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LES MISERABLES at MTA — Auditions this week!

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Thursday, March 26 at 7:00 P.M.

Friday, March 27 at 7:00 P.M.

Director: Phillip Fazio
Vocal Director: Cris Wo
Choreographer: Shawna Weitekamp
Production Manager: Sarah Brayer
Costume Designer: Trixie Wilmot
Hair and Make-up Designer: Jacob Hamilton

The following roles have been cast:
Fantine, Gavroche, Young Cosette, and Young Eponine

Winner of over 100 international awards and seen by over 65 million people worldwide, Les Misérables is an epic and uplifting story about the survival of the human spirit. The true modern classic is based on Victor Hugo’s novel and features one of the most memorable scores of all time.In 19th century France, Jean Valjean is released from 19 years of unjust imprisonment, but finds nothing in store for him but mistrust and mistreatment. He breaks his parole in hopes of starting a new life, initiating a life-long struggle for redemption as he is relentlessly pursued by police inspector Javert, who refuses to believe Valjean can change his ways. Finally, during the Paris student uprising of 1832, Javert must confront his ideals after Valjean spares his life and saves that of the student revolutionary who has captured the heart of Valjean’s adopted daughter. His world-view shattered, Javert commits suicide, and Valjean at last attains the peace he has sought for so long. Epic, grand and uplifting, Les Misérables packs an emotional wallop that has thrilled audiences all over the world. The sung-through pop opera is ideal for a cast of exceptional singers and overflows with melodies that are already standards. A spectacle on Broadway and in London, Les Misérables is equally effective with a minimal set; it is its powerful affirmation of the human spirit that has made Les Misérables a popular masterpiece.

Those auditioning should bring a musical theatre song (or any song they are comfortable with), 16-32 bars or one minute in length. Bring an accompaniment with CD or iPod to sing with. You may also sing acapella if needed.

MTA’S 2015 Fundraiser Benefit

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Join us for our annual Fundraiser Benefit where we will have great singing by professional singers and MTA’s Outreach Group, delicious food, a live auction (including great items such as Idina Menzel concert tickets), and the announcement of the incredible shows in our 2015-16 season, as well as our 2015 TBA Show which has auditions on 3/26!

The event will be held at 7:00 P.M. on Friday, March 20th at the Carlson Family’s Home in Anthem. Once tickets are purchased, you will receive a confirmation email with the location address.

Ticket prices are $75 for adults and $40 for children (under 18 years of age) and include catered cuisine, beverages, two adult beverage tickets, dessert, and entertainment.

Purchase your tickets HERE!

Vocal Technique & Audition Prep class now offered at MTA!

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MTA is excited to announce that we have begun holding a weekly Vocal Technique & Audition Prep Class open to ALL ages! 

Tuesdays 6:00 P.M – 7:00 P.M. 

This class, taught by the amazing Karen Blanzy, will consist of group Musical Theatre singing with harmony, dynamics, diaphragmatic breathing, and more. There will also be one-on-one coaching time so the participants can all learn from each other and prepare for their MTA Auditions! 

You can buy a punch card with 10 classes (does not need to be consecutive) for just $75 or drop in for $10/class! 

Punch cards can be purchased HERE.

Openings: Starlight’s “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown”

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A fresh approach to the all-time 1967 classic with two new songs and added characters from the original version.  Join the Peanuts Gang for a “day in the life” of perennial block-head Charlie Brown!

Christian Graca, Director

Based on the Comic Strip “Peanuts” by Charles M Schulz

Book, Music, and Lyrics by Clark Gesner;  Additional Dialogue by Michael Mayer; Additional Music & Lyrics by Andrew Lippa  By special arrangement with Tams Witmark Music Library

Dates & Times:

7 pm Friday, January 30

2 pm Saturday, January 31

7 pm Saturday, January 31

7 pm Friday, February 6

2 pm Saturday, February 7

7 pm Saturday, February 7

7 pm Friday, February 13

2 pm Saturday, February 14

7 pm Saturday, February 14


1611 W Whispering Wind Dr #160, Phoenix, AZ 85085

(1 block SW of Happy Valley & 16th Ave., W of I-17)

(In Order of Appearance)

