Thursday, July 20, 2017

IT'S TIME TO VOTE!

Hello, everyone! IT IS NOW TIME TO VOTE FOR THE 2ND ANNUAL AYAA AWARDS!


We had almost 225 nomination forms turned in for these awards, up from around 50 last year. We had 550 people vote last year, so let's see how we do this time around!

A complete list of nominees can be found below. :)

Here is the link to vote!

And the nominees are...


Best Leading Actress in a Musical 
Cheyenne Smith - Audrey - Little Shop of Horrors - Actor's Youth Theatre
Quinlyn Ashlock - Baker's Wife - Into the Woods - Starlight Community Theater
Emma Suttell - Jovie - Elf Jr. - Musical Theatre of Anthem
Jayda Mendiola - Wendla - Spring Awakening - Arizona School for the Arts
Makenzie Couch - Rafiki - Lion King Jr. - Christian Youth Theater Phoenix

Best Leading Actress in a Play
Sarah Scroggins - Mina - Dracula - Actor's Youth Theatre
Emma Wang - Jesse - The Hamlet Thrill-Ma-geddon - Hamilton High School
Harleigh Iziarry - White Witch - The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe - Starlight Community Theater
Thea Eigo - CB's Sister - Dog Sees God - Youth Ensemble Theatre Inc.
Gabby Terrell - Abby - Arsenic and Old Lace - Chandler High School

Best Leading Actor in a Musical
Grey Smith - Dewey Finn - School of Rock - Actor's Youth Theatre
Anson Romney - Seymour - Little Shop of Horrors - Actor's Youth Theatre
Connor Brigola - Rum Tum Tugger - Cats - Limelight
Ethan Shanker - Moritz - Spring Awakening - Arizona School for the Arts
Noah Sucato - Simba - Lion King Jr. - Christian Youth Theatre Phoenix

Best Leading Actor in a Play
Kale Burr - Vlad Dracula - Dracula - Actor's Youth Theatre
Aaron Brown - Hamlet - The Hamlet Thrill-Ma-geddeon - Hamilton High School
Dustin Noga - Claudius - The Hamlet Thrill-Ma-geddeon - Hamilton High School
Payten McLeod - CB - Dog Sees God - Youth Ensemble Theatre Inc.
Noah Delgado - Count Dracula - Dracula - Actor's Youth Theatre

Best Supporting Actress in a Musical
Thea Eigo - Ilse - Spring Awakening - Arizona School for the Arts
Sophie Vaughan - Martha - Spring Awakening - Arizona School for the Arts
Lily Castle - Paulette - Legally Blonde - Spotlight Youth Theatre
Sarah Pansing - Martha - The Secret Garden - Valley Youth Theatre
Gretchen Carpenter - Timon - Lion King Jr. - Christian Youth Theatre Phoenix

Best Supporting Actress in a Play
AJ Marshall - Lucy - Dracula - Actor's Youth Theatre
Nicole Boucher - Ophelia - The Hamlet Thrill-Ma-Geddeon - Hamilton High School
Sarah Edmunds - Mrs. Westenra - Dracula - Actor's Youth Theatre
Riley Van Cleve - Tricia - Dog Sees God - Youth Ensemble Inc.
Hanna Soto-Shea - Elaine - Arsenic and Old Lace - Chandler High School

Best Supporting Actor in a Musical
Bryce Dilullo - Mushnik - Little Shop of Horrors - Actor's Youth Theatre
Caleb Ormond - Cinderella's Prince - Into the Woods - Starlight Community Theater
Nick Williams - Orin Scrivello, DDS - Little Shop of Horrors - Actor's Youth Theatre
Steven Enriquez - The Cowardly Lion - Wizard of Oz - Valley Youth Theatre
Jacob Currie - Banzai - The Lion King Jr. - Christian Youth Theatre Phoenix

