2019 Creede Repertory Theatre Season Program

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Gary Mitchell, Joe Roach, Kay Habenstein and Steve Grossman on their way to Chicago in February 1966 — in search of a theatre. Two months later Steve would find the invitation from the Creede Jaycees tacked to the bulletin in the Green Room of Murphy Hall, K.U. We had stopped at the Habensteins’ beautiful home in Columbia, Missouri. Did Kay’s dad take the picture with Gary’s camera? Probably. — Gary Mitchell

Creede Repertory Theatre would not exist without people leaping into the unknown of a grand adventure. In 1966, the Creede Jaycees and Jaycee-ettes extended an invitation to surrounding university theatre programs to start a professional theatre in a tiny, mountain town. Twelve students from the University of Kansas answered the call and that summer, CRT was born. 54 seasons later, now with eight full time and two seasonal staff members, our goal is still to provide exceptional artistry that entertains, provokes, and inspires. Thank you for being here year after year. And if it’s your first time, welcome! Come take a leap with us. Adventure lies within. Because we’re your theatre, always.

From 2018’s Jaycee and Jaycee-ettes Appreciation Day. Members of the 1966 Jaycees/Jaycee-ettes and their families. Pictured here with founding members, CRT staff, and actor Annie Butler.



Schedule . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 At a Glance . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Peter and the Starcatcher . . . 14 Ripcord . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Little Shop of Horrors . . . . . 18 Pride and Prejudice . . . . . . . 20 Hazardous Materials . . . . . . 22 Headwaters . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Boomtown . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 The KID Show . . . . . . . . . . 29 Educational Programs . . . . 31 Board of Trustees . . . . . . . . 35 Supporting CRT . . . . . . . . 36 The Company . . . . . . . . . . 53 In Memory . . . . . . . . . . . . 75 CRT Staff . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77

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Creede Repertory Theatre, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization with a 501(c)(3) status with the Internal Revenue Code. All donations are tax deductible. Production photos by John Gary Brown. Program design by RoShamBo Marketing + Creative.

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wednesday 22

thursday 23



saturday 25


soapy smith presentation* nat’l small print show opens 7:30pm funktown*


taste of creede


taste of creede

mondays are dark







6:30pm opening night




7:30pm Peter 10:30pm Boomtown *



16 1:30pm Peter local discount 7:30pm Ripcord*

1:30pm gideon irving*

1:30pm Peter Peter TALK 7pm 7:30pm Peter


7:30pm mining through

poetry, stories, and song*

1:30pm Peter

1:30pm Peter

7:30pm gideon irving*


1:30pm Ripcord* 7:30pm Little Shop

1:30pm Ripcord* 7:30pm Ripcord*

1pm 1:30PM 7:30pm 7:30pm

Peter TALK Peter Little Shop Ripcord*

1:30pm Peter 7:30pm Little Shop


1:30pm Peter 7:30pm Little Shop


mondays are dark

1:30pm Ripcord*



7:30pm Peter

14 1:30pm Ripcord* 7:30pm Little Shop


15 1:30pm Peter Jaycees

appreciation day


21 7:30pm Ripcord* 10:30pm Boomtown *

1:30pm Ripcord*


7:30pm Ripcord*


7:30pm Little Shop opens


local discount


1:30pm Ripcord* Little Shop 6pm



fireworks after!

1:30pm Little Shop 1:30pm Ripcord* 7:30pm Peter



11:00AM BACKSTAGE TOUR 1:30pm Little Shop 7:30pm Little Shop 10:30pm Boomtown *

11:00AM BACKSTAGE TOUR 1:30pm Little Shop



7:30pm Ripcord* 10:30pm Boomtown *

4th of july parade 10am


1:30pm KID Show opens* 7pm Peter TALK 7:30pm Peter

17 1:30pm Peter 7:30pm Little Shop 7:30pm Ripcord*

7:30pm Little Shop

1:30pm Peter 7:30pm Little Shop 7:30pm KID Show*

1:30pm Peter 7:30pm Little Shop 10:30pm Boomtown *



11am KID Show closes* 1:30pm Little Shop 7:30pm Ripcord*



18 7pm Peter TALK 7:30pm Peter


11:00AM BACKSTAGE TOUR 1:30pm Ripcord* red hot patriot* 8pm

heroes and villains day camp / 10am jr. musical theatre / 10am


23 red hot patriot*


1pm Peter TALK 1:30pm Peter 7:30pm Sean Thompson

in Concert



action storytime / 10am


red hot patriot*


1:30pm Ripcord* Pride & Prejudice 7pm TALK

7:30pm Pride & Prejudice

* Denotes all shows and events at the Ruth. “DARK” is theatre speak for closed.

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7:30pm Peter

improv studio day camp / 10am


action storytime / 10am



7:30pm Ripcord* local discount 10:30pm Boomtown *


19 1:30pm Peter

7:30pm Peter 10:30pm Boomtown *

14 7:30pm Ripcord opens*

magical creatures day camp / 10am

mondays are dark



1:30pm Peter




celebration Poster Unveiling 7:30pm Peter opens

1:30pm Peter





7:30pm Pride & Prejudice opens

Peter and the starcatcher Ripcord little shop of horrors


11:00AM BACKSTAGE TOUR 1:30pm Ripcord* 7:30pm Pride & Prejudice 10:30pm Boomtown *

pride and prejudice


hazardous materials

the KId show

2019 schedule / our 54th season thursday


tuesday 4

CHAT BACK AFTER local discount



1:30pm Peter

1:30pm Little Shop Peter TALK 7pm 7:30pm Peter



labor day weekend


Pride & Prejudice


1:30pm Little Shop 7:30pm Ripcord*

13 1:30pm Peter 7:30pm Little Shop


1:30pm Peter 7:30pm Ripcord closes*


1:30pm Peter 7:30pm Ripcord* 10:30pm Boomtown*

11:00AM BACKSTAGE TOUR 1:30pm Ripcord*



7:30pm Little Shop



Pride & Prejudice


1:30pm Pride & Prejudice 7:30pm Little Shop



7:30pm Peter

1:30pm Peter

7:30pm Haz Mat




11:00AM BACKSTAGE TOUR 1:30pm Little Shop


7:30pm Peter



Pride & Prejudice TALK

1:30pm Pride & Prejudice 7pm Haz Mat TALK* 7:30pm Haz Mat local discount* 10:30pm Boomtown*

7pm Peter TALK 7:30pm Peter



1:30pm Pride & Prejudice 7:30pm Little Shop

27 7pm

mondays are dark



Pride & Prejudice

going up: a night with john green at sunnyside chapel

Haz Mat*


wednesday 6

7:30pm Pride & Prejudice


1:30pm Peter closes




mondays are dark

1:30pm Little Shop 7:30pm Pride & Prejudice

friday 1

7:30pm Little Shop




Pride & Prejudice


7:30pm Pride & Prejudice

Pride & Prejudice Haz Mat*


headwaters new play festival* 7pm Haz Mat TALK* 7:30pm Haz Mat* 10:30pm Boomtown*


28 1pm 7pm



6:30PM 7PM

1:30pm Peter 7:30pm Little Shop closes

7pm 10pm


Pride & Prejudice Boomtown*

31 12:30pm Haz Mat TALK* 1pm Haz Mat 7pm

3 10 minute play/ 24 hour festival*



Pride & Prejudice

labor day weekend

fall curtain times begin


24 headwaters new play festival*

30 6:30pm Pride & Prejudice

Haz Mat TALK* Haz Mat


4 1pm 7pm

Pride & Prejudice Haz Mat*


Pride & Prejudice



1pM 1pM

Haz Mat TALK* Haz Mat


Pride & Prejudice


Bringing the Whole Family?

All ages are welcome at Peter and the Starcatcher and The KID Show. Children four and over are welcome at all our season shows. Please be aware that some shows are intended for adult audiences. Ask our box office staff for recommendations.

It’s Easy to Go Rep!


Every weekend throughout July and August, you can see 3 or more shows in one weekend!

6:30pm Haz Mat TALK* 7pm Haz Mat 10pm Boomtown





12:30pm Pride & Prejudice TALK

1pm 7pm


1pm Haz Mat* 6:30pm Pride & Prejudice


Pride & Prejudice 1pm Haz Mat


Pride & Prejudice closes*


Haz Mat*


Pride & Prejudice LAST WORD


Pride & Prejudice





Ask us about our many discounts. CRT is a Blue Star Theatre, offering discounts to active military, their immediate family, and veterans!

719/658-2540 / creederep.org

Adults Seniors Student Child

Musicals Non-musicals Boomtown The KID Show

$40 $38 $20 $11 $35 $33 $20 $11 $10 $10 $10 $10 FREE FREE FREE FREE

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e r u t n e v d a n o d r A wo On December 30, 2018, Caitlin and I drove from Creede to Alamosa in a record 45 minutes because I had no interest in delivering our baby on the side of 149. We had been preparing and looking forward to this day for months. That evening I witnessed the birth of our son, Leo; it was so much more than I had anticipated and nothing like what I had imagined—a mesmerizing, improvised give-and-take. His first cry was piercingly beautiful and wonderfully LIVE. Now several months removed, I can’t help but compare it to this theater where everything is LIVE. Every summer new plays are born. We prepare for months, readying the sets, lights, and costumes, learning lines and blocking, dreaming of the new production. You think you can predict what it will be like after all the preparation and planning, but then you step in front of the audience, and now it’s LIVE. It’s that mesmerizing, improvised give-and-take where anything can happen. It’s loud and unpredictable and will never exactly be the same. I’m so grateful to be part of an organization that brings beautiful theater to life, that cultivates “liveness.” But like raising a child, it can’t be done alone. It takes a family. We are so thankful to have you in our CRT family. Whatever you’ve contributed—attendance, money, time, effort, wisdom, sharing us with friends and family, and doing this for the last 54 years, YOU have helped to make it all possible. Thank you for being our greatest champions and supporters. In 2018, over 21,000 patrons saw shows in Creede, 2,000 of which were firsttime visitors, and over 35,000 kids were reached across the Southwest through our educational Young Audience Outreach Tour. These are staggering numbers, but even more impressive are the number of unforgettable memories created for each playgoer and company member. I look forward to seeing what adventures are in store for 2019. Our slogan is “your theatre, always.” It’s simple, and it has moved mountains. I’ve visited hundreds of theaters, but CRT is different from all of them in inspiring company and audiences’ loyalty, passion, devotion, and laughter—all the things I associate with family. I hope CRT becomes your artistic family. If there are new ways we can help it feel more like home, I would love to hear from you. Let the adventure begin! My best to you and your family,

John DiAntonio Executive Director (719)658-2540 x229 john@creederep.com


The Spitfire Grill was my first show in Creede. That summer I met a strange, splattered man, shuffling about with cans of paint. He was designing and painting the set for this dark little musical, which he had conceived as a forest of craggy trees. These moments when we meet a person who will change our lives forever – why doesn’t the universe ring a bell to let us know? If there were a warning, a pointed ahem or some such subtle exclamation that could perk our ears and remind us to remember right now. My actor-self in 2004 was pre-occupied and could not have conceived that Jeff Carey - playwright, poet, artist, actor, friend – would be the source of so many adventures. The forest is a symbol of the unconscious, a metaphor for entering the unknown. This archetypical forest would recur again and again in Jeff ’s body of work. I am very lucky to have been there for some of it, scribbling away at the piano. Jeff wrote the book and lyrics for Meet the Beasts, Grimm Pajamas, Zeus on the Loose, Lullaby Bay, Scruff Turbo, Swiss Family Robinson and many more that weren’t musicals, such as Pan and Boone, The Kidney Plays, and Emilia’s Tree. All of these shows were either premiered or produced at CRT. On March 29, 2019, Jeff left this world. He was no stranger to the dark forest. In the end, he died of ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease), but had faced down kidney cancer and a lifelong battle with bipolar disorder. This season’s theme is adventure. I think Jeff would have loved that. His plays are full of adventure, but he recognized that it’s not all fun and games. Adventure is precarious, uncomfortable, full of defeat and uncertainty. In an adventure, the shipwreck and the sea monsters are rites of passage – terrible trials that will either unlock our potential or end us. Without the forest, there is no path. Without adversity, there’s no empathy. The universe won’t ring a bell to tell us to pay attention. If we are very lucky, it will send people like Jeff Carey to remind us that life is an adventure. None of us are making it out of the forest alive, but what we do while we’re here is up to us.

Jessica Jackson Artistic Director (719) 658-2540 x224 jess@creedrep.com

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Directed by Charlie Oates / Rated G A curious, intelligent girl from a magical family, a nameless orphan boy, two ships full of sailors ‘n’ pirates, and adventure at every turn! This family friendly musical uses the magic of theatre to create its stunning world, as twelve actors portray over 100 characters. If you loved 2018’s The Wizard of Oz, you’ll want to batten down the hatches and head up to the poop deck to experience two new friends on their quest to save the world, and witness one of literature’s most beloved characters come to life. A joyous adventure for all ages!

Directed by Billie McBride / Rated PG Cantankerous assisted living resident Abby learns she’s been assigned a roommate after years of willful solitude. Enter Marilyn: an energetic and positive force who charms everyone around her... except Abby, of course. The two women make a seemingly harmless bet, that quickly intensifies into a cutthroat competition. Don’t miss Christy Brandt and Annie Butler in this uproarious and exhilarating “odd couple” comedy.



Directed by Jessica Jackson / Rated PG-13 It’s a familiar story: Boy meets Girl. Girl is dating a sadistic dentist. Boy meets mysterious, blood-thirsty plant. In an effort to win over Girl, Boy makes a pact with Plant to allow his wildest dreams to come true. Plant makes plans to take over the world! Since its Off-Broadway debut in 1982, Little Shop quickly became one of the most popular shows in the world. You won’t want to miss this deliciously outrageous sci-fi hit musical.

Directed by Kyle Haden / Rated R One apartment. Two different eras. Each creating unlikely friendships. In 1955, two widows explore a blossoming connection against all odds. In 2015, two reluctant co-workers sift through the belongings of an elderly and mysterious Jane Doe. Each pair discovers that in order to connect they must be willing to sort through, and learn from, the past. Hazardous Materials was a highlight of 2018’s Headwaters New Play Festival. We are thrilled to be able to bring this American play to our CRT audience for the first time.



Directed by Amanda Berg Wilson / Rated PG You’ve never seen Jane Austen quite like this! With the heart of this masterful love story still very much intact, Kate Hamill’s farcical take on this timehonored staple of English literature has never been more captivating. Austen’s Mr. Darcy, Lizzy Bennet, and all the red-coated officers are still the classic characters you remember, but with a fresh energy and zest that’s both stunning and unexpected.

Directed by Brittni Shambaugh Addison / Rated G Now in its 17th season, The KID Show is a nationally recognized program that encourages young artists to access their voices and explore their unique talents, while producing an original show! This year, innovative playwright Diana Grisanti is working directly with the students to create a thrilling, death-defying, and outrageous production at the Circus. Come and witness the creativity!


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s t n e v e l a i c e p s Have Tripe and Keister, Will Travel: A Soapy Smith Historical Presentation May 25 / 11am / The Ruth / $20

Get ready to be swept away on a time travel extravaganza celebrating the adventures of Creede bad man Soapy Smith. With his gracious sense of humor, unbridled enthusiasm, and keen expertise, Soapy’s great-grandson Jeff Smith shares the stories, legends, lore and more. Prepare to get swindled!

19th Annual National Small Print Show May 25 / 4pm / Mainstage Lobby / Free

This juried exhibition contains over 100 small prints from fine artists across the country. Whether you collect or just appreciate, come celebrate the miniature medium!


May 25 / 7:30pm / The Ruth / $25

What happens when you combine Creede’s best funk band with the wacky comedy of Boomtown? Funktown! Back by popular demand! Join us for the funkiest night of the year!

Season Poster Unveiling and Opening Night Celebration May 31 / 6:30pm / Mainstage / $20 Ticket to Peter and the Starcatcher included

Join us as we kick off our adventurous 54th season! Enjoy food, drink, and celebrate as we unveil this season’s art poster by local photographer, Bob Seago! Then, settle in for the first performance of the season, Peter and the Starcatcher.

Mining through Poetry, Stories, & Song

June 18 / 7:30pm / The Ruth / $15 Join the Creede Historical Society for their 10th annual celebration of mining through poetry, stories, and song. All proceeds benefit the Creede Historical Society.

n i a t e r h t u c behind

Backstage Tour Mainstage Lobby / $6 It’s a whole new world back there! CRT company members reveal the tricks of the trade and the colorful history of the Mainstage. It’s also a great way for donors to understand the unique needs of CRT.

Gideon Irving in Concert

June 23 / 1:30pm & June 25 / 7:30pm / The Ruth / $35

After performing in over 600 homes around the world, Gideon Irving is bringing his latest Stove Top Folk extravaganza to CRT for the second time. One day he hopes to incorporate fire eating and extreme pogo sticking, but for the time being it’s a 85 minute song-story hybrid with a potpourri of eclectic happenings and theatrical curiosities. Gideon has been featured in The New Yorker, Time Out, The New York Times, BBC, and more.

Red Hot Patriot

July 20, 23, & 24 / 8pm / The Ruth / $50

Award-winning actress Rhonda Brown returns for another sizzling turn as Molly Ivins, the brassy Texan reporter whose sharp-tongued humor and unabashed liberal journalism skyrocketed her to the national stage. Plus, join Rhonda after each performance for some good food and good company.

Sean Thompson in Concert

July 30 / 7:30pm / Mainstage / $35

For one night only Sean Thompson, Creede Rep Acting alumni, examines relationships and the music that makes them sing in this one-man concert. Sean comes home to Creede fresh off the heels of the American national tour premiere of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom follow-up, Love Never Dies.* You loved Sean’s unforgettable performances in Annie Get Your Gun and Guys and Dolls. This promises to be one of the most fun, irreverent, and thoughtful events of the summer season. You don’t want to miss it! *Sean will only sing “Music of the Night” if we sell out the house. So, bring a friend!

Rep: A Documentary (World Premiere Event) August 19 / 6pm / Vali 3 Movie Theatre, Monte Vista / Pay what you can

Rotating repertory theatre at 9,000ft. How the heck do we pull it off ? Get a secret look “behind the curtain” and see how CRT does what we do. Join us for this Red Carpet event at the Vali 3 Movie Theatre in Monte Vista, Colorado. You won’t want to miss this spectacular world premiere event!

Going Up: A Night of Stories, Songs, and Poetry featuring John Green August 27 / 7pm / Sunnyside Chapel / Pay what you can

Going Up is an exploration of the journey up the escalator of life. Through stories, songs and poems, John will share - yikes - seventy years of life on the planet including a look at the joy and challenges of being with his soulmate since they joined together in Creede forty-eight years ago.

Deepen your connection to the plays, stories, and complex inner workings of live theatre through our Audience Enrichment programs Chat Backs

FREE! Stick around after select performances as our company answers your burning questions. And look out for more chat back opportunities than just what’s listed on the calendar!

Pre-show Talks

FREE! Pre-show Talks offer a comprehensive dramaturgical experience. In turn, you’ll appreciate and connect even more with our diverse repertory season. Arrive 35 minutes before show time for select shows.

The Last Word FREE! You’ve been prepped by the pre-show talk, now reconnect with themes from the play, and share your thoughts through an moderated audience discussion lead by a CRT audience facilitator. After select shows.

Stay tuned through the 2019 season for more opportunities to connect with our shows and our company!

Questions about CRT’s Behind the Curtain programs? Contact Artistic Associate, Kate Berry at 719/658-2540 x233 or kate@creederep.com



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equity diversity inclusion

towards a culture where everyone belongs

what is edi? Equity

Equal opportunity regardless of ethnicity, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, religion, height, weight, or veteran status.


Increasing opportunities for the above.


Actively seek to hear and welcome different ideas and perspectives.

We want all people to thrive in our Creede theatre community. When they do, we can create theatre of exceptional quality. Over the past several years, we’ve brought a wider variety of perspectives to CRT’s stages. Although there are many forces that profit from dividing us, this extraordinary mountain town gives us an opportunity to come together. CRT is committed to creating a culture of Belonging for everyone. Whoever you are, wherever you come from, whoever you pray to or vote for, whoever you love, however you look on the outside, whatever abilities or disabilities you hold in your body, we are committed to CRT being a place you call home.

what’s new this season?

