This past Saturday we had our first ever Musical Theatre Intensive Showcase. With seventeen extremely talented kids, Phoenix Theatre put on a showcase with music and monologues from some of the great theatrical feats in history.
The Phoenix Theatre Musical Theatre Summer Intensive is a three week course that provides professional-level musical performance training for promising young artists age fourteen and older. The program is designed to help students gain important skills and build well-rounded proficiency in musical theater and stage performance. This workshop develops the artists in a short period of time to be able to present real, developed work onstage.
Many people want to act – it’s a common American dream, to be on stage, on film, to see your own name scrolling the marque at one of Broadways best theaters or even at an off off Broadway show. Getting there is not easy though. It may seem like people are overnight success stories, but there were years of training that went into many of the careers you see today. Only a few lucky hopefuls get into this business by accident. For the rest of us, it’s the only thing we could see ourselves doing and because of that we don’t really have fall back plans, instead we train ourselves to be triple even quadruple threats. Taking classes in dance, voice, acting, improv, movement, and many more. You can never stop the learning process because the industry is always changing.
The Phoenix Theatre MTI course lasted three weeks and in that time the vocal coaches and acting teachers here at Phoenix Theatre had the chance to whip these kids into shape. Led by our very own Toby Yatso who has won several AriZoni Awards for shows such as The Producers, Evil Dead: The Musical, and Glorious. The combination with the likes of Michael Barnard, Robert Kolby Harper, Craig Bohlmer, Christy Welty, and Molly Lajoie the students took courses in dance, voice, acting, and were able to get professional headshots taken and take master classes. The dedication of these kids amounted to 20 hours a week in classes and that’s not even including the outside rehearsal. I think they all were happy with the work that they created and also very grateful for the experience. Training is the number one way to get exactly where they want to be and if I was casting something I’m sure the talent in this group of kids would be able to help me make some choices about who would be in my show. Hopefully PT keeps on creating with students and allowing for the development of their talent and abilities. We all look forward to seeing more great things from MTI and hope it’ll continue with great support.
7 years ago a plan to expand Phoenix Theatre’s space was put onto paper. In October this idea will come into fruition. The new space will seat 250 audience members and have a stage that will be able to change with any show and setting needed. This expansion includes a whole new front of house, with an atrium bar and modern feel for new audiences.
Michael Barnard, the Producing Artistic Director of Phoenix Theatre, told us about the new changes and what to expect from Phoenix Theatre now and in the near future. As the largest theatre in the Valley, it seems that Phoenix Theatre knows what to do already. Maintaining a dedicated audience base and continuing to grow evermore. After a city bond of $10 million PT was able to create a space for more intimate theatre. This change will allow for the theatre to not only stick to the bold, bright Broadway feel that PT is known for, but also do more “small, aggressive, alternative, in your face” theatre.
The same theatre still lives and will always be around, but to be the best is what we want. Serving the community through this art form is so important and with that we strive to demonstrate to the community what true dedication is and hopefully teach them about life, love, and be the number one gathering place for families near and far. It’s not a new direction, PT didn’t just change overnight, but it is a change for that will benefit the community and will continue to happen for years.
Michael said, “because it’s a live experience there is an instantaneous one on one emotional experience” and we hope the audience gets just that. Not only the bold and bright, but the beauty and sadness that comes with such intimate theatre. And the audience has a voice, being able to let Phoenix Theatre know what they would like to see in the new venue, be it the big and bright that we’re known for or the new and renowned that we hope to be known for.
Live theatre is an experience like no other and Phoenix Theatre is always giving the audience an experience like no other.
Here at Phoenix Theatre we are working hard at making this season one of the most exciting yet to come. With bonafide Broadway blockbusters like Rent
and Les Misérables as well as lesser known gems of the stage like Ain’t Misbehavin’ and Tribes.
The inauguration of our Black Box Theatre and Series is just the icing on the cake for this season; opening with Ruthless! The Musical about an 8 year-old girl who was born to entertain and will go to any lengths to reach her dream, it’ll be a good dose of dark comedy for those who already love musicals.
Thank you to all who supported us over the years bringing this excited new space into reality. We hope you will enjoy it just as much as the Mainstage Theatre & Series.
What do you think about the new changes? Tell us in a comment below. Don’t forget to stay updated on all that’s going on at Phoenix Theatre by liking us on Facebook or Twitter and keep coming back. We’re excited for the new season and hope that you are too.
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You know the guy behind the piano Fox’s hit TV show Glee? He doesn’t really speak, except for a minor outburst here:
Anyways, he is here at Phoenix Theatre getting ready to take on the role of Henry in the World Premiere of ‘Love Makes the World Go’Round’ and we’re all thrilled.
Not only because we have been watching him play the background for several seasons, but because he is beyond talented and we get him all to ourselves for the next several weeks. If you’re in Phoenix and are planning on seeing the show, you’re in for a real treat. Brad not only plays the piano the entire show, but he is the musical arranger for the show and brings his charm to the stage.
Love Makes the World Go ‘Round takes place at a piano bar in Manhattan’s West Forties. Three women meet and compare lives and loves; one on the verge of marriage, another considering a divorce, and one who’s older, single, and needs to reconnect with love’s possibilities. Each has her own journey – comic, bittersweet, romantic – set to the songs you grew up singing. A brand new musical comedy, Love Makes the World Go ‘Round features the songs of Bob Merrill and his musical legacy - including his sing-along pop hits (such as Mambo Italiano, Honeycomb, How Much is That Doggie in the Window), work for the musical theatre (Funny Girl, Carnival, Sugar, Take Me Along) and memorable songs for television and film.
Don’t miss Brad and rest of this stellar cast January 23- February 17th!
We just wanted to say Thank you for being a part of another amazing year at Phoenix Theatre!
We’re pretty proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish this year. We thought it would be nice to share some stats with you.
$10,500: In scholarships were awarded to economically disadvantaged children so that they could attend Phoenix Theatre Summer Camps
$5,700: In ticket discounts made it possible for Title I schools to attend Cookie Company Mainstage shows
2,102: Individuals had a fantastic workout at Summer of Dance classes
511: Actors auditioned
25: Actors made their Phoenix Theatre debuts
121: Actors were employed
338: Phoenix Theatre performances were produced
130:Internship program applications were received
74: Directors, choreographers and designers were employed
150: Wigs were designed and maintained
400: Costumes were designed and produced
We couldn’t do any of these amazing things without you! To help us continue to bring you the very best in theatrical entertainment, please consider a gift of $25, $50, or $100 before the clock strikes midnight! You can make your contribution by clicking HERE!
We all know about Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but there is a new initiative based on the thought that there should be a day dedicated to giving back. Giving Tuesday is a great movement and we’re proud to say that we’re one of the many partners.
Did you know that Phoenix Theatre is a non-profit organization? Did you know that Phoenix Theatre has tons of great programs that serve our communities everyday?