Best Supporting Actor in a Play
Chance Stokes - Van - Dog Sees God - Youth Ensemble Theatre Inc.
Sawyer Bland - Defendants and others - The Laramie Project - Greasepaint
Liam Thibeault - Dr. Einstein - Arsenic and Old Lace - Chandler High School
Alex Tuchi - Smee - Peter and the Starcatcher - Arizona School for the Arts
Ben Wright - Abraham Van Helsing - Dracula - Actor's Youth Theatre

Best Vocalist
Maddy Rathbun - Ronette - Little Shop of Horrors - Actor's Youth Theatre
Jayda Mendiola - Wendla - Spring Awakening - Arizona School for the Arts
Sarah Pansing - Whatsername - American Idiot - Spotlight Youth Theatre
Cheyenne Smith - Audrey - Little Shop of Horrors - Actor's Youth Theatre
Makenzie Couch - Rafiki - Lion King Jr. - Christian Youth Theatre Phoenix

Best Dancer
Paige Gagliardi - Janet van de Graaf - The Drowsy Chaperone - Limelight
Thea Eigo - Ensemble/Featured Dancer - All Shook Up - Desert Foothills Theater
Jasmine Bassham - Brooke Wyndham - Legally Blonde - Spotlight Youth Theatre
Emily Wright - Cheryl Ann/Ensemble - Catch Me If You Can - Actor's Youth Theatre
Hallie Reggio - Cha Cha DeGregorio - Grease - Greasepaint

Best Direction of a Musical
Chris Dane Burk - Little Shop of Horrors - Actor's Youth Theatre
Emma England - CATS - Limelight
Rusty Ferracane - Spring Awakening - Arizona School for the Arts
Stephanie Likes - Into the Woods - Chandler High School
Tambra Lamb - Lion King Jr. - Christian Youth Theatre Phoenix

Best Direction of a Play
Christina Vail - The Hamlet Thrill-Ma-Geddeon - Hamilton High School
Jodie Weiss - Dog Sees God - Youth Ensemble Theatre Inc.
Stephanie Likes - Arsenic and Old Lace - Chandler High School
Zack Diepstraten - Dracula - Actor's Youth Theatre
Laura O'Meara - To Kill a Mockingbird - Musical Theatre of Anthem

Best Musical Direction
Tristan Peterson - The Secret Garden - Valley Youth Theatre
Mark 4man - American Idiot - Spotlight Youth Theatre
Thomas Graca - Into the Woods - Starlight Community Theater
Curtis Moeller - Pippin - Greasepaint
Sarah McDermott - Lion King Jr. - Christian Youth Theatre Phoenix

Best Choreography
Corrinne Mann, Kristen Malarkey, and Marcus Ellsworth - Catch Me If You Can - Actor's Youth Theatre
Emma England - CATS - Limelight
Kristin Malarkey - Little Shop of Horrors - Actor's Youth Theatre
Paul Pederson - All Shook Up - Desert Foothills Theater
Lynzee 4man - American Idiot - Spotlight Youth Theatre

Best Set Design
Emma England - CATS - Limelight
Don Crosby - The Drowsy Chaperone - Limelight
Chris Dane Burk - Little Shop of Horrors - Actor's Youth Theatre
Chris Dane Burk - Catch Me If You Can - Actor's Youth Theatre
Tori Swedler - Lion King Jr. - Christian Youth Theatre Phoenix

Best Lighting Design
Brian Sosnowski - Willy Wonka Jr. - Musical Theatre of Anthem
Erica Baratz - Spring Awakening - Arizona School for the Arts
Josh Lindblom - Dracula - Actor's Youth Theatre
Emma England - CATS - Limelight
Tom Holmberg - Lion King Jr. - Christian Youth Theatre Phoenix

Best Sound Design
Brian Sosnowski - Willy Wonka Jr. - Musical Theatre of Anthem
Emma England - CATS - Limelight
Josh Lindblom - School of Rock - Actor's Youth Theatre
Josh Hontz - American Idiot - Spotlight Youth Theatre

