVERLY BROTHERS TRIBUTE*LSP* 

7:00


 

 

May 14

MOTHER'S DAY DIVAS-A CONCERT FOR MOM*LISA OTEY

2:00 & 6:00


 

 

 May 15

HOT BLUES MONDAY

6:00


 

 

MAY 19

LOST SKILLS OF THE WILD WEST

6:00


 

 

May 20

STRAIT COUNTRY *A TRIBUTE TO GEORGE STRAIT* 

7:00


 

 

MAY 26

DANCE PARTY "BOOT SCOOTIN' COUNTRY WESTERN

7:00


 

 

 

 

 

We're adding new shows to the Music Hall schedule daily, make sure you visit the website and Facebook often.

 

 

Please call (520) 529-1000 to purchase tickets Online go to www.gaslightmusichall.com. We look forward to seeing you soon at The Gaslight Music Hall in Oro Valley!

 

 

CALL NOW !

520-529-1000

 

 

 

The Gaslight Theatre

7010 E Broadway Blvd
Tucson, Arizona 85710

 

"LET'S LIVE A LITTLE" MAKES US ALL ONE FAMILY

By Chuck Graham, TucsonStage.com

 

photo by Tim Fuller

 

Sam Scarborough (Jack Neubeck) tries to give his granddaughter Lily (Lucille Petty) a more positive outlook on life.

 

Although the plot and the relationships of some characters get a little blurry, the message of “Let's Live A Little” at Invisible Theatre is clear – this journey through life will depend on what you make of it.

Sure, we all sort of know that, but playwright Kathleen Clark has also written this folksy play to remind us it is never to late to have one more adventure.

Susan Claassen and IT have been helping Clark develop this homespun chronicle for about a year, watching as the production became a format with six parts presented without intermission by 12 actors in 90 minutes.

There isn't a main personality to follow around but a series of highlights from the lives of several friends and neighbors whose daily doings weave the lengthy fabric of Mine Hill, New Jersey, a community founded in 1715.

Claassen proudly says this is the largest cast ever in the 46 year history of IT. With so many people coming and going there are sure to be times when you think “I know someone just like that.”

“Let's Live A Little” chronicles any recent year from July 4 to July 4, going through all the seasons but postmarked by Jack Neubeck's touching performance as Sam Scarborough. He has been the town florist for half-a-century and loves fireworks. His descriptions of those blossoming flowers in the sky put the poetry into Mine Hill's annual celebration of the historic holiday.

Lucille Petty plays Sam's petulant granddaughter Lily, a college freshman who already feels like a failed writer with nothing more to say since she stopped keeping her daily diary in high school. She's ready to forget about college before she even gets started.

But most of the people we meet are older, their children grown and gone. Being a few steps beyond the tail end of middle age and finding oneself single again can feel a lot like accidentally stepping into the deep end of the swimming pool.

Sam and his wife Hadley (Roxanne Harley) have always had each other, but now she can't see very well and he can't hear very well. Both of them hobble around with one foot in a support boot, yet they refuse to hire a nurse to help clean their house, go get groceries, that sort of thing.

One of the play's closing scenes develops empathy and some laughs as their daughter Daisy (Susan Kovitz) insists the couple interview a trio of home care nurses.

In a completely different scene, Molly McKasson is delightful as the forgetful and somewhat eccentric neighbor Vivien. Getting new glasses and a new outfit inspire her to have a whole new personality.

What we in the audience receive is a warm feeling of looking through a photo album of family emotions, their worries and triumphs. We don't really know any of the family members but we do feel a connection with their special moments.

It's this shared striving that reminds us how we are always lots more alike than different. A shuffled deck of family experiences, able to stand alone but better off when we are in the game together.

“Let's Live A Little” runs through April 30 with performances at 7:30 p.m Wednesdays through Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays, at Invisible Theatre, 1400 N. First Ave. Tickets are $32, with discounts available. For details and reservations, 882-9721, or visit www.invisibletheatre.com

 

The Gaslight Music Hall!: Bye, Bye Love – A Salute to the Everly Brothers

Bye, Bye Love – A Salute to the Everly Brothers & Rock 'n' Roll Duos

A salute to the Everly Brothers and the timeless harmonies of rock and roll duos. Featuring songs like "Wake Up Little Susie" and "Cathy's Clown," you'll be immersed in the music and stories of America's greatest sibling duo as well as their early influences and the artists they eventually inspired.

Tickets are $25 with discounts for kids, students, seniors, and military members

PRESS INQUIRIES:
For more info, photos, or an interview, please contact Media Relations Director, Heather Stricker, at heather.gaslight@gmail.com.

Bye, Bye Love!

