Our Mission
We produce theatre and theatre education in Tucson that entertains, educates, and enlightens children, adults, and families.

Live Theatre Workshop
3322 E Fort Lowell Rd
Tucson, AZ 85716
Reservations: (520) 327-4242

August 4 - September 3, 2022
SHOOTING STAR at Live Theatre Workshop

Shooting Star

by Steven Dietz

Directed by Samantha Cormier

Shanna Brock
as Elena
Stephen Frankenfield
as Reed




August 4 - September 3, 2022

Opening Night: Saturday, August 6 at 7:30 PM

Regular Performances:
Thursday, Friday and Saturday Nights at 7:30 PM
Sunday Matinees at 3:00 PM
Saturday Matinee on September 3 at 3:00 PM (no evening show)

COVID Safety Guidelines


Previews & Thursday Tickets: $15
General Admission: $23
Students, Seniors 62+, & Military: $21

To make your reservation call (520) 327-4242
or buy tickets online


“We humans love stories. And every once in a while, if you’re lucky, you see a story that stands out from all the others. Steven Dietz’s SHOOTING STAR is one of those stories. There are plenty of laughs in Dietz’s humorous tale, but at every important moment, every emotional high, every startling revelation, the theatre grows utterly silent. Stories told this well don’t come around very often.” - Austin Chronicle

Snowed in overnight at a middle-America airport, college lovers Elena Carson and Reed McAllister have an unexpected and life-altering reunion. Elena has stayed true to her hippie-ish, counter-culture path, while Reed has gone predictably corporate and conservative. As the night gives way to laughter, banter, remembrance and alcohol, Elena and Reed revisit a past that holds more surprises than they imagined—and a present that neither of them could have predicted. Filled with laughter and ache, SHOOTING STAR is a bittersweet romantic comedy about the middle days of our lives, and how we got there.




 Shanna Brock (Elena) is thrilled to be back on stage at LTW and with such an amazing, hilarious acting partner. Some of her stage credits include NOISES OFF with The Fine Arts Center, ROBOTS VS. FAKE ROBOTS and MR. MARMALADE with Etcetera, ANGLES FALL and THE ALTRUISTS with Winding Road Theater Ensemble, RAPUNZEL with All Together Theatre, THE MARVELOUS WONDERETTES with Arizona Onstage Productions, FAT PIG with Studio Connections, BURIED CHILD and THE THREEPENNY OPERA with Pistarckle Theater and STAGE KISS, SAME TIME NEXT YEAR, HOUSE OF BLUE LEAVES, MOVE OVER MRS MARKHAM, BAD DATES, WIFE BEGINS AT FORTY, A THOUSAND CLOWNS, THE DINNER PARTY, THE COCKTAIL HOUR and REGRETS ONLY on the mainstage at Live Theatre Workshop. Shanna also has an extensive film resume, both in front of and behind the camera, including work with The Discovery Channel, The Sundance Channel and The Sci-Fi Channel. I would like to thank my biggest fan, my Mom for all her love and support & Chad, Mo Anam Cara.


 Stephen Frankenfield (Reed) is the Assistant Director of Children’s Programming here at LTW. He is a graduate of (AAMDA) American Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts in New York City. Some of his notable acting credits include: THE GAME'S AFOOT OR, HOLMES FOR THE HOLIDAY, ACCOMPLICE, STAGE KISS, THE BEST BROTHERS, IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE, BELOW THE BELT, I HATE HAMLET, SAME TIME, NEXT YEAR, and most recently, A LIFE IN THE THEATRE & DRY POWDER. You'll see him again soon in the upcoming production of AN ALMOST HOLY PICTURE. Some of his directing credits include: MOON OVER BUFFALO and SOUVENIR. He has been nominated for 7 Arizona Daily Star Mac Awards, five times for acting and twice for directing. He writes and directs for LTW’s Children's Theatre, as well as the Education Department. He has had 5 of his plays published and produced around the world, in schools and other youth organizations. He'd like to give a big thank you to his two boys who continue to inspire him everyday, on and off stage.


