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CHARLESTON STAGE • 3 3 R D S E A S O N • HELIUM 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

MARCH 11 - 20, 2011


LEAD SPONSOR The Albert Sottile Foundation Joyce Long Darby and Mary Ellen Long Way Founded in 1943 by Albert Sottile, father of Alberta S. Long and grandfather of Joyce Long Darby and Mary Ellen Long Way, The Albert Sottile Foundation continues to serve the Charleston community.

ASSOCIATE SPONSOR

George Jenkins, Publix Super Markets’ late founder, was once asked how much he thought he would be worth if he hadn’t given away so much money. He replied without hesitation, “Probably nothing.” Mr. Jenkins’ philosophy of being involved in the community started with his first Publix store in 1930. After 36 years of personal giving, he established the George W. Jenkins Foundation with his personal Publix stock. In 1996, the Foundation was renamed Publix Super Markets Charities so Publix associates could share in the pride that comes with giving. Publix Super Markets Charities’ mission is to endeavor to meet the needs of the people in its communities. To that end, they commit to be dedicated to the dignity and value of the human spirit—helping strengthen it to overcome adversity, determined to offer people hope and a choice for the future, and devoted to the highest standards of community involvement as demonstrated by its founder George W. Jenkins. It has been said of Mr. Jenkins that he never forgot anyone who helped him, but the opposite is more true. The people he has helped have never forgotten him. Publix Super Markets Charities is proud to be a supporting sponsor of this performance. Thank you for supporting Charleston Stage and enjoy the performance!

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

Presents

By Julian Wiles Directed by Julian Wiles Assistant Directed by Mary-E Godfrey Scenic and Lighting Design by Julian Wiles • Sound Design by Amanda Wansa Costume Design by Barbara Young • Properties by Michael Christensen Production Stage Management by Anne Walker Schroth

Fr Mar. 11 7:30pm Sa Mar. 12 7:30pm Su Mar. 13 3:00pm

W Mar. 16 7:30pm Th Mar. 17 7:30pm Fr Mar. 18 7:30pm

Sa Mar. 19 7:30pm Su Mar. 20 3:00pm

The videotaping or other video or audio recording of this production 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


Director’s Notes This is my favorite play of all the plays I have written. I originally wrote Helium in 1990, after reading a memoir by New York Times Humor columnist Russell Baker called Growing Up. Mr. Baker opened his Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir by observing that his 80-year-old mother’s mind “could wander free through space and time. Some days she went to weddings and funerals that had taken place a half-century earlier . . . she moved across time . . . with a speed and ease beyond the gift of physical science.” While Mr. Baker certainly saw the sadness of his mother’s affliction, he also saw that there was a freedom there as well. From that thought, my play Helium was born. Over the next few years I was able to see aging and dementia first hand. My delightful grandmother, having reached the age of 100, passed away still with the twinkle in her eye and her good humor mostly intact. I watched as my mother and her sister, her primary caregivers, found their way through my grandmother’s last and somewhat difficult years. A few years later, my wonderful mother-in-law (yes, some are wonderful) became lost (on most days) in the fog of dementia. It was a challenging time for our family, especially my wife Jenny, who became her primary caregiver. Our kids were little and they marveled at Granny’s mind and her flights of fancy. Sometimes we wanted to cry, but often we just had to laugh at the things she would tell us. And, like Russell Baker’s mother, she spent much of her time traveling, for like many patients with dementia, much of her long-term memory remained intact. After Granny passed away and having seen dementia and aging first hand, I decided to revisit Helium and the play underwent a major revision in 1997 and was produced the next year at the Dock Street. It struck a chord with many people who would say to me, “let me tell you about my aunt, my mother, my uncle, my cousin” and they would relate their trials, but also the joys they found as caregivers. They would share with me the flights of fancy that their own loved ones had taken. Taking my notes from that production in 1998, I recently made additional revisions to Helium and it is this version that you will see at today’s performance. The world has become much more aware of Alzheimer’s and dementia since 1990, but much is still unknown. Patients and their caregivers must still struggle to find their own way. And each way is different, as no one has the answers. In Helium, I simply wanted to share one family’s journey, its joys and its sorrows, and with them to marvel and to celebrate the human spirit taking flight. Julian Wiles Founder and Producing Artistic Director

Special Thanks Special thanks to the Charleston Stage Scene and Costume Shop Volunteers, TheatreWings High School Apprentices and the Friends of Dock Street Theatre.

