Announcing the 2016 - 2017 MET at 933 - Black Box Season!!

"Scrooge in Rouge" by Ricky Graham and Jefferson Turner

Dec 2 to Dec 18

Scrooge in Rouge is set in a raggedy theatre in England where the 20-member cast of “A Christmas Carol” has fallen victim to food poisoning the night before their performance. But as we all know “the show must go on” so the three remaining cast members unaffected by illness work hard to deliver a stellar show . The actors master a variety of gender roles while tackling more than 20 characters. The result is truly hilarious! READ MORE

"The Waiting Room" by Lisa Loomer

Feb 3 to Feb 19

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A dark, biting comedy about the lengths women have gone to in the name of being attractive to men, from footbinding in China to wearing corsets in Victorian England to modern day boob-jobs in America. Three women find themselves in a hellish waiting room to be treated by a modern doctor. Far from being a one-sided tirade, the play examines the complexity of modern medicine, chasing beauty ideals, and imbalanced male/female relationships. Come for the wicked humor, stay for the extraordinary characters. READ MORE

"Circle Mirror Transformation" by Annie Baker

Apr 14 to Apr 30

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When four lost New Englanders who enroll in Marty's six-week-long community-center drama class begin to experiment with harmless games, hearts are quietly torn apart, and tiny wars of epic proportions are waged and won. A beautifully crafted diorama, a petri dish in which we see, with hilarious detail and clarity, the antic sadness of a motley quintet.
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"Reasons to be Pretty" by Neil LaBute

June 2 to June 18

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A love story about the impossibility of love, REASONS TO BE PRETTY introduces us to Greg, who really, truly adores his girlfriend, Steph. Unfortunately, he also thinks she has a few physical imperfections, and when he casually mentions them, all hell breaks loose. A hopelessly romantic drama about the hopelessness of romance, REASONS TO BE PRETTY is a gorgeous play.
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Music Man Auditions - Boys!

AUDITIONS – BOYS NEEDED

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Music Man needs more boys age 10-20 who can dance and/or play a band instrument!
Dance auditions will be held at:

M.E.T space at 933 E. Main St., Mesa AZ, 85203

On: Tuesday, September 20th at 7 pm

 All boys age 10-20 (and young men who LOOK under 20) are welcome to attend. Be prepared to dance. You may also be asked to read a scene.
Rehearsals begin on Sept 26th. The show runs for 3 weekends, from Nov 4-20, at the Mesa Arts Center. Director: Damon J. Bolling.
Contact Suze for more information: suzer22@earthlink.net

See the Current Cast List Here

Scrooge in Rouge Auditions

Announcing auditions for our first Black Box show for the season - Scrooge in Rouge.

Scrooge in Rouge finds a 23-member acting troupe about to perform A Christmas Carol reduced to three by a shared case of post-Christmas-party food poisoning. 

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The Waiting Room Auditions

Audition Notice: The Waiting Room by Lisa Loomer

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Directed by Ilana Lydia, The Waiting Room is a dark comedy with characters who span the range from giddy hysteria to abject despair.  This is an actor’s play, and everyone cast will have a challenging and rewarding role, no matter the size.  The writing is sharp and witty, with a wry sense of indignation at the horrors women have undergone in the name of beauty and trying to be found attractive by men, as well as the failings of modern medical care. 

Auditions will be held on Monday, November 7th
Show runs February 2 through 16.

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Now at the Mesa Arts Center Main Stage

Footloose!

September 9th to the 25th
At the Mesa Arts Center

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One of the most explosive movie musicals in recent memory bursts onto the live stage with exhilarating results. 

FOOTLOOSE celebrates the wisdom of listening to young people, guiding them with a warm heart and an open mind.

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Next at the Black Box

Presenting Two One-Act Plays This Month

Sunday October 9, 2016, 7:00 pm

Third and Oak – the Laundromat – by Marsha Norman

I’m Herbert – by Robert Anderson

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What's Coming Up?

Oct
9
Sun
Play Reading Series Presents – Two One Act Plays This Month! @ Black Box on Main
Oct 9 @ 7:00 pm

This month we will try something a little different – we are presenting two one-act plays

First we will present:

“Third and Oak – the Laundromat” by Marsha Norman

A probing, sensitive yet very funny study of two lonely women, one young, one not so young, who meet by chance in a late-night laundromat

DIRECTOR: Diane Senffner
CAST: Melissa Melo and Janis Webb

Then we will present:

A short piece about two old, old people sitting on a porch in a pair of rocking chairs and talking. Just talking—and of course they don’t know how funny they are. Each has had one or more previous marriages and perhaps a few flings, but they are hazy as to details. In fact, they don’t always know which one the other one is.