Linus: Dylan Rinehart
Charlie Brown: Skyler Washburn
Sally: Lilly LeBlanc
Schroeder: Griffin LeBlanc
Snoopy: Brandan Brown
Lucy: Savoy Graca
Violet: Caitlyn Martinez
Frieda: Chelsea Carll
Peppermint Patty: Quincy Janisse
Marcie: Jesse Pike
Rerun: Will Rippenkroeger
Woodstock: Molly Jimmerson
Little Red Haired Girl: Allison Weston
Lucinda: Hanna Grossenbacher
Hanna Grossenbacher
Caitlyn Martinez
Jesse Pike
Allison Weston
Dancing Blanket: Chelsea Carll
Kite-eating Tree: Hanna Grossenbacher

Director: Christian Graca
Musical Director: Thomas Graca
Choreographer: Nathalie Velasquez

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Review: Theater Works’ “13 the Musical”

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Full Review:


Music and Lyrics by Jason Robert Brown, Book by Dan Elish, Robert Horn as co-librettist.

Thirteen. It’s a number with many negative connotations. Possibly none more negative than being thirteen years old. Puberty, acne, peer pressure, junior high. Good times only compounded for Evan when his parents get divorced and he is moved from the bright lights of New York City to the Dairy Queens of Appleton, Indiana. Perhaps things can get a little better in “The Lamest Place in the World” if he can make some new cool friends at his new school named after Indiana’s favorite son (Dan Quayle Junior High) and get them to his upcoming Bar Mitzvah. But will he lose his new real friends in the process?


All hail Theater Works with their cast and team directed by Johanna Carlisle who opened their run of 13 the Musical with an impressive opening night at the Peoria Center for the Performing Arts. It looks good with New York iconic signs being switched out with Appleton iconic signs (Scenic Designer M’Liss Tolman), Tamara Treat’s costumes that mesh with the various characters’ personalities, and good choreography by Lynzee 4Man. In those costumes and doing those dance moves is a largely pre-high school cast featuring many of the greatest young talents from all around the valley.

Leading it is Sam Primack who was born to play Evan. He’s thirteen and just had his Bar Mitzvah last May, and he’s a fantastic performer whether at ease with his real friends, straining to impress the cool kids, or grooving to his own jig amongst the frozen bodies of all the other kids as his mind is racing from one fanciful plan to another in All Hail The Brain. Sixteen-year-old Olivia Watters is his new best friend and would-be girlfriend Patrice, giving a beautiful performance both in her singing and in her deeply authentic performance, trying to fight back tears as the years of bullying begin anew with the first day of school, and as she tries to hold out hope with the new boy coming to The Lamest Place in the World. Her powerful parting from Evan in Good Enough is painfully real. Completing the trio of friends is thirteen-year-old Emilio Cress who’s charming as Archie, making the best of his situation and joining Sam Primack in a memorable song-and-dance to No One Says No to a Boy with a Terminal Illness.

Eighth grader Addison Bowman isn’t at all charming, but she is super talented as mean girl Lucy who ruthlessly connives to get to the jock’s tongue before her “best friend” and fellow cheerleader Kendra gets there.Gabby Vatistas delivers a strong, amusing performance as the ditzy Kendra, also shining with a very nice singing voice. Jacob Herrera is her match as the highly entertaining dumb jock who nevertheless is quite skilled at taking notes on subjects of interest. He works well as a team with his four buddies (Christian Bader, Sam Brown, Henry Brown, andCharlie Siegal) who draw some of the biggest laughs and highest notes as they help him woo Kendra and try to help him escape Lucy.

But Lucy won’t go down without a fight, leading a great gossip quartet with Alex Kirby, Jessica Dolyniuk and Jasmine Bassham – Jasmine also working it throughout as the dance captain. The impressive ensemble adds much to the show with their dancing, singing, and acting, in everything from the hip New York kids, the hip rabbis led by the humorous Ethan Shanker, a horrified movie audience, peer pressuring junior high students, and eventually reflective junior high students in their strong finale of A Little More Homework to do.

Performed January 16 – February 1, 2015

Rob Hopper

Executive Director
National Youth Arts

Actors Alliance of San Diego Workshops

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Actors Alliance of San Diego’s Training, Growth, Success begins!