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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 original 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 reopened 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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Dock Street Theatre Grand Show Curtain - Jonathan Green’s Window of Wonder

What better way to reopen the Historic Dock Street Theatre than with a salute to the creative imaginations that make the Carolina Lowcountry and Charleston such a special place. Thanks to the generosity of former Charleston Stage Board President Barbara Burgess and her husband John Dinkelspeil, Charleston Stage commissioned premiere Charleston artist Jonathan Green, an internationally acclaimed visual artist to produce a work (painting) exclusively for the Charleston Stage’s return to the Dock Street. The idea for a Dock Street Theatre “Grand Show Curtain” celebrating the beauty of the Lowcountry originated at a lunch between Jonathan Green and producer/director Julian Wiles which was arranged by Barbara Burgess. Burgess wanted to bring these two creative artists together and see what Jonathan and Julian could come up with. By the end of that brainstorming meal, the plan for an original Dock Street Theatre Show Curtain was taking shape. Burgess was happy to be the catalyst who brought these two imaginative minds together. Ironically, in a few weeks Green’s and Wiles’s contribution to the arts of the Lowcountry and the state were recognized by the South Carolina Arts Commission when both received Elizabeth O’Neil Verner awards, the state’s highest award in the arts. Both Green and Wiles are noted for their celebration of Lowcountry history and heritage—Wiles received the Verner Award for his original plays including Gershwin at Folly, The Seat of Justice and Denmark Vesey: Insurrection. Green received (along with author Pat Conroy) the Verner Award for Lifetime Achievement for his acclaimed and colorful visual celebrations of Gullah culture. Working from the original oil painting by Green entitled “Window of Wonder,” acclaimed scenic artist Colleen Balance transferred his design to a spectacular 18 x 36 foot backdrop using Jonathan’s dazzling color palette. Ms. Balance’s work includes a number of backdrops for Spoleto Festival USA, as well as painting for Broadway productions including Disney’s The Lion King. Prints of Green’s “Window of Wonder” are available for sale in the Box Office. Unsigned prints are $25; signed prints are $100.

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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 32 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 full-time 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, and most recently Frankenstein, The Modern Prometheus. 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 twelfth 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 and The Marriage of Bette and Boo. Each summer Ms. Clark directs Charleston Stage’s SummerStage Musical Theatre Camp for more than 60 young people each season. Productions have included Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Seussical the Musical, Disney’s Aladdin, Disney’s High School Musical, Guys and Dolls Jr., and Bugsy Malone Junior. Ms. Clark has directed more than a dozen MainStage and Family Series shows for Charleston Stage, most recently, Hairspray, Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps and Blue. www.charlestonstage.com | (843) 577-7183 | 11


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The Cast CHARACTERS Gramms.........................................................................................................................................................................Samille Basler Josh.................................................................................................................................................................................... Taylor Carnie Alice.................................................................................................................................................................................. Amber Mann Johnny...............................................................................................................................................................................Mikey Nagy* Ruth.....................................................................................................................................................................................Teresa Smith Ethan..............................................................................................................................................................................Luke Whitmire * Member of Charleston Stage’s Resident Professional Acting Company

The Production Staff Director.............................................................................................................................................................................. Julian Wiles Assistant Director................................................................................................................................................ Mary-E Godfrey Lighting Designer........................................................................................................................................................ Julian Wiles Set Designer................................................................................................................................................................... Julian Wiles Sound Designer...................................................................................................................................................Amanda Wansa Costumer................................................................................................................................................................... Barbara Young Properties Master..................................................................................................................................... Michael Christensen Production Stage Manager..............................................................................................................Anne Walker Schroth Union Steward & Light Board Operator....................................................................................................... Chris Russell Union Fly Man........................................................................................................................................ Joe Golz, Evan Russell Sound Board Op................................................................................................................................................................Joey Ferri TheatreWings Apprentice Sound Op............................................................................................................ Kelsey Lewis Sound Support Provided By..................................................................................................................................NBS Sound

Scenes ACT ONE Scene 1.................................................................................................................................................... A Noble Gas Scene 2............................................................................. Dilithium Crystals and Starfruit, a week later Scene 3...................................................................................Helios, God of the Sun, the next morning 10 MINUTE INTERMISSION ACT TWO Scene 1.................................................................The Element of Preposterous, a few months later Scene 2............................................................Turning the World Upside Down, a few weeks later Scene 3......................................................................The Atomic Weight of Cesium, a few days later Scene 4.............................................................................................................Lighter Than Air, the next day

