OBD KIDS...ITâ€™S SO MUCH MORE THAN JUST A SHOW! JUNIOR THEATRE FESTIVAL 2013 The Off Broadway Kids Musical Theatre Troupe performed a 15 minute cut of The Little Mermaid as a competition piece at The Junior Theatre Festival over MLK, Jr. weekend. JTF is the largest children's musical theatre festival of its kind, this year boasting 93 troupes and over 3,200 competitors! There were celebrity guests including Alan Menken (composer of The Little Mermaid and so much more!); Skylar Astin ("Pitch Perfect," "Spring Awakening"), Briga Heelan ("Cougar Town"); and the cast of Disney's "Newsies," including Kara Lindsay and Andrew Keenan-Bolger. The OBD Kids' performance received rave reviews by the festival judges and attendees! Sydney Lee (Sebastian) and David English (Prince Eric) were selected to perform in the JTF All-Stars number in the Festival Finale; Owen Smith (Ariel) and Payten Williams (Grimsby) were selected to audition for the Disney Choreography DVD; Emma Bulthuis and Payten Williams were chosen to participate in the Broadway Slam; and Owen Smith won the "Outstanding Performance by an Actress" award for her performance as Ariel. LOOK OUT ARIEL, HERE WE COME! The Troupe will travel to Orlando at the end of February to compete in the National Performing Arts Festival in Disney World. The OBD Kids will perform a 20minute competition piece against other troupes from around the United States. The Kids will also enjoy a fun-filled time at Universal Studios and Disney World parks, where they will have the pleasure of some private time with Ariel -- who happens to be a former OBD Kid!! THE LITTLE MERMAID at THE GEORGIA AQUARIUM Thanks to event-chair Dena Bass, The OBD Kids will have the amazing opportunity to perform "The Little Mermaid" at The Georgia Aquarium! Surely a first!!! The event is a Black-tie Gala that will raise funds for Fragile Kids (http:// www.fragilekids.org). Fragile Kids is a non-profit organization that provides items for medically fragile children in Georgia when insurance stops paying, such as wheelchair lifts, ramping and much more.
PERFORMING at THE ATLANTA HAWKS GAME Come see the Atlanta Hawks vs. Milwaukee Bucks Friday, April 12th, 2013 at 7:30PM at Phillips Arena, highlighted by The Off Broadway Kids performing before the game. Every ticket includes unlimited popcorn and soda! Please contact Mindy Crawford at email@example.com for more information.
MEET THE OFF BROADWAY KIDS MUSICAL THEATRE TROUPE CAST OF 2012-2013 OWEN SMITH (ARIEL) is 13 and has been in OBD Kids since age 7. She has won awards in Disney/NYC/Atlanta for her performances as Ariel, Mushu, The Genie, and Sour Kangaroo and credits Mr. Chris for his unique directing style and special way of molding kids into successful actors. Owen thanks him and Ms. Shannon for welcoming her into her 2nd home each week. This has been her very favorite year in OBD Kids and she loves her ACA-AMAZING Troupe!
LAURA SIDWELL (URSULA) is in her 2nd year as an OBD Kid. She is in 7th grade at High Meadows School. She has been a dance student at OBD since pre-school. Most recently she has been in Godspell, Seussical as the Sour Kangaroo, and Mulan as Grandmother Fa, plus shows at her schoolâ€™s Barn Theater. She would like to thank everyone who worked so hard to make this show happen, and everyone who came out to support it!
DERRICK BASS (KING TRITON) is 13 yrs old and attends Springmont Montessori. This is his 1st year at OBD where he started out with Seussical. Theater has quickly become a passion of his whether it is in Improv class or in a musical rehearsed many times over. Derrick also enjoys soccer, piano, guitar, boy scouts and lounging. He thanks Mr Chris & Ms Shannon, mom & dad, Ms Amy & Gracie, and his sister for all of their support.
DAVID ENGLISH (PRINCE ERIC) loves being a member of the OBD Troupe. He is in 8th grade at Vickery Creek, where he has performed in Hospital, High School Musical and The Little Prince. At OBD, he has performed in Annie and Mulan. David also played roles in Gypsy Theatre’s production of the Wizard of Oz at the Cumming Playhouse. David thanks Mr. Chris for demanding MORE and the Troupe for all the fun.