Saturday, May 12, 7PM

The Gaslight Music Hall!
13005 N Oracle Rd in Oro Valley

(520) 529-1000

www.gaslightmusichall.com






Registration Open for Arizona Theatre Company's Summer on Stage/Summer Backstage Programs

 

From: Steve Carr [mailto:scarr51@gmail.com]
Sent: Monday, April 24, 2017 8:22 AM
Subject: Registration Open for Arizona Theatre Company's Summer on Stage/Summer Backstage Programs

 

NEWS RELEASE

  

REGISTRATION OPEN FOR ARIZONA THEATRE COMPANY'S

SUMMER ON STAGE/SUMMER BACKSTAGE PROGRAMS

 

TUCSON, Ariz. (April 23, 2017):  High School students have the opportunity to get first-hand advanced experience with theatre professionals in voice, movement, acting, classical styles, dance and backstage skills during Arizona Theatre Company's Summer on Stage and Summer Backstage Programs, June 26 to July 28.

Students in the Summer On Stage program will spend the first three weeks at the University of Arizona School of Theatre Arts where they will be mentored by ATC staff and professional teaching artists, while Backstage students will spend this time at the Temple of Music and Art, and ATC's scene shop honing their skills.

Registration is now open for the intensive five-week program. Tuition for the program is $850 through May 27 and $950 after.  Registration closes on June 17.  

A $50 nonrefundable registration fee is due with registration which can be accessed at www.arizonatheatre.org/education-programs. A limited number of scholarships are available.

Students in the Summer On Stage program will be cast in one of two program-concluding fully produced production on the main stage at the Temple of Music and Art, 333 S. Scott Ave. in downtown Tucson.

Students choosing Summer Backstage will work with professionals in lighting, costumes, set construction and stage management and will train to work backstage for one of the two program-ending productions.

The program runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, except on July 4, with an hour for lunch each day.  Performances are scheduled July 27 and 28 at 7 p.m.

For more information and questions, contact Tucson Education Associate Jasmine Roth jroth@aztc.org or by calling 520-884-8210 EX 7513.  For more information about the program and to register, visit www.arizonatheatre.org/education-programs.

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Contacts:

• Jasmine Roth, Tucson Education Associate,  Arizona Theatre Company,

(520) 884-8210 X 7513, jroth@aztc.org

• Israel Jimenez, Education Director, Arizona Theatre COmpany,(520) 884-8210 X 7512,ijimenez@aztc.org

 

About Arizona Theatre Company:

Arizona Theatre Company (ATC) is the preeminent fully professional theatre in the state of Arizona committed to inspiring, engaging, and entertaining - one moment, one production, and one audience at a time. Boasting the largest seasonal subscriber base in the performing arts in Arizona, ATC is the only resident company in the U.S. that is fully based in two cities providing its wide array of programming and community outreach across the region. Now in its 49th season, more than 130,000 people a year attend our performances at the historic Temple of Music and Art in Tucson, and the elegant Herberger Theater Center in downtown Phoenix. Each season of home-grown productions reflects the rich variety of world drama—from classics to contemporary plays, from musicals to new works—along with a wide array of community outreach programs, educational opportunities, access initiatives and new play programs. Designated The State Theatre of Arizona, ATC is led by Artistic Director David Ira Goldstein, and a dedicated Board of Trustees.  

 

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Saturday, April 22, 2017

Open Auditions, Roadrunner Theatre Company 2017-2018 Season

 

From: Roadrunner Theatre Company [mailto:roadrunnertheatre@gmail.com]
Sent: Saturday, April 22, 2017 8:40 AM
Subject: Open Auditons at Roadrunner Theatre Company

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Open Auditions:

Roadrunner Theatre Company

 

Roadrunner Theatre Company will be having their open call casting audition for their upcoming 2017-2018 Season.

This is a season of comedies and music.
And we would love to have you be a part of it!

If you are interested in stage management or being a part of tech, costumes, set building, or would like to work in the front house, please let us know by emailing us. It's a wonderful way to get involved and be a part of the community theater!

Please bring a headshot & resume

Please prepare a one- to two-minute comedic monologue. Or, tell us a joke!
This year, it's all about the comedy!

 

Saturday, May 20, 2017

 

Noon – 3pm

 

At Roadrunner Theater

8892 E. Tanque Verde Rd., Tucson, AZ

 

No appointment necessary

First come, first served

 

Unfortunately, we cannot schedule individual or make up auditions.
If you are unable attend the auditions, please feel free to submit your headshot and resume by emailing them to us.

 

For more information and a listing of the season's shows, go to roadrunnertheatrecompany.org

Questions can be directed to roadrunnertheatre@gmail.com

 

ROADRUNNER THEATRE COMPANY
8892 E. Tanque Verde Road, Tucson AZ 85749
520-207-2491

Located on the south side of Tanque Verde Rd. and Bear Canyon Rd.

 


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