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Festival on a truly righteous note with Sammy Miller and the Congregation. Special guest Wynton Marsalis will join the band for several selections. Jazz in the Key of Life: Music of the '60s and '70s Friday, April 22 • 7:30 p.m. Knight Theater Discover a fresh jazz take on the iconic songs of the ’60s and ’70s! Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis will debut more than a dozen new jazz arrangements of songs from artists like The Beatles; Stevie Wonder; Elton John; Cream; Crosby, Stills & Nash; and Dionne Warwick. Music of the Masters: Duke Ellington and George Gershwin Saturday, April 23 • 7:30 p.m. Knight Theater Take a musical journey from Harlem’s famous Cotton Club to the bright lights of Broadway in this incredible evening devoted to two American musical giants – Duke Ellington and George Gershwin. Join us as the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, led by music director Wynton Marsalis, presents an evening celebrating the extraordinary repertoire of these musical legends.

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Katie Caussin Katy Carolina Collins Jackson Evans Emjoy Gavino Lori McClain Lindsey Pearlman Sound Design Katharine Horowitz Lighting Design John Kelly Scenic Design Theresa Akers Costume Design Mieka van der Ploeg Casting Beth Kligerman Production Stage Manager/ Company Manager William Collins Technical Director Aaron Heeter Tour Press Representation Allied Live Production Supervision TROIKA ENTERTAINMENT

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Randy Bowen.....................................................................................JACKSON EVANS Ravonka................................................................................................LORI MCCLAIN Brooke....................................................................................... LINDSEY PEARLMAN C.L.................................................................................. KATY CAROLINA COLLINS Gwen....................................................................................................KATIE CAUSSIN Desiree.................................................................................................EMJOY GAVINO

UNDERSTUDIES Understudies never substitute for listed performers unless a specific announcement is made at the time of the performance For C.L./Gwen/Desiree/Brooke - AMY YOUNG for Ravonka - EMJOY GAVINO for Randy Bowen - JOSHUA DAVIS THERE WILL BE ONE 15-MINUTE INTERMISSION

All actors and stage managers are members of Actors’ Equity Association, the union for professional actors and stage managers. The use of any recording device, either audio or video, and the taking of photographs, either with or without flash, is strictly prohibited.

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WHO’S WHO in the CAST KATIE CAUSSIN (Gwen) grew up in Springfield, VA and received her degree in Theater from Radford University. She started performing with The Second City as a member of the National Touring Company umpteen years ago, and has worked on buckets of shows with them since. In Chicago she has improvised at ComedySportz, iO Theater, and has performed at and teaches improvisation for The Annoyance Theater. She has also performed at the Magnet Theater in NYC and worked on the Onion Network’s “Special Report.” Follow Katie on Twitter @katiecaussin. KATY CAROLINA COLLINS (C.L.) is thrilled to be a part of this tour. Recent Chicago credits include: No More Sad Things (“Jessiee”), and Stupid Fucking Bird (“Mash”). She has acted with Chicago Shakespeare, Steppenwolf, The Goodman, The Guthrie, Jeune Lune, and Vintage Theater Collective. She is an artistic associate with Sideshow Theatre, a stakeholder in the Backroom Shakespeare Project, and a cheerleader with the band Mucca Pazza. She graduated with a BFA from the University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater Actor Training Program. JACKSON EVANS (Randy Bowen) is thrilled to be a part of this cast with these lovely and real ladies. Regional theater credits include work with Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Mercury Theater, Drury Lane Oakbrook, Marriott Theatre, Victory Gardens, About Face, Blank Theatre Company Los Angeles, and First Stage Milwaukee. TV: “Chicago PD” and “Sirens.” He is a graduate of the School at Steppenwolf and Northwestern University and a teacher with Black Box Acting Studio. EMJOY GAVINO (Desiree) Chicago credits: Steppenwolf (Drunken City), Victory Gardens (Failure: A Love Story), Paramount (Hair), Broadway Playhouse (Working), Lookingglass (Arabian Nights), Goodman (Christmas Carol), Court (The Good Book, Wait Until Dark,

Iphigenia), Northlight (4000 Miles), Remy Bumppo (Fallen Angels, Love and Information, Seascape). Regional credits: ReAct (The Violet Hour, Into the Woods), Village (Searching 4 Y). Film/TV: “Chicago Fire,” “Mob Doctor,” “Boss,” “Empire.” Emjoy founded The Chicago Inclusion Project and is a teaching artist with Barrel of Monkeys. She is represented by Stewart Talent. LORI MCCLAIN (Ravonka) was born in Toledo, OH and received her BFA in Acting from Wright State University. She performed with The Second City Touring Company, and in 2004 her touring company performed for the USO in Iraq. Improv credits: Sirens, ComedySportz, Whose Chorus Line Is It Anyway? and The Improvised Sondheim Project. Among favorite scripted roles: “Xena Warrior Princess” in Xena Live! and as “Patti Blagojevich” in Rod Blagojevich Superstar for The Second City. She is also a voice-over actor and jazz vocalist. lorimcclain.com LINDSEY PEARLMAN (Brooke) is a Chicago native. Favorite past productions include Never The Bridesmaid with Polarity Theatre (Jeff Award - Actress in a Principal Role), The Mousetrap with Northlight Theatre (Time Out Magazine Theatre Award Nominee - Best Supporting Actress), Trevor with A Red Orchid Theatre, and many, many more. You can often catch Lindsey on your television, selling things like appliances, cellphone plans, and beer. Feel free to visit her at lindseypearlman.com. JOSHUA DAVIS (u/s Randy Bowen/ Assistant Stage Manager) is an MFA recipient in acting from Brandeis University in Boston. He was the Associate Artistic Director of The Ruckus Theater in Chicago until he recently stepped down. This marks his first production with The Second City and he couldn’t be more excited. Some of his recent credits include: The Blue Planet (Akvavit Theatre Company), Lear (Red Tape Theatre Company), The Duchess of Malfi (Strawdog Theatre Company), Heist