Best Costume Design
Emma England - CATS - Limelight
Karol Cooper - The Secret Garden - Valley Youth Theatre
Julie Clement - Catch Me If You Can - Actor's Youth Theatre
Nicole Miller - Little Shop of Horrors - Actor's Youth Theatre
Karin Ikeaski - Seussical Jr. - Musical Theatre of Anthem

Best Hair and Makeup Design
Mariah Gessele - Shrek - Hamilton High School
Juliana Jackson - CATS - Limelight
Cheri Lundgreen - Dracula - Actor's Youth Theatre
Jessy Kishbaugh - Seussical Jr. - Musical Theatre of Anthem
Trey DeGroodt - American Idiot - Spotlight Youth Theatre

Best Stage Management
Kara Jenkins and Jordan Osness - Shrek - Hamilton High School
Darryl Cotecson - Little Shop of Horrors - Actor's Youth Theatre
Kristin Bowler - Catch Me If You Can - Actor's Youth Theatre
Kristin Bowler - Dracula - Actor's Youth Theatre
Dexter Tuten - Lion King Jr. - Christian Youth Theatre Phoenix

School of Rock Award: Most Likely to Win Battle of the Bands
Devon Policci
Vincent Pugliese
Grey Smith

The Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Award: Most Fabulous
Spencer Claus
Carter Palumbo
Emma Sucato

The Catch Me If You Can Award: Most Likely to Carry Out a Great Con
Joey Grado
Jake Bonar
Devon Policci

Shrek Award: Most Likely to Marry a Beautiful Prince/Princess
Grey Smith
Addison Bowman
Jacob Currie

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee Award: Most Likely to Win a Spelling Bee
Noah Delgado
Abigail Caplan
Thea Eigo

The Gypsy Award: Most Likely to Become a Stage Parent
Jessica Sinodis
Bailey Gorman
Audrey Coleman

The American Idiot Award: Most "Teen Angst"
Joey J Grado
Vincent Pugliese
Ethan Shanker

The War Paint Award: Most Likely to Be the Next Patti LuPone
Sarah Pansing
Jessica Sinodis
Sophie Vaughan

Best Play - High School
The Hamlet Thrill-Ma-Geddeon - Hamilton High School
The Children's Hour - Chapparal High School
The Outsiders - Chapparal High School
Peter and the Starcatcher - Arizona School for the Arts
Arsenic and Old Lace - Chandler High School
Twelfth Night - Perry High School
One Man, Two Guvnors - Dobson High School

Best Musical - High School
Shrek - Hamilton High School
Catch Me If You Can - Chapparal High School
Mary Poppins - Perry High School
Spring Awakening - Arizona School for the Arts
Footloose - Agua Fria High School
Into the Woods - Chandler High School
Legally Blonde - Desert Mountain High School
How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying - Brophy
In the Heights - Xavier
The Wedding Singer - ACAA

Best Play - Community
Dracula - Actor's Youth Theatre
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe - Starlight Community Theater
Dog Sees God - Youth Ensemble Theatre Inc.
Junie B. Jones in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells! - Fountain Hills Youth Theater
I and You - Tuscany Theatre Company
Peter and the Starcatcher - Greasepaint
The Laramie Project - Greasepaint
The Love and the Hate - Starlight Community Theatre
To Kill a Mockingbird - Musical Theatre of Anthem
Radium Girls - Limelight

Best Musical - Community
Little Shop of Horrors - Actor's Youth Theatre
Into the Woods - Starlight Community Theatre
American Idiot - Spotlight Youth Theatre
Catch Me If You Can - Actor's Youth Theatre
School of Rock - Actor's Youth Theatre
The Secret Garden - Valley Youth Theatre
Les Miserables - Theater Works
Willy Wonka Jr. - Musical Theatre of Anthem
The Drowsy Chaperone - Limelight
Lion King Jr. - Christian Youth Theatre Phoenix





Friday, July 7, 2017

AYAA AWARDS 2017!!!!


It's that time of year again!!!