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Cast Biographies Samille Basler (Gramms)

Samille began acting as a child and has not stopped. She has numerous acting awards and in 2007 received an award for artistic excellence from the Fort Gordon military post in Georgia for her starring role in On Golden Pond. This past season has seen Basler as Cookie in Rumors, Eleanor in Lion in Winter with Footlight Players; Mrs. Bradman in Blithe Spirit with Charleston Stage; Felicity in Shadow Box with The Actors Studio, Mrs. Gottlieb in Dead Man’s Cell Phone, Lady Markby in An Ideal Husband and Violet in August: Osage County with The Village Playhouse. Samlle is pleased to be returning to Charleston Stage in the role of Gramms and would like to thank Julian Wiles for this special opportunity.

Taylor Carnie (Josh)

Taylor is a 7th grader at Charleston County School of the Arts where he is majoring in band and plays the tenor sax in the SOA Wind Ensemble Band as well as the SOA Jazz Band. He is a former member of the Ashley River Creative Arts Elementary Drama Troupe. Taylor is currently a member of Charleston Stage’s Kid’s Troupe and has been since 2008. Last season, Taylor played the role of Tiny Tim in Charleston Stage’s production of A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas.

Amber Mann (Alice)

Amber was a Resident Actor for Charleston Stage in 2002-2003 where you may have seen her as Mayor Maggie in Bat Boy The Musical and as Catherine in Proof. Amber has also been employed as an actor and Resident Theatre Manager with the Gamut Classic Theatre in Harrisburg PA and is a company member of Theatre 99 here in Charleston. She holds a BA in Theatre from Catawba College in Salisbury, NC. Some of her favorite roles include Laura Wingfield in The Glass Menagerie, Prince Hal in Henry IV, Olivia in Twelfth Night, and The Snail With The Mail in A Year With Frog And Toad. You may have recently seen Amber as Olivia in Charleston Stage’s 2010 production of Twelfth Night.

Mikey Nagy (Johnny)

Mikey is from Ohio and recently got his BFA in Musical Theatre, Minor in Piano from Shenandoah Conservatory located in Virginia. His educational credits include: Moonface Martin (Anything Goes), Phil D’Armano (Lippa’s The Wild Party), Man 1-Gangster (Kiss Me, Kate), Man 2-Jordan (I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change), Ragtime, and Thurio/Speed US (Two Gentlemen of Verona) directed and choreographed by Tony Nominee Lara Teeter. Regional credits include: King Herod (Jesus Christ Superstar), Judah/Calypso Soloist (Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat), Bennie Buchsbaum (Little Me), Glad Hand (West Side Story), Lefou US (Disney’s Beauty and the Beast), Bud/Daisy (Bat Boy the Musical), Hairspray, The Producers, Singin’ in the Rain, Fiddler on the Roof, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Evita, and Bye Bye Birdie. You may have recently seen Mikey as William Barfee in Charleston Stage’s The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. www.mikeynagy.com 16 | (843) 577-7183 | www.charlestonstage.com


Teresa Smith (Ruth)

Teresa is delighted to be back on stage and working with the Charleston Stage again. Her past roles included the Egg Beater (Beauty and the Beast), Maisy (Gershwin at Folly), Lady Capulet (Romeo and Juliet), Mother Raccoon (Beneath the Sweetgrass Moon), Calpurnia (To Kill a Mocking Bird), Ensemble (Man of La Mancha), Mattie Sue (Fruitcakes) just to name few. In addition to stage acting, she has filmed local and regional commercials such as Piggly Wiggly, Jones Ford, CDS Remodeling, SC Get Out and Vote Campaign, and the short independent film, Song of Pumpkin Brown. She made her TV debut in 2006 on the hit series ONE TREE HILL. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, NASPA and attends Faith Assembly of God Church in Summerville. You may have recently seen Teresa as Tillie Clark in Charleston Stage’s production of Blue.