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WHO’S WHO in the CAST Play (Ruckus Theater), Idomeneus (Sideshow Woyzeck Project. He has developed new work Theatre Company), and A Christmas Carol with Playwrights Horizons, Clubbed Thumb, New York Theatre Workshop, Steppenwolf, (Berkshire Theatre Festival). American Theatre Company, Goodman, Pig AMY YOUNG (u/s C.L./Gwen/Desiree/ Iron, Humana Festival of New American Plays, Ravonka) is completely delighted to be a part and Berkeley Repertory Theatre. He is the of this tour. Originally from Kansas City, creator and producer of REVIVAL, which has Missouri, she graduated with a degree in entertained thousands on the Pritzker Pavilion Theatre from Northwestern University. She Stage in downtown Chicago’s Millennium Park. originated the role of Kaci Lynn in It Came From Kentucky at the Annoyance Theater and WILLIAM COLLINS (Production Stage frequently performs with Harold team Stag at Manager/ Company Manager) is very excited to iO Chicago. Amy is a proud graduate of The join this production of The Realish Housewives: Second City Conservatory. She writes and A Parody. William is a freelance stage manager directs video shorts with her sketch team, That in Chicago where his credits include work with Redmoon Theater (The Cabinet, Sink. Just Happened. Sank.Sunk), Drury Lane Oakbrook, Paramount KATE JAMES (Writer) is a Chicago-based Theatre (My Fair Lady), The Chicago comedy writer and improvisor. Second City Humanities Festival, About Face Theatre, First projects include writing for The Second City Folio, Windy City Playhouse and The Goodman Guide to the Opera, and The Art of Falling, Theatre (Other Desert Cities) and the Chicago with The Second City and Hubbard Street premier of Unspeakable: A Dramatic Fantasia Dance. She is a founding member of the sketch at the Broadway Playhouse. William has also comedy group Schadenfreude. The group had a spent five seasons stage managing for Peninsula self-titled radio show for two years on Chicago Players Theatre in Door County, Wisconsin. Public Radio (WBEZ). Kate has appeared on “Shameless” (Showtime), “Playing House” AARON HEETER (Technical Director) is (USA) and in a viral video where she plays a pleased to join the company of The Realish Housewives: A Parody. TV/ Film credits very drunk Cubs fan. include “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” “The TIM SNIFFEN (Writer) hails from Bayville, Steve Harvey Show,” “The Wolf of Wall NY on the north shore of Long Island... so Street,” “The Other Woman,” “Hostages,” and he knows a thing or two about the wealthy “Money Monster.” Chicago theatre: Wicked, housewife lifestyle. Tim has written and The Cherry Orchard (Steppenwolf), The performed with The Second City since 2007, Dresser, Winesburg Ohio, The 25th Annual and worked with Kate James on The Second Putnam County Spelling Bee, and Altar Boyz. City Guide to the Opera, a show with far Aaron has had the distinct pleasure of meeting less wine throwing. Follow Tim on Twitter at four US Presidents. Love to Dowagiac (doewah-jack) and dogwoodfinearts.org. @MisterSniffen and enjoy the show! ERIC HOFF (Director) is a director and producer of new plays and musicals. He directed the sold-out run of Hit The Wall at Steppenwolf Garage, which transferred to Barrow Street Theatre Off-Broadway. He is an Artistic Associate at About Face Theatre, where he directed WHAT’S THE T? and produced The

KATHARINE HOROWITZ (Sound Design) is a theatrical sound designer based in the Twin Cities, MN. With a focus on layered effects and soundscapes, Katharine has designed criticallyacclaimed and award-winning shows for Mixed Blood Theatre, Pillsbury House Theatre, Penumbra Theatre, and Park Square Theatre

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WHO’S WHO in the CAST ALLIED LIVE (Marketing and Press) is a full-service marketing and advertising agency representing Broadway shows, national tours, performing arts institutions and experiential entertainment entities. Current clients include: The Book of Mormon, Kinky Boots, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Elf, MAMMA MIA!, Motown The Musical, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Once, and Irving Berlin’s White Christmas. Upcoming tours include Hamilton, An American in Paris, Something Rotten! and School of Rock.

in the Twin Cities, Great River Shakespeare Festival, Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theatre (Wellfleet, MA), Provincetown Tennessee Williams Festival (Provincetown, MA), and many others. A graduate of the University of Iowa, Katharine also teaches sound design workshops to students and young professionals. JOHN KELLY (Lighting Designer) is a lighting designer in Chicago who was worked with companies including Victory Gardens, The Hypocrites, About Face, Theatre Wit, The Ruffians, The Neofuturists, The Ruckus, Strawdog Theatre, Lifeline Theatre, Stage773 and Underscore Theatre. He is an ensemble member with Strawdog Theatre where he will be designing Love and a Major Organ, The Long Christmas Ride Home, In a Word, Robinhood and Maid Merrian and D.O.A. this season.