The Arizona Young Actors' Alliance is proud to once again present the AYAA Awards. Last year was a smashing success, with over 500 people voting on the final awards. There are a lot of great awards programs in our area, but I wanted to create an awards program where the people nominate and select winners just for young actors -- not necessarily just youth theatre. Youth rewarding youth. 

So this awards program will have some classic awards, but it will also feature some more silly awards -- things you might use as high school superlatives. I have made superlatives for my high school theatre class for the past three years, so I picked a few of my favorites to include in this. 

Nominations for the 2017 Awards open today and run through July 20th at noon! So get your nominations in ASAP. 


All youth productions and youth actors are eligible. Adults working on youth shows in a direction or design category are also eligible.

ALSO PLEASE BUY TICKETS TO SHE KILLS MONSTERS!


Thursday, July 6, 2017

AYAA Talback: Dancing Through Life

Hey, everyone! Today, as a sort of Part 2 to our Talback series out using BroadwayBox videos as inspiration, we did a riff on the Dancing Through My Resume videos. I asked a bunch of dancers to talk about which shows they would love to DANCE.

BUT BEFORE WE GET TO THAT:

#1. PLEASE consider coming to see AYAA's first full-length production at the end of this month. A ton of us have been working on a production of She Kills Monsters. Fountain Hills Theater is being kind enough to let us use their space and their box office for this performance. If you're interested in checking out the show, tickets are available here as of today. Tickets are $15 for all three performances: July 28th at 7, July 29th at 7 and July 30th at 3.

#2. Just like last year, we will be doing The AYAA Awards. Nominations will open tomorrow sometime around noon! Please nominate your favorite actors and actresses :)

And now onto the dance!!

Audrey Coleman: "Cats, A Chorus Line, Bring It On!"

Caroline Jackson: "Well I've already been in Joseph, but that was an amazing show to be ensemble in. Wicked definitely. Oklahoma."

Calvin Witmer Jr.: "Bring It On: the Musical because of the crazy dance/cheer routines. I know it's cliche, but I've always wanted to be in Footloose. Also, A Chorus Line was one of my dream dance shows, so thankfully, I got to be in it once, but I would 100% do that show again. Also Newsies cuz I'm ASMing it right now and the dancing we have in our show is INSANE it's amazing."

Emily Woodward-Shaw: "Something Rotten, Big Fish, Matilda, Joseph!"

Emma England: "NEWSIES would be the ultimate show I would want to dance in. And Cats. I actually really like dancing Joseph because of all the different types of songs throughout. I would also love to be a part of Movin' Out."

Falin Ossipinsky: "A Chorus Line and Newsies if I were a guy hah!"

Gracie Gentile: "Millie (again!!), Hairspray, Footloose, Newsies, Cats, Anything Goes, Catch Me If You Can, Mary Poppins, Music Man"

Haylee Klein: "Hamilton, Chicago (I am right now at FHT!! One of my dream shows), Cabaret, Xanadu, Thoroughly Modern Millie."

Isabella Harvey: "Addams Family, Bandstand, Anastasia, A Chorus Line"

Jessica Sinodis: "CATS. Playing Grizabella was a dream, but seeing my cast mates perform those numbers was breathtaking. I would love one day to be a part of the Jellicle ball. OK AND CHICAGO. The dancing in that show ugh it's so jazzy and technical but also so stylized I love it! One day I hope to be able to perform in that show!"

Kaleigh Feuerstein: "Cats- Obviously this show is known for being one to dance in and I love the flexibility and high energy required to pull it off.
A Chorus Line- I love big showy pieces that envelope the concept of musicals and I think that this show really encompasses it.
42nd Street- the only show I know that is so focused heavily on tap which is my favorite style of dance"

Kate Nienstedt: "CHORUS LINE, Wicked, Legally Blonde, Pippin, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Cats, and Newsies"

Mackenna Goodrich: "To start with a real weird one: Contact. Movin' Out. Pippin. Spring Awakening. Finding Neverland. Hamilton. 