• New ADA accessible toilet in the women’s restroom • Pronouns listed in company bios (you can’t always tell what someone’s gender is by looking at them) • New lighting system that will keep the Mainstage at a healthier temperature for patrons and make our shows look even better. • We are excited for you to meet the CRT company • It’s been a long tradition, but this year we are changing our greeting line for the health of our acting company and audiences. • We’ll be holding 15-minute Chat Backs with actors after a majority of our shows this season. • After every Peter and the Starcatcher, kids can meet Peter, Molly, and others in the lobby for pictures! • Stage Door Hello: Stick around in the lobby to greet your favorite actors once they’ve gotten out of costume.

coming in 2020

(Thank you, Hoglund Foundation!) • Mainstage lobby improvements for increased safety and mobility. • ADA Elevator Improvements • New ADA Seating Section in Mainstage

Where is the Greeting Line? For the health of our audiences and acting company, the greeting line is changing. Stick around in the lobby after the show and chat up your favorite actors after they’ve gotten out of costume. We’re also excited to be adding many more chat backs to our season plus a special meet and greet for families after Peter and the Starcatcher.

Curious about CRT’s EDI journey?

Please contact Executive Director John DiAntonio for more information at 719/658-2540 x229 or john@creederep.com.



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don’t miss... Gideon Irving in Concert

June 23 / 1:30pm & June 25 / 7:30pm The Ruth / $35

After performing in over 600 homes around the world, Gideon Irving is bringing his latest Stove Top Folk extravaganza to CRT for the second time. One day he hopes to incorporate fire eating and extreme pogo sticking, but for the time being it’s a 85 minute song-story hybrid with a potpourri of eclectic happenings and theatrical curiosities. Gideon has been featured in The New Yorker, Time Out, The New York Times, BBC, and more.

Red Hot Patriot

July 20, 23, & 24 / 8pm The Ruth / $50

Award-winning actress Rhonda Brown returns for another sizzling turn as Molly Ivins, the brassy Texan reporter whose sharp-tongued humor and unabashed liberal journalism skyrocketed her to the national stage. Plus, join Rhonda after each performance for some good food and good company.

Sean Thompson in Concert July 30 / 7:30pm Mainstage / $35

For one night only Sean Thompson, Creede Rep acting alumni, examines relationships and the music that makes them sing in this one-man concert. Sean comes home to Creede fresh off the heels of the American national tour premiere of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom follow-up, Love Never Dies.* You loved Sean’s unforgettable performances in Annie Get Your Gun and Guys and Dolls. This promises to be one of the most fun, irreverent, and thoughtful events of the summer season. You don’t want to miss it! *Sean will only sing “Music of the Night” if we sell out the house. So, bring a friend!



PETER AND THE STARCATCHER A Play by Rick Elice Music by Wayne Barker Based on the novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson

As Delicate As a Moth, As Deadly As a Bomb:

the role of women in the evolution of peter pan

First appearing in JM Barrie’s book, The Little White Bird in 1902, audiences quickly became obsessed with the boy who wouldn’t grow up. Written in the Edwardian period, between the Victorian era and World War I, it was the golden age of children’s literature. A time when masses of children were introduced to the adventures of Peter, Wendy, Alice, and Dorothy Gale of Kansas. Two years later Barrie would write a stage play titled, Peter Pan that premiered in London at The Duke of York’s Theatre on December 27th, 1904. Barrie later used the play on which to base his 1911 novel, Peter and Wendy. This book inspired the 1953 Disney animated film, Peter Pan. A year later, a musical of the same name premiered on Broadway. On stage, the role of Peter has traditionally been played by a woman. In 2019, this seems a modern notion, a choice that might even have something more profound to say. But the original reason for it was quite practical, as English law prohibited minors under the age of 14 to be on stage after 9 p.m. Plus, women tended to be smaller and had higher voices. But over the years, Mary Martin and Cathy Rigby made this characteristic of the role iconic, particularly in the 1954 musical version. When she was in high school, CRT actor Caitlin Wise played the title character of Peter in her school’s production of the musical. She recalls, “I was a 16-year-old Peter Pan and the role was so full of joy and fun that it set the stage for my love of the theatre. There is such magic in flying through the air throwing pixie dust. Peter Pan is a fantastical character that is in many ways genderless. In the musical version Pan is always played by a woman--the songs are written for a high voice like a boy, but they want some maturity in Pan since he is actually quite old, but has just never grown up…Part of the joy I find in theatre is that it allows me to keep my child-like imagination, and willingness to play, alive. So, in a way I still am Peter Pan and the theatre is my Neverland of imagination and play.” Peter and the Starcatcher takes place in 1885, before Peter was that Peter, and during the rule of Queen Victoria in England. And though this telling casts a male-identifying actor as Peter, the story is often seen through the eyes of young Molly Astor, a girl with special abilities of her own. The 2012 published script of Peter and the Starcatcher contains the following note about the casting of the original production: “We chose to cast a male actor in [the] female roles, so that the actress playing Molly, would be the only female in the cast, thereby reflecting the isolation of females in general, and young girls in particular, during the reign of Queen Victoria—a


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time when a woman had the top job, but all other women were expected to be seen and not heard.” For CRT’s production, this was an impossible feat in a repertory season where the gender of our company is much more varied. So, with 12 actors, most playing multiple roles, the supporting cast plays both genders which enhances the theatricality and the fun. Katrina Michaels, who tackles the role of Molly in our production, has played the role no less than three times before. Playing this role multiple times has allowed Katrina an opportunity not many actors experience. It is a chance to continually dive into a character and fully process her story. Of Molly she says, “I find [her] arc in Starcatcher fascinating, because while we all know about the boy who never grew up, in this story we see a girl who does grow up and what that truly means for a woman in that period. I personally have taken away a lot from the play with regard to female capabilities in leadership and external limitations. Over the course of the show we see Molly step out of the sheltered shadow of her father, discover and celebrate her fearless, unapologetically smart, compassionate identity, and successfully lead these boys to success. But ultimately [she] still has to negotiate with the reality of being a woman of the time. As for Peter Pan, I’ve always found it fascinating that the role is usually played by a woman because even if it may have originated in practical reasons, it has such intriguing implications. In some ways, it showcases that the real difference between Peter Pan’s boisterous, unlimited adventures and the more docile and maternal activities associated with Wendy isn’t the difference in their gender, but the difference in the constraints and the permissions they are given based on societal norms. One could even argue that Peter Pan is a version of Wendy that she wishes to be!” Tyrone Guthrie, founder of both the Stratford Festival in Canada and the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis famously said that the actor playing Peter Pan must be “as delicate as a moth, as deadly as a bomb”. Whether female, male, or a genderless being, this description could very well describe the energy of CRT’s adventurous production. And perhaps, whether on board the Neverland, or in the journey to it, this production highlights the very essence of repertory theatre, and the power of women’s stories within it.


shows Rated G One 15-minute Intermission

CREATIVE TEAM Director Music Director Scenic Design Costume Design Lighting Design Sound Design

MANAGEMENT Stage Manager Asst. Stage Manager Asst. Stage Manager Fight Captain (top) Mary Martin as Peter Pan in the 1954 musical. (left) CRT actor Caitlin Wise as Peter Pan at 16. (right) Katrina Michaels as Molly in the Winnipesaukee Playhouse production of Peter and the Starcatcher in 2016.

A Tale of Two Barrys

JM Barrie first conceived of Peter Pan in 1902, but the musical Peter and the Starcatcher is based on the 2004 children’s book, Peter and the Starcatchers by Ridley Pearson and humorist Dave Barry.


Black Stache Molly Boy (Peter) Grempkin/Mack/ Sanchez/Fighting Prawn Mrs. Bumbrake Slank/Hawking Clam Smee Prentiss Alf Lord Aster Captain Scott/Teacher Ted Understudy

Charlie Oates Andy Hudson Logan Greenwell Amanda McGee Kristof Janezic Jacob K. Harbour Megan Barrett* JuanCarlos Contreras* Miranda Ray Ben Newman* Ben Newman* Katrina Michaels* Nicholas Caycedo Bill Lawrence Anne Faith Butler* Michael Rawls Alexandria Bates Brade Bradshaw Brian Baylor Lavour Addison* Caitlin Wise* Hagan Oliveras Kayla Johnson

Peter and the Starcatchers reflects the best Originally produced on Broadway by Nancy Nagel of what it is to be a human being. Think Gibbs, Greg Schaffert, Eva Price, Tom Smedes, I’m overstating the case for this book? and Disney Theatrical Productions. Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson’s young adult novel, upon which the play Peter Peter and the Starcatcher is presented through special and the Starcatcher is based, is a story of arrangement with Music Theatre International Charlie Oates adventure, friendship, blossoming love, (MTI). All authorized performance materials are discovery and most of all it is a celebration also supplied by MTI. www.MTIShows.com of imagination. All manner of bizarre events take place in the book sparking the mind to envision the full spectrum of possibilities that exist for a life *Member of Actors’ Equity Association, in this world. In it, a couple of naïve, inexperienced, good hearted young the Union of Professional Actors and people thwart the aims of older, nasty, violent men who assume these kids Stage Managers in the United States. will be easily taken advantage of. Pie-in-the-sky fantasy? Maybe, but the reader sees the potential to go beyond the rational, every day expectations that surround us and shoot for something better. Of course, J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan, the inspiration for Barry and Pearson’s book is also a flight of imagination. The notion that a young boy who flies and never grows up can exist at all has captivated generations of readers, theatre goers, television and movie watchers. A story of the impossible will draw us in every time. The book may be very satisfying, but the theatre is the perfect place for Peter and the Starcatcher. The theatre is an inherently imaginative place and it is my hope that audience members of any age will involuntarily give themselves over to a world where the sky’s the limit. 127 North Main

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by David Lindsay-Abaire


T D . N s A v R R E B L T Taking the Leap:

a brief history of skydiving

What inspires someone to hurl themselves out of a plane and fall thousands of feet to the ground? Fun? Excitement? Insanity? We can never really know what drives a person, but humans have been throwing themselves out into the sky for quite some time. While it’s widely believed that Leonardo DaVinci conceived of the first parachute design, evidence found in historical archives shows it was perhaps Chinese acrobats who first performed with parachute-like devices as a form of entertainment around the 12th Century. In the late 18th century, the French had a habit of parachuting out of hot air balloons not only as entertainment, but as a means of saving lives due to balloon accidents. Ironically one of the most famous French parachutists, André-Jacques Garnerin, died not from jumping out of a balloon at 3,200 feet, but from a ballooning accident while preparing to test a new parachute. Another use for parachuting was during war times. It allowed soldiers a safe approach into the battlefield. An interesting side effect was that the soldiers found jumping out of planes to be great fun. Thus, modern skydiving was born with early competitions starting in the 1930s. What is the future of skydiving? Extreme sports known as Wing Suit Jumping (wearing a suit that looks like a flying squirrel for added lift) and BASE Jumping (jumping off of buildings, cliffs, bridges and more) have challenged daredevils for the last two decades. Who knows where it will go from here? But what is skydiving but a perfect metaphor for adventure, risk-taking, and just plain going-for-it.

sky·div·ing /.skī.dīviNG/

noun the sport of jumping from an airplane and typically executing a prolonged free fall before deploying a parachute.



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Director Billie McBride “skydiving” for BETC’s production of Ripcord in 2016.

Mickey & Kim Thompson and Jenifer Houston & Alan Busche

flyin’ facts In 1799, André-Jacques’wife Jeanne-Genevieve became the first woman to parachute from a hot air balloon. The first person to parachute from an airplane was either Grant Morton in 1911, or Captain Albert Berry. The history books can’t confirm either man was the first. The oldest person to ever complete a skydiving jump was Australian Irene O’Shea in 2018. She was 102 years old.

shows Rated PG One 15-minute Intermission

CREATIVE TEAM Director Scenic Design Costume Design Lighting Design Sound Design

MANAGEMENT Stage Manager Asst. Stage Manager Asst. Stage Manager


Abby Binder Marilyn Dunne Scotty Colleen/ Woman in White Derek/Zombie Butler/ Masked Man/Benjamin Lewis/Clown Understudies

Billie McBride Amanda Embry Elly Hunt Kristof Janezic Jacob K. Harbour Victoria Esquibell* McKenna Warren Caroline Castleman Anne Faith Butler* Christy Brandt* Brade Bradshaw Jenna Neilsen Lavour Addison* Hagan Oliveras Kayla Johnson, Hagan Oliveras

Originally commissioned by the Manhattan Theatre Club (Lynne Meadow, Artistic Director; Barry Grove, Executive Producer) with funds provided by US Trust and received its world premiere there on October 1, 2015.

In 2014, Alan Eustace set the record for the longest skydive. He started from “near space”, 25 miles (135,000ft) above the earth.

Billie McBride

Ripcord is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.

*Member of Actors’ Equity Association,

the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

We have always felt that when seniors move to assisted living facilities that they have reached the end of their lives. Sad images of nursing homes have been stamped into our hearts and minds. Ripcord does take place in an assisted living facility, but these two women are far from done. They are opposite in every way. One is a loner and the other very social and filled with joy. One is alone and the other surrounded by family. Each has a secret. Ripcord is about not being able to run away no matter how hard you try. True to David Lindsay-Abaire’s style there are bizarre happenings but those also never seem impossible. It’s a very funny play laced with sadness, fear and a bit of tragedy but as Lindsay-Abaire says, “There was always this sort of interconnectedness between humor and tragedy because that’s just what life was. If I’m gonna write a comedy, it shouldn’t be a surprise that, underneath it, there’s pain and hurt and desperate need.” But also, it’s filled with hope.



Book and Lyrics by Howard Ashman Music by Alan Menken Based on the film by Roger Corman Screenplay by Charles Griffith

The Great American B-Movie During Hollywood’s Golden Age, the term B-Movie referred to the second movie in a double feature. Often playing second fiddle to the more popular movie that preceded it, the term B-Movie came to signify a low-budget, low-quality film often in the Sci-Fi, Horror, or Western genres. Although some B-Movies are exploitative, most are simply fun and unconstrained. One of the pioneers of independent film was Roger Corman, who directed a lowbudget, black and white, sci-fi-horror film called Little Shop of Horrors in 1960. A young Jack Nicholson appears in this wacky, creepy, and earnest film that was shot in 36 hours. Although Corman’s films were mostly low-budget B-movies, he is credited with mentoring many great filmmakers, including Francis Ford Coppola and Martin Scorsese. The titles of Corman’s films were as wildly fun and unpretentious as the films themselves: The Saga of the Viking Women and Their Voyage to the Waters of the Great Sea Serpent (1958), Attack of the Giant Leeches (1959), X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes (1963). As of the writing of this program, Roger Corman, now in his 90s, is still going strong - making films for the Syfy Channel and the Chinese market. His B-movie legacy lives on in films such as the popular Sharknado series and Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead (2006), about zombie chickens in a KFC constructed on a Native American burial ground. The success of Little Shop of Horrors as a classic American musical is a testament to the Roger Corman formula: believe in your material, even if the monsters are low-budget, because lovable, earnest characters and a exciting story will always be a hit.

Please, check out Roger Corman’s autobiography, How I Made a Hundred Movies in Hollywood and Never Lost a Dime, for more on this great American filmmaker.

“The safest genre is the horror film. But the most unsafe - the most dangerous - is comedy. Because even if your horror film isn’t very good, you’ll get a few screams and you’re okay. With a comedy, if they don’t laugh, you’re dead.” —roger corman



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the legend of faust Faust, the dissatisfied scholar of German folklore, strikes a deal with the Devil, exchanging his soul for unlimited knowledge and wealth. The Faust legend has inspired countless artistic endeavors, from works by Marlowe and Goethe to Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray to novels by Steven King and Terry Pratchett to films such as The Witches of Eastwick and of course, Little Shop of Horrors. Our hero, Seymour, strikes a Faustian bargain with the Plant, trading his moral integrity to achieve love and success. Harry Clarke's famous illustration of Goethe's Faust.

Little Shop is one of those rare, perfect musicals. Musical theatre nerds often disagree about what makes a perfect musical, but for me, it’s one that doesn’t have anything extra. There’s no fat on this lean show. A perfect musical also has equal parts heart and style. Alan Menken and Howard Ashman adapted this musical from a 1960 sci-fi-horror movie - and it unabashedly celebrates its B-movie roots. The characters are iconic, but also lovingly Jessica Jackson relatable. The monster is low-budget and over-the-top, and yet somehow seductive and terrifying. Many mid-20th century science-fiction movies explored how humans are capable of tremendous good and surprising evil. In Little Shop, Seymour is our human hero, one of the little guys, aspiring to bring prosperity to Mushnik and security to Audrey. Unfortunately, in order to make Skid Row a better place for those he loves, he must feed people to a giant carnivorous plant. It’s a classic Faustian bargain. It’s a bargain that many of us make every day. When Seymour sings about living “Downtown…where depression’s just status quo…down on Skid Row,” he’s singing about a life with no foreseeable path to prosperity. His journey from innocent shop-boy to making the proverbial “deal with the devil” is disturbingly relatable. If you were in Seymour’s shoes, what would you do? Would you compromise your morals, just a tiny bit at first (only a few drops of blood), to give those you love a better life? This big unsettling question is wrapped in a joyous doo-wop score, an underdog love story, and lots of laughs – making Little Shop of Horrors a perfect musical.

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CREATIVE TEAM Director Music Director Choreographer Scenic Design Costume Design Lighting Design Sound Design Fight Director Puppet Design

MANAGEMENT Stage Manager Asst. Stage Manager Asst. Stage Manager Fight Captain Dance Captain


Crystal Ronnette Chiffon Mushnik Audrey Seymour Orin/Bernstein Snip/Luce/ and everyone else Audrey II Voice Audrey II Manipulation Understudies


Conductor/Keys Percussion Guitar/Bass

Jessica Jackson Andy Hudson Bethany Eilean Talley Logan Greenwell Anthony James Sirk Kristof Janezic Jacob K. Harbour Dustin Bronson• Cory Gilstrap, Imagined Creations Megan Barrett* JuanCarlos Contreras* Miranda Ray Dustin Bronson* Katrina Michaels* Alexandria Bates Michael Rawls Kayla Johnson Bill Lawrence Katrina Michaels* Nicholas Caycedo Dustin Bronson* Brian Baylor Ivy Loos-Austin Lavour Addison Emily Diaz Hagan Oliveras Andy Hudson Mickey Bertelson Mason Howell

Little Shop of Horrors was originally directed by Howard Ashman with musical staging by Edie Cowan. Little Shop of Horrors is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.MTIShows.com

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PRIDE AND PREJUDICE by Kate Hamill Based on the novel by Jane Austen

About our Adaptor

Both a writer and actor, Kate Hamill’s adaptations of classic literature are unique. They keep the story and essence of the original but with endless possibilities for creative casting and staging, making them perfect for the modern theatre. In addition to Pride and Prejudice, she has adapted Little Women, Sense and Sensibility, and Vanity Fair for the stage. Kate was one of the most produced playwrights in 2017. I think each time we revisit a classic, we have to ask ourselves why--why this story again? And also how--how are we shedding new light on a tale that has many iterations, many of them beloved? I grew up loving romantic 19th British tales like Pride Amanda Berg Wilson century and Prejudice. As a girl, I was enchanted by how, in spite of their initial difficult interactions, Elizabeth and Darcy end up in love. What teenage girl, with her teenage heartaches, doesn’t want to believe that love triumphs? As a woman, I find myself still intrigued by Lizzy as proto-feminist. Her refusal to be taken, quite literally, into a marriage arrangement on anything but her own terms. I’m also heartened by the lessons she must learn about herself--that her judgement isn’t always spot on, that she can be wrong about people, even as she is sure of herself. So yes, the why this story again (and now!): Pride and Prejudice is a great proto-feminist tale to revisit in a time where we are aware more than ever of how the battle to recognize women as equals, for who they are, is not yet won. It feels good to look of this early assertion that a woman should be her own person, rather than a property to be married away, and to see how this is widely accepted as fact (at least in our country). It’s a good reminder of how far we’ve come. But is also is good to think as we watch it: what attitudes towards women today will feel as antiquated as some of those in Pride and



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Prejudice in the next 150 years? But how to tell it so that something new is discovered? When I first read it, I was delighted by how decidedly unstuffy this adaptation is. It’s a wonderful revisiting of a classic tale if your only remembrance of Pride and Prejudice is high school English class. It leans into the story’s strong beating heart of English humor and wit, then gives it a contemporary kick. And I’m so excited to do it here at CRT, whose actors--with their late night Boomtown romps, brilliant musical theatre training, and general mountain town joie de vivre-can really bring the rip roaring comedy of it to life. I hope you revel in our Pride and Prejudice’s sense of discovery and transformation--without giving too much away, we intend to have great fun with the way the people in the story are not who they seem, how an initial impression of something can quickly transform, how this story is both of another time but still has a contemporary spirit. In this way, we hope to remind you that our ideas of who others are are always swirling, swishing, changing, and being played with. And that love changes our perceptions of people once and twice and then again. Love is is endlessly surprising, revealing. Even for self-certain proto-feminists. Now that is a story worth telling again.