Luke Whitmire (Ethan)

Luke is a sophomore at Charleston Southern University and majoring in Communications with an emphasis in Theatre. Acting credentials include: Scooter Thomas in Scooter Thomas Makes It To The Top of the World, and Tin Man in The Wizard of Oz, both produced at Lexington High School. Community theatre credentials include Sasha/Ensemble in Fiddler on the Roof at Workshop Theatre in Columbia. Luke would like to thank his family and friends for all of their love and support. He would also like to thank Charleston Stage for this great opportunity. Most of all, he thanks Jesus for his talents both on and off stage. Last season, Luke played the role of Naphatali in Charleston Stage’s production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

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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

Contact Us

By Phone Box Office Scene Shop Education Development Administration

(843) 577-7183 (843) 577-0868 (843) 856-3822 (843) 856-5316 (843) 577-5967

Audience Services Manager

By Email

gbarredo@charlestonstage.com

email@charlestonstage.com

Director of Marketing

Beth Curley

Mailing Address

Director of Finance

Charleston Stage PO Box 356 Charleston, SC 29402

Gina Barredo

bcurley@charlestonstage.com

Judy Halberda

jhalberda@charlestonstage.com Grants Coordinator

Betty Haring

bharing@charlestonstage.com Gifts Manager

Samantha Mills

Where We Are

smills@charlestonstage.com Technical Director

Locations

dmorgan@charlestonstage.com

Classrooms and Rehearsal Studios The Plaza at East Cooper 629 Johnnie Dodds Blvd, Suite 7 Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464 (843) 856-3822

David Morgan

Director of Music Education

Amanda Wansa

awansa@charlestonstage.com

Production Staff Property Master

Michael Christensen

mchristensen@charlestonstage.com Production Stage Manager

Anne Walker Schroth

aschroth@charlestonstage.com Costumer In Residence

Barbara Young

byoung@charlestonstage.com

Box Office Staff

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Scene & Costume Shop 19 Warren Street Charleston, SC 29403 (843) 577-0868 Fax: (843) 577-9869 The Historic Dock Street Theatre and Administrative Offices 135 Church Street Charleston, SC 29401 (843) 577-5967 Fax: (843) 577-5422


2011 Charleston Stage Board of Trustees

Officers

Trustees

Mrs. Jennifer Murray South Carolina Bank and Trust President

Mrs. Natalie Bluestein Bluestein & Douglas Spring Fundraiser

Mr. Dave Marley Wachovia Wealth Management Vice President Mrs. Suzanne Lynch Wachovia Bank Treasurer Mrs. Mary Millette Philips Medical Systems Secretary Annual Gala Chair

Mrs. Jennifer McElveen Community Volunteer

Mrs. Jeanne Condon Merrill Lynch

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

Dr. Glyn Cowlishaw Pinewood Preparatory School

Mr. Gregory C. Rothschild The Carolinas Financial Network

Mr. Sam Gilner Berchtold Corp Director’s Circle Chair

Mr. Halsey Schreier Clawson & Staubes Governance Chair

Mrs. Katherine Glenn Community Volunteer

Mr. Chris South Blackbaud

Ms. Monica Harvey College of Charleston

Mr. Joshua Whitley Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A.

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2010/11 Sponsors

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

Family Series Sponsor Piggly Wiggly Carolina Company

Annual Gala Sponsors BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina Blue Water Benefits Dixon Hughes

Next Stage Donor Charles and Celeste Patrick

Business Members Platinum Business Members: Appalachian Springs Blue Water Benefits McElveen Automotive Vannatta Group of Merrill Lynch Gold Business Members: Blackbaud, Inc. Southern Lumber and Millwork Corporation Vendue Inn Silver Business Members: Berchtold Corporation College of Charleston School of the Arts Jarrard, Nowell & Russell, LLC Roper St. Francis Tristan Bronze Business Member: Dunes West Golf Club Durlach Associates Tina Hagen, Carolina One Rosen, Rosen & Hagood, LLC State Farm - Basil Lempesis

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.

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

2010/11 TheatreWings Apprentices Abby Allardice................................................School of the Arts Grace Benigni..................................................School of the Arts Sam Book..........................................................Academic Magnet Mary Lee Carter.............................................School of the Arts Sam Cass............................................................School of the Arts Prentice Clark..................................................School of the Arts Kaitlyn Fulford...........................................................Home School Rachel Hunsinger.........................................School of the Arts Riv Jenkins........................................................Academic Magnet Kelsey Lewis................................................ Wando High School Lorinda Lofton.............................................................Porter-Gaud Daniel McLaurin......................................................Home School Eva McLaurin.............................................................Home School Aaron Morgan........................................... Wando High School Elizabeth Norton........................................................Porter-Gaud Kurt Nugent....................................................Academic Magnet Ray Nugent......................................................Academic Magnet Timothy Shaw.................................................School of the Arts Shelby Marie Smith....................................Academic Magnet Cory Stegelin...................................................School of the Arts

