Sunday, August 5, 2018

2018 AYAA AWARDS!

OH?! You thought the only award people were going to get today was an NYA? Ooooh, baby, this is just simply not true. AYAA is keeping the award train chuggin' along!

Today, I am proud to present the winners of the 2018 AYAA Awards. We received ALMOST 1000 (y'all be crazy) unique ballots that led to these results. I have listed the winner and runner up for the individual awards, the winner for the silly superlatives and for the overall production awards, I ranked all the productions that received at least 50 votes.

Leading Actress in a Musical
Lily Castle as Jo March in Valley Youth Theatre's Little Women
(Runner up: Claire Dolan as Elle Woods in Starlight Community Theater's Legally Blonde)

Leading Actress in a Play
Peyton Woolf as Juliet in Spotlight Youth Theatre's Romeo and Juliet
(Runner up: Sarah Edmunds as Woman in Actor's Youth Theatre's Insanity)

Leading Actor in a Musical
Sam Primack as Jesus in Spotlight Youth Theatre's Jesus Christ Superstar
(Runner up: Jacob Currie as Lord Farquaad in Christian Youth Theater's Shrek)

Leading Actor in a Play
Anson Romney as Romeo in Spotlight Youth Theatre's Romeo and Juliet
(Runner up: Grey Smith as Junior Dover Jr. in Hamilton High School's Great All American Musical Disaster)

Supporting Actress in a Musical
Sarah Pansing as Beth in Valley Youth Theatre's Little Women
(Runner up: Ali Giordano as Paulette in Starlight Community Theater's Legally Blonde)

Supporting Actress in a Play
Camden Wawro as the Nurse in Spotlight Youth Theatre's Romeo and Juliet
(Runner up: Lindsey Stevens as Madeline Usher in Actor's Youth Theatre's Insanity)

Supporting Actor in a Musical
Steven Enriquez as King Herod in Spotlight Youth Theatre's Jesus Christ Superstar
(Runner up: Max Mendoza as Douglas Panch in Arizona School for the Arts' 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee)

Supporting Actor in a Play
Jeremy Bassham as Friar Lawrence in Spotlight Youth Theatre's Romeo and Juliet
(Runner up: Tristen Hansen as Sammy Goldenbaum in Desert Stage Theatre's The Dark at the Top of the Stairs)

Best Vocalist
Lily Castle as Jo March in Valley Youth Theatre's Little Women
(Runner up: Sam Primack as Jesus in Spotlight Youth Theatre's Jesus Christ Superstar)

Best Dancer
Cole Newburg as Don Lockwood in Chapparal High School's Singin' in the Rain
(Runner up: Jacob Currie as Mr. Trotter in Christian Youth Theater's James and the Giant Peach)

Best Direction of a Musical
Kenny Grossman for Spotlight Youth Theatre's Cabaret
(Runner up: Chris Dane Burk for Actor's Youth Theatre's Hunchback of Notre Dame)

Best Direction of a Play
Kenny Grossman for Spotligh Youth Theatre's Romeo and Juliet
(Runner up: Josh Lindblom for Actor's Youth Theatre's Insanity)

Best Music Direction
Tracie Jones for Actor's Youth Theatre's Ghost: the Musical
(Runner up: Elise Kurbat for Arizona School for the Arts' 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee)

Best Choreography
Tina Caspary for Spotlight Youth Theatre's Cabaret
(Runner up: Bruce Goolsby for Actor's Youth Theatre's Anything Goes)

Best Set Design
Pete Bish for Greasepaint Youth Theatre's Addams Family
(Runner up: Chris Dane Burk for Actor's Youth Theatre's Hunchback of Notre Dame)

Best Lighting Design
Jeff A. Davis for Theater Works' Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
(Runner up: Jordan Hunt for New School for the Arts's Hair)

Best Sound Design
Josh Hontz for Spotlight Youth Theatre's Cabaret
(Runner up: Josh Lindblom for Actor's Youth Theatre's Ghost: the Musical)

Best Costume Design
Sam Utpdael for Spotlight Youth Theatre's Cabaret
(Runner up: Karol Cooper for Valley Youth Theatre's Madagascar)