And I've said it before and I'll say it again: I want to be the first female Rum Tum Tugger in Cats." 

Miranda Smith: "Hairspray, Grease, Newsies, Footloose, Catch Me if You Can, Anything Goes, Joseph, Bandstand, Thoroughly Modern Mille, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Mamma Mia. OH AND CATS"

Olivia Nienstedt: "A Chorus Line, Cats, West Side Story"

Paige Gagliardi: "CABARET!!!! Hamilton, Thoroughly Modern Millie, CHICAGO, 42nd Street, BRING IT ON, American Idiot, West Side Story, CATS!!!! Sweet Charity, Great Comet. Bandstand seems like a lot of fun! Oh, if i had the talent, An American in Paris."

Rebecca Simantov (a friend from Kenyon): "Well, I just saw Great Comet and I would LOVE to dance that. Also Anything Goes. Also Chicago. Also Fiddler (I already know all those dances). Cabaret. Anything with burlesque or swing."

Sarah Davidson: "I would love to dance in 42nd Street or Anything Goes because I LIVE for tap and it's my favorite style of dance. I also would love to be in the ensemble of Big Fish because the ensemble is on and dancing in just about every number.

Also, Cats."

Sarah Pansing: "I would love to be in Hairspray, West Side Story, or Chorus Line!"

Thea Eigo: "Catch Me if You Can, The Producers, Great Comet, Bandstand, and A Chorus Line"

Tiana Marks: "I would love to dance in Rent, 42nd Street, Joseph (even though I have before), ooh and Cats."


Saturday, July 1, 2017

AYAA Talkback: Broadway Bucket List

Hey all!

It is time for another AYAA Talkback, where I ask a question to the community pertaining to theatre. Recently, I've been watching BroadwayBox.com's series called Broadway Bucket List, where Broadway singers perform selections of songs sung by three roles on their "Broadway bucket list" aka three roles they need to play on Broadway. 

I extended this question on my Facebook page to find out what three roles are on everyone's Broadway bucket lists!

*a friend from Kenyon, the college I go to.

Alli Beard*: Veronica from Heathers, Natasha from The Great Comet and the Leading Player from Pippin

Audrey Coleman: Reno Sweeney (Anything Goes), Veronica Sawyer (Heathers), Cassie (A Chorus Line)

Avery Strachan: Ilse from Spring Awakening, Kristie from A Chorus Line, Heather Chandler from Heathers

Bailey Gorman: Evan Hansen from Dear Evan Hansen, Seymour Krelbourne from Little Shop of Horrors, Quasimodo from Hunchback of Notre Dame

Bryce Dilullo: Dewey Finn from School of Rock, Nostradamus from Something Rotten, and Aaron from First Date

Calvin Witmer Jr.: Christopher from Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Peter from Bare: A Pop Opera, CB in Dog Sees God

Danny Blankemeier: Genie from Aladdin, Javert from Les Miserables, Frollo from Hunchback of Notre Dame

Devon Policci: Clyde Barrow in Bonnie and Clyde, Quasimodo in Hunchback of Notre Dame,
Moritz in Spring Awakening

Emily Woodward-Shaw: Millie - Thoroughly Modern Millie, Zoe Murphy - Dear Evan Hansen, Cathy - The Last Five Years

Faith Sterling: Catherine in Pippin, Molly in Peter and the Starcatcher, Abigail in Crucible

Hailey Forbis: Winnie in Tuck Everlasting! Glinda in Wicked! Ariel in The Little Mermaid!

Hannah Isaac:  Fantine in Les Miserables, Elphaba or Nessa in Wicked!

