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BWW Review: PIPPIN at Spotlight Youth Theatre Cannot Be Missed This FallBWW Review: PIPPIN at Spotlight Youth Theatre Cannot Be Missed This Fall
by Emma Suttell - 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. (more...)
Review: HAIRSPRAY Stuns Audiences at Desert Stages TheatreReview: HAIRSPRAY Stuns Audiences at Desert Stages Theatre
by Emma Suttell - October 17, 2017

Bold, bright, and breathtaking can all be used to describe Desert Stage's production of HAIRSPRAY, an amusing show starring a mix of 31 spectacular performers. (more...)
BWW Interview: Tara Whitman of BRIGHT STAR at West Orange High SchoolBWW Interview: Tara Whitman of BRIGHT STAR at West Orange High School
by Clarissa Moon - October 10, 2017

West Orange High School Theatre kicks off their season with the high school premiere of BRIGHT STAR. Written by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, the musical follows the story of Alice Murphy at two different points of her life. I talked with director Tara Whitman about premiering the show, the live band, staging, and more! (more...)
BWW Previews: Rehearsals Begin for SINGIN' IN THE RAIN at Winslow Homer Center For The ArtsBWW Previews: Rehearsals Begin for SINGIN' IN THE RAIN at Winslow Homer Center For The Arts
by Student Blogger: Samuel Laro - October 2, 2017

We gotta dance! The Oak Hill Players are back at it again in their 2017-18 season with SINGIN' IN THE RAIN! After a record breaking run of GREASE, the Oak Hill Players putting on their raincoats and grabbing their umbrellas as they prepare this new show for the public. (more...)
BWW Blog: Loving What Constantly Lets You DownBWW Blog: Loving What Constantly Lets You Down
by Emily Holzman - September 14, 2017

Every performer hears the phrase 'no' countless times in their life, and it can really cause them to question whether or not performing is worth it, which is why reminding yourself why you perform is so important. (more...)
BWW Review: Valley Youth Theatre Presents SHREK THE MUSICALBWW Review: Valley Youth Theatre Presents SHREK THE MUSICAL
by Emma Suttell - September 2, 2017

I have to admit, I had been counting down the days to see VYT's Shrek The Musical. Ever since seeing Wizard of Oz back in June, I had been itching to see another one of the Phoenix youth theatre's spectacular, cutting-edge shows. (more...)
BWW Blog: Awards, Nominations, and Casting? Emma Suttell's Reflection on Her 2016-17 SeasonBWW Blog: Awards, Nominations, and Casting? Emma Suttell's Reflection on Her 2016-17 Season
by Emma Suttell - August 6, 2017

With a summer that quickly flew by, and a new season approaching, I decided that now would be a good time to take a quick break from my usual interviews and talk a bit about what I've been up to this past season. (more...)
BWW Interview: Mackenna Goodrich of ARIZONA YOUNG ACTOR'S ALLIANCEBWW Interview: Mackenna Goodrich of ARIZONA YOUNG ACTOR'S ALLIANCE
by Emma Suttell - July 23, 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. (more...)
High School Drama: Cookeville High Grad EMMA CHOATEHigh School Drama: Cookeville High Grad EMMA CHOATE
by Jeffrey Ellis - July 18, 2017

t's been an exceptionally busy summer thus far for recent Cookeville High School graduate Emma Choate as she prepares to make the transition to college student at Tennessee Technological University in her hometown. Making the leap from high schooler to college student is a challenge, no matter who you are, but for Emma - who has been an over-achiever in live theater most of her life - it's probably made easier by her decision to remain at the local college, where she plans to major in vocal music education. (more...)
BWW Review: HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING at Sandra Day O'Connor High SchoolBWW Review: HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING at Sandra Day O'Connor High School
by Emma Suttell - 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. (more...)
BWW Feature: Cast of SDOHS HOW TO SUCCEED Choreographs, Blocks, and Designs Their Way to Opening Weekend!BWW Feature: Cast of SDOHS HOW TO SUCCEED Choreographs, Blocks, and Designs Their Way to Opening Weekend!
by Emma Suttell - 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!" (more...)
BWW Feature: Finishing Act One with HOW TO SUCCEED at SDOHSBWW Feature: Finishing Act One with HOW TO SUCCEED at SDOHS
by Emma Suttell - 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! (more...)
BWW BLOG: What I Learned From High School TheatreBWW BLOG: What I Learned From High School Theatre
by Jessica Vanek - June 26, 2017

Jess here. As some of you may know, I just graduated from a performing arts high school. Now that I'm on summer vacation I've taken some time to reflect upon my experiences in the high school theatre world. I thought I'd share some observations/insight with my fellow thespians, and attempt to shed a little light on topics that remain a mystery. (more...)
Guest Blog: Five Things Actors Can Do While Waiting For A Cast ListGuest Blog: Five Things Actors Can Do While Waiting For A Cast List
by Guest Blogger: Brynn Bonne - June 19, 2017

We've all been there. We've all had that feeling of anticipation between an audition and the call from the casting team to inform us if we've made the cut. You go over your audition, you sit there in agony, you talk to your friends who also auditioned seeing if they know anything, though they are most of the time in the same boat as you, you even contemplating calling the directorial team yourself. All of these are HUGE red flags. There's nothing you can do about it once you step out of the audition room. You've done your part, let them do theirs. Trust that they will make the best choice. On the odd time that it takes a little longer than you can hope, here are some things to do in the meantime to keep your mind off of the anticipation. (more...)
BWW Blog: HOW TO SUCCEED at SDOHS Soars Into Second Week of RehearsalsBWW Blog: HOW TO SUCCEED at SDOHS Soars Into Second Week of Rehearsals
by Emma Suttell - June 19, 2017