Best Hair and Make Up Design
Trey DeGroodt for Spotlight Youth Theatre's Cabaret
(Runner up: Leigh Hager for Starlight Community Theater's Legally Blonde)

Best Stage Management
Joycelin Jacobs for Valley Youth Theatre's Shrek
(Runner up: Courtney Stevens for Theater Works' Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat)

Aladdin Award: Most Likely to Be Mistaken for Royalty
Sam Primack

Beautiful Award: Most Likely to Have a Biopic Musical Written About Them
Sarah Pansing

Kinky Boots Award: Most Fierce
Trey DeGroodt

Dear Evan Hansen Award: Most Likely to Become an Internet Phenomenon
Sam Primack

Mean Girls Award: Best Dressed 
Addison Bowman

My Fair Lady Award: Most Independent
Riley Van Cleve

SpongeBob Squarepants Award: Most Likely to Accidentally Trigger the End of the World
Devon Christopher

The Band's Visit Award: Most Likely to Get REALLY Lost in a Foreign Country
Maya Weber

BEST PLAY - HIGH SCHOOL
WINNER: Chapparal High School's Boeing Boeing
2nd: Arizona School for the Arts' The Sparrow
3rd (tie): Hamilton High School's Great All American Musical Disaster and New School for the Arts' The Rabbit Hole
5th: Sunrise Mountain High School's Parlor Games

BEST PLAY - COMMUNITY
WINNER: Spotlight Youth Theatre's Romeo and Juliet
2nd: Actor's Youth Theatre's Insanity

BEST MUSICAL - HIGH SCHOOL
WINNER: Chapparal High School's Singin' in the Rain
2nd: New School for the Arts' Hair
3rd: Arizona School for the Arts' 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
4th: Hamilton High School's Bye Bye Birdie
5th: Queen Creek High School's Legally Blonde

BEST MUSICAL - COMMUNITY
WINNER: Valley Youth Theatre's Little Women
2nd: Starlight Community Theater's Legally Blonde
3rd: Actor's Youth Theatre's Hunchback of Notre Dame
4th: Spotlight Youth Theatre's Cabaret
5th: Theater Works' Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Thank you to everyone who voted and congrats to all the winners!! The participation was overwhelming and completely unexpected. I feel so grateful to each and everyone of you. Yay theatre!

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Friend Art Program

The Arizona Young Actors’ Alliance proudly presents…


FRIEND ART

By Sofia Alvarez

Directed & Designed by Grey Smith


Kyle Watkins as Nate
Aubrey Hoffer as Molly
Payten McLeod at Kevin
India Rose Chudnow as Lil

Produced by Mackenna Goodrich
Music by Hector Rodriguez-Rivera

~Thursday July 26th, 2018 and Saturday July 28th, 2018~
7:30pm

This is the Arizona Young Actors' Alliance. The idea is to knock down barriers between youth theaters and young actors! This will make everyone feel at home in the community and give young actors a voice.

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Friend Art is presented through a special arrangement with Samuel French. 


Tuesday, July 10, 2018

AYAA PRESENTS... FRIEND ART


The Arizona Young Actors' Alliance proudly presents Friend Art, a play by Sofia Alvarez and directed by Grey Smith!!


Come support Arizona Young Actors' Alliance's second full length production, Friend Art by Sofia Alvarez.

"Molly and Kevin are engaged. They have “normal” jobs. Kevin and Nate have known each other since they were kids. Nate used to be famous once. He just broke up with Lil, who does performance art, and she used to work with Molly, who wanted to be an actress a long time ago. These relationships come to a head when Kevin decides he no longer wants the regular life he convinced Molly to live with him. Friend Art asks how late is too late to give up on your dreams, when are you really a grown-up, and what the hell are you supposed to say when walking out of a friend’s truly terrible performance?"

Directed by Grey Smith

Starring Aubrey Hoffer, India Rose Chudnow, Kyle Watkins, and Payten McLeod.

July 26th and 28th at 7:30 pm at Lone Tree Golf Course

Theatre!!! Youth!! Female playwrights!!!

