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C H A R L E S TO N S TAG E AT T H E H I S TO R I C D O C K S T R E E T T H E AT R E 34TH SEASON • AVENUE Q, THE MUSIC AL

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Julian Wiles, Founder and Producing Artistic Director Marybeth Clark, Associate Artistic Director

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Music and Lyrics by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx Book by Jeff Whitty • Based on an Original Concept by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx Originally Produced on Broadway by Kevin McCollum, Robyn Goodman, Jeffrey Seller Vineyard Theatre, and The New Group Directed by Marybeth Clark • Music Directed by Amanda Wansa Scenic Design by Ken Barnett • Lighting Design by Paul Hartmann and Julian Wiles Costume Design by Barbara Young • Properties by Ken Barnett • Technical Direction by Paul Hartmann TheatreWings Apprentice Stage Management by Riv Jenkins TheatreWings Apprentice Assistant Stage Management by Grace Barry Fr Feb. 10 7:30pm Sa Feb. 11 7:30pm Su Feb. 12 5:00pm

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Puppets Constructed by Character Translations, Inc. For Music Theatre International. The video and/or audio recording of this performance by any means whatsoever is strictly prohibited. Charleston Stage is a constituent member of Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national organization for the American Theatre. Charleston Stage’s productions are made possible in part by grants from the South Carolina Arts Commission, a state agency which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts; the City of Charleston; the County of Charleston; the City of North Charleston, and contributions from friends like you. 4 | (843) 577-7183 | www.charlestonstage.com


A Note From the Director “What can we write that people our age would actually like and would want to see and not have to be dragged to?” That is the thought that started 20 somethings Jeff Marx and Bobby Lopez, co-creators of Avenue Q , working together in the late 90s. One of the main complaints they heard from their non theatre loving friends was, “No one ever just breaks into song”. That was hard to argue with until the two began comparing notes on their childhood. Both were avid Sesame Street fans. Somehow breaking into song made perfect sense to both of them and they were off and writing. In 2003, the Tonys rewarded their efforts with 3 awards including Best Musical. The clever lyrics and uptempo score got my attention when I heard the soundtrack. The more I listened, the more “just so true” moments I discovered. Who hasn’t struggled to find their purpose? What couple hasn’t stumbled on their way to a perfect relationship? When I finally got to see the show I was just blown away. Two minutes into it I forgot they were puppets and got caught up in the story. I was laughing at people and situations I instantly recognized and then in tears as these fuzzy characters touched my heart. Our cast of furry actors added a whole new directing challenge. The cast and I had a lot of relearning to do to ensure that each puppet character was as real as we could make them. Our “real” actors had their challenges too. At times an actor may be the voice for two puppets in the same scene or song and literally be talking to themselves. I hope you enjoy your visit to Avenue Q, if not just think “its only for now.” Marybeth Clark Associate Artistic Director

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Dock Street Theatre • America’s First Theatre The Historic Dock Street Theatre, America’s first theatre, was the first building in America built exclusively to be used for theatrical performances. Originally constructed in 1736 on the corner of Church Street and Dock Street (now Queen Street), the original Dock Street Theatre was probably destroyed by the Great Fire of 1740. In 1809, the elegant Planter’s Hotel was built on this site. After the Civil War, the Planter’s Hotel fell into disrepair and was slated for demolition. But in 1935, after Milton Pearlstine made the property available to the City of Charleston and at the urging of the mayor and other prominent citizens, the building was selected for a Depression Era WPA (Works Progress Administration) project. At that time, a new performance space modeled on 18th century London playhouses was constructed within the shell of the old Planters Hotel, the hotel’s lobby serving as the lobby of the new theatre. After being closed for two centuries, the Historic Dock Street Theatre re-opened in 1937 and quickly became the centerpiece of the Charleston arts scene. In 2010 following a three year, $19 million dollar renovation by the City of Charleston, the Historic Dock Street Theatre once again re-opened to reclaim its place as the jewel in Charleston’s artistic crown. Today the Historic Dock Street Theatre hosts some of Charleston’s finest performing arts organizations, including Spoleto Festival USA. Charleston Stage, which became the resident professional theatre at the Dock Street Theatre in 1978, produces over 120 performances here. Each season Charleston Stage plays to an audience of more than 42,000 patrons, including more than 20,000 South Carolina students who enjoy special school day performances throughout the year.

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Grand Show Curtain

Parking at Dock Street Theatre All streets surrounding Dock Street Theatre have parking restrictions. Please be aware of signage. It is enforced. We suggest that patrons park in City garages or lots near the theatre.

Charleston Stage commissioned premiere Charleston artist Jonathan Green to produce a “Grand Show Curtain” exclusively for Charleston Stage’s return to the Historic Dock Street Theatre. The original painting is in the collection of Barbara Burgess and John Dinkelspiel. Jonathan Green’s “Window of Wonder” prints are for sale at the Box Office. Unsigned Prints $25 • Signed $100

Patrons will receive a $5 flat fee parking rate on Charleston Stage performance days at the Charleston City Garage located at 93 Queen Street, between King and Archdale Street. Patrons must present ticket stubs in order to receive parking discount. Dock Street Theatre does have a loading zone in front of the theatre on Church Street where patrons can drop off and pick up their party. There is a police officer on duty to help regulate traffic flow for every Charleston Stage performance.