Isabella Harvey: Anya in Anastasia, Ivy in Bare, Jenna in Waitress

Jacob Peterson: Ursula - Little Mermaid, Lefou - Beauty and the Beast, Emcee - Cabaret

Jenny Nagel: Natalie from next to normal, Samantha from Unauthorized Autobiography of Samantha Brown, Shelly from Batboy

Kaleigh Feuerstein: Belle in Beauty and the Beast, Dorothy in Wizard of Oz, and Tracy in Hairspray

Kylee Toon Chounaird: Belle in Beauty and the Beast, Dawn in Waitress, Cathy Hyatt in The Last Five Years

Nicholas Hambruch: Edward Bloom - Big Fish, Robert - Company, Sweeney - Sweeney Todd

Sarah Davidson: Winnifred in Once Upon a Mattress, Sandra Bloom (when I'm older)/Jenny Hill (now) in Big Fish, Belle in Beauty and the Beast

Spencer Claus: Leading Player (Pippin), Emcee (Cabaret), Edgar (Bat-Boy)

Summer Beckman: Christine in Phantom of the Opera, Elle in Legally Blonde, Johanna in Sweeney Todd

Sunday, June 25, 2017

AYAA Dream Season Project: 2017 Version

Hey everyone!!

WE HAVE HIT 100,000 PAGE VIEWS ON AYAA!! How exciting! I've been working on this website for a little under two years and this is a great milestone to hit. As I need to sort of move on into adulthood starting in the next school year, AYAA will be put on semi-permanent hiatus while I am at school, so I am really glad to have hit this milestone before than.

We have a lot of fun stuff planned for the rest of the summer and I am really excited to get to work on it.

For today, to celebrate, I wanted to bring back the Dream Season project we did last year where I had people create mock seasons.

Thank you to Avery, Bailey, Danny, Emily, Miranda and Noah for creating seasons for me this time around!!

Avery Strachan:

Stage Door Theater Company
"The season of angst and death"

Carrie: The Musical
August 12-28th
Starring: Andrey Lull as Billy Nolan, Kristi Rice as Margaret White, Avery Strachan as Chris Hargensen and Lydia McCloskey as Sue Snell


Heathers
October 7-23rd
Starring: Tatumn Zale as Heather McNamara, Thea Eigo as Heather Duke, and Avery Strachan as Heather Chandler and Rachel Berry as Veronica Sawyer

Bare: A Rock Opera
December 2-23rd
Directed by: Damon Dearing
Starring: Adam Bei as Peter and Tatumn Zale as Ivy

Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson
February 10-26th
Directed by: Avery Strachan
Starring: Adam Bei as Andrew Jackson and Maddy Rathbun as Rachel

Spring Awakening
April 7-23rd
Directed by: Avery Strachan
Starring: Maddy Rathbun as Ilse and Ethan Shanker as Moritz

Next To Normal
June 9-25th
Starring:Kristi Rice as Diana Goodman

Bailey Gorman

Theatre Factory Productions

July 1-17 - Parade (I would love to direct it or be Leo)
August 5-25 - Mamma Mia!
October 10-31 - Little Shop of Horrors (I would love to be Seymour)
December 10-17 - Holiday Inn 
February 1-14 - Once
March 25-30 (Limited Run) - If/Then
May 4-20 - Dogfight
June 19- July 31 - Miss Saigon

Danny Blankemeier

Lost Dutchman Theatre Company

Frankenstein
Director-Zack Diepstraten 
Oct 20-27

Elf the Musical
Director-Marcus Ellsworth
Music Director-Karli Giles
Dec 7-16

Once on this Island
Director-Myself
Music Director-Cathy Hughes
Mar 29-Apr 7

Big Fish
Director-Marcus Ellsworth and Julie Clement
Music Director-Joesph Johnson
June 20-July 14