Actors Alliance of San Diego is happy to announce three great training opportunities to enhance the skills of local actors, singers, and performers and set them up for a successful 2015.

Audition Preparation Workshop Series

Actors Alliance of San Diego is happy to announce a new Audition Preparation workshop series. The Series will have two classes every Sunday with various Artist Directors, Professional Actors, and Music Directors from all over San Diego. February will focus on Song and/or Monologue preparation and March will focus on Mock Auditions where two pieces will be worked on. Instructors include: Justin Gray (Music Director Welk Resort), AJ Knox (Artistic Director Ocean Beach Ensemble Experiment), Morgan Carberry(Music Director, Oceanside Theatre), Korrie Paliotto (Music Director, San Diego Rep), Eileen Bowman(Professional Actor), and Roxane Carrasco (Professional Actor). 
Cabaret Workshop with Eileen Bowman andKorriePaliotto

Over the course of this six (6) week program you work directly with Eileen on song choices, banter and script, and being yourself onstage. Prepare to play the most intricate, interesting, and difficult character, YOURSELF! Working with local Music Director, Korrie Palliotto, and Eileen Bowman participants will learn how to work with a Music Director, create engaging Banter, and piece music together to tell your story. A performance will be scheduled at a local venue for the first week of April. This program will look at doing a student showcase at 98 Bottles in Little Italy or Martinis Above Fourth in Hillcrest.
Artist Development Program

in 2014 Actors Alliance of San Diego has teamed up with San Diego Playwrights to launch a new workshop series with the goal of cultivating an environment for creative growth in San Diego. Seven playwrights have joined forces with eleven actors and three directors to present new plays in the Breaking Waves Festival at the San Diego Fringe Festival in 2014. Throughout the workshop series the groups are able to learn how improv and “play” can lead to the development of a play. Workshops will also include experiences by up and coming playwrights who have had their works produced at local and regional theatres and talks on the business of “showbiz”. At the end of the 4 month workshop the plays will be presented as a Dine Around offering to the TCG National Conference attendees in June and will make their public debut in July during the 2014 San Diego Fringe Festival. This workshop exemplifies Actors Alliance of San Diego’s goal of exposing local artist and performers to the world.

About Actors Alliance of San Diego

The Actors Alliance of San Diego is a 510(c)(3) non-profit, membership based service organization dedicated to the advancement, education, and exposure of the theatre artist in San Diego and to enhance the good of the community through the medium of theatre. About San Diego Playwrights
San Diego Playwrights is an all-volunteer network working to get local playwrights produced in San Diego. Using a Consensus Organizing approach, we promote San Diego playwrights and the theatres and organizations that support them. We engage the community in the process of creating and producing new plays.

Auditions: Starlight’s “Peter Pan and Wendy”

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Casting Call for PETER PAN AND WENDY

Rediscover the magic of Peter Pan and his enduring friendship with Wendy in this faithful adaptation.   Casting Call for ages 6 to 19.  Individuals auditioning should be prepared to do cold readings and group interactions and bring personal schedule calendar, a resume (optional), and a headshot (optional).

Eric Gibson, Director

Adapted by Tracy Wells from original novel by J.M. Barrie

Produced by Special Arrangement with Big Dog/Norman Maine Publishing, LLC, Rapid City, SD

Audition Dates & Times:

9 am, Saturday, February 21

1 pm Sunday, February 22

Call Back Date & Time:

To be determined at auditions, as needed.

Performance Dates & Times:

7 pm Friday, April 17

2 pm Saturday, April 18

7 pm Saturday, April 18

7 pm Friday, April 24

2 pm Saturday, April 25

7 pm Saturday, April 25

7 pm Friday, May 1

2 pm Saturday, May 2

7 pm Saturday, May 2


1611 W Whispering Wind Dr #160, Phoenix, AZ 85085

(1 block SW of Happy Valley & 16th Ave., W of I-17)

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North County School of the Arts’ “Cinderella”

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The North County School of the Arts performs January 16th-25th

December, 2014, Encinitas, CA—Rogers’ and Hammerstein’s Cinderella makes a magical entrance into North County courtesy of North School of the Arts (NCSA). Performances are on January 16, 17 at 7:00 p.m., January 18 and 24 at 2pm and 7pm, and January 25 at 2pm at the Howard Brubeck Theater – Palomar College (San Marcos).