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Charleston Stage Leadership Julian Wiles Founder and Producing Artistic Director Director, designer, and playwright Julian Wiles founded Charleston Stage, Charleston’s resident professional theatre company in1978. It has since grown into South Carolina’s largest professional theatre and one of the state’s largest arts institutions. Over the past 33 years Wiles has directed and designed more than 200 productions and penned 27 original plays and musicals for the company. Wiles continues to serve as the company’s Producing Artistic Director, heading a staff of 12 fulltime theatre professionals. Mr. Wiles, a South Carolina native, grew up on a cotton farm in Ft. Motte, South Carolina. He attended Clemson University, received a history degree from the College of Charleston in 1974 and an MFA in Dramatic Art from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1976. Mr. Wiles has written or adapted 27 original plays and musicals for the company including The Boy Who Stole the Stars, Nevermore: Edgar Allen Poe, the Final Mystery, The Seat of Justice, Denmark Vesey: Insurrection, Gershwin at Folly, Frankenstein, The Modern Prometheus, Helium, and most recently Inga Binga. Julian Wiles is a recipient of the 2010 Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Award, the highest honor in the arts which is awarded by the South Carolina Arts Commission. Mr. Wiles is also a member of the Dramatists Guild. Marybeth Clark Associate Artistic Director and Director of Education Marybeth Clark, Charleston Stage’s Associate Artistic Director and Director of Education, is in her fourteenth season with Charleston Stage. Mrs. Clark has a degree in theatre/performance from the University of South Florida. She worked as an actor in professional theatres throughout the Southeast for ten years before settling in Charleston in 1994 where she was a member of the theatre faculty at Charleston County’s School of the Arts for middle and high school students. As an actor for Charleston Stage, Ms. Clark has appeared in Helium, Moon Over Buffalo, You Can’t Take It With You, The Marriage of Bette and Boo, Steel Magnolias, and A Christmas Carol. Each summer Ms. Clark directs Charleston Stage’s SummerStage Musical Theatre Camp for more than 60 young people. Productions have included Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Seussical the Musical, Disney’s Aladdin, Disney’s High School Musical, Guys and Dolls Jr., Bugsy Malone Jr., and Willy Wonka Jr. Ms. Clark has directed more than a dozen MainStage and Family Series shows for Charleston Stage, most recently Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps, Blue, The Original Peter Pan, Chicago, and A Christmas Carol. www.charlestonstage.com | (843) 577-7183 | 13


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The Cast (In Alphabetical Order) ACTOR

CHARACTER

Josh Harris*.................................................................................. Nicky / Trekkie / Bad Idea Bear Jackie Kirchhoff...................................................................................................................Ensemble Jillian Kuhl*....................................................................................................Mrs. T / Bad Idea Bear Vanessa Moyen*............................................................................................ Kate Monster / Lucy Maya Naff**................................................................................................................. Christmas Eve Derek T. Pickens*..................................................................................................... Princeton / Rod Thywann Scott............................................................................................................Gary Coleman Gabriel Wright*............................................................................................................................Brian * Members of Charleston Stage’s Professional Resident Acting Company ** Guest Professional Actor From New York

The Production Staff Director...................................................................................................................... Marybeth Clark Musical Director...................................................................................................... Amanda Wansa Scenic Designer..............................................................................................................Ken Barnett Lighting Designers................................................................. Paul Hartmann and Julian Wiles Costumer.....................................................................................................................Barbara Young Properties by....................................................................................................................Ken Barnett Technical Director................................................................................................... Paul Hartmann TheatreWings Apprentice Stage Manager............................................................. Riv Jenkins TheatreWings Apprentice Assistant Stage Manager......................................... Grace Barry TheatreWings Apprentice Video/Audio Engineer................................Nikita Narodnitskiy TheatreWings Apprentice Deck Crew................ Elizabeth Norton and Corey Popowski Union Steward and Light Board Operator...........................................Michael Christensen Union Flyman............................................................................................................Marty Durham Union Sound Operator..................................................................................................... Joey Ferri Support Sound.................................................................................................................NBS Sound

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Musical Numbers ACT ONE 1. The Avenue Q Theme 2. What Do You Do/It Sucks To Be Me 3. If You Were Gay 4. Purpose 5. Everyone’s A Little Bit Racist 6. The Internet Is For Porn 7. Mix Tape 8. I’m Not Wearing Underwear Today 9. Special 10. You Can Be As Loud As The Hell You Want When You’re Making Love 11. Fantasies Come True 12. My Girlfriend, Who Lives In Canada 13. There’s A Fine, Fine Line

15 MINUTE INTERMISSION ACT TWO 1. It Sucks To Be Me (Reprise) 2. There Is Life Outside Your Apartment 3. The More You Ruv Someone 4. Schadenfreude 5. I Wish I Could Go Back To College 6. The Money Song 7. School For Monsters/The Money Song (Reprise) 8. There’s A Fine, Fine Line (Reprise) 9. What Do You Do With A B.A. In English? (Reprise) 10. For Now

Special Thanks Special thanks to the Charleston Stage Scene and Costume Shop Volunteers, Playhouse on the Square (Memphis), and Horizon Theatre Company (Atlanta).