The bar at the venue will also be open and drinks will be available for purchase. 

**Probably best suited for ages 15 and up

Tickets are $12 both online and at the door. At the door, tickets can be paid for with cash or through Venmo @Mackenna-Goodrich. (Please do NOT Venmo ahead of time; only at the door night of.) TO BUY ONLINE, CLICK HERE FOR THE TICKET LEAP.

ALSO, guys, plays cost m o n e y. So if you can't see the show but wanna support or just wanna throw some dollars at me from the goodness of your heart, we also have a link for Paypal donations. 



Finally, whoa, is this making you nostalgic for last summer's She Kills Monsters? Or for any of the awesome theatre that has happened this past year? Maybe consider throwing down some nominations for The 3rd Annual AYAA Awards. Here's that linky poo so you can do that

Saturday, July 7, 2018

She's Back, Baby... AYAA Awards 2018!!

WHOA.

So... it's been almost a year since I've posted anything on AYAA website. College is dope, but also means you're busy and don't often have time for passion projects that exist 2000 miles away. However, street signs are melting in Arizona and everyone is announcing their seasons (which all include Newsies) so that must mean that...

IT'S TIME FOR THE AYAA AWARDS, BABY!!!




Even though the website has been on hiatus as I've been forming deeper roots outside of AZ, it was still important to me that we kept up with this. We had more than 800 votes last year, which is incredible. 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.

Nominations are now open and will remain open until July 20th at NOON. 

Link to make nominations: https://goo.gl/forms/vl0qCloNiYO1lnRl1

Happy nominating!!!

While I have you here...

AYAA is doing another play this summer! Grey Smith is directing Friend Art by Sofia Alvarez. The cast includes Aubrey Hoffer, India Rose Chudnow, Payten McLeod, and Kyle Watkins. I really encourage you to go see this funny and awesome play. There are two performances: July 26 at 7:30pm and July 28 at 7:30pm. They are at the Lone Tree Golf Club in Chandler, AZ. More info can be found at the links below.

Tickets are $12 and can be purchased here.  Tickets will also be available for purchase at the door via cash or Venmo.

Also, if you're feeling really charitable (or can't make the show, are one of my friends from Ohio who just love me a lot I guess, etc.) or you missed me making these obnoxiously colored posts, you can support the production by donating at this link.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

AYAA Semi Sorta Finale

Hi, everyone!

The Arizona Young Actors' Alliance will be going on hiatus for a while. I have a really intense semester of college coming up, so I want to be able to focus my energy there.

Thank you to everyone who has been apart of AYAA for the past two years. None of this would have been remotely possible without. I'd like to specifically shout out Sarah Davidson for being the like Day One of this website. She's been really supportive it's been wonderful. And there have been a ton of you who have been and just know that I'm so so appreciative of this little online community we have been able to cultivate together.

In the mean time, please keep getting out and auditioning for shows and seeing all the wonderful shows going on in the Valley. I know right now Studio 3 is doing auditions for their production of Side Show, which I've never seen done here. If you're interested, auditions are on August 23rd and more information can be found on the Limelight website. Also, another big congratulation to all the NYA winners and Zoni nominees this year.

So I just wanted to sort of say a temporary goodbye (more of a "see you later") to AYAA by doing one more of the thing that kickstarted the website's success: a dream casting.

I reached out to a bunch of people and asked them to dream cast any show. Anything they wanted. And then I did a bunch that I've been wanting to do! Enjoy and see you in a few months! (Probably. Who knows? Life is weird.)