SYDNEY LEE (SEBASTIAN) is a freshman at Cambridge High School. She loves all things theater and has been in a total of 18 plays/musicals, including 9 with Off Broadway! Her absolute favorite role is Sebastian! She considers OBD her 2nd home with tap, ballet, jazz, acting, voice & piano. Most importantly, she cherishes the friends she makes and the time they get to spend together during rehearsal and show time!
CAN YOU GUESS WHICH BABY PIC IS OF YOUR FAVORITE CAST MEMBER?
ANSWERS, BY ROW: 1.) Allie; 2.) Fayhaa; 3.) Emma B; 4.) Maggie H; 5.) Payten; 6.) Sydney; 7.) Sara; 8.) Laura; 9.) Aline; 10.) Maggie O; 11.) Emma N; 12.) Owen; 13.) Camryn; 14.) Katie; 15.) Adrianne; 16.) Derrick; 17.) Courtney; 18.) Caroline; 19.) Mckenzie; 20.) Emma S; 21.) Paige; 22.) Mr. David English
MAGGIE O’NEILL (FLOUNDER) is enjoying her 2nd year as an OBD Kid and loves her role as Flounder. Other OBD roles include Ling in Mulan, Bird Girl in Seussical, and Jasper in 101 Dalmatians. Next, Maggie will perform Godspell with her school, Mt. Bethel Christian Academy, where she is a 6th grader. She thanks her family, Mr. Chris, Ms. Shannon, all the parents, and her OBD friends who make every Saturday spectacular!
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS The Troupe would like to extend big THANK YOUs to the following: Mr. Tom - for taking amazing photos and always making sure to get our good sides! Ms. Pam - for her spectacular sets, the awesome backpacks, and for always going above and beyond for the sake of making a great show. Ms. Kristen - for the great cast gear, and for helping Mr. Chris whip us into shape! Ms. Mary - for the beautiful custom-designed Ariel ballgown. So pretty! Ms. Mindy - for her creativity (especially with found objects such as bamboo, giant tree branches and cattails) and her willingness to help us in any way, at any time. Ms. Amy - for coming up with great costumes. From Ariel to a Sea Creature this was a hard show to costume and we really appreciate it! Ms. Kathy H - for the great idea of compiling all of the cast information into helpful binders so our parents will know what's going on and how to reach us. Ms. Megan - for making those handy dandy little telephone cheat sheets! We will be sure to prank-text you like you do to our mothers (look out now). Abby - for your great makeup/hair ideas and for helping us get ready night after night. Ms. Yasmin, Ms. Amy H. and Ms. Kathy S. - for your awesome sewing machine skills! Our mermaid costumes look amazing! Ms. Amy H. and Ms. Kathy H. - for spawning les petit poissons! Ms. Maureen and Millie's Gifts - for the GORGEOUS jackets! Love them!! Ms. Kathy, Ms. Kathy, Ms. Kathy, Ms. Amy, Ms. Amy, Ms. Christine, Ms. Yasmin, Ms. Cindy, Ms. Tracey, Ms. Donna, Ms. Lorie, Ms. Kelly, Ms. Lesley, Ms. Megan, Ms. Maureen, Ms. Mindy, Ms. Kristen, Ms. Dena and Ms. Pam - for painting, hot glueing, Velcro-ing, stapling, sewing, cleaning, cooking, wrangling, carpooling, chaperoning, taxi-ing and so much more! Love you Drama Mamas! Ms. Dena - for the wonderful Christmas celebration at your home; and for getting us the gig performing at the Georgia Aquarium. We can't wait! Anu Romesh - for giving us a refresher course on the music. You are amazing and we love you so much! Our Moms - for NOT doing your Drama Mamas' dance numbers at the Xmas Party! Carithers Flowers - for donating the flowers we handed out at Arbor Terrace. They were beautiful! Dewitt Smith Video Productions - for filming our show! thank you!!!!! Mr. Chris and Ms. Shannon - for welcoming us into your hearts and lives. As they say “once an OBD Kid, always an OBD Kid...” So true!! WE WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU!