As Sandra Day O'Connor wraps up it's second week of rehearsals for How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, rehearsal progress is intensifying and the shows are less than a month away. How to Succeed plays on July 7th and 8th at 2:30pm at Sandra Day O'Connor High School in Phoenix, Arizona; ticket prices are yet to be announced. (more...)
BWW BLOG: CABARET JAZZ SPRING 2017 - Good Things Always Come in Three'sBWW BLOG: CABARET JAZZ SPRING 2017 - Good Things Always Come in Three's
by Jessica Vanek - June 12, 2017

CABARET JAZZ SPRING 2017 - GOOD THINGS ALWAYS COME IN THREE'S (more...)
BWW Blog: Casting Results of HOW TO SUCCEED at SDOHSBWW Blog: Casting Results of HOW TO SUCCEED at SDOHS
by Emma Suttell - June 11, 2017

The How to Succeed cast has been announced for this year's summer intensive at Sandra Day O'Connor High School and the students have several things to say. Everyone in the cast has successfully made it through an intense week of auditions, callbacks, and vocal rehearsals, and several of them are already proud of the immense progress everyone in the cast has made. (more...)
BWW Blog: Before the Audition with HOW TO SUCCEED at SDOHSBWW Blog: Before the Audition with HOW TO SUCCEED at SDOHS
by Emma Suttell - June 3, 2017

The beginning of Sandra Day O'Connor's Summer Intensive is only 2 days away, and all members of the cast are elated to share details about the audition process. (more...)
BWW Previews: YOU'RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN at Seaside PavilionBWW Previews: YOU'RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN at Seaside Pavilion
by Student Blogger: Samuel Laro - June 1, 2017

Happiness is... rehearsing a musical! The six cast members of YOU'RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN are hard at work memorizing and perfecting the show at the Seaside Pavilion. (more...)
BWW BLOG: SOMEONE WILL KNOW HER NAME - CARRIE THE MUSICAL TAKES ON LAS VEGASBWW BLOG: SOMEONE WILL KNOW HER NAME - CARRIE THE MUSICAL TAKES ON LAS VEGAS
by Jessica Vanek - June 1, 2017

SOMEONE WILL KNOW HER NAME - CARRIE THE MUSICAL TAKES ON LAS VEGAS (more...)
High School Drama: Tullahoma High School's WILLIAM KUEBITZHigh School Drama: Tullahoma High School's WILLIAM KUEBITZ
by Jeffrey Ellis - May 30, 2017

Among those students feted for their outstanding performances was Tullahoma High School's William Kuebitz, a top three finalist for his performance as Bert in Mary Poppins. Performing 'Step in Time' from the show, William gained a thunderous ovation from his fellow actors and other supporters in the audience that night, which was the culmination of his high school career. (more...)
BWW Blog: Emma Suttell - Sandra Day O'Connor High School Summer IntensiveBWW Blog: Emma Suttell - Sandra Day O'Connor High School Summer Intensive
by Emma Suttell - May 26, 2017

As the school year comes to a close, the window opens for summer intensives. This year, located in Phoenix, Sandra Day O'Connor High School is holding their annual "Theatre Rocks" Summer Camp. For incoming 7th through 12th graders, the school is putting on a production of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying in a short rehearsal process of only five weeks. (more...)
High School Drama: Hillsboro High's ASHTON HARRISHigh School Drama: Hillsboro High's ASHTON HARRIS
by Jeffrey Ellis - May 23, 2017

Winner of the 2016 Nashville High School Musical Theatre Award (which in 2017 became known as The Spotlight Awards) as best actor in a musical, Ashton Harris is yet another starring light in Kristin Moon and Will Butler's company of outstanding young actors at Hillsboro High School. (more...)
High School Drama: Siegel High's Spotlight Award-nominated CALEB MITCHELLHigh School Drama: Siegel High's Spotlight Award-nominated CALEB MITCHELL
by Jeffrey Ellis - May 19, 2017

The role of Coalhouse Walker Jr. in the Lynn Ahrens-Stephen Flaherty-Terrance McNally musical Ragtime is one coveted by actors of all ages - not the least of whom is Siegel High School student Caleb Mitchell, who took on the challenge of bringing the character to life in his school's production of the show earlier this spring. And for his efforts, Mitchell was one of three finalists for The Spotlight Award, the culmination of the 2016-17 Nashville High School Music Theatre Awards. (more...)
High School Drama: Central Magnet's Spotlight Award-winning SEVON ASKEWHigh School Drama: Central Magnet's Spotlight Award-winning SEVON ASKEW
by Jeffrey Ellis - May 17, 2017

If the theater community had its own royal family and nobility, then it would make perfect sense that young Sevon Askew, recently awarded a Spotlight Award as best male soloist for his performance in You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, would be a crown prince. The son of Susan Arnold Walsworth, who has appeared on numerous stages in the midstate, he's the nephew of David Arnold (perhaps best known for his portrayal of Shrek in the musical about the gentle green ogre - a role Sevon has played, as well) and Cat Arnold (who's currently onstage in ACT 1's Noises Off). Talent, it would seem, runs through certain families. (more...)

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