Member Rewards Card Businesses 82 Queen Restaurant Bin 152 Blossom Restaurant Bocci’s Italian Restaurant Circa 1886 Restaurant Cypress Restaurant Gilligan’s Restaurants The Library at Vendue Inn Magnolias Restaurant McCrady’s Restaurant MUSE Restaurant and Wine Bar Toast of Charleston

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2010/11 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. Thank you for 33 years of support for Charleston Stage’s arts education initiatives. Please support Charleston Stage in its efforts to grow these programs and reach even more youth! The following contributors have made donations to Charleston Stage between May 1, 2009 - Feb. 28, 2011:

Benefactors ($25,000 +)

Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation Piggly Wiggly Carolina Company The Henry and Sylvia Yaschik Foundation

Angels ($10,000 +)

The Albert Sottile Foundation Joyce Long Darby and Mary Ellen Long Way City of Charleston Katherine Glenn Brandon and Katherine Guest The Dubose and Dorothy Heyward Memorial Fund Celeste and Charles Patrick Dr. and Mrs. Fred Pittman The Wachovia Wells Fargo Foundation

Grantors ($5,000 - $9,999)

Anthony and Linda Bakker Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina Blue Water Benefits Colbert Family Fund Barbara Burgess and John Dinkelspiel Mr. and Mrs. William B. Hewitt Dixon Hughes The Mark Elliott Motley Foundation Jennifer and Doug McElveen Pearlstine Family Fund of Coastal Community Foundation of SC Publix Super Markets Charities Roper St. Francis South Carolina Electric & Gas Company Mr. and Mrs. Steven Swanson

Executive Producer ($2,500 - $4,999) Appalachian Springs Berchtold Corporation Natalie and Scott Bluestein Jill and John Chalsty Charleston County Enterprise Holdings Foundations The Fund for the Arts of Coastal Community Foundation of SC Heritage Trust Federal Credit Union Elisabeth and Spencer Lynch Paul and Suzanne Lynch David Mandell Mclveen Automotive Jim and Mary Millette Valerie B. Morris, CofC Mr. and Mrs. John Rosen Catherine and Christopher South South Carolina Arts Commission South Carolina Bank & Trust Vannatta Group of Merrill Lynch Sandra and Philip Vineyard Paul and Kristin Volpe

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

Addlestone Foundation Mrs. Susan Addlestone-Berlin and Mr. Nico Berlin Jane and Allan Anderson Nella Barkley Berchtold Corporation Blackbaud, Inc. Natalie and Scott Bluestein Sarah and Michael Book Nancy Bush Mr. and Mrs. Van C. Campbell Andy and Alfina Capelli Jean Carlton Mr. and Mrs. Stuart Cass

Thomas and Alma Clymer Janis and Charles Coe College of Charleston Foundation Drs. Frank and Theresa Cuoco Randy and Elaine Cuthbertson Bill and Sarah Daley Dr. and Mrs. Charles Darby, Jr. Dennis Drew Mr. and Mrs. John M. Dunnan Nancy and Ralph Edwards Dr. and Mrs. F. Strait Fairey, Jr. The Felder Foundation First Carolina Risk Management Advisors Joyce and Gerry Gherlein Sam and Pat Gilner Glenn Keyes Architects Wes and Donna Henry Mr. and Mrs. William B. Hewitt Sam, Cindy, Liz and Jeb Hines Christina S. Homer Orton Jackson Jarred, Nowell, and Russell, LLC Edward and Gina Kozek Ted and Tricia Legasey Lutheran Homes of South Carolina Mr. and Mrs. Bill Lyles Tracy and Dave Marley Mr. and Mrs. James Wesley Martin Adriane and John McAvoy McElveen Pontiac-Buick-GMC Truck, Inc. Jim and Mary Millette Valerie B. Morris, CofC Joanne and Morgan Morton Barb and Bob Nicolai D. Norton Dr. and Mrs. John Palms Pinewood Preparatory School Post and Courier Foundation Mr. and Mrs. J. Darryl Reyna Dr. and Mrs. J.W. Rhodes Dr. and Mrs Malcolm Rhodes Lisa and Joe Rice Martha Rivers Ingram Roper St. Francis Rotary Club of Daniel Island Debbie and Greg Rothschild Dr. and Mrs. Robert M. Sade Nicholas and Barbara Santella Claire and Joseph Schady Michael Shewan and Pat Patrick Janine and Ron Sievers Lisa and Robert Silvers Elaine and Bill Simpson Ted and Susan Soderlund Catherine and Christopher South Southern Lumber and Millwork Corporation W. Cecil and Charline Stricklin Michael W. Struve James H. Suddeth Mr. and Mrs. Robert Tarr, Jr. Ferd and Nancy Tedesco Jerry N. Theos Mrs. Maurice Thompson O.L. and Toni Thompson Dr. Mary Thornley Dr. and Mrs. Chris Tountas Frank and Barbara Tribble Tristan Uricchio, Howe, Kress, Jacobson, Toporek, Theos & Keith, P.A.