Ali Giordano
Bring It On
Campbell - Ali Giordano
Danielle - Vaibu Mohan
Bridget - Katherine Baier
Randall - Jake Bonar
Eva - Phoenix Chypert
Skylar - Allison Watson
Kyler - Ashley Rhoads
Nautica - Megan Montoya
LaCieniga - Andrey Lull
Steven - Jaxon Wilcox/Hayden Skaggs
Twig - Jack Yampolsky
Cameron - Style Ranger

Danny Blankemeier
Aladdin
Aladdin - Joey Grado
Genie - Danny Blankemeier (dream role)
Jafar - Noah Delgado
Jasmine - Adyson Nichols
Sultan - Bryce Dilullo
Iago - Adam Miller
Babbak - Rio Chavez
Omar - Kale Burr
Kassim - Liam Thibeault

Emily Woodward-Shaw
Falsettos
Marvin - Kale Burr
Whizzer - Allan DeWitt
Trina - Jessie Jo Pauley
Mendel - Stephen Serna
Jason - Eric Lundgreen
Charlotte - Tiana Marks
Cordelia - Emily Wright

Waitress
Jenna - Jasmine Bassham
Dawn - Emily Woodward-Shaw
Becky - Phoebe Koyabe
Dr. Pomatter - Joey Grado
Joe - Anson Romney
Earl - Michael Schwenke

Hailey Forbis
The Little Mermaid 
Director: Ric Alpers
Musical director: Mark Forman
Choreographer: Lynzee Forman

Ariel - Hailey Forbis
Prince Eric - Noah Consalvo
King Triton - Sam Primack
Mersisters - Amaya Burkhart, Jackie Haughn, Addison Bowman, Allison Watson
Ursula - Sara Pansing
Flounder - Amy Fishencord
Sebastian - Josh Pike
Scuttle the Seagull - Faith Brown
Flotsam and Jetsam - Zoe Waller and Phoenix Sifer

Jessie Jo Pauley
Seussical
Cat - Kale Burr
Horton - Steven Enriquez
Gertrude - Lily Castle
Mayzie - Vaibu Mohan
Sour Kangaroo - Sarah Pansing
General - Noah Delgado
Jojo - Owen Aspinall
Mr. Mayor - Bryce Dilullo
Mrs. Mayor - India Rose Chudnow
Bird Girls - Jasmine Bassham, Kayla Dobbs, Tiana Marks
Wickersham Brothers - Joey J Grado, Anson Romney, Vincent Pugliese

Noah Delgado
Arcadia
Thomasina Coverly - Kristiana Corona
Septimus Hodge - Noah Delgado
Jellaby - Ben Thornbug
Ezra Chater - Bryce Dilullo
Richard Noakes - Sam Cottle
Lady Croom - Lilla Brandt
Captain Brice - Carter Palumbo
Hannah Jarvis - Sydni Curtis
Chloe Coverly - Alexis Winn
Bernard Nightingale - Liam Thibeault
Valentine Coverly - Danny Blankemeier
Augustus/Gus Coverly - Cody Johnston

The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Dr. Frank N. Furter - Noah Delgado
Magenta - Bailey Madsen
Usherette - Jessie Jo Pauley
Columbia - Layla Fahrbach
Janet Weiss - Mackenna Goodrich
The Criminologist - Bryce Dilullo
Eddie - Devon Policci
Dr. Everett V. Scott - Dustin Noga
Rocky Horror - Chase Zeiner
Brad Majors - Grey Smith
Riff Raff - Carter Palumbo

Death Note
Light Yagami/L*: Liam Thibeault
L/Light Yagami*: Noah Delgado
Ryuk: Carter Palumbo
Rem: Jessica Sinodis
Misa Amane: Jessie Jo Pauley
Soichiro Yagami: Danny Blankemeier
*Note: I chose to double-cast the roles of Light and L

Sweeney Todd
Sweeney Todd - Noah Delgado (dream role)
Ms. Lovett - Kayleah Wilson
Anthony Hope - Davon Christensen
Johanna Barker - Sydni Curtis
Judge Turpin - Danny Blankemeier
Tobias Ragg - Preston Kersting
Beadle Bamford - Devon Policci
Beggar Woman - Jessica Sinodis
Adolfo Pirelli - Anson Romney

The Addams Family
Gomez Addams - Noah Delgado (dream role)
Morticia Addams - Cherish Christensen
Uncle Fester - Grey Smith
Wednesday Addams - Alexis Winn
Lucas Beineke - Nick Williams
Grandma Addams - India Chudnow
Pugsley Addams - Tyler Bersano
Lurch - Jake Kudlinski
Mal Beineke - Bryce Dilullo
Alice Beineke - Hayley Boblett