ADRIANNE C R AW F O R D (C AR L O T T A / MERSISTER) loves being a member of the OBD Troupe! She has performed in many shows at Off Broadway, with her favorite being The Cat in Seussical Jr. Adrianne enjoys playing the piano and composing her own songs, as well as playing basketball and hanging out with friends. She appreciates all the friendships she has made at OBD. Thank you for everything Mr. Chris and Ms. Shannon!! Enjoy the show!
ALINE O’NEILL (MERSISTER/PRINCESS) is an 8th grader at Mt. Bethel Christian Academy and is having the time of her life in her 2nd year as an OBD Kid! Her other OBD roles include Horton in Seussical and an Ancestor in Mulan. Her next role is Jesus in MBCA’s production of Godspell. Much love to her amazing cast who have made this a time to treasure. Thanks Mom, Dad, Mr. Chris, Ms. Shannon and the “idea moms” for all you do!
ALLIE ARASI (MERSISTER) This is Allie’s first time as a troupe member, but she has been performing in OBD Children’s Theatre productions since 2007. She loves dancing, musical theatre, and playing guitar. Allie is having a fun and busy 7th grade year belonging to OBD’s dance, theatre, and music programs. She would like to thank the Mayers, all the OBD drama mamas and papas, and her family for their support!
PAIGE UNDERWOOD (MERSISTER) is a 7th grader at High Meadows School. This is her 1st year as an OBD Kid, but her 7th show with Off Broadway. Previous roles include Gertrude (Seussical), Penny (Honk!) and Cinderella. Paige thanks Mr. Chris, Ms. Shannon, her parents, the AMAZING cast, and all the troupe families - it has been an incredible experience!
CAST KUDOS! Emma Ruth, we are so proud of you for being in your 2nd year with the Troupe. You are a wonderful singer and actress, but more importantly to us you are our sweet little girl. GO GET 'EM Seahorse! Love you- Daddy, Mommy, Sissy, and Nona To Paige & Sara - We are so proud of you! From tiny little bumble bees to Mersisters, we have enjoyed every minute of every performance. Can't wait to see what comes next! Congratulations - we love you! xoxo Mom & Dad Keep reaching for the stars, Katie. We are all proud of you!
SARA UNDERWOOD (MERSISTER) is a 7th grader at High Meadows School. This is her 1st year as an OBD Kid and she LOVES it! Previous roles include Mayzie (Seussical), Penny (Honk!) and Cinderella. Sara would like to thank Mr. Chris, Ms. Shannon, her parents, the OBD Kidsâ€™ families, and the AMAZING kids in the troupe!
Emma B. - Have a great show! We are so proud of you! Lots of love, Mom, Dad, Matt and Alex Break a leg Mags! We're so proud of our little eel. Love you! & Daddy McKenzie, we are beyond proud of you! Enjoy your show. We Love You! Mom, Dad, and Natalie. Owen - You rock! Nome say?!? WE LOVE YOU! Mom, Dad, Ruby & Rufus Aline & Maggie, We're so proud of you! Love you! Mom & Dad
MCKENZIE GREESON (MERSISTER/PRINCESS) loves being an OBD Kid. This is her 4th production at OBD. Past productions include Once on this Island Jr., Honk! Jr. & Seussical Jr. Other musicals include The Music Man, The Little Prince, and High School Musical Jr. She is in 8th grade and has been dancing for 7 years, acting for 3 and taking voice for 4. She hopes you enjoy the show! PAYTEN WILLIAMS (GRIMSBY) is 11 years old and attends Bullard Elementary School in Kennesaw. This is his second year with the OBD Troupe. His past roles include Mag Yar (Mulan,) Donkey in (Shrek, Jr.), Mr. Mayor (Seussical), Stanley (Flat Stanley), Roger (101 Dalmatians) and Prince Charming (Cinderella.) He loves singing, dancing, and acting, as well as gymnastics and archery - and loves performing with OBD!