TROIKA ENTERTAINMENT (Production Supervision) has been the innovator in touring musical theater productions for over two decades, producing shows throughout North, Central, and South America, Europe and Asia. Additionally, the company is experienced in casino and leisure markets having produced for the Wynn, Caesars, Grand Casino, Hilton, Eldorado and Harrah’s. Current and upcoming productions include 42nd Street, An American in Paris, Annie, Cheers, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Love Never Dies, The Wizard of Oz, and Wine Lovers. With strong ties to the Broadway community, TROIKA prides itself on delivering top quality productions to audiences worldwide. Please visit us at www.troika.com.

THERESA AKERS (Scenic Design) is an interdisciplinary performance designer focusing on building new and interesting multimedia compositions applying sound, light, and spatial storytelling elements in immersive collaborations. She has designed productions with theatre powerhouses Bedlam for Hire, Mu Performing Arts, Freshwater Theatre, Workhaus Collective, and Hennepin Theatre Trust. A graduate of NYU’s Gallatin Program for Spatial Psychology and Visual Design, she is excited to bring her interdisciplinary work in building the world for The Realish Housewives: A Parody.

STAFF PRODUCTION SUPERVISION TROIKA ENTERTAINMENT TOUR MARKETING AND PUBLICITY Allied Live Laura Matalon Marya K. Peters Mary Alyce Blum Jacqueline Smith

MIEKA VAN DER PLOEG (Costume Designer) has designed costumes for a variety of Chicago theaters, including The Hypocrites, About Face Theatre, Theater Wit, Griffin Theatre, Next Theatre, The Building Stage, the House Theatre, Albany Park Theater Project, Dog and Pony Theatre, RedTwist Theatre, Pegasus Players, the side project, and Filament Theatre Ensemble. Further credits include wig and make-up work at The Lyric Opera, Chicago Opera Theater, and the Goodman Theatre.

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LEADERSHIP GRANTS The Arts & Science Council Supports Blumenthal Performing Arts’ 2016 Fiscal Year budget with a Basic Operating Grant in the amount of $312,092.

Blumenthal Performing Arts receives support from the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.

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Opera Carolina

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Opera Carolina Joins Forces With NYC Opera and Italy's Puccini Festival

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Opera Carolina’s season-closing 2016-17 performances of the opera that celebrates the American West. The Charlotte premiere will be followed by performances in New York (September 2017 at the Rose Theater, home of Wynton Marsalis’ Jazz at Lincoln Center), the Puccini Festival in Lucca (November 2017 at Teatro del Giglio), followed by performances in Pisa and Livorno, Italy. Acclaimed European director Ivan Stefanutti designed the production, and Meena with Opera Carolina will conduct all performances. The Girl of the West is a three-act opera based on the play by American author David Belasco. Containing some of Puccini’s most ambitious and lush music, the opera became the center of a legal battle between the Puccini estate and Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber over the use of the opera’s main melody in Webber’s “The Music of the Night” in Phantom of the Opera. Puccini considered La fanciulla del West one of his greatest works.

pera Carolina is embarking on a unique partnership with the revitalized New York City Opera and the Puccini Festival in the composer’s home city of Lucca, Italy for the 2016-17 season, which will result in a new production of Puccini’s first American opera, La fanciulla del West (The Girl of the West). In a Dec. 10 news conference, Opera Carolina General Director & Principal Conductor James Meena and New York City Opera General Director Michael Capasso joined Alessandro Tambellini, mayor of the city of Lucca, Italy, to announce the exciting partnership. "This is a tremendous opportunity for Opera Carolina and for Charlotte," said Meena. "We get to collaborate with companies with an international reach and reputation – and Charlotte again finds itself on an international stage. I'm proud that Opera Carolina is in such extraordinary company and eager for our chance to shine in New York and Italy." The new production, being created in Charlotte, will originate in April 2017 with

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Charlotte Ballet

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A Day in the Life: Dancer Josh Hall

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hat does a day in the life of a professional dancer look like? We followed dancer Josh Hall, who grew up in Concord, as he prepared for a performance. Hall, 21, has danced with Charlotte Ballet for four years.

MORNING After a breakfast of eggs with spinach, apples, juice and coffee, Josh starts his day with a ballet class. Josh and the 27 other professional dancers of Charlotte Ballet take class each morning to warm up for the day and to continue refining their technique.

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