Sarah Davidson
The Little Mermaid
Ariel: Jessie Jo Pauley
Eric: Mason Reeves
Sebastian: Julian Mendoza
Ursala: Sarah Davidson (what can you do)
Scuttle: Kale Burr
Flounder: Adam Miller
Flotsam: Anson Romney
Jetsam: Adam Lundgreen
Grimsby: Dale Mortensen
King Triton: Mark Munoz
Chef Louis: Bryce Dillulo
Adella: Emily Woodward-Shaw
Aquata: Emily Wright
Arista: Sarah Pansing
Andrina: Mackenna Goodrich
Alana: Jessica Sinodis
Attina: India Chudnow

Terese Sanchez
The Phantom of the Opera
The Phantom: Skyler Washburn
Christine: Terese Sanchez
Raoul: Asher Sheppard
Carlotta: Katie Rodin
Piangi: Steven Enriquez
Firmin: Jared Barbee
Andre: Denim Glasheen
Madame Giry: Ali Giordano
Meg Giry: Camden Wawro


And then a few from me!!
Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 (rip)
Natasha - Jessie Jo Pauley
Pierre - Grey Smith or Julian Mendoza
Sonya - Addison Bowman
Mary - Katie Rodin
Andrey/Bolkonsky - Sam Primack
Dolokhov - Devon Policci
Hélène - Haylee Klein
Marya D - Mackenna Goodrich or Quincy Janisse
Balaga - Liam Thibeault
Anatole - Vincent Pugliese

Fun Home
Bruce - Grey Smith
Helen - Sophia Donnell
Small Alison - Taylor Peel
Alison - Mackenna Goodrich
Medium Alison - Sarah Pansing
Joan - Kristiana Corona
John - Adam Miller
Roy/Mark/Pete/Bobby/Jeremy - Ethan Shanker
Christian - Declan Skaggs

Guys and Dolls
Sky Masterson - Kale Burr
Miss Adelaide - Mackenna Goodrich or Ali Giordano
Sarah Brown - Jessie Jo Pauley
Nathan Detroit - Nicholas Hambruch
Nicely-Nicely Johnson - Mason Reeves
Big Jule - Shawn Wong
Lt. Brannigan - Steven Enriquez
Arvide Abernathy - Aaron J. Brown
Benny Southstreet - Connor Brigola
General Matilda B. Cartwright - Jessica Sinodis

Chicago
Roxie Hart - Jessie Jo Pauley
Velma Kelly - Jackie Brecker
Billy Flynn - Nicholas Hambruch
Mary Sunshine - Spencer Claus
Mama Morton - Jessica Sinodis
Amos Hart - Sam Primack
Fred Casely - Connor Brigola
Mona - Mackenna Goodrich
Annie - Anissa Griego
Liz - Jasmine Bassham
June - Phoebe Koyabe
Hunyak - Thea Eigo
Go-To-Hell-Kitty - Falin Ossipinsky

Mamma Mia!
Donna Sheridan - Jessica Sinodis
Rosie - Jessie Jo Pauley
Sam Carmichael - Kale Burr
Sky - Nick Williams
Sophie Sheridan - Sarah Pansing
Bill Austin - Grey Smith
Tanya - Mackenna Goodrich
Harry Bright - Jeremy Bassham
Ali - Emily Woodward-Shaw
Lisa - Sarah Davidson
Pepper - Devon Policci

Sister Act
Mother Superior - Becca Galcik
Deloris Van Cartier - Phoebe Koyabe
Monsignor O' Hara - Bryce Dilullo
Mary Patrick - Jessica Sinodis
Joey - Julian Mendoza
TJ - Ethan Shanker
Eddie Souther - Mason Reeves
Curtis Jackson - Anson Romney
Mary Robert - Jessie Jo Pauley
Mary Lazarus - India Rose Chudnow
Pablo - Noah Delgado
Michelle - Avery Strachan
Tina - Jayda Mendiola

Tarzan
Tarzan - Kale Burr
Kala - Avery Strachan
Jane Porter - Jackie Brecker
Terk - Mason Reeves
Kerchak - Nicholas Hambruch
Professor Porter - Ethan Shanker
Mr. Clayton - Grey Smith


Thanks again to everyone who has supported AYAA over these past couple years! I hope you have an awesome theatre filled time during this break and I'll hopefully be talking to you all very soon!