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Cast Biographies Josh Harris (Nicky / Trekkie / Bad Idea Bear) Charleston Stage Professional Resident Actor Josh Harris is from Sherman, Texas and attended Southeastern Oklahoma State University. Josh has two degrees in Musical Theatre and Acting/Directing with a minor in dance. Theatre credits include: Hysterium (A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum), Bellhop (Lend Me a Tenor), Claudius (Hamlet), Hortensio (Taming of the Shrew) and Antonio (Twelfth Night) with the Oklahoma Shakespearean Festival. Educational Credits include Adolph (The Last Night of Ballyhoo), JJ Peachum (The Threepenny Opera), Roger (Grease), Horton (Seussical), Beast (Beauty and the Beast) and Nicely-Nicely (Guys and Dolls). You may have recently seen Josh as Bob Cratchit in Charleston Stage’s A Christmas Carol. Jackie Kirchhoff (Ensemble) Jackie Kirchhoff is excited to return to Charleston Stage for her third season. She has previously appeared as Anybodys in West Side Story and in the ensemble in The Producers, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and Cabaret. During the day Jackie works at Blackbaud as a Software Engineer. You may have recently seen Jackie as Mona “Lipschitz” in Charleston Stage’s production of Chicago.

Jillian Kuhl (Mrs. T / Bad Idea Bear) Charleston Stage Professional Resident Actor Jillian Kuhl hails from the small town of Hazel Green, Wisconsin. Jillian graduated from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse with degrees in Musical Theatre and Communications. Post graduation, she toured the Pacific Northwest with Hampstead Stage. A few favorite roles include Jo March (Little Women the Musical), Ado Annie (Oklahoma!), Jeanie (Hair), and Ghost of Christmas Past (A Christmas Carol). Outside of the theatre, she enjoys getting coffee with good company, reading, being physically active, and playing with her adorable nieces and nephew. You may have recently seen Jillian as Caroline in Charleston Stage’s A Christmas Carol. jilliankuhl.com Vanessa Moyen (Kate Monster / Lucy) Charleston Stage Professional Resident Actor Vanessa Moyen grew up in San Jose, California, and is thrilled to be returning to the sunshine after spending four cold years in Boston earning her BFA in Musical Theatre from Emerson College. Some of Vanessa’s acting credits include: Carla in Nine (Emerson College, MA), Olive in Spelling Bee (Willows Theatre Company, CA and Summer Theatre in Meredith Village, NH), Hope in Urinetown (Emerson College, MA), Phyllis Dale in 42nd Street (Starstruck Theatre, CA), Lucy in Mr. Marmalade (Rareworks, Boston), Nan in the original workshop of Little Miss Fix It (Musical Theatre Society, Boston), and a swing for the main stage shows at Paramount’s Great America in California. You may have recently seen Vanessa as Belle in Charleston Stage’s production of A Christmas Carol. vanessamoyen.com 20 | (843) 577-7183 | www.charlestonstage.com


Maya Naff (Christmas Eve) Guest Professional Actor Maya Naff is so excited to make her Charleston and Dock Street Theatre debut with Avenue Q! Currently living, auditioning, acting, singing, and exploring in New York, Maya has been fortunate enough to have her passion for performance take her all over the country. Favorite recent credits include Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd, Dionne in HAIR, Sally Bowles in Cabaret, Nina in The Seagull, Lil’ Bit in How I Learned to Drive, Cecily in The Importance of Being Earnest, and Julia in Two Gentlemen of Verona. She studied at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting through NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts before completing her undergraduate degree in Musical Theatre at Nebraska Wesleyan University. Maya wants to thank her family for their support, her teachers for their wisdom, and her friends for their laughter. And a special thanks to her mother, for teaching her a few choice Japanese curse words for this show. Derek T. Pickens (Princeton / Rod) Charleston Stage Professional Resident Actor Derek T. Pickens is a recent graduate from the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) with an MFA in Performing Arts and has a BA in Theatre Education from Greensboro College in North Carolina. While attending SCAD, Derek appeared in A New Brain (Mr. Bungee), Songs for A New World (Man 2) and his thesis production of Thrill Me: The Leopold & Loeb Story (Nathan Leopold). His other credits include the national tours of Horrible Harry (Harry) and The Energized Guyz (Nikki Neutron) as well as regional productions of Bye Bye Birdie (Hugo), Disney’s High School Musical (Ryan), and Seussical the Musical (The Cat in the Hat). He can also be heard on the Studio Cast Recording of Will You Know It’s Me? (Natural Theatricals in Washington, DC) and is a proud member of the Equity Membership Candidacy program. You may have recently seen Derek as Fred in Charleston Stage’s A Christmas Carol. derektpickens.com Thywann Scott (Gary Coleman) Thywann Scott graduated from Winthrop University with a Bachelors in Psychology. She currently lives in Hollywood, SC and works at the University Medical Associates as a Special Billing Insurance Collector. This is Thywann’s stage debut with Charleston Stage, and she is honored and excited to be working with the company. She would like to thank Charleston Stage for giving her the opportunity to perform in the 2011-2012 season. Thywann would also like to thank her vocal coach Alicia Williams for encouraging her to audition and to her mother for always being there for her and her daughter as she partakes in a new chapter in her life. Gabriel Wright (Brian) Charleston Stage Professional Resident Actor Gabriel Wright was born and raised in Charleston. He is a graduate of the College of Charleston with studies and concentrations in Arts Management, Political Science, and Theatre. He has performed in numerous productions, favorites including the Duke Octavio in The Last Days of Don Juan, Harry Roat Jr./ Sr. in Wait Until Dark, Michael Jackson and James Brown in Rock and Roll Heaven, and Titivilleous in Everyman/Mankind. Last season with Charleston Stage, Gabriel was seen as Luthor in Hairspray, Jacob Marley and other multiple characters in A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas, Samuel Clark, Jr. in Blue, and as Smee in Peter Pan. You may have recently Gabriel as Jacob Marley in Charleston Stage’s A Christmas Carol. www.charlestonstage.com | (843) 577-7183 | 21