DIRECTOR: Janis Webb
CAST: J. Kevin Talent and Donna Kaufmann

This is a free event, though donations are gladly accepted (we have some costs due to rights and scripts, though the actors and directors donate their time).

Oct
10
Mon
Scrooge in Rouge Auditions @ M.E.T at 933 - BlackBox
Oct 10 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Announcing Auditions for Scrooge in Rouge, by Ricky Graham and Jefferson Turner with additional material by Jeff Roberson and Yvette Hargis.

Scrooge in Rouge finds a 23-member acting troupe about to perform A Christmas Carol reduced to three by a shared case of post-Christmas-party food poisoning. The show must go on, for better or worse, which means that the three actors left standing have to shoulder the entire production, running from role to role throughout the production. The show is a rendition of A Christmas Carol with a little bit of the style and pace of Greater Tuna and The 39 Steps. The level of hilarity is like that seen in the old Carol Burnett comedy show featuring Conway and Harvey Corman. The humor in the show may not be suitable to anyone under the age of 13!

Directed by Jean-Paoul C. Clemente

Audition dates and times:
Monday, October 10th, 7:00 pm
-and-
Tuesday, October 11th, 7:00 pm

These will be GROUP AUDITIONS! Sign in will start at 7pm with the actual audition starting at 7:30.

To sign up for auditions please email the producer, Jason K. Walz at jasonkwalz@gmail.com. Please use the subject: “SCROOGE AUDITIONS”.

First read through will be October 12th with Rehearsals beginning the following week. Rehearsals will run Monday to Thursday with some Sundays.

Performance Dates: 12/02/2016 to 12/18/2016 

Production will include approximately six (6) weeks of rehearsal, a Full Tech Week and at least nine (9) performances that will span three (3) weekends (Friday night, Saturday night and Sunday Matinee). Depending on tickets sales a Saturday matinee, and additional shows, maybe added the week prior to Christmas. Please be aware of this when auditioning! The performances will be at the newly build MET at 933 – Black Box space at 933 E Main St, Mesa AZ 85203.

Audition Location:

933 E. Main St, Mesa (MET rehearsal space @ Main St. and Horne)

Casting needs: 2 females and 1 male *or* 2 males and 1 female. The mix chosen will be based on the strengths of the auditions.

  • Please wear comfortable clothing. Auditions will consist of physical movement, singing, and readings from the script.
  • Prepare at least two comedic songs (16 bars per song) from any genre that shows off your voice. Please bring sheet music in the correct key. If in doubt, the bawdier the better.
  • Men are encouraged to prepare one song to show Falsetto range.

Piano accompanist provided (again – you must bring sheet music).

With a cast of 3 playing 23 characters Scrooge in Rouge is a fast paced physical comedy.

Casting the following roles:

  • Miss Vesta Virile – the world renowned male impersonator who plays Ebenezer Scrooge (Female actor).
  • Lottie Obbligato – the Songbird from the South Bank who plays multiple roles (Male actor).
  • Charlie Schmaltz – the East End Henry Irving who plays multiple roles (Female or Male actor).
Oct
11
Tue
Scrooge in Rouge Auditions @ M.E.T at 933 - BlackBox
Oct 11 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Announcing Auditions for Scrooge in Rouge, by Ricky Graham and Jefferson Turner with additional material by Jeff Roberson and Yvette Hargis.

Scrooge in Rouge finds a 23-member acting troupe about to perform A Christmas Carol reduced to three by a shared case of post-Christmas-party food poisoning. The show must go on, for better or worse, which means that the three actors left standing have to shoulder the entire production, running from role to role throughout the production. The show is a rendition of A Christmas Carol with a little bit of the style and pace of Greater Tuna and The 39 Steps. The level of hilarity is like that seen in the old Carol Burnett comedy show featuring Conway and Harvey Corman. The humor in the show may not be suitable to anyone under the age of 13!

Directed by Jean-Paoul C. Clemente

Audition dates and times:
Monday, October 10th, 7:00 pm
-and-
Tuesday, October 11th, 7:00 pm

These will be GROUP AUDITIONS! Sign in will start at 7pm with the actual audition starting at 7:30.

To sign up for auditions please email the producer, Jason K. Walz at jasonkwalz@gmail.com. Please use the subject: “SCROOGE AUDITIONS”.

First read through will be October 12th with Rehearsals beginning the following week. Rehearsals will run Monday to Thursday with some Sundays.

Performance Dates: 12/02/2016 to 12/18/2016 

Production will include approximately six (6) weeks of rehearsal, a Full Tech Week and at least nine (9) performances that will span three (3) weekends (Friday night, Saturday night and Sunday Matinee). Depending on tickets sales a Saturday matinee, and additional shows, maybe added the week prior to Christmas. Please be aware of this when auditioning! The performances will be at the newly build MET at 933 – Black Box space at 933 E Main St, Mesa AZ 85203.