Paul & Jennifer Vannatta Vendue Inn Sandra and Philip Vineyard Jeff and Victoria Vinzani Thomas Waldrep Glenn Wheaton

Supporting Players ($500 - $999) Army Wives Bank of America CGI Kim Cochran-Price College of Charleston, School of The Arts Judy & Bernard Cornwell Angelique Cunningham Dunes West Golf Club Durlach Associates Eaton Corporation ExxonMobil Foundation The Felder Foundation First Carolina Risk Management Advisors Bonnie Fraser Joyce and Gerry Gherlein Tina Hagen, Carolina One Ned Jervey Sandra Klein Paul and Louise Kohlheim Douglas and Kay Kugley Charles and Joan Lipuma Ren and Judy Manning Tracy and Dave Marley Douglas McCoy and Danny Jones Stephanie P. McDonald Janet and Tony Mills Jennifer and Sean Murray Bruce and Elizabeth Norton Ramsdale Law Firm Mr. and Mrs. John Rosen Rosen, Rosen & Hagood LLC Robert Schlau Mr. Halsey Schreier South Carolina Bank & Trust State Farm - Basil Lempesis Thomas and Nina Tisdale Julian and Erline Wiles

Patrons ($250 - $499)

Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Ailes Gearin Broderick Barbara Burgess and John Dinkelspiel Laura H. Clark Bobby Cremins Charitable Fund Dr. Carol J. Drowota Thomas Gibson Roy C. and JuleAnn Hoffman Robert and Judy Horst Rick and Diane Jerue Douglas McCoy and Danny Jones C.R. McDaniel Dr. Richard and Lorie Muenow Susan and Ned Payne Charlotte and Tom Rech Danny Reed David and Donna Ryan Shari and Andrew Saffer Richard and Mary Gus Smith Tyson Smith Ann and Bruce Thompson The Wise Family Barbara Young


Friends (up to $249)

Mike Abel Ms. Jonea Crider Adams Jayne and Christopher Ahlstrom James Altzner Deborah Anderson Eric Anderson Mr. Ray Ardis James Bakker The Bank of America Charitable Foundation Jim and Maryann Bannwart Donna Barrio Ed and Ann Bartko PJ Bern Mr. and Mrs. Michael Bex Christina Biagetti Barry and Ann Blake Natalie and Scott Bluestein Col. and Mrs. Raymond Borelli Stefan and MaryAnn Borysowicz Jim, Nori & Nikki Bregman Tim Brennan Linda Brock Ms. Gladney Brooks James Brown Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Brush Marilyn Buist Carol Bullock Wayne Burdick Nat Cabell Mrs. Nancy Canavera Madeline Carter John Cawood Samuel Chaney Benjamin and Susan Chase Giselle Cheeseman Ms. Karen Chuy Aaron G. Clark Anne and Will Cleveland George Coleman, Jr. Sara Cooper Julia Parker Copeland Dr. and Mrs. Charles Edward Corley III Judy and Bernard Cornwell Judi and Ted Corsaro Peter and Marion Cotton Catherine Couch-Casasco Darisa Crawford Carolyn Cremins Bryan and Kari Cribb Francis and Marcella Curley Mr. and Mrs. Norman Cutshall Marilyn and Joe Daly Mr. and Mrs. Bill Deck Larry Deckel Prof. Gordon Dehler and Prof. Ann Welsh Mr. and Mrs. Greg Deininger Donato A Denovellis Lucille Desario Lester Detterbeck Nancy Dezzutti Jeanne Dinkins Claudia Dion Angela DiPaolo Pat Duker Eaton Corporation Howard D. Edwards, Jr. Dr. and Mrs. George Fassuliotis Francis Foley Taryn Foster David Fox Frey Family Michael Frederick and Nancy J. Small Dr. and Mrs. Harvey Friedman Howard and Else Froberg Emma Gallimore James Gary and Pamela Owen-Early Janice M. and Luc Georget Steve Gilbert Mr. and Mrs. Richard Andre Gillard Nancy and Jim Gouse Joel Greene Faye Griffin Jeanne Gue