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Who We Are

Administrative Staff

Founder and Producing Artistic Director

Julian Wiles

jwiles@charlestonstage.com Associate Artistic Director & Director of Education

Marybeth Clark

mclark@charlestonstage.com Director of Marketing

Beth Curley

bcurley@charlestonstage.com Director of Finance

Judy Halberda

jhalberda@charlestonstage.com Director of Music Education

Amanda Wansa

awansa@charlestonstage.com Gifts Manager

Samantha Mills

smills@charlestonstage.com Grants Coordinator

Betty Haring

bharing@charlestonstage.com Executive Assistant to the Producing Artistic Director

Brian J. Porter

bporter@charlestonstage.com

Production Staff Production Manager

Ken Barnett

kbarnett@charlestonstage.com Technical Director/Lighting Designer

Paul Hartmann

phartmann@charlestonstage.com Costumer In Residence

Barbara Young

byoung@charlestonstage.com

Box Office Staff

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2011-12 Charleston Stage Board of Trustees

Officers

Trustees

Mrs. Jennifer Murray South Carolina Bank and Trust President

Mrs. Natalie Bluestein Bluestein & Douglas Director’s Circle / Spring Fundraiser Chair

Mr. John Rosen Rosen, Rosen & Hagood, LLC Business / Sponsorship / UPstage Co-Chair

Mr. Dave Marley Wells Fargo Private Bank Vice President

Mrs. Jeanne Condon Merrill Lynch

Mr. Gregory C. Rothschild The Carolinas Financial Network UPstage Co-Chair

Mrs. Suzanne Lynch Wells Fargo Bank Treasurer

Mrs. Katherine Glenn Community Volunteer Mr. Jonathan Kiser Group Dynamic Rentals Gala Chair Mrs. Monica Lavin College of Charleston Mrs. Jennifer McElveen Community Volunteer

Mr. Halsey Schreier Clawson & Staubes Governance Chair Mr. Chris South Blackbaud Mr. Joshua Whitley Smyth Whitley, LLC

Contact Us Classrooms and Rehearsal Studios The Plaza at East Cooper 629 Johnnie Dodds Blvd, Suite 7 Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464 P: (843) 856-3822 Scene & Costume Shop 19 Warren Street Charleston, SC 29403 P: (843) 577-0868 F: (843) 577-9869 The Historic Dock Street Theatre and Administrative Offices 135 Church Street Charleston, SC 29401 P: (843) 577-5967 F: (843) 577-5422 Mailing Address Charleston Stage P.O. Box 356 Charleston, SC 29402 By Email: email@charlestonstage.com www.charlestonstage.com | (843) 577-7183 | 25


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2011/12 Sponsors and Business Members

Show Sponsors

Mrs. Katherine Glenn Mr. and Mrs. William B. Hewitt Publix Super Markets Charities The Albert Sottile Foundation - Joyce Long Darby and Mary Ellen Long Way South Carolina Electric & Gas Company Mr. and Mrs. Steven Swanson Wells Fargo The Henry and Sylvia Yaschik Foundation

Media Sponsor

Charleston City Paper

Family Series Sponsor

Piggly Wiggly Carolina Company

Annual Gala Sponsors Gold Associate: Firefly Records SCBT Friends of the Gala Buddy Bebergal Robbie Rice Dietrich Haynes, Inc. Doug and Cheryl Majewski Palmetto Exterminators

Silver Corporate: Bluestein & Douglas, LLC Dixon Hughes Goodman, LLP Brandon and Katherine Guest Wells Fargo Private Bank

For more information contact Marybeth Clark Director of Education at (843) 856-3822 or mclark@charlestonstage.com.

2011/12 TheatreWings Apprentices

Next Stage Donor

Mr. and Mrs. John and Jill Chalsty Dr. Celeste and Mr. Charles Patrick Ms. Susan Pearlstine and Mrs. Jan Lipov Mrs. Anita Zucker

Education Sponsor

BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina BMW Manufacturing Co. Mr. Bryan Cribb Doug and Jennifer McElveen Pearlstine Family Fund of Coastal Community Foundation of SC Mrs. Marie-Louise Ramsdale Robert Bosch LLC Target Stores Jerry and Anita Zucker Family Endowment Fund

Director’s Circle Reception Hosts Elliot Davis, LLC Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, LLP

Actors Fund

Mark Elliott Motley Foundation

Business Members Platinum Business Members: Appalachian Springs Charleston Magazine Handsome Properties

Teens Apply Now For This Exciting Free Program! Charleston Stage’s TheatreWings High School Apprentice Program, is a FREE intense, hands-on, pre-professional theatre-training program for students in grades 9-12. Students work side-by-side with Charleston Stage performers and technical theatre professionals learning acting, set design and construction, props, costumes, stage management, lighting, sound, and special effects skills. Participants spend between 3-20 hours each week working in Charleston Stage’s scenic and costume shops, as well as backstage during rehearsals and performances of Charleston Stage productions.