Saturday, August 5, 2017

AYAA Award Winners!

Today, I am proud to present the winners of the 2017 AYAA Awards. We received over 800 unique ballots that led to these results. I have listed the winner and runner up for the individual awards, the winner for the silly superlatives and for the overall production awards, I ranked all the productions that received at least 50 votes.

Leading Actress in a Musical
Jayda Mendiola as Wendla in Arizona School for the Arts' Spring Awakening
(Runner up: Emma Suttell as Jovie in Musical Theatre of Anthem's Elf Jr.)

Leading Actress in a Play
Thea Eigo as CB's Sister in Youth Ensemble Theatre Inc.'s Dog Sees God
(Runner up: Emma Wang as Jessie in Hamilton High School's The Hamlet Thrill-ma-geddeon)

Leading Actor in a Musical
Ethan Shanker as Moritz in Arizona School for the Arts' Spring Awakening
(Runner up: Grey Smith as Dewey Finn in Actor's Youth Theatre's School of Rock)

Leading Actor in a Play
Kale Burr as Vlad Dracula in Actor's Youth Theatre's Dracula
(Runner up: Noah Delgado as Count Dracula in Actor's Youth Theatre's Dracula)

Supporting Actress in a Musical
Lily Castle as Paulette in Spotlight Youth Theatre's Legally Blonde
(Runner up: Gretchen Carpenter as Timon in Christian Youth Theater's The Lion King Jr.)

Supporting Actress in a Play
Riley Van Cleve as Tricia in Youth Theatre Ensemble Inc.'s Dog Sees God
(Runner up: AJ Marshall as Lucy in Actor's Youth Theatre's Dracula)

Supporting Actor in a Musical
Jacob Currie as Banzai in Christian Youth Theater's The Lion King Jr.
(Runner up: Steven Enriquez as The Cowardly Lion in Valley Youth Theatre's Wizard of Oz)

Supporting Actor in a Play
Alex Tuchi as Smee in Arizona School for the Arts' Peter and the Starcatcher
(Runner up: Chance Stokes as Van in Youth Theatre Ensemble Inc.'s Dog Sees God)

Best Vocalist
Jayda Mendiola as Wendla in Arizona School for the Arts' Spring Awakening
(Runner up: Sarah Pansing as Whatsername in Spotlight Youth Theater's American Idiot)

Best Dancer
Thea Eigo as Featured Dancer in Desert Foothills Theater's All Shook Up
(Runner up: Jasmine Bassham as Brooke in Spotlight Youth Theater's Legally Blonde)

Best Direction of a Musical
Rusty Ferracane for Arizona School for the Arts' Spring Awakening 
(Runner up: Chris Dane Burk for Actor's Youth Theatre's Little Shop of Horrors)

Best Direction of a Play
Laura O'Meara for Musical Theatre of Anthem's To Kill a Mockingbird
(Runner up: Zack Diepstraten for Actor's Youth Theatre's Dracula)

Best Music Direction
Mark 4man for Spotlight Youth Theatre's American Idiot
(Runner up: Sara McDermott for Christian Youth Theater's The Lion King Jr.)

Best Choreography
Lynzee 4man for Spotlight Youth Theatre's American Idiot
(Runner up: Kristin Malarkey for Actor's Youth Theatre's Little Shop of Horrors)

Best Set Design
Chris Dane Burk for Actor's Youth Theatre's Little Shop of Horrors)
(Runner up: Tori Swedler for Christian Youth Theater's The Lion King Jr.)

Best Lighting Design
Erica Baratz for Arizona School for the Arts' Spring Awakening
(Runner up: Brian Sosnowski for Musical Theatre of Anthem's Willy Wonka Jr.)