Emily Woodward-Shaw

The Theatre Playce
1. Spring Awakening (August 10 - August 19) - I would love to be able to direct this show to be able to incorporate some American Sign Language just like the Deaf West production. It adds another layer to the show which I feel is important.
2. The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Nov 2 - Nov 11)- I did this show back in Fall of 2015 and I would love to play Logainne again. I also thing Brandon Hayes is the perfect Chip and I would love to see Summer Farnsworth be Olive, Kale Burr as Barfée and Mackenna Goodrich as Rona. (A/N: Mackenna would love to see Mackenna as Rona as well.)
3. Zombie Prom (Jan 4 - Jan 13) - It's not exactly an amazing show storyline-wise, BUT the costumes and set design for this show is crazy amazing. This show would have to be performed in a large space with a high budget (which of course is impossible) but it's still a dream, huh?
4. Big Fish (March 15 - March 24)- This is one of the most beautiful shows I have watched/been a part of. I would love to be a part of the ensemble again because it's a very involved show. Not JUST because of the red hair, but I'd love to see Sarah Davidson as Sandra and Nick Williams as Will Bloom to name a few.
5. Be More Chill (May 10 - May 19) - Yes, rights aren't available yet, but in a perfect world, they would be. This is a pretty new show with music by Joe Iconis that starred Will Connolly and George Salazar in the New Jersey show. It's basically about a boy who is struggling to fit in, and ends up taking a weird Japanese kind of drug that's inputs a "computer" in his brain (yes, it's kind of confusing). But I'd like to see Joey Grado as Jeremy, Anson Romney as Michael, Emily Wright as Christine, Allan DeWitt as The Squip, and Lina Cappalleno as Chloe. Anyone who hasn't listened to this show recording should!

Mackenna Goodrich

Chandler Boulevard Theatre Company

Measure for Measure
August 25 - October 1
Kickin' it off with some Shakespeare, mate! (I've been watching a lot of British television today.) I'd enjoy directing it. As for some casting business, I'd love to see Jackie Brecker as Isabella, Bryce Dilullo as The Duke, Grey Smith as Claudio and Mark Munoz as Lord Angelo. 

Evita
October 5 - November 16
So for all the musicals, I really want to choreograph all of them, but I'd also like to direct this one. It's the only Weber musical I actually really like. (Sorry, Sarah.) For casting, I'd want to see Grey Smith as Peron, Brandon Reyes as Che, Jessie Jo Pauley as Evita, Brittney Peters as the Mistress, and Kale Burr as Magaldi. 

Oliver!
November 30 - December 23
Sarah Pansing as Nancy and Nick Williams as Fagin

Anything Goes
January 11 - February 11
I'd like to co-direct and choreograph with my good friend, Sarah Davidson. I'd love to see Jackie Brecker as Reno and Grey Smith as Moonface.

Company
February 15 - March 11
I love this show and along with choreographing it, I'd love to play Amy. (Patter songs are my everything.) Nicholas Hambruch would be a great Robert. 

Master Class
March 15 - April 1
This play is gorgeous and I'd love to direct it. Jessica Sinodis would be a great Maria Callas. 

Noises Off
April 5 - May 6
Got to get some more comedy in this season! Would love to direct this madcap nonsense. I would love to see India Chudnow as Dotty and Kale Burr or Liam Thibeault as Lloyd.

Sweeney Todd
May 10 - June 10
I need to see Grey Smith play Sweeney Todd and I'd love to see Jessica Sinodis as Mrs. Lovett.

Gypsy
June 14 - July 8
Jessie Jo Pauley needs to be Louise in this. And I feel like I keep using Jessica, but she's just such a good grand dame and would be a great Rose.

Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown
July 12 - August 19
I'm obsessed with this show and would love to be Candela. Grace Napoletano would be a great Pepa. I would love to see Lily Castle as Lucia and Mason Reeves or Anson Romney as Ivan. 

Miranda Smith

Live Out Loud Theatre 

School of Rock
August 4-12
Choreograph

Guys and Dolls
September 15-23
I would love to be Adelaide

Little Shop of Horrors
October 27- Nov 4
Direct

Big Fish
Dec 15-23
Choreograph 

Mary Poppins
February 23 - March 3
I would love to be Mary OR choreograph 

Bonnie and Clyde 
April 13-21
Direct

Catch Me If You Can
May 25- June 2
Choreograph

Noah Delgado

Random Box Theatre Company

Zombie Prom
Director - Russell Seaton
Music Director - Karli Giles
Choreographer: Zib Jacobs
*I would love to play either Eddie or Jonny in this 
Aug. 24th - Sept. 9th