“I do not want people to be very agreeable, as it saves me the trouble of liking them a great deal.” ­— jane austen, jane austen’s letters

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Pride and Prejudice, BBC MiniSeries and loyal adaptation starring Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy. The definitive version.


Bridget Jones Diary starring Renee Zellweger as Bridget, Hugh Grant as the Wickham-inspired Daniel Cleaver, and Colin Firth as Mark… Darcy (not an accident).


Pride and Prejudice: A Latter-Day Comedy. Set in Provo, Utah with a Mormon flair.


Bride and Prejudice, a Bollywood retelling by the English director of Bend it Like Beckham, Gurinder Chandra.


Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. From the looks of the trailer, very little Pride and Prejudice and many, many zombies.


Orgulho e Paixão (Pride and Passion). A Brazilian telenovela influenced by multiple Jane Austen novels.

Rated PG One 15-minute Intermission

CREATIVE TEAM Director Scenic Design Costume Design Lighting Design Sound Design Original Music Assistant Director

Amanda Berg Wilson Lindsay Fuori** Amy Sutton Kristof Janezic Jacob K. Harbour Jacob K. Harbour Brade Bradshaw


Stage Manager Victoria Esquibell* Asst. Stage Manager McKenna Warren Asst. Stage Manager Caroline Castleman

CAST (in alphabetical order) Mr. Bingley/Mary Kate Berry* Darcy Dustin Bronson* Mr. Collins/ Nicholas Caycedo Wickham/ Miss Bingley Lydia/ Katrina Michaels* Lady Catherine Mrs. Bennet/Servant Ben Newman* Lizzy Bennet Caitlin Wise* Jane/ Miss De Bourgh DeAnna Wright* Charlotte Lucas/ Mr. Bennet Bill Lawrence Understudy Brittni Shambaugh Addison World premiere production co-produced by Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival and Primary Stages; June 24, 2017, Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival (Davis McCallum, Artistic Director; Kate Liberman, Managing Director). November 19, 2017, Primary Stages (Andrew Leynse, Artistic Director; Shane D. Hudson, Executive Director). Pride and Prejudice received a presentation as part of The Other Season at Seattle Repertory Theatre 2016-2017. Pride and Prejudice is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.

*Member of Actors’ Equity Association,

the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

Marti and Steve Kiely

**Terrence and Polly Jones Scenic Designer



World Premiere


What Was the Port Chicago Disaster? by hazardous materials playwright beth kander

On July 17, 1944, San Francisco east bay area residents and people from hundreds of miles away were jolted by a massive explosion that cracked windows and lit up the night sky. At Port Chicago Naval Magazine, 320 men were instantly killed when two ships being loaded with ammunition for the Pacific theater troops blew up. It was, by far, World War II’s worst home front disaster— and the lives lost were primarily African American lives (of the 320 men killed in the explosion, 202 were African American soldiers—which accounted for 15% of the total African American lives lost in second world war action). The US military was still segregated; all of the cargo handlers involved in the tragedy were African American, although their commanding officers were white. The officers frequently had contests to see whose crew of stevedores could work the fastest during their eight-hour shifts; safety was not a priority, and the officers often used threats of punishment to spur their men on. Following the explosions and loss of life, when Navy replacement sailors were asked to return to loading munitions a month later, 258 African American enlisted personnel refused to follow the order until load procedures were changed to enhance safety. When the Navy refused to amend its procedures, the sailors would not load the ships. Naval officials declared a mutiny and had most of the men arrested. 208 of the men were court-martialed, sentenced to bad conduct discharges, and forfeited three month’s pay for disobeying orders. Fifty of them men, however, were charged with outright mutiny, a crime punishable by death. They would be known as the Port Chicago 50. No Port Chicago sailor convicted of mutiny was sentenced to death; most were sentenced to eight to fifteen years of hard labor. In January of 1946, however, all of the accused were given clemency and released from prison. As the war ended, changes to the loading procedures finally came—mostly due to the Port Chicago explosion and subsequent protest. (Sources: Naval History & Heritage Command; San Francisco Chronicle; Warfare History Network; BlackPast.org)

The Loneliest Job by kate berry

When playwright Beth Kander sent me the 2015 New York Times article The Lonely Death of George Bell by N.R. Kleinfield, that had inspired her play Hazardous Materials, it was because of my request for research about Cassie and Hal’s particular and peculiar job. That of, essentially, lonely-death-investigators. The article got to me for several reasons. First, it detailed the fear I think everyone has of dying alone. Second, the mountain of work that begins once that lonely person is discovered; and third, the stories that reveal themselves about even the most secluded people. The characters of Hal and Cassie were modeled after two investigators featured in the article, Juan Plaza and Ronald Rodriguez. The Times photographer’s portraits of them show two serious and even somber men, the only requirement for the job that they were “people willing to go into these disgusting apartments.” But someone has to do it. Both are in their 50s, divorced, and have performed many other random jobs before this one. They don hazmat suits and root through the often mountainous possessions of those who’ve left behind no digital trail, particularly those of the Greatest Generation and older Boomers. Those who withdrew from society into their small, urban apartments, often filling the small space around them with junk. The Queens, NY unit, part of the Queens County public administrator, investigates 1500 deaths every year, sometimes doling out hundreds of thousands of dollars to people who never even knew they were named in a will. But each person has a story. A life. One that wasn’t always lonely. And though it can be a path that’s hard to find, as Hal and Cassie discover when searching for the identity of a deceased elderly female, everyone has a story to tell. It reminds me simultaneously of the somber Eleanor Rigby by the Beatles, a song detailing another lonely death; and the famous line from Frank Kapra’s It’s a Wonderful Life: “Dear George, remember, no man is a failure who has friends.” May we hold each other close and remember this, even when there’s seemingly no one left.

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Kyle Hayden

When a world is awash in anxiety, worry, and fear, and when accumulating things becomes a way to deflect and manage those feelings, the stack will keep getting bigger and bigger. —gregory l jantz, phd Hope is the thing with feathers. —emily dickinson When I think about Hazardous Materials, a play I’ve been fortunate enough to have been with throughout the development process from its very first reading, I think of these lovely characters Beth Kander has created. I think about the intersection of their lives and the overlapping stories about to unfold in front of you. I also think about the fifth character, the apartment where the story takes place, and what that apartment has seen over the years…but, mostly, I think of detritus, of clutter, and how we humans deal with our physical and emotional baggage. We all keep things. I know I do. In the back of my closet I have more than a dozen old t-shirts dating back at least a decade I can’t bear to part with. My office in Pittsburgh is filled with old scripts and notebooks I never open. Maybe someday I’ll need those notes about Tennessee Williams, I tell myself. And at my parents’ house in Maryland I have a series of shoeboxes, filled with mementos for each school year, dating back to middle school. I can’t tell you the last time I’ve opened them. Probably to dig out some play I did back in the day. The thought of someone rooting through my stuff sixty years in the future is a strange one, and oddly comforting in some way. (They’ll also have a massive digital footprint to investigate). But…what will that information really reveal about me? Do my old notebooks and t-shirts reveal some hidden truth? Or is it just the act of a sentimental man who doesn’t want to let go of the past? In the end, I don’t think this is just a play about the things we leave behind; I think it’s a story full of characters who push us to think about what we want to do, and who we want to be. We get so caught up in “stuff,” but in the end, we can’t take any of it with us – and it may not even accurately reflect our own stories. I hope I will be defined by my actions, my contributions, the lives I touch, the art I share – and not simply by my t-shirts and notebooks. It’s been tremendously rewarding to follow the play through the development the last three years – especially this last step with the wonderful people here in Creede – and I know I speak for Beth when I say we are so thrilled to finally see the story of this apartment and these people come to life amid these piles of stuff. Finding our way into this apartment has been quite a journey, and we hope you enjoy sorting through it as much as we did.

Director Kyle Haden Scenic Design Lindsay Fuori** Costume Design Alethia Moore-Del Monico Lighting Design Kristof Janezic Sound Design Jacob K. Harbour


Stage Manager Victoria Esquibell* Asst. Stage Manager McKenna Warren Asst. Stage Manager Caroline Castleman

CAST Esther Linley Hal Cassie

Kate Berry* Jeri Marshall* Dustin Bronson* DeAnna Wright*

Hazardous Materials was developed through Ashland New Plays Festival and the Headwaters New Play Festival, with additional workshopping at Equity Library Theatre and The Ruckus in Chicago and Out Front Theatre in Atlanta. Creede Repertory Theatre production represents its world premiere.

*Member of Actors’ Equity Association,

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**Terrence and Polly Jones Scenic Designer

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Hazardous Materials staged reading in 2018.

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the adventure of new work!

The New Plays of Today are... The Classics of Tomorrow Talk about adventure! One third of the shows CRT has produced over the last 20 years have been World Premieres. Why are new plays so important to CRT? Because they are the lifeblood of the American theatre. They share with us the diverse, yet universal, human experience.

8th Annual Headwaters New Play Festival

(right) YAOT show Seeds of Change, Midwest Cast

August 23 & August 24 / The Ruth / $35

Get a front row seat to the adventurous process of bringing new plays to life: readings of brand new work, instant feedback, and an engaging talk back with festival playwrights and directors. Plus, see the world premiere of our Young Audience Outreach Tour before it hits the road. Lunch included Friday.

10-Minute Play Festival / 24 Hour Challenge September 3 / 7pm / The Ruth / Pay what you can

(above) Playing with Flowers by Mark Exline, part of September’s 10 Minute Play Festival

The company-generated 10 Minute Play Festival is one of the most exciting nights of the season. Original plays inspired by a common theme starring our talented company like you’ve never seen them before. We will also feature one short play created in 24 hours. The team is assigned a random play title and given 24 hours to write, stage, rehearse, memorize, and design their magnum opus. Our prayers are with them.

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• Experience Hazardous Materials • Attend the Festival! • Support new work

Headwaters programming is made possible through generous donations by The RLC Foundation, The Mac Mine, and Ronny & Rena Wells




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One 5-min. Intermission Rated PG-13


Explosive Improv Comedy

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shows@10:00 PM 8/30 • 9/6


Endless combinations of old favorites (hey, who you callin’ OLD?!) and some new kids.

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There’s a teenager in the house and you know what that means? Boomtown Improv is THIRTEEN. Crazy hormones, selective hearing, stomping through the hallway, little regard for human cleanliness, consumption of only frozen foods, video game seclusion, and SO MUCH DIRTY LAUNDRY! We are Boomtown, and we do what we want! Except drive...because...we don’t have our license for, like, another 3 years. SO NOT COOL!

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The KID Show Derring-Do Written by Diana Grisanti Directed by Brittni Shambaugh Addison

Le ap, and the net will appear! Derring-Do: Action displaying heroic courage

If getting on stage in front of friends, family, and strangers, and performing a piece of theatre for the first time ever isn’t an act of Derring-Do, I don’t know what is! When Diana and I started talking about this story, we had no idea where to start. What could we create that would give these young people a chance to play, explore, push themselves, showcase their talents, learn new skills, and have a blast all within a three-week span of time? And then it struck us: Kids. Are. Superheroes. Their bravery, confidence, and willingness to play is inspiring. No matter what we do, they will Brittni Shambaugh thrive! So… let’s create something big, dangerous, Addison and thrilling. Let’s dig deep. Let’s take a risk. The awesome thing about theatre is that it is ephemeral. It is there and then it is gone. No one will ever do this piece of theatre the way these students are doing it. They are the creators. They are the keepers. However, the memories are long-lasting, both for the amazing students creating the piece, and for those of us who get to go on this journey with them. I am so excited for the audience to see the beautiful work that the students have created. I am thrilled for you to go on the ride. Hang on tight!


Are you age 10+ and interested in being a part of The KID Show? Register today at creederep.org/kid-show. Rehearsals for Derring-Do begin June 25th and culminate on the closing of the show, July 13th.

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Now in its 17th season, The KID Show program provokes and empowers young creative minds to develop and produce a new play, while placing them in a professional environment and encouraging them to play! For more information, visit creederep.org/kid-show or contact Education Director Brittni Shambaugh Addison at 719/658-2540 x 227 or brittni@creederep.com.




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Creede Rep’s educational programs strive to bring excellent arts programming that inspires creativity, challenges, empowers, and nurtures individuals and communities through storytelling. We believe that EVERY student has unique gifts and talents. Theatre is unparalleled in its ability to help individuals identify, explore, and share those gifts - and learn to celebrate the unique gifts of others.

Summer Day Camps

Come play and discover your Creative Self through these exciting drama classes! Learning through theatre teaches students how to work together, problem solve, and use their imaginations.

Magical Creatures Ages 5-7 / June 11-14/ 10 am - 4 pm / Class Tuition: $205

In this exciting new offering, students will have the opportunity to explore physical theatre and storytelling through the creation of brand-new characters, straight from their imaginations! “How does my character move?” “What does my character want?” and “How does my character interact with others?” are just a few of the questions that the students will be exploring during this four-day, magical experience.

Improv Studio Ages 12+ / June 18-21 / 10 am - 4 am / Class Tuition: $235

In this fun, story building class, students will learn the art of creating something from nothing. This crowd-pleasing offering provides students with a deeper understanding of the structure of theatre and improvisation, while building confidence to make bold choices and trust their instincts. Say “Yes! And…” to this exciting adventure!

Action Storytime
 Ages 3.5-5 / July 3 and July 19 / 10 am - 12 pm / Class Tuition: $45

In this delightful offering for our youngest learners, students will have the opportunity to learn theatre fundamentals and problem-solving skills through movement, storytelling, and literacy. Participants will spend the morning exploring a wellloved literary character and bringing them to life, all through the art of “play.”

Junior Musical Theatre
 Ages 5-7 / July 16-18 / 10 am - 4 pm / Class Tuition: $205

Put on your dancing shoes and jump into this fun and active beginning-level musical theatre course. No experience is necessary, and all are welcome! In this three-day offering, students will learn basic musical theatre techniques touching on singing, dancing, and acting. Next step, Broadway!

Heroes and Villains
 Ages 8-12 / July 16-19 / 10 am - 4 pm / Class Tuition: $235

Have you ever wondered how a costume designer makes a villain look so scary? What about how a scenic designer creates the world of a superhero? In this first-time offering, students will be able to explore both of these questions and more. CRT designers Elly Hunt and Kristof Janezic, lead this exciting class, created in order to give students a taste of what it takes to design for the theatre.

Camps fill up quickly,

register today to reserve your spot! To register, visit creederep.org/day-camp.

If you would like to apply for financial assistance, or for any further questions, please contact Education Director, Brittni Shambaugh Addison at brittni@creederep.com or 719/658-2540 x227.




This year, the Creede Repertory Theatre’s Young Audience Outreach Tour is putting its Best Foot Forward. When someone puts their best foot forward, they show themselves in the best or most positive way possible; making a favorable impression. This tour is striving to do just that with each and every one of the over 40,000 people that will be exposed to this year’s story. 

 Through the lens of a healthy dance competition, we meet Sawyer and Lil G. These two young dancers are each yearning to be crowned Dance Starz Regional Champion. Through the Melissa Firlit high stakes of competition, we explore many feelings: excitement, nervousness, jealousy, desire to win, fear, passion, anxiety, and on and on. These waves of emotion help to cultivate a base language with our audience. Putting words to our feelings and the ability to share them. 

 Throughout our song and dance journey, we use curiosity and wonder to learn about people who are different than us. We tackle cultural, geographical and ethical differences. Through exposing our differences, we find our commonalities. We learn we have more in common to bond us than to keep us divided. The overarching emotion for this year’s YAOT is joy. More specifically, the joy one finds when connecting to one’s passion. When doing what we love, whether we win or lose at a competition, our passion and joy for what we do remains constant. I challenge you, the audience, to consider your own joy and passion. When going thru life’s journey do you continue to do things that keep your passion and joy active? Are you joyful in what you do? Do you find joy in the process? Remember that whether you may be a winner or loser in any given endeavor, it is your contribution that matters.

creative Team

Choreographer Stage/Tour Manager Scenic Designers Costume Designer Music Director Sound Designer Actors

Melissa Firlit Julie Phillips Jacob Bannerman Lisa Duncan Elly Hunt Brandon Scott Grayson Natalie Mayo Becca Mighell Chris Carranza Josue Ivan Prieto Reva Stover

Developed under CRT’s Headwaters New Play Program.

supported by

National Endowment for the Arts Krueger Charitable Foundation RLC Foundation Dane G Hansen Foundation Clarence V Laguardia Foundation Leo Gilbert Wetherill Foundation

For more information visit creederep.org/yaot or contact Education Assistant Emily Diaz at 719/658-2540 x255 or emily@creederep.com.

Celebrating 36 years of bringing excellent bilingual musical theatre to schools across the Southwest and beyond!

Creede Rep’s Young Audience Outreach Tour (YAOT) is one of the largest providers of educational theatre in the rural Southwest, serving over 37,000 children. YAOT’s mission is to bring high quality musical theatre to young audiences in rural and underserved communities by annually producing an original children’s show that tours throughout CO, NM, UT, AZ, NV, and as of last season, Northwest Kansas and Southern California!

Literacy Empowers Our Youth!

To support your community’s literacy endeavors, each student receives a free original children’s book after the show. These books reinforce the themes of the study guide and play, while making reading exciting!



our 2019 board of trustees


crt president ’ s welcome

On behalf of CRT’s Board of Trustees, it is my privilege to welcome you to the 54th season for our theatre. Once again, the outstanding CRT staff members have organized a series of plays and educational activities to provide exceptional theatre experiences for our diverse audiences. This could not happen without the generous contributions from individuals, foundations, and businesses that support our plays and educational outreach activities. We are sincerely grateful to these friends and supporters. I hope all of you participate in as many CRT activities as you possibly can this season. Sincerely, Richard Powell, President, CRT Board of Trustees Richard Powell

President Tucson, AZ and Lake City, CO Former Vice President for Research, Graduate Education and Economic Development at the University of Arizona

Steve Reed

Senior Vice President Santa Fe, NM and Creede, CO CRT Founder, Director

Bob Koets

Vice President of Finance Creede, CO Former Head MSR Advisory Group and Creede High School Boys Basketball Coach

Kristy Robinson

Vice President of Fund Development Dallas, TX and Creede, CO The Hoglund Foundation Trustee

Susan Birdsey

Vice President of Board Development Creede, CO Owner of Ramble House and Creede Guide and Outfitters and past k-12 public school superintendent

Larry Morgan

Amy Krueger

Mary Lee Pinkerton

Jim Loud

Vice President of Facilities Danbury, CT and Creede, CO Former Director of the Health Fund for the union of the City University of NY faculty Secretary of the Board Montrose, CO and Creede, CO Co-Owner of 4UR Ranch

Terre Jones

Immediate Past President Santa Fe, NM Former President and CEO, Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts

Keith R. Cerny

Creede & Alamosa, CO Publisher Valley Courier, Div. Mgr. News Media Corp.

David Cohen

South Padre Island, TX and Del Norte, CO Film and Television Producer, Director, and Editor

Creede, CO Owner of The Mac Mine

Creede, CO Safety Management Consultant at James Loud Consulting

Isaac Grody-Patinkin

Creede, CO Health Equity Lead & Prevention Coordinator, Silver Thread Public Health People Weaver & Catalyst

David Risser

Santa Fe, NM Finance Adviser with Financial Partners

Rick Sloan

Prairie Village, KS and Creede, CO Founder of The Sloan Agency, an Independent Agency

Bob Johns

Arlington, TX and Lake City, CO President of The Kitchen Source and Manufacturer’s Representative for Wood-Mode Cabinetry.

The Christina Award

In honor and memory of Super Fan Christina Egolf, each year CRT recognizes and celebrates our most ardent and loyal patrons with the Christina Award. This honor recognizes patrons who went above and beyond in the areas of show attendance, volunteerism, enthusiasm, charitable giving, and more. We will recognize these amazing people before the 7:30pm performance of Peter and the Starcatcher on July 5th.