Best Sound Design
Josh Lindblom for Actor's Youth Theatre's School of Rock
(Runner up: Josh Hontz for Spotlight Youth Theatre's American Idiot)

Best Costume Design
Karin Ikeaski for Musical Theatre of Anthem's Seussical Jr.
(Runner up: Karol Cooper for Valley Youth Theatre's The Secret Garden)

Best Hair and Make Up Design
Jessy Kishbaugh and Sarah Brayer for Musical Theatre of Anthem's Seussical Jr.
(Runner up: Trey DeGroodt for Spotlight Youth Theatre's American Idiot)

Best Stage Management
Kara Jenkins and Jordan Osness for Hamilton High School's Shrek
(Runner up: Dexter Tuten for Christian Youth Theater's The Lion King Jr.)

The School of Rock Award: Most Likely to Win Battle of the Bands
Grey Smith

The Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Award: Most Fabulous
Spencer Claus

The Catch Me If You Can Award: Most Likely to Carry Out a Great Con
Joey J Grado

The Shrek Award: Most Likely to Marry a Beautiful Prince
Addison Bowman

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee: Most Likely to Win a Spelling Bee
Thea Eigo

The Gypsy Award: Most Likely to Become a Stage Parent
Bailey Gorman

The American Idiot Award: Most Teen Angst
Ethan Shanker

The War Paint Award: Most Likely to be the Next Patti LuPone
Sarah Pansing

BEST PLAY - HIGH SCHOOL
WINNER: Hamilton High School's The Hamlet Thrill-ma-geddeon
2nd: Arizona School for the Arts' Peter and the Starcatcher
3rd: Chapparal High School's The Outsiders

BEST PLAY - COMMUNITY
WINNER: Youth Theatre Ensemble, Inc.'s Dog Sees God
2nd: Musical Theatre of Anthem's To Kill a Mockingbird
3rd: Actor's Youth Theatre's Dracula
4th: Starlight Community Theater's The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

BEST MUSICAL - HIGH SCHOOL
WINNER: Arizona School for the Arts' Spring Awakening
2nd: Agua Fria High School's Footloose
3rd: Hamilton High School's Shrek the Musical
4th: Chapparal High School's Catch Me If You Can
5th: Perry High School's Mary Poppins

BEST MUSICAL - COMMUNITY
WINNER: Spotlight Youth Theatre's American Idiot
2nd: Christian Youth Theater's The Lion King Jr.
3rd: Musical Theatre of Anthem's Willy Wonka Jr.
4th: Actor's Youth Theatre's Little Shop of Horrors
5th: Starlight Community Theater's Into the Woods
6th: Actor's Youth Theatre's School of Rock

Thank you to everyone who voted and congrats to all the winners!!

Thursday, July 27, 2017

She Kills Monsters Cast Bios

Aubrey Hoffer (Agnes Evans) is an incoming senior at Arizona State University, studying Political Science and Family and Human Development. She has been heavily involved in theatre since her childhood, having held key roles in Hamilton High School’s 2014 productions of The Odd Couple and The Yellow Boat. When she isn't crying over her impending graduation, she can be found doing stand-up comedy throughout the valley or wandering around aimlessly while she looks for her props. This is her first and likely last show with a youth theatre since she has the reached the ripe old age of twenty-one, but anticipates a jump into grown up theatre very soon. She encourages you to laugh at her jokes (really, she needs this) and support your local LGBTQ+ youth. 













Emma Wang (Tilly Evans) is absolutely thrilled to be a part of her first AYAA production especially as Tilly Evans, a dream role of hers. She has loved acting her entire life and can't wait to pursue it further at the University of Nebraska Lincoln. Emma couldn't have asked for a better cast, crew, or production to send her off and is so endlessly grateful to all of her family and friends who have made being a part of this show so incredible. 
















Bryce Dilullo (Chuck Biggs) is an 18 year old doing his best. He has been involved in community theater for the past three years, and it has easily been the most influential part of his life. Some of his favorite roles have included Potiphar in Joseph and Mushnik in Little Shop Of Horrors, both shows being with Actors Youth Theater. She kills monsters was a hootenanny and a half to perform, and an incredible amount of fun to produce, and a giant thank you to Mackenna, Grey, and all of AYAA for their passion and dedication to theater. 