Silver Business Member: Robert Bosch, LLC John C. Dunnan Gallery

Bronze Business Members: College of Charleston School Gold Business Members: of Arts Blackbaud, Inc. Dunes West Golf Club Southern Lumber and Durlach Associates Millwork Corporation Rosen, Rosen & Hagood, LLC Vendue Inn Taylor & Associates

Abigail Allardice...................................School of the Arts Grace Barry........................................Wando High School Brooke Bazemore................................School of the Arts Grace Benigni........................................School of the Arts Sam Book...............................................Academic Magnet Sam Cass.................................................School of the Arts Sam Chase..............................................School of the Arts Prentice Clark........................................School of the Arts Kaitlyn Fulford.............................................. Home School Rachel Hunsinger................................School of the Arts Riv Jenkins............................................Academic Magnet Emily Kahn Perry..............................Wando High School Anna Kalik..............................................School of the Arts Sophie Kendrick...................................School of the Arts Emilie Laplante.....................................School of the Arts Lorinda Lofton.................................................Porter-Gaud Sydney Mack........................................Academic Magnet Benjamin McCoy..................................School of the Arts Eva McLaurin................................................. Home School Aaron Morgan..................................Wando High School Nikita Narodnitskiy.............................School of the Arts Elizabeth Norton.............................................Porter-Gaud Ray Nugent...........................................Academic Magnet Cory Popowski......................................School of the Arts Maddy Seabrook.................................School of the Arts Timothy Shaw.......................................School of the Arts Shelby Smith........................................Academic Magnet Cory Stegelin.........................................School of the Arts Victor Swatzyna...................................School of the Arts Caroline Todd........................................School of the Arts

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2011/12 Charleston Stage Contributors Contributions to Charleston Stage directly support our vast arts education initiatives that reach over 20,000 Lowcountry youth annually. Year round, students participate in Charleston Stage’s in-school outreach enrichment workshops, TheatreWings Apprentice Program for high school students, after school acting classes, and low-cost and free special school-day matinees. This funding also provides scholarships for underprivileged youth. All contributions to Charleston Stage are fully tax deductible. For more information, please contact the Development Office at (843) 856-5316. The following contributors have made donations to Charleston Stage between May 1, 2011 - Jan. 24, 2012:

Benefactors ($25,000 +) City of Charleston The Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation Piggly Wiggly Carolina Company Wachovia Wells Fargo Foundation  The Henry and Sylvia Yaschik Foundation 

Angels ($10,000 - $24,999) The Albert Sottile Foundation - Mary Ellen Long Way and Joyce Long Darby Mr. and Mrs. John Chalsty Mr. and Mrs. William B. Hewitt Mr. and Mrs. Douglas McElveen Dr. Celeste and Mr. Charles Patrick Ms. Susan Pearlstine and Mrs. Jan Lipov South Carolina Arts Commission The Jerry and Anita Zucker Family Foundation Inc.

Mr. and Mrs. Gregory Rothschild Sandpiper Retirement Community Halsey and Meg Schreier Michael Shewan and Pat Patrick  Mr. and Mrs. Christopher South Mrs. Maurice Thompson  Mr. and Mrs. Philip (Flip) Vineyard  Andrea Volpe Mr. Joshua Whitley Womble Carlyle Sandridge and Rice, LLP 

Producers ($1,000 - $2,499)

Saul Alexander Foundation The Allardice Family Anthony and Linda Bakker Blackbaud, Inc. Drs.  Michael and Sarah Book Ms. Nancy Bush  Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Capelli  Mr. and Mrs. Stuart Cass  Grantors Jackie Clark ($5,000 - $9,999) Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Clymer  BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina Mr. and Mrs. Charles Coe  Colbert Family Fund Dr. and Mrs. Barbara Cuthbertson  Natalie and Scott Bluestein Mr. Dennis Drew  Firefly Records Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Edwards  First Federal of Charleston Ms. Bonnie Fraser Mrs. Katherine Glenn  Ned C. Ginsburg and Jocelyn B. Cate  Mr. and Mrs. Brandon Guest The Dubose and Dorothy Heyward Memorial Fund  Dr. Ann Hanlon Mr. and Mrs. Dave Marley - Wells Fargo Private Bank Haynes, Inc. Dr. and Mrs. Wesley Henry The Mark Elliot Motley Foundation Heritage Trust Federal Credit Union Pearlstine Family Fund of Coastal Community Sam, Cindy, Liz and Jeb Hines  Foundation of SC Ms. Christina Homer Publix Super Markets Charities Jonathan Kiser SCBT Paul and Louise Kohlheim  South Carolina Electric & Gas Company Mr. and Mrs. Edward and Regina Kozek Mr. and Mrs. Steven Swanson  Monica and Casey Lavin Ted and Tricia Legasey Executive Producer William and Jeanne Lyles ($2,500 - $4,999) Paul and Suzanne Lynch  Bob Bell James and Beatty Martin Bocci’s Italian Restaurant Mr. Douglas McCoy and Mr. Danny Jones BMW Manufacturing Co. The Mil Corporation  Charleston County Dean Valerie Morris  Jeanne Condon - Merrill Lynch Joanne and Morgan Morton Sam and Pat Gilner Ms. Darice Norton Dixon Hughes Goodman, LLP Dr. and Mrs. John Palms   Elliott Davis, LLC  Mr. and Mrs. David Peterson-Hutto  Frankie at Seaside Mrs. Marie-Louise Ramsdale Handsome Properties Mr. and Mrs. J. Darryl Reyna  Orton Jackson  Dr. and Mrs. J.W. Rhodes  Joanna Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Malcolm Rhodes  Mr. and Mrs. Spencer Lynch Mr. and Mrs. Joe Rice Suzanne and Paul Lynch  Mr. and Mrs. John Rosen Mr. and Mrs. Jim Millette  Dr. and Mrs. Robert M. Sade  Jennifer and Sean Murray Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Schady  Robert Bosch, LLC Mr. and Mrs. Robert Silvers