Frankenstein (Nick Dear version)
Director - Zack Diepstraten
*I would adore playing Victor/The Creature
Oct. 19th - Nov. 4th

Elf the Musical
Director - Tracie Jones
Choreographer: Corrine Mann
*I would like to see Danny Blankemeier as Buddy. I would totally play Walter Hobbs, again
Dec. 8th - 23rd

Jekyll & Hyde
Director - Russell Seaton
Music Director: Karli Giles
Choreographer: Zib Jacobs
*I would absolutely love to play Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde
Mar. 29th - Apr. 14th

Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812
Director - Russell Seaton
Music Director - Tracie Jones
Choreographer - Zib Jacobs
*I would play Pierre in a heartbeat. 
Jun. 7th - 23rd

Sunday, June 11, 2017

AYAA Tony Predictions!!

Hey there, everyone! Happy Tony Sunday!

Following tradition, I asked some young adults in the Valley who they thought WILL win the Tony Awards tonight. Although there are 24 categories, I kept it to the six big musical categories: Best Musical, Best Revival of a Musical, Best Lead Actor, Best Lead Actress, Best Featured Actor and Best Featured Actress.

Here is what we think!

Best Musical:
Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812: 27.1%
Dear Evan Hansen: 57.7%
Groundhog Day: 7.6%
Come From Away: 7.6%

Best Revival of a Musical:
Miss Saigon: 16.7%
Hello Dolly: 58.3%
Falsettos: 25%

Best Lead Actor in a Musical:
Andy Karl for Groundhog Day: 0% (which is funny because according to a lot of expert opinions, he's the 2nd most likely to win)
Ben Platt for Dear Evan Hansen: 84.6%
Josh Groban for The Great Comet: 11.5%
Christian Borle for Falsettos: 3.9%
David Hyde Pierce for Hello Dolly!: 0%

Best Lead Actress in a Musical:
Bette Midler for Hello, Dolly!: 46.1%
Patti LuPone for War Paint: 15.4%
Christine Ebersole for War Paint: 0%
Eva Noblezada for Miss Saigon: 15.4%
Denee Benton for Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812: 23.1%

Best Featured Actor in a Musical:
Andrew Rannells in Falsettos: 31%
Brandon Uranowitz in Falsettos: 6.9%
Lucas Steele in Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812: 13.8%
Mike Faist in Dear Evan Hansen: 20.7%
Gavin Creel in Hello Dolly!: 27.6%

Best Featured Actress in a Musical:
Kate Baldwin for Hello, Dolly: 14.3%
Stephanie J. Block for Falsettos: 10.7%
Rachel Bay Jones for Dear Evan Hansen: 35.7%
Mary Beth Peil for Anastasia: 25%
Jenn Colella for Come From Away: 14.3%


And a couple people had some additional thoughts they wanted to share!


Mark Munoz - I think Falsettos should win, but I feel like they will get robbed. I feel David Hyde Pierce should win, but he won't.

Asher Sheppard - Ben Platt for Lead Actor, though I would be happy with Josh Groban, cause I love him!

India Chudnow - No matter what happens, Come From Away should win best musical!

Autumn Neil - I'm afraid Dear Evan Hansen will sweep or get the Best Musical, but I think Best Musical should be Natasha, Pierre, and asbsbkjsnsd.


MAKE SURE TO WATCH THE TONYS TONIGHT ON CBS!!!!!

Friday, June 9, 2017

And the winner of AYAA Musical Madness is....

HEATHERS!!!


Thank you to everyone has voted. After a month of competition, Heathers reigns supreme over the other female led musicals!

Also, since I have you, we all hope to see you at the AYAA Cabaret on Saturday at 7:30pm. Although it won't feature songs from Heathers, it will feature hits from shows 25 years or older, including selections from She Loves Me, Carrie, Chicago and other smash hits from the days of the past! It is at AYT and tickets can be purchased online or at the door! Hope to see you there!