Paige Gagliardi (Lilith) is 17 years old and attends Hamilton High. She has been dancing since she was 9 years old and joined theatre a year ago. She has previously been in Addams Family as Ensemble, Hairspray as Ensemble, Hamlet Thrill-ma-geddon as Queen Gertrude, Shrek as Ensemble, and the Drowsy Chaperone as Janet Van de Graff. Paige is so honored to be apart of SKM and would like to thank Mackenna Goodrich and Grey Smith for giving her this opportunity.








Aaron J. Brown (Orcus) is a National Honors Thespian, and has been acting since the 7th grade. He's like, mad stoked about She Kills Monsters. 





















Autumn Neil (Kaliope) has done theatre since first grade. She's deeply involved in theatre at Hamilton High School, and she's excited for her first show with AYAA!


Edward "Eddie" Ernest Valencia Junior (Miles) Age: 20 Description: at 5'6.5" and 155 pounds, this little ball of energy is relatively new to the Theatre scene, but don't hold that against him. An Alumni of International Thespian Society Troupe 6030 in Chandler, Arizona, he enjoys to perform various types of theatre, particularly Improv and Pantomime, something he and Aaron J. Brown were praised for at the 2015 Arizona Thespian Festival, being the #1 pantomime duo in the state.















India Rose Chudnow (Vera) is one silly silly gal! She was last seen as Dolly in Hello Dolly at Mozeart Theater. Her favorite roles include Gym Teacher (Hairspray), Josephine (Big Fish), Marilla (Anne of Green Gables), and Grandma (Addams Family). India enjoys reading, indie pop rock, space, and memes. Much love to all of India's family and friends for all of their support in all of her endeavors and big big jazz hands for how awesome Mackenna is. (like/rt if you agree) For more fun follow India on Instagram: @india.rose















Dustin Noga (Steve) has been doing theatre for over three years now and has loved every single second of it. Whether it's playing a mysteriously attractive Interpol agent in Merry Murders at Montmarie or a Scottish Prince in Shakespeare's Macbeth, Dustin's passion for theatre has lead him here to play The Great Mage Steve in AYAA's production of She Kills Monsters!


















From the young age of three, Nicole Boucher (Evil Gabbi) began her performing career as a ballet dancer. While she continued ballet throughout high school, she first dabbled in theatre through Childsplay workshops and play writing. Then, she officially entered the theatre world through Hamilton High School’s theatre program sophomore year. Performing in The Addams Family, Shrek: The Musical, and starring as Ophelia in The Hamlet Thrill-Ma-Geddon, she hopes to continue her participation in theatre throughout college. She thanks her parents, Mackenna Goodrich and Grey Smith for directing the show, and all who supported the making of the production. 














She Kills Monsters is Jazmyne Plantillas's (Evil Tina) first community theatre show, though she has been seen before in The Hamlet Thrill Ma Geddon and Shrek the Musical. Jazmyne is thrilled to be a part of such a unique production. 



















Mariah Gessele (Farrah) enjoys acting as well as working behind the scenes. She is passionate about makeup and costumes. This is Mariah's first performance with AYAA!




















Jae Luna (Narrator) is 15 years old, currently going to Chandler High School as a sophomore! I've been playing softball since I was 8, and am still somehow kicking as a pitcher and third baseman. I haven't been doing theatre for a long time, but have grown to love it and am extremely grateful for being in this show.



















Noah Delgado (Student) is incredibly excited to be making his debut on the Fountain Hills Theater stage. Noah is a student journalist and has written for as well as hosted the food webseries, “Served.” As an actor, some of his credits include Amos Calloway in the Arizona premiere of Big Fish; for which he earned an NYA Award nomination; Guthry Brentwood in The Haunted, Alfred P. Doolittle in My Fair Lady, and Count Dracula in Dracula. He also appeared in Tuscany Theatre Company's production of Arcadia as Augustus/Gus Coverly. He would like to thank Mackenna, Grey and the entire cast and crew for making this such a fun experience, as well as his family for their never ending love and support!