Emma Suttell is a sophomore in Phoenix, Arizona who is actively involved in the theatre community and journalism industry. She has been performing since 2009 and is an NYA, BWW Regional Award and AYAA Nominee, totaling in over 30 stage productions. She can also be found working behind the scenes as a volunteer stage manager for musicals featuring children ages 6-11. Aside from writing for BroadwayWorld.com, she is a Channel Kindness Reporter for Lady Gaga's Born This Way Foundation. She is also a part of the blog team for CampBroadway.com, a contributing writer for 85086 magazine, and a high school ambassador for HerCampus. You can find more of her work on Instagram @andthenemma, or at andthenemma.com.
Hazel White, a junior at Sandra Day O'Connor High School, took a "dive" into the aquatic kingdom of King Triton to stage-manage THE LITTLE MERMAID JR. this Spring. I had the privilege to ask her about her experience as a stage manager of a high school production, in hopes that maybe some of BroadwayWorld's readers will give the technical side of theatre a try! Hazel earned the opportunity to stage manage her first show when she asked Little Mermaid's Director, Miss. F, if she could help with the show. After spending her high school career "climbing the ranks" in the technical theatre department, she had just wrapped up stage managing a summer show at the school. Miss. F knew that it was Hazel's time to step up as the official stage manager, and so she accepted the position. Without further ado- here are some of Hazel's memories, responsibilities, and fun facts about her stage managing experience!BWW Review: Desert Stages Theatre Opens the Humorous MONTY PYTHON'S SPAMALOT January 14, 2018
Desert Stages Theatre opened MONTY PYTHON'S SPAMALOT this Friday, January 12th, a musical cited as lovingly ripped off from Monty Python and the Holy Grail . Directed by Dan Ashlock Jr., this comedy had the audience roaring with laughter, eyes brimmed with tears.BWW Preview: CHARLOTTE'S WEB at Desert Foothills Youth Theater January 10, 2018
Childsplay Theatre does a spectacular job of introducing the art of theatre to younger generations through their colorful, energetic, and playful production of GO, DOG. GO! Even though the show is recommended for younger audience members and is based on a children's book, it is greatly enjoyable for children of all ages and their family members.BWW Review: A WINNIE-THE-POOH CHRISTMAS TAIL is a Family Favorite at Valley Youth Theatre December 4, 2017
Valley Youth Theatre's 29th annual production of A WINNIE-THE-POOH CHRISTMAS TAIL is the perfect show to celebrate the holidays with children and family of all ages. Set in the Hundred Acre Wood, Pooh and his friends set out on a mission to make their friend Eeyore happy for the holidays, searching for his missing tail in the process.BWW Review: PETER PAN is Pure Magic at Desert Stages Theatre November 20, 2017
Recently, I had the amazing opportunity to interview Dr. Lance Gharavi, the Artistic Director of ASU's Theatre Department. He is an extremely wise man that heavily emphasizes the influence of diverse voices in the theatre department, a topic that has become extremely relevant in the past couple of weeks.BWW Review: PIPPIN at Spotlight Youth Theatre Cannot Be Missed This Fall October 25, 2017
Spotlight Youth Theatre's PIPPIN easily exceeds all expectations for a youth production. A cast constructed of 24 award winners, nominees, and experienced youth, the talent could not be more amusing and breathtaking.Review: HAIRSPRAY Stuns Audiences at Desert Stages Theatre October 17, 2017
Mackenna Goodrich, founder of Arizona Young Actor's Alliance, and host of the AYAA Awards, is an Ohio college student majoring in drama. She started theatre at the age of six, in a production of The Frog Prince in Montana. While playing a 'venus fly trap' she got to 'hang backstage and eat snacks'. She continued theatre through high school, and started directing shows her sophomore year of high school at Hamilton High School.BWW Review: HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING at Sandra Day O'Connor High School July 9, 2017
When it comes to seeing high school theatre productions, some do not receive nearly as much credit and publicity as they deserve. It is so for Sandra Day O'Connor High School's How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, directed by Toni Fioramonti. The production was put together in a short period of only five weeks, with about twenty rehearsals total, however, you would have never been able to tell from the overall splendor of the production.BWW Feature: Cast of SDOHS HOW TO SUCCEED Choreographs, Blocks, and Designs Their Way to Opening Weekend! July 5, 2017
As Sandra Day O'Connor High School's Summer Intensive comes to an end, it means that their production of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying debuts in less than one week! Their shows are Friday and Saturday (July 7th and 8th) at 2:00pm, and an additional show on Friday at 6:30pm. and the cost of tickets is completely free! Junior Cat Birkenfeld advises to "make sure that if you attend the show you get there in plenty of time! Our summer shows are free and usually have a big turnout!"BWW Feature: Finishing Act One with HOW TO SUCCEED at SDOHS June 26, 2017
The cast of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying at Sandra Day O'Connor High School has set aside another week of rehearsals as they come close to finishing act one! Producing the show has proven to be quite a feat, as the students are putting together a full-length musical in only five weeks!