NCSA’s choice to present Cinderella was easy:  The warmth and timelessness of the story, coupled with the right touch of silly humor and magical transformations, will make the hearts of children and adults soar when the slipper fits!  It’s a charmer for theatre goers of all ages, and is a must-see for North County audiences.

 “From ‘In My Own Little Corner,’ to the jaunty and exciting ‘Impossible,’ to the gorgeous love ballad ‘Ten Minutes Ago,’ and the hilarious ‘Stepsister’s Lament’, the songs are all as GLORIOUS as you remember them.” — The Weekly Standard

The 52-member cast features Jenna Steinberg (Encinitas) in the lead role as Cinderella. Her prince charming, Christopher, is played by Dashiell Gregory (Encinitas). Cinderella’s wicked, but funny, stepfamily are played with comic villainy by Samantha Laurent (Encinitas) as the stepmother. Thea Farber (Encinitas) and Piper Tompkins (San Marcos) are the ever-so-comical and grating stepsisters, Joy and Grace. Ruth Burgess, (Oceanside) plays the larger-than-life, beautiful Fairy Godmother.  Rounding out the principal characters are Dante Velez (Encinitas), Grant Goates (Encinitas), and Hannah LeBeau (San Marcos).

Tickets are $18 for general admission. Group rates are also available. Call (760) 487-8568 or email for individual/group tickets or purchasing questions.

NCSA prides itself in promoting the talents of the youth, as well as the adults, in the community.  NCSA has won/and been nominated for many awards from National Youth Arts.  Their production of Peter Pan (2014) won “Outstanding Production”.  And, their 2013 production of Shrek, the Musical, won awards for “Best Choreography”(April Henry), “Best Actor” (Trevor LaPlante), and Best Featured Actress (Olivia Hodson).

Opening: TADA!’s “Everything About a Family (Almost)”

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TADA! Youth Theater proudly presents an original family musical performed by kids for kids-

Everything About A Family (Almost)
January 17- February 16, 2015

Originally Conceived and Written by Members of TADA!’s Resident Youth Ensemble: Christina Franklin, Merce Jessor, John Moriarty,  Maya Park, Jennifer Wais, and Casey Wenger-Schulman

Music and Lyrics by: Gary Bagley, Deirdre Broderick, Douglas Cohen, Jim Colleran, Miriam Daly, Scott Evan Davis, Drew Fornarola, Simon Gray, Kirsten A. Guenther, Lindsey Joelle, Phoebe Kreutz, Naomi Lee, Callie LeFevre, Arianna Rose, Kiernan Schmitt, Joy Son, Robby Stamper, Steve Sweeting, and Tom Toce.

Direction and Choreography by:
 Joanna Greer
Musical Direction by: Adam Jones
Set & Lighting Design by: Steve O’Shea
Costumes Design by: Megan Turek
Production Stage Manager: Samantha Jacob

TADA! Theater

Everything About a Family (Almost)
An original family musical performed by kids for kids!

TADA! Theater
15 West 28th Street 2nd floor NYC, 10001

January 17- February 16, 2015 
Opening night on Saturday January 17 at 7pm
Saturdays & Sundays, 2 & 4pm.

Weekday Performances
Monday, January 19 at 12pm & 2pm
Wednesday, February 4 at 10am & 12pm
Friday, February 13 at 7pm
Monday, February 16 at 12pm & 2pm

TADA! will kick off the 30th Season with a favorite from the “Everything About” series, Everything About a Family (Almost). In this musical revue, audiences will experience a family reunion like no other- where kids discover how quirky, fun, endearing and irreplaceable- family can be! Perfect for the entire family- kids as young as 3 will love this hour-long show which features 15 musical numbers and 26 actors ranging in age from 8 – 17.

TADA! Youth Theater is an ideal introduction for kids to the live theater, with delightful content, age-appropriate themes, an easily palatable running time and affordable prices. One family of four could see this production for less than the cost of one Broadway ticket.