This year’s recipients

Kristeen Lopez and Lexy Mead, Steve and Marti Kiely, David Risser




where does my

giving go? For more information on how to give or where we need your give most, please contact the Development office at 719/658-2540 x231.

General Operating

Your General Operating gift allows CRT to use your contribution where we see fit to reach our goals of bringing you a wonderful theatre experience. Below are examples of where your gift could go:


Helps us fund facilities improvements, such as gorgeous new curtains for the mainstage and renovating our rehearsal space!


This could sponsor half the salary of your favorite CRT performer!


Assists CRT with the costs of scenery, costumes, or props for one of our summer productions!


Help an entire school (up to 800 students) see our Young Audience Outreach Tour!

restricted giving

You get to decide where your gift goes. Education? Headwaters New Play Program? New seats for the mainstage? Rehearsal room improvements? You choose!

Current CRT Wish List:

New Theatre Seats for Mainstage: $65,000 IT Improvements: $15,000 Lobby Brick Floor Renovation: $25,000 4th Floor Renovation: $7,500 Company Housing Improvements: $18,000

Give the Gift of...your Time! Volunteer Usher before a show: Hand out season programs, tear tickets, and assist patrons in finding their seats! Every time you are a Volunteer Usher you will receive a voucher worth half a ticket! Talk to one of our Front of House employees to find out how to sign up. Help us spread the word about special events and shows by helping to hang up posters and flyers around town. Bonus: connect with your favorite Creede people and businesses!


your theatre, always

CRT is always looking for both short and long term housing rentals. Interested in donating or renting? Contact the development office!

our generous sponsors


Creede Repertory Theatre’s 54th season is made possible through the generous support of the following sponsors ANTLERS RIO GRANDE LODGE AND RESTAURANT Bordering national forest on a secluded bend of the Rio Grande, Antlers is known for its premier trout fishing waters and offers cabins, rooms, and RV spaces to the public. At day’s end, come enjoy fine dining in a leisurely atmosphere at the Riverside Restaurant. BIEBER FAMILY FOUNDATION BROKEN ARROW RANCH AND LAND COMPANY Anne and Dale have owned and operated Broken Arrow Ranch & Land Company in Creede for nearly three decades. Their diligence, experience and commitment to clients has helped many acquire their dream mountain property. Looking to buy or sell? Call the local experts! Anne and Dale are honored to continue their tradition of supporting the local community in 2019, with the sponsorship of CRT’s production of Peter and the Starcatcher. CHUCK AND KAY HARBERT & THE RIO GRANDE ANGLER Chuck and Kay have actively supported the theatre through the years, with Kay serving as a Board member from 2002-2008. Long-time play sponsors and fundraisers, they believe that CRT is an integral part of the Creede experience. CLARENCE V. LAGUARDIA FOUNDATION CREEDE AMERICA GROUP Creede America is a unique neighborhood that sits up on the mesa on the west side of the city of Creede. Great architecture, cuttingedge green technologies, and stunning views make Creede America the place to be in Creede. CREEDE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION CCF has been an enthusiastic partner with CRT for the winter Boomtown series since 2014. Who would think that a small, mountain town would have world class improv in the winter! DANE G. HANSEN The Dane G. Hansen Foundation is committed to providing opportunities for the people of Northwest Kansas to enjoy the highest possible quality of life. Fulfillment of our mission is predicated on three specific goals: reverse the population decline, increase the economic opportunities, and strengthen critical community services. DEL NORTE BANK As a mutual bank, Del Norte Bank’s philosophy is to be TRUE to the community with an honest approach as a LOCAL financial institution providing necessary BANK products to individuals and businesses to facilitate community success. True, Local, Bank.

EL POMAR FOUNDATION ELECTRONIC THEATRE CONTROLS FIRST SOUTHWEST BANK First Southwest Bank serves southwest Colorado in the San Luis Valley, Pagosa Springs, Durango and Cortez. We’re the bank with “capital ideas” to get you where you want to be. We can help you get there.™ CMYK: C-100 M-30 Y-66 K-17 RGB: R-0 G-112 B-101 Web: 007065

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HECLA CHARITABLE FOUNDATION The Hecla Charitable Foundation was established in 2007 to provide grants and disburse funds for educational and charitable purposes to qualifying 501(c)(3) organizations. The Foundation’s mission is to enhance the quality of life and to promote the social, environmental, and economic sustainability and development of those communities where Hecla has operations and activities. Within this overall mission, the Foundation intends to focus its efforts in four areas: education, community programs, youth Font: Lato Family activities, and health services. CMYK: C-100 M-77 Y-38 K-36 RGB: R-0 G-53 B-90 Web: 00355a

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THE HITCHCOCK FOUNDATION The Eleanor and Henry Hitchcock Charitable Foundation is proud to support The KID Show for the 2019 season. Now in its 17th year, The KID Show is created and performed by local youth in collaboration with CRT professionals. THE HOGLUND FOUNDATION The Hoglund Foundation has been a significant partner to CRT for well over twenty years. Personally and through the Foundation, the Hoglunds recognize the value of art in their community and are pleased to sponsor CRT’s 2019 productions. JOHN DAVID LENTZ MEMORIAL FUND see page 43 MARTI AND STEVE KIELY KRUEGER CHARITABLE FOUNDATION The Krueger Charitable Foundation’s commitment has been instrumental in supporting the literacy component of CRT’s Young Audience Outreach Tour. Their gift makes it possible for CRT to give a children’s book to each of our young audience members after every tour performance. We hand out close to 25,000 books each year because of the Krueger Foundation’s generous support. PEGGY LONGWOOD LAMB Peggy Longwood Lamb has been a part of the Creede community since 1939 when her parents bought their cabin at Spar City. She has witnessed this historic venue’s transformation from a movie house to its present use as the home of the Creede Repertory Theatre. Desiring to secure the financial stability of CRT, Ralph and Peggy Lamb established the Ralph & Peggy Lamb Endowment Fund in 1994, paving the way for the creation of the CRT endowment. The leadership and vision of Ralph and Peggy will forever provide a rich cultural legacy for Creede and its community of visitors.



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May 10–Sept. 29


Your After-Show Party Awaits

Join us after the show for an old-world experience at the new M Lounge.

Fine wines, craft cocktails, and light bites. OPEN LATE

THE M LOUNGE An old-world cocktail lounge serving fine wines, craft cocktails, and light bites. Located o the second floor of Kip’s Grill on E. 5th Street. Open seven days a week: Mon–Thurs: 11a–midnight; Fri & Sat: 11a– 2a; Sun: 11a–10p.

Bring your show ticket and receive our red/white house wine at happy hour price any time.

Upstairs at Kip’s Grill • 101 E 5th St, Creede, CO 81130 • 719-223-9112 Hours: Mon-Thurs: 11am – Midnight; Fri-Sat: 11am - 2am; Sun: 11am – 10pm

The Mac Mine Mac and cheese the way you want in Creede, CO.

MINERAL COUNTY LODGING TAX TOURISM FUND PANEL CHARLES AND KAREN NEARBURG & BROADACRES RANCH Charles and Karen Nearburg & Broadacres Ranch in memory of Rett Nearburg are proud to support Creede Repertory Theatre. NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS The 2019 Young Audience Outreach Tour is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. Art Works. RAMBLE HOUSE & CREEDE GUIDE OUTFITTERS Ramble House and Creede Guide & Outfitters are proud to support CRT. Ramble House, on main street Creede since 1956, has all your fishing, outdoor, and souvenir needs. Creede Guide & Outfitters employs local experts to take you on the fishing excursion of a lifetime. RLC FOUNDATION RONNY AND RENA WELLS SAN JUAN SPORTS Open since 1974, San Juan Sports provides for all your outdoor sporting needs. As proud distributors of the finest outdoor products, San Juan Sports offers outdoor sporting equipment, clothing and shoes. Owners Michael and Amy McNeil, along with San Juan Sports staff, are proud to sponsor Pride and Prejudice. Check out our new shop, San Juan Sports T-Shirt Company (next to the Kentucky Belle Market), and don’t forget to join our mailing list at www.sanjuansports.com. SAN LUIS VALLEY FEDERAL BANK Since 1899 we’ve been serving the banking San Luis Valley needs of our members. We’re happy to share Federal Bank some of our success with our community, and proud to support the amazing work of CRT.



SHUBERT FOUNDATION The Shubert Foundation is a national foundation based in New York City, dedicated to supporting the performing arts in the United States, primarily theatre companies and secondarily, dance companies. BOB AND DIXIE SLATER Dixie and Bob have enjoyed many years of seeing and supporting CRT. Their involvement has included serving on the Board, the Ruth Capital Campaign and, sponsoring interns. They are cosponsors of Ripcord this season.

SMOKIN’ JOHNNYS BBQ Smokin’ Johnnys BBQ serves award winning mesquite smoked BBQ. Choose Smokin’ Johnnys BBQ as your next catering option! Just a phone call away at719-849-5229. Kym & Mickey Thompson and Jenifer Houston & Alan Busche 127 North Main

Creede, CO


TOMKINS HARDWARE AND LUMBER Tomkins Hardware and Lumber has been located on Main Street since 1892. Under new ownership since 2011, Tomkins has increased offerings in both the hardware store and the newly built lumberyard. We carry everything that contractors and homeowners need for projects large and small and our professional staff is always ready to advise and help you tackle any project. THE VALLEY COURIER Valley Courier publisher Keith R. Cerny, a former CRT board member, and his wife Debra Sowards-Cerny are regular supporters of the theatre because of the economic impact CRT has on the entire San Luis Valley. We are proud to be a sponsor of Little Shop of Horrors in the 2019 season that features several easily recognizable productions, many of which will appeal to families from the SLV and beyond. We invite you to keep up on the news of the San Luis Valley at www.alamosanews.com and follow us on Facebook. The Valley Courier salutes the staff and crew of CRT and look forward to another outstanding theatre season. VIRGINIA CHRISTENSEN TRUST & THE CITY OF CREEDE As a means of celebrating the good times her husband Emil spent in and around Creede, Virginia Christensen bequeathed $3 million dollars to the City of Creede. As beneficiaries of the charitable trust, the City helps support recreational activities in the town through annual grants. WALL, SMITH, BATEMAN LEO GILBERT WETHERILL FOUNDATION

SAN LUIS VALLEY RURAL ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE San Luis Valley Rural Electric Cooperative, serving you since 1937, has been an ardent supporter of CRT for dozens of years. SLV-REC applauds the Theatre’s commitment to the arts and its patrons and is proud to sponsor Little Shop of Horrors.





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How We Do What We Do! Peter and the Starcatcher

the journey of production management getting Phaseunderway! 1

the Phase IV calm before the storm

Even though our audience and most of our company have said goodbye, Production Manager Jacob Bannerman and Artistic Director Jessica Jackson are already looking ahead to the future! Jessica is making final play selections, and both are using information gathered from exit interviews to plan for the next season.

Shop heads arrive, making sure the shops are ready for their teams to arrive and problem solve as much as possible to ward off headaches later, though you can’t predict everything.

Post-Season (Aug/Sept)

clearPhase II the deck!

Budget/Designer Selection (Oct-Dec)

Figuring out how to do a lot with a little. CRT’s budget may seem large but as a non-profit, that budget primarily pays for all the professional talent behind the scenes and onstage. The first people hired by Jessica are directors and designers, who will work together in the months ahead exchanging ideas and creativity. Jacob says: “Looking for a designer who is a team player, willing to work within rep and make decisions with confidence, is key to a smooth production process.”

Pre-Season (April)

batten Phase V down the hatches! Summertime/Peak Season (May-Aug)

This is the time when it gets crazy, though you get to see all your hard work paying off. Our entire first-rate production team works non-stop until the last show is open. From Jacob: “At this point, the Production Manager serves as maestro, knowing what elements are needed but leaving the details to the people they selected and trust to do the job.”

What Does the Production Department at CRT Look Like?

fullPhase III speed ahead!

Stage Management: Led by the Production Stage Manager and has 6 members.

These meetings take place approximately every two weeks and include the Artistic Director, Production Manager, Production Stage Management, Director, and Designers (Set, Costume, Lights, Sound, Props, Music Director and Choreographer for musicals). From Jacob, who sifted through over 400 applications: “When hiring the production staff, there are two main themes a PM keeps in mind: Will this person work well within the current culture of the company and does this person have the skills to succeed within this environment? This is also the phase where designs start to take shape, both in ways you expect and ways that surprise you.”

Props: Led by the Props Supervisor and has 3 members

Production Hiring/Design Meetings ( Jan-May)


your theatre, always

Scenic: Led by the Technical Director and has 7 members.

Lighting: Led by the Lighting Supervisor and has 3 members. Sound: Led by the Sound Supervisor and has 3 members. Costumes: Led by the Costume Shop Manager and has 5 members. Wardrobe: Led by the Wardrobe & Wig Supervisor and has 3 members.

Below Deck

Theatre is like an iceberg. What you see on stage is only a small part of what happens in the life of a production. Here are some faces you might not see on stage, but their work is essential to making our season a success. Amanda McGee (she, her, hers)

Costume Designer for Peter and the Starcatcher What do you do for CRT? As a costume designer, my main objective is to shape the who, what, and where of the story through character. With the aid of the director and the rest of the design team, we discover what the play is about and how we want to tell the. Then, I jump into research and inspiration. I look for bits of historical relevance to the time period or visually stirring images that connect with the mood of each character. Eventually this evolves into sketches and renderings that clearly define each look. Fun Fact? I love tech week! This is the week that wardrobe, hair, and makeup get involved behind the scenes. It is blissful when we are in dress rehearsal and we make it to intermission and realize we were enjoying the show so much that we forgot to take notes. That’s when you know you have a show!

Morgan Severeid (she, her, hers)

Asst. Wardrobe Supervisor, Asst. Costume Designer Ripcord What do you do for CRT? I am the Assistant Wardrobe Supervisor, meaning that I change actors in and out of costumes. (sometimes very fast!) I also work to make sure the costumes always look their best by doing laundry, ironing, and repairs. Fun Fact?
 Sometimes I have to help actors change complete costumes in as little as thirty seconds!


Sky Bradley (they, them, theirs)

Asst. Technical Director, Sound Designer KID Show What do you do for CRT? I supervise the changeovers from one show to another! I create the plan to strike and store each show and then load in the next. The key to a quick and easy changeover is organization! When I’m not changing over a show, I’m in the scenic shop building more scenic elements. Or I’m in the Ruth, audio designing The Kid Show! Fun Fact? The perk of working changeovers is that the first time is always the hardest! But after that, the crew and I understand more of the complications of each piece of scenery and can create solutions. The best part of changeovers is timing ourselves and pushing each time to be quicker than the last!

Megan Barrett (she, her, hers)

Production Stage Manager What do you do for CRT? As Production Stage Manager, I oversee the entire production from page to stage (literally). I’m involved before rehearsal starts, assisting in planning and preproduction. My team and I are responsible for running rehearsals and knowing all elements of the production. I run technical rehearsals and help make the transition from the rehearsal room to the stage as smooth as possible. During performances, I supervise the cast and crew and coordinate all of the technical aspects live, as the show happens. Fun Fact? A Stage Manager is a bit like being a conductor or an air-traffic controller. It’s my job to tell everyone when the lights should change, when a sound should happen, and when scenery moves. Nothing happens unless I say “GO!”



donors Your Generosity In Memory of Genny Basler The family of Genny Basler would again like to sincerely thank everyone who so graciously gave this year to the John David Lentz Memorial Fund in memory of Genny. She saw her first show at Creede Repertory Theatre in 1993, the summer after her nephew John David Lentz was a member of the CRT company, and from the moment the lights went up, she was hooked. Genny and her family have been regulars in the CRT audience every summer. In the summer of 2003, she and her husband, Tom, retired to Creede and became much more than regulars—they became part of the CRT family. Genny was an early member of the Creede chapter of the Friends of CRT, and as president of the Ladies Aid Society in Creede, orchestrated many tech dinners to feed CRT company members. Her presence was always felt at CRT as a regular volunteer, patron and friend. On June 19, 2017, Genny and her husband, Tom, were returning to Creede from the Valley when their car was struck by an oncoming car on Hwy. 160 just west of Monte Vista. Genny was killed instantly. A longtime supporter and friend of Creede Repertory Theatre, Genny was beloved by all, and her presence in the CRT audience is greatly missed.

John David Lentz Memorial Endowment Fund

John David Lentz was a much-beloved company member at Creede Repertory Theatre in 1992. After the conclusion of the season, John traveled to San Diego where he was enrolled in a Master of Fine Arts theater program at the University of San Diego. John completed his MFA requirements on April 29, 1994 but was killed in a random shooting in Balboa Park on May 1, 1994. In 2015, a five-year campaign was launched to permanently endow the John David Lentz Memorial Fund at CRT. Over the coming years, we will ensure that the Fund continues to honor John’s life, long into the future. This summer the John David Lentz Memorial Fund co-sponsors Ripcord.

Donors to the John David Lentz Memorial Endowment Fund in memory of Genny Basler David Basler Tom Basler

Don and Leslie Dustin Sandra J. Adkisson Charitable Trust

Donors to the John David Lentz Memorial Endowment Fund David Basler Tom Basler Milt and Rene Benham Nancy and Bill Blackford Carl and Marjorie Clark Janell Dunsworth Don and Leslie Dustin Margaret B. Grow

Don and Rosemary Hollenshead David and Lynn Hurst Mary Sue and Ron Johnson Cynthia and James Keen Phil and Teresa Lack Pete and Lindsey Leavell Stan and Julie Lentz Jim and Jan Crawford Loud

Paul Winterhoff

James Mitchell Kathy and Jim Nolan Alton and Jane Pope Bob and Sharon Seago Sarah Lentz Spellman Paul Winterhoff Richard Worm




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Gifts to Creede Repertory Theatre from January 1, 2018 – March 20, 2019

season sponsors $50,000 +

Anonymous Dane G. Hansen Foundation Krueger Charitable Foundation Melvin and Camille Getz


$25,000 - $49,999

A V Pro, Inc El Pomar Foundation Stanley Graff Pete and Lindsey Leavell RLC Foundation Shubert Foundation Allan and Stephanie Simon Bob and Dixie Slater The Hoglund Foundation


$10,000 - $24,999

Clarence V. Laguardia Foundation Colorado Creative Industries Del Norte Bank Jerry and Karyn DeVault Outcalt Foundation Gates Family Foundation Kay and Chuck Harbert Sally and Forrest Hoglund Peggy Longwood Lamb Charles and Karen Nearburg Mary Lee Pinkerton Ramble House and Creede Guide & Outfitters Ruth H. Brown Foundation San Luis Valley Rural Electric Cooperative Schramm Foundation William and Teryn Smith April and Doug Talley Virginia Christensen Fund


$5,000 - $9,999

1st Southwest Bank Anonymous Antlers Rio Grande Lodge Katherine and Chris Cummings Brennand Broken Arrow Ranch Land Company Kym & Mickey Thompson and Jenifer Houston & Alan Busche Bob and Kay Carrel Creede America Michael and Shelly Dee Dragonfly Flats and Big Country Fun Robert and Julia Johns Terre and Polly Jones Stephen and Marti Kiely Leo Gilbert Wetherill Foundation Mineral County Rea Charitable Trust San Juan Sports San Luis Valley Federal Bank Rita and Roger Shenkel Rick and Diane Sloan Tomkins Hardware and Lumber Morton and Cecelia Weir

choreographers $2,500 - $4,999

Anonymous Community First Foundation Ann and Tim Cranor Creede Community Foundation David and Lei Wang Cohen Ed and Paige Innerarity Jim and Diane Knutzon Robert and Cynthia Koets Phil and Teresa Lack Jim and Jan Crawford Loud Amanda Marshall Van and Anne Oliver Tom Oyler Pfizer Foundation Matching Gifts Program Richard and Gwen Powell