Mr. and Mrs. Doug Haack Ronald Hacker Eric Hadley Michael Haga Annie Hall In Honor of Janet Hamilton Mary Hammond John Hammontree Keitt Hane Samantha Harris Susan Hearn JoAnne and Nelson Hicks Kandace and William Higley Dr. Elizabeth and Mr. Robert Hill Mr. and Mrs. Paul Hines Lawrence Holliday Peter Holmi Law Office of Waring S. Howe; Jr. Law Offices of Richard A. Hricik, PA Lynn and Mark Hunsinger Don and Donna Ingram Daliah Jackson Lavern James Linda W. James The William James Family Robert and Mabel Jeffries Mr. and Mrs. Rivers T. Jenkins, III. Lisa Jones Myra Jones Tammy and Robert Kabakjian Catherine Kaiser Tamara Kasper Britt and Ryan Kelly Carol Kelly Mr. and Mrs. Steve Kendrick Leila and Paul Kent Sarah Kessler Alexandra Key Annette Kibler Kenneth King Rhett Klok Randy Koonce Peggy and Eric Krawcheck Dorothy and Lois Kronemer John and Shea Kuhn Dr. and Mrs. Seth Kupferman Heidi Lantin Sue and Gregory Lenox Carol and Jackson Libby Bill and Barbara Lohse George and Janet Lykos David and Terry Lupo John Mahala John and Temmy Mahoney Gillian Mark Robert Mathison Elizabeth Matthews Dennis and Ann Maxwell Jan and Joseph McAlhany Jr. Betsy McCarty Bill and Toni McChesney Ralph McCullough Mary Ann McDonald Connie McElhaney Marisa McEntire Dr. and Mrs. Ben McInnes James and Susan McKenna David and Karen McLaurin Kathryn Meier Rhetta and Joe Mendelsohn Jason Merchey Joanne and John Milkereit Don and Jo Miller David Milli Dana and Danny Mills Michael Monaco Sheryl Moore Terence Moore Pam Morrow C.H. Morton Lea Mosbacher Mr. Michael J. Mrlik Catherine Murphy Jennifer and Sean Murray

Renee Murray Mr. and Mrs. Jim Myrick Allan Mysel Brad Neville Curt and Susan Neville Barb and Bob Nicolai Carl and Temmey Novit Chris and Lynn Nowell Richard Nubel Katherine Oakley Mr. Anthony Oglietti Karen ONeill Dr. and Mrs. Stan Ottinger J. Laurence and Barbara Passmore Kim Payne Mr. and Mrs. David Peake Pfizer Foundation Matching Gifts Program Pamela and Ronald Pollitt J.E. Powell Lee Puckhaber Susan and James Radley Cherry Rivers Edna and Al Roberds Kelly Roberts Anne K Robichaux Jim & Georgie Rock Robert L. Rone Susan and Robert Rosen A. Rougier-Chapman Steve Rowe J.E. Royall Ted Salvo Jeff Santi Sheryl and James Schnell Donald Scooler The Seabrook Family Mr. and Mrs. Marvin H. Sears, III William Shaughnessy Howard B. Sherman Jennifer and Robert Short Cory Skipper Barbara and Stuart Smith Colton and Angela Smith John Smith Barbara Lou and George Smyth Tom and Peggy Spain Mr. and Mrs. Spaulding James H. Suddeth Hilda and Hal Sugg Shane and Tammy Swanson Mr. and Mrs. Steven Swanson Diane Tausig Kimberly Taylor Jerry N. Theos Francis and Ann Hurd Thomas Linda Thomas Jenny Ticknor Trident United Way Susan and James Trusso Lynette Turner Merle Tyroler Mr. and Mrs. H. Wayne Unger, Jr. Mary Walker Susan Walters Justin and Alicia Ward Edward and Liesl Westbrook Greg and Kristin White James W. Whitehair Mr. Larry Wiessmann Adam Wiggins Ms. Marlene Williamon Martha Caroline Williams Andrew and Nancy Wilson Linda and John Wilson John and Libby Love Wolford Dr. and Mrs. Clawrence Woodruff Mr. and Mrs. John Woods Drs. Jane Tyler and Curtis Worthington Beth and Matt Yaun Martin Yonas Mary and Benjamin Zamora Bob and Fran Zinko David Zoellner


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 February 28, 2011

Anthony and Linda Bakker Barbara Burgess and John Dinkelspiel

Brandon and Katherine Guest Jennifer and Doug McElveen

Merrill Lynch

Jill and John Chalsty Dr. and Mrs. Charles P. Darby Dennis Drew Mr. and Mrs. William B. Hewitt Adriane and John McAvoy