Audition Location:

933 E. Main St, Mesa (MET rehearsal space @ Main St. and Horne)

Casting needs: 2 females and 1 male *or* 2 males and 1 female. The mix chosen will be based on the strengths of the auditions.

  • Please wear comfortable clothing. Auditions will consist of physical movement, singing, and readings from the script.
  • Prepare at least two comedic songs (16 bars per song) from any genre that shows off your voice. Please bring sheet music in the correct key. If in doubt, the bawdier the better.
  • Men are encouraged to prepare one song to show Falsetto range.

Piano accompanist provided (again – you must bring sheet music).

With a cast of 3 playing 23 characters Scrooge in Rouge is a fast paced physical comedy.

Casting the following roles:

  • Miss Vesta Virile – the world renowned male impersonator who plays Ebenezer Scrooge (Female actor).
  • Lottie Obbligato – the Songbird from the South Bank who plays multiple roles (Male actor).
  • Charlie Schmaltz – the East End Henry Irving who plays multiple roles (Female or Male actor).
Nov
4
Fri
The Music Man @ Mesa Arts Center
Nov 4 @ 7:30 pm
The Music Man @ Mesa Arts Center | Mesa | Arizona | United States

There’s trouble in River City when a fast-talking salesman comes to town. By turns of wicked, funny, warm, romantic and touching, THE MUSIC MAN is family entertainment at its best. Meredith Wilson’s six-time, Tony Award winning musical comedy has been entertaining audiences since 1957 and is a family-friendly story to be shared with every generation. 

THE MUSIC MAN follows con man and traveling salesman Harold Hill as he cons the people of River City, Iowa, into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys’ band he vows to organize – this despite the fact he doesn’t know a trombone from a treble clef. This award-winning, critically acclaimed Broadway classic is an all-American institution, thanks to its quirky characters, charmingly predictable dramatic situations, and one-of-a-kind, nostalgic score of rousing marches, a hilarious gaggle of townswomen, barbershop quartets and sentimental ballads which have become popular standards.THE MUSIC MAN is one of American Musical Theatre’s treasures proudly brought back to the Mesa Encore Theatre stage by popular demand for our 80th Anniversary Season!

Nov
5
Sat
The Music Man @ Mesa Arts Center
Nov 5 @ 7:30 pm
The Music Man @ Mesa Arts Center | Mesa | Arizona | United States

There’s trouble in River City when a fast-talking salesman comes to town. By turns of wicked, funny, warm, romantic and touching, THE MUSIC MAN is family entertainment at its best. Meredith Wilson’s six-time, Tony Award winning musical comedy has been entertaining audiences since 1957 and is a family-friendly story to be shared with every generation. 

THE MUSIC MAN follows con man and traveling salesman Harold Hill as he cons the people of River City, Iowa, into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys’ band he vows to organize – this despite the fact he doesn’t know a trombone from a treble clef. This award-winning, critically acclaimed Broadway classic is an all-American institution, thanks to its quirky characters, charmingly predictable dramatic situations, and one-of-a-kind, nostalgic score of rousing marches, a hilarious gaggle of townswomen, barbershop quartets and sentimental ballads which have become popular standards.THE MUSIC MAN is one of American Musical Theatre’s treasures proudly brought back to the Mesa Encore Theatre stage by popular demand for our 80th Anniversary Season!

Nov
6
Sun
The Music Man @ Mesa Arts Center
Nov 6 @ 2:30 pm
The Music Man @ Mesa Arts Center | Mesa | Arizona | United States

There’s trouble in River City when a fast-talking salesman comes to town. By turns of wicked, funny, warm, romantic and touching, THE MUSIC MAN is family entertainment at its best. Meredith Wilson’s six-time, Tony Award winning musical comedy has been entertaining audiences since 1957 and is a family-friendly story to be shared with every generation. 

THE MUSIC MAN follows con man and traveling salesman Harold Hill as he cons the people of River City, Iowa, into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys’ band he vows to organize – this despite the fact he doesn’t know a trombone from a treble clef. This award-winning, critically acclaimed Broadway classic is an all-American institution, thanks to its quirky characters, charmingly predictable dramatic situations, and one-of-a-kind, nostalgic score of rousing marches, a hilarious gaggle of townswomen, barbershop quartets and sentimental ballads which have become popular standards.THE MUSIC MAN is one of American Musical Theatre’s treasures proudly brought back to the Mesa Encore Theatre stage by popular demand for our 80th Anniversary Season!