Following the 4pm shows on January 24 and February 8, join cast members and TADA! Teaching Artists on stage for a 45 min workshop based on themes of the show. ADDITIONAL COST: $10 per participant

Regular Tickets: $15 for kids and $25 for adults
Limited Ticket available for each performance: $10 kids and $20 (not available at the door)
Non-profit and community groups of 10+: $8 kids and $10 per adult
Birthday party packages are available.

Tickets are available at or by calling the box office at 212-252-1619 x5. Advanced purchase is recommended.

Running Time: 1 hour

Listings Information:
Who: TADA! Youth Theater
What: Everything About a Family (Almost) 
Where: 15 West 28th Street 2nd floor
When: January 17-February 16 Saturdays, 2 & 4pm.
How:, or call 212-252-1619 x5

Sophia Abehal, 11, Queens
Nisha Borrelli, 9, Manhattan
Ceanna Bryant, 16, Manhattan
Sofia Bryant, 14, Manhattan
Omarion Burke, 10, Bronx
Kristin Callahan, 16 Manhattan
Victoria Cotton, 17, Manhattan
Ashley Figueroa, 13, Manhattan
Josiah Fluker-McInnis, 14, Brooklyn
Brooklyn Fuentes, 13, Brooklyn
Zane Gerson, 9, Queens
Jaden Gonzalez, 11, Bronx
Ari Hawkins, 14, Manhattan
Jada Jackson, 11, Brooklyn
Derek Johnson, 13 Brooklyn
Jonah Levinowitz, 14, Brooklyn
LeAnn Martin, 15, New Jersey
Subiya Mboya, 14 New Jersey
Xavier Means, 14, Brooklyn
Riya Nagpal, 12, New Jersey
Danielle Palmer, 15 Mt. Vernon
Simone Singletary, 16, Brooklyn
Sophie Smith-Brody, 15, Manhattan
Emma Sobel, 10, Manhattan
Vann Strasen, 15, Dutchess County
AJ Walker, 10, New York

Opening: J*Company’s “The Pirates of Penzance”

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J*Company Presents “The Pirates of Penzance”
January 16 – 25, 2015

Pirate King: Cameron Chang
Samuel: Anton Mabey
Frederic: Jonas McMullen
Ruth: Adira Rosen
Edith: Chloe Canler
Kate: Madison Wright
Isabel: Cassie Bleher
Mabel: Evelyn Sparks
Major-General: Collin Seaman
Police Sergeant: Ian Laughbaum
Josh Alper
Maxim Bregman
Eli Chang
Ilan Danial
Caroline Egler
Riley Hull
Jonas Jacobs
Jackson Kampf
Levi Katriel
Sean MacDonald
Drew McMullen
Maital Meltzer
Haley Ruffner
Clarise Seaman
Josh Youmans
Zenovia Baluta
Romi Bendet
Liora Berg
Zoe Carnot
Natalie Chowaiki
Charlotte Dumbrell
Zoe Goldstein
Moira Hall
Emma Kirsch
Arianna Mochalkin
Biannca Mochalkin
Eliana Nahl
Leslie Rostenberg
Bar Sagiv
Brigid Searight
Ella Serrano
Ella Shreiner
Alissa Widdecke
Police (Dance Cast):
Audrey Brewster
Elizabeth Brewster
Fiona Danial
Rochelle Fradkin
Aiden Ideker
Mikel Lemoine
Ariella Markus
Jessie McConville
Max McConville
Lindsay Newland
Isabelle Pizzurro
Erica Ramirez
Emma Spencer
Adriana Taranto
Frederic u/s: Drew McMullen
Mabel u/s: Madison Wright
Pirate King u/s: Ian Laughbaum
Major General u/s: Riley Hull
Ruth u/s: Cassie Bleher
Samuel u/s: Jonas Jacobs
Edith u/s: Zoe Goldstein
Kate u/s: Ella Serrano
Isabel u/s: Emma Kirsch
Police Sergeant u/s: Lindsay Newland
Daughter Dance Captain: Ella Shreiner
Pirate Dance Captain: Haley Ruffner
Police Dance Captain: Jessie McConville