Michael and Lanette Quint David Risser Tom and Michele Schrandt Bob and Sharon Seago Sheila Fortune Foundation John and Martha Smith Bob and Paige Vanosky Brien and Julianne Ward

stage managers $1,000 - $2,499

Jess Allford Charlene and George Ameel Tim and Diana Anderson Cat and Avery Augur Tom Basler Jean Bethke Bieber Family Foundation Judith Blanch Todd and Frances Bratton Broken Arrow Land Company Cheryl Burnet Sally Mason and Derrell Capes Jim and Karen Carns James and Jean Carson Keith and Debra Cerny Steve Hall and Bev Chapman Marica and David Cihon Chris Corcoran Thomas and Shirley Day Paula DiAntonio Charles Doehling ExxonMobil Foundation John Rochester and Larry Fodor Jenna Ford Baccus Foundation Fund Amy Jackson and Tom Fowlston Libby and Rusty Goff Ernest and Debra Gomez Joel Hart Dale and Beverly Hettinger Thomas Hoog James R. Jackson Joan Green Jeffrey Carol Krueger Larry Morgan and Julie Kushner Charles And Kay Lancaster Amy Latham Courtney and Michele LaZier Stan and Julie Lentz Paul Day-Lucore Lynn and Shirley Ann McCullough Chad McNair Mineral County Gary and Beverly Moore Tio Newton Randy and Stephanie Park Stephen and Marta Quiller Sylvia Quint Charles and Jackie Railsback Julia Rathgeber Carolyn Lamb and Steve Reed Joyce and Dave Robinson

Lynn Russell Linda And Gary Sandstrom Kent and Susan Sasser Susanne C. Shutz Sally Smith Sarah Lentz Spellman Smokin’ Johnnys BBQ Elise Backinger and Kent Strickland Alan Echeverria and Dyan Sublett Tom and Jane Swanson Beach and Lee Ann Snyder Daniel P. Wolkowitz Ron V. and Sandra Yates

leading roles $500 - $999

Jessie Albright Anonymous Anonymous Anonymous Paul Barnes David and Amanda Basler Dr. Susan and Shane Birdsey Alice Black Bob and Robin Brobst Carlyn Bryngelson John and Boone Bullington Duane and Lorey Bussey Ed and Vickie Cannon Lynn Chambers Frank Cohen Robert Davison Doug and Ginni Davlin Ellen and Ray Deaver Colleen and Mark DeSanto Tom Bodnar and Paul DiAntonio Stacey and Reed Dillon John Disheroon Harvey and Kathy Duchene Neal R. Fenter Jane Gann Frederick Grover Dr. James Harding Lindsey Hervey Carl and JoAnn Hill Joe Hill George and Lonnie Sweet Hoffman Bob and Marguerite Holt Holy Moses Gift Shop Nagle and Sandy Jackson Mary Sue and Ron Johnson Harold and Kay Kelloff Diana and Mike Kinsey Craig and Judy Knight Dr. Jim and Christine Mercer Kraft Amy Krueger Libby Lamb Rod Limke David Mann Justin and Madeline McCarty Steve and Linda McCormick Susan McCrea

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>>> leading roles cont’d Jerry McKee Ernie M. Myers Richard and Jane Nearing Kristie Ogden Catherine and Richard Ormsby Aubrey Pargin James and Margaret Phillips Dale and Anne Pizel Richard and Jean Ramstetter Judith Reynolds Ron and Jennifer Roberts Harold and Margaret Rominger Jessica Salsbury Kent and Susan Sasser Mary and Pat Sculley Charles Sheri James R. Shmank Van Souther Brady Stagner Barbara Kline Taylor The M Lounge Karla and Steve Van Treese Rena and Wally Wells Sharon Woodbridge Dean Yannias Wall, Smith, Bateman

supporting roles $100 - $499

Acxiom Corporation Gary Aguren Benjamin Albritton Susan Andrews Hunter Angove Anonymous Anonymous David W. Arnold Sara R. Alt Kent Strickland and Elise Backinger Lee Ann Bakros Therese and John Bannerman Joel Barker Jeannette Barnes Stephen Beckham Howard and Peggy Berg John Berry Margaret Biles John Blair Elaine Blumenhein Ron and Marta Boettcher Jack Bowen Marilyn Box BP Foundation, Inc. Sandy and Jim Brady Charla Brown Guston Browning David and Glenda Buhrmann Fred Bunch Katherine Busser Harlan and Robin Butt Catherine Candler Elizabeth Caplan Weighton and Linda Carmichael Jim and Molly Carpenter Chevron Matching Employee Funds Carl and Marjorie Clark Amy Coleman Glyndal and Kathy Cowan Janice Coyle Marty and Darlene Danko Zora Dash Dan and Leslie Davidson Susan H. Davies Gretchen Davis James Dawson

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More than 400 donors gave a total of $10,234. Thank You!





We can enhance our quality and expand our programs by building and maintaining an endowment that provides funding in perpetuity for CRT. These forward-thinking friends have given to CRT’s endowment, supporting all fundamental aspects of the CRT experience. Jerry and Karyn DeVault • Terrence and Polly Jones • Peggy Longwood Lamb • Robert Lamb Pete and Lindsey Leavell • Richard and Gwen Powell • Rick and Diane Sloan If you are interested in contributing toward CRT’s endowment fund and building a sustainable future for the theatre, contact the Development Office at (719) 658-2540 x231.

Creede Repertory Theatre’s Legacy Circle Members of CRT’s Legacy Circle include those individuals who have made a commitment to the future of the Theatre through an estate gift. George and Charlene Ameel

Candice Lindh

Chuck Barnes

Maurice LaMee and Trary Maddalone

Phil and Jean Bethke

Richard and Catherine Ormsby

Randy Nicolson and Cary Bush

Michael and Lanette Quint

Melvin and Camille Getz

Bob and Dixie Slater

David Basler and Amanda Keen Basler Katherine Brennand Cody Cosmic

Gary Mitchell

Mary Lee Pinkerton Barbara Roughton

Dr. Jessie Gilmer

Rick and Diane Sloan

Lynna Jackson

Elise Backinger and Kent Strickland

Dr. Merl and Kathy Jennings

Kim Hargraves Tyrell and Todd Tyrell

Becki and Keith Helmstetler Rhonda Jantzen

BJ Myers and William Kuhlke Phil and Teresa Lack

Drs. Ed and Minnie Lee Lancaster Stan and Julie Lentz

ralph and peggy lamb endowment fund

Bill and Teri Smith

Alan Echeverria and Dyan Sublett Don and Ruth Ulm

Ed and Betty Wheatley

Tristan Wilson and Peggy Pharr Wilson

Desiring to secure the financial stability of CRT, Ralph and Peggy Lamb established the Ralph and Peggy Lamb Endowment Fund in 1993, paving the way for the creation of CRT’s endowment. The leadership and vision of Ralph and Peggy will forever provide a rich cultural legacy for Creede and its community of visitors. Peggy Longwood Lamb contributes to the Endowment Fund annually and also generously supports CRT through a play sponsorship.

CRT would like to thank Terre and Polly Jones for completing their pledge to our Endowment Fund. Their gift has endowed a CRT scenic designer in perpetuity. “The Terrence and Polly Jones Scenic Designer” for 2019 is

Lindsay Genevieve Fuori. Lindsey will tackle the designs for Pride & Prejudice and Hazardous Materials this season.

If you’re interested in making a lasting gift to the CRT Endowment Fund, please contact the CRT Development office at 719-658-2540 ext. 231.



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actors Lavour Addison* (he, him, his)

Lord Aster - Peter and the Starcatcher Derek/Zombie Butler/Ben/Masked Man - Ripcord Understudy Orin/Audrey II - Little Shop of Horrors Lavour is beyond grateful to be joining the CRT family for its 54th season. He recently moved to Creede from New Jersey. Some credits include Macbeth at Idaho Shakespeare Festival and Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, Shakespeare in Love at the Cleveland Play House (CPH), Romeo and Juliet at the Chautauqua Theatre Company, World Premiere of the Good Peaches at CPH, World Premier Reading of Feed at CPH. Thank you to the CRT staff that have blessed me with this opportunity, and to my three loves Brittni, Pixie, and Moody. You give me everything I need, thank you.

Alexandria Bates (she, her, hers)

Smee -Peter and the Starcatcher Crystal -Little Shop of Horrors Alexandria is beyond excited to make her Creede Rep debut. Alex hails from Florence, Alabama and attended Jacksonville State University where she started a cabaret-style theatre for Alpha Psi Omega called, Cocky Guerilla Theatre. Alex has been seen at Old Creamery Theatre, Great Plains Theatre, Bluegate Musicals, Brightstar Touring Theatre, Birmingham Children’s Theatre and a few historical outdoor dramas. Some of her favorite credits include Kate in Kiss Me Kate, Rosa Parks in The Birmingham Bus Boycott, Sylvia in All Shook Up, Mrs. Gottlieb in Dead Man’s Cell Phone, and Motormouth Maybelle in Hairspray. Alex is thankful for every step of this uphill journey. www. alexandriabates.weebly.com

Brian Baylor (he, him, his) Alf - Peter and the Starcatcher Audrey II - Little Shop of Horrors Brian is an NYC-based actor. Originally from southeast Michigan, he obtained his BFA in Musical Theatre from Oakland University and is very excited to be joining Creede Repertory Theatre for the first time. Many thanks to his mom, dad, and God for everything. Recent credits: Oberon/Theseus (Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival), Lloyd (Bomber’s Moon, Seven Ages Artistic Collective), and Swing (Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom). Tune into brianbaylor.com for more updates! Kate Berry* (she, her, hers) Esther - Hazardous Materials Bingley/Mary - Pride and Prejudice See bio on page 78. Brade Bradshaw (he, him, his)

Prentiss - Peter and the Starcatcher Scotty - Ripcord Brade is thrilled to be making his CRT debut! A Texas native now based out of Chicago, he recently completed the Emerging Professional Residency program at Milwaukee Repertory Theater. Previous credits include: Our Town, Animal Farm, A Christmas Carol, and Guys and Dolls at Milwaukee Rep, Shinbone Alley at Third Avenue Playhouse, Moonshiner at The Chicago Musical Theatre Festival, A Christmas Carol at Children’s Theatre of Madison, and Guys on Ice on Tour with Go Fish Productions. Brade received his BFA in Acting from Oklahoma City University. Special thanks to his amazing friends and family, Tanner, and his unbelievably supportive parents. (bradebradshaw.com)


Christy Brandt* (she, her, hers) Marilyn - Ripcord Christy can’t believe how lucky she is to be back in Creede for her 45th season. She has appeared in more than 130 different productions at CRT. Favorite roles include Helen in The History Room, and Kimberly in Kimberly
Akimbo. In 2011 she received the award for “Best Actress in a Drama” from The Denver Post for her role as Miss Helen in The Road to Mecca. Christy co-authored and performed in Six Women with Brain Death. She appeared in Ang Lee’s film Ride with the Devil and a recent release called The Sublime and Beautiful. She has worked at the Maples Repertory Theatre, The Coterie Theater, The Unicorn Theater in Kansas City, and The South Carolina Repertory Theater, but CRT has been her professional home since 1973. She has been happily married to photographer and painter John Gary Brown since 1981. Dustin Bronson* (he, him, his) Orin and others - Little Shop of Horrors Darcy - Pride and Prejudice Hal - Hazardous Materials Performer - Boomtown Dustin is thrilled to be returning for his third season at Creede Repertory Theatre. Previous productions at CRT include Around the World in 80 Days, Taming of the Shrew, William Shakespeare’s Land of the Dead, Barefoot in the Park, Miss Holmes, and Guadalupe in the Guest Room. Guthrie Theater (To Kill A Mockingbird, Juno and the Peacock, Crimes of the Heart), Mixed Blood Theatre (Hir, Pussy Valley), Park Square Theater (A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Of Mice and Men), Illusion Theater (My Antonia, Autistic License), Gremlin Theater (A Steady Rain), Theatreworks (American Prom). Education: University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater BFA, Globe Theatre in London. Awards: National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts Awardee, California Alliance for Arts Education Emerging Young Artist Award, Presidential Scholar in the Arts Nominee, Best Actor 2018 and Comedic Actor 2015 by Lavender Magazine. Visit www. dustin-bronson.com or follow him on Instagram @dustinbronson. Anne Faith Butler* (she, her, hers) Bumbrake - Peter and the Starcatcher Abby - Ripcord Annie happily returns for her 17th summer at CRT and is overjoyed to take part in comedy after doing a gratifying but weighty role in the regional premiere of The Humans for the Curious Theatre last fall. Over the years she has had a blast performing roles such as Vi in August Osage County, the title role in Mrs. Mannerly, Elmira/Wicked Witch of the West in The Wizard of Oz, Roz in 9 to 5, Mdme Aigreville in The Ladies Man, and Toinette in The Imaginary Invalid. She came to Creede after doing Denver Theatre in the 80’s and the Commonweal Theatre in the 90’s. She has lived with her little family (currently Herc & Mars) in Creede since first laying eyes upon it in 2001! MFA in Acting from the National Theatre Conservatory in 1993. She dedicates her work this season to her family, and “The Good People of Creede”. Chris Carranza (he, him, his) Lil’ G (Team Pink, YAOT) - Best Foot Forward Chris is a recent graduate of the University of Northern Colorado and is so excited to be touring the country with YAOT. Previous credits include Davey in Newsies (Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre), Chino in West Side Story (UNC), TJ in Sister Act (Town Hall Arts Center), Aldolpho in The Drowsy Chaperone (UNC), and Reggie in First Date (Little Theatre of the Rockies). Follow him on Instagram! @chriscarranza_



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actors Nicholas Caycedo (he, him, his)

Seymour - Little Shop of Horrors Peter - Peter and the Starcatcher Collins/Wickham/Miss Bingley - Pride and Prejudice Nicholas is grateful to be back in Creede with this amazing company. Last year, Nicholas toured the southwest with CRT’s Young Audience Outreach Tour: Seeds of Change by Lojo Simon, where he played several roles including a bee, a goat, and a swordfish. Nicholas is a New York-based actor who has performed at La Mama ETC (La Mama Cantata original cast), The Flea Theatre (Nomad), the Playroom Theatre, and Theatre for the New City. Regionally, he has worked at The Kitchen Theatre (I Became a Guitar, world premiere), Seacoast Repertory Theatre (In The Heights, The Producers), Skinner Barn (Gypsy, Oklahoma!), Middlebury Actors Workshop (The Christians), Vermont Stage (Blackberry Winter), and St. Mike’s Playhouse (Pirates of Penzance). Training: Walnut Hill, Ithaca College (BFA). Thank you to John & Jax for bringing us all together to tell these stories. And to my familia, for always allowing me to catch starstuff. EYR.

Kayla Johnson (she, her, hers)

Chiffon - Little Shop of Horrors Understudy/Molly/Capt. Scott/Teacher/Smee/ Bumbrake - Peter and the Starcatcher Understudy Colleen - Ripcord Kayla is so excited to be a part of CRT and the 2019 company for this season. This is her first time doing repertory theatre, but she is no stranger to the stage. Kayla performed in productions such as The Wiz (Dorothy), Emma: A Pop Musical (Emma), Little Shop of Horrors (Chiffon), and many more! Some of her greatest accomplishments include writing, directing, and producing her own musical play called If A Tear Should Fall, which was performed for an audience of almost 500, and also, being cast in an Illinois AllState Production where she got to perform at the International Theatre Festival. She would like to acknowledge her mother and her grandmother for all of their love, encouragement, and support that they have shown her for her entire life.

Bill Lawrence (he, him, his)

Grempkin/Mack/Sanchez/Fighting Prawn - Peter and the Starcatcher Mushnik - Little Shop of Horrors Charlotte Lucas/Mr. Bennet - Pride and Prejudice Bill Lawrence is a writer and actor who lives in Santa Monica, CA. Over the years he performed a wide range of CRT roles, some of his favorites being Phil Hogan in Moon for the Misbegotten, The Stage Manager in Our Town and Joe Keller in All My Sons. Three of his own plays premiered at CRT—The Marmot Speaks, Feed My Sheep and The Gatekeeper. He first performed professionally at the Pioneer Theatre Company in his hometown of Salt Lake City and was seen in The Elephant Man, Barnum, Oklahoma, Guys and Dolls, Death of a Salesman, Of Mice and Men and many others. Film and TV: Close to Home (CBS) Andy Across the Water, Hemingway, The Witching of Ben Wagner, Scandals and 21 Jump Street. Education: BFA (Theatre Studies) University of Utah, MA (Humanities) Mt. St. Mary’s University, Los Angeles. Special thanks to Jessica Jackson.

Jeri Marshall* (she, her, hers)

Lynley – Hazardous Materials Jeri is thrilled to be making her Creede Theatre debut. Originally from Baltimore, Maryland, Jeri relocated to Chicago in 2013 to further her education and holds an MFA from the Theatre School at DePaul University. Chicago Credits: You


Can’t Take It with You (Oak Park Theatre Festival), Shakespeare in the Park: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre), Good Person of Szechwan (Cor Theatre). Regional Credits: The Tin Woman (Theatre at the Center), A Christmas Carol and To the Promised Land (Children’s Theatre of Madison). TV Credits: Chicago MED (NBC). Jeri has also performed several voiceovers and appeared in commercials for The Onion. She is represented by Gray Talent Group and proud member of SAG-AFTRA and AEA. Many thanks to the entire CRT team for this incredible opportunity.

Katrina Michaels* (she, her, hers)

Molly - Peter and the Starcatcher Audrey - Little Shop of Horrors Lydia/Lady Catherine - Pride and Prejudice Katrina Michaels is over the moon to be spending the summer in the gorgeous mountains, doing several fantastic shows with such a truly special company. ‘Thank you’ can’t even begin to cover her gratitude to everyone involved. Hailing from London, England but living in NYC, she has bounced about the country performing a range of shows including The 39 Steps (Clown) at Depot Theatre, Tribes (Ruth) and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Logainne) at Florida Repertory, Peter and the Starcatcher (Molly Aster) at Orlando Shakespeare, Cabaret (Sally Bowles), Twelfth Night (Viola), Dracula (Lucy), Rhinoceros (Daisy) and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Hermia). For more information, visit www. katrina-michaels.com or follow her Instagram @katmichaels27

Becca Mighell (she, her, hers) Sawyer (Team Pink, YAOT) - Best Foot Forward Born and raised in Texas, Becca is thrilled to tackle this amazing new work in her first show with Creede Repertory Theatre. A recent BFA acting graduate of The University of Oklahoma, Becca is excited for the opportunity to merge her passion for theatre with her love of children. Favorite credits include Sense and Sensibility (Oklahoma Shakespeare), Anne of Green Gables and Little Women (Dallas Children’s Theater), Hairspray and Beauty and the Beast (Sooner Theatre), Hello Dolly, The Producers, and My Fair Lady (Garland Summer Musicals). Educational credits include A Christmas Carol, The Mystery of Love and Sex, Everyman, and The Children’s Hour. Over the past two years, Becca has written, choreographed, and directed several children’s shows, taught musical theatre to K-8th graders, and stage managed multiple large-scale youth productions. Becca is grateful for this opportunity because she has seen first-hand the power of theatre to transform kids’ lives. Jenna Neilsen (she, her, hers)

Colleen - Ripcord Performer - Boomtown Jenna is joining the acting company of Creede Repertory Theatre for the first time this summer. A professor of theatre at Adams State University, Jenna devotes most of her year to training and directing the next generation of theatre artists. Professionally, she has acted in theatres in the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic before settling in Colorado. She holds an MFA in theatre performance and pedagogy from Virginia Commonwealth University. Jenna has also trained professionally with Chicago’s Second City and internationally recognized improvisation teacher Keith Johnstone. When not creating theatre, Jenna is busy raising two boys with her amazing husband. She is very appreciative of the opportunity to make art this summer with her peers here at CRT!