Way to make a SPLASH Adrianne! We love you and are so proud of the remarkable young lady you've become! Your #1 fans, Mom, Dad, Troy, Rocky and Lulu Camryn, I am so proud of you! Enjoy every moment of your show! Love Mom! David, We are so proud of you! Dream big, take risks and enjoy your time in the spotlight. Bravo, Allie! We are proud of you from start to FINish! Love, Your Family
SILENT AUCTION GOING ON NOW Please bid on these fabulous prizes to support the Troupe! EVENTS
The Ringling Brothers Circus Atlanta Hawks vs. Orlando Magic Atlanta Marathon/Half Marathon
LaVida Massage & Facial Visual Impact Salon Special Skin Care Products
FUN STUFF & GIFTS
Hudson Grill Chin Chin Romeo's Pizza Vintage Pizzeria Ruby Tuesday Cracker Barrel IHOP Starbuck’s
Rainbow Loom Kit from The Schoolplace of Roswell Millie's Monogrammed Gifts The Beer Growler Art by Kathy Sidwell Hut 8 Barnes & Noble Heavenly Gourmet Popcorn
Silent Auction - Going on NOW in the Lobby! To help off-set the over $45,000 to send the Troupe to the National Performing Arts Festival in Orlando, the Kids are hosting a Silent Auction fundraiser. Many local business have donated items that will be auctioned off, with cash proceeds going directly to the Troupe. Tables with prizes are in the lobby Please place your bids now! How Does a Silent Auction work? You will see sheets of paper in the lobby with various items listed. Simply write down your name, phone number and the amount you wish to bid. A suggested opening bid is shown at the top of each page. (Please note that all funds will go right to the Kids so bidding over the retail amount of the item is a great bonus for them!) Auction Winners will be the last names written on the sheets once the lobby has cleared after the final performance of The Little Mermaid, on Sunday, February 10th. Winners will be notified by phone, then you'll simply pay for your prize and collect it. THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING THE ARTS!
EMMA NITZKEN (SCUTTLE) is an 8th grade honor student at Elkins Pointe MS and has been a student at OBD for 6 years. This is her 3rd year as a member of the award-winning OBD Kids Troupe. Other recent productions include Legally Blonde, Seussical and Mulan. Emma also loves archery, riding horses, swimming, softball & other "human stuff". She would like to thank her family and friends for their support. Gull Power!
CAMRYN MULLIN (FLOTSAM) What an honor it has been to be a part of the OBD Troupe. This is her first year in Troupe and it has been truly amazing. The confidence she has gained during this positive experience has allowed her to speak in school and public forums. OBD is now part of her family and she loves everyone there! Special thanks to Mr. Chris and Ms. Shannon for the opportunity to be a part of something so magical.
MAGGIE HILL (JETSAM) is in her 2nd year of OBD Kids and is so thankful to get to take the stage again with this amazing troupe. Always enjoying playing the “bad guy,” Maggie really loves being a slippery eel in this show. Other OBD shows include Aristocats, 101 Dalmatians & Mulan. Maggie wants give a big shout out of appreciation to Mr. Chris, Ms. Shannon and all the moms who have made this season so great!
EMMA BUILTHUIS (CHEF LOUIS/PILOT) is a new member to the OBD Kids Troupe and having a great time! Last summer, she performed in Suessical and enjoyed it so much that she decided she wanted to try out for Troupe. When not at rehearsal, her other hobbies include ART, playing the piano and swimming. She is thankful for all of the encouragement she has received from everyone at OBD. Thank you for coming to the show and enjoy!
COMING SOON TO OFF BROADWAY CHILDREN’S THEATRE
MARCH 8-10 & 15-17 EMMA STRATMAN (PRINCESS/SEAHORSE) At age 8, Emma remains the youngest member of the Troupe for the 2nd year in a row. Last year, she added some "muscle" to the Troupe in Mulan. Emma is thankful to be a “fish in the bowl”, & be with a great group of actors and under the direction of Mr. Chris and Ms. Shannon. She would like to thank all who have helped with the show and to her friends and family who came to see the Little Mermaid! APRIL 26-28 & MAY 3-5 COURTNEY BASS (PRINCESS/SEA CREATURE) is in her second year as an OBD kid and has taken dance at OBD for 9 years. She is in the 6th grade at Village Montessori School in Roswell GA. Courtney's first show at OBD was Cinderella Kids 2 years ago. Since then she has performed in Mulan and Seussical Jr. She would like to thank everybody who came to see the show!!!
GOT A BUDDING STAR IN YOUR HOUSEHOLD? Off Broadway produces 4-5 shows per year. Our casts range in age from 6 - 18, depending on the production. If your child is interested in musical theatre, give them a head start with one of our great DANCE and THEATRE classes or camps. We also offer audition prep coaching, private guitar, piano and voice lessons delivering well-rounded performers.