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Dr. and Mrs. William Simpson Mr. and Mrs. Ted Soderlund  Southern Lumber and Millwork Corporation  Mr. and Mrs. W. Cecil Stricklin  Target Stores James H. Suddeth  Mr. and Mrs. Ferdinand Tedesco  Mr. and Mrs. O.L. Thompson  Dr. and Mrs. Chris Tountas  Tristan Restaurant  Mr. Paul Vannatta Vendue Inn Andrea Volpe 

Supporting Players ($500 - $999) Lauran Chapman Beacham Buddy Begeral Jon and Hayley Carter Dunes West Golf Club  John Durlach Associates Rick and Diane Jerue Sandra Klein Douglas and Kay Kugley  Sue and Gregory Lenox Doug and Cheryl Majewski Stephanie P. McDonald Arthur and Elizabeth Namerow Rosen, Rosen & Hagood, LLC Mr. and Mrs. Halsey Schreier  College of Charleston, SOTA  Taylor & Associates Edward and Liesl Westbrook Robert Zinko 

Patrons ($250 - $499) Marylou Ardrey Robert and Jane Avinger John Bennett Mr. and Mrs. Richard Betts Mr. and Mrs. Tom Boyer Theresa Brim and Ken Kwochka Gearin Broderick Mr. and Mrs. Randy Clark Anne and Michael Compton Jeffery Craver and Michael Rzepka Bobby Cremins Charitable Fund John and Karen Farrell Jacqueline Fritz Tim and Teresa Fulford Mr. & Mrs. David K. Hannemann  Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Herbert Robert and Judy Horst Heidi Lantin Charles and Joan Lipuma  Terence Moore Mr. and Mrs. Robert Morris Richard Muenow  Barb and Bob Nicolai

Palmetto Exterminators, Inc. Susan and Ned Payne Scott and Marlene Quattlebaum Grace and Rick Reed Dr. and Mrs. J.W. Rhodes Roger & Darla Ryan Robbi Rice Dietrich Ann and Bruce Thompson O.L. and Toni Thompson Julian and Erline Wiles The Wise Family

Friends (up to $249) Brian Ackerman Carroll Ahearn Jayne and Christopher Ahlstrom Herbert Ailes J Michael Albano Eric Anderson Claire Angelac Mr. Ray Ardis Doc and Marylou Ardrey Ed and Ann Bartko Arthur Baxter Steve Bedard Sue Bennett Barry and Ann Blake Ryan and Sharyn Bluestein Col. and Mrs. Raymond Borelli Tim Brennan Vanja Broadwater Gearin Broderick Dennis Brooks Wayne L. Burdick Louis and Karen Burnett Zachary Burt Donna Butler Donna Canada Jean Carlton Carolina Sound Communications/ Muzak/ Perry Family Thomas Carr Enid Causey Nicholas Clekis George Coleman, Jr. James Connolly Julia Parker Copeland Peter and Marion Cotton Bill Crater DD Crawford Dean and Hannah Creed Bryan and Kari Cribb Marilyn Curry Laura Day Julie Darnell Sarah de Barros Larry Deckel Prof. Gordon Dehler and Prof. Ann Welsh Gail Diehl


G.P. Diminich Dr. Carol J. Drowota Pat Duker Chris Edwards Howard D. Edwards, Jr. Shelley Elliott Lori Evans Linda Flannery Jacob Frohreich Donald and Jane Furtado Patricia Gatens Mr. and Mrs. Steve Gilbert Mr. and Mrs. Richard Andre Gillard Nancy and Jim Gouse Eric Hadley Michael Haga Mary Ham Keitt Hane Martha Hane Helen Harper Lynn Harrington Eugene Hatchell Hellman & Yates, PA Annie and Neill Herring JoAnne and Nelson Hicks Kandy and Bill Higley Mr. and Mrs. Paul Hines Lori Hinman Roy C. and JuleAnn Hoffman Peter Holmi Whitney Hoskins Law Offices of Richard A. Hricik, PA Krista Huff Luther Hughes Don and Donna Ingram Kelly James Lavern James Rich and Liz Jenkins Mr. and Mrs. Rivers T. Jenkins, III. Myra Jones Nat Jones Laura Judson Lisa Kappel John Kearney Shannon Kennedy The Kennemur Family Alexandra Key Annette Kibler Harriet Kilgore Anne Kilpatrick Randy and Kaye Koonce Carl Korn Peggy and Eric Krawcheck Dorothy and Lois Kronemer Bob and Jackie Lane Judith Lemon Mr. and Mrs. Larry Lipov William and Barbara Lohse David and Terry Lupo Christopher and Elizabeth Mack John Mahala John and Temmy Mahoney Chrysoula Malogianni Robert Mandra Carol J. Manheim, P.T. Charles Maraziti Mindi Martin Dennis and Ann Maxwell Joseph McAlhany Ralph McCullough Herbert and Diane McGuire Ben McInnes David and Karen McLaurin