Nov
10
Thu
The Music Man @ Mesa Arts Center
Nov 10 @ 7:30 pm
The Music Man @ Mesa Arts Center | Mesa | Arizona | United States

There’s trouble in River City when a fast-talking salesman comes to town. By turns of wicked, funny, warm, romantic and touching, THE MUSIC MAN is family entertainment at its best. Meredith Wilson’s six-time, Tony Award winning musical comedy has been entertaining audiences since 1957 and is a family-friendly story to be shared with every generation. 

THE MUSIC MAN follows con man and traveling salesman Harold Hill as he cons the people of River City, Iowa, into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys’ band he vows to organize – this despite the fact he doesn’t know a trombone from a treble clef. This award-winning, critically acclaimed Broadway classic is an all-American institution, thanks to its quirky characters, charmingly predictable dramatic situations, and one-of-a-kind, nostalgic score of rousing marches, a hilarious gaggle of townswomen, barbershop quartets and sentimental ballads which have become popular standards.THE MUSIC MAN is one of American Musical Theatre’s treasures proudly brought back to the Mesa Encore Theatre stage by popular demand for our 80th Anniversary Season!

Nov
11
Fri
The Music Man @ Mesa Arts Center
Nov 11 @ 7:30 pm
The Music Man @ Mesa Arts Center | Mesa | Arizona | United States

There’s trouble in River City when a fast-talking salesman comes to town. By turns of wicked, funny, warm, romantic and touching, THE MUSIC MAN is family entertainment at its best. Meredith Wilson’s six-time, Tony Award winning musical comedy has been entertaining audiences since 1957 and is a family-friendly story to be shared with every generation. 

THE MUSIC MAN follows con man and traveling salesman Harold Hill as he cons the people of River City, Iowa, into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys’ band he vows to organize – this despite the fact he doesn’t know a trombone from a treble clef. This award-winning, critically acclaimed Broadway classic is an all-American institution, thanks to its quirky characters, charmingly predictable dramatic situations, and one-of-a-kind, nostalgic score of rousing marches, a hilarious gaggle of townswomen, barbershop quartets and sentimental ballads which have become popular standards.THE MUSIC MAN is one of American Musical Theatre’s treasures proudly brought back to the Mesa Encore Theatre stage by popular demand for our 80th Anniversary Season!

Nov
12
Sat
The Music Man @ Mesa Arts Center
Nov 12 @ 2:30 pm
The Music Man @ Mesa Arts Center | Mesa | Arizona | United States

There’s trouble in River City when a fast-talking salesman comes to town. By turns of wicked, funny, warm, romantic and touching, THE MUSIC MAN is family entertainment at its best. Meredith Wilson’s six-time, Tony Award winning musical comedy has been entertaining audiences since 1957 and is a family-friendly story to be shared with every generation. 

THE MUSIC MAN follows con man and traveling salesman Harold Hill as he cons the people of River City, Iowa, into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys’ band he vows to organize – this despite the fact he doesn’t know a trombone from a treble clef. This award-winning, critically acclaimed Broadway classic is an all-American institution, thanks to its quirky characters, charmingly predictable dramatic situations, and one-of-a-kind, nostalgic score of rousing marches, a hilarious gaggle of townswomen, barbershop quartets and sentimental ballads which have become popular standards.THE MUSIC MAN is one of American Musical Theatre’s treasures proudly brought back to the Mesa Encore Theatre stage by popular demand for our 80th Anniversary Season!

The Music Man @ Mesa Arts Center
Nov 12 @ 7:30 pm
The Music Man @ Mesa Arts Center | Mesa | Arizona | United States

There’s trouble in River City when a fast-talking salesman comes to town. By turns of wicked, funny, warm, romantic and touching, THE MUSIC MAN is family entertainment at its best. Meredith Wilson’s six-time, Tony Award winning musical comedy has been entertaining audiences since 1957 and is a family-friendly story to be shared with every generation. 

THE MUSIC MAN follows con man and traveling salesman Harold Hill as he cons the people of River City, Iowa, into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys’ band he vows to organize – this despite the fact he doesn’t know a trombone from a treble clef. This award-winning, critically acclaimed Broadway classic is an all-American institution, thanks to its quirky characters, charmingly predictable dramatic situations, and one-of-a-kind, nostalgic score of rousing marches, a hilarious gaggle of townswomen, barbershop quartets and sentimental ballads which have become popular standards.THE MUSIC MAN is one of American Musical Theatre’s treasures proudly brought back to the Mesa Encore Theatre stage by popular demand for our 80th Anniversary Season!

Mission Statement:

The mission of Mesa Encore Theatre (MET) is to produce live theatre with integrity and dedication to excellence. We strive to contribute to the cultural experience of our community as well as provide fun and educational opportunities that nurture the talents of local theatre artists of all ages.