Jim and Mary Millette Joanne and Morgan Morton Celeste and Charles Patrick Claire and Joseph Schady Michael Shewan

Janine and Ron Sievers Ted and Susan Soderlund Mrs. Maurice Thompson

Mrs. Susan Addlestone-Berlin and Mr. Nico Berlin Jane and Allan Anderson Nella Barkley Natalie and Scott Bluestein Sarah and Michael Book Ms. Nancy Bush Mr. and Mrs. Van C. Campbell Andy and Alfina Capelli Jean Carlton Mr. and Mrs. Stuart Cass Thomas and Alma Clymer Janis and Charles Coe Judy and Bernard Cornwell Glyn Cowlishaw - Pinewood Preparatory School Kim Cochran-Price Drs. Frank and Teresa Cuoco Randy and Elaine Cuthbertson Bill and Sarah Daley Mr. and Mrs. John M. Dunnan

Nancy and Ralph Edwards Dr. and Mrs. F. Strait Fairey, Jr. The Felder Foundation Joyce and Gerry Gherlein Sam Gilner Frank and Katherine Glenn Glenn Keyes Architects Wes and Donna Henry Christina S. Homer Edward and Gina Kozek Mr. and Mrs. Bill Lyles Elisabeth and Spencer Lynch Paul and Suzanne Lynch Dave Marley Mr. and Mrs. James Wesley Martin Valerie Morris, College of Charleston D. Norton Mr. and Mrs. J. Darryl Reyna Dr. and Mrs. J. W. Rhodes Dr. and Mrs. Malcolm Rhodes Lisa and Joe Rice

Debbie and Greg Rothschild Dr. and Mrs. Robert M. Sade Nicolas and Barbara Santella Mr. and Mrs. Robert Silvers Catherine and Christopher South Mr. and Mrs. W. Cecil Stricklin Michael W. Struve James H. Suddeth Mr. and Mrs. Robert Tarr, Jr. Ferd and Nancy Tedesco Mr. and Mrs. Jerry N. Theos Thomas and Nina Tisdale O.L. and Toni Thompson Dr. Mary Thornley Chris and Rosemary Tountas Frank and Barbara Tribble Paul and Jennifer Vannatta Sandra and Flip Vineyard Thomas Waldrep

Angelique Cunningham Bonnie Fraser Ren and Judy Manning

Douglas McCoy and Danny Jones Jennifer and Sean Murray Anne and John Rosen

Shari and Andrew Saffer Halsey Schreier Tristan

Director’s Circle Platinum Members Director’s Circle Gold Members

Young Professional Fellows

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Coming Up Next! March 25 - 27, 2011 Dock Street Theatre Sponsored by:

Adapted from Mark Twain’s novel by Julian Wiles Directed by Drew Archer

Adult: $22 Senior: $22 Student: $22

Mischief at the Dock Based on Mark Twain’s own adventures growing up in Hannibal, Missouri, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer follows Tom and his incorrigible friend Huckleberry Finn and their days growing up along the banks of the mighty Mississippi. Tom matches wits with his Sunday-school strict Aunt Polly, falls in love with the beguiling Becky Thatcher, and has to put up with his goody-two-shoes bratty little brother Sid. Along the way Tom and friends whitewash that famous picket fence, explore a dark and sinister riverside cave where they encounter the despicably evil villain, Injun Joe, and have the adventure of a lifetime.

April 15 - May 1, 2011 Dock Street Theatre

Supporting Sponsor: Katherine Glenn

By J.M. Barrie Directed by Julian Wiles and Marybeth Clark

Fly Away at the Dock What better way to conclude our inaugural season back at the Historic Dock Street Theatre than with J.M. Barrie’s The Original Peter Pan. Featuring Flying by Foy, who flew Peter Pan on Broadway, five full sets, including a pirate ship, The Original Peter Pan sets sail on the seas of imagination in one of the most memorable adventure stories ever told. Join Peter, Wendy, John and Michael, the Lost Boys, Captain Hook and the pirates, Tiger Lily and the Indians, a menacing crocodile and, of course, Tinkerbell for this dazzling awe-inspiring production. Adult: $38 - $52 Senior: $36 - $52 Student: $22 - $52

PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE AT WWW.CHARLESTONSTAGE.COM OR CALL (843) 577-7183, M-F 12PM-5PM.


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