Restaurants and Distributors Each year, these amazing restaurants and distributors lend their complete support to Charleston Stage’s Annual Dinner and Gala and Member Rewards Card Program. Help us express our gratitude by visiting and using their services often.

Annual Dinner and Gala Restaurants 39 Rue de Jean • 39 John St. • Charleston, SC • (843) 722-8881 Blu Restaurant and Bar • 1 Center St. • Folly Beach, SC • (843) 588-6464 Circa 1886 Restaurant • 149 Wentworth St. • Charleston, SC • (843) 853-7828 Graze • 863 Houston Northcutt Blvd • Mt. Pleasant, SC • (843) 606-2493 Grill 225 • 225 East Bay St. • Charleston, SC • (877) 440-2250 Jasmine Porch • 1 Sanctuary Beach Dr. • Kiawah Island, SC • (843) 768-6253 The Library at Vendue Inn • 19 Vendue Range • Charleston, SC • (843) 577-7970 McCrady’s Restaurant • 2 Unity Alley • Charleston, SC • (843) 577-0025 MUSE Restaurant and Wine Bar • 82 Society St. • Charleston, SC • (843) 577-1102 Ocean Room • 1 Sanctuary Beach Dr. • Kiawah Island, SC • (843) 768-6253 Poogan’s Porch • 72 Queen St. • Charleston, SC • (843) 577-2337 Tristan • 10 Linguard S. • Charleston, SC • (843) 534-2155

Annual Dinner and Gala Distributors The Country Vintner • 4955 Dorchester Rd • N. Charleston, SC • (843) 225-5277 Grapevine Distributors • 5604 Forest Dr, Ste 7 • Columbia, SC • (843) 207-1734 Grassroots Wine • 7397 West Spartan Blvd • N. Charleston, SC • (843) 552-6450 Palmetto Distributing • 4214 Domino Ave, Ste D • Charleston, SC • (843) 763-8030 RNDC • 3150 Charleston Highway • West Columbia, SC • (803) 739-0188

Member Rewards Card Restaurants 82 Queen Restaurant • 82 Queen St. • Charleston, SC • (843) 723-7591 Blossom Restaurant • 171 East Bay St. • Charleston, SC • (843) 722-9200 Bocci’s Italian Restaurant • 158 Church St. • Charleston, SC • (843) 720-2121 Circa 1886 Restaurant • 149 Wentworth St. • Charleston, SC • (843) 853-7828 Cypress Restaurant • 167 East Bay St. • Charleston, SC • (843) 720-0111 Hyman’s Seafood • 215 Meeting St. • Charleston, SC • (843) 723-6000 The Library at Vendue Inn • 19 Vendue Range • Charleston, SC • (843) 577-7970 Magnolias Restaurant • 185 East Bay St. • Charleston, SC • (843) 577-7771 McCrady’s Restaurant • 2 Unity Alley • Charleston, SC • (843) 577-0025 MUSE Restaurant and Wine Bar • 82 Society St. • Charleston, SC • (843) 577-1102

Peter and Bernice Mehlman Rhetta and Joe Mendelsohn Joanne and John Milkereit Mr. and Mrs. Donald Miller David Milli Albert Montillo, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. A.R. Montillo David Moore Mr. Michael J. Mrlik Donald Muglia Renee Murray Brad Neville Curt Neville Madison Nix Anthony Oglietti Katherine Orlando Barbara Passmore Irene Pechenaya Reverend and Mrs. Philip G. Porcher, Jr. Ralph Principe Ruby Qurashi Christian Rabens Susan and James Radley Danny Reed Edna and Al Roberds Susan and Robert Rosen A. Rougier-Chapman Maureen Ryan

Nicholas and Barbara Santella Katherine Scardato Neil Schneider Mr. and Mrs. Marvin H. Sears, III Timothy and Tina Shaw Leonard Silverman Craig Sjurset Colton Smith Richard and Mary Gus Smith Tyson Smith Barbara Lou and George Smyth Mr. and Mrs. Larry Solice Kelly Springs Corin and Deveaux Stockton Hilda and Hal Sugg T Swartzlander Francis and Ann Hurd Thomas June Todd Dr. and Mrs. Chris Tountas Susan and James Trusso Mr. and Mrs. H. Wayne Unger, Jr. Drs. Jane Tyler and Curtis Worthington Jennifer Wain Mary Walker Kristin Wallace Susan Walters

Frank Warder Christina Watkins Greg and Kristin White John White Jr. Blake Whitney Mr. Larry Wiessmann Ms. Marlene Williamon Charles and Toula Williams Henry and Shirley Wolf Dr. and Mrs. Clawrence Woodruff John and Kathy Woods Sandra Woods Beth and Matt Yaun Mary and Benjamin Zamora