Ben Newman* (he, him, his)

Black Stache - Peter and the Starcatcher Mrs. Bennet - Pride and Prejudice Ben is delighted to be returning to CRT after General Store in 2017. International: Edinburgh (Underbelly, High Plains, A Western Myth, The List: Best Solo Performance). New York: Classic Stage Company (Henry VI, P3), Columbia Stages (Romeo and Juliet), Wide Eyed Productions (One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest). Regional: Portland Playhouse (No Candy), Portland Center Stage (Astoria: Parts 1 and 2, JAW ’14-‘16), Portland Shakespeare Project (Pericles Wet), Shaking the Tree (A Doll’s House), Third Rail Repertory Theatre (Middletown), Profile Theatre (True West, Orlando, Blood Knot), Kansas City Repertory Theatre (King Lear), Denver Center for the Performing Arts (Cyrano de Bergerac), Actors Theatre Kansas City (Fifth of July, Talley and Son), Riverside Shakespeare Festival (The Imaginary Invalid, Twelfth Night). TV: Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists (Recurring), Grimm (Recurring, Guest Star), The Librarians (Guest Star). BA University of Northern Colorado. MFA University of Missouri - Kansas City. AEA/SAGAFTRA. mbennewman.com

Hagan Oliveras (he, him, his) Ted - Peter and the Starcatcher Lewis/Clown/Understudy - Ripcord Understudy Seymour/Mushnik - Little Shop of Horrors Hailing from the marsh suburbs of South Florida, Hagan is excited be in the town of Creede before his senior year at Carnegie Mellon University. Previously he has worked on Philip Gate’s A/B Machines, Romeo and Juliet as Tybalt/Paris, and Ragtime as Younger Brother. When there is time, he likes to write as well as enjoy the outdoors. Josue Ivan Prieto (he, him, his)

Sawyer (Team Blue, YAOT) - Best Foot Forward Josue Ivan is a recent graduate of the University of Northern Colorado’s Theatre program. Josue recently has appeared in a variety of productions such as The Cherry Creek Theatre’s production of My Name Is Asher Lev as Asher Lev, and as Steve in a production of She Kills Monsters at UNC to name a few. He is very excited and proud to be a part of the wonderful touring cast of CRT’s theatre for young audiences show. Josue Ivan would also like to thank his family, friends and his girlfriend Lyndsay Krausa for the love and support they give him.

Michael Rawls (they, them, theirs) Slank/Hawking Clam - Peter and the Starcatcher Ronnette - Little Shop of Horrors Michael is excited to be a part their first production with CRT. Past credits include A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre), Emma: A Pop Musical (William Street Repertory Theatre), Pippin (Mercury Theater), Man of La Mancha (MadKap Productions). They would like to thank their family for their undying love and support, and also Big Mouth Talent.


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Reva Stover (she, her, hers)

Lil’ G (Team Blue, YAOT) - Best Foot Forward Reva is an actor, singer and director based out of Atlanta, GA. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in acting from the University of Central Florida. She has worked with the Orlando Shakespeare Theatre and she is excited to be a part of the Creede family.

Caitlin Wise* (she, her, hers) Captain Scott/Teacher - Peter and the Starcatcher Lizzy Bennet - Pride and Prejudice Caitlin is thrilled to join CRT for her tenth season. Caitlin recently appeared in Barefoot in the Park, Miss Holmes, Kind of Red, The Syringa Tree, Private Lives, Our Town, August Osage County, Hope and Gravity, Around the World in 80 Days, Harry the Great, Unnecessary Farce, and Boomtown at Creede Repertory Theatre. In NYC: Flirtation (Marvel Rep) and In Loco Parentis (ART/NY). With the Denver Center Theatre Company: The Christians, Tom Sawyer, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, A Christmas Carol, Dracula, and Othello. At the Arvada Center: The Importance of Being Earnest, Around the World in 80 Days, Is He Dead, and Good on Paper. At Theatreworks: Wild Honey, The Game of Love and Chance, Girl of the Golden West,and The Liar. At CSF: Much Ado About Nothing and To Kill A Mockingbird. Caitlin received her MFA in acting from The National Theatre Conservatory. Follow her @ unprocessyourfood on Instagram. DeAnna Wright* (she, her, hers)

Jane/Miss DeBourgh - Pride and Prejudice Cassie - Hazardous Materials DeAnna is excited to join Creede this summer! She recently received her master’s from FSU Asolo Conservatory where as an Asolo Repertory member, she played notable roles such as Macy in The Cake and Prospera in Asolo Rep’s tour of The Tempest. She thanks Creede for having her and is grateful for all the directions from which her support flows.

Actors’ Equity Association*

Actors’ Equity Association (AEA), founded in 1913, represents more than 50,000 actors and stage managers in the United States. Equity seeks to advance, promote and foster the art of live theatre as an essential component of our society. Equity negotiates wages and working conditions, providing a wide range of benefits, including health and pension plans. AEA is a member of the AFL-CIO and is affiliated with FIA, an international organization of performing arts unions. The Equity emblem is our mark of excellence. www.actorsequity.org

authors and composers Howard Ashman (he, him, his)

Book and Lyrics – Little Shop of Horrors Best known as a pivotal creative mind behind the renaissance of Disney animation and his work on The Little Mermaid, Aladdin and Beauty and The Beast (which is dedicated to “Our friend, Howard Ashman, who gave a Mermaid her voice and a Beast his soul...”) Ashman’s first love was theater. Ashman was a founder of off off Broadway’s renowned WPA Theater, where he conceived, wrote and directed God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater, as well as the classic musical, Little Shop of Horrors (both music by Alan Menken). In 1986, he wrote and directed the Broadway musical Smile (music by Marvin Hamlisch). Lamented as a lost treasure of the 1980’s theater scene, Smile remains popular on High School and College campuses throughout the country. Howard Ashman died in 1991 from complications of AIDS. For more information, please visit howardashman.com.

Wayne Barker (he, him, his) Music – Peter and the Starcatcher 2011 Drama Desk Award for Peter and the Starcatcher. B’way: Dame Edna: Back with a Vengeance (composer, co-lyricist with Barry Humphries). Reg’l: The Great Gatsby (Guthrie), Twelfth Night and The Three Musketeers (Seattle Rep). TV: A Little Curious. Other: Mark Bennett’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (orchestrations).


Chicago City Limits, the Raymond Scott Orchestrette, orchestras worldwide. Upcoming: I Heart Bob. Dramatists Guild: artistic associate for new musicals at NYTW.

Brandon Scott Grayson (he, him, his)

Composer/Music Director – Best Food Forward! Brandon is a composer, lyricist, music director, and orchestrator for the theatre. He earned a Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies in Musical Theatre Composition & Performance from Southern Utah University, and has gained a multitude of experience from his time there. His work has been heard in a variety of places such as Utah Shakespeare Festival, The Neil Simon Festival, Southern Utah University, and Lake Powell Playhouse. His major compositional works include Pizza Boy for Off the Cuff Comedy, As You Like It for Utah Shakespeare Festival, Minutes: A Song Cycle for SUU Second Studio, and Heart of the West for Lake Powell Playhouse. Brandon is absolutely thrilled to be working with this great group of artists on Best Foot Forward and is honored to be a part of the Creede Rep company this summer.

Diana Grisanti (she, her, hers)

Author – Derring-Do: The KID Show Diana is a Playwright in Residence at Theatre [502] in Louisville, Kentucky, and an Affiliated Writer at the



Playwrights’ Center. Her plays include The Patron Saint of Losing Sleep (Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte), River City (NNPN Rolling World Premiere), Abilene, Semantics, and Mandatory (Weber State University). She was a contributing writer on the bluegrass-inspired anthology That High Lonesome Sound (Humana Festival). She has written multiple plays for young actors and audiences: Dorina and the Plague (Commonwealth Theatre Center), Extracurricular, or The World Is Caving In on My Little Brain (Idyllwild Arts Academy), and The Starkweather-South High School Physics Club First Annual End-of-Year Lock-In, or Ghost Party (Cleveland Play House). Diana has been a Michener Fellow, a Kentucky Arts Council Fellow, and a Writer in Residence at Vanderbilt University. Currently, she is at work on Lawbreakers! (a Fast and Furious History of Women’s Suffrage) for StageOne Family Theatre.

Rick Elice (he, him, his) Author – Peter and the Starcatcher B’way: Peter and the Starcatcher, Jersey Boys (with Marshall Brickman, Bob Gaudio, Bob Crewe; directed by Des McAnuff: Tony Award, Best Musical); The Addams Family (with Marshall Brickman, Andrew Lippa; directed by Jerry Zaks). Regional: Turn of the Century (with Marshall Brickman; directed by Tommy Tune); Double Double (directed by Roger Rees); Dog and Pony (with Michael Patrick Walker); Studio 54 (with Stephen Trask, Peter Yanowitz; directed by Christopher Ashley). Kate Hamill (she, her, hers)

Author – Pride and Prejudice Kate is an actor/playwright. Wall Street Journal’s Playwright of the Year, 2017. Her work includes her play Sense and Sensibility (in which she originated the role of Marianne)— Winner, Off-Broadway Alliance Award 2016; Nominee, Drama League Award; 265+ performances off-Broadway. Other plays include Vanity Fair at the Pearl Theatre (in which she originated the role of Becky Sharp; Nominee, Off-Broadway Alliance Award 2017), Pride and Prejudice at Primary Stages and Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival (originated the role of Lizzy Bennet; Nominee, OffBroadway Alliance Award). Her plays have been produced off-Broadway, at A.R.T., Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Guthrie, Seattle Rep, Dallas Theater Center, PlayMaker’s Rep, Folger Theatre (8 Helen Hayes Award nominations;


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Winner, best production—S&S), Arvada Center and others; Upcoming world premieres: Little Women at the Jungle Theater and Primary Stages; Mansf ield Park at Northlight Theatre. Kate was one of the top 20 most-produced playwrights in the country this season. www.kate-hamill. com

Beth Kander (she, her, hers) Author – Hazardous Materials Beth is an award-winning playwright and author based in Chicago. Past honors include an American Theatre Company CORE residency and commission, Downstage Left Residency, The Writers Room at The New Colony, Ashland New Play Festival awards (2015 and 2016), The Kilroys List, Charles M. Getchell New Play Award, Eudora Welty New Play Awards (2008, 2010, 2012), and CRT’s Headwaters New Play Program. The second book in her dystopian trilogy Original Syn comes out this October (Owl House Books) – as a fiction writer for audiences young and old, she’s always seeking stories. Beth has an MFA in Creative Writing from Mississippi University for Women, and also holds a BA from Brandeis University and an MSW from the University of Michigan. Her greatest loves include her family and friends, rescue dogs, BBC shows, coffee, travel, and staycations. She used to act, and thereby hangs a tale. For more: www.bethkander.com David Lindsay-Abaire (he, him, his)

Author – Ripcord David is a Pulitzer Prize winning playwright, screenwriter, lyricist and librettist. His play Good People premiered on Broadway, was awarded the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best Play, The Horton Foote Prize, The Edgerton Foundation New American Play Award, and two Tony nominations. His previous play Rabbit Hole received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, five Tony nominations, and the Spirit of America Award. David also wrote the book and lyrics for Shrek the Musical, which was nominated for eight Tonys, four Oliviers, a Grammy, and earned David the Ed Kleban Award as America’s most promising musical theatre lyricist. David’s other plays include Ripcord, Fuddy Meers, Kimberly Akimbo, Wonder of the World, and A Devil Inside, among others. In addition to his work in theatre, David’s screen credits include his film adaptation of Rabbit Hole, Dreamworks’ Rise of the Guardians, and The Family Fang,

company starring Nicole Kidman, Christopher Walken, and Jason Bateman. He is co-chair of the Playwriting Program at the Juilliard School.

Alan Menken (he, him, his) Music – Little Shop of Horrors Alan’s stage musicals include God Bless You Mr. Rosewater, Patch Patch Patch, Atina: Evil Queen of the Galaxy, Real Life Funnies, Little Shop of Horrors, The Dream on Royal Street, Kicks, The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz, Beauty and the Beast, A Christmas Carol, Weird Romance, King David, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Little Mermaid, Sister Act, Leap of Faith, and Newsies. His film musicals include Little Shop of Horrors, The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Newsies, Aladdin, Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Hercules, Home on the Range, Enchanted, and Tangled. Alan won the 2012 Tony and Drama Desk Awards for his score to Newsies. He currently has more Academy Awards than any other living individual, including 4 for Best Score (The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin and Pocahontas) and 4 for Best Song (“Under the Sea”, “Beauty and the Beast”, “A Whole New World” and “Colors of the Wind”). He has earned 11 Grammy Awards (including Song of the Year for “A Whole New World”), 7 Golden Globes, London’s Evening Standard Award, the Olivier Award, the Outer Critics Circle Award and the Drama Desk Award.

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Lojo Simon (she, her, hers)

Author – Best Foot Forward! Best Foot Forward is Lojo’s fourth production at CRT.



Previous CRT shows for children include Albert Porter: Boy Explorer (2017) and Seeds of Change (2018), both commissioned for the Young Audience Outreach Tour. Other plays include Relic (Queens Theatre), Adoration of Dora (Avant Bard, KOLT Run, Idiom, KCACTF/ATHE David Mark Cohen National Playwriting Award), One Foot (Idiom, Minneapolis Fringe, Salt Lake City Fringe), Nice & Slow (Old Miner Playwriting Award, Noorda Center for Children and Youth, YouthPLAYS), Controlled Burn (MonoMyth), Love All (OC-Centric New Play Festival) and Mi Corazon (Anna Zornio Award). When not in Creede, Lojo is the Literary Laureate of Laguna Beach, California. More at www.lojosimon.com.

Costume Shop Bailee Booser (she, her, hers)

Wardrobe and Wig Supervisor This is Bailee’s first season at CRT and she is so honored to be collaborating with such talent in beautiful Creede! Bailee graduated from the University of South Florida in 2014 with a B.A. in Theatre Design. Since then she has been working professionally with theaters in the Denver, Orlando and Tampa Bay area. She recently was on wardrobe for Oklahoma!, Last Night and The Night Before (The Denver Center Theater Company) and The Humans (Curious Theater Company). Her most recent costume designs include The Luckiest People at Orlando Shakes and The Tale of The Allergist Wife at Mad Cow Theater Company. She’s currently based in Denver, while working seasonally in entertainment costuming at Walt Disney World.

Megan Gavin (she, her, hers) Cutter/Draper Megan was born in Mobile, Alabama. She is an upcoming senior at Western Michigan University studying Theatre Design and Technology focusing in costumes. She has been making costumes for almost 10 years and is beyond excited to work at Creede!

Elly Hunt (she, her, hers) Costume Designer - Ripcord, The KID Show, YAOT Teaching Artist - Heroes and Villains Camp Crafts Wizard: Little Shop of Horrors, Pride & Prejudice, Hazardous Materials Elly is a costume designer, craftsperson and stitcher currently working in the Chicago area. She studied theatrical design and technology at the University of Texas at Arlington. Some recent design credits include: Red Bowl at The Jeffs with The Sound Theatre Company, Abandoned Way Out West here at Creede, and assistant design for The Watsons Go to Birmingham-1963 at Chicago Children’s Theatre. Her recent technical credits include stitching and craftwork for Lookingglass Theatre Company’s Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein, wardrobe supervision for Victory Gardens Theatre(Indecent, Rightlynd, Pipeline) and costume shop management and stitching for the 2018 season at CRT, (Guadalupe In the Guestroom, Seeds of Change (YAOT), Barefoot in the Park, Wizard Of Oz, 9 to 5, Miss Holmes). She’s very excited to be working here at Creede Repertory Theatre again! To see more


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Kolin McGrath (he, him, his)

Costume Shop Manager Kolin has been a Wardrobe Supervisor and stitcher for Stephens College, Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre, and many other regional theatres around the Central Missouri area. He is currently attending Point Park University to get his undergrad in Theatre Production. This is his first time working for CRT and he is very excited to start this new adventure in his life.

Morgan Severid (she, her, hers)

Assistant Wardrobe Supervisor, Assistant Costume Designer - Ripcord Morgan is thrilled to be returning to Creede Repertory for the second year in a row. Last summer she worked as a stitching and wardrobe intern, and this summer she is proud to be the Assistant Wardrobe Supervisor for CRT’s 2019 season and the Assistant Costume Designer for Ripcord. Morgan graduated from the University of Evansville in Indiana in May, earning a B.S. in Theatre Design & Technology and a minor in Writing. During her senior year of undergrad, she designed costumes for University of Evansville Theatre Department’s productions of Year of the Rooster (directed by Meredith Ham) and Twelfth Night (directed by Amy Attaway). In her free time, Morgan enjoys writing, painting, drawing, and doing yoga. She would like to thank her parents, siblings, friends, and mentors for their continuous and unwavering support.

Blaine Shepherd (he, him, his)

First Hand Blaine is a native of Kansas City, MO and currently attends the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music as an MFA candidate in Costume Design and Technology. He received his BA in Theatre from Truman’s State University. He enjoys fiber arts and reminiscing about the time he took an anthropology course.

Katy Vest (she, her, hers) Stitcher Katy is over the moon to be working with Creede Rep this summer. A University of Kentucky graduate, Katy spent several years as a costume designer, scenic artist and stage manager in Chicago, and recently completed a full season residency in the wardrobe department at Actors Theatre of Louisville. Katy loves creating impactful art in any capacity she can. Some favorite shows she’s worked on include: Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, Pipeline (Actors Theatre of Louisville), Women Laughing Alone With Salad (Theatre Wit), Six Characters in Search of an Author (Ghostlight Ensemble), Shakin’ the Mess Outta Misery (Pegasus Theatre Chicago), Hair (University of Kentucky), and Star Wars: a Nude Hope (Gorilla Tango Burlesque). She’d love to give a special “Thank You!” to her parents for being cool! To keep up with what she’s working on next check out katyvest.com

company Sasha Zabela (she, her, hers)

Wardrobe Associate Sasha is excited to be joining CRT for the first time. A Virginia native, Sasha received her BA from the University of Mary Washington in Theatre & Creative Writing, and currently works in the DC area. Past work includes two summers at the Theatre at Monmouth in Maine, The Washington Ballet, the Kennedy Center, 3 years as a Costume Shop Assistant and Wardrobe Supervisor at her alma mater UMW and in partnership with IATSE Local 772. When she’s not helping performers look their best, Sasha enjoys hiking and Scuba Diving in tropical waters.

Creative Team Rebecca Bossen (she, her, hers)

Dialect Coach Rebecca is a North Carolina-based voice coach, playwright, and performer. Dialect coaching credits include: Miss Holmes, The Syringa Tree, I Capture the Castle, Drood, Pygmalion, Sweeney Todd (Creede Repertory Theatre); The Weir; Stuff Happens; The Royale, Heisenberg, Skylight, Blue Sky, The Heretic, Ruined, Good (Burning Coal Theatre); Sweeney Todd; Parade, Titanic (Elon University); Constellations (Bartlett Theatre); The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, One Man Two Guvnors (Raleigh Little Theater); Skin in Flames (Stage Left Theatre); Escanaba in Love (Circle Theatre); and the film The Game of Their Lives. She has taught voice classes at Northwestern University, Act One Studios, Raleigh Little Theatre, and many other institutions. She holds theatre degrees from Duke University and Northwestern University, as well as an Advanced Certificate in Voice Studies from London’s Central School of Speech and Drama. www. rebeccabossen.com

John Gary Brown (he, him, his)

Company Photographer John Gary Brown has been CRT’s company photographer since 1974. He is proud to have created a voluminous photographic archive of shows and events and wishes he could have started in 1966! Brown received an MFA

from The University of Washington and has sold over 500 oil paintings to museums, galleries, corporations and private collectors since 1970. The University of Kansas Press published his photographic history of cemetery art, titled Soul in the Stone in 1993, and it was their best-selling book two years in a row. His photographs were used as illustrations in Gardens of Revelation (Abbeville Press, 1995). Brown’s artwork has won numerous prizes in juried exhibitions, including “First Prize, regardless of Medium” at Kansas City’s Nelson Atkins Museum. One of his paintings was purchased by the Institute of Arts and Letters in New York. He is happily married to CRT actress Christy Brandt.

Amanda Berg Wilson (she, her, hers)
 Director - Pride and Prejudice
 As director: Between Us: The Whiskey Tasting and The Wild Party (Off Center at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts); 9 to 5 (Creede Repertory Theatre); God ’s Ear (2011 Daily Camera Eye award, Best Director), Failure: A Love Story (2013 True West nomination, Best Director), Mr. Burns, a post-electric play, Rausch (2018 True West award), Men On Boats, and United Flight 232, among others (The Catamounts). As performer: Sweet & Lucky (Off Center at DCPA); Detroit (Curious Theatre Company); There Is A Happiness that Morning Is (2014 True West award and 2015 Best of Denver award) and Beowulf, A Thousand Years of Baggage (2017 Colorado Theatre Guild Henry nomination, Best Choreographer) for The Catamounts. Amanda is Artistic Director of The Catamounts, a Boulder-based company dedicated to theatre for the adventurous palate.

Amanda Embry (she, her, hers) Scenic Designer - Ripcord Amanda is excited to be back with CRT! Amanda is an award-winning designer for theatre, opera and film. Her design credits include CRT’s productions of The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence, Our Town, Good on Paper, Annie Get Your Gun, and Guys and Dolls. Other design credits include: Young Frankenstein, Little Women, and All Shook Up (Mesa Community College), Spamalot, Ave. Q, William Shakespeare’s Land of the Dead, The Good Person of Szechwan, Cabaret, and He Who Gets Slapped (Scottsdale Community College), the Off-Broadway productions of Lebensraum,



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Melissa Firlit (she, her, hers)

Director, Choreographer - Best Foot Forward! Melissa is thrilled to be back at CRT after directing last season’s Seeds of Change. Selected directing credits: Conspiracy Theory G (DCPA), Goodbody (59East59th), Misterman (Ireland National Tour), I’m Just Fine (FringeNYC), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Princeton Festival), BUBBA (FringeNYC, Theatre Tuscaloosa), Dracula (MST), Proof, Red, West Side Story, The Pillowman, A Picasso, Circle Mirror Transformation, Aida, Circle Mirror Transformation (Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts). In support of her personal commitment to collaboration with playwrights, Melissa is the Artistic Director for the Thingamajig Playwrights Festival in Pagosa Springs, Colorado. To provide up and coming thespians with the same passion she thrives on, Melissa helms a Broadway Bootcamp Program at The College of St. Rose. Training: MFA Directing Rutgers University, BA Theater: The University of Hartford and The O’Neill National Theater Institute. Member SDC. www. melissafirlit.com

Lindsay Genevieve Fuori (she, her, hers) Terrence and Polly Jones Scenic Designer

Scenic Designer - Pride and Prejudice, Hazardous Materials Lindsay is a Boston based scenic designer passionate about the potential for theatre to connect people and foster empathy. She is thrilled to be joining Creede Repertory Theatre and visiting Colorado for the first time. Lindsay holds a BFA in Scene Design from Boston University. Previous design credits include: The Earth Room (Fresh Ink Theatre Company), Die Fledermaus (MassOpera), Paride ed Elena (Odyssey Opera), Ragtime (Wheelock Family Theatre), Death Comes to Us All, Mary Agnes (Hangar

Theatre), and Urinetown (Lost Nation Theatre). Upcoming productions include Native Gardens (Gloucester Stage) and The Crucible (Central Square Theatre/Bedlam). www. lindsayfuori.com

Logan Greenwell (he, him, his) Scenic Designer - Peter and the Starcatcher, Little Shop of Horrors Logan is a NYC-based designer making his design debut at Creede Rep this season. He has worked regionally and offBroadway designing and acting as an assistant for designers such as Jason Sherwood, Lee Savage, and Alexander Dodge. Logan recently graduated from the College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati with a BFA in Theatrical Design and Production. He would like to thank the Creede Rep creative team for their support, and as always, his family for everything that they do.

Kyle Haden (he, him, his) Director: Hazardous Materials A native of Pittsburgh, PA, Kyle is a director, educator, and Equity actor. He is also the artistic director of the Ashland New Plays Festival in Oregon. As a director, Kyle was named a 2018 Drama League Directing Fellow, and has helmed various productions across the country, including A Brief History of America (Hangar Theatre Company), The Winter’s Tale (Island Shakespeare Festival) and The Monologue Project (Pittsburgh/NYC). He is excited to be returning to Creede, where he directed the Headwaters reading of Hazardous Materials in 2018. On stage, Kyle has performed at regional theaters nationwide, including the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Guthrie Theater, Shakespeare Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Arizona Theater Company, Colorado Shakespeare Festival, City Theatre Company, and Cleveland Play House, as well as various theaters in New York and Chicago. Kyle is currently an Assistant Professor of Acting at Carnegie Mellon University. BA: Wake Forest University, MFA: Columbia University.

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company Andy Hudson (he, him, his)

Music Director Andy is excited to be making his debut with Creede Repertory Theatre! A native of central Illinois, he’s now a NYC-based music director, voice teacher, accompanist, director, and composer. Favorite music direction credits include: Into the Woods, The Addams Family, Mamma Mia!, (Forestburgh Playhouse), The Fantasticks, Mame, The Marvelous Wonderettes (Allenberry Playhouse), Hairspray, Beehive, The Great American Trailer Park Musical (The Little Theatre on the Square), and My Way (Ivoryton Playhouse). Directing credits include Seussical and Madagascar (Forestburgh Playhouse) and The Princess and the Pea (also composer/lyricist, The Little Theatre on the Square). SuperKids, his third musical for young audiences, enjoyed its world premiere in 2018. Love always to Mom, Dad, Dan, and Brian. Find him online at www.ajthudson.com.

Natalie Mayo (she, her, hers)

Sound Designer – Best Foot Forward! Natalie was born and raised in Brownwood, TX. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Theatre with a Minor in Music at Texas Tech University. Natalie has been an Assistant Audio Engineer at CRT, and she has been heavily involved in the CRT Education Department as a designer, tour manager, and as the Education Assistant. She’s excited to return to Creede again this summer!

Billie McBride (she, her, hers)

Director - Ripcord Billie is so pleased to join CRT this season. She spent 20 years in NYC working both on and off Broadway. Since moving West she has worked for many of the theaters in Colorado as both a director and actor including Denver Center, Arvada Center, Denver Center Academy, CSFAC, CSC, Denver Children’s Theatre, Wolfe Academy, CDP, Cherry Creek Theatre, Miners Alley and Vintage’s Night Mother for which she won a Henry Award. Billie is also a proud ensemble member of the Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company and has won 3 Henry Awards, the 2014 Theatre Lifetime Achievement Award, and the 2016 True West Award for Theatre Person of the Year.

Amanda McGee (she, her, hers)

Costume Designer - Peter and the Starcatcher Amanda is a graduate of the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. Previous CRT design credits include Putnam County Spelling Bee, Wonderful Noise, and The Joy of Going Somewhere Def inite as well as two seasons as Costume Shop Manager. Other credits include SPUNK (Penumbra Theatre, MN), The Coronation of Poppea (Cincinnati Opera), 42nd Street (Venice Theatre, FL), and three seasons with the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company.

Alethia R Moore-Del Monaco (she, her, hers) Costume Designer - Hazardous Materials Alethia is a west-coast based free-lance costume designer/ stylist designed for theatre, film, dance and opera, as well as theme park entertainment. She has also worked internationally in Singapore on a pre-Broadway run musical. She has also worked for five seasons at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. She is recently finished working on two award winning short-feature films. She is currently the Wardrobe Supervisor for Kaiser Permanente’s Southern California Region Educational Theatre Program. Alethia manages all the costumes for all five touring children programs and the three-adult touring workshop programs. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Southern Oregon University with a degree in Costume Design and a minor in Shakespeare Studies. She received her Master of Fine Arts in Theatre with Emphasis in Costume Design from University of California, Irvine. Charlie Oates (he, him, his) Director - Peter and the Starcatcher At CRT Charlie has directed The Mystery of Irma Vep, A Beautiful Country, Ladder to the Moon, The 39 Steps, Mrs. Mannerly, Around the World in Eighty Days and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Outside of Creede, his recent projects include Morph Masters for Phamaly Theatre Company in Denver, Fool for Love for Chalk Rep in Los Angeles and Damascus for the Wagner New Play Festival at UC San Diego. Movement Coach and Fight Choreographer credits: La Jolla Playhouse, The Old Globe, San Diego Rep, The

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Anthony Sirk

Costume Designer - Little Shop of Horrors Anthony is pleased to be returning to CRT for his sixth season! In the past Anthony has designed Guys and Dolls, Annie Get Your Gun, August: Osage County, and Our Town here in Creede. This past year Mr. Sirk designed costumes for Hedwig and the Angry Inch starring Ru Paul’s Drag Race’s Mimi Imfurst that toured to Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, and New York City. Anthony also designed the world premiere of The Double Threat Trio at the Pittsburgh CLO, the regional premiere of Bright Star at Front Porch Theatrics and was the head tailor on the major motion picture You Are My Friend. In July, Anthony will be designing the two operas written by Fred Rogers: Windstorm in Bubbleland and Spoon Mountain for Pittsburgh Opera and also the Pittsburgh premiere of Fun Home for Front Porch Theatrics. www.anthonysirk.com

Amy Sutton (she, her, hers) Costume Designer - Pride and Prejudice Amy is excited to be designing at Creede Repertory Theatre this summer! Select Costume Design Credits: Summer Shorts (’16-’19, 59E59, NY ), Halcyon Days (Oberon Theater Ensemble, NYC), Orwell in America (Northern Stage, VT /59E59, NY ), The Hound of the Baskervilles (Northern Stage, VT). Select Assistant Costume Design Credits: Lockdown (Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, NY ), Silent Night (Glimmerglass Festival), Pacif ic Overtures, (Classic Stage Company), Dot (Vineyard Theatre), Marie & Rosetta (Atlantic Theater Company). MFA: UC San Diego. BFA: NYU, Tisch School of the Arts. www.amysuttondesign.com


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Bethany Eilean Talley (she, her, hers)

Choreographer - Little Shop of Horrors Movement Consultant - Peter and the Starcatcher This is Bethany’s 8th season with CRT. You have seen her choreography at CRT in The Wizard of Oz, Kind of Red, Reading and Other Superpowers!,and Guys & Dolls. Other favorite CRT credits include Greta in General Store and Rebecca Gibbs in Our Town.


Cor Christophe (they, them, he, him)

Master Electrician/Lighting Design – Derring-Do: The KID Show Cor is grateful for this awesome opportunity to join the CRT team this Summer. In 2018, Cor graduated from Marquette University where they studied the art of lighting. During their senior year, Cor had the pleasure of being the Electrical Intern at the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre. After graduation, Cor worked at Clearwing Productions Milwaukee as a Moving Light Quality Control Technician and became a Certified Vari-Lite Technician. C ​ or has a wide set of skills and a thirst for knowledge. No matter where they end up, Cor will always be working towards educating themselves and others to see things in a positive light.

Ethan Fuller (he, him, his) Sound Engineer Ethan is a recent graduate from NESCom in Bangor, Maine who earned his BS in Communications focusing in Audio Engineering. Born in the oceanic town of Rockport, Massachusetts on the east coast, he enjoys the smell of salt in the air and taking pictures of crashing waves. As an Eagle Scout, he enjoys hiking and camping; and if he’s not doing that it’s likely he’s taking nature or portrait photographs. With 3 years under his belt at the Collin’s Center for the Arts where he worked his way up to supervisor, and a summer at Cedar Point Amusement Park as the Team Lead Technician, Ethan is ready for any obstacle thrown his way, especially audio related. Some shows he has mixed include: Totally Live! This Country Rocks, Comedian Howie Mandel, The Kingston Trio, The Nature of Forgetting, The Doo Wop Project, and Erth’s Prehistoric Aquarium Adventure.

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Jake Harbour (he, him, his)

Sound Supervisor Sound Designer - Peter and the Starcatcher, Ripcord, Little Shop of Horrors, Pride & Prejudice, Hazardous Materials Assistant Professor Harbour received his MFA in Technical Direction from Northern Illinois University. He is a professor at ACU where he teaches Scenic, Light, and Sound Design. He worked as Technical Director as well as the Sound and Stage Manager mentor at the University of West Georgia from 2015-18. He spent seven seasons with the Creede Repertory Theatre working as their Sound Designer. He was also the Technical Director at Lipscomb University from 2009-12.

Darius Talkington Fletcher (he, him, his)

Sound Engineer Sound Designer -Boomtown Darius is making his career in Live Sound Reinforcement and Broadcast Audio. As an Associate Sound Designer for large scale musicals his system knowledge and adaptability were crucial to mitigating issues resulting in uninterrupted performances. Darius is a senior at the University of Central Florida perusing a BFA in Design and Technology focusing on Sound Design, Engineering and Aural Reinforcement. Last summer he was the Mixer/Electrician for The Illinois Shakespeare Festival and has locally engineered touring productions of Something Rotten!, Sesame Street Live!, and Wicked 2nd National Tour.

Kaye Swindell (she, her, hers)

Master Electrician Lighting Designer - Boomtown Kaye is from Houston, Texas. She attends Oklahoma City University studying Lighting Design and production. She is coming up on her sophomore year. She has been doing theatrical lighting for over 5 years.


Mickey Bertelsen (she, her, hers) Percussionist/Drummer Mickey is a percussionist from Bay City, Michigan. She is classically trained while also performing as a drum set player. Her strengths lie within the world of Broadway pit percussion. Within this field her skills of world, orchestral,

auxiliary percussion and her knowledge of a vast variety of genres of music come to life. Recently, Mickey has played with surrounding orchestras, theater productions, and small ensembles. This summer she is the percussionist for Creede Repertory Theater in Creede, Colorado where she extensively played theater shows as well as helped construct the music set designs for each musical. Also, Mickey serves with the 395th Army Band in Mustang, Oklahoma. Here, she is a part of the concert band, parade band, and is the drum set player for the funk/pop band. She is also a bugler for the Army Reserve Funeral Honors Detail. She is currently a second year master’s student at Michigan State University and holds a bachelor’s degree in music education from Central Michigan University.

Mason Howell (he, him, his) Guitarist Mason is a Denver based guitarist and composer pursuing his degree in Guitar Performance at the University of Colorado at Denver, where he has completed all of the performance requirements for his degree. He has performed with two of the university’s signature ensembles, the Claim Jumpers and the Signature Guitar Ensemble, and the latter has featured one of his compositions every semester of his involvement. As a composer, Mason has created a unique voice in the world of modern jazz through melding straight ahead jazz styles with more adventurous concepts and the romantic aesthetic. Mason is also well versed in many acoustic and electric styles and has performed as the pit guitarist for Joseph and his Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Next to Normal, Grease, and he is excited to be joining the Creede Repertory Theatre for Little Shop of Horrors during its 2019 season.

Patron Services

Krystopher Baklarz (he, him, his) House Manager/Patron Services Associate Krystopher is grateful for the opportunity to serve as House Manager this summer for CRT. Krys is an Arts Management major who has worked for the Pittsburgh Playhouse at Point Park University for the past three years working front of house and box office. Krys has a love of theatre that stems from his first role at the Youngstown Playhouse when he was 8. In high school, he was cast in 6 shows, his favorite being books • magazines • local wares local authors • local history

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Jordyn Chelf (she, her, hers) Patron Services Manager Jordyn is so excited to join the CRT family this season! After a two-year theatre hiatus while living abroad, she is loving being back in the theatre world. Jordyn holds a bachelor’s degree in Communications-Theatre from the University of South Carolina-Upstate. She has experience in many aspects of theatre ranging from acting, directing, to stage managing, and is excited to learn about house managing as well! When not in the theatre, Jordyn also enjoys hiking and reading. Thanks for supporting CRT and all of the arts! Saadya Chevan (he, him, his) Patron Services Associate Saadya graduated in May 2019 from Connecticut College with a major in philosophy, minor in music performance and certificate from the Ammerman Center for Arts and Technology. In college he was principal clarinetist of the orchestra, managing editor for The College Voice, an independent student newspaper, and digital content intern for the Communications Office. Mr. Chevan has also been the lead author of program notes for the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra for three seasons, and operated supertitles for Salt Marsh Opera and the world premiere of Letters from the Affair, a song cycle about the Dreyfus Affair’s effect on the relationship between impressionist artists Camille Pissarro and Edgar Degas. In 2018 he studied and interned abroad in Vienna, Austria, for six months. During that time, he also travelled to fifteen other European countries, and many towns in Austria.

Kassidy Eaton (she, her, hers) Patron Services Associate Kassidy is a student at Adams State University studying Public Relations and Theatre. She loves paddle boarding, her dogs, and coffee. She has been involved in theatre for close to four years now and truly found her passion. Michael Farringer (he, him, his) Patron Services Associate Michael is a native of Amboy, Illinois and a 2016 graduate of Sauk Valley Community College. He’s excited to be working at Creede Rep for the first time. He became an Eagle Scout in 2011, which is the highest rank in Boy Scouts. He would like to give a huge thanks to his mom, dad, brother, sisterin-law, and new baby niece for their love and support! Thank you for coming to CRT and enjoy the show! Follow him on Instagram @michaelf201317

Scenic Shop


Amanda “Mo” Bentz (they, them, theirs) Props Artisan Amanda “Mo” is a props artisan and puppet enthusiast originally from Scio, Oregon. They graduated from Cornell College in 2018 with a degree in Theatre Fabrication. Since then they have worked in Virginia and Vermont as a scenic painter and props artisan. They are excited to be back in their one-time home state of Colorado, and to be working with Creede. Favorite past projects include: Rocky Horror Show (Puppet Designer) and Pictures at an Exhibition (Puppeteer) at Cornell College, and Pete(Her) Pan (Props Master) at Northern Stage. Mo would like to thank the spirits of rock gods Mercury, Bowie, and Prince, as well as their dear friend Barry for inspiration and guidance. www.amandabentz.com Sky Bradley (they, them, theirs) Assistant Technical Director/Sound Designer - DerringDo: The KID Show Sky is graduate of University of Northern Iowa. They consider themself a young, queer, theatre artist. Their past work includes various technical direction positions, and sound designs for She Kills Monsters by Qui Nguyen, A Gulag Mouse by Arthur M. Jolly and The Aliens by Annie Baker. They additionally enjoy playwriting and premiered an unpublished 10-minute play at Creede Repertory Theatre’s 2017 10-Minute Play Festival. They are very gracious for the many opportunities they have earned and are hungry to continue learning and creating!

Heather Brophy (she, her, hers) Carpenter/Welder Heather is a Creede native and life-long CRT enthusiast. Her path to becoming a theatre artist began at a young age, led by her participation in CRT education programs and her mom’s love for theatre. Though she lived in “upstate” New York for a few years during college, Heather is currently living in town with her dude, DJ, and their dog, Aspen. She is very excited to be a part of another wonderful summer of spectacular repertory theatre in the Colorado High Country! Lisa Duncan (she, her, hers) Scenic Charge Artist Scenic Coordinator for YAOT Lisa is thrilled to return for her sixth summer at CRT after a brief interlude as a hot springs concierge. She has painted and designed scenery for Parker, CO’s PACE Center, Baltimore’s CENTERSTAGE, the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, and the Colorado Shakespeare Festival. Natalie Ervolino (she, her, hers)

Properties Carpenter Natalie is thrilled to be spending her first summer in the mountains with CRT! She recently earned her BA in Theatre Design and Production from the University of Northern Iowa, where she spent time as a charge artist, carpenter, and







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company teaching assistant. Past credits include: Assistant Scenic Designer (Legacy of Light, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee); Charge Artist (The 25th Annual…, Hair, Twelfth Night); Production Dramaturg (The Christians); Scenic Intern (Great River Shakespeare Festival).

Braeden Ingersoll (he, him, his)

Assistant Technical Director (Shop/Drafting) Braeden is excited for his first season with CRT. Originally from Des Moines, Iowa, Braeden earned his BA from Simpson College and is currently a first-year graduate student at Florida State University pursuing his MFA in technical production. Prior to CRT, he has worked as a Carpenter with Des Moines Metro Opera and as ATD and TD with both FSU and Simpson College.

Persephone Lawrence (she, her, hers)

Props Supervisor Persephone is thrilled for her first summer at Creede Repertory Theatre. Persephone is a props artist and designer based out of Chicago. Shortly after attending the University of Northern Colorado, she participated in the Steppenwolf Professional Leadership Program as the 2017 Props Apprentice. Since then, she has designed the props for a number of shows, including the world premieres of The Worst Mother in the World (Halcyon Theatre), Emma (Lifeline Theatre), and Wife Material (Underscore Theatre). Persephone has worked in props for theaters and production companies around the country including Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Lookingglass Theater, The Paramount Theater, Music Theatre Wichita, Virginia Shakespeare Festival, Little Theatre of the Rockies, and Winterstate Entertainment. Persephone would like to thank her partner for his unconditional love and support.

Ryan Ponsell (he, him, his) Technical Director Ryan is proud to be returning for his second season at Creede Repertory Theatre and his first as Technical Director for the company. He graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre from Valdosta State University in 2013. He is currently pursuing his Master of Fine Arts in Technical Production from Florida State University and will graduate May 2020. Ryan has also worked as a Carpenter/Welder for the University of Maryland, as Assistant Technical Director at Chipola College, and as an Audio Designer/Engineer for both theatre and theme parks. Recent productions include Eurydice (Assistant Technical Director), Hairspray (Technical Director), and The True Story of the Three Little Pigs (Technical Director) for the FSU School of Theatre. Dexter Settles (he, him, his)

Carpenter Dexter is a scenic carpenter based out of Chicago. He has been working in theatrical carpentry for the past decade at such institutions as the University of Oklahoma University Theatre, Music Theatre Wichita, and Ravenswood Studio,

among others. Dexter is excited for his first summer at Creede Repertory Theatre and he is looking forward to joining the CRT family. Endless thanks to my lovely partner for their love and support.

Stage Management & Crew

Megan Barrett* (she, her, hers) Production Stage Manager TOURING: Million Dollar Quartet; Cirque Dreams Holidaze. REGIONAL: Notes From the Field; The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time; Singin’ In the Rain; In the Heights; The Great Society; Priscilla Queen of the Desert; Mary Poppins; Tribes; A Christmas Carol; Evita; All the Way; A Year With Frog and Toad; Tommy; In the Next Room, or the Vibrator Play; Gospel at Colonus; The Three Little Pigs at ZACH Theatre. The Invention of Love and Macbeth at Austin Shakespeare; Blood Brothers and The Merry Wives of Windsor at Texas Shakespeare Festival; Into the Woods and The Fantasticks at Western Playhouse. Megan holds an MFA in Stage Management from CalArts. She is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association. Caroline Castleman (she, her, hers)

Assistant Stage Manager Caroline is a recent graduate of University of Cincinnati CCM. Past credits include: Production Stage Manager of Guys and Dolls and Earth is Flat at University of Cincinnati, Assistant Stage Manager of Driving Miss Daisy and I Love a Piano at Totem Pole Playhouse (Fayetteville, PA). She enjoys watching various cooking shows and traveling whenever she gets the chance. Hope you enjoy the show!

Kenneth Church (he, him, his)

Run Crew Kenneth is excited to work with the cast and crew at Creede for the first time. He has recently graduated from Western Michigan University with his BFA in Theatre: Design and Technical Production. He has worked previously worked as Props Master for Pittsburgh Festival Opera and Festival 56.

JuanCarlos Contreras* (he, him, his) Assistant Stage Manager JuanCarlos is coming to Creede, Colorado via Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He has just completed his first year of graduate school at Carnegie Mellon University in Stage & Production Management. Selected credits include: King John and The Marvelous Wonderettes at the Texas Shakespeare Festival; Quilters, All My Sons, and A Charlie Brown Christmas at the Ferndale Repertory Theatre. He would like to thank all of his friends and family for their unending support.



Victoria Esquibell* (she, her, hers)

Stage Manager Victoria is happy to be at CRT for her very first season! Victoria has previously worked in a repertory setting as a Stage Manager and Company Manager at Great River Shakespeare Festival for three seasons in the similarly small town of Winona, MN. She has also worked as a season Sound Designer for TheatreOCU at Oklahoma City University. This year she had the opportunity to backpack through Europe for three months with friends and family! She is very thankful for the opportunity here at CRT and hopes to take advantage of the beautiful surroundings and history!

Ivy Loos-Austin (she, her, hers)

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Julie Phillips (she, her, hers)

Tour Manager -Team Pink (YAOT) Julie is very excited to join CRT on their Young Audience Outreach Tour! She recently toured Theatre for Young Audience shows based out of Atlanta, GA with productions such as Junie B. Jones: The Musical, And Then They Came for Me, and James and the Giant Peach. Through these tours, she fell in love with touring outreach shows after seeing the important impact they could have. Other favorite productions she’s stage managed are Pippin, Dracula, Seussical, and the Humana Festival of New American Plays.

Miranda Ray (she, her, hers) Assistant Stage Manager Miranda was raised on a small island in the Pacific Northwest. She just came off a tour with Caravan Stage Company and is glad to be back on land among the mountains and among you! Her erotic musical audiobook, ‘Lustily Ever After’, is due out this year if you’re into that sort of thing. If her family is reading this she hopes they were able to visit her this summer and wants them to know how much she loves them. McKenna Warren (she, her, hers) Stage Manager - Derring-Do Assistant Stage Manager This is McKenna’s first summer at Creede Rep! She is based out of New York City, where she has been freelance stage managing for two years. Her last few projects include Three Days in the Country (NYU Tisch) and Jack & the Beanstalk (The Panto Project). McKenna is excited to be home in Colorado for the summer in such a beautiful part of the state!

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This park got a revamp a couple of years ago and is right in the middle of all the fun on Main Street. It also has a memorial for Creede’s veterans. Hike Phoenix Park and see Phoenix Falls

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Ever been to a museum in the side of a mountain? Tickets are well under $10 (Children 6 and under are FREE) plus, splurge get a guided tour for only $15. Drive or Hike Bachelor Loop

Starting right in town, take a nearly 12 mile loop that tours Creede’s old mines and brings you up to over 11,000ft. If driving you’ll want to make sure you have a vehicle that can handle steep inclines.

Lake City Arts Events We are a non-profit who offers opportunities for our community and its visitors to explore visual, performing, and culinary arts. Check us out at LakeCityArts.org and come join us this summer! Anthony Gallery Shows June 22-July 4: Local Artists Show July 6-24: “Here and There” July 26-August 14: “Dark Skies, Quiet Forests, Clear Waters” The Wild Women of Winedale A Cabin Fever Players Production 7:30pm July 6, 13, 17, 21 2:00pm July 7, 14, Chamber Concerts 7:30pm June 30: Old College Days July 15: Colorado Brass Quintet July 29: Annie and Friends Peak Performers 7:30pm July 10: Savage Hearts July 14: Acoustic Eidolon August 9: Doug & Cindy August 23: Mito de Soto September 13: Doug & Cindy

Magic Cabaret Performances 7:30pm July 5, 12,18,19, 26 Camps and Classes July 8-12: Kids Art Camp July 8-10: Acoustic Camp July 22-26: Adults Art Camp August 5-14: Dark Skies Events See our website for class listings for silk painting, watercolors, pottery, and more! Other Events and Concerts June 29: Annual Fundraiser Gala July 16: 44th Arts & Crafts Festival July 20: Candlelight Steak Dinner July 27-August 3: String Academy Week August 3: String Academy Concert August 18: Band Concert August 24: Moroccan Dinner


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From Left: John Green with founding member Earl Trussell

Earl Trussell 1947-2019

Founding Company Member CRT founding member Earl Trussell (66-67, 74-75) died in January of this year from respiratory failure. In New York, Earl was a chalice bearer, lector and vestry member at Christ’s Church. In Haiti, he was a mentor and teacher. For us at CRT, he was family. He was Kay Lancaster’s (‘66-69, ‘71-75) first onstage kiss in The Rainmaker our premiere year. Founding member Gary Mitchell (‘66-67,’71-72, 2011) saw him play Hamlet at Kansas University, and burst with pride that he had a friend who had conquered that difficult role. Decades after Earl played Dr. Gibbs in Our Town that first year, Joe Roach (‘66, ‘68) held the memory of how much depth of meaning Earl could pack into even the simplest of lines. David Miller (‘66, ‘67, ‘69) remembered that Earl, “...loved acting, because he was so fascinated with being human, and there was so much there to taste, discover and show us.” Peggy Friesen (‘71, ‘74, ‘75) spoke of visiting him before rehearsals some mornings: “He’d always be in a smoking jacket, smoking his pipe, and he’d serve me deliciously strong French roast coffee. What a civilized way to start the day!” “Wonderful Earl! And that pipe of his,” Rebecca Conway (‘68) wrote, “He gave me a puff once, and I got nothing but a bitter tar liquid substance! Made him laugh like crazy!” I was fortunate to be in five plays with him here at CRT, and one in Kansas City. He was consistently helpful, professional, and kind. In his last few years, Earl closed his letters this way: “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return. What you do in the meantime, is pretty much up to you. Change is inevitable, growth, optional. Choose wisely.” Earl did wonderful things all around the world. But he was ours, here at CRT, most of all. His ashes rest in the columbarium wall at Christ’s Church in Rye, New York. Goodnight, sweet prince. And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest. —Philip Grecian (‘67)

Jeff Carey 1962-2019

CRT Resident Playwright, Actor, Designer, Visual Artist, Haunted House Creator Jeff Carey left a profound mark on CRT and Creede. His shows gave tens of thousands of children a space to dream and dare - and reminded adults that childhood is a sacred and perilous journey. Pan and Boone, Lullaby Bay, Grimm Pajamas, Meet the Beasts, Zeus on the Loose, Emilia’s Tree, Scruff Turbo, Swiss Family Robinson and The Kidney Plays only scratch the surface of Jeff ’s creative output. Dear friend, you will be missed, but your art has changed us forever. —Jessica Jackson Pan & Boone is a play with one foot in a sandbox and the other in a Pandora’s box. “It’s really about two boys who go on an epic journey to solve real-life problems within the world of dreams and a shared imagination,” Carey said at the time. Former CRT Artistic Director Maurice LaMee, now Head of the Department of Theatre Arts at Colorado Mesa University, says the climactic scene of Pan & Boone “has to be one of the great theatrical images I can recall. It shows a conflicted Pan trying to decide whether to end his life taking one step forward and swinging out over space with this beautiful mountain background and against a starlit sky.” From my own Denver Post review:“The final few seconds of the play are nearly miraculous. Here is this boy at the crossroads between adolescence and adulthood, past and present, fact and fiction, and life and death … all at once. The decision he faces determines whether this entire affair has been a journey into a tragedy or redemption. Only a playwright in full command of his vision could arrive at a climactic moment that is so intelligent, sad and frighteningly consequential. Strictly from a theatergoing perspective, what happens last is one of the tiniest but most exhilarating moments you may ever experience in a theater. You could knock me over with the feather in Peter Pan’s hat.” —John Moore



in memory

Betty and Ed Wheatley

Ed Wheatley

HarryLou Egolf

CRT Board Member and Musician

CRT Supporter

Ed was one of a kind. When he was born, he came equipped with a trumpet and piano. He was full of life and wanted all of it for himself and to share with others. I thought he was multiple people given his diverse interests. The French have a word, joie de vivre.

 Fishing, his trumpet or piano, love of jazz, teaching, Amish pies, a glass of cabernet, made him a special guy. Betty, his wife of 37 years made him better. He loved fishing with Mo LaMee, Executive Artistic Director of CRT at that time. The list of bands he organized and played in would fill a book. And, he was an exceptional storyteller.

 Marketing/Sales was his calling academically and professionally and made his engine run. A consultant for many years in industry, he transferred many of those skills to the college campus. He obtained his PhD from Florida State University. Ed was a professor at FSU, UMiami, ECU. U Mexico, Co Western State U, Advanced School of International Business in Paris. When he mentioned Paris, he had our attention. He authored three books, many articles, and contributed to The Willow Creek Journal.

 Ed served on the CRT Board in the early 2000s and joined an energetic board that was fully dedicated to CRT. Ed always said, “lean forward.” We did. He held numerous musical benefit performances for CRT. When our capital campaign for The Ruth was struggling a bit, Ed believed we could make money selling Amish pies. Well, not exactly. The pies were quite good, but I think we bought most of them. I will not forget the night when CRT opened its new production facility, the ‘Red House on the Prairie’. Must have had all of 25 people come. There was Ed playing the piano in the new facility. Ed said we might want to dance. Yes.

 Ed served his country as a US Army Captain. 

 He lived his life to the fullest when an errant bee became confused. 

 Look forward to enjoyably sharing a glass of wine with Ed again when the time comes. Intend to discuss the pies. —Bob Slater

I first met HarryLou Egolf in Creede in 1966. She was an enthusiastic supporter of the Creede Theatre and her young daughter Louise was a constant figure around rehearsals and post show strikes. Mrs. Egolf invited the entire theatre company to her home on the mesa with the stunning views of mountains and little Creede town below. She used a cane that she carefully wrapped in grosgrain ribbons to match the colors of her outfits. We called her Mrs. Egolf, never HarryLou. Yes, as Steve wrote, she was the beautiful, charismatic, eccentric matriarch of the Egolf family. We were humbled by her and Mr. Egolf ’s kind encouragement and support of the theatre. Little did we know that decades later she would have a granddaughter named Adrian who as a child would sit on the front row of the Creede theatre with her folks and watch the productions night after night. Forty years after I met Adrian’s grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. William Egolf, Adrian became a much-celebrated company member of the Creede Repertory Theatre. Three generations of Egolfs have embraced the Creede Rep and I am sure it all started with Mrs. Egolf ’s enthusiasm for theatre and celebrating the arts. She loved magic. —Kay Lancaster



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our staff Y e a r - Ro u n d S ta ff John DiAntonio (he, him, his)

Executive Director John’s been with CRT since 2011 as an actor, director, playwright, fight director, videographer, and Associate Artistic Director. He’s elated and humbled to enter his second year as Executive Director. Some of his plays for CRT include: Kind of Red, Reading! And Other Superpowers, and Harry the Great. Favorite CRT acting credits include: Kind of Red, Taming of the Shrew, Language of Trees, and Shakespeare’s Land of the Dead. Other acting credits include: The Game of Love and Chance, The Liar (Theatreworks), Cyrano (BETC), The 39 Steps (Lone Tree Arts Center), Is He Dead? (Arvada Center), Othello, A Christmas Carol (Denver Center). John received his MFA from the National Theatre Conservatory and BA from Case Western Reserve University. John and Caitlin got married in Creede’s little white church on the hill. This winter they welcomed into the world the newest member of their family, little Leo! (719) 658-2540 x229 / john@creederep.com

Jessica Jackson

(she, her, hers) Artistic Director Artistic Director since 2012, Jess believes in the power live theatre, the rep format, and the Creede community. She has worked with CRT since 2004 as an actor, director and resident composer. For CRT she directed Miss Holmes, Talley’s Folly, Private Lives, The Secret Affairs of Mildred Wild, The Drowsy Chaperone, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Sighthound, To Fool the Eye, and several theatre for young audience pieces created with Jeff Carey and Steven Cole Hughes. She founded CRT’s Boomtown Improv in 2007. Original Scores for CRT: The Bad Man, The Joy of Going Somewhere Definite, Swiss Family Robinson, Billy Hell (for which she shares a Denver Post Ovation Award for Best Original Music with Ryan Prince & Kendra Kohrt), Meet the Beasts, Grimm Pajamas, Zeus on the Loose, Lullaby Bay, and Scruff Turbo. MM from Boston Conservatory and BA from Harvard University. She is on the board of the Colorado Preschool Program and is inspired by Penelope, her 7-year-old daughter, and Matt Schlief, her very kind, supportive partner. (719) 658-2540 x224 / jess@creederep.com

Brittni Schambaugh Addison

(she, her, hers) Education Director This is Brittni’s first season at CRT. Originally from Sneads Ferry, NC (home of the Shrimp Festival!), Brittni received her BA in Theatre from Wake Forest University and her MFA in Directing from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Brittni has had the pleasure of teaching,

directing, and performing across the country, and is particularly passionate about creating and participating in programs that bring theatre into under-served populations. As an educator, she believes strongly in the power of Arts Integration and is focused on exploring the “why and how” rather than the “what.” She previously worked as the Education Associate at Cleveland Play House and the Artistic Associate at the Honolulu Theatre for Youth. Other notable credits include Players Theatre NYC, Great Lakes Theatre, Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, Cleveland Public Theatre, Ensemble Theatre CLE, and Beck Center for the Arts. So much love to Lavour, Pixie, and Moody. (719) 658-2540 x227 / brittni@creederep.com

Jacob Bannerman

(he, him, his) Production Manager Jacob is excited to be a part of CRT’s 54th season. Jacob has worked on the production management teams at Music Theatre Wichita, Oklahoma City Ballet and the Texas Shakespeare Festival, and is looking forward to another summer at CRT. Other notable management teams Jacob has been a part of are Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma, Summertime Theatre in Beijing, China, The American Cancer Society and Atikokan Donald Rogert Canoe Base in Canada. Jacob holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Production and Stage Management from Oklahoma City University, where he met the love of his life, Emily. When he is not in the office, Jacob can be found playing D&D in the kitchen, or playing with his two dogs, Bonnie and Sheba. (719) 658-2540 x254 / jacob@creederep.com

Cassie Rhafir (she, her, hers)

Human Resources and Operations Director Originally from the rainy city of Portland, Oregon, Cassie left to move to Durango, Colorado to attend undergrad in 2008 at Fort Lewis College where she graduated with a BA in Generalized Theatre Studies and Business Administration. She moved to Creede in 2013 to work as CRT’s Company Manager. Since her return in 2017, Cassie has become the Human Resources and Operations Director. When she isn’t in the theatre, she loves hiking, fishing, travel and playing with her two orange tabby cats: Chester and Cleo! (719) 658-2540 x256 / cassie@creederep.com

Jenna Jernigan

(she, her, hers) Marketing and Communications Director Jenna started at CRT as one of the Patron Services Managers during the 2017 season. She immediately fell in love with CRT and Creede and could not stay away. Jenna



our staff graduated from Texas Tech University with a degree in Business Management, Business Marketing, and a minor in Theatre Arts. She is also a proud alumnus of the Goin’ Band from Raiderland. Jenna’s theatre background is on the technical side with a focus in stage management. She’s worked on shows for Texas Tech School of Theatre and Dance, Lubbock Moonlight Musicals, and Ballet Lubbock. She is a board member of the Creede & Mineral Country Chamber of Commerce and the SLV Tourism Association. When she’s not at work, you can find her playing with her two dogs or snuggling her crazy adorable kitten. (719) 658-2540 x221 / jenna@creederep.com

Erin Yurkinas (she, her, hers)

Development Manager Erin has been in Creede since 2011. After a spectacular 20-day camping trip during her senior year of college, she fell in love with the area and knew she’d be back. Erin was born in Honolulu, Hawaii and graduated from Texas A&M Corpus Christi with her BBA in General Business. Prior to working at CRT, Erin was the Executive Director for the Creede & Mineral County Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center. Erin can be found baking away in the kitchen, hiking around with her doggos, or playing fetch with her cat, Goose. She is thrilled to join the CRT team and excited for another gorgeous year in Creede Colorado! (719) 658-2540 x231 / erin@creederep.com

Kate Berry

(she, her, hers) Artistic Associate This is Kate’s 9th season in the CRT acting company and her second as a full-time staff member, where she manages Audience Enrichment programming, and the Headwaters New Play Festival. She is inspired by new play development and has appeared in several new play festivals around the country including CRT’s Headwaters Festival, Local Lab in Boulder, and Ashland New Plays Festival in Oregon. Colorado Credits: Arvada Center (The Lion in Winter, The Importance of Being Earnest, Blithe Spirit), Theatreworks (Wild Honey, The Seagull, Psycho Beach Party), Colorado Springs Fine Arts Theatre (Other Desert Cites), Colorado Shakespeare Festival (Twelfth Night), Lake Dillon Theatre Company (Dancing Lessons), and Curious Theatre Company (Charles Ives Take Me Home). Favorite roles at CRT include Elsa in The Road to Mecca, Eliza in The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence, and Sherlock Holmes in Miss Holmes. Member of AEA and SAG-AFTRA. (719) 658-2540 x233 / kate@creederep.com

s e a s o n a l S ta ff Monica Sallaway

(she, her, hers) Company Manager Hailing from Tulsa, Oklahoma, Monica is a freelance theatre artist with specializations in company management, stage management, directing, and technical production. Passionate about theatre in education, she enjoys writing and producing theatre work for youth, and is a co-founder of the Weatherford Arts Council’s Music Theatre Camp, now in its fourth year. She currently serves as a rotating member of the directing team for The Drunkard & The Olio, America’s longest running play. Past favorite production credits include: A Christmas Carol, The Diviners, and The Foreigner. B.A. in Communication Arts & Theatre from Southwestern Oklahoma State University. When she isn’t in the office, you can find her hiking through the beautiful mountains or making a mess in her kitchen. Monica is excited to be joining the Creede Rep family for its 54th season! (719) 658-2540 x226 / monica@creederep.com


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Emily Diaz

(she, her, hers) Education Assistant Recently making the move to Creede, this is Emily’s 1st full year as seasonal staff ! She is super excited about this opportunity to share her love of the performing arts to the youth of Creede. Emily graduated from Oklahoma City University with her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting with a minor in Stage Management. Most recently Emily worked with the Oklahoma City Ballet, Oklahoma Lyric Theatre’s Academy, The Oklahoma Branch of the American Cancer Society, and The Oklahoma City Children’s Theatre. Emily is thrilled to be ending her 1st full year in Creede working for CRT and living with the love of her life Jacob, and two dogs Bonnie and Sheba! (719) 658-2540 x255 / emily@creederep.com

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