COMING SUMMER 2013: “HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL 2” Auditions this spring
FAYHAA DOJA (PRINCESS/SEAGULL) is passionate about Performing Arts! She plays piano and has performed in school talent shows. She has been at the Off Broadway Theater (OBD) for over 2 years and loves it. Her parents are very supportive of her passion, and love the fact that Fayhaa has made many wonderful friends here. Her first love is Thomas, her 4-year-old Beagle; and then it is OBD!
KATIE HORTON (SEAGULL/SEA CREATURE) is a 3rd grade homeschooler and this is her first year as an OBD Kid. Katie has appeared in Winnie The Pooh Kids, and Seussical Jr. at Off Broadway. Her other favorite activities are voice lessons and dance class. Katie would like to thank everyone who worked so hard to make this show a success. She would also like to thank her family, especially her brother Owen, for all their support.
PHOTO BY TOM Oâ€™NEILL
A MESSAGE FROM MR. CHRIS There is a day in every Director's vision that he wonders "can I really take this journey and tell the story?" I ponder this often and at times think "I just canâ€™t fall short; I want these young people to have the journey that will last a lifetime in their minds and hearts." And now I've come to realize that it is the young people who take ME on the journey; one that enriches my life through the passion I see in them every day. This cast never ceases to amaze me and lifts me up each day, and when they are on stage they tell the story better than I had ever dreamed it! I look into their eyes and see the last 7 months unfold and the journey has come full circle ... and now, in this one perfect moment in time, you too will be able to share in the wonders of their passion.
CAROLINE STEINBERG (PRINCESS/SEAGULL) is a 5th grader at Garrison Mill. This is her 1st year as an OBD Kid and she is so thankful for the opportunity. Caroline has performed in Once on This Island Jr, Seussical Jr & Annie Jr. Caroline is thankful for the love and support of her family and friends, and her 2 dogs. She dedicates her performance to Shannon & Chris Mayer for encouraging her to do her best. Break a leg, everyone!
FUN FACTOIDS The Little Mermaid was written as a love letter by Hans Christian Andersen to Edvard Collin. Andersen, upon hearing of Collin’s engagement to a young woman, proclaimed his love to Edvard saying ”I long for you as though you were a beautiful Calabrian girl.” Andersen then wrote The Little Mermaid to symbolize his inability to have Collin ... just as a mermaid cannot be with a human. He sent it to Collin in 1836 and it goes down in history as one of the most profound love letters ever written. A statue of the Little Mermaid sits on a rock in the Copenhagen (Denmark) harbor in Langelinie. Commissioned in 1909, this small, unimposing statue is a Copenhagen icon and a major tourist attraction. Edward Eriksen created the statue using his wife, Eline, as the model. It was unveiled on August 13, 1913 and remained there until displayed at "Expo 2010" in Shanghai, China then returned to its Copenhagen seaside home in October 2010. In the Disney version of The Little Mermaid when Ariel is sitting on top of the rock looking longingly at Prince Eric, she is in exactly the same position that the statue is in. Ariel was quite deliberately made a redhead in order to distinguish her from Daryl Hannah's character in Splash. Ariel's body type and personality were based on actress Alyssa Milano. The effect of her hair underwater was based on footage of astronaut Sally Ride in weightless conditions. Ariel's "Part of Your World" set a precedent for subsequent Disney animated musicals where the protagonist would vocalize his/her desires early in the film, including: "One Jump Ahead" in Aladdin, "Belle" in Beauty and the Beast, and "Just Around the Riverbend" in Pocahontas. Originally, Sebastian was to have an English accent. It was lyricist/producer Howard Ashman who suggested he be Jamaican. This opened the door to calypso-style numbers like "Under the Sea", which won an Academy Award! English - The Little Mermaid Danish - Den Lille Havfrue Dutch - De kleine zeemeermin Spanish - La Sirenita Irish - An Mhaighdean Mhara Bheag
German - Die Kleine Meerjungfrau French - La Petite Sirène Japanese - Ningyo Hime Norwegian - Den lille havfrue Hebrew - Bat Hayam Haktana
What font was used in this program? Why ARIAL, of course!
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