Memorials and Honorariums Bryan and Kari Cribb - In Memory of David Ardrey Philip and Patricia Greenberg In Memory of Jack Vane Seabrook Island Club - In Memory of James Turck Greg and Debbie Rothschild In Memory of Michael Goldberg Greg and Debbie Rothschild In Memory of Stevie Steinert Jonathan and Sally Krell In Honor of Truere Rothschild’s 3rd Birthday

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Director’s Circle

The Dock Street Theatre, Founded 1736

Director’s Circle is a group of Charlestonians who wish to promote the growing professionalism, creativity and excellence of Charleston Stage performances and arts education programs. Members provide support for professional actors and musicians from across the U.S. and underwrite its extensive arts education programs, which reach over 20,000 Lowcountry youth each season. For more information, please contact the Development Office at (843) 856-5316.

Director’s Circle Box Members

Fellows as of January 24, 2012

First Federal of Charleston

Director’s Circle Platinum Members Jill and John Chalsty Ned C. Ginsburg and Jocelyn B. Cate Brandon and Katherine Guest

Mr. and Mrs. William B. Hewitt Celeste and Charles Patrick Joe and Claire Schady Michael Shewan and Pat Patrick

Ted and Susan Soderlund Mrs. Maurice Thompson Wells Fargo Private Bank Dave Marley

Joanne and Morgan Morton Mr. and Mrs. J. Darryl Reyna Dr. and Mrs. J.W. Rhodes Lisa and Joe Rice

James H. Suddeth Dr. and Mrs. Chris Tountas

Director’s Circle Gold Members Dennis Drew Elisabeth and Spencer Lynch James and Beatty Martin Jim and Mary Millette

Director’s Circle Silver Members The Addlestone Foundation Susan Berlin Natalie and Scott Bluestein Sarah and Michael Book Nancy Bush Andy and Alfina Capelli Mr. and Mrs. Stuart Cass Jackie Clark Thomas and Alma Clymer Janis and Charlie Coe Jeanne Condon; Merrill Lynch Dr. and Mrs. Rand Cuthbertson Nancy and Ralph Edwards

Bonnie Fraser Sam and Pat Gilner Katherine Glenn Ann M. Hanlon MD Wes and Donna Henry Christina S. Homer Edward and Gina Kozek Mr. and Mrs. Bill Lyles Suzanne and Paul Lynch Mr. Douglas McCoy and Mr. Danny Jones Valerie B. Morris, CofC Barb and Bob Nicolai

Darice Norton David and Anne Peterson- Hutto Mr. and Mrs. Malcolm Rhodes Debbie and Greg Rothschild Lisa and Robert Silvers Catherine and Christopher South W. Cecil and Charline Stricklin Ferd and Nancy Tedesco O.L. and Toni Thompson Tristan Restaurant Paul and Jennifer Vannatta Sandra and Philip Vineyard

Director’s Circle Young Professional Fellows Monica and Casey Lavin Jennifer and Sean Murray

Mr. and Mrs. John Rosen Halsey and Meg Schreier

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Coming Up Next! March 9 - 25, 2012 Dock Street Theatre

Lead Title Sponsor: The Albert Sottile Foundation Presenting Sponsor: Mr. and Mrs. William B. Hewitt Associate Sponsor: Mr. and Mrs. Steven Swanson World Premiere! Ensign Jack Kennedy, An Alleged Nazi Spy Named Inga, and a Wild Weekend In Charleston In early 1942, Navy Ensign Jack Kennedy and his current fling, Danish blond bombshell and suspected Nazi spy, Inga Arvad, planned a clandestine tryst at the Fort Sumter House Hotel in Charleston, SC. Reporters Written and Directed by Julian Wiles from Life Magazine were soon on the prowl, and FBI agents were listening in from next door. Based on Adults: $34 - $48 true events, comic fireworks explode in this highly Seniors (60+): $32 - $48 Students (25 and Under): $22 - $48 imaginative, highly speculative, and rollicking World Premiere by Charleston Stage Founder, Julian Wiles. Recommended for mature More fun than a walk on the Appalachian Trail! audiences. Adult themes.

April 6 - 28, 2012 Dock Street Theatre Sponsored by:

Book by William R. Brown Music and Lyrics by Charlie Smalls Directed by Marybeth Clark Musical Direction by Amanda Wansa Choreography by Cara Dolan

Adults: $38 - $52

Lead Title Sponsor: The Henry and Sylvia Yaschik Foundation

Ease On Down, Ease On Down the Road This imaginative romp through Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz captured 7 Tony Awards when it opened on Broadway in 1975. After becoming a film with Diana Ross in 1978, it was largely forgotten. But The Wiz’s clever retelling of the Oz Story and its acclaimed sassy score (Ease on Down the Road, Believe in Yourself, Don’t Nobody Bring Me No Bad News) are too memorable to be forgotten. Just over the rainbow, the magical world of The Wiz awaits. Rediscover this legendary Broadway triumph in Charleston Stage’s imaginative multi-cultural production.

Seniors (60+): $36 - $52

Students (25 and Under): $22 - $52

PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE AT WWW.CHARLESTONSTAGE.COM OR CALL (843) 577-7183, M-F 1PM-5PM.

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