Stephen Frankenfield and Shanna Brock in SHOOTING STAR at Live Theatre Workshop

 Samantha Cormier (Director) holds a M.F.A in Performing Arts from SCAD (Savannah College of Art and Design) and a B.F.A in Directing/Theatre Production from the University of Arizona. She has performed and directed in theatres from New York to Savannah to your favorite theatres in Tucson/Phoenix including The Gaslight Theatre/Music Hall, Invisible Theatre, Arizona Broadway Theatre and The Rogue Theatre. Favorite shows Directed/Choreographed: THINGS BEING WHAT THEY ARE [MAC Award Nom, Best Director] YOU’RE A GOOD MAN CHARLIE BROWN, and SNOOPY!!! THE MUSICAL[MAC award nomination, Best Director] Favorite roles include: Senga in DANCING LESSONS [MAC Nom, Best Actress] Vanda in VENUS IN FUR, Princess Fiona in SHREK THE MUSICAL, Louise in ALWAYS...PATSY CLINE, Winnifred in ONCE UPON A MATTRESS, Columbia in THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW [MAC Award nomination, Best Actress], and Frankie VOICE OF THE PRAIRIE [MAC Award Winner, Best Actress]. She is currently an Artistic Associate with Invisible Theatre and tours with her show LUCY AND RICKY LIVE!. With over 17 years of teaching theatre, she has had the pleasure of teaching here at LTW, Gaslight Theatre, BASIS North and Stagedoor Manor In New York [#1 Theatre Camp in the world] She thanks you for supporting the Arts in Tucson and hopes you enjoy the show!!


 Sean Goebel (Assistant Stage Manager) - After recently graduating from University High School, I plan on pursuing a career in theatre tech, studying theatre production at the University of Arizona. For the past four years, I've been picking up any theatre work that came my way, whether it was designing lights, sound, and now helping manage the stage with Shooting Star. Some of my favorite work was done with ATC Teen on a show called Lock-in of the Living Dead, and She Kills Monsters in the Little Theatre at UHS, although I hope those memories were the beginning of many to come as I work more and more shows.


Shanna Brock and Stephen Frankenfield in SHOOTING STAR at Live Theatre Workshop

 Margaret Smith (Production Stage Manager) is delighted to reunite once again with LTW and this exceptional theatre and production staff. From childhood classes, to performer, educator and SM, I have been freed, understood and encouraged to break societal shackles. LTW has played a huge role in this paradigm shift. Experiment! Fail, fail, and then HEY, then fail again. Risk and genius emerges! Love and thanks to all.


 Brian McElroy (Sound Designer) was, essentially, raised on the LTW stage. While you may have seen him having a blast on the LTW stage in ROCKIN' AROUND THE CHRISTMAS TREE, HAUNTINGS ANONYMOUS, CAMP CATALINA, ONCE UPON THIS TIME, or THE BRAVE TAILOR, he has also been a stage manager, sound designer, or lighting designer for over forty-five LTW productions, and dozens of other amateur and professional productions in Southern Arizona and off-Broadway. Recent sound designs at LTW include A LIFE IN THE THEATRE, RADIANT VERMIN, and THE NORWEGIANS, while favorite past designs include HOUND OF BASKERVILLE, THE EFFECT, and ANNAPURNA. Favorite non-LTW productions include Arizona Onstage's HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH and Roadrunner's GOD OF CARNAGE. While he values his professional theatre and stagehand training, and finally holds his degrees in his grubby paws, Brian fills his heart every day working as an editor at a local eLearning company supplying supplemental education materials to K-8 students worldwide.


 Richard Gremel (Lighting Designer) has been lighting up the LTW stage for the past 15 years. His lighting designs have also been seen on other Tucson stages in the past. He is a graduate of the University of Arizona where he received a B.F.A. in Theatre Education. Richard is the acting and technical theatre teacher at Empire High School. He is the recipient of the 2017-2018 Arizona Thespians Teacher of the Year and the 2018-2019 OnMedia Tucson Arts Hero Award. Aside from tech and teaching, Richard acts, directs, and writes plays for the LTW stage. He currently has ten published plays which have been seen all over the United States, Canada, India, Hong Kong, England and Australia.


Stephen Frankenfield and Shanna Brock in SHOOTING STAR at Live Theatre Workshop

 Shana Nunez (Costume Designer) is incredibly happy to be back at Live Theatre Workshop as part of this production. Shana was a 2009 Arizona Daily Star MAC nominee for director of the critically acclaimed production of HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH, at Live Theatre Workshop. Other favorite productions include: SWEENY TODD, LES MISERABLES, THE PRODUCERS, MAMMA MIA, and AUGUST OSAGE COUNTY. Shana currently serves on the board of directors of the Pima County Joint Technical Education Advisory Committee.


 Karin Hupp (Props Master/Scenic Painter) has been the prop master for over seven years; she also does scenic painting and box office. Some of her favorite projects included the wedding cake for ONE SLIGHT HITCH, the hound from BASKERVILLE: A SHERLOCK MYSTERY, and the cookies from FROG AND TOAD. Favorite scenes she has painted include Dorothy Parker's VICIOUS CIRCLE and the bookshelves in THE COLUMNIST. Karin enjoys working for LTW because it helps her grow as an artist.


 Marli Ray (Scenic Design/ Build) I am in my final semester of undergrad at the University of Arizona and a Technical Director for the Arizona Repertory Theater. I have a real passion for teaching tech theater to anyone who is willing to learn, and am always willing to learn myself. I want to take a moment to thank Live Theatre Workshop for the countless opportunities they have given me. I also want to thank the wonderful, loving folks who have made